The eleventh version of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec was gained by Benoît Cosnefroy. On the finish of 201.6 kilometres of laps by means of Québec, the Frenchman of AG2R Citroën was the primary to cross the end line, after a profitable assault within the last. Michael Matthews and Biniam Girmay joined him on the rostrum. Wout van Aert completed fourth.
When Michael Matthews raised his fingers for the second yr in a row in 2019, he didn’t know that it might be Québec’s final Grand Prix till 2022. The race was canceled for 2 years because of the covid pandemic. The race was on an unchanged metropolis course over 12.6 kilometres with 4 brief, vicious climbs.
GP Québec 2022 profile
After some early skirmishes, a bunch of 5 riders managed to get away: Sébastien Grignard (Lotto Soudal), Stan Van Tricht (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl), Canadian Carson Miles, Hugo Toumire (Cofidis) and Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious). The quintet had 4 minutes on the peloton by means of the Parc de Champs-de-Bataille, alongside the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, previous the citadel and the enduring Château Frontenac. Miles picked up the mountain factors. Again within the bunch, Jumbo-Visma, BikeExchange-Jayco and Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert put males on the entrance. As anticipated, Wout van Aert, Michael Matthews, Biniam Girmay and the opposite favourites stored their powder dry for a very long time. It was additionally no huge shock that Miles was the primary to let the main group go. Slightly below 60 kilometres from the end, he was the primary to be caught by the peloton. His colleagues would final a bit of longer, however in addition they had no likelihood for the victory. With 41 kilometres to go, Quinn Simmons opened issues for Trek-Segafredo. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma), Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious), Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) and Andrea Piccolo (EF Training First-EasyPost) went with him. As they crossed in direction of the main group, two-time winner Peter Sagan stopped, together with house favorite Hugo Houle.
When the counter-attackers received to the entrance slightly below 30 kilometres earlier than the end, the peloton was not far-off. At first of the penultimate lap, the lead was solely 8 seconds. They struggled for some time, however a regrouping was inevitable. David Gaudu was the following to attempt. His escape didn’t final lengthy, however his assault shattered the entrance group. Wout van Aert needed to make a critical effort to get to the entrance, as assaults continued. Mikkel Honoré (Fast-Step-Alpa Vinyl), Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ), Neilson Powless (EF Training First-EasyPost) received away within the last lap. Storer didn’t need to watch for a dash and went solo. However alone he proved incapable of unusual the big group. It needed to be a dash on the uphill end. However Benoît Cosnefroy jumped on one of many climbs 2 kilometres from the end and his assault was the correct one. Christophe Laporte tried to shut the hole on him, however failed. Below the 1K banner, issues nonetheless seemed good for Cosnefroy. Regardless of his fatigue, the Frenchman stored up his effort to the road. Matthews beat Girmay within the battle for second place, whereas Van Aert simply missed the rostrum.
Race winner, Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën): “It’s unbelievable! It hasn’t sunk in but. I had deliberate to assault precisely there. If that didn’t work out, we had Greg Van Avermaet to do the dash. I’m very completely satisfied as a result of I didn’t essentially count on to remain away for the final two kilometers. I gave it my all and was capable of benefit from the final fifty meters. From a mean season, I’m shifting on to an distinctive season. With six second locations together with the Amstel Gold Race and the Flèche Brabançonne, I used to be simply ready for this victory and it is available in probably the most lovely races on the calendar, it’s enormous. Many due to the general public and the group right here. The entire worldwide peloton was keen to come back again and we aren’t upset. We are going to get pleasure from this after which concentrate on the Grand Prix de Montréal which fits me even higher on paper. We are going to attempt to do nicely there, too.”
2nd, Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco): “I’m most likely upset for the time being, being so near profitable right here three years in a row. It was my objective, and I got here up second greatest, however it’s nonetheless an important end result and I’m trying ahead to Sunday. I suppose everybody was most likely taking a look at Wout [van Aert] to chase, as he was most likely the favorite right here as we speak, and I feel he had a rider within the group with Cosnefroy so it was a bit of bit a case of everybody taking part in a little bit of poker. Sadly in the long run we have been sprinting for second, as a result of Cosnefroy was simply too robust. It’s what it’s, and I feel we’ve to be proud of second, and we’ve one other alternative on Sunday. I feel my form is actually coming alongside nicely in direction of the World Championships now, so I feel one other good hit-out on Sunday, and hopefully go for the victory once more, earlier than heading off to Australia.”
third, Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux): “I’m very proud of this third place at my first participation within the GP de Québec! It feels unreal to attain a podium from such a powerful subject of riders with lots of world’s greatest basic riders. The extent was very excessive and the tempo was exhausting from the beginning. In fact we anticipated a difficult race on this course with a number of difficult corners and the lengthy and steep climb in direction of the end. However truly my teammates did all of the work for 90 % of the race, I solely needed to concentrate on the ultimate 500 meter. I need to thank them for his or her work, this achievement can be for them!”
4th, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “There have been solely robust riders right here. For me it was higher to race defensively. In a race like this you all the time need to see once you begin. A powerful rider like Cosnefroy solely has one likelihood. There was a little bit of hesitation after he attacked, after that it was very tough to catch him. Nonetheless I’m not likely stunned by Cosnefroy. We have been hoping that Christophe might get into his wheel, however he was stranded at 10 metres. That’s the place it went mistaken. In our group there have been many groups that gambled. Once we rode into the final kilometre I already knew it was misplaced. I actually loved racing right here (in Québec). It would most likely be even harder on Sunday. Riders like Tadej Pogačar, Romain Bardet and David Guadu can be nearer to profitable.”
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec End result:
1. Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroën in 4:46:56
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco at 0:04
3. Biniam Girmay (Eri) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
4. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
5. Iván García Cortina (Spa) Movistar
6. Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl
7. Adam Yates (GB) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Training-EasyPost
9. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Workforce Emirates
10. Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic