Monaco, Thursday October 27, 2011,
During the 5th Peace and Sport International Forum, the cyclist Philippe Gilbert was awarded Winner of UCI World Tour 2011, by the President of the UCI, Pat McQuaid "We are proud to give this award to Philippe Gilbert who achieved a great season this year, including the victory of 5 Pro Tour races and a stage in the Tour de France. The UCI World Tour is a high-level competition, with the World's best riders and the top teams, winning the final ranking is a great performance. I think it's a great opportunity to organise this ceremony during the Forum of Peace and Sport because sport must be active in other areas, and Philippe Gilbert is a good ambassador on his bike and also out of the races. For example, during the Junior conference organized by the UCI two days before the world championship on the road, he spoke to young cyclists, it is important that an athlete understand this dimension of spokesman. "
Philippe Gilbert explained, "I am very pleased to receive this award, this season is a dream! I started the year with two goals in mind, grab this title of World number one and make great victories in the Classics. Winning this award is the culmination of a great battle at a moment I was the leader, then Cadel Evans passed me after his victory in the Tour and finally thanks to my victory in Canada, I assured my leading position in the ranking. So I achieved my goals this year, with my three successive victories in Ardennes and also there were some nice surprises, such as my stage victory in the Tour, near my hometown in Liege, which allowed me to wear the yellow jersey and my title of Belgian Champion which will be a good motivator at the beginning of next season. The year 2011 will be an unforgettable season, full of successes and surprises! "
On this occasion, the international organisation Peace and Sport hosted the Belgian champion within the circle of Champions for Peace, a group of world-famous athletes committed to promote sport as a tool for peace across the globe "I am very honored to integrate this great organization, said Philippe Gilbert, for a high level sportman that has some power over the media, it is important to use it wisely, and for me, after the season I just made where I increased my popularity, I think it's the right time to use it to serve causes that are dear to my heart. "
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