Announced this month... Canada's Alberta province (population 3.4 million) will host the newest pro cycling event on the international calendar. Scheduled for Sept 3-8, 2013, the Tour of Alberta is touted as a six-stage race, starting in Edmonton and ending in Calgary with stage routes traversing through rural Alberta in between.
The Union Internationale Cyclistes (UCI) sanctioned the Tour of Alberta as a 2.1 race, making it the highest level pro cycling event to be hosted in Canada. The race will feature up to 16 pro cycling teams with eight riders each, and that 2.1 level means that up to half of the squads could come from the Pro Tour -- the same teams which compete at the Tour de France and other major European races.
The official route and list of host communities for the Tour of Alberta will be announced in early 2013. More information can be found at www.tourofalberta.ca
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