Organisers open to moving Paris-Roubaix to autumn says UCI president

Riders tackling a muddy Paris-Roubaix in October 2021
Riders tackling a muddy Paris-Roubaix in October 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The idea of moving Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders from the traditional dates at the beginning of April would once have been deemed blasphemy. Yet the hugely-successful 2021 October edition of the Hell of the North may be repeated in the future, UCI president David Lappartient has said in an interview with

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paris-Roubaix was not held in 2020 and other races were packed into the second half of the year after months of lockdown in Europe. Last season Paris-Roubaix was shifted to the first weekend in October and the wet autumn weather turned what had been a dry, fast race for decades into an epic mud-fest for the ages won by Sonny Colbrelli.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura's specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.