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GP Montréal: Van Avermaet wins over Sagan

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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) enjoys his victory

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) enjoys his victory
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Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo)

Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo)
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Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)

Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)
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Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Soudal)

Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Soudal)
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Philip Deignan (Team Sky)

Philip Deignan (Team Sky)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) smiles in the bunch

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) smiles in the bunch
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Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar Team)

Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar Team)
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Matteo Dal-Cin (Canada) and Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) set the pace

Matteo Dal-Cin (Canada) and Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) set the pace
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The finish/start line of the 2016 GP Montréal

The finish/start line of the 2016 GP Montréal
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Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep)

Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep)
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Xabier Zandio (Team Sky) sets the pace

Xabier Zandio (Team Sky) sets the pace
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the front

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the front
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Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)
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Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
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Andy Fenn (Team Sky)

Andy Fenn (Team Sky)
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Czech champion Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)

Czech champion Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)
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Xabier Zandio (Team Sky)

Xabier Zandio (Team Sky)
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Team Sky controlling the peloton

Team Sky controlling the peloton
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Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was aggressive in the finale

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was aggressive in the finale
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Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) working on the front

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) working on the front
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World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
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Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale)

Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale)
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Cyril Gautier (AG2R La Mondiale) attacks late in the piece

Cyril Gautier (AG2R La Mondiale) attacks late in the piece
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Greg Van Avermaet and Julian Alaphilippe in the front group

Greg Van Avermaet and Julian Alaphilippe in the front group
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Greg Van Avermaet leads the front group

Greg Van Avermaet leads the front group
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Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)

Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)
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Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) launches an attack

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) launches an attack
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Ryder Hesjedal and Romain Bardet attack the peloton

Ryder Hesjedal and Romain Bardet attack the peloton
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) gets the better of Peter Sagan, reversing the GP Quebec result from Friday

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) gets the better of Peter Sagan, reversing the GP Quebec result from Friday
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) celebrates his first victory as Olympic champion

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) celebrates his first victory as Olympic champion
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) starts his victory celebration

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) starts his victory celebration
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Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) puts in an attack

Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) puts in an attack
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the podium

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the podium
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World champion Peter Sagan shakes the hand of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet

World champion Peter Sagan shakes the hand of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet
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Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha)

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha)
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
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Simon Spilak (Katusha)

Simon Spilak (Katusha)
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Petr Vakoc (Etixx-QuickStep)

Petr Vakoc (Etixx-QuickStep)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Katusha)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Katusha)
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Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) in the bunch

Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) in the bunch
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Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal) working in the break

Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal) working in the break
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The GP Montréal podium: Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Diego Ulissi

The GP Montréal podium: Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Diego Ulissi
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The riders spread across the line for the sprint

The riders spread across the line for the sprint
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Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) claimed a hard-fought victory in the GP Montreal, reversing the result of two days earlier in Quebec and getting the better of world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

The Belgian bided his time in the headwind, pinning Sagan to the barriers with Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and then powering away for the victory. Sagan out-kicked Ulissi to take second.

It was just the latest in a series of successes for Van Avermaet, who in addition to winning the gold medal in the Olympic road race in Rio, won a stage in the Tour de France, two stages and the overall in Tirreno-Adriatico, and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

"I always said that I could do more and finally this year it has happened. I was always a good rider but not winning that much and this year everything has come together and I have won some big races. I'm finally there where I want to be," Van Avermaet said of his win.

"It was really hard. To win like that in a sprint against Peter Sagan is really good for me. I'm really happy with my season and my form as I've been able to win a lot of races. To finally win here in Quebec and Montreal is really nice after so many times on the podium. I'll definitely be coming back to these races,"

The 205.7km race started out under sunny skies, and it was not long before a breakaway was let go - in fact, it was within the first kilometre that Fabien Greiller (Direct Energie), Matteo Dal-Cin and Benjamin Perry (Canada), and Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Argon 18) went clear.

They were immediately allowed a solid gap, with some other riders jumping out of the peloton in an attempt to get across. Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal) and Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar) made it across and helped the breakaway get to five minutes, but the peloton held them there for a full 150km before tipping the balance in the other direction.

With four laps to go, the breakaway was back down to its original four, and crumbling under the pressure of the peloton. An acceleration from Astana fractured the peloton in to pieces, with 25 riders making the split.

The breakaway was swept up as the final lap approached, and a new breakaway sparked by Cyril Gautier (AG2R La Mondiale) grew to nine riders before being caught on the final lap.

Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) put in a promising move with 7km to go, holding onto the lead until the very final U-turn with 500m to go when Sagan led the peloton to his wheel.

But the world champion was on the front too early and in an attempt to move behind, he found himself boxed in by Van Avermaet and Ulissi with nowhere to go, and it was the BMC rider who claimed the win.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team5:27:04
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
6Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
7Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
8Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
9Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
10Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
11Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
12Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
13Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
14Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
15Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling
16Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
17Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
18David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling
19Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo
20Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
21Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
22Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac
23Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team
24Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
25Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
26Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
27Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
28Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida
29Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
30Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac
31Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
32Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ0:00:09
33Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
34Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
35Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
36Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
37Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
38Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
39Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida
40Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
41Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
42Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:13
43Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:15
44Cyrille Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:17
45Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:21
46Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:36
47Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ
48Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Drapac
49Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida0:00:40
50Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:48
51Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:01:11
52Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:38
53Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:02
54Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canadian National Team0:03:36
55Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team
56Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
57Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
58Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-BikeExchange
59Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-BikeExchange
60Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18
61Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky
62Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
63Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
64Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
65Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
66Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
68Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
69Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:05:49
70Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team
71Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling
72Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
73Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
74Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
75Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
76Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
77Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling
78Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
79Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida
80Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida
81Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
82Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
83David Drouin (Can) Canadian National Team0:06:29
84Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:31
85Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
86Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
87Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
88Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
89Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida
90Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
91Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
92Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Drapac
93Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
94Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
95Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team
96Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
97Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
98Benjamin Perry (Can) Canadian National Team
99Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal
100Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:42
101Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:44
102Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:50
103Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
104Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team0:08:01
105Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
106Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
107Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:26
108Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:08:43
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team
DNFMichal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team
DNFRoman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
DNFEvgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFAdriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team
DNFJasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
DNFPhilip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky
DNFXabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFVladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFAleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
DNFJurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
DNFAngel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNFAdam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange
DNFChristian Meier (Can) Orica-BikeExchange
DNFJulian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek-Segafredo
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) FDJ
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNFMaxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFTwan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNFMike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNFTom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNFLuka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNFFredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNFLars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNFJarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) IAM Cycling
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
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
DNFPatrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
DNFDominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) Canadian National Team
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) Canadian National Team
DNFNicolas Masbourian (Can) Canadian National Team
DNSSebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
DNSMathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange

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