Race promoter Serge Arsenault has again brought the top professional cyclists in the world to the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, where the fifth edition will be held on Sunday, September 14. Defending champion Peter Sagan (Cannondale) will be absent from the start line, as he was committed to competing at the Vuelta a España, however, the race will showcase its 2011 winner and current world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida).
None of the podium finishers from last year’s event, Simone Ponzi or Canada’s own Ryder Hesjedal, are competing but fourth-placed Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) will want to improve on his performance this year. The Belgian rider had a strong performance at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday, where he placed fifth behind winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano), Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) and Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), who are all candidates for the podium in Montreal as well.
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- Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal overview, highlights, winners and previous editions