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Tour de France 2010

Date range:
July 3-25, 2010
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Distance:
      8.9km
      Start location:
      Rotterdam
      End location:
      Rotterdam
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      223.5km
      Start location:
      Rotterdam
      End location:
      Brussels
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      Brussels
      End location:
      Spa
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Wanze
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      153.5km
      Start location:
      Cambrai
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Epernay
      End location:
      Montargis
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      227.5km
      Start location:
      Montargis
      End location:
      Gueugnon
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      165.5km
      Start location:
      Tournus
      End location:
      Station des Rousses
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Station des Rousses
      End location:
      Morzine-Avoriaz
    • Rest day one

      Location
      Morzine-Avoriaz
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Morzine-Avoriaz
      End location:
      Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      179km
      Start location:
      Chambery
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      184.5km
      Start location:
      Sisteron
      End location:
      Bourg-les-Valence
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      210.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-de-Peage
      End location:
      Mende
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      196km
      Start location:
      Rodez
      End location:
      Revel
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      184.5km
      Start location:
      Revel
      End location:
      Ax-3 Domaines
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Pamiers
      End location:
      Bagneres-de-Luchon
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      199.5km
      Start location:
      Bagneres-de-Luchon
      End location:
      Pau
    • Rest day two

      Location
      Pau
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Col du Tourmalet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      198km
      Start location:
      Salies-de-Bearn
      End location:
      Bordeaux
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      52km
      Start location:
      Bordeaux
      End location:
      Pauillac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      102.5km
      Start location:
      Longjumeau
      End location:
      Paris
  • Race history

July 05, Stage 2: Brussels - Spa 201km

Chavanel takes stage and yellow in Spa

By:
Les Clarke
Published:
July 05, 2010, 16:10 BST,
Updated:
July 06, 2010, 15:35 BST

Emotional comeback victory for Frenchman

Spa is Belgium's home of speed - the city's world-renowned motor racing circuit has hosted daring feats over the decades - and there was plenty of bravado during today's 201km journey from Brussels to the Wallonne region, so it was fitting that a man known for his bravado take line honours.

Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel put in what will likely be one of the best performances of the this year's Tour de France - on just the third day of the event - to win in Spa and put himself in the maillot jaune ahead of the race's entry to French soil, which will come during tomorrow's stage to Porte du Hainaut.

The peloton, coming in nearly four minutes behind, failed to fulfil the city's need for speed, instead staging a 'go-slow' protest to the line after most of the race favourites crashed on the slippery descent with 30km to go.

Chavanel: "My most beautiful day on the bike"

Having spent much of the day in a break, Lady Luck finally shone on Chavanel, who has experienced a terrible run of fortune thus far in 2010. He hung tough at crucial moments in the stage and when he was thrown a moment of opportunity - another significant crash in the peloton - he took it like the proverbial dog with a bone and capitalised with a magnificent victory.

A fractured skull suffered during this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège had been the highlight of Chavanel's season for all the wrong reasons but today's stage win will go a long way to rectifying the misfortunes suffered in what has been a fairly forgettable 2010 thus far for the affable Frenchman.

After the stage, Sylvain Chavanel was ecstatic at his double strike. "The wheel is always turning. I have had so much bad luck, so many times. I've been caught a kilometre, two kilometres from the line. That's life. I've learned from it. This is my most beautiful day on the bike."

"20km from the line, I knew that I had a great chance of winning the stage, but I wasn't thinking of the yellow jersey. I only knew I'd take the yellow jersey 5km from the line."

As for his defence of the jersey, Chavanel said, "Now I want to keep it until Paris! [laughs] No, I just want to keep it as long as possible. It's something that I don't want to let pass by. I have a reasonable chance [of keeping the jersey] as far as Rousses, why not?"

The peloton's neutralising of the sprint behind did little to detract from his day, however. "That's part of racing, but it doesn't take from my victory. It's something that I don't understand."

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) was considerably more upset by the decision not to sprint. "I feel frustrated by what happened today. Our team was working hard and we would have had a good chance for victory. I feel like they have taken something away from us today. There were a few sprinters who did not make it to the front group, but there was no reason to not contest the sprint today. Everyone made a gentleman's agreement not to sprint, but I lost an important opportunity to try to win the stage and gain points."

His teammate Jeremy Hunt was similarly frustrated. "We pulled at the front all day. We all managed to get through. It was just chaos. In the end, they didn't want to sprint. I cannot understand why."

Other riders found the conditions more troublesome, however. "It was like skating on ice, and the bike was uncontrollable," said Alberto Contador.

Meanwhile, Milram leader Linus Gerdeman defended the peloton's decision. "That wasn't a strike. With this action we wanted to show our solidarity with the many crash victims."

Andy Schleck was glad of such solidarity after his torrid descent of the Stockeu. "I fell twice in 200 metres, I couldn't really control the bike. I thank everybody for the fair play shown, and I think it can be said that fair play won today."

The points jersey passed to Chavanel, but Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) will be consoled by being able to keep wearing his green outfit as the runner up in the classification.

If at first you don't succeed...

The day's breakaway, instigated by Chavanel, made its way off the front of the peloton after 17 of the day's 201 kilometres. Quick Step's mercurial Frenchman was joined by countryman and teammate Jérôme Pineau in a group of eight that settled in for the long haul with 179km to ride.

The other members of the escaping octet were Omega Pharma-Lotto riders Matthew Lloyd and Jürgen Roelandts, Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing), Sebastien Turgot (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) and Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-Farnese Vini).

With 167km remaining the gap had grown to 4:25, but seemingly in control by the peloton. The catch in theory would be a mere formality as some undulating terrain toward the finish offered plenty of territory for the peloton to flex its muscles. Pineau, Taaramae and Lloyd were fighting amongst each other for the mountains points on offer while the big guns behind negotiated wet Belgian roads as the race made its way further south.

A crash of portent came in the peloton with just under 60km remaining, as Mickäel Delage (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) came off, their battered bikes and bodies sitting on the side of the road. And after yesterday's shenanigans, a sense of déjà vu pervaded amongst observers. But more of that a little later...

Meanwhile, on the Côte de Aissomont, the break began to splinter as it hit the Wallonian hills, with Turgot and Lloyd contemplating life back in the peloton, a thought that became reality several kilometres later when, with 40km to go, the Franco-Australian duo was caught as the pace increased amongst the big hitters in the main bunch.

The Côte de Stockeu, next on the list of côtes on the menu, was Roelandts' time to make a move. Joined by Chavanel he tried his luck, although it was the Frenchman who made the most of the confusion in the break, which had disintegrated by this point in time.

And while the ascent of the Stockeu offered the perfect place for a pent up peloton to pounce, with only Chavanel and a labouring Roelandts offering any meaningful resistance, what was in store on its descent was the trump card the Frenchman had been hoping for.

Myriad splits opened in the bunch courtesy of crashes that followed a spill from Gavazzi, who had hitherto been amongst the eight escapees; the likes of Andy Schleck, Christian Vande Velde and Alessandro Petacchi all came down hard, the latter two eventually rolling into the finish many minutes down on the front group, making it a day to forget for the Italian who had experienced the heights the Tour has to offer just 24 hours earlier.

Andy Schleck looked dazed after the crash, but after being given a bike by teammate Matti Breschel, he remounted and set about chasing back to his teammates.

"We knew that crashes were unavoidable so we tried to set the pace at the front of the pack but the surface was simply as slippery as soap and bikes and motor bikes were scattered everywhere in the chaos on the descent," said Saxo Bank manager Bjarne Riis.

For a second consecutive day, the teams of the general classification favourites were performing rapid roll calls to determine where their big names were. Three distinct groups emerged on the road behind Chavanel, who continued his run ahead unabated: Jens Voigt worked his legs to the bone in order to get the brothers Schleck back to a group boasting the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador, who had managed to escape the carnage relatively untouched. Ahead, the group of yellow jersey Cancellara kept the pace under control to allow the Schlecks to rejoin.

Today was all about Chavanel, however, who increased his lead at the head of proceedings to an insurmountable margin nearing three minutes, and with less than 20km remaining it appeared that southern Belgium was going to be a more fruitful hunting ground than his last outing on these roads. His solo win was confirmation of this, with a well-savoured celebration exorcising the demons of several months ago.

Behind him the peloton, controlled by Fabian Cancellara, finished en masse with no sprint, apparently in protest at the day's route, which was perceived as dangerous by the big names of the race. It ended what was another eventful stage for all the wrong reasons but with a memorable result to take into the event's homeland tomorrow.

And now for something completely different

Putting a lighter spin on what was another serious day on the Tour, the first of this year's Cyclingnews Tour de France 'stage awards' are presented to:

'Mr Perpetual Motion' - Sylvain Chavanel, who showed what it means to be a baroudeur and go for broke, even with only a faint hope of winning something.
'Mr Tough' - Andy Schleck, who demonstrated that skinny guys can hang tough with the best of them and not every fall results in a broken collarbone.
'Mr Unlucky' - Christian Vande Velde, who managed to lack a shred of luck once again and came down in the day's main crash ,finishing a long way behind the other general classification favourites.
'Mr Diplomacy' - Fabian Cancellara, who organised what appeared to be a show of rider solidarity seemingly about the stage's conditions.

Stage 3: Wanze - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 213km

Here come the cobbles

After a nod to Liège-Bastogne-Liège today, Tour organisers ASO pay homage to another race in their portfolio by taking the field over several of the cobbled sections from Paris-Roubaix. There are 13.2km of pavé hell for the riders to deal with in seven separate sections. The last four are in France and particularly nasty, the final one just 10km from the finish.

It’s been six years since the Tour last encountered the cobbles. Back in 2004 the hopes of principal Spanish contender Iban Mayo were blown away in the dust. The sylph-like Alberto Contador will be hoping he doesn’t suffer the same fate. The finish is at the entrance to Roubaix’s infamous Arenberg Forest.

Full results

1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4:40:48  
2 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:56  
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha    
5 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
8 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
9 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux    
10 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia    
11 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
12 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
13 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team    
14 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions    
15 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
16 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
17 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
18 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo    
20 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
21 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram    
22 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
23 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram    
24 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
25 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank    
26 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo    
27 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
30 Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo    
31 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
32 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
33 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack    
34 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack    
35 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
36 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
37 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne    
38 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
39 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
40 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
41 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
42 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
43 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
44 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack    
45 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
46 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
47 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
48 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
49 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
50 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
51 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack    
52 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
53 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
54 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack    
55 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
56 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
57 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
58 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack    
59 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana    
60 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
61 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana    
62 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana    
63 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
64 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
65 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step    
66 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
67 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
68 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
69 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
70 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
71 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha    
72 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
73 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
74 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha    
75 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
76 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana    
77 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
78 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
79 Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
80 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
81 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana    
82 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
83 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana    
84 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
85 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
86 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
87 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
88 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
89 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
90 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo    
91 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana    
92 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
93 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
94 David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
95 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
96 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
97 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
98 Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
99 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia    
100 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
101 Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
102 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
103 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
104 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
105 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
106 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
107 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
108 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
109 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
110 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
111 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
112 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
113 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
114 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions    
115 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
116 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
117 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step    
118 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
119 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
120 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
121 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step    
122 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
123 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux    
124 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
125 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 0:04:09  
126 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
127 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:12  
128 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
129 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:04:58  
130 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack 0:08:51  
131 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
132 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
133 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
134 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
135 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
136 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
137 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
138 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack    
139 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
140 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
141 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
142 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 0:08:58  
143 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank    
144 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:09:49  
145 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
146 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
147 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
148 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia    
149 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
150 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
151 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
152 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
153 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions    
154 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
155 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:13:32  
156 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 0:13:37  
157 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
158 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux    
159 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
160 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
161 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
162 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 0:13:38  
163 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
164 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo    
165 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
166 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
167 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
168 Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
169 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack    
170 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions    
171 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
172 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
173 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step    
174 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
175 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step    
176 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
177 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana    
178 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana    
179 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
180 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
181 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:16:35  
182 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:19:03  
183 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
184 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
185 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
186 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
187 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram    
188 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
189 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
190 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
191 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
192 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team    
193 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
DNS Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
Points
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 25 pts
Sprint 1 - Perwez , 39.5km
1 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 6 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4  
3 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2  
Sprint 2 - Seny (Tinlot), 112.0km
1 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 6 pts
2 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 2  
Sprint 3 - Coo (Stavelot), 177.0km
1 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 6 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4  
3 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 2  
Mountain 1 - Côte de France (Cat. 4) 98.0km
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 3 pts
2 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2  
3 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
Mountain 2 - Côte de Filot (Cat. 4) 128.5km
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 3 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
3 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
Mountain 3 - Côte de Werbomont (Cat. 4) 136.0km
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 3 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
3 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1  
Mountain 4 - Côte d'Aisomont (Cat. 3) 161.5km
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 4 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 3  
3 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2  
4 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 1  
Mountain 5 - Col de Stockeu (Cat. 3) 167.5km
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4 pts
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3  
3 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 2  
4 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 1  
Mountain 6 - Col du Rosier (Cat. 3) 189.0km
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4 pts
2 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 3  
3 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 2  
4 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Young rider
1 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4:44:44  
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo    
5 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank    
6 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo    
7 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
9 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne    
10 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
11 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha    
12 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
13 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
14 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
15 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
16 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
17 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
18 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
19 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
20 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
21 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux    
22 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 0:00:13  
23 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
24 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:02  
25 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:55  
26 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
27 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 0:05:53  
28 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:09:41  
29 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
30 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 0:09:42  
31 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
32 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step    
33 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
34 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 0:15:07  
35 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team    
36 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
Most combative rider
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
Teams
1 Quick Step 14:10:16  
2 Team Milram 0:03:56  
3 Omega Pharma - Lotto    
4 Team Katusha    
5 Cervelo Test Team    
6 Liquigas-Doimo    
7 Garmin - Transitions    
8 Team Saxo Bank    
9 BMC Racing Team    
10 Rabobank    
11 Caisse D’Epargne    
12 Sky Professional Cycling Team    
13 Team Radioshack    
14 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
15 Ag2R La Mondiale    
16 Team HTC - Columbia    
17 Astana    
18 Française des Jeux    
19 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
20 Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
21 Footon-Servetto    
22 Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:08:51  
General classification after stage 2
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 10:01:25  
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:57  
3 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:03:07  
4 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions 0:03:17  
5 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack 0:03:19  
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:03:20  
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:03:24  
8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:03:25  
9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:03:29  
10 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:03:32  
11 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
12 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack    
13 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
14 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:33  
15 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack    
16 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:03:35  
17 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo    
18 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:36  
19 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
20 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana 0:03:37  
21 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
22 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:03:38  
23 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:39  
24 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:40  
25 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:03:43  
26 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
27 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
28 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:03:44  
29 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:03:45  
30 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:46  
31 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
32 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
33 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
34 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
36 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux    
37 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
38 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:47  
39 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
40 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
41 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:03:48  
42 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha    
43 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 0:03:49  
44 David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
45 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
46 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:50  
47 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
48 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:51  
49 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions    
50 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
51 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
52 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:52  
53 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
54 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:03:53  
55 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
56 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
57 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
58 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
59 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:54  
60 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram    
61 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:55  
62 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:56  
63 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:57  
64 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
65 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack 0:03:58  
66 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
67 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:03:59  
68 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
69 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:04:00  
70 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:01  
71 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
72 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
73 Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo    
74 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:04:02  
75 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
76 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
77 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:03  
78 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha    
79 Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:04:04  
80 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:05  
81 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step    
82 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana    
83 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia    
84 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
85 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:06  
86 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram    
87 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
88 Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank 0:04:07  
89 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
90 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana    
91 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia 0:04:08  
92 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 0:04:09  
93 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team 0:04:10  
94 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
95 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
96 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:11  
97 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:04:13  
98 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana    
99 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana    
100 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:14  
101 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step 0:04:15  
102 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
103 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 0:04:16  
104 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
105 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux    
106 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo 0:04:17  
107 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:18  
108 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
109 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
110 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:19  
111 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
112 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
113 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:04:20  
114 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:04:21  
115 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:22  
116 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
117 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto 0:04:23  
118 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:24  
119 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:25  
120 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:04:26  
121 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:28  
122 Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:30  
123 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:31  
124 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:04:35  
125 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:36  
126 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:39  
127 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 0:04:47  
128 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:05:24  
129 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step 0:07:17  
130 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:08:32  
131 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:08:37  
132 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:08:41  
133 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:08:45  
134 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack 0:08:46  
135 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 0:08:48  
136 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:08:51  
137 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack 0:09:04  
138 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09:05  
139 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09:07  
140 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 0:09:09  
141 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:12  
142 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:09:14  
143 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 0:09:29  
144 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:09:31  
145 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:09:44  
146 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:09:50  
147 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:09:55  
148 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:09:58  
149 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:10:00  
150 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia    
151 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:10:09  
152 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:10  
153 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 0:11:56  
154 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:13:13  
155 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 0:13:17  
156 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:13:20  
157 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:13:26  
158 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 0:13:27  
159 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 0:13:31  
160 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 0:13:34  
161 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:13:37  
162 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 0:13:38  
163 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
164 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:13:44  
165 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:13:45  
166 Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:13:48  
167 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:13:49  
168 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:13:51  
169 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo    
170 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step 0:13:55  
171 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:13:57  
172 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto 0:13:58  
173 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:14:00  
174 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:14:01  
175 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions    
176 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
177 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana 0:14:03  
178 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana 0:14:10  
179 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:14:19  
180 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:16:43  
181 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack 0:18:19  
182 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:18:32  
183 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:18:40  
184 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team 0:18:48  
185 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 0:18:54  
186 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:19:03  
187 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:19:10  
188 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:19:18  
189 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:19:20  
190 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:19:23  
191 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:19:26  
192 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
193 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:22:33  
Points classification
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 44 pts
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 35  
3 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 34  
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 30  
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 26  
6 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 24  
7 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux 22  
8 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 20  
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 19  
10 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 19  
11 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 18  
12 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 17  
13 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 17  
14 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 15  
15 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 15  
16 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 14  
17 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 13  
18 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 12  
19 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 12  
20 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 12  
21 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step 10  
22 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions 10  
23 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 10  
24 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia 10  
25 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack 8  
26 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 7  
27 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team 6  
28 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 5  
29 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 5  
30 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
31 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 4  
32 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 3  
33 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 3  
34 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 2  
35 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 2  
36 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2  
37 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
Mountains classification
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 13 pts
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 8  
3 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 8  
4 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 5  
5 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 4  
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3  
7 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 2  
8 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2  
9 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 2  
10 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Young rider classification
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 10:04:32  
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:13  
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:22  
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:28  
5 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:32  
6 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:33  
7 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:39  
8 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:40  
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:41  
11 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha    
12 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:52  
13 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:00:53  
14 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:54  
15 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
16 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:55  
17 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:59  
18 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
19 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:01:08  
20 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:09  
21 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto 0:01:16  
22 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:18  
23 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 0:01:40  
24 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:17  
25 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:30  
26 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 0:06:53  
27 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 0:08:49  
28 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:10:06  
29 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 0:10:24  
30 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:10:37  
31 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:10:42  
32 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step 0:10:48  
33 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto 0:10:51  
34 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team 0:15:41  
35 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 0:15:47  
36 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:16:11  
Teams classification
1 Quick Step 30:11:40  
2 Team Radioshack 0:02:51  
3 Team HTC - Columbia 0:02:52  
4 Garmin - Transitions 0:02:53  
5 Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:03:07  
6 Astana 0:03:11  
7 Team Saxo Bank 0:03:13  
8 Caisse D’Epargne 0:03:19  
9 BMC Racing Team 0:03:21  
10 Team Milram 0:03:27  
11 Liquigas-Doimo    
12 Rabobank 0:03:49  
13 Cervelo Test Team 0:03:53  
14 Française des Jeux    
15 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:03:54  
16 Team Katusha 0:03:56  
17 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:04:01  
18 Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:04:14  
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:26  
20 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:34  
21 Footon-Servetto 0:04:48  
22 Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:08:43  

 

Scott Sunderland's stage analysis:

There is a lot of debate about if the riders in the peloton did the right thing by waiting for the riders who had crashed and then protesting about the conditions. I can understand both sides of the argument and trying to analyze what happened is like walking a tightrope.

As a former rider I can understand the solidarity the riders showed and the fears they had about the conditions. I was involved in a nasty crash that almost ended my career - I was hit by a team car during a race - so I always feel it in my bones and my stomach turns when riders go down. Yet watching the race as a spectator, I can understand that people feel they were deprived of seeing some great racing.

It's not easy to say who is right or wrong. Personally I think the riders were right to wait after the crash but they should have contested sprint at the finish. No points were awarded at the finish and I hope that doesn’t affects who eventually wins the points jersey in Paris.

Some riders have criticized the race organiser ASO, but I think they're wrong. ASO are always very careful about safety. The descent and roads covered during the stage are all used in other races. Teams and riders had plenty of time to study then in the spring.

The riders have to remember that they're racing on public roads. I feel for them but they also have to toughen up a little. Some of them need some cement in their breakfast cereal.

It will now be interesting to see what happens on the cobbles on stage three. Who knows, perhaps the riders who didn't crash today, will go down tomorrow. Cycling is not held in a controlled environment like a football stadium and the unpredictability and the inherent risks are in many ways, what makes cycling so thrilling to watch and so unique as a sport.

I hope nobody crashes on the sections of pave and that we have a great day of bike racing and most of all a deserved winner.