Rise, Philippe Gilbert. As Red Kite Prayer put it, he’s “done what was truly unthinkable.”
What the man from Omega Pharma Lotto did was more than a hat-trick, a quadruple-trick. Winning all four races of the Ardennes Week—Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He rode smart, he took risks, he dominated, he won with style even Eddy Merckx is gushing with admiration.
And so we celebrate the supreme heights of his talent and his ascension to the top of the UCI rankings with The Girl Who Loves To Levitate. Natsumi Hayashi takes self portraits of her jumps all over Tokyo.
Her photo gallery is our small handclap to Gilbert who has taken his riding to another level. The one where everyone else is looking up.