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2016 GP Cycliste de Québec (World Tour), Canada

7th edition: Friday, September 9, 2016

Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec podium history | GP Cycliste de Montréal | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Start list

201.6 km: 16 laps of 12.6 km

2016 GP Quebec map and profile

2016 GP Quebec map and profile

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan wins the 2016 GP de Québec

The Race: Here's how winner Peter Sagan's Tinkoff team told the tale.

Peter Sagan bounced back in perfect fashion after withdrawing from his last race due to sickness by taking an emphatic win at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec today in Canada. Peter rounded out a perfect team race from Tinkoff to sprint to his second Canadian WorldTour win after claiming the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal in 2013.

“We started pulling from early on as we had a clear idea for the race – to try to win with Peter – even though we didn’t really know exactly how his form would be after Plouay,” explained Sport Director Patxi Vila after the race. “The guys stuck to the plan and worked really hard throughout the race and then Peter finished it off with an awesome sprint. I did think that Moscon might hold on at the end but it was a superb finish from Peter.”

An early eight rider move moved clear of the field, building up an advantage of several minutes, but the peloton, led by Tinkoff amongst other teams, was keeping a close eye on their gap. The repetitive rolling circuit gradually took its toll on the peloton as the pace increased with riders sliding off the back as the break’s advantage shrank. Then with 20km it all came back together, sparking a flurry of attacks.

Despite a strong push from several small groups in the final kilometres, including a big solo effort that looked like it would take the victory, the race came back together as the sprint was launched. Perfect timing and a cool composure from Peter saw him take a stunning win in front of the adorning public.

After the race, the UCI world champion said: “After 200km the last kilometres were very fast. I saw Rigoberto in the front and I thought that we would maybe be playing for second place. In the end he slowed before the line as it was really hard. The guys from FDJ started early and that set the sprint up for me.

“I am very happy and must thank all my teammates as they worked really hard today. It was unbelievable because I didn’t feel very good during the race, and I was getting cramps in the legs but they passed and I’m really happy to take the win. For sure I didn’t expect that I could win today.”

The action continues on Sunday with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, the second of the WorldTour double header, with nearly the same field as we saw in Québec. On a harder parcours the team will be watched closely, but after their display of strength today they can take confidence into the one-day race.

Vila continued: “Sunday is another race, and it’s a harder parcours. Of course after today people will look to us but we know that it’s already a hard race so we’ll go out with the same objective, to win, and do our best together.”

Complete Results:

168 starters, 51 abandons, 117 classified finishers

201.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.373 km/hr

1 SAGAN,  Peter TINKOFF 5hr 7min 13sec
2 VAN AVERMAET,  Greg BMC s.t.
3 ROUX,  Anthony FDJ s.t.
4 BETTIOL,  Alberto CANNONDALE-DRAPAC @ 1sec
5 MATTHEWS,  Michael ORICA-BikeExchange s.t.
6 HAAS,  Nathan DIMENSION DATA s.t.
7 ULISSI,  Diego LAMPRE-MERIDA s.t.
8 MOLLEMA,  Bauke TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
9 VAKOC,  Petr ETIXX-QUICK STEP 0:02
10 KUZNETSOV,  Viacheslav TEAM KATUSHA s.t.
11 KELDERMAN,  Wilco LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
12 COSTA, Rui LAMPRE-MERIDA s.t.
13 WELLENS, Tim LOTTO SOUDAL 0:03
14 SLAGTER, Tom-Jelte CANNONDALE-DRAPAC 0:04
15 OFFREDO, Yoann FDJ 0:05
16 BOIVIN, Guillaume ÉQUIPE CANADA s.t.
17 BENOOT, Tiesj LOTTO SOUDAL 0:06
18 ARU, Fabio ASTANA s.t.
19 HESJEDAL, Ryder TREK-SEGAFREDO 0:08
20 GESCHKE, Simon GIANT-ALPECIN s.t.
21 BARDET, Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:09
22 ELMIGER, Martin IAM CYCLING 0:10
23 SCHLECK, Frank TREK-SEGAFREDO 0:11
24 NAVARDAUSKAS, Ramunas CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
25 HOULE, Hugo AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
26 WOODS, Mike CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
27 TEUNISSEN, Mike LOTTO NL-JUMBO 0:12
28 TANNER, David IAM CYCLING s.t.
29 MORI, Manuele LAMPRE-MERIDA s.t.
30 NIEVE, Mikel SKY s.t.
31 OOMEN, Sam GIANT-ALPECIN 0:13
32 LANGLOIS, Bruno ÉQUIPE CANADA 0:14
33 KANGERT, Tanel ASTANA s.t.
34 SÜTTERLIN, Jasha MOVISTAR s.t.
35 DUCHESNE, Antoine DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
36 ROSA, Diego ASTANA 0:15
37 BOONEN, Tom ETIXX-QUICK STEP 0:16
38 VERMEULEN, Alexey LOTTO NL-JUMBO 0:18
39 CARUSO, Damiano BMC s.t.
40 BOOKWALTER, Brent BMC 0:19
41 PAUWELS, Serge DIMENSION DATA 0:20
42 OLIVEIRA, Nelson Filipe MOVISTAR s.t.
43 DROUIN, David ÉQUIPE CANADA 0:21
44 ZAUGG, Oliver IAM CYCLING 0:22
45 HAUSSLER, Heinrich IAM CYCLING 0:23
46 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:29
47 MOSCON, Gianni SKY 0:33
48 ROOSEN, Timo LOTTO NL-JUMBO 0:35
49 STUYVEN, Jasper TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
50 VOSS, Paul BORA-ARGON 18 0:36
51 BENNETT, Sam BORA-ARGON 18 0:39
52 LUTSENKO, Alexey ASTANA s.t.
53 CARDOSO, Andre CANNONDALE-DRAPAC 0:47
54 GAUTIER, Cyril AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:53
55 PETILLI, Simone LAMPRE-MERIDA 0:54
56 PETROV, Evgeny TINKOFF s.t.
57 KREUZIGER, Roman TINKOFF 0:59
58 MAES, Nikolas ETIXX-QUICK STEP 1:02
59 RAST, Gregory TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
60 VAN RENSBURG, Reinardt DIMENSION DATA 1:03
61 IZAGUIRRE, Jon MOVISTAR 1:24
62 SCHÄR, Michael BMC 1:56
63 TRENTIN, Matteo ETIXX-QUICK STEP 2:03
64 ALAPHILIPPE, Julian ETIXX-QUICK STEP 2:04
65 POLANC, Jan LAMPRE-MERIDA s.t.
66 HOFLAND, Moreno LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
67 NAESEN, Oliver IAM CYCLING s.t.
68 CHEREL, Mikaël AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
69 PÖSTLBERGER, Lukas BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
70 TCATEVICH, Aleksei TEAM KATUSHA s.t.
71 YATES, Adam ORICA-BikeExchange s.t.
72 THOMAS, Geraint SKY s.t.
73 ZAKARIN, Ilnur TEAM KATUSHA 2:25
74 LE GAC, Olivier FDJ s.t.
75 MAJKA, Rafal TINKOFF s.t.
76 ANACONA, Winner MOVISTAR s.t.
77 KONOVALOVAS, Ignatas FDJ 2:26
78 BONNET, William FDJ 2:46
79 BERARD, Julien AG2R LA MONDIALE 2:52
80 HOLLENSTEIN, Reto IAM CYCLING s.t.
81 GASTAUER, Ben AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
82 PREIDLER, Georg GIANT-ALPECIN 2:53
83 MONTAGUTI, Matteo AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
84 FUGLSANG, Jakob ASTANA s.t.
85 MOHORIC, Matej LAMPRE-MERIDA s.t.
86 NERZ, Dominik BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
87 SCHILLINGER, Andreas BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
88 HAYMAN, Mathew ORICA-BikeExchange s.t.
89 DEIGNAN, Philip SKY 2:54
90 SKUJINS, Toms CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
91 DE BIE, Sean LOTTO SOUDAL 3:01
92 ROELANDTS, Jurgen LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
93 VENTOSO, Francisco MOVISTAR 3:48
94 ROY, Jérémy FDJ 3:57
95 PEDRERO, Antonio MOVISTAR 4:07
96 PANTANO, Jarlinson IAM CYCLING s.t.
97 JUUL-JENSEN, Christopher ORICA-BikeExchange 4:52
98 VALGREN, Michael TINKOFF 4:53
99 STETINA, Peter TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
100 BUCHMANN, Emanuel BORA-ARGON 18 s.t.
101 BONO, Matteo LAMPRE-MERIDA 5:00
102 BODNAR, Maciej TINKOFF s.t.
103 COQUARD, Bryan DIRECT ENERGIE 5:02
104 PETIT, Adrien DIRECT ENERGIE 5:14
105 VANENDERT, Jelle LOTTO SOUDAL 5:36
106 DE PLUS, Laurens ETIXX-QUICK STEP s.t.
107 BAK, Lars LOTTO SOUDAL 6:00
108 ROSSKOPF, Joseph BMC s.t.
109 VAN ASBROECK, Tom LOTTO NL-JUMBO 6:01
110 PERRY, Benjamin ÉQUIPE CANADA s.t.
111 MORABITO, Steve FDJ s.t.
112 BERHANE, Natnael DIMENSION DATA s.t.
113 VOECKLER, Thomas DIRECT ENERGIE 6:02
114 LIGTHART, Pim LOTTO SOUDAL 8:40
115 DE BACKER, Bert GIANT-ALPECIN 8:41
116 VICIOSO ARCOS, Angel TEAM KATUSHA s.t.
117 HERRADA, Jesus MOVISTAR 9:17