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Grand Prix cyclist Adam Yates was ‘prepared to suffer’



(Montreal) Adam Yates did not hesitate when opening the curtains of his hotel room on Sunday morning. The Briton is capable of handling the pouring rain.

“When it starts to rain, half the peloton doesn’t want to be there! It makes things a little easier…”

Which doesn’t mean that Yates didn’t work hard to win the Montreal Cycling Grand Prix at the end of the afternoon, succeeding Tadej Pogacar, his UAE Team Emirates teammate, who was absent this year.

“It’s not that the conditions are easy, but if you’re ready to go through it and suffer, then it’s not a problem,” smiled the 31-year-old athlete at a press conference. We were ready collectively. We knew what we had to do. With a few laps to go, we started to pick up the pace. I managed to finish the job. It was perfect. »

After the skimming carried out by his teammates, Yates took off on the last climb of the Camillien-Houde route, extricating himself from a group of around twenty runners 10 kilometers from the goal.

Only the Frenchman of Russian origin Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) held on with difficulty, catching up with the leader two kilometers further on. The two future teammates at UAE – and former colleagues at Ineos! – then collaborated to maintain a priority of a dozen seconds over a poorly organized hunting group. The leading duo competed for victory in the sprint in the final 500-meter steep climb on Avenue du Parc.


Alex Aranburu, Adam Yates and Pavel Sivakov

Second at the exit of the hairpin bend, Yates had no problem getting rid of Sivakov when he decamped at 250 m and overflowed to his right. He took the time to pull up his zipper before crossing the line, arms crossed… as if to thank the heavens for calming down a third of the way into the race.

Most successful season

Fourth in Quebec on Friday, the Spanish puncher Alex Aranburu (Movistar) this time managed to get on the podium (+12 sec), defeating the French champion Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) in the sprint.

Italian champion Simone Velasco (Astana) completed the leading quintet, finishing ahead of Simon Yates (Jayco-AlUla), Adam’s twin brother. Simon also went to congratulate him in the interview area after the conclusion of the 221.4 km event.

The British twins made history at the last Tour de France, with Adam getting the better of Simon on the opening stage in the Basque Country. Yellow jersey for four days and third in the final general classification, Adam Yates adds a fifth bouquet to his first year with UAE.

“I think this allows me to equal my most successful season in terms of victories,” noted the new monarch in Montreal. It’s not easy either when you change teams, to be at a super high level from the start. So I’m super happy. »

Without having the track record of Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën), the double winner in Montreal who bowed out on Sunday, Yates is starting to be familiar with the Canadian classics. Fourth in the metropolis last year, he finished second in the flood in 2015, an event won by his current teammate Tim Wellens, who retired after three laps on Sunday. This experience served him well.

“It was the same situation in 2015. You don’t have time to play games or bluff. We spoke [avec Sivakov] and we went hard until the finish. I managed to leave him at the front for the last little slope and then tried to surprise him. »

The Vermeesch show

The great Belgian Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Dstny), second in Paris-Roubaix in 2021, spent almost 170 kilometers alone in the lead, widening a lead of almost 5 min 30 s at mid-race.

The Israel-Premier Tech team of Hugo Houle and Guillaume Boivin stayed at the front of the peloton to protect their Canadian leader Michael Woods, who however faltered in the last lap (15e, +55 sec). The two Quebecers dropped out, like 100 of the 160 starters.

The rain stopped after two hours of racing, prompting supporters to occupy almost the entire fence bordering the 1.8 km of Camillien-Houde.

The Lidl-Treck and the Soudal Quick-Step of former double world champion Julian Alaphilippe (15e) then worked together to reach Vermeersch with around fifty kilometers to go.

Patient, the UAE of Yates, the stubborn Polish climber Rafal Majka in the lead, took control to skim what remained of the strength of a peloton reduced to around fifty cyclists.

After short escapes from Arnaud De Lie, crowned in Quebec on Friday, and Michael Matthews, twice winner in Montreal, Adam Yates was ready to emerge, even if he was never sure of success.

“It’s a super tough race with the distance and the meters to climb [près de 5000]. There’s never really a time when you truly feel good. Maybe I can try something, but you don’t really know how other people feel. Even in the last lap, when I attacked, I wasn’t at my best. But the guys did a fantastic job setting the table. I had to try. So I tried it and it worked quite well…”

Adam Yates will not stay long in Montreal, a flight will take him back to Europe in the evening. Before leaving, he expressed the wish to come back for this “super beautiful race, well organized”.


1. Adam Yates (GBR) the 221.4 km in 5:54:02 (average: 37.5 km/h)

2. Pavel Sivakov (FRA)

3. Alex Aranburu (ESP)

4. Valentin Madouas (FRA)

5. Simone Velasco (ITA)

6. Simon Yates (GBR)

7. Ben O’Connor (AUS)

8.ion Izaguirre (ESP)

9. Mattias Skjelmose (DEN)

10. Marc Hirschi (SUI)

15. Michael Woods (CAN)

47. Derek Gee (CAN)

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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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