Ulissi wins GP de Montreal

Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates) outsprinted his breakaway companions to win the GP de Montreal Sunday, crossing the line ahead of Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac) for the victory.

Ulissi joined the six-man move that got away late in the race and then countered a lead out by Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) to take the win.

"Last year I was third after two great champions, Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet," Ulissi said. "This year, I tried to be a little bit braver. Trying to attack earlier, trying to go for the victory, and I got it."

Ulissi was in the final move with Gallopin, Herrada, Slagter, Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) an Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) that escaped in the closing kilometres of the one-day WorldTour race. As Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) watched each other in the first chase group, Ulissi et al bore down on the finish with just a handful of seconds to spare.

Gallopin had a small gap heading tint the final 180-degree corner before the finish, and the Frenchman continued to lead the pace as the others caught his slipstream. Bakelants was first to jump off Gallopin's wheel, but the AG2R rider faded well before the line as Ulissi surged, followed by Herrda and Slagter. Bakelants finished fourth, followed by Mollema. Gallopin was sixth.

"I was really confident," Ulissi said. "After the Tour de France, my first Tour de France, I worked really hard on trying to get my condition to the max. This race was my big season goal. My teammates did a really good job, Valerio Conti and Marco Marcato, they worked really hard pulling back the breakaway. In the final, I knew I was fast in this kind of finish so I played my card and then everything worked out."

How it unfolded

Sunny, comfortable conditions greeted riders at the start of the 205.7km race.

Canadian road champion Matteo Dal-Cin, riding for the Canadian national selection, and Benjamin Perry (Israel Cycling Academy) attacked the peloton within the first 200 metres of racing to immediately form the day's first major breakaway. The pack was content to give the pair some breathing room, with the escapees working their way to a three-minute gap by the end of the first of 17, 12.1-kilometre laps on the Montreal circuit.

By the end of the second lap the advantage was up to around five minutes, with Cannondale-Drapac moving to the front to take control of the race. A move to the front by UAE Team Emirates forced a surprising early split on the demanding Côte Camillien Houde, with Van Avermaet and Matthews in the front group and Sagan finding himself on the wrong side of the gap, but the pack was back together again as the next lap got underway. The pressure from behind put inroads into the break's advantage, with the lead of Dal-Cin and Perry down cut to two minutes briefly before growing again to four after the regrouping.

The next several laps saw the gap very gradually fall with little change in the race scenario until the seventh lap, when Sagan hit the front on a tricky descent and managed to force a small gap to the pack. His cheeky move was short-lived and ultimately came to nothing, but it spelled bad news for the two off the front, spurring the pack into a higher gear.With 30 kilometres to go, the peloton caught Dal-Cin and Perry.

Team Sky's Ian Boswell was the next to jump, with Dimension Data's Natnael Berhane moving to join him. The pair linked up on the 13th lap and rode to a gap of nearly a minute. Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) and Edward Ravasi (UAE Team Emirates) bridged, but the peloton was not far off. The move was reeled in with around 40 kilometres to go.

Ulissi's group escaped the bunch next, but the peloton was feeling stingy toward the end of the race and kept the new leaders in check just a dozen seconds behind. Sagan and Van Avermaet were waiting to pounce when the leaders were caught, but neither rider wanted to get caught out doing all the work to bring them back.

Up front, Gallopin jumped out of the small lead group with 1,500 metres to go and got a small gap, while Orica-Scott took up the chase behind. Mollema worked in the lead group to bring Gallopin back, making contact with less than 1km to go and setting up the sprint from the breakaway

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates5:22:29
2Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:06
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:11
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:16
8Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 7 - Cell 2
9Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 8 - Cell 2
10Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 9 - Cell 2
11Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 14 - Cell 2
16Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-ScottRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team SkyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-ScottRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-DrapacRow 23 - Cell 2
25Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:25
26Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:33
27Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott0:00:55
28Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:15
29Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:17
30Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:31
33Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:34
34Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:01:38
35Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:40
36Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 35 - Cell 2
37Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 36 - Cell 2
38Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 37 - Cell 2
39Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 39 - Cell 2
41Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 40 - Cell 2
42Antoine Duchesne (Can) CANRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-ScottRow 42 - Cell 2
44Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 43 - Cell 2
45Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 44 - Cell 2
46Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lars Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 49 - Cell 2
51Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 50 - Cell 2
52Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 51 - Cell 2
53Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:53
54Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:55
55Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:02:16
56Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:55
58Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 58 - Cell 2
60Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 60 - Cell 2
62Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 64 - Cell 2
66Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 65 - Cell 2
67Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 66 - Cell 2
68Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:05:08
69Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 68 - Cell 2
70Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 69 - Cell 2
71Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 71 - Cell 2
73Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 72 - Cell 2
74Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 73 - Cell 2
75Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-HansgroheRow 77 - Cell 2
79Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 79 - Cell 2
81Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 82 - Cell 2
84Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 85 - Cell 2
87Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 86 - Cell 2
88Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 87 - Cell 2
89Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:07:50
90Jack Burke (Can) Canada0:09:49
91Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:09:51
92Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJRow 92 - Cell 2
94Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 95 - Cell 2
97Bruno Langlois (Can) CanadaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 97 - Cell 2
99Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:10:00
100Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:11:03
101Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFPascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFPhilip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFNikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFGeorg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team SunwebRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Team SunwebRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFHector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFGediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFJhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFAngel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFRick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFKristijan Ðurasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFBen Swift (GBr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFJasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFTosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFJakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Demare (Fra) FDJRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Reza (Fra) FDJRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFLéo Vincent (Fra) FDJRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFTyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFBen O'connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFKristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFJaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Anderson (Can) CanadaRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFPier-Andre Cote (Can) CanadaRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Cowan (Can) CanadaRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) CanadaRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFMarc-Antoine Soucy (Can) CanadaRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFKrists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFMihkel Raim (Est) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFTyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 159 - Cell 2

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