Sörensen speeds to super stage win for Saxo Bank

Breakaway stays away on hot, hilly day to Vittel

It was another stage for the sprinters but Nicki Sörensen was determined not to let it end that way.

As the Tour de France has proved time and time again, there are no pre-written scripts to any stage of La Grande Boucle. And with a succession of difficult mountain legs to come, Thursday's 12th stage to Vittel was about as good a chance as any to break the sprinters' mould.

The opportunists knew it, and it took 82 hard-fought kilometres before a septet of hopefuls had clearance to leave the peloton. Sörensen of Team Saxo Bank, the best-placed of the seven on the classement general, knew his 10:36 gap to maillot jaune Rinaldo Nocentini would result in the Italian's AG2R La Mondiale squad keeping the break checked at no more than five minutes.

The Dane, rarely given a chance to ride for himself at the Tour de France, was feeling pretty good. Good enough to win. But there were two in the move that concerned him most: "The way I saw it, the two strongest guys in the break were [Egoi] Martinez and [Franco] Pellizotti, so I was worried," he said.

With around 50 kilometres left and as AG2R La Mondiale peeled off the front, its marking duties done for the day, Sörensen expected Columbia-HTC, the team of maillot vert Mark Cavendish, to begin the chase. However, its past two days of toil, coupled with the blazing afternoon sun in the region of Vosges, had taken its toll, and the strangest thing happened: no one chased.

"We expected Columbia to pull for their main guy but that never happened, so we knew it would be between us," said Sörensen. "From 25 k's to go, I had it in my mind to give it all I could. The worst thing for me would be to come to the finish line without having used all my strength and not win the stage."

Odds in his favour

Working to Sörensen's advantage was that the men he feared most, Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Pellizotti (Liquigas), now first and second on the mountains classification, were partially cooked after fighting for the three mountain primes between kilometres 150 and 170.5. He had to go soon, before they recovered.

Twenty-three kilometres before the finish, Sörensen attacked.

Sylvain Calzati of Agritubel, the only rider in the escape to have won a Tour stage, chased him down and made the junction. Fifteen kilometres from the line, they had a second for every kilometre remaining to the guys they'd just ditched, who had in no way given up and were pissed they'd been dropped.

A consistently strong all-rounder, Sörensen, with five-and-a-half kilometres left to race, decided to attack again. For a man who still had the strength - which he had judged to perfection - it was a faultless move by the Great Dane. "After I went alone, I began to get nervous whether I could succeed or not," he said.

Sörensen needn't have worried, because after 211.5 kilometres, he finished 48 seconds clear of Laurent Lefevre (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Pellizotti. Cavendish, winning the field sprint for eighth place, arrived a massive six minutes behind.

"It's a thing I'm going to carry with me forever. I was in good shape and mentally, I was on top of things today. The tactical part, I did myself," said Sörensen, asked how much he relied on the race radio to make his own decisions.

How long can Nocentini hold on?

With Sörensen in no way threatening the leader board, Thursday's top 10 once again remained at status quo, Nocentini continuing to hold a slender six and eight-second advantage over his closest rivals, Astana's Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong.

"It wasn't an easy day today," Nocentini said, relieved his dream run isn't over. "The first two hours had an incredible speed. Sörensen was the best-placed of the break at 10 minutes, so that was okay for us.

"The team worked a lot and kept the gap around four minutes. We hoped the sprinters' teams would take over, but with the heat, they didn't want to help out, so they stopped chasing. I certainly hope it will be easier tomorrow, and that I can keep the maillot jaune," he said, even though Friday's Stage 13 profile could be the end of his reign at the top.

Fourth-place on GC, Levi Leipheimer, also of Astana, ended up overcooking a corner with Silence-Lotto's Cadel Evans 2.5 kilometres from the finish, but within the stipulated three-kilometre-to-go margin that negates any time lost, both kept their places and times on the overall standings.

A trip to Waterworld

Thursday's 12th leg began in Tonnerre, within the previous day's region of Yonne and by car, roughly two hours from Paris and one-and-a-half hours from Dijon.

Another roller coaster parcours presented itself for the remaining 170 riders that included six categorised climbs: five Cat. 4s and one Cat. 3, the latter positioned 41 kilometres from the finish. Beginning at a très vit 47.9 km/h average, any attacks - one of which included Evans, Leipheimer, Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) and Mikel Astarloza (Euskatel-Euskadi) - were stymied till some 80 kilometres into the stage, when a group of seven established themselves after the third Cat. 4 climb of Essoyes. Included in the move were: Lefevre (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Calzati (Agritubel), Pellizotti (Liquigas), Markus Fothen (Team Milram), Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Rémi Pauriol (Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne) and Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) - the best-placed on GC at the start of the day.

Working well together, the septet enjoyed a handy 4:17 advantage 100 kilometres out from Vittel, well-known for its Belle Epoque façades and majestic Art Deco luxury hotels, as well as a beautifully preserved natural environment. However, they weren't allowed to get much more than that, Nocentini's AG2R La Mondiale squad intent on keeping its newfound star in yellow for at least one more day.

Around the same time the lead group was 60 clicks out from the finish, Astana's Lance Armstrong stopped for a mechanical but was quickly paced back to the peloton by four of his teammates - one of which wasn't Contador. Shortly after, with Pellizotti crossing the Grand Bois climb (km. 150) first - by the day's end, the Italian would win four of six mountain primes - he moved into virtual second on the mountains classification behind Martinez, ending the day 16 points adrift of the spotted tunic and no doubt eyeing the larger mountains to come.

Twenty-three kilometres out and sensing recapture, first Sörensen and then Calzati decided to break free, before the Team Saxo Bank rider chose to go solo 5.3 kilometres from home, the peloton at that point almost five minutes behind and conceding defeat. Pedalling a strong, fluid tempo like the rouleur he is, the Danish rider stood a good chance as he gapped his previous companions by half a minute three kilometres from the finish. And as the narrow roads switched from left to right and vice-versa in the last kilometres it proved ideal for the Dane, eventually gapping the remnants of the break by 48 seconds and the peloton by 5:58.

It wasn't a half-hearted sprint for eighth place by Cavendish and Hushovd, the Manxster continuing to get the better of his Norwegian adversary and thereby increase his points lead by a margin of 10.

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Full Results
1 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 4:52:24  
2 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:00:48  
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas    
4 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
5 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
6 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
7 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:01:33  
8 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 0:05:58  
9 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
10 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
11 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
12 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step    
13 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
14 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
15 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
16 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
17 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
18 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
19 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux    
20 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
21 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana    
22 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana    
23 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
24 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
25 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC    
26 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
27 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team    
28 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
29 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC    
30 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana    
32 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC    
33 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
34 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
35 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
36 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
37 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
38 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
39 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
40 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC    
41 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
42 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
43 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
44 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
45 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
46 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
47 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
48 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
49 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
50 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
51 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
52 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
53 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
54 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
55 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana    
56 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
57 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
58 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
59 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
60 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
61 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
62 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
63 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
64 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
65 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
66 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
67 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
68 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel    
69 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
70 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
71 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
72 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
73 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
74 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
75 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step    
76 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
77 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
78 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
79 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
80 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
81 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
82 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
83 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
84 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
85 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
86 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
87 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
88 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
89 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step    
90 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
91 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
92 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
93 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
94 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
95 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
96 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team    
97 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
98 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
99 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
100 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
101 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
102 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
103 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
104 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha    
105 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
106 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
107 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
108 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
109 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
110 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
111 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC    
112 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
113 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas    
114 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
115 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
116 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
117 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
118 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
119 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
120 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
121 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
122 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC    
123 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
124 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
125 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
126 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
127 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
128 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
129 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto    
130 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana    
131 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
132 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
133 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux    
134 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
135 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
136 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
137 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux    
138 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
139 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
140 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
141 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
142 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
143 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream    
144 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
145 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
146 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
147 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
148 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank    
149 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
150 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
151 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
152 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
153 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
154 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
155 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
156 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
157 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
158 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto    
159 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
160 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
161 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana    
162 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
163 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:09  
164 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:27  
165 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 0:05:58  
166 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:35  
DNF Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
DNF Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
DNF Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
DNS Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne    
Sprint 1 - Channes, km. 32.0
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 6 pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 4  
3 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 2  
Longchamp-Sur-Aujon, km. 90.0
1 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 6 pts
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 4  
3 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
Saint-Thiebault, km. 169.0
1 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 6 pts
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 4  
3 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 2  
Mountain 1 - Côte de Baon (Cat. 4) km. 19.0
1 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 3 pts
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 2  
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 1  
Mountain 2 - Côte de Gye(Cat. 4) km.sur-Seine - 55.0
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 3 pts
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 1  
Mountain 3 - Côte d'Essoyes (Cat. 4) km. 64.5
1 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3 pts
2 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 2  
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 1  
Mountain 4 - Côte des Grands(Cat. 4) km.Bois - 150.0
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 3 pts
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
3 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Mountain 5 - Côte de Morlaix (Cat. 4) km. 156.5
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 3 pts
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
3 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Mountain 6 - Côte de Bourmont (Cat. 3) km. 170.5
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 4 pts
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 3  
3 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 2  
4 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 1  
Young riders
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 4:58:22  
2 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
3 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
4 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
9 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
11 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
12 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
13 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
14 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
15 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
16 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
17 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
18 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
19 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
20 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
21 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
22 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
23 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
24 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
25 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
26 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
27 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
28 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
29 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
30 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
31 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
32 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
33 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
Most aggressive rider
1 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
Teams
1 Team Saxo Bank 14:49:08  
2 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:48  
3 Team Milram    
4 Liquigas    
5 Agritubel    
6 BBox Bouygues Telecom    
7 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:33  
8 Astana 0:05:58  
9 Team Katusha    
10 Team Columbia - HTC    
11 Caisse d'Epargne    
12 Skil-Shimano    
13 Cervelo Test Team    
14 Lampre - N.G.C    
15 Garmin - Slipstream    
16 AG2R-La Mondiale    
17 Quick Step    
18 Francaise Des Jeux    
19 Rabobank    
20 Silence - Lotto    
General classification after stage 12
1 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 48:27:21  
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:06  
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0:00:08  
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 0:00:39  
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:46  
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:00:54  
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:00  
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:24  
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:49  
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:01:54  
11 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:16  
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:21  
13 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:25  
14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:02:40  
15 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:45  
16 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:02:52  
17 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:02  
18 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:03:07  
19 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 0:03:16  
20 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:49  
21 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:03:58  
22 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 0:04:14  
23 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 0:04:20  
24 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
25 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:04:26  
26 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:38  
27 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:00  
28 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:05:02  
29 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 0:05:25  
30 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:05:28  
31 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:06:03  
32 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:54  
33 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 0:06:56  
34 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:06:59  
35 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:07:27  
36 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:08:06  
37 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:08:21  
38 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:09:37  
39 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:09:59  
40 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:10:20  
41 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:11:34  
42 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:11:42  
43 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:11:44  
44 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 0:11:50  
45 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:12:00  
46 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:12:17  
47 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:13:52  
48 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team 0:14:37  
49 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:14:56  
50 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:16:02  
51 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:16:45  
52 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:17:07  
53 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:18:40  
54 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:20:13  
55 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:55  
56 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:22:18  
57 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:23:02  
58 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:23:38  
59 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 0:24:44  
60 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 0:25:03  
61 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:25:11  
62 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 0:27:58  
63 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:28:07  
64 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 0:28:08  
65 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:28:18  
66 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:28:27  
67 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:29:48  
68 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:30:26  
69 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 0:32:02  
70 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:32:21  
71 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:33:13  
72 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 0:33:20  
73 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:33:23  
74 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:33:28  
75 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 0:34:36  
76 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:35:02  
77 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:35:22  
78 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:35:43  
79 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:36:01  
80 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:36:11  
81 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto 0:36:14  
82 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 0:36:46  
83 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 0:37:28  
84 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 0:37:52  
85 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:39:02  
86 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:39:43  
87 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:39:54  
88 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 0:41:58  
89 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 0:42:34  
90 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 0:42:35  
91 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:43:48  
92 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:44:31  
93 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:44:45  
94 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 0:47:25  
95 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 0:48:08  
96 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 0:48:28  
97 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 0:48:57  
98 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:49:07  
99 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:50:59  
100 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:51:29  
101 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 0:52:33  
102 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:52:49  
103 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:53:00  
104 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 0:54:58  
105 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:55:24  
106 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 0:55:45  
107 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:55:50  
108 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 0:56:53  
109 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:57:49  
110 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:57:57  
111 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 0:59:34  
112 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:59:42  
113 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas 0:59:44  
114 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1:01:08  
115 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha 1:03:53  
116 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 1:04:01  
117 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 1:04:32  
118 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1:05:11  
119 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:05:23  
120 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:06:47  
121 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 1:07:00  
122 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:08:57  
123 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:09:58  
124 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:10:19  
125 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream 1:10:38  
126 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 1:11:01  
127 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 1:12:14  
128 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 1:12:45  
129 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:13:01  
130 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 1:13:13  
131 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 1:13:23  
132 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 1:13:54  
133 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 1:14:02  
134 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 1:14:04  
135 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 1:15:08  
136 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:15:10  
137 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 1:15:19  
138 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 1:15:32  
139 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 1:16:33  
140 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram 1:16:43  
141 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 1:16:47  
142 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:17:56  
143 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:18:44  
144 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:19:10  
145 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 1:20:23  
146 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 1:20:38  
147 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 1:21:41  
148 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:21:56  
149 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 1:22:06  
150 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:22:51  
151 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 1:23:04  
152 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
153 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 1:23:31  
154 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:23:32  
155 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:23:43  
156 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:23:52  
157 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1:24:35  
158 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:24:36  
159 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 1:26:15  
160 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1:26:32  
161 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 1:28:15  
162 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:29:18  
163 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1:30:55  
164 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 1:32:46  
165 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 1:33:10  
166 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:59:32  
Points classification
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 200 pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 190  
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 116  
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 110  
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 100  
6 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 97  
7 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 81  
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 74  
9 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 64  
10 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 55  
11 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 54  
12 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 48  
13 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 47  
14 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 47  
15 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 47  
16 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 47  
17 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 46  
18 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 46  
19 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 45  
20 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 43  
21 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 42  
22 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 37  
23 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 36  
24 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 35  
25 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 35  
26 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 34  
27 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 34  
28 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 33  
29 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 33  
30 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 31  
31 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 31  
32 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 31  
33 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 30  
34 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
35 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
36 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 29  
37 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 29  
38 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 28  
39 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 28  
40 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 27  
41 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 27  
42 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 27  
43 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 27  
44 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 27  
45 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 26  
46 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 26  
47 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 25  
48 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 25  
49 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 25  
50 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 25  
51 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 25  
52 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 24  
53 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 24  
54 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 22  
55 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 21  
56 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 21  
57 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 21  
58 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 20  
59 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20  
60 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 19  
61 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 19  
62 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 18  
63 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 18  
64 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 18  
65 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 17  
66 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 17  
67 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 17  
68 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 17  
69 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 16  
70 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 15  
71 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 14  
72 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 14  
73 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 14  
74 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14  
75 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 13  
76 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 13  
77 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 13  
78 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 13  
79 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 12  
80 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 11  
81 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 11  
82 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 11  
83 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 10  
84 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 10  
85 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 10  
86 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 9  
87 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 8  
88 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 8  
89 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 8  
90 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 7  
91 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 5  
92 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 5  
93 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
94 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 4  
95 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
96 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 4  
97 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 4  
98 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4  
99 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 3  
100 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 3  
101 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 3  
102 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 3  
103 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
104 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 2  
105 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 2  
106 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 1  
107 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1  
Mountains classification
1 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 88 pts
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 71  
3 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 59  
4 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 49  
5 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 49  
6 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 46  
7 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 43  
8 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 38  
9 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 35  
10 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 34  
11 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 32  
12 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 32  
13 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 31  
14 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 31  
15 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 26  
16 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 23  
17 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 21  
18 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 21  
19 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 20  
20 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 20  
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 19  
22 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 17  
23 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 17  
24 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 17  
25 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 15  
26 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
27 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14  
28 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 14  
29 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 13  
30 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 12  
31 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 11  
32 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 11  
33 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 10  
34 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 10  
35 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 9  
36 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 9  
37 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 8  
38 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 7  
39 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 6  
40 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 6  
41 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 6  
42 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 6  
43 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 5  
44 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 5  
45 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 5  
46 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5  
47 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 4  
48 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 4  
49 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
50 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
51 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 3  
52 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3  
53 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
54 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 2  
55 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
56 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 1  
57 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
58 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1  
59 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1  
Young rider classification
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 48:28:21  
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:49  
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:54  
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:01:40  
5 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:03:26  
6 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:04:28  
7 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:07:06  
8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:08:59  
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:45  
10 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:16:07  
11 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:17:40  
12 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:27:07  
13 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:32:28  
14 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:34:02  
15 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:43:45  
16 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:48:07  
17 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:52:00  
18 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:54:24  
19 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:07:57  
20 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 1:12:13  
21 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 1:12:23  
22 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 1:12:54  
23 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 1:14:08  
24 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:14:10  
25 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 1:14:32  
26 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 1:15:47  
27 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:16:56  
28 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:18:10  
29 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 1:21:06  
30 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1:22:32  
31 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1:25:32  
32 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 1:27:15  
33 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:28:18  
Teams classification
1 Team Saxo Bank 143:47:41  
2 AG2R-La Mondiale 0:00:34  
3 Astana 0:00:37  
4 Team Milram 0:00:44  
5 Team Columbia - HTC 0:05:19  
6 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:06:09  
7 Garmin - Slipstream 0:06:30  
8 Caisse d'Epargne 0:07:39  
9 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:08:31  
10 Rabobank 0:11:45  
11 Francaise Des Jeux 0:13:33  
12 Liquigas 0:13:34  
13 Cervelo Test Team 0:16:47  
14 BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:17:29  
15 Agritubel 0:20:00  
16 Silence - Lotto 0:23:49  
17 Team Katusha 0:28:15  
18 Quick Step 0:50:39  
19 Lampre - N.G.C 1:35:57  
20 Skil-Shimano 2:54:19  

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Anyone want to be in Ciolek's sprinting shoes?

He's tried, but Milram's Gerard Ciolek just can't seem to get anywhere close to Mark Cavendish, who yesterday in Saint-Fargeau, went quatre á quatre, picking up his fourth stage win with apparent ease.

Granted, at 22 years old, Ciolek's two years younger than his arch-rival Cavendish, himself hardly an old fart at 24. And being Germany's only ProTour team after numerous doping scandals left the country's cycling fraternity lifeless, the weight of expectation must be enormous after Erik Zabel's prolific success the past decade-and-a-half.

So far in this 96th Tour de France, Ciolek, a former Under-23 world road champion, hasn't even made the top three, his fifth place in Saint-Fargeau the best he's done so far. What gives?

"You have a strong Columbia team with a really strong Mark Cavendish. That's what makes it really difficult for us," he told Cyclingnews." First of all, we have to try and beat his team, then we have to try and beat him, and they're two really difficult things,"

"If it works like [Stage 11], I think we have a good chance to beat Columbia in the finale. Maybe we don't have as much experience as them, but I think if you saw the first [road] stage or the [11th] stage yesterday, then you can see we have a team able to organise a finale like that."

Confidence is everything for a sprinter, yet Ciolek's words exude little of that. It's a sprinter's worst fear, coming to the world's biggest bike race without a recent win - or any season win, for that matter - though unfortunately, that's the way it's been for the young German.

"I had a difficult spring," Ciolek said. "I didn't start so well in the season; I had some problems, got sick, and it was hard for me to come back. But my pre-races for the Tour were really good, like the Bayern Rundfahrt or the Tour de Suisse. I'm trying to do a good Tour."

Does he expect to improve from here on in, or did the Pyrenees sap some of his precious leg strength?

"I think the rest day was really good for me. But yeah, you never feel fresh after 10 or 11 days of racing. At this point of the Tour, I think my condition's okay," said Ciolek.

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