Alexis Vuillermoz: "Back in action"
"I had some very difficult times mentally after I had to abandon the Tour de France. It's so unfair to have to leave the biggest race in the world because of an irresponsible spectator. The healing of my fracture to the scapula went well, and thanks to my friends and family, I digested my disappointment. I got back on the bike on August 10, and since then I have trained well. I am finding those good sensations again, which were confirmed in my return to racing at the Tour of Germany. I am happy to compete again at the GP Quebec and Montreal. I like Quebec, which I have visited many times during my career as a mountain biker as well. And I enjoy these two races, their atmosphere and their organization. Last year, I finished fourth in Quebec, which has a circuit with a very explosive final that suits me well. I was both happy with my performance and disappointed since I came so close to taking my first podium in a one day UCI WordTour race. This year, even with very few days of competition since July, I hope to be back in the thick of the race and continue on a good path until racing the Tour of Guangxi (China, October 16-21)."ALEXIS VUILLERMOZ
In 2017, riders from the AG2R LA MONDIALE team finished in the fourth place at both the GP Cyclists Quebec and Montreal with Alexis Vuillermoz in Quebec City and Jan Bakelants in Montreal.
Silvan Dillier not racing in Quebec
Though initially included in the lineup for the Grand Prix Cyclistes Quebec and Montreal, Silvan Dillier has been forced to withdraw. Having crashed during training on Monday, he is suffering from a deep cut on the chin that required stitches, and the resulting soreness of the impact, according to Dr. Eric Bouvat, medical officer of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team. Dillier will be able to resume training in a few days. Silvan Dillier will be replaced by Quentin Jaurégui.
Tony Gallopin 6th of general classification
After his victory on the 7th stage of the Vuelta, Tony Gallopin is currently 6th overall in the Vuelta a Espana, just 24 seconds behind leader Simon Yates: "The rest day (Monday) is welcome," says Tony. "I will continue to hang on and do my best. There are some very difficult finishes yet to come. If I manage to finish between the 10th and the 15th places, with the stage victory in my back pocket, this race will be a great success."