Philippe Gilbert: If teams are reduced beyond six riders let's just race as individuals

The Belgian speaks on the decision to reduce squad numbers for Milan - San Remo, where he will try and win his fifth different Monument

Philippe Gilbert (Jonas Verheyen/Lotto Soudal)

(Image credit: Jonas Verheyen)

Philippe Gilbert has said if squads are reduced beyond the six-riders being implemented at next week's Milan - San Remo, the peloton might as well race as individuals.

The Belgian was speaking ahead of a potentially career-defining week in Italy, where he will race Strade Bianche and Milano-Torino in the build-up to Milan - San Remo, where he will try and claim his fifth different Monument victory.

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