Electrical tools manufacturer Skil will be the main sponsor of Gerrie Knetemann Classic for the next three years. The route of the September 9 event, named in commemoration of the former cyclist Gerrie Knetemann, who died in 2004, follows Knetemann's training course in the north-east of the Netherlands and starts and finishes in Akersloot
"Gerrie Knetemann rode to one of the greatest victories of his career in a Skil jersey in the 1985 Amstel Gold Race. The footage from the race shown on TV after his death strengthened Skil's desire to return to professional cycling, said Skil Europe's marketing manager Robert de Rooy. "Historically, Skil is already linked with the name Gerrie Knetemann and we are delighted to support this event, part of the registration costs of which will go to children's cancer charity KiKa.'
Participants in the Gerrie Knetemann Classic can choose between a 100-km or 150-km course. Registrations are being accepted until August 23. Part of the registration cost goes to KiKa.