September 09, 2012 (Montreal, QC) – Back in 1974, Eddy Merckx won over Raymond Poulidor at the UCI Road World Championships in Montreal. An epic moment. Times have changed, but the mountain is still there to make legs work. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge won the GP Cycliste Quebec City edition two days ago, and in Montreal, with nearly 4,000 meters of vertical, the weight weenie climbers could surprise the pack.
Riders like Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, could escape from the peloton on the Camilien Houde climb with a grade up to 13% – covered 17 times. Of course Peter Sagan (Svk) Liguigas-Cannondale can make good as well, among other strong punchers like Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar, or Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar Team. All of these riders have proved they are in shape for today’s race.
The Canadian riders and Ryder…
Many fans have been waiting for Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp to return to the GP Cycliste Quebec City and Montreal, after his victorious three weeks in Italia this summer. These kinds of races are not Hesjedal’s forte , where sprinters battle with one-day classic specialists. But if Hesjedal is on form, he can do almost anything he wants in a race. After all, he finished third at the 2010 edition in Montreal.
Fellow Canuck, François Parisien, from SpiderTech p/b C10 finished in 10th place only two days ago. Parisien is coming on strong in the latter part of this season and was more than happy to be in the top 10. Another top Canadian rider, Michael Barry (Team Sky) announced that he’ll retire at the end of this season, so this is fans last chance to see Barry in Montreal. But many young wolves are ready to rise to the occasion for Canada and you can count on David Veilleux (Europcar), Guillaume Boivin (SpiderTech p/b C10), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge) and others to battle hard for a top 10 placing.
Lap 1 – 205.7 km to go
The race starts, Liquigas-Cannondale are in front.
First climb of the Camilien Houde hill, they could climb the hill under 3 minutes 30.
Bennett is in front for the climb, looks like the first attack of the day!
Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) is trying to get away too.
Only 15 seconds for Bennett.
Bennett and Turgot are now riding together.
Turgot almost crashed in a curve. Watch out!
They are now climbing chemin de la Polytechnique.
The peloton are going downhill, Bennett and Turgot are being catching up by the peloton.
Neyens is trying to escape but nothing to rush the peloton.
Kern (Europcar) is behind the peloton? Does he feel good? Not sure!
Lap 2 – 193.6 km to go
Vorganov (Katusha) is pushing in front.
Vorganov maintain the beat in front.
Ten racers moved away trying to reach Vorganov.
Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) is with Boaro (Saxo Bank) in that chase for Vorganov.
Ryan Roth (Spidertech) is trying to reach the group of three in front on the descent of Polytechnique.
Roth is now with them.
The breakaway now got 30 seconds on the peloton.
Movistar rider is leading the peloton. They are chasing the breakaway.
Agnoli, Boaro, Roth and Vorganov are still in front for the 3th lap.
Lap 3 – 181.5 km to go
After two laps, the breakaway is front of their chase by 5 seconds and the main pack by 40 seconds.
Spilak is trying to get away of the main peloton.
The peloton is trying to get together in the descent of chemin Remembrance.
VacanSoleil rider is in front the peloton since a couple minutes. Chase!
Now Saxo Bank is in front.
Boaro is pushing hard on the pedals! In front!
GPCQM are announcing the two first racers to quit: Bérard (AG2R) Saramontins (Cofidis).
Lap 4 – 169.4 km to go
Boaro still in front with around 15 seconds.
Gauthier (Europcar) and Martinez (Euskatel) are now passing Boaro.
Boaro, Gauthier and Martinez are now working together.
Boaro got drop by Gauthier and Martinez.
Boivin (Spidertech) is now in difficulty behind the peloton.
Boaro back with Gautier and Martinez! Are they testing him?
The group of three got above 30 seconds on the peloton. Average speed for the first hour: 38km/h.
The peloton is behind by 55 seconds with the breakaway.
The peloton is riding in a single line, means they might try to go faster!
Average time for the lap is under 18 minutes.
Lap 5 – 157.3 km to go
Gautier, Martinez and Boaro are still in front 1:30 on the peloton.
FDJ-BigMat are together in front of the pack.
Ryder Hesjdal seems to be relax in the peloton.
The peloton is now 2:30 behind the breakaway.
Martinez is eating his lunch and his group got 3:25 on the peloton!
Hoogerland decided to remove his warmers. The sun is out!
The gap between peloton and the breakaway is now around 4:15.
Rabobank rider is changing his bike.
Lap 6 – 145.2 km to go
Gautier, Martinez, Boaro are crossing the line together. Average speed for 5th lap was about 35 km/h.
Rein Taaramae is changing his rear wheel.
The lead is now 5:35 for the group of Martinez, Boaro and Gautier.
Gautier got now 2 points for the climbing classification.
The peloton is taking the Camilien Houde climb on a easy pace.
Heinrich Haussler (Garmin) took time to stretch his leg over his saddle. It’s sunday and the peloton is not stress at all!
The breakaway now have 6:45 on the peloton.
Martin Velits (Omega) got problem with the rear derailleur.
Lap 7 – 133.1 km to go
Gautier, Martinez, Boaro are crossing the line together.
Hugo Houle from Spidertech seems to be in difficulty behind… But he is getting back, drafting behind team cars.
The breakaway got around 7 minutes in front of the peloton.
Now 7:30 for the breakaway.
Now 7:45 for the breakaway.
Edvald Boassen Hagen got back from his team car and he seems to be in better shape than last friday. The peloton is pushing a bit harder.
Katusha team are in front of the peloton with a very good pace. Peloton ready to chase?
The lap took 20:49 to complete.
Lap 8 – 121km to go
A group including BMC, Katusha and Omega QuickStep, Lampre, Euskatel riders is getting away from the peloton. Chase!
The group of three riders got now 6:45 on the peloton. Times for the second group are coming up.
Europcar are in front of the peloton (4 of them).
The peloton is behind by 5:30 on the main and real breakaway. The group of 20 riders in between are not really escaping the peloton for now.
Caruso (Katusha) is trying to get away from the peloton with Charteau from Europcar.
Sylvain Chavanel, is in front with a Vacansoleil getting back to Caruso and Charteau.
Chasing group: Chavanel (Omega), Charteau (Europcar), Caruso (Katusha), Selvaggi (Vacansoleil).
The peloton don’t want to let go Chavanel…Speed is up.
Les chasseurs chassés! The chasing group is now back with the peloton, the pack is not joking no more!
Average speed for the lap: 36km/h.
Lap 8 – 121km to go
The breakaway got only 3:21 on the peloton.
Koren (Liquigas) is with Ponzi (Astana) trying to escape and get back to the breakaway.
Sandy Casar (FDJ) got a flat. But got back quickly.
Lap 9 – 108.9 km to go
The chasing group is at 3 minutes from the breakaway.
Koren is doing his grocery at the feed zone!
Peloton is 5 minutes behind the breakaway and the chase group is 2:40 behind the breakaway.
Lap 10- 96.8 km to go
The chasing group is 2:10 behind the break.
Europcar are still in front of the peloton.
Vacansoleil are also having three riders in front.
The peloton is behind 5:45 from the break.
Gautier (FDJ) got 5 points for the climbing classification.
Looks like the breakaway got now 7 minutes on the peloton!
The chasing duo is now at 2:06 from the breakaway.
Lap 11 – 84.7 km to go
GPCQM are telling us that Rui Costa (Movistar) had a puncture.
Chasing group is 2:10 behind the break and the breakaway is 6:15 in front of the peloton.
Lap 12 – 72.6 km to go
Gautier, Martinez, Boaro are crossing the line together starting the lap number 12. They don’t look exhausted, but the peloton is speeding up at 5:35 from the breakaway.
The chasing group is still behind at 2:10.
The peloton is speeding up. They got now only 4:50 behind the breakaway.
Katusha and FDJ are the teams in front of the peloton.
Europcar are also showing up in front.
We saw Chavanel talking with Voeckler. Are they preparing a french breakaway?!
Chase group 2:30 and the breakaway at 4:30 from the peloton.
Gautier in the breakaway, got 12 points for the climbing classification.
The peloton is now at 4:10.
The peloton is now at 3:45.
Lap 13 – 60.5 km to go
Lap #12 took 19:45 to complete.
The chasing group is at more than 2:40 from the breakaway.
Boaro is losing contact a little bit with the two other riders in the breakaway…
The chasing group is now back with the peloton. Veilleux is in front of the peloton with his Europcar teammates!
Attack! AG2R, Liquigas, Europcar, Astana are in the attack!
The peloton is getting back to that attack.
Selvaggi (Vacansoleil) is attacking again! What a fighter! He was in an attack this morning.
The peloton is at 2:00 behind the breakaway.
It took 20:03 to complete the lap.
Lap 14- 48.4 km to go
The peloton is at 1:40 behind the breakaway.
Selvaggi is still in front of the peloton 1:25 behind the breakaway.
Boaro is getting drop by the breakaway.
Europcar are still having a good spot in front. Voeckler is there with Veilleux.
Gautier 24 points for climbing classification.
Gautier and Martinez are still pushing hard, but they won’t make it. The peloton is very agressive.
GPCQM is telling us that Matthew Goss (Orica Green Edge) quit the race.
The peloton is behind the two riders at 1:55.
Burghardt (BMC) is attacking in front.
Veilleux (Europcar) is in front attacking and watching behind.
Lap 15 – 36.3 km to go
Gautier and Martinez are still in front together. They did the last lap in 19:07.
Only 1:12 between the peloton and the break.
The peloton is now really chasing. It’s a matter of time before they get back to the break.
Katusha rider speeding up!
Peloton 50 sec from the break.
Hoogerland and Voeckler are together speeding up in front.
Chavanel is going fast downhill.
The breakaway will be soon be over with less than 30 sec on the peloton.
30km to go, the peloton is closing the gap while Gautier got 29 points total for the climbing classification.
My bet go on Thomas Voeckler! He looks ready for the last 20km.
The peloton is 24 seconds behind the break.
Lap 16 - 24.2 km to go
Gautier and Martinez are crossing the line for the last time in a breakaway! They will be catch by the peloton soon.
Vanendert (Lotto) is behind the break by 20 sec and the bunch is not so far from the break with 30 sec.
Hoogerland had a puncture. He is back the road.
Spilak (Katusha) is with Charteau (Europcar) speeding up in front.
Vanendert got no more energy, it’s done for him.
Gautier and Martinez are being catching up by the peloton.
BMC team are in front.
Cadence is up for Vichot (FDJ), Wellens (Lotto).
7 riders are escaping from the peloton, including AG2R, BMC, Katusha, Movistar.
Lap 17 (this is the last lap!) – 12.1 km to go
Lap 17 (this is the last lap!) – 12.1 km to go
Last climb of Camilien Houde!
Veilleux is attacking hard in front! Ryder is following! Beautiful shot on our screen!
Crash for Sylvain Chavanel. He is back.
Boasson Hagen is in front!
Ryder Hesjedal is in front with Sagan, Boasson Hagen. Chavanel is getting back to that small group in front. Simon Gerrans is there too.
Fredigo (FDJ) is in front too.
Luis Leon Sanchez is there too. What a group of riders!
Avermaet (BMC) is pushing in front and Ryder is answering.
Peter Sagan is pushing hard, Ryder is still there. Nordhaug (Sky) is working for Boassen Hagen.
Ryder is looking for help.
Moser (Liquigas) and Leukemans (Vacansoleil) are chasing behind Nordhaug.
Kolobnev is in front! going for the win!
Finally, Lars Petter Nordhaug beat everyone! Kolobnev started his sprint too early!
1. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling 5:28:29
2. Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02
3. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team
4. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:04
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
6. Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
7. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
8. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team
9. Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
10. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan
11. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
12. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
13. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
14. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
15. Oliver Zaug (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan
16. Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
17. Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
18. Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
19. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana
20. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
21. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
22. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
23. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:11
24. David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 0:22
25. Francois Parisien (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
26. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:24
27. Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
28. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
29. Borut Bozic (Slo) Pro Team Astana
30. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-ISD
31. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
32. Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
33. Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
34. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
35. Mathias Frank (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:28
36. Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
37. Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan
38. Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
39. Peio Bilbao (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
40. Miguel Minguez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
41. Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
42. Ruben Plaza (Esp) Movistar Team
43. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
44. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
45. David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
46. Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp
47. Sergio Pardilla (Esp) Movistar Team
48. Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Radioshack-Nissan
49. Aleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech powered by C10
50. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
51. Matthew Busche (USA) Radioshack-Nissan
52. Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-ISD
53. Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
54. Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana
55. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
56. Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
57. Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling
58. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
59. Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Rabobank Cycling Team
60. Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech powered by C10
61. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-ISD 0:37
62. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
63. Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:42
64. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:45
65. Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
66. Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech powered by C10 1:02
67. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-ISD 1:09
68. Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1:43
69. Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:10
70. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 2:29
71. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 3:12
72. Jon Izagirre (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:22
73. Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 3:45
74. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
75. Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
76. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
77. Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Radioshack-Nissan
78. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
79. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
80. Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
81. Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
82. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
83. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team
84. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge
85. Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
86. Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
87. Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
88. Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat
89. Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
90. Enrique Sanz (Esp) Movistar Team
91. Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
92. Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team
93. Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
94. Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4:57
95. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
96. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team
97. Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
98. Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-ISD 7:08
99. Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 7:15
100. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 7:20
101. Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEdge
102. Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team
103. Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
104. Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
105. Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
106. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Pro Team Astana
107. Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
108. Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
109. Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
110. Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
111. George Bennett (Nzl) Radioshack-Nissan
112. Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar
113. Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
114. Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
115. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
116. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech powered by C10 0:12:23
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Jésus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF José Ventoso (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Alex Dowsett (Gbr) Sky Procycling
DNF Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling
DNF Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Sky Procycling
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNF Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNF Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNF Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNF Juraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNF Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
DNF Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
DNF Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team
DNF Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team
DNF Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team
DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
DNF Simone Ponzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
DNF Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
DNF Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team
DNF Mikel Nieve (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Jorge Azanza (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Egoi Martinez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Alan Perez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-ISD
DNF Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre-ISD
DNF Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-ISD
DNF Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
DNF Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
DNF Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
DNF Troels Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNF Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNF Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNF Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNF Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech powered by C10