Greg Van Avermaet victorious in GP Montreal: It's a big satisfaction to finally have this big win
Sep 16 2019 10:32 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet victorious in GP Montreal: It's a big satisfaction to finally have this big win
Greg Van Avermaet victorious in GP Montreal: It's a big satisfaction to finally have this big win
Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

CCC Team's Greg Van Avermaet took his first victory of the season in a WorldTour event at the GP Montreal. The rider outsprinted Diego Ulissi and Ivan Garcia Cortina.

The Olympic champion was part of a selected group of around 20 riders that survived the climbs of the day and he had the better legs to sprint to victory. He crossed the finish line just ahead of Ulissi and García Cortina and took his first victory of the season in a WorldTour after a string of podium performances.

"I'm very happy to win here for sure," said Van Avermaet. "It's been a year of a lot of top ten places and podiums but never really a big win in a WorldTour race so I'm super happy to finally get it. I'm happy for the team, happy for the sponsor, CCC, and especially for myself. I knew it would be a close call to stay away or to bring Alaphilippe back. Everything went well in the end.

"I tried to bridge to Wellens on the last climb, but it was all stretched out with small gaps and luckily everything came back. I knew the finish was good for me and I know that after a hard race like this I still have a good sprint in the end. I could follow the wheel of Ulissi in the last 200 meters and I could come out. It was a super nice victory. We were often on the podium but never winning so it's a big satisfaction to finally have this big win."

The rider wants for now to extending this good feeling for as much as possible before thinking of the appointments that are to come. "I want to enjoy the victory here because I worked very hard to be in good shape at the end of the year," the Belgian commented.

"Winning doesn't happen too often for me so first I want to enjoy this victory. I'm just happy that I'm in shape and we will see how it will be in two weeks at the Worlds. I think it's a good course for me and I'm happy with my shape, that's the most important. We will see how the race goes and what plan we have with the Belgian team."




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