After weeks of hesitation over whether Paris-Roubaix would go ahead in April, organizers announced on Thursday that the phenomenon has been postponed until October due to COVID-1 9.
The women’s and men’s races will now be held over two days instead of on the same day. With the April 11 year off the table, the inaugural women’s race is now set to be held on Saturday, October 2, with the men’s hasten set to be held the following day, Sunday, October 3.
” The brand-new dates were approved by the stakeholders in men’s and women’s professional artery cycling( organisers, units and riders ), following a consultation process involving organisers and other stakeholders ,” read a statement from the UCI.
” This decision follows the decision of the competent French authorities to prohibit the holding of the 2021 volume of Paris-Roubaix- men and women- on the appointments scheduled in the UCI International Road Calendar in the context of the current health situation .”
Paris-Roubaix did not take place at all in 2020 due to COVID-1 9; it was initially postponed from its traditional April date, and then it was cancelled altogether. The 2021 publication was scheduled for April as normal, but in recent weeks it became increasingly uncertain whether it would be possible to hold the incident. France recently increased COVID-1 9 rules across the country, and events have been tiding in Northern France in particular.
According to L’Equipe, the ASO considered implementing various measures in order to keep the April date for the contest, but the government ultimately decided against allowing the race to go ahead.
” We had hope when we realized the patrol of the course on the spot, at the end of last week with the police and the gendarmerie, because we were then in search of concrete, tangible answers ,” ASO director of cycling Christian Prudhomme said.” The point was to see if by removing certain sectors, we could have more easily comprised the potential audience. It was a’ recce’ roughly meter-by-meter, where the objective was to see how to block the road, what invention to put in place, what expose, what barrier … It was very thorough, but it didn’t work. We did not get assent .”
Unable to hold the contest on the contrived time, the organiser sought new dates, and the request was granted.
” For the UCI and the cycling parish, it is most important that both races could take place in 2021, and I am happy that brand-new dates suitable for all parties have been known ,” UCI President David Lappartient said in the UCI’s statement.” Paris-Roubaix is one of the Monuments of the UCI WorldTour calendar, while Paris-Roubaix Women will be held for the first time this year as part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. It was therefore essential to find, together with all parties concerned, an appropriate postponement date, in keeping with the status of this mythical event so much appreciated by riders and supporters, and whose female riders are looking for contesting in the inaugural women’s edition .”
The new October years for Paris-Roubaix come one week after the UCI Road World Championships in Belgium, which are likely to suit the stars of the cobbled Classics.
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