Danish Crown Princess Mary patroness of Women's World Cup

The first Danish World Cup ever will be decorated with royal splendour, as her royal highness, Crown...

The first Danish World Cup ever will be decorated with royal splendour, as her royal highness, Crown Princess Mary will be patroness when the international bike race is held in Aarhus on July 30, 2006.

In a letter from the Chief of the Court, it says that "Her Royal Highness, the Crown Princess, will be happy to patronage the UCI Women's World Cup."

Race organizer, Jesper Tikiøb, is very enthusiastic about Crown Princess Mary having accepted to be patroness. "We are very happy and proud about it. To us it's a signal that the Crown Princess wants to support a large and international sporting event. The World Cup for women is the beginning of what we hope, will become a great co-operation with the International Cycling Union, UCI - so altogether we're very pleased that Mary has chosen to patronage exactly this event."

The race is one out of 13 World Cup races being held during the 2006 season, in twelve different countries all over the world. In Aarhus, a 45 km team time trial challenging six riders at a time will take place, with approximately 25 teams expected.

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