Gerrans wins 2012 GP Cycliste Québec City with late attack

Aussie champ brings home a win in the first of two Canadian WorldTour races with a gutsy, late move

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won the Grand Prix Cycliste Québec City Friday after a late attack with BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet. Holding off a late chase from Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Van Avermaet was second.

Sagan jumped hard in pursuit with Alexandre Kolobnev (Katusha) when Van Avermaet attacked low on the finish climb, but only made contact with the two leaders as Van Avermaet opened the sprint. Sagan couldn’t keep pace and Gerrans, victor at Milan-San Remo in March, came around the Belgian for the win.

Rui Costa (Movistar) was third, outsprinting the first chase group, which overtook Sagan in the final 100 meters.

“I attacked with everything I had with Greg,” said Gerrans. “I knew Peter was very close behind us and we know how fast he is, so I kept working hard with Greg to make sure he couldn’t get back on.”