Antwerp– 11th October 2022– Classified will participate in Phil Gilbert's career celebration event on the 15th of October 2022, bringing as well one of its best ambassadors, André Greipel, to compete in the evening criterium. Classified will have demo bikes to test the Powershift technology onsite, providing a complete mobile experience center for the occasion.
André Greipel, who boasts 158 pro-wins in his palmarés and former team mate of Gilbert at Omega Pharma-Lotto, will be riding his Classified boosted Factor, joining the fun of the evening crit that will start at 04:00 PM (CET).
For those outside of the pro peloton, there will be an opportunity to ride with Phil for a 65km ride that will leave from Shimano's experience center in Valkenburg at 8:30 AM (CET).
Both rides will go through the most iconic parts of Valkenburg & Maastricht, having the Cauberg as the central monument of Phil's career– where he won four times the Amstel Gold Race ('17, '14, '11, '10) and World Road Championship ('12).
This will be a great opportunity to experience cycling passion at its core and understand the vision of Classified's technology at one of the most iconic cycling venues, where heritage and future collide and create a unique momentum of transition.
At 12:00PM (CET) there will also be a press conference for accredited media at Restaurant De Zoete Zoen / Landal de Cauberg to be followed by the presentation of an official tribute book and a signing session from Phil.
At 4:00 PM (CET) the ride and the day will conclude at the top of the Cauberg after which Phil will officially hang his bike on the hook.
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Classified’s mission is to provide next level experiences in the cycling ecosystem by providing game-changing shifting technology. Classified is the Belgian cycling company behind the innovative Powershift technology, replacing the functionality of the front derailleur. Powershift is incorporated in the rear hub and enables you to change gear instantaneously, under full load, with uncompromised ratio coverage and gear steps. Classified has developed its own world class carbon wheelsets, specifically designed to complement the Powershift hub. Classified’s product range is available from selected bicycle manufacturers and through a network of certified dealers.
On Saturday 15 October, the surroundings of the Cauberg in Valkenburg will be completely dominated by the farewell event of professional cyclist Philippe Gilbert.
At the exact spot where he won the Amstel Gold Race four times and where he achieved the biggest victory of his career, winning the World Championships in 2012, Philippe bids farewell to the professional life in the peloton after a richly filled career of 20 years, with a total of 80 professional victories, including four monuments (Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, 2x Tour of Lombardy), the World Championships, stages in the 3 major tours, Paris-Tours, Clásica San Sebastián, Flèche Wallonne, Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel 4 times, leaving only Jan Raas before him on the honours list.