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Monday, July 12, 2010

2010 Tour De Mumbai - India


Haedo Takes Tour de Mumbai

Argentina's Jose Juan Haedo on Sunday won the inaugural Tour de Mumbai, India's first professional cycling race sanctioned by the sport's governing body. The Team Saxo Bank sprinter took the 50,000-dollar first prize after shaking free of Germany's Dirk Mueller, from Team Nutrixxion-Sparkasse, on the final lap of the 100-kilometer (60-mile) course.

The pair had been part of a six-man breakaway for much of the race, which took place in searing temperatures in Mumbai's northern suburbs, but they struck out together with four of the 36 laps to go.

German rider Tobias Erler, from the Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team, was third. He also took the 5,000-dollar sprint prize.

The event boasted more than 100 riders, including Australian sprinter Baden Cooke, who was fourth, and fellow countryman Stuart O'Grady, who finished in the peloton.

The race was part of a wider mass participation "cyclothon" event for children and adults designed to raise the profile of cycling in cricket-obsessed India, as well as improve health and fitness. link

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