Henderson wins windy stage to Contres

Winds shatter peloton, Boom makes the split

Greg Henderson (Team Sky) triumphed on a dramatic opening stage of Paris-Nice. The New Zealander won a sprint finish in Contres, but only after surviving a barrage of crashes, cross-winds and attacks that saw several major favourites lose more time to the overall leader Lars Boom (Rabobank).

Grega Bole (Lampre-Farnese Vini) finished second on the stage, with Jeremy Galland (Saur-Sojasun) rounding out the podium.

"It was a headwind and it was like a slow motion sprint and I was lucky to get it on the line," said Henderson. "It’s beautiful to win here and to win such a beautiful race is a real honour."

"It’s a credit to the high management of the team who put the team together; they selected a group of great guys. We’re not here for show, we’re here to win bike races and we’ve had a great start to the season."

Former cyclo-cross World Champion and overnight race leader Boom filed further evidence of his ability on the road as he made his way into a selection of 15 riders that finished 17 seconds ahead of the peloton.

What had been expected to be a fairly straightforward day for the sprinters turned into anything but, as a nervous peloton collided first with the windy conditions and then each other.

Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) and Alberto Contador (Astana) were among the names to crackle through race radio as having crashed. The latter came down just three kilometres from the end of the stage, but was able to quickly remount and rejoin the peloton.

Their mutual presence in the main group saw both suffer the same 17 second loss as and the pair now sit 25 seconds adrift of Boom, in seventh and eighth place overall, respectively.

In contrast, David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) made the late-race selection and leapt from seventh overall into third. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) also moved up, now fourth overall, while Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank) strengthened his grip on second.

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas Doimo) is sixth, and stage winner Henderson is now seventh.

Earlier in the stage Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) and Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) leapt out of the peloton after just four kilometres and quickly built themselves an advantage of six minutes by the 30 kilometre mark.

A turn of the screws by Rabobank reduced the gap by half, but by the feed station at 90 kilometres the gap had grown once more to a little over five minutes.

With lunch in their bellies, the peloton re-doubled their efforts to reclaim the duo ahead. Italian Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) took a tumble, but while he was able to quickly rejoin, it served as an omen for what was to come.

Wind in their faces

The peloton ended the pursuit at 150 kilometres, the leaders having spent around 145 of those away from their colleagues. The capture coincided with a turning point in the race. After a fairly direct journey from their start point, the race swung left towards their final destination, and into the wind that had supported their journey so far.

On narrow roads, a crash in the peloton brought down a number of riders including Euskaltel-Euskadi captain Samuel Sanchez. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, the incident occurred just moments after Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) had attacked.

With the peloton in no mood to let the breakaway steal a march, the pressure immediately turned on for another chase. Yet another crash in the peloton saw Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) come down.

With the pressure at the front and the wind at the side, dropped wheels began to morph into gaps as several distinct echelons formed in the roads across the open countryside.

Opportunity knocks, Caisse d'Epargne answer

Recognizing the potential benefit of the situation, Caisse d'Epargne lifted the pace at the front. At 16 kilometres to go Gilbert and Veelers were recaptured. While the peloton began to gradually reform behind, the Spanish Armada that headed the front group continued to push - a selection was formed.

The leaders contained four from the Spanish team: Luis-Leon Sanchez, Vicente Garcia Acosta, José Ivan Gutierrez and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Jens Voigt (Team Saxo Bank), Tony Martin (Team HTC - Columbia), Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas - Doimo), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Nicolas Roche (Ag2R-La Mondiale), David Millar (Garmin - Transitions), Serguei Ivanov and Alexandr Kolobnev (Team Katusha) and Greg Henderson (Sky Professional Cycling Team).

“Our team manager Yvon Ledanois knew the finale of the stage perfectly because he came here a few weeks ago to see what the last kilometers looked like. He told us that at 23 kilometers from the finish, as soon as we turned right, the wind could play a very important role and that we had to be in front of the bunch right there,” said Valverde.

“Things went exactly the way he told us, and we gave it everything to make a break in the bunch. The gap on the line reached 17 seconds. It is important most of all because many rivals finished with the second group. Today we showed Team Caisse d’Epargne is a great one and that we will try to be in front every day."

Those that stood to benefit the most from the break quickly became apparent; Voigt and Millar both regular visitors to the front of the group. As the kilometres ticked by it was clear that the peloton were involved more in damage limitation than any serious attempt to catch the leaders.

With three-to-go Alberto Contador (Astana) and Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo TestTeam crashed.

Ahead, Ivanov (Katusha) shot out of the lead group as the red kite passed overhead. Roche (Ag2R-La Mondiale) led the pursuit before Martin (HTC-Columbia) launched an attack of his own. With a headwind tearing away at the German's slim advantage, it was Grega Bole (Lampre) and Henderson (Sky) who replied with the most powerful response.

Henderson inched away at the Slovenian's slim advantage, eclipsing his wheel in the final metres. A final lunge iced the cake as the Sky sprinter took the biggest win since last year's Vuelta.

"It was tough, nervous but it was OK," Boom said at the finish. 

"The team managed to keep the race under control. In the end, Valverde attacked and I was able to go with them. In the end, it was a hard day but a good day. In Holland, we have lots of Classic like this with crosswinds, the team knows how to handle this."

Full Results
1Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team4:22:17 
2Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
3Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
4Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
8Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
10Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo  
11David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
12Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
13Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
14Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
15Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
16Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:17 
17Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
18Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
19Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
20Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
21Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
22Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
23Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo  
24Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
25André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
26Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
27Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
28Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
29William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
30Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
31Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
32Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo  
33Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
34Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
35Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
36Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
37Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
38Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
39Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
40Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
41Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
42Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
43Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
45Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
46Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
47José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
48Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
49Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
50Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
51Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
52Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia  
53Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
54Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
55Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
56Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo  
57Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
58Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team  
59Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
60Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
61Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
62Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
63Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
64Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
65Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
66Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
67Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
68Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
69Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
70Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
71Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
72Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
73Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
74Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
75Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
76Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
77Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
78Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
79Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
80Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
81Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
82Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
83Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
84Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
85Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team  
86Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
87Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
88Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
89Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
90Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
91Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
92Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
93Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack  
94Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
95Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
96Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
97Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
99Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
100Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team  
101Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
102Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
103Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
104David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
105Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
106Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
107Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
108Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team  
109Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
110Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
111Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
112Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
113Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
114Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
115Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
116Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:04:53 
117Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team  
118Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
119Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
120David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
121Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
122Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
123Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
124Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
125Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
126Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
127Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:07:12 
128Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
129Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
130Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack  
131Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
132Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
133Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank  
134Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank  
135Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
136Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
137Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
138Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana  
139Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
140Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
141Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
142Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
143Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
144Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
145Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
146Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
147Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
148Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
149Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
150Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
151Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
152Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
153Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
154David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
155Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux  
156Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
157Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
158Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
159Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
160Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
161Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
162Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
163Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
164Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
165Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
166Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
167Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
168Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
169Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo  
170Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
171Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
172Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
173Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
174Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
Sprint 1 - Gaubert - 66.0 Km
1Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
3Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1 
Sprint 2 - Herbault - 145.0 Km
1Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano3pts
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
3Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1 
1Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team25pts
2Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini22 
3Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun20 
4Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha18 
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne16 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale15 
7Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank14 
8Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team13 
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia12 
10Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo11 
11David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions10 
12Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank9 
13Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha8 
14Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7 
15Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
16Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo5 
17Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini4 
18Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
19Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2 
20Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Young riders
1Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini4:22:17 
2Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo  
4Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
5Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:00:17 
6Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
7Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
8Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo  
9Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
10Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
12Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
13Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
14Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
15Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
16Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
17Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
18Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
19Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
21Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
22Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
23Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
24Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
25Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
26Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
27Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:04:53 
28Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
29Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
30Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:07:12 
31Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
32Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
33Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
34Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
35Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
36Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
37Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
38Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
39Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
40Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
2Katusha Team  
3Caisse d'Epargne  
6Lampre - Farnese  
7Team HTC - Columbia  
8Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
9Team Saxo Bank  
10Team Sky  
11AG2R-La Mondiale  
12Garmin - Transitions  
13Francaise Des Jeux0:00:34 
14Omega Pharma - Lotto  
15Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
16Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
17Quick Step Cycling Team  
19Euskaltel - Euskadi  
20Cervelo Test Team  
21Team Radioshack  
General classification after stage 1
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4:33:11 
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:00:05 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:00:13 
4Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:14 
5Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:15 
6Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:20 
7Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:25 
8Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
9Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:29 
10Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
11Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:31 
12Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:32 
13Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:34 
14Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:35 
15Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
16Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
17Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:36 
18Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38 
19Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:39 
20Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:41 
21Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:42 
22Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
23Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:43 
25Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:45 
26Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:46 
27José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
28Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:47 
29Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
30Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:48 
31Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:49 
32Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:50 
34Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
35Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:51 
36Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:52 
37Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:53 
38André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
39Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
40Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:54 
41Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
42Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
43William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
44Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
45Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:55 
46Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:56 
48Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:57 
49Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
50Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team0:00:58 
51Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:59 
52Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:01:00 
53Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
54Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:01 
55Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
56Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
57Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
58Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:02 
59Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
60David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:03 
61Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:01:05 
62Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:06 
63Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:07 
64Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
65Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team0:01:08 
66Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
67Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
68Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
69Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:01:10 
70Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:11 
71Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
72Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
73Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:12 
74Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
76Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:13 
77Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
78Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:14 
79Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
80Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
81Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
82Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team0:01:15 
83Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
84Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
86Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana0:01:16 
87Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
88Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
89Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team0:01:17 
90Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:18 
91Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
92Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:01:19 
93Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
94Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
95Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:01:20 
96Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:21 
97Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:24 
98Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
99Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:01:25 
100Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:28 
101Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:29 
102Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:30 
103Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:31 
104Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:32 
105Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
106Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:34 
107Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:36 
108Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:01:38 
109Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:39 
110Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:40 
111Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:01:47 
112Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:50 
113Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
114Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:52 
115Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:54 
116Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:05:21 
117Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:05:22 
118Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:29 
119Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:32 
120David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:35 
121Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:38 
122Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:05:47 
123Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team0:05:57 
124Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:03 
125Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:06:08 
126Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:06:27 
127Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack0:07:34 
128Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
129Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:07:36 
130Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:07:37 
131Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:41 
132Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:43 
133Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:07:47 
134Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
135Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
136Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
137Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:07:54 
138Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:07:55 
139Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
140Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:07:56 
141Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:57 
142Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:07:58 
143Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo  
144Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:07:59 
145Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:08:03 
146David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
147Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:04 
148Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank0:08:05 
149Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
150Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step0:08:06 
151Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:08:10 
152Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:08:13 
153Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:08:14 
154Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:08:15 
155Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:08:16 
156Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:08:17 
157Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:08:19 
158Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
159Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:08:20 
160Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:21 
161Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:22 
162Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:08:23 
163Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:08:30 
164Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:08:32 
165Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
166Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:33 
167Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
168Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana0:08:34 
169Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:08:35 
170Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:43 
171Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana0:08:45 
172Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:09:20 
173Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:09:21 
174Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:11:27 
Points classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank36pts
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank36 
3Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team25 
4David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions24 
5Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo23 
6Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini22 
7Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20 
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack20 
9Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun20 
10Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana18 
11Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha18 
12Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo16 
13Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne16 
14Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team15 
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale15 
16Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team13 
17Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia12 
18Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi11 
19Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack10 
20Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana9 
21Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun8 
22Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha8 
23Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne7 
24Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
25Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
26Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano5 
27Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
28Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo5 
29Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack5 
30Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini4 
31Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions4 
32Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
33Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank3 
34Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha2 
35Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2 
36Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto1 
37Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Mountains classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Young rider classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4:33:11 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:15 
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:29 
4Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:32 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:39 
6Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:43 
7Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:46 
8Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:49 
9Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:50 
11Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:55 
12Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:57 
13Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:01:00 
14Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:01 
15Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
16Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:02 
17Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions0:01:12 
18Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:01:13 
19Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:14 
20Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:16 
22Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:19 
23Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:24 
24Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:32 
25Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:01:38 
26Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:52 
27Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:05:21 
28Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:03 
29Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:06:08 
30Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:07:36 
31Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:41 
32Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:43 
33Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:07:47 
34Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:07:54 
35Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:07:55 
36Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:08:05 
37Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:08:15 
38Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:21 
39Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:08:23 
40Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:08:33 
Teams classification
1Caisse d'Epargne13:41:04 
3Team Saxo Bank  
5Garmin - Transitions0:00:07 
6Team Radioshack0:00:08 
8Team Sky0:00:26 
9Katusha Team0:00:34 
11Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:44 
12Team HTC - Columbia0:00:45 
13Ag2R-La Mondiale  
14Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:46 
15Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:01 
16Omega Pharma - Lotto  
17Cervelo Test Team  
18Lampre - Farnese0:01:09 
19Francaise Des Jeux0:01:14 
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:16 
21Quick Step Cycling Team0:01:35 


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