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‘Old friend’ rides the rescue of Giro

For the second year in a row, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust has managed to save the prestigious Giro del Capo at the last minute.

After an earlier announcement by David Bellairs, Co-Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, that there will be no Giro in 2010, an “old friend” offered to help. “The Giro has been cast a lifeline by Pick n Pay. They will provide some of the financial support required in order to ensure this much-loved event remains on the 2010 cycling calendar,” he commented.

The 2010 Pick n Pay Giro del Capo presented by Cape Argus is a four-day national stage race which will be run from 9-12 March. Entries for the 20 teams, 17 local and three international, are by invitation only.

The races are as follows:

Tuesday 9 March: start and finish – Wellington
Wednesday 10 March: start and finish – Durbanville
Thursday 11 March: start and finish – Paarl
Friday 12 March: Signal Hill individual time trial

Teams will be permitted to field six riders per event but may choose a lesser number if they so desire.

As in 2009, the Giro will be run on an extremely tight and cost effective budget. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, Cycling South Africa and the National Officials Body have all committed to providing services to the event at a bare minimum cost.

“The 2010 Giro will not enjoy international status because we missed the UCI’s deadline to register the Giro on their international cycling calendar, as we were unable to do so without a sponsor.”

“We will however continue to explore all possible avenues in order to secure a title sponsor for the Giro del Capo. I am determined for the Giro to again be recognised by the UCI in 2011,” Bellairs concluded.