Grand Prix de Mon­tréal

Procycling - - Prologue -

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.

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