The German one-day race Rund um den Henninger Turm will change its name to the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop for 2009, the race organisers announced Friday. The Henninger brewery announced in August 2007 that it would stop its sponsorship after the 2008 edition of the race in Frankfurt, Germany, putting the 47-year-old race in jeopardy.
"The 2009 races is secured, and I hope, for the next 47 years, too," said organiser Bernd Moos-Achenbach. "After so many races have been cancelled, I am still fighting for the survival of the most important German race," said .
Team Milram, the only remaining German ProTour team, has already agreed to ride the race. "Without an elite race there is no television and without television you can't find sponsors. That's why we need big-name teams and riders," Moos-Achenbach told the dpa press agency.