Impey caught out in the final of GP Quebec after the breakaway animate the day

Fri 7 Sep 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT finished outside the top twenty in today's one-day GP Quebec after race hopeful Daryl Impey was caught out in the closing kilometre with a touch of front wheels which saw him lose momentum and have to settle for 26th place.

The lengthy one-day Canadian race was animated by a breakaway before a last minute dash to the line, where Michael Matthews (Sunweb) came out on top.

Five away from the start

Directly as the start flag dropped, five riders jumped away and instantly opened up an advantage. The group of Rob Britton (Rally), Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling), Bruno Langlois (Canada Garneau), Alex Cataford (UHC) and Nic Dougall (Dimension-Data) worked well together and were able to open up a maximum advantage of six and half minutes as they tackled the city centre laps.

Wearing down laps

As the peloton completed each of the 12.6km circuits, the wearing climbs left heavy legs in the peloton with various teams helping to contribute to the gradual chase.

Unfortunatley for the team, Chris Juul-Jensen came down in a crash with three laps to go and had to abandon the race.

Eventually with 25km to go, two of the original breakaway riders were swept up, leaving just three ahead fighting on but with a small 20seconds lead.

With 15km to go only one rider, Peter Kennaugh (Bora-Hansgrohe), remained ahead of the bunch and despite only hovering 20seconds in front, he continued to hold off the bunch as he made his way around the final lap.

Touch and go

It was tough and go as to whether Kennaugh would be caught or not, as stayed in front of fast chasing peloton all the way until the final uphill finishing straight. It was Roman Kreuziger who led the peloton up the drag, catching Kennaugh within the final 500metres.

As the sprint opened up, a touch of front wheels for Impey caused him to lose his position and unable to contest the uphill sprint.

Roman Kreuziger

"As a team I think we rode smart and a really good race, it was a bit of a pity for the result because Daryl was feeling good but he got bumped in the last 300metres in the bunch so lost some position and had to restart his sprint so he didn't reach the result he was hoping for but I think we still did a really good race. It is sad that Chris crashed with two or three laps to go, we hope he can recover.

"I was getting much better than in Plouay, which is good for the moral so now i'm looking for Montreal because it is a hard race and they changed  a bit the parcours so it is harder than the last years so there is some chance that they maybe a break can arrive. It is now important that we recover and can do well on Sunday."

Gp Quebec results:

1. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
2. Greg van Avermaert (BMC) ST
3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) ST
26. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:06

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