Roma Maxima cancelled for 2015, Strade Bianche confirmed and teams named
The former Giro del Lazio, which was relauched as Roma Maxima in 2013, has run into further troubles with organisers RCS Sport confirming today that the race will be put on hold due to what it terms organisational problems.
The event was first run in 1933 and ran practically without interruption until 2009. It was then shelved between that year and 2012, returning as Roma Maxima in 2013 and showcasing the Italian capital to great effect.
Blek Kadri (Ag2r la Mondiale) triumphed that year, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took the 2014 edition.
One of the most important one day races on the Italian calendar, it was due to be held on Sunday March 8.
RCS Sport has faced financial shortcomings in recent years, with the profitable Giro d’Italia helping to support other events.
On a more positive note the company confirmed today that its flagship spring one day event, Strade Bianche, will continue. It listed 18 teams as having been invited, of which a dozen are WorldTour and six are Pro Continental teams.
The WorldTour squads are Ag2r La Mondiale, Astana Pro Team, BMC Racing Team, Etixx – Quick Step, Lampre – Merida, Movistar Team, Orica Greenedge, Team Cannondale – Garmin, Team Katusha, Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo, Team Sky and Tinkoff – Saxo.
The Pro Continental team lineup is Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani CSF, Nippo – Vini Fantini, Rusvelo, Southeast Pro Cycling Team and Team Novo Nordisk.
Eight edition of the race have been held since the inaugural event in 2007. The winners during that time have been Alexandr Kolobnev (CSC), Fabian Cancellara (CSC and RadioShack Nissan), Thomas Lovkvist (Colombia High Road), Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana), Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto), Moreno Moser (Cannondale) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quick Step).
The latter beat Peter Sagan (Cannondale) to take the 2014 edition and later went on to become world champion.
The 2015 race will be held on March 7, starting in San Gimignano and finishing in the famous Piazza Il Campo in Siena.