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Benoît Cosnefroy wins the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec

Sep 12, 2022

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Benoît Cosnefroy: «It hasn’t sunk in yet»

«It’s incredible! It hasn’t sunk in yet. I had planned to attack exactly there. If that didn’t work out, we had Greg Van Avermaet to do the sprint. I am very happy because I did not necessarily expect to stay away for the last two kilometers. I gave it my all and was able to enjoy the last fifty meters. From an average season, I am moving on to an exceptional season. With six second places including the Amstel Gold Race and the Flèche Brabançonne, I was just waiting for this victory and it comes in one of the most beautiful races on the calendar, it’s huge. Many thanks to the public and the organization here. The whole international peloton was eager to come back and we are not disappointed. We will enjoy this and then focus on the Grand Prix de Montréal which suits me even better on paper. We will try to do well there, too.» - Benoit

Vincent Lavenu: «A very great Benoît»

«I thought Benoît’s attack was daring there, but we know what he’s capable of when he’s at his best. By staying away with the strongest riders in the world chasing him in the last kilometers, he earned a high-level sporting achievement. Very few have managed to do so before on this Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec. This performance is a notch higher than his victory at the Bretagne Classic in 2021. It places him among the strongest in the international peloton. I am happy that he is raising his arms in victory because with six second places this season, he only needed to win. It was a great Benoît today.» - Vincent

By winning the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, Benoît Cosnefroy has taken a victory in the UCI WorldTour for the second time in his career after the Bretagne Classic in 2021. This is the first time he has won a pro race outside of France. This is Benoît Cosnefroy’s first victory this year, and the eleventh for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM this season. Greg Van Avermaet took 13th place in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec. Having won in 2019, he will defend his title at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal this Sunday.

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