“It’s 99.99% done.” For this good connoisseur of Paris-Roubaix, there is hardly any doubt. However, no decision has yet been officially taken. But the famous cobblestone race, initially scheduled for Sunday April 11, should be postponed due to the health context. All that remains is to choose the right timing to announce the shift in the fall of the Hell of the North.
The decision could fall on Wednesday in the wake of new government announcements on the country’s health situation.
A postponement on October 17 or 24?
Despite long discussions between ASO, organizer of the event, with the authorities, despite the mobilization of local elected officials in favor of maintaining the race, as the Belgian neighbors do, the prefect of the North remains inflexible. No question of taking the slightest risk and mobilizing the police in an already very tense health context in Hauts-de-France
“We have the feeling that Paris-Roubaix is considered as a simple patronage race,” laments a person close to the file. Unless there is a last minute turnaround, the cycling monument, already canceled in 2020, is heading for a postponement to the fall. The dates of October 17 or 24 are now being considered. If the health situation improves by then …