Gilbert: Better to have a race with no crowds than no race at all

Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) on the stage 4 time trial at the 2020 Paris-Nice
Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) on the stage 4 time trial at the 2020 Paris-Nice (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Lotto Soudal's Philippe Gilbert has told the Belgian media that he's looking forward to returning to racing at Strade Bianche on August 1, but remains extremely wary of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, and says that if he and his colleagues have to race without spectators when, and if, racing resumes, that it's better than having no racing at all.

"I like watching other sports, and Formula 1 has been able to resume without any spectators," Gilbert told Belgian public-service broadcaster RTBF on Monday. "It's true that it does feel a bit weird, but at least there's some racing, which is the main thing, and there's television coverage and media to follow what happens.

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