Van Avermaet allays doubts with victory at Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

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Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) was a man in a hurry after the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. While most of the peloton will travel back to Europe aboard a charter flight on Monday evening, he had made alternative arrangements to fly home immediately after the race, mindful of how jet lag could impinge on his World Championships preparation.

After out-sprinting Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida) on the uphill finale in the Parc du Mont Royal, Van Avermaet was compelled to delay his taxi ride to Trudeau Airport to fulfill the duties beholden upon the race winner. He didn’t mind the wait, not after bridging a two-and-a-half-year gap to his last win at WorldTour level.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.