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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 09, Stage 6: Gérone - Barcelone 181.5km

The rain in Spain causes many riders pain

By:
Anthony Tan
Published:
July 09, 2009, 15:49 BST,
Updated:
July 22, 2009, 18:16 BST

Hushovd tops uphill sprint

"Rising from the city's heart is Montjuich, the magic mountain where from its crest, one can see why this Spanish coastal city is favoured by so many, open to the sea and embracing its rich inheritance and identity," reads the Tour de France guide of Barcelona.

Leading to the two-kilometre-long finishing climb on a miserable, rain-soaked Thursday afternoon, Thor Hushovd rose from the depths of the peloton, bided his time, then in the last 200 metres, ripped out the hearts of his adversaries with an unmatched final turn of speed, firmly establishing his first-year Cervélo TestTeam as a green jersey contender at the 2009 Tour de France.

"I think I know what I can do, and when I see stages like this I get really motivated," said Hushovd when asked about his uncanny knack of predicting - then winning - stages that he knows he can do well in. Hushovd comfortably outsprinted Rabobank's Oscar Freire and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Caisse d'Epargne to claim his first Tour stage win since the second stage of the 2008 Grande Boucle.

"I get my head together to be strong. I just know that finishes like this one or the one last year fit me well - and if they are the only chances I have to win, then I have to take them," he said, now just one point off the lead of Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) in the battle for the green jersey.

Despite being his seventh Tour de France stage victory and having been points champion in 2005, Hushovd - known as the "God of Thunder" for his preternatural power - was overlooked by many as a possible stage winner and therefore potential green jersey victor, largely due to the dominance of Columbia-HTC's Cavendish, who's won two stages so far. But the Norwegian wasn't bothered, and if anyone is going to topple the maillot vert from the Isle of Man this year, it's him.

"In the first week, [Carlos] Sastre gave me the chance to do what I wanted, so now I will try to support him," Hushovd said. "Of course, the green jersey is really important but we also have to help Sastre as much as we can."

Andorra Arcalis looms: Can Cancellara hold on?

Crossing the line in tenth place was the maillot jaune of Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank). The top six positions and relative times on the General Classification remained unchanged after Thursday's stage.

However, before Friday's first major mountain appointment to the 2,240-metre summit of Andorra Arcalis, there were some significant shuffles as Astana's Haimar Zubeldia, Garmin-Slipstream's Dave Zabriskie and his teammate David Millar - the stage protagonist caught just one kilometre from the line - lost their positions on the leader board's top-10, elevating Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream), Gustav Larsson (Saxo Bank) and Maxime Monfort (Columbia-HTC) to eighth, ninth and tenth overall, respectively.

"I rode with my heart instead of my head," said Millar, who wore the combative jersey of the day's most aggressive rider. "With 10km to go, I thought the peloton would still be disorganised, but with five kilometres to go, I said to myself, 'Oh no, it's over'."

"I don't want to think about tomorrow," said Cancellara of the crucial day that lies ahead, "just recover from today, because it was a really difficult stage with a crazy finish. Then I'll start thinking.

"But it's a good question and a question I have to ask myself. I know there are far better climbers like the Schleck brothers, but I will defend the jersey as much as I can. I don't know how well I can do. Now I have to help the team, but it's not a problem - it's been a great week in yellow. The real stages are coming. We will see Team Saxo Bank in the front, that's for sure," he said.

Girona - the city Americans call home

Beginning from the Spanish university town so many American riders have called home the past decade, the peloton, 177-strong at the start in Girona, faced a stage of medium difficulty before Friday's inevitable smack-down to Andorra Arcalis.

Comprising five categorised climbs that included a trio of Cat. 4s and a pair of Cat. 3s littered along the 181.five-kilometre route, it was the perfect parcours for a small escape, and after 46km and a flurry of unsuccessful moves, a break of three eventually stuck. British rider and Girona local David Millar of Garmin-Slipstream was first to go, followed by Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and moments later, Stéphane Augé (Cofidis), making it another break that favoured the French - so long as they made it to Barcelona.

Unlike the stage before, when a group of six established a near-10-minute lead, 3:27 was the most Thursday's trio got 65km into the stage. Still, it temporarily placed Millar, the best-placed rider on GC in the break, 1:07 behind Cancellara at the start of the day, into the virtual malliot jaune.

As the grey clouds above gave way to rain, it seemed to not bother them, and 70-km from the finish, they received some welcome horsepower when Euskaltel-Euskadi's Amets Txurruka bridged to the front trio, the peloton 1:42 in arrears. A few clicks later, when Augé led the quartet over the Cat. 4 climb of the Collesacreu at the 110-km mark, it guaranteed the Frenchman the polka-dot jersey by the day's end.

Some 30km from Barcelona and back in the peloton, a crash exiting a roundabout saw Cervélo's Heinrich Haussler, Michael Rogers (Columbia-HTC) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) go down; with a limping Rogers very slow to return to his machine.

With 29km to go, Millar attacked down the left side of the road on a false flat, his breakaway companions unable to respond. Four kilometres later, he enjoyed a one-minute lead, his advantage remaining steady still 10km after that, chased only by Augé (Cofidis) and Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), with Chavanel (Quick Step) dropped.

Forward on the saddle and hunched low over his bars, Millar gave his all. But Thursday in Barcelona, his all was not quite enough, and the charging peloton caught just a kilometre out. That led to a frenzied uphill sprint that proved perfect for Hushovd.

For images of stage six click here

Full Results
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 4:21:33  
2 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
5 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas    
6 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
7 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
8 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
10 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
11 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana    
12 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
13 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
15 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step    
16 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC    
17 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
18 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC    
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
20 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
21 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
22 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
23 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana    
24 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
25 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
26 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
27 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
28 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
29 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
30 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
31 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
32 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
33 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
34 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
35 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC    
36 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
37 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
38 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
39 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
40 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC    
41 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
42 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
43 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
44 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:00:09  
45 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
46 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
47 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
48 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:15  
49 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:39  
50 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
51 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:00:46  
52 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
53 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 0:00:50  
54 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
55 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank    
56 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
57 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
58 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
59 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
60 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
61 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
62 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
63 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux    
64 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
65 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana    
66 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
67 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank    
68 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
69 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:00:58  
70 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
71 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
72 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
73 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
74 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
75 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:01:02  
76 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:10  
77 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
78 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
79 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel    
80 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
81 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
82 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
83 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
84 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
85 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
86 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
87 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream    
88 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
89 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
90 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas    
91 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step    
92 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram 0:01:18  
93 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
94 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
95 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
96 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:21  
97 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:23  
98 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
99 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:29  
100 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:01:32  
101 David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel 0:01:37  
102 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
103 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
104 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
105 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:55  
106 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
107 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
108 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
109 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team    
110 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
111 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
112 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
113 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
114 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
115 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
116 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
117 Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel    
118 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
119 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
120 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
121 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
122 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
123 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
124 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
125 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
126 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
127 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana    
128 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana    
129 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC    
130 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
131 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
132 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC    
133 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:12  
134 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
135 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
136 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:34  
137 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 0:02:42  
138 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 0:05:17  
139 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
140 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne    
141 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:06:55  
142 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
143 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux    
144 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
145 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
146 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
147 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto    
148 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
149 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
150 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
151 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
152 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
153 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
154 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
155 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
156 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step    
157 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
158 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
159 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:08:14  
160 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
161 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
162 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
163 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux    
164 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
165 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
166 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
167 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha    
168 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
169 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
170 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
171 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:10:14  
172 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
173 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
174 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
175 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 0:13:14  
176 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:15:58  
177 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
Sprint 1 - Lloret De Mar, km. 64.0
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 6 pts
2 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 2  
Sprint 2 - Sant Pol De Mar, km. 85.5
1 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 6 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4  
3 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
Sprint 3 - Cardedeu, km. 132.5
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 6 pts
2 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 2  
Finish - Barcelone
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 35 pts
2 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 30  
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 26  
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 24  
5 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 22  
6 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 20  
7 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 19  
8 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 18  
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 17  
10 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 16  
11 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 15  
12 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 14  
13 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 13  
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 12  
15 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 11  
16 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 10  
17 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 9  
18 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 8  
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 7  
20 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 6  
21 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 5  
22 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 4  
23 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 3  
24 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 2  
25 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Mountain 1 - Côte de Sant Feliu de Guixols, km. 32.0
1 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 3 pts
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 2  
3 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
Mountain 2 - Côte de Tossa de Mar, km. 55.0
1 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 3 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 2  
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
Mountain 3 - Côte de Sant Vicenc de Montalt, km. 98.0
1 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 3  
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 2  
4 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
Mountain 4 - Collsacreu, km. 110.0
1 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 3  
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 2  
4 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
Mountain 5 - Côte de la Conreria, km. 159.0
1 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 3 pts
2 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2  
3 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
Young riders
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4:21:33  
2 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
6 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC    
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
9 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
10 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
11 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:00:09  
12 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
13 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:00:46  
14 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:00:50  
15 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:00:58  
16 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
17 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
18 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:10  
19 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
20 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:01:32  
21 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:01:37  
22 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:55  
23 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
24 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
25 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
26 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:05:17  
27 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:06:55  
28 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
29 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
30 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
31 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:08:14  
32 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
33 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
34 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:10:14  
35 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
36 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:15:58  
Most combative
1 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
Teams
1 Liquigas 13:04:39  
2 Team Saxo Bank    
3 Astana    
4 AG2R-La Mondiale    
5 Caisse d'Epargne    
6 Team Columbia - HTC    
7 Team Milram    
8 Garmin - Slipstream    
9 Quick Step 0:00:09  
10 Cervelo Test Team 0:00:15  
11 Team Katusha 0:00:46  
12 Silence - Lotto 0:00:50  
13 Lampre - N.G.C 0:00:58  
14 Francaise Des Jeux 0:01:40  
15 Rabobank 0:01:52  
16 Agritubel 0:01:57  
17 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:02:58  
18 Skil-Shimano 0:03:14  
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:02  
20 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:37  
General classification after stage 6
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 19:29:22  
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 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:00:52  
8 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:16  
9 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:22  
10 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:29  
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:01:31  
12 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:36  
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
14 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:41  
15 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana    
16 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 0:01:45  
17 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:03  
18 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:16  
19 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:17  
20 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:02:28  
21 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:02:32  
22 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:02:43  
23 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:02:44  
24 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:55  
25 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 0:02:56  
26 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:02:59  
27 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
28 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:03  
29 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 0:03:11  
30 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
31 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:12  
32 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:13  
33 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:16  
34 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 0:03:17  
35 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
36 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 0:03:18  
37 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
38 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 0:03:33  
39 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:41  
40 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
41 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:43  
42 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:44  
43 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:51  
44 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:54  
45 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
46 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 0:04:03  
47 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:04  
48 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
49 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:07  
50 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:18  
51 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas 0:04:20  
52 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:24  
53 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:31  
54 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:32  
55 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:04:35  
56 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:04:36  
57 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 0:04:37  
58 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 0:04:42  
59 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
60 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:04:45  
61 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 0:04:48  
62 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:04:51  
63 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:04:54  
64 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
65 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 0:05:00  
66 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:05:02  
67 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team 0:05:04  
68 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:05:06  
69 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:11  
70 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
71 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:13  
72 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
73 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:14  
74 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:05:18  
75 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:20  
76 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
77 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 0:05:22  
78 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:05:27  
79 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:05:31  
80 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:05:32  
81 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:33  
82 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 0:05:46  
83 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:50  
84 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:54  
85 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:58  
86 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
87 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:06:04  
88 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
89 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 0:06:07  
90 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:06:08  
91 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:06:17  
92 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
93 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:06:18  
94 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 0:06:25  
95 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 0:06:26  
96 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
97 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:06:38  
98 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:06:44  
99 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 0:06:59  
100 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:07:00  
101 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 0:07:01  
102 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:07:04  
103 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 0:07:09  
104 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:07:21  
105 David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel 0:07:23  
106 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:07:27  
107 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:07:31  
108 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:07:34  
109 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:07:46  
110 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:07:54  
111 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:07:59  
112 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 0:08:04  
113 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:08:05  
114 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:08:08  
115 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 0:08:10  
116 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:08:13  
117 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:08:14  
118 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:08:23  
119 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:08:26  
120 Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel 0:08:30  
121 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 0:08:34  
122 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 0:08:35  
123 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:08:49  
124 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:08:50  
125 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:09:06  
126 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:09:29  
127 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 0:09:54  
128 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 0:10:02  
129 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
130 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 0:10:04  
131 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:10:16  
132 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 0:10:17  
133 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:10:52  
134 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
135 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 0:11:04  
136 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 0:11:07  
137 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:11:16  
138 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 0:11:20  
139 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:11:22  
140 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:11:25  
141 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:11:35  
142 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:11:45  
143 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:11:52  
144 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 0:11:57  
145 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 0:12:03  
146 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 0:12:04  
147 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:12:30  
148 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 0:12:43  
149 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:12:45  
150 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:13:22  
151 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:13:43  
152 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:13:44  
153 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha 0:13:48  
154 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:13:52  
155 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:14:12  
156 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:14:15  
157 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 0:14:29  
158 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:14:31  
159 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 0:14:46  
160 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:14:51  
161 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto 0:15:04  
162 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 0:15:39  
163 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:15:41  
164 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:16:11  
165 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:16:17  
166 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 0:17:49  
167 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 0:17:57  
168 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:18:54  
169 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:19:21  
170 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:20:23  
171 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:21:23  
172 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 0:22:13  
173 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:22:25  
174 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 0:22:49  
175 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:24:05  
176 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:24:42  
177 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:25:06  
Points classification
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 106 pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 105  
3 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 66  
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 54  
5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 53  
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 53  
7 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 47  
8 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 41  
9 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 39  
10 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 36  
11 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 34  
12 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 34  
13 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 34  
14 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 32  
15 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 31  
16 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 31  
17 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 30  
18 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
19 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 29  
20 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 28  
21 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 26  
22 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 25  
23 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 24  
24 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 24  
25 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 23  
26 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 22  
27 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 21  
28 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 21  
29 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 20  
30 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 20  
31 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 20  
32 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 19  
33 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 19  
34 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 19  
35 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 18  
36 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 18  
37 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 18  
38 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 18  
39 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 15  
40 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 15  
41 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 15  
42 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 14  
43 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 14  
44 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
45 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 14  
46 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 13  
47 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 13  
48 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 12  
49 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 12  
50 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 11  
51 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 11  
52 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 11  
53 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 11  
54 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 10  
55 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 10  
56 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
57 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 10  
58 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 9  
59 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 8  
60 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 8  
61 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 5  
62 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 5  
63 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
64 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 4  
65 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
66 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4  
67 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
68 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 4  
69 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 3  
70 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 3  
71 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 3  
72 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 2  
73 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 1  
74 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 1  
75 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
76 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1  
Mountains classification
1 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14 pts
2 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 9  
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 8  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 8  
5 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 6  
6 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 6  
7 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 6  
8 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5  
9 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
10 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 4  
11 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 3  
12 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 3  
13 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3  
14 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3  
15 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 2  
16 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
17 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
18 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2  
19 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
20 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
21 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
22 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1  
23 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1  
Young rider classification
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 19:30:14  
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 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:20  
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:24  
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:25  
8 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:41  
9 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:03:44  
10 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:53  
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:03:59  
12 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:19  
13 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:04:35  
14 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:39  
15 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:05:16  
16 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 0:05:34  
17 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:06:08  
18 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:06:39  
19 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:07:13  
20 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:07:16  
21 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:07:31  
22 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:07:34  
23 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:07:57  
24 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:07:58  
25 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:08:37  
26 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:09:10  
27 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:09:24  
28 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 0:10:12  
29 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:10:24  
30 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:12:52  
31 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:13:39  
32 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:13:59  
33 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:15:19  
34 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:15:25  
35 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:20:31  
36 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:23:50  
Teams classification
1 Astana 56:54:18  
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 0:05:40  
7 Team Milram 0:06:33  
8 Quick Step 0:06:42  
9 AG2R-La Mondiale 0:06:46  
10 Caisse d'Epargne 0:06:57  
11 Team Katusha 0:07:22  
12 Silence - Lotto 0:07:41  
13 Francaise Des Jeux 0:09:09  
14 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:09:10  
15 Rabobank 0:09:19  
16 Lampre - N.G.C 0:09:22  
17 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:09:36  
18 Agritubel 0:10:45  
19 Skil-Shimano 0:13:22  
20 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:14:11  

 

A famous football 14 meets Le Tour's no. 14

A Tour de France rider usually doesn't like standing on his legs any more than he needs to, but Thursday morning in Girona, Silence-Lotto's Matt Lloyd made an exception.

As he walked across to the Rabobank team bus, accompanied by his team's press officer, the diminutive Lloyd had a cheeky grin on his face. Was he thinking of jumping ship next year? It would have been a strange thing to do, given how much his leader Cadel Evans values a guy he recently called "his little brother".

Approaching the orange 16-wheeler, Lloyd yelled out, "Op de nieuw (Here's the new) Rabobank rider, whoo-hoo!"

There, he waited at the steps as if to enter, but strangely didn't.

A few minutes more, all was revealed: Lloyd wanted to meet the most famous Dutch football (or soccer, if you're an American or Aussie) player that's ever lived, Johan Cruyff, voted European Player of the Century by the International Football Federation in 1999 and second only to Pelé in an IFF World Player of the Century poll.

The legendary no. 14, his professional career spanning some 20 years from 1964-1984, rose to God-like stardom when he played at Ajax and for his country, and was a guest of the Rabobank team in Gerona, where Lloyd - rider number 14 at this year's Tour - wanted to meet his more famous number, at least for now.

"[The number 14] obviously has been his, but I'm not quite sure I'm as popular as he is at the moment," said Lloyd, grinning. "That might take a few years, but it's all good. When you get to meet someone from a totally different sport who's also a champion, it's special, so I'm happy."

Has the meeting with the football god given 'Lloydy' wings, Cyclingnews asked him?

Bellowed Lloyd with a laugh far bigger than what one would expect from a 171-centimetre-tall, 62-kilo guy, "It has, actually!"

Seriously, the 26-year-old former Australian champion said despite the team's performance in Tuesday's team time trial, where they finished eighth-last, losing 2:36 to Astana, Silence-Lotto is still optimistic Evans can deliver for the team.

"Given some of the teams - Astana and Saxo Bank, for example - had been working specifically for that team time trial, we had to minimise [our] damage. But sometimes you can't help a situation [referring to the crashes they experienced]. We're still optimistic - we know Cadel's ready for the mountains and individual time trials."

Does the climbing specialist expect to be with Evans all the way to Andorra Arcalis, the finish of Friday's seventh stage?

"I hope so," he said with a nervous grin.