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Sparkassen-Münsterland-Giro announced

Münster, Germany, will host the new "Sparkassen-Münsterland-Giro" in early October. The race has been given a 1.1 UCI ranking, and will run for 200 km around the Münster area. The plans for the race arose from the cancellation of the Gronigen-Münster race, which was not held in 2005 because of financial problems.

The race for the pros will be accompanied by "Everyman" races of varying distances and the student championships. "Münster and its surroundings are the cycling capital of Germany and deserve a first-class race," said former T-Mobile pro Rolf Aldag. "In the Sparkassen-Münsterland-Giro, I see the chance to confirm and improve the reputation of the city and area as a top region for cycling, both professional and as hobby."

The race is to be held on October 3, the Day of German Unity, a national holiday. Team Gerolsteiner and Team Milram have already announced plans to participate.

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