On August 21, Cycling Canada announced that Pier-André Côté, Adam Roberge and Nick Zukowsky were amongst the 7 riders selected to represent the country at the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal (GPCQM) on September 7th (Quebec City) and September 9th (Montreal). We’ve since learned that Charles-Étienne Chrétien has also been added as a reserve.
Quick numbers: Since being established in 2014, Silber riders have been selected 18 times to wear the maple leaf at these World Tour events. That means on average, Silber riders have comprised half of Team Canada each year. These races are huge opportunities for our atheletes to test themselves against the WT peloton and to be cheered by friends, family and the 200,000+ spectators on home soil. Broadcast (TVA, Eurosport) and streamed (gpcqm.ca) to 130 countries, the race beautifully showcases Quebec and Montreal. Each year 200+ accredited media report on the races to global audiences and every year since 2014 Silber riders have animated the contests. Here are some of the highlights:
2014 Montreal: Shortly after the gun, Ryan Roth joined Jan Polanc (Lampre), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) and Louis Vervaeke (Lotto) to form the break of the day. The riders gained up to 12 min but were gradually reeled in the final 3 laps of the 17 lap circuit. Simon Gerrans (Orica) would go on to win… his second win of the weekend after taking top honours in Quebec.
2015 Quebec: Ryan Roth again flew Canada’s colours in the break of the day, this time alongside Team Canada teammate Adam de Vos and four others. The six riders stayed away for 12 of 16 laps but in the reshuffling over the next 3 laps Roth managed to stay up the road and took the KOM jersey before being caught by the peloton on the final lap. Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) would go on to take the hotly contested win on Quebec’s Grande Allée
2016 Quebec: Nicolas Masbourian was one of 6 Silber riders selected for the 2016 edition of the GPCQM. He infiltrated an 8-man break that was established early and held off the chasing peloton until the final 3 laps. “Masbou” fought for KOM points amongst other members of the break, especially Dutchman Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo). Unfortunately the two divided the available points and then were caught when the most KOM points are awarded over the final laps. Late efforts by Gianni Moscon (Sky) earned him the polka dot jersey while Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took the win.
2016 Montreal: Matteo Dal-Cin and Ben Perry’s orange POC helmets ensured they could easily be recognized as the Silber riders on Team Canada in the break. Matteo buried himself for the break and to ensure that Ben mopped up enough KOM points to ensure the jersey before they were caught with 2 laps to go in the 205km race. The two moved on to larger programs the following year but repeated getting into the break in the 2017 edition of the Montreal race.
2017 Quebec: Pier-André Côté made sure that once again a Silber rider would be in a break of the day at the GPCQM. PA was racing in what was essentially a hometown race… and it felt that way as fans screamed support throughout his time upfront. PA’s ability to elevate onto a big stage was proven that day. It comes as no surprise to his supporters, therefore, that he recently has signed a neo-pro contract with Rally Cycling for 2019-2020.
We’ve been animating the GPCQM since 2014. Look for the orange helmets in the 2018 edition!! And you will also see 4 of our alumni–Alex Cataford (Canada), Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally), Ben Perry (ICA), and Nigel Ellsay (Rally)–putting on a show! #legacy