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Gallery: Tour of Alberta press conference

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The pre-race press conference was in the stylish Edmonton city hall.

The pre-race press conference was in the stylish Edmonton city hall.
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Zach Bell (Champion Systems) comes to the race to wear his Canadian national champion colors.

Zach Bell (Champion Systems) comes to the race to wear his Canadian national champion colors.
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) talks about his chances this week.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) talks about his chances this week.
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) looking confident for stage wins this week.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) looking confident for stage wins this week.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) is also here to get in training for he upcoming World Cup races.

Cadel Evans (BMC) is also here to get in training for he upcoming World Cup races.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) talked about racing in the area when he was a mountain biker.

Cadel Evans (BMC) talked about racing in the area when he was a mountain biker.
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Robert Gesink (Belkin) is here to get in some training for races coming up later this month.

Robert Gesink (Belkin) is here to get in some training for races coming up later this month.
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Pieter Weening (Orica GreenEDGE) compares riding in the winds of Holland to what we may see this week.

Pieter Weening (Orica GreenEDGE) compares riding in the winds of Holland to what we may see this week.
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Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly) talks about going after stage wins this week.

Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly) talks about going after stage wins this week.
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp) comes in as one of the Canada's top riders.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp) comes in as one of the Canada's top riders.
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A good size crowd for todays kick-off press conference.

A good size crowd for todays kick-off press conference.
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Edmonton hosts the opening stage for the inaugural Tour of Alberta.

Edmonton hosts the opening stage for the inaugural Tour of Alberta.
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As riders flocked to the Canadian province of Alberta ahead of its inaugural UCI tour, the cycling media turned its attention to the pre-race press conference where headline riders greeted fans and photographers alike to preview the upcoming race.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) looked confident of continuing his successful North American stint thus far, whilst Fred Rodriguez (Jelly Belly) discussed how he would go about attempting to beat the Slovak sprinting sensation.

Cadel Evans (BMC) and Robert Gesink (Belkin) both stated that the Tour of Alberta was primarily a training race as they attempted to recover lost form, whereas Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp) is expected to perform for his home crowd.