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Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) netted his first WorldTour victory of the season, after winning the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec in Canada today.
The Colombian rider initiated a late attack, that proved to be enough to hold off challenges from Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), who finished in 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.
Uran’s win marked Etixx-QuickStep’s second victory today, after Matteo Trentin won the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain earlier in the day.
Today’s 201.6-kilometer course saw the riders traverse a 12.6 kilometer circuit for a total of 16 times, wherein each lap included four distinct climbs, that totaled 2,967 meters of climbing.
An early breakaway group containing Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Darren Lapthorne and Wouter Wippert (Drapac), Adam de Vos and Ryan Roth (Canada), went on to establish a substantial advantage of more than eight minutes over the field.
However, the remaining two escapees, Benedetti and Roth, were eventually reclaimed by the peloton, during the last 30 kilometers.
From there, the attacks began to fly, with BMC Racing covering most of them, with the aim of keeping their man Philippe Gilbert in contention.
However, Gilbert, along with most of the top race favorites, were unable to respond to Urán’s winning attack during the final 800 meters.
The GP Quebec is part of a double-header of WorldTour one-day events in Canada with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal taking place on Sunday, September 13.
2015 GP Cycliste de Québec Results
COL 1 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) 5:09:47
AUS 2 MATTHEWS, Michael (ORICA GreenEDGE)
NOR 3 KRISTOFF, Alexander (KATUSHA)
NED 4 SLAGTER, Tom Jelte (TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
ITA 5 ULISSI, Diego (LAMPRE – MERIDA)
NED 6 MOLLEMA, Bauke (TREK FACTORY RACING)
BEL 7 GILBERT, Philippe (BMC RACING)
FRA 8 GALLOPIN, Tony (LOTTO SOUDAL)
FRA 9 BARGUIL, Warren (TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN)
BEL 10 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING)
EST 11 KANGERT, Tanel (ASTANA)
GER 12 GESCHKE, Simon (TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN)
FRA 13 ROUX, Anthony (FDJ)
POL 14 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
UKR 15 GRIVKO, Andriy (ASTANA)
CAN 16 HESJEDAL, Ryder (TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
GER 17 VOSS, Paul (BORA-ARGON 18)
FRA 18 VICHOT, Arthur (FDJ)
NOR 19 NORDHAUG, Lars Petter (SKY) + 6
NED 20 GESINK, Robert (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
RUS 21 TCATEVICH, Aleksei (KATUSHA)
ESP 22 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Jon (MOVISTAR) + 8
ITA 23 FELLINE, Fabio (TREK FACTORY RACING)
POR 24 FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto (LAMPRE – MERIDA)
AUT 25 PREIDLER, Georg (TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN)
BEL 26 BAKELANTS, Jan (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
GER 27 SÜTTERLIN, Jasha (MOVISTAR)
CAN 28 BOIVIN, Guillaume (CANADA)
BEL 29 VANMARCKE, Sep (LOTTO NL – JUMBO)
RUS 30 LAGUTIN, Sergey (KATUSHA)
ITA 31 FORMOLO, Davide (TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN)
GBR 32 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 15
AUS 33 HAUSSLER, Heinrich (IAM CYCLING)
AUS 34 NORRIS, Lachlan (DRAPAC) + 18
FRA 35 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 22
BEL 36 BOONEN, Tom (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 25
GER 37 NERZ, Dominik (BORA-ARGON 18)
SUI 38 DILLIER, Silvan (BMC RACING) + 29
BEL 39 VERMOTE, Julien (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 30
BEL 40 DEVENYNS, Dries (IAM CYCLING)
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