Sagan Takes 100th Pro Win Canadian WorldTours
8th Annual GP Cycliste de Québec et Montréal
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