Tadej Pogačar received a troublesome 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 Group 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 have 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 Group Emirates and Jumbo-Visma set the tempo within the peloton and diminished the lead, the place Nibali and Finé had dropped out early, to three minutes. Particularly the crew of Tadej Pogačar wished to make the race laborious. 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 diminished 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 have been capable of acquire 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 capable of be a part of a gaggle 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 drag away within the final 3 kilometres, however their efforts have been countered. Van Aert was then compelled into the lead within the final kilometre. Every thing would would come right down to the final 560 metres at 4%. The 5 leaders got here to a whole standstill, after which Gaudu was the primary to start out the dash. Nevertheless, 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 cross and he needed to soar to remain forward of Bagioli. Van Aert was second and Bagioli third.
Race winner, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Group Emirates): “This was no odd dash. The race was very robust. The crew labored so nicely, that was good for me. Wout is without doubt one of the finest sprinters on this planet, however this can be a robust end. I gave all the things 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 numerous relaxation and was primarily getting ready for this era of the season. Right now I had an excellent day and that offers me numerous confidence in the direction of the World championships. It’s at all times totally different racing with nationwide groups, however I’m assured and in good condition. It’s going to be a troublesome race and I can’t wait to start out there.”
2nd, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): “I used to be fairly useless within the dash. I felt actually good. The crew rode very nicely to help me, however I used to be overwhelmed by one of many superstars of biking. It’s no disgrace to come back second right here. It could have been good to win, however I got here up a bit quick. I don’t remorse something. It was a wonderful weekend and tremendous good to expertise Canada. I’m going to Australia with good reminiscences. I would like the following few weeks to recuperate and settle in Australia. I hope to do some good coaching and hopefully that can repay within the street race. Now we have an excellent robust 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 a terrific race.”
third, Andrea Bagioli (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl): “Every thing occurred on the final lap, and when the assaults of the favourites got here I sensed it might be the appropriate second to go, so I went and did my finest 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 things. 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 someday and win it.”
seventh, Giovanni Aleotti (BORA-hansgrohe): “It was an excellent robust race right here in Montréal! As a crew we had an excellent plan and the fellows did a very good job retaining Frederik, Patrick and me out of hassle 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 capable of chase and take a top-10 end result right here. I’m pleased with my efficiency as we speak and I actually wish to thank the crew for his or her effort and nice work. After a not fairly passable lead to Québec it’s good to go away Canada with an excellent feeling.”
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal End result:
1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Group 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.