Gilbert on top of the world after stellar season

Philippe Gilbert on podium, Tour de France 2011, stage one

Philippe Gilbert has firmly established himself as the world's most successful rider, finishing at the top of the Union Cycliste Internationale's 2011 WorldTour ranking after taking a series of high-profile wins throughout the season.

The Belgian may have missed out on the road race World Championship title and defending his Tour of Lombardy victory from 2009 and 2010, but his list of top-tier wins has catapulted him to the top of the UCI's premier ranking.

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