No Giro del Lazio in 2009

Date clash seals fate of 75th edition

Giro del Lazio organiser RCS Sport has announced that this year's edition of the race - the 75th - has been cancelled.

Citing organisation difficulties encountered due to the proximity of the event to the Memorial Cimurri, the name behind races such as the Giro d'Italia and Milan-Sanremo decided to cancel the 2009 edition.

The Memorial Cimurri will take place on October 3 whilst the Giro del Lazio was slated for the next day. The dates have prompted RCS Sport to declare it's looking for an alternative slot on the calendar for next season, according to

"The spatial distance of the two commitments - according to RCS Sport - means each of the two races can't be run with the best possible teams. So for the Giro del Lazio we are looking at a different place on the international calendar," explained the organiser.

Won last year by Francesco Masciarelli, the semi-classic's palmares boasts Italian greats such as Michele Bartoli, Paolo Bettini, Andrea Tafi, Gianni Bugno, Maurizio Fondriest and Francesco Moser.

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