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Tour of Oman 2010

Date range:
February 14-19, 2010

February 17, Stage 4: Ibri - Nakhal 187km

Neo-pro Howard takes first pro victory

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
February 17, 2010, 13:14 GMT,
Updated:
February 17, 2010, 19:56 GMT

Boasson Hagen loses lead due to wind

The Tour of Oman exploded during the toughest stage of the race on Wednesday as Team Sky and the rest of the peloton swapped below the belt punches during the race and then accusations on unfair play after the finish.

Australia's Leigh Howard (HTC-Columbia) won the stage with a fine sprint on the slightly uphill finish in Nakhal. The 20-year-old omnium track world champion took the scalps of Daniele Bennati (Liquigas-Doimo) and Tom Boonen (Quick Step) to land his first win with the US team.

Howard's win was not the only surprise of the stage. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) had seemed set for overall victory but he finished 1:05 behind Howard and slipped to 34th place overall at 1:01.

Bennati is the new overall race leader. He has a six-second advantage on America's Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions), while Latvia's Gatis Smukulis (AG2R-La Mondiale) is third, also at six seconds.

Arguments spark attacks

The two climbs in the foothills of the Jabal Akhdar mountains and the hot conditions for the 187km stage were expected to shape the racing but it seems the arguments about race leadership responsibility was the spark that blew the stage apart and ultimately cost Boasson Hagen and Team Sky any chance of overall victory.

According to numerous riders and directeur sportifs Cyclingnews talked to after the stage, events escalated during the stage.

Team Sky riders let a six-rider break gain almost seven minutes in the first hour and then were angry when no other teams were willing to help them chase the break.

Several riders claimed that the Team Sky riders vented their anger on the peloton by blasting through the feed zone and then put the peloton in the gutter by riding a half-road echelon when the wind changed direction.

That especially angered the Cervelo Test Team, who retaliated by splitting the race when Boasson Hagen stopped for a leak 55km from the finish. Because he was race leader, Boasson Hagen had perhaps thought the peloton would wait for him, but in the heat of battle, nobody did and 41 riders group quickly formed an echelon and accelerated up the road.

HTC-Columbia put six riders in the move, including Howard, Cervelo TestTeam had five riders, and Farrar, Boonen, Bennati, Stuart O'Grady and Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), Marcus Burghardt (BMC) were all there, too.

Team Sky tried to chase but could not close the gap and their riders eventually cracked, leaving just CJ Sutton with Boasson Hagen in the final part of the race. The Norwegian brought home the bunch at 1:05 but was clearly embarrassed to have lost the race leadership.

"It was a mistake but there are more days coming," was all Boasson Hagen said before jumping in a team car for the long drive back to the hotel.

The Team Sky riders were dejected and angry about losing the race lead but head coach Shane Sutton made sure his riders quickly put the day behind them.

"That’s bike racing, the team rode well and solid, Edvald went to have a natural break, someone reacted to that, and the rest is history," Sutton said.

"Tension's running a bit high after the stage, but it's a long season and you can't get too engrossed in one thing. We had the jersey for a few days, won a stage and the boys have done a fantastic job, we will be ready come the big classics. Now it's time to regroup rethink - and hit back tomorrow."

Bennati pulls on the leader's red jersey

Bennati was disappointed to have lost the stage to Howard but happy to take the race leader's red jersey.

"I would have rather won the stage, but taking the leader's jersey is a good consolation," Bennati said. "Now I'll try and gain a few more seconds in Thursday's stage and then hopefully defend the jersey in the time trial."

"It was an aggressive stage," the Italian continued. "Sky had the jersey and it was their responsibility to chase the break they had let go. Racing is racing but perhaps it wasn't fair they attacked when Boasson Hagen stopped for a leak."

Stage start delayed 90 minutes

The arguments at the end of the stage came after a long day for everyone in the race.

The 187km stage started 90 minutes late because the riders were delayed after flying to the start in the isolated town of Ibri, 300km from their hotel in Muscat.

Despite the delay, the racing began from the gun with Joaquin Novoa Menendez (Cervelo Test Team), Nicolai Trussov (Katusha), Gatis Smukulis (AG2R-La Mondiale), Arnoud Van Groen (Vacansoleil), Cyril Lemoine (Saur Sojasun) and Australia's Ben King (Trek-Livestrong) attacking.

Team Sky refused to chase, believing that other teams should help them with the workload and from there, the battle of nerves escalated and ended at almost six in the evening in Nakhal, with Team Sky's confidence taking a blow.

Now the battle for overall success is between the 33 riders still only 39 seconds behind Bennati. Both Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia) and Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) are at 16 seconds and will probably fight it out for victory in Friday's hilly 18.5km time trial.

Before then is Thursday's 148km fifth stage from Wattayah to the Sultan Qaboos Stadium near Muscat.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 4:11:31  
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step    
4 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team    
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
6 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
7 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
9 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
10 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions    
11 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
12 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong    
13 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
14 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
15 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia    
16 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
17 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
18 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia    
19 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
20 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale    
21 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
22 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
23 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
24 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha    
25 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step    
26 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
27 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia    
28 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
29 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
30 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:07  
31 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
32 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
33 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team 0:00:08  
34 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions    
35 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
36 Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
37 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
38 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:23  
39 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
40 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:49  
41 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:01:05  
42 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
43 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
44 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
45 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
46 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
47 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
48 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
49 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
50 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram    
51 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha    
52 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
53 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram    
54 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram    
55 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
56 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
57 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
58 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
59 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
60 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
61 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
62 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram    
63 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
64 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
65 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
66 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo    
67 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
68 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
69 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
70 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
71 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step    
72 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
73 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha    
74 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
75 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team    
76 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions    
77 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
78 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team    
79 John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team    
80 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
81 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
82 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
83 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
84 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
85 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team    
86 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step    
87 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
88 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15  
89 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
90 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
91 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 0:01:19  
92 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
93 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
94 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:36  
95 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:50  
96 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong 0:03:15  
97 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:03:22  
98 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
99 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
100 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong    
101 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
102 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
103 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
104 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
105 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
106 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
107 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
108 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
109 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
110 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
111 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:05:12  
112 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Livestrong    
113 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha    
114 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
115 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
116 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
117 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong    
118 Thimothy Roe (Aus) Trek Livestrong    
119 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
120 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
121 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
122 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
123 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
124 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
125 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
Sprint 1 - Al Hamaria, 45.5km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 3  pts
2 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
3 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1  
Sprint 2 - Dahas, 121.0km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 3  pts
2 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
3 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1  
Sprint 3 - Nakhal, 187.0km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 30  pts
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 27  
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 25  
4 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team 23  
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 21  
6 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 19  
7 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 17  
8 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 15  
9 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 13  
10 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 11  
11 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia 10  
12 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong 9  
13 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 8  
14 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 7  
15 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 6  
16 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto 5  
17 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4  
18 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia 3  
19 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team 2  
20 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Most combative
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale    
2 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha    
3 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
Best young rider
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 4:11:31  
2 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
3 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
4 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong    
5 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
6 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
7 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha    
9 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
10 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:08  
11 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:01:05  
12 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
13 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
14 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
15 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
16 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
17 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
18 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15  
19 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
20 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 0:01:19  
21 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
22 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:36  
23 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong 0:03:15  
24 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:03:22  
25 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
26 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
27 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
28 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
29 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
30 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
31 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
33 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Livestrong 0:05:12  
34 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha    
35 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
36 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
37 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
38 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong    
39 Thimothy Roe (Aus) Trek Livestrong    
40 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
41 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
42 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Team HTC - Columbia 12:34:33  
2 Garmin - Transitions    
3 Cervelo Test Team    
4 BMC Racing Team    
5 Quick Step Cycling Team    
6 Team Saxo Bank    
7 AG2R-La Mondiale 0:00:07  
8 Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:31  
9 Katusha Team 0:01:05  
10 Saur-Sojasun 0:02:10  
11 Team Milram    
12 Omega Pharma - Lotto    
13 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:02:17  
14 Team Sky 0:03:15  
15 Trek Livestrong U23 0:04:20  
16 Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator 0:07:49  
General classification after stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 12:12:29  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:06  
3 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale    
4 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
5 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:11  
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:12  
7 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:14  
8 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:16  
9 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team    
11 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
12 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
13 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
14 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions    
15 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
16 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
17 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step    
18 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
19 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
20 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
21 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
22 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
23 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia    
24 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia    
25 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
26 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
27 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:23  
28 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
29 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
30 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team 0:00:24  
31 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
32 Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
33 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:39  
34 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:01  
35 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step    
36 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:05  
37 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong 0:01:06  
38 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:01:08  
39 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 0:01:15  
40 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:17  
41 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:21  
42 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
43 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team    
44 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha    
45 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step    
46 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram    
47 John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team    
48 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
49 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
50 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
51 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
52 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
53 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
54 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
55 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram    
56 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
57 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team    
58 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
59 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
60 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
61 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
62 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
63 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha    
64 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo    
65 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
66 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
67 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram    
68 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram    
69 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
71 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions    
72 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
73 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
74 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:31  
75 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 0:01:35  
76 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:43  
77 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:47  
78 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:57  
79 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:02:03  
80 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
81 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:02:06  
82 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:02:10  
83 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 0:02:23  
84 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:25  
85 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 0:02:27  
86 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:02:37  
87 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:03:27  
88 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:35  
89 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:03:38  
90 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
91 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
92 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
93 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:03:51  
94 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:04:20  
95 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong 0:04:21  
96 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:56  
97 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong    
98 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
99 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:00  
100 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:05:06  
101 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:20  
102 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:05:24  
103 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:05:28  
104 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
105 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
106 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
107 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
108 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
109 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha    
110 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
111 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team    
112 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:20  
113 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Livestrong    
114 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:06:50  
115 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:07:13  
116 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:07:43  
117 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:07:49  
118 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:07:52  
119 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:08:54  
120 Thimothy Roe (Aus) Trek Livestrong 0:09:03  
121 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09:31  
122 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:11:07  
123 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:11:11  
124 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:11:56  
125 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong 0:13:28  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 96  pts
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 82  
3 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 65  
4 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 64  
5 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 51  
6 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team 48  
7 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 41  
8 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia 41  
9 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 33  
10 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 32  
11 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 30  
12 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 28  
13 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 25  
14 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 24  
15 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo Test Team 21  
16 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 21  
17 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 21  
18 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 19  
19 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram 19  
20 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 19  
21 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 18  
22 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 15  
23 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team 15  
24 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 15  
25 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 13  
26 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 13  
27 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram 12  
28 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 11  
29 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 11  
30 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong 11  
31 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia 10  
32 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 10  
33 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 9  
34 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto 9  
35 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team 9  
36 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 8  
37 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 8  
38 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 8  
39 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 7  
40 John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team 7  
41 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 6  
42 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 6  
43 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 6  
44 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 6  
45 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 5  
46 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team 5  
47 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 5  
48 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 4  
49 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 4  
50 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4  
51 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions 4  
52 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team 3  
53 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team 3  
54 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia 3  
55 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 3  
56 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 2  
57 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong 2  
58 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
59 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1  
Most Combative classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale    
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
3 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha    
4 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
5 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia    
6 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
7 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team    
8 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
10 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong    
11 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
12 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong    
13 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
14 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha    
15 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
Best young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 12:12:35  
2 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
3 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:05  
4 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:10  
5 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
6 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
7 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
8 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:18  
9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:55  
10 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong 0:01:00  
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:01:15  
12 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
13 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
14 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
15 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 0:01:29  
16 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:02:04  
17 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 0:02:21  
18 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:02:31  
19 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:03:21  
20 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:29  
21 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:03:32  
22 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
23 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:03:45  
24 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:04:14  
25 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong 0:04:15  
26 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:04:50  
27 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:54  
28 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:05:00  
29 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:05:18  
30 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:05:22  
31 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
32 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
33 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
34 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha    
35 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:14  
36 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Livestrong    
37 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:07:07  
38 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:07:37  
39 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:07:43  
40 Thimothy Roe (Aus) Trek Livestrong 0:08:57  
41 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:11:50  
42 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong 0:13:22  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Garmin - Transitions 36:38:15  
2 Team Saxo Bank    
3 Team HTC - Columbia    
4 Cervelo Test Team    
5 BMC Racing Team    
6 Quick Step Cycling Team    
7 AG2R-La Mondiale 0:00:07  
8 Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:31  
9 Katusha Team 0:01:05  
10 Team Milram 0:02:10  
11 Saur-Sojasun    
12 Omega Pharma - Lotto    
13 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:02:17  
14 Team Sky 0:03:15  
15 Trek Livestrong U23 0:06:04  
16 Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator 0:07:49