The UNIQA Classic race (2.1) will not be held this year, Otto Flum, president of the Austrian Cycling Federation announced Thursday. The race had been scheduled for May 1-4, but had scheduling problems, being up against, for example, the ProTour race Henninger Turm on May 1. "We would not have been able to assemble a good starting field for these dates," Flum said. "When Rabobank recently cancelled its participation in the UNIQA Classic, we decided we had to cancel the race. Of course we're not happy about it."
The Federation is thinking of alternative plans, so that the race can be held again in 2007 with a strong field. "We will try to come into the ProTour next year with the Austrian Tour, then we could also get a better date for the UNIQA Classic," Flum said.