Nathan Haas finished off Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Canadian campaign sprinting to 5th place at the GP Montreal. The 200km long race was won by Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) who crossed the line ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida).
Six riders broke away right after the start. Fabien Greiller (Direct Energie), Matteo Dal-Cin (Canada), Benjamin Perry (Canada), Sean De Bie (Lotto Soudal), Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar) and Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Argon 18) opened up a gap of more than 5 minutes. The gap would start to drop inside the final 50 kilometers, when a few squads including our African team would start to chase harder.
Eventually it all came back together. Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) attacked the last time up Mont-Royal inside the final lap of the Montreal city circuit. He would come close to the win but was reeled in inside the final kilometer by a chase that included Van Avermaet and Sagan. The peloton was a few seconds down going into the final kilometer, but they would close the gap. Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) and Haas were the only ones to get up to the front. Haas opened his sprint with 500m to go to finish 5th after a tough day in the saddle.
Nathan Haas – Rider
During the race I actually didn’t feel that well, so I was pretty surprised to get over the climb the last time around. In the end I just had to engage in the finish. Unfortunately, there was a crash in the last corner when Michael Matthews and I where trying to start our sprints, so we had to break and then go again. I went all in and came close in the end. Big thanks to the team for backing me in Quebec and Montreal. It’s always nice for us to be able to show the Qhubeka spirit on another continent. North America is really supportive of the movement Qhubeka is doing by putting people in Africa on bikes and we’re already looking forward to come back here in a years time.