Cycling’s Paris-Roubaix ‘Monument’ classic , which was due to be raced on October 25, has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 crisis, organisers said on Friday.
The men’s and inaugural women’s races have been cancelled by local authorities following French health minister Olivier Veran’s announcement on Thursday that the Lille metropole was being placed under maximum COVID-19 alert.
France’s new daily COVID-19 infections were above the record 18,000 threshold for the second day on Thursday, while the number of people treated in hospital for the disease was up.
Paris-Roubaix, also known as “the Queen of the Classics”, was initially scheduled in April but was postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis.
“At the request of the Prefet du Nord, Prefet des Hauts de France and following Health Minister Olivier Veran’s announcement yesterday, that placed the Lille Metropolitan area on maximum alert, the 118th edition of Paris-Roubaix (UCI WorldTour) and the 1st edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes (UCI Women’s WorldTour), originally scheduled to take place on the 25th October, will not be taking place,” organisers ASO said in a statement.
“Paris-Roubaix, an incredibly popular event and one that is met with great enthusiasm every year, had already been postponed from its original 12th of April date following the containment measures put in place in spring to fight against the spread of COVID-19.
“We would like to warmly thank the communities and event partners who supported us in this postponement as well as those who were, like us, delighted to see the Queen of the Classics even in the autumn.”
The next edition will take place on April 11, 2021, ASO added. “We will see you on the cobblestones on the 11th April 2021 to celebrate one of the greatest monuments in world cycling.”
ASO also organised the Tour de France, which was held from Aug. 29-Sept. 20 after the race was postponed from its usual July slot.
The whole cycling calendar was reshuffled in April, with the Giro d’Italia, initially scheduled in May-June, having started last Saturday.