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Tour of California - 2.HC

USA, February 14-22, 2009

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Stage 8 - February 22: Rancho Bernardo - Escondido, 155.8 km/96.8 mi

Leipheimer's triple tour triumph

Schleck delivers Saxo Bank stage win

By Laura Weislo and Kirsten Robbins in Escondido

Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) takes a win
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Astana's Levi Leipheimer proved himself to be the king of the Tour of California and withstood an onslaught of attacks by the other contenders to secure his third consecutive victory in the longest, most difficult and most popular edition in the history of the race. Leipheimer finished the stage safely in a group 40 seconds behind stage winner Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) to hold on to his winning margin ahead of David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) and Michael Rogers (Columbia-Highroad).

Mark Cavendish completed the final stage to bring home the green Herbalife Sprinter's jersey, while Saxo Bank completed its success with the mountains classification for Jason McCartney. Robert Gesink (Rabobank) held onto the title of best young rider, while Schleck was awarded the "most courageous" designation for the stage.

Leipheimer was thrilled to achieve his early season's goal. "To win it the first time was huge, the second time, I felt like I was lucky and to win it three times... it's the sweetest victory of the three and it's hard to describe."

The final stage was a far cry from the parade-like circuit races of the past, and with four classified climbs and one hors categorie ascent mid-stage, the teams of the other GC contenders showed early on they were not about to lie down and give the race to the Astana team.

Leipheimer was put into pressure on the climb of Mt. Palomar at the mid-point of the stage when he found himself isolated in a group which contained GC threats David Zabriskei (Garmin-Slipstream), Michael Rogers (Columbia-Highroad) and Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank), all of whom had teammates.

Lance reminds us all
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Although the OUCH Pro Cycling team of the only other man ever to win this race, Floyd Landis, vowed to light up the race today, it turned out to be the Saxo Bank team which made all the moves, and they were paid off with a stage win by Schleck.

"I'm happy - the way our team was riding today was just amazing, and taking the win on the last stage is always nice," Schleck said as he tried to catch his breath after the sprint.

The Luxembourger said the team had meant to conserve him for the final stage, but he slipped into the stage seven breakaway by luck. He was unhappy to have been denied the win yesterday when he was defeated by AG2R's tactics, and wanted another shot today. "I was furious," Schleck said of losing out in Pasadena. "I wanted to go again. Of course the way the whole Saxo team played it today it was really impressive. It is how we are used to racing."

"The win is going to the team because without those guys it would have never worked out."

Astana feels the heat

Frank Schleck drives the pace
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Schleck escaped at the top of the day's hors categorie climb on Mt. Palomar along with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing) and Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) after hard work on the climb from his Saxo Bank team.

The squad had Fränk's brother Andy and KOM leader Jason McCartney in the early breakaway at the base of the climb, and as the peloton drew closer to the leaders, Fränk attacked, pulling away an elite group which contained all of the GC contenders.

"We put Andy [Schleck] Jason [McCartney] and Jens [Voigt] out there, and then I attacked behind so we could catch up with those guys," Schleck explained. "I got up to Andy, and he set a really hard pace and I was almost ready to kick him off the bike. If thought 'if he is not going to slow down I'm just going to throw a [snow] ball at him!'"

The younger Schleck's brisk tempo put the Astana team on the defensive when Leipheimer found himself in the group alone.

"One moment today Levi was in the front with three riders from Saxo and two riders from Garmin," Astana manager Johan Bruyneel said. "I didn't feel in the car that he was in trouble. But, he didn't have teammates on Palomar. I could see that he was comfortable and not a lot was going to happen. But if he were to get a flat tire, he would have not teammates to help him and those guys were not going to wait for him."

Once the elder Schleck, who was over four minutes behind on the overall classification, attacked, Astana was able to regroup and bring the race back under control for Leipheimer.

The wide and narrow road...
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Schleck was determined to deliver the stage win, but with almost 50 miles (80km) left to ride, the going was tough. He followed Nibali as he surged up the final climb, yet even after taking the last mountain points at the top of Cole Grade, there was still more than 40km to cover to the finish.

"I think the whole valley was very hard for a guy like me. I don't like the flat that much and the wind, so that was a big effort for me," Schleck said.

"But I won a race now and I'm looking forward to having a nice bottle of wine tonight."

Schleck wasn't the only rider who had a sample of the local California vintages in mind for the evening, as Leipheimer was also looking forward to having a party before focusing on the rest of the season.

"I'm going to have a party and relax. That's the first thing on my mind," said Leipheimer. "I think there's a different role for me in the future. More opportunity, but we have such a strong team and I need to pay these guys back for the help they did."

"It's been a long hard road to get to this point and I've been training really hard over the course of my career.

"I've dreamt many days on the about this when I'm training. When I'm pushing alone and suffering alone, I dream about moments like I had on Bonny Doon [on stage two]. We were a long way from the finish, under horrendous conditions. But I was went for it and was feeling great. To be able to pull that off and have Lance Armstrong have your back the entire way was a life long dream for me."

How it unfolded

George Hincapie
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What was left of the Tour of California peloton rolled out of Rancho Bernardo with a daunting 96.8 mile stage ahead of them. The race departed without sprinters Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) and Juan José Haedo (Saxo Bank).

The riders faced the first classified climb just 5km from the start, and as the group hit the turn off of the main road, it became clear that Saxo Bank was not going to let Astana roll through for the overall victory without a fight. Jason Mccartney (Team Saxo Bank) attacked with Steven Cozza (Garmin-Slipstream) in search of points to secure his jersey in the mountains classification, but he was joined on the climb by his teammate Andy Schleck.

By the top of the climb, the lead group was eight strong, with Thomas Peterson (Garmin - Slipstream), Bauke Mollema (Rabobank), Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), Serge Pauwels (Cervélo TestTeam), Alexandre Moos (BMC Racing Team) and Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling) tagging along with McCartney, Cozza and Schleck.

The breakaway built up a lead of 50 seconds on the way to the second climb of the day at Lake Wohlford. The breakaway split in two on the climb, while pressure from the OUCH Pro Cycling team succeeded in splitting a group off of the front of the peloton.

Levi gets some kisses too
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Andy Schleck, McCartney, Pauwels and Jacques-Maynes made up the front group, while the rest were absorbed by the chase from behind. From the OUCH Pro Cycling-led peloton, Floyd Landis and Rory Sutherland succeeded in splitting from the bunch, pulling along Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank), Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team).

McCartney, Jacques-Maynes and Pauwels crested the category three climb in that order, with Andy Schleck and Cozza taking the final points over the top. After some reshuffling of the breakaway on the climb, a new lead group developed on the rolling plateau that followed. That group included those five riders plus Stef Clement (Rabobank), Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) and Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team).

The furious pace caused a few riders to throw their hands up and quit the race. Kjell Carlström and Daniel Oss (Liquigas) and Curtis Gunn (Fly V Australia) went back to the hotel to pack their bags.

The breakaway built up a two minute advantage as they hit the lower slopes of the ascent to the first feed zone, and as the peloton took time to grab some lunch they enjoyed their maximum lead of the day. But the fireworks were about to begin as the course turned onto the South Grade road to begin the long climb up Mount Palomar.

Riders began to struggle to stay with the pace of Andy Schleck, and Pauwels was the first rider to lose contact with the front group. Barredo and Jacques-Maynes also lost touch as attacks flew from the field. Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing) put in a move which drew the counter-attack of eventual stage winner Fränk Schleck.

Dave Z is never happier
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The racing heated up and the crowds grew thicker and wilder as the summit approached. The front group became a who's who of this years Tour of California: Overall leader Levi Leipheimer was never caught off guard. Also present was McCartney, the Schleck brothers, David Zabriskie and Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream), Michael Rogers (Columbia-Highroad), Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank), Clement from the break was joined by best young rider Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas).

Voigt took the top honors on the hors categorie climb, with Leipheimer, Gesink, Rogers and Zabriskie following, but the elder Schleck went on the attack after the sprint, taking Nibali with him in what would become the winning move.

The two were joined by Glen Chadwick (Rock Racing) from the 35-rider peloton, with Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) also making it across on the long descent. Chadwick had a dig on the long descent to the final climb, but his lead did not last long.

The foursome wasn't allowed much leeway by the Astana-led peloton, with Lance Armstrong driving the chase on the day's final climb up Cole Grade and pegging it back to just over one minute.

Nibali set a strong tempo on the climb, pulling Schleck away. The Luxembourger took the points at the top ahead of Nibali, with Chadwick and Mollema surviving long enough to take the rest of the points before being swallowed up by the chase.

Nibali drove the pace to the line, but was unable to prevent Schleck from jumping around in the final metres to take the stage win for Saxo Bank.

The battle for the final podium spot was a near repeat of last year's stage seven finish, with George Hincapie (Columbia-Highroad) denying Rory Sutherland the sprint for third. Leipheimer rolled across in ninth place to the huge cheers of the dense crowds in Escondido.

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Results

1 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                     3.48.39 (41.334 km/h)
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                            0.02
3 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - Highroad                            0.40
4 Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                
5 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                               
6 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana                                                
7 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana                                                
8 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                                               
9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                                  
10 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                         
11 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                    
12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                                 
13 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                         
14 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                          
15 Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing                                              
16 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad                                
17 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                          
18 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank                                          
19 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling                                     
20 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad                               
21 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                 
22 Jurgen van de Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                         
23 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam                                          
24 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream                                         
25 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                            
26 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing                                              
27 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                   
28 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing                                          
29 Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                  
30 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                                 
31 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana                                                 
32 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                            3.54
33 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervélo TestTeam                                     8.41
34 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam                                      
35 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                  
36 Weert Kevin De (Bel) Quick Step                                              
37 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale                                        
38 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank                                                  
39 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                              
40 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank                                          
41 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                         
42 Ian McKissick (USA) BMC Racing Team                                          
43 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana                                              
44 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank                                         
45 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                                  
46 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale                                     
47 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas                                                
48 Chris Baldwin (USA) Rock Racing                                              
49 Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                           
50 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - Highroad                           15.11
51 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad                                 
52 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step                                                  
53 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                              
54 Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                  
55 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                       
56 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                             
57 Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                  
58 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Rock Racing                                             
59 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                  
60 Timothy Johnson (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                               
61 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                         
62 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                       
63 Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                    
64 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light         
65 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                                                
66 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam                                       
67 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step                                              
68 Bradley White (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                 
69 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas                                            
70 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia                                                
71 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank                                               
72 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                             
73 Matthew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                 
74 Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                  
75 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                    
76 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervélo TestTeam                                       
77 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light               
78 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1                                          
79 Aaron Olson (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                   
80 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team                                          
81 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                     
82 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana                                                 
83 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana                                                    
84 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                         
DNF Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank                                        
DNF Adam Hansen (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad                                  
DNF Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream                                        
DNF Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                                 
DNF Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                              
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas                                                   
DNF Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam                                        
DNF Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam                                         
DNF Cameron Evans (Can) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                
DNF Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                     
DNF Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                
DNF Robert Gunn (USA) Fly V Australia                                           
DNF Freddy Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing                                          

Sprints

Sprint 1

1 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step                                              5 pts
2 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                 3
3 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                          1

Sprint 2 (Final)

1 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                          15 pts
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                              12
3 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - Highroad                              10
4 Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                               7
5 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                              6
6 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana                                               5
7 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana                                               4
8 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                                              3
9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                                 2
10 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                        1

Mountains

Mountain 1 - Highland Valley Road

1 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank                                         4 pts
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                            3
3 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                 2
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                                 1

Mountain 2 - Lake Wohlford Road

1 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank                                         6 pts
2 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                 5
3 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervélo TestTeam                                         4
4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                            3
5 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                       1

Mountain 3 - Palomar Mt.

1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                                             12 pts
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                                10
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                 8
4 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad                                7
5 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                    6
6 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                   5
7 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                           4
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                               3
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                            2
10 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank                                                 1

Mountain 4 - Cole Grade

1 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                           4 pts
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                               3
3 Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing                                              2
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                                 1

Teams

1 Team Saxo Bank                                                        11.27.17
2 Astana                                                                    0.40
3 Rabobank                                                                      
4 Team Columbia-High Road                                                       
5 Garmin-Slipstream                                                             
6 Rock Racing                                                                   
7 Quick Step                                                                    
8 Ouch Presented By Maxxis                                                 15.11
9 Cervelo Test Team                                                        16.42
10 AG2R La Mondiale                                                             
11 BMC Racing Team                                                              
12 Liquigas                                                                22.34
13 Bissell Pro Cycling                                                     23.12
14 Team Type 1                                                             29.42
15 Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                                37.43
16 Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                                  44.13

Final general classification

1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                          31.28.21
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                 0.36
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad                             0.45
4 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                                           1.10
5 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad                            1.29
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                            1.37
7 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana                                              1.46
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                              1.54
9 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                2.24
10 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana                                           2.48
11 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                      2.57
12 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                       3.19
13 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing                                          3.37
14 Jurgen van de Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                     4.15
15 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - Highroad                           4.19
16 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                             5.44
17 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                          6.08
18 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank                                      6.25
19 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam                                      6.56
20 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Rock Racing                                      7.55
21 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana                                           8.16
22 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana                                         10.14
23 Floyd Landis (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                             10.26
24 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                    10.47
25 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                           11.09
26 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling                                12.22
27 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                         13.02
28 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana                                            16.30
29 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale                                   17.18
30 Weert Kevin De (Bel) Quick Step                                         17.57
31 Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing                                         18.44
32 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                       19.12
33 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam                                 19.15
34 Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                          20.11
35 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervélo TestTeam                                  20.51
36 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                    21.23
37 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step                                         21.46
38 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                               23.23
39 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                    23.46
40 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank                                     23.56
41 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank                                    24.18
42 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                            26.48
43 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                    26.56
44 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                  27.35
45 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                     28.53
46 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale                                29.53
47 Ian McKissick (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     30.20
48 Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                      30.57
49 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                    35.02
50 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                             35.13
51 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                             36.53
52 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas                                           37.33
53 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream                                    37.42
54 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank                                             38.42
55 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervélo TestTeam                                    39.22
56 Chris Baldwin (USA) Rock Racing                                         40.15
57 Timothy Johnson (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                          40.36
58 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana                                               40.52
59 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank                                          42.24
60 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light    42.25
61 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                        42.51
62 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1                                     43.34
63 Bradley White (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                            43.48
64 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - Highroad                           46.29
65 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad                            47.00
66 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam                                  47.17
67 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                                           47.24
68 Nick Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                             47.32
69 Davide Frattini (Ita) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light          47.45
70 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step                                             47.48
71 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                48.15
72 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                  48.17
73 Matthew Crane (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                            49.10
74 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                         49.21
75 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                             49.32
76 Ben Day (Aus) Fly V Australia                                           50.47
77 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     51.13
78 Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                             51.59
79 Tyler Wren (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light               53.55
80 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas                                       56.29
81 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                      1.00.35
82 Aaron Olson (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light            1.01.23
83 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Rock Racing                                      1.03.56
84 Andy Guptill (USA) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light           1.09.46

Sprint classification

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - Highroad                               36 pts
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                              22
3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                          19
4 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                               18
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                      16
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale                                    15
7 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                   15
8 Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                          15
9 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale                                       15
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                               14
11 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - Highroad                             14
12 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                            13
13 Jurgen van de Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                       12
14 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervélo TestTeam                                     12
15 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light       12
16 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad                              11
17 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                                              11
18 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana                                            10
19 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step                                            10
20 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                         9
21 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana                                              9
22 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank                                        9
23 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing                                             8
24 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana                                                7
25 Rory Sutherland (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                              7
26 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana                                                6
27 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                                6
28 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervélo TestTeam                                        6
29 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Rock Racing                                            6
30 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana                                              5
31 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam                                      5
32 Chris Baldwin (USA) Rock Racing                                             5
33 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team                                         5
34 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas                                               5
35 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                  4
36 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                                4
37 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                        4
38 Timothy Johnson (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                              4
39 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                                             3
40 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                3
41 Bradley White (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                3
42 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                             2
43 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                   1
44 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                           1
45 Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                 1
46 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                        1
47 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                         1

Mountain classification

1 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank                                        39 pts
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Rock Racing                                            22
3 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervélo TestTeam                                        21
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                                20
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                                15
6 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                                             12
7 Timothy Johnson (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                              10
8 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                           9
9 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                       9
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                8
11 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank                                           8
12 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas                                               8
13 Bradley White (USA) OUCH Presented By Maxxis                                8
14 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team                                         8
15 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad                               7
16 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                              7
17 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana                                              7
18 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana                                             7
19 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                   6
20 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step                                             6
21 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                        6
22 Chris Baldwin (USA) Rock Racing                                             6
23 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                  5
24 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervélo TestTeam                                      5
25 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream                                   5
26 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - Highroad                              4
27 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                               3
28 Glen Chadwick (NZl) Rock Racing                                             3
29 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana                                                2
30 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad                                2
31 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad                              1
32 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank                                                 1

Best young rider

1 Robert Gesink (Rabobank)                                              31.30.15
2 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step)                                           1.03
3 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)                                                  3.50
4 Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank)                                            17.18
5 Thomas Peterson (Garmin - Slipstream)                                    21.29
6 Steven Cozza (Garmin - Slipstream)                                       25.41
7 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team)                                          26.59
8 Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia - Highroad)                                44.35
9 Matthew Crane (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)                                 47.16
10 Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly Cycling Team)                                 47.38

Team classification

1 Astana                                                                94.28.50
2 Team Saxo Bank                                                            1.40
3 Garmin-Slipstream                                                         1.49
4 Team Columbia-High Road                                                   2.46
5 Rabobank                                                                  4.45
6 Quick Step                                                                7.18
7 Rock Racing                                                               7.54
8 Cervelo Test Team                                                        34.55
9 AG2R La Mondiale                                                         36.22
10 Ouch Presented By Maxxis                                                39.50
11 BMC Racing Team                                                         40.22
12 Bissell Pro Cycling                                                     44.29
13 Liquigas                                                                51.20
14 Team Type 1                                                           1.40.59
15 Jelly Belly Cycling Team                                              1.46.59
16 Colavita/Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light                                1.52.37

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