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September 13/13 16:17 pm - Grand Prix Cycliste: Quebec City results and report


Posted by Editoress on 09/13/13
 

Robert Gesink definitely loves Québec. Winner in Montreal three years ago, the Dutchman surged on Grande Allée to win in Quebec City, becoming the first man to bag both Canadian WorldTour races.

 

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“I’m really happy. I had an unlucky season so far and I worked really hard for this. I really love this area and I had a great preparation for almost a month here in America,” said Gesink, better known as a climber but who turns into a real circuit specialist when he comes to Canada. Having ridden the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, the Dutchman opted to come to America instead of going to the Spanish Vuelta to better prepare for the world championships and the option obviously paid off.

In the final stretch, the Belkin-Pro Cycling Team rider overtook French champion Arthur Vichot, who made his attempt a little too early.  “It’s my first podium in a World Tour race so I cannot realistically be disappointed but I finished close for sure,” said Vichot.

In third position was Greg van Avermaet (BMC) who made it on the podium for the second year in succession thanks to a brilliant last gasp surge.

The contenders for final victory waited until the very last ascent of the decisive Cote de la Montagne to make their move after a series of breaks took place during the 16 laps on the 201.6 km race distance. Tour de France champion Chris Froome and favourite Peter Sagan, who attacked three times unsuccessfully, were seen assaulting the climb but were eventually not in contention in the final sprint. The last man out was Dutchman Niki Terpstra, who was only caught in the final two kilometres and saved enough strength to finish 6th, just behind 2011 Montreal winner Rui Costa.

The mountain classification (GPM) went to Portugal’s Tiago Machado, who was rewarded for staging the longest break of the day for 143 kms along with Valerio Agnoli (Astana) and Pello Bilbao (Euskaltel).

 

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The best Canadian was, as often, Ryder Hesjedal, who finished 39th, 40 seconds back.

Thanks to his knowledge of the terrain, Robert Gesink will again be the man to beat in Montreal on Sunday. “It’s true that the Montreal course, with a longer climb, normally suits me better,” he warned.

And van Avermaet, who failed to deliver in spite of the tremendous teamwork by his BMC teammates all day, now has a strategy ready for Sunday. “Since Gesink is stronger in Montreal, I’ll stick to his wheel all day and beat him on the line,” he said. As for Vichot, 8th and 13th in Montreal in the past, he admitted his podium placing had given him hopes to do even better.

Canada’s Ryan Anderson of Vancouver, BC (Canadian National Team) was the top finisher for the Canadian team, finishing in 40th position, just one position after Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) who won the Best Canadian Jersey.
 
“It think it was a pretty interesting edition today. The early break went, but it didn’t last very long.  They started racing pretty hard with six laps to go, and it was really hard for the rest of the day. I didn’t quite have it at the end and we had a great team effort today,” said Anderson, who was the dedicated sprinter for Canada at the finish line.
 
“Each year it gets better and more pristine. I think it will continue to be a strong event. Each year it gets bigger, and becomes even more important to win. It’s a special event, and I am glad it’s in Canada.”
 
The riders will now transfer to Montreal tomorrow morning on Via Rail, arriving in Montreal train station at noon. The Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal will be held Sunday.

 

Results from today's Quebec City GP

 

Quebec City Circuit, 201.6 km
1 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 4.58:13
2 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
3 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
4 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
5 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team
6 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
7 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
8 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
9 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano all s.t.
10 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:06
11 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08
12 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
13 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr
14 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
15 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack Leopard
16 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr
17 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
18 Jonathan Castroviejo (Esp) Movistar Team
19 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
20 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
21 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack Leopard
22 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha
23 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr
24 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEDGE
25 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
26 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
27 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
28 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
29 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE
30 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
31 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi all s.t.
32 Ion Izagirre (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:15
33 Miguel Minguez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
34 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:19
35 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:24
36 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
37 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar both s.t.
38 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack Leopard 0:35
39 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:40
40 Ryan Anderson (Can) Canadian National Team s.t.
41 Christopher Froome GBr) Sky Procycling 0:42
42 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
43 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team both s.t.
44 Adrian Saez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:57
45 Ricardo Garcia (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
46 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp
47 Cyrille Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
48 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano all s.t.
49 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 1:12
50 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
51 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
52 Alberto Contador (Esp) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
53 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
54 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
55 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
56 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha
57 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
58 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
59 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol
60 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ.fr
61 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
62 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack Leopard
63 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Sky Procycling
64 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
65 Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team
66 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE all s.t.
67 AlexeÏ Tcatevitch (Rus) Katusha 1:32
68 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
69 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:40
70 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr
71 Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
72 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
73 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 1:56
74 Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team 2:08
75 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
76 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff all s.t.
77 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 2:22
78 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
79 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
80 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team
81 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
82 Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
83 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
84 Sergei Chernetskii (Rus) Katusha
85 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
86 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
87 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
88 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
89 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEDGE
90 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano
91 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
92 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
93 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff all s.t.
94 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha 3:02
95 Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team 3:13
96 Tejay Vangarderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 3:37
97 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling s.t.
98 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 3:39
99 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano 4:14
100 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:46
101 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol 5:01
102 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol s.t.
103 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:05
104 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 6:31
105 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team s.t.
106 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 10:40
107 George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack Leopard
108 William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano
109 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team both s.t.
DNF Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling
DNF Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling
DNF Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sky Procycling
DNF Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling
DNF Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Jesus Hernandez (Esp) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Juan Jose Cobo (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Ruben Plaza (Esp)
DNF Eloy Teruel (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Francisco José Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha
DNF Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha
DNF Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
DNF Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
DNF Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack Leopard
DNF Danilo Hondo (Ger) Radioshack Leopard
DNF Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack Leopard
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
DNF Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEDGE
DNF Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida
DNF Pello Bilbao (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Ruben Perez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
DNF Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Zach Bell (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Nic Hamilton (Can) Canadian National Team

 


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