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All five Monuments to be held in October, Lappartient claims

Joe Robinson
19 Mar 2020

Plans to push back the Spring Classics to October underway by UCI

UCI President David Lappartient has revealed plans to hold all five of cycling's Monuments in October following their forced postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first four Monuments of the year - Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege - were all postponed until further notice due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus across western Europe, with all racing suspended until the end of April.

Discussions have been taking place as to when these races could be held later in the year, and talking to France TV Sport, Lappartient earmarked October, if the season were to be pushed back a further two weeks until 31st October.

'In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be working on remodelling the calendar, taking account of how the epidemic evolves of course,' said Lappartient.

'The first possibility is to reschedule the Monuments of cycling for the autumn. To do that we can push the end of the season back by two weeks, that is until 31st October.

'In the meantime, we will also be looking at how to move the dates of certain races in order to make room for everyone.'

The last Monument of the year is Il Lombardia which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10th October. This takes place in the Lombardy region of Italy, one of the worst affected areas for the coronavirus.

As for the postponed Giro d'Italia, an autumnal date is looking likely too.

A report on Wednesday by Dutch journalist Raymond Kerchoffs claimed that RCS had worked with local authorities in Italy to start the Giro on 29th May, scrapping the Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary.

Lappartient denied these reports and revealed that he had been in discussion with organiser RCS on rescheduling the Giro d'Italia in the autumn in a shortened format with a redesigned course.

And as for the Tour de Frace, Lappartient sees no reason, as of yet, to postpone its start scheduled of 27th June in Nice.

So far, none of the postponed races have actively announced a new date while some, like E3 Harelbeke, have already conceded that they will not have an edition for 2020.

The only sticking point for the UCI and these plans could be the Tokyo Olympics.

Scheduled to take place in August, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government have asserted that the Games should be able to take place as normal.

However, if not possible, they could be pushed back to autumn scuppering Lappartient's plans of holding the first four Monuments of the year in October, a move he said would make his plans 'impossible'.