Ulissi wins GP de Montreal

Italian outsprints breakaway companions for WorldTour win

Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates) outsprinted his breakaway companions to win the GP de Montreal Sunday, crossing the line ahead of Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac) for the victory.

Ulissi joined the six-man move that got away late in the race and then countered a lead out by Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) to take the win.

"Last year I was third after two great champions, Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet," Ulissi said. "This year, I tried to be a little bit braver. Trying to attack earlier, trying to go for the victory, and I got it."

Ulissi was in the final move with Gallopin, Herrada, Slagter, Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) an Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) that escaped in the closing kilometres of the one-day WorldTour race. As Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) watched each other in the first chase group, Ulissi et al bore down on the finish with just a handful of seconds to spare.

Gallopin had a small gap heading tint the final 180-degree corner before the finish, and the Frenchman continued to lead the pace as the others caught his slipstream. Bakelants was first to jump off Gallopin's wheel, but the AG2R rider faded well before the line as Ulissi surged, followed by Herrda and Slagter. Bakelants finished fourth, followed by Mollema. Gallopin was sixth.

"I was really confident," Ulissi said. "After the Tour de France, my first Tour de France, I worked really hard on trying to get my condition to the max. This race was my big season goal. My teammates did a really good job, Valerio Conti and Marco Marcato, they worked really hard pulling back the breakaway. In the final, I knew I was fast in this kind of finish so I played my card and then everything worked out."

How it unfolded

Sunny, comfortable conditions greeted riders at the start of the 205.7km race.

Canadian road champion Matteo Dal-Cin, riding for the Canadian national selection, and Benjamin Perry (Israel Cycling Academy) attacked the peloton within the first 200 metres of racing to immediately form the day's first major breakaway. The pack was content to give the pair some breathing room, with the escapees working their way to a three-minute gap by the end of the first of 17, 12.1-kilometre laps on the Montreal circuit.

By the end of the second lap the advantage was up to around five minutes, with Cannondale-Drapac moving to the front to take control of the race. A move to the front by UAE Team Emirates forced a surprising early split on the demanding Côte Camillien Houde, with Van Avermaet and Matthews in the front group and Sagan finding himself on the wrong side of the gap, but the pack was back together again as the next lap got underway. The pressure from behind put inroads into the break's advantage, with the lead of Dal-Cin and Perry down cut to two minutes briefly before growing again to four after the regrouping.

The next several laps saw the gap very gradually fall with little change in the race scenario until the seventh lap, when Sagan hit the front on a tricky descent and managed to force a small gap to the pack. His cheeky move was short-lived and ultimately came to nothing, but it spelled bad news for the two off the front, spurring the pack into a higher gear.With 30 kilometres to go, the peloton caught Dal-Cin and Perry.

Team Sky's Ian Boswell was the next to jump, with Dimension Data's Natnael Berhane moving to join him. The pair linked up on the 13th lap and rode to a gap of nearly a minute. Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) and Edward Ravasi (UAE Team Emirates) bridged, but the peloton was not far off. The move was reeled in with around 40 kilometres to go.

Ulissi's group escaped the bunch next, but the peloton was feeling stingy toward the end of the race and kept the new leaders in check just a dozen seconds behind. Sagan and Van Avermaet were waiting to pounce when the leaders were caught, but neither rider wanted to get caught out doing all the work to bring them back.

Up front, Gallopin jumped out of the small lead group with 1,500 metres to go and got a small gap, while Orica-Scott took up the chase behind. Mollema worked in the lead group to bring Gallopin back, making contact with less than 1km to go and setting up the sprint from the breakaway

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates5:22:29 
2Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
3Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
4Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:06 
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:11 
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:16 
8Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb  
9Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
10Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac  
11Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
13Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors  
14Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
15Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
16Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott  
18Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
19Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
20Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky  
21Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ  
22Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
23Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott  
24Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac  
25Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:25 
26Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:33 
27Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:00:55 
28Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:15 
29Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:17 
30Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors  
31Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
32Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:31 
33Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:34 
34Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:01:38 
35Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:40 
36Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
37Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
38Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
39Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
40Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
41Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
42Antoine Duchesne (Can) CAN  
43Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott  
44Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
45Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
46Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
47Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
48Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
49Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
50Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
51Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
52Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
53Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:53 
54Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:55 
55Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:02:16 
56Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb  
57Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:55 
58Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
59Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
60Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin  
61Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe  
62Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida  
63Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott  
64Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
65Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott  
67Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
68Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:05:08 
69Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
70Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
71Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
72Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
73Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
74Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
75Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
76Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida  
77Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
78Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
79Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
80Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
81Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
82Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
83Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
84Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
85Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
86Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
87Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
88Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
89Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:07:50 
90Jack Burke (Can) Canada0:09:49 
91Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:09:51 
92Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
93Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
94Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team  
95Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team  
96Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
97Bruno Langlois (Can) Canada  
98Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott  
99Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:10:00 
100Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:11:03 
101Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
DNFManuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFPascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
DNFPhilip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
DNFNikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFGeorg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb  
DNFRuben Plaza (Spa) Orica-Scott  
DNFHector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFRuben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFGediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFChristophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFJhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFAngel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFRick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFNathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFKristijan Ðurasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFBen Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFJasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFTosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFJakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFArnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
DNFKevin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
DNFBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
DNFLéo Vincent (Fra) FDJ  
DNFTyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data  
DNFBen O'connor (Aus) Dimension Data  
DNFKristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
DNFJaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFRyan Anderson (Can) Canada  
DNFPier-Andre Cote (Can) Canada  
DNFAlexander Cowan (Can) Canada  
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) Canada  
DNFMarc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Canada  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFKrists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFBenjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFMihkel Raim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFTyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy  

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