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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 1, 2012

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October 1, 2012, 21:00
  • Team Sky signs Dombrowski and Boswell

    Joe Dombrowski (Bontrager-Livestrong) would defend his best young rider's jersey in the stage seven time trial.
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    October 1, 2012, 09:34
    Cycling News

    British team secures American

    Team Sky has announced the signing of young American riders Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell after the pair both showed their talent in Europe as Under 23 riders as part of the Bontrager-Livestrong team.

    Dombrowski won the Baby Giro and finished fourth at the summit finish of Mount Baldy in May’s Tour of California. His season continued with consistent riders at the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge where finished in the top ten in both events.

    Boswell has enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic too with a top five finish in the Tour of Utah second in the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He rode for Argos Shimano as a stagiare at the tailend of this season, picking up another top five at the Tour de l’Avenir.

    “It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to spending the next couple of years at Team Sky. I chose the team because it is the best programme in the world right now and I’m looking forward to having this great opportunity to learn,” Dombrowski said.

    Boswell echoed his teammate, saying: “I’m really excited to be joining Team Sky. It’s like signing for the Yankees in baseball. It’s the best team in the world. Team Sky have the best equipment, best riders, best staff, and the best organisation. To be a part of a team like this in my first professional season is an honour.

    “I tend to be a climber or a GC rider, which is a good role to have on this team. There are a lot of older riders who are similar to me in that respect, and I want to learn as much as I can from them. I’m excited to work with this team and I want to progress and develop with them."

    With a raft of riders set to leave Team Sky at the end of this season, the British WorldTour team has been quick to sign promising neo-pros. Bobby Julich, the team’s race coach, works with a number of riders on the team on an individual basis and believes that the both Boswell and Dombrowski could have big futures in the sport.

    Bontrager-Livestrong - and especially USA Cycling - have done a great job developing these guys into the riders they are today and we want to continue that hard work now to ensure they reach their full potential in the future.

    “Ian and Joe are two of the most talented under-23 riders in the world and we will offer them the best possible race and training programmes to aid their progression. We see this as a long-term project at Team Sky and it’ll be exciting for everyone involved.

    “We must be doing something right if they’ve chosen to sign for us over the American teams. I followed a similar path during my racing career, went through a lot of the same things they are going through at the moment, and I think we can help them a lot.”

  • Report: UCI offered stake in breakaway league

    Garmin manager Jonathan Vaughters
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    October 1, 2012, 11:28
    Cycling News

    Bloomberg suggests marketing company to share new race series revenue

    The UCI has reportedly been offered a stake in the muted breakaway league project, as a way of convincing the international governing body to allow the race series to go ahead.

    According to a report by the Bloomberg news agency, citing two people familiar with the situation, the UCI has been approached with an offer of equity.

    Sport marketing company Gifted Group Ltd has reportedly raised 20 million Euro to fund the project and captured support from a number of the major professional teams that are part of the UCI's WorldTour series by offering them a share in television revenue. According to Bloomberg, an original plan meant the teams involved would share 64 percent of sales, with investors taking 26 percent and the Gifted Group 10 percent. It is not clear how much the UCI may be offered and how this would affect other partners.

    The report claims that the Gifted Group has already struck a deal for television coverage, with projected earning of 39 million Euro in 2017.

    The UCI has created its own race organising company, Global Cycling Promotion SA, to run the Tour of Beijing and President Pat McQuaid has always rubbished reports of a breakaway league. However, Garmin-Sharp team manager and head of the AIGCP team's association Jonathan Vaughters believes teams should get a share in television revenue to help them survive loss of sponsorship.

    Bloomberg said the UCI had no comment to make on the latest revelations and Gifted Group Chairman Jonathan Price was also not able to comment.

  • "Nice crash" ends Gilbert's season

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC) waves to the crowd at the start of the race
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    October 1, 2012, 12:16
    Cycling News

    World champion not superstitious after Lombardy tumble

    "My season ends badly, just as it started," World champion Philippe Gilbert said with an ironic smile, following the crash that forced him to abandon the Giro di Lombardia on Saturday, the last race of his his 2012 season. The Belgian hit the tarmac on the descent of the Muro di Sormano, sustainiing abrasions but no serious injury and went out for an end of season ride with Montecarlo neighbours Alexandre Vinokourov and Maxim Iglinsky on Monday.

    "Nice crash for me!" the BMC rider tweeted just after the race, adding a "souvenir!" photo of his blood-stained rainbow jersey on the social media network. "I think a 9.5 on 10. Then I was KO with the cold. 6 guys from BMC crashed....the must important nothing broken!"

    Gilbert's reactions indicated that he does not believe in the curse of the rainbow jersey.  "It's true that I don't crash very often and I abandon races even less," he told DHnet. "If it had been a stage race, I would have continued, but I stayed on the ground for two or three minutes and I was groggy, so it made no sense [to carry on]."

    The 30-year-old was back in the group of favourites when crashed. "Suddenly, without knowing why, my wheel slipped. It must have been at about 60 km/h, at the end of a fast right-hand bend. I slid about 15 metres," Gilbert recalled.

    "I'm injured on both elbows, both knees, my hip, my left buttocks, both shoulders... The important thing is there is nothing broken. It's better [to crash now] than in February or last week: my season is over anyway."

    Still, there was a slight hint of regret as the Belgian would have liked to take better advantage of his great form and add a third victory at the Giro di Lombardia to his palmarès. "It was a shame, as I felt relly good and I'm sure I would have been with the best in the finale. Would I have won? Nobody can say that. Rodriguez is a great winner. He deserves it, he's the world number one, he's had a fantastic season."

    Gilbert is now looking forward to some rest before the first BMC meeting for 2013 riders and staff in Belgium on October 20. On October 24 he will be at the Tour de France presentation in Paris. "I will ride for another week, at leisurely pace, because you heal better like that," he said. "Then, I'll go on a vacation with my wife and my son; five days in Provence, then somewhere else, we haven't decided yet."

    The Belgian does not know his 2013 race programme yet but it will include the Classics. "The only thing for sure, is that the Ardennes Classics will be my biggest objective in the spring, wearing the rainbow jersey," he said.

  • Sutherland joins Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for 2013

    Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) happy after his stage win.
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    October 1, 2012, 12:36
    Jane Aubrey

    Australian part of long list of new recruits

    The Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank roster continues to expand with the announcement that UCI America Tour winner, Australian Rory Sutherland will be joining the Danish outfit from 2013.

    For Sutherland, who has been with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in its various guises for the past six seasons, it was a case of now or never.

    "It's probably similar in some sense to guys that started late in Europe like Jason McCartney, Horner, Levi," the 30-year-old told Cyclingnews from Boulder, Colorado. "All these guys that raced for quite a while in the US until their late 20's, early 30's and then they've decided at some point that ‘hey, are we going to sit in this intermediate place of a Pro Continental team or are we going to take the leap of faith?'"

    Sutherland is exceptionally grateful for the opportunities afforded to him in the United States and UnitedHealthcare has become an extension of his own family, so tight-knit is the squad right through to management and support staff. But with an increasing number of stage wins on a world stage as racing has expanded in Sutherland's adopted home in the United States, has come the niggling feeling that he was destined for something more.

    "I've been putting the decision off every year and not really pushing to try and make the move to a WorldTour team and this is the time to do it and I'm very happy with what I'm going in to," he explained.

    Sutherland's results, especially since UnitedHealthcare moved to Professional Continental status for the 2011 season have been intensifying from seventh overall at the Tour of California, tenth on GC at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and then this season the top step of the podium at the Tour of the Gila, Tour de Beauce and a stage victory at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

    "I've got results in Europe in bits and pieces but I'm obviously not proven at a full European level which makes it difficult to come into a WorldTour team," he admits. "I'm not a neo-pro who's gagging for that position to do all the crappy races and suffer the whole time. I'm at a different point in my life and from the discussions that I've had with Bjarne [Riis] about it, we seem to be very much on the same page. He's not paying me to be a neo pro, he's paying me for the opportunity at the highest level to see what we can do with my potential, or to see where I can end up."

    Europe of course is not uncharted territory for Sutherland, who raced with Rabobank until 2005, even riding the Giro d'Italia in his neo-pro year. In terms of what his race calendar might look like, he's yet to work that out but he is certainly keen on a return to a grand tour stage.

    "It doesn't mean that I'm looking to do anything spectacular, but just getting that grand tour under the belt will really propel me in the second half of the season or the season after that, really bring me up that extra notch," Sutherland explained.

    Going out with a bang

    If there was an ideal way to close this chapter in his US career, Sutherland's capture of the top ranking in the UCI America Tour was it. In second place heading into the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and Tour of Colorado, Sutherland's victory on Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, sealed the top spot. His ranking points makes him especially attractive to Saxo Bank-Tiknoff Bank as it works to safeguard its WorldTour status for 2013.

    In the day's break, Sutherland launched a solo attack at the base of the climb heading up to Flagstaff Mountain and eventually claim a triumphant victory from several pursuants including Jens Voigt, Tim Duggan, Levi Leipheimer and Christian Vande Velde. It was also UnitedHealthcare's first stage victory in the event.

    "I'm definitely Australian; I'm always going to be Australian but having lived here for the last six years, and a lot of the Australians live here in Boulder, this is as close to home as we're probably ever going to get," Sutherland said.

    "It was the biggest day of racing that's ever happened in the United States with the amount of people, the course, the media in Boulder, the heartland of cycling in the US with my family at the finish line was a pretty special and emotional thing, that's for sure."

    It was the kind of form which unsurprisingly landed Sutherland a spot on the Australian team long list for the UCI Road World Championships for the second year running but with on-going contract negotiations and limited racing leading up to Limburg, he decided to take himself out of contention.

    "If I'm going to go to the world championships I want to be ready to go," Sutherland said. "I'm not doing it half-arsed. If I was based in Europe it's an easy decision. What I've learnt over the last two years from racing across two continents is that flying into a race two or three days before doesn't work properly for me. Next year could be a different beast having a home base in Europe."

    For now, Sutherland is happy to enjoy some down time with his young family before the build up to season 2013 begins. Like most, he's been watching the growing list of names joining his new team with anticipation and considering just where he is going to fit in the new line up.

    "It's a tough one because I'm not a pure climber by any stretch of the imagination but I can climb just fine," Sutherland told Cyclingnews. "And I'm not a pure sprinter but bring me to the finish of a sprint with good legs and I can sprint just fine - I think I can do a lot of different races which is a good thing. I can get through grand tours; I can get through some of the big, hillier races. I think this first year both for myself and the team is just going to be a learning experience."

  • Video: 2013 Giro d'Italia presentation

    Who will win the 2013 Giro d'Italia
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    October 1, 2012, 14:46
    Cycling News

    Riders react to next year's race route

    After the 2013 Giro d'Italia route was unveiled in Milan on Sunday, race officials, team directors and of course the riders have commented about the details of next year's route. In this video, previous winners such as Ryder Hesjedal, Alberto Contador, and Ivan Basso talk about the shape of the race and what exactly it takes to wear the pink jersey in Milan.

    The 2013 edition of the Giro d'Italia will feature seven mountain finishes, two individual time trials and a team time trial.

    "What we tried to do is not to have just one race, but 21 different races in one race. So every stage should be something different for our audience, and not just for Italian fans. It's in Italy, but the racing is for every cycling fan, all around the world," Giro director Michele Acquarone explains in the video.

    British star rider Mark Cavendish also speaks of the opportunities he sees for sprint stages, and his desire to claim the pink jersey again at the beginning of the race.

  • Andy Schleck to return to competition in Belgium

    A tired but satisfied Andy Schleck at the finish
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    October 1, 2012, 16:41
    Cycling News

    RadioShack-Nissan name their team for Binche-Tournai-Binche

    RadioShack-Nissan has confirmed that Andy Schleck will finally return to racing on Tuesday in Belgium, naming him in the team's line-up for the Memorial Vandenbroucke Binche-Tournai-Binche race.

    Schleck has not raced since fracturing his hip during the time trial stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on June 7.

    He was forced to miss the Tour de France and also missed planned comebacks at the US ProCycling Challenge and the more recent GP Fourmies in France. He has blamed pain in his hip and leg as the cause of his long absence from competition.

    "I'm very disappointed that I couldn't show anything so far this year. This has been a dreadful season for me and I desperately want to put it behind me. I still hope to return to racing before the season ends," Schleck said in early September when he decided not to ride the GP Fourmies.

    Binche-Tournai-Binche – held in the south-western French-speaking part of Belgium, traditionally brings down the curtain on the Belgian cycling season. Binche will host the start of Fleche-Wallonne in 2013 and host the 2108 Belgian national road race championships.

    RadioShack-Nissan has also named Matthew Busche, Laurent Didier, Ben Hermans, Gregory Rast, Jesse Sergent and Robert Wagner in the line-up for Binche-Tournai-Binche, with Dirk Demol as directeur sportif.

    Busche, Jakob Fuglsang, Hermans, Giacomo Nizzolo, Rast, Wagner and Oliver Zaug have been named for Thursday's Paris-Bourges and for Paris-Tours on Sunday October 7. Alain Gallopin will manage the team for the two French races.

  • Moreno, Losada, Florencio and Vicioso renew with Katusha

    Daniel Moreno (Katusha) celebrates on the podium in the Dauphine
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    October 1, 2012, 18:11
    Cycling News

    Four helpers for Rodriguez on board through 2013

    After having the best season of his career, Tour of Lombardy winner Joaquim Rodriguez will keep his winning formula of four fellow Spaniards on the Katusha team to try and improve upon his performances through 2013.

    'Purito' Rodriguez's management company confirmed today that Rodriguez's key mountain helper Daniel Moreno, Xavier Florencio, Alberto Losada and Angel Vicioso, all part of his Vuelta a Espana support crew, will remain alongside him for the coming season.

    "Joaquim was confirmed through 2013 and wanted to keep his trusted teammates. It is a core group that worked perfectly and although we had offers from other teams we thought it best to keep the group together and give Joaquim the confidence to face the next season," said manager Ángel Edo.

    Moreno, Losada and Vicioso came across to the Katusha team in 2011, all three were former teammates of Rodriguez on his previous Caisse d'Epargne squad. Florencio arrived this season from the defunct Geox-TMC team.

    Moreno is more than just a domestique for Rodriguez: he won the overall Vuelta a Burgos and two stages, as well as two tough stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the GP Miguel Indurain and a stage of the Ruta del Sol.

  • Rodriguez takes over WorldTour lead after Lombardia victory

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was too good for his rivals on the final climb
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    October 1, 2012, 19:34
    Cycling News

    Sky remains top team, Spain leads country rankings

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) has ousted Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) from the number one spot in the UCI’s WorldTour ranking with Spain’s first ever victory in Il Lombardia.

    Rodríguez took the victory in the 251km Monument in spectacular style, breaking away on the final climb of the Villa Vergano close to the finish as the rain poured down ever harder. Second was Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Samuel Sanchez, taking his fourth podium finish in Il Lombardia in a hard-fought sprint against Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling).

    Third in the 2011 edition of Il Lombardia, any spot in 2012 from ninth to first would have allowed Rodríguez, second overall and trailing Wiggins (who was not competing) by nine points before the race, to claim what is looking likely to be a clear outright victory in the WorldTour rankings. But to do so with such an impressive lone win was the icing on the cake for the only rider to take two podium finishes in Grand Tours this season: second in the Giro d’Italia in May and then third in the Vuelta a España, after leading the race for two weeks, earlier this month.

    Rodríguez now has 692 points to lead Wiggins by 91. From third to eighth in the WorldTour rankings there are no changes in places or points totals, with Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) still in third place with 410. Further down the rankings, however, Sanchez's second place in Il Lombardia and the 80 points that went with it has enabled the Spaniard to move into the top ten overall. Sanchez is now ninth, pushing Rui Faria da Costa (Team Movistar) and Vuelta Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) into tenth and eleventh places respectively.

    In the WorldTour nations rankings Spain’s already impressive lead over Great Britain has increased notably thanks to their two top placings in Il Lombardia. Spain now leads by 726 points, up 190 points from their previous total. Their victory in the classification is assured with only one WorldTour event yet to take place in 2012.

    There are no changes in positions for the nations ranked one through to seven but Colombia has made a big gain. In just one race, the South American nation has jumped from fourteenth to eighth overall.

    Rodríguez's victory in Il Lombardia has had an important effect in the teams classification of the WorldTour, too. Although Sky Procycling has added on another 65 points and their number one spot overall is as unchallengeable as Spain’s in the nations ranking, Katusha Team - just five points behind Liquigas-Cannondale prior to the Italian Classic - is now in the runner’s up spot, 95 points ahead. Given Sky Procycling is still 418 points ahead, with just one round of 2012 World Tour racing remaining, it is mathematically impossible for Katusha Team to overhaul the Britons.

    The final round of 2012 WorldTour calendar is China’s Tour of Beijing, from October 9th to 13th.

    WorldTour rankings - Individuals
    1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 692 pts
    2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 601  
    3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 410  
    4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 400  
    5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 394  
    6 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 390  
    7 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 376  
    8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 351  
    9 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 332  
    10 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 309  
    11 Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 290  
    12 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 241  
    13 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp 237  
    14 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 237  
    15 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 199  
    16 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 194  
    17 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 194  
    18 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 194  
    19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 189  
    20 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 184  
    21 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 184  
    22 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 183  
    23 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 182  
    24 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 181  
    25 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 175  
    26 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 172  
    27 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 162  
    28 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 160  
    29 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 160  
    30 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 150  
    31 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 148  
    32 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 145  
    33 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 143  
    34 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 134  
    35 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 134  
    36 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 134  
    37 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp 132  
    38 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 128  
    39 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling 122  
    40 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 121  
    41 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 120  
    42 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 120  
    43 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 114  
    44 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 113  
    45 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 112  
    46 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team 110  
    47 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 108  
    48 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 106  
    49 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 104  
    50 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 104  
    51 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 100  
    52 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 98  
    53 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 97  
    54 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 94  
    55 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 92  
    56 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 89  
    57 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 88  
    58 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 87  
    59 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team 86  
    60 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 85  
    61 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team 82  
    62 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 82  
    63 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 80  
    64 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 78  
    65 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 77  
    66 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 75  
    67 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 72  
    68 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 70  
    69 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 70  
    70 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 65  
    71 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling 64  
    72 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 63  
    73 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 60  
    74 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 58  
    75 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 56  
    76 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 54  
    77 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 52  
    78 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 52  
    79 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 51  
    80 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 51  
    81 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 50  
    82 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 47  
    83 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 46  
    84 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 46  
    85 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 44  
    86 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 42  
    87 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 41  
    88 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp 40  
    89 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 40  
    90 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 40  
    91 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 40  
    92 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 37  
    93 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 37  
    94 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 36  
    95 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 36  
    96 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 35  
    97 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 34  
    98 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 33  
    99 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 32  
    100 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 31  
    101 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 30  
    102 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 30  
    103 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 30  
    104 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp 30  
    105 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 30  
    106 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team 29  
    107 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 29  
    108 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 28  
    109 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 26  
    110 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 24  
    111 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 24  
    112 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 24  
    113 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp 23  
    114 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 22  
    115 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 22  
    116 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 22  
    117 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 21  
    118 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 21  
    119 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 21  
    120 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 21  
    121 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 20  
    122 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 20  
    123 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 20  
    124 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 20  
    125 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp 20  
    126 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 20  
    127 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team 18  
    128 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 18  
    129 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 18  
    130 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 18  
    131 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 17  
    132 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team 17  
    133 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 16  
    134 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 16  
    135 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 16  
    136 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 15  
    137 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 15  
    138 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 14  
    139 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 14  
    140 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 14  
    141 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 14  
    142 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 14  
    143 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 14  
    144 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 13  
    145 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 12  
    146 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 11  
    147 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 10  
    148 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 10  
    149 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 10  
    150 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
    151 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 10  
    152 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team 10  
    153 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 10  
    154 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
    155 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 10  
    156 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp 10  
    157 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 10  
    158 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 10  
    159 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team 9  
    160 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 9  
    161 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp 9  
    162 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team 8  
    163 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 8  
    164 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team 8  
    165 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 8  
    166 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 8  
    167 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 8  
    168 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 8  
    169 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 8  
    170 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 7  
    171 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
    172 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 7  
    173 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
    174 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 6  
    175 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 6  
    176 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 6  
    177 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 6  
    178 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team 6  
    179 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 6  
    180 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 5  
    181 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 5  
    182 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 5  
    183 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 4  
    184 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team 4  
    185 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD 4  
    186 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 4  
    187 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 4  
    188 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team 4  
    189 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
    190 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
    191 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4  
    192 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 4  
    193 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4  
    194 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
    195 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan 4  
    196 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 4  
    197 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4  
    198 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp 4  
    199 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 4  
    200 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 3  
    201 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
    202 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
    203 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 2  
    204 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling 2  
    205 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
    206 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
    207 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2  
    208 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
    209 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
    210 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
    211 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2  
    212 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
    213 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling 2  
    214 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
    215 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team 2  
    216 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
    217 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan 1  
    218 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1  
    219 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 1  
    220 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    221 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    222 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
    223 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1  
    224 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1  
    225 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    226 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
    227 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
    228 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
    229 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
    230 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
    231 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    232 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1  
    233 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp 1  
    234 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 1  
    235 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
    236 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    237 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team 1  
    238 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
    239 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 1  
    240 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Sharp 1  
    241 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team 1  
    242 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 1  
    243 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 1  
    244 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
    WorldTour rankings - Teams
    1 Sky Procycling 1691 pts
    2 Katusha Team 1273  
    3 Liquigas-Cannondale 1178  
    4 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1066  
    5 Movistar Team 941  
    6 Orica GreenEdge 920  
    7 BMC Racing Team 917  
    8 Rabobank Cycling Team 799  
    9 Garmin - Sharp 694  
    10 Lotto Belisol Team 625  
    11 Astana Pro Team 622  
    12 RadioShack-Nissan 619  
    13 Euskaltel - Euskadi 555  
    14 Lampre - ISD 431  
    15 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 385  
    16 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 343  
    17 AG2R La Mondiale 273  
    18 FDJ-Big Mat 246  
    WorldTour rankings - Nations
    1 Spain 1889 pts
    2 Great Britain 1163  
    3 Italy 1115  
    4 Belgium 1014  
    5 Australia 962  
    6 Netherlands 733  
    7 United States 530  
    8 Colombia 404  
    9 Portugal 401  
    10 Norway 373  
    11 France 367  
    12 Slovakia 361  
    13 Switzerland 357  
    14 Germany 341  
    15 Canada 274  
    16 Slovenia 211  
    17 Czech Republic 195  
    18 Ireland 195  
    19 Poland 189  
    20 Russia 163  
    21 Denmark 124  
    22 Kazakhstan 112  
    23 Luxembourg 90  
    24 Croatia 77  
    25 Austria 51  
    26 Belarus 50  
    27 Sweden 36  
    28 Argentina 22  
    29 Costa Rica 20  
    30 South Africa 12  
    31 Lithuania 10  
    32 Estonia 6  
    33 New Zealand 5  
    34 Ukraine 2  
    35 Brazil 1