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GP Valladolid suspended - Road World Cup down to 8 races for 2012

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We have seen a lot of women's races disappear from the calendar in recent years, and of course, Spain is having major economic problems, but in general, women's races are usually safe when it's the Olympic season. So it's a shock to see Velonation report that GP Valladolid, the Spanish round of the women's Road World Cup, has been suspended. From the VN article:

While the RFEC statement does not elaborate as to the reason for the race’s suspension, it can be assumed that it has been cancelled due to the organisers’ difficulties in raising sponsorship and funding. A number of Spanish races have come under threat this season, as the Spanish economy suffers more than many others in Europe, including the WorldTour Volta a Catalunya - which is running currently - Vuelta a Pais Vasco, and Clasica San Sebastian.

The big men’s races have managed to obtain the necessary support at the last minute from a number of different sources, but it seems that the GP Valladolid has not.

This is a real blow, reducing the World Cup and hitting the mini Spanish season that saw the biggest names in the peloton head to Spain for the race and stay for the warm-up races at the Basque mini-stage race, Emakumeen Bira.

Last year I wrote about the issues the women's calendar has had, which puts this in a bit of (bad) perspective - and VN give a bit more context re the World Cup:

The Women’s World Cup will now have just eight races; the only years that have had fewer rounds were 1998 - its first year - and 2000 - its third; the number peaked in 2006, with twelve races, but has been fixed on nine since 2010. The loss of the event in June now means that there will be a gap of more than three months between the Tour of Chongming Island, on May 13th, and the Open de Suède Vargarda team time trial, on August 17th.

I'll be interested in seeing what the UCI has to say about this - I just wish we'd known there was a threat to the race earlier, so we could have tried to do something about it. Thanks to Monty. for spotting this.