The Canadian diptych came to an end yesterday evening Belgian time with the GP Montréal.

 Matteo Dal-Cin and Ben Perry managed to go clear fairly quickly after the start, but the work of Cannondale at the front of the peloton made it impossible for them to build a large gap. The duo was already reeled in with 85 kilometres to go. The winning move only happened in the penultimate 12.1 kilometres lap of the race, which counted seventeen in total. A sixteen riders group instigated by Jan Bakelants broke away, but it was then reduced to six after Bauke Mollema accelerated. Tony Gallopin managed to make the cut and rode the last lap in the front group. The Frenchman launched a late attack and tried to solo to victory, but he could unfortunately not stay away, and he was caught only three hundred metres from the finish line. Diego Ulissi proved to be the strongest yesterday. Jesús Herrada and Tom-Jelte Slagter finished respectively second and third. Gallopin crossed the line in sixth place.

 Tony Gallopin: “I jumped on Jan Bakelants’s wheel when he attacked in the penultimate lap, and the winning break was formed. Bauke Mollema then accelerated on an uphill section and our group was consequently down to six riders. I was determined to go for the win, so I decided to play all-or-nothing. I saw an opportunity around two kilometres from the line and I attacked. I never looked back, I just went full gas. It unfortunately didn’t go my way. The legs felt great, that’s a good sign for the World Championships. I hope my condition can still improve a bit in the two short weeks we have before going to Norway.”