Sagan wins, Nibali takes race lead in Tirreno-Adriatico breakaway

Froome loses lead on rainy Sant'Elpidio stage

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won the feared Porto Sant'Elpidio stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, topping a three-man breakaway with GC contenders Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) on a day in which the rain made a difficult course even more challenging.

The GC was turned topsy turvy, as Nibali took over the race lead. Former race leader Chris Froome of Sky finished about one minute down and dropped to second, at 34 seconds, with Rodriguez third at 37 seconds. Contador fell to fourth, 48 seconds down.

"It was a very hard stage," said Sagan. "When the rain started to fall, the gradients of 30% were hard to get up. I heard Contador say that when he climbed out of the saddle, his back wheel slipped. I rode in the saddle all the time and, in the end, I got away with Vincenzo and stayed away to the finish line."

The day had started out sunny but the heavy rains which had prevailed during so much of the race returned. Combined with the short and vicious climbs of the day, many riders decided to abandon rather than risk injury or illness. The most notable drop-out was Andy Schleck, who left the race in the sunshine less than 50km after the start.

The brutal finale laid bare the strengths and weaknesses of the top names. Sagan, Nibali and Rodriguez showed their good form as the first two were able to jump into the lead, and the Spaniard the only one able to move up to them. Contador could not make the jump and in fact often had trouble holding on to the wheels of his chasing group. Left alone, like most of the other top names, Froome cracked and lost his overall lead.

"The tactic in my head was that, if I was good in the final, I wanted to do something on the last climb," said new race leader Nibali. "I'd looked on the previous passes. I was encouraged when the bad weather came. Other riders suffered in the cold, but I was always OK."

Cadel Evans (BMC) made a surprise appearance in the Froome group, which was the second chasing group which came in 50 seconds down. Even more surprising were Chris Horner (RadioShack) in the Contador group, and BMC's Thor Hushovd in the Froome group.

How it happened

The sun was shining when the riders left Porto Sant'Elpidio but the riders were clearly worried about the 209km in the saddle, the expect rain showers and the numerous short, sharp climbs doted along the stage profile.

The racing started fast with riders keen to get in the break of the day despite five days of tough racing in their legs.

15 riders formed one dangerous move but they were quickly pulled back, and then 16 riders eventually got away after 25km. In the move were Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard), Rinaldo Nocentini, Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Lars Boom (Blanco Pro Cycling), Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida), Giovanni Visconti and Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team), Egoi Martínez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Angel Vicioso (Katusha), Daryl Impey and Stuart O'Grady (Orica-GreenEdge), Mauro Finetto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia), Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano), and Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM).

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) was also in the move but he sat up to wait for team leader and race leader Chris Froome. The break opened a three-minute lead, with Team Sky setting a steady tempo at the head of the peloton.

The early climbs began to hurt several riders in the peloton, with Andy Schleck (Radioshack-Leopard) one of the first to throw in the towel and climb off.

The first climb of the Muro di Sant'Elpidio after 70km showed riders the 27% climb they would face twice again later in the stage. And it was a real wall, forcing riders to zigzag to the top to avoid putting their foot down.

Cunego was the first to the top to become leader of the climber's competition, but behind him other riders were suffering, with the arrival of grey skies and rain compounding their pain.

With the stage route passing through the finish twice before the end of the stage, the temptation to climb off was strong. The retirees quickly hit double figures after 90km, with Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) amongst the big-names to quit.

Cunego continued to lead the break on the climbs and was first to the top of the Muro di Sant'Elpidio for the second passage. He was forced to sit in the saddle to stop his back wheel from slipping on the wet roads but had the power and low centre of gravity to make it to the top. Dumoulin was a lot bigger but surprisingly made it to the top with Cunego and formed the front group.

Behind them many of the other riders in the break were suffering and their chances of success were over. Cancellara, Nocentini lost contact and were caught by the peloton. However up front, Cunego, Impey, Visconti, Intxausti, Selvaggi, Martinez formed a determined front group, out to fight for the stage victory.

As the raced passed through the finish area for the last time, the break had a lead of 1:55, with Cannondale Pro Cycling, leading the chase.

The last climb of the Muro di Sant'Elpidio would be decisive in deciding the final outcome of the stage.

Dumoulin attacked out of the group again and again before finally cracking on the last climb. The lead group exploded completely as it faced the nearly 30 percent gradient for the third time. Finally a high-powered quartet of Sagan, Nibali, Samuel Sanchez and Inxausti formed in the front, with Nibali clearly focused on taking control.

"On Prati di Tivo, I was on the defensive for most of the day and I only attacked in the final 2km," said Nibali. "Yesterday I wasn't great and I didn't think I'd be able to recoup the seconds I lost. But today it all came good for me. But we new at the start of the race there was a 27% climb coming, so our bikes were set up for it and we were well prepared."

"[Nibali] asked me how I was," said Sagan. "I said I didn't know if I'd be able to stay at the front. In the end we were both still there. Even I wasn't interested in the overall lead, as Vincenzo's friend, I still took turns at the front. And I was very happy to see him in the move today."

Contador made the pace in the chasing group as all struggled on the difficult course. Froome had fallen back, but was still in play as Nibali and Sagan took off in front.

Joaquim Rodriguez was the first to struggle his way up to the two leaders. Behind them, the top names were scattered in little groups all over the road, with Froome looking to have been dropped with 10 km to go. Even Contador had trouble staying up with his small group.

With 6km to go, Froome was in a distant chase group, just over one minute back. The Contador group was at 25-30 seconds behind the leading trio.

The final run-in was flat, but no one was able to catch up to the three in front. Rodriguez led under the flamme rouge, and the other two were happy to let him stay in the lead as long as possible. Sagan opened the sprint with 300 m to go and easily took the win, with Nibali second and Rodriguez third.

Behind them, the Contador group crossed the finish line about 40 seconds later, with the Froome group at about 50 seconds. But the damage had already been done.

Already looking ahead to the weekend's Milan-Sanremo, Sagan said, "Every year I'm the favourite, but I still haven't won it. Everyone can be beaten. Cycling is beautiful because you need to think on the spot. One mistake can cost you the race. We'll see on Sunday."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling5:45:17 
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:02 
3Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
4Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:00:44 
5Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
6Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
8Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:50 
9Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
10Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
11Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
12Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
13Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
15Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
17Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
18Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
19Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling  
20Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:01:55 
21Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
22Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:56 
23Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling  
24Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:02:16 
25Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
26Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team  
27José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura  
28Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
29Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
30Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
31Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
32Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha0:03:06 
33Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
34Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
35Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:04:18 
36Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
37Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
38Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
39Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
40Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
41Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:04:39 
42Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
43Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:12 
44Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura  
45Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
46Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
47Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
48Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
49Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
50Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:07:22 
51Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
52Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
53Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:45 
54Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:09:57 
55Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
56Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha  
57Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
58Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
59Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
60Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
61Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
62Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
63Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard0:13:32 
64Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
65Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
66Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
67Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
68Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard  
69Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
70Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:15:11 
71Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ0:15:45 
72Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
73Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
74Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:18:42 
75Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
76Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
77Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling  
78Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol  
79Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
80Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
81Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
82Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
83Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  
84Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
85Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
86Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
87Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
88Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka  
89Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
90Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
92Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
93Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
95Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
96Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha  
97Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
98Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
99Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:19:56 
100Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
101Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
102André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
103Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
104Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha  
105Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ0:23:02 
106Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
107Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
108Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
109Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:37:37 
DNSDmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNSSvein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFSteve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ  
DNFPeter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFLuca Paolini (Ita) Katusha  
DNFMitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFAndy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
DNFDaniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFStephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
DNFTiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
DNFRicardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFRobert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFMurilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ  
DNFThomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFRobert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFRamunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFSébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFVladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha  
DNFPavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFVicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol  
DNFGreg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
DNFMarcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFKristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFAndreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFJay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFMark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
DNFGuillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
DNFNiki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFBrett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFStuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard  
DNFJoseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling  
DNFChristian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
DNFKoen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFRamon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFAlbert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura  
DNFDavid De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura  
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura  
DNFMichael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFTomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBoy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFKevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
OTLTaylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5 pts
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida3 
3Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team2 
4Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5 pts
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida3 
3Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano2 
4Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling12 pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
3Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha8 
4Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia7 
5Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6 
6Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard5 
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff4 
8Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol3 
9Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team2 
10Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano1 
Mountain 1 - Sant'Elpidio a Mare, km 72,1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida5 pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team3 
3Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura2 
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountain 2 - Sant'Elpidio a Mare, km 163,3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida5 pts
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano3 
3Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountain 3 - Sant'Elpidio a Mare, km 191,5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team5 pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team3 
3Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
4Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge1 
General classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team27:57:26 
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:34 
3Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha0:00:37 
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:48 
5Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:58 
6Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:01:05 
7Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:01:20 
8Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida0:02:54 
9Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:02:58 
10Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:08 
11Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:10 
12Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:27 
13Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:03:31 
14Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:50 
15Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha0:04:56 
16Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:05:25 
17Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:35 
18Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:05:55 
19Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp0:06:50 
20Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:07:04 
21Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:07:16 
22Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:09:25 
23José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:09:27 
24Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:09:38 
25Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:10:38 
26Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:16:16 
27Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:16:56 
28Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:17:08 
29Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:18:15 
30Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:18:19 
31Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:19:13 
32Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:30 
33Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:20:23 
34Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:21:02 
35Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:21:05 
36Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:31 
37Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka0:21:54 
38Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:22:34 
39Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:24:11 
40Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:24:15 
41Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:24:20 
42Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:24:21 
43Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
44Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:26:09 
45Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura0:27:15 
46Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling0:27:23 
47Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:27:33 
48Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:28:50 
49Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:29:17 
50Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:30:43 
51Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ0:31:37 
52Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha0:31:39 
53Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:32:07 
54Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:34:40 
55Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:35:11 
56Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:35:26 
57Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard0:35:58 
58Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:36:51 
59Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha0:37:32 
60Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ0:39:38 
61Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:39:57 
62Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:40:08 
63Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:40:51 
64Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:41:06 
65Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard0:41:07 
66Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:41:15 
67Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge0:41:23 
68Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:41:36 
69Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:42:02 
70Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:42:04 
71Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:43:56 
72Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard0:43:58 
73Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:44:26 
74Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka0:44:38 
75Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:45:03 
76Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:45:20 
77Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:46:37 
78Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:47:17 
79Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:48:30 
80Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:49:18 
81Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka0:51:14 
82Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:52:32 
83Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:53:10 
84Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:53:44 
85Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:53:46 
86Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:54:13 
87Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:54:44 
88Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha0:55:04 
89Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:55:05 
90Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:55:48 
91Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:56:38 
92Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:57:01 
93Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:58:44 
94Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard0:59:29 
95André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:59:48 
96Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ0:59:54 
97Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team1:00:04 
98Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling1:00:13 
99Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1:00:54 
100Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura1:03:26 
101Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff1:03:48 
102Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida1:05:58 
103Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team1:06:37 
104Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1:07:53 
105Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:08:22 
106Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ1:09:29 
107Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge1:13:57 
108Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1:15:38 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff27 pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling26 
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team25 
4Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia24 
5Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha22 
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling20 
7Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard17 
8Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka15 
9Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step12 
10André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol12 
11Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale12 
12Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura11 
13Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team10 
14Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida9 
15Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida7 
16Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6 
17Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling6 
18Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5 
19Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard5 
20Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ5 
21Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling5 
22Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team5 
23Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida5 
24Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ5 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida20 pts
2Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura13 
3Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
4Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling9 
5Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha5 
6Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team5 
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team5 
8Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ5 
9Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia3 
10Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3 
11Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano3 
12Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling3 
13Lars Boom (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team3 
14Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff2 
15Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling2 
16Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
17Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura2 
18Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
19Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
20Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
21Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard1 
22Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard1 
23Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge1 
24Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step27:58:24 
2Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:15:58 
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:16:10 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:19:25 
5Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:20:07 
6Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:23:22 
7Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:39:53 
8Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:40:17 
9Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:41:06 
10Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:42:58 
11Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:45:39 
12Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:52:12 
13Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:59:06 
14Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1:06:55 
15Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:07:24 
16Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ1:08:31 
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