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Tour de France 2009

Date range:
July 4-26, 2009
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages. Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      15.5km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Monaco (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Brignoles
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Marseille
      End location:
      La Grande-Motte
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      39km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Montpellier (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Le Cap d'Agde
      End location:
      Perpignan
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      181.5km
      Start location:
      Gérone
      End location:
      Barcelone
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Barcelone
      End location:
      Andorre Arcalis
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Andorre-la-Vieille
      End location:
      Saint-Girons
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      160.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Tarbes
    • Rest day

      Location
      Limoges
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Limoges
      End location:
      Issoudun
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      192km
      Start location:
      Vatan
      End location:
      Saint-Fargeau
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      211.5km
      Start location:
      Tonnerre
      End location:
      Vittel
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      200km
      Start location:
      Vittel
      End location:
      Colmar
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Colmar
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Pontarlier
      End location:
      Verbier
    • Rest day

      Location
      Verbier
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      159km
      Start location:
      Martigny
      End location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      169.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
      End location:
      Le Grand-Bornand
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      40.5km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy (ITT)
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bourgoin-Jallieu
      End location:
      Aubenas
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Montélimar
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Montereau-Fault-Yonne
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 22, Stage 17: Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Le Grand-Bornand 169.5km

Daring double act proves Schleck's class

By:
Anthony Tan
Published:
July 22, 2009, 15:07,
Updated:
July 22, 2009, 20:33

A new first three on GC as Fränk gets a ‘gift' from Contador

Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) celebrates his stage win while brother and teammate Andy Schleck, third place behind Contador, looks equally as ecstatic.

Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) celebrates his stage win while brother and teammate Andy Schleck, third place behind Contador, looks equally as ecstatic.

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It was the second-to-last chance for the pure climbers to make their bid for overall victory. And being as such, everybody knew the prodigious Schleck brothers of Saxo Bank would attack on Wednesday's five-climb, 169.5-kilometre stage to Le Grand-Bornand.

"Bjarne Riis came up with a plan this morning. Fränk had no personal goals and he was there to help me," said Andy Schleck.

"We knew what we wanted with this stage, which was planned before the Tour even began," said Riis. "The plan was quite clear and simple: we were willing to put everything on the line and to explode the peloton."

Almost all who knew this also predicted they would force a move on the penultimate climb of the 8.8-kilometre-long Col de Romme. Together with the closely-linked 7.5-km Col de la Colombière, its summit just 15 fast kilometres from the finish, they created a virtual hors-catégorie climb of its own.

But apart from the maillot jaune of Alberto Contador, who was simply unflappable all day, there was not a thing their rivals could do.

And while its profile closely resembled the seventeenth stage of the 2004 Tour de France that also finished in Le Grand-Bornand, the outcome was completely different.

In 2004, Lance Armstrong - then riding for the US Postal team - won a stage he didn't need to en route to overall victory. Afterwards, he said after 'giving' away chances in the past with those favours rarely coming back to help him, the Texan decided it was now a case of "no more gifts". At the time, five-time Tour champion Bernard Hinault commended Armstrong, telling him it was the "perfect" thing to do.

But Wednesday in the same French alpine village nestled at the foot of the Aravis mountain range, Contador didn't even try to break free of the Schlecks. Despite possessing a sprint-finish not worth writing a word about, that's exactly what the maillot jaune waited for, his faux-lunge twenty metres from the line making it fairly obvious a gentleman's agreement had taken place for the elder Schleck to claim the stage - which Fränk took with open arms.

"It was very special and I want to give special thanks to Andy. I will help him get on the podium in Paris," Fränk Schleck said, who finished on the same time as second-placed Contador and his brother Andy, the stage run at a 34.604 km/h average.

Contador's 'gift' the best thing for him

What's also obvious is that Contador and Armstrong, teammates they may be, are completely different persons. And it just may be - even though he's not saying so - that Contador is supremely confident about taking his second Tour de France, now just four days from Paris. So confident that so long as he wins the major prize, he doesn't need to win - or care about winning - stages, and being non-confrontational, the Spaniard doesn't wish to engage in any potential conflict with Saxo Bank.

"Both the Schleck brothers were very strong, Andy as much as Fränk," said Contador. "I'd spoken about attacking them on the Colombière with Johan Bruyneel - the goal was to gain minutes. I'd also spoken with Andréas Klöden on the climb, and he told me to go for it.

"I thought I could go alone but the brothers managed to come back, so from there on, I decided to stay on their wheels. The Schlecks asked me to collaborate; I said no, because I had teammates behind. I knew the Schleck brothers would attack all the way to the finish, so I focused on staying with them and staying fresh for the time trial."

Astana DS Johan Bruyneel had a different recollection of events: "The attack from Contador, three k' from the top [of the Colombière], that was not really... I had advised not to go. He did not need to go, he did not need to attack."

Regardless, by consequence of the Schleck spectacular in the mountains, previous second and third on the classement générale - Armstrong (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) - were bumped to fourth and sixth and replaced by Andy and Fränk Schleck, 2:26 and 3:25 behind Contador, respectively. And at a minimum, Saxo Bank intends to keep Andy in second.

"It is a bike race: we saw in Paris-Nice that even a big champion like Contador can have a bad day and lose time. It is going to be hard to beat him, he is very strong. But he is human being and we are just waiting for him to make a mistake; if he has a mistake, we will be there," Fränk Schleck said.

Don't rule out Nibali, Armstrong, Klöden & Wiggo

It's not like Armstrong and Wiggins rode poorly, the Anglophone pair part of a chase group of four that formed on the Col de Romme along with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream). In the end, only Nibali and the American managed to finish together, 2:18 behind the lead trio to take fourth and fifth, with a third Astana-ite, Andréas Klöden, nine seconds in arrears. Garmin's GC pairing of Wiggins and Vande Velde would finish 3:07 and 4:09 behind Contador in seventh and ninth, respectively.

Asked if he was happy with his day, Armstrong responded: "Yes and no. I tried to be conservative on the Col de Romme. I did not go with those initial attacks, and then I got kind of stuck behind. Once you are 30 seconds back there is nothing you can do; you got to just sit on.

"I was a little concerned with Bradley Wiggins and the TT, so in the last kilometre over Colombière I decided to jump away," he said, the American all-star 30 seconds behind Fränk Schleck in fourth place on the overall standings. His teammate Klöden is fifth, a further 49 seconds behind the seven-time Tour champion.

Thursday's 40.5-kilometre time trial around Lake Annecy may switch things around a little at the top. However, it's a course that favours riders strong at the end of a three-week race rather than specialists against the clock, and the gaps shouldn't be too significant at the top of the leader board. Far more noteworthy will be Saturday's penultimate leg to Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence.

"On Ventoux, people will be more tired. The advantage is that we recover well and if the climb is steeper, it is better for us. We saw that today and Ventoux we will be up there," Andy Schleck said.

"I think Lance and Andréas can catch up with the Schleck brothers [on the overall standings]," said Contador.

"It would be nice to get on the podium," said Armstrong. "I will go as hard as I can [in the Annecy time trial] and go up Ventoux as fast as I can."

Remember Stage 17 of the 2004 and '06 Tours? This ain't so different.

Arguably the hardest stage of the race simply because of the number of high-rating climbs within the relatively short space of 169.5 kilometres, the seventeenth stage began just before half-past midday from the previous day's finish in Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Situated in the foothills of the legendary Cols de l'Iseran, du Peit-Saint-Bernard and du Cormet de Roseland, the mountainous surroundings gave good indication of what lay ahead, the parcours not dissimilar to Stage 17 of the 2004 and 2006 Tours de France, where in the latter, a rampaging Floyd Landis turned Le Tour inside out and upside down - quite literally.

Straight away on the Cormet de Roselend, it was a jumpy peloton, a group of 10 gaining clearance two-thirds of the way on the 18.1-km climb and containing a few expected - and unexpected - suspects; perhaps the strangest being Denis Menchov (Rabobank), who appears to be persona non grata at Le Tour.

Between the lead 10 and the peloton were a trio of chasers, although they didn't quite manage to bridge before the climb topped out at 1,968 metres, polka-dotted Pellizotti once again first over the top. Down to Beaufort (km. 38) a few more came across to the front group, numbering a sizeable 22 before one of those escapees, points leader Thor Hushovd (Cérvelo TestTeam), went on a solo expedition in a search for the two intermediate sprints on offer; the first still some way off at Paz-sur-Arly (km 75.5). The other 21 names were: Menchov, Sandy Casar (Française des Jeux), Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream), Jurgen Van den Broeck (Silence-Lotto), Ruben Perez, Egoi Martinez, Amets Txurruka, Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne), Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Remi Pauriol and Christophe Kern (Cofidis), Geoffroy Lequatre (Agritubel), Maxime Monfort (Columbia-HTC), Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre NGC), Pierre Rolland, Thomas Voeckler (BBox Bouygues Telecom), Jose Luis Arrieta (AG2R La Mondiale), George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC), and Linus Gerdemann (Milram).

All roads lead to Romme

At the base of the 8.8-km Col de Romme, that together with the closely-linked 7.5-km Col de la Colombière creates a hors-catégorie climb of its own, Carlos Sastre (Cérvelo TestTeam) was first to go with Sylvain Calzati (Agritubel).

That break was short-lived, however, becoming the precursor to a far more dangerous move when Andy Schleck fired off for the second day running, his second big dig five kilometres from the Romme's 1,297-metre summit shedding all bar Contador and Klöden, his brother Fränk later rejoining the lead group. Behind was an equally select quartet containing Armstrong, Wiggins, Vande Velde and Nibali who trailed by 1:11 at the crest, 29 kilometres from Le Grand-Bornand.

The two quartets hit the base of the Colombière 1:20 apart, Fränk Schleck pacing the Contador group and Vande Velde the Armstrong bunch, with a chase group of 13 3:28 in arrears. Apart from Vande Velde being dropped, nothing much happened till 16.7 kilometres from the finish when Contador took a flyer and dropped his companions. Though a short while later, he sat up and allowed the brothers Schleck to join him but not Klöden, who went over the 1,618-metre climb 25 seconds down on the new lead trio, with Fränk in first place.

"When Alberto attacks it is better to take your time at first," said Andy Schleck. "We came back step-by-step to him, but he showed that he had great legs today. We showed strength in front, it was not an easy stage, but we just had to focus on myself, because without being arrogant I think I am the best climber out there."

It was then Armstrong who turned the screws and left behind Wiggins and Nibali, cresting the Colombière 2:06 behind the Schlecks and Contador. The American seemed intent on catching Klöden on the high-speed descent but was in fact caught by demonic descender Nibali, who together, managed to nip at the German's heels just few kilometres from home.

A pat on Fränk Schleck's bum by Contador may be construed as a job well done. But it was not just that: it was a sign he was conceding the stage victory, a half-hearted effort by the maillot jaune granting Fränk his second Tour stage after his 2006 triumph atop L'Alpe d'Huez. Nibali led Armstrong over the line 2:18 later, with Klöden a further nine seconds back. Wiggins, Christophe Moreau (Agritubel), Vande Velde and Rémi Pauriol (Cofidis) would complete Wednesday's first 10 places.

For images of stage 17 click here

Full Results
1 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 4:53:54  
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana    
3 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:02:18  
5 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:02:27  
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:03:07  
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 0:04:09  
9 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
10 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:06:10  
11 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:06:12  
13 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
14 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
15 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
16 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
17 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
18 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
19 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:15  
20 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:19  
21 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:07:01  
22 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:07:47  
23 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
24 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
25 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
26 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream    
27 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
28 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:07:50  
29 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:08:30  
30 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 0:08:54  
31 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
32 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
33 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
34 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
35 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:08:58  
36 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:11:00  
37 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
38 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:11:20  
39 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:11:50  
40 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
41 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
42 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
43 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
44 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC    
45 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
46 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
47 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:13:30  
48 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
49 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 0:15:33  
50 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:17:33  
51 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
52 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
53 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
54 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux    
55 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana    
56 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
57 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana    
58 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
59 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas    
60 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 0:21:31  
61 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
62 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank    
63 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
64 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:25:38  
65 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 0:29:43  
66 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
67 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
68 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
69 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
70 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
71 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
72 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
73 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
74 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
75 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
76 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
77 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
78 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
79 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
80 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
81 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
82 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team    
83 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
84 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
85 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
86 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
87 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
88 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
89 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto    
90 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
91 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
92 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
93 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
94 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
95 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
96 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
97 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
98 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha    
99 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana    
100 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
101 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana    
102 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
103 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
104 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
105 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
106 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
107 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
108 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
109 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas    
110 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
111 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
112 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
113 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 0:35:47  
114 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
115 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC    
116 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC    
117 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
118 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
119 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
120 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
121 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
122 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step    
123 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto    
124 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
125 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
126 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
127 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
128 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
129 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
130 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team    
131 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
132 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
133 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
134 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
135 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC    
136 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
137 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
138 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
139 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
140 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux    
141 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
142 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
143 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
144 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux    
145 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
146 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
147 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
148 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
149 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
150 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
151 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
152 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
153 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC    
154 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
155 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
156 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:35:58  
157 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:35:59  
158 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
DNF Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
Points
1 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 20 pts
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 17  
3 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 15  
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 13  
5 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 12  
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 10  
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 9  
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 8  
9 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 7  
10 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 6  
11 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 5  
12 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 4  
13 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 3  
14 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
15 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
Sprint 1 - Praz-Sur-Arly, km. 75.5
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 6 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4  
3 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
Sprint 2 - Cluses, km. 126.0
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 6 pts
2 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
3 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2  
Cormet de Roselend (Cat. 1) km. 18.0
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 15 pts
2 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 13  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 11  
4 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 9  
5 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 8  
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 7  
7 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 6  
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 5  
Col des Saisies (Cat. 1) km. 56.0
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 15 pts
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 13  
3 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 11  
4 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 9  
5 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 8  
6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 7  
7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 6  
8 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 5  
Côte d'Araches (Cat. 2) km. 111.5
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 10 pts
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 9  
3 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 8  
4 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 7  
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 6  
6 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 5  
Col de Romme (Cat. 1) km. 140.5
1 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 15 pts
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 13  
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 11  
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 9  
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 8  
6 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 7  
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 6  
8 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 5  
Col de la Colombière (Cat. 1) km. 154.5
1 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 30 pts
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 26  
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 22  
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 18  
5 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 16  
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 14  
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 12  
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 10  
Young riders
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 4:53:54  
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:02:18  
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:06:12  
4 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:08:54  
5 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:08:58  
6 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:11:00  
7 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:11:50  
8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:17:33  
10 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:29:43  
11 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
12 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
13 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
14 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
15 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
16 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
17 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
18 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
19 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
20 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
21 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
22 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:35:47  
23 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC    
24 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
25 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
26 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
27 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
28 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
29 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
30 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
31 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
32 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
33 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
Most aggressive rider
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
Teams
1 Astana 14:46:27  
2 Garmin - Slipstream 0:10:18  
3 Team Saxo Bank 0:12:48  
4 AG2R La Mondiale 0:14:01  
5 Team Katusha 0:17:44  
6 Agritubel 0:19:01  
7 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:20:32  
8 Liquigas 0:21:18  
9 Quick Step 0:23:00  
10 Francaise Des Jeux 0:25:10  
11 Caisse d'Epargne 0:25:33  
12 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:25:57  
13 Silence - Lotto 0:38:57  
14 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:39:15  
15 Rabobank 0:40:26  
16 Lampre - N.G.C 0:45:42  
17 Team Columbia - HTC 0:49:04  
18 Team Milram 0:51:25  
19 Cervelo Test Team 0:54:16  
20 Skil-Shimano 1:24:24  
General classification after stage 17
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 72:27:09  
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:26  
3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:25  
4 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0:03:55  
5 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:04:44  
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:04:53  
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:05:09  
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:08:08  
9 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:09:19  
10 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:10:50  
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:10:52  
12 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:38  
13 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:11:39  
14 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:11:52  
15 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:12:08  
16 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:29  
17 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:17:23  
18 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:19:20  
19 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:21:50  
20 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:24:15  
21 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:25:07  
22 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 0:25:38  
23 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:25:45  
24 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:28:38  
25 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:28:49  
26 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 0:30:59  
27 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:34:06  
28 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:35:58  
29 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 0:36:21  
30 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:36:33  
31 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 0:36:37  
32 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:37:06  
33 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:38:06  
34 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:39:08  
35 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 0:39:35  
36 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:40:37  
37 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 0:40:52  
38 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:41:11  
39 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:43:57  
40 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:45:47  
41 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:47:03  
42 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:47:06  
43 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:48:17  
44 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:48:35  
45 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:49:53  
46 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:50:26  
47 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team 0:51:06  
48 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 0:52:52  
49 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:53:07  
50 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:54:35  
51 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:56:47  
52 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:58:19  
53 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:59:10  
54 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:59:44  
55 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 1:02:47  
56 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 1:03:46  
57 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 1:05:33  
58 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:11:15  
59 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:13:20  
60 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto 1:14:25  
61 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 1:16:36  
62 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1:17:20  
63 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:17:36  
64 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:18:18  
65 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:20:21  
66 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:20:40  
67 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1:21:16  
68 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 1:23:09  
69 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 1:25:38  
70 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 1:25:52  
71 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1:27:09  
72 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 1:28:58  
73 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 1:29:02  
74 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:29:33  
75 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 1:29:57  
76 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:31:02  
77 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:32:04  
78 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:32:20  
79 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 1:33:20  
80 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 1:36:29  
81 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 1:36:54  
82 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 1:40:08  
83 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 1:41:32  
84 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha 1:42:19  
85 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1:42:37  
86 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:45:52  
87 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 1:45:56  
88 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 1:49:40  
89 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 1:50:48  
90 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1:53:17  
91 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 1:53:47  
92 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:54:35  
93 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 1:55:25  
94 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 1:56:29  
95 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 1:57:45  
96 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 1:58:52  
97 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 1:59:07  
98 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 1:59:25  
99 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:59:42  
100 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 2:01:24  
101 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2:01:48  
102 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 2:02:53  
103 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 2:06:50  
104 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2:07:40  
105 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 2:07:59  
106 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 2:08:08  
107 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 2:13:22  
108 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 2:15:37  
109 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 2:21:10  
110 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 2:25:32  
111 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 2:25:40  
112 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 2:25:54  
113 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 2:26:17  
114 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 2:26:29  
115 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 2:27:28  
116 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 2:29:18  
117 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas 2:30:31  
118 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 2:30:58  
119 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 2:31:06  
120 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream 2:31:45  
121 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2:32:24  
122 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto 2:34:05  
123 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:34:14  
124 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:34:52  
125 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 2:35:08  
126 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 2:36:45  
127 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 2:38:01  
128 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 2:38:11  
129 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 2:40:02  
130 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 2:42:10  
131 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2:42:34  
132 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 2:42:53  
133 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:44:07  
134 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2:44:31  
135 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 2:45:23  
136 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 2:45:32  
137 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 2:45:46  
138 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 2:47:05  
139 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:47:19  
140 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 2:47:43  
141 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 2:51:25  
142 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 2:53:01  
143 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 2:54:04  
144 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 2:56:05  
145 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2:56:06  
146 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2:56:15  
147 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 2:57:34  
148 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2:57:53  
149 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2:58:46  
150 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 2:59:23  
151 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 3:00:35  
152 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
153 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 3:01:02  
154 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 3:02:00  
155 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 3:02:40  
156 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 3:03:44  
157 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 3:13:14  
158 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 3:26:01  
Points classification
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 230 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 200  
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 126  
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 122  
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 110  
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 100  
7 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 97  
8 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 96  
9 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 77  
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 74  
11 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 71  
12 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 66  
13 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 64  
14 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 63  
15 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 62  
16 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 61  
17 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 61  
18 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 55  
19 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 54  
20 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 53  
21 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 52  
22 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 51  
23 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 49  
24 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 48  
25 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 48  
26 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 48  
27 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 47  
28 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 47  
29 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 47  
30 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 46  
31 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 46  
32 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 46  
33 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 44  
34 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 43  
35 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 42  
36 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 42  
37 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 41  
38 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 41  
39 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 38  
40 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 38  
41 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 37  
42 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 37  
43 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 37  
44 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 35  
45 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 35  
46 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 34  
47 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 34  
48 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 33  
49 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 33  
50 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 31  
51 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 31  
52 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 30  
53 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
54 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
55 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 29  
56 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 29  
57 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 28  
58 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 28  
59 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 27  
60 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 27  
61 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 26  
62 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 26  
63 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 26  
64 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 26  
65 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 24  
66 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 24  
67 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 24  
68 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 23  
69 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 22  
70 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 22  
71 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 21  
72 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 21  
73 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20  
74 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 19  
75 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 18  
76 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 18  
77 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 17  
78 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 17  
79 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 16  
80 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 16  
81 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 16  
82 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 15  
83 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 14  
84 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 14  
85 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 14  
86 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 14  
87 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 13  
88 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 13  
89 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 12  
90 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 11  
91 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 11  
92 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 10  
93 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 10  
94 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 10  
95 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 10  
96 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 10  
97 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 9  
98 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8  
99 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 8  
100 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 7  
101 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 6  
102 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 5  
103 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 5  
104 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
105 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 4  
106 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
107 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 4  
108 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 4  
109 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 4  
110 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 4  
111 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4  
112 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 3  
113 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 3  
114 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 3  
115 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 3  
116 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 2  
117 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
118 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 2  
119 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 2  
120 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
121 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1  
122 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC -25  
Mountains classification
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 196 pts
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 118  
3 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 97  
4 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 89  
5 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 86  
6 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 85  
7 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 84  
8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 76  
9 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 68  
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 67  
11 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 65  
12 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 64  
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 54  
14 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 49  
15 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 46  
16 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 45  
17 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 38  
18 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 37  
19 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 36  
20 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 35  
21 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 34  
22 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 32  
23 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 31  
24 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 31  
25 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 27  
26 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 26  
27 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 26  
28 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 25  
29 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 24  
30 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 24  
31 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 23  
32 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 23  
33 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 21  
34 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 20  
35 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 18  
36 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 17  
37 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 17  
38 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 17  
39 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
40 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 14  
41 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14  
42 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 14  
43 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 13  
44 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 12  
45 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 12  
46 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 12  
47 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 11  
48 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 11  
49 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 10  
50 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 10  
51 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 9  
52 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 9  
53 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 7  
54 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 7  
55 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 7  
56 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 6  
57 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 6  
58 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 6  
59 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 6  
60 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 6  
61 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 5  
62 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 5  
63 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 5  
64 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 5  
65 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
66 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
67 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 4  
68 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 4  
69 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 4  
70 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 4  
71 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 4  
72 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
73 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
74 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 3  
75 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3  
76 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
77 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
78 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 2  
79 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 1  
80 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
81 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 1  
82 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
83 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1  
Young rider classification
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 72:29:35  
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:02:43  
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:08:26  
4 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:19:24  
5 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:22:41  
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:26:12  
7 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:36:42  
8 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:38:11  
9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:47:27  
10 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:52:09  
11 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:55:53  
12 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 1:26:32  
13 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 1:30:54  
14 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1:40:11  
15 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 1:48:22  
16 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 1:50:51  
17 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 1:56:59  
18 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 1:57:16  
19 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 2:05:42  
20 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 2:23:51  
21 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 2:28:32  
22 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:32:26  
23 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 2:32:42  
24 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2:42:05  
25 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 2:43:20  
26 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:44:53  
27 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 2:45:17  
28 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 2:48:59  
29 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 2:53:39  
30 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 2:55:08  
31 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 2:58:09  
32 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 2:59:34  
33 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 3:00:14  
Teams classification
1 Astana 215:55:13  
2 Garmin - Slipstream 0:16:12  
3 AG2R La Mondiale 0:16:33  
4 Team Saxo Bank 0:24:31  
5 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:37:17  
6 Liquigas 0:38:28  
7 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:39:09  
8 Francaise Des Jeux 0:43:20  
9 Team Katusha 0:53:54  
10 Agritubel 1:02:52  
11 Team Milram 1:02:54  
12 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:04:25  
13 Caisse d'Epargne 1:05:00  
14 Cervelo Test Team 1:07:57  
15 Silence - Lotto 1:10:55  
16 Team Columbia - HTC 1:17:17  
17 Rabobank 1:34:07  
18 Quick Step 2:03:08  
19 Lampre - N.G.C 3:07:18  
20 Skil-Shimano 6:14:13  

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Thor continues his hammer-fest

With overnight leader Contador experiencing mechanical problems and others like Cyril Dessel (AG2R) calling it a day, Hushovd at first appeared to be the only man revelling in the lousy conditions, summiting the 15.1-km Col de Saises 1:20 ahead of the group he briefly occupied and 5:09 clear of the peloton. The versatile Norwegian was clearly on a mission - no doubt fuelled by Mark Cavendish's words the previous day, where he told Hushovd, "You've won the green jersey but that's always going to have a stain on it" - and after he took the sprint in Paz-sur-Arly, he gestured to the camera, smirked, and tugged his maillot vert, appearing to say, 'It's mine'.

For the time being, the group behind - now minus Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), making it a 20-man chase - seemed content to let the God of Thunder continue to banish his mighty hammer. Back in the peloton, Saxo Bank drove at the fore, Stuart O'Grady doing much of the pace-making, with the entire Astana formation right behind, patiently waiting.

Through the Sallanches valley - the only decent piece of flat road the entire stage - and onto the 6.3-km Côte d'Araches, Hushovd did not appear to be weakening. Over the Araches and 58-km from the finish, Astana had now combined with Saxo Bank, 3:09 behind Hushovd, the extra pace causing problems for Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) and Kim Kirchen (Columbia-HTC), the first of the big names to be dropped. And with the retirement of Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano), Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) became the new lanterne rouge.

Thor's extraordinary feat was complete when he made it to the second sprint in Cluses (km. 126); barring disaster, now certain to take his second maillot vert in Paris.

"Today everything just felt perfect. I attacked over the first climb, did a good descent and then had an amazing day in the front," Hushovd said. "I think this is the best day I've ever had on the bike. Maybe I was making a statement, but at least I've got more points in case something happens in the coming days. If I win the jersey by 10 points, I can say that I had built a sufficient buffer on this stage to Le Grand-Bornand."

His job done - and voted the day's most aggressive rider - he was soon overtaken by the chase group, who in turn was swallowed by the peloton. Then the race began for real.