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Tour of Alberta announces inaugural host cities

BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — The Alberta Peloton Association, organizer of the inaugural Tour of Alberta, announced the 11 start and finish communities for the six-day race on Tuesday.

The race will start with a prologue in downtown Edmonton on Tuesday, September 3.

Stage 1 will travel 155 kilometers from the start in Strathcona County, running towards Saskatchewan, and finish to the south in Camrose.

Stage 2 will start in Devon and finish to the south in the city of Red Deer, after 185km.

The third leg, on Friday, will start in Strathmore, pass through the Canadian badlands, and finish to the northeast in Drumheller, in the Dinosaur valley, after 175km.

Stage 4 will pass over 210km from Black Diamond, head northwest, and finish in Canmore, just outside of Banff National Park.

The final stage will take place from Okotoks to downtown Calgary, with a finishing circuit, on Sunday, September 8. The stage will cover 150km.

Medalist Sports, which manages the operations of the Amgen Tour of California, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, and USA Pro Challenge, will handle the operational and technical aspects of staging the Tour of Alberta, as well.

The approximate total distance of the Tour of Alberta will be over 540 miles (875 kilometers). As a UCI 2.1 stage race, the event is expected to draw up to 16 elite teams, including up to eight ProTeams, and up to eight Pro Continental, Continental, or national teams from around the world. Each team will consist of up to eight riders.

“We hope to have this event for several years to come and we’re starting off with a great foundation as we go ahead,” said Brian Jolly, chair of the Alberta Peloton Association, the non-profit association organizing the Tour of Alberta. “We had a long list of communities to choose from — believe me, it was not an easy task to choose the host communities this year. Never fear, there will be many opportunities to host in the future.”

Organizers did not release any route information on Tuesday.

1st Tour of Alberta, September 3-8, 2013
Prologue: Tuesday, September 3, Edmonton
Stage 1: Wednesday, September 4, Strathcona County — Camrose
Stage 2: Thursday, September 5, Devon — Red Deer
Stage 3: Friday, September 6, Strathmore — Drumheller
Stage 4: Saturday, September 7, Black Diamond — Canmore
Stage 5: Sunday, September 8, Okotoks — Calgary