Movistar’s Rui Costa kept his breakaway and out-sprinted Fedrigo to take the victory in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2011 held in Quebec, Canada, Costa broke away from the peloton by attacking the last lap climb on Mont Royal and fought off attacks from Samuel Sanchez, Ryder Hesjedal and Rigoberto Uran to notch Movistar’s 21st stage victory in a tragic filled cycling season.
“This is a very important victory because it is a WorldTour win,” Costa said. “The Tour win was also a special victory, obviously, because the Tour is the Tour and that is the biggest race that you can win at. But, I felt really strong today and I think I had a really strong team.”
The victory in Montréal was the 3rd for Rui Costa who won in France and Spain. Movistar’s Lius Pasamontes finished 4 seconds behind his teammate while Rojas, Lopez, Plaza and Irate and finished the race within 30 seconds while David Arroyo did not cross the finish line. For Movistar to finish out this season filled with tragic events with a victory, is a mush needed comfort for the telephone squad first season racing in the grand tour.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2011 Race Results: 1 Rui Alberto Faria Costa (Por) Movistar Team 5:20:18 2 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ 3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:02 4 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 5 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek 6 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:04 7 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM 8 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 9 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 10 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek 24 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team 39 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:10 47 Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:21 57 Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:38 106 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:24 109 Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team DNF David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team