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Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Wed Jun 6 2012 at 8:33 am
Canadian Team SpiderTech in the Tour de Suisse (June 9 to 17, 2012).
A little over a week ago Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win the Giro d'Italia, and in the process, the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour. Next week the Canadian based Team SpiderTech will be competing in the 2012 Tour de Suisse. In the long run, this could be just as important for Canadian pro cycling as Hesjedal’s win in the Giro d'Italia.
Team SpiderTech is run by Canadian cycling legend Steve Bauer, and it is full of young Canadians who are starting to make their mark in the world of pro cycling. Last year Team SpiderTech became the first Canadian cycling team to be awarded a continental pro license, meaning that it is eligible to be invited to WorldTour events (the highest level of racing for pro cyclists).
Getting an invite to a major WorldTour race in Europe is far from automatic for a young upstart team from North America. But Team SpiderTech has done well enough to earn the invitation to the Tour de Suisse. And in Europe, where cycling is a major sport, the Tour de Suisse is widely regarded as the forth most important race, coming right behind the three Grand Tour races.
Team SpiderTech will not be in a position to challenge for the overall win at the Tour de Suisse, but it may have talent to place high in some of the individual stages (the Tour de Suisse consist of nine stage races). If they do well enough, this Canadian team could soon be invited to Grand Tour events such as the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.