|Simon Gerrans - Sports Jagat|
Australian road cycling star Simon Gerrans has gained a most important self-confidence increase ahead of the world titles with a big win in Canada.
The reigning national road winner took out the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec one-day race, beating Belgian Greg Van Avermaet after the pair broke away near the end of the 201.6km WorldTour event.
It was Gerran’s first win since he took out the Milan-Sanremo classic earlier this year.
The Victorian started the season by winning the Australian road crown and then securing the overall title at Adelaide's Tour Down Under.
The Orica-GreenEDGE rider was unable to post any big results at the Tour de France or in the Olympics road race, but the Quebec win showed he is beating peak form again late in the term.
Gerrans and Van Avermaet finished four seconds ahead of a chase group in the tough route race.
Gerrans said, "We just managed to hold them off”.
"I glad to have pulled off the win, it is a huge feeling to be riding strong at the end of the term."
Gerrans will be a key rider in the Australian elite men's team for the September 23 road race at the world championships in Valkenberg in The Netherlands.
The Australians have become a force in the men's elite road race, with Cadel Evans winning the 2009 title.
Then came Allan Davis' bronze medal at Geelong in 2010 and the silver medal for Matt Goss last year in Copenhagen.
Valkenberg is a hilly course that should suit a rider such as Gerrans.
Evans pulled out of the team a few days ago and ended his season early because of injury and illness.