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Greipel wins a wet, classic Vuelta stage to Liège

September 1, Stage 4: Venlo - Lieja 224km

By:
Les Clarke
Published:
September 1, 15:52,
Updated:
September 2, 03:45

Greipel wins wet Vuelta stage to Liège, Cancellara keeps lead despite crash

André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) claims the Vuelta's stage four in Liege

André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) claims the Vuelta's stage four in Liege

He may have missed out on the stage win yesterday but Columbia-HTC's André Greipel made amends with an emphatic victory in the iconic Belgian city of Liège today, although not in the manner he may have envisioned. Rather than triumph in a bunch gallop, the German won a small sprint ahead of Quick Step's Wouter Weylandts and Columbia-HTC teammates Bert Grabsch and Marcel Sieberg.

On a day befitting a trip into Belgian territory there was constant rain, the inevitable - and regular - crashes, plus the anticipated attacks from those with aspirations of a win in the final 15 kilometres. The major punctuation mark of the last three kilometres was a massive crash, the biggest of the day's spills that cleaned up overall leader Fabian Cancellara and half the peloton, although the Swiss rider maintained his advantage on general classification due to the timing of the accident.

Whilst Greg Henderson was the beneficiary of confusion in yesterday's finale, fortune smiled on Greipel today as he was one of a half-dozen riders who avoided the carnage and fought for stage honours. He demonstrated why he is one of the strongest sprinters in this year's race with a convincing sprint that followed one of the biggest crashes of the season. His Columbia-HTC train kept him out of trouble, the team's positioning vital in avoiding the mishap that ruled out many of the contenders in Liège.

Get off the brakes!

Today's break check: the five kilometre mark. The 'lucky' four who got to spend most of the 225 kilometres off the front of the peloton? Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía - Cajasur), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil). The escape held a maximum advantage in excess of 14 minutes before it was time for it to be gradually absorbed back into the peloton.

Two ascensions of the Cauberg were good for Boom who took mountains points on home turf. In the future it's likely we'll be seeing the Dutchman fighting for honours in the Amstel Gold Race on the same climb, although today's stage was all about getting to Liège with a suitable compliment of points for his efforts. He did just that and will wear the crimson climber's jersey when the race resumes on Thursday.

Back in the pack there was more bad luck for Garmin-Slipstream - this time it was Svein Tuft who joined Julian Dean on the deck in the wet conditions, the accident not seriously hindering the chances of the American squad. In front of the peloton, Lagutin and Roels came down on the approach to a roundabout; no harm done, although it guaranteed a spike in the Uzbekistan national champion's heart rate.

As the speed of the main group increased the crashes flowed - Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Cervélo TestTeam), David Lopez Garcia (Xacobeo Galicia), Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) and Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) all came down, the latter quite awkwardly in a collision with a heavy truck trailer parked on the side of the road. The young Dane was able to continue with some help from teammate Stuart O'Grady - fortunate, given the hopes placed on the 24-year-old who has a propensity for delivering great climbing performances.

Liège, here we come!

As the break hit the Mont Theux, the gap had dwindled to just 2:35 whilst the peloton looked like it was building momentum and motivation for the task at hand - i.e. - battle the elements and the escapees to deliver the sprinters to the finish. The question remained, however: would the fast men be thwarted?

Heading into the final 35 kilometres of the stage only two men remained off the front of the peloton - Roels and Ramirez decided it was time to thrash it out away from their break companions as Boom, his day's points gathering done, opted for a soft pedal back to the bunch and possibly some work in getting Oscar Freire to the finish in prime position. Lagutin figured it was all academic at this point and followed suit, undoubtedly relishing the appeal of a rest day tomorrow.

Johnny Hoogerland tried his luck within the final 30 kilometres of the stage, although nothing came of the sortie from one of yesterday's escapees. Another breakaway rider and Hoogerland's teammate, Lieuwe Westra, also hit out and quickly gained some time off the front of the peloton. He caught Roels and Ramirez in a last-ditch attempt at gaining the upper hand over the main bunch.

As the remnants of the break made its way into the city centre of Liège, stage two winner Gerald Ciolek found himself getting up off the ground, the victim of another crash. Like those spills before his, the German was able to continue without paying too much for the misfortune. While Milram's sprinter went down the chances of the escape went in a similar direction, the Saint-Nicolas climb putting paid to the likelihood of it staying away.

This tricky climb signaled the final 15 kilometres of the 225-kilometre journey from Venlo and the starting point for the real attacks from those with Classics pedigree - the likes of Kim Kirchen and Philippe Gilbert made their presence known at the head of proceedings. It preceded a stinging foray by Lampre's Enrico Gasparotto which never really looked like sticking.

Gasparotto's capture began the machinations from Rabobank, Milram, Garmin-Slipstream, Liquigas, Columbia-HTC and Quick Step, but suddenly there was a touch of wheels and carnage at a roundabout with less than three kilometres remaining. It left just the latter two squads represented in the final two kilometres of racing while the clean up continued behind. Columbia-HTC can thank itself for missing the crash with its train ensuring Greipel would be in a position to win.

Rest days and retirements

Disappointing news for the Silence-Lotto squad, with Charly Wegelius the first rider to abandon the Vuelta. It was hoped he would be a key ally of Cadel Evans in the mountains, although two Grand Tours and a miserably wet day took their toll on the Brit. Bad luck for Astana also, as the unfortunate incident near the finish may have signaled the end of Chris Horner's race, the American wincing in pain whilst receiving treatment. Tomorrow's rest day, an early one in a Grand Tour, will undoubtedly be well received by the peloton.

Full Results
1 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 5:43:05  
2 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step    
3 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC    
4 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC    
5 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step    
6 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
7 Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC    
8 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram    
10 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram    
11 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
12 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
13 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux    
14 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream    
15 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram    
16 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
17 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
18 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
19 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream    
20 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
21 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
22 Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC    
23 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam    
24 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
25 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
26 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
27 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
28 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
29 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step    
30 Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
31 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis    
32 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil    
33 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
34 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis    
35 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas    
36 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas    
37 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas    
38 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas    
39 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis    
40 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
41 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto    
42 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto    
43 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC    
44 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux    
45 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank    
46 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank    
47 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank    
48 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
49 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
50 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank    
51 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
52 Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
53 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana    
54 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
55 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
56 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
57 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC    
58 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:57  
59 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis    
60 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis    
61 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
62 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
63 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam    
64 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram    
65 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
66 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
67 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
68 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
69 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
70 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank    
71 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux    
72 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
73 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream 0:02:10  
74 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
75 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
76 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
77 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
78 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
79 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis    
80 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis    
81 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
82 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
83 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
84 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
85 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
86 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
87 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank    
88 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto    
89 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
90 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
91 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas    
92 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
93 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
94 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
95 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
96 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
97 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
98 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam    
99 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
100 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
101 David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
102 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam    
103 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam    
104 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia    
105 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
106 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 0:03:58  
107 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam    
108 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
109 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
110 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana    
111 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana    
112 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC    
113 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil    
114 Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
115 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana    
116 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana    
117 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
118 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream    
119 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
120 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
121 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
122 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto    
123 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis    
124 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank    
125 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank    
126 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil 0:04:38  
127 Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
128 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux 0:04:48  
129 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream    
130 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC    
131 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
132 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
133 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana    
134 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
135 Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:04:53  
136 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
137 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
138 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:56  
139 Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
140 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
141 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:05:03  
142 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step    
143 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step    
144 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil    
145 Martin Velits (Svk) Milram    
146 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank    
147 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank    
148 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank    
149 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank    
150 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank    
151 Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
152 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
153 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
154 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 0:06:53  
155 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream    
156 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:07:04  
157 Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:07:44  
158 Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
159 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
160 José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
161 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
162 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
163 Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
164 José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
165 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil 0:08:06  
166 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank    
167 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
168 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
169 Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
170 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
171 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank    
172 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil    
173 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
174 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil    
175 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:08:09  
176 José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
177 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC    
178 Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
179 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
180 Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram    
181 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
182 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram 0:08:12  
183 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram    
184 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana    
185 Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:08:12  
186 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas    
187 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil    
188 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
189 Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam    
190 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram    
191 Chris Horner (USA) Astana    
192 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto    
193 Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
194 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
195 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
196 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:08:18  
197 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil    
DNS Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence-Lotto    
Points
1 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 25 pts
2 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 20  
3 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC 16  
4 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC 14  
5 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step 12  
6 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 10  
7 Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC 9  
8 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 8  
9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram 7  
10 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram 6  
11 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5  
12 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 4  
13 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
14 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
15 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram 1  
Teams
1 Team Columbia - High Road 17:09:15  
2 Quick Step 0:00:24  
3 Team Milram 0:01:57  
4 Silence - Lotto 0:02:10  
5 Andalucia Cajasur 0:02:24  
6 AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:33  
7 Fuji-Servetto    
8 Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
9 Liquigas    
10 Rabobank    
11 Lampre - N.G.C 0:03:14  
12 BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:03:21  
13 Française Des Jeux 0:03:33  
14 Garmin - Slipstream 0:03:52  
15 Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:33  
16 Cervelo Test Team 0:04:50  
17 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:04  
18 Contentpolis-Ampo 0:05:58  
19 Xacobeo Galicia 0:07:07  
20 Team Saxo Bank 0:08:09  
21 Astana 0:08:53  
22 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09:49  
General classification after stage 4
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank 15:12:38  
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:09  
3 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC 0:00:11  
4 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC    
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream 0:00:12  
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:16  
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:00:17  
8 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:18  
9 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas    
10 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
11 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0:00:19  
12 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:00:21  
13 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
14 David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:22  
15 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
16 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas    
17 Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC    
18 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 0:00:23  
19 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
20 Chris Horner (USA) Astana    
21 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:24  
22 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank    
23 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
24 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:25  
25 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
26 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC    
27 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:26  
28 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram    
29 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
30 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC 0:00:27  
31 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram    
32 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:28  
33 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step    
34 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana    
35 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana    
36 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:29  
37 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
38 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream    
39 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
40 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:30  
41 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
42 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
43 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:00:31  
44 Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:32  
45 Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
46 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank    
47 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step    
48 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
49 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana    
50 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:33  
51 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
52 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
53 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 0:00:34  
54 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil    
55 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:00:35  
56 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto    
57 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:00:36  
58 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
59 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam    
60 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil    
61 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC 0:00:37  
62 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram    
63 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 0:00:38  
64 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto    
65 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil 0:00:39  
66 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:40  
67 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil    
68 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
69 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram    
70 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:41  
71 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis    
72 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:00:42  
73 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
74 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank    
75 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
76 Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:00:43  
77 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:44  
78 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
79 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia    
80 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step 0:00:45  
81 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:46  
82 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank    
83 Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
84 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
85 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto 0:00:47  
86 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 0:00:48  
87 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis    
88 Martin Velits (Svk) Milram 0:00:49  
89 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:50  
90 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
91 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:00:51  
92 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:53  
93 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
94 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank    
95 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam    
96 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana    
97 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
98 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam    
99 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream 0:00:54  
100 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil    
101 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
102 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
103 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana 0:00:55  
104 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
105 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:56  
106 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC 0:00:57  
107 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step    
108 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:58  
109 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:59  
110 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
111 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:01:00  
112 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC    
113 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream    
114 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0:01:01  
115 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:01:02  
116 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank    
117 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
118 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
119 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0:01:03  
120 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:04  
121 Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
122 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:05  
123 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis    
124 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:06  
125 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:07  
126 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank 0:01:08  
127 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:10  
128 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
129 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas 0:01:11  
130 Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC 0:01:12  
131 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto    
132 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
133 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0:01:13  
134 Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
135 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis    
136 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:14  
137 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
138 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana 0:01:16  
139 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:17  
140 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:01:18  
141 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas 0:01:21  
142 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 0:01:23  
143 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:01:26  
144 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 0:01:28  
145 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas 0:01:36  
146 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:52  
147 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:41  
148 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis 0:03:32  
149 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream 0:03:35  
150 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC 0:04:54  
151 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 0:05:04  
152 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil 0:05:26  
153 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:05:34  
154 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux 0:05:39  
155 Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:43  
156 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:46  
157 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream 0:05:57  
158 Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:06:11  
159 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:06:31  
160 Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:06:45  
161 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream 0:07:28  
162 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:07:53  
163 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:07:57  
164 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 0:08:11  
165 Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:08:16  
166 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
167 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram 0:08:20  
168 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
169 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil    
170 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank 0:08:37  
171 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 0:08:38  
172 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram 0:08:40  
173 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:08:45  
174 José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:08:49  
175 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil 0:08:57  
176 Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam 0:09:04  
177 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:09:05  
178 Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram 0:09:14  
179 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil 0:09:15  
180 Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC 0:09:16  
181 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:09:18  
182 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC 0:09:25  
183 José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:09:33  
184 Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:09:35  
185 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC 0:09:37  
186 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank 0:09:45  
187 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:09:57  
188 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC 0:09:59  
189 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
190 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:10:01  
191 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas 0:10:08  
192 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream 0:10:09  
193 Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:10:11  
194 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC 0:10:22  
195 Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:12:17  
196 Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:16:20  
197 José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 0:18:47  
Points classification
1 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 53 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 38  
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream 33  
4 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 28  
5 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC 25  
6 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank 25  
7 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram 25  
8 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 25  
9 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil 25  
10 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 23  
11 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC 21  
12 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 20  
13 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 20  
14 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 15  
15 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC 14  
16 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil 14  
17 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step 12  
18 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 12  
19 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 11  
20 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 10  
21 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram 10  
22 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 10  
23 Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC 9  
24 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 9  
25 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank 9  
26 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 8  
27 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 8  
28 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 8  
29 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux 8  
30 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 7  
31 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 7  
32 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 7  
33 Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto 7  
34 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram 6  
35 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas 6  
36 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil 5  
37 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5  
38 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 4  
39 Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 4  
40 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
41 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil 3  
42 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil 3  
43 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 2  
44 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
45 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 2  
46 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil 2  
47 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 2  
48 Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 2  
49 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram 1  
50 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC 1  
51 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 1  
Mountains classification
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 9 pts
2 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 5  
3 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil 3  
4 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 1  
Combination classification
1 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 175 pts
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 199  
3 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil 228  
4 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 230  
Teams classification
1 Team Columbia - High Road 45:39:00  
2 Quick Step 0:00:21  
3 Team Milram 0:02:03  
4 Silence - Lotto 0:02:14  
5 Liquigas 0:02:18  
6 Rabobank 0:02:41  
7 Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:02:49  
8 AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:52  
9 Fuji-Servetto 0:02:59  
10 Andalucia Cajasur 0:03:35  
11 BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:03:40  
12 Garmin - Slipstream 0:03:43  
13 Française Des Jeux 0:03:52  
14 Lampre - N.G.C 0:04:16  
15 Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:28  
16 Cervelo Test Team 0:05:03  
17 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:35  
18 Contentpolis-Ampo 0:07:06  
19 XAC 0:07:16  
20 Team Saxo Bank 0:07:57  
21 Astana 0:08:53  
22 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:10:04  

 

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