Gerrans wins Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec

Simon Gerrans secured Orica-GreenEdge's 100th win at the WorldTour Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday. The Australian came back from an untimely late-race mechanical to win the uphill sprint along the Grande Allée ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) and Ramanus Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp).

Lampre-Merida led the race into the final climb over the circuit’s decisive Cote de la Montagne with current world champion Rui Costa in a good position. Orica-GreenEdge took over the pace setting as the race crested the climb as Costa remained in tow. Bauke Mollema (Belkin) made a move over the second and shorter climb on the course, but his move was shut down by several riders who tried to bridge across in the closing kilometers.

Lotto Belisol’s Jelle Vanendert made a strong attack and cleared the field in the last kilometer but he was soon joined by Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). The trio led the race into the last few hundred meters on the long and uphill straight away towards the finish line but they were caught by a swarm of sprinters left in the field.

Dumoulin started his sprint and looked to have the race locked up, however, Gerrans took a run at him from a few meters back and sprinted past him at the line, taking a commanding win. The finish was marred by a crash, with FDJ’s Arthur Vichot hitting the pavement and being taken away my medical services with a suspected broken collarbone.

“I'm really proud of this victory. It's come off the back of a long season, so I'm really pleased to be back in good form after a strong start to the season, a good spring and a difficult Tour de France. This is a really special victory. I want to say thanks to my teammates. They supported me all day: Meier by controlling all day, Jens Keukeleire went in the break and the whole team supported me in the sprint. This is a win for the collective,” he said.

"I honestly thought my race was over after having a mechanical late on but the team car was well placed and I got back on quite quickly. But I only knew I had a chance of fighting for victory in the last five kilometres when we caught the break."

“Tom started his sprint nice and early. It was a good move because there was some hesitation in group. When he went I had to go early too. I was lucky I got a gap on the guys and got passed Tom just before the line. He showed how strong he is and I'm sure he'll win a lot in the future.”

After his victory in Quebec, Gerrans is now looking forward to Sunday's Gran Prix Cycliste de Montreal. No rider has ever won both races in the same year.

“I'm sure we'll see a similar group of guys fighting out for victory,” he predicted. “The parcours is different, it's more demanding than Quebec, so it's shaping up to be a great race.”

Tom Dumoulin was disappointed to take another close second place after missing out on victory at the recent Tour of Alberta stage race in Canada. However the Dutchman was proud of his performance and to have finished second in a WorldTour race.

“When you get passed in last five metres, your first reaction is to be pissed. But maybe tomorrow I'll look back with a positive feeling,” he said. “I've had a lot of second places this year and last year. Alberta was more disappointing and I also lost in the last five metres but this the first time I've got a result in a Classic, with the best riders in action. I'm really happy about that.”

“I knew it was really early to go but I had (teammate) Geschke on my wheel and no time to discuss anymore. Either he let a gap go for me in the headwind or he had to go with me and I lead out for him. I had to go, I had no other choice and so I've no regrets. It was a shame I got second on the line but that's racing.”

Navardauskas also had no regrets about finishing third after being in the late breakaway.

“I was feeling tired after the Tour de France and took some time off. But after riding the Tour of Alberta, I've been feeling better. I was happy to race today and had good form and good legs. I was in break and felt good, so tried my best. I'm happy to take third,” he explained.

How it happened

The Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec City is the first of two WorldTour events held in the Canadian province of Quebec, with the second held on Sunday in Montreal. Riders faced 11 laps of an 18.1km course for a total of 199.1km on a challenging course with two decisive climbs, the first over the Cote de la Montagne, after 14km, and the smaller ascent on the Cote de la Potasse located 16.2km into the lap.

The riders lined up on the Grande Allée, heading out on a gentle descent through Les Plaines d’Abraham park and back up to the Grande Allée Ouest. The riders dropped down to the Rue Champlain and raced along the St. Lawrence river before making a turn back up through the port of the walls of old Quebec City and up the first climb.

The first attack came from the first kilometer, when Belkin's Dennis Van Winden got away. He was joined on the lap by Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida), Moreno Moser (Cannondale) and Yukiya Arashiro (Team Europcar) creating the four-man group that would stay clear for the next eight laps.

The short but steep Cote de la Montagne was expected to cause the field to dwindle on each lap. The four escapees took advantage of the second climb on course over the Cote de la Potasse and back up through the start-finish to build a large lead.

The quartet built a maximum gap of nine minutes with in the first 34km and worked well together for the following 60km but it wasn't enough to hold off a chasing field led almost entirely by Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge) and Peter Stetina (BMC Racing).

Van Winden picked up the majority of the mountain points each lap over the Cote de la Montagne, but was challenged by Arashiro as the peloton closed in on them with 70km to go.

The breakaway lost its organization over the climb at the 120km mark when Van Winden and Arashiro went clear while battling for mountain points, and although Moser and Polanc regained contact on the short descent that followed, their lead had been diminished to two minutes

On the next lap, the peloton had whittled down the gap to mere seconds, and the breakaway was finally doomed to end over the Cote de la Montagne with three laps to go.

Perrig Quemeneur (Team Europcar) then tried to jump clear of the field, but his efforts were short-lived and the field was back together along the Rue Champlain heading toward the circuit’s main ascent. The pace of the field quickened in the closing laps and it wasn't long before riders started falling off the back.

Eleven riders Rafael Valls (Lampre-Merida), Sébastien Minard (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Nicki Sorensen (Tinkoff-Saxo), Jonathan Hivert (Belkin), Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Valerio Agnoli (Astana), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEdge), Ramanus Navardauskas and Steele von Hoff (Garmin-Sharp), Kevin Reza (Team Europcar) and Michael Woods (Canada) got a gap on the peloton on the penultimate lap, gaining half a minute on the field.

Meanwhile, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), who won the 2012 edition, was interrupted by an untimely mechanical with just over a lap to go, but a quick bike change from his team car got him back underway.

Jan Bakelants and Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) along with Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol and Enrico Gassparotto (Astana) bridged across to the move, but now with 15 riders, the break was too big to stay away, and they were reabsorbed into the field before the final climb over the Cote de la Montagne with six kilometers to go.

Attacks flew as the line approached, but patience and timing were key to victory, and Gerrans had both - Dumoulin jumped too early and the Australian champion surged past to snatch the victory from the young Dutchman's grasp with just five meters to the line.

 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge4:42:54
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-ShimanoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-SharpRow 2 - Cell 2
4Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-BelisolRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 10 - Cell 2
12Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) MovistarRow 12 - Cell 2
14Davide Formolo (Ita) CannondaleRow 13 - Cell 2
15Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 14 - Cell 2
16Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant-ShimanoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Marco Marcato (Ita) CannondaleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant-ShimanoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky0:00:07
21Alexander Kristoff (Nor) KatushaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-SharpRow 24 - Cell 2
26Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Giant-ShimanoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Ryan Anderson (Can) CanadaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 27 - Cell 2
29Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale0:00:12
31David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:00:18
33Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol0:00:22
35Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:27
36Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing0:00:29
37Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale0:00:34
40Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing0:00:39
41Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar0:00:41
42Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) KatushaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) CanadaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) MovistarRow 43 - Cell 2
45Hugo Houle (Can) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 46 - Cell 2
48Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory RacingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Daan Olivier (Ned) Giant-ShimanoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Bruno Langlois (Can) CanadaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) MovistarRow 51 - Cell 2
53Michael Schär (Swi) BMC RacingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 53 - Cell 2
55Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC RacingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC RacingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ryan Roth (Can) CanadaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 58 - Cell 2
60Simon Spilak (Slo) KatushaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 62 - Cell 2
64Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory RacingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Edward King (USA) CannondaleRow 65 - Cell 2
67Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 67 - Cell 2
69Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 68 - Cell 2
70Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory RacingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:52
72Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:01:10
73Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 73 - Cell 2
75Michael Woods (Can) CanadaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Matej Mohoric (Slo) CannondaleRow 77 - Cell 2
79Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) MovistarRow 79 - Cell 2
81Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) MovistarRow 80 - Cell 2
82Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC RacingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) MovistarRow 82 - Cell 2
84Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-MeridaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 86 - Cell 2
88Garrett Mccleod (Can) CanadaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Giant-ShimanoRow 88 - Cell 2
90Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 90 - Cell 2
92Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Benjamin Perry (Can) CanadaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida0:02:04
95Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 94 - Cell 2
96Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:13
97Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:15
98Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha0:02:41
99Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale0:02:59
100Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:51
101Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 100 - Cell 2
102Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Egor Silin (Rus) KatushaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 106 - Cell 2
108Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 107 - Cell 2
109Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 108 - Cell 2
110Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 109 - Cell 2
111Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:10
112Thierry Hupond (Fra) Giant-ShimanoRow 111 - Cell 2
113Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 113 - Cell 2
115Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-MeridaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 115 - Cell 2
117Danny Pate (USA) Team SkyRow 116 - Cell 2
118Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 117 - Cell 2
119Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 118 - Cell 2
120Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-MeridaRow 119 - Cell 2
121Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.frRow 120 - Cell 2
122Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:05:28
123Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 122 - Cell 2
124Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 123 - Cell 2
125Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha0:06:06
126Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale0:06:10
127Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 126 - Cell 2
128Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 127 - Cell 2
129Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:07:57
130Pierrick Naud (Can) CanadaRow 129 - Cell 2
131Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:09:57
132Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:10:00
133Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha0:10:08
134Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale0:13:36
135Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.frRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) MovistarRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) KatushaRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro CyclingRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Stetina (USA) BMC RacingRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFGrégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Peterson (USA) Giant-ShimanoRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Earle (Aus) Team SkyRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team SkyRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFStig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFBen Gastauer (Lux) Ag2r-La MondialeRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFLouis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 147 - Cell 2
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