Money problems cancel Setmana Catalana, endanger Vuelta a Aragon

Financial problems have caused the organizers to cancel two major Spanish stage races, the Setmana...

Financial problems have caused the organizers to cancel two major Spanish stage races, the Setmana Catalana and the Vuelta Ciclista a Aragon, it was announced Wednesday. "The basic reason is that it has been impossible to raise enough money to put on a race to the standards expected and met in previous editions," said Catalana organiser Esport Ciclista Barcelona. "We are confident that the issues affecting professional cycling, and as a result the Setmana Catalana, will soon be resolved so that we can put on a race next year."

Arturo Lopez, of the Vuelta a Aragon, said that the race faces "the same problems as other races" and that the management "is not able to cover the budget." However, he said that there is still a small chance that the race could still be held, noting that "as of February 2 we will know definitely whether it can be run or if we must suspend it."

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