Paris-Roubaix organisers offered to cut cobbled sectors in desperate attempt to save April race date

ROUBAIX FRANCE APRIL 14 Florian Senechal of France and Team DeceuninckQuickStep Cobblestones Fans Public during the 117th ParisRoubaix a 257km race from Compigne to Roubaix ParisRoubaix ParisRoubaix PRBX LEnfer du Nord on April 14 2019 in Roubaix France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Peloton on the cobbles surrounded by spectators during the 2019 Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Christian Prudhomme, the director of cycling at Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO, has revealed they offered to cut some cobbled sectors of the race in the hope the 'Hell of the North' could be held on April 10 this spring, but ultimately had to bow to political pressure to postpone the race to October after French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a new three-week lockdown across the country.

The UCI agreed to reschedule the women’s Paris-Roubaix for Saturday, October 2, and the men’s race on Sunday, October 3, a week after the UCI Road Race World Championships in nearby Belgium. 

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