Quebec GP: Cosnefroy wins as a puncher, van Aert at the foot of the podium

Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-Citroën) won alone at the arrival of the 11th Quebec Cycling Grand Prix (WorldTour) on Friday in the Canadian city. At the end of the 201.6 km course made up of sixteen circuit laps through the city on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, and 2,976 meters of elevation gain, the Frenchman placed his attack 2.5 kilometers from the finish. . He won 4 seconds ahead of Australian Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco), winner of the two previous editions in 2018 and 2019. Eritrean Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) took 3rd place ahead of Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) who had to settle for 4th place. The Covid-19 pandemic had prevented the race from taking place in 2020 and 2021.

The start of the race was animated by a breakaway of five riders, the Belgians Stan Van Tricht and Sébastien Grignard, the Canadian Miles Carlson, the Frenchman Hugo Toumire and the Italian Damiano Caruso. At the halfway mark, the leading group advantage was stable above four minutes.

The American Quinn Simmons accelerated 41 kilometers from the finish, in the Côte de la Montagne, difficulty of the local circuit. The four leading men were then taken over by a group consisting of Simmons, Jan Tratnik, Andrea Piccolo, Simon Clarke and Pascal Eenkhoorn. Many movements were observed in the last part of the race.

The general regrouping took place five kilometers from the finish. The French Benoît Cosnefroy tried his luck two and a half kilometers from the goal in the steep climb which preceded the finish. The AG2R-Citroën rider held on to win with a slight advantage over the vanguard of the peloton. Benoît Cosnefroy signed his 13th career success on Friday and the first of the season when he finished 6th in the recent Tour du Limousin, 2nd in the Boucles de la Mayenne and the Circuit de la Sarthe, 2nd in the Amstel Gold Race and in the Flèche Brabançonne and 3rd in the Drome Classic.

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