Peter Sagan wins GP de Quebec City

Van Avermaet second, Roux third

World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) sprinted to the finish line to take the victory at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec City. He caught late-race attacker and defending champion Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) just metres from the finish line to take the win ahead of Olympic gold medallist Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Anthony Roux (FDJ).

"I felt like I didn't need to go full gas on the last two climbs because the end is so hard. The last kilometre was a headwind, Rigoberto tried like last year, but today it was different,” Sagan said at the finish line.

"The last kilometre was very fast after 200km. I saw Rigoberto go, and I thought maybe we would play for second place, but he slowed toward the end because it was so hard. The FDJ rider [Roux] started the sprint and I was there, OK. It was unbelievable."

After a valiant effort by Orica-BikeExchange to keep all breakaways in check for much of the 201.6km race, it was Tinkoff, Team Sky and FDJ that lead the intact field into the final decisive climb over the Rue de la Montagne with roughly four kilometres to go.

Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) forced an attack, and was quickly followed by Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) and Etixx teammate Julian Alaphilippe. Etixx had the numbers but neither of the two were strong enough to hold Moscon in line, and the Italian powered away from them to take a small lead, along with the the top-weighted KOM points to win the mountain classification with under two kilometres to go.

Uran made a familiar surprise attack, which netted him the day’s victory last year, and it looked as though he was going to repeat that success as he powered passed Canada’s iconic Chateau Frontenac with a clear gap and only 500 metres to go. But the uphill drag, which presented a headwind to boot this year, was too much for the Colombian.

He desperately tried to make it to the finish line, but the bunch sprint ensued behind.

Roux started the gallop with 200 metres to go but only succeeded in providing a spring board for both Sagan and Van Avermaet to drag race to the line. In the end, it was Sagan who proved fastest, leaving Van Avermaet in second and Roux in third.

How it happened

It has become a tradition at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec City for an all-day breakaway to be caught in the closing two laps, while the bunch sets up for a nail-biting finale, and this year’s edition proved to be another exciting one.

A decisive break set off early and included eight riders: Valerio Agnoli (Astana), Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo), Matt Brammeier (Dimension Data), Alexandre Pichot (Direct Energie), Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) and Nicolas Masbourain (Canada).

They worked together for two-thirds of the race, gaining a maximum of 3:30. Barta and Masbourain battled for the first sets of lower-level KOM points on offer over the Rue de la Montagne, a steep 10 per cent grade climb each lap, and it looked as though Barta had built a solid lead in the classification, if not for the more heavily weighted sets of points offered on the last two laps.

A relatively subdued field rolled along behind, largely led by the efforts of five riders: Christian Meier (Orica-BikeExchange), Laurens De Plus (Etixx-QuickStep), Manuel Senni (BMC), and Evgney Petrov and Michael Valgren Andersen (Tinkoff).

Bak made a last-ditch attack to shed his breakaway companions, but when push came to shove Orica-BikeExchange closed it down with roughly 40km to go, setting up the true race for the day’s glory over the last three laps.

Attacks came from Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) and Luke Rowe (Team Sky), and although they gained a quick 40 seconds, Orica snuffed out that move on the next climb over the Rue de la Montagne with 30km, two and half laps, to go.

A larger breakaway formed next with the likes of Fabio Aru (Astana), Rui Costa and Matej Mohoric (Lampre-Merida), Brent Bookwalter (BMC) and Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal). It looked to have the makings of a promising move if it weren’t for Lampre-Merida having two riders represented, and in the end the others weren’t willing to work together.

Mohoric tried to go alone, but he wasn’t strong enough to hold off the chasing peloton on his own and was caught by a field led by Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange).

That led the way for Bora-Argon18's Paul Voss. A move that was later countered by Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) but they, too, were reeled back in before the last climb up the Rue de la Montagne.

Tradition held true as the field made the left hand turn onto the Rue de la Montagne one last time, setting up the fireworks for the last kilometres of the race through old Quebec City.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team5:07:13 
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
4Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
5Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
6Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
7Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
8Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
9Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
10Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac  
11Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
12Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
13Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
14Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
15Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
16Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
17Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canadian National Team  
18Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
19Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
20Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo0:00:08 
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
22Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
24Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
25Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Drapac  
26Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac  
28Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
29David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling  
30Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
31Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky  
32Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
33Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team0:00:14 
34Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
35Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
36Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie  
37Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
38Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:16 
39Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:18 
40Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
41Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
42Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
43Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
44David Drouin (Can) Canadian National Team  
45Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling  
46Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:00:23 
47Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:29 
48Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:33 
49Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:35 
50Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
51Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
52Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:00:39 
53Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
54Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:47 
55Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:53 
56Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
57Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
58Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team0:00:59 
59Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:02 
60Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo  
61Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
62Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:24 
63Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:56 
64Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:03 
65Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
66Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:02:24 
67Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
68Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling  
69Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
71Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
72Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange  
73Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
74Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
76Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
77Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
78Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
79William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:02:46 
80Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:52 
81Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
82Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
83Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
84Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
86Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
87Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
88Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
89Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
90Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
91Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac  
92Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:01 
93Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
94Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:48 
95Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:03:57 
96Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:07 
97Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling  
98Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange0:04:52 
99Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team  
100Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
101Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
102Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:05:00 
103Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
104Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:02 
105Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:14 
106Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:36 
107Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
108Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:06:00 
109Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
110Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
111Benjamin Perry (Can) Canadian National Team  
112Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
113Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
114Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
115Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:08:40 
116Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
117Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha  
118Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:17 
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
DNFMichal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFAdriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFSebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFLuke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFXabier Zandio (Spa) Team Sky  
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFPeter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFVladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFSimon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha  
DNFJurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha  
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Orica-BikeExchange  
DNFLuke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
DNFDaryl Impey (RSA) Orica-BikeExchange  
DNFChristian Meier (Can) Orica-BikeExchange  
DNFJulian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMaxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFTwan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
DNFLuka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
DNFFredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFLaurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFLars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFJonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFMatt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data  
DNFYoucef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data  
DNFSongezo Jim (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFPatrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) Canadian National Team  
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) Canadian National Team  
DNFNigel Ellsay (Can) Canadian National Team  
DNFNicolas Masbourian (Can) Canadian National Team  

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