Paris-Roubaix Has Been Canceled Because of a COVID-19 Spike

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From Bicycling

  • The 2020 Paris-Roubaix cycling race, which was postponed from April to October 25, has been canceled altogether.

  • The race organizer made the decision after the French government put the area on maximum alert because of a rise in COVID-19 cases.

This year’s one-day Paris-Roubaix cycling race, which passes through northern France, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, race organizer Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) said on Friday.

The race, originally postponed from April, was supposed to take place on October 25. But Thursday’s announcement by the French government said that the city of Lille and the surrounding area had been placed on maximum alert because of rising COVID-19 infections, forcing ASO to cancel the race.

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“The decision was taken following the announcement by health minister Olivier Veran putting the Lille metropolitan area on maximum alert,” ASO said in a statement.

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Paris-Roubaix is one of the five “Monuments” of cycling—the most prominent one-day races—and is renowned for its grueling cobblestone sections. This would’ve been the first year for the long-awaited women’s edition of the race as well.

Next year’s Paris-Roubaix is currently set for April 11.

The Tour de France passed off successfully last month after it was delayed by two months because of the pandemic. The famous Grand Tour went on without a hitch, except for race director Christian Prudhomme testing positive for the virus; however, no riders tested positive during the race.

Paris-Roubaix was the last race set in France on the revised calendar this year for both the men’s and women’s WorldTour.

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