Philippe Gilbert leaves Vuelta a Espana to warm up for World Champs

Philippe Gilbert wins Vuelta a Espana 2013 stage 12

World Champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) abandoned a frigid Vuelta a España yesterday with his sights on another rainbow jersey later this month in Florence. After winning a stage last week, his first victory as champion, the Belgian appears on track for a rare double.

"It was particularly cold [on Saturday] and I still felt cold this morning," Gilbert told Het Nieuwsblad newspaper yesterday. "I didn't want to take risks, so I decided to quit."

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