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Matthews beats Sagan to defend GP Cycliste de Québec title

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Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) to win Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2019.

A large peloton started up Cote de la Montagne for the final time. Deceuninck-Quick-Step drove Alaphilippe into the final 3km where he attacked, Sagan, Van Avermaet, Matthews and Diego Ullisi latching on.

At the red kite, Sagan made a dig that Alaphilippe countered. But it would be Matthews repeating as the champion. Sagan was runner-up while Van Avermaet came third for the second time.

The Australian opened up a powerful sprint shutting the leaders down and powering to his second consecutive victory just outside the walls of the old Quebec.

“I’m not exactly sure how I did that,” Matthews said. “I made a big mistake at the bottom of the climb. I wasn’t in a good enough position and when all the big favourites went I wasn’t in the position to go with them. I’m angry with myself about that but they came back and I had the legs for the sprint. It’s a win but I also made a big mistake in the final.

“I was really kicking myself in the final that I wasn’t with the best guys going over the climbs. I’m just lucky that they looked at each other in the final straight. Another reason I dug so deep was because the team rode all day. They rode amazing. I’m just happy that I could finish it off.




Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2019 results:

1Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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2Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

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4Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

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5Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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6Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data)

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7Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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8Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma)

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9Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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10Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale)

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11Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

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12Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First)

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13Kristian Sbaragli (Israel Cycling Academy)

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14Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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15Hugo Houle (Astana)

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16Eduard Prades (Movistar)

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17Michael Woods (EF Education First)

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18Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal)

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19Michael Valgren (Dimension Data)

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20Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale)

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