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Paris-Roubaix 2021 officially postponed until October

Will Strickson
1 Apr 2021

Following rumours and speculation over whether the race would go ahead this April, UCI has now confirmed new dates of 2nd and 3rd October

Paris-Roubaix has been officially postponed and will now take place in October, with the inaugural women's race pushed to Saturday 2nd October and the men's race to Sunday 3rd.

This follows weeks of speculation and rumour after the French regions through which the Hell of the North passes went into lockdown, and with a three-week national lockdown now being imposed in France the UCI has confirmed that the planned 11th April date is no longer viable.

Christian Prudhomme, cycling director of race organiser ASO, said, 'An eminently popular classic, coveted by many great champions, followed by millions of fans and televised in 190 countries, Paris-Roubaix is also a source of pride for the whole of the Hauts de France region, which comes together every year with great enthusiasm.

'It is anchored in the region. It is part of its history. This is why we are pleased to announce that the Queen of the Classics will return in 2021 and that the competitors of the first ever women's edition will also discover its legendary route.'

Meanwhile UCI president David Lappartient said, 'For the UCI and the cycling community, it was very important that both races could take place in 2021, and I am delighted that new dates suitable for all parties have been found. 

'It was essential to find, together with all parties concerned, an appropriate postponement date, in keeping with the status of this mythical event so much appreciated by riders and fans, and whose female riders are looking forward to competing in the inaugural women's edition.'

The new dates mean that the best race on the cycling calendar is now due to go ahead just a week after the UCI Road World Championships races, which are being held this year in Flanders, so we'll still get our Flanders/Roubaix double of sorts.