Tadej Pogačar gained a tricky version of the GP de Montréal on Sunday. After 221 kilometres of racing within the Canadian metropolis, he was the primary to complete on Avenue du Parc. The Slovenian from UAE Crew Emirates beat Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in a tough dash from a number one group of 5. Andrea Bagioli (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl) completed third.
The main group of the day consisted of six riders: Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Soudal), Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ), Théo Delacroix (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Eddy Finé (Cofidis), Andreas Leknessund (DSM) and Antonio Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan). They managed a lead of greater than 6 minutes. A complete of eighteen laps of 12.3 kilometres had been on this system, with the Côte Camillien-Houde (1.8km at 8%), the Côte de Polytechnique (780 metres at 6%), the Pagnuelo (535 metres at 7.5%) on every circuit. The ending straight on the Avenue du Parc climbed 560 metres at 4%.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2022 profile
UAE Crew Emirates and Jumbo-Visma set the tempo within the peloton and lowered the lead, the place Nibali and Finé had dropped out early, to three minutes. Particularly the crew of Tadej Pogačar needed to make the race onerous. A nasty day for Biniam Girmay, who felt sick and had to surrender 5 laps earlier than the end. Peter Sagan additionally didn’t make it to the end. Vermeersch, Delacroix and Leknessund survived the longest. They began the final 50 kilometres with a 2:30 lead. Not a lot later, Leknessund left his two fellow escapees behind. The Norwegian of DSM opted for a solo and had the Jumbo-Visma troops behind him. Wout van Aert’s teammates elevated the tempo at 35 kilometres from the end.
The distinction to Leknessund was lowered to 1 minute and decreased additional and additional. In the beginning of the penultimate lap he was solely 15 seconds forward of the thinned peloton. It was Tobias Foss who narrowed the favourites group even additional. The primary assault got here from Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan) and Frederik Wandahl (BORA-hansgrohe). They had been in a position to achieve a 40 second lead and began the ultimate lap with that hole. Daniel Felipe Martínez then opened the ultimate on the Côte Camillien-Houde. His acceleration was adopted by Tadej Pogačar, who went straight to the entrance with Van Aert and Andrea Bagioli in his wheel. Adam Yates was the following to speed up from behind and he pushed Van Aert to the restrict. The Belgian cracked, however was nonetheless in a position to be a part of a bunch on the high with Yates, Pogačar, Bagioli and David Gaudu. These 5 managed to make a niche of greater than 30 seconds, as a result of the slowing work within the chasing group.
Romain Bardet, Giovanni Aleotti and Mauro Schmid counter-attacked, however that was nicely behind the leaders. Yates and Gaudu tried to tug away within the final 3 kilometres, however their efforts had been countered. Van Aert was then compelled into the lead within the final kilometre. The whole lot would would come right down to the final 560 metres at 4%. The 5 leaders got here to an entire standstill, after which Gaudu was the primary to begin the dash. Nonetheless, the Frenchman didn’t have the legs and was overpowered by Pogačar. The Slovenian had Van Aert on his wheel, however the Jumbo-Visma rider was unable to go and he needed to bounce to remain forward of Bagioli. Van Aert was second and Bagioli third.
Race winner, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Crew Emirates): “This was no extraordinary dash. The race was very powerful. The crew labored so nicely, that was excellent for me. Wout is without doubt one of the greatest sprinters on the earth, however this can be a powerful end. I gave all the pieces within the dash and it labored. It’s unbelievable. This course suited me very nicely. I actually loved it and I had an excellent day. It was one of many hardest races of the yr. After the Tour de France I used to be not in good condition, as a result of I had taken a whole lot of relaxation and was primarily making ready for this era of the season. Right now I had an excellent day and that offers me a whole lot of confidence in the direction of the World championships. It’s all the time completely different racing with nationwide groups, however I’m assured and in good condition. It’s going to be a tricky race and I can’t wait to begin there.”
2nd, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “I used to be fairly lifeless within the dash. I felt actually good. The crew rode very nicely to help me, however I used to be crushed by one of many superstars of biking. It’s no disgrace to come back second right here. It might have been good to win, however I got here up a bit brief. I don’t remorse something. It was an exquisite weekend and tremendous good to expertise Canada. I’m going to Australia with good reminiscences. I would like the following few weeks to get better and settle in Australia. I hope to do some good coaching and hopefully that can repay within the highway race. We now have an excellent sturdy crew on the World champs. Our choice is nicely balanced. Along with Remco Evenepoel I’m the chief. We’re differing types and that matches nicely collectively. We are able to make it an excellent race.”
third, Andrea Bagioli (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl): “The whole lot occurred on the final lap, and when the assaults of the favourites got here I sensed it could possibly be the correct second to go, so I went and did my greatest to remain there. I felt good regardless of this demanding course, one of many hardest of the season, and within the dash I gave all the pieces. I’m content material with my podium, it’s an excellent end result going into the final weeks of the season, and I hope to come back again right here at some point and win it.”
seventh, Giovanni Aleotti (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was an excellent powerful race right here in Montréal! As a crew we had an excellent plan and the blokes did a very good job maintaining Frederik, Patrick and me out of bother all day. Within the finale, I didn’t have the acceleration to comply with Pogačar and the opposite 4 riders however I used to be in a position to chase and take a top-10 end result right here. I’m proud of my efficiency in the present day and I actually need to thank the crew for his or her effort and nice work. After a not fairly passable end in Québec it’s good to depart Canada with an excellent feeling.”
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Outcome:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Crew Emirates in 5:59:38
2. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
3. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
4. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers at 0:01
5. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:02
6. Mauro Schmid Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl at 0:22
7. Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM at 0:23
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain-Victorious at 0:28
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic at 0:31.