Grand Prix de Montréal
10 September, 1. UWT, Canada The second and most prestigious of the two Canadian one-day races of September, the Grand Prix de Montréal is carving out a good niche as a low-pressure, highintensity race block away from the pressures and fatigue of the Vuelta. Unusually for a WorldTour one-day race, Montréal (along with the Grand Prix de Québec, which precedes it by two days) is a circuit race, and it's a tough one. The Mont Royal climb in the city has tested greats of cycling history such as Eddy Merckx, who won the Worlds here in 1974. It was also a stopover in the late 1980s - the GP des Amériques ran for ive years between 1988 and 1992. This year, the usual deep ield will contest the race. Greg Van Avermaet is the reigning champ, but Peter Sagan, the winner in 2013, will begin the race as the favourite.