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Tour of Alberta releases finalized teams line-up

Canada’s most prestigious cycling race finalizes team rosters for this year's race.

Tour of Alberta confirmed its line-up of 16 teams, which will include five WorldTour squads: Orica-GreenEdge of Australia, Giant-Alpecin of Germany, Katusha of Russia, Trek Factory Racing and Cannondale-Garmin, both U.S.-registered.

“We’ve had extraordinary demand from teams wanting to compete in this year’s Tour of Alberta,” said race executive director, Duane Vienneau. “That’s due to a combination of factors, including the growth of the event, the solid reputation we’ve built, and a prelude to the world championships.”

All three of Canada’s top professional teams will be on the start line September 2: Garneau-Quebecor, Silber, and H & R Block. Six additional teams, all based in the United States, round out the teams roster, including Team SmartStop, Lupus, Jelly Belly-Maxis, Hincapie Racing, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, and Axeon. Australia’s top Pro Continental team, Drapac, which was previously announced, will also race.

“Without a doubt, this is rounding out to be the best field in the three years of the event. We have six teams that are in the Tour de France currently and the top professional teams on the continent, all full of good, young talent,” continued Vienneau. “There is a rise in Canadian cycling talent that will be showcased this year, and we’re glad this race provides a major platform for them to compete against some of the world’s best.”

2015 Tour of Alberta teams

WorldTour
Cannondale-Garmin (USA)
Giant-Alpecin (Germany)
Katusha (Russia)
Orica-GreenEdge (Australia)
Trek Factory Racing (USA)

Pro Continental
Drapac (Australia)
Bora-Argon 18 (Germany)

Continental
Garneau-Quebecor (Canada)
Silber (Canada)
H & R Block (Canada)
Team SmartStop (USA)
Lupus (USA)
Hincapie Racing (USA)
Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
Axeon (USA)
Jelly Belly-Maxxis (USA)

Full rider rosters will be announced in late August.