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Le Tour de Québec launch

By:
Hedwig Kröner
Published:
September 04, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:48 BST
Edition:
Latest Cycling News, September 4, 2008

On September 4, the inaugural Tour de Québec will launch inside old Quebec fortified city walls. The...

On September 4, the inaugural Tour de Québec will launch inside old Quebec fortified city walls. The prologue consist of a 250m, drag race style sprint toward the Portes St-Jean fortifications where two riders will face each other to set the fastest time and wear the leader jerseys.

The other stages include a 14-lap, 131,5km road race around the Cap Tourmente, at Saint-Joachim with a 2,5km hill finish. On Saturday, riders will see a technical criterium around the parliament in downtown Quebec city with a finish on the Canadian Champs Elysées (the Grande Allée), followed by another criterium at Lévis along the St-Laurent river. Le Tour de Québec will end on Sunday with another road race of 140km in St-Augustin.

The race will see three fields taking the start: The Pro 1-2 Men, the juniors, masters and senior 3-4, and the senior and junior women. The womens race will consist of the final three stages of the Pro 1-2 men race. Full details of the race can be found on www.tourdequebec.com.

(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)

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