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September 20, Stage 21: Rivas - Madrid 110.2km

Valverde crowned Vuelta king, Greipel wins Madrid sprint

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
September 20, 14:33,
Updated:
September 20, 19:54

First Grand Tour win for Valverde

Andre Greipel (Columbia-HTC)

Andre Greipel (Columbia-HTC)

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Andre Greipel of Team Columbia-HTC won the final mass sprint on the roads of Madrid to close out the Vuelta a Espana with his fourth stage win, but the day belonged to Alejandro Valverde of Caisse d'Epargne. The Spaniard took home his first Grand Tour win after a controversial season which saw him banned from racing in Italy.

Greipel powered to the sprint victory by two bike lengths ahead of Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) and Borut Bozic (Vacansoliel).

"It was three long weeks, I am really happy to win the final stage," said Greipel. "Thanks to the team - they carried me through the whole Vuelta, it is a victory for them."

"With two kilometres to go I was a bit far back, but Greg Henderson did a brilliant job taking me through to the front end of the bunch. It was a bit uphill so I waited a little longer than usual for accelerating away for the finish. Everybody in the team helped. I was just the lucky one who got to cross the line in first place."

Team Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel won the final stage in last year's edition, but was unable to repeat that performance as he was ridden into the barricades in the sprint and crashed. His teammate Jakob Fuglsang and Francisco Jose Pacheco (Contentpolis-Ampo) were also delayed by the incident.

"I was feeling really strong today so of course I am extremely disappointed with the way to leave the stage and the race. I knew the recipe from last year and I was in a clearly favourable position and now I'm just annoyed at not being able to show what I feel capable of," said Breschel.

First Grand Tour for Valverde, but could it be his last?

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) savors his time in the golden jersey.The riders enjoyed a sunny skies and cool weather for the 110.2km circuit through Madrid, largely a parade from Vicalvaro-Madrid to Madrid followed by six rapid-fire circuits destined to end in a sprint as the general classification contenders put their upward ambitions aside after Saturday's time trial.

Valverde was well protected from mishap by his Caisse d'Epargne team, and easily finished in the main group of GC men, 10 seconds behind the sprint. The Spaniard held on to his overall lead, finishing the 2009 Vuelta a Espana with 55 seconds over Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and 1:32 ahead of Silence-Lotto's Cadel Evans.

Evans rode well enough in the previous day's time trial to knock Ivan Basso (Liquigas) down to fourth, off the podium at 2:12.

Fifth went to Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo-Galicia), who had to overcome several crashes during the three-week race to hold on to his top placing. Not so lucky was Dutchman Robert Gesink (Rabobank), who fell from second to sixth place in the final week due to injuries suffered in a crash.

Valverde, who has been chasing Grand Tour success since his first podium finish at the 2003 Vuelta a Espana, was sentimental about taking home the overall win.

"The day I put on my first yellow jersey after the stage of Xorret de Catí, to climb on the podium was a great moment of emotion. From then on my dream was closer each day. I therefore never stop fighting and concentrating, not even for a while."

"To cross the finish line in Madrid with this jersey on my shoulders and know that this Vuelta is now really mine is an emotion that is impossible to describe."

"I learned a lot from the errors I made in the past, but now I showed that I am a rider able to win major three-week tours. In the future I will fight to try and win another one."

The victory crowned a tumultuous year for the 29-year old Valverede. On the plus side, he won the Klasika Primavera and the Volta a Catalunya, although he was unable to repeat his success in the Spring Classics of earlier years. He finished second on the Mont Ventoux stage of the Dauphiné Libéré, which was enough to give him the leader's jersey, and he went on to win the race for the second year in a row.

However, there was also a very large downside to his 2009 season. He has for years been dogged by rumours of involvement in Operación Puerto. Earlier this year, the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) announced that it had matched DNA samples taken from Valverde during the 2008 Giro d'Italia to blood seized in Operación Puerto, and suspended him from competition in Italy for two years.

Valverde has appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but no decision has yet been made. CONI's action not only kept him out of this year's Giro and all other Italian races, but also the Tour de France, which dipped into Italy for 83 kilometres on stage 16 to Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

The victory was Valverde's first in a Grand Tour in his eight-year career. The Vuelta is the only one in which he has been competitive, having finished second in 2006 and third in 2003 and 2004. He has five stage wins in the race, but none this year.

The Spaniard was never far from the lead in the race, and took over the gold leader's jersey on the ninth stage from Alcoy to Xorret de Cati, and never gave it up again. That stage was typical for him: he stayed easily in the favourites' group up to the end, and at the finale sprinted to catch the bonus seconds for third place.

Once he had the jersey, he dominated the rest of the race. No one came close to knocking him off the throne which he had at long last achieved.

Greipel, Moncoutie claim sprint and climber classifications

Andre Greipel won the points classification in the Vuelta.The sprints were dominated by Andre Greipel of Columbia-HTC, who mirrored the success which teammate Mark Cavendish enjoyed during the Tour de France. He took home four stage wins, wore the leader's gold jersey for two days and held the green points jersey for much of the race.

"The green jersey was very difficult to get because this was such a mountainous Vuelta, but in the build-up to the sprints I could count on a lot of support from my teammates, and that made all the difference," Greipel said.

"I had the best lead-out of all of the sprinters here, particularly thanks to my teammates Marcel Sieberg and Greg Henderson. I came to this Tour of Spain thinking I could maybe win one stage, and I came away with four and the team got five. Plus I won the points classification. That's amazing."

He wasn't the only one to win sprints, though, nor even the only German. Gerald Ciolek saved his and his Milram team's season by winning the second stage in Emmen, Netherlands. Borut Bozic of Vacansoliel and Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Slipstream each took one bunch sprint stage win.

Belgian Champion Tom Boonen of Quick Step continued his unlucky year, although he did finish second twice, before abandoning the race during the 13th stage.

David Moncoutie (Cofidis) took the mountains classification in the 2009 Vuelta.France's David Moncoutie (Cofidis) had a fairly easy time winning the mountain jersey. David De La Fuente of Fuji-Servetto put up an early spirited fight, taking the jersey away from his French rival for one day, but Moncoutie took it back on the 11th stage and never let it go.

Moncoutie, 34, cemented his win of the red jersey by taking the victory in stage 13, which finished atop the Sierra Nevada. He had gotten in an early escape group, and attacked out of it on the penultimate climb to solo on to his win.

The result earned him a new contract with his Cofidis team.

Whether or not Valverde will escape full-scale punishment based on the Italian investigation remains to be seen, and if he is banned world-wide, the larger question remains if he will be able to keep his Vuelta a Espana victory on his palmares.

Full Results
1 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 3:11:55  
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
3 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil    
4 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis    
5 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
6 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
7 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC    
8 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
9 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank    
10 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram    
11 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
12 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
13 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
14 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
15 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
16 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram    
17 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
18 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
19 Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
20 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream    
21 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram    
22 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:08  
23 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0:00:10  
24 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil    
25 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
26 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
27 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
28 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux    
29 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank    
30 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
31 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
32 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
33 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia    
34 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
35 José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
36 David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
37 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas    
38 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
39 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam    
40 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
41 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux    
42 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana    
43 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas    
44 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto    
45 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
46 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
47 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
48 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
49 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis    
50 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
51 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
52 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
53 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis    
54 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC    
55 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank    
56 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis    
57 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
58 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam    
59 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:16  
60 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux    
61 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana    
62 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
63 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
64 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas    
65 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank    
66 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
67 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis    
68 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana    
69 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
70 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis    
71 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
72 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
73 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis    
74 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
75 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
76 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream    
77 Martin Velits (Svk) Milram    
78 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana    
79 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
80 Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0:00:25  
81 Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
82 Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
83 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
84 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:27  
85 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:28  
86 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
87 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:30  
88 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam    
89 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream    
90 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam    
91 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto 0:00:30  
92 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
93 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
94 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux    
95 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank    
96 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
97 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank    
98 Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
99 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
100 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
101 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
102 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis    
103 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
104 Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC    
105 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step    
106 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream    
107 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
108 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
109 Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
110 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:00:37  
111 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas    
112 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:00:40  
113 Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
114 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:41  
115 Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram    
116 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
117 José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur    
118 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:50  
119 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
120 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:51  
121 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC 0:00:53  
122 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC    
123 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:56  
124 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis    
125 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil    
126 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux    
127 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto    
128 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
129 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas 0:01:08  
130 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil 0:01:11  
131 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil    
132 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil 0:01:15  
133 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
134 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank    
135 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank 0:01:22  
136 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank    
137 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil 0:01:22  
138 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas    
139 Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
Points
1 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 25 pts
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 20  
3 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil 16  
4 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 14  
5 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12  
6 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC 10  
7 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC 9  
8 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 8  
9 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 7  
10 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram 6  
11 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 5  
12 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4  
13 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 3  
14 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2  
15 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 1  
Sprint 1 - Rivas Vaciamadrid, km. 52,6
1 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC 4 pts
2 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 2  
3 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC 1  
Sprin 2 - Madrid (lap 3) km. 86,2
1 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 4 pts
2 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 2  
3 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto 1  
Solidario sprint
1 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
Teams
1 Team Milram 9:35:45  
2 Silence - Lotto 0:00:10  
3 Liquigas    
4 Team Columbia - HTC    
5 Contentpolis - Ampo    
6 Team Saxo Bank    
7 Rabobank 0:00:18  
8 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:20  
9 Caisse D'Epargne    
10 Xacobeo Galicia    
11 Cervelo Test Team    
12 Cofidis, le credit en ligne    
13 Française Des Jeux 0:00:30  
14 Fuji - Servetto    
15 AG2R - La Mondiale 0:00:32  
16 Astana 0:00:36  
17 Lampre - N.G.C 0:00:40  
18 Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:46  
19 Quick Step 0:01:00  
20 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:06  
21 Andalucía - Cajasur 0:01:09  
22 BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:02:03  
Final general classification
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 87:22:37  
2 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:55  
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0:01:32  
4 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 0:02:12  
5 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:04:27  
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:06:40  
7 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:09:08  
8 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC 0:09:11  
9 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam 0:11:08  
10 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0:11:27  
11 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:14:24  
12 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil 0:15:08  
13 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana 0:15:10  
14 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana 0:17:15  
15 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:18:41  
16 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 0:20:11  
17 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas 0:21:03  
18 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis 0:21:11  
19 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana 0:23:38  
20 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 0:24:00  
21 Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:24:36  
22 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 0:33:19  
23 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:34:48  
24 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0:36:49  
25 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:37:05  
26 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia 0:37:14  
27 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis 0:46:45  
28 David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:48:07  
29 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:52:58  
30 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 0:53:40  
31 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank 0:57:07  
32 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 0:58:17  
33 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:58:20  
34 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 0:59:42  
35 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 1:02:34  
36 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 1:03:49  
37 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil 1:05:05  
38 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank 1:06:25  
39 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 1:06:31  
40 Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 1:06:44  
41 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 1:07:51  
42 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1:09:28  
43 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram 1:17:16  
44 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 1:18:47  
45 Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 1:19:06  
46 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:19:18  
47 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 1:21:27  
48 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:22:24  
49 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis 1:22:39  
50 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto    
51 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 1:23:45  
52 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:24:17  
53 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream 1:26:13  
54 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 1:27:04  
55 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 1:28:13  
56 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 1:28:24  
57 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:29:14  
58 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis 1:30:07  
59 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 1:32:33  
60 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 1:34:35  
61 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 1:34:53  
62 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 1:35:08  
63 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux 1:35:17  
64 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:36:42  
65 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis 1:39:22  
66 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 1:41:03  
67 Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 1:42:14  
68 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 1:43:52  
69 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:46:51  
70 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas 1:46:54  
71 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:51:28  
72 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto 1:51:41  
73 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto 1:52:52  
74 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis 1:54:01  
75 Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 1:55:32  
76 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank 1:56:22  
77 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 1:59:47  
78 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 1:59:54  
79 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 2:01:47  
80 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 2:03:28  
81 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 2:03:32  
82 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC 2:07:41  
83 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 2:08:25  
84 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 2:08:34  
85 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 2:09:44  
86 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto 2:10:55  
87 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil 2:11:21  
88 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:12:03  
89 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis 2:12:42  
90 Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram 2:17:39  
91 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas 2:17:50  
92 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:18:25  
93 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step 2:18:26  
94 Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC 2:19:46  
95 Martin Velits (Svk) Milram 2:20:48  
96 Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:20:50  
97 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 2:22:26  
98 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:22:57  
99 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram 2:27:43  
100 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:27:53  
101 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam 2:28:38  
102 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil 2:28:48  
103 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC 2:28:53  
104 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil 2:32:05  
105 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux 2:32:39  
106 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 2:35:43  
107 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 2:36:32  
108 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank 2:37:38  
109 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 2:38:05  
110 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana 2:39:45  
111 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 2:40:56  
112 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:42:38  
113 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step 2:46:18  
114 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:46:43  
115 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 2:47:06  
116 Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 2:51:10  
117 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 2:51:56  
118 José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 2:51:58  
119 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 2:52:13  
120 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 2:53:02  
121 Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 2:53:17  
122 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC 2:53:44  
123 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC 2:55:24  
124 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil 2:57:16  
125 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto 2:57:50  
126 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas 2:58:07  
127 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis 2:58:10  
128 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC 3:00:24  
129 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 3:01:15  
130 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana 3:06:28  
131 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas 3:08:41  
132 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream 3:09:57  
133 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC 3:13:53  
134 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC 3:16:05  
135 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream 3:17:50  
136 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux 3:18:41  
137 José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3:19:05  
138 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil 3:19:54  
139 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 3:29:02  
Points classification
1 André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC 150 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 111  
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 101  
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 99  
5 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 89  
6 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil 68  
7 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 68  
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 68  
9 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 64  
10 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 64  
11 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 55  
12 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis 54  
13 David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 47  
14 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 42  
15 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 42  
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 42  
17 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 40  
18 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 39  
19 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 36  
20 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 34  
21 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 33  
22 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 30  
23 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC 30  
24 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam 28  
25 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 27  
26 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 24  
27 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 23  
28 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream 21  
29 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC 21  
30 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 21  
31 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil 20  
32 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 20  
33 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 18  
34 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 18  
35 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis 16  
36 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 15  
37 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 14  
38 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram 13  
39 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil 13  
40 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 12  
41 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux 12  
42 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 12  
43 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step 12  
44 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 11  
45 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 11  
46 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 11  
47 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank 10  
48 Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 9  
49 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux 9  
50 Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 9  
51 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 9  
52 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank 8  
53 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank 8  
54 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis 7  
55 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana 7  
56 Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 7  
57 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC 6  
58 Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 6  
59 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana 6  
60 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis 6  
61 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 5  
62 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5  
63 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 4  
64 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 4  
65 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 4  
66 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
67 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas 3  
68 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 3  
69 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis 3  
70 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto 3  
71 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream 2  
72 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana 2  
73 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 2  
74 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil 2  
75 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 1  
76 Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto 1  
77 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia 1  
78 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 1  
79 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 1  
Mountains classification
1 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis 186 pts
2 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 99  
3 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 73  
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 67  
5 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 61  
6 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 60  
7 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 59  
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 58  
9 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil 54  
10 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 52  
11 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis 51  
12 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 45  
13 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia 34  
14 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis 34  
15 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream 32  
16 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 32  
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 32  
18 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 29  
19 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 25  
20 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 24  
21 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 22  
22 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis 21  
23 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 20  
24 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 19  
25 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 19  
26 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 18  
27 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 17  
28 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil 16  
29 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 14  
30 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam 13  
31 Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 13  
32 Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 12  
33 Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 12  
34 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 12  
35 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 11  
36 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11  
37 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC 10  
38 David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 10  
39 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
40 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 10  
41 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
42 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank 9  
43 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 9  
44 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto 8  
45 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram 8  
46 Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto 7  
47 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 7  
48 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 6  
49 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana 6  
50 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram 6  
51 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 6  
52 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank 5  
53 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 5  
54 José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 5  
55 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 4  
56 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4  
57 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 3  
58 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas 3  
59 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis 3  
60 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
61 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 3  
62 Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 3  
63 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3  
64 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 3  
65 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3  
66 Martin Velits (Svk) Milram 3  
67 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil 3  
68 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil 3  
69 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 2  
70 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis 2  
71 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
72 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana 1  
73 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 1  
74 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 1  
75 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC 1  
Combination classification
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 7 pts
2 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 17  
3 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 17  
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 19  
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 22  
6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 29  
7 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis 40  
8 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil 52  
9 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 53  
10 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 58  
11 David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 61  
12 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam 63  
13 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 66  
14 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC 74  
15 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 74  
16 Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 79  
17 David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 79  
18 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 93  
19 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 93  
20 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 94  
21 Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 102  
22 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 104  
23 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 105  
24 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 111  
25 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 112  
26 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 112  
27 Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 115  
28 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia 116  
29 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 122  
30 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana 123  
31 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis 123  
32 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis 123  
33 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux 126  
34 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 127  
35 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 128  
36 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank 130  
37 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram 131  
38 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank 132  
39 Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 132  
40 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 132  
41 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 136  
42 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil 136  
43 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis 137  
44 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis 140  
45 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream 140  
46 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas 142  
47 Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto 143  
48 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana 144  
49 Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 149  
50 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 150  
51 Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 160  
52 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 161  
53 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 163  
54 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 183  
55 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 195  
56 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto 196  
57 Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur 198  
58 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam 205  
59 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 213  
60 Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 219  
61 Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram 232  
62 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 232  
63 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 244  
64 Paul Voss (Ger) Milram 247  
65 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 248  
66 Martin Velits (Svk) Milram 258  
67 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil 266  
68 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil 272  
69 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC 274  
70 José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 301  
71 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis 306  
Teams classification
1 Xacobeo Galicia 261:57:19  
2 Caisse D'Epargne 0:23:43  
3 Astana 0:31:39  
4 Cofidis, le credit en ligne 0:39:37  
5 Fuji - Servetto 0:52:23  
6 Rabobank 0:57:35  
7 Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:04:40  
8 Silence - Lotto 1:07:04  
9 Cervelo Test Team 1:19:27  
10 Liquigas 1:34:05  
11 Française Des Jeux 1:42:50  
12 AG2R - La Mondiale 2:00:05  
13 Team Saxo Bank 2:40:52  
14 Contentpolis - Ampo 2:44:26  
15 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2:47:01  
16 Lampre - N.G.C 2:53:20  
17 Garmin - Slipstream 3:06:47  
18 Andalucía - Cajasur 3:09:09  
19 Quick Step 3:44:40  
20 Team Milram 3:45:36  
21 BBOX Bouygues Telecom 5:01:08  
22 Team Columbia - HTC 6:32:35  

 

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