Lizzie Deignan: Paris-Roubaix move is a shame but I have to adapt

Trek-Segafredo’s Lizzie Deignan races to victory at the 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Trek-Segafredo’s Lizzie Deignan races to victory at the 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Lizzie Deignan’s hopes of racing over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix this spring were dashed when organisers ASO confirmed that the race would move to October due to the coronavirus pandemic and recent lockdown across France. 

For Deignan, the news comes as a blow to her spring campaign after the former road world champion built part of her season around the cobbled Women’s WorldTour race. The 2020 version – and the inaugural women’s event - was cancelled for similar public health reasons, but its recent spring postponement leaves a hole in the calendar between this weekend’s Tour of Flanders and the start of the Ardennes in just over a fortnight.

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