David Lappartient refuses to rule out Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix held in October as UCI propose calendar overhaul

As the UCI plan to overhaul the road cycling calendar, President David Lappartient has refused to rule out moving around two of the biggest races of the year.

“Due to the corona pandemic, we were forced to move both races to October, but in the end the fans thought it was fantastic," Lappartient explains in quotes collected by Wielerflits, referencing both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. "It's not that we absolutely have to do that again, but we don't rule it out either. The most important thing is that the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix follow each other on the calendar. After all, these are two races that require the same preparation.”

Lappartient hasn't exactly been the most popular figure in the cycling world recently following his comments on the Cyclocross World Cup. Whether these radical changes would appease his critics or incite them further remains to be seen but the President does indeed have big plans.

"Why not exchange Liège-Bastogne-Liège with Il Lombardia? Again: it is just an example, but you have already been warned,” he concludes, also mentioning the fact the Vuelta a Espana may move position in the calendar due to the Spanish heat.

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