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March 4-11, 2012

March 10, Stage 7: Sisteron - Nice 220km

De Gendt solos to victory

By:
Barry Ryan
Published:
March 10, 2012, 16:28 GMT,
Updated:
March 10, 2012, 19:36 GMT

Wiggins remains in leader's jersey

Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) soloed to victory on stage 7 of Paris-Nice on a day that saw Levi Leipheimer’s overall challenge unravel on the long descent of the Col de Vence. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) retains the yellow jersey ahead of Sunday’s concluding time trial on the slopes of the Col d’Eze, and his task of sealing overall honours seems rather more straightforward now that Leipheimer is no longer within striking distance.

De Gendt was part of an early break in the company of Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) and the pair quickly established a lead in excess of 12 minutes over a peloton that was more than content to let them to it. On the slopes of the Col de Vence, De Gendt pulled away from the Estonian and went to reach the Promenade des Angalis over six minutes clear, while John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i) led the peloton home all of 9:24 behind.

“Taaramae was an ideal ally. On the Col de Vence he tried to drop me, but I felt so much stronger than him,” De Gendt said. ““At the moment, everyone on the team is in good form. It was a nice stage and a nice finish.”

While De Gendt and Taaramae were locked in their private duel up front, there was scarcely a murmur from the overall contenders on the way up the 9-kilometre climb as Team Sky controlled affairs in support of Wiggins. With 54 largely downhill kilometres then separating the summit of the Col de Vence from the finish, it appeared as though what had already been a low-key stage would simply peter out on the road to Nice.

The script was altered slightly on the way down, however, as Leipheimer fell twice on the descent and surrendered all hopes of a high overall finish. The veteran American first lost ground when he took a tumble as the peloton slowed to tackle a sharp left hand bend with 31km to go.

With Movistar setting the pace on the front for Alejandro Valverde, Leipheimer had five Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates for company as he desperately gave chase, a minute down on the pack. In spite of taking a number of risks on the sinuous descent, they were struggling to make any inroads into their deficit, and a second crash with 16km to go put paid to any scant hopes Leipheimer had of making contact.

Leipheimer can have justifiable cause for frustration at the nature of his accident, for the crash happened as his teammate scrambled to avoid a motorbike that had stopped just beyond a blind right hand turn. While the first Omega Pharma riders managed to unclip and stay upright, Leipheimer couldn’t avoid ploughing into the back of Dries Devenyns and though he was able to remount, it was clear that his chances of regaining the peloton had come a cropper.

Understandably, Leipheimer took no further risks on the run-in to the finish, and he crossed the line almost 17 minutes down on De Gendt. Indeed, the portents for his day had perhaps been ominous from the off on a stage that saw him hit the deck no fewer than three times. At the mid-point of the stage, as the peloton ambled along behind the escapees, Leipheimer was caught up in a crash with Adrian Saez (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

Overall leader Wiggins had no such travails, however, and he was a highly visible presence on the front end of the peloton throughout the day, particularly when Movistar wound up the pace on the descent of the Col de Vence. The threatened Alejandro Valverde move never materialised, however, and Wiggins remains 18 seconds clear of the Spaniard ahead of tomorrow’s time trial, though he may yet face a stiff challenge from Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), who is just 6 seconds down in second place.

A high speed start

The final road stage of Paris-Nice meant that there were plenty of riders looking to sniff out the early break as the peloton left Sisteron, and the pace was suitably searing. No fewer than 50.3km were covered in a hyperactive first hour of racing that eventually saw Taaramae and De Gendt establish a lead and go clear.

With the tired legs in the peloton calling for a truce, the pair quickly built up a twelve-minute lead and even though over 100km still remained, it was soon apparent that they would be left to contest the spoils. De Gendt led over the Col des Lèques, Col de Luens and Côte de Peyroules and immediately began forcing the pace on the first category Col de Vence.

Taaramae responded in kind, but when De Gendt launched a more telling attack three kilometres from the summit, the Estonian was unable to match his pace. Although he limited his losses to 12 seconds at the summit, De Gendt launched into the descent with considerable gusto and within a matter of kilometres, he was over a minute clear and on the road to victory. In spite of the exposed roads at the base of the descent, he maintained a metronomic rhythm to come home over six minutes ahead of Taaramae and almost ten clear of the bunch.

Sky controlled matters behind, after sweeping up a speculative attack from Evgeni Petrov (Astana), before Movistar took over on the way down the descent. Their pace-setting efforts were redoubled once it emerged that Leipheimer was dangling off the back of the peloton, but while Valverde was a menacing presence at the front end of the bunch on the approach to Nice, he slipped back into the peloton as the road flattened out.

Through the streets of Nice, Wiggins and Sky once again eased their way to the front end of the peloton, keen to ensure that none of his rivals snaffled up the bonus seconds for third. And so it proved, as John Degenkolb (Project 1t4i) tested his legs by seeing off Greg Henderson (Lotto Belisol) and Thor Hushovd (BMC) for third.

Wiggins has been an assured yellow jersey throughout the week, and his constant positioning near the front of the peloton seems indicative of the state of his form. With Leipheimer out of the equation, his task seems all the more straightforward on Sunday, although Lieuwe Westra remains just six seconds off the pace. After surprising all and sundry with victory at Mende, the Dutchman will seek to spring the ultimate upset on the Col d’Eze.
 

Full Results
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 5:11:48  
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:06:18  
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i 0:09:24  
4 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team    
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
7 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM    
8 Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
9 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team    
10 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
11 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
12 Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team    
13 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
14 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale    
15 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda    
16 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
17 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
18 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
19 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
20 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
21 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
22 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
23 Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
24 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat    
25 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
26 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
27 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
28 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
29 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    
30 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
31 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling    
32 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
33 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat    
34 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling    
35 Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
36 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team    
37 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
38 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
39 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat    
40 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
41 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
42 Grischa Jan Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
43 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM    
44 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
45 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team    
46 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Astana Pro Team    
47 Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4i    
48 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
49 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
50 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
51 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team    
52 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo Bank    
53 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
54 David Lelay (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
55 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda    
56 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
57 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat    
58 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
59 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
60 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
61 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
62 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team    
63 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team    
64 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
65 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
66 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team    
67 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan    
68 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda    
69 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team    
70 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team    
71 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
72 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM    
73 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
74 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
75 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
76 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
77 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team    
78 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan    
79 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling    
80 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
81 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team    
82 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM    
83 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
84 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
85 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team    
86 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
87 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
88 Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
89 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
90 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
91 Fränk Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
92 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i    
93 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling    
94 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM    
95 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan    
96 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
97 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
98 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
99 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:09:41  
100 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
101 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:09:47  
102 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:12:42  
103 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
104 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
105 Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
106 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Barracuda    
107 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda    
108 Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4i    
109 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
110 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
111 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
112 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
113 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat    
114 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team    
115 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling    
116 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale    
117 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
118 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
119 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda    
120 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
121 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
122 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank    
123 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank    
124 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
125 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM    
126 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:16:50  
127 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
128 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
129 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
130 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
131 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD    
132 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:20:26  
133 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar    
134 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Bigmat    
135 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
136 Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda    
137 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4i    
138 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i    
139 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
140 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
141 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
142 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
143 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
144 Tiziano Dall’Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
145 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda    
DNS Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
DNS Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol Team    
DNS Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
DNS Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
DNS Leigh Howard (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
DNF Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
DNF Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1T4i    
DNF Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
DNF Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
Sprint 1 - Tourrettes-Sur-Loup, 150km
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 3 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 2  
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
Points - Nice, 219.5km
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 25 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 22  
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i 20  
4 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team 18  
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 16  
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 15  
7 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM 14  
8 Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 13  
9 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team 12  
10 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 11  
11 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 10  
12 Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 9  
13 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 8  
14 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale 7  
15 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda 6  
16 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 5  
17 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 4  
18 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 3  
19 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
20 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 1  
Mountain 1 - Col des Lèques, 73.5km
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 7 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 5  
3 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 3  
4 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 2  
5 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 1  
Mountain 2 - Col de Luens, 91km
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 7 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 5  
3 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team 3  
4 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 2  
5 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 1  
Mountain 3 - Côte de Peyroules, 99km
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 4 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 2  
3 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team 1  
Mountain 4 - Col de Vence, 165km
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 10 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 8  
3 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 6  
4 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 4  
5 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling 3  
6 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM 2  
7 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 1  
Young riders
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 5:18:06  
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i 0:03:06  
3 Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team    
4 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda    
5 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    
7 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
9 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i    
10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling    
11 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:03:23  
12 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:06:24  
13 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team    
14 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale    
15 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
16 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
17 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank    
18 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM    
19 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:14:08  
20 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
21 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4i    
22 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i    
23 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
Teams
1 Vacansoleil-DCM 15:54:12  
2 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:06:18  
3 BMC Racing Team 0:09:24  
4 Saur-Sojasun    
5 Movistar Team    
6 GreenEdge Cycling Team    
7 FDJ-Bigmat    
8 Lotto-Belisol Team    
9 Team Europcar    
10 Ag2R La Mondiale    
11 Sky Procycling    
12 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
13 Katusha Team    
14 Rabobank Cycling Team    
15 Astana Pro Team    
16 Lampre - ISD    
17 Garmin - Barracuda    
18 Project 1T4i    
19 RadioShack-Nissan    
20 Liquigas-Cannondale    
21 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:12:42  
22 Team Saxo Bank    
General classification after stage 7
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 27:53:04  
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:00:06  
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18  
4 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team 0:00:37  
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:39  
6 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:46  
7 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 0:01:06  
8 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:16  
9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 0:01:21  
10 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team 0:02:24  
11 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:46  
12 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:03:27  
13 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:03:34  
14 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
15 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:03:37  
16 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:03:42  
17 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:20  
18 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 0:04:24  
19 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
20 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:04:27  
21 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:04:36  
22 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:04:45  
23 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:04:47  
24 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:51  
25 Fränk Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:05:05  
26 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:05:06  
27 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:05:13  
28 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 0:05:14  
29 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:05:25  
30 Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:05:34  
31 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:06:07  
32 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team    
33 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:06:22  
34 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:06:25  
35 Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:06:43  
36 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:07:11  
37 David Lelay (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:07:17  
38 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:07:27  
39 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:07:36  
40 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:07:46  
41 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:08:16  
42 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:08:29  
43 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:09:12  
44 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:09:15  
45 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 0:09:22  
46 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:09:38  
47 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 0:10:17  
48 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:11:47  
49 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:12:07  
50 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:12:19  
51 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:12:46  
52 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:13:05  
53 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:13:08  
54 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:13:19  
55 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:13:50  
56 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:14:30  
57 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:15:10  
58 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:15:38  
59 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:15:58  
60 Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4i 0:16:39  
61 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:17:05  
62 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:17:08  
63 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:17:13  
64 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 0:17:19  
65 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:17:25  
66 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Astana Pro Team 0:18:54  
67 Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4i 0:19:37  
68 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:19:39  
69 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:19:51  
70 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team 0:19:58  
71 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:20:32  
72 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:20:38  
73 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:21:52  
74 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:22:17  
75 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:22:52  
76 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:22:58  
77 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 0:23:46  
78 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda 0:23:55  
79 Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:24:06  
80 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:25:00  
81 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling 0:25:09  
82 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i 0:25:19  
83 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:25:39  
84 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 0:25:53  
85 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:27:37  
86 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:27:53  
87 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 0:28:36  
88 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:29:20  
89 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:31:04  
90 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda 0:31:06  
91 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:31:39  
92 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:31:43  
93 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank 0:32:29  
94 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:33:44  
95 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:34:45  
96 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i 0:35:38  
97 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 0:35:51  
98 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:36:25  
99 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:37:19  
100 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team 0:37:57  
101 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda 0:38:00  
102 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:38:36  
103 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:38:53  
104 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:39:13  
105 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda 0:39:23  
106 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:39:36  
107 Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 0:40:08  
108 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Barracuda 0:40:14  
109 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda 0:40:33  
110 Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda 0:40:41  
111 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:41:13  
112 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:41:37  
113 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team 0:42:55  
114 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:43:02  
115 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:43:14  
116 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 0:43:38  
117 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:43:47  
118 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:44:20  
119 Grischa Jan Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:47:43  
120 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:47:48  
121 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 0:47:55  
122 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Bigmat 0:48:39  
123 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:49:47  
124 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:49:58  
125 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:50:51  
126 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:51:06  
127 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:51:34  
128 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:55:05  
129 Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:55:15  
130 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda 0:56:42  
131 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:57:15  
132 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:57:55  
133 Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:59:37  
134 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:59:44  
135 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i 1:01:36  
136 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:01:44  
137 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:02:48  
138 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 1:02:55  
139 Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling 1:03:10  
140 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:04:22  
141 Tiziano Dall’Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:04:37  
142 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 1:06:08  
143 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4i 1:06:13  
144 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD 1:17:34  
145 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank 1:18:53  
Points classification
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 74 pts
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 67  
3 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM 63  
4 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 52  
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 50  
6 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 49  
7 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team 46  
8 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 45  
9 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 45  
10 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 44  
11 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 43  
12 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 43  
13 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 41  
14 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i 40  
15 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 39  
16 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 38  
17 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 36  
18 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 34  
19 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 31  
20 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda 28  
21 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM 27  
22 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team 25  
23 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 25  
24 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 24  
25 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda 24  
26 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 22  
27 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 22  
28 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale 21  
29 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 20  
30 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 18  
31 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 18  
32 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team 18  
33 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 18  
34 Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4i 17  
35 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team 15  
36 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 15  
37 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 15  
38 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team 15  
39 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 13  
40 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 13  
41 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 13  
42 Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 13  
43 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 13  
44 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 12  
45 Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4i 12  
46 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 11  
47 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 11  
48 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 11  
49 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 10  
50 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 9  
51 Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 9  
52 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i 8  
53 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 7  
54 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i 7  
55 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM 6  
56 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 6  
57 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 5  
58 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 5  
59 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 5  
60 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 4  
61 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 4  
62 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 4  
63 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 3  
64 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 3  
65 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3  
66 Fränk Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 2  
67 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
68 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 2  
69 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 2  
70 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
71 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 1  
72 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 1  
73 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 1  
74 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 1  
Mountains classification
1 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 64 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 42  
3 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 28  
4 David Lelay (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 20  
5 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 20  
6 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 19  
7 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 15  
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 13  
9 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 12  
10 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM 10  
11 Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 8  
12 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 6  
13 Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 5  
14 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 5  
15 Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4i 5  
16 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 5  
17 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 4  
18 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team 4  
19 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4  
20 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM 4  
21 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 4  
22 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team 3  
23 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 3  
24 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 3  
25 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Astana Pro Team 3  
26 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling 3  
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2  
28 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 2  
29 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 2  
30 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 2  
31 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team 2  
32 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team 2  
33 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat 1  
34 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 1  
35 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 1  
36 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Young riders classification
1 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 27:53:43  
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:55  
3 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:06:48  
4 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:07:07  
5 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:08:59  
6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:12:26  
7 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:19:00  
8 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i 0:24:40  
9 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:27:14  
10 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:30:25  
11 John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i 0:34:59  
12 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:36:40  
13 Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 0:39:29  
14 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda 0:39:54  
15 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:40:34  
16 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team 0:42:16  
17 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:49:08  
18 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:50:12  
19 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:54:26  
20 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i 1:00:57  
21 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:01:05  
22 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4i 1:05:34  
23 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank 1:18:14  
Teams classification
1 Vacansoleil-DCM 83:38:02  
2 Sky Procycling 0:05:47  
3 Movistar Team 0:07:19  
4 Katusha Team 0:07:49  
5 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:08:05  
6 BMC Racing Team 0:08:19  
7 Astana Pro Team 0:09:42  
8 RadioShack-Nissan 0:09:57  
9 FDJ-Bigmat 0:10:08  
10 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:10:55  
11 Saur-Sojasun 0:13:25  
12 Team Europcar 0:13:59  
13 Lampre - ISD 0:14:01  
14 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:17:07  
15 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:17:53  
16 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:18:48  
17 Project 1T4i 0:26:59  
18 GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:37:24  
19 Team Saxo Bank 0:41:32  
20 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:47:32  
21 Lotto-Belisol Team 0:48:57  
22 Garmin - Barracuda 0:50:41