Another busy week in North American pro cycling.
The Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling also known as Philly Week kicks off on Tuesday, June 3 with the Lehigh Valley Classic in downtown Allentown. Thursday June 5 is the Reading Classic and then series culminates with the big daddy of them all on June 8, the Philadelphia International Championship for the men, and the Commerce Bank Liberty Classic for the women.
The seventh edition of the UCI-rated Tour du Grand Montréal starts off on Monday June 2. The 5-stage race comprises 3 circuit races, 1 individual time trial and 1 criterium in and around the city and island of Montreal. The start list includes some powerful women, such as World Cup leader Judith Arndt (High Road) who just won the Montreal World Cup, and her teammates USC Time Trial Champion Mara Abbott, Australian Road Champion Oenone Wood, Suzanne de Goede (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung), Olympian Christine Thornburg (Webcor) and Canadian Clara Hughes who agreed to race one more time to mentor the team Specialized Carrefour Multisport.
And last, but not least, la Coupe des Nations de Saguenay, the only event of the UCI Coupe des Nations U23 to be held outside of Europe, is held in Saguenay, Quebec on June 5-8.
The world’s best 19 to 22 years old male cyclists represent their country, in teams of six, with the objective to gain as many UCI points as they can, which will allow their country to have as many riders as possible for the Road World Championship.