After putting in a huge effort to bring the day’s breakaway back to the peloton, Team Sunweb lined Michael Matthews up for the sprint, where he crossed the line in 3rd place.
The route of Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec saw riders complete 16 laps of a 12.6 kilometre circuit. The parcours were littered with punchy climbs with gradients that reached up to ten percent, with a final uphill drag to the line to the finish.
The early parts of the race saw four riders clip off the front of the bunch, stretching their lead up to the ten minute mark. Team Sunweb posted Zico Waeytens and Albert Timmer to the front of the peloton who each put in a mountain of work to bring the breakaway’s lead back within reach. With 15 kilometres to go the last of the breakaway riders were swept up by the bunch, and immediately counter attacks were launched. The high pace meant no rider was given much freedom and the peloton remained compact, although reduced, for the punchy kick to the finish line. Team Sunweb lined up to lead Michael out for the sprint, where he finished the day in 3rd place.
“The team worked really hard today,” explained Michael. “The race was a little bit too easy because of the wind but the guys did a great job. Tom took me from one kilometre to go and did the lead out for me. I just missed that little bit extra to make it a winning sprint but I feel like I get stronger with each race back again.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “The team did a great job today and worked really hard. It’s a nice course here but the wind made things quite easy, and we’re suited to tougher conditions. We have another race on Sunday to look forward to where we will try again.”