Today wasn’t the day for TBM at GP Quebec
Grand Prix de Quebec
Quebec, September 7th– 201,6 km – (12 laps – 12,6 km)
GP de Québec started in the heart of the »Ville Capitale«, an outstanding venue of this exciting GP which reminds a little of F1 races, organized through the cities. It’s hilly terrain, perfect for a race like this, and its undeniable charms and gorgeous parks make the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec a prestigious race, loved by all riders.
The race suits well to punchers and those used to steep descends. Riders had to make 16 laps, each was 12,6 km long and all together 201,6 km.
Immediately after the start of the race, 5 riders went into a breakaway while BAHRAIN MERIDA riders stayed in the peloton. Riders in the breakaway were strong and fast and stayed in front almost through the whole race. From the beginning, they had 9 min of advantage that later on, some 30 km to finish, decreased to 5 min and slowly continued to minimise. The strongest riders caught them 2 laps before the finish line.
Matej Mohorič, Enrico Gasparotto and Domenico Pozzovivo stayed relatively strong through the last lap but unfortunately not enough at the front to find themselves in a better position for a tough uphill sprint.
A big favorite for this race, Michael Matthews (Sunweb) won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and in a bunch-sprint victory. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) finished second for the fourth time and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) was third. TBM best rider was Domenico Pozzovivo on 20th, Matej Mohorič as 22nd and Enrico Gasparotto on 36th place.
Matej Mohorič: «Unfortunately Sonny didn’t feel so good today so we decided to do the sprint for me. I tryed to do my best. I think I started to sprint too early. There was a strong headwind in the last kilometer so I didnt have legs to finish my good sprint in last 150 m. It was a very long uphill sprint that doesnt suites me so well. So I have to try again on Sunday We have a very strong team, we have to forget todays’ race and focus on Sunday in Montreal».
Domenico Pozzovivo; «It was a difficuult lap race with lots of corners. It was important to be upfront at the last 5km. It was hard to keep the possition. After we realised that Sonny was not in a good possition, Matej Mohorič triyed to do a sprint. I am looking forward to the next race in Montreal on Sunday and I have good legs for that race.»