The rain in Spain causes many riders pain

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.

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Full Results
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team4:21:33 
2Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank  
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
5Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas  
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
7Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto  
10Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
11Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana  
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
14Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas  
15Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step  
16Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC  
17Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
18George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC  
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas  
20Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana  
21Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
22Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
23Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana  
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream  
25Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
26Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
27Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana  
28Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
29Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
30Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
31Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
32Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
33Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream  
34Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
35Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC  
36Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
37Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
38Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
39Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
40Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC  
41Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
43Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
44Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:00:09 
45Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram  
46Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
47Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana  
48Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:00:15 
49Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:00:39 
50Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
51Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:46 
52Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
53Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:00:50 
54Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas  
55Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank  
56Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
57Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
58Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
59Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
60Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
61José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
62José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
63Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux  
64Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
65Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana  
66Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
67Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank  
68Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
69Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:58 
70Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
71Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
72Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel  
73Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
74Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
75Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:01:02 
76Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:10 
77Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
78David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
79Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel  
80Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
81Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
82Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
83Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
84Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
85Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel  
86David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
87Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream  
88Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
89Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
90Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas  
91Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step  
92Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram0:01:18 
93Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
94Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
95Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
96David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:21 
97Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:23 
98Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
99Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:29 
100Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:01:32 
101David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel0:01:37 
102Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano  
103Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
104David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
105Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:55 
106Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
107Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
108Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
109Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team  
110Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
111Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
112Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
113Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
114Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
115Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
116Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel  
117Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel  
118Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto  
119Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
120Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
121Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
122Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
123Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC  
124Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas  
125Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas  
126Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
127Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana  
128Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana  
129David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC  
130Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto  
131Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
132Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC  
133Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:12 
134Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
135Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
136Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:34 
137Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:02:42 
138Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC0:05:17 
139Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
140Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
141Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:06:55 
142Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank  
143Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux  
144Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
145Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
146Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
147Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto  
148Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
149Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
150Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
151Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
152Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
153Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
154Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
155José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
156Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
157Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
158Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
159Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:08:14 
160Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
161Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
162Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
163Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux  
164Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC  
165Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
166Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
167Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha  
168William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
169Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
170Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
171Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:10:14 
172Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
173Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano  
174Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
175Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC0:13:14 
176Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:15:58 
177Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
Sprint 1 - Lloret De Mar, km. 64.0
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step6pts
2Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2 
Sprint 2 - Sant Pol De Mar, km. 85.5
1David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream6pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4 
3Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
Sprint 3 - Cardedeu, km. 132.5
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step6pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2 
Finish - Barcelone
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team35pts
2Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank30 
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26 
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram24 
5Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas22 
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha20 
7Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC19 
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale18 
9Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto17 
10Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank16 
11Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana15 
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale14 
13Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank13 
14Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas12 
15Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11 
16Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC10 
17David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream9 
18George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC8 
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas7 
20Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana6 
21Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram5 
22Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto4 
23Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana3 
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2 
25Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de Sant Feliu de Guixols, km. 32.0
1Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3pts
2David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2 
3Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
Mountain 2 - Côte de Tossa de Mar, km. 55.0
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step2 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1 
Mountain 3 - Côte de Sant Vicenc de Montalt, km. 98.0
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step3 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2 
4Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
Mountain 4 - Collsacreu, km. 110.0
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step3 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2 
4Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
Mountain 5 - Côte de la Conreria, km. 159.0
1David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream3pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
3Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
Young riders
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4:21:33 
2Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
3Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas  
6Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC  
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas  
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto  
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
10Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
11Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:00:09 
12Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
13Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:46 
14Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:00:50 
15Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:58 
16Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha  
17Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
18Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:10 
19Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
20Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:01:32 
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:01:37 
22Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:55 
23Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel  
24Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto  
25Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC  
26Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:17 
27Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:06:55 
28Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
29Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
30Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
31Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:08:14 
32Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC  
33Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
34Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:10:14 
35Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
36Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:15:58 
Most combative
1David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream  
2Team Saxo Bank  
4AG2R-La Mondiale  
5Caisse d'Epargne  
6Team Columbia - HTC  
7Team Milram  
8Garmin - Slipstream  
9Quick Step0:00:09 
10Cervelo Test Team0:00:15 
11Team Katusha0:00:46 
12Silence - Lotto0:00:50 
13Lampre - N.G.C0:00:58 
14Francaise Des Jeux0:01:40 
17Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:02:58 
19Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:02 
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:37 
General classification after stage 6
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank19:29:22 
2Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana  
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:00:19 
4Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana0:00:23 
5Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana0:00:31 
6Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:38 
7Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:52 
8Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:16 
9Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:01:22 
10Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:29 
11Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:01:31 
12George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:36 
13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas  
14Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:41 
15Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana  
16Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana0:01:45 
17Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:02:03 
18Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC0:02:16 
19Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:02:17 
20David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:28 
21Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:02:32 
22David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:43 
23Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:02:44 
24Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank0:02:55 
25Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:56 
26Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:02:59 
27Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
28Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:03 
29Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana0:03:11 
30Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
31Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:12 
32Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:13 
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:16 
34Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:03:17 
35Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
36Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:03:18 
37Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
38Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:33 
39Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:41 
40Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC  
41Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:03:43 
42Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:44 
43Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:51 
44Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:03:54 
45Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
46Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step0:04:03 
47Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:04 
48Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
49José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:07 
50Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:04:18 
51Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas0:04:20 
52Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:24 
53Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:31 
54Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:04:32 
55Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:04:35 
56Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:04:36 
57Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas0:04:37 
58Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas0:04:42 
59José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
60Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:45 
61Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:04:48 
62Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:04:51 
63Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:04:54 
64Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
65Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team0:05:00 
66Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:05:02 
67Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:05:04 
68Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:06 
69Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:11 
70Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
71Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:13 
72Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
73Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:14 
74Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:05:18 
75Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:20 
76David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
77Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank0:05:22 
78Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:27 
79Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:31 
80Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:05:32 
81Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:33 
82Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux0:05:46 
83Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:50 
84Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:54 
85Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:58 
86Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
87Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:04 
88Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
89Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:06:07 
90Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:06:08 
91Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:17 
92Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
93David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:18 
94Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:06:25 
95Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto0:06:26 
96Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream  
97Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:38 
98Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:44 
99Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:06:59 
100Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:07:00 
101Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:07:01 
102Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:07:04 
103Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:07:09 
104Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:21 
105David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel0:07:23 
106Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:07:27 
107Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:07:31 
108Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:07:34 
109Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:07:46 
110Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:54 
111Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:59 
112Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel0:08:04 
113Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:08:05 
114Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:08:08 
115David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC0:08:10 
116Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:08:13 
117Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:08:14 
118Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:23 
119Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:08:26 
120Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel0:08:30 
121Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:08:34 
122Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:08:35 
123Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:08:49 
124Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:08:50 
125Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:09:06 
126Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:09:29 
127Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:09:54 
128Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step0:10:02 
129Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
130Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:10:04 
131Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:10:16 
132Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:10:17 
133Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:10:52 
134Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
135Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:11:04 
136Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana0:11:07 
137Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:11:16 
138Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:11:20 
139Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:22 
140José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:25 
141Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:11:35 
142Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:45 
143Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:11:52 
144Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC0:11:57 
145Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:12:03 
146Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC0:12:04 
147Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:12:30 
148Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC0:12:43 
149Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:12:45 
150Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:22 
151Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:43 
152Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:44 
153Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha0:13:48 
154Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:52 
155Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux0:14:12 
156William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:14:15 
157Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:14:29 
158Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:14:31 
159Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC0:14:46 
160Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:14:51 
161Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:15:04 
162Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:15:39 
163Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:15:41 
164Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:16:11 
165Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:16:17 
166Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano0:17:49 
167Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:17:57 
168Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:18:54 
169Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:19:21 
170Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:20:23 
171Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:21:23 
172Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:22:13 
173Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:22:25 
174Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux0:22:49 
175Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:24:05 
176Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:24:42 
177Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:25:06 
Points classification
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC106pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team105 
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram66 
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream54 
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank53 
6Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne53 
7Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank47 
8Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom41 
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel39 
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne36 
11Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana34 
12Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale34 
13Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha34 
14Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale32 
15Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31 
16Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step31 
17Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30 
18Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30 
19Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC29 
20Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC28 
21Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano26 
22Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano25 
23Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC24 
24George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC24 
25Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto23 
26Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas22 
27Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi21 
28Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21 
29Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step20 
30Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha20 
31Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha20 
32Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC19 
33Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram19 
34William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom19 
35Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas18 
36Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale18 
37Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano18 
38Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano18 
39Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana15 
40Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana15 
41Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha15 
42Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14 
43Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas14 
44Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14 
45Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano14 
46Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank13 
47Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom13 
48Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC12 
49Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream12 
50Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana11 
51Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11 
52Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team11 
53Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11 
54David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream10 
55Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10 
56Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
57Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10 
58Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom9 
59Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana8 
60Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC8 
61Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC5 
62Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step5 
63Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5 
64Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto4 
65Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4 
66Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas4 
67Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
68Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux4 
69Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto3 
70Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3 
71Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step3 
72Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2 
73Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1 
74Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1 
75Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha1 
76Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1 
Mountains classification
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14pts
2Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux9 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream8 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8 
5Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC6 
6Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux6 
7Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano6 
8Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5 
9Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5 
10Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4 
11Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana3 
12Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3 
13Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3 
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3 
15David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2 
16Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
17Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
18Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2 
19Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1 
20Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
21Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
22Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1 
23Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1 
Young rider classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC19:30:14 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:39 
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:00:44 
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49 
5Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:20 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:24 
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:25 
8Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:02:41 
9Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:03:44 
10Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:53 
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:03:59 
12Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:04:19 
13Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:04:35 
14Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:04:39 
15Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:05:16 
16Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto0:05:34 
17Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:06:08 
18Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:06:39 
19Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:07:13 
20Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:07:16 
21Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:31 
22Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:07:34 
23Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:07:57 
24Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:07:58 
25Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:08:37 
26Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:09:10 
27Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:09:24 
28Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:10:12 
29Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:10:24 
30Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:12:52 
31Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:13:39 
32Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:59 
33Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:15:19 
34Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:15:25 
35Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:20:31 
36Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:23:50 
Teams classification
2Team Saxo Bank0:02:33 
3Team Columbia - HTC0:02:45 
4Garmin - Slipstream0:03:05 
6Cervelo Test Team0:05:40 
7Team Milram0:06:33 
8Quick Step0:06:42 
9AG2R-La Mondiale0:06:46 
10Caisse d'Epargne0:06:57 
11Team Katusha0:07:22 
12Silence - Lotto0:07:41 
13Francaise Des Jeux0:09:09 
14Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:09:10 
16Lampre - N.G.C0:09:22 
17Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:36 
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:14:11 


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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.

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