Peter Sagan wins Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec

Van Avermaet second, Matthews third

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) scored the 100th victory of his young but storied career, taking out the 2017 GP de Quebec with a powerful burst of speed in the final 50m.

The world champion had a clean pair of wheels on second-placed Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), with Michael Matthews (Sunweb) sliding in for third. It was a repeat win for Sagan, who triumphed here last year in similar circumstances over Van Avermaet.

"It's like if you stamp the same results from last year," Sagan said. "The style of the race was very similar. The last kilometre, Rigoberto Urán attacked like always, and then went for the same in the last 100 meters."

Urán's teammates tried to counter his move in the final 200m, attacking on the right side of the road. But the Sunweb lead-out man for Matthews swung into their path, forcing Tom-Jelte Slagter to come around the long way. Sagan kept his cool and waited until there was a clear path up the centre, then blasted up the road to victory.

"It was hectic in the final. I decided I had to start at, I don't know, 100 metres, 150," Sagan said. "Thanks to my team. Bora-Hansgrohe did an amazing job. They were pulling all day at the front, and we were able to control the last three laps."

When asked about taking the 100th win of his career, Sagan was pleased but philosophical.

"100 is very nice. It's a nice number. But maybe it's better to live a hundred years," he said. "It's very nice but it's never enough. Once you're happy with something, you don't grow up, and we have to grow up always."

Van Avermaet never looked to be in contention once Sagan went, and explained, "I lost Sagan's wheel a little when he went, and I couldn't have come past him, so I am pretty happy about my race. I would love to win here but second is not too bad."

The Olympic champion has been building his form back after a hugely successful Spring Classics campaign and said he's happy with his form and feeling confident for his defense of the GP de Montreal title.

"For me, the most important thing is that I still have a lot of power in my legs over the last kilometer and from there, whether you win or not, is all in the details. Today I was second, and hopefully, when we go to Montreal, I can repeat the same result as last year."

How it unfolded

The first leg of the week's pair of WorldTour one-days kicked off under cloudy skies in Quebec City, but the rain held off and the skies ultimately cleared to make for a sunny afternoon of racing on 16 trips around a lumpy 12.6-kilometre circuit.

Pier-Andre Côté (Canada), Tyler Williams (Israel Cycling Academy), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) and Baptiste Planckaert (Katusha-Alpecin) formed the day's main breakaway, getting away from the pack on the first lap and rapidly working their way to a sizable advantage.

With two and a half minutes in hand after completing the first lap, the quartet build their lead all the way up to nine and a half minutes by the fourth lap, at which point the peloton finally decided to match their pace.

Brought down to around eight minutes, the gap hovered there or thereabouts for the better part of the next hundred kilometres with little change in the race situation until Côte began struggling and lost touch with the break with 70 kilometres to go.

Back in the pack, several teams began showing more of a concerted interest in bringing things back together. Bahrain-Merida, Sky, Bora-Hansgrohe and BMC all made their presence felt at the head of affairs, and the gap to the three leaders started falling.

At 50 kilometres to go, the advantage of the break was down to 5:30. 15 kilometres later the gap was at two and a half minutes and continuing to fall.

Van der Sande and Planckaert dropped Williams in the 14th of 16 laps, pushing on as two. With Orica-Scott and Trek-Segafredo lending a hand in the chase, however, the gap was down under a minute inside the penultimate lap.

As FDJ's Olivier Le Gac tried his luck off the front, Van der Sande called it a day in the escape. With Le Gac and Van der Sande reeled in, only Planckaert remained clear heading into the final lap of the race. He didn't hold out for long, with everything brought back together for the final lap.

Successive attacks by Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal), Kenny Elissonde (Sky) and Roman Kreuziger (Orica-Scott) all came up short with Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe squad playing a big part in reeling in the moves. When Urán's familiar strike on the long uphill drag to the line on the Grande Allée was brought to heel, it came down to the sprinters, with Sagan timing his move to perfection for the repeat win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe5:00:31 
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb  
4Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
6Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
7Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors  
8Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac  
9Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
10Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
11Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
12Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
13Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
14Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
16Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky  
17Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
19Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
20Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
21Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
22Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott  
23Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
24Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
25Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott  
26Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
27Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
28Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
29Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
30Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
31Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
32Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
33Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott  
34Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
35Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
36Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:12 
37Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
39Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
40Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
41Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:17 
42Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
43Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
44Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
45Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb  
46Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
47Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac  
48Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
49Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb  
50Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
51Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
52Bruno Langlois (Can) Canada  
53Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
54Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
55Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott  
56Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada0:00:25 
57Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
58Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott  
59Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
60Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
61Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
62Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
63Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
64Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin  
65Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ  
66Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
67Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:38 
68Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:41 
69Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott  
70Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe  
71Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ0:00:48 
72Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:51 
73Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
74Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:01:01 
75Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:06 
76Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
77Jack Burke (Can) Canada  
78Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team  
79Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
80Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
81Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
82Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida  
83Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:12 
84Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:15 
85Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ0:01:25 
86Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:01:38 
87Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:43 
88Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
89Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
90Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
91Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:56 
92Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
93Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:02:08 
94Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors  
95Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
96Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
97Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
98Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb  
99Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada  
100Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
101Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:02:31 
102Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:33 
103Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
104Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
105Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:49 
106Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:53 
107Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Canada0:03:02 
108Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
109Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
110Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
111Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates  
112Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
113Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
114Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:03:26 
115Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:41 
116Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
117Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates0:04:27 
118Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
119Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
120Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
121Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:53 
122Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy0:05:59 
123Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
124Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:06:04 
125Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:10:23 
126Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy  
127Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-Scott  
128Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team  
129Léo Vincent (Fra) FDJ  
130Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
131Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
132Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data  
133Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
134Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
135Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
136Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
137Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:11:01 
138Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
139Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
140Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:11:07 
141Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:11:22 
142Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:17:06 
DNFPascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFPhilip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb  
DNFHéctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFChristophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFÁngel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFTosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFJakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFKevin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
DNFBen O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data  
DNFPier-Andre Cote (Can) Canada  
DNFAlexander Cowan (Can) Canada  
DNFMarc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Canada  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy   

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