Greg Van Avermaet is a regular at the Quebec stopovers of the WorldTour. He also won two victories in Montreal, including that of 2019, during the last presentation of the race. Now 37, the Belgian hopes to repeat his exploits.
These are two races that are good for me. I was on the podium six times in Quebec. It gives the confidence to do better and then we’ll see. It’s already been three years, but I think it’s still possible to get a good result.
Van Avermaet has always appreciated the type of course put forward in Quebec, but he is also aware of the strong competition he will have to come up against once again this year.
There are runners who are maybe better than me at the moment, but I am well prepared mentally and I am ready to do somethinghe says.
” I think it’s a finish that’s good for me. It is truly an arrival for the punchers, and not for sprinters. The strongest always make the results. When you have a bit of legs, normally you get a good result in Quebec. These are two things that made me have good results, and I hope I still have the legs to do the same thing. »
Champion of the Tour de France in 2018, and 3rd in the general classification this year, the Briton Geraint Thomas (INEOS) appreciates the two Quebec races although he describes them as demanding. However, he admits that he is not in his best shape.
It’s been a long year and I haven’t done much since Denmark a few weeks ago. But we come with a good team, I’ll help the guys and we’ll see what we can do.
For his part, the Frenchman David Gaudu, 4th in the Grande Boucle, believes that the Grand Prix cyclists are likely to be spectacular. The leader of Groupama-FDJ has big ambitions for his team.
We see the racing styles that have completely changed. It’s still completely disjointed styles, so we’ll have to play on that and I think that, collectively, we can be quite strong.
His teammate, Quebecer Antoine Duchesne, could try to animate the crowd. Duchesne, who achieved a 36th place in Quebec in 2016, deserves to be successful in front of his family according to Gaudu.
It would be great to be able to see him at home in a breakaway. It would be good and it would compensate for his work as a teammate, his work in the shadows that he has been doing for the whole Tour de France and for x years.
In the game of predictions, Greg Van Avermaet turned to his compatriot Wout van Aert, the favorite in the eyes of most observers. Winner of three stages of the Grande Boucle this summer, he could raise the crowd again this weekend.
[Wout] van Aert is the best king of the Belgians I think. We saw it at the Tour de France. […] It’s his first time here and I think he has a good chance to win both.
According to information collected by Michel Chabot.