Rodriguez powers to victory in Mende

Contador claws back time

Joaquin Rodriguez (Team Katusha) out-sprinted Alberto Contador (Astana) to take a thrilling victory in Mende at the end of stage 12 of the Tour de France. The Spanish duo escaped on the steep slopes of the Montée Laurent Jalabert in the finale to an enthralling day’s racing that saw minor but potentially telling chinks exposed in the armour of yellow jersey Andy Schleck and his Saxo Bank team. The Luxembourg rider lost ten seconds to Contador, who laid down an important psychological marker ahead of the duo’s expected showdown in the Pyrenees.

At the foot of the final climb the peloton trailed the four survivors of the day’s early breakaway by 40 seconds, and the gap remained stable as Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) dropped first Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) and then Andreas Kloden (RadioShack), before finally edging clear of Vasily Kyrienka (Caisse d’Epargne).

Accelerations from Jean Gadret (Ag2r) and Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma – Lotto) made no dent in his lead, and it seemed inevitable that the Kazakh was about to win a stage in his first Tour appearance since returning a positive test for blood doping in 2007.

Two kilometres from the line, however, Rodriguez lit the blue touch paper behind with a tentative attack, and Contador responded with an explosive acceleration of his own. He immediately opened a gap of five bike lengths on Andy Schleck, who appeared caught off guard by the ferocity of the Spaniard’s move. Worse was to follow for the Luxembourger. Having attempted to counter the break, Schleck found that he didn’t have the legs to sustain such a pace. While Rodriguez managed to hold Contador’s wheel, Schleck was forced to let Van den Broeck take up the chase.

For the first time in this year’s Tour, Contador looked like the rider of 2009, and he set about making mincemeat of Vinokourov’s advantage. With Rodriguez clinging on to his wheel for dear life, Contador made up almost forty seconds on his Astana teammate in little over a kilometre, and proceeded to blow straight past him. Behind, Schleck was struggling at 15 seconds, but was joined in his pursuit by Van den Broeck, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank), and managed to limit his losses in the slightly downhill run to the line.

Up front, there was an air of inevitability about the finish. If Rodriguez was unable to contribute to pace-setting duties with Contador on the climb itself, in the final kilometre he was simply unwilling to do so, and he timed his sprint to perfection to come around the double Tour winner on the line. Vinokourov managed to stay within sight to grab third place on the stage, while Schleck crossed the line in 5th place, ten seconds behind his rival. The time gain itself may ultimately have been relatively minimal for Contador, but the manner in which it was yielded will surely weigh heavily on the pretender Schleck’s mind ahead of the Pyrenees.

“A great victory”

Joaquin Rodriguez was thrilled to take his first Tour de France stage victory. "It was a great victory for me today. It was just a question of biding my time and then giving it a push and just avoid panicking, keeping focus," said Rodriguez at the finish.
"I was a bit worried, but in the end I managed it. It was nice for me to compete with the guys on GC and it gives me ambitions. The Pyrenees are coming, so we’ll see if I’m able to do something up there."

How it unfolded

From the drop of the flag, the pace was searing, as opportunists and overall contenders alike looked to slip into the right break on a very testing day. The first attack to yield any significant purchase came on the slopes of the day’s opening climb, the 3rd category Côte de St-Barthélémy-le-Plain, when Ryder Hesjedal shot off the front in the company of Rui Costa (Caisse d’Epargne) and Pierrick Fedrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom). The trio had 22 seconds at the summit, but the lead was quickly shorn once RadioShack came to the front on the plateau over the top of the climb.

Next to try their luck were Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) and Benoit Vaugrenard (FDJ). They attempted to snap the elastic on the run-in to the day’s second climb, the Col des Nonières but there was no escaping a bunch that covered a remarkable 49.3 kilometres in the first hour of racing over some quite rugged terrain.

On the climb itself, an acceleration from Sandy Casar (FDJ) stretched things out a little more, and when Alexandre Vinokourov put in a dig near the top, he brought Casar and sixteen others clear with him. They quickly established a two minute lead over the top, thanks in no small part to the presence of Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) who was keen to clock up more points in the race for the green jersey.

The men in front were Vinokourov, Andreas Klöden, Ryder Hesjedal, Vasili Kiryienka, Sandy Casar, Thor Hushovd, Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Columbia), Mauro Santambrogio (BMC), Carlow Barredo (Quick Step), Anthony Charteau (Bouygues), M. Perget (Caisse d'Epargne), C. Kern, A. Moinard, R. Pauriol (all Cofidis), G. Verdugo (Euskaltel), Gregor Bole (Lampre)and R. Valls Ferri (Footon), and the presence of so many strongmen allied to a smattering of very solid climbers meant that this break always had a chance of going a long way on a rolling stage like this one.

At the first sprint at Mariac, Bole beat Hushovd for the points, and the group continued to collaborate smoothly, with Casar, Vinokourov and Hushovd particularly active on the front.

Back in the main bunch, Saxo Bank were forced to chase in order to keep tabs on the progress of dangermen Hesjedal, Vinokourov and Kloden, all of whom had the opportunity to move very high up in the overall rankings. Indeed, alarm bells will have been sounded about Saxo Bank’s ability to control the race in the mountains as Vinokourov and co. managed to put more time into the bunch on the 2nd category climb of the Suc de Montivernoux, where Casar out-sprinted Charteau at the summit. The gap was still over two minutes at the second sprint of the day at Langogne, where Hushovd took the full quota of points on offer to move back into green.

Soon afterwards, Andrea Kloden took the initiative and launched a sparkling attack that only Vinokourov, Hesjedal and Kyrienka could match. Behind, Sandy Casar, who had been so prominent on the front of the break, attempted to organise a chase, but it was too little too late for the Frenchman, who saw his hopes of a second stage win in this year’s Tour disappear up the road.

The quartet in front immediately worked well together, containing as it did three riders with much to gain in the overall standings. Remarkably, under the impetus of the controversial Vinokourov’s relentless pressure, Hesjedal moved close to the overall lead on the road as the break’s lead reached four minutes. Suddenly there were shades of Laurent Jalabert’s quixotic bid for yellow on the road to Mende on a similarly torrid afternoon fifteen years ago. The Canadian trailed Schleck’s yellow jersey by 5:42 this morning, and was seeking to make a bold bid to move up the overall standings. As it was, he paid a price for his aggression, and would eventually lose ground on the final push up to the finish.

Meanwhile, back in the bunch, Saxo Bank had managed to enlist the help of first Cervélo and then Lampre in attempting to reel in the break, and eventually started eating into its lead in the last 25km of the stage. Nonetheless, the quartet in front continued to put up fierce resistance on the vertiginous slopes of the Montée Laurent Jalabert in Mende. A number of big names, among them Lance Armstrong (RadioShack), were shed from the main peloton while Vinokourov and company maintained their advantage, and it would eventually take Contador’s show of strength to ultimately bring them to heel. Others to wilt under the Spaniard’s urgency in the finale were Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo), Cadel Evans (BMC) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky), who each lost 31 seconds.

But when Contador repeatedly looked back after his initial acceleration, he was scanning his slipstream for one man only, Andy Schleck. The Saxo Bank rider still holds the yellow jersey tonight in Mende but will doubtless be concerned that the momentum appears to be swinging back in Contador’s favour.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha4:58:26 
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana  
3Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:04 
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:10 
5Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
6Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
7Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
8Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:15 
10Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
11Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:17 
12Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:31 
13Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
14Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
15Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
16Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
17Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
18Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
19Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
22Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:48 
23Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:53 
24Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
25Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
26John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
28Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:01:11 
29Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
30Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
31Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
32Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:20 
33Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:26 
34Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
35Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions0:01:39 
36Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
37Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
38Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:01:43 
39Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:55 
40Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
41Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
42Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step0:02:09 
43Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:14 
44Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
45Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
46Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
47Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
48Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:02:17 
49Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
50Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
51Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:02:47 
52Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
53Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:05 
54Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
55Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack0:03:35 
56Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
57Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
58Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step  
59Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
60Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
61Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
62Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
63Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
64George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
65Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
66Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
68Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
69Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:01 
70Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:15 
71Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
72Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
73David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
74Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:18 
75Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:25 
76Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
77Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
78Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
79Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
80Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
81Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
82Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
83Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
84Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
85Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
86Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
87Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
88Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
89Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
90José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
91Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
92Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
93Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
94Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
95Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
96Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
97Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
98Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
99Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
100Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
101Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
102Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
103Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
104Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
105Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
106Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana  
107Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
108Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
109Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
110Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
111Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:05:33 
112Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
113Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
114Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
115Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
116Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:38 
117Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
118Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
119Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
120Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
121Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:42 
122Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:43 
123Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:31 
124Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:32 
125Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
126Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
127Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
128Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:06:35 
129Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
130Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia0:06:52 
131Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
132Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux  
133Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:02 
134Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:07:19 
135Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
136Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:08:18 
137Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:08:29 
138Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
139Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:09:27 
140Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
141Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
142Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
143Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
144Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
145Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:10:12 
146Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:10:20 
147Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
148Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
149Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
150Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
151Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
152Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
153Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
154Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
155Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
156Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
157Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:10:51 
158Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:12:10 
159Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
160Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
161David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:12:39 
162Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
163Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
164Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
165David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
166Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
167Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:13:00 
168Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
169Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:13:16 
170Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:13:43 
171Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:13:48 
172Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:15:21 
173Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo0:19:37 
174Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:26:18 
175Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:26:47 
176Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
DNSSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFTyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
Points Mende (aérodrôme), km. 210.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha25 pts
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana22 
3Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana20 
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto18 
5Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank16 
6Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi15 
7Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack14 
8Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank13 
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank12 
10Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo11 
11Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack10 
12Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9 
13Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini8 
14Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team7 
15Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team6 
16Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo5 
17Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack4 
18Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team3 
19Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Sprint 1, km. Mariac, km. 74.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini6 pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team4 
3Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia2 
Sprint 2 - Langogne, km. 158.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team6 pts
2Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
3Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
Côte de Saint-Barthélémy-le-Plain (Cat. 3), km. 31.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 pts
2Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions3 
3Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2 
4Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
Col des Nonières (Cat. 3), km. 59.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 pts
2Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3 
3Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne2 
4Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
Suc de Montivernoux (Cat. 2), km. 96.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux10 pts
2Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom9 
3Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step8 
4Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini7 
5Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne6 
6Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto5 
Côte de la Mouline (Cat. 3), km. 133.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 pts
2Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux3 
3Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step2 
4Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana1 
Côte de la Croix-Neuve (Cat. 2 - Montée Laurent Jalabert), km. 208.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana20 pts
2Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha18 
3Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana16 
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank14 
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
6Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4:58:36 
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:05 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
4Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:43 
5Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:01:01 
6Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:01:33 
7Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:45 
8Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
9Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:07 
10Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:02:55 
11Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:25 
12Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
13Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:15 
14Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
15Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
16Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
17Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
18Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
19Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
20Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:05:28 
21Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
22Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
23Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:33 
24Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:06:22 
25Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
26Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:08:19 
27Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:09:17 
28Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
29Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:10:10 
30Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:12:00 
31Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:12:29 
32Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:12:50 
33Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:13:38 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Radioshack14:56:16 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:00:52 
6Sky Pro Cycling0:02:21 
7Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:49 
8Katusha Team0:02:55 
9Quick Step0:03:07 
10AG2R La Mondiale0:04:01 
11Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:37 
12Francaise des Jeux0:05:25 
13Omega Pharma - Lotto0:06:32 
14Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne0:06:35 
15BMC Racing Team0:06:43 
16Team Saxo Bank0:07:02 
17Team HTC - Columbia0:07:34 
18Cervelo Test Team0:08:52 
20Lampre - Farnese0:10:23 
21Garmin - Transitions0:11:01 
22Team Milram0:11:26 
General classification after stage 12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank58:42:01 
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:00:31 
3Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:45 
4Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:02:58 
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:31 
6Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:04:06 
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:04:27 
8Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:04:58 
9Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:02 
10Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:05:16 
11Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:05:30 
12Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:06:25 
13Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
14Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:44 
15Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:07:34 
16Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:07:39 
17Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:47 
18Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:08:08 
19Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:08:24 
20Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:09:05 
21Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:10:31 
22Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:41 
23Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:11:27 
24Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:11:56 
25John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:28 
26Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:14:09 
27Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:14:11 
28Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:14:33 
29Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions0:16:44 
30Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:55 
31Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:19:54 
32Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:21:16 
33Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:23:21 
34Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:24:02 
35Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:24:35 
36Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack0:25:08 
37Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:25:24 
38Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:26:03 
39Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:31:01 
40Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:31:22 
41Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:33:54 
42Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:35:42 
43Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:35:45 
44Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:36:55 
45Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:39:59 
46José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:42:14 
47Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:42:25 
48Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:43:42 
49Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:44:36 
50Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:44:38 
51Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:45:13 
52Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:48:24 
53Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:50:58 
54Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:51:38 
55Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:51:57 
56Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack0:52:57 
57Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:53:10 
58Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana0:53:51 
59Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:54:07 
60Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:55:01 
61Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
62Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:56:20 
63Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:56:23 
64Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:56:26 
65Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:57:34 
66Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:58:04 
67Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:58:08 
68Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:58:29 
69Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:58:35 
70Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:58:39 
71Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:58:58 
72Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:59:27 
73Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:00:57 
74Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team1:01:19 
75Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram1:02:52 
76Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:03:05 
77Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:03:17 
78Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:03:45 
79Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram1:04:27 
80Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha1:05:27 
81George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team1:06:02 
82Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:06:17 
83Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne1:07:39 
84Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram1:09:30 
85Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram1:11:55 
86Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step1:12:22 
87Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana1:12:32 
88Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:12:34 
89Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team1:13:32 
90Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:13:43 
91Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1:14:48 
92Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team1:15:18 
93Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana1:18:03 
94Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha1:18:08 
95Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:19:21 
96Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha1:20:29 
97Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team1:20:32 
98Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1:21:59 
99Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:22:02 
100Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:22:04 
101Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:22:06 
102Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team1:22:20 
103Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:22:25 
104Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram1:23:54 
105Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana1:24:08 
106Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:24:11 
107Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:24:28 
108Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia1:25:30 
109Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:26:16 
110Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha1:26:18 
111Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo1:27:05 
112Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:27:19 
113Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale1:27:43 
114Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:28:26 
115Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:28:29 
116Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:29:19 
117Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:29:25 
118Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step1:29:34 
119Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:30:30 
120Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank1:30:54 
121Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1:30:55 
122Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:31:21 
123Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:32:17 
124Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack1:32:19 
125Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:32:39 
126Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux1:32:48 
127Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo1:33:09 
128David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana1:35:07 
129Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux1:35:12 
130Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux1:35:38 
131Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team1:36:11 
132Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:36:51 
133Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team1:37:41 
134Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux1:38:15 
135Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team1:38:16 
136Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo1:38:25 
137Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team1:39:11 
138Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:39:30 
139Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha1:39:35 
140Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:41:36 
141Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions1:41:42 
142Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank1:42:39 
143Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step1:44:14 
144Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:44:59 
145Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux1:45:01 
146Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia1:46:13 
147Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step1:47:08 
148David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions1:47:10 
149Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team1:47:58 
150Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia1:48:27 
151Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:49:00 
152Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:49:10 
153Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1:50:14 
154Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:51:29 
155Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1:51:38 
156Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:52:28 
157Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:52:46 
158Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1:53:51 
159Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions1:54:26 
160Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team1:55:16 
161Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:55:51 
162David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions1:56:02 
163Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha1:56:16 
164Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:56:38 
165Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:57:06 
166Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
167Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:59:32 
168Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana2:02:03 
169Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:02:49 
170Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team2:04:02 
171Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step2:04:20 
172Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team2:06:35 
173Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack2:07:51 
174Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:16:59 
175Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia2:19:00 
176Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux2:19:49 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team167 pts
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini161 
3Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha138 
4Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia132 
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne122 
6Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom101 
7Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team96 
8Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram87 
9Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana79 
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team74 
11Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank70 
12Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step69 
13Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team69 
14Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto68 
15Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi65 
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale62 
17Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale59 
18Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo54 
19Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi49 
20Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto49 
21Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions45 
22Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto43 
23Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom40 
24Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini39 
25Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne39 
26Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank39 
27Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana38 
28Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha37 
29Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank37 
30Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux35 
31Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram35 
32Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank34 
33Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux34 
34Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo33 
35Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne31 
36Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team31 
37Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank31 
38Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram30 
39Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne29 
40Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack29 
41Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions28 
42Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto26 
43Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne26 
44Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram26 
45Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack25 
46Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom24 
47Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto24 
48Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne23 
49Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini23 
50José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne22 
51Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank22 
52Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step22 
53Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions21 
54Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20 
55Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto17 
56Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne17 
57Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale17 
58David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions17 
59Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team16 
60Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack16 
61Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step16 
62Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom16 
63Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom16 
64Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo15 
65Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack15 
66Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne15 
67Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi15 
68Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step15 
69Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team15 
70Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto14 
71Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
72Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack14 
73Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia14 
74Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia14 
75Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne13 
76Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank12 
77Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step12 
78Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank12 
79Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne12 
80Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
81Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team12 
82Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team12 
83Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto11 
84Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana11 
85Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10 
86Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto10 
87Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini10 
88Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team10 
89Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step10 
90Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne8 
91Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom8 
92Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram8 
93Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team8 
94George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team7 
95Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia6 
96Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
97Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
98Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
99Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank6 
100Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6 
101Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo5 
102Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4 
103Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
104Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4 
105Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale4 
106Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank4 
107Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
108Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
109Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team4 
110Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
111Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram3 
112Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha3 
113John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
114Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
115Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank2 
116Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team2 
117Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack2 
118Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
119Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank2 
120Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
121Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo2 
122Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana2 
123Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana2 
124Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank2 
125Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step2 
126Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
127Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram2 
128Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack2 
129Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
130Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2 
131Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana2 
132Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team2 
133Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana2 
134Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha2 
135Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
136Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
137Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
138Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto2 
139Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo2 
140Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
141Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
142Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
143Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team2 
144Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions2 
145Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia2 
146Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2 
147Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step2 
148Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia2 
149Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1 
150Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne-3 
151Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini-5 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom107 pts
2Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step92 
3Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank64 
4Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne62 
5Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto58 
6Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux56 
7Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini56 
8Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana52 
9Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi50 
10Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne47 
11Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step36 
12Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne34 
13Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank32 
14Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto32 
15Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank29 
16Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step29 
17Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne28 
18Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom27 
19Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack25 
20Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto24 
21Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom21 
22Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20 
23Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha18 
24Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo18 
25Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank18 
26Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana17 
27Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom17 
28Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale17 
29Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank16 
30Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini16 
31Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team14 
32Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14 
33Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne12 
34Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
35Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step12 
36Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram11 
37Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
38Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack10 
39José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9 
40Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram8 
41Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto7 
42Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini7 
43Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step6 
44Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions6 
45Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
46Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5 
47Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana5 
48Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 
49Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
50Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
51Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
52Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto3 
53Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3 
54Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
55Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
56Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
57Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2 
58Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
59Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
60Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
61Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
62Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
63Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
64Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1 
65Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank58:42:01 
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:04:27 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:05:16 
4Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:31:01 
5Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:33:54 
6Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:42:25 
7Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:44:38 
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:54:07 
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:56:23 
10Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:57:34 
11Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:58:04 
12Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:03:17 
13Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:03:45 
14Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram1:04:27 
15Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne1:07:39 
16Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:19:21 
17Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha1:20:29 
18Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team1:20:32 
19Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:22:25 
20Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia1:25:30 
21Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:27:19 
22Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:30:30 
23Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo1:33:09 
24Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux1:35:38 
25Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:39:30 
26Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step1:47:08 
27Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team1:47:58 
28Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia1:48:27 
29Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:51:29 
30Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:55:51 
31Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:57:06 
32Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:16:59 
33Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux2:19:49 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Radioshack176:11:16 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:00:21 
5AG2R La Mondiale0:20:22 
6Omega Pharma - Lotto0:25:38 
8Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:41:01 
9Sky Pro Cycling0:42:21 
10Euskaltel - Euskadi0:47:31 
11Quick Step0:48:52 
12Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne0:49:28 
13BMC Racing Team0:55:38 
14Team Saxo Bank0:57:17 
15Team HTC - Columbia0:58:53 
16Francaise des Jeux1:21:48 
17Cervelo Test Team1:39:43 
18Garmin - Transitions1:39:52 
19Katusha Team1:46:54 
21Team Milram2:37:09 
22Lampre - Farnese2:50:02 


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Scott Sunderland's stage analysis

Watching today's stage, what I noticed is that the psychological blow to Andy Schleck wasn't really dealt by Contador. Andy most likely started the day with an uncomfortable feeling, both a physical and mental aspect.

The fact that Alberto likes this climb and it's not on Andy's list of favourites became a weight that Andy was already carrying around before the start gun even went off.
Always intriguing to be witness to the power of positive thinking, or the lack of it.

Just as expected though, the upcoming Pyrenees will offer a great showdown between Mister Contador and Master Schleck. It should be a splendid spectacle we get served to start with on Sunday. As much excitement as the first couple of weeks of this 2010 Tour de France have had to offer, I am anticipating an even greater 3rd week. The battle for the top spot on the podium is still very much open but I'm equally looking forward to a good fight for the 3rd, 4th and 5th spot in GC.

It will be interesting to see what climbers Sanchez and Van Den Broek can serve up and how the stronger time trialists Leipheimer and Menchov are going to feel with the Pyrenees in the legs. A surprise is on the cards still, a monster break away in which top 5 contenders try to take back the time lost over the last fortnight, or a brave attempt of the pre-race favourites to go for a stage victory and a remount on GC, a lot can happen still and I believe the most dramatic stages are still ahead of us.

The Tour de France always produces a new talent coming to the fore, stepping up to another level and this year I believe that to be Belgium's Jurgen Van Den Broek. He definitely is the new kid on the block and as he seems to have that couple of lesser days already behind him, he might improve day by day and even prove to be a challenger for the podium!

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