The Frenchman triumphed in the final of the Quebec classic thanks to an outstanding performance on his own.
A significant number belongs to Benoit Cosnefroy. This season, the Norman was exploited by the galleys, but he nevertheless managed to offer himself a famous victory by winning the Grand Prix de Québec by himself. An incredible accomplishment on the part of the rider from the AG2R-Citroen formation who managed to get himself out of the pack all by himself… fewer than two kilometers remain until the end of the race.
“It was premeditated that I attack like that, blew the person concerned at the microphone of the organizers. The last kilometer was a great pain but I took advantage in the last 50 meters. I hardly believed it but I told myself that it was possible when I was alone. This is his second victory on the World Tour circuit, a year after his victory at the Bretagne Classic ahead of Julian Alaphilippe. This is his second victory on the World Tour circuit, a year after his victory at
Behind him, outgoing double winner Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) won the sprint of the peloton, beating out Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). Wout Van Aert was a victim of his poor placement at the end of the race, which was 201.6 kilometers long and consisted of 16 circuit laps that were completed at a frenetic pace.
Cosnefroy is the second Frenchman to win the Quebec classic after Thomas Voeckler (2010), the national coach, who had to appreciate the form of the French puncher two weeks before the Worlds in Wollongong (Australia) on September 25. Despite being accustomed to the selection, the Frenchman was rather reluctant to make the trip to Oceania, where the presence of the double world champion Alaphilippe remains uncertain. Before that, Cosnefroy will aim for the double on the Mont.