Despite numerous victories, Philippe Gilbert missed a champion shirt, a sweater that aunt Marie Rose Gaillard 1962 actually donated: the rainbow jersey. The World Cup 2011 in Copenhagen did not change it, but in the World Championships in Valkenburg Philippe Gilbert put this right. In a series?? aunts famous Sports Champions?highlights aunt Philippe Gilbert.
Who is Philippe Gilbert
When cycling enthusiasts among us, of course, is an open door with a vengeance, but Philippe Gilbert, born 5 July 1982 in Remouchamps a Belgian professional cycling team BMC.
Philippe Gilbert in the footsteps of his aunt
Although the above list is not complete, it is already a very impressive pedigree. But at the palmares of Philippe Gilbert failed so far a title of world champion in the professionals. Unfortunately, the 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Copenhagen where does not change that Philippe was where his aunt performance has not matched. The course in Copenhagen was not heavy enough for Philippe.
But did at the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Valkenburg Philippe Gilbert as exactly 50 years after the victory of his aunt, put my in a superior way. And to be honest, is it not also a little Dutch victory because laws Philippe Gilbert of Eijsden.
Philippe Gilbert is currently living in Remouchamps, a municipality in the province of Liège at the foot of La Redoute, one of the steepest climbs in cycle race Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Who is Marie Rose Gaillard, aunt of Philippe Gilbert?
Marie Rose Gaillard was part of a very successful generation of bike women in Belgium and was born in 1944 in Thimister, a town in the Walloon Province of Liège. Currently, she lives in the Walloon town of Florzé. Probably the bike impressive performance Marie Rose Gaillard will be completely unknown in young cykelfans.
As a young girl that she doesn’t even know the girls took part in the cycling competitions. It was a Mr. Henrard, mechanic of a bike club in the Dolhain, who noticed her talent and encouraged her to try his luck in the cycling competitions. The first match in which they had participated in the Vise, near the Dutch border, the neighbouring municipality of Eijsden in the Netherlands. She was 16 years old.
World champion on the road 1962
And barely two years later, Marie Rose was selected for the Belgian selection for the WORLD CUP elite on the road in 1962. She was then only 18 years old. The incident took place in Salò, Italy. The course was very tough with a slope of 14% in there. It developed that day a fierce struggle between the Belgian and Dutch women, but it prevented the Marie Rose Gaillard failed to win more than three minutes ahead! A beautiful plaque on the front of her birth house in Thimister reminds still on this memorable day.
And now we reminisce: you know who that year, 1962 champion in men’s world. It is right! The first winner of the Amstel Gold Race in 1966: not less than Jean Stablinski.
Belgian champion 1966
Also in 1966 was a fantastic year for Rose Marie Gaillard. It was the year the Belgian champion. It was in Barvaux, where she was confronted with a typical Ardennes Course. But not to worry about her. … On her favorite area they clinched the gold medal.
What has become of the aunt of Philippe Gilbert?
Actually cycled Marie Rose Gaillard but from 1960 to 1968. Thereafter, she left the world of cycling for years in order to devote himself to run dry in the Rue Puits-a-Sock in looking out.
Then she settled back in the field in Aywaille, she was partly due to the Vélo Club L’ourthe/Amblèv a club in cycling was mainly active as an organizer and had only two drivers, including… Philippe Gilbert. A product “Gaillard” then!
Marie-Rose GAILLARD (LO-CASTRO), 36 ans (ALBI)
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