Uran wins Grand Prix Quebec

Etixx-QuickStep rider solos to victory

Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) pulled off an audacious attack to win the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, going solo with 500m to go and then holding off a frenetic chase from the sprinters behind. Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) edged out Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in a photo finish for the last two podium spots.

“We had a super strong team with riders like [Michal] Kwiatkowski and [Julian] Alaphilippe, who were very active in the race," Uran said. "Our tactic was to wait for the last kilometre and then have a go at it, and that is what we did, and it worked.”

Although Uran has had a stand-out season filled with top-10 stage finishes in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the victory in Quebec was his first since he claimed the Colombian time trial title in January. When asked if his win was a gift to Etixx-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere, Uran said, “Next year I am changing teams but I have a contract with Etixx-QuickStep until the end of December and as a professional rider I fulfil my contract until the very end.”

Matthews was pleased with second place and congratulated Uran on his hard-earned victory saying that, “I’m happy with the result. This is my first attempt at trying to win this race and I think that second place in my first attempt is quite a good result. More than that, my legs were really good today, it was just a little bit unfortunate in the final that Uran got away solo and took away the win from the bunch. He done an awesome ride and you can’t really say much when someone can ride away solo like that after 200km.”

How it happened

On Friday the international peloton lined up along the Grande Allée for the sixth edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec. The race was routed through the heart of the 400-year-old, walled-in city and inside parts of the Parc des Champs-de-Bataille (Plains of Abraham), a historic national battlefield, then down to Boulevard Champlain and alongside the Saint Lawrence River.

The peloton embarked on a battle of its own over the course of 16 laps of a 12.6km circuit for a total of 201.6km. The challenging parcours offered several climbs including the steep Rue de la Montagne, which was the mountain prime, the Cote de la Potasse and on the long drag to the finish line along the Grande Allée.

An early breakaway included Perrig Quemmeneur (Team Europcar), Cesar Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Darren Lapthorne and Wouter Wippert (Drapac) along with a pair of Canadians Adam de Vos and Ryan Roth. An untimely mechanical forced Wippert to stop at the side of the road and he wasn’t able to get back into the breakaway.

The breakaway rolled on at just over eight minutes ahead of the peloton, which was mainly led by Trek Factory Racing and BMC Racing with 150km to go. The seven riders spent more than three quarters of the race working hard out front but they steadily lost time to the field as the race wore on, and with the exception of Benedetti and Roth, they were eventually reeled back in with roughly 45km to go.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) put in an attack from the peloton that would be the start of the late-race activity during the last 40km of the race. Meanwhile, an unfortunate crash brought down Bernhard Eisel. The Team Sky rider later posted a photo of himself with his arm in a sling, and said he had suffered a broken left arm.

Several counter attacks led to a new chase group with Katusha’s Viacheslav Kuznetsov and Lotto Soudal’s Lars Bak, who bridged across to the last remaining breakaway rider, Roth.

The trio were later joined by a larger chase group that included Silvan Dillier and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing), Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep), Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo), Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin), Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing), Rein Taaramae (Astana), Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ).

Although the move looked promising, the riders were brought back into the field with one lap and a half to go (16km), along the Boulevard Champlain. The next two riders to attack were Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and the pair cleared the field by roughly 20 seconds.

They were brought back, and an attack from Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) with 4km to go lured out world champion Kwiatkowski, splitting off a dozen riders from the peloton that included Gilbert.

Former world Hour Record holder Matthias Braendle (IAM Cycling) took the race by the horns with 2.5km to go on the steepest pitch of the final climb, but his move only served to set up the counter by Etixx-QuickStep's Alaphilippe. He was chased down by former race winner Robert Gesink (LottoNl-Jumbo) with a kilometre to go.

Uran then countered as BMC was left to do the chasing in the long uphill drag to the line. They could not catch the flying Colombian, and he gave his team a double after Matteo Trentin's win in Britain.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step5:09:47 
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
4Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
5Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
7Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
10Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
11Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
12Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
13Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr  
14Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
15Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
17Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
18Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
19Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:00:06 
20Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
21Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
22Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:08 
23Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
24Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
25Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
26Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
28Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canada  
29Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
30Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
31Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
32Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:00:15 
33Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
34Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:18 
35Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:22 
36Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:25 
37Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
38Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:29 
39Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:30 
40Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling  
41Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr0:00:34 
42Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:35 
43Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:36 
44Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:50 
45Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
46Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:13 
47Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
48Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:19 
49Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:25 
50Benjamin Perry (Can) Canada0:01:26 
51Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
52Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
53Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada  
55Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
56Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team  
57Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
58Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha  
60Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
61Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
62Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
63Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
64Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:11 
65Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
67Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
68Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
69Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
70Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:47 
71Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo  
72Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
73Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
74Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
75Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
76Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
77Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
78Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
79Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
80Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
81Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
82Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge  
83Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
84Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdge  
85Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
86Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
87Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
88Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
89Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha  
90Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
91Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
92Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
93Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
94Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
95Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
96Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr  
97Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
98Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky  
99Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing  
100Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
101Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
102Edward King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
103Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha  
104Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
105Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
106Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
107Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
108Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
109Ryan Roth (Can) Canada  
110Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
111Rob Britton (Can) Canada  
112Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal  
113Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
114Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
115Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
116Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
117Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky  
118Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
119Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
120Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
121Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
122Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
123Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr  
124Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
125Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
126Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
127Alexander Cataford (Can) Canada  
128Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
129Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr  
130Adam De Vos (Can) Canada  
DNFTony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky  
DNFDavid Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
DNFDanny Pate (USA) Team Sky  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFAlexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFMatteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFLoic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFPieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFNikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFRoberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFTiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFStig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFJulian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFJesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFHayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFJanier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFBarry Markus (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFMathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFBryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFScott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFWilliam Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFDarren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFTravis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFBernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFMichael Woods (Can) Canada  

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