• Peter Sagan attacked from more than 50km to go and went on to win the 2018 Paris-Roubaix. Image: ASO / B.Bade.
    Peter Sagan attacked from more than 50km to go and went on to win the 2018 Paris-Roubaix. Image: ASO / B.Bade.

Paris-Roubaix The Latest To Fall In COVID-19 Crisis

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In the current climate it may come as no surprise, but it's still shocking to imagine April without the Paris-Roubaix.

But for 2020 that will be the case - the Hell of the North will not go ahead as scheduled.

Nikolas Maes, the Ettix-Quick Step rider pictured falling during the pile up where Mitch Docker (ORICA) suffered severe facial injuries. Ventoso argues that Maes suffered the deep gash on his knee after coming into contact with a disc brake during this crash. But there are no disc brake equipped bikes in the vicinity according to this image that Mat Brett of Road.cc captured.
One of the regular mass crashes in the annual Paris-Roubaix, the most anticipated and exciting 1-day race of the year.

Organisers ASO, parent company of many of the major races including the Tour de France, issued a statement to give the news.

"As part of the fight against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19), Amaury Sport Organisation, with the agreement of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has decided to not organise Paris-Roubaix (12th April) race on its scheduled date," the announcement read.

"In close collaboration with the UCI and with the assistance of the other parties concerned, the organisers have already begun working to try to organise new dates for these monuments, races to which teams, riders and spectators are deeply attached. Organisers said the Paris-Roubaix Challenge cyclosportive will also be postponed."

A number of other major races were also cancelled or postponed overnight, these include the Men's & Women's Tour of Yorkshire and the 1-day classics the men’s and women’s Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

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