Gilbert to make rainbow jersey debut at Lombardy

Philippe Gilbert, World Champions 2012

Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) will make his debut in the rainbow jersey of World Champion on Saturday in the Tour of Lombardy instead of today's Tour of Piedmont.

"It's hard to realise what it means now," Gilbert said on Sunday after winning in Valkenburg, the Netherlands. "I'll know for sure when I am in Piedmont next Thursday, then it will feel great for me."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.