Paris-Roubaix could ban spectators as coronavirus clouds gather

Cycling: 115th Paris - Roubaix 2017
Peter SAGAN (SVK)/ Zdenek STYBAR (CZE)/
Compiegne Paris - Roubaix (257Km)/
PR / pool bp © Tim De Waele
(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Organisers of Paris-Roubaix are considering banning spectators from the many cobbled sectors of the race and other restrictive measures to ensure the men's and women's Classics can be held on October 25 amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in France.

The coronavirus situation has deteriorated steadily in France in recent weeks, with daily case counts far beyond the number that shuttered all racing in mid-March. In Compiègne where the men's race starts, a third of students tested for COVID-19 at a local college were positive for the virus.

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