Philippe Gilbert rules in Tour of Belgium

The 4th stage in the Tour of Belgium was dominated by Philippe Gilbert. In Eupen, the Belgian rider of the Omega Pharma-Lotto team impressed by taking the day's prize in the black leader's jersey and confirming his first place. Gilbert is poised to win the Tour of Belgium on Sunday.

Philippe Gilbert was the king of the spring classics, winning an unprecedented 4 consecutive races (Brabantse Pijl, Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège) in April. After his success in Liège, he took a couple of weeks rest.

Gilbert's first race following his break was the Tour of Belgium. The race started on Monday and Gilbert immediately showed that he hadn't lost the momentum. On the contrary, his form was excellent. He came less than a second short to win the prologue time trial, despite not being a specialist against the clock.

Today, he won the race's toughest stage in and around Eupen in the eastern part of Belgium. Gilbert was the strongest man in a breakaway group of 4 Belgian riders. Greg Van Avermaet came second, Björn Leukemans third and Bert De Waele fourth.

In the overall standings, Gilbert holds a 15 second advantage over Van Avermaet. Considering the form he is in, the final victory can hardly escape Gilbert. Tomorrow's closing stage has no major difficulties.