Faria da Costa wins in Montreal
Portugal's Rui Faria da Costa launched a timely attack in the finale of the Montreal Grand Prix to upset the favourites and win the 205.7-km Canadian World Tour.
Hyperactive in the last two of 17 laps around the Mount Royal park, the Movistar team rider, 24, broke with Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo and Austria's Stefan Denifl and kept enough strength to hold the peloton at bay until the finish line.
"We still had a 15 seconds lead coming into the finale and I knew it was enough. I never doubted, I never looked back," Faria da Costa said.
On the line, the winner of the eighth stage of the Tour de France in Super Besse in July narrowly beat Fedrigo while world number one Philippe Gilbert managed to dislodge Denifl from third place thanks to a blistering finishing sprint.
But for both Fedrigo and Gilbert, podium spots were far from disappointing.
Fedrigo was just returning to competition after being sidelined for most of the summer after being diagnosed with Lyme disease.
As for Gilbert, winner of the Quebec Grand Prix on Friday, he crashed heavily early in the race and still retained enough energy to go snatch third place.
"I was really scared when I crashed. I immediately feared it might be over for the world championships," said the Belgian, who will be one of the favourites for the road title in Copenhagen on September 25.
1. Rui Costa (Portugal / Movistar) 5hrs 20mins 16secs
2. Pierrick Fedrigo (France / FDJ) same time
3. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium/Omega Pharma-Lotto) +2"
4. Juergen Roelandts (Belgium/Omega Pharma-Lotto)
5. Stefan Denifl (Austria / Leopard)
6. Daniele Pietropolli (Italy / Lampre)
7. Marco Marcato (Italy / Vacansoleil)
8. Arthur Vichot (France / FDJ)
9. Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy / AG2R)
10. Fabian Wegmann (Germany / Leopard)