Philippe Gilbert Ponders the Evolution of Long Solo Breakaways in WorldTour Races

Philippe Gilbert is making big eyes these days and has a pertinent question. During his own period as a cyclist, he saw many serious blows. Only the superlative now seems good enough.

It is madness that Tadej Pogacar said goodbye in the Strade Bianche with 81 kilometers to go and that no one could stand in his way to victory. The Slovenian immediately knocked all the records off the tables. Pulverized even.

It forces Philippe Gilbert to share an overview on social media of the longest successful solos in one-day races from the WorldTour. It must be said: Gilbert himself is in a creditable second place with his attack from 56 kilometers in the 2017 Tour. Tom Boonen is third. Pogacar is therefore the new leader.

“An interesting change in these statistics,” notes Gilbert. “Who will be the first to cross the 100 kilometer mark?” It won’t happen again from himself and Tom Boonen. Perhaps from Remco Evenepoel, who can be found in seventh place due to his attack in the 2022 Clasica San Sebastian from 45 km.


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