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Riders fire back after UCI floats fall Paris-Roubaix as permanent

Riders fire back after UCI floats fall Paris-Roubaix as permanent

Lappartient’s latest idea was not met with a warm response Photo by: Sirotti Should Paris-Roubaix, cycling’s most iconic single-day race, be moved to the fall?…

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Lappartient’s latest idea was not met with a warm response

Photo by: Sirotti

Should Paris-Roubaix, cycling’s most iconic single-day race, be moved to the fall?

David Lappartient, UCI’s president, casually floated the idea of moving the Spring Classics to a fall calendar spot permanently in an interview with Wielerflits.be . COVID’s shaken traditional calendars up, and Lappartient is using it as an opportunity to question some of cycling’s oldest traditions. Like the idea that Spring Classics should take place in the spring.

“End the season with the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix? That’s something we couldn’t imagine in the past,” Lappartient said. “Now I ask myself: why not? Wouldn’t that open up possibilities in the calendar when we organize these two, perhaps the two largest, monuments at the end of the year.”

Paris-Roubaix was held in the fall of 2021 due to a COVID-related postponement. The races were epic , though maybe less fun for the riders. While some thought the re-scheduled Monument would be missing some of what makes the race so special, that turned out not to be the case.

“On the contrary, this was one of the most heroic editions of ‘l’Enfer du Nord’ in history,” says Lappartient. “I spoke about this with organizer ASO. They indicated that there would never have been any consideration before to change the Paris-Roubaix date. Now they are quite different. In the future, that creates many more possibilities.”Roubaix’ muddy 2021 was epic, sure. But was it better for fans, riders, or the sport? […]

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