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2019 GP Cycliste de Montréal (World Tour), Canada

10th edition: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal podium history | GP Cycliste de Québec | Course map & profile | 2018 edition

18 x 12.2 km circuits = 219.6 km

The 2018 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal is a circuit race with a challenging course. It's 18 laps (up from 16 in 2018) of 12.2 km with three climbs, totaling 195.2 km. The race ends with an uphill finish on Avenue du Parc.

The climbs:

The race: Here's the report from winner Greg van Avermaet's CCC Team:

Having sprinted to third place in Quebec on Friday, Van Avermaet’s victory was yet another confirmation of his form ahead of the upcoming UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, and the result of strong teamwork to position the Belgian in the finale.

With 220 kilometers and more than 4000 meters of climbing on the cards, with two additional laps of the 12-kilometer course added to the race, the peloton was content to let five riders go clear as soon as the flag dropped.

Despite gaining an advantage of more than ten minutes, the group posed no threat and the peloton began to pick the pace up in the second half of the race to come within two minutes of the group with 60 kilometers to go.

With five laps to go, riders started to attack from the bunch but Van Avermaet’s CCC Team teammates remained attentive until the final breakaway rider was caught with 30 kilometers to go.

A string of attacks split the bunch with Van Avermaet and Joey Rosskopf well-positioned at the front and one lap later, Michael Schär covered attacks from a group of around 20 riders while behind, Van Avermaet had Rosskopf and Simon Geschke to guide him into the penultimate lap.

The ever-changing race situation saw Schär and Rosskopf lead the bunch, with Van Avermaet in their wheels, in pursuit of Nathan Earle (Israel Cycling Academy), who had a slight advantage as the bell rang to indicate the final lap.

With Earle caught, the final climbs saw Van Avermaet make a front selection of 20 riders, from which a string of attacks from the likes of Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) were launched.

Ultimately, the group came back together on the final hairpin turn into the finish and with the combination of perfect positioning and strong legs, Van Avermaet was able to launch his sprint at the right moment to come around Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida) to raise his arms in triumph.

Van Avermaet’s victory confirms his dominance at the Canadian races with nine combined podium results to his name at both races.

The Winner’s Interview with Greg Van Avermaet:

Congratulations, Greg! How happy are you to win here in Montreal?

“I’m very happy to win here for sure. It’s been a year of a lot of top ten places and podiums but never really a big win in a WorldTour race so I’m super happy to finally get it. I’m happy for the team, happy for the sponsor, CCC, and especially for myself. I knew it would be a close call to stay away or to bring Alaphilippe back. Everything went well in the end. I tried to bridge to Wellens on the last climb, but it was all stretched out with small gaps and luckily everything came back. I knew the finish was good for me and I know that after a hard race like this I still have a good sprint in the end. I could follow the wheel of Ulissi in the last 200 meters and I could come out. It was a super nice victory. We were often on the podium but never winning so it’s a big satisfaction to finally have this big win.

How important is this win for you?

If you’re close to the win you don’t miss that much. I was not panicking but you know as a leader of the team, especially a new team, it is always nice to have some nice victories. I was close in the spring, close in the Tour de France, and I was second in San Sebastian. You start to doubt, but I’ve been in great shape all year and winning is the most important. I finally got this one and this is important for myself and the team. It’s good to see the leader winning, that’s the most important. I was close a few times, I was feeling it was coming but you always have to finish it off. I was in good shape in Quebec and the win finally came here. These races are fitting me well and they are similar races to the World Championships.

How much confidence does this give you ahead of the UCI Road World Championships?

“First of all, I want to enjoy the victory here because I worked very hard to be in good shape at the end of the year. Winning doesn’t happen too often for me so first I want to enjoy this victory. I’m just happy that I’m in shape and we will see how it will be in two weeks at the Worlds. I think it’s a good course for me and I’m happy with my shape, that’s the most important. We will see how the race goes and what plan we have with the Belgian team.”

Steve Bauer, Sports Director:
“It’s a huge, huge win for Greg and the team. I think patience is always the key. It was a classic, World Championship-style race. On the last lap, the guys were splitting and attacking, Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) had a really good go and when they started to claw him back at two to three kilometers to go and they bridged to him, I said Greg, that’s your race. They just came back together and I knew he had the strongest sprint. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) wasn’t there anymore so he had a great chance to win and he came through.

We had guys covering moves in the finale. For example, Simon Geschke was in a good attack a lap earlier, Joey Rosskopf made sure to hit the front on the final lap, Michael Schär did a great job of positioning Greg and then when the strong men were in front, Greg played his game all the way to the line. He sprinted and he won it which is a great way to finish a fantastic weekend here in Canada.”

Complete Results:

219.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 35.646 km/hr

1 Greg Van Avermaet CCC Team 6hr 9min 38sec
2 Diego Ulissi UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
3 Ivan Garcia Bahrain-Merida s.t.
4 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal s.t.
5 Michael Valgren Dimension Data s.t.
6 Kristian Sbaragli Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
7 Rui Costa UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
8 Michael Woods EF Education First s.t.
9 Nans Peters Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
10 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo s.t.
11 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
12 Mathias Frank Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
13 Julian Alaphilippe Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
14 Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
15 Carlos Betancur Movistar @ 5sec
16 Enric Mas Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
17 Benoit Cosnefroy Ag2r La Mondiale @ 12sec
18 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
19 Michael Matthews Team Sunweb @ 50sec
20 Kasper Asgreen Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
21 Timo Roosen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
22 Nathan Haas Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
23 Toms Skujins Trek-Segafredo s.t.
24 Rudy Molard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
25 Alex Howes EF Education First s.t.
26 Matej Mohoric Bahrain-Merida s.t.
27 Reinardt Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
28 Hugo Houle Astana s.t.
29 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
30 Kevin Geniets Groupama-FDJ s.t.
31 Anthony Roux Groupama-FDJ s.t.
32 Davide Villella Astana s.t.
33 Eduard Prades Movistar s.t.
34 Daryl Impey Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
35 Jonathan Castroviejo Team INEOS s.t.
36 Oliver Naesen Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
37 Alexander Cataford Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
38 Jonas Gregaard Astana s.t.
39 Adam De Vos Rally UHC s.t.
40 Andrey Zeits Astana s.t.
41 Jan Polanc UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
42 Krists Neilands Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
43 Ruben Fernandez Movistar s.t.
44 Gavin Mannion Rally UHC s.t.
45 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
46 Jan Bakelants Team Sunweb s.t.
47 Joey Rosskopf CCC Team s.t.
48 Valentin Madouas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
49 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
50 Tom Jelte Slagter Dimension Data s.t.
51 Alberto Bettiol EF Education First s.t.
52 Damiano Caruso Bahrain-Merida s.t.
53 Remco Evenepoel Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
54 Vincenzo Nibali Bahrain-Merida s.t.
55 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
56 Jay McCarthy Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
57 Magnus Cort Astana s.t.
58 Marc Hirschi Team Sunweb s.t.
59 Daniel Martin UAE-Team Emirates @ 1min 10sec
60 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar 1:24
61 Sep Vanmarcke EF Education First s.t.
62 Patrick Konrad Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
63 Christopher Juul Jensen Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
64 Dries Devenyns Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:38
65 Louis Vervaeke Team Sunweb 1:40
66 Brent Bookwalter Mitchelton-Scott 2:38
67 Sven Erik Bystrøm UAE-Team Emirates 2:55
68 Laurens De Plus Jumbo-Visma 3:09
69 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal 3:35
70 Jai Hindley Team Sunweb s.t.
71 Paul Martens Jumbo-Visma 4:57
72 Simon Geschke CCC Team s.t.
73 Julien Duval Ag2r La Mondiale 5:07
74 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
75 Nathan Earle Israel Cycling Academy 5:25
76 Christian Knees Team INEOS 5:49
77 Jaime Castrillo Movistar s.t.
78 Michael Schär CCC Team s.t.
79 Rui Oliveira UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
80 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida s.t.
81 Antwan Tolhoek Jumbo-Visma 8:38
82 Nickolas Zukowsky Canada s.t.
83 Nathan Brown EF Education First s.t.
84 Jonas Vingegaard Jumbo-Visma s.t.
85 Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ 9:38
86 James Piccoli Canada 10:26
87 Stan Dewulf Lotto-Soudal s.t.
88 James Whelan EF Education First s.t.
89 Mikkel Honore Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
90 Antoine Duchesne Groupama-FDJ s.t.
91 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data s.t.
92 Reto Hollenstein Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
93 Nikolas Maes Lotto-Soudal s.t.
94 Jasper Philipsen UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
95 Ryan Anderson Rally UHC s.t.
96 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy 12:33
97 Laurent Gervais Canada 15:37

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