Peter Sagan (Team Tinkoff, winner): "I'm surprised because I didn't really prepare for theses races. After the Tour de France I trained for the mountain bike in Rio and then I was sick. There was some headwind in the last stretch and everybody who attacked in the end found it very hard. Rigoberto Uran tried the same as last year but it was different this time. The last three kilometers were very fast and when I saw Rigobert in the front I told myself maybe we're going to sprint for second place. But there was a very fast sprint from Anthony Roux, he started early and pulled a good sprint for me. Thanks to him. My team-mates made a very good work today. I'm very happy to win because I didn't feel very good. I had cramps towards the end. It's too early to talk about Montréal, we had a race today, we'll take some rest tomorrow and then we'll see."
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team, second): "It's true that I didn't know what to expect because I only did one race since the Olympics. Usually, I attack in the last climb but this time I decided to wait for the last sprint. I think it was the right decision but Peter was simply too strong. Montréal is probably not a race that suits me as much because there are longer climbs. It's more for Peter I think. But these races are in any case the perfect preparation for the world championships even if my expectations for the worlds are not so high. The course that suited me was last year's in Richmond when Peter won. This time, it is more for pure sprinters."
Anthony Roux (FDJ, third): "It's very surprising. When I found myself in the last 100 metres, I was wondering what I was doing there. This morning, I was named as the leader of the team for this race. It doesn't happen to me often and I'm glad I was up to the task. I don't think I made a mistake. I decided to start the sprint from afar and see who would come past. I rode Montréal twice and I quit twice. It's a circuit that could suit me if it doesn't rain. It's more of a movement race, it doesn't often finish in a sprint. With the team we're going to approach it the same way."
Guillaume Boivin (Canada's National Team, best-placed Canadian): "I opted for the same strategy as Peter Sagan to try and save strength for the finale. I had a slight problem in the last bump and my feet slid off the pedals. But I fought hard and I'm happy with my race. It's a morale booster to see that with so little training I managed to do well and that the ten days of work I did paid off. I was as serious as I could. I gave it 110 pc and Im' happy with the result. Nobody can be surprised by seeing Peter Sagan win here. I rode to years with him with Cannondale and we have seen very few guys like this in cycling. I was in his team when he won in Montréal. We share great memories together."
ABOUT THE GPCQM
The Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal, the only two spots on the International Cycling Union (UCI) WorldTour in America, contribute to fulfilling one of the primary objectives of the UCI: the globalization of élite cycling. These tour stops are in addition to the existing, officially sanctioned events in Europe and Oceania. Since 2010, the organization has been responsible for the planning and the conduct of the GPCQM and counts on the invaluable support of public and private partners: the Government of Canada, the Gouvernement du Québec, the city of Québec, the city of Montréal, the National Battlefields Commission, Québec City Tourism, Tourisme Montréal, Québecor, Air Transat, and TVA Sports (official GPCQM broadcaster).
ABOUT THE UCI
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