Gesink wins in Montreal

Sagan, Hesjedal round out top three

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) captured his first one-day ProTour event victory in solo fashion at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal on Sunday. The Dutchman attacked on the last of 16 laps and held off a chase group by just four seconds to take the win ahead of Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions).

"I'm really excited to win this race," said Gesink. "I saw the course for the first time yesterday and I thought it was a really good one for me. I am really happy and this is a really big victory for me.

"I didn't think I was going to be able to hold it because I was suffering, especially at the end when the group almost caught me," he added. "The whole last lap I doubted whether or not I could finish. There was no use in thinking about that but it was really painful seeing the guys coming behind. I just had enough at the end."

Gesink attacked the some 40 riders left in the peloton the last time over the circuit's decisive Ch. Camilien-Houde ascent to the top of Mont Royal. He orbited the final nine kilometres with a slim eight-second lead ahead of a six-man chase that included Sagan and Hesjedal, plus Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing), Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack) and Maxime Monfort (HTC-Columbia).

A tactical battle amongst the riders in the chase group lead to a disorganised effort and they were unable to close the four-second gap to Gesink. Boasson Hagen crashed through the U-turn with 500 metres to the finish line, making Sagan the odds-on favourite to take second place.

"Robert was already too far ahead when it was time to sprint," said Sagan. "There were four or five in my group but I think it was pretty obvious that Robert had already won the race."

Hesjedal was pleased with a podium result, having placed fourth in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec City two days prior. He exited the final U-turn first and held on for second place in the sprint.

"This weekend has been more than good and a real learning experience for me," the Canadian explained. "To have the honour of wearing the number one bib here, what can I say? I rode as best as I could. My team was amazing and helped to control the race. They left it all out there for me."

"Congrats to Peter [Sagan]," he added. "I didn't have the pleasure of seeing his breakout rides in Paris-Nice but he is a great rider and he showed that today so I can't be upset with a third place here, it was amazing. In the big picture it was life changing to come and race here after the season that I had."

World-class racing returns to Mont Royal

Some 170 ProTour riders lined up on the Avenue du Parc, at the base of a climb to the top of Mont Royal in excess of three kilometres. The same course was used in the 1974 World Championships won by Eddy Merckx, the 1976 Olympic road race and the site of many men's and women's World Cup events over the last two decades. The circuit was 12.6km and the men contested 16 laps for a total of 193.6km.

A highly animated first lap resulted in a breakaway that included Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank), Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Caisse d'Epargne), Julien Bernard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Alfredo Balloni (Lampre-Farnese Vini). The five men were later joined by Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step).

The breakaway was reduced to four riders when it lost two on the third lap. Bernard fell off the pace on the ascent and Balloni crashed into the ditch on the Ch. Remembrance descent. Meanwhile, Adam Hansen (HTC-Columbia) made a valiant effort to bridge across to the breakaway when he attacked over the crest of the climb.

He established a maximum of gap of 50 seconds' gap ahead of the field but remained in no-man's land for nearly three full laps before conceding to the peloton's chase.

The four leaders worked together long enough to establish three minutes of padding over the peloton. Spain's Madrazo Ruiz took the early lead in the King of the Mountain competition but not without a fight from countryman Izagirre, Tjallingii and Seeldraeyers.

Team Sky lead the chase with a tempo fast enough to keep the breakaway at a manageable distance. Chances were good that its sprinter Edvald Boasson Hagen could win the race after he placed second in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec City. RadioShack was also attentive at the front of the field working for its strongman Haimar Zubeldia.

With five laps to go, RadioShack let loose a series of attacks on the steep section of Mont Royal. Markel Irizar was the first to make a move followed by Chris Horner and Tiago Machado. The pair counter attacked and formed a chase group that also included Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Doimo), Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank) and Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-Farnese Vini). The chasers successfully bridged across to the lead group of four riders before the start of the next lap.

With four laps to go, Machado, Horner, Sorensen, Oss and Gavazzi opened up a one minute lead as the teams in the bunch like Rabobank, Quick Step, BBox Bouygues Telecom, BMC Racing, Garmin-Transitions and Euskaltel-Euskadi scrambled to get organised.

Danny Pate (Garmin-Transitions) set a strong tempo heading into the climb that allowed his teammate Ryder Hesjedal to afford an attack. Hesjedal was closely followed by Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank); however, his effort was not strong enough to create a separation in the long line of climbers.

"I wouldn't say that I was conservative today but it was my game plan to stick with the strongest guys," Hesjedal said. "After the main climb there was still a lot of road to go."

Horner, Gavazzi and Sorensen continued on with a mere 14-second lead, joined by bridging riders Cyril Gautier (BBox Bouygues Telecom), Andre Steensen (Saxo Bank) and Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ).

"There was a strong group in front and the team had to work really hard, which they did," explained Gesink. "We had help from Ryder's team too and I ad to wait and wait until it was the right moment to try to make a difference."

Rabobank and Garmin-Transitions, working for their respective riders Gesink and Hesjedal, successfully caught all breakaway riders with one lap to go where Gesink to made his winning attack. "It was obvious I had to wait until the last lap," Gesink said. "I thought it was the best place to gain time on the others, if that was possible, and then to make time to the finish line."


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank4:58:22 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:04 
3Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
4Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team Radioshack  
5Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
6Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:09 
7Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:14 
8Alexander Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
9Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
10Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
11Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
12Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
13Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
14Thibaut Jpinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
15Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
16Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
17Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
18José Joaquim Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
19Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
20David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
21Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
22Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
23Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
24Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack0:00:18 
25Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
26Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
27Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
28Julien Elfares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
29Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
30Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:29 
31Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:37 
32Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:00:41 
33Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:49 
34Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:55 
35Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:02:02 
36Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
37Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
38Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
39Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
41Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:02:11 
42Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:43 
43Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
44José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
45Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
46Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
47Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
48George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
49Evgueny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
50Marcus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
51Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
52Tristan Valenttin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:32 
53Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
54Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
55André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
56Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux0:04:32 
57Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:04:51 
58Diego Julissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:06:58 
59Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:08:46 
60Dario Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
61Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
62Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:09:02 
63Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
64Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
65Will Routley (Can) Canada  
66Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
67Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
68Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
69François Parisien (Can) Canada  
70Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
71David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
72Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
73Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack  
74Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
76Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
77Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
78Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
79Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
80Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:09:14 
81Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
82Fabio Jfelline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
83Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
84Anthony Charteau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
85Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
86Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:48 
87Dominique Rollin (Can) Canada  
88Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:14:32 
89Angel Jmadrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
90Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
91Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
HDDavid Jboily (Can) Canada0:21:56 
DNFSteven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFTimmy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFMartijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFJohan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFJavier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFJorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFGorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFMiguel Jminguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAlan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFJoost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFMaarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFSergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNFDavide Jcimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNFElia Jviviani (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNFMauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
DNFKevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step  
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
DNFKevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step  
DNFKurt Arvesen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFChristopher Froome (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFSerge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFMorris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFDavide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAnthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFJussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux  
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFMichael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFMarco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFKhalilov Mikhaylo (Ukr) Team Katusha  
DNFJohn Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFCyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBen Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFYuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlfredo Jballoni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFEnrico Jmagazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFDavid Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFGert Jdockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFPatrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFAdam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFVicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFArnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFDominik Jnerz (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFLuke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
DNFPeter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
DNFYevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana  
DNFAndriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
DNFRoman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Astana  
DNFMatthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFChristophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFFrancis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFMichiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFDaniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFCharles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFErmanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
DNFMarco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
DNFNoé Jgianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFLaurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFSébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFChad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFGuillaume Jboivin (Can) Canada  
DNFKeven Lacombe (Can) Canada  
DNFRob Britton (Can) Canada  
DNFRyan Anderson (Can) Canada  
DNSIvan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
DNSPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
DNSVidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
Best climber
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Angel Jmadrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
Best Canadian
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
Most Combative rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  


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