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Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal’22: Pogačar Again to Successful in Canada


Tadej Pogačar received 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 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.


GP Montréal’22:

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%.

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Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2022 profile

UAE Group Emirates and Jumbo-Visma set the tempo within the peloton and decreased 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 foul 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 decreased to 1 minute and decreased additional and additional. At 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 subsequent to speed up from behind and he pushed Van Aert to the restrict. The Belgian cracked, however was nonetheless capable of be part of a gaggle on the prime 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 properly 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 part would would come all the way down to the final 560 metres at 4%. The 5 leaders got here to a whole 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.

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Race winner, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Group Emirates): “This was no extraordinary dash. The race was very powerful. The crew labored so properly, that was excellent for me. Wout is among the greatest sprinters on the planet, however it is a powerful end. I gave the whole lot within the dash and it labored. It’s unbelievable. This course suited me very properly. I actually loved it and I had a very good 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 making ready for this era of the season. As we speak I had a very good day and that provides me numerous confidence in direction of the World championships. It’s at all times 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 properly to assist 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 could 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 recollections. I want the subsequent few weeks to get better and settle in Australia. I hope to do some good coaching and hopefully that may repay within the highway race. We’ve a brilliant sturdy crew on the World champs. Our choice is properly balanced. Along with Remco Evenepoel I’m the chief. We’re differing kinds and that matches properly collectively. We will make it an important race.”

third, Andrea Bagioli (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl): “Every part occurred on the final lap, and when the assaults of the favourites got here I sensed it could possibly be the suitable 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 the whole lot. I’m content material with my podium, it’s a very good 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 a brilliant powerful race right here in Montréal! As a crew we had a very good plan and the fellows did a extremely 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 right this moment and I actually wish 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 a very good 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.

 


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