The cycling equivalent to a mid-life crisis leads Gilbert to the cobbled classics, and in a span of just 24 months, he wins cycling's two biggest monument classics.
Phillipe Gilbert takes victory in fourth different monument, coming into the velodrome with Nils Politt and powerfully outsprinting the German.
The 36-year-old Belgian has won three of cycling's five monuments.
Philippe Gilbert abandons the Tour de France on Tuesday with a fractured left kneecap after a spectacular crash.
On the same descent where Fabio Casartelli died, Philippe Gilbert flies off the road. He suffers only minor injuries.
The Belgian crashed into a wall and tumbled into a ravine, but he managed to get back on his bike and continue riding.