TEAMS FROM NINE COUNTRIES WILL RACE FOR ULTIMATE HONNOURS AT TOUR DE BEAUCE
The Tour de Beauce has become a must for many cycling teams around the World
(St-Georges, QC –May 29, 2014) The Tour de Beauce, Canada’s top domestic stage race who is celebrating its 29th edition, announced today a peloton that promises to be of high calibre featuring yet again this year some of the best cyclists hailing from 19 different countries.
Tour de Beauce, under sanction 2.2 from the International Cycling Union (UCI) will host teams from Canada, the United States and around the world for a five-day stage race on the roads of the Chaudière-Appalaches, the Eastern Townships and Quebec regions.
The intense competition will feature more than 140 cyclists from 21 professional and development cycling teams, three more teams than last year. During its 28 editions, the Tour de Beauce crowned champions from Canada, the United States, France, Australia, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, the Czech Republic, Moldova and New Zealand.
“The Tour de Beauce remains one of the most respected cycling events on the calendar. Year after year, teams from across North America and Europe make the journey here to participate in the stage race,” commented Francis Rancourt, Executive Director of the Tour de Beauce.
Rancourt added: “And this year is no exception to this rule. We were forced to refuse teams who wanted to race here in Quebec, which is a great problem to have as an organizer. It demonstrates year after year of the particular interest for the Tour de Beauce.”
The two UCI continental teams from Canada will be on the start line, with Garneau-Quebecor and Silber Pro Cycling Team.
Six of the 21 teams are from Canada, seven of the United States and eight from the international, particularly Colombia, Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden, Germany, Australia and Latvia.
Two Quebec regional teams will be present on the starting line, with Norco Bicycles / Premier Tech and Vélosélect. There will also be two other teams from Canada: Team H/R Block of British Columbia, and Ride with Rendall from Ontario.
The International presence will again by very powerful with the presence of the Team Novo Nordisk, the only pro-continental team registered with the UCI.
Also noteworthy is the presence of the always surprising team 5-hour Energy, with Bruno Langlois among its roster, Team SmartStop with Canadian Champion Rob Britton, and Team Optum-Kelly Benefits Strategies.
The Tour de Beauce is organized for the third consecutive year on the eve of Canadian Road Championships, also held by the Corporation du Grand Prix cycliste de Beauce.
For more information:
Guy Napert-Frenette, Communications, Tour de Beauce 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org | 403-669-5015