Impey sprints to 20th place in a tough GP MontrealSun 9 Sep 2018
South African champion Daryl Impey was Mitchelton-SCOTT's highest finisher today in the tough one-day GP Montreal, sprinting into 20th place after an action packed and aggressive final.
Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) continued his successful run in Canada by adding GP Montreal to his GP Quebec victory from two-days ago, sprinting across the line first from the reduced peloton.
First steady breakaway
Five-riders decided to jump away in the early stages of the day working together to open up a strong lead of just under six minutes. As the peloton ticked off each lap of the 16laps, the escapees advantage began to gradually drop back down with half of the race completed.
Fireworks in the final
As the gap reduced to just over one minute, attacks began to fly from the peloton and two riders attempted to bridge across to the leaders.
Heading into the final lap it was new group of three riders that led the way. Matej Mohoric (Bahrian-Merida), Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jan Polanc (UAE) who escaped from the peloton's grasps but were only able to build a 20seconds advantage.
Immediately after they were brought back a new trio of riders jumped away and the race continued like this all the way around the final lap with new riders escaping.
Late bunch kick
After surviving the wearing down laps and the flurry of attacks in the final, the remaining peloton finally returned back together with four kilometres to go ready to battle it out in a sprint. The final 500metres drag up Avenue du Parc saw Matthews cross the line first with Impey having to settle for 20th place.
"It was a really tough day. The course was harder than before and it was intense from five laps to go. We rode really well together as a team even though we were two riders down to start with.
"I gave it my best, I was finished at the end. I have no excuses, other than I was just not good enough at the end."
GP Montreal results:
1. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) 5:10
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) ST
3. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) ST
20. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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