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Garmin-Sharp and Belkin will be among the teams to compete in the second Tour of Alberta in September. The race organization unveiled its host cities Wednesday and will kick off with a prologue in Calgary and finish six days later with a circuit race in Edmonton.
“I loved the Tour of Alberta last year. It had plenty of challenges throughout the whole race and I think the fact it was the inaugural Tour of Alberta made it all the more special to me,” 2013 winner Rohan Dennis (Garmin) said in a press release. “The race itself was organized perfectly. I am looking forward to being around the people of Alberta. I honestly could not believe how friendly everyone was. It’s an important race for me and the team this year.”
The tour will reverse course in 2014, starting in Calgary and finishing in the capital of Edmonton. New host cities include Lethbridge (stage 1), Innisfail (stage 2), and Wetaskiwin (stage 3).
“The commitment by our host communities is special,” said executive director Duane Vienneau. “They are true partners in every sense of the word. Through their commitment, we will be able to stage a second and successful race.”
Organizers also unveiled a new title sponsor in ATB Financial and will confirm the stage routes later this year.
2014 Tour of Alberta (Sept. 2-7)
Prologue: Calgary (ITT)
Stage 1: Lethbridge (Circuit Race)
Stage 2: Innisfail — Red Deer
Stage 3: Wetaskiwin — Edmonton
Stage 4: Edmonton — Strathcona County
Stage 5: Edmonton (Circuit Race)