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Paris-Roubaix cancelled for the first time since 1942

Joe Robinson
9 Oct 2020

The best Cobbled Classic, Paris-Roubaix, will not be held in 2020 following a surge in Covid cases in the local area

Paris-Roubaix has been cancelled due to issues surrounding the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

The race organiser confirmed on Friday morning that the men's race and inaugural women's race would not take place after French Health Minister Olivier Veran put the Lille Metropolitan area on maximum alert due to a surge in coronavirus cases.

The statement confirming the cancellation reads: 'At the request of the Prefet du Nord, Prefet des Hauts de France and following the Health Minister Oliver Verans's announcement yesterday, to place the Lille Metropolitan area on maximum alert, the 118th edition of Paris-Roubaix and the 1st edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes originally scheduled to take place on the 25th October, will not be organised.'

The official press release stated that the race will now return for next year's edition on Sunday 11th April 2021.

Both races were originally set to take place on Sunday 12th April but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The UCI and ASO then managed to rearrange the races for the end of October, the final one-day Classic in the WorldTour calendar.

However, minister Veran has been forced to put the cities of Lille Metropole, Lyon, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne into 'maximum alert' as of Saturday morning due to a recent surge in cases.

As reported in French media, France has recorded 18,700 new cases in the past 24 hours, its highest total since implementing wide-scale testing. Among these tighter restrictions is the forbidding of any outdoor event with over a 1,000 people.