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 Wielerlfits.nl.

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.