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September 11/11 18:57 pm - GP Cycliste de Montreal: Report, Full Results and photos

Posted by Editoress on 09/11/11

Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Movistar) took the first World Tour victory of his career at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal on Sunday after a 206 kilometre race of attrition.  Costa outkicked breakaway companion Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ), with World Tour number one Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) following up his win in Quebec City with third place in Montreal.


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Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) wins  Link to more photos at bottom of page

The GP Cycliste de Montreal doesn't offer the scenic and historic backdrops of Quebec, but it makes up for it with its history as punishing circuit, dating back to the world championships in 1974, when Eddy Merckx outdueled Raymond Poulidor.  Since then, this course, dominated by the two kilometre climb up Mont Royal, has played host to the Olympics and multiple World Cups.

The 12.1 kilometre circuit heads up the Camillien-Houde climb, followed by an immediate descent into city streets.  Riders then tackle the second climb of the circuit, the short, steep Ecole Polytechnique ascent, followed by a tight, sharp descent and a right onto a section of straight road with the feedzone.  After curving around the base of Mont Royal, the riders hit the divided Avenue du Parc, heading down one side past the finish line and making a 180 degree turn to face the final slightly uphill 500 metres to the finish line.  They cover the course 17 times, for nearly 4000 metres of elevation gain.

The action started almost instantly, with Ben King (RadioShack) attacking before the base of the climb.  This tactic garnered him the U.S. national road title last year, but this year he was chased down almost immediately, and a series of attacks and counterattacks were launched through the lap, splitting the field as the peloton hit the climb for the second time.

Seventy riders made the front split, with the gap growing to 30 seconds as they started lap three.  Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) then launched the most serious attack of the race thus far, gaining 30 seconds.  He kept looking over his shoulder, hoping others would join his effort, but it took a lap before three riders bridged up - Anthony Geslin (FDJ), Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) and Danilo Di Luca (Katusha).  Canadian national champion Svein Tuft (SpiderTech) tried to bridge, but crashed in the 180 degree corner at the end of lap four - he suffered abrasions to his hip and arm, but kept riding.

Lap four also saw Gilbert suffer mechanical problems, throwing his bike down while he waited for a replacement.  Significantly, no team mates waited for him; possibly due to his statement after winning the Quebec race: that he had a weak team and had no help during his winning ride.  Gilbert has also announced that he is leaving the team to join BMC next season.  He crashed a lap later, and this time was paced back to the peloton by his team mates.

Once the lead group had formed, the peloton slowed considerably, with both halves joining up again, and the gap shooting up to nearly seven minutes by lap seven.  Team Sky decided this was too much, and upped the tempo in the bunch, bringing the gap down steadily, to under four minutes at the halfway mark.  By lap 13 (five to go), the gap was under three minutes, and Rabobank was contributing to chase, as was Garmin-Cervelo.

Two laps later, the peloton was considerably diminished and the break was within their sights on the climb, only 23 seconds ahead.  Juan Flecha (Sky), Danilo Wyss (BMC) and Jerome Pineau (Quick Step) were about to catch the frontrunners.  Pate attacked solo, managing to stay out long enough to grab a few more Climber points and lock up that title.

As Pate was caught, with two and a half laps to go, a group of 15 broke away, including Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo), Michael Barry (Sky), Pate, Gregory Rast (RadioShack), Costa, Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R), Tuft and David Veilleux (Europcar).  This group was much too dangerous, and both Gilbert and defending Montreal champion Robert Gesink (Rabobank) launched attacks off the front of the peloton.  Barry attacked hard at the front to keep the break going, dropping Tuft and Veilleux in the process, but the peloton was reeling them in as the last lap began, and they were caught early on the climb.

Sky immediately launched a counterattack with Simon Gerrans and Rigoberto Uran, followed by Christian VandeVelde (Garmin-Cervelo).  They were caught over the top of the climb, and Costa managed to get away before the Polytechnique climb with Fedrigo and Stefan Denifl (Leopard-Trek).  The gap was less than ten seconds, but Gesink could not close it, despite having Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) with him.  When Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) attacked them, neither responded, waiting for the other to go, and this sealed the win for Costa, as the gap stretched to 16 seconds while the chasers played a dangerous game of chicken.

The bunch finally got themselves organized, but it was too late.  Costa and Fedrigo managed to stay two seconds clear of the front of the field, with Gilbert leading the bunch across the line for third.

Costa, completing possibly the best season of his career, commented:  "Obviously, winning [stage 8] at the Tour de France is the highlight of my career, but this is pretty close.  I was not too worried when we came down the climb with a 15 second lead.  I were pretty confident, and never looked back.  Once the red flag was past, the only thing on my mind was to win.  I knew Fedrigo had to be beaten, but I just went for it."

Gilbert, one of the favourites after winning Quebec and the World Tour for 2011, professed himself completely satisfied with third.  "Honestly, it's a superb result.  I crashed, and I was really scared, I thought maybe it was over for the world championships.  But I managed to get back on the bike, and I was feeling better and better.  In the final lap lots of teams worked hard to bring us back, and I'm always at my best when the pace is high.  At 500 metres it was probably my longest sprint of the season, and there was nothing else I could do.  It's a good result."

Hesjedal was the top Canadian finisher in 11th.  We have interviews with Ryder Hesjedal, Svein Tuft and Francois Parisien to go up shortly.



Grand Prix Cyclist de Montreal, 205.7 km
1 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 5:20:18
2 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ at s.t.
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02
4 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
5 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek both s.t.
6 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-ISD 0:04
7 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
8 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
9 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek
11 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo
12 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quick Step Cycling Team
13 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
14 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
15 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
16 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne
17 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
18 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack
19 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
20 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick Step Cycling Team
21 Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek
22 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
23 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
24 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Esp) Movistar Team
25 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad
26 Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
27 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
28 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:10
29 Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad
30 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
31 Thibault Pinot (Fra) FDJ
32 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
33 Gorazd Strangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana
34 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre-ISD
35 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard
36 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
37 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack
38 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team
39 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team all all s.t.
40 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:14
41 Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek s.t.
42 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:16
43 Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
44 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
45 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
46 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team all s.t.
47 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 0:21
48 Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana
49 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale both s.t.
50 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Esp) Sky Procycling 0:28
51 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team
52 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team both s.t.
53 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ 0:32
54 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling 0:34
55 Christian VandeVelde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo s.t.
56 Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:38
57 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Movistar Team s.t.
58 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:40
59 Lars Nordhaug (Nor Sky Procycling 0:43
60 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:44
61 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
62 François Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech powered by C10 4:43
63 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
64 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
65 Benjamin King (USA) Team Radioshack
66 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech powered by C10
67 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale
68 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
69 Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek
70 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne
71 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling
72 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ
73 Mikel Landa Meana (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
74 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team
75 Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team
76 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne
77 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo
78 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team all s.t.
79 Oscar Pujol (Esp) Omega Pharma-Lotto 4:48
80 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard 4:56
81 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
82 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek
83 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
84 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack
85 Marcel Pavarin (Ital) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
86 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo all s.t.
87 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 6:53
88 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
89 Grégory Rast (Sui) Team Radioshack
90 David Loosli (Sui) Lampre-ISD
91 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad all s.t.
HD Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
93 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne 8:24
94 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
95 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-ISD
96 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-ISD
97 Michael Morkov (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
98 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Esp) Saxo Bank Sungard
99 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
100 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
101 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
102 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team
103 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
104 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team
105 Yannick Eussen (Bel BMC Racing Team
106 Enrique Sanz (Esp) Movistar Team
107 Gatia Smukulis (LAt) HTC-Highroad
108 Ryan Roth (Can) Team Spidertech powered by C10
109 Javier Iriarte (Esp) Movistar Team
110 Caleb Fairly (USA) HTC-Highroad
111 Jeffrey Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
112 Laurent Didier (Lux) Saxo Bank Sungard 10:24
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNF Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
DNF David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNF Sven van Dousselaerre (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Omega Pharma-Lotto
DNF Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNF Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
DNF Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Alan Pérez Lezaun (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Iván Velasco Murillo (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek
DNF Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team
DNF Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
DNF Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad
DNF Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad
DNF Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad
DNF Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-ISD
DNF Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-ISD
DNF Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-ISD
DNF Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Saxo Bank Sungard
DNF Manuel Antonio Cardoso (Por) Team Radioshack
DNF Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team Radioshack
DNF Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack
DNF Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team
DNF Danilo di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team
DNF Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team
DNF Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team
DNF Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team
DNF Allan Davis (Aus) Pro Team Astana
DNF Dimitry Fofonov (Kaz)) Pro Team Astana
DNF Maxim IGourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
DNF Serguey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
DNF Yevgeniy Nepomnychsiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
DNF David Arroyo Duran (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step Cycling Team
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step Cycling Team
DNF Martin Elmiger (Sui) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Woutter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Said Haddou(Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ
DNF Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne
DNF Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne
DNF Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne
DNF Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en Ligne
DNF Patrick Jonathan McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Bruno Langlois (Can) Team Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Lucas Euser (Can) Team Spidertech powered by C10
DNF Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech powered by C10



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