Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu├ębec (CAN) - 10.09.2010
The UCI ProTour continues to grow and expand its horizons in 2010, with the creation of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu├ębec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montr├ęal in Canada.
The two races are the only UCI ProTour events to be held in North America and represent a huge step forward for the globalization of cycling.
"Holding this international cycling competition in Qu├ębec over the next five years is part of our ongoing efforts to host international sports and cultural events,ÔÇŁ Qu├ębec Mayor R├ęgis Labeaume said when the race was officially presented last year.
ÔÇťWe hope these races will spread the European passion for high-level cycling throughout Qu├ębec and the rest of North America."
The Grand Prix Cycliste de Qu├ębec will be held on Friday September 10th in the centre of the old Qu├ębec City over a total distance of 189km. Thanks to the hilly terrain the race will include 3000 metres of climbing, making for a selective and aggressive race. Each lap is 12.6km long as it winds through Qu├ębec City and the nearby Parc des Champs-du-Bataille.
Thanks to its UCI ProTour status and support from both the Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP), and the association representing the riders, the Cyclistes Professionnels Associ├ęs (CPA), the race will see the best teams and riders on the start line.
The classics riders who excel in the hilly races such as Li├Ęge-Bastogne-Li├Ęge and the Amstel Gold Race will be favourites for victory. The race looks perfect for Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) but will also suit Damiano Cunego (Lampre) and anyone who can climb well but also has a fast sprint and a good tactical mind.