Van Avermaet Returns to the Podium in Quebec9. September 2016, Quebec City (CAN) — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet was back on the podium at GP Cycliste de Quebec after sprinting to second place behind winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) in a thrilling finale in Quebec City.
The 16-lap course provided some spectacular racing action and it wasn’t until the final 300m that the race came back together in a nail-biting sprint to the line.
An eight-rider breakaway spent went away on the first 12.6km lap and built a solid but manageable advantage of five minutes.
Despite some last-minute attacks from the breakaway the group was pulled back with roughly 40km to go, after which multiple attacks played out in the final three laps.
Solid teamwork from BMC Racing Team, including Brent Bookwalter’s move in a late chase group, kept leader Van Avermaet protected and positioned well going into the finale.
Van Avermaet launched his sprint with 200m to go but was unable to overtake Sagan before the line. It is Van Avermaet’s third time on the podium at GP Cyclist de Quebec.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Greg Van Avermaet:
“I’m pretty happy with my result here. It’s a really hard race and it’s hard if you’re not here with the best form. I think Peter Sagan was a bit too strong today but I’m pretty happy with second place. It’s only my second race in four or five weeks so you’re always waiting a little bit to see how your body reacts until you start racing again and it’s good to be back.”
“The last four laps were really hard and normally I always attack on the first climb but I had to hold myself back so I waited. I think Trentin and a few others made a big gap and I was just hoping that they would come back and I could do a good sprint. So I think it was a good decision to wait and go for my sprint, because other years I always try and then they catch me and then it’s hard to do a result in the end. So I just focused on the sprint and second is not the best place, but it’s not too bad.”
“GP Cycliste de Montreal is an even harder race and I think today’s race suits me and Sagan a little bit better. I’m looking forward to it as it’s always nice to race here with the crowds.
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“I’m very happy with today’s result from Greg Van Avermaet and the whole team. It was a tough race as always and the team did very well to protect Greg. We had Manuel Senni on the front for a lot of the day pulling the breakaway back, Brent Bookwalter jumped in one of the chase groups to neutralize the race, and of course Greg was kept out of trouble by all of our riders. Greg was very strong and after only one race day in the last month he still had good legs today. I think he can be happy with his result today and I’m looking forward to GP Cycliste de Montreal where we will race aggressively again.”
GP Cycliste de Quebec (201.6km)
Top 3: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Anthony Roux (FDJ)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Greg Van Avermaet, 40. Damiano Caruso, 41. Brent Bookwalter