Sonic Boom hits prologue opener

Lars Boom shuts out Leipheimer and Contador

Lars Boom only had to wait a little over an hour this afternoon to be crowned winner of the Paris-Nice prologue, but it must have felt like an eternity to the Dutchman.

After posting the day's best time of 10:56 on the sunny, windblown 8km course in Montfort L'Amaury, 20km southwest of Paris, the second-year Rabobank rider retreated from the zero-degree weather to the comforts of his team bus and changed clothes. Then he tried to do anything to take his mind off the reality that over 70 of the world's best riders had yet to tackle the course.

"I just waited on the bus and sat there," Boom told Cyclingnews after the race. "And I watched a little TV."

Expecting to be topped, all he saw were late-afternoon challenges falling short. First from Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack), who took third place. Then two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Astana), who matched Leipheimer's effort. Jens Voigt (Team Saxo Bank), prologue winner in 2005, came the closest, finishing three seconds off the pace in second place.

As the sun set on the first day of Paris-Nice, the Dutchman stood above them all.

"It's really nice to beat these guys, but also a little bit crazy, too," said Boom, who won Stage 15 of the Vuelta a España last fall.

A former cyclo-cross star and the current Dutch national champion in the specialty, Boom was able to tame a tough course that started uphill onto a 200m section of Classics-esque cobbles.

The riders then had to tackle the category 3 Côte de Boursouffle, hit a plateau and finish slightly uphill at the top of the town. A strong headwind in the last two kilometers proved problematic for many riders, giving them an extra obstacle towards the finish.

"For sure, my background in cyclo-cross helped today, because of the cobbles and full speed uphill from the start," said Boom, 24, who also picked up the white jersey for best young rider.

His starting position may have helped as well; Boom went off 79th of 176 riders and said after the race that the wind may have been less severe when he was on the course. Though the elements may have deterred the race favourites from wearing yellow today, many put themselves in a great position for the rest of the week.

All eyes were on Alberto Contador, who famously slipped at the end of last year's race, failing to eat enough in the penultimate stage and handing the GC to compatriot Luis Léon Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne).

The Spaniard was the fourth-to-last starter and, despite an earpiece malfunction rendering him unable to hear direction from his team car, immediately showed the form that won him the Vuelta ao Algarve. And he came close to delivering in the stretch, his red Spanish TT champion kit gleaming in the mid-afternoon sun as he made the final push.

He managed to finish in fourth, just milliseconds behind Levi Leipheimer, the '09 Tour of California champion who was beset by injuries in the second half of last season. David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) also looked strong, finishing 11 seconds back, and defending champion Luis Léon Sánchez, the last rider to start the race today, ended up 12 seconds off the pace.

Czech rider Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas - Doimo), winner of this year's Giro di Sardegna, and '08 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) finished ninth and tenth respectively.

All this points to a great finish headed into Nice, but it's unlikely that today's star, Lars Boom, will be in yellow by that point. He and Rabobank will not go down without a fight, though.

They've got a 201.5km flat stage tomorrow from St.-Arnoult-En-Yvelines to Contres and then just slightly hillier days Tuesday and Wednesday as the race heads south towards the Auvergne region. It's on Thursday, with the category 1 La Croix Nerve, when the fireworks will start.

"We have a good team here, but not the best climbers," Boom said. "In the flat stages the next two days I think we can defend the yellow jersey successfully."

Cyclo-cross rules

It was a great day for the all-terrain guys. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) was actually in second for a bulk of the day before finishing fifth overall, 10 seconds back of Lars Boom. Like Boom, he was a former cyclo-cross champion before converting to the road. The 20-year old Slovakian won his country's 2007 national championship and the '08 junior mountain bike world championship.

Steegmans crashes; will have surgery

RadioShack's Gert Steegmans, who suffered a concussion two weeks ago at Algarve, had more bad luck today when he suffered a broken collarbone during his prologue run. It is believed that today's strong winds played a part in the crash, which occurred halfway through his race.

He's scheduled to have surgery at a hospital in Belgium tomorrow, according to race officials.

On the bright side, RadioShack had two strong performances today from Americans Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner, who finished third and sixteenth respectively. For a while, Horner was in seventh place overall.

"It was a decent run for me today on this Classics-like course," he said.

Despite the loss of Steegmans, who won two stages of Paris-Nice in 2008, the team will work in support of Leipheimer.

"A beautiful race"

Garmin's David Millar was briefly in the top five this afternoon, before Leipheimer and Voigt pushed him back to a seventh place finish. And afterwards, he was very pleased with his effort in the difficult conditions.

"It was all about pace judgment today because of the course. We had real cobbles, which are really tough on a time trial bike, and then the last part was uphill into the headwind," he said.

And he also enjoyed the venue, saying it was more interesting visually than the last two prologues at Paris-Nice.

"I really enjoyed it today, it was a beautiful race," he said. "This town was great and the venue was spectacular."

Garmin - Transitions had good performances from other riders, including Canadian Svein Tuft, who finished 17th overall, but one of the team's favorites, American Christian Vande Velde finished 42 seconds back. He injured his ankle in the Vuelta ao Algarve and is on the mend.

"I'm happy we had a good result and I think we're motivated to be in good form," said Millar. "With Christian working to regain his fitness I'm hoping we'll have a good finish.

Full Results
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:10:56 
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:00:03 
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:06 
4Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:10 
6Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
7David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:00:11 
8Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:12 
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:13 
10Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:15 
11Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:00:16 
12Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
13Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:17 
14Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:19 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:20 
16Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
17Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
18Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:22 
19Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:23 
21Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
22Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:26 
23Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
24Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:27 
25Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
26Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
27José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
28Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:28 
29Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
30Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
31Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:29 
32Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
33Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
34Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:30 
35Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
36Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team0:00:31 
37Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
38Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
39Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:32 
40Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:33 
41Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
42Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
43Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia  
44Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
45Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
46Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:34 
47André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
48Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
49Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
50Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:00:35 
51Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
52William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
53Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
54Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:36 
55Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
56Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:37 
57Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
58Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38 
59Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
60Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:40 
61Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
62Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
63David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
65Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:41 
66Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
67Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
68Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
69Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
70Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:42 
71Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
72Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
73Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
74Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
75Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43 
76Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
77Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
78Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
79David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:44 
80Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
81Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo  
82Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:00:45 
83Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:00:46 
84Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:47 
85Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:48 
86Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
87Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:49 
88Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team  
89David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
90Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
91Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
92Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
93Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:50 
94Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank0:00:51 
95Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
96Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
97Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:52 
98Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
99Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
100Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
101Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
102Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
103Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:53 
104Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
105Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
106Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
107Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:54 
108Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
109Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:55 
110Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
111Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
112Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team0:00:56 
113Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
114Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
115Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
116Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana0:00:57 
117Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
118Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
119Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Garmin - Transitions0:00:58 
120Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team  
121Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:59 
122Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
123Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
124Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:01:00 
125Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
126Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
127Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
128Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:01 
129Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
130Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team0:01:02 
131Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
132Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
133Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:03 
134Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:05 
135Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
136Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
137Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
138Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
139Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:06 
140Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
141Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:07 
142Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:08 
143Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
144Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:09 
145Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
146Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:10 
147Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:11 
148Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:12 
149Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:13 
150Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
151Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
152Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:15 
153Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:16 
154Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:17 
155Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
156Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:18 
157Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
158Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:01:19 
159Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
160Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
161Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana0:01:20 
162Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
163Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:21 
164Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
165Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:01:28 
166Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:29 
167Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana0:01:31 
168Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
169Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
170Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:01:32 
171Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:33 
172Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:35 
173Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:02:06 
174Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:02:07 
175Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:04:13 
176Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
Points
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank25pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank22 
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack20 
4Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana18 
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo16 
6Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team15 
7David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions14 
8Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13 
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo12 
10Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi11 
11Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack10 
12Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana9 
13Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun8 
14Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne7 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
16Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack5 
17Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions4 
18Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank3 
19Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha2 
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de Boursouffle (Cat. 3), 1.5km
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Best young rider
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:10:56 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:10 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:13 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:20 
5Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:22 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:00:26 
7Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:27 
8Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
9Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:29 
10Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:30 
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:31 
13Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:33 
14Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:36 
15Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
16Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38 
17Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:40 
18Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:41 
19Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
20Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
21Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:42 
22Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
23Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:43 
24Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
25Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions0:00:53 
26Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:54 
27Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:00:55 
28Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:00:57 
29Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:00 
30Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:01 
32Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:05 
33Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:07 
34Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:08 
35Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:01:09 
36Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:13 
37Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
38Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:01:19 
39Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
40Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:33 
Teams
1Team RadioShack0:33:30 
2Liquigas-Doimo0:00:14 
3Team Saxo Bank  
4Rabobank  
5Garmin - Transitions0:00:16 
6Caisse d'Epargne0:00:26 
7Astana0:00:28 
8Team Sky0:00:35 
9Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:36 
10Saur-Sojasun0:00:38 
11Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
12Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:53 
13Cervélo Test Team  
14Team HTC - Columbia0:00:54 
15Ag2R-La Mondiale  
16Katusha Team0:01:00 
17Francaise des Jeux0:01:06 
18Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:08 
19Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:10 
20Lampre - Farnese0:01:18 
21Quick Step Cycling Team0:01:27 
22Skil-Shimano0:01:42 
General classification after prologue
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:10:56 
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:00:03 
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:06 
4Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:10 
6Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
7David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:00:11 
8Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:12 
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:13 
10Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:15 
11Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:00:16 
12Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
13Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:17 
14Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:19 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:20 
16Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
17Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
18Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:22 
19Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:23 
21Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
22Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:26 
23Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
24Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:27 
25Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
26Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
27José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
28Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:28 
29Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
30Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
31Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:29 
32Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
33Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
34Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:30 
35Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
36Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team0:00:31 
37Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
38Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
39Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:32 
40Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:33 
41Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
42Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
43Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia  
44Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
45Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
46Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:34 
47André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
48Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
49Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
50Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:00:35 
51Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
52William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
53Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
54Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:36 
55Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
56Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:37 
57Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
58Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38 
59Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
60Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:40 
61Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
62Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
63David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
65Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:41 
66Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
67Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
68Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
69Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
70Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:42 
71Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
72Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
73Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
74Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
75Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43 
76Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
77Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
78Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
79David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:44 
80Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
81Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo  
82Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:00:45 
83Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:00:46 
84Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:47 
85Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:48 
86Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
87Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:49 
88Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team  
89David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
90Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
91Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
92Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
93Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:50 
94Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank0:00:51 
95Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
96Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
97Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:52 
98Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
99Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
100Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
101Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
102Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
103Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:53 
104Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
105Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
106Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
107Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:54 
108Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
109Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:55 
110Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
111Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
112Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team0:00:56 
113Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
114Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
115Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
116Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana0:00:57 
117Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
118Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
119Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Garmin - Transitions0:00:58 
120Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team  
121Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:59 
122Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
123Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
124Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:01:00 
125Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
126Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
127Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
128Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:01 
129Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
130Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team0:01:02 
131Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
132Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
133Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:03 
134Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:05 
135Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
136Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
137Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
138Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
139Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:06 
140Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
141Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:07 
142Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:08 
143Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
144Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:09 
145Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
146Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:10 
147Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:11 
148Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:12 
149Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:13 
150Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
151Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
152Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:15 
153Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:16 
154Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:17 
155Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
156Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:18 
157Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
158Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:01:19 
159Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
160Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
161Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana0:01:20 
162Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
163Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:21 
164Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
165Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:01:28 
166Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:29 
167Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana0:01:31 
168Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
169Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
170Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:01:32 
171Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:33 
172Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:35 
173Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:02:06 
174Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:02:07 
175Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:04:13 
176Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
Points classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank25pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank22 
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack20 
4Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana18 
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo16 
6Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team15 
7David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions14 
8Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne13 
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo12 
10Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi11 
11Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack10 
12Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana9 
13Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun8 
14Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne7 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
16Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack5 
17Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions4 
18Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank3 
19Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha2 
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto1 
Mountains classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Best young rider classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:10:56 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:10 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:13 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:20 
5Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:22 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:00:26 
7Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:27 
8Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
9Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:29 
10Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:30 
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:31 
13Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:33 
14Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:36 
15Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
16Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38 
17Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:40 
18Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:41 
19Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
20Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
21Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:42 
22Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
23Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:43 
24Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:51 
25Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions0:00:53 
26Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:54 
27Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:00:55 
28Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:00:57 
29Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:00 
30Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:01 
32Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:05 
33Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:07 
34Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:08 
35Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:01:09 
36Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:13 
37Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
38Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:01:19 
39Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
40Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:33 
Teams classification
1Team RadioShack0:33:30 
2Liquigas-Doimo0:00:14 
3Team Saxo Bank  
4Rabobank  
5Garmin - Transitions0:00:16 
6Caisse d'Epargne0:00:26 
7Astana0:00:28 
8Team Sky0:00:35 
9Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:36 
10Saur-Sojasun0:00:38 
11Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
12Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:53 
13Cervélo Test Team  
14Team HTC - Columbia0:00:54 
15Ag2R-La Mondiale  
16Katusha Team0:01:00 
17Francaise des Jeux0:01:06 
18Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:08 
19Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:10 
20Lampre - Farnese0:01:18 
21Quick Step Cycling Team0:01:27 
22Skil-Shimano0:01:42 

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