Paris-Roubaix in doubt as region braces for new coronavirus restrictions

Paris-Roubaix's cobblestone sectors are popular with fans
Paris-Roubaix's cobblestone sectors are popular with fans (Image credit: Getty Images)

Paris-Roubaix and the inaugural women's Paris-Roubaix may not take place at all in 2020, as local authorities brace themselves for possible new coronavirus restrictions that could make the race untenable. 

The French cobbled Classic was shifted from its usual spring date to October 25 in the restructuring of the 2020 season earlier this year, with the women's race being added to the calendar for the first time, but the new slot is now under threat amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in France following the easing of lockdown.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.