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Cycling race cancelled after terror arrests

Frankfurt police decided to cancel a cycling event in the city planned for Friday. The decision came after they discovered a bomb and arrested a couple suspected of planning terrorist attacks.

The investigative police service in the state of Hessen, where Frankfurt is located, announced on Thursday evening that they were pulling the plug on the cycling race around the Germany's financial capital on May 1, which is a public holiday.

Authorities said that there was no positive proof that the race was the target of a terrorist attack, but a statement cited "clear convergences between the race route and the movements of the people taken into custody."

The statement continued: "Because of the unclear security situation at the moment and its possible connection to the race, we have no choice but to cancel the event."

"We in complete disbelief here," said a spokeswoman for the Rund um den Henninger-Turm Race. Among the sceduled participants in the 206.9 kilometer race was German professional cycler John Degenkolb.

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