The coronavirus has left cycling without 'monuments' and without any spring classic. To the already confirmed suspension of the Milan-San RemoThis Tuesday the undated postponements of the three great one-day races organized by ASO (the French company that owns the Tour) in April were joined. There will be no cobblestones in Paris-Roubaix, nor walls in the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The bikes are parked and in the best possible scenario, which is already beginning to threaten the Tour, they will not start moving until June with the Dauphiné Criterium and the Tour of Switzerland, as the only possibilities to prepare a round without hardly kilometers French scheduled to kick off on Saturday June 27.
The Paris-Roubaix It was to be run on April 12, while the Walloon Arrow was reserved for the 22 of the same month and the Liège for the 26th. The Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands has not yet been suspended, but it has no chance of survival in April, in a month in which the Tour of the Basque Country has also been suspended, which joins its low with the well-known Volta.
Since the Second World War
ASO also canceled on Tuesday the long-established cycling tournaments, which were held with various routes the day before Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. "We will try and already work to try to relocate these cycling monuments," ASO said in a statement. They are careers dating back to the 19th century. The Liège classic was created in 1892 and the Paris-Roubaix in 1896, and both had only been suspended as a result of the two world wars of the last century. For example, Paris-Roubaix earned the nickname 'Northern Hell', not because of the harshness of the famous cobblestones, but because of the bleak landscape the corridors encountered after the First World War.
And what will happen to the Tour? As with the Games, nobody wants to rush and it is expected that 100 days after the start of the race in Nice the pandemic is under control. "There are 100 days left until the start of the Tour and everyone will wait immensely for the race when normalcy resumes," said Christian Prudhomme, director of the event, from Paris.