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2017 GP Cycliste de Québec (World Tour), Canada

8th edition: Friday, September 8, 2017

Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec podium history | GP Cycliste de Montréal | Start list | 2016 edition

201.6 km total distance: 16 laps of 12.6 km

GP de Quebec map

2017 GP Quebec map and profile

Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan wins in Quebec

The race: Here's the report from winner Peter Sagan's Bora-hansgrohe team.

When the UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan, wins, he always does it in style, but today the Slovak BORA-hansgrohe rider made it extra special, claiming his 100th professional victory with a commanding win on a tough uphill sprint. From the start of the GP Cycliste de Québec it was clear the team had their eye on the win, working hard to control the race and deliver Peter to the line. The Austrian, Lukas Pöstlberger, also claimed the best climber’s jersey on a day where the whole BORA-hansgrohe team showed their strength on a demanding course.

Sixteen laps of a 12.6km circuit of Québec’s beautiful streets made up the 201.6km course for today’s race. While the laps themselves were short, the difficulty of the terrain made certain that this wasn’t going to be a straightforward race, with 2,976m of climbing over the day taking place on four steep ascents. The toughest of these would see riders battle against gradients of 13%, and the day’s finale, while on one of the more gentle hills, would take place on a 4% incline. The fine weather conditions would see riders start in high spirits – but after more than 200km on punishing terrain, there would only be a few riders on the start list who would be strong enough to contest the finish.

The day started at the highest point of the course, and so riders were eager to get into a break and put some distance between themselves and the peloton before the climbing started. After a few attempts were brought back in, a group of four managed to get away with just a few kilometres of the race covered. This small but determined group of four succeeded in building an advantage of a minute, before gradually extending this as the day went on – topping out at nearly ten minutes. This advantage put the leaders at more than half a lap in front of the peloton, at which point the bunch was spurred into action, with BORA-hansgrohe working to pull in the escape’s substantial gap to a more manageable 5:30 with 50km remaining.

The relentless pace of the break, combined with the pressure of the chasing peloton, saw the escapees starting to struggle, losing one of their number and making it harder to maintain the high speeds they had done over the distance so far, before losing another with 30km remaining. With the gap now approaching two minutes, it was clear that the peloton was working to make the catch ahead of a fast finale. In the peloton, UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan, looked comfortable and was surrounded by his teammates and with only one rider remaining of the break and the gap down to thirty seconds, the race was really coming to life, the catch being made with 16km remaining. Attacks came and went, but there was no denying the sprinters, who massed at the front as the kilometres ticked down, Marcus Burghardt upping the pace in his distinctive German National Champion’s jersey and Lukas Pöstlberger setting a fast tempo. Swooping around his adversaries and making the most of a wide finishing stretch, the UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan, made it professional win number 100, the 4% climb barely registering as the Slovak rider surged to victory.

Having claimed his milestone 100th professional victory, Peter, as always, thanked his teammates, knowing how important they were in today’s win. “In the end, the result was very similar to last year, and the style of the race was similar too, even down to Uran attacking as always. In the finale there was a headwind, but I decided I had to start my sprint from further out. It was a very long sprint and the last kilometre being uphill made it hard. Thanks very much to the team. BORA-hansgrohe did an amazing job – they were pulling all day on the front and we were able to control the race on the last three laps. There were a lot of attacks and the guys did a very good job closing the gaps. 100 is a special number but it’s never enough. You can’t rest on your laurels – you always have to aspire for more. I’ll try again on Sunday, but races are always unpredictable – you need luck. You can be injured or crash, but I want to do my best with the team, and we’ll see what comes next in Montreal.”

For BORA-hansgrohe Team Coach, Patxi Vila, the whole team knew what they wanted the outcome of the day to be, and were eager to work for it. "Our clear plan this morning was to work for Peter in order to go for the win. He was victorious last year as well but this didn't make things any easier – it was much harder than it seemed. It's a tough race with a line-up of strong opponents and the entire squad today put in a fantastic effort in an exhibition of flawless teamwork. Everybody worked so hard and did everything we asked for. Our strategy was perfectly executed. Given the finale, we knew it wasn't going to be a sprint with leadout teams but rather a battle between the main contenders. Peter was always protected by his teammates until the final kilometre and there he took the race into his hands. We expected this was going to be a fight between Peter, Van Avermaet and Matthews and this is what happened. It was a well-deserved win for Peter and the team. It is also an honour and a privilege for all of us today to have played a part in such a milestone, Peter's 100th professional victory. Obviously, the morale is very high but Sunday's race in Montréal isn't going to be easy. It will be tough but, once again, we will give our best."

Heading to Montréal to close off the weekend, another arduous day of racing awaits on Sunday. While the distance is similar to today’s race, at 205.7km, the parcours is an altogether different affair, with even more climbing than in Québec. Riders will climb 3,893m over 17 laps, with one long ascent – the 8% Côte Camillien-Houde dominating the profile. The finale will take place on another 4% climb, but while the all-rounders may have their eye on the win, there’s no telling who will come away with the victory on such a tough course.

Complete results:

201.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.251 km/hr

1 SAGAN, Peter BORA-HANSGROHE 5hr 0min 31sec
2 VAN AVERMAET, Greg BMC s.t.
3 MATTHEWS, Michael TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
4 VUILLERMOZ, Alexis AG2R-LA MONDIALE s.t.
5 WELLENS, Tim LOTTO-SOUDAL s.t.
6 SLAGTER, Tom-Jelte CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
7 VAKOC, Petr QUICK-STEP FLOORS s.t.
8 VANMARCKE, Sep CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
9 GALLOPIN, Tony LOTTO-SOUDAL s.t.
10 COLBRELLI, Sonny BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
11 ULISSI, Diego UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
12 BENOOT, Tiesj LOTTO-SOUDAL s.t.
13 HAAS, Nathan DIMENSION DATA s.t.
14 BAKELANTS, Jan AG2R-LA MONDIALE s.t.
15 BETTIOL, Alberto CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
16 HENAO , Sergio Luis SKY s.t.
17 NAESEN, Oliver AG2R-LA MONDIALE s.t.
18 STUYVEN, Jasper TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
19 SUTTERLIN, Jasha MOVISTAR s.t.
20 HERRADA, Jesus MOVISTAR s.t.
21 DEVENYNS, Dries QUICK-STEP FLOORS s.t.
22 ALBASINI, Michael ORICA-SCOTT s.t.
23 KUZNETSOV, Viacheslav KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
24 GATTO, Oscar ASTANA s.t.
25 IMPEY, Daryl ORICA-SCOTT s.t.
26 BOLE, Grega BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
27 VANENDERT, Jelle LOTTO-SOUDAL s.t.
28 LADAGNOUS, Matthieu FDJ s.t.
29 BOIVIN, Guillaume ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
30 BARBERO, Carlos MOVISTAR s.t.
31 GASPAROTTO, Enrico BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
32 MARTENS, Paul LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
33 KEUKELEIRE, Jens ORICA-SCOTT s.t.
34 ZABEL, Rick KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
35 SERRY, Pieter QUICK-STEP FLOORS s.t.
36 MOLLEMA, Bauke TREK-SEGAFREDO @ 12sec
37 FRANK, Mathias AG2R-LA MONDIALE s.t.
38 ROOSEN, Timo LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
39 VERMOTE, Julien QUICK-STEP FLOORS s.t.
40 KENNAUGH, Peter SKY s.t.
41 CONTI, Valerio UAE TEAM EMIRATES @ 17sec
42 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca QUICK-STEP FLOORS s.t.
43 MARCATO, Marco UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
44 CAVAGNA, Rémi QUICK-STEP FLOORS s.t.
45 GESCHKE, Simon TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
46 GUERREIRO, Ruben TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
47 URAN, Rigoberto CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
48 TEUNISSEN, Mike TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
49 DUMOULIN, Tom TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
50 BROWN, Nathan CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
51 WISNIOWSKI, Lukasz SKY s.t.
52 LANGLOIS, Bruno ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE s.t.
53 REIJNEN, Kiel TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
54 SBARAGLI, Kristian DIMENSION DATA s.t.
55 KREUZIGER, Roman ORICA-SCOTT s.t.
56 DUCHESNE, Antoine ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE 25"
57 LANGEVELD, Sebastian CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
58 GERRANS, Simon ORICA-SCOTT s.t.
59 PETILLI, Simone UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
60 ANACONA, Winner Andrew MOVISTAR s.t.
61 SCHAR, Michael BMC s.t.
62 BURGHARDT, Marcus BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
63 TEUNS, Dylan BMC s.t.
64 SPILAK, Simon KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
65 REICHENBACH, Sébastien FDJ s.t.
66 GOLAS, Michal SKY s.t.
67 GAUTIER, Cyril AG2R-LA MONDIALE 38"
68 PIBERNIK, Luka BAHRAIN-MERIDA 41"
69 DOCKER, Mitchell ORICA-SCOTT s.t.
70 MC CARTHY, Jay BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
71 DEMARE, Arnaud FDJ 48"
72 HERRADA, Jose MOVISTAR 51"
73 BATTAGLIN, Enrico LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
74 LE GAC, Olivier FDJ 1'01"
75 HAYMAN, Mathew ORICA-SCOTT 1'06"
76 ZEITS, Andrey ASTANA s.t.
77 BURKE, Jack ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE s.t.
78 BICO, Nuno MOVISTAR s.t.
79 LAMMERTINK, Maurits KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
80 KISERLOVSKI, Robert KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
81 CUMMINGS, Stephen DIMENSION DATA s.t.
82 HAUSSLER, Heinrich BAHRAIN-MERIDA s.t.
83 SARAMOTINS, Aleksejs BORA-HANSGROHE 1'12"
84 PÖSTLBERGER, Lukas BORA-HANSGROHE 1'15"
85 KONOVALOVAS, Ignatas FDJ 1'25"
86 VAUGRENARD, Benoit FDJ 1'38"
87 WYNANTS, Maarten LOTTO NL-JUMBO 1'43"
88 ELISSONDE, Kenny SKY s.t.
89 HENAO , Sebastian SKY s.t.
90 BERHANE, Natnael DIMENSION DATA s.t.
91 DE BIE, Sean LOTTO-SOUDAL 1'56"
92 NEILANDS, Krists ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
93 BAK, Lars LOTTO-SOUDAL 2'08"
94 BAUER, Jack QUICK-STEP FLOORS s.t.
95 TANKINK, Bram LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
96 BEPPU, Fumiyuki TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
97 DANIEL, Gregory TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
98 PREIDLER, Georg TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
99 ANDERSON, Ryan ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE s.t.
100 VERMEULEN, Alexey LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
101 BRAJKOVIC, Janez BAHRAIN-MERIDA 2'31"
102 GASTAUER, Ben AG2R-LA MONDIALE 2'33"
103 ARNDT, Nikias TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
104 LAENGEN, Vegard Stake UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
105 FELLINE, Fabio TREK-SEGAFREDO 2'49"
106 CATALDO, Dario ASTANA 2'53"
107 DAL-CIN, Matteo ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE 3'02"
108 HOWES, Alex CANNONDALE-DRAPAC s.t.
109 SAGIV, Guy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
110 BODNAR, Maciej BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
111 ÐURASEK, Kristijan UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
112 WYSS, Danilo BMC s.t.
113 JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Reinardt DIMENSION DATA s.t.
114 ARASHIRO, Yukiya BAHRAIN-MERIDA 3'26"
115 SAGAN, Juraj BORA-HANSGROHE 3'41"
116 DRUCKER, Jean-Pierre BMC s.t.
117 SWIFT, Ben UAE TEAM EMIRATES 4'27"
118 BOSWELL, Ian SKY s.t.
119 MOINARD, Amael BMC s.t.
120 LEEZER, Thomas LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
121 DE BUYST, Jasper LOTTO-SOUDAL 4'53"
122 RAIM, Mihkel ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 5'59"
123 VAN WINDEN, Dennis ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
124 GRIVKO, Andrey ASTANA 6'04"
125 RESTREPO, Jhonatan KATUSHA-ALPECIN 10'23"
126 WILLIAMS, Tyler ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY s.t.
127 PLAZA, Ruben ORICA-SCOTT s.t.
128 DE LA PARTE, Victor MOVISTAR s.t.
129 VINCENT, Léo FDJ s.t.
130 KOZHATAYEV, Bakhtiyar ASTANA s.t.
131 SENNI, Manuel BMC s.t.
132 FARRAR, Tyler DIMENSION DATA s.t.
133 BAGDONAS, Gediminas AG2R-LA MONDIALE s.t.
134 CASTELIJNS, Twan LOTTO NL-JUMBO s.t.
135 RAVASI, Edward UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
136 VENTER, Jaco DIMENSION DATA s.t.
137 SABATINI, Fabio QUICK-STEP FLOORS 11'01"
138 QUINZIATO, Manuel BMC s.t.
139 PLANCKAERT, Baptiste KATUSHA-ALPECIN s.t.
140 COLEDAN, Marco TREK-SEGAFREDO 11'07"
141 PERRY, Benjamin ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY 11'22"
142 CRADDOCK, Lawson CANNONDALE-DRAPAC 17'06"

Startlist with back numbers, September 8, 2017:

BORA-HANSGROHE
1 SAGAN Peter
2 SAGAN Juraj
3 BODNAR Maciej
4 BURGHARDT Marcus
5 MCCARTHY Jay
6 ACKERMANN Pascal
7 POSTLBERGER Lukas
8 SARAMOTINS Aleksejs
BMC
11 VAN AVERMAET Greg
12 DRUCKER Jean Pierre
13 MOINARD Amaël
14 QUINZIATO Manuel
15 SCHÄR Michael
16 SENNI Manuel
17 TEUNS Dylan
18 WYSS Danilo
QUICK-STEP FLOORS
21 BAUER Jack
22 BRAMBILLA Gianluca
23 CAVAGNA Rémi
24 DEVENYNS Dries
25 SABATINI Fabio
26 SERRY Pieter
27 VAKOC Petr
28 VERMOTE Julien
SKY
31 HENAO Sergio
32 BOSWELL Ian
33 DEIGNAN Philip
34 ELISSONDE Kenny
35 GOLAS Michal
36 HENAO Sebastian
37 KENNAUGH Peter
38 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
TEAM SUNWEB
41 DUMOULIN Tom
42 ARNDT Nikias
43 GESCHKE Simon
44 MATTHEWS Michael
45 PREIDLER Georg
46 TEUNISSEN Mike
47 TIMMER Albert
48 WAEYTENS Zico
ORICA-SCOTT
51 GERRANS Simon
52 ALBASINI Michael
53 IMPEY Daryl
54 PLAZA Ruben
55 KEUKELEIRE Jens
56 KREUZIGER Roman
57 DOCKER Mitchell
58 HAYMAN Mathew
MOVISTAR
61 HERRADA Jesús
62 ANACONA Winner Anrew
63 BARBERO Carlos
64 BICO Nuno Miguel
65 CARRETERO Hector
66 DE LA PARTE Victor
67 HERRADA José
68 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
TREK-SEGAFREDO
71 MOLLEMA Bauke
72 COLEDAN Marco
73 BEPPU Fumiyuki
74 DANIEL Gregory
75 FELLINE Fabio
76 GUERREIRO Ruben
77 REIJNEN Kiel
78 STUYVEN Jasper
AG2R LA MONDIALE
81 NAESEN Oliver
82 BAKELANTS Jan
83 BAGDONAS Gediminas
84 FRANK Mathias
85 GAUTIER Cyril
86 GASTAUER Ben
87 RIBLON Christophe
88 VUILLERMOZ Alexis
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
91 SPILAK Simon
92 LAMMERTINK Maurits
93 KISERLOVSKI Robert
94 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav
95 PLANCKAERT Baptiste
96 RESTREPO Jhonatan
97 VICIOSO Angel
98 ZABEL Rick
CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
101 URAN Rigoberto
102 BETTIOL Alberto
103 CRADDOCK Lawson
104 HOWES Alex
105 LANGEVELD Sebastian
106 SLAGTER Tom Jelte
107 VANMARCKE Sep
108 BROWN Nathan
LOTTO NL - JUMBO
111 WYNANTS Maarten
112 BATTAGLIN Enrico
113 CASTELIJNS Twan
114 LEEZER Tom
115 MARTENS Paul
116 ROOSEN Timo
117 TANKINK Bram
118 VERMEULEN Alexey
UAE-TEAM EMIRATES
121 ULISSI Diego
122 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
123 CONTI Valerio
124 DURASEK Kristijan
125 MARCATO Marco
126 PETILLI Simone
127 RAVASI Edward
128 SWIFT Ben
LOTTO-SOUDAL
131 WELLENS Tim
132 BAK Lars Ytting
133 BENOOT Tiesj
134 DE BIE Sean
135 DE BUYST Jasper
136 GALLOPIN Tony
137 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
138 VANENDERT Jelle
BAHRAIN-MERIDA
141 GASPAROTTO Enrico
142 ARASHIRO Yukiya
143 BOLE Grega
144 BOZIC Borut
145 BRAJKOVIC Janez
146 COLBRELLI Sonny
147 HAUSSLER Heinrich
148 PIBERNIK Luka
ASTANA
151 FUGLSANG Jakob
152 GRIVKO Andriy
153 CATALDO Dario
154 GATTO Oscar
155 KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar
156 MOSER Moreno
157 TIRALONGO Paolo
158 ZEITS Andrey
FDJ
161 DEMARE Arnaud
162 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
163 LADAGNOUS Matthieu
164 LE GAC Olivier
165 REZA Kévin
166 REICHENBACH Sébastien
167 VAUGRENARD Benoît
168 VINCENT Leo
DIMENSION DATA
171 CUMMINGS Stephen
172 BERHANE Natnael
173 FARRAR Tyler
174 HAAS Nathan
175 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
176 O'CONNOR Ben Alexander
177 SBARAGLI Kristian
178 VENTER Jacobus
EQUIPE CANADA
181 DUCHESNE Antoine
182 ANDERSON Ryan
183 BURKE Jack
184 COTÉ Pier-André
185 COWAN Alexander
186 DAL-CIN Matteo
187 LANGLOIS Bruno
188 SOUCY Marc-Antoine
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
191 BOIVIN Guillaume
192 DEMPSTER Zakkari
193 NEILANDS Krists
194 PERRY Benjamin
195 RÄIM Mihkel
196 SAGIV Guy
197 VAN WINDEN Dennis
198 WILLIAMS Tyler