The third edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay from June 9 to 12, looks relieved. To date, the pack includes 19 teams, the largest contingent of cyclists ever recorded in the three editions of the event.
When the first version of the event developed into the current format, 17 teams took the start.
In principle, each of the 19 teams will deploy seven riders, which is expected to drive the peloton to 133 riders.
In comparison, the organization of the Tour de Beauce announced its roster Tuesday for the event from 15 to 19 June and 18 formations are listed there. Presented a week earlier, the GP of Saguenay returns to its time slot. Thirteen teams will participate in two competitions sanctioned by the International Cycling Union in Quebec.
“The return to our regular dates favored the inclusion of a greater number of staff, expressed the head of communications and marketing for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay, Pierre Martel. We are very happy, especially since we were still in demand. However, it was decided to stop at 19 teams because it was not possible, a point of view of logistics, to accommodate more. ”
Although it is not immune to a last minute withdrawal, the organization is pleased to have several quality training, the Garneau-Quebecor continental teams, Team H & R Block and Silber Pro Cycling, the same that aligns the Almatois Elliott Doyle and the champion of the 2015, Matteo Dal-Cin. Last year, Doyle had forfeited sick.
“We look forward to this new edition and invites the public to come and see it,” said Pierre Martel.
Guillaume Boivin, a new member of the Israeli team Cycling academy, will return. The cyclist with the roots of Saguenay finished third overall last year. Bruno Langlois, winner of two stages and four in 2015, is another well-known runner by cyclists in the region to be back in Saguenay. Teammate Garneau-Quebecor, the native of Alma David Boily, will also be present.
leaders of the Grand Prix rider Saguenay also rubbing their hands at the thought of having attracted some foreign formations, such as Humard (Switzerland), Wilton Cycling (Netherlands) and Integra MMR (Dominican Republic).
“It’s always fun to receive runners from outside, shared Pierre Martel. In all, 21 nationalities will be represented. ”
Some news marks the third edition of the GP of Saguenay. Among these, the start and finish line for the stages on Saturday and Sunday was moved from Saguenay Boulevard Racine Street, before the citizen Square. Since it was a great success last year, despite the rain, the criterion of young people, organized by the lactic acidosis club, returns for a second edition. It will take place in the afternoon, just before the race professionals.