Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack), Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo), Sylvain Chavanel and Jérôme Pineau (Team Quick Step), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Jens Voigt (Team Saxo Bank), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Gerald Ciolek (Milram), Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Alessandro Ballan and US National Road Champion George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions), Canadian Road Champion Will Routley and lots more will compete in the North American premiere editions of the ProTour circuit.
Earlier today, the organizers of the Grand Prix Cycliste ProTour Québec–Montréal announced the preliminary rosters for the two races held on September 10 & 12 in Canada. (See cheat sheet for more info)
“We have a high-quality peloton that will be racing on two difficult, up-and-down courses, with repeated hill climbs that will favour climber-puncheur riders and allrounders,” said Charly Mottet, Sport Manager, Grand Prix Cycliste ProTour Québec –Montréal. A road racing legend in France, Mottet finished third at the Grand Prix des Amériques in 1989, on the Mount Royal course in Montréal.
Following the UCI registration procedure, each team was required to register, 20 days prior to each race, a group of 8 racers plus a maximum of 4 substitutes. Teams will have until 72 hours prior to each race to confirm the name of 8 racers and 2 substitutes. The field includes nine reigning national road race champions as well as the top climber and five stage winners from the 2010 Tour de France.
“I am very happy with the positive response from the teams. Each has entered riders who will be a great match for the two racecourses we have prepared for them,” noted Serge Arsenault, President, Grand Prix Cycliste ProTour Québec–Montréal. “This is the first time that the ProTour has come to North America since its inception, and this great response is proof of their commitment to the globalization of cycling. The welcome we will extend to them will be worthy of their performances,” he concluded.
The preliminary roster for the four UCI-registered North American teams, three ProTour and one Continental Pro, is:
- Garmin-Transitions: Hesjedal who will be wearing No 1, Kirk Carlsen, Steven Cozza, Timmy Duggan, Murilo Fischer, Martijn Maaskant, Danny Pate and Svein Tuft.
- Radioshack: Leipheimer, Jani Brajkovic, Markel Irizar, Chris Horner, Yaroslav Popovych, Tiago Machado, Haimar Zubeldia, Sergio Paulinho
- HTC-Columbia: Maxime Monfort, Michael Albasini, Gert Dockx, Patrick Gretsch, Adam Hansen, Craig Lewis, Frantisek Rabon, Vicente Reynes
- BMC Racing Team: Ballan, Hincapie, Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, Karsten Kroon, Jeff Louder, Maura Santambrogio and Danilo Wyss
Canadian National Team. A total of 12 riders were named for the Canadian National Team powered by SpiderTech. The list includes are Routley (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) and Dominique Rollin who was released by Cervelo TestTeam to compete under the National team colors.
Some riders will have the opportunity to ride in both events, while some will race in either Montréal or Québec. The National Team will be managed by Steve Bauer as Directeur Sportif for the two events
Joining Routley and Rollin are Ryan Anderson and David Veilleux (both of Kelly Benefit Strategies), Rob Britton (BISSELL Pro Cycling), Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia), David Boily, Guillaume Boivin, Martin Gilbert, Keven Lacombe, Bruno Langlois and François Parisien (all with SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy).
Given the UCI rules, only ProTour and Pro Continental teams are eligible to race in a ProTour event, along with national teams. Which means that for Canadian pros on Continental teams, the only way to race in one or both of the events is to be named on the National Team.
Challenge Sprint. In anticipation of the 2010 Grands Prix Cyclistes à Québec et à Montréal, a new event will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2010: The “Challenge Sprint”.
The “Challenge Sprint” consists in a series of sprints between four cyclists, with a single elimination process in order to determine the best road sprinter. Sprints will take place over the distance of one kilometer, as if it was a finish sprint at the end of a road race. A total of 5,000$ in prize money is up for grabs for riders.
The list of confirmed riders for the Challenge Sprint includes Britton, Rollin, Pierre-Olivier Boily, Hugo Houle and Derrick St John (both of Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault), Stéphane Cossette (SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy) and Arnaud Papillon (Équipe du Québec).
TV Schedule. Canadians from coast to coast will be able to follow this major North American premiere sporting event on TV. Viewers can tune in to French-language channel Évasion, which will broadcast both races live in their entirety, or Radio-Canada, which will air two 90-minute live specials on September 10 and 12. SportsNet ONE, meanwhile, will treat viewers in English Canada to no less than 6 hours of coverage of the two ProTour races.
In the United States, Versus will offer two programs on the weekends of September 11–12 and September 18–19.