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September 15/13 17:04 pm - Grand Prix cycliste de Montreal report, results and photos

Posted by Editoress on 09/15/13

Over 100,000 people gathered along the course in Montreal to witness some of the best stars of cycling contest the 205.7 kilometre The Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal.

The peloton of 164 cyclists covered the urban circuit of 12.1 kilometres 17 times, which included the very difficult Côte Camillien-Houle climb, averaging 8% on 1.8 kilometers.

At the finish line, it was Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) winning solo, who crossed the finish line doing his traditional wheelie.


Sagan Wins


Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) ended his season a high note, taking third place, just five second behind Sagan, and one second behind second placed Simone Ponzi (Astana Pro Team). Hesjedal has had successes in the past at these two World tour races, taking third at this same race in 2010. The 2012 Giro d'Italia Champion secured his second podium performance of the season, after finishing third in stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia.

For the Canadian team, the objectives was to leave everything on the road. And both these objectives were met. "We came out of Quebec with a little bit of disappointment. We were definitely hoping to be in the hunt there. We talked together as a team and we wanted to be a bit more on task," said Team Canada director sportif Kevin Field.

Zach Bell in the break

"We didn't want to miss the break today, and it was awesome to see Zach in the break for Team Canada. The way the final ended today, it made for a really super hard Grand Prix of Montreal, most likely one of the hardest we have ever seen."

Ryan Roth (Champion System Pro Cycling) was the top member of Team Canada who finished the race, taking 79th place. Ryan Anderson, Antoine Duchesne, and Nic Hamilton all followed shortly after to finish the race.

"We had our fingers crossed to see Antoine, Ryan and Nic be strong for that final. They did their best, and what they could. Ultimately, we have to be honest with ourselves that it is the World Tour, and when the World Tour goes off big, it's difficult to have speed and depth for guys who are racing at the continental or pro-continental level."

"Ryan has been riding really well this season, but definitely lacking the 200 kilometres of racing. And the same can be said for all the guys here. Great events and racing for everyone on the team, but when you are not doing the 200 kilometre races at that intensity, it's always a little gamble to see how the guys would fare. We walk away from this race happy that they did their best, and realistic about the level they were competing in today."

Zach Bell, donning the special edition Canadian Champion jersey made by Louis Garneau Sports for these World Tour races, was in the main break that took off early, giving his teammates a well-deserved break in the peloton. Bell stayed within the main group for the majority of the race, before bowing out.

"It was not too hard for the break to get establish. They rode hard for a lap or two. The group was pretty happy with the combination that was up there. Everybody worked well. The main group was coming back quickly, and I didn't have anything left to go any faster."

Bell was pleased with the outcome of these two events in Quebec and Montreal: "Just like all the races we are starting to have, it gives spectators an opportunity to get up close and personal with both the international stars of cycling and our own Canadian talent pool. They see we are capable, with guys in breaks and guys contesting for a finish. It's good for the kids to understand that coming from this country, you can get to this level."

The race in Montreal also marked the very last professional cycling race for David Veilleux (Team EuropCar). Veilleux announced last Wednesday that these two races would be his last, and took the opportunity of these two races on home soil to thank the his fans and those who have supported him during all his short but successful career.

Notably, Veilleux wore this year the coveted Yellow jersey from the first to the fourth stage at the Criterium du Dauphiné, a stage race of the World Tour after an unanswered solo attack early in the race. He also became the first Quebec-born athlete to start and complete the gruelling Tour de France.

Veilleux won six Road Canadian Championship titles in the Espoir category, including four straight time trial titles from 2006 to 2009 inclusively, as well as winning the criterium title in 2010. At the World Championships in Denmark in 2011, Veilleux impressed many with a solid 19th place.

Zach Bell was thankful for Veilleux's contribution to the sport: "I intentionally waited for David at the finish line to shake his hand. Sport in Canada is losing one of its best ambassador. Rightfully so, he had an amazing career, in such a short time. I don't think anybody can fault him to leave the sport when he has. It would have been nice to see him ride longer, but we all understand his motivation. Congratulations to him."


Results from today's Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal

Montreal Circuit, 205.7 km
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:20:07
2 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team at 0:04
3 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:07
5 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
8 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:09
9 Ion Izagirre (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack Leopard
11 Arthur Vichot (Fra) all s.t.
12 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:26
13 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
14 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
15 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
16 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
17 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
18 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
19 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
20 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
21 Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team
22 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
23 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
24 Cyrille Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
25 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack Leopard
26 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
27 Jonathan Castroviejo (Esp) Movistar Team
28 Christopher Froome GBr) Sky Procycling
29 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
30 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha
31 Tejay Vangarderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
32 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE
33 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
34 Yoann Offredo (Fra)
35 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack Leopard
36 Miguel Minguez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
37 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
38 Pello Bilbao (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
39 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
40 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida
41 George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack Leopard
42 Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team
43 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi
44 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
45 Alberto Contador (Esp) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
46 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
47 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack Leopard
48 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra)
49 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha
50 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale all s.t.
51 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) 0:43
52 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:45
53 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 1:15
54 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step s.t.
55 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 1:33
56 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEDGE 1:53
57 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 2:42
58 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 4:25
59 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
60 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
61 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
62 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
63 Adrian Saez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
64 Ruben Plaza (Esp)
65 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
66 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
67 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
68 Sergei Chernetskii (Rus) Katusha
69 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
70 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
71 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
72 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEDGE 5:28
73 Laurent Pichon (Fra) 6:25
74 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
75 Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi both s.t.
76 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp 7:31
77 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar s.t.
78 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 7:52
79 Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team
80 AlexeÏ Tcatevitch (Rus) Katusha
81 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
82 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
83 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
84 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
85 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
86 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
87 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff all s.t.
88 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 7:56
89 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 9:35
90 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
91 Ryan Anderson (Can) Canadian National Team
92 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
93 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol 13:35
94 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canadian National Team
95 Nic Hamilton (Can) Canadian National Team both s.t.
96 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 13:38
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 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
DNF Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNF Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNF Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Jesus Hernandez (Esp) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Juan Jose Cobo (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Eloy Teruel (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Francisco José Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha
DNF Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha
DNF Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) 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 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
DNF Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
DNF Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEDGE
DNF Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEDGE
DNF Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
DNF Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Ricardo Garcia (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Ruben Perez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Mickael Delage (Fra)
DNF Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can)
DNF Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
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 Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Zach Bell (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Rob Britton (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Canadian National Team


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