Saturday 4 February 2012

Giro di Sardegna cancelled

Just days after it was announced that preparations for the 2012 Holland Ladies' Tour have been suspended while the organisation that runs it seeks new sponsorship, their counterparts at the Giro di Sardegna have revealed that they too are experiencing difficulties and have been forced to cancel this year's edition which was due to start on February the 21st.

The race began in 1958 and was held annually, except for 1979 and 1981, until 1983. It was then not held from 1984 to 1996 when it returned for two editions before vanishing again until 2009. Among others, it has been won by Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil and Roger De Vlaeminck.

Rather than lacking commercial sponsorship, organisers blame local government - stating that they have yet to be paid by towns wishing to host starts and finishes in the race and are still owed money from previous editions, leading to a 150,000 euro hole in the budget.

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