Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) netted his first WorldTour victory of the season in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec in Canada on Friday.
The Colombian chanced a late attack to try his luck – and the crafty move paid off as he hit the line before Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge). Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) placed third.
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Uran’s win was the second for Etixx-QuickStep on Friday after Matteo Trentin won the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain.
The 201.6-kilometre event saw the riders traverse a 12.6km circuit a total of 16 times. Each lap includes four distinct climbs, with a race total of 2967 metres of climbing
The GP Quebec is part of a double-header of WorldTour one-day events in Canada with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal taking place on Sunday, September 13.
Many riders are using the two North American events to hone their form ahead of the forthcoming 2015 UCI Road World Championships, taking place on the same continent in Richmond, USA.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, 201.6km
1. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx-QuickStep
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
4. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin
5. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
7. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing
8. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Soudal
9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Alpecin
10. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team