In reality Gilbert has these in his wardrobe because Assos are his shorts of choice. And when he gets his team kit he pops over to Switzerland to get an Assos pad sewn into it. This is not uncommon and no doubt publicly both the clothing sponsor, BMC and Assos will deny this. Truth isn’t always out in the open.
We’ve all done it before, the team kit is in the wash so you have to ride in old pair of shorts.
Philippe Gilbert poses for a pic on Twitter wearing Assos T FI.13_s5 shorts.
As spotted by ciclismo-espresso.com.