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The Canadian Business Journal
“It was pretty unusual to have two races of
this calibre about 200 kilometres and two days
apart, knowing that at that time, the only cycling
race out of Europe was a race in Australia,”
recalls Executive Vice President Marcel Leblanc.
So what is it like to attend a cycling event?
Leblanc explains it to us.
“Just to make a comparison with hockey,
something we know a little better in North
America, the UCI WorldTour is like the NHL.
There are 18 WorldTeams, the 18 best teams in
the world who are obligated to participate in our
races. These are the same teams also at the Tour
de France. The best teams with the best riders at
the best races in the world.”
That being said, the cycling races still differ
from the NHL in one important way.
“The difference between a cycling event and
a baseball or hockey game is that these events
do not take place in a closed venue. The venue
is the city. You get to see shots of the cities, the
buildings and the landmarks. We have a helicop-
ter that follows these five-hour races, and we
don’t just show the bikes. We take the time to
show the cities and their landmarks, which are
seen all over the world,” says Leblanc.
Each team has 20–26 riders. Eight are
chosen for the race. The track is about 13 kilo-
metres in Québec City and about 12 kilometres
in Montréal. These are circuit races that riders
1,2,3,4 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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