Following the little sentence of the prefect of the North Michel Lalande on France Bleu Nord on Monday morning, (he noticed “the sky less blue“for the race), there was not a lot hope for cycling lovers. As in 2020, the 2021 version of Paris-Roubaix will likely be postponed. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the organizer Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) will announce it in a press launch this Wednesday afternoon in response to info from France Bleu Nord.
The prefect’s suggestions
In his suggestions, the prefect of the North was not in favor of holding the race. According to him, it was too sophisticated to safe the occasion, particularly in common cobbled sectors akin to the Arenberg hole. Impossible for Michel Lalande to mobilize squadrons of gendarmerie to implement the closed door, he questioned furthermore about the races which occur in Belgium or in Italy: “You will have to explain to me the consistency with the barrier gestures and all the rest. You will have to explain to me”
Postponement or cancellation?
The Hell of the North organized by ASO ought to initially be postponed to October if a date is discovered. The UCI calendar has been reviewed and corrected in current days, the finish of the season has been postponed till the finish of October.
The “disgusted” lovers
On social networks, Paris-Roubaix lovers don’t perceive the determination. A petition is circulating to request that the take a look at be maintained, the agglomeration community of Porte du Hainaut had signed up for upkeep.