TEAM CANADA SENDS DEVELOPMENT SQUAD TO GRANDS PRIX CYCLISTES
Ottawa, ON (August 22, 2019) – Cycling Canada has announced the team of seven riders that will race in national team colours at the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal (GPCQM) on September 13th (Quebec City) and 15th (Montreal). The GPCQM, who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, are the only events on the UCI WorldTour race calendar in the Americas, the highest level of international competition for professional men.
The team will be led by James Piccoli, who has had a breakthrough season, winning the Tour of the Gila and finishing among the top two at every single stage race he has entered in. He will be joined by Elevate KHS teammates Jordan Cheyne and U23 time trial champion Adam Roberge.
The team will be rounded out by U23 riders, including Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay winner and current U23 road champion Nickolas Zukowsky, as well as Evan Burtnik, Charles-Etienne Chrétien and Laurent Gervais.
"Our objective this year is to keep an emphasis on U23 development," said team manager Kevin Field. "This race will be the final testing ground for our athletes prior to the World Championships and will provide them with valuable exposure to the WorldTour level. The changes we're making in our road programs, including how we select athletes for these races and how we work with the trade teams has been working, and we have seen eleven athletes graduate to Pro Continental or WorldTour teams in the last four years."
"I'm eternally grateful to the GPCQM team for the opportunity they provide to the National Team. It is a really unique experience for our athletes to be able to race at this level."
Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, AB [X-Speed United]
Jordan Cheyne – Big White, BC [Elevate KHS]
Charles-Etienne Chrétien – Amos, QC [Interpro Cycling Academy]
Laurent Gervais – Montreal, QC [Aevolo]
James Piccoli – Montreal, QC [Elevate KHS]
Adam Roberge – Montreal, QC [Elevate KHS]
Nickolas Zukowsky – Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC [Floyd’s Pro Cycling]
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Source: Cycling Canada
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