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by Shane Stokes
February 16, 2018
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Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team) pictured during Stage 5 of the 2016 Tour of Alberta 2016 from Edmonton to Edmonton. Photo by Brian Hodes/Cor Vos.
Almost five years after the first edition was held in 2013, it has been announced that the Tour of Alberta has reached an end. The Canadian stage race will not be held this year, and it appears that it won’t take place again in the future.
Organisers the Alberta Peloton Association said that financial uncertainty meant that it had no other choice. “This decision did not come easily,” said board chair Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson in a news release. “With the current economic conditions and decreases in traditional funding sources, we had no other option.”
The release said that since the race start in 2013, it had involved 29 Alberta communities who have hosted over 525 professional cyclists representing 33 countries. The event was broadcast around the world in over 150 countries and reached tens of millions of viewers.
“The ATB Tour of Alberta was one of North America’s top cycling events and brought some of the world’s best cyclists to to the province of Alberta,” said Hansen-Carlson. “We are very proud of the positive impact this event has had in showcasing Alberta’s people, communities, and landscapes to the world.”
Rohan Dennis, Daryl Impey, Bauke Mollema, Robin Carpenter and Evan Huffman were the past winners of the event.