New North American UCI women's stage race unveiled

The North American women's UCI calendar has received a much needed boost by the announcement of a new stage race in Canada. Event promoter Daniel Manibal presented the 'Tour de PEI' which will be held in the maritime province of Prince Edward Island from June 10-14, 2007. Manibal also promotes the other Canadian UCI races, the Montreal world cup which will be held on June 2nd, and the Tour du Grand Montreal which is scheduled for June 4-7.

"It's a testament to our commitment to women's racing that we can expand our offering to this new event", Manibal told Cyclingnews. "The countryside is just beautiful, and the government became engaged as a way to promote the area to cycle-tourists". This local commitment allowed the organisers to include an individual time trial on the Confederation Bridge, which, at 12.9 kilometers, is the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world. "The wind will surely provide difficulty for the time trial - there is very little elevation, so it could be a factor", said Manibal.

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