Gallery: Classic show down in the 10th edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec

Canadians fly the flag high on a beautiful day in Old Quebec City for the one-day Laurentian Classic

September 13th, 2019 by | Posted in News | Tags: , ,

The 2019 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec celebrated its 10th edition with a repeat winner as Michael Matthews imposed himself on the beautiful course in Quebec City. The Australian won last year’s event in a similar fashion though late attackers made this year’s race even more exciting.

A total of 18 Canadians started the race with WorldTour, Pro Continental and national team riders present. As is annually the tradition, national team members Adam Roberge and Evan Burtnik roade in the breakaway. They were joined by Israeli champion Guy Sagiv, Julien Bernard (Trek-Segrafedo), Gavin Mannion (Rally UHC) and Luis Mas (Movistar).

The breakaway enjoyed an advantage of about 8 minutes before the peloton lead by Team Sunweb, Bora-Hansgrohe and CCC began to bring things together for the finale. In the final laps, there were lots of attacks as the pace ramped up. Nicholas Zukowsky (Canada) tried his luck as did Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).

In the finale, Deceuninck-Quickstep unleashed Julian Alaphilippe who brough Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet for company along with two others. That attack lasted until the final meters of the race when Michael Matthews, last years winner of both GPCQM events, unleashed a ferocious sprint with 300 m to go. The Australian caught and passed all the riders in the attack though Sagan held on for second and Van Avermaet managed to hold on to third place.

Hugo Houle (Astana) was the top Canadian in 15th followed by Michael Woods (EF Education First) in 17th and James Piccoli (Canada) in 22nd.