Velominati Super Prestige: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal 2012

Rui Costa leafs the opposition behind in 2011. Photo: Rob Jones

Ok, as some of you have been reminding us, this one slipped off the radar last year, and threatened to do the same again this time. Is it because it’s held in Canada? That despite a quality field and only two weeks away from the Worlds, it’s in Canada? That even though the course is a perfect template for riders who hold hopes for earning some stripes in Valkenburg, this race is still in Canada?

There should be a good deal of interest in this race from the locals, now that The Weight of a Nation has been somewhat lifted with Ryder’s win in the Giro in May. He will be on the start line in Montreal, no doubt garnering the most attention of anyone clipping in for this semi-Classic, fast gaining a solid reputation along with its sibling in Quebec, held on Friday and won by Aussie puncheur Simon Gerrans. These two could both feature here, and will definitely be looking ahead a fortnight too. Lats year’s winner Rui Costa is back to defend, and the likes of T5, GvA, LL Cool, Chav, Sags and Boss Hog will all have something to say.

Check out the start list, think about your goals for the Worlds, get your picks in and good luck!

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121 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal 2012”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Ryder Hesjedal
    2. Thomas Voeckler
    3. Simon Spilak
    4. Simon Gerrans
    5. Pierrick Fédrigo

  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Thomas Voeckler
    3. Ryder Hesjedal
    4. Rui Costa
    5. Greg Van Avermaet

  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Thomas Voeckler
    2. Rui Da Costa
    3. Chris Anker Sørensen
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Ryder Hesjedal

  4. done hastily waiting for a french billion course meal in montreal

    VSP PICKS:

    1. sagan
    2. costa
    3. gerrans
    4. hesjedal
    5. nordhaug

  5. Seriously seeking some redemption here.  7 points at the Vuelta… despite originally picking 3 of the top 5. Didn’t get them in order though.  Aye, there’s the rub.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Gerrans
    3. Van Avermaett
    4. Tommy Voeckler
    5. Boss Hog

  6. Complete guess work.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Ryder Hesjedal
    2. Edvin Boasson Hagan
    3. LL Sanchez
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Johnny Hoogerland

  7. Throwing darts. Not really, but I’m hoping that some guys that have been close this year, pull one out of their ass. Hero or zero……..

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Forrest Gump
    2. IGLINSKIY
    3. Sørensen
    4. Johnny Hoogerville
    5. GVA

  8. so there i went

    VSP PICKS:

    1. p sagan is due
    2. zubeidea
    3. e.b.hagan
    4. voeckler
    5. ryder not a driver

  9. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. L.L. Sanchez
    3. Simon Gerrans
    4. Edvald Boasson Hagan
    5. Thomas Voeckler

  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Greg van Avermat
    3. Simon gerans
    4. Rui Costa
    5. Thomas Voeckler

  11. Shame you didn’t VSP the Quebec race, Brett.

    Fronk would have been on the edge of his seat.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. GVA
    2. Albasini
    3. Sagan
    4. Chris Anker Sorenson
    5. Spilak

  12. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. LL Sanchez
    3. George Bennett
    4. Luca Paolini
    5. Costa

  13. Predicting a Green Edge double… and with a French Canuck thrown in for good measure.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthew Harley Goss
    2. Boss Hog
    3. LL Sanchez
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Parisien

  14. Complete crap shoot!  But I swore I wouldn’t Delgado the next VSP.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Hesjedal
    3. Garrans
    4. Chavanal
    5. Boasson Hagen

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. Edvald Boasson Hagen
    2. Thomas Voeckler
    3. Luis Leon Sanchez
    4. Sylvain Chavanel
    5. Rui Costa

  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Van Avermaet
    2. Gerrans
    3. Peter Sagan
    4. Chavanel
    5. Tony Gallopin

  17. @ChrisO

    Predicting a Green Edge double… and with a French Canuck thrown in for good measure.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthew Harley Goss
    2. Boss Hog
    3. LL Sanchez
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Parisien

    I don’t really know why I’m picking you up on this. Maybe because I gather you’re a stickler for detail or some kind of editor?

    Maybe because it just looked wrong and I wanted to know for sure myself. Maybe I’m being swallowed up by the new(ish) wave of cap/space reality…

    From the same think tank responsible for iPad and eBay….I alert you to….GreenEDGE.

    (Gossy was on my shortlist but I went Albasini)

  18. Oh come on!  When did you put is up???  i hav been looking for it for the last 72 hours!

    Sagan, Sanchez, Voeckler, EBH, and Hesjedal in fifth.

  19. @ChrisO

    Predicting a Green Edge double… and with a French Canuck thrown in for good measure.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthew Harley Goss
    2. Boss Hog
    3. LL Sanchez
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Parisien

    I don’t really know why I’m picking you up on this. Maybe because I gather you’re a stickler for detail or some kind of editor. Maybe because it just looked wrong and I wanted to check for myself. Maybe I wanted to get onboard with the new wave of CAP/space hip lexis…

    So…from the same think-tank that brought you iPad and eBay…I alert you to GreenEDGE…(best to forget Orica).

    FWIW I had Gossy on the shortlist but went with Albasini for no logical reason…

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