Thursday, September 6, 2012

Go GP de Québec!

Will it be Ryder Time?
Our lone Canuck at the London Games.
photo: Frank Gunn



I understand that tomorrow's eagerly anticipated 3rd edition of the GP de Québec circuit race will be broadcast around 1:15 pm EDT on Eurosport. That's when I'll be watching it.

It promises to be a very good showcase of talent and show who has the moxy left after the challenging 16 laps, 201 kms course. It won't be flat, but very hilly going through the Old Town especially up the Cote de la Montagne. It's a steep, short climb (400 metres) that includes steps and railing. I mention this because Carolle once lived there and during the cold, icy winters folks need to have the railing to help them up the steep climb. That's to give you an idea how steep it is.

Popular Ryder Hesjedal is here and hasn't race since the Tour and should be well rested and raring to go. He is a favorite at the Grand Prix Cycliste events in Québec City and Montréal (Sept. 9) since winning the Giro. This will also be a good testing ground for him and many other riders for the upcoming world championships in Limburg, Sept. 15-23.

Hesjedal will have a strong Garmin-Sharp team at the ready and try to make his mark. Philippe Gilbert, who won in Quebec City and was third in Montreal last year, and Robert Gesink, who was second in Quebec are at the Vuelta. But, other favorites will challenge: Edvald Boasson Hagen, Peter Sagan Sylvain Chavanel and Rui Costa. Good to see Michael Barry set to ride both races. After a successful 14 year career, Barry will retire after this years Tour of Beijing. Also, look for a good showing by Spider-Tech and all the Canadian riders to impress on home soil!








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