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Gilbert Confirms: Silence! Lotto in 2009

The rumors of the last few days are true: Philippe Gilbert is headed home.

Gilbert signed to ride for Silence-Lotto starting next year, bringing the Belgian classics rider back to Belgium. Silence were virtually invisible in the Ardennes classics, and haven't managed to launch a serious challenge at Milan-San Remo lately, so Gilbert -- who was recruited by six pro tour teams -- fits the bill nicely. Don't look for him quite as often on the cobbles, or at the Tour either.