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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Costa scorches to WorldTour victory in GP Cycliste de Montreal

by Shane Stokes at 4:59 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
Fedrigo second, Gilbert leaves it too late and takes third

Rui CostaPortuguese rider Rui Costa followed up on his victory on stage eight of this year’s Tour de France with another major success, winning the WorldTour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. The Movistar rider was part of a large break which was clear in the closing stages of the race, but then had the strength to go again after they were hauled back.

He responded to a move by Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ) and Stefan Denifl with eight kilometres to go, and the three worked together to open a decent lead. Despite surges by Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel Euskadi) and then Robert Gesink (Rabobank), the trio out front had a seventeen second gap with 2.3 kilometres left.

Some of this was lost when they started looking back, but they had enough in hand to reach the 200 metre to go point sufficiently ahead to fight for the win. Fedrigo kicked hard but 24 year old Costa covered his acceleration and then moved clear.

“I go all out at all the races I enter and I made my homework before coming here,” said Costa afterwards. “This morning, my manager Yvon Ledanois told me I was the team’s leader with Jose Joaquin Rojas. He said we had gone a long way to come here and it was impossible to go home empty-handed.

“My stage victory in the Tour de France in Super-Besse remains the highlight of my career but this rates quite close. In the finale, I never doubted, I was confident we had enough time left to go all the way.”

Friday’s GP Cycliste de Quebec winner Philippe Gilbert played today’s race in a very cautious manner, hanging well back on many of the climbs, apart from a big surge with one lap to go. He appeared to be trying to avoid being marked, but the tactic also cost him energy as he had to come from a long way back when he had to cover moves.

The Belgian champion kicked hard inside the final kilometre to try to bridge across, riding for both himself and Omega Pharma Lotto team-mate Jurgen Roelandts, who was glued to his back wheel. They miscalculated, though, with Costa and Fedrigo able to stay clear. The chasing duo only succeeded in getting past Denifl, who picked up fifth.

Still, Gilbert clocked up more WorldTour points and consolidated his lead in that series. He is looking more and more certain to be the winner of that competition at the end of the season.

Quartet goes clear in early action

A very rapid start caused a split in the bunch early on, putting pressure on riders such as the Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel Euskadi). He’d get back in contact but burned energy in doing so.

The race took place on a 12.1 kilometre loop, where the riders would face three uphill sections. The first topped out 2.1 kilometres after the start and was called the Côte Camilien Houde; the second was the Côte de la Polytechnique, while there was also a slightly drag up to the finish line. Liquigas-Cannondale rider Sylvester Szmyd was active early on to nab King of the Mountains points on the first three ascents up the Camilien Houde climb, while on lap four Danny Pate (HTC Highroad) led over the top.

Forty four kilometres after the start, he was joined by Katusha rider Danilo Di Luca, Anthony Geslin (FDJ) and Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar), and together they clocked up a maximum lead of almost seven minutes.

Back in the bunch, there was trouble toward the end of lap five when Friday’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec winner Philippe Gilbert hit the deck, together with Canada’s Dominique Rollin. The latter was forced to pull out of the race, but Gilbert managed to get back on.

Out front, the break continued to work hard. Di Luca picked up a lot of the KOM points. However he then cracked with 40 kilometres to go, falling back; the other three pushed on, enabling Pate to amass enough points overall to win the KOM prize.

The trio up front continue to ride well, and were able to resist the chase of Jerome Pineau (Quick Step), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky Procycling) and Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) on lap 13.

Pate was feeling good and pushed onwards with 35 kilometres left. After several kilometres out front he was joined by a large group of chasers, with Pieter Weening (Rabobank), Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervélo), Rui Costa (Movistar), Francesco Reda (Quick Step), Jean-ChristophePeraud (AG2R-La Mondiale), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis Le Credit), Maarten Wynants (Rabobank), Gregory Rast (RadioShack), Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas-Cannondale), Gorazd Stangelj (Astana) and the Canadian trio of David Veilleux (Europcar), Svein Tuft (SpiderTech p/b C10) and Michael Barry (Sky Pro Cycling) all present.

The battle heats up

On the penultimate ascent of the Côte Camilien Houde, a previously-quiet Gilbert hit the jets and attacked on the climb. Gesink responded and the move didn’t develop further. However it was clear that after his crash earlier in the race, Gilbert was still feeling strong.

Up front, Barry attacked heading towards the summit of the climb. Danielson was quick to respond and brought several others up, then the rest of the break followed. The move stalled slightly heading down the descent, but glances backwards by those in the break revealed the danger and they ramped up the speed again. This helped increase their advantage once more.

Peraud attacked with just over 18 kilometres remaining, opening a lead of several seconds. Rounding a left hand bend, he bunny-hopped a central reservation curb to keep his speed high. However despite that, he was reeled in soon afterwards, prompting Barry to again have a go. This too was fruitless.

Behind, RadioShack’s Philip Deignan was doing a huge turn on the front, showing strong form in dragging the peloton along. With 14 kilometres to go the gap was 18 seconds, and meant that the break was within reach and fully visible on the longer sections.

With one 12 kilometre lap remaining, the Irishman Deignan had succeeded in bringing the gap down to six seconds, and the junction was made almost immediately afterwards.

Costa continued to push the pace on the climb, getting a gap, but the fresher riders behind had a lot more. Simon Gerrans set off in pursuit with his Sky team-mate Rigoberto Uran and Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervélo), rocketing up the Côte de la Polytechnique, and these caught Costa.

With ten kilometres left, Vande Velde took over at the front. Gerrans slipped back, leaving three at the front. Things were strangely muted in the peloton, with Gilbert sitting well back. Leipheimer was more active, leading the bunch along, but missed out on the counter when Gesink, Stefan Denifl (Leopard Trek) and Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) bridged across. However the move was hauled back eight kilometres from the line.

Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ) then took over at the front and created a slight gap with Denifl and Costa. They worked well together and with the favourites looking at each other, were able to build their lead. Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) recognised the danger and clipped away from the bunch, but was overtaken by Gesink when the Dutchman attacked with five kilometres to go. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervélo) and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel Euskadi) were also prominent, and the chase was reeled in.

Sanchez then attacked 3.8 kilometres from the line, gaining a slight gap. He was hauled back, then Vande Velde put in a big dig to try to haul back the leading trio. Despite those efforts, the gap was 17 seconds with 2.3 kilometres left, and still relatively large going under the kite.

Denifl led the riders around the final corner, while behind Gilbert attacked with Roelandts on his wheel. They were trying to get across before the sprint opened out up front, but left it too late. Fedrigo kicked and made his bid for victory, but Costa covered his surge and then accelerated past.


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GP Cycliste de Montreal (World Tour) Results: Montreal (205.7km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
por POR 1 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar) 05:20:18
fra FRA 2 Pierrick Fedrigo (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
bel BEL 3 Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:00:02
bel BEL 4 Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
aut AUT 5 Stefan Denifl (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
ita ITA 6 Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-ISD) 00:00:04
ita ITA 7 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
fra FRA 8 Arthur Vichot (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
ita ITA 9 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ger GER 10 Fabian Wegmann (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
can CAN 11 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ger GER 12 Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 13 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 14 Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
nor NOR 15 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) s.t.
fra FRA 16 Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) s.t.
esp ESP 17 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
bel BEL 18 Ben Hermans (RadioShack) s.t.
usa USA 19 George Hincapie (BMC Racing) s.t.
ned NED 20 Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) s.t.
den DEN 21 Anders Lund (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
can CAN 22 David Veilleux (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 23 Simone Ponzi (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 24 Luis Rodriquez Pasamontes (Movistar) s.t.
bel BEL 25 Jan Ghyselinck (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
usa USA 26 Peter Stetina (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
usa USA 27 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) s.t.
ned NED 28 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:00:10
nzl NZL 29 Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
esp ESP 30 Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 31 Thibaut Pinot (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
esp ESP 32 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
slo SLO 33 Gorazd Stangelj (Astana) s.t.
ita ITA 34 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
swe SWE 35 Gustav Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ned NED 36 Robert Gesink (Rabobank) s.t.
usa USA 37 Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) s.t.
ita ITA 38 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) s.t.
esp ESP 39 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar) s.t.
den DEN 40 Andre Steensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:14
por POR 41 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
ita ITA 42 Mauro Finetto (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:00:16
usa USA 43 Timothy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 44 Mickael Cherel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
col COL 45 Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 46 Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) s.t.
esp ESP 47 Jesús Lopez Herrada (Movistar) 00:00:21
aus AUS 48 Simon Clarke (Astana) s.t.
fra FRA 49 Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 50 Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) 00:00:28
ita ITA 51 Matteo Trentin (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 52 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing) s.t.
fra FRA 53 Sandy Casar (Française Des Jeux) 00:00:32
can CAN 54 Michael Barry (Team Sky) 00:00:34
usa USA 55 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
den DEN 56 Brian Vandborg (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:38
esp ESP 57 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar) s.t.
ned NED 58 Pieter Weening (Rabobank) 00:00:40
nor NOR 59 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) 00:00:43
pol POL 60 Maciej Paterski (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:00:44
fra FRA 61 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:03:44
can CAN 62 Francois Parisien (SpiderTech powered by C10) 00:04:43
usa USA 63 Edward King (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 64 Stef Clement (Rabobank) s.t.
usa USA 65 Benjamin King (RadioShack) s.t.
can CAN 66 Svein Tuft (SpiderTech powered by C10) s.t.
pol POL 67 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 68 Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
den DEN 69 Martin Mortensen (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
col COL 70 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
aus AUS 71 Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) s.t.
fra FRA 72 Anthony Geslin (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
esp ESP 73 Mikel Landa Meana (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 74 Francesco Reda (Quick Step) s.t.
rus RUS 75 Egor Silin (Katusha) s.t.
fra FRA 76 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) s.t.
ned NED 77 Michel Kreder (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 78 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 79 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:04:48
ita ITA 80 Matteo Tosatto (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:04:56
fra FRA 81 John Gadret (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ned NED 82 Tom Stamsnijder (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
usa USA 83 Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
irl IRL 84 Philip Deignan (RadioShack) s.t.
ita ITA 85 Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
aus AUS 86 Matthew Wilson (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
fra FRA 87 Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) 00:06:53
jpn JPN 88 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) s.t.
sui SUI 89 Gregory Rast (RadioShack) s.t.
sui SUI 90 David Loosli (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
usa USA 91 Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
fra FRA 92 Arnold Jeannesson (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
fra FRA 93 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis) 00:08:24
slo SLO 94 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
slo SLO 95 Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
slo SLO 96 Simon Spilak (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
den DEN 97 Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 98 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
bel BEL 99 Bart De Clercq (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ita ITA 100 Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ned NED 101 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) s.t.
bel BEL 102 Julien Vermote (Quick Step) s.t.
ger GER 103 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) s.t.
rus RUS 104 Pavel Brutt (Katusha) s.t.
bel BEL 105 Yannick Eijssen (BMC Racing) s.t.
esp ESP 106 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Movistar) s.t.
lat LAT 107 Gatis Smukulis (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
can CAN 108 Ryan Roth (SpiderTech powered by C10) s.t.
esp ESP 109 Francisco Javier Iriarte Garro (Movistar) s.t.
usa USA 110 Caleb Fairly (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
usa USA 111 Jeff Louder (BMC Racing) s.t.
lux LUX 112 Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:10:24
ned NED DNF Addy Engels (Quick Step)  
esp ESP DNF Alan Lezaun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
ita ITA DNF Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing)  
ita ITA DNF Alfredo Balloni (Lampre-ISD)  
aus AUS DNF Allan Davis (Astana)  
fra FRA DNF Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale)  
fra FRA DNF Brice Feillu (LEOPARD - TREK)  
can CAN DNF Bruno Langlois (SpiderTech powered by C10)  
fra FRA DNF Cédric Pineau (Française Des Jeux)  
ger GER DNF Christian Knees (Team Sky)  
ita ITA DNF Danilo Di Luca (Katusha)  
sui SUI DNF Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing)  
esp ESP DNF David Arroyo Duran (Movistar)  
usa USA DNF David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervelo)  
kaz KAZ DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana)  
can CAN DNF Dominique Rollin (Française Des Jeux)  
ita ITA DNF Enrico Magazzini (Lampre-ISD)  
ita ITA DNF Filippo Pozzato (Katusha)  
bel BEL DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM)  
esp ESP DNF Ivan Velasco Murillo (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
usa USA DNF Jason Mccartney (RadioShack)  
fra FRA DNF Jean-eudes Demaret (Cofidis)  
gbr GBR DNF Jeremy Hunt (Team Sky)  
fra FRA DNF Jérôme Cousin (Europcar)  
fra FRA DNF Jérome Pineau (Quick Step)  
esp ESP DNF Jesús Hernández Blazquez (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  
usa USA DNF Jonathan Patrick Mccarty (SpiderTech powered by C10)  
ned NED DNF Jos Van Emden (Rabobank)  
fin FIN DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
bel BEL DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
usa USA DNF Lucas Euser (SpiderTech powered by C10)  
bel BEL DNF Maarten Neyens (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
bel BEL DNF Maarten Wynants (Rabobank)  
por POR DNF Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (RadioShack)  
ita ITA DNF Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad)  
sui SUI DNF Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale)  
ita ITA DNF Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD)  
kaz KAZ DNF Maxim Gourov (Astana)  
fra FRA DNF Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis)  
esp ESP DNF Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
rus RUS DNF Nikolay Trusov (Katusha)  
ger GER DNF Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad)  
rus RUS DNF Petr Ignatenko (Katusha)  
fra FRA DNF Pierre Rolland (Europcar)  
fra FRA DNF Remi Cusin (Cofidis)  
rsa RSA DNF Robert Hunter (RadioShack)  
fra FRA DNF Romain Sicard (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
bel BEL DNF Romain Zingle (Cofidis)  
can CAN DNF Ryan Anderson (SpiderTech powered by C10)  
fra FRA DNF Saïd Haddou (Europcar)  
fra FRA DNF Sébastien Hinault (Ag2r-La Mondiale)  
kaz KAZ DNF Sergey Renev (Astana)  
rus RUS DNF Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)  
bel BEL DNF Sven Vandousselaere (Omega Pharma-Lotto )  
usa USA DNF Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad)  
aus AUS DNF Thimothy Roe (BMC Racing)  
usa USA DNF Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Cervelo)  
fra FRA DNF Tony Hurel (Europcar)  
can CAN DNF Will Routley (SpiderTech powered by C10)  
ned NED DNF Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM)  
kaz KAZ DNF Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Astana)  

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