September 15, 2013 (Montreal, QC) – The 4th annual GP Cycliste Montreal UCI WorldTour, 205.7km, will soon be underway with overcast skies and 17-18 degrees temperatures as once again the world’s best pro cyclists will do battle on the streets of downtown Montreal completing 17 laps of a 12.1km circuit.
Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin, the winner here in 2010 and Friday’s winner in Quebec City, will be looking for another victory and the honour of becoming the first pro to win both Canadian WorldTours in the same year. But victory will not come easy as many big guns are in the hunt for the top step on the podium including Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale – shut out in QCity – Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Gbr) Sky plus other former Tour winners Alberto Contador (Esp) Saxo-Tinkoff and Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC. With Sagan being so close to Froome for the UCI World Tour top spot that race is also heating up…
For Canada it’s Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) leading a slew of strong Canadians looking for glory today including Francois Parisien (Team Argos-Shimano), David Veilleux (Team Europcar), Hugo Houle (AG2R la Mondiale), Francois Parisien (Team Argos-Shimano), Dominique Rollin (FDJ.FR), Bruno Langlois (Equipe Canada), Ryan Anderson (Equipe Canada), Zach Bell (Equipe Canada), Rob Britton (Equipe Canada), Marsh Cooper (Equipe Canada), Antoine Duchesne (Equipe Canada), Nic Hamilton (Equipe Canada) and former Canadian road champ Ryan Roth (Equipe Canada).
This year, the the GP Cycliste Montreal has a special rider in the mix as David Veilleux is retiring – this is his last pro race. Expect many Canadian riders to attack with pride – do you remember Hesjedal and Veilleux attacking on the final lap last year? With a course designed for strong classic riders the final lap will be a demonstration of time trial skills and sprint explosion – course map is below.
And they’re off here in Montreal. They’re heading up Camilien Houde climb. The pros climb the Mont-Royal mountain in around 3 minutes 30 seconds.
Hesjedal is at the front of the pack.
The peloton is riding smoothly.
An Equipe Canada rider is on top of Mont-Royal first.
They head down Remembrance road for the first time.
Kévin Reza (Europcar) is already behind the peloton – it’s dangerous spot to be dropped!
Zach Bell is attacking in front – along with Euskatel , Radio Shack Leopard and other riders.
The peloton is not very far, keeping Bell and his friends close.
Down Vincent d’Indy hill – they’re going fast!
The tempo is getting higher, we can see riders on the saddle trying to draft the wheels in front.
Flat for an Euskatel rider.
Crossing the line first the breakaway group includes Agnoli (Astana), Hondo (Radio-Shack Leopard), Bell (Canada).
The Breakaway now has around a minute on the peloton and Froome (Sky) is in front of the pack.
William Clarke (Argos) and Adriano Malori (Lampre) have now joined the break.
The breakaway is now on top of the mountain.
There are seven riders in the break ahead of the peloton by around 1:15.
The seven leaders are Bell (Canada), Hondo (RLT), Agnoli (AST), Perez (EUS), Paulinho (TST), Clarke (ARG) and Malori (LAM). They soon will have two minutes on the peloton.
2:30 now for the breakaway.
The sun is out in Montreal one of the nicest cities for cycling in the world!
The peloton is now 3:48 behind – the break could be ahead for a long time now.
The breakaway group looks relaxed and focused – now at 4:10 in front.
The average speed is 38.5 km/h.
Hondo is the most experienced rider in the breakaway with 50+ wins in his career.
We can see spectators holding flags and cardboard signs for David Veilleux – MERCI DAVID.
The lead between the seven escapees and the peloton reaches five minutes.
Pineau (Omega-Pharma Quick Step) is working hard at the front of the pack – we hope one day that Tom Boonen will be in Montreal for this race!
173km to go – and 4:30 now for the breakaway.
Looks like OPQS are in for a lot of work in front of the pack. Sylvain Chavanel is there and always considered an excellent rider for this kind of race.
The break will soon cross the line and heading out for its 4th lap.
Zach Bell looks smooth in the lead group.
37,2 km/h for the 3th lap.
168km to go.
We didn’t saw Lars Petter Nordhaug (Belkin Pro Cycling) so far (last year winner).
The peloton got squeezed by the crowd and photographer. Careful! No crash from what we saw.
The crowd got their favorite riders as we can hear people screaming : let’s go David and Ryder!
Agnoli (Astana) got now 3 points for the climbing classification.
The peloton gain 15 seconds on the breakaway as they are now 4:15 behind.
The first lap had an average speed of 41,2 km/h.
4;10 now for the breakaway.
Arashiro (Europcar) is behind the peloton. Just chillin’ or suffering? Maybe both.
As the breakaway just pass the line, they already start to look a bit tired. Can they make it close to the end?
155km to go.
The peloton just cross the line they are now starting their 5th lap.
Chavanel (OPQS) just had a flat. He is now back with the peloton.
Veilleux (Europcar) looks tired.
The breakaway is getting down on Vincent D ‘Indy hill and dropping empty bottle.
147km to go.
As the 5th is almost done for the breakaway, they got now 4:25 on the peloton.
Rollin (FDJ) is in front protecting his leader for the day and french champion: Arthur Vichot (FDJ). Where is Fedrigo (FDJ)?
As the peloton shows up at the line, Cannondale team finally show their color in front.
The lucky seven group is now in front with more than 4:50 on the peloton. But remember the pack can climb the hill under 3:30…
If the breakaway group stay tight, Agnoli (Astana) will probably win the climbing point classification with now 4 points.
Fredrigo is behind the pack, eating his food. He looks relax and ready to go in front.
135km to go.The gap between the pack and the break stay the same, around 4:50.
Ignatenko (Katusha) is escaping from the peloton now.
Average speed 36,1 km/h for the 6th lap.
Sky and OPQS are still in front of the peloton.
Astana team is in front for working too. Does Contador will attack in this race?
Ryder Hesjedal is in front on Camilien-Houde.
Still 4:55 gap between pack and break.
Riders in the break grab their musette. Lunch time!
Average speed 36,2 km/h.
Gap is now 4:25.
Gap is now 4:15.
Zach Bell is probably the heaviest rider of the break. Still climbing well! Let’s see when the tempo goes up…
Sky, Cannondale (Boivin), OPQS are the teams working in front.
Jérome Pineau (OPQS) is pushing hard making sure the peloton works behind but nothing to put his friends in a rush.
Looks like spectators need water bottles so the racers drop their bottle to them. Usual race business.
Pineau still pushing and taking care of the pursuit in front.
The gap is now 3:30.
9 lap to go as the break cross the line.
Ignatenko (Katusha) is still alone between the break and the peloton.
Ignatenko will soon be back with the peloton. The break is 3:30 in front.
The break will reach the top of the mountain soon. Malori (Lampre) first.
3:20 now for the gap.
Parisien (Argos-Shimano) is a bit behind, he looks tired.
Mechanical problem for Clarke (Argos-Shimano) in the break. Flat. Done deal, back on the road.
Lars Petter Nordhaug is also behind with Parisien, let’s hope the pack will not surprise them with speed!
Clarke is now back with the breakaway.
The gap is now 3:05.
Looks like Clarke still have problem with his rear brake trying to adjust it while riding. Don’t try this at home.
The peloton is not kidding anymore. Parisien is getting drop behind! SPEED.
Selig is also between peloton and break. Katusha directeur sportif must have told his riders to attack a lot today as Ignatenko is still on his own in a solo break.
96km to go.
3:05 between thebreak and the pack.
Parisien (Argos-Shimano) got back to the peloton but he looks exhausted. Keep it up Frank the tank!
A Radio-Shack Leopard rider stopped climbing. Mechanical problem maybe. 3 minutes gap between the pack and break.
Sky is working in front. They have the whole team pushing the tempo.
The gap is now 2:50.
The german rider Rudiger Selig (Katusha) will soon be back with the peloton.
David Veilleux (Europcar) is now mid pack and look just fine with the tempo.
Top riders will push on Edouard-Montpetit. You can see the peloton becoming a long line of riders and it’s harder for the racers behind.
37,5 km/h (19 minutes 20 seconds for the 10th lap)
Andy Schleck was behind probably because of mechanical problem.
The gap is now 2:51.
Rollins (FDJ) and Veilleux (eUROPCAR) are in front doing well.
The gap is now 2:40.
The gap is now 1:50.
Flat for Malori (Lampre) in the break.
FDJ, Sky are the bosses in the peloton since a couple laps.
Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp) just had a flat.
Malori (Lampre) is now back with the break. Good job.
The gap is now 1:10. Speed is up!
Zach Bell have now 6 point for the KOM classification.
Ryder Hesjedal is hiding behind the peloton, just like last year. He will probably attack at some point in the laps to come.
Cassure behind the peloton, lot of riders from Europcar.
The gap is now 1:05.
Crash in the turn before the line. Froome is on the floor. Tiernan-Locke look hurt. Polish time trial champion Kwiatkowski (OPQS), is down too.
The gap is now 40 seconds only. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Belisol) attack on CH.
Veilleux is getting drop behind with Rob Britton (Canada).
Malori (Lampre) is now the KOM with 9 points.
Bruno Langlois is also behind and it looks hard to follow the beat.
BMC rider is getting back to the break. Looks like the peloton will soon attack from everywhere.
The peloton is going uber fast and it’s becoming a long line of riders again on Edouard Montpetit.
This is it for the half of the pack. On sépare les hommes des enfants! The pack is now broken in two big group.
FDJ team work super hard in front for Vichot apparently.
Geraint Thomas (Sky) looks in difficulty on CH.
The race is now over for Veilleux as he just gave a hug to his father.
44,5 km to go.
The peloton is now stable and relax. Expect some attack move real soon.
Katusha riders are in front pushing hard. That team has been everywhere today (two breakaways).
Riders are watching for attacks behind, the peloton is becoming nervous for the winning breakaway.
OPQS Vandenbergh is in front putting a lot of presssure as a small group is with him.
One Canada team rider is in front.
Vandarderen (BMC) is in front with Gesink (Belkin). There is no real breakaway as this lap just started.
35km to go.
Parisien (Argos-Shimano) is now officially drop and wont get back.
A group of around 15 riders is getting away. Radio-Shack in front.
Andy Schleck seems in trouble. It’s done for him.
The helicopter is showing us the peloton and we can see two big group.
Euskatel rider and BMC are trying to escape.
A group of 8 riders are in front. This might be one of the last breakaway of the day.
They got now 25 seconds.
Cunego (Lampre) is in the break.
The gap is now 30 seconds.
Oss (BMC) is also in the break.
The average speed for the last lap was 42,7km/h.
23km to go.
Contador his chasing the break.
Sagan is chasing hard too! Contador can’t follow!
Sagan is now back with the break.
The peloton is getting back to the group from what we saw on the camera.
17km to go.
Tim Wellens (Lotto) attack once again!
Wellens got friends now in the break. But the peloton is back behind.
Albasini, the great sprinter from Orica-Green Edge is trying to escape.
14km to go. BMC rider is trying to make the junction with Albasini.
The crowd is going crazy last lap is coming!
Albasini got around 15 seconds.
The swiss rider is showing a lot of courage alone on CH giving everything he got.
Attack from Radio Shack rider! The peloton got him back.
Robert Gesink is trying to escape! Can he win the two races?!
Sagan got back to Gesink, Arthur Vichot from FDJ look strong too.
Froome attacked in front! Got back with the group. rYDER hESJEDAL ATTACK TOO!
What an awesome race by Robert Gesink again pushing in front.
Gesink is alone. Got 5-6 seconds.
Ryder attack once again.
Sagan is following him.
Sagan is now alone in front. Ryder attacked too early.
4km to go.
15 seconds for Sagan.
Ryder is still in the group chasing.
Sagan looks behind several times…
FLAMME ROUGE (1KM)
Sagan is going for the win, 16 seconds under the flamme rouge!
Ryder is pushing hard!
Peter Sagan wins the GP Cycliste of Montreal!
1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 5:20:07
2. Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:04
3. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:07
5. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
7. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
8. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:09
9. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
11. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
12. Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:26
13. Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
14. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
15. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
16. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
17. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team
18. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
19. Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
20. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
21. Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team
22. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
23. Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling
24. Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
25. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard
26. Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
27. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (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 Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
32. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
33. Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
34. Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
35. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
36. Miguel Minguez Ayala (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
37. Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
38. Peio 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 Velasco (Esp) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
46. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
47. Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
48. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ
49. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha
50. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
51. Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 0:00:43
52. Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:00:45
53. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:15
54. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team
55. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:33
56. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:53
57. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:02:42
58. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:25
59. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
60. Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
61. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
62. Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
63. Adrian Saez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
64. Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Movistar Team
65. Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp
66. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
67. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
68. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha
69. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
70. Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
71. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
72. Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEdge 0:05:28
73. Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ 0:06:25
74. Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
75. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
76. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:07:31
77. Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
78. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 0:07:52
79. Ryan Roth (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
80. Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha
81. Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
82. Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team
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
88. Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:56
89. Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:09:35
90. Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
91. Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Canada
92. Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
93. Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol 0:13:35
94. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Canada
95. Nic Hamlton (Can) Team Canada
96. Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:13:38
DNF Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling
DNF Joseph Lloyd 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 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
DNF Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
DNF Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Eloy Teruel Rovira (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (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 Cycling Team
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team
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
DNF Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
DNF Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
DNF Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
DNF Hugo Houle (Can) Ag2R La Mondiale
DNF Biel 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 Harley 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 Ambroa (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Ruben Perez Moreno (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) FDJ
DNF Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ
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 Bertjan 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) Team Canada
DNF Zachary Bell (Can) Team Canada
DNF Rob Britton (Can) Team Canada
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Team Canada
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