Phil will retire on "his" Cauberg

On Saturday 15 October, the surroundings of the Cauberg in Valkenburg will be completely dominated by the farewell event of professional cyclist Philippe Gilbert.

At the exact spot where he won the Amstel Gold Race four times and where he achieved the biggest victory of his career, winning the World Championships in 2012, Philippe bids farewell to the professional life in the peloton after a richly filled career of 20 years, with a total of 80 professional victories, including four monuments (Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, 2x Tour of Lombardy), the World Championships, stages in the 3 major tours, Paris-Tours, Clásica San Sebastián, Flèche Wallonne, Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel 4 times, leaving only Jan Raas before him on the honours list.
Stage wins in 25 grand tours
Amstel Gold Race victories
Worldchampion on the Cauberg

Programme 15 October

07:00 - 10:00 AM
Pick up start numbers at Shimano Experience Center, De Leeuwhof 2 at Valkenburg.
08:30 - 10:00 AM
Possibility of starting at Phil & Fans: a cycling tour for the general public on and around the 2012 World Championships route, the ultimate chance to cycle in Philippe's wheel and to conquer the mythical Cauberg together with him!
12:00 PM
Press conference for accredited media at Restaurant De Zoete Zoen / Landal de Cauberg, Cauberg 29 at Valkenburg aan de Geul.
12:30 PM
Presentation official tribute book plus signing session at Restaurant De Zoete Zoen / Landal de Cauberg, Cauberg 29 at Valkenburg aan de Geul.
02:00 PM
Podium presentation of Philippe Gilbert and the participating riders in the farewell criterium at Landal de Cauberg, Cauberg 29 at Valkenburg aan de Geul.
03:00 PM
Phil & Friends: farewell criterium with Phil's teammates from past and present, including Thor Hushovd and Alessandro Ballan at the start, after which Philippe will symbolically hang up his bike.

The farewell criterium in the afternoon is freely accessible to the general public and is the perfect moment to bid farewell to one of Belgium's most successful riders of the past decades.
04:00 PM
Finish of Phil's Last Ride at the top of the Cauberg after which Phil will officially hang his bike on the hook.

Phil's Last Ride

A unique 65 km tour takes you along the historical places where Philippe achieved a large part of his successes. Of course the finish line is drawn at the top of "his" Cauberg. After the tour you can enjoy the catering at Landal Kasteeldomein de Cauberg and the farewell criterion of Phil's teammates from the past and present.
€ 20
65 Km
Unique route

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