The Züri Metzgete (or Championship of Zurich) will not be held this year, it was announced Friday morning. The ProTour race, scheduled to be held October 7, was cancelled due to financial problems.
The race had been having problems all year. In January, Marco Canonica stepped down as director of the Züri Metzgete GmbH, the race organizer. The firm and the Radfahrer Verein Zürich hoped to organize the race, but were unable to find a main sponsor for the race. One possible sponsor cancelled plans after Phonak rider Floyd Landis' positive doping test was announced after the Tour de France last year, according to the Swiss press agency, SI.