The new, King of the Ardennes
by Red Dots Cycling
Philippe Gilbert is the current King of the Ardennes.
The Belgian handsomely won the Ardennes classics, the 'triple' in 2011. The Cauberg, The Mur de Huy, the Cote de la Redoute. These are some of the climbs that are the soul of The Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The dizzying drive towards the cobbles begins in earnest in April with the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. Then the adventure continues through the Ardennes with the start of the Amstel Gold Race over the Limburg's hills included more than once and ending on the famous Cauberg. That's the famous hill that Gilbert decisively attacked and won in last Sunday's world road race. Now, the 2013 Amstel Gold organizers are planning to move the finish further away, some 1800 metres from the Cauberg for a dramatic ending.
The 2011 season was Gilbert's landmark season. The Cauberg was his sweet spot where he broke free to win Amstel Gold. Three days later, on home soil he dropped his rivals on the climb of the Mur de Huy to win La Flèche. The ball was rolling, he beat the Schleck brothers to win LBL. Thus, he stepped into an exclusive circle becoming the second rider, after Davide Rebellin in 2004, to win the three Ardennes classics in a single year.
I am happy to present our newest ...inspired by Phil Gil's exploits; The King of the Ardennes cycling cap by Red Dots Cycling!