Voeckler victorious in Bagneres-de-Luchon

Contador back in yellow following Schleck mechanical

He soloed into Perpignan during stage five of last year's Tour de France and on a day that changed the direction of the 2010 Tour, Thomas Voeckler celebrated another glorious win alone in Bagnères-de-Luchon, a victory that adds more lustre to French performances at this season's edition of la grande boucle.

Last year he had a hard-charging pack of sprinters breathing down his neck following a late-stage attack that netted him the triumph but today Voeckler could sit up and take more than 90 seconds to celebrate what was a stellar performance that was shaped on the slopes of the Port de Balès.

That same mountain also held the key to the fight for the overall race lead, the battle lines for which had been drawn a week ago in Morzine-Avoriaz and today took a turn in another direction thanks to a mechanical for hitherto maillot jaune Andy Schleck.

An eight-second advantage to Contador was the net result; with two days remaining in the Pyrenees this could prove critical to the outcome of the 2010 Tour, although as we've seen thus far in an incredible race, there's likely to be more twists and turns in the plot too.

But the day belonged to Voeckler. The 31-year-old rose to prominence when he famously wore the maillot jaune at the 2004 Tour and won the aforementioned stage at last year's Tour, winning Classics and significant races in between, although today's triumph will be difficult to match, such was the quality and pomp of the Frenchman's finish along the tree-lined avenues of Luchon.

It came during what was another difficult day at the Tour, at the end of which Alberto Contador was presented the maillot jaune, a jersey with which he's extremely familiar and one he hopes to be wearing on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday afternoon.

While there were boos from sections of the crowd at the post-stage protocol when Contador was presented with his reward, the fact remains that the Spaniard and defending champion did what he had to do when presented with two rivals intent on improving their position in the overall standings and a friend (and rival) who had just experienced a moment of difficulty beyond his control.

While the actions of Contador and others on the Balès were labelled "untraditional" by Saxo Bank, the reality was that Schleck became the unfortunate victim of an untimely mechanical that now has the young Luxembourger determined to come back stronger.

"I was feeling strong and determined throughout the stage and the team really everything to put me in the perfect position for the final climb," said Schleck after the finish. "When I launched my second attack, the chain got stuck and I had to get off the bike to put it back on. Then they attacked.

"I probably wouldn't have done it like that," he said before adding, "I'm just really looking forward to getting another chance of attacking - the jersey deserves honour."

Just another day...in the Pyrenees

The obvious highlight of today's racing was the Port de Balès, the 18.87km, 1,755m high monster with an average gradient nudging over six percent and slopes exceeding 11 percent near the summit. Despite the pain to come, the first hour's average speed was 47.5km/h as the peloton proved to be extremely selective with whom it let take time off the front.

Eventually, with nigh on 100 of the day's 187 kilometres raced, a break finally succeeded. Initiated by Liquigas-Doimo's Brian Vandborg and Milram rider Luke Roberts, a group of 10 formed on the road, including Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Transitions), Sergei Ivanov (Katusha), Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing), Francesco Reda (Quick Step), Aitor Perez Arrieta (Footon-Servetto), Lloyd Mondory (AG2R - La Mondiale), Bbox Bouygues Telecom duo Thomas Voeckler and Sebastian Turgot and Euskaltel - Euskadi's Alan Perez.

It may have taken a long time for the break to escape but when it did the flood gates opened; with 88km to go the gap had been extended to four minutes, which was increased further - to 5:40 - four kilometres later. Another two clicks down the road and that advantage had blown out to 6:40.

The break was given a leash of over seven minutes to play with as the riders' speedometers said 80km remaining in the stage. Just eight kilometres later that had expanded to 8:09 and seemed to be growing... and grow it certainly would.

Behind them Saxo Bank assumed its normal position of keeping pace on the front of the peloton and continued to give the escapees time, letting its ascendancy edge closer to nine minutes. With 65km to go it reached that mark, a big effort given that the break had only flown the coop some 30km earlier. The break approached the summit of the Col de Ares with an advantage of 9:25, adding another three seconds by the time they crested the second category climb and piling on the time on the descent.

B is for brutal - and Balès

With 51km remaining and in the shadows of the Port de Balès the break passed through the second intermediate sprint having gathered steam to the tune of 9:54, with it topping 10:11 three kilometres later. Meanwhile, the front of the trailing peloton resembled a two-layered cake, the special Saxo Bank-Astana sponge boasting a Schleck-Contador filling preparing itself for battle on the brutal slopes of Balès.

Recognising the lack of climbing firepower in the front group, the big names continued to give the break plenty of space, with the battlegrounds being prepared further behind in an apparent calm before the storm. This manifested in a gap of 10:44 between peloton and break, recorded with 43.7km before the finish in Bagnères-de-Luchon.

That was the entire length of the break's rope and soon after, on the lower slopes of the Port de Balès (with the toughest section remaining, of course) the seemingly massive gap began to make its way south. When the peloton hit those lower slopes, many of the riders on its tail also began making their way in a similar direction.

And as we've seen on so many occasions, Stuart O'Grady and Jens Voigt were the reason for the carnage, setting a menacing tempo to set up Saxo Bank's man in yellow, Schleck. An indication of the pace set by the likes of Voigt and co. could be seen in the rapid reduction of the break - with 32km remaining its advantage had been cut to 7:16.

That same break, which had remained a solid unit all afternoon, began to splinter soon after as it began to hit the final 10km of the climb, the strongest of the survivors being Voeckler, who continued in a brave effort alone with an advantage of 5:56 as he had five kilometres to ride before the summit.

When the peloton passed that same point some six minutes later, Contador's Astana teammates had gathered menacingly at the front of the group; a nod from the Spaniard to teammate Dani Navarro the sign that soon it would be time to up the pace and begin the show.

D is for drama - and dodgy drivetrains

But with 24km to go it was Schleck who hit out alone after Saxo Bank's final sacrificial lamb Chris Anker Sorensen dropped off the front. The race leader then took Contador, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) with him and in an ideal situation for fans, the top five on general classification had separated themselves from the field which had failed to maintain the hectic pace.

Constantly looking behind, Schleck was conscious of the threat posed by the men on his wheel, first of whom was Contador, who was content to sit on the yellow jersey - he need not do anything else, safe in the knowledge that it would require an earth-shattering event for the Luxembourger to be ridden of him.

Ahead of them Voeckler was making his way through the final 1,000 metres of the climb, the summit beckoning as the French national champion was being wonderfully willed on by his countrymen on the roadside and continued to believe in the chance of victory despite being alone. He still had over five minutes over the groupe maillot jaune by the end of the suffering, with a manic descent to come.

But as Voeckler was dreaming of victory, the biggest drama of the day was unfolding down the mountain as Schleck attacked with just under two kilometres of the climb remaining but was stopped just as suddenly when a dropped chain forced him to get off the bike while Vinokourov, Sanchez, Menchov and Contador rode away.

While TV pundits were calling it a defeat for fair play, Contador couldn't afford to wait for the man who stood 31 seconds between himself and the race lead at the start of the day. Faced with a hard-charging Sanchez and Menchov, Contador was stuck between the proverbial rock and potentially harder place.

The probability seemed to be that the maillot jaune would regain contact with a long downhill run into Bagnères-de-Luchon and at the summit of the Balès that eventuality appeared to be a likelihood as the gap was about 13 seconds between the Contador group and Schleck, who had Van Den Broeck for company. On the descent that advantage grew to 22 seconds as the race lead was slipping from the Saxo Bank captain's grasp.

It was in stark contrast to Voeckler, who up ahead was enjoying the final five kilometres - a frenetic victory parade laced with lactate. The lone survivor of the day's break, the man who throws up his hand at the most opportune moments to capture the hearts of French cycling fans, the rider who bases his entire reputation on days like this... was in a frantic rush to get to the finish as quickly as possible.

Behind him it was even more frantic however, as two distinct groups - one containing Contador, Sanchez, Menchov, plus breakaway leftovers Roberts and Reda, the other Van Den Broeck, Schleck and Vinokourov - were battling for precious seconds.

Eventually that fight proved to be in the favour of Contador, who finished in seventh place, 2:50 behind stage winner Voeckler, having done enough to pull on another maillot jaune while the man in another special jersey, that of the French national road race champion, closed his eyes and savoured the moment on the podium.

Full Results
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4:44:51 
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:20 
3Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
4Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:50 
5Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
6Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana  
8Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
10Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
11Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
12Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:03:29 
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
14Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
15Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:03:55 
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
17Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
18John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:04:08 
20Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
21Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
22Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
23Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
24Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
25Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:14 
26Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:18 
27Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:44 
28Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
29Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
30Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
31Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
32Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
33Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
34Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
35Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
36Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:06:58 
37Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:52 
38Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:08:35 
39Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
40Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
41Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
42Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
43Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
44Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
45Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
46Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
47Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana  
48Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:09:35 
49Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
50Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
51Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
52Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:12:01 
53Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:12:41 
54Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:13:04 
55Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:13:08 
56George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
57Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
58Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
59Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
60Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
61Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:15:20 
62Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:15:44 
63Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:17:09 
64Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
65Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
66Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
67Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
68Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
69Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
70Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
71Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
72Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
73David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
74Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
75Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
77Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
78Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
79Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
80Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
81Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
82Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
83Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
84Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
86Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:19:39 
87Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
88Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step  
89Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:24:01 
90Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
91Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
92Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
93Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
94Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
95Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
96Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
97Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
98Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
99Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
100Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
101José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:26:04 
102Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
103Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
104Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
105Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
106Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
107Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
108Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
109Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
110Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
111Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:28:40 
112Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha0:28:49 
113Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
114Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
115Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
116Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
117Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
118Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
119Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
120Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
121Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
122Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
123Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
124Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
125Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
126Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
127Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
128Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
129Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
130Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
131Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
132Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
133Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
134Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
135Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
136Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo  
137Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank  
138Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
139Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
140Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
141Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
142Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
143Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
144Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
145Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
146Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
147Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
148Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
149Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
150Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
151David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
152Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
153Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
154David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
155Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
156Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
157Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
158Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
159Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
160Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
161Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux  
162Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
163Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
164Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
165Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
166Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
167Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
168Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
169Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
170Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
171Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
172Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
173Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:29:57 
174Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:30:37 
DNFMauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
Sprint 1 - Clermont, 55km
1Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team6pts
2Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
3Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step2 
Sprint 2 - Fronsac, 136km
1Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6pts
2Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
3Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha2 
Points - Bagneres-de-Luchon, 187.5km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20pts
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team17 
3Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto15 
4Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale13 
5Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram12 
6Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step10 
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana9 
8Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank7 
10Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo6 
11Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions5 
12Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4 
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
14Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana2 
15Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de Carla-Bayle (Cat. 4) 30km
1Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom3pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team2 
3Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1 
Mountain 2 - Col de Portet-d'Aspet (Cat. 2) 105km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10pts
2Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom9 
3Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
4Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo7 
5Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto6 
6Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha5 
Mountain 3 - Col des Ares (Cat. 2) 126.5km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10pts
2Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom9 
3Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo8 
4Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions7 
5Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha6 
6Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step5 
Mountain 4 - Port de Balès (HC) 166km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom40pts
2Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto36 
3Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team32 
4Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions28 
5Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo24 
6Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20 
7Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha16 
8Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana14 
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank12 
10Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram10 
Most aggressive rider
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
Young riders
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4:48:20 
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:26 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:39 
4Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:06 
5Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:09:39 
6Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
7Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:12:15 
8Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:40 
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
10Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
13Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
14Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
15Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
16Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:16:10 
17Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:20:32 
18Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
19Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:22:35 
20Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
21Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
22Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:25:11 
23Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:25:20 
24Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
25Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
26Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
27Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
28Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
29Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
30Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
31Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
32Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
33Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
Teams
1Team Radioshack14:26:44 
2Rabobank0:00:18 
3Quick Step0:00:31 
4Liquigas-Doimo  
5Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:26 
6Astana0:02:43 
7Omega Pharma - Lotto0:02:46 
8Caisse d'Epargne0:04:35 
9BMC Racing Team0:04:42 
10Team Katusha0:08:12 
11Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:49 
12Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:14:33 
13Sky Professional Cycling Team0:20:17 
14Team Saxo Bank0:21:31 
15Team HTC - Columbia0:22:08 
16Garmin - Transitions0:23:23 
17Française des Jeux0:25:16 
18Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:29:00 
19Cervelo Test Team0:29:21 
20Team Milram0:31:49 
21Footon-Servetto0:32:22 
22Lampre - Farnese Vini0:33:26 
General classification after stage 15
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana72:50:42 
2Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:08 
3Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:00 
4Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:02:13 
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:39 
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:05:01 
7Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:05:25 
8Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:05:45 
9Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:07:12 
10Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:07:51 
11Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:07:58 
12Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:19 
13Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:09:02 
14Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:09:15 
15Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:11:14 
16Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:12:09 
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:34 
18Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:14:07 
19John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:24 
20Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:14:47 
21Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:15:37 
22Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:16:16 
23Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:17:44 
24Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:20:00 
25Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:21:18 
26Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:27:07 
27Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions0:28:56 
28Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:30:09 
29Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:34:39 
30Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:35:14 
31Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:40:31 
32Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:41:01 
33Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:41:10 
34Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:42:05 
35Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:42:16 
36Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:42:36 
37Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:44:09 
38Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:50:13 
39Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack0:53:02 
40Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:55:41 
41Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:58:55 
42Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:01:24 
43Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:03:35 
44Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1:05:10 
45Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:05:15 
46Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:09:26 
47Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:11:02 
48Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:12:09 
49Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:12:33 
50Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack1:14:38 
51Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
52Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:17:33 
53Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne1:17:57 
54Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo1:21:33 
55Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana1:21:50 
56Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step1:22:07 
57Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia1:22:38 
58Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana1:23:27 
59Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank1:25:18 
60José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:25:53 
61Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:27:32 
62Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank1:27:50 
63Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step1:29:47 
64George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team1:29:55 
65Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha1:30:16 
66Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:31:27 
67Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:31:29 
68Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:32:18 
69Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:32:48 
70Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram1:32:52 
71Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step1:33:11 
72Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team1:33:12 
73Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1:33:27 
74Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team1:36:17 
75Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:37:11 
76Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:40:33 
77Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:40:38 
78Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha1:40:54 
79Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team1:43:33 
80Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:44:53 
81Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:46:07 
82Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram1:49:04 
83Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:49:31 
84Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:49:58 
85Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram1:54:30 
86Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram1:54:56 
87Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne1:57:04 
88Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack1:57:24 
89Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto2:02:16 
90Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team2:03:08 
91Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2:03:38 
92Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram2:04:44 
93Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana2:04:55 
94Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team2:05:39 
95Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:06:14 
96Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha2:06:32 
97Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team2:07:05 
98Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale2:07:17 
99Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:07:33 
100Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha2:08:05 
101Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2:09:40 
102Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2:10:11 
103Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2:12:03 
104Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:12:08 
105Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2:13:36 
106Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2:13:49 
107Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux2:16:21 
108Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo2:17:05 
109Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2:17:45 
110Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram2:18:44 
111Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha2:19:03 
112Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo2:19:54 
113Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo2:20:33 
114David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana2:20:35 
115Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:20:43 
116Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team2:21:48 
117Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:22:36 
118Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank2:22:55 
119Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux2:25:18 
120Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step2:26:02 
121Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana2:26:29 
122Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:28:53 
123Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step2:28:59 
124Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank2:30:09 
125Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2:30:35 
126Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack2:30:53 
127Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana2:30:57 
128Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank2:31:44 
129Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team2:32:31 
130Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:33:53 
131Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2:34:08 
132Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank2:34:09 
133Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions2:34:43 
134Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank2:36:14 
135Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia2:36:16 
136Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2:37:55 
137Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux2:38:02 
138Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto2:38:59 
139Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank2:39:02 
140Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team2:39:32 
141Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step2:40:42 
142Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux2:41:27 
143Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:42:52 
144Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux2:43:45 
145Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step2:43:59 
146Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team2:44:18 
147David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions2:45:27 
148Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana2:46:54 
149Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team2:47:18 
150Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2:48:01 
151Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia2:49:43 
152Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia2:50:16 
153Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:51:09 
154Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram2:52:45 
155Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions2:55:42 
156Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team2:56:05 
157David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions2:57:19 
158Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank2:58:21 
159Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank2:58:39 
160Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:59:16 
161Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team2:59:19 
162Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto2:59:24 
163Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2:59:45 
164Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3:00:54 
165Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo3:01:12 
166Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team3:01:58 
167Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha3:04:23 
168Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3:05:13 
169Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team3:10:38 
170Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team3:14:48 
171Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux3:14:59 
172Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack3:16:17 
173Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3:25:06 
174Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia3:27:07 
Points classification
1Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini187pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team185 
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia162 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne144 
5Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha138 
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team120 
7Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom107 
8Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram102 
9Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi100 
10Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana98 
11Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale92 
12Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank87 
13Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto81 
14Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana78 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team74 
16Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step73 
17Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank71 
18Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team69 
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale62 
20Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto60 
21Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo54 
22Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha49 
23Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi49 
24Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions49 
25Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions48 
26Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom47 
27Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank45 
28Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto43 
29Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram42 
30Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom40 
31Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini39 
32Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne39 
33Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank37 
34Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank37 
35Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux35 
36Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram35 
37Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack34 
38Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux34 
39Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne33 
40Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo33 
41Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank32 
42Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team31 
43Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini30 
44Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne29 
45Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux29 
46Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne29 
47Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale28 
48Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini27 
49Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto26 
50Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom26 
51Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne26 
52Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions26 
53Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram26 
54Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack25 
55Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom24 
56Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto24 
57Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne23 
58José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne22 
59Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team22 
60Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step22 
61Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team19 
62Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step19 
63Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne18 
64Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack18 
65Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto17 
66David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions17 
67Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto17 
68Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale17 
69Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom16 
70Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team16 
71Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team16 
72Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack16 
73Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions16 
74Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo15 
75Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step15 
76Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team15 
77Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack15 
78Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi15 
79Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne15 
80Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto14 
81Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
82Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia14 
83Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia14 
84Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne13 
85Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale13 
86Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank12 
87Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank12 
88Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step12 
89Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step12 
90Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne12 
91Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step12 
92Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team12 
93Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
94Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana11 
95Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto11 
96Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto10 
97Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux8 
98Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team8 
99Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram8 
100Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom8 
101Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team8 
102George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team7 
103Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux7 
104Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne6 
105Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6 
106Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo6 
107Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
108Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
109Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank6 
110Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia6 
111Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo5 
112Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
113Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4 
114David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions4 
115Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
116Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
117Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4 
118Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step4 
119Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team4 
120Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
121Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank4 
122Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram3 
123Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha3 
124Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha2 
125Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
126Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team2 
127Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram2 
128Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
129Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team2 
130Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
131John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
132Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia2 
133Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha2 
134Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
135Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
136Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo2 
137Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana2 
138Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
139Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana2 
140Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack2 
141Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana2 
142Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana2 
143Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo2 
144Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank2 
145Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia2 
146Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
147Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank2 
148Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank2 
149Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
150Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
151Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2 
152Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack2 
153Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1 
154Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne-3 
155Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini-5 
Mountains classification
1Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom115pts
2Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step92 
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom82 
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank76 
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana76 
6Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi72 
7Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne68 
8Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto65 
9Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini63 
10Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale60 
11Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux56 
12Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne48 
13Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step47 
14Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank46 
15Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto46 
16Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto42 
17Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto42 
18Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo39 
19Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank38 
20Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne38 
21Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team36 
22Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions35 
23Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne34 
24Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha34 
25Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne32 
26Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank29 
27Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step29 
28Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale28 
29Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha27 
30Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom27 
31Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack25 
32Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step22 
33Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank21 
34Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana20 
35Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20 
36Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom18 
37Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo18 
38Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom18 
39Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank18 
40Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom17 
41Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale17 
42Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini16 
43Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team14 
44Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team12 
45Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
46Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step12 
47Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram11 
48Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack10 
49Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram10 
50José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9 
51Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram8 
52Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto7 
53Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions6 
54Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
55Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana5 
56Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5 
57Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step5 
58Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team5 
59Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
60Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
61Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
62Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto3 
63Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
64Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3 
65Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale2 
66Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
67Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
68Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
69Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
70Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
71Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2 
72Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
73Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team2 
74Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
75Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1 
76Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
77Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1 
78Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
Young riders classification
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank72:50:50 
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:04:53 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:07:50 
4Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:40:53 
5Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:58:47 
6Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:10:54 
7Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:12:25 
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:27:24 
9Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:31:19 
10Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:32:10 
11Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:32:40 
12Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team1:33:04 
13Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:40:25 
14Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram1:48:56 
15Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne1:56:56 
16Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto2:02:08 
17Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:07:25 
18Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha2:07:57 
19Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo2:16:57 
20Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team2:21:40 
21Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:22:28 
22Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step2:28:51 
23Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank2:30:01 
24Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:33:45 
25Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2:34:00 
26Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia2:36:08 
27Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux2:43:37 
28Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia2:49:35 
29Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:51:01 
30Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram2:52:37 
31Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team2:55:57 
32Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux3:14:51 
33Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3:24:58 
Teams classification
1Team Radioshack218:42:52 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:04:27 
3Rabobank0:17:23 
4Ag2R La Mondiale0:20:56 
5Astana0:29:07 
6Omega Pharma - Lotto0:31:13 
7Liquigas-Doimo0:48:43 
8Quick Step0:52:38 
9Euskaltel - Euskadi0:58:33 
10Sky Professional Cycling Team1:18:32 
11Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:22:00 
12Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne1:26:00 
13BMC Racing Team1:44:54 
14Team Saxo Bank1:48:36 
15Team HTC - Columbia1:55:47 
16Française des Jeux2:08:01 
17Team Katusha2:13:22 
18Garmin - Transitions2:33:00 
19Cervelo Test Team2:53:29 
20Footon-Servetto3:24:57 
21Lampre - Farnese Vini4:03:18 
22Team Milram4:09:37 

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Scott Sunderland's stage analysis

Let’s cut right to the chase, Contador should have waited for Schleck.

Andy had earmarked this stage as one where he'd open up the afterburners and you saw that in his attack, right up until he had his mechanical and Contador went past him.

Contador probably heard the problem but probably didn't know that Schleck had to stop and get off the bike to fix it himself and then he found himself in a position where he was attacking the yellow jersey during a mechanical and now he's in yellow.

The respect for the yellow jersey goes back a long way, and you heard it with the booing Contador got at the finish. They were not impressed. We've seen it in the past with Armstrong and Ullrich, and they both waited for each other and it showed great camaraderie and sportsmanship.

These guys are friends, they've been on holiday together and they obviously know each other quite well. Contador could have quite easily backed off the pedals and waited. In my book he should have. He would have looked like a man and he would have shown great respect for the yellow jersey. It could come back to bite him. I hope nothing happens to him but what happens if it does? Does Schleck say that he doesn't see it?

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