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by Mark Zalewski
July 14, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux
The Tour of Alberta, set for September 1 through 5, has unveiled the 606 kilometre route for this year’s edition. The race will shake things up this year with a time trial on the penultimate stage.
Typical rolling prairie landscapes of the Tour of Alberta
Last year’s race was the first edition to take on the higher elevation climbs in the mountains, but this year the course will feature a more rolling parcours like previous editions.
“This is definitely a different course than last year, which offered stages in high mountains and a team time trial,” race CEO Duane Vienneau said. “We feel this course offers yet another look at Alberta and highlights some new areas for international and national television viewers.”
“The individual time trial late in the race will definitely be a decisive factor as well as the final circuit race in Edmonton, with the sleeper being the first stage,” said Danny Summerhill (United Healthcare).
“We missed last year’s race which included a lot of mountains. This seems a lot more rolling, but nonetheless very competitive. A lot of races are decided by climbers as general classification contenders. This course will make it wide open, and gives me extra motivation. This was one of my favourite races on our calendar when we raced it. We’re super pumped to return and we can’t wait to get back up there and hit it straight on.”
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