Michael Matthews outsprints Sagan and Van Avermaet in GP Quebec
Sep 14 2019 10:09 pm CET

Michael Matthews outsprints Sagan and Van Avermaet in GP Quebec
Michael Matthews outsprints Sagan and Van Avermaet in GP Quebec
Michael Matthews © Team Sunweb

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) took his second victory in a row in the GP Quebec. The rider outsprinted Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet.

The one-day race was 201.6 kilometres over a route with a start and finish in Quebec that featured several climbs and made it perfect for the Classics riders. The escape of the day was formed by six riders in the first kilometres, but they were reeled back in by a fast peloton with 25 kilometres remaining.

On the last lap, the reduced peloton continued pedalling at a high pace and despite several riders attempted to attack from behind, the race was decided in a final sprint in which Matthews showed to have the better legs by crossing the line ahead of Bora-hansgrohe's Peter Sagan and CCC's Greg Van Avermaet.

"I’m still speechless," said the Australian rider after the finish line. "To do the double here in Quebec after an amazing race from the whole team; it’s just incredible. The guys worked hard for me all day so I just dug deep at the end for them and I’m happy I could finish it off. I have no words but to thank my team, my wife and my coaches for all the support."

"It was a great team effort today by the guys," added SUnweb's coach Michiel Elijzen. "They took responsibility and showed that we wanted to defend the title by riding on the front for most of the race. Everything went well, although final was a little bit hectic, but Michael managed to win with a great sprint in the finale. It’s a well-deserved win that really boosts morale in the team and motivates us for Sunday’s race."




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