Team Garneau-Quebecor Official Launch
Louis Garneau finances his cycling team with his paintings
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Thursday April 6, 2017 – Entrepreneur, artist and Olympic cyclist Louis Garneau is proud to realize a dream that has been close to his heart for a long time. With the support of Quebecor and several generous sponsors, the 2017 season of the Garneau-Quebecor professional cycling team will be funded mostly by the sale of paintings of great personalities and artists of Quebec signed Louis Garneau. The ten paintings will be unveiled at the vernissage that will take place on May 4 at the Louis Garneau Art Gallery.
“I have lived my cycling dreams, I continue to live my entrepreneur dream, and now, I am living my artist dreams,” stated the President, Designer and Founder of Louis Garneau Sports. “Art allows me to give back to the community. So why couldn’t it finance a race team? It is a passion that fuels another. It is sport powered by art.”
“We are proud to support the oldest UCI professional team in Canada for a sixth consecutive year,” stated Sylvie Cordeau, Vice President of philanthropy and sponsorship at Quebecor. “Our company has always been committed to supporting emerging talents and encouraging young people to do sports. We find it just as important to support those who wish to push their limits and pursue their dreams. We wish the whole team a great season.”
With its roster of eight riders from the province of Québec, the team will once again this year be led by veteran and 2016 Canadian champion Bruno Langlois. Simon-Pierre Gauthier, Olivier Brisebois and Marc-Antoine Soucy return to the team, while Jean-François Soucy, Elliott Doyle, Jean-Simon D’Anjou and Félix Côté-Bouvette join them for a first season with the team from St-Augustin-de-Desmaures.
The riders were able to log hundreds of kilometers during their March training camp in Florida, while participating in local events, such as the Granfondo Garneau Florida, to be ready for the first races of the season. “It didn’t take long for the riders to develop a good team spirit, which promises great results for the 2017 season,” stated team captain Bruno Langlois.
Many riders that were once with Garneau have already joined the highest levels of professional ranks, including David Veilleux (Europcar), Hugo Houle (Ag2r), Antoine Duchesne (Direct Énergie) and now Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac). Many others also shined in national and international competitions, the likes of Rémi Pelletier-Roy who has been crowned Canadian champion on the track on multiple occasions and won a Commonwealth Games Bronze medal. Studies are also important to the team; Rémi is currently completing medical studies at Laval University.
The team will officially kick off the season by participating in several American races, starting with the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic from April 27 to 28. Upon returning to Canada, the team will take part in the Saguenay Grand Prix (June 8-11), the Tour de Beauce (June 14-18), the Canadian Championships in Ottawa (June 24-28) and the BC Superweek in British Columbia (July 7-11). Several other races are also scheduled. To follow the team:
Garneau, a global company with its head office located in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec, is an international leader in the design and manufacture of sports clothing and accessories. The company has over 450 employees and is ever-growing. Thanks to the sponsoring of high-profile international athletes and teams, and to the sale of its products in over 50 countries, the company is in constant progress and relentlessly centers its efforts on development and innovation. More than ever, athletes all around the world stand out and perform in outstanding fashion thanks to the Garneau brand. For more information, please visit www.garneau.com.
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Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services. Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.07% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada. A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations working in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.
ABOUT ART FACTORY
The president, CEO and designer of Louis Garneau Sports. M. Louis Garneau, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Laval University. The man who dedicated his entire life to cycling and business has always cultivated his artistic side for pure pleasure. By creating the Art Factory, Louis Garneau wishes to help future artists and young athletes from here and elsewhere. This initiative complements the other activities of the Louis Garneau Foundation, which has supported several causes for many years, including the Little Brothers of Québec.
Alexis Cartier, from Garneau-Quebecor, finished in 2nd place in the 2nd stage of the prestigious Tour of Alberta, a UCI 2.1 level race! What a performance from our rider from St. Adèle who rides with the Canadian cycling team for the first and highest ranked professional road cycling stage race in Canada!
The third stage will take place tomorrow where the riders will have 181.2 km to go!
Congratulations to Alexis!
The team continues to stand out in the BC Superweek! Last night was held the criterium of the Global Relay Gastown, a circuit of 60 km where Michael Rice repeated the feat last Saturday by finishing in 3rd place!
The team will continue their journey at the Giro Di Burnaby criterium tonight.
The Garneau-Quebecor team is taking part in the BC Superweek from July 8 to 17, a week filled 8 races in 9 days! Michael Rice, from Australia, not only finished in 3rd place last night at the Brenco Criterium, a race that requires great cycling skills to manipulate the tight corners, also won the white jersey for the best young rider!
The team continues their journey with the White Spot Delta race today, a level of 1.2 UCI race.
This afternoon, Team Garneau-Quebecor took part in the Le Nordet Grand Prix in St-Donat in Lanaudière, Quebec. This interprovincial-level race consists of a 120 km course. Staying true to its early season performances, the team topped the standings and took all three steps of the podium. Bruno Langlois finished in 1st place, Australian Micheal Rice finished 2nd, and Marc-Antoine Soucy took 3rd. Olivier Brisebois and Rémi Pelletier-Roy finished close behind them with the 4th and 6th places respectively.
The team's next race will take place in the United States next May 29 and 30 for the Winston-Salem Classic, a UCI-level race.
Team Garneau-Quebecor took part in the St-Raymond Grand Prix which was held this morning. After 130 km under the rain, Olivier Brisebois took first place for the third time this year. His teammates Michael Rice and Alexis Cartier finished respectively 2nd and 6th.
Today was held the 17th edition of the Coureur des bois de Granby time trial! A 19-km course in solo where the fastest wins the honors. An event tailor-made for our time trial specialist Rémi Pelletier-Roy! Rémi did in fact finish on the top tier of the podium for the first time this season, while Alexis Cartier finished in 4th position and Darcy Woolley in 5th!
The team’s next race will be in St-Raymond at the Tour de l’Érable (Maple Tour) next May 15.
Today was held the Grand Prix IGA of Ste-Martine which Rémi Pelletier-Roy and Olivier Brisebois took part. This is Olivier Brisebois who finished on the first step of the podium for this 105 k criterium.
This is also tonight that will finish the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas, the first UCI race of the Team this season. Michael Rice finished in 4th place for the 2nd and 3rd stage!
This afternoon was the first race of the season for Garneau-Québecor Team. What a start for the Team at the Grand Prix Cycliste de la Mariie de Contrecoeur!
1st place : Olivier Brisebois
2nd place: Bruno Langlois
3rd place: Alexis Cartier
8th place: Rémi Pelletier-Roy
The Team will leave the country Tuesday for the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas from April 21 to 24!
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Mr. Louis Garneau, President and Founder of Louis Garneau Sports, and Mr. Benoît Robert, President and CEO of Quebecor Sports and Entertainment Group, are proud to present the 2016 edition of Garneau-Quebecor UCI Continental America professional cycling team.
This 2016 edition, which consists of 9 riders, 7 of whom are Quebecers and 2 from Australia, will again this year be piloted by its 2 co-Captains, veterans Remi Pelletier-Roy and Bruno Langlois. Simon-Pierre Gauthier, who has been with the team for 4 years, and Olivier Brisebois and Marc-Antoine Soucy, who both have been with the team for 2 years, are back with the St-Augustin-de-Desmaures lineup, while David Boily, 25, Alexis Cartier, 24, and Australians Michael Rice, 19 and Darcy Woolley, 22, are joining the team for a first season.
Among our newcomers, Woolley boasts a victory at the time trial of the Anchor Point tour of the South West 2014, a victory at the criterium (stage 3) of the Tour of East Gippsland 2014 as well as a 3rd place at the Phillip Island Spectacular Road Race, all of which were held in Australia. For his part, Rice illustrated himself with a win at the Australia National Championships U19 in 2013, and 7 results among the first 10 positions in 2014, most notably a 2nd place in Borloo, Belgium.
A solid team spirit unifies the riders: “The training camp in Florida went really nicely, enabling us to reunite for the first time this season. Four new faces are on board for the 2016 season and they have well integrated into the already close-knit team. We were able to get some good mileage under our belt on the occasion of the Garneau Florida Granfondo on March 20, and we are impatient to start racing in Canada and the United States over the next few weeks,” declares co-Captain Rémi Pelletier-Roy.
For his part, Louis Garneau has never lost his enthusiasm and continues to help young cyclists in progressing in their sport and to achieve their dream: “My goal is to help young cyclists to get to the upper levels of competition, i.e. a Pro Tour team, but without forgetting about studies…because there is a life after the bike.
This year, I have decided to help David Boily, a great pro rider from Quebec City who had to stop competing for health reasons.”
David raced for 3 years at the professional level with the now defunct Spidertech team and his most noteworthy feat was a great performance at the Tour de l’Avenir 2011, where he finished in second place overall.
« Our team is an organization which helps young riders to attain their dreams, but it is also a team which helps an injured athlete to come back to high level competition, » adds Louis Garneau.
“Quebecor is happy to have been supporting team Garneau-Quebecor’s cyclists for 5 years now,” mentioned Benoît Robert, President and CEO of Quebecor Sports and Entertainment Group. “We are proud to encourage these athletes, who are examples of determination, so they can achieve their dreams”.
The team’s race program is well-lined, as evidenced by the Joe Martin Stage Race (Arkansas), on April 21-24, the Tour of the Battenkill (Greenwich) on May 21, the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic (Pennsylvania) on June 5, the Grand Prix Cycliste of Saguenay, on June 9-12, the Tour de Beauce, on June 15-19, and the Tour de Delta (BC), on July 8-10, which all figure in the team’s schedule. Several other races are on the calendar and you will be able to follow the team and see their results on:
ABOUT LOUIS GARNEAU SPORTS
Louis Garneau Sports, a global company with its head office located in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, is an international leader in the design and manufacture of sports clothing and accessories. The company has over 400 employees and is ever growing. Thanks to the sponsoring of high-profile international athletes and teams, and to the sale of its products in over 40 countries, the company is in constant progress and relentlessly centers its efforts on development and innovation. More than ever, athletes all around the world stand out and perform in outstanding fashion thanks to the Louis Garneau brand.
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Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.
Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.07% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs close to 11,000 people in Canada.
A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports people working with more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.
Visit our web site: www.quebecor.com
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Last night, not only did Jason Lowndes with this season's last Mardis de cyclistes de Lachine race, he was also crowned champion, a victory that puts him at the top of the season's overall rankings. In the event's 38 years of existence, it is the first time that a foreigner wins the Mardis' overall ranking!
Geoffroy Dussault, Marc-Antoine Soucy, Olivier Brisebois, Simon-Pierre Gauthier and Rémi Pelletier-Roy, other members of Team Garneau-Québecor, were also present last night!