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by Mark Zalewski
March 2, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gibbons wins Tour de Langkawi, McCabe takes final stage; Van Keirsbulck wins slick Le Samyn; Gutiérrez wins Le Samyn des Dames; Baxhkou finally gets a win at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; No proof provided to support British Cycling, Team Sky accounts of Wiggins’ mystery package; Innovative Hammer Series of racing unveiled by Velon, Infront and teams; Route de France cancelled as UCI and organisers clash; Sporting goods industry group responds to disc brake controversy; Tour of Flanders wildcard teams announced; Tour of Alberta announces title partner, reduces to four days; Park Tool awards tools to nonprofit groups; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ashleigh Moolman Pasio; Behind the scenes: Making of Road Cycling in Switzerland; Cooking with chef Peter Sagan.
The Tour of Alberta, a UCI 2.1 stage race now in its fifth year, announced a multi-year title partnership with ATB Financial. As well, the race will reduce to four days, down from five, in order to become more financially efficient in light of local economic conditions.
Edmonton will host three of the four stages of the 2017 Tour of Alberta.
“The APA has decided to alter the way we create our stages, in addition to hosting four stages total this year, to alleviate some pressure from host communities while the Alberta economy is still recovering,” says APA Chairman Peter Verhesen.
“The hub-and-spoke model is being implemented by RPM Events Group LLC in the USA with the Colorado Classic, and the strategy is proving to be a means to ensure long-term sustainability of professional cycling races in North America, where distances between major centres are much further away than stage races being held in Europe and other parts of the world. We are confident that this decision to have a region of Alberta opt to host the entire event will help to ensure a lasting future for the ATB Tour of Alberta.”
The race will use a hybrid of the hub-and-spoke model by holding the first stage in the mountains of Jasper National Park, as it did in 2015. Then it will head to the the provincial capital of Edmonton for three stages on September 2 through 4.
“ATB is a huge fan of the Tour, not only because it gives us all a chance to witness the best cyclists in the world compete in our own backyard, but it will hopefully inspire more Albertans, young and old, to get on their bikes,” said Dave Mowat, ATB’s President & CEO.