In the first out of two Canadian one-day races, Hugo Houle finished fifteenth and was crowned as best Canadian rider in front of his home crowd in Québec. Michael Matthews got himself a third consecutive win after winning both races in 2018, finishing just in front of runner-up Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet. After the early breakaway got caught in the final laps on the local circuit, many riders attacked, but it came down to a reduced bunch sprint with the Australian rider being the strongest rider of the day after 219,6 kilometers.
- It was a hard day out there, I was on the limit several times, but somehow, I was able to hang on and sprint to a fifteenth place. For me, it’s not so bad, and it’s nice that I was the best Canadian rider. But for sure we will aim for a better result with the team on Sunday when we’ll be racing in Montréal. There’s some more climbing there, which would normally suit more for the riders we brought here for these races. It was great to receive all the support here today, it’s a great feeling and it gives a lot of motivation. For sure, we’ll be ready for more action on Sunday! - said Hugo Houle
On Sunday another 219,6 kilometers await at Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, with two more local laps included compared to previous years, another hard day is expected.
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