Gesink Wins GP Cycliste de Quebec
Ryder Hesjedal wins Top Canadian honours, edging Ryan Anderson at the finish line
(Quebec, QC – September 13, 2013) Robert Gesink (Belkin Pro Cycling) won the successful fourth edition of the Grand Prix cycliste de Québec, in front of tens of thousands people in the beautiful city of Québec.
Gesink outsprinted at the finish line Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) after 4h58m of racing the 12.6 urban circuit. Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling), one of the favorites entering the race, jumped the sprint very early and ran out of legs on the challenging uphill false flat one kilometre before the finish line.
The peloton on 164 cyclists from 21 teams escaped the threatening rain for the day.
Canada’s Ryan Anderson of Vancouver, BC (Canadian National Team) was the top finisher among the Canadian team, finishing in 40th position, just one position after Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) who won the Best Canadian Jersey.
“It think it was a pretty interesting edition today. The early break went, but it didn’t last very long. They started racing pretty hard with six laps to go, and it was really hard for the rest of the day. I didn’t quite have it at the end and we had a great team effort today,” said Anderson, who was the dedicated sprinter for Canada at the finish line.
“Each year it gets better and more pristine. I think it will continue to be a strong event. Each year it gets bigger, and becomes even more important to win. It’s a special event, and I am glad it’s in Canada.”
The riders will now transfer to Montreal tomorrow morning on Via Rail, arriving in Montreal train station at noon. The Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal will be held Sunday.
Results: GP Cycliste de Quebec 2013
1. 93 NED GESINK, Robert BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM 4.58’13”
2. 168 FRA VICHOT, Arthur FDJ.FR 4.58’13”
3. 117 BEL VAN AVERMAET, Greg BMC RACING TEAM 4.58’13”
4. 28 GER WEGMANN, Fabian GARMIN-SHARP 4.58’13”
5. 41 POR COSTA, Rui MOVISTAR TEAM 4.58’13”
6. 65 NED TERPSTRA, Niki OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK-STEP 4.58’13”
7. 98 NED SLAGTER, Tom Jelte BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM 4.58’13”
8. 32 DEN BRESCHEL, Matti TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 4.58’13”
9. 155 GER GESCHKE, Simon TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 4.58’13”
10. 11 SVK SAGAN, Peter CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING 4.58’19”