Philippe Gilbert says he doesn't understand how World Championships crash happened

The Belgian abandoned the Yorkshire Worlds men's road race after crashing at the start of the Harrogate circuit

Philippe Gilbert during the men's road race of the Yorkshire Worlds (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Philippe Gilbert has said he doesn't understand the fall that caused him to abandon the men's road race of the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships.

The Belgian crashed as the peloton entered the Harrogate circuit with 120km of racing remaining, getting back on his bike and completing one lap before abandoning in tears.

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