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For the first time ever, a women’s Paris-Roubaix has hit the UCI calendar.
Race organizer ASO announced on Tuesday that a women’s Roubaix will take place ahead of the men’s race on October 25th, as part of the UCI’s revised calendar.
Details of the race, including start location, distance, and timelines, have not yet been released but are expected soon.
🚴♀️ For the first time, a women’s Paris-Roubaix will take place as a prologue to the men’s race. All of the practical information concerning the distance, start-line and timings is yet to be finalised but will be communicated shortly.
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“The new calendar will preserve the exceptional character of the 2020 season, marked by the professionalization of women’s road cycling with the introduction of UCI Women’s WorldTeams and new major measures such as a minimum salary for cyclists in these teams, live TV coverage of all events in the series and the integration of a women’s version of Paris-Roubaix, at the initiative of the UCI in collaboration with ASO,” said UCI president David Lappartient.
The creation of a Roubaix women’s event brings the count of Monument Classics with women’s races to three: Now, both of the ASO-run Monuments (the other being Liège-Bastogne-Liège) have women’s events, as does the Tour of Flanders, leaving only Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia without for now.