September 1, 2014 12:43 pm

Calgary prepares to host Tour of Alberta

Tour of Alberta

Global News

CALGARY – Canada’s largest professional cycling race kicks off in Calgary on Tuesday.

The 2014 Tour of Alberta begins at Canada Olympic Park, and then moves to Lethbridge for Stage 1 before heading north through Innisfail, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin and finishing in Edmonton’s downtown core.

Both national and international champions will be taking part in the race.

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“Some of the best young talent in the world will be competing this year,” says Duane Vienneau, Tour of Alberta. “Combined with some great veteran riders, we will see the world’s best cyclists from more than 20 countries race throughout the province this week.”

Among the big name cyclists participating in the event is American Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Sharp, who recently won the Tour of Utah and placed second in the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado last week.

“The race starts with a bang this year. I really like it,” said Danielson. “Calgary, and Canada for that matter, is in for a great race.”

“Where else can you see a free, world-class event in a venue like this? I’m pretty pumped.”

For more information on the race visit www.tourofalberta.ca.

WATCH: Duane Vienneau joins Global Calgary with details on the upcoming Tour of Alberta

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