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Tour of Alberta announces cities and course for second annual event

The Tour of Alberta, whose inaugural tour launched last year with rave reviews, announced the participation of two top-ranked world teams, the 2014 overall course with host communities, and a new presenting partner earlier today.

The 2014 Tour of Alberta will reverse last year’s directions, with the Grand Depart taking place in Calgary and Edmonton will host the Tour’s overall finish. The cities of Lethbridge, Innisfail, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, and Strathcona County will also participate as either a host start or finish community for this year’s Tour of Alberta.

“The commitment by our host communities is fundamental,” said Duane Vienneau, the Tour of Alberta’s Executive Director. “They are true partners in every sense of the word. Through their commitment, we will be able to stage a second and successful race across the Province of Alberta.”

The opening weekend will be hosted by the city of Calgary, the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The opening ceremonies and other special events will kick off this year’s race with the first race day commencing on Tuesday, September 2. The opening stage will be a short time trial called a prologue, an individual race against the clock. The top finisher and rider with the lowest time will be the race’s leader.

Lethbridge will play host to Stage 1 of the race on Wednesday, September 3. The world-class field will start and finish in Lethbridge, a first-time host city for the event, and compete on a circuit with both hills and flat plains along the route.

Stage 2 on Thursday, September 4, will start in Innisfail and finish in Red Deer. Red Deer played host to a stage finish in 2013. This year will mark Innisfail’s first host community experience as a part of the Tour.

The next three stages will be contested in and around Edmonton.

"Edmonton is once again proud to host the Tour of Alberta cycling race and we're excited to host the finest professional cyclists in the country," said Mayor Don Iveson. "The 2014 Tour of Alberta is also another great opportunity to showcase our city to the world."

Stage 3 starts in first-time host Wetaskiwin and routes into Edmonton. Stage 4 will start in Edmonton and finish at Strathcona County, a start host city in 2013. The finale, in a reverse of last year, will start and finish in Edmonton’s downtown core with a circuit race.

“The Tour of Alberta is an exhilarating event for Albertans that also has a huge economic impact on communities across the province. As an internationally broadcast event, it’s a great opportunity to highlight the Edmonton experience, our hidden gems, down-to-earth culture, and our volunteer spirit,” said Brad Ferguson, President and CEO of Edmonton Economic Development.

Exact routes by stage will be released this summer.

For more information, please visit www.tourofalberta.ca 

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