'I hope the season resumes as quickly as possible': Philippe Gilbert undeterred in pursuit of five Monuments

The Belgian says he 'fully understands' the decision to postpone Milan - San Remo, the Monument he is yet to win

Philippe Gilbert (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Much was made in the build-up to the Italian March races of Philippe Gilbert's opportunity to become only the fourth rider in history to secure victory in all five Monuments.

Milan - San Remo was the final one to tick off after his 2019 Paris-Roubaix victory, and a new three-year contract with Lotto-Soudal gave his endeavour hope. The developing coronavirus outbreak in Italy, however, means the 37-year-old will have to spend another year dreaming after the one-day race was cancelled alongside Tirreno-Adriatico and Strade Bianche.

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