June 18, 2013 – Cycling Canada is pleased to receive an invitation from race organizer Serge Arseneault to race at the Grands Prix cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal, a set of UCI WorldTour races, and will be looking to field the best possible team for the event. The Grands Prix cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal are the only UCI WorldTour races in the Americas, and attract annually the best professional cyclists in the world.
For the event, Cycling Canada will select riders to fill the eight-man team on the merit of performances throughout the season. The teams will be managed by Gord Fraser, Men Road Program Manager at Cycling Canada.
“These events are critical to providing Canadian cyclists with much needed UCI WorldTour experiences. We’ve had plenty of success in the past with our partnerships with Canadian teams, and contributed in part to the success of the Canadian Road Cycling Team, currently with a record-number of riders on the UCI WorldTour,” said Jacques Landry, High Performance Director and Head Coach at Cycling Canada.
“The Grand Prix cyclistes come at the right time during the season as we make our final preparations for the UCI World Championships, this year Italy.”
The Quebec race is slated for Friday, September 13, while the Montreal race will be held September 15.
In addition to racing the UCI WorldTour races, Team Canada is also expected to field one rider, along with three other Canadian cyclists, to the Pro Sprint Challenge.