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L'Etape du Tour and Paris-Roubaix sportive postoned for 2020

All entrants to be issued a voucher for future events from July

Joe Robinson
8 Jun 2020

Two of the biggest amateur sportives on the calendar, L'Etape du Tour and the Paris-Roubaix Challenge, have yet to be officially cancelled for 2020 despite offering entrants refund vouchers.

Riders of both events, run by Tour de France organiser ASO, were informed that they will be issued with a voucher to use on a future sportive or allow them to access a full refund.

This led many to believe that the events had been cancelled - as Cyclist originally believed and reported, however, ASO then released a follow-up statement suggesting both sportives could still take place this year.

L'Etape du Tour tweeted a clarification:

For many participants, this seemed to contradict ASO's earlier statement that seemed to suggest neither event would take place.

In a like-for-like statement on both event websites, ASO wrote: 'As you know, the Covid-19 public health crisis has profoundly impacted sport, on an amateur and professional level. ASO hasn’t been able to organise a public event since the beginning of March.

'Within this context, on 7th May, the French Council of Ministers voted for a resolution detailing how we can respond to questions concerning the cancellation of our events. It means that up until 15th September 2020, we are able to offer you a voucher for a similar event that will be valid for 18 months instead of an immediate refund.

'You can use this voucher to sign up for more ASO events over a period of 18 months, after which, any unspent funds on the voucher will be refunded to you.'

The vouchers will be issued from mid-July and will contain further information on how they can be used.

The Tour de France, the race in which the sportive is linked to, has been given new dates of Saturday 29th August to Sunday 20th September. Additionally, the Paris-Roubaix men's and inaugural women's professional races have been pushed back until Sunday 25th October.

While the logistics of also reorganising theses amateur sportives, which attract around 16,000 riders, for new dates seem challenging, it seems ASO is optimistic it can pull it off.