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) Team Result
1 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling 5:28:29  
2 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:02  
3 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team    
4 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge 0:00:04  
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 0:00:11  
24 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 0:00:22  
25 Francois Parisien (Can) Spidertech powered by C10    
26 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:24  
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 (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:28  
36 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
37 Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan    
38 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
39 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
40 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
41 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
42 Ruben Plaza (Spa) 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 (Spa) Movistar Team    
48 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) 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 (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
60 Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech powered by C10    
61 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:37  
62 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp    
63 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:42  
64 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:45  
65 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
66 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech powered by C10 0:01:02  
67 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:09  
68 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:43  
69 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:10  
70 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 0:02:29  
71 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:12  
72 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:22  
73 Christian Meier (Can) Orica - GreenEdge 0:03:45  
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 (Spa) 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 0:04:57  
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 0:07:08  
99 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:07:15  
100 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:07:20  
101 Michael Albasini (Swi) 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 (Swi) 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 (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Jésus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF José Ventoso (Spa) 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 (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Alan Perez (Spa) 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    

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