Petacchi emerges from chaos in Brussels

Cancellara remains in yellow

The Tour de France hasn't even reached the feared cobblestones and massive crashes have already taken down the majority of the peloton, but one rider who has the well-demonstrated ability to dodge the bullets, Alessandro Petacchi, claimed the stage victory.

The Lampre-Farnese Vini sprinter, who also successfully avoided a dramatic Tour de Suisse crash to win there last month, took his first Tour stage win since his record Grand Tour run of 2003

Petacchi bested HTC-Columbia's Mark Renshaw and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) after a crash stopped several of the top sprinters in the final bend, including Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and Oscar Freire (Rabobank).

"It was a special finale. In the last turn, everybody came in fast and nobody wanted to brake, so there was a crash and a lot of confusion. I did a very risky sprint. I attacked from far out, despite the head wind and the false-flat road," Petacchi said.

"I think I've done a great sprint. I'm not sure that Cavendish would have beat me if he'd been there at the end because I've really done a great sprint."

The first crash in the run-in to the sprint occurred in a turn with 2km to go, when Freire was taken out by a clash between Cavendish and Cervelo's Jeremy Hunt, disrupting the front of the peloton and creating chaos for the lead-out men.

Just down the road a much larger crash happened inside the final kilometre and stopped many of the general classification contenders including race leader Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) and HTC-Columbia's Michael Rogers. Since it happened inside the protected zone, all riders involved were awarded the same time as Petacchi, and Cancellara is able to hold onto the race lead for another day.

"It was really nervous today, and at the end it was just insane," Cancellara said. "At the end, I couldn't do anything. I was also in the chaos. I hit the ground pretty hard. ... Tomorrow I will feel the asphalt that I found at the end."

Defending champion Alberto Contador (Astana) also fell in the mass pile-up and was helped to the finish line by teammate Alexander Vinokourov, but was later seen smiling and signing autographs. He later stated he had a small bruise to his leg in the fall on Twitter.

Other favourites Lance Armstrong (Radioshack), Cadel Evans (BMC), the Schleck brothers Fränk and Andy (Saxo Bank) and, for once, Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Transitions) escaped injury and will look to the hilly stage two finish, which follows some of the route from Liège - Bastogne - Liège, to try and shake the nerves out of the peloton.

A calm start

The first full stage kicked off under sunny skies, much in contrast to Rotterdam's rain during the prologue, and with a mammoth 223.5km journey down to Brussels it was a welcome sight for the 195 riders remaining in the Tour's peloton. Huge crowds, even larger than the half-million estimated to have attended the prologue, saw the peloton off.

Mathias Frank (BMC) and Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto) joined pre-race abandon Xavier Florencio (Cervelo) on the sidelines after being injured in dramatic crashes during the prologue. Both finished the stage, but Frank broke his thumb, while Cardoso fractured his jaw and shoulder blade and neither started this morning.

Exiting the Dutch port, the riders briefly paused for a ceremony on the iconic Erasmus bridge before embarking on a trip along the North Sea before the drop down into Belgium. Three riders, perhaps looking to get an unobstructed view of the scenery, rode away from the peloton at the very first kilometre. It was Rabobank's Lars Boom who ignited the move, and he was followed by Quick Step's Maarten Wynants and Alan Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) for what would be the break of the day.

The trio built up a maximum of lead of over seven minutes as the peloton was delayed by a number of crashes, the first by Adam Hansen (HTC-Columbia) who fractured his collarbone but finished the stage, and then one involving a dog and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) that also took down David Millar (Garmin-Transitions).

As the teams of the sprinters slowly whittled away at the breakaway's advantage, the peloton was kept busy negotiating roundabouts and avoiding "traffic furniture", suffering only one more minor wreck along the way by Thomas Rohregger (Milram).

The lead reshuffled

With 30km to go, the gap was down below the one-minute mark as the leaders took on one of the cobbled avenues of Mechelen, and Wynants rolled away from his two companions as attacks began to come from the peloton.

Alexander Pliuschin (Katusha), the champion of Moldova, bridged up to Wynants as Perez and Boom were re-absorbed by the bunch. The new help pushed the now two-man breakaway's lead up from 16 seconds to half a minute with 25km to go as Garmin-Transitions took responsibility for the chase.

The Rabobank boys were busy pacing Oscar Freire back to the peloton after their sprinter suffered a flat, and the pair pulled out their lead even more, gaining nearly a minute with 20km to go. But once HTC-Columbia began to pitch in with the work, the gap began to fall again.

With 12km to go the gap had been halved, with HTC-Columbia determined to give Mark Cavendish his 11th Tour de France stage victory and vindication after his controversial crash in the Tour de Suisse.

By 8km to go, the pair were caught and the fight for position intensified, with Lampre, Cervelo, Katusha, Milram and Garmin all pushing forward to assemble their lead-out trains.

A chaotic finish

Lampre swamped the HTC-Columbia train with 3km to go, looking to deliver Alessandro Petacchi to his first stage win since 2003. They had Freire tucked in right behind until Cavendish tapped the back wheel of his teammate and veered straight through the peloton, taking Cervelo's Jeremy Hunt, Freire and a Lampre rider down into the barriers and leaving his main lead-out man to assume the role as the team's sprinter.

"After one kilometre and a half the whole race was turned up side down," Renshaw told Cyclingnews. "Once I heard the crash we had to totally rearrange. I moved into the sprinter role and at that stage usually I'm used to going with 500 meters to go and I had to wait. Unfortunately the training I've done isn't going to let me get over Petacchi."

The peloton was further split by a massive crash that happened just inside the final kilometre banner, one that stopped all the GC contenders including race leader Cancellara.

In the ensuring chaos, Garmin-Transitions had a full lead-out train for Farrar, but he got his bike hooked on the fallen machine of AG2R's Lloyd Mondory and had to sit out of the sprint.

"He did a classic Lloyd Mondory move," Farrar told Cyclingnews as he dragged his bike to the team bus. "He decided to try and commit suicide into my back wheel with 300 meters to go when I was with Petacchi and Renshaw."

Caught behind the action, Farrar had to watch as Cervelo's Brett Lancaster launched with 500m to go, too soon for the win and without Hushovd on his wheel, and then Petacchi as he blasted off to the stage win.

Hushovd powered in behind Renshaw to take third, moving him up into the hunt for the green jersey of best sprinter.

"Everyone wants to stay at the front, whether or not you're a sprinter. The roads were very narrow, that's why there were a lot of crashes, but I was able to avoid them and I was still third, so it was OK. It was hard, really hard. I am up there for the green jersey, so I am happy."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5:09:38 
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
4Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
5Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
6Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
8Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
9Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
10Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
11Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
12Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
13Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
14Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
16Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
17Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
18Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
19Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
20Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
21Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
22Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
23Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
24Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
25Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
26Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
27Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
28Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
29Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
30Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
32Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
33Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
34Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
35Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
36Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
37Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
38Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
39Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
40Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions  
41Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
42Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
43Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
44Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
45Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
46Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
47Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
48Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana  
49Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
50Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
51Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
52Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
53Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
54Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
55Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
56George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
57Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
58Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
59Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
60Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
61Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
62David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
63Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
64Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
65Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
66Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo  
67Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
68Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
69Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
70Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
71Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
72Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
73Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
74Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
75José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
76Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
77Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
78Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
79Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
80Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
81Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
82Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
83Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
84Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
86Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
87Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
88Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
89Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
90Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
91Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
92Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
93Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
94Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
95Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
96Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
97Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux  
98Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
99Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
100Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
101Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
102Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
103John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
104Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
105Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
106Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
107Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
108Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
109Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
110Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
111Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
112Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
113Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
114Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
115Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
116Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
117Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
118Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
119Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
120Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
121Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
122Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
123David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
124Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
125Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
126David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
127Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
128Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
129Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
130Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
131Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
132Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
133Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
134Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
135Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
136Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
137Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
138Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
139Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
140Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
141Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
142Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
143Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
144Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
145Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
146Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
147Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
148Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
149Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
150Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
151Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
152Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
153Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
154Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
155Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana  
156Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
157Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
158Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
159Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:02:37 
160Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
161Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
162Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
163Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
164Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
165Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
166Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
167Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
168Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
169Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
170David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
171Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
172Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
173Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
174Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
175Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
176Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
177Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank  
178Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
179Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
180Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
181Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:03:14 
182Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
183Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
184Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
185Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:03:20 
186Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step  
187Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
188Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
189Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:43 
190Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
191Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
192Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
193Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:04:06 
194Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
195Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNSMathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNSManuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini35 pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia30 
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team26 
4Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha24 
5Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux22 
6Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo20 
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne19 
8Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram18 
9Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17 
10Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto16 
11Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom15 
12Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram14 
13Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne13 
14Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram12 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team11 
16Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia10 
17Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step9 
18Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team8 
19Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step7 
20Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
21Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne5 
22Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
23Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step3 
24Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2 
25Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha1 
Sprint 1 - Zeeland Neeltje Jans - 73.0 Km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank6 pts
2Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4 
3Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step2 
Sprint 2 - Putte (KAPELLEN) - 149.5 Km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step6 pts
2Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4 
3Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank2 
Sprint 3 - Ekeren (ANVERS) - 158.5 Km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6 pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4 
3Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step2 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo5:09:38 
2Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
3Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
4Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
7Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
9Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
10Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
11Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
12Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
13Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
14Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
15Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
16Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
17Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
18Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
19Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
20Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
21Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
22Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
23Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
24Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
25Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
26Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
27Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
28Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
29Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
30Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
32Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
33Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
34Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:03:20 
35Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
36Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
37Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Radioshack31:25:00 
2Team HTC - Columbia0:01:00 
3Garmin - Transitions0:02:00 
4Sky Pro Cycling0:16:00 
6Team Saxo Bank0:22:00 
7Caisse d'Epargne0:28:00 
8BMC Racing Team0:30:00 
10Team Milram  
11Lampre - Farnese0:57:00 
13Cervelo Test Team1:02:00 
14Francaise des Jeux  
15Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne1:03:00 
16Quick Step1:05:00 
17Katusha Team  
18AG2R La Mondiale1:10:00 
19Omega Pharma - Lotto1:23:00 
20Euskaltel - Euskadi1:35:00 
21Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:43:00 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank5:19:38 
2Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:10 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:00:20 
4Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:22 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:23 
6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:00:27 
7Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:28 
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
9Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:32 
10Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:00:35 
11Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
12Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
13Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
14Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
15Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:36 
16Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
17Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
18Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:38 
19Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
20Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
21Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:39 
22Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
23Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
24Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana0:00:40 
25David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
26Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
27Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:41 
28Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
29Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
30Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:42 
31Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:43 
32Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:00:44 
33Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:45 
34Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:00:46 
35Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
36Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
37Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:47 
38Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:48 
39Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
40Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:00:49 
41Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
42Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
43Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
44Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
45Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
47Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
48Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
49Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
50Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:50 
51Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
52Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
53Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
54Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:51 
55Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
56Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:52 
57David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
59Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
60Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:53 
61Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
62Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
63Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:54 
64Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
65Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
66George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
67Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
68Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
69Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:55 
70Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
71Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
72Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:00:56 
73Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
74Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
75Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
76Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
77Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:57 
78Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
79Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
80Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:58 
81Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:59 
82Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
83José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
84Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
85Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
86Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
87Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
88Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:00 
89Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
90Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
91Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:01:01 
92Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
93Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:02 
94Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
95Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:03 
96Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
97Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:04 
98Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
99Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
100Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo  
101Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:05 
102Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
103Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
104Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
105Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:01:06 
106Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
107Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
108Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
109Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
110Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:07 
111Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
112Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:08 
113Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
114Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
115Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
116Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
117Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
118Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:09 
119Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
120Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
121Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
122Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
123Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:10 
124Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
125Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
126Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
127Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
128Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
129Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
130Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:11 
131Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:12 
132Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
133Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank  
134Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
135Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:01:13 
136Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
137Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
138Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
139Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
140Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:14 
141Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
142Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:15 
143Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:01:16 
144Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
145Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
146Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
147Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana  
148Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:17 
149Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:01:18 
150Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
151Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
152Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:01:19 
153Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
154Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
155Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
156Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
157Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
158Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:20 
159Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
160Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
161Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:21 
162Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
163Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
164Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
165Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:22 
166John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
167Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
168Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
169Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
170Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
171Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
172Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:23 
173Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
174Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana0:01:24 
175Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
176Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:25 
177Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
178Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:27 
179Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:28 
180Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
181Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:29 
182Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:31 
183David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
184Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:33 
185Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:01:37 
186Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:01:38 
187Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:39 
188Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:01:40 
189Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:42 
190Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:03:26 
191Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:04:04 
192Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step0:04:20 
193Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:04:29 
194Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:07 
195Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:05:40 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini35 pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia30 
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team26 
4Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha24 
5Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux22 
6Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo20 
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne19 
8Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram18 
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team17 
10Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17 
11Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto16 
12Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank15 
13Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram15 
14Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom15 
15Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
16Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne13 
17Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank12 
18Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia12 
19Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram12 
20Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step10 
21David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions10 
22Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team10 
23Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia10 
24Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step9 
25Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack8 
26Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step7 
27Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
28Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana5 
29Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne5 
30Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions4 
31Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
32Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack3 
33Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step3 
34Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2 
35Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia5:19:48 
2Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:13 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:22 
4Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:25 
5Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:28 
6Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:32 
7Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:33 
8Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:00:34 
9Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:35 
10Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:39 
11Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
12Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:40 
13Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
14Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:41 
15Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
16Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:00:42 
17Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:52 
18Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:53 
19Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
20Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:54 
21Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
22Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:55 
23Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:56 
24Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:59 
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:00 
27Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
28Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:01:03 
29Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:04 
30Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:01:06 
31Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:01:08 
32Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:01:09 
33Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
34Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:15 
35Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:18 
36Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:01:27 
37Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:03:54 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Radioshack16:00:19 
2Team HTC - Columbia0:00:01 
3Garmin - Transitions0:00:02 
4Sky Pro Cycling0:00:16 
6Team Saxo Bank0:00:22 
7Caisse d'Epargne0:00:28 
8BMC Racing Team0:00:30 
9Team Milram0:00:36 
11Lampre - Farnese0:00:57 
13Cervelo Test Team0:01:02 
14Francaise des Jeux  
15Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:01:03 
16Quick Step0:01:05 
17Katusha Team  
18AG2R La Mondiale0:01:10 
19Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:23 
20Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:35 
21Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:43 


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