Paris-Roubaix 2020 is officially canceled. The Monument Race, which was supposed to be held on October 25, was canceled because the Lille Metropolitan area was in the maximum alert status for Covid-19.
The cancellation of the Paris-Roubaix 2020 was announced Friday (9/10) afternoon. The race nicknamed “Queen of the Classic” was supposed to be held last April 12. The Covid-19 pandemic has postponed the schedule for this event to October 25. Unfortunately, this pandemic has prevented Paris-Roubaix from being held this year.
“At the request of the Préfet du Nord, Préfet des Hauts de France, and following the announcement of Health Minister Olivier Véran that put the Lille Metropolitan area on maximum alert, Paris-Roubaix issue 118 and the first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes, originally scheduled to take place on October 25 , will not be held, “said the caption on its official page.
The suspension of this year’s races is the first time in 72 years. Paris-Roubaix was never held during World War I in 1915 to 1918. Then, the race was also canceled during World War II in 1940 to 1942. Last year this race was won by a rider from Belgium, Philippe Gilbert.
Paris-Roubaix 2020 is initially set to complete the cycling ‘Super Week’ on October 25th. At that time the last stage of the Giro d’Italia will take place, which will compete for a time trial race in Milan, while the peloton Vuelta a Espana must conquer the Tourmalet.
Additionally, the rescheduled Paris-Roubaix 2020 will mark the debut of the first female edition of the Classic cobbled. Drivers Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen and Marianne Vos stand in line to compete for the inaugural title.
“We would like to warmly thank the community and event partners who supported us in this postponement as well as those who, like us, are delighted to see” Queen of the Classics “take place in the fall,” they explained.
The organizer also announced the Paris-Roubaix 2021 schedule. “We will see you on the rocks on April 11, 2021 to celebrate one of the greatest monuments in world cycling,” said the organizer.