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UCI 2.1 Tour of Alberta proposed for 2013

International stage race to hit Edmonton, Banff, Jasper and Calgary.

The province of Alberta could host an international level road cycling stage race as early as next August. It was reported on Velonews.com that the Tour of Alberta is seeking UCI 2.1 level sanctioning through the sport’s governing body and will take place over the course of six days.

A stage race of this level would attract some of the best teams in the world ranging from ProTour, Pro Continental, Continental outfits and national teams.

Canadian cycling legend Alex Stieda, who was the first Canadian to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, is thought to be behind the proposed stage race.

Some of the cities reported to be involved in the event’s parcours are Edmonton, Banff, Jasper and Calgary.

UCI officials could not confirm whether or not this race will take place.

There are a number of UCI-sanctioned road events in Canada including the two WorldTour events Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Montreal, Tour de Beauce, Grand Prix de Gatineau and Chrono Gatineau.