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Star-studded roster announced for Tour of Alberta

Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, World’s No. 2-ranked Peter Sagan and Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal are highlights of the star-studded roster announced today for the inaugural Tour of Alberta, September 3-8.

Cadel Evans, of BMC Racing Team, is the 2011 Tour de France winner. Peter Sagan, of Cannondale Pro-Cycling, is the current world’s No. 2-ranked rider. Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Sharp is the 2012 Tour of Italy winner.

“We’re elated to announce the participation of some of the world’s top cyclists, which confirms our intentions of making this a great field in the inaugural year of the Tour,” said Executive Director Duane Vienneau. “To have a former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, one of the most prolific winners today in professional cycling in Peter Sagan, and Canadian cycling hero and a Tour of Italy champion Ryder Hesjedal in the same race is amazing, and will make for a spectacular experience for everyone involved.”

The official rosters of the 15 professional cycling teams participating in the Tour have also been announced.

“We’ve certainly attracted a top-notch field for the first Tour of Alberta,” said Jim Birrell, Tour of Alberta race director and managing partner at Medalist Sports, the technical partner for the event. “The people of Alberta, and all of Canada, will be able to see Tour de France and Olympic heroes as well as many former and current national champions of their countries.”

Among the other top riders announced are current Canadian National Champion Zach Bell, 2012 Canadian National Champion Ryan Roth, both of Champion System; current U.S. National Champion Fred Rodriguez; former Tour of Utah stage winner Jacob Keough of UnitedHealthcare team; Edmonton native Ryan Anderson and current U.S. time trial champion Tom Zirbel, both  of Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies; Will Routley of the Canadian National Team; and Spaniard Francisco Mancebo, a former Tour of Utah winner and top 10 Tour de France finisher, riding for 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda Racing Team.

The race will feature more than 20 professional cyclists from Canada and athletes from more than 20 countries.

“We are committed to building Canadian cycling through this event,” said Brian Jolly, the Tour of Alberta chairman. “This event is not only great for Alberta but all of Canada. We are introducing a world-class event to Canada with a world-class field. We’re on the right track for success.”

Click here for complete rosters.

An exciting range of Alberta culture, food and entertainment will be at the heart of 10 community festivals held at each start and finish line for the six days of the Tour.

About The Tour of Alberta: Canada’s Pro-Cycling Festival is a six-day stage race scheduled to be held September 3 to 8, 2013.  The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling’s governing body, awarded the inaugural Tour of Alberta with a 2.1 sanctioning in September 2012, making it one of the highest level pro cycling events in Canada, and one of the highest level events in North America. An annual event beginning in 2013, the event will be broadcast live daily in Canada on Sportsnet, and broadcast internationally on various networks, as it is expected that the event will host riders from over 20 countries around the world.                           

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