Lars Petter Nordhaug nails career best win in GP Cycliste de Montréal
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lars Petter Nordhaug nails career best win in GP Cycliste de Montréal

by Kyle Moore at 5:06 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
Outduels Moser and Kolobnev in late break

GP MontrealLars Petter Nordhaug (Sky Procycling) nabbed the biggest victory of his career in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday, coming back on Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Alexander Kolobnev (Katusha) in the closing meters.

The victory is Nordhaug’s second in a month, after the Norwegian took stage three of the Tour of Denmark, and the lesser-known Norwegian rider continues on some sparkling form at the end of the season.

Nordhaug went away for the first time with still 5km to race, in a battle that looked as if it would end with a bunch sprint, with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) strategically placed in the lead bunch for his team. Nordhaug’s gap was never very large with several riders looking to keep him close, and an elite selection of about 25 was present just behind.

With Moser, as well as riders from Vacansoleil-DCM and Katusha chasing, Nordhaug continued to dangle out front alone for more than three kilometres, before being joined by three men with two kilometres to go. Kolobnev made a serious attack with Nordhaug behind him and took the one-kilometre banner alone.

Moser dug deep and dragged the Russian back before making a move for the line on his own, but Nordhaug had clung to the wheel of the young Italian. When Moser started to flag within sight of the line, the Norwegian came out of his wheel and blasted over the line, celebrating his biggest victory.

“It’s incredible. I was riding for [Edvald] Boasson Hagen today, and we thought it was going to be a sprint,” Nordhaug said afterward. “I tried to sit at the front and cover the attack. I saw three guys were coming, I waited a bit, and I thought I wasn’t going to take the sprint, because the other guys were fast. But I had unbelievable legs.

“I have two victories this season, but to win a race like this is the biggest achievement I have ever had.”

Moser was probably the favourite among the final three men, but was out of gas in the finale and could not hold on to the speed he had used to close down Kolobnev.

“In the last 100 meters there was nothing in my legs,” Moser admitted. “It’s a good race. It’s a hard race, but a great race, as there were many people on the climb. At the beginning of the season I didn’t think I would do what I’ve done,” said the five-time winner in 2012.

How the day played out:

The first two-thirds of the 205-kilometre day was highlighted by a three-man breakaway, with a chase group of two trying to bridge but being unable. Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) got the early television time, as did Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Simone Ponzi (Astana), who fought together throughout the first half of the day to get to the front.

The first group of three maxed out its lead at four minutes, with the chasing duo hovering halfway between for the duration of its time out. The race got underway in earnest with 45km to race, when Boaro was dropped on a climb and Koren and Ponzi were pulled back by the peloton.

The Montréal circuit featured two decisive climbs – the Côte de Camilien-Houde and the Côte de la Polytechnique - plus a short uphill leading to the finish line. Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) got the attacking underway from the peloton, and after being away for a few kilometres and inspiring a few chasers, all was soon back together. The peloton had cut the gap to the leaders down to 1’50” and shut off the gas momentarily, before Liquigas-Cannondale came to the front with Koren back in.

Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) was paced back after a mechanical as the first of several moves was made by Markus Burghardt (BMC Racing), the first of which was covered by Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp). With 40km to go, Burghardt accelerated again, this time taking a Europcar rider with him. With 35km to go, the peloton shut off once more and Omega Pharma-Quick Step moved forward.

With the leading duo just a minute up the road, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) made a move, along with Tim Wellens (Lotto-Belisol), who would be very active, plus Thomas Voeckler (Europcar). With so many pseudo-attacks being made, the gap to Gautier and Martinez tumbled, down to 30 seconds with 30km to the finish. Andriy Grivko (Astana) and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) each played cards next, though too early to make anything stick, and everything was soon together again.

Dennis Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) went off the front for the better part of five kilometres with much of the peloton feeding, as defending race champion Rui Costa (Movistar) was near the fore. With 25km to go and Vanendert still away, Hoogerland flatted and faced a solo chase back as the peloton hit the Côte de Camilien-Houde on the penultimate lap. Simon Spilak (Katusha) and Anthony Charteau (Europcar) attacked into the bottom of the climb, while Vanendert was spit out the back, and Hoogerland successfully connected, showcasing some good conditioning to do so as quickly. Another acceleration by Lotto’s Wellens added to the pressure, and riders from Orica-GreenEdge and Movistar showed themselves at the front for the first time.

Wellens was the first to claw back Gautier and Martinez with 20km to go, just as the bunch entered the Côte de la Polytechnique for the penultimate time. Everything would calm down again, before Grivko and Wellens pressured once more, followed by Burghardt. With Katusha and FDJ-BigMat’s Arthur Vichot pushing, a seven-man split formed. This did not include Burghardt, who hit the front of the peloton for BMC, sensing the danger of the seven, which did contain Grivko, Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Luca Paolini (Katusha), and Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

With the group coming back, Voeckler jumped across, but all were together beginning the bell lap. David Tanner (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) attacked on the Camilien-Houde and the in-form David Veilleux (Europcar) tried to get across, inspiring the big names in the bunch to show themselves. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) and Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) emerged along with Oliver Zaugg (Radioshack-Nissan). Behind, a crash ruined the chances of Janez Brajkovic (Astana), and also took out Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

Near the top of the climb, Alex Dowsett (Sky Procycling) attacked, setting up Edvald Boasson Hagen, while drawing out Quebec champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge). Over the top of the climb, it became clear that a selection of around 25 had been made, including Sagan, Chavanel, Hesjedal, Hoogerland, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank). With 8km to the finish, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) laid his cards on the table, getting away briefly before Hesjedal set off after him. Rabobank and Sagan worked to close everything down, with Gerrans along as well.

With 5km to go, Nordhaug made his move, eventually igniting Moser and Kolobnev. Three kilometres later, Nordhaug was caught and Kolobnev was away. The podium appeared decided with the three only to determine the positions. Moser appeared as if he would get another statement victory after pulling back the Russian, but Nordhaug snuck around after the Italian locked up.

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (WorldTour):

1, Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky Procycling) 205.7 km in 5 hours 28 mins 29 secs
2, Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 2 secs
3, Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha Team)
4, Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEdge) at 4 secs
5, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling)
6, Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
7, Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol Team)
8, Rui Costa (Movistar Team)
9, Luca Paolini (Katusha Team)
10, Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Nissan)
11, Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp)
12, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
13, Arthur Vichot (FDJ-Big Mat)
14, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
15, Oliver Zaug (Radioshack-Nissan)
16, Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
17, Chris Anker Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
18, Paul Martens (Rabobank Cycling Team)
19, Francesco Gavazzi (Pro Team Astana)
20, Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank Cycling Team)
21, Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)
22, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)
23, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) at 11 secs
24, David Veilleux (Team Europcar) at 22 secs
25, Francois Parisien (Spidertech powered by C10)
26, Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Sharp) at 24 secs
27, Ben Hermans (Radioshack-Nissan)
28, Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)
29, Borut Bozic (Pro Team Astana)
30, Manuele Mori (Lampre - ISD)
31, Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol Team)
32, Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
33, Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
34, Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol Team)
35, Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) at 28 secs
36, Arnaud Gerard (FDJ-Big Mat)
37, Benjamin King (Radioshack-Nissan)
38, Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
39, Peio Bilbao (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
40, Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
41, Steve Houanard (AG2R La Mondiale)
42, Ruben Plaza (Movistar Team)
43, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
44, Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
45, David Tanner (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
46, Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp)
47, Sergio Pardilla (Movistar Team)
48, Haimar Zubeldia (Radioshack-Nissan)
49, Aleb Fairly (Spidertech powered by C10)
50, Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
51, Matthew Busche (Radioshack-Nissan)
52, Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD)
53, Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale)
54, Tanel Kangert (Pro Team Astana)
55, Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ-Big Mat)
56, Mathieu Perget (AG2R La Mondiale)
57, Michael Barry (Sky Procycling)
58, Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team)
59, Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank Cycling Team)
60, Brian Vandborg (Spidertech powered by C10)
61, Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre - ISD) at mins 37 secs
62, Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp)
63, Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) at 42 secs
64, Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne) at 45 secs
65, Jérôme Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
66, Lucas Euser (Spidertech powered by C10) at 1 min 2 secs
67, Diego Ulissi (Lampre - ISD) at 1 min 9 secs
68, Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne) at 1 min 43 secs
69, Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) at 2 mins 10 secs
70, Andriy Grivko (Pro Team Astana) at 2 mins 29 secs
71, Michael Matthews (Rabobank Cycling Team) at 3 mins 12 secs
72, Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) at 3 mins 22 secs
73, Christian Meier (Orica - GreenEdge) at 3 mins 45 secs
74, Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team)
75, Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
76, Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
77, Thomas Rohregger (Radioshack-Nissan)
78, Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team)
79, Salvatore Puccio (Sky Procycling)
80, Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
81, Ryan Roth (Spidertech powered by C10)
82, Michal Golas (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
83, Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team)
84, Jens Keukeleire (Orica - GreenEdge)
85, Gert Dockx (Lotto Belisol Team)
86, Dmitriy Muravyev (Pro Team Astana)
87, Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team)
88, Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ-Big Mat)
89, Anthony Geslin (FDJ-Big Mat)
90, Enrique Sanz (Movistar Team)
91, Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp)
92, Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing Team)
93, Timothy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
94, Sébastien Minard (AG2R La Mondiale) at 4 mins 57 secs
95, Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Cycling Team)
96, Simon Spilak (Katusha Team)
97, Hugo Houle (Spidertech powered by C10)
98, Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) at 7 mins 8 secs
99, Francis De Greef (Lotto Belisol Team) at 7 mins 15 secs
100, Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) at 7 mins 20 secs
101, Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEdge)
102, Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing Team)
103, Vincent Jerome (Team Europcar)
104, Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
105, Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
106, Janez Brajkovic (Pro Team Astana)
107, Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team)
108, Gaetan Bille (Lotto Belisol Team)
109, Jaroslaw Marycz (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
110, Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
111, George Bennett (Radioshack-Nissan)
112, Anthony Charteau (Team Europcar)
113, Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar)
114, Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ-Big Mat)
115, Nicolas Vogondy (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)
116, Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech powered by C10) at 12 mins 23 secs


Alex Dowsett (Sky Procycling)
Thomas Lovkvist (Sky Procycling)
Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling)
Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale)
Edward King (Liquigas-Cannondale)
Kristijan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale)
Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale)
Juraj Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma - Quickstep)
Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team)
Yury Trofimov (Katusha Team)
Maxime Vantomme (Katusha Team)
José Ivan Gutierrez (Movistar Team)
Jésus Herrada (Movistar Team)
José Ventoso (Movistar Team)
Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Alan Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Matteo Bono (Lampre - ISD)
Matthew Lloyd (Lampre - ISD)
Daniele Righi (Lampre - ISD)
Christian Vandevelde (Garmin-Sharp)
Andreas Klier (Garmin-Sharp)
Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team)
Christophe Kern (Team Europcar)
Perrig Quemeneur (Team Europcar)
Sébastien Turgot (Team Europcar)
Fumiyuki Beppu (Orica - GreenEdge)
Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEdge)
Valentin Iglinskiy (Pro Team Astana)
Simone Ponzi (Pro Team Astana)
Maarten Neyens (Lotto Belisol Team)
Dennis Vanendert (Lotto Belisol Team)
Thomas Leezer (Rabobank Cycling Team)
Maarten Wynants (Rabobank Cycling Team)
Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)
Kenny Elissonde (FDJ-Big Mat)
Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale)
Romain Lemarchand (AG2R La Mondiale)
Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
Mads Christensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
Troels Vinther (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank)
Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)
Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)
Tristan Valentin (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)
Romain Zingle (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne)
Ryan Anderson (Spidertech powered by C10)


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