After the announcement by David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, that there will be no Giro in 2010, supermarket chain Pick n Pay 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,” Bellairs said.
The 2010 Pick n Pay Giro del Capo presented by Cape Argus is a four-day national stage race which will be run between March 9-12. Entries for the 20 teams – 17 local and three international – are by invitation only.
“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,” said Bellairs.
“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.”