Whilst a late attack made it to the line, Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews sprinted to 8th place.
The 205.7 kilometre course at Montréal featured 17 laps of a 12.1 kilometre circuit. Starting and finishing on the Avenue du Parc each lap featuring a challenging ascent of Mont Royal, a ruthless three-kilometre climb in the heart of the centre.
The day opened with a two-rider breakaway going clear. With their lead never peaking much over three minutes the duo were brought back with 85 kilometres to go after both Albert Timmer and Zico Waeytens assisted with the chase. As soon as the catch was made more attacks were launched with one involving Team Sunweb’s Georg Preidler and another with Simon Geschke.
Six riders from the break with Simon group took advantage of the tired legs in the break and accelerated away from the group. Holding onto a slim lead, Team Sunweb helped the chase in the decimated peloton behind, amongst other teams. Despite efforts the breakaway prevailed and Michael Matthews sprinted to 8th place from the chasing group.
After the stage Michael said: “In the final I was a marked man but the team worked really hard. I’m disappointed that we didn’t get the result that we came for but we can be proud of how we raced. We tried with Tom to jump across to the six men out front but it didn’t work out as the chase wasn’t coordinated enough to close the gap.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “This final is always hard to control. The key point in the final was the 15 man break that we had Simon in, but he was already pretty tired at this point and didn’t have much left in his legs. The remaining six riders managed to hold off the bunch. With Tom and Michael we tried to jump across but it didn’t work out, there wasn’t enough support to bring it back. The team worked hard and I’m proud of their efforts, everybody gave it their all until the end.”