Tour de Beauce organisers have announced the squads which will contest this year's event. The running of the Canadian stage race's 22nd edition will be held on June 12-17.
Teams contesting the event, which include locals Team Symmetrics, American squad Team Slipstream and Australia's Saving and Loans, will face a new stage in this year's edition. Stage 2, Vallée-Jonction - Vallée-Jonction, is a difficult 170 kilometre stage which passes through Chaudiere valley, before taking in towns such as St-Sylvestre, Saint-Séverin, Saints-Anges, Frampton and Sainte-Marguerite.
Last year's winner Valery Kobzarenko (Navigators) will return with his squad to defend his crown. In all, 140 cyclists from 19 teams across the globe, including Germany and Poland, will contest next month's race.
Teams for the Tour de Beauce: Navigators Insurance, Slipstream presented by Chipotle, Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling Team, Sparkasse, Saving and Loans, Tecos, Colombias es passion, Amore & Vita-McDonald's, Team Farso Cycling, Team Symmetrics, Quebec Team, Volkswagen Trek, Garneau-Crocs, Calyon-Litespeed, Ital Pasta, Vallée de l'aluminium, La-Z-Boy, Team Race, Spin 12.