Switzerland may well have its ProTour one-day race this year. The Velo-Club Lugano has offered to hold a ProTour race on October 7, as a replacement for the Züri Metzgete.
The Zürich race organizers announced the end of April that they would probably not be able to stage the race due to financial problems. The RV Zürich still has until June 16 to give its final decision as to whether it can stage the race or not.
According to the Swiss Sportinformation news agency, the VC Lugano is willing to stage the race in cooperation with the city. The club, whose vice-president is Elio Calcagni, father of Liquigas pro Patrick Calcagni, told the UCI that it was prepared to take the date on the race calendar.