Gerrans stakes his claim in Quebec

Van Avermaet falls short in Canada

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) showed his late-season form is right on track for the world championships with a brilliantly timed victory in the GP Quebec WorldTour race.

Gerrans, who last won in Milan-San Remo, followed an attack from Van Avermaet with 4km to the finish. The Australian came into the race with high hopes and is looking to bring his form to the world championships in two weeks time. Pre-race favourite Peter Sagan tried to chase them down, but faded at 300 metres to go and slumped to 26th. He was absorbed by the chasing peloton and last year’s Montréal winner Rui Costa (Movistar) won the sprint for third place.

Entering the final lap it was Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank) and Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma – Quick Step) held a 20 second lead. They couldn’t hold the chasing peloton off and were caught at the foot of the final climb. Gerrans has had his eye on the late season with the World Championships in sight. “There are quite a few races that suit me at this time of year,” he said. “I have put a lot of emphasis to do well at this time of year.

“It was pretty nerve wracking. Both Greg and I worked had to build that gap and we couldn’t really slow down,” Gerrans continued. “We had one of the best riders in the peloton chasing us, Peter Sagan. It could have gone either way and I’m glad it went my way.”

Van Avermaet had mixed emotions after the race, “I’m disappointed because I thought I could win the race and I had the legs to do it. I attacked on the final climb and went full gas to the finish, to make sure that one of us won. We had to keep going because Sagan was chasing. Simon was just fresher and I’m happy with second.”

Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack) and Vladimir Gusev (Katusha), who’d already been part of a break, launched the big break of the day. The move was instigated by the Swiss rider with Gusev chasing him down. Danilo Wyss (BMC), Thomas Leezer (Rabobank) and Lucas Euser (Spidertech) followed suit and joined the front group. Casar (FDJ-BigMat), Marsh Cooper (Canada), Hugo Hule (Spidertech) were slightly further behind, but brought the lead group up to eight riders.

The escapees built up a maximum lead of 6:10, but with six laps to go Garmin and Europcar took to the front and started to drive the gap down. Casar was the first of the breakaway men to crack the Frenchman obviously feeling his earlier efforts he was spat straight out the back and pedalling squares. With just over two laps remaining it was all together for the peloton after the break, who’d been out since the fourth lap, were finally caught on the Cote de la Montagne.

Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank) and Bruno Langlois (Team Canada) took their opportunity and held a 20 second lead at the start of the penultimate lap. Behind them the peloton began to string out as a number of riders tried their luck. Langlois was replaced the Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) at the start of the last lap as the peloton behind them began to break up with the pace. With a stronger escape companion to work with they were able to drag the advantage open once again. It looked possible but once the peloton was out on the flat by the quay the gap was obliterated.

The catch was made at 4km to go, at the foot of the final climb, and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) immediately went off the front. Hot on his tail was Milan-San Remo champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge). The peloton tried to react, but the steep climb proved too much for some until Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) shot off the front. Under the flamme rouge the leading pair could see Sagan closing quickly behind them. The Slovak didn’t have the legs and faded at the 3km mark. Van Avermaet lead the sprint, but it was Gerrans who had the speed on this flatter finish.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team4:53:04 
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:00:04 
4Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
7Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
8Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp  
9Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
10Francois Parisien (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
11Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan  
12Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
13Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan  
14Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling  
15Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan  
16Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
17Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
18Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
19David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:08 
20Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
21Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling  
22Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
24Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan  
25Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
26Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
27Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:00:14 
28David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar  
29Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
30Bruno Langlois (Can) Canada  
31Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
32Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
33Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16 
34Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:21 
35Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:00:24 
36Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:30 
37Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:32 
38Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) KAT0:00:34 
39Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:42 
40Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
41Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:45 
42Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
43Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp  
44Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
45Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
46Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
47Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
48Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
49Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
50Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
51Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
52Rob Britton (Can) Canada0:01:00 
53Nic Hamlton (Can) Canada  
54Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD0:01:05 
55Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:01:26 
56Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
59Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
60Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:40 
61Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:47 
62Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling  
63Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
64Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
65Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
67Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat  
68Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
69Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
70Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
71Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
72Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
73Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
74Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
75Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
76Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:03 
77Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:35 
78Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
79Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:48 
80Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
81Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
82Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp0:03:22 
83Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:03:34 
84Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:03 
85Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:04:41 
86Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
87Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
88Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
89Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
90Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
91Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
92Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
93Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
94Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp0:05:18 
95Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
96Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
97Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:05:31 
99Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:24 
100Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team  
101Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
102Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
103Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:08:51 
104Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10  
105Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
106Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
107Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech Powered By C100:09:57 
108Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
109Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada0:13:56 
110Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech Powered By C100:18:59 
111Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10  
DNFChristian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
DNFAndreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp  
DNFPeter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFCyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFSébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFDanilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJosé Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFFrancisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFEdvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
DNFGeraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFEdward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFSimon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team  
DNFYury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
DNFChristian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
DNFValentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFrancis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFMaarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFGaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFDennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFTim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFMichael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFMaarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFGeorge Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
DNFBenjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
DNFThomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan  
DNFJorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFPeio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFJon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAlan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFMatthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD  
DNFDaniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFSimone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFJohnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFStefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFAnthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
DNFMads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFMarsh Cooper (Can) Canada  
DNFRémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Canada  
DNFSebastian Salas (Can) Canada  
DNFCharly Vives (Can) Canada  
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