Velominati Super Prestige: 2011 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

Velominati Super Prestige: 2011 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

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Americans love making fun of Canada. I suppose that even the very fact that we call ourselves “American’s” and not “United Statesians” is a bit of a slap in Canada’s face, but the fact of the matter is that, apart from their odd unit of measure and equally odd postal system, there isn’t much wrong with Canada. In fact, Canada even hosts the only North American cycling event that we consider worthy of a VSP; the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. (That’s not entirely true; we consider the GP Cycliste Québec, which took place today, to be equally worthy, but we got our timing wrong and everyone knows that revising your model is better than admitting you made a mistake.)

The eastern part of Canada has it all: hills, towns filled with a European atmosphere, and – most importantly – cycling fanatics. Indeed, this is a serious race which boasts serious statistics; with 4,000 meters of climbing over 200 kilometers, it surely stands alongside classics like La Doyenne in terms of sheer difficulty. But unlike the classics and more like a World Championship course, the GP Cycliste Montréal is contested over a circuit, which is good for the fans and gives the riders ample opportunity to decide where they will launch their winning move or, more likely, which of the steep hills will stamp their ticket to the Hurt Locker when the spindly Dutch climbers move to the front and pump up the jam.

But knowing a few things about a course doesn’t make picking a winner any easier. If GP Cycliste Québec showed us anything, it’s that always gambling on the Big Rider with the Big Name doesn’t assure one of getting any points. Besides, what’s the fun in always picking the same bloke? Take a look at the start list, because the geniuses over at the UCI Scheduling Committee made sure to schedule this in conflict with the Vuelta, so not everyone you want to see will be on the startlist.  Use your Powers of Deduction™ to decide your Top V, fill in the blanks and pick up an Obey The Rules bumper sticker for your trouble.

Good luck.

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. @frank
    Lots of us still believe LA won clean.

  2. @Dr C
    Really? Team schleck fell apart fast!

  3. @RedRanger

    And Saxo Bank keeps on rolling. Love him or hate him but Riis can run a team.

    As to Gilbear, I posted my colours to the mast earlier that the playing field has been leveled by improvements in controls – which would let outstanding athletes stand out.

  4. I hoping to double my zero points from the Vuelta here.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Chill Bear
    2. EBH
    3. Ryder Rides Bikes
    4. Gerrans
    5. Jerome Pineau

  5. I love how no one at Leotard-Schleck told Mercedes that Nissan would be nearer the top of the masthead at the new Radio Luxembourg. Mercedes had a multi-year contract. Wonder what the contract buyout is gonna cost?

  6. I’ll be there watching the race in person!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Tejay Van Garderen
    2. Philippe Gilbert
    3. Levi Eggtimer
    4. Robert Gesink
    5. Edvald Bossen Hagen

  7. @Jeff in PetroMetro
    +1 Radio Luxembourg – nice styling

    @RedRanger
    might turn out to be just a rumour, but from a pretty knowledgeable source – can’t find anything about it myself – might have come from a twitter feed – makes no sense so hard to believe – that said, Brailsford did say he would buy Faboo if he did come available

    and can you see Faboo driving a Nissan Primera….?

  8. Crap, just realized Sagan will not be racing here as he just won a stage in the vuelta.

  9. @ramenvelo

    Crap, just realized Sagan will not be racing here as he just won a stage in the vuelta.

    We are in the same boat. I have him as winning the thing. Oh well. I’m more pissed I need to go to work when I would rather ride my bike or study for a test.

  10. These GPM signs around the course, they are for Geoff in PetroMetro?

  11. Prelimanary results:
    1.Ruis da costa
    2 Pierick Fredigo
    3. L’ours des ardennes !!!!!

    Motherfucking gilbert bridging the gap between the 3 rider at the front in the last 500m to go and get 3rd place. WOW. For 4th and 5th i dont know their name but when i get the final result i will post it. There is a omega rider in 4th and a leopard trek rider in 5th

  12. Just got the final 5 top spot
    1 ruis da costa
    2. P.fedrigo
    3. Phil Gil
    4. Reolandts
    5. Denifl

  13. @xyxax
    Advertising the imminent Giro de Petro Metro?

  14. Poor old Roelandts – looked like Gilbert offered to lead him out to the breakaway for the finish, but Gilbert was going so fast he couldn’t get past him!

    Good race

  15. The girlfriend and I had an amazing time at the race. My first pro bike race was so fun, I might write a guest article about my experiences and what I learned.

    Saw the finish from the 100 meter sign, great spot.

  16. @Steampunk
    But of course (head smack)…the battle for the Maglio del Olio.

  17. @Steampunk

    @xyxax
    U 2 Funny!

  18. @xyxax
    Nicely done!

  19. credit for sagan? list not our faulty. pretty sure no one got costa or fedrigo. a lot of gilberts, probably strongest but got marked out. tends to work out that way because the mont royal is too far from the finish. can attack there to make a selection but it won’t stick, unless the pack miscalculates. the favorites never get away but dark horses can if there is a miscalculation. sanchez had a go but left his move too late. if he bridges, it probably all comes back together. they won’t tow him to the line. funny thing how this race tends to work out. the winner won’t be a fluke but not likely a favorite either. still remember watching kelly and lemond eye each other while kelly’s guy muller took off for the win.

  20. @chubster
    Hmm, I picked RDC for P2.
    Credit for Sagan? Suggest you meditate on Rule #5.
    Insert prohibited smile facsimilie produced by typing colon and ending parentheses in sequential order here.

  21. There seems to be no better way to miss the entry zone for a VSP event than being in an airplane traveling thousands of km from home and when finally somewhat adjusted to one’s new locale, finding a way to check in with this community, only to discover that, yup, you’ve blown it again. I did it before with La Vuelta and here I am again doing it with the Grand Puba Whateverthisraceis…

    In the words of that great sage Charlie Brown, “Good Grief”.

    Should I simply concede the Sacred Apron at this point? Sigh.

  22. I need to get to this one year soon. PRO bike racing in Montreal in September? Sounds awesome.

  23. don’t you just love him…

    “Honestly, I think that third place is a superb result because I crashed and I was really scared,” Gilbert said. “When I hit the ground I told myself maybe it was over for the world championships. I managed to get back on the bike and I felt better as the race went.”

    He even gains strength from hitting the tarmac!!

  24. Wow, with the point for this race and the point for the Vuelta I have scored a whopping 2 points in the VSP in August. I think I must be just about two months from peaking in the VSP!

  25. Again, sorry for the tardy scoring of the VSP, but better late than never, yeah?

    Final Race Results
    1. DA COSTA, Rui
    2. FEDRIGO Pierrick
    3. GILBERT Philippe
    4. ROELANDTS Jurgen
    5. DENIFL Stefan

    Final VSP Results
    1. Jonny (4 points)
    2. Spicy McHaggis (4 points)
    3. CanuckChuck (3 points)
    4. Danny S (3 points)
    5. seemunkee (3 points)
    6. Erik (3 points)
    7. RedRanger (3 points)
    8. G'phant (3 points)
    9. Dan_R (3 points)
    10. mouse (2 points)
    11. Cyclops (1 points)
    12. sgt (1 points)
    13. jimmy (1 points)
    14. tony macaroni (1 points)
    15. Pedale.Forchetta (1 points)
    16. Jeff in PetroMetro (1 points)
    17. VeloVita (1 points)
    18. brett (1 points)
    19. Buck Rogers (1 points)
    20. Dr C (1 points)
    21. Bongo (1 points)
    22. ramenvelo (1 points)
    23. ChrisO (1 points)
    24. LA Dave (1 points)
    25. Roadslave525 (1 points)
    26. snoov (1 points)
    27. Marcus (1 points)
    28. Ankush (1 points)
    29. anotherdownunder (1 points)
    30. Souleur (1 points)
    31. il ciclista medio (1 points)
    32. Ron (1 points)
    33. R00td0wn (1 points)
    34. pakrat (1 points)
    35. Nate (1 points)
    36. Chris (1 points)
    37. harminator (1 points)
    38. xyxax (1 points)
    39. King Clydesdale (1 points)
    40. Godsight (0 points)
    41. chubster (0 points)
    42. eightzero (0 points)
    43. Minion (0 points)
    44. Bianchi Denti (0 points)

    45. Steampunk (0 points)

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