Philippe Gilbert to miss Classics after further struggles with Tour de France injury

The Paris-Roubaix champion will not return to defend his title as he continues to struggle with a knee injury

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Philippe Gilbert will not feature in the upcoming Classics as he continues to struggle with a knee injury suffered at the Tour de France, his Lotto-Soudal team have said.

The Belgian crashed on a rain-soaked stage one of the Tour out and back from Nice, injuring his knee. Despite finishing the stage, it was later revealed he had suffered a broken knee cap and he subsequently abandoned.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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