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Despite the increasing incidence in France, too, Paris-Roubaix will not be postponed on April 11th. "We have received the approval. The race will take place with very strict conditions and with a hygiene concept, similar to Paris-Nice. That means with very great restrictions for the spectators. It may be that some cobblestone passages are not made accessible to the public confirmed Claude Rach, who is also responsible for hygiene concepts at ASO.
 

Despite the increasing incidence in France, too, Paris-Roubaix will not be postponed on April 11th. "We have received the approval. The race will take place with very strict conditions and with a hygiene concept, similar to Paris-Nice. That means with very great restrictions for the spectators. It may be that some cobblestone passages are not made accessible to the public confirmed Claude Rach, who is also responsible for hygiene concepts at ASO.
Understandable, but disappointing for us watching race broadcasts since some of the excitement is missing without the crowds but it also could mean riders be able to ride off the cobbles in the grass/dirt alongside the roads. Which means we need rain this year more than ever!!
 
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Local authorities not confident Paris - Roubaix will be held


No. Just no. Two years in a row. I thought that we are in times when there is no cancelation of big international sport events no matter what.
 
Meanwhile races in Italy and Belgium are held..

I mean, I know that french can't help themselves and respect the law but please ffs grow up some pair, hold the event and get the authorities do their job (yeah I know it sounds silly but one can hope)
 
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Time for another French surrender joke.
The situation is a joke, if you have a proper lockdown crowds shouldn't be a huge problem and they few people cheering alongside the road in their hometowns are really not a problem. But the French police seems to be unable to do their job properly (remember the crowds at the Tour mountain stages at the end of the first week?).
 
I maybe wrong, but whilst one thinks of France as a cycling country, I feel that all they care about is the Tour (might be different in Brittany). I remember a Giro a few years ago raced through a French ski resort - there were hardly any fans out on the roadside, something mentioned by the commentator.
I'm not optimistic PR will happen next month, yet just over the border their races are happening - seemingly safely.
 
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Maybe you guys need to calm down and look at the bigger picture.
ICU capacity in Hauts de France is at 118%. Maybe a big, international bike race isn't the best idea just now.
 
But a bike race or any outdoor sporting event with no crowds, has no cause or effect relationship impact for those in ICU.

Anyway if the race is postponed the week after the World's is fine.
Yeah, for us it's fine. (For me anyway, since I'm not such a P-R fan.) But for the riders it must be very annoying. Okay, the riders who want to do WC and P-R should not be to far from each other, typewise, but still, you target that race specifically, build your shape so that you peak for it, and then it's cancelled on short term again. Maybe you would have done your whole spring differently...
 
Yeah, for us it's fine. (For me anyway, since I'm not such a P-R fan.) But for the riders it must be very annoying. Okay, the riders who want to do WC and P-R should not be to far from each other, typewise, but still, you target that race specifically, build your shape so that you peak for it, and then it's cancelled on short term again. Maybe you would have done your whole spring differently...
I don't think you would have done anything differently, honestly.
 
Maybe you guys need to calm down and look at the bigger picture.
ICU capacity in Hauts de France is at 118%. Maybe a big, international bike race isn't the best idea just now.
Race with no huge crowd, only a few people living there going outside of their home and a peloton living in a secured bubble the whole season. What bigger picture?

(Based on the fact that there would not be huge crowd indeed)
 

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