May 12, 2009 – The Tour de QuÃ©bec will be back on July 9-12 with five stages in the region of Quebec. This year Tour will feature four new and exciting stages. The Tour will start on the Orleans Island with a 135km road race. The second day will see riders perform over a very fast 5km individual time trial following the St-Lawrence river, just by Quebec city bridge.
Later on that day, Quebec City crowds will have the opportunity to enjoy a great show as the riders will do a 50km criterium in the area of Beauport. Last year last stage in St-Augustin will be on the Saturday with riders doing 110km. Last stage (100km) will be in St-Anne-de-BeauprÃ© on a pretty difficult course which will showcase the best riders in the overall classification battling for the victory and the KOM competition.
The stages are:
– Stage 1: ÃŽle d’OrlÃ©ans road race- 135km
– Stage 2: Boul Champlain time trial- 5km
– Stage 3: Beauport criterium – 50km
– Stage 4: St-Augustin road race – 110km
– Stage 5: St-Anne-de-BeauprÃ© road race – 110km
Race organizers Jean-Michel Lachance and Pascal Choquette already have one international team from France confirmed, Entente Cycliste Sud MÃ©diterrannÃ©e and hope to confirmed participations with some US UCI teams. “It is not too late to participate to the Tour of QuÃ©bec; accommodation is very affordable, neutral support is provided and housing might be provided on a first come first serve basis.” said the organizers. In addition to the Pro 1-2 category, the organization has put together a one day road race on July 11th in St-Augustin.
For more information visit <http://www.tourdequebec.com/>www.tourdequebec.com.