Cavendish wins California opener

Boonen crashes in sprint finish

Mark Cavendish claimed the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California, being delivered to the line in an armchair ride from HTC-Columbia team-mate Mark Renshaw. Cavendish bested Saxo Bank's Juan Jose Haedo and BMC's Norwegian Alexander Kristoff in downtown Sacramento after 167.8km of racing. 

Garmin-Transition's Robbie Hunter eased up before the line and fell to fourth place on the stage, while Fly V Australia's Jonathan Cantwell claimed fifth.

Cavendish as always gave full credit to his team for delivering him to the win, and the tribute was fitting for this stage as Mark Renshaw not only dropped him at the perfect point, but the rest of the team kept him near the front in what was a hectic final 10km.

"We took control of the race all day," Cavendish said. "There were a couple teams that helped and a couple inexperienced teams that took over, but we're experienced and we knew when we had to take control. We got swamped a couple of times [toward the finish], but all I had to do was follow Renshaw's wheel and cross the line first, really.

"If I'm delivered to the right place then I will cross the line first,” he added. “The most satisfying thing about winning is knowing I can deliver to my team-mates who did the hard work."

The victory was only the third season win for the normally prolific British rider. His last came in the Tour of Romandy where he saluted with a rude gesture and was pulled from the race by his team.

"I was going to celebrate three wins this year [with a special salute], but I couldn't do it, so I just did a normal celebration," he said. "To be honest I don't think about my celebrations too often. I switch off my emotions during the race and it all comes out as I cross the line. It might look staged, but it's always pretty impromptu."

Cavendish explained that his relative lack of results so far this year was not just due to the tooth infection he suffered earlier in the year, but also because his season's plan was tailored to have a later peak for the Tour de France and the International Cycling Union (UCI) World Championships in October.

While he said his form is coming along, the beginning to the stage was a bit more difficult than a typical "sprint stage", featuring only one classified mountains but a number of hills that were not much easier in the first half of the stage.

"The course was hard. We were all saying to each other 'this is supposed to be a sprint stage?' But I can get over the climbs if I want to, and if there's a chance you can smell the finish line, then with the help of the team you can get there.

"The pressure's off for me now, from now on we'll be looking at the GC,” he added. “Mick Rogers is on some of the best form of his life, so hopefully we'll get some more stage wins - not only from me."

Cavendish also donned the overall leader's yellow jersey thanks to the time bonus on the line.

The closing circuits claimed numerous victims due to crashes, including Quick Step's Tom Boonen. The Belgian fell in the final kilometre and was seen favoring his shoulder as he slowly got up off the ground.

Neither Cavendish nor Haedo saw any of the chaos that was unfolding behind them as the wrecks split the peloton into several pieces on the last lap.

"I was immediately behind HTC-Columbia train and was so focused on Cavendish's wheel, I didn't hear or see anything," Haedo said. The Saxo Bank sprinter was a bit disappointed to miss out on the win, but was philosophical. "Naturally the goal was to win today, not only for the stage but to take over the leader's jersey. But to beat Mark Cavendish is not as easy as it looks on TV."

Cavendish attributed the wrecks to the nervous first stage where too many riders were taking risks. "The circuit itself wasn't dangerous, it was the mayhem that was going on that was dangerous.

"There were a lot of people dive-bombing in the corners,” added Cavendish. “I knew they were going to crash because of the number of people taking risks, but I suppose in my former years I did the same thing."

For Kristoff his third place finish was not only a massive feat just to avoid crashing and get into the jersey of best young rider, but also the biggest result of his career to date.

"I've won my national championships, but this is the best result of my career, and I'm very pleased with that,” said the Norwegian. “I think my level is getting better every year. I'm not so good in the climbs, so I don't expect to keep this more than one day."

Big crowds greet first stage

The Amgen Tour of California got off to a brilliant start, as the sunshine and warm weather of May was a welcome replacement for the cold rain of last year's start in February. A huge crowd was on hand to see the peloton off from the historic mining town of Nevada City for a deceivingly difficult stage down to Sacramento.

The 128-rider peloton hardly had time to get off the start line before Quick Step's star sprinter Tom Boonen had a flat. The race crossed the 0km mark still neutral as Boonen made his way back to the bunch, the riders perhaps thanking the Belgian champion for sparing them from having to race up the steep pitch out of downtown.

The break of the day went clear after a roll-out which included white-knuckle descents through the neighboring town of Grass Valley. It wasn't until the unclassified climb of Rattlesnake Road seven miles in that four riders managed to escape the clutches of the peloton on the ascent along the narrow, tree-lined country road.

Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank), Chad Beyer (BMC), Marc De Maar (United Healthcare) and Paul Mach (Bissell) were the lucky foursome, and while they were chased for a time by William Dicknson (Jelly Belly), Scott Stewart (Team Type 1) and Jay Robert Thomson (Fly V Australia), the chasers never made the junction on the dangerous, steep descent that followed the crest.

The four leaders gained a maximum of 5:50 minutes over the undulating first 30 miles of the stage. The HTC-Columbia team did the largest share of the work to control the gap in order to bring the race down to a sprint for its speedster Mark Cavendish.

The first sprint of the day went to Tjallingii, who also took third place behind Beyer and De Maar in the second intermediate sprint, thereby putting himself into a position for the sprint jersey.

On the first sole KOM of the day, a steep, heavily spectator-lined ascent from the American River, BMC's Mach claimed the maximum points over De Maar and earned the right to don the first mountains jersey.

The four came back together on the descent and continued to work well together through ranch country, passing rolling fields dotted by horses and cows. However, with the largely downhill profile heading to Sacramento, their lead began to drop steadily.

HTC-Columbia led the peloton, aided at times by Jelly Belly, Cervelo, Spidertech and Kelly Benefit Strategies teams, but the chasers let the quartet dangle off the front until the final 10 miles, slowly eating the advantage down into seconds rather than minutes. De Maar was the last aggressor and put in an attack as the four were finally caught before the start of three two-mile long finishing, but as the peloton entered downtown Sacramento it was gruppo compatto.

While the domestic teams had brief times at the front on the closing three circuits, it was all HTC-Columbia as the group went through with 1km to go. But as the last lap commenced, Saxo Bank came over the top with Jens Voigt and Fabian Cancellara powering to try and deliver Haedo to the line.

A crash on the final lap took out Andrew Pinfold (United Healthcare-Maxxis) before HTC-Columbia re-assembled and resumed controlling the pace.

Garmin's Robbie Hunter battled elbow to elbow with Theo Bos (Cervelo), Liquigas moved up Francesco Chicchi as crashes began to splinter the field in the turns on the final circuit. Crash victims included Tom Boonen, who won a stage in Sacramento in 2008, Stuart O'Grady of Saxo Bank, Dominique Rollin of Cervelo Test Team and BMC Racing Team's George Hincapie. The four riders, plus Pinfold, all returned to their bikes and finished the race.

But the sprinters were right where they needed to be, and Mark Renshaw delivered Cavendish across the line for his first stage of the Amgen Tour.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia4:04:46 
2Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
4Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions  
5Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia  
6Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
7Guillaume Boivin (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
8Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
9Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
10Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
11Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
12Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo  
13Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
14Martin Gilbert (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
15Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia  
16Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
17Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
18Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia  
19Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
20Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC-Columbia  
21Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
22Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 1  
23Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
24Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo Test Team  
25Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia  
26Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
27Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell  
28Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1  
29Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
30Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
31Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions  
32Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
33Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
34Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
35Eric Boily (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
36Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia  
37Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
38Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
39David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
40Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
41Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
42Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
43Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
44Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
45Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Team Radioshack  
46Zachary Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
47Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
48Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
49Andre Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
50Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Fly V Australia  
51Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
52Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
53Christopher Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
54Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
55Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 1  
56Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
57Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
58Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
59Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell  
60Robert Britton (Can) Bissell  
61Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
62Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
63Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1  
64Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell  
65Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1  
66Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
67Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
68Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
69Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team  
70Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
71Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
72Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia  
73Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
74Aaron Kemps (Aus) Fly V Australia  
75Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
76Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
77Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
78Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia  
79Christopher Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team  
80Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1  
81Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia  
82Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
83Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
84Paul Mach (USA) Bissell  
85Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
86Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
87Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell  
88Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step  
89Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team  
90Bruno Langlois (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
91Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team  
92Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
93Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
94Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
95Cody O'Reilly (USA) Bissell  
96Bradley White (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
97Michael Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
98Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1  
99Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
100Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
101Daniel Holloway (USA) Bissell  
102Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack  
103David Boily (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
104Andrew Randell (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
105Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
106Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
107Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
108Francois Parisien (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
109Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
110Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
111Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
112David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
113Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
114Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
115Matthew Crane (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
116George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
117Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:02:38 
118William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
119Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1  
120Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
121Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
122Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
123Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step  
124Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
125Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
126Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
127Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
DNFJonathan Chodroff (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
Mountains
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Mach (USA) Bissell6 pts
2Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis5 
3Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
4Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team3 
5Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia1 
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team5 pts
2Paul Mach (USA) Bissell3 
3Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team5 pts
2Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis3 
3Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team HTC-Columbia12:14:18 
2BMC Racing Team  
3Fly V Australia  
4Liquigas-Doimo  
5SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
6Garmin-Transitions  
7Quick Step  
8Rabobank Cycling Team  
9Team Saxo Bank  
10Team Radioshack  
11Team Type 1  
12Kelly Benefit Strategies  
13Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
14Bissell  
15Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
16Cervelo Test Team  
General Classification after Stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia4:04:36 
2Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:00:04 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:00:06 
4Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
5Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis0:00:07 
6Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
7Paul Mach (USA) Bissell0:00:08 
8Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions0:00:10 
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia  
10Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
11Guillaume Boivin (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
12Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
13Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
14Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
15Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
16Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo  
17Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
18Martin Gilbert (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
19Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia  
20Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
21Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
22Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia  
23Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
24Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC-Columbia  
25Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
26Ken Hanson (USA) Team Type 1  
27Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
28Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo Test Team  
29Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia  
30Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
31Peter Latham (NZl) Bissell  
32Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1  
33Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
34Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
35Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions  
36Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
37Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
38Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
39Eric Boily (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
40Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia  
41Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
42Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
43David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
44Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
45Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
46Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
47Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia  
48Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
49Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Team Radioshack  
50Zachary Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
51Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
52Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
53Andre Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
54Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Fly V Australia  
55Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
56Reid Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
57Christopher Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
58Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
59Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 1  
60Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
61Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
62Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
63Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell  
64Robert Britton (Can) Bissell  
65Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
66Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1  
67Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell  
68Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1  
69Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
70Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
71Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
72Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team  
73Jesse Anthony (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
74Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
75Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia  
76Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
77Aaron Kemps (Aus) Fly V Australia  
78Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
79Neil Shirley (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
80Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
81Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia  
82Christopher Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team  
83Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1  
84Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia  
85Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
86Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
87Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
88Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
89Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell  
90Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step  
91Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team  
92Bruno Langlois (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
93Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team  
94Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
95Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
96Cody O'Reilly (USA) Bissell  
97Bradley White (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
98Michael Friedman (USA) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
99Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1  
100Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
101Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
102Daniel Holloway (USA) Bissell  
103Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack  
104David Boily (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
105Andrew Randell (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
106Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
107Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
108Francois Parisien (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
109Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
110Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
111Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
112David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
113Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
114Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
115Matthew Crane (USA) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
116George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
117William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
118Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1  
119Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
120Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
121Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
122Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step  
123Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
124Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
125Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
126Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
127Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:02:48 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Mach (USA) Bissell6 pts
2Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis5 
3Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
4Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team3 
5Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia15 pts
2Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank12 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team10 
4Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions7 
5Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team6 
6Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Fly V Australia6 
7Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team5 
8Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team5 
9Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis4 
10Guillaume Boivin (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy4 
11Paul Mach (USA) Bissell3 
12Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step3 
13Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step2 
14Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team HTC-Columbia12:14:18 
2BMC Racing Team  
3Fly V Australia  
4Liquigas-Doimo  
5SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy  
6Garmin-Transitions  
7Quick Step  
8Rabobank Cycling Team  
9Team Saxo Bank  
10Team Radioshack  
11Team Type 1  
12Kelly Benefit Strategies  
13Jelly Belly Presented by Kenda  
14Bissell  
15Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis  
16Cervelo Test Team  
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