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Costa claims GP Montreal

Kirsten Frattini

Fedrigo second as Gilbert steps on podium again

Rui Costa (Movistar) celebrates his victory in the GP Montreal

Rui Costa (Movistar) celebrates his victory in the GP Montreal

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Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Movistar) out-paced a late-race breakaway of three to secure the victory at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal on Sunday.

The Portuguese climber won the drag race to the line ahead of Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ) in second. It was the third win of the season for the 25-year-old after his Tour de France stage win at Super Besse and the overall victory in the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid.

“This is a very important victory because it is a WorldTour win,” Costa said. “The Tour win was also a special victory, obviously, because the Tour is the Tour and that is the biggest race that you can win at. But, I felt really strong today and I think I had a really strong team.”

Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec winner Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) put in a stunning final bid to catch the trio ahead and sprinted from a chasing group, but fell short catching only Stefan Denifl (Leopard Trek) but failing to close down the two seconds to the riders ahead.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) earned the events Best Canadian Rider award for finishing 11th place on the day. Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) won the King of the Mountain (KOM) compeition, while Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) secured the Most Aggressive rider award for his lengthy time spent in the breakaway.

"I can’t say that I am disappointed to race here in Canada, Quebec City and Montreal," said Hesjedal who came into the races as a favourite. "For me, it is a very important part of the season. Even if I was last both days I would still have enjoyed myself."

Last lap furry over Mont Royal

Costa launched an attack out of a fading breakaway on the last climb up the circuit’s decisive Mont Royal. He was quickly followed by Rigoberto Uran (Sky Pro Cycling) and Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo). Behind the trio, several riders made their respective attacks including Robert Gesink (Rabobank).

A three-man move was the next to go on the descent through the city streets that included Costa, Fedrigo and Denfil. "The problem in the finale was that I was a little bit out of competition and had cramps," said Fedrigo, who is recovering from Lyme disease. "I’m not at my best level but I am on my way back."

A fierce chase from behind was led by Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) in an attempt to close the roughly seven-second gap to the three breakaway riders with five kilometres to go.

Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was the next to make a move out of the chase group. However, the tactics between the chase group resulted in the breakaway gaining an additional 10 seconds on the descent along Ste-Catherine down to the finish line on Avenue du Parc.

Gilbert started the small bunch sprint behind the breakaway riders with roughly 800 metres to go and passed Denfil at the line for third place.

"We came down the climb with a 15-second lead and so we were pretty confident that we would stay away," Costa said. "We never looked back. Once the red flame was over, the only thing left in my mind was to win. There was not thinking of anything else. I knew that Fedrigo was the man to beat and I went for it."

Four men make the breakaway on Mont Royal

The peloton lined up on Avenue du Parc for the second annual UCI WorldTour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal on September 11, in a moment of silence in memory of the 9/11 tragedy.

The 205.7km race took place on a challenging circuit previously used as a World Championships course in 1974, Olympic Games in 1976, a men’s World Cup in the 1980s and 1990s, and a women’s World Cup in the 1990s and 2000s.

The riders contested 17 laps of a 12.1km loop that started along Avenue du Parc at the base of circuit’s significant ascent up Mont Royal. Riders descended the Chemin Remembrance and the Cote des Neiges before beginning a technical battle through the downtown streets surrounding the Universite de Montreal. The continued along a lengthy descent down the Cote Ste-Catherines back onto Avenue du Parc to the finish line.

A breakaway of 18 riders rode off the front of an aggressive peloton on the first climb over Mont Royal. The peloton merged back together on the lengthy descent along Ste-Catherines. Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) stretched his legs over the climb on the third lap picking up points toward the KOM competition.

Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) was the next to go over Mont Royal on the fourth lap. He was later joined by Danilo Di Luca (Katusha), Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) and Anthony Geslin (FDJ).

Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was forced to take a bike change due to a mechanical at the start of the fifth lap, and luck continued to elude Gilbert as he was forced off his bike a second time, this time crashing into the course fence at the end of the fifth lap. He utilized help from teammates Maarten Neyens and Oscar Pujol to get back into the peloton on Mont Royal at the start of lap six.

"Honestly, I think that third place is a superb result because I crashed and I was really scared," Gilbert said. "When I hit the ground I told myself maybe it was over for the world championships. I managed to get back on the bike and I felt better as the race went."

The breakaway of four riders continued to work well together increasing their gap to 6:30. The gap dropped significantly to four minutes during laps seven, eight and nine. Rabobank and Sky Pro Cycling were responsible for setting a strong tempo.

Di Luca made use of his time off the front of the field by picking up the majority of KOM points at the top of Mont Royal each lap. The leaders gap decreased to 2:45 minutes with five laps to go, as strong climbers back in the peloton rallied toward the front of the field before Mont Royal. The four were reeled back in on the 15th lap.

The demise of an all-day breakaway of four rider led to a new and larger group of opportunist that included David Veilleux (Europcar), Svein Tuft (SpiderTech p/b C10), Michael Barry (Sky Pro Cycling), Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo), Maarten Wynants (Rabobank), Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad), Gregory Rast (RadioShack), Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas-Cannondale), Gorazd Stangelj (Astana), Alberto Faria (Movistar), Francesco Reda (Quick Step), Jean-ChristophePeraud (AG2R-La Mondiale), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis Le Credit).

Barry made his move on the ascent with two laps to go opening up a small gap ahead of his breakaway companions. His move was later countered by Peraud on the shorter and steeper ascents through the city.

Back in the field, Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) launch an attack over the climb and was followed by top climbers Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo). The peloton reunited on the descent down onto the technical city streets, in continued pursuit of the 14-man breakaway ahead with a mere nine-second lead.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rui Alberto Faria Costa (Por) Movistar Team 5:20:18  
2 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:02  
4 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
5 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek    
6 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:04  
7 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
9 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
11 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
12 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
13 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
14 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
15 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
16 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
17 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
18 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack    
19 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
20 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team    
21 Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek    
22 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
23 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
24 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team    
25 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad    
26 Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
27 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
28 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10  
29 Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad    
30 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
31 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    
32 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
33 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana    
34 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
35 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard    
36 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
37 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack    
38 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team    
39 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
40 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:14  
41 Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek    
42 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:16  
43 Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
44 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
45 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling    
46 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
47 Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:21  
48 Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana    
49 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
50 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:00:28  
51 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
52 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
53 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ 0:00:32  
54 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling 0:00:34  
55 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
56 Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:38  
57 Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
58 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:40  
59 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:43  
60 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:44  
61 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:44  
62 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:04:43  
63 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
64 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
65 Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack    
66 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
67 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
68 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
69 Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek    
70 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
71 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling    
72 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
73 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
74 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
75 Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team    
76 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
77 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
78 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
79 Óscar Pujol Muñoz (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:04:48  
80 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:04:56  
81 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
82 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek    
83 Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
84 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack    
85 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
86 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
87 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 0:06:53  
88 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
89 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack    
90 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD    
91 Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad    
92 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ    
93 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:08:24  
94 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
95 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
96 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
97 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
98 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard    
99 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
100 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
101 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
102 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
103 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
104 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team    
105 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
106 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
107 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad    
108 Ryan Roth (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
109 Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team    
110 Caleb Fairly (USA) HTC-Highroad    
111 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team    
112 Laurent Didier (Lux) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:10:24  
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
DNF Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek    
DNF Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Thimothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard    
DNF Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack    
DNF Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack    
DNF Jason McCartney (USA) Team RadioShack    
DNF Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team    
DNF Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team    
DNF Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Allan Davis (Aus) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
DNF David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ    
DNF Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
DNF Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
DNF Bruno Langlois (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
DNF Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
DNF Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10