Usually, the race comes down to the last 560 metres. The riders almost come to a standstill in the U-turn on the Avenue du Parc before the final run-in to the finish line slopes at 4%. Last year Greg Van Avermaet took the spoils, thus succeeding Michael Matthews.
Each round begins on Avenue du Parc and shortly the the riders tackle the Côte Camillien-Houde. The climb in Parc du Mont-Royal is 1.8 kilometres long and slopes at 8% before a steady drop leads onto 1 kilometre on the flat. Then the next climb appears. The Côte de la Polytechnique is 780 metres long and the average gradient sits at 6%. A 200 metres section at 11% is the steepest stretch in each round.
The route descends down Chemin de la Rampe before entering the wide Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit. A left-hander and two right-handers lead onto the Avenue Claude Champagne, an uphill of 800 metres at 4%.
Over the Claude Champagne climb it is 2.9 kilometres to the line. The first 500 metres are on the flat before a flying descent takes the riders to the U-turn with 560 metres left.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2021: route, profile, more
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