Philippe Gilbert winning the Ronde van Vlaanderen

Classified is proud to announce Philippe Gilbert as its newest ambassador!

We are delighted to take the next step on our ambassador journey by bringing in the former Road World Champion Philippe Gilbert as part of the team.

''I believe in technology as a critical element of performance and cycling itself, and Classified is the future of cycling." – Philippe Gilbert

Born in Verviers in 1982, a city in Wallonia, one of the most famous cycling regions in Belgium. Phil started cycling at an early age, embarking on an impressive career that saw him crowned Road World Champion in 2012 and win the Amstel Gold Race four times.

His palmarès also include two Giro di Lombardia, Liège - Bastogne - Liège, Paris Roubaix and of course that famous breakaway Tour des Flandres win in 2017. Far from just a Classics specialist; Phillippe also won 7 Vuelta a España stages and an overall victory at the 2014 Tour of Beijing. 

Updating the MTB Lexicon with a new verb:

to Power·shift [Powershifting] {Verb}:
(also: the new benchmark in shifting gears)

1. To shift gears under full load within 150 milliseconds
2. Maintain valuable momentum during climbs and transitions, or before an attack

Classified’s unique 2 speed gear hub allows riders to jump through 46% percent of the gear range, or the equivalent of 2 or 3 rear derailleur shifts, within 150 milliseconds. As such, ‘Powershifting’ is quickly becoming the go to term for maintaining momentum on the trails.

Tests undertaken with pro riders showed a far greater use of the powershift hub gear as opposed to the rear derailleur, leading to an overwhelming increase of momentum through transitions.

Phil retired last season from professional cycling and has now joined Classified Cycling as both an investor and ambassador, bringing a wealth of World Tour expertise and cycling passion to the company and its products.

Welcome Phil, et merci!

Photographers: ‍Kristof Ramon / Kevin Faingnaert

Videographer: Michiel Rotgans