Gerrans wins GP de Montréal

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) secured his second consecutive victory of the weekend at the WorldTour finale Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday. After winning in Quebec City on Friday, the Australian sprinter out-paced world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) to grant his team it’s 101st victory on the streets on Montreal.

Gerrans used every last teammate to aid in his victory by managing an all-day breakaway, dragging attacks back on the final climb over the circuit’s decisive ascent on Mont Royal, and along the descent through the city’s downtown streets toward the finish line on Avenue du Parc.

"I couldn’t have asked any more of the team again today," Gerrans said. "We set out a plan at the start of the day, everyone followed it perfectly and the race unfolded exactly as we wanted.

"To still have four or five teammates there coming into the final was amazing so I am just really happy to be able to finish off some great teamwork again."

The field swallowed up the last rider of a four-man breakaway at the base of the 17th and final climb over Mont Royal. Costa was the first to make an attack but he failed to make a clean break and was soon joined by a select group that included Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge). Gerrans jumped across with Lotto Belisol teammates Tim Wellens and Tony Gallopin, causing the collective lead group to reconsider its odds with such a fast finisher in the mix.

Several bridge attempts helped bring the group back together before the circuit’s second smaller climb. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) moved to the front and put in a strong effort, and although they weren’t able to get a gap, they successfully whittled down the group in contention for the win.

Costa made a second attack on the descent toward Avenue du Parc with three kilometers to go. He managed to clear the field by a few seconds but the move was short-lived as Peter Weening led his Orica-GreenEdge team into an organized lead-out for Gerrans.

How it unfolded

The fifth edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal's 205.7km race, 17 laps of a 12km course, was held on challenging but familiar circuit over Mont Royal with versions of it previously used as a World Championships course in 1974, Olympic Games route in 1976, a men's World Cup course in the 1980s and 1990s, and a women's World Cup course in the 1990s and 2000s.

They day’s breakaway formed over the first ascent with Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), Louis Vervaeke (Lotto) and Jan Polanc (Lampre), who was also represented in the breakaway during the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday. Ryan Roth (Canada) later bridged across to the three riders and they built up a lead of 11 minutes after the first few laps.

Movistar’s fast-paced chase from behind split the field into three with Gerrans caught in the third chase group. Orica-GreenEgde’s Christian Meier and Mathew Hayman did much of the work ahead of the second main group to close down the gap and the three groups came back together six laps into the race.

Hayman led the chase with help from two Katusha riders, bringing the gap to the break down to under ten minutes, while also looking back after the climb keep en eye on their respective sprinters Gerrans and Alexander Kristoff.

Astana threw in a few riders to help with the chase at the halfway point of the race and helped reduce the gap to under seven minutes, likely working for its Italian rider Enrico Gasparotto. Meanwhile, it was also a point of the race where some riders started pulling off to the side of the road to either call it a day or to call it the end of a long season.

Roth, who struggled on the climb during the breakaway but made his contributions to their overall effort on the flats, yo-yo'd on and off the back until finally falling off pace for good with three laps to go. It wasn’t long before Jeannesson was also dropped. Polanc and Vervaeke continued to sprint one another for the mountain classification points at the top. In the end, it was Vervaeke who secured the special award.

Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Jean-Christophe Peraud, who was second at the Tour de France, made a brief appearance at the front of the main field, towing the riders over Mont Royal for the second to last time. He was joined by Meier and teammate Simon Yates, along with several riders from BMC in keeping the pace high.

Sensing the peloton was just over a minute behind, Polanc made one last move to try and stay away for a little longer, leaving Vervaeke behind. He crossed through the start-finish line with one lap to go, after being off the front for more than 190km, with less than 50 seconds on a field that was determined to close down the gap and restart the battle for the day’s win.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge5:24:27
2Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-BelisolRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-SharpRow 3 - Cell 2
5Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-ShimanoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC RacingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 11 - Cell 2
13Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) MovistarRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 14 - Cell 2
16Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant-ShimanoRow 16 - Cell 2
18Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 18 - Cell 2
20Davide Formolo (Ita) CannondaleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:07
23Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 23 - Cell 2
25Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 24 - Cell 2
26Michael Woods (Can) CanadaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Simon Spilak (Slo) KatushaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC RacingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Kévin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:17
32Egor Silin (Rus) KatushaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:20
34Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale0:00:27
35Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing0:00:38
36Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:50
37Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:01
39Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp0:01:06
41Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant-ShimanoRow 40 - Cell 2
42Peter Stetina (USA) BMC RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 42 - Cell 2
44Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Cristiano Salerno (Ita) CannondaleRow 44 - Cell 2
46Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 46 - Cell 2
48Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 47 - Cell 2
49Marco Marcato (Ita) CannondaleRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha0:01:18
51Daan Olivier (Ned) Giant-Shimano0:01:26
52Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) MovistarRow 52 - Cell 2
54Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Giant-ShimanoRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida0:01:32
56Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing0:01:39
57Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 56 - Cell 2
58Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale0:01:58
59Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:14
60Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 59 - Cell 2
61Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team SkyRow 60 - Cell 2
62Matej Mohoric (Slo) CannondaleRow 61 - Cell 2
63Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:37
65Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Giant-Shimano0:04:00
66Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) KatushaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Hugo Houle (Can) Ag2r-La Mondiale0:04:33
68Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ryan Anderson (Can) CanadaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:04:39
72Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) MovistarRow 71 - Cell 2
73Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 72 - Cell 2
74Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 75 - Cell 2
77Michael Schär (Swi) BMC RacingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC RacingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 78 - Cell 2
80Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 79 - Cell 2
81Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 81 - Cell 2
83Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 82 - Cell 2
84Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 83 - Cell 2
85Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory RacingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory RacingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 86 - Cell 2
88Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 87 - Cell 2
89Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 88 - Cell 2
90Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 89 - Cell 2
91Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 91 - Cell 2
93David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.frRow 93 - Cell 2
95Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar0:05:59
96Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale0:06:01
97Bruno Langlois (Can) Canada0:08:21
98Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 97 - Cell 2
99Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 98 - Cell 2
100Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.frRow 100 - Cell 2
102Alexander Kristoff (Nor) KatushaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 102 - Cell 2
104Edward King (USA) Cannondale0:09:59
105Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 104 - Cell 2
106Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 105 - Cell 2
107Garrett Mccleod (Can) Canada0:10:09
108Ryan Roth (Can) CanadaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Thierry Hupond (Fra) Giant-Shimano0:12:00
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Horner (USA) Lampre-MeridaRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFIgor Anton Hernandez (Spa) MovistarRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) MovistarRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) MovistarRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFFrancisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) MovistarRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFBlel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFJay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFZdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFSerge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFVladimir Isaichev (Rus) KatushaRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Haller (Aut) KatushaRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFNicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFYannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC RacingRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFBen Hermans (Bel) BMC RacingRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFJakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFFredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFHayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Peterson (USA) Giant-ShimanoRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Earle (Aus) Team SkyRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team SkyRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFDanny Pate (USA) Team SkyRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFMathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.frRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFAntoine Duchesne (Can) Team EuropcarRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) CanadaRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFPierrick Naud (Can) CanadaRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Perry (Can) CanadaRow 150 - Cell 2
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Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr1
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Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol1
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Mountain 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol1
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Mountain 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol1
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Mountain 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida1
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Mountain 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida1
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Mountain 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol1
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Mountain 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol1
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Mountain 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida1
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Mountain 10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol1
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Mountain 11
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida1
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Mountain 12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol5pts
2Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 13
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol5pts
2Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountian 14
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida5pts
2Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 15
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol10pts
2Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ryan Roth (Can) Canada2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 16
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida10pts
2Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 17
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling10pts
2Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol33pts
2Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida26Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ryan Roth (Can) Canada2Row 6 - Cell 3


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