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Five favorites to watch on Friday


The game of predictions is always risky but at least three names stand out more frequently among the answers of the experts in anticipation of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday.

It’s not enough to have won a stage of the Tour de France last July. We must first look at the results in the most recent races to assess the level of form of the stars in the last month, but also the results of previous years on the Quebec circuit.

So here are our top picks, with a few names that could also slip into the top 10.

Michael Matthews


32 years old

Team Jayco AlUla

Winner of 10 grand tour stages

Always successful in Quebec.

Winner of the 2018 and 2019 Quebec GP

Winner of the 2018 Montreal GP

Biniam Girmay


23 years

Intermarché- Circus- Wanty team

First African rider to win a Flandrian classic (Ghent-Wevelgem 2022)

Winner of a stage in the Giro d’Italia

3rd in the 2022 Quebec Grand Prix

Arnaud De Lie


21 years old

DSTNY Lotto Team

The youngest rider in the group of favorites, he finished in the top 5 of the Renewi Tour four times recently.

7th in the Bemer Cyclassics in August

Tim Wellens


32 years old

UAE team

Winner of four grand tour stages

Winner of the 2015 Montreal Grand Prix

Renewi Tour winner last month

Skillful in the rain

Adam Yates


31 years

UAE Team

Winner of the 1st stage of the Tour de France 2023, yellow jersey for 4 days and 3rd overall

7th in the 2022 Quebec Grand Prix

4th in the 2022 Montreal Grand Prix

Also to watch:

-Matthias Skjelmose

-Neilson Powless

-Alberto Bettiol

-Valentin Madouas

-Greg Van Avermaet

In Quebec, the champion will be crowned shortly before 5 p.m.

List of winners

Quebec Grand Prix

2010-Thomas Voeckler

2011-Philippe Gilbert

2012-Simon Gerrans

2013-Robert Gesink

2014-Simon Gerrans

2015-Rigoberto Uran

2016-Peter Sagan

2017-Peter Sagan

2018-Michael Matthews

2019-Michael Matthews

2020- No race

2021- No race

2022-Benoît Cosnefroy