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Grand Prix cyclist Adam Yates victorious in Montreal



(Montreal) No one was stronger than Adam Yates on Sunday at the Montreal stage of the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec et Montréal (QPCQM).

The Briton from the UAE Emirates team completed the 221.4 kilometers of the event in five hours, 54 minutes and two seconds (5:54:02), ahead of the Frenchman of Russian origin Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) in the sprint. ). The Spaniard Alex Aranburu (Moviestar) took third place.

Yates and Sivakov took the lead in the race with about 10 km to go, breaking away from a group of about 30 runners positioned at the front, including Michael Woods (Israel-Premier Tech), the best Canadian in the competition at 15e rank, 55 seconds from the winner.


Alex Aranburu, Adam Yates and Pavel Sivakov

In the last two laps, however, this chasing pack withered away, only counting around ten riders on the last climb. Woods was notably dropped in the penultimate passage. With teammate Brandon McNulty leading the way, Yates positioned himself to take charge.

His breakaway with Sivakov held until the final stretch. Yates launched his sprint 200m from the finish. Sivakov could only observe the damage.

“It’s a super tough race because of the distance and the elevation,” Yates said. There isn’t really a time when you feel good about saying you’re going to try something. You also don’t know how other people feel. But my teammates put me in a good position and I had to try something. It functioned. »

“I gave my best and I’m not disappointed,” Sivakov said. If it had come down to the photo finish, I might have been, but there, he was clearly superior. »

Yates also won the title of best climber for a second consecutive year on the side of Mount Royal.

This is Yates’ first victory in Montreal and his fifth this season, matching his harvest from 2019. Tadej Pogacar, champion in 2022, skipped the GPCQM this year.

The Briton’s best result at Mount Royal was a second place in 2015. He finished just off the podium last year.

“I’ve been coming here for a long time and it’s good to finally win,” said Yates, who won’t have time to celebrate his victory as he had to take a flight to Europe in the evening. Let’s hope we can defend this title next year. »

Winner in Quebec on Friday, Belgian Arnaud De Lie (Lotto DSTNY) took 34e rank, at 4:22 from Yates.

Disappointment for Woods

The 15e Woods’ place is a disappointment for him, who made no secret of wanting victory in Montreal in recent weeks. But his teammates at Israel-Premier Tech left a lot of energy on the course by setting the pace for the peloton chasing Florian Vermeersch (Lotto DSTNY), who escaped from the start and led a long breakaway alone.

The Belgian, after leading for some 170 km, was caught with just over 53 km to go. But the hard work of Derek Gee (47e), Hugo Houle, Guillaume Boivin and Daryl Impey (who did not finish the race) left their mark.


Hugo Houle

“At the start, my job was to control, because it was very fast due to the start of the race in the rain,” said Houle. Daryl made sure to lead us to the front: he was very motivated in his last career race! We took our responsibilities, but when [les gars de] LIDL-Trek and Soudal Quick-Step arrived, they increased the tempo. We were beaten up a bit, but we fought well. »

For my part, after five hours, I had cramps and I couldn’t do better. I remain satisfied with the performance. We ran well as a team. We made a podium in Quebec and even if [dimanche], it didn’t go as well, we showed that we were there. I’m proud of the way we ran. The team was at the front and we are progressing for the future.

Hugo Houle

Vermeersch’s monk’s work

After a start in terrible weather and heavy showers, Vermeersch quickly showed his colors. He went ahead in the first kilometers and after 30 km of racing, he had built up a 30 second lead over the peloton.

The Belgian seemed to be looking for support to carry out this push, but they never came. That didn’t stop him from widening a gap which reached 5:15 with 98.5 km to go.

Meanwhile, the rest of the field didn’t seem inclined to catch up. It was not until the fifth of 18 loops of 12.3 km that two riders – Harrison Wood (Cofidis) and Manuele Borao (Astana) – attempted to close the gap. However, the two runners were caught with 127 km to go. The peloton, led by a quartet from Israel-Premier Tech, was then 4:15 behind Vermeersch.

With just under 100 km to go, Israel-Premier Tech decided to stop riding, asking for help from other teams. LIDL-Trek and Soudal Quick-Step answered the call and the gap began to narrow little by little.

With 60 km to go, the gap was only 30 seconds between Vermeersch and the peloton: the Belgian knew that his hopes were dashed. Yates and Sivakov took it upon themselves to write the rest of the story.

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Heart problem Nathan Van Hooydonck ends his career




(Paris) Belgian cyclist Nathan Van Hooydonck, 27, is stopping his career with immediate effect after the discovery of a heart problem at the origin of his discomfort while driving eight days ago, announced his team Jumbo-Visma Wednesday.

“After a battery of tests, Van Hooydonck was diagnosed with a heart abnormality. She caused the illness that almost cost him his life last week. This discovery means the end of his professional career,” the Dutch team said in a press release, specifying that a cardiac defibrillator had been fitted to the runner on Tuesday.

Van Hooydonck, teammate of Jonas Vingegaard and Wout Van Aert in the last two Tours de France, caused an accident involving several vehicles last week in Kalmthout, in the north of Belgium, after feeling unwell at the wheel.

He was taken to hospital with a life-threatening condition. His wife, who is pregnant and was at his side, escaped the accident unhurt.

“I realize that I have been incredibly lucky […] I’m doing well now, but I have to come to terms with the fact that this is the end of my professional career,” said Van Hooydonck, who left Antwerp University Hospital on Wednesday.

“I will focus on rehabilitation and my future fatherhood. Everything is going well for Alicia and her pregnancy and we are impatiently awaiting the birth. It helps me a lot,” he added in his team’s press release.

Nathan Van Hooydonck, originally from Gooreind, in a rural area bordering the Netherlands, joined Jumbo-Visma in 2021.

He has no professional victory, but took second place in the Flemish Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic in February. He was best known for his teamwork.

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Car accident Nathan Van Hooydonck seriously injured




(Brussels) Belgian cyclist Nathan Van Hooydonck, teammate of Jonas Vingegaard and Wout Van Aert at Jumbo-Visma, was seriously injured on Tuesday in a car accident while he was driving in Kalmthout, in the north of the Belgium, we learned from a police source.

“He was transported to hospital with a life-threatening condition,” a local police spokesperson told AFP.

According to Flemish media, the 27-year-old cyclist lost control of his car after feeling unwell while driving, and then hit another vehicle while crossing an intersection.

“We can confirm that earlier today our rider Nathan Van Hooydonck felt unwell while driving his car, and that he was involved in a road accident,” commented the Jumbo-Visma team on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

“We cannot confirm rumors that he is in critical condition. He is undergoing additional medical examinations” at the hospital, she added.

The runner’s wife, who is pregnant and was at his side during the accident, is unhurt, according to initial findings.

Nathan Van Hooydonck, originally from Gooreind, in a rural area bordering the Netherlands, joined the Jumbo-Visma team in 2021.

He is committed there until 2024, with among his main teammates another Belgian, Wout van Aert, but also the Dane Jonas Vingegaard, who won the last two Tours de France, and the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, three-time winner of the Vuelta and winner of the Giro this year.

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The Canadians didn’t have the legs




Michael Woods had given himself maximum chances to shine at the Montreal Cycling Grand Prix, where he announced himself as a potential winner on Sunday.

Under the deluge, the Ottawa climber remained sheltered in a tent as long as possible before reaching the starting line, where the 159 other runners were already gathered around 10:10 a.m.

“I have four minutes left,” he said to The Press, looking concentrated before clipping his pedals to join the peloton. Perhaps he remembered the road race at the 2019 Worlds, where he had given up, freezing.

Despite this precaution and the initiative of his Israel-Premier Tech (IPT) team in the first half of the race, Woods was not able to make his wish come true.

However, the Canadian was in the right place at the start of the 18the and last lap of the 12.3 km circuit, snug in the lead group of around twenty cyclists.

But when future winner Adam Yates attacked in the Camillien-Houde route, Woods disappeared from the radar screens. He crossed the finish line at 15e rank, 55 seconds behind the Briton.

Looking sullen, he took refuge in a tent to change before receiving his prize for best Canadian, a “title” with which he could hardly be satisfied. He did not participate in the press conference for the winners.

“I am really disappointed with the result and I expected better,” Woods confirmed in a statement transmitted in the evening by IPT.

“Unfortunately I just didn’t have the legs on the last lap. I felt good, even with the bad weather at the start, but I didn’t have the legs at the end. »

Not the best shape

Woods had a thought for his teammate Daryl Impey, the first to take charge behind the escape Florian Vermeersch. The 38-year-old South African pulled away after 11 laps, returning to the team box in tears.

Guillaume Boivin and Hugo Houle took turns taking over. By their own admission, the two Quebecers were not in their best form.

Boivin was the first to retire, making a complete U-turn after the 13the rise of Camillien-Houde.


Guillaume Boivin

“I couldn’t really do better,” lamented Boivin, victim of a fall at the Renewi Tour in Belgium on August 26. “It’s certainly disappointing. »

The Longueuil resident praised the strength of Florian Vermeersch, who remained alone at the front while several attackers tried to join him in vain. This first portion of the test in the showers left its mark.


Florian Vermeersch

“No, I’m not satisfied,” Boivin said. It wasn’t a great race on my part. I covered the escapes at the beginning to try to get us represented [en tête de course] and let us not be in trouble. I didn’t have long legs. I did the best I could with the legs I had. »

Boivin had joined his team in the VIP zone when Houle walked past him, greeting the crowd, before entering the pits with two laps to go.

“We fought well, but for my part, after five hours, I had cramps,” explained the native of Sainte-Perpétue. I had really reached my limit. I’m a little disappointed, but I can’t do better today. »

The collective performance of Israel-Premier Tech in Quebec, where Corbin Strong finished second, and in Montreal was, however, cause for celebration, in his eyes.

“We ran well as a team, we showed that we were there. A podium in Quebec is excellent. We were hoping for more today, but that doesn’t work every day. I’m proud of the way Israel-Premier Tech ran. We were seen at the front. We’re making progress, and that’s good for the future. »

A mechanical problem for Julien

Amid controversy after the call-up of two left behind, the Canadian national team also experienced a difficult race, with none of its seven starters managing to reach the finish.

Matisse Julien, 20, was one of the few to see himself at the start of the race, but a rear derailleur failure doomed his attempt to get back on Vermeersch just as two counter-attackers were about to join him.

“It’s a shame because I think I was having my best day since June,” lamented the Laval resident, stage winner at the Ronde de l’Oise and the Tour de Beauce.

“Having known this morning that I was having such a good day, I might have played it differently and stayed in the peloton a little longer. But sometimes things don’t go your way. »

Unfortunately, Julien will not be able to recover since he was competing in his last competition of the season. The Ecoflo Chronos color bearer will join Robin Plamondon next year with the French team CIC U Nantes Atlantique, where he will benefit from a tougher calendar.

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