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2019 GP Cycliste de Québec (World Tour), Canada

10th edition: Friday, September 13, 2019

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

201.6 km total distance: 16 laps of 12.6 km

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews wins GP de Quebec again.

Weather at Québec City at 2:55 PM, local time: 19C (66F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the east-northeast at 6 km/hr (4 mph). No rain is forecast.

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

As one of the last races on the UCI WorldTour calendar, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec represented one of the last chances for riders to take a victory after a long and arduous season of racing.

The 201.6km total distance was split up over sixteen laps of 12.6km each, taking place on a street circuit in Québec City. The twists and turns of the criterium-style course would mean the riders had to stay alert over the entire distance, but there were enough short and steep climbs to make the racing even harder, with a final long drag up to the finish line.

From the moment the race started, there were attempts to break away, with the day’s escape forming just 6km in – a group of six attacking on the early climbs and forging ahead up the road, building a lead of five minutes after 20km and this rose steadily, topping out at eight minutes with just 40km of the day complete, before dropping to a more manageable 4:30 once the peloton had been pushed into action to up the pace a little.

The BORA-hansgrohe riders – as always – were driving the pace hard and by the 50km to go point, the break’s advantage had fallen to a little more than a minute, their dropping one of their number meaning it would be even harder to hold the peloton at bay, only for a solo rider to attack off the front with a little under 40km to go and, with the remnants of the break swept up by the chasing bunch, it surely wasn’t going to be long before it was all back together – the catch being made with 26km to go.

There was a fair distance still remaining, and the bunch knew it had to keep the pace high to stop any further attacks. However, the pace in the peloton was fairly leisurely, albeit with Daniel Oss, Marcus Burghardt and Cesare Benedetti keeping watch on the head of the race. As the bell rang for the final lap, it was still together, but the pace was hard and it was clear plenty of teams had their eye on the grand prize.

As a small lead group formed on the final 5km as the peloton stretched out from the high speeds, the winner of the 2017 edition of the race, Peter Sagan, was up there challenging. Responding well to late attacks, Peter found himself in an even smaller group of five with less than a kilometre to go and, with just a few hundred metres left, with the peloton catching, the sprint started after what seemed an eternity – the frontrunners looking at each other nervously to see who would go first.

The uphill slopes making for a painful finale and every single leg muscle burning, using the last of his energy to throw his bike across the line, Peter took second after a strong tactical effort and more than five hours in the saddle.

From the Finish Line:
"The team worked very well today, they kept the race under control, kept me safe and in a good position in the last kilometres. Alaphilippe attacked with about 2km to go, I reacted and we were four or five riders to build a gap in the front. I was there with Alaphilippe, Van Avermaet and Ulissi but the bunch caught us in the final straight. I kicked in when the sprint started but I didn't have enough space to take the win. I felt well today and we'll see what will happen on Sunday, although the race in Montreal is harder." – Peter Sagan

"I think we can be satisfied with today's result, the team did a good job overall. We had to make sure the breakaway was kept under control, so we had Christoph Pfingsten working in the early part of the race. We tried not to spend too much energy because we wanted to keep our powder dry for the final laps. The rest of the guys did a nice job there and Peter was very well positioned prior to the last climbs. He was strong, he showed he had a very good form today and it's a pity he missed victory in the final stretch. It's good to see him at this level again and in my opinion, we can also be optimistic about Sunday's race in Montreal." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director  

Complete results:

201.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.643 km/hr

1 Michael Matthews Team Sunweb 5hr 13min 1sec
2 Peter Sagan Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
3 Greg Van Avermaet CCC Team s.t.
4 Diego Ulissi UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
5 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 Tom Jelte Slagter Dimension Data s.t.
7 Julian Alaphilippe Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
8 Timo Roosen Jumbo-Visma s.t.
9 Tim Wellens Lotto-Soudal s.t.
10 Benoit Cosnefroy Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
11 Daryl Impey Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
12 Alberto Bettiol EF Education First s.t.
13 Kristian Sbaragli Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
14 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo s.t.
15 Hugo Houle Astana s.t.
16 Eduard Prades Movistar s.t.
17 Michael Woods EF Education First s.t.
18 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
19 Michael Valgren Dimension Data s.t.
20 Oliver Naesen Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
21 Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
22 James Piccoli Canada s.t.
23 Mathias Frank Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
24 Valentin Madouas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
25 Davide Villella Astana s.t.
26 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar s.t.
27 Kasper Asgreen Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
28 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
29 Simon Geschke CCC Team s.t.
30 Rudy Molard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
31 Sven Erik Bystrøm UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
32 Andrey Zeits Astana s.t.
33 Nans Peters Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
34 Carlos Betancur Movistar s.t.
35 Jay McCarthy Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
36 Matej Mohoric Bahrain-Merida s.t.
37 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida s.t.
38 Marco Haller Katusha-Alpecin @ 10sec
39 Nathan Haas Katusha-Alpecin 14
40 Sep Vanmarcke EF Education First 21
41 Rui Costa UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
42 Anthony Roux Groupama-FDJ 30
43 Stan Dewulf Lotto-Soudal 32
44 Brent Bookwalter Mitchelton-Scott 37
45 Adam De Vos Rally UHC s.t.
46 Rui Oliveira UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
47 Joey Rosskopf CCC Team s.t.
48 Kevin Geniets Groupama-FDJ s.t.
49 Nathan Brown EF Education First s.t.
50 Enrico Gasparotto Dimension Data s.t.
51 Alexander Cataford Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
52 Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ 49
53 Alex Howes EF Education First 56
54 Mikkel Honore Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
55 Krists Neilands Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
56 Jaime Castrillo Movistar s.t.
57 Paul Martens Jumbo-Visma s.t.
58 Ruben Fernandez Movistar s.t.
59 Jan Bakelants Team Sunweb s.t.
60 Serge Pauwels CCC Team s.t.
61 Simon Spilak Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
62 Marc Hirschi Team Sunweb 1:05
63 Jasper Philipsen UAE-Team Emirates 1:11
64 Pello Bilbao Astana 1:26
65 Lucas Hamilton Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
66 Christopher Lawless Team INEOS s.t.
67 August Jensen Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
68 Nickolas Zukowsky Canada 1:47
69 Vincenzo Nibali Bahrain-Merida 1:54
70 Davide Ballerini Astana s.t.
71 Enric Mas Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
72 Jonathan Castroviejo Team INEOS s.t.
73 Ivan Garcia Bahrain-Merida s.t.
74 Laurent Gervais Canada s.t.
75 Daniel Oss Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
76 Jurgen Roelandts Movistar s.t.
77 Damiano Caruso Bahrain-Merida s.t.
78 Jonas Gregaard Astana s.t.
79 Rob Britton Rally UHC s.t.
80 James Whelan EF Education First s.t.
81 Antoine Duchesne Groupama-FDJ s.t.
82 Lukasz Wisniowski CCC Team s.t.
83 Michael Schär CCC Team s.t.
84 Richie Porte Trek-Segafredo s.t.
85 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data s.t.
86 Ryan Anderson Rally UHC s.t.
87 Aurélien Paret-Peintre Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
88 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Soudal s.t.
89 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
90 Nikolas Maes Lotto-Soudal s.t.
91 Antwan Tolhoek Jumbo-Visma s.t.
92 Jai Hindley Team Sunweb s.t.
93 Nathan Earle Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
94 Lawrence Naesen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
95 Daniel Martin UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
96 Jonas Vingegaard Jumbo-Visma s.t.
97 Geraint Thomas Team INEOS s.t.
98 Laurens De Plus Jumbo-Visma s.t.
99 Remco Evenepoel Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
100 Christopher Juul Jensen Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
101 Dries Devenyns Deceuninck-Quick Step 2:18
102 Robert Stannard Mitchelton-Scott 2:30
103 Christian Knees Team INEOS 2:33
104 Patrick Konrad Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
105 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo s.t.
106 Nigel Ellsay Rally UHC s.t.
107 Toms Skujins Trek-Segafredo 2:53
108 Jan Polanc UAE-Team Emirates 3:08
109 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
110 Reinardt Van Rensburg Dimension Data 3:34
111 Reto Hollenstein Katusha-Alpecin 3:39
112 Magnus Cort Astana 4:07
113 Tom Leezer Jumbo-Visma 4:42
114 Julius Van Den Berg EF Education First 4:54
115 Jordan Cheyne Canada 5:21
116 Charles-Etienne Chrétien Canada s.t.
117 Marcus Burghardt Bora-hansgrohe 5:23
118 Leonardo Basso Team INEOS 7:22
119 Michal Kwiatkowski Team INEOS 10:44
120 Kristoffer Halvorsen Team INEOS s.t.
121 Louis Vervaeke Team Sunweb s.t.
122 Julien Duval Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
123 Nicola Conci Trek-Segafredo s.t.
124 Gavin Mannion Rally UHC s.t.
125 Evan Burtnik Canada 11:02
126 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
127 Matteo Dal-Cin Rally UHC s.t.
128 Jose Goncalves Katusha-Alpecin s.t.

Course map & profile:

GP Quebec

2019 GP Quebec map and profile


Start list with back numbers, September 12, 2019:

TEAM SUNWEB
1 MATTHEWS Michael
2 VERVAEKE Louis
3 BAKELANTS Jan
4 HINDLEY Jai
5 HIRSCHI Marc
6 KÄMNA Lennard
7 FROHLINGER Johannes
DECEUNINCK-QUICK STEP
11 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
12 ASGREEN Kasper
13 DEVENYNS Dries
14 EVENEPOEL Remco
15 HONORÉ Mikkel
16 MAS NICOLAU Enric
17 SERRY Pieter
BORA-HANSGROHE
21 SAGAN Peter
22 BENEDETTI Cesare
23 BURGHARDT Marcus
24 KONRAD Patrick
25 MCCARTHY Jay
26 OSS Daniel
27 PFINGSTEN Christoph
CCC TEAM
31 VAN AVERMAET Greg
32 CERNY Josef
33 GESCHKE Simon
34 PAUWELS Serge
35 ROSSKOPF Joey
36 SCHÄR Michael
37 WISNIOWSKI Lukasz
AG2R LA MONDIALE
41 NAESEN Oliver
42 COSNEFROY Benoit
43 DUVAL Julien
44 FRANK Mathias
45 GOUGEARD Alexis
46 PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
47 PETERS Nans
BAHRAIN-MERIDA
51 NIBALI Vincenzo
52 AGNOLI Valerio
53 BOLE Grega
54 CARUSO Damiano
55 COLBRELLI Sonny
56 GARCIA Ivan
57 MOHORIC Matej
TEAM INEOS
61 THOMAS Geraint
62 BASSO Leonardo
63 KNEES Christian
64 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
65 LAWLESS Christopher
66 HALVORSEN Kristoffer
67 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan
UAE-TEAM EMIRATES
71 ULISSI Diego
72 BYSTROM Sven Erik
73 FARIA Rui
74 MARTIN Daniel
75 OLIVEIRA Rui
76 PHILIPSEN Jasper
77 POLANC Jan
ASTANA
81 HOULE Hugo
82 BILBAO Pello
83 BALLERINI Davide
84 ZEITS Andrey
85 NIELSEN Magnus
86 VILLELLA Davide
87 WILSLY Jonas
LOTTO-SOUDAL
91 WELLENS Tim
92 DEWULF Stan
93 NAESEN Lawrence
94 MAES Nikolas
95 MONFORT Maxime
96 VANENDERT Jelle
GROUPAMA-FDJ
101 DUCHESNE Antoine
102 GENIETS Kevin
103 LE GAC Olivier
104 MADOUAS Valentin
105 MOLARD Rudy
106 BONNET William
107 ROUX Anthony
EF EDUCATION FIRST
111 WOODS Michael
112 VAN DEN BERG Julius
113 BETTIOL Alberto
114 BROWN Nathan
115 HOWES Alex
116 VANMARCKE Sep
117 WHELAN James
JUMBO-VISMA
121 VAN POPPEL Danny
122 DE PLUS Laurens
123 LEEZER Tom
124 MARTENS Paul
125 RASMUSSEN Jonas
126 ROOSEN Timo
127 TOLHOEK Antwan
TREK-SEGAFREDO
131 PORTE Richie
132 CONCI Nicola
133 BERNARD Julien
134 GOGL Michael
135 MOLLEMA Bauke
136 SKUJINS Toms
137 STUYVEN Jasper
MOVISTAR
141 BETANCUR Carlos
142 CASTRILLO Jaime
143 FERNANDEZ Rubén
144 MAS BONET Lluis
145 PRADES Eduard
146 ROELANDTS Jurgen
147 SÜTTERLIN Jasha
MITCHELTON-SCOTT
151 YATES Adam
152 BOOKWALTER Brent
153 HAIG Jack
154 HAMILTON Lucas
155 IMPEY Daryl
156 JUUL JENSEN Christopher
157 STANNARD Robert
KATUSHA-ALPECIN
161 HAAS Nathan
162 BIERMANS Jenthe
163 GONCALVES Jose
164 HALLER Marco
165 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
166 ZABEL Rick
167 SPILAK Simon
DIMENSION DATA
171 GASPAROTTO Enrico
172 GIBBONS Ryan
173 ANDERSEN Michael
174 VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
175 KREUZIGER Roman
176 MÄDER Gino
177 SLAGTER Tom
ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
181 BOIVIN Guillaume
182 CATAFORD Alexander
183 EARLE Nathan
184 JENSEN August
185 NEILANDS Krists
186 SAGIV Guy
187 SBARAGLI Kristian
RALLY UHC
191 TUFT Svein
192 ANDERSON Ryan
193 BRITTON Rob
194 MANNION Gavin
195 DAL-CIN Matteo
196 DE VOS Adam
197 ELLSAY Nigel
TEAM CANADA
201 PICCOLI James
202 BURTNIK Evan
203 CHEYNE Jordan
204 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne
205 GERVAIS Laurent
206 ROBERGE Adam
207 ZUKOWSKY Nick