Philippe Gilbert: Every race could be the last

LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 19 Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 1 a 1956km stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2020 on February 19 2020 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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It may all end tomorrow. Strade Bianche marks the resumption of the WorldTour calendar after a four-and-a-half-month hiatus but Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) is mindful that every race on the revised UCI schedule could be the last. Such is the precarious reality of bike racing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think that’s the mentality you need to have at the re-start to this season, to say that every race could be the last race, because unfortunately, that’s the reality,” Gilbert told reporters on a video call on Friday on the eve of Strade Bianche.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.