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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 07, Stage 4: Montpellier - Montpellier (TTT) 39km

Team Astana asserts its dominance in TTT

By:
Anthony Tan
Published:
July 07, 2009, 10:44 BST,
Updated:
July 22, 2009, 18:19 BST

Four years on, it's still Armstrong's team who lays down the law

Cancellara retains Golden Fleece by 22/100ths of a second

It was four years to this day when, on the fourth stage of the 2005 Tour de France, a team called Discovery Channel set an incredible average of 57.324 kilometres an hour to take victory in a 67.5-kilometre team time trial from Tours to Blois.

Helped by Dave Zabriskie's dramatic final kilometre crash that saw him lose his maillot jaune, the CSC team lost the stage by two seconds and swallowed another bitter pill when the hallowed golden tunic crossed shoulders to Lance Armstrong, who, as history now tells us, went on to capture his seventh Tour scalp.

Back in France after a four-year absence, and once more on a team time trial held on the fourth stage, Armstrong did almost the same thing again Tuesday in Montpellier.

Over a much shorter though far harder, far more technical 39-kilometre course, his Astana team - unified despite all that's been said about them and a potential rift with Alberto Contador the past six months - motored around Montpellier as if they were the TGV, the country's iconic fast train, their 50.340 km/h average 18 seconds quicker than Garmin-Slipstream and 40 clicks of the second-hand clock better than Saxo Bank.

However, Astana's winning time of 46:29 resulted in a deadlock. Overnight leader Fabian Cancellara and Armstrong both found themselves on the same overall time: 10 hours, 38 minutes and 7 seconds. It forced the timing officials to go back to their computers and look at their hundredths of a second to work out just who is the leader of the 2009 Tour de France. Turns out it was Cancellara - by 22 hundredths of a second.

"Time was born in Switzerland, so that was on my side!" said Cancellara.

"It wasn't a good course for a team time trial. It obliged us to remain calm and not go flat out right away," Cancellara continued. "We knew the last kilometres were more suited to a high rhythm. It was only 40 kilometres, not very long, but it was important to stay calm and concentrated, especially in the first part. Our preview of the course also helped a lot, and I think we deserve to retain this yellow jersey today. We can be very proud of what we have done."

But look what's behind him...

While the perfect Swiss timer may have the edge for now, there's a bevy of Astanas behind him - Armstrong, Contador, Andréas Klöden and Levi Leipheimer are now second to fifth overall, respectively. Part of La Grande Boucle for six consecutive editions from 2000-'05, but the first occasion since Christian Prudhomme has been at the helm, the current Tour director chose to revert to a format where no upper limit on the amount of time lost exists - the maximum three-minute deficit no longer applicable - and by consequence, it's seemingly put a host of contenders out of contention.

Runner-up the past two years, Cadel Evans of Silence-Lotto, is 35th on GC, 2:59 back, and on Tuesday clearly missed ousted time trial specialist Thomas Dekker, who lost his chance to start due to a two-year-old positive sample for EPO. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne), the 2006 Tour champion, is 40th, 3:03 in arrears. Milram's Linus Gerdemann is 3:11 back in 45th overall. Said to be a dark-horse before the race began, Rabobank's Denis Menchov, who crashed in the opening kilometres and really never got going again, can now be regarded as a bit of a donkey, the Giro d'Italia champion a massive 3:52 behind Cancellara in 72nd place overall.

And doesn't Armstrong know it.

"There are two ways to define leader within this team: you can be strongest, or you can be team leader because you have experience, age, the trust of the other riders," said the 37-year-old. "That might be my role. But, as I told Alberto before the stage, I think we'll win; but what we have to do is ride a perfect race... I think today, the Tour de France is finished for some riders.

"The way the TTT works now, with team time counting to individual time, you look at results and it's difficult - with no disrespect - to make up that time. I said to Alberto: 'Let's ride perfect and make this race almost impossible to win for others.' I think we can say we accomplished that."

Eight still with a chance - albeit an outside one

Nothing like the Nantes to St Nazaire team time trial at the 2000 Tour or the aforementioned TTT of 2005, the 39 kilometres travelled involved a technical, brutally difficult first half, before a back section on rolling terrain heading to the finish at the Yves du Manoir stadium. Those teams who accurately measured their fuel tanks were able to throw their chain to the outside ring and rear clusters into the 11-tooth sprocket; those that didn't found themselves floundering.

Though the 2009 Tour's not quite over. We've still got seventeen stages to go.

Still with a remote chance of toppling the Astana juggernaut are: Columbia-HTC's Tony Martin and Michael Rogers, 52 seconds and 1:32 back in 8th and 16th overall, respectively; Garmin-Slipstream leader Christian Vande Velde, 1:16 behind and 12th; Roman Kreuziger of Liquigas, 1:31 down in 15th; Saxo Bank's Schleck brothers, Andy and Fränk 1:41 and 2:17 off the winning pace in 20th and 25th; Katusha's Vladimir Karpets, 2:31 behind and 27th; and defending Tour champ Carlos Sastre of the Cervélo TestTeam, 2:44 in arrears and 29th on the classement général.

"This tour will be exciting. They've designed a great route. You're not going to write your final story until we're all on the top of Mont Ventoux," said Armstrong, "that's a guarantee. That's good for you, good for the people, maybe not good for the riders, but good for the event.

"It will not be easy to win if I'm lucky enough to win again. Today, I'm realistic. I've got both feet on the ground. I'm not going to be last. But it won't be like 2004, 2005, 2001. It's going to be a lot harder than I expected, that's as honest as I can say it."

Christophe Moreau summed up the team time trial perfectly for the Tour de France guide. "It can be terrible when one focuses on not being dropped, or exhilarating when the team works well together."

In Montpellier on Tuesday, it all happened for Astana.

For images of stage four click here

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

 

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

 

Garmin-Slipstream second despite challenges

By Richard Moore

Garmin-Slipstream began Tuesday's team time trial as highly fancied contenders for victory, but there seemed little prospect of that when, as they tackled the first climb, after just 10 kilometres, Tyler Farrar, the team's sprinter, was unable to hold on, and slid off the back.

Then it got worse: one by one other riders followed Farrar out the back door, as Bradley Wiggins, David Millar, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde, all supremely strong time triallists in their own right, set a pace their teammates simply couldn't handle. Julian Dean, Martijn Maaskant and Danny Pate all lost contact, while Ryder Hesjedal held on for dear life, not contributing but fulfilling a vital role: as the fifth man, on whom the clock would stop, he had to remain in contact.

"We were really fast from the start," said Millar, who, with the rest of the team, had reconnoitred the course several times, with this stage a key target for Garmin-Slipstream. "On the first climb we lost some guys which left us with the minimum five required to finish, but with 28 kilometres still to race!

"Ryder did well to stay with us, but, not being a specialist, he couldn't contribute as Zab', VDV, Wiggo and me were just too fast for him. The four of us dug incredibly deep over the next 28km over a course that was very difficult - gale force winds and small roads made for more crashes than I've ever seen in a team time trial.

"I'm proud of the way we rode today. It didn't get us the win, but there's a lot more racing still to be done."

The team's directeur sportif, Matt White, said, "It was a very satisfying ride. We had five guys under a lot of pressure for the majority of the race after losing some guys early. It was a challenging course with a strong wind and narrow passages. We were fastest at the second and third time checks despite those challenges and having only five guys, which shows how strong the guys worked today. It was close, but not good enough. We try again tomorrow."