Elmiger captures a stage win in Cassel

Ag2R-La Mondiale rider claims overall, Rasmussen abandons early

Martin Elmiger (Ag2R-La Mondiale) claimed a hard-fought victory in the fourth stage of the 4 Days of Dunkirk on Saturday, ahead of Rui Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) and Cédric Pineau (Roubaix Lille Metropole).

The Swiss also took over the general classification after overnight leader Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) abandoned early in the stage. The hilly circuit of stage four also removed most of the sprinters from the top-ten for the first time in the race. Costa assumed second place overall, while Pineau sits in third.

Elmiger's stage victory came after he finally broke the back of his late-race escape group with a series of attacks inside the final five kilometres. Costa emerged from a chase group to close to within 50 metres of the Ag2R-La Mondiale rider, but he'd left his run too late as Elmiger held on to take his first victory in 24 months.

"It was a really exhausting race, very hard and sometimes dangerous passages on the wet cobblestones," said Elmiger afterwards. "I'm really happy to get this win because I was not at the top of my form today. I rode with the lead group but I did not feel I would win. I tried to ride strongly over the last climb and a moment later I couldn't seen anyone on my wheel! It's a great victory for the whole team. "

Damp day sees a big departure

Rain remained a persistent threat throughout the 181.3 kilometre stage, which linked the towns of Merville and Cassel, before a ten-lap closing circuit took the peloton through the hilly area around the latter village in northern France.

It had taken 65 kilometres for a decisive break to get away. Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) had attacked shortly after the first hour of racing. The Frenchman collected top points at the first climb of the day, but was soon joined group of ten riders. Meanwhile, overnight race leader, Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) appeared satisfied with his two stage wins as he abandoned the race.

After bridging to Coppel the ten soon left him behind behind, with Drujon Mathieu and Imanol Erviti (both Caisse d'Epargne), Benoit Vaugrenard (Francaise des Jeux), Reuben Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi), Vincent Jerome (BBox Bouygues Telecom), Roman Zingl (Cofidis), Sep Vanmarcke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator), Laurent Mangel (Saur - Sojasun), Steven Tronet (Roubaix Lille Metropole), Romain Lemarchand (Big Mat - Auber 93) and Sébastien Duret (Brittany - Schuller) the men to assume the head of the race.

As the race closed in on the next mountain point, the group was whittled down to just three riders: Erviti, Vanmarcke and Jerome. Behind them Clement Lhotellerie (Roubaix Lille Metropole) was working his way across from the peloton.

The leaders stretched their advantage to 1:45, as Vanmarcke set about securing as many mountains points as possible. Lhotellerie eventually joined the leaders to form a four-man group, but his arrival couldn’t prevent the erosion that was occurring to the group's time gap back to the peloton.

The peloton continued to put pressure on the leaders, and by the time the race headed through the finish for the third last time, with 30 kilometres to go, the break had been annulled.

Despite his return to the peloton Erviti wasn't finished, as he shot of the front of the peloton before being joined by Anthony Geslin (Francaise des Jeux), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne), Martin Elmiger (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Franck Bouyer (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Sebastian Minard (Cofidis) and Didac Ortega (Acqua & Sapone).

With the overall race lead up for grabs, the race fractured under a constant spate of attacks. As a semblance of order returned, Vacansoleil took control of the peloton and set to work chipping away at the 33 second gap the leaders had carved out, with just 10 kilometres to go.

An attack Vacansoleil on the climb of Avenue Achille Samyn again tore the main pack to shreds, but also succeeded in dropping the gap to just 13 seconds, as a group of seven riders established the chase group. At the head of this second group Gerald Ciolek (Milram) put in a spirited attack before allowing his companions to close the remaining distance.

Ahead, Ortega put a little too much pressure on his front brake as he slid out, removing himself and Minard from the lead group. Bouyer also departed soon afterwards to leave just Erviti, Rojas, Elmiger and Geslin out in front with five kilometres to go.

The numeric advantage of the Caisse d'Epargne gave them the luxury of launching a series of attacks on their rivals. With four kilometres to go however, Elmiger tested the waters for himself. The Swiss' move was shut down quickly as the chase group closed to within ten seconds.

Elmiger went again, using the cobbled approach to the final two kilometres to open a 100 metre advantage. By the time he had reached the flamme rouge, Rui Costa (Caisse d'Epargne) had emerged from the chase group as the only man who could threaten his hopes of stage victory.

But the Portuguese fell 50 metres short of his prey as Elmiger lifted a weary fist from his handlebars to salute his victory. 

Results
1Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale4:42:47 
2Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:03 
3Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:28 
4Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team Katusha  
5Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone  
6Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
8Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
9Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
10Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
11Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
12Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:58 
13Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
14Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
15Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:09 
16Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux0:01:19 
17Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:01:22 
18Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
19Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:40 
20Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:02:04 
21Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:49 
22Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
23Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:09 
24Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:42 
25Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:04:49 
26Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
27Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
28Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
29Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
30Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
31Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
32Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
33Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
34Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
35Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
36Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
37Franck Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
38Loyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
40Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
41Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
42Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
43Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
44Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
45Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
46Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:56 
47Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:04:58 
48Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
49Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:08:10 
50Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:09:20 
51Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:11:28 
52Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
53Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
54Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone0:14:34 
55Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:15:57 
56David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet  
57Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
58Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
59Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
60Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram  
61Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
62Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
63David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step  
65Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
66Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
67Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
68Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
69Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
70Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
71Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
72Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
73Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
74Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram  
75Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
76Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
77Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
78Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
79Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
80Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
81Reinier Honig (Ned) Acqua & Sapone  
82Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
83Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
84Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
85Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
86Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
87Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
88Mathieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
89Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
90Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
91Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
92Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
93Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
94Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
95Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
96Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
97Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
98Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
99Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
100Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
101Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
102Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
103Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
104Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
105Said Haddou (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
106Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
107Niels Brouzes (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
108Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
109Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
110Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
111Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick Step  
112Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
113Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
114Yohann Gené (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
115Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
116Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:16:30 
117Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:16:52 
118Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:16:56 
119Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:19:58 
120Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
121Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram0:28:13 
122Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFJeróme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFJulien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFDimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFStéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFJan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFMathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAndrei Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step  
DNFJulien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFMichael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFAitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAitor Hernandez Gutiérrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
DNFSébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
DNFKoen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFBenjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFThomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step  
Points - Finish
1Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale20pts
2Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne17 
3Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole15 
4Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team Katusha13 
5Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone11 
6Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team10 
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9 
8Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne8 
9Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram7 
10Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux6 
11Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
12Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet4 
13Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
14Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
15Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia1 
Sprint 1 - Oxelaere
1Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne4pts
2Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 932 
3Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Sprint 2 - Oxelaere
1Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4pts
2Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
3Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator1 
Sprint 3 - Oxelaere
1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4pts
2Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole2 
3Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Climb 1 - Rue du Tambour
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3pts
2Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
3Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Climb 2 - Avenue Achille Samyn
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3pts
2Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
3Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1 
Climb 3 - Rue du Tambour
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3pts
2Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
3Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Climb 4 - Avenue Achille Samyn
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3pts
2Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
3Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Climb 5 - Rue du Tambour
1Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale3pts
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
3Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne1 
Climb 6 - Avenue Achille Samyn
1Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale3pts
2Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne2 
3Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone1 
Young Riders
1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4:42:50 
2Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:25 
3Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone  
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
6Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:06 
7Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux0:01:16 
8Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:37 
9Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:46 
10Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:39 
11Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:04:46 
12Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
13Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
14Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
15Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
16Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
17Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
18Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
19Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
20Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:08:07 
21Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:25 
22Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:15:54 
23Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
24Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
25Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
26Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
27Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
28Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
29Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
30Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
31Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
32Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
33Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
34Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
35Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
36Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
37Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:16:27 
39Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:16:49 
40Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:19:55 
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFMichael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFBenjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFJeróme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFThomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFDimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFJulien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
Teams
1Caisse d'Epargne14:09:20 
2BBox Bouygues Telecom0:05:23 
3Française des jeux0:05:46 
4Bretagne - Schuller0:06:28 
5Roubaix Lille Metropole0:07:07 
6AG2R - La mondiale0:08:32 
7Team Katusha0:09:07 
8Acqua e Sapone  
9Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:28 
10Team Saxo bank0:13:37 
11Omega Pharma - Lotto0:16:40 
12Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:18:15 
13Team HTC - Columbia0:20:56 
14Quick Step0:21:51 
15Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne0:24:36 
16Team Milram0:26:54 
17Saur - Sojasun0:28:27 
18Landbouwkrediet0:31:53 
19Big Mat - Auber 930:32:17 
20Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:39:05 
General Classification after stage 4
1Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale17:24:00 
2Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:04 
3Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:23 
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:00:32 
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:34 
6Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone  
7Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:35 
8Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:38 
9Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team Katusha  
10Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
11Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
12Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:08 
13Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
14Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
15Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:19 
16Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux0:01:29 
17Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:32 
18Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
19Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:50 
20Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:02:12 
21Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:59 
22Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
23Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:19 
24Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:52 
25Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne0:04:58 
26Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:04:59 
27Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
28Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
29Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
30Loyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
32Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
33Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
34Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
35Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
36Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
37Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
38Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
39Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
40Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:05:02 
41Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:05:08 
42Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
43Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:05:19 
44Franck Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:06:23 
45Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:08:15 
46Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:09:30 
47Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:11:32 
48Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:38 
49Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
50Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:14:37 
51Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone0:14:44 
52Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:14:47 
53Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:15:48 
54Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:15:58 
55Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:16:01 
56Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne0:16:03 
57Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
58Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha0:16:04 
59Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
60Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:16:05 
61Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
62Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:16:06 
63Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
64Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
65Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:16:07 
66Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
67Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
68Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
69Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
70Said Haddou (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
71Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
72Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
73Reinier Honig (Ned) Acqua & Sapone  
74Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
75Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
76Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
77Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
78David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
80Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
81Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
82Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
83Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
84Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
85Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
86Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
87Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
88Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
89Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick Step  
90Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
91Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
92Niels Brouzes (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
93Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
94Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:16:22 
95Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step0:16:27 
96Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:16:34 
97Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:16:40 
98Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:17:02 
99Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:17:23 
100Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:21:07 
101David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet0:22:40 
102Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram  
103Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:22:44 
104Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:23:33 
105Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
106Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:25:35 
107Yohann Gené (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
108Mathieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
109Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
110Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:26:34 
111Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:27:46 
112Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram0:28:23 
113Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:29:29 
114Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
115Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha  
116Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram0:31:45 
117Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:32:15 
118Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
119Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
120Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:33:14 
121Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:36:16 
122Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:41:45 
Points Classification
1Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha52pts
2Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone39 
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram38 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne37 
5Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole29 
6Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne21 
7Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne21 
8Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale20 
9Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto20 
10Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux19 
11Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank17 
12Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step16 
13Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team15 
14Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team Katusha13 
15Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9313 
16Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne12 
17Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12 
18Loyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale11 
19Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team10 
20Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller10 
21Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10 
22Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto9 
23Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step8 
24Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun7 
25Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom7 
26Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator7 
27Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux6 
28Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne6 
29Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
30Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
31Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5 
32Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator5 
33Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4 
34Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet4 
35Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4 
36Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
37Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
38Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne3 
39Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
40Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step2 
41Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale2 
42Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 932 
43Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne1 
44Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
45Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
46Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet1 
47Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
48Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller1 
49Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-5 
Mountains Classification
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator18pts
2Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller9 
3Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7 
4Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale6 
5Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator6 
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne6 
7Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
8Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
9Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux3 
10Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole2 
11Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux2 
12Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne2 
13Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
14Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone1 
15Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
16Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
17Reinier Honig (Ned) Acqua & Sapone1 
Young Riders Classification
1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne17:24:04 
2Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:19 
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:00:28 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:30 
5Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone  
6Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:15 
7Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux0:01:25 
8Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:46 
9Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:55 
10Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:48 
11Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:04:55 
12Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
13Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
14Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
15Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
16Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
17Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
18Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:08:11 
19Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:11:28 
20Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:34 
21Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:14:43 
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:16:01 
23Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:16:03 
24Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
25Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
26Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
27Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
28Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
29Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
30Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
31Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
32Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
33Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:16:18 
34Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:16:36 
35Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:16:58 
36Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:17:19 
37Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:22:40 
38Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:23:29 
39Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:29:25 
40Nicolay Trussov (Rus) Team Katusha0:32:11 
Teams Classification
1Caisse d'Epargne52:13:29 
2BBox Bouygues Telecom0:05:23 
3Française des jeux0:05:46 
4Bretagne - Schuller0:06:28 
5Roubaix Lille Metropole0:07:07 
6AG2R - La mondiale0:08:32 
7Team Katusha0:09:07 
8Acqua e Sapone  
9Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:28 
10Team Saxo bank0:13:37 
11Omega Pharma - Lotto0:16:40 
12Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:18:15 
13Team HTC - Columbia0:20:56 
14Quick Step0:21:51 
15Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne0:24:36 
16Saur - Sojasun0:28:27 
17Landbouwkrediet0:31:53 
18Big Mat - Auber 930:32:17 
19Team Milram0:33:27 
20Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:39:05 

 

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