"Paris-Roubaix will survive but we must reach out to the small organizers", judge Madiot

While Paris-Roubaix has been officially postponed to October 3, Marc Madiot asks cycling authorities to “reach out to small organizers” so that they are not harmed after this postponement.

The disappointment is bound to be immense for the world of professional cycling. Originally scheduled for April 11, Paris-Roubaix was officially postponed to October 3 due to the health situation, as announced on Thursday by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the organizer ASO.

Since the pessimistic statements last week by Michel Lalande, prefect of Hauts-de-France, the race already seemed doomed, even if ASO tried until the last moment to propose solutions. In vain,. The first edition of the women’s race is also postponed to October 2.

“We are going to adapt as cycling has done,” said Lavenu

While the Flemish classics campaign will continue this Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, the new turn of the screw decreed in France by Emmanuel Macron this Wednesday was definitely the best of Paris-Roubaix.

“There are priorities that are given by the government. You have to know how to respect it, that’s how it is, conceded for RMC Sport Vincent Lavenu, manager of the AG2R-Citroën training. What is essential is to ‘First that health is preserved for everyone and that the trials do not disappear. We will adapt, as cycling has been able to do since 2020. With happiness and rigor. The organization, as it has been conceived, made it possible not to develop clusters in the past. We must continue on this line and adapt to situations. “

The date of October 3, unanimously ratified this Thursday by the various cycling players, was chosen due to the absence of another World Tour race on the same day. The “Queen of the classics” will be held a week after the world championship, scheduled this year in Leuven, Belgium. Manager of the Groupama-FDJ training and double winner in the past of Paris-Roubaix, Marc Madiot nevertheless has some fears.

Concerns about the timing

“I can understand the postponement of the event. My concern is more in the organization of the calendar: I hope that we will be able to reach out to the small organizers on the dates initially planned for the weekend of October , launched Madiot, also vice-president of the National Cycling League (LNC). Paris-Roubaix will live, survive and continue. But this should not be to the detriment of small organizations that take place on these dates in the month of ‘October.”

The Tour de Vendée, the last round of the French Cycling Cup, should normally take place on October 3. The two previous rounds of this national challenge, the Route Adélie de Vitré and the Classic Loire-Atlantique, had respectively found their place in the calendar on October 1 and 2. Logically, the best riders will favor Paris-Roubaix to the detriment of these French events.

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