Bauer's cycling team spinning forward

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

A Canadian cycling team backed by Steve Bauer has taken a big step toward eventually competing in the Tour de France.

Team SpiderTech Powered by C10 has become the first Canadian team to reach UCI professional continental status, it was announced Monday.

Already on the team's radar for 2011 are the UCI World Tour events in Montreal and Quebec City. The team also is planning a three-month tour of Europe beginning in February.

"It has been a challenging mission for our company to gain division two status, however it is a critical step forward in our long-term goals to compete on the World Tour and the Tour de France," Bauer said.

Thirteen of the 16 riders on the 2011 roster are Canadian.

Runner Reed retires

Two-time Olympian and 2007 world championship silver medallist Gary Reed on Monday announced his retirement from track.

The 800-metre specialist said that after an eight-year international career spanning two Olympic Games and five world championships he didn't have the necessary drive to get on the podium in London 2012.

"From the beginning I've always known that I wanted to be able to walk off the track and have zero regrets -- to be able to retire from the sport and not let the sport retire me," Reed said.

"I wanted to have that feeling that I had poured everything I had into track and field, and that there was nothing left to give. I have reached this point."

Reed, of Victoria, B.C., retires as the 800-metre Canadian record holder, and a six-time Canadian champion (2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003). He placed fourth at the 2008 Olympics.

Aiming to get hot in the water

Four highly ranked teams, including the host Canadians, will battle this week in the Canada Cup women's water polo tournament at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Montreal.

Canada plays Italy on Wednesday, China on Thursday and Australia on Friday in round-robin play.

All four teams are ranked among the top 10 in the world.

The semifinals are Saturday with the medal matches on Sunday.

"The team is looking forward to competing in the Canada Cup as it is our first international competition since the World Cup this past summer (where they finished fifth)," Canadian national team coach Patrick Oaten said. "With Australia, China and Italy in town, it should be a great event."


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