Nordhaug guts out a victory in Montréal

Sky rider attacks, re-attacks to win

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky) held off a chasing bunch to take the biggest victory of his career at the GP Cyclist Montréal.

Nordhaug went with 4.5km to go, but it looked like he’d gone too early when he was passed by Alexander Kolobnev (Katusha) and Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale). Kolobnev surprised the bunch under the flamme rouge, with Moser moving out to take him with 100 metres to go. Nordhaug found another kick in his legs to overhaul the pair to win by two seconds.

The Norwegian is riding in his last season for Sky, he will be moving to Rabobank in the coming season. “I am leaving, but I’m happy I could get my chances to win,” Nordhaug said after the race. “I tried to cover the moves, but with 3km to go I felt good and Edvald [Boasson Hagen] was screaming on the radio ‘go’. I thought I would get beaten in the sprint but I wasn’t.”

Moser’s teammate Sagan was one of the pre-race favourites, but the Slovakian missed the split in the lead group. “I would like to have helped Peter so I went to the front of the group. I was on my own there so I followed Lars. I’m happy about this result; I didn’t feel good to start but towards the end, I started to feel better so I’m happy with this result.”

Friday’s winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) just missed the podium in fourth, with Nordhaug’s teammate and compatriot, Edvald Boasson Hagen, finishing in fifth.

A number of attacks went off the front in the opening laps, but it was Eduardo Vorganov (Katusha) who launched the first serious looking attack. The Russian was forced to make the gap on his own until he was joined by Manuele Baoro (Saxo Bank - Tinkoff) and Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale). Canadian national champion Ryan Roth (Spidertech) bridged the gap to the three leaders also.

The quartet was brought back, but Baoro made another effort after 31km. Cyril Gautier (Europcar) and Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) hunted down the Italian and made contact soon after starting the fourth lap. Behind them Garmin-Sharp put in a big effort to bring the peloton, which was still in two, back together. Once the lead had reached 30 seconds the peloton looked happy to let the three go and their advantage quickly increased.

Tired of waiting, Simone Ponzi (Astana) and Kristijan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale) made a move. With five minutes to the escapees it was always going to be a tough challenge to bridge the gap. The injection of pace caught a few riders out, including Heinrich Haussler, who went right off the back of the peloton.

On the 11th tour Ponzi and Koren’s attack was finally brought to the end. The catch signalled several jumps out of the front of the group, but it took a couple of attempts for something to stick. Selvaggi, who was in one of the early escapes, put his cards on the table and went for a lone bid. The Italian didn’t get too far and was left dangling off the front of the bunch for a lap. Baoro was the first of the three leaders to snap on the 14 ascent of the Côte Camillien-Houde.

With three laps remaining the peloton finally caught sight of the two remaining escapees as the doubled back on the Avenue de Parc. Katusha was driving the peloton now with Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) for assistance. Content that they would catch the leading pair before the end the peloton were happy to let them stay out front until the penultimate lap, allowing Gautier to take enough point to secure the king of the mountains competition. It was all together, but strung-out, as the riders neared the final lap with a number of riders trying to get away.

In the midst of the action the day was ended for Janez Brajkovic and Gerald Ciolek as the pair crashed in the peloton. Team Sky took to the front at the top of the climb to reduce the main bunch to some 20 riders, including Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Québec winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) plus a number of other pre-race favourites.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) decided to go earlier than in Québec, attacking at the 7km to go mark. The move didn’t work and the Belgian was swallowed by the strong group. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky) positioned himself a few metres in front of the group, forcing the other teams to respond.

The response came from Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil). While they were all watching Nordhaug, Alexander Kolobnev jumped the group under the flamme rouge. It looked like he might just make it but Nordhaug found the strength to overhaul the Russian with Moser in second and Kolobnev slumping to third.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling5:28:29 
2Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:02 
3Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
4Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:00:04 
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
6Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
7Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
8Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
9Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
10Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan  
11Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp  
12Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
13Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
14Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
15Oliver Zaug (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan  
16Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
17Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
18Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
19Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
20Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
21Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
22Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp0:00:11 
24David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar0:00:22 
25Francois Parisien (Can) Spidertech powered by C10  
26Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:24 
27Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
28Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
29Borut Bozic (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
30Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
31Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
32Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
33Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
34Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
35Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:28 
36Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
37Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan  
38Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
39Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
40Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
41Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team  
43Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
44Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
45David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
46Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
47Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
49Aleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech powered by C10  
50Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
51Matthew Busche (USA) Radioshack-Nissan  
52Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
53Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana  
55Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
56Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling  
58Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
59Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
60Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech powered by C10  
61Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:37 
62Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
63Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:42 
64Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:45 
65Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
66Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech powered by C100:01:02 
67Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:09 
68Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:43 
69Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:10 
70Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:02:29 
71Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:12 
72Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:22 
73Christian Meier (Can) Orica - GreenEdge0:03:45 
74Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
75Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
76Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
77Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Radioshack-Nissan  
78Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
79Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
80Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
81Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech powered by C10  
82Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
83Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
84Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica - GreenEdge  
85Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
86Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
87Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
88Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat  
89Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
90Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
91Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
92Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
93Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
94Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:57 
95Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
96Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team  
97Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech powered by C10  
98Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:07:08 
99Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:07:15 
100Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:20 
101Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica - GreenEdge  
102Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
103Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
104Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
105Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
106Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
107Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
108Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
109Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
110Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
111George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan  
112Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
113Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
114Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
115Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
116Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech powered by C100:12:23 
DNFJosé Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJésus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJosé Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFChristian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFAndreas Klier (Ger) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFManuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFSébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFThomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling  
DNFGeraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFEdward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFDominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
DNFJulien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
DNFGiampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
DNFYury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica - GreenEdge  
DNFMatthew Goss (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge  
DNFValentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
DNFMaarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFDennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFMaarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFMikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFJorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFEgoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFAlan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFMatthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD  
DNFDaniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFJulien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
DNFMads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
DNFTroels Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRyan Anderson (Can) Spidertech powered by C10  

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