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Not-so-Fast Phil rides 30kg clunker... postman Francois rides BMC bike in rainbow bands

Take two Belgians who ride a bike for a living - former world champion, Philippe Gilbert, and postman Francois Van Marsenille - and get them to race one another; there could only be one winner, yes?

That's what Belgian French-language TV show Versus did, but with a twist - they swapped the bikes around; Fast Phil got to ride Francois's clunker, weighing in at 30kg even without mailbags, while the postie got to ride a top-spec BMC steed tipping the scales at less than a quarter of the weight.

Bikes weren't the only thing exchanged, either; Gilbert, pictured right, looks rather fetching in a Belgian postal uniform, and while purists may wince at Francois sporting the rainbow bands, we reckon if the jersey in question is handed to you by the reigining world champion himself, it's fair game.

The race took place on a 2km gentle climb above Monaco, where Gilbert lives. You can watch it here - skip forward to 4 minutes 40 to catch the race itself, although the build-up is interesting on its own.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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giff77 [1217 posts] 2 years ago
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Gilbert actually looks the part as a postie. Something for him to fall back on then.

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 2 years ago
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like this video - Gilbert is my favourite rider - good sport!

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Pauldmorgan [223 posts] 2 years ago
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181cm 68Kg, no ordinary postie then...

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Leviathan [1865 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh no, How can a non World Champion ride a bike with rainbow stripes on it, oh the horror.

I hope you choke jersey snobs.  24

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cub [86 posts] 2 years ago
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Lucky the postman wan't Matt Bottrill, Gilbert would have had no chance.

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a.jumper [846 posts] 2 years ago
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Pauldmorgan wrote:

181cm 68Kg, no ordinary postie then...

What do you mean? The ones around here who ride bikes are in good trim too. Probably need to be, with that heavy bikes!

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Pauldmorgan wrote:

181cm 68Kg, no ordinary postie then...

5' 11" and just under 11 stone? Surely that just puts him at a healthy height and weight ratio, perfectly normal for someone who's job involves activity.

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eurotrash [88 posts] 2 years ago
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Postie wasn't even trying. There is no way they should have been that close.

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fukawitribe [1580 posts] 2 years ago
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Sort of sums up Gilberts season....  3

(Good on him for doing that, looked like a good craic !)

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 2 years ago
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Shame it's in some crazy moon-language.