South Africa's Giro del Capo has had a last minute change in structure, before the race kicks off today in Wellington. The event will now run as a series of four UCI 1.2 single day races, instead of a tour.
The Giro del Capo was almost called off earlier this year due to a lack of sponsorship. Last week the event had to change its format in order to comply with UCI regulations.
"We really look forward to today, when the 2009 Giro finally becomes a reality. The past few weeks have been extremely stressful, but the support of the teams participating in the Giro really has been phenomenal," said David Bellairs, co-director of the Cycle Tour Trust.
The races include:
March 4: Wellington - Wellington
March 5: Durbanville - Durbanville
March 6: Paarl - Paarl
March 8: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour