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Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. Another top 10 finish in Canada for Michael Valgren, Hugo Houle part of day’s breakaway

An intense day on the streets of Montréal, as Hugo Houle was part of the day’s breakaway, Jakob Fuglsang attacked in the penultimate lap and finally Michael Valgren sprinting to an eighth place. After his ninth place in Québec, it was his second top 10 on Canadian soil. Michael Matthews took his second victory, winning both races.

- I was in a perfect position, going in the final corner before the final straight line to the finish. After the corner I attacked straight out of the wheel of Matej Mohoric, hoping to get a small gap with the peloton as I knew Mohoric already did a lot of work. But then I realized, the 500 meter sprint was just too long for me. But it was worth the try, because I knew all the fast guys were still behind me. At the end, another top 10 finish here in Canada, which is not too bad. – Michael Valgren.

- We showed ourselves here in Canada in a good way, as I think in both races we were working hard for a result. Of course, if Magnus Cort didn’t got ill the days before the first race, we could have had a bigger chance for a podium, but that’s just how it is. We can be proud on the way we raced, attacked and sprinted for a good result. Next to that, it was great to involve our Canadian partners, Argon 18 and Premier Tech, in these races and show them the way we work. – sport director Dmitriy Fofonov.

Another city circuit race in Canada, this time in Montréal. Sixteen laps in total, covering a 195.2 kilometers. Straight from the start a Canadian breakaway took off, including our Hugo Houle. The six riders gained an advantage of 4 minutes before the peloton started to chase them. Going in the final laps, several attacks from the peloton were launched, but they got caught, including the remaining riders from the early break, including Houle. In the penultimate lap, Jakob Fuglsang was part of a three-man break, but that didn’t last too long either, because of a controlling peloton.

In the final kilometer, the Astana teammates of Michael Valgren put him in a perfect position for a final sprint. But after the final turn before the finish, he was already in a leading position, trying to surprise the sprinters. The favorites for the victory took over a few hundred meters before the finish. Valgren finished eighth, just behind winner Michael Matthews.


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