PARIS (AP) – The iconic one-day Paris-Roubaix race was canceled Friday amid rising COVID-19 infections in northern France.
Organizers announced the decision to suspend the men’s and women’s competitions scheduled for October 25 after health authorities said the Lille area was “on high alert.”
The 118th edition of the classic race that usually takes place in spring and in which cyclists travel long roads and cobbled roads had been postponed from its original date, April 12, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will see them on the cobbled roads on April 11, 2021, to celebrate one of the greatest monuments in world cycling,” the organizers said in a statement.
The spring cycling classics have been pushed back to a European fall season, with the Liège-Bastogne-Liège race in Belgium last Sunday and the Tour of Flanders scheduled for October 18.