Philippe Gilbert scores emotional first win since 2019

Philippe Gilbert showed that although he intends to retire at the end of the season, he still has the ability to win. The 39-year-old, who has victories in all the Monuments save Milan-San Remo, handily won the uphill bunch sprint on stage 3 of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque and moved himself into contention for the overall.

“This victory comes with a lot of emotions, it’s been a while since I took a win,” Gilbert said. “But I clearly haven’t forgotten how to throw my arms in the air.”

After taking his 79th career victory, Gilbert explained how the team had to adapt after their young talented sprinter Arnaud De Lie was taken out in a crash on the opening stage.

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