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Philippe Gilbert hit with €100 fine for riding during lockdown

Joe Robinson
16 Apr 2020

Rider was caught close to his Monaco home by police

Five-time Monument champion Philippe Gilbert was slapped with a fine after being caught riding his bike in Monaco during the coronavirus lockdown. The Lotto-Soudal rider found himself paying €100 after police caught him riding through the streets of Monaco last week.

Currently, both France and Monaco have strict measures in place preventing people from riding except for essential journeys. All journeys need to have certification proofing the need for the journey, too.

The defending Paris-Roubaix champion found himself running into police after attempting to complete a short training ride.

Gilbert admitted to Monaco Info that he 'wanted to do a lap of 11 kilometres 3 or 4 times' to get 'some fresh air'.

He added, 'It is a pity, but everyone is equal before the law. It is not because I won Paris-Roubaix last year that I am allowed to do more than anyone else. As a public person, I have to set an example.'

France and Monaco, alongside the likes of Italy and Spain, have implemented strict lockdown guidelines that have all but banned riding a bike outside, especially for recreational purposes.

In Gilbert's native Belgium, riding is still permitted, albeit as a solo activity, the same as the UK.