Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
The 2010 race passing boul. Édouard-Monpetit.
|Region||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Local name(s)||Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal|
|Competition||UCI World Tour|
|Editions||9 (as of 2018)|
|First winner||Robert Gesink (NED)|
|Most wins||No repeat winners|
|Most recent||Michael Matthews (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 and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec held two days earlier, are collectively known as the "Laurentian Classics",. 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 (although Robert Gesink was a winner in Montréal in 2010 and Québec in 2013).
Iterations of the circuit have been used for the 1974 UCI Road World Championships, when Eddy Merckx won, and the 1976 Summer Olympics. The 1988 to 1992 Grand Prix des Amériques, part of the UCI Road World Cup from 1989 to 1992, also used a similar route in the same area.
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 (1.8 km 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.
Wins per country
- "The Recon Ride Podcast: GP Québec + GP Montréal 2016". 2016-09-07.
- "Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (CAN)". UCI Pro Tour. 2010-09-12.
- "Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montréal bring WorldTour to Canada". CyclingNews. 7 September 2012.
- "Le grand prix cycliste des Amériques". La Presse. 1989-08-06.
- SportsNet1, "UCI Pro Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal", airdate: 2014 September 14
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