The world champion will be back.
Confirming their participation for the Grands Prix Cyclistes Quebec and Montreal are: Peter Sagan, Olympic champ: Greg Van Avermaet, second overall at the Tour; Romain Bardet. Sagan won Montreal in 2013 and Van Avermaet finished twice on the podium in Quebec. Last year's winners will be back; Rigoberto Uran (Quebec) and Tim Wellens (Montreal). Other top guys to challenge: Julian Alaphilippe (4th in Rio), Adam Yates (4th in the Tour de France) and Fabio Aru (2015 Vuelta winner).
For Canadian cycling fans it's a certain sense of pride to have the only World Tour races in North America and our home grown talent to challenge: Ryder Hesjedal (3rd 2013 Montreal), Antoine Duchesne (8th Tour of Alberta) and Hugo Houle.
Timing is wrong for me, although, I'll be making a business trip to Montreal this Thursday, unfortunately I will not have the chance to see both live. Instead, I'll be home working on custom caps and will follow both races online. Next year for sure.