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by Mark Zalewski
February 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sunderland wins Tour de Langkawi opener; Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead; Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1; UK Sport accuses British Cycling of lack of transparency; Armstrong responds to lawsuit setback; ORICA-Scott reveal Grand Tour strategy; Nationale Sluitingsprijs race gets new life; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?; Look recalls some Aerostem clamps; Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence; Female cyclist gets revenge on harassing driver; Highlights from Cali Track World Cup; Video: Lotto-Soudal pit stop; Video: Dog vs. peloton; Yowamushi Pedals movie.
The Nationale Sluitingsprijs, a one-day semi-Classic that is traditionally one of the final races of the season, was in jeopardy of not happening this year. After 83 editions the organisers tried to sell the event, but with no buyers they were left unable to have the race this year. However, the Beglian event company Golazo has now agreed to purchase the race with the agreement that it must remain in the Putte-Kapellen region for at least five years.
“I am very pleased that there is finally clarity about the survival of the race,” said Koen Helsen of the local authority.
“The question is what will happen after five years? Golazo is after all a commercial company and you see what has happened to other cycling races. In addition I regret that local entrepreneurs were given no chance to buy the event. This removes the local anchorage and perhaps eventually [moving the race] elsewhere.”
Last year the Sluitingsprijs was part of the inaugural Napoleon Games Cycling Cup, a series of ten cycling races in Flanders and Wallonia. However, with the uncertainty of the 2017 edition the race is no longer part of the series.
Golazo is the organiser of the Eneco Tour, the Tour of Belgium and the Six Days of Ghent, among many other cycling events.
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