Philippe Gilbert joins Etixx-Quick Step from BMC for 2017

The Belgian champion will link up with the his home team in search for further Classics glory

Philippe Gilbert at the Giro d'Italia (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Philippe Gilbert will join with Etixx-Quick Step for the 2017 season, the team confirmed on Tuesday.

Belgian champion Gilbert joins the team after a four year spell with BMC, in which time he won the World Championship road race title, a third edition of the Amstel Gold Race and stages of the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).