Closing race of Canadian WT duo
Movistar Team youngsters offensive in last three laps of demanding Mont-Royal circuit – still unable to avoid restricted bunch’s sprint, won by Michael Matthews (SUN).
Australia’s Michael Matthews (SUN) became on Sunday the first ever rider able to win both races of the Canadian WorldTour weekend by claiming success in the GP Montréal (195km), featuring a tougher course in 2018 with the addition of the Côte de Claude-Champagne, yet witnessing no real splits in the peloton.
Seeking for the numerous final breaks -the most significant including big names, such as Matej Mohoric (TBM) or Tim Wellens (LTS)- were two of the Movistar Team’s youngsters: Héctor Carretero, who jumped twice towards the leading group with less than 30km remaining, and Marc Soler, who also tried to bridge back to Mohoric’s leading trio with a strong accleration at the penultimate ascent to the Côte de la Polytechnique (-18km).
Out of the five riders -the above quoted, alongside Valls or Arcas- who sticked with the peloton from the Blue side at the bell lap, one of them survived with them until the end: Antonio Pedrero (30th), able to cope with the fast-paced finale and coming home inside the second half of the peloton.
- 01 Michael Matthews Team Sunweb 5h19'27"
- 02 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida "
- 03 Greg van Avermaet BMC Racing Team "
- 30 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
- 54 Jaime Castrillo Movistar Team +1'58"
- 55 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team "
- 70 Rafa Valls Movistar Team "
- 79 Marc Soler Movistar Team +3'04"
- 86 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team +5'06"