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September 7/18 16:52 pm - Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec: Matthews Wins First One-Day WorldTour Race

Posted by Editoress on 09/7/18

Twice on the podium in the past, Australia's Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) avenged a disappointing season with a win in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec WorldTour race on Friday.

Forced out of the Tour de France, hampered by saddle problems and not selected by his team for the world championships in Innsbruck next month, Matthews set the record straight by outsprinting two Belgians - Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek - Segafredo) on the Grande Allée finish line.

Second in 2015 and third a year ago, Matthews had made the two Canadian UCI WorldTour races his major goals of the end of the season and he delivered, in blistering fashion, to clinch his first one-day race at WorldTour level.

The result is especially disappointing for Olympic champion Van Avermaet, who now finished runner-up in Québec City for the fourth time.

Two riders did not start - Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal) and Cort Magnus Nielsen (Astana Pro Team), who pulled out with stomach problems.

After two kilometres, five riders broke clear, including three Canadians. The break consisted of Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling Academy), Bruno Langlois (Team Canada), Nicolas Dougall (Team Dimension Data), Alexander Cataford (Team Canada) and Robert Britton (Rally Cycling Team). As the peloton, led by BMC Racing, did not chase, the lead quickly grew to reach a maximum of 6:30 after three laps. Alex Cataford took advantage of the breakaway to collect the KOM points on Cote des Glacis for 13 laps.

Back in the peloton, Portugal's Nuno Bico (Movistar Team) hit a stray dog who came running into the peloton in the seventh lap. With five laps to go, Spain's Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) was also forced out of the race after a crash at the back of the main pack.

With four laps and 50 km to go, the gap between the five escapees and the main pack had shrunk to 3:40 as BMC upped the tempo and Astana Pro Team moved to take charge at the front bunch. In the last two laps, only Rob Britton and Bruno Langlois were left of the original breakaway group, and they were joined by Peter Kennaugh (Bora-Hansgrohe), who attacked on his own with one lap to go, as the remnants of the break were scooped up. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Nathan Earle (Israel Cycling Academy), Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling Team), Nathan Brown (EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale) and Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale) chased behind Kennaugh for a while before being reeled in. Kennaugh, aiming to emulate team leader Peter Sagan, winner of the last two editions, held on until the final 500 metres before the line, as peloton wound up for the final sprint.  Matthews was the quickest and held Van Avermaet at bay until the line, forcing him to settle for second once again.

"This is my first win in a classic," said Matthews. "I've had wins on each of the Grand Tours and I won the green jersey on the Tour de France. But I had never won a one-day race at WorldTour level and I'm especially happy it took place in Quebec, as I love coming here every year. That's the thing I thought about when I crossed the line:  ' I'm the second Australian to win here after Simon Gerrans'. He was one of my idols in cycling. It was one of my team's goals today to race here the way he did in 2014, and I was capable to do that. He won't be here next year unfortunately."

A visibly disappointed Van Avermaet, said, "I was twice second behind Peter Sagan, now I'm behind Michael Matthews. I'm on the podium again. That's something. It's a good result for me too. I launched the sprint with 200 metres to go. I like to do long sprints, but Michael was really strong. I was behind him and I could not do any better. But I'm glad with my form and I hope to do better in Montréal."

KoM winner: Peter Kennaugh (BORA - hansgrohe)

Top Canadian: Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy(


Results from the first race of the 2018 GPCQM, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, in Quebec City

Quebec City circuit, 201.6 km
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 5:04:17
2 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek - Segafredo
4 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
5 Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA - hansgrohe
6 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick - Step Floors
7 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Katusha Alpecin
9 Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team
10 Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
11 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
12 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
13 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team EF Education First pb Cannondale
14 Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale
15 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
16 Rui Faria Da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
17 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale
18 Paul Martens (Ger) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
19 Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky
20 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain - Merida
21 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling
22 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain - Merida
23 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling
24 Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally Cycling Team
25 Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale all s.t.
26 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton - Scott 0:06
27 Carlos Verona (Esp) Mitchelton - Scott s.t.
28 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:07
29 François Bidard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
30 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
31 Nathan Brown (USA) Team EF Education First pb Cannondale
32 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Dimension Data
33 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) BORA - hansgrohe
34 Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) Groupama-FDJ
35 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team
36 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain - Merida
37 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
38 Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling
39 Jorge Arcas (Esp) Movistar Team
40 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
41 James Piccoli (Can) Team Canada
42 Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling Team
43 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
44 Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick - Step Floors
45 Mathias Frank (Sui) Ag2r La Mondiale
46 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
47 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton - Scott
48 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Dimension Data all s.t.
49 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:18
50 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling 0:22
51 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky
52 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
53 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) BORA - hansgrohe all s.t.
54 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 0:32
55 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:35
56 Steve Morabito (Sui) Groupama-FDJ s.t.
57 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:40
58 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:50
59 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:50
60 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain - Merida 0:50
61 Felix Grossschartner (Aut) BORA - hansgrohe 1:01
62 Jaime Castrillo (Esp) Movistar Team 1:15
63 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb s.t.
64 Michael Schâr (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:19
65 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
66 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin
67 Hector Carretero (Esp) Movistar Team
68 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) BORA - hansgrohe
69 Brendan Canty (Aus) Team EF Education First pb Cannondale
70 Antonio Pedrero (Esp) Movistar Team all s.t.
71 Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step Floors 1:26
72 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 1:32
73 Ben O'connor (Aus) Team Dimension Data 1:32
74 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates s.t.
75 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek - Segafredo 1:35
76 Bruno Langlois (Can) Team Canada
77 Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally Cycling Team
78 James Knox (GBr) Quick - Step Floors all s.t.
79 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) BORA - hansgrohe 1:46
80 Rémy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal
81 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin both s.t.
82 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky 1:54
83 Pier-André Cote (Can) Team Canada 2:01
84 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha Alpecin 2:17
85 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Movistar Team 2:46
86 Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates 3:00
87 Amund Jansen (Nor) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
88 Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek - Segafredo
89 Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
90 Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 3:03
91 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek - Segafredo s.t.
92 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott 3:08
93 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal s.t.
94 Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick - Step Floors 3:11
95 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates s.t.
96 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 3:13
97 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data 3:16
98 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain - Merida 3:30
99 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky s.t.
100 Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling Team 3:37
101 Adam Roberge (Can) Team Canada s.t.
102 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky 4:02
103 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team
104 Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Team Katusha Alpecin
105 Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal all s.t.
106 Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling 5:08
107 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension Data
108 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Team Dimension Data
109 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
110 Logan Owen (USA) Team EF Education First pb Cannondale
111 William Clarke (Aus) Team EF Education First pb Cannondale
112 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling Team all s.t.
113 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick - Step Floors 5:37
114 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team EF Education First pb Cannondale 6:20
115 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain - Merida 6:46
116 Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick - Step Floors s.t.
117 Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb 9:32
118 Alexander Cataford (Can) Team Canada
119 Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling
120 Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team
121 Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling Team
122 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling Team all s.t.
123 Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team 9:35
DNF Kilian Frankiny (Sui) BMC Racing Team
DNF Marco Mathis (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin
DNF Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek - Segafredo
DNF Sam Bennett (Irl) BORA - hansgrohe
DNF Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott
DNF Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton - Scott
DNF Nuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team
DNF Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNS Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team
DNF Robert Wagner (Ger) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo
DNF Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain - Merida
DNF Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek - Segafredo
DNF Peter Stetina (USA) Trek - Segafredo
DNS Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
DNF Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team EF Education First pb Cannondale
DNF William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNF Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin
DNF Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Team Dimension Data
DNF Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Israel Cycling
DNF Edward Walsh (Can) Team Canada
DNF Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Team Canada


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