Preview: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec & Montréal

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Team Dimension Data will be heading to Canada to lineup at the two UCI World Tour one-day races, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.

The first race, the the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, gets underway on Friday 7th September and is a 15 lap circuit race around downtown Québec. The final kilometer offers a kick-up all the way towards the finishing line. The second race, Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, takes place on Sunday 9th September and the 195.2km race is also a circuit course. The last 500m also offers a slight incline to the finish line.

Team Dimension Data will start the races with a team prepared for every possible race situation. As sprint options but also able to contend with the punchy climbs, we have Edvald Boasson Hagen and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. If the hilly course bares its teeth proper, we have Tom-Jelte Slagter, Lachlan Morton and Ben O’Connor to make the moves sharp gradients. Slagter finished 3rd in last year’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and will look to be in the mix. Bernie Eisel and Nic Dougall will complete our seven rider lineup.

Rolf Aldag- Sports Director
“We have a very balanced and motivated team at the start, prepared for all sort of race situations. Ben O’Connor and Lachlan have the strength to go from long way out on the hilly course. Edvald, Tom Jelte and Reinardt have the depth to score when it comes to an uphill sprint finish. Bernie and Nic Dougall will share the role as road captains. Racing on city circuits is always special since there are good crowds out there, which gives riders always some extra motivation”

Lineup:
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Nicolas Dougall
Bernhard Eisel
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Lachlan David Morton
Ben Alexander O’Connor
Tom-Jelte Slagter

Cover image explained:
The name “Québec”, which comes from the Algonquin word kébec meaning “where the river narrows”, originally referred to the area around Quebec City where the Saint Lawrence River narrows to a cliff-lined gap. Find the hand and you’ll find where the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Quebec is raced.