GP Montréal: Van Avermaet wins over Sagan

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team5:27:04
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 4 - Cell 2
6Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 8 - Cell 2
10Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 9 - Cell 2
11Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 15 - Cell 2
17Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 16 - Cell 2
18David Tanner (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-SegafredoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-DrapacRow 21 - Cell 2
23Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 23 - Cell 2
25Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale-DrapacRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 29 - Cell 2
31Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ0:00:09
33Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
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) FDJRow 46 - Cell 2
48Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-DrapacRow 47 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Simon Spilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 57 - Cell 2
59Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18Row 59 - Cell 2
61Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 60 - Cell 2
62Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 61 - Cell 2
63Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 62 - Cell 2
64Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 63 - Cell 2
65Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 64 - Cell 2
66Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 66 - Cell 2
68Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:05:49
70Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 72 - Cell 2
74Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJRow 73 - Cell 2
75Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 74 - Cell 2
76Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83David Drouin (Can) Canadian National Team0:06:29
84Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:31
85Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 84 - Cell 2
86Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 85 - Cell 2
87Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 86 - Cell 2
88Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 89 - Cell 2
91Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 90 - Cell 2
92Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-DrapacRow 91 - Cell 2
93Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 92 - Cell 2
94Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 93 - Cell 2
95Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 95 - Cell 2
97Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18Row 96 - Cell 2
98Benjamin Perry (Can) Canadian National TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 98 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team0:08:01
105Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:26
108Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:08:43
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFMichal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFRoman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFEvgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFAdriano Malori (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFJasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFPhilip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFXabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team SkyRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFVladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFAleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFJurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team KatushaRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFAngel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team KatushaRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Meier (Can) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFJulian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFMaxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFTwan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFMike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFTom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFLuka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFFredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFLars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFJarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) IAM CyclingRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFMatt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension DataRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFYoucef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension DataRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFSongezo Jim (RSA) Dimension DataRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Dimension DataRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 159 - Cell 2
DNFDominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 160 - Cell 2
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 161 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) Canadian National TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) Canadian National TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Masbourian (Can) Canadian National TeamRow 164 - Cell 2
DNSSebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 165 - Cell 2
DNSMathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 166 - Cell 2

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