Rui Costa honored the rainbow jersey once again, obtaining the 2nd place in the Gp Montreal, 205,7 km (17 laps of 12,1 km each)
The course was characterized by 3893 mt of altitude difference, considering the two steephills of the Cote Camillien-Houde (1,8 km at 8%) and the Cote de la Polytechnique (780 mt at 6%), in addition to the final hill of Avenue du Parc (560 mt at 4%): on such kind of course, Jan Polanc demonstrated again his qualities by pedaling for most part of the race in the main breakaway.
The 22 years old Slovenian rider, who had been in the main breakaway in Gp Quebec too, led the race with other three cyclists (Jeannesson, Roth and Vervaeke) since the early kilometers, touching a top advantage of 12′.
After the half of the course, the bunch started the chase, but Polanc did not surrender: when there were two laps left, he was the lonely leader of the race and the bunch could neutralize his action only in the final lap.
In that moment, LAMPRE-MERIDA worked in the head of the bunch in order to make the race more demanding, with the aim of selecting the fastest wheel and to prepare the attack by Rui Costa.
The world champion tried to escape from the group on the Cote Camillien-Houde and at 4 km to go, forcing the pace in order to anticipate the sprint and to anticipate Gerrans, the favourite.
Despite a perfect race by Rui and his team mates, the Australian could repeat the winning sprint that had given him the victory in Quebec City, obtaining the success in Gp Montreal too: second place for Rui Costa, third position for Gallopin (photo James Startt/GPCQM, the podium).
“As in Quebec City, here in Montreal too LAMPRE-MERIDA realized a perfect performance: Polanc was great in the breakaway, all my team mates supported me even better than I could have imagined, so I really want to thank you because their help allowed me to honor the race and the rainbow jersey in the best way – Rui Costa said – My legs were good, so I wanted to make the race more demanding. I also attacked in order to try to anticipate Gerrans, but he’s in a very good shape and he deserved the victory”.
Jan Polanc is satisfied too: “My role, as for Gp Quebec, was to attack in the early part of the race and so I did. The cooperation among us attackers were good and it gave us the opportunity to led the race for most part of it: I was in the head of the race for more than 190 km.
When there were 5 laps to go, I also believed I could have manage to avoid the chase of the bunch, but the group intensify the chase in the final laps.
I’m satisfied for my performance and I’m happy Rui could obtain a top result”.
1- Gerrans 5h24’27″
2- Rui Costa s.t.
3- Gallopin s.t.
4- Navardauskas s.t.
5- Bardet s.t.
44- Durasek 1’06″, 46- Mori s.t., 55- Polanc 1’32″, 71- Valls 4’39″, 75- Oliveira s.t., Horner dnf, Bono dnf