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Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec: Grande Allée 201.6km

Gerrans stakes his claim in Quebec

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Cycling News
Published:
September 7, 2012, 19:54,
Updated:
September 8, 2012, 02:23

Van Avermaet falls short in Canada

Orica-GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans beat Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) for the win

Orica-GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans beat Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) for the win

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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) Team Result
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 4:53:04  
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
3 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:04  
4 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team    
5 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
7 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
8 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp    
9 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
10 Francois Parisien (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
11 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan    
12 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
13 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
14 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling    
15 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan    
16 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
17 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
18 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
19 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank 0:00:08  
20 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
21 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling    
22 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
24 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan    
25 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
26 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
27 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:14  
28 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
29 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
30 Bruno Langlois (Can) Canada    
31 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
32 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
33 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:16  
34 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:21  
35 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:00:24  
36 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:30  
37 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank 0:00:32  
38 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) KAT 0:00:34  
39 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank 0:00:42  
40 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team    
41 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:45  
42 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
43 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp    
44 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
45 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
46 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
47 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team    
48 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
49 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team    
50 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
51 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
52 Rob Britton (Can) Canada 0:01:00  
53 Nic Hamlton (Can) Canada    
54 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 0:01:05  
55 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:26  
56 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
57 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
58 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
59 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
60 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:01:40  
61 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:01:47  
62 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling    
63 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
64 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
65 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
66 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
67 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat    
68 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
69 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
70 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
71 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
72 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
73 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
74 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
75 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
76 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:03  
77 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:35  
78 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
79 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:48  
80 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
81 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
82 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp 0:03:22  
83 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:03:34  
84 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:04:03  
85 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:04:41  
86 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
87 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
88 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
89 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
90 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
91 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
92 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
93 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
94 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp 0:05:18  
95 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
96 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
97 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
98 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:05:31  
99 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:06:24  
100 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team    
101 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
102 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
103 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:08:51  
104 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10    
105 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
106 Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
107 Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech Powered By C10 0:09:57  
108 Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
109 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada 0:13:56  
110 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10 0:18:59  
111 Martin Gilbert (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10    
DNF Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
DNF Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Sharp    
DNF Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
DNF Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Juraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
DNF Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team    
DNF Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
DNF Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
DNF Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
DNF Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
DNF Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan    
DNF Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan    
DNF Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
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 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Canada    
DNF Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Canada    
DNF Sebastian Salas (Can) Canada    
DNF Charly Vives (Can) Canada    

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