The famous Paris-Roubaix cycling race has been postponed from April 11 to October 3 due to the health situation, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Thursday. Last year, the event had already been postponed to the fall and finally canceled, for the same reason. Both the men’s race, created in 1896, and the women’s version, which was to take place for the first time.
PARIS-ROUBAIX AND PARIS-ROUBAIX WOMEN POSTPONED
The organizers of Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Roubaix Femmes take note of the decision of the Prefecture of Hauts de France to request the postponement of the events which should have taken place on Sunday April 11. pic.twitter.com/LN9II7ET8c
– Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) April 1, 2021
Since the first edition at the end of the XIXe century, only the two world wars got the better of Paris-Roubaix, between 1915 and 1918 then between 1940 and 1942, before the Covid-19 did its work.
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The new dates, October 2 for the ladies’ race and October 3 for the men’s race, were unanimously ratified by the Professional Cycling Council (CCP), meeting on Thursday 1er April by UCI President David Lappartient.
The hypothesis of a postponement or a cancellation had taken shape at the beginning of last week when the prefect of Hauts-de-France, Michel Lalande, had publicly mentioned it. In the continuity of the turn of the screw decided on Wednesday March 31 by Emmanuel Macron, in view of the health situation, the prefect decided on Thursday, ten days before the meeting whose departure was to be given in Compiègne (Oise), traditional place of kick-off of the event.
The “queen of the classics”, the last edition of which was won in April 2019 by the Belgian Philippe Gilbert, will therefore take place in the calendar next October, one week after the world championship scheduled for Louvain (Belgium).