Argentinian journalist Marcelo La Gattina reported today via his Twitter that Tour de San Luis, country’s most important cycling race, would not run in 2017 due to financial problems.
Since it began in 2007, top cyclists began racing in San Luis in January. This year, Nairo Quintana, Peter Sagan and Vincenzo Nibali lined up. Quintana placed third, while his brother and teammate Dayer Quintana won the overall.
The race attracted many of the climbers and sprinters, with a mix of mountains and flat stages in a less intense environment than its WorldTour calendar rival Tour Down Under.
The entire road cycling calendar will be different in 2017 with several races promoted to WorldTour status. Following the Tour Down Under, cyclists can continue to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race which received a place in the WorldTour calendar.
Reports suggest that the women’s Tour de San Luis will go ahead as planned in January, having secured sufficient funding from other sponsors and organisers are hoping to resurrect the men’s race for 2018.
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