A 20-year-old individual who robbed former professional cyclist Philippe Gilbert has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence and will face an eight-month suspension of their driver’s license. The incident occurred on February 5 in Provence, France, when Gilbert, accompanied by his family, was driving between Manosque and Villeneuve. According to the Dauphiné Libéré, the assailant aggressively overtook Gilbert’s vehicle from behind, threatened him with an air pistol, robbed him, and fled the scene.
Gilbert, a Belgian former world champion, managed to record the license plate of the perpetrator and capture some footage of the incident, aiding the authorities in identifying the assailant. Although the accused did not appear at the criminal proceedings, Gilbert was able to positively identify the attacker, and the police recovered an air pistol from the suspect’s vehicle.
This week, the accused was sentenced to six months in prison, along with a five-year suspended sentence. Additionally, they will be prohibited from possessing a weapon and will face an eight-month suspension of their driver’s license.
It is worth noting that Gilbert has previously experienced an assault in 2016 while on a training ride in Belgium, resulting in a broken finger that required surgery and caused him to miss the Amstel Gold Race that followed nine days later.