Sa­gan Takes 100th Pro Win Cana­dian WorldTours

8th An­nual GP Cy­cliste de Québec et Mon­tréal

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Jack Cracker

Peter Sa­gan (SLK, Bora-Han­srohe) took home his 100th Pro­fes­sional win as he de­fended his ti­tle at the 201.6km Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Québec last fall. Fin­ish­ing sec­ond for the third time at this race was Sa­gan’s archri­val Greg Van Aver­maet (BEL, BMC Rac­ing Team).

An­other pre-race favourite, Aus­tralian Michael Matthews (Team Sun­web), claimed the fi­nal podium spot. The top Cana­dian was Guil­laume Boivin (Is­rael Cy­cling Academy), fin­ish­ing 29th with the same time as Sa­gan.

The break of the day took shape at Kilo­me­tre Seven when Tyler Wil­liams (Is­rael Cy­cling Academy), Pier-An­dré Côté (Team Canada), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) and Bap­tiste Planck­aert (Team Ka­tusha Alpecin) joined forces. The gap reached a max­i­mum of

9:45 as Côté took ad­van­tage of Côte des Glacis to col­lect eight points in the GPM stand­ings.

The break be­gan to fall apart as Côté was dropped and the pack came to­gether for the fi­nal lap. When the pelo­ton ar­rived at the red flame for the fi­nal kilo­me­tre, the event’s 2015 win­ner, Rigob­erto Uran, launched an at­tack, hop­ing to es­cape again, but he was un­suc­cess­ful.

As the fin­ish line ap­proached, Sa­gan made his move on the right side and eas­ily pre­vailed for the vic­tory with Van Aver­maet and Matthews on his wheel.

“The last kilo­me­tre here is al­ways hard. Thanks very much to all our team who did an amaz­ing job. To win a 100th vic­tory is a spe­cial num­ber, but it’s maybe bet­ter if you could live 100 years,” said Sa­gan.

At Round Two in Mon­treal, Diego Ulissi (ITA, UAE Team Emi­rates) at­tacked from a lead group of six rid­ers on the fi­nal lap to claim his first WorldTour vic­tory, out­wit­ting his break­away com­pan­ions in a nail-bit­ing finale to win the eighth an­nual Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Mon­tréal, 205.7 kilo­me­tres ahead of Je­sus Her­rada (ESP, Mo­vis­tar Team) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED, Can­non­dale-Dra­pac Pro Cy­cling Team).

An­toine Duch­esne (Team Canada) was the top Canuck lead­ing a strong Cana­dian contin­gent, fin­ish­ing in 42nd. Sim­i­lar to last year, the race was high­lighted by an early break fea­tur­ing Mat­teo Dal-Cin (CAN, Team Canada) and Benjamin Perry (CAN, Is­rael Cy­cling Academy) that rose to just more than six min­utes, but the duo was caught with ap­prox­i­mately 40 kilo­me­tres to go, which set up the fi­nal at­tacks.

Noth­ing stuck how­ever un­til a 16-rider group broke clear on the last lap. On the fi­nal as­cent of Camil­lien-Houde, a break of six es­caped to bat­tle it out for the fi­nal vic­tory. They man­aged to keep the pack at bay, set­ting the stage for Ulissi to take the fi­nal lau­rels.

“I had been look­ing for a vic­tory in a one-day Clas­sic for a long time, and the Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Mon­tréal was the per­fect one for me, as I fin­ished third last year,” said Ulissi. “In the finale when we saw that the favourites [such as] Greg Van Aver­maet or Peter Sa­gan were not there in the lead­ing group, I started to be­lieve in my chances.”– JC

Peter Sa­gan de­fended his ti­tle at the 2017 Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Québec for his 100th Pro­fes­sional win.

Diego Ulissi claimed

his first WorldTour vic­tory at Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Mon­tréal.

An­toine Duch­esne led the Canucks in Mon­tréal

Guil­laume Boivin was the top Cana­dian in Québec City

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