Grand Prix Cycliste de MontrÃ©al (CAN) - 12.09.2010
The Grand Prix Cycliste de MontrÃ©al is the second half of the new Canadian weekend of UCI ProTour racing in 2010.
Following the Grand Prix Cycliste de QuÃ©bec on Friday September 10th, the riders and the race entourage will travel by train between the two cities, with organisers combining sport and tourism thanks to themed train wagons and the possibility to see the riders close up. The Grand Prix de MontrÃ©al will be held on Sunday September 12th.
The two races are additions to the UCI ProTour but Montreal has a special place in the hearts of cycling fans. It hosted the 1974 UCI Road World Championships, the Grand Prix des AmÃ©riques professional race between 1988 and 1992 and hosts a round of the UCI Women Road World Cup.
Canadaâs Steve Bauer won the first edition of the Grand Prix des AmÃ©riques in 1988, with Jorg Muller, Franco Ballerini, Eric Van Lancker and Federico Echave adding their names to the raceâs list of winners.
The legendary Eddy Merckx won the world title in 1974 and the 2010 Grand Prix de MontrÃ©al will use much of the same circuit through the spectacular Parc du Mont-Royal in the centre of MontrÃ©al. The race will cover 193.6 km with a total of 2600 metres of climbing. Just like the Grand Prix Cycliste de QuÃ©bec, the Grand Prix Cycliste de MontrÃ©al will suit an aggressive classics rider who knows how to win a sprint.
"This is a huge win for QuÃ©bec and MontrÃ©al, which now rank among the world's great cycling destinations,â said Serge Arsenault, President of Grand Prix Cycliste UCI ProTour QuÃ©bec-MontrÃ©al as Canada regains its place in the world of cycling.