Philippe Gilbert’s long been a vocal critic of doping. From the early days with FDJ to the present, when he fronts a video campaign for the Walloon regional government’s anti-doping campaign.
If you’re wondering what he’s saying, it’s “Hello, I’m Philippe Gilbert. Cycling is my whole life. I’ve been passionate about it for 15 years and a pro for nine… Be strong, respect the rules and your win is without doping“.
The images are not of the Belgian countryside. Rather they are filmed on the roads behind Nice and Monaco, the training ground for Gilbert in the winter. As you can see, the roads are hilly with many bends. Frequent accelerations and short efforts are required, even for a recovery ride. You can see where Gilbert does his famous hill reps and works on his infamous tolerance for lactic acid. It’s also nice to see him express intolerance on the subject of doping.