Gilbert on top in Ster ZLM

Sat, 18 Jun 21:39:00 2011

Philippe Gilbert claimed victory in the penultimate stage of the Ster ZLM Tour to take the overall lead.

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Gilbert outsprinted Nikki Terpstra (Quick Step) for his 10th win of the season at the end of a ride from Verviers to La Gileppe.

An eight-man break, featuring Gilbert, had formed ahead of the two 16.2km finishing circuits around the reservoir at La Gileppe with Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Cervelo) and Joost Van Leijen (Vacansoleil-DCM) following the leading two home after the uphill finish.

Gilbert takes the GC lead from prologue winner Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad) and is one second ahead of Terpstra with Navardauskas third a further 11 seconds back going into Sunday's flat 191km stage from Etten to Leur.

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