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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 26, Stage 21: Montereau-Fault-Yonne - Paris Champs-Élysées 164km

Cavendish celebrates with number six on the Champs-Élysées

By:
Anthony Tan
Published:
July 26, 2009, 16:42 BST,
Updated:
July 27, 2009, 14:40 BST

Contador crowned king of the Tour with overall win

Alberto Contador (Astana) says he cares not for records, but in taking victory in each of the last four Grand Tours he's ridden, top-and-tailing with the 2007 and 2009 Tours de France and the 2008 Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España in between, he's set a record of his own.

After 3,459.5 kilometres, the maillot jaune crossed Paris' world-famous boulevard of the Champs Élysées with arms hoisted high, and with each hand, two fingers raised. That's right, Alberto, you've done it again.

And it seems this one means more than his first, though perhaps more for cycling than Contador. After a number of problem-plagued years, the 2009 La Grande Boucle was completed without a doping scandal throughout its three weeks - something those truly passionate about this most beautiful of sports needed so badly.

Contador's 97th place Sunday was insignificant, but no so for victor Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC), who picked up his sixth win of the race and whose superiority as a "sprinteur" is matched only by his Columbia-HTC team. Sunday in Paris, his superbly-drilled unit - better than the trains of Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel or Alessandro Petacchi - were so brilliant, his lead-out man Mark Renshaw - believed to be the best in the world at his job - had time not only to look behind, but to claim second by a margin Columbia's rivals would love to win by.

"I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I hadn't won it after they did such a good job," Cavendish told Cyclingnews. Behind the two Columbia-HTC riders, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream), Gerald Ciolek (Milram) and lanterne rouge Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) were forced into submission, in third to fifth, respectively.

"When we came around that last corner, to be honest, I was sh**ting myself. It was scary, it was tight. But I just followed: if he [Renshaw] thought it was okay, I'd be okay, and we were okay. To cross the line with your hands in the air, in view of the Arc de Triomphe, is one of the most spectacular feelings you're supposed to have, and for sure, it didn't disappoint me today," he said.

A spectacular all-rounder

Contador was not spectacular in the way that he won the 2009 Tour de France. But he was spectacularly consistent in an overall ability that is currently without peer.

As the 26-year-old has already admitted, his closest rival, Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), did not make any mistakes. "I made the difference in the time trials," said Contador, who, in the 55 kilometres of individual time trialling on offer, gained four minutes and 22 seconds on his fresh-faced adversary, with another 40 seconds gained in the stage 4 team time trial in Montpellier.

Logically speaking, if the younger of the Schleck brothers - two years and six months Contador's junior - doesn't want to end up like the bridesmaid Jan Ullrich became with his five second places, he must improve against the clock. It used to be Contador's Achilles heel, so in theory, there's no reason why Schleck can't do the same. However, there's also the chance that improvement in the "contre-la-montre" may diminish what the Luxembourger has shown to be so good at - attacking without fear in the high mountains. But if he doesn't give it a go, so long as Contador is alive and well, he may never realise the glory of winning the world's greatest bike race.

Contador should also be given due credit for his ability to handle the Astana polemic between him and his next closest competitor, Lance Armstrong, who emanated from within his own team and has trailed him ever since announcing his comeback to the sport.

"This Tour was very, very difficult," he said. "But before coming, I had prepared physically and mentally, because I knew it would be extremely tough."

Throughout this season and, in particular the past three weeks, not once did he openly criticise sport director Johan Bruyneel's seemingly conflicting strategy of having two leaders both vying for the same end goal; Armstrong's change of attitude toward working for the Spaniard at the Tour; or the lack of camaraderie within Astana, where riders seem to be forced to side with one leader or the other.

Contador, for the most part, avoided any speculation that would take his focus away from racing and recovery, and simply did what he knew best: ride his bike faster than any other. After 85 hours, 48 minutes and 35 seconds, finished a sizeable 4:11 ahead of Andy Schleck and 5:24 in front of Armstrong.

"Asked to compare the two Tours he's won, Contador said, "2009 was very difficult physically and mentally; 2007 was just physically difficult. It was tough to cope with because [Armstrong and I] both wanted to win the GC, and that just doesn't make sense; to have two guys who want to win the overall."

With Armstrong's certain departure in 2010, Bruyneel likely set to go with him, and the probable return of suspended Kazakhs Alexandre Vinokourov and Andrey Kashechkin to Astana, it's unclear whether Contador will stay where he is, either. As it stands, Caisse d'Epargne appears the best option for his future - especially in light of ASO's feelings towards Alejandro Valverde, so one could see the unflappable Contador buy himself out of his current contract, which expires at the close of next season.

One thing is for sure, though. "I'll be on a different team than Lance Armstrong. I have different options - maybe I'll have a team built around me, but I have options. My goal shall remain the Tour de France," Contador said.

Armstrong and Contador, on the same team, fighting for the same goal was intriguing. Next year, Armstrong and Contador on different teams, fighting for the same goal - now that will be compelling.

A deserved maillot vert - and the polka-dot

No one can say Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) didn't earn his second maillot vert, fair and square.

In a ding-dong battle with Cavendish, the Norwegian knew his arch-rival was faster and had to call upon all his strength and tactical nous to beat his opponent, who proved unstoppable in a straight line. While Contador was the best all-rounder, one could easily argue Hushovd was the most complete rider. Significantly, he won the sixth stage to Barcelona on a small hilltop finish; he finished sixth on a hilly, rain-soaked day to Colmar won by teammate Heinrich Haussler; and then to secure his lead, Hushovd went on a rampage through the Sallanches countryside on Stage 17, Cavendish's words following the fourteenth stage to Besançon - that he would later eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - stirred the Thunder God to banish his mighty hammer and end the race with a 10-point margin.

"It would've been mighty, mighty close, looking at the final points without the discrepancy [where he was relegated in Besançon], but it is how it is," said Cavendish.

"I know what it takes to do it, but it's the fact that physically I'm not ready to do what he [Hushovd] has done, to go consistently throughout the stages. But I've got the best teacher with me in Erik Zabel to be able to do that. I think Thor's a special rider - he rode way, way beyond himself to get it. It was a special ride. I think it was a once-in-a-decade ride to get that green jersey. For sure, I won't be able to do what he's done, but I can win the green in the future in my own little way."

As for mountains champion Franco Pellizotti of Liquigas, the Italian had no equal, finishing atop the classification for the polka dot jersey with a commanding 75-point lead over Egoi Martinez (Euskatel-Euskadi). Through incessant attacking, he also picked up the award for the most combative rider of the 2009 Tour, and having the uncanny ability to make the right break, no to mention his climbing prowess, the 31-year-old stole the show in the mountains.

All aboard the Avignon TGV

For our remaining 156 two-wheeled soldiers, Sunday began with a high-speed train transfer via TGV from Avignon to the stage start in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, situated at the confluence of the Seine and Yonne rivers, where in 1814, Napoleon fought one of his epic final battles, his victory immortalised by an equestrian statue erected between the two bridges that span the town's rivers.

The procession that invariably defines the final stage till the peloton hits the Champs Élysées, a well-worn march that has been so since 1975 (although since the Tour's inception in 1903, the race has always finished in Paris), was no different on this mild Parisian afternoon. At the feed zone in Saint-Maurice, maillot jaune Contador toasted a glass of champagne with his Astana coterie, although there was no chiming of glasses as such; in the peloton, glassware is replaced by plastic-ware for reasons of safety.

Arriving groupé onto the first of eight passages of the Champs Élysées, a septet took flight in search of very uncertain glory. Jussi Veikkanen (Française des Jeux), Arnaud Coyot (Caisse d'Epargne), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Alexandre Pichot (BBox Bouygues Telecom), Carlos Barredo (Quick Step), Fabian Wegmann (Milram) and Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano) were in the move which was launched an ambitious 50km from their final finishing line of the 2009 Tour.

Commendably, Vaikennan, Beppu and Wegmann lasted all the way until the bell lap marking 6.5km to go, even a little further. But this being the last hurrah for the sprinters and Columbia-HTC being so dominant, the stage was set for a sprint royale five kilometres out, where from the kilometre kite onwards, the familiar trio of George Hincapie, Renshaw and Cavendish led to an all-too-familiar conclusion.

For images of stage 21 click here

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 4:02:18  
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
5 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux    
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
8 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
10 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
11 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
12 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
13 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
14 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
15 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
16 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto    
17 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
18 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step    
19 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
20 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
21 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
22 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step    
23 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
24 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
25 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
26 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana    
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
28 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team    
29 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
30 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
31 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
32 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
33 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
34 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank    
35 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
36 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
37 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
38 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
39 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
40 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
41 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
42 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
43 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
44 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
45 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
46 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
47 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
48 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
49 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel    
50 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
51 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
52 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
53 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas    
54 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
55 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
56 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
57 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
58 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
59 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
60 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
61 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
62 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
63 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
64 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
65 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
66 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
67 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
68 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
69 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
70 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
71 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
72 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
73 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team    
74 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
75 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC    
76 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
77 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
78 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
79 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
80 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
81 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
82 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
83 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
84 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
85 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
86 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
87 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
88 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
89 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
90 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
91 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux    
92 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
93 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana    
94 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
95 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
96 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
97 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana    
98 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana    
99 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
100 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
101 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
102 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
103 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
104 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
105 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
106 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
107 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana    
108 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha    
109 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
110 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
111 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
112 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
113 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
114 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
115 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
116 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
117 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
118 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
119 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
120 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
121 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
122 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
123 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
124 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:22  
125 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
126 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana    
127 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC    
128 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
129 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
130 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
131 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
132 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
133 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
134 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 0:00:27  
135 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha    
136 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC    
137 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
138 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:30  
139 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto    
140 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
141 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
142 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:00:34  
143 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC    
144 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
145 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
146 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:00:36  
147 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
148 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
149 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:44  
150 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:46  
151 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:49  
152 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
153 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 0:00:51  
154 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:08  
155 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:01:11  
156 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:02  
Sprints
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
Sprint 1 - Haut des Champs-Elysées - 120.0 Km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 6  pts
2 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 4  
3 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 2  
Sprint 2 - Haut des Champs-Elysées - 133.0 Km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 6  pts
2 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 4  
3 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2  
Sprint 3 - Paris Champs-Elysees - 164.0 Km
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 35  pts
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 30  
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 26  
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 24  
5 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 22  
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 20  
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 19  
8 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 18  
9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 17  
10 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 16  
11 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15  
12 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 14  
13 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 13  
14 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 12  
15 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 11  
16 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 10  
17 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 9  
18 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 8  
19 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 7  
20 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 6  
21 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 5  
22 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 4  
23 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 3  
24 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 2  
25 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Mountains
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
None.
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
Most combative
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
Young rider
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 4:02:18  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
5 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
6 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
7 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
8 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
9 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
10 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
12 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
14 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
15 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
17 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
18 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
19 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
20 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
21 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
22 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
23 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
24 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
25 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
26 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
27 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
29 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
30 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
31 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:00:22  
32 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:27  
33 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:49  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 12:06:54  
2 Quick Step    
3 Team Milram    
4 Liquigas    
5 Team Katusha    
6 Cervelo Test Team    
7 Team Columbia - Htc    
8 Silence - Lotto    
9 Garmin - Slipstream    
10 Team Saxo Bank    
11 Francaise Des Jeux    
12 Lampre - N.G.C    
13 AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Astana    
15 Agritubel    
16 Rabobank    
17 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
18 Skil-Shimano    
19 Caisse D'Epargne    
20 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
Final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 85:48:35  
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:11  
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0:05:24  
4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:06:01  
5 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:06:04  
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:06:42  
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:07:35  
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:12:04  
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:14:16  
10 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:14:25  
11 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:14:44  
12 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:17:19  
13 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:18:34  
14 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:20:45  
15 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:20:50  
16 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:22:29  
17 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:26:21  
18 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:29:33  
19 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 0:33:27  
20 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:34:09  
21 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:34:48  
22 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:37:44  
23 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:38:20  
24 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:38:35  
25 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:41:14  
26 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:41:27  
27 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 0:43:34  
28 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:43:54  
29 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 0:44:33  
30 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:45:24  
31 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:46:34  
32 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:46:35  
33 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:49:43  
34 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:49:47  
35 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 0:54:00  
36 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:55:04  
37 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:56:19  
38 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:57:37  
39 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:57:47  
40 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:00:21  
41 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 1:01:08  
42 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:01:29  
43 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:03:04  
44 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:07:20  
45 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team 1:08:15  
46 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto 1:09:05  
47 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:09:23  
48 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
49 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 1:14:03  
50 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 1:15:22  
51 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 1:17:04  
52 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 1:20:20  
53 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 1:21:56  
54 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 1:21:59  
55 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 1:25:47  
56 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:26:07  
57 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 1:26:52  
58 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:28:35  
59 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto 1:29:37  
60 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 1:34:57  
61 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:35:49  
62 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 1:37:19  
63 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 1:38:30  
64 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 1:40:09  
65 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:42:28  
66 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:44:39  
67 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:47:40  
68 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 1:51:09  
69 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1:51:52  
70 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 1:53:04  
71 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1:54:08  
72 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:57:29  
73 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 1:58:25  
74 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha 1:58:52  
75 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1:59:20  
76 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 2:00:52  
77 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 2:02:36  
78 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 2:04:53  
79 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 2:07:58  
80 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:08:42  
81 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 2:11:29  
82 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:12:43  
83 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 2:13:56  
84 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:14:16  
85 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 2:15:04  
86 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 2:16:11  
87 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 2:16:39  
88 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 2:17:36  
89 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 2:20:14  
90 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 2:22:58  
91 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 2:23:55  
92 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 2:23:58  
93 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 2:25:38  
94 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2:25:52  
95 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:26:22  
96 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 2:26:34  
97 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 2:28:35  
98 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 2:29:53  
99 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 2:39:25  
100 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 2:39:39  
101 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 2:42:20  
102 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 2:42:45  
103 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 2:42:57  
104 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 2:43:22  
105 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2:45:28  
106 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 2:46:00  
107 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2:46:17  
108 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 2:47:21  
109 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 2:52:24  
110 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 2:52:44  
111 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 2:53:25  
112 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 2:55:21  
113 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 2:55:28  
114 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 2:58:28  
115 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 2:59:10  
116 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas 2:59:57  
117 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3:02:01  
118 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 3:02:11  
119 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 3:02:26  
120 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 3:04:00  
121 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream 3:04:41  
122 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 3:05:10  
123 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto 3:05:11  
124 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 3:08:39  
125 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3:12:45  
126 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 3:15:12  
127 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 3:15:33  
128 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3:16:29  
129 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3:16:44  
130 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 3:16:50  
131 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 3:21:54  
132 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 3:23:29  
133 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:25:39  
134 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 3:27:06  
135 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 3:27:14  
136 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 3:27:18  
137 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 3:29:54  
138 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 3:30:07  
139 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 3:30:23  
140 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 3:32:09  
141 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 3:32:39  
142 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 3:34:35  
143 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3:34:55  
144 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 3:36:14  
145 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 3:39:14  
146 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 3:41:46  
147 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 3:42:11  
148 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 3:43:15  
149 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 3:46:20  
150 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 3:47:43  
151 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 3:48:13  
152 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 3:48:38  
153 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 3:49:21  
154 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 3:49:39  
155 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 3:54:08  
156 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 4:16:27  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 280  pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 270  
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 172  
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 145  
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 136  
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 122  
7 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 119  
8 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 104  
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 101  
10 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 89  
11 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 89  
12 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 87  
13 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 87  
14 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 85  
15 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 79  
16 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 77  
17 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 74  
18 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 71  
19 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 70  
20 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 70  
21 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 69  
22 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 68  
23 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 66  
24 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 63  
25 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 63  
26 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 60  
27 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 59  
28 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 57  
29 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 56  
30 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 55  
31 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 54  
32 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 51  
33 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 51  
34 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 49  
35 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 48  
36 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 48  
37 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 47  
38 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 44  
39 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 43  
40 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 42  
41 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 41  
42 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 41  
43 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 41  
44 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 40  
45 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 40  
46 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 38  
47 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 38  
48 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 37  
49 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 37  
50 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 37  
51 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 37  
52 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 37  
53 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 36  
54 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 35  
55 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 35  
56 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 34  
57 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 34  
58 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 31  
59 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 31  
60 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 30  
61 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
62 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 30  
63 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 29  
64 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 28  
65 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 28  
66 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 27  
67 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 26  
68 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 26  
69 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 26  
70 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 26  
71 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 26  
72 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 25  
73 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 25  
74 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 24  
75 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 24  
76 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 23  
77 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 23  
78 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 22  
79 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 22  
80 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 21  
81 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 18  
82 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 18  
83 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 17  
84 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 16  
85 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 16  
86 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 16  
87 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 15  
88 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 15  
89 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 14  
90 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 14  
91 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 14  
92 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 14  
93 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 12  
94 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 12  
95 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 11  
96 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 11  
97 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 10  
98 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 10  
99 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 10  
100 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 9  
101 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 9  
102 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 9  
103 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 8  
104 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 8  
105 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 8  
106 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 7  
107 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 7  
108 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 6  
109 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 5  
110 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 5  
111 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 4  
112 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
113 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 4  
114 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 4  
115 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 3  
116 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 3  
117 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 2  
118 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 2  
119 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
120 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 2  
121 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
122 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
123 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
124 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1  
125 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC -25  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 210  pts
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 135  
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 126  
4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 111  
5 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 99  
6 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 89  
7 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 88  
8 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 86  
9 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 86  
10 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 84  
11 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 76  
12 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 67  
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 66  
14 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 64  
15 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 57  
16 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 51  
17 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 48  
18 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 46  
19 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 45  
20 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 38  
21 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 38  
22 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 35  
23 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 34  
24 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 32  
25 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 31  
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 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 24  
31 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 24  
32 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 23  
33 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 23  
34 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 23  
35 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 21  
36 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 20  
37 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 20  
38 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 18  
39 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 17  
40 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 17  
41 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 17  
42 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
43 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 14  
44 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 14  
45 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 14  
46 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 13  
47 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 12  
48 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 12  
49 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 12  
50 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 11  
51 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 11  
52 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 11  
53 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 11  
54 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 10  
55 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 9  
56 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale 9  
57 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 7  
58 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 7  
59 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 6  
60 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 6  
61 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 6  
62 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 6  
63 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 5  
64 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 5  
65 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
66 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 5  
67 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
68 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 4  
69 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 4  
70 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 4  
71 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 4  
72 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
73 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
74 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 3  
75 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 3  
76 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 3  
77 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 3  
78 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3  
79 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 3  
80 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
81 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
82 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 2  
83 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 2  
84 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
85 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
86 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 1  
87 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1  
Young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 85:52:46  
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:03:24  
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:10:05  
4 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:33:33  
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:34:09  
6 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:37:03  
7 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:42:24  
8 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:45:36  
9 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:50:53  
10 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1:05:12  
11 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 1:16:09  
12 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 1:48:53  
13 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 2:00:42  
14 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:10:05  
15 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 2:16:03  
16 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 2:18:47  
17 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 2:22:23  
18 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 2:24:24  
19 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 2:38:09  
20 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 2:48:13  
21 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 2:51:17  
22 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 3:00:59  
23 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 3:11:01  
24 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3:12:33  
25 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 3:12:39  
26 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 3:17:43  
27 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 3:19:18  
28 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 3:27:58  
29 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 3:35:03  
30 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 3:38:00  
31 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 3:44:02  
32 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 3:44:27  
33 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 3:45:28  
Team classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Astana 256:02:58  
2 Garmin - Slipstream 0:22:35  
3 Team Saxo Bank 0:28:34  
4 AG2R La Mondiale 0:31:47  
5 Liquigas 0:43:31  
6 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:58:05  
7 Francaise Des Jeux 1:01:48  
8 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 1:05:34  
9 Team Katusha 1:13:57  
10 Agritubel 1:20:38  
11 Caisse D'Epargne 1:23:05  
12 Team Milram 1:24:10  
13 Silence - Lotto 1:24:38  
14 Team Columbia - Htc 1:29:54  
15 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:32:59  
16 Cervelo Test Team 1:40:08  
17 Rabobank 1:59:45  
18 Quick Step 2:40:01  
19 Lampre - N.G.C 3:59:03  
20 Skil-Shimano 7:02:52  

Second-eldest "old fart" stands on Paris podium

What is there to say about Lance that hasn't already been said?

In short, he came out of retirement to raise greater awareness about the Livestrong message, but he also came to the 2009 Tour de France to win. So far, he has only achieved the former, but Armstrong can walk away from the Champs Élysées with his head held high.

Standing tall on the dais, albeit on the lowest step, Armstrong, at 37 years, 10 months and eight days, becomes the second-oldest podium placegetter in Tour history. Raymond Poulidor is the oldest, having finished third in the 1976 Tour aged 40 years, three months and three days. Just behind Armstrong is Portuguese rider Joaquim Agostinho, aged 37 years, three months and 15 days when he too finished third, behind five-time winner Bernard Hinault and Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk in 1979.

Said Armstrong Saturday after his fifth-place on the Mont Ventoux, which sealed his third place, "I can't complain. For an old fart coming in here and getting on the podium, not so bad."

In 2010, the "old fart" will be back. After his short tenure with Astana and in a recent deal with US consumer electronics company, Radio Shack, the Texan has become the principal figure behind what will be the third American-registered team on the ProTour circuit.

True - Armstrong will be 38 when he arrives in Rotterdam next July for the Grand Départ of the 2010 Tour, but if this season and this Tour has shown anything, it's that the seven-time Tour de France champion is still competitive, still hungry, and still a fantastic presence in a sport that continues to be very Euro-centric but is determined to globalise. Armstrong is a natural force in pursuit of that goal.