Defending Champion Peter Sagan Heads Field for Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec
The 2017 Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec takes place on September 8, where some of the world’s best one-day specialist cycle 16 laps of the Canadian city’s circuit over 201.6 km. The event is registered on the UCI World Tour calendar and is therefore a prestigious race on the cycling calendar.
18 teams will feature in Quebec, including Sky, Astana Movistar and Team Canada – the latter of which have been invited to the event along with Israel Cycling Academy. The hilly course is expected to suit sprinters with fast legs. The majority of the climbing is in the second half of the race, though, in which the last kilometre is a 4% slope.
In 2016, Peter Sagan won a sprint finish against Greg Van Avermaet and Anthony Roux when representing Tinkoff is an exciting contest. He will be looking to join Simon Gerrans as the only man to have won the Canadian event twice in the history of the road race in this year’s renewal. The German will be representing Bora-Hansgrohe this time around after switching teams earlier in 2017 and he is the favorite on many of the betting apps offering betting on the Canadian event, along with Van Avermaet and Michael Matthews.
Two years ago, the race in Quebec was won in much different circumstances as Rigoberto Uran attacked the race in the closing kilometer to pull away from the field to score comfortably in a bold move. Matthews followed to take second place, while Alexander Kristoff also joined the podium with a third-place finish.
The 2017 Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec is one of the last events before the world championships. They will remain in Canada for the Grand Prix Montreal and then they take part in the II Lombardia in October.