The hypothesis of a postponement or a cancellation had taken shape at the beginning of last week when the prefect of Hauts-de-France Michel Lalande had publicly mentioned it. In the continuity of the turn of the screw decided on Wednesday by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, in view of the health situation, the prefect decided Thursday, ten days before the appointment which was to be given in Compiègne (Oise), a traditional place departure.
“Hell of the North” will follow the Worlds
The cycling monument will therefore take place just one week after the world road championships, also organized in Flanders, on the Belgian side. This will have the merit of recalling the traditional Tour of Flanders – Paris-Roubaix sequence. It’s been two years now that cyclists have not beaten the pavement on “the hell of the North”. Already in 2020, the classic Paris-Roubaix had been postponed from spring to autumn to be finally canceled due to the second wave of the pandemic.
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