Two days after Peter Sagan won in Quebec, Greg Van Avermaet beat the world champion in a sprint Sunday at Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal.

In a reversal of fortunes, two days after Peter Sagan won Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, Greg Van Avermaet beat the world champion in a sprint Sunday at Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal.

“I was close in Quebec, and Sagan was stronger than me there, and today the sprint went perfectly after a really hard last lap,” said BMC’s Van Avermaet. “I’ve come here several times and a few times I was on the podium but finally I made it to the first spot so it’s good for me.”

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A six-man breakaway went up the road early in the race, and Sagan credited his Tinkoff teammates for working to bring back the escape. “The guys were committed and when we missed out on the split they were there to help close the gap and bring it back. All together, it has been a really, really good weekend and with a win and a second place we can be happy.”

Lampre – Merida’s Rui Costa animated the finale of the 205.7km race with a solo attack, but he was brought back, setting up the sprint rematch between Van Avermaet and Sagan. The Olympic champion launched his winning sprint with about 250 meters to go, and Sagan could not come around. Diego Ulissi, also of Lampre – Merida, finished third.

“It was really hard,” Van Avermaet added. “To win like that in a sprint against Peter Sagan is really good for me. I’m really happy with my season and my form as I’ve been able to win a lot of races. To finally win here in Quebec and Montreal is really nice after so many times on the podium.”

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