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17th Edition GP Beauce 2002 Preview

courtesy of Grand Prix cycliste de Beauce Postes Canada

June 17, 2002 – (Saint-Georges, PQ) – The organisation of the Grand Prix
cycliste de Beauce Postes Canada worked extremely hard to discover some new
routes for the 17th edition from June 17th to June 23rd 2002.

The Grand Prix cycliste de Beauce Postes Canada will start on the
evening of June 17th with a parallel sprint event of 350 meters on
Saint-Jean Street in QuÈbec. The next day, the riders will discover the
ChaudiÔ¹re-Appalaches region during the LÈvis-Sainte-Marie stage (165 km).

Wednesday June 19th, the pack will ride 150 km on the roads of the
towns of the Bellechasse et Etchemins regions for the
Lac-Etchemin/Lac-Etchemin stage. This stage is back for a second
consecutive year. During the 4th stage on Thursday, the riders will travel
171 km from Saint-Georges to finally reach the summit of the Mont MÈgantic.

On Friday June 21st, the riders will compete in a 22 km long
individual time trial at 9h30 near Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande.

The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd will be really important for the
riders because several races will take place. First, on Saturday June 22nd,
the day will begin at 8h45 with a 112 km half-stage, which will be a loop
starting in Saint-Georges towards St-Zacharie, St-ThÈophile, St-Martin and
Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande. This half-stage will end 3 hours later where it
started. We have to mention that the bike lovers could compete in the DÈfi
VÈlo Mag La Beauce to measure themselves to the same route as the
professionals. The day will end with the famous critÈrium, downtown
Saint-Georges at 18h30. The riders will complete 32 loops of 2 km.

Finally, the Grand Prix cycliste de Beauce Postes Canada will end
with a 143 km road circuit. The riders will leave the Centre Sportif
Lacroix-Dutil of Saint-Georges at 10h30 in direction of Beauceville,
Saint-Victor, Saint-BenoÔt (2 loops) before ending with a close circuit of
a few kilometres near CÈgep Beauce-Appalaches.

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