August 9, 2010 (Ottawa, ON) – Canadian professional cyclist Dominique Rollin (Boucherville, QC) received the green light from his professional cycling team, Cervélo Test Team, to compete at the 2010 UCI Pro Tour events in Quebec and Montreal this upcoming September.
The Canadian Cycling Association added Rollin, who has been riding for a professional team since 2007, to the Canadian National team “selection pool” roster, which could allow him to be selected to the team and start the races.
The selection pool is a long list of athletes from which the Canadian Cycling Association will select the athletes representing the Canadian National Team powered by Spidertech at the Grand Prix Cycliste for the events in Québec and Montréal.
The Canadian National Team powered by SpiderTech will be announced on August 16th, 2010. The riders will be selected on various selection criteria, including their performances throughout the summer.
Earlier this month, it has been reported that officials from the Cervélo Test Team would not be entering its team in the event, a team that includes Rollin.
Other Canadian riders expected to take the start of the two events are Ryder Hesjedal (Victoria, BC), seventh at the 2010 Tour de France, with his professional team Garmin-Transitions. Michael Barry (Toronto, ON), eighth at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, is also expected to enter with his team, Team Sky.
In UCI Pro-Tour events, the hosting nation has the opportunity to enter its National Team. Canada has announced a partnership, earlier this summer, with the only Canadian UCI-registered team, SpiderTech powered by PlanetEnergy, to promote the development of elite road cycling in Canada.
Canada will be hosting stops of the UCI Pro-Tour for the next five years in both Québec and Montreal. For more information on the Grand Prix Cycliste, please click here.