The under-23 version of Paris-Roubaix, won by Taylor Phinney the past two editions, will not be held next year due to a money crunch for race organizers.
According to a report in the French daily La Voix du Nord, event organizer VC Roubaix says rising costs will spell the end of the popular espoirs race won by several riders who’ve gone on to have successful professional careers.
“The event is well-known, but there’s not enough compensation,” VC Roubaix president Jean-Charles Canonne told La Voix du Nord. “Plus, the fee paid out to the authorities to control the race will rise from 2.40 euros per hour to 12 euros per hour. It’s unthinkable. We have 20,000 euros.”
The first edition was held in 1967 and former winners include Marc Madiot, Stephen Roche, Thierry Marie, Frédéric Moncassin, reigning world champion Thor Hushovd and Yaroslav Popovych.
Phinney is the only two-time winner of the race.
Held in late May, the 180km course was shorter than what the 240 to 260km the pros race but tackled many of the same cobblestones featured in the “Hell of the North.” Like the pro race, the U23 event finished inside the Roubaix velodrome.
The decision was reached over the weekend by the venerable cycling club, which also runs an amateur cycling team.
Club officials said they will use their budget to continue promoting its racing team as well as to try to build a covered velodrome in northern France that they hope to complete by 2012.
- 1967. Georges Pintens, (Belgium)
- 1968. Alain Vasseur, (France)
- 1969. Roger Desmaret, (France)
- 1970. Enzo Mattioda, (France)
- 1971. Louis Verreydt, (Belgium)
- 1972. Yvan Benaets, (Belgium)
- 1973. Patrick Béon, (France)
- 1974. Marc Steels, (Belgium)
- 1975. Pol Verschuere, (Belgium)
- 1976. Gérard Simonnot, (France)
- 1977. Michel Lloret, (France)
- 1978. Alfons De Wolf, (Belgium)
- 1979. Marc Madiot, (France)
- 1980. Stephen Roche, (Ireland)
- 1981. Kenny De Maerteleire, (Belgium)
- 1982. Rudy Rogiers, (Belgium)
- 1983. Frank Verleyen, (Belgium)
- 1984. Thierry Marie, (France)
- 1985. Christian Chaubet, (France)
- 1986. Vincent Thorey, (France)
- 1987. Franck Boucanville, (France)
- 1988. Laurent Bezault, (France)
- 1989. Frédéric Moncassin, (France)
- 1990. Thierry Gouvenou, (France)
- 1991. Eric Larue, (France)
- 1992. Stéphane Chanteur, (France)
- 1993. Marek Lesniewski, (Poland)
- 1994. Kurt Dhont, (Belgium)
- 1995. Damien Nazon, (France)
- 1996. Dany Baeyens, (Belgium)
- 1997. Marc Chanoine, (Belgium)
- 1998. Thor Hushovd, (Norway)
- 1999. Sébastien Joly, (France)
- 2000. Eric Baumann, (Germany)
- 2001. Yaroslav Popovych, (Ukraine)
- 2002. Michail Timoschin, (Russia)
- 2003. Sergey Lagutin, (Uzbekistan)
- 2004. Koen de Kort, (Netherlands)
- 2005. Dmitry Kozontchuk, (Russia)
- 2006. Tom Veelers, (Netherlands)
- 2007. Damien Gaudin, (France)
- 2008. Coen Vermeltfoort, (Netherlands)
- 2009. Taylor Phinney, (United States)
- 2010. Taylor Phinney, (United States)