Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

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Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
GrandPrixSep122010.jpg
The 2010 race passing boul. Édouard-Monpetit.
Race details
Date September
Region Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Local name(s) Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type One-day race
Organiser Groupe Serdy
History
First edition 1982 (1982)
Editions 5 (as of 2014)
First winner  Robert Gesink (NED)
Most wins No repeat winners
Most recent  Simon Gerrans (AUS)

The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal is a one-day professional bicycle road race held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Its first edition was held on September 12, 2010 as the final event in the 2010 UCI ProTour.

The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal along with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec held two days earlier, also known as the "Laurentian Classics", are the only stops in North America for the UCI World Tour. In 2014 Simon Gerrans became the first to achieve the "Laurentian Double" by winning both the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal in the same year.[1]

Iterations of the circuit have been used for the 1974 UCI Road World Championships, when Eddy Merckx won, and the 1976 Summer Olympics.[2]

Route[edit]

The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal is not like many single day events, a point to point race, but a circuit based race. The riders race for 17 laps on a 12.1 km long circuit. Each lap of the circuit requires completing three climbs on the slopes around Mount Royal: Côte Camilien-Houde (1.8km long and 8% average grade), Côte de la Polytechnique (780m long and 6% average grade) and Avenue du Parc (560m long and 4% average grade). The finish is uphill on the Avenue du Parc.

The total cumulative climb is about 4000m, similar to that found in a mountain stage in the Tour de France, though at a lower altitude.[3]

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
2010 Netherlands Gesink, RobertRobert Gesink (NED) Rabobank
2011 Portugal Costa, RuiRui Costa (POR) Movistar Team
2012 Norway Nordhaug, Lars PetterLars Petter Nordhaug (NOR) Team Sky
2013 Slovakia Sagan, PeterPeter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale
2014 Australia Gerrans, SimonSimon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montréal bring WorldTour to Canada". CyclingNews. 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ SportsNet1, "UCI Pro Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal", airdate: 2014 September 14

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