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April 12/07 1:09 am - 2007 Women‚s Cycling World Cup and Greater Montreal Tour

Posted by Editoress on 04/12/07

10th edition of the Women’s Cycling World Cup and 6th edition of the Greater Montreal Tour

Under the honorary presidency of Ms. Francine Senécal, Vice-president of the executive committee, officer for sports, leisure and scientific equipment, Montreal will host the 10th edition of the Women’s Cycling World Cup on the UCI Circuit. This tenth edition will take place on the Mont-Royal circuit beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2007.

A unique event in the Americas:
The Montreal World Cup is the 6th stage of a 9-leg circuit that takes place across the world. Each year, the International Cycling Union assigns only nine world spots to determine the World Cup champion. Montreal hosts the only road cycling World Cup event to take place on the American continent. Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland will host ICU 2007 World Cup events before Canada (Montreal); the subsequent events will be held in Sweden, France and Germany.

A new start and finish line:
For the tenth edition, the Montreal World Cup circuit will depart from and finish at Park Avenue. Like last year, the circuit will skirt around Jeanne-Mance park. The route will give the public the opportunity to follow the race from various places. The configuration will enable spectators to watch the peloton pass by from our superb site on Mont-Royal to Jeanne-Mance park. This choice of finish site on Park Avenue will enable more people to watch the spectacular race finish after 12 circuit laps of 8.3 km each for a total distance of 100 km.

The Greater Montreal Tour, the most important tour in the Americas:
Quebeckers can be proud of the cycling reputation Quebec has earned over the years. The Greater Montreal Tour has become the largest road cycling tour in North America. Champions such as Nicole Cooke (first in the general rankings in 2007), Judith Arndt (winner of the Montreal World Cup event in 2006) and Oenone Wood (World Champion in 2005), attest to the quality of athletes who come to race in the greater metropolitan area.

The Greater Montreal Tour will comprise 5 stages for the 6th edition:
The Greater Montreal Tour has the highest level of international endorsement. This prestigious race takes place in 5 stages:

• The first stage will take place on Monday, June 4 in Châteauguay. This new stage will include a road circuit.

• The second stage will take place on Tuesday, June 5 in Granby. A new host town, the Granby stage will be a road stage.

• The third stage will take place on the morning of Wednesday, June 6 in René Lévesque park in Lachine, a district with a well-established cycling culture. The stage will be an individual time trial over 20 km.

• The fourth stage will take place on Wednesday, June 6 in the evening in the Little Italy district, as a criterium of 50 km with intermediary sprints and public prizes. Each year, more and more spectators gather along the race route, providing an electrifying atmosphere. We should emphasize the backing of the Italian community, which wholeheartedly supports the event.

• The fifth and final stage will take place in the late afternoon in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. This five-tour circuit totals 115 km and departs/finishes on the peak of Mont- Saint-Hilaire on Chemin de la Montagne.

In addition to the individual rankings for each stage, there will be two general rankings (time, team) and the following awards:
- Best Quebecker
- Best climber
- Best sprinter

The best cyclists in the world:
The World Cup and the Greater Montreal Tour will once again welcome the best women cyclists in the world. Once again, we can expect to welcome the cream of the crop of world cycling and the best Quebec and Canadian athletes.

New in 2007

A new start and finish line for the World Cup

This year, the start and finish line for the World Cup will be on Park Avenue. More accessible to the public, this choice means more spectators will be able to watch the beginning and end of the race.

Two new host towns for the Greater Montreal Tour, Châteauguay and Granby

This year, the 6th edition of the Greater Montreal Tour will welcome two new partners, the towns of Châteauguay and Granby:
the town of Châteauguay will host the first tour stage with a road circuit of 120 km; Granby will host the second stage with a set of 12 tours on a 9.8 km circuit. Défis des jeunes In collaboration with their respective school boards, primary and high school students will have the chance to take part in a friendly race on a section of the Pro Circuit for the stages in Châteauguay, Lachine and Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

Our partners and sponsors

Such a large event cannot be produced without the ongoing support and generous collaboration of a large number of partners and sponsors. We would like to stress the ongoing support of the Government of Quebec, our host towns, our private sector partners and our media partners. We are very proud to receive the support and collaboration of these partners in organising this large-scale sporting event. Thanks to them, thousands of amateurs from here and elsewhere can enjoy this sporting and tourist event free of charge.

Public Partners
Ministère des Affaires
municipales et des régions
Ministère de l’Éducation,
du Loisir et du Sport
Ministère du Tourisme
Sport Canada
Ville de Montréal
Ville de Mont-Saint-Hilaire
Ville de Châteauguay
Ville de Granby

Private sector partners
Argon 18
Cycles Gervais Rioux
Eau Renaissance
Grenier Automobile
Outdoor Gear Canada
Nathalie Lewin
Swiss International

Media partners
24 heures
Journal de Montréal
Q92 FM


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