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Inaugural Tour of Alberta Team Rosters Announced

Released today are the full team rosters for the 2013 Tour of Alberta, running September 3-8.

Here’s the release from the Tour communications team:

EDMONTON, Alberta – The 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team, the current world’s No. 2-ranked rider Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling, and 2012 Tour of Italy winner and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Sharp, headline a star-studded field for the inaugural Tour of Alberta, September 3-8, organizers announced today.

“We’re elated to announce the participation of some of the world’s top cyclists, which confirms our intentions of making this a great field in the inaugural year of the Tour,” said Executive Director Duane Vienneau. “To have a former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, one of the most prolific winners today in professional cycling in Peter Sagan, and Canadian cycling hero and a Tour of Italy champion Ryder Hesjedal in the same race is amazing, and will make for a spectacular experience for everyone involved.”

The official rosters of the 15 professional cycling teams participating in the Tour are included below. Sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling’s governing body with a 2.1 ranking, the Tour of Alberta is one of the highest level pro cycling events in Canada and North America. 

Joining Hesjedal on Team Garmin-Sharp is 2012 USA Pro Challenge winner Christian Vande Velde of the United States, three-time Tour de France stage winner David Millar of Great Britain, seven-time U.S. National Champion in the time trial David Zabriskie, and Lachlan Morton of Australia, who won stage 3 in the 2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. 

Australia’s top team Orica-GreenEDGE will feature Peter Weening of the Netherlands, the recent winner of the Tour of Poland and a stage winner in both Tours of Italy and France; and Cam Meyer, a stage winner at this year’s Tour of Switzerland and Tour de France (team time trial).
Joining Evans on BMC Racing is Brent Bookwalter, who finished second overall in both U.S. Road Race and Time Trial National Championships this year; and Marcus Burghardt, a former Tour de France stage winner and winner of the Ghent-Wevelgem classic in Belgium.

Joining Sagan will be current Danish national time trial champion Brian Vandborg and rising star Damiano Caruso, while Team Argos-Shimano will highlight Patrick Gretsch, a former Stage winner of the USA Pro Challenge and second in this year’s German national time trial championships.

Belkin-Pro Cycling Team, the Netherland’s top professional team, will be led by Dutchman Robert Gesink, the 2012 Tour of California champion and winner of the 2010 Gran Prix Montreal World Cup race, and Jack Bobridge the 2011 Australian road race champion and Olympic silver medalist at the London Olympic Games on the track, and Tom-Jelte Slagter, the 2013 champion of Australia’s top race, Tour Down Under.

“We’ve certainly attracted a top-notch field for the first Tour of Alberta,” said Jim Birrell, Tour of Alberta race director and managing partner at Medalist Sports, the technical partner for the event. “The people of Alberta, and all of Canada, will be able to see Tour de France and Olympic heroes as well as many former and current national champions of their countries.”

Among the other top riders announced are current Canadian National Champion Zach Bell, 2012 Canadian National Champion Ryan Roth, both of Champion System; current U.S. National Champion Fred Rodriguez; former Tour of Utah stage winner Jacob Keough of UnitedHealthcare team; Edmonton native Ryan Anderson and current U.S. time trial champion Tom Zirbel, both of Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies; Will Routley of the Canadian National Team; and Spaniard Francisco Mancebo, a former Tour of Utah winner and top 10 Tour de France finisher, riding for 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda Racing Team. 

The race will feature more than 20 professional cyclists from Canada and athletes from more than 20 countries.
“We are committed to building Canadian cycling through this event,” said Brian Jolly, the Tour of Alberta chairman. “This event is not only great for Alberta but all of Canada. We are introducing a world-class event to Canada with a world-class field. We’re on the right track for success.”

The rosters are as follows:

UCI PRO TEAMS

BMC Racing Team (USA):
Cadel Evans 
Brent Bookwalter 
Marcus Burghardt 
Amael Moinard 
Steve Morabito 
Lawrence Warbasse
Silvan Dillier 
Jakub Novak 

Team Garmin-Sharp (USA):
Ryder Hesjedal 
Thomas Dekker 
Rohan Dennis 
David Millar 
Lachlan David Morton 
Fabian Wegemann 
David Zabriskie 
Christian Vande Velde 

Orica GreenEDGE (AUS):
Pieter Weening 
Cam Meyer 
Jens Keukilere 
Aidis Kroupis 
Fummi Beppu 
Tomas Vaitkus 
Daniel Teklehaimanot 
Jiyong Kang 

Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA): 
Peter Sagan 
Damiano Caruso 
Edward King 
Michel Koch 
Nariyuki Masuda 
Brian Vandborg 

Team Argos-Shimano (NED):
Patrick Grestsch 
Jonas Ahlastrand 
Thomas Damuseau 
Simon Geschke 
Koen De Kort 
Tobias Ludvigsson 
Luka Mezgec 
Michael Olsson 

Belkin-Pro Cycling Team (NED): 
Robert Gesink 
Jack Bobridge 
Jetse Bol 
Marc Goos 
Moreno Hofland 
Steven Kruijswijk 
Tom Jelte Slagter 
Dennis Van Winden 

UCI PROFESSIONAL CONTINENTAL TEAMS:

Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CHN):
Zachary Bell 
Ryan Roth 
Clinton Avery 
Chad Beyer 
Chris Butler 
Matthias Friedemann 
Craig Lewis 
Fu Shiu Chueng 

United Pro Health Care Cycling Team (USA):
Benjamin Day 
Robert Forster 
Davide Frattini 
Aldo Ilesic 
Christopher Jones 
Luke Keough 
Jeffrey Louder 
John Murphy 

UCI CONTINENTAL TEAMS

Bissell Pro Cycling (USA):
Jason McCartney 
Jeremy Vennell 
Carter Jones 
Frank Kevin Pipp 
Andrew Dahleim 
Tommy Nankervis 
Nicholai Brochner 
Kirk Carlsen 

Equipe Garneau-Quebecor (CAN): 
Bruno Langlois 
Michael Woods 
Adam Farabaugh 
Pierrick Naud 
Simon-Pierre Gauthier 
Michael Chauner 
Alexander Cataford 
Geoffroy Dussault 

Jelly Belly p/b Kenda (USA):
Charles Huff 
Benjamin Wolfe 
Sean Mazich 
Emerson Oronte 
Fred Rodriguez 
Jeremy Powers 
Serghei Tvetcov 
Nic Hamilton 

Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA):
Ryan Anderson 
Michael Friedman 
Chad Haga 
Ken Hanson 
Thomas Soladay 
Eric Young 
Tom Zirbel 

Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis (USA):
Eric Marcotte 
Kristofer Dahl 
Travis McCabe 
Benjamin Chaddock 
Flavio De Luna 
Clay Murfet 
Shane Kline 
Bobby Lea 

5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda Racing Team (USA):
Francisco Mancebo Perez 
Robert Sweeting 
Taylor Shelden 
David Williams 
Max Jenkins 
James Stemper 
Andres Diaz 
Shawn Milne 

Canadian National Team (CAN):
Hugo Houle 
Will Routley 
Rob Britton 
Antoine Duchesne 
Stuart Wight 
Ryan Aitcheson 
Jean-Sebastien Perron 
Garrett McLeod 

About the Tour of Alberta The Tour of Alberta: Canada’s Pro-Cycling Festival is a six-day stage race scheduled to be held September 3 to 8, 2013. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling’s governing body, awarded the inaugural Tour of Alberta with a 2.1 sanctioning in September 2012, making it one of the highest level pro cycling events in Canada, and one of the highest level events in North America. An annual event beginning in 2013, the event will be broadcast live daily in Canada on Sportsnet, and broadcast internationally on various networks, as it is expected that the event will host riders from over 20 countries around the world.

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