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VOECKLER WINS FIRST GP QUEBEC IN CANADA
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) took the win in the inaugural Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec in Canada on Friday - the first of a pair of newly-created ProTour races in the country.
French road race national champion Voeckler launched a perfectly-timed attack in the dying kilometre of the race to take the win ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) in second and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) in third.
Pre-race favourite Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) placed fourth in his home race after playing an animated role throughout the 189km event.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec 2010, 189km
1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 4-35-27
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky at 1 sec
3. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
4. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions
5. Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
6. Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
7. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Milram
8. Maxime Monfort (Bel) HTC-Columbia
9. Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step
10. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini all same time.
84. Charly Wegelius (GB) Omega Pharme-Lotto at 2-09
DNF Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky
GESINK COMES GOOD IN GP MONTREAL
Third in the GP Quebec on Friday, Dutchman Robert Gesink (Rabobank) moved up to the top step of the podium on Sunday after winning the first ever Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal in Canada.
Wiry climbing specialist Gesink attacked on the final lap of the 193.6km ProTour race to take a convincing solo win - his first victory in a one-day ProTour event.
Slovakian sensation Peter Sagan (Liquigas) came home in second four seconds after Gesink, with local favourite Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) in third.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, 193.6km
1. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank in 4-58-22
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo at 4 secs
3. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions
4. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) RadioShack
5. Maxime Monfort (Bel) HTC-Columbia at same time
6. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 9 secs
7. Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis at 14 secs
8. Alexander Botcharov (Rus) Katusha
9. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Franese Vini
10. Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing at same time
DNF Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky
DNF Charly Wegelius (GB) Omega Pharma-Lotto
LAWS SECOND IN TOUR DE L'ARDECHE
Britain's Sharon Laws (Cervelo) placed second overall at the end of the Tour Cycliste Feminin International de l'Ardeche 2010 on Saturday. The event was won by Australian Vicki Whitelaw (Lotto Ladies).
Laws won the opening stage of the five-day race ahead of Whitelaw, as the pair finished one and a half minutes ahead of the main bunch. The lead then swapped over as Whitelaw finished one second ahead of Laws in the stage two time trial.
Try as they might, Laws' Cervelo team couldn't unseat Whitelaw despite Cervelo's Armitstead winning three consecutive stages and team-mate Carla Ryan winning the final stage on Saturday.
Laws may have lost out on the overall title, but British riders won four stages out of six.
Cycliste Feminin International de l'Ardeche 2010: Final classification
1. Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Ladies in 15-16-02
2. Sharon Laws (GB) Cervelo at 4 secs
3. Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia at 1-29
4. Lizzie Armitstead (GB) Cervelo at 1-33
5. Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies
QUINTANAROJAS WINS FINAL STAGE OF TOUR DE L'AVENIR AND OVERALL
Colombian Alexander Quintanarojas won the 2010 Tour de l'Avenir in France on Sunday after clinching the final mountain time trial up the 1,870m Risoul climb.
American Andrew Talansky came home in second spot some 47 seconds behind the Colombian, and also finished second overall. Pantano Gomez (Colombia) was third.
Britain's highest finisher overall was Luke Rowe, who placed 43rd at 45 minutes and 28 seconds behind Quintanarojas.
Britain's Alex Dowsett, who had lead the race for a spell after stage two, withdrew on Friday to prepare for the under-23 world championships time trial next month.
Tour de l'Avenir 2010: Final classification
1. Alexander Quintanarojas (Col) Colombia in 26-49-21
2. Andrew Talansky (USA) USA at 1-44
3. Pantano Gomez (Col) Colombia at 1-55
4. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Netherlands at 2-05
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Spain at 3-17
43. Luke Rowe (GB) Great Britain at 45-28
68. Erick Rowsell (GB) Great Britain at 1-28-30
85. Mark Christian (GB) Great Britain at 1-47-06
89. Andrew Fenn (GB) Great Britain at 1-51-14
92. Tim Kennaugh (GB) Great Britain at 2-14-23
2010 UCI World calendar: ProTour and historic races