Cycling | 12 september 2016

Off-day for LottoNL-Jumbo in the GP Montreal

Greg Van Avermaet won his first race as Olympic champion in the Grand Prix Montreal overnight by beating Peter Sagan in a sprint. Sadly, the LottoNL-Jumbo riders did not play a role in the thrilling finale.

 The race was a classic. Four riders flew free early on, but the group tightly controlled it and kept their margin small. Alexey Vermeulen showed himself in the chasing group 30 kilometres from the finish, but team leader Wilco Kelderman missed his opportunity in Montreal.

"I do not have much to say because my legs were not good," Kelderman explained. “I didn’t have any power and could not follow the best riders. In the end, I also had cramps, so the curtain finally fell because I could not sprint."

Sports Director Nico Verhoeven was not satisfied. Five riders of his team abandoned the race early and the team leader could only manage 50th. They will have to forget this race and look ahead to others.