Saxo Bank’s José Juan Haedo on Sunday won the inaugural Tour de Mumbai, India’s first UCI-sanctioned pro race.
The Argentinian sprinter took the $50,000 first prize after shaking free of German Dirk Mueller (Nutrixxion-Sparkasse), on the final lap of the 100-kilometer 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 (Tabriz Petrochemical) 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 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.