Chavanel races to victory in first mountains stage

Frenchman recaptures yellow

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) won his second stage of this year's Tour de France at Station des Rousses on Saturday, and completed another double, taking over the yellow jersey, just as he also did in Spa at the end of stage 2.

Unlike in Spa, however, the history books will show no asterisk against Chavanel's name after this victory - which, again, he achieved alone.

If his win in Spa carried a hollow ring, with the race neutralised behind him following the crash-marred descent of the Stockeu, at the summit of Station des Rousses, there was only acclaim and admiration after a gutsy and perfectly-timed and executed counterattack.

From Chavanel himself, there was an exuberant, fist-pumping, medallion-kissing celebration along the finishing straight, while, behind him, there were skirmishes and a minor sort out of the overall contenders, but no significant winners or losers.

"We are on a roll on this incredible 2010 Tour," said Chavenel to Letour.com. "We started with the whole team, and it has gone perfectly. What we did in the stage to Spa was extremely rare. But to do it twice - oh, it's wonderful. Now we will try to win a third!"

Indeed, a stage described as a "medium mountain" stage conformed exactly to expectations. The six classified climbs included two long category two-rated ascents towards the end - the Col de la Croix de la Serra and the Côte de Lamoura - and these saw the favourites gather at the front.

"I think next year I will no longer compete for the month of May, considering the form I've currently got at the Tour. I had legs of fire, and I knew I was on climbs that suited me very well - a gradient of four per cent, hills more than a mountain," said Chavenel to Letour.com.

But while the Croix de la Serra acted as the launchpad to Chavanel's victory, and effectively ended Fabian Cancellara's (Saxo Bank) spell in yellow, it told us very little about the climbing form of Alberto Contador (Astana), Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) or Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), with last year's top four all present, correct and looking comfortable.

"I was à bloc [flat out]. It was hot, really hot. It was too much for me, I couldn't do it," said Cancellara to AFP. "I've had some nice days in the yellow jersey, and tomorrow I'll go back to my normal one. Things will be quieter, calmer, less stress."

The 14km climb of the Côte de Lamoura, to the finish at Station des Rousses, appeared tough at the bottom, with a series of hairpins, but it proved to be no more revealing.

Contador had two Astana teammates set the pace, and, with the main group now whittled down to around 35 riders, it was enough to drop the day's darkhorse for the yellow jersey, Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). With Thomas eventually conceding more than three minutes to that group, the white jersey for best young rider passed on to Schleck.

"I am very happy to have the white jersey, I hope that in the coming days, I can get one of another color," said Schleck to AFP. "Fabian (Cancellara) was not on a good day. Now it's my turn to play. I feel fine."

At the finish, as French TV hailed the stage winner's panache, Chavanel embraced his countryman and Quick Step teammate Jérôme Pineau, who completed an outstanding day for the Belgian squad by featuring in the day's main break and significantly increasing his lead in the King of the Mountains competition.

Pineau had said, before the start, that he intended to try and score maximum points on the road from Tournus to Station des Rousses, and he almost succeeded, being first to the top of five out of the six climbs. It was Chavanel, of course, who scored double points at the stage finish, and he now sits second in the King of the Mountains competition, eight points behind Pineau.

"I had to score points to consolidate my polka dot jersey. I've been criticized at times for attacking too much, but it's been paying off at the Tour," said Pineau to AFP. "Rather than trying to make the right break, I attacked and found myself with Samuel (Dumoulin). It worked out well. On the last climb I gave it everything. When I heard that Sylvain was all alone, I picked it up to help, if even for 20 metres."

The man in polka dots first signalled his intent early, attacking in the first kilometre and being joined soon after by Christian Knees (Milram), Danilo Hondo (Lampre), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis).

By the summit of the first climb, the Côte de l'Aubépin, after 51km, they had a lead of eight minutes, 30 seconds - with Pineau first across the line, of course, ahead of Knees and Perez.

It was the Côte du barrage de Vouglans, the fourth hill of the day - and the first Cat. 2 climb of this year's Tour - that began to inflict the damage. Cancellara began to yo-yo - as, surprisingly, did Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) - as the main group split in two, and Damiano Cunego (Lampre) bridged across to a counterattack that included Thomas Voeckler and Cyril Gautier (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Mathieu Perget (Caisse d'Epargne).

Up ahead, Pineau took off with Hondo, and they reached the top of the climb together. Knees followed, then Voeckler, Gautier, Cunego, Lloyd and Perget, with the peloton just over a minute behind.

Chavanel, meanwhile, sensed that the group containing Cunego - with the Italian widely fancied for the day's stage - was the one to join, and he set off in pursuit, bridging the gap in no time at all.

On the approach to the final climb Chavanel made another key decision, this time that Cunego's group wasn't going fast enough. And so he launched himself again - and so, at precisely the same time, did Pineau, dropping Hondo, and setting up a Quick Step pursuit race.

It didn't take Chavanel long to catch a spent-looking Pineau. "He tried to lead me," said Chavanel later to Cyclingnews, "but he was really tired, and it wasn't possible for him."

The climb to the finish, Chavanel admitted, was "exactly the type of climb I like." And it showed as he stormed up a gradient that averages five percent, pushing a huge gear.

"I began to think of the yellow jersey on the last climb, and I told myself that after having lost it, it was quite a coup to take it back again," said Chavenel to Letour.com.

Behind him, Pineau predictably dropped like a stone - he came in almost four minutes behind Chavanel - but Chavanel had a surprise pursuer in the form of Rafael Valls Ferri (Footon-Servetto), who chased him all the way up the climb and came in just 57 seconds down.

As Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) - the winner of last year's penultimate stage to the summit of Mont Ventoux - came in for third, and Voeckler held on for fourth, the main group of 35 came in 1:47 down.

As well as last year's top four, the other favourites were all there - Cadel Evans (BMC), the Liquigas pair of Ivan Basso and Roman Kreuziger and Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack). In fact, the only loser among those who might be considered top 10 candidates was Armstrong and Leipheimer's teammate, Andreas Kloden, who conceded four minutes to Chavanel.

"It was very hot, it was a very hard day," said Schleck to AFP. "I was surprised by the difficulty of the stage. I am a little disappointed with myself. On the last climb, Contador and his team pushed the pace a bit too high in my opinion, because of the sudden the others would not ride with them then."

Chavanel plans to defend his jersey in Sunday's stage 8, 189km from Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz. "Tomorrow I will do everything to defend it, but I know that the battle will mainly concern Contador, Schleck and Evans," said Chavenel to Letour.com. "In the midst of it, I'll always give everything, but if I lose, it does not matter. Right now I'm on my little cloud, I'm floating and I don't know how else to describe it. But I see that I have great support on the road and everywhere. It warms my heart."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4:22:52 
2Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:00:57 
3Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:01:27 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:40 
5Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
6Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
7Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:47 
8Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
9Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
13Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana  
14Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
15Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
16Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
17Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
18Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
19Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
20Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
21Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
22Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
23Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
24Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
25Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
26Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
27Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
28Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
29Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
30Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
31Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
32Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
33Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana  
34Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
35Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
36Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
37Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
38Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
39Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
40Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
41Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
42Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
43Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:03:07 
44Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:03:55 
45Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:04:00 
46Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
47Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
48John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
50Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
51Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
52Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
53Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
54Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
55Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
56Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:05:02 
57Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
58Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:05:18 
59Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:04 
60Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
61Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
62Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
63Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
64Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
65Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:10:02 
66Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
67Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
68Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
69Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
70Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
71Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
72José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
73Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
74Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
75Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
76Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
77Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:11:02 
78Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:12:59 
79Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
80Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
81Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
82Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
83Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
84Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:14:12 
85Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
86Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
87Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
88Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
89Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
90Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
91Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
92Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo  
93David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
94George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
95Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
96Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
97Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:18:57 
98Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
99Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
100Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
101Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
102David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
103Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:19:14 
104Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
105Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
106Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
107Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
108Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
109Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
110Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
111Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
112Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
113Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
114Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
115Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
116Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
117Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
118Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
119Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
120Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
121Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
122Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
123Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step  
124Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
125Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
126Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
127Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
128Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
129Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
130Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
131Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
132Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
133Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
134Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
135Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
136Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
137Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
138Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
139Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
140Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:22:17 
141Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
142Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
143Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
144Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
145Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
146Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
147Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
148Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
149Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
150Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
151Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
152Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
153Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux  
154Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
155Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
156Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
157Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
158David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
159Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
160Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
161Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
162Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
163Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
164Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
165Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
166Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
167Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
168Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
169Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
170Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
171Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
172Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
173Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
174Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
175Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
176Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
177Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
178Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
179Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
180Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
181Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
182Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
183Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
184Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
185Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
186Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
DNSJuan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
HDStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
Sprint 1 Cormoz - 29.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini6 pts
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
3Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
Sprint 2 - Saint-Amour - 44.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini6 pts
2Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram4 
3Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
Sprint 3 - Molinges - 118.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini6 pts
2Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram4 
3Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
Sprint 4 - Station Des Rousses - 165.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step25 pts
2Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto22 
3Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank20 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom18 
5Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne16 
6Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto15 
7Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom14 
8Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions13 
9Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12 
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto11 
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale10 
12Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram9 
13Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana8 
14Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team7 
15Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
16Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack5 
17Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
18Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
19Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
20Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de l'Aubépin - 51.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step4 pts
2Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram3 
3Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
4Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
Mountain 2 - Côte des Granges - 69.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step3 pts
2Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
Mountain 3 - Côte d'Arinthod - 84.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step4 pts
2Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3 
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
4Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini1 
Mountain 4 - Côte du barrage de Vouglans - 104.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step10 pts
2Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi9 
3Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram8 
4Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne7 
5Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini6 
6Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
Mountain 5 - Col de la Croix de la Serra - 134.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step10 pts
2Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini9 
3Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom7 
5Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne6 
6Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5 
Mountain 6 - Côte de Lamoura - 161.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step20 pts
2Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto18 
3Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank16 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom14 
5Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
6Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10 
Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto4:23:49 
2Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:00:50 
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
5Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
6Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:21 
9Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:07 
10Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:09:05 
11Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:12:02 
12Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
13Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
14Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:15 
15Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
16Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:18:00 
17Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:18:17 
18Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
19Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
20Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
21Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
22Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
23Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
24Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
26Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:21:20 
27Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
28Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
29Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
30Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
31Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
32Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
33Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
34Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
35Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
36Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabobank13:13:37 
2Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:13 
3Caisse d'Epargne  
4Astana0:00:20 
5Team Radioshack  
6Quick Step0:00:41 
7Team HTC - Columbia0:02:33 
8BMC Racing Team0:03:35 
9Sky Pro Cycling0:03:51 
10Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:04:46 
11Euskaltel - Euskadi  
12AG2R La Mondiale0:06:50 
13Katusha Team  
14Omega Pharma - Lotto0:08:28 
15Liquigas-Doimo0:08:35 
16Team Saxo Bank0:11:32 
17Footon-Servetto0:11:55 
18Team Milram0:16:50 
19Garmin - Transitions0:17:30 
20Française Des Jeux0:20:00 
21Cervelo Test Team0:29:05 
22Lampre - Farnese0:31:32 
General classification after stage 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step33:01:23 
2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:25 
3Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:01:32 
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:55 
5Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:02:17 
6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:02:26 
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:28 
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions0:02:33 
10Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:02:35 
11Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
12Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:10 
13Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:11 
14Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:03:16 
15Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:20 
16Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:03:39 
17Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
18Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:03:44 
19Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack0:03:46 
20Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
21Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:50 
22Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:03:58 
23Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:04:02 
24Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:04:03 
25Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:04 
26Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:04:05 
27Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:04:06 
28Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:04:19 
29Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:20 
30Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:35 
31Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:37 
32Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:39 
33Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:05:19 
34Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:31 
35Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:06:00 
36Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:06:01 
37Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:06:04 
38Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:06:05 
39Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:13 
40Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:26 
41John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:29 
42Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:30 
43Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:07:41 
44Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:50 
45Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:05 
46Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:08:18 
47Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:08:19 
48Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:08:22 
49Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:27 
50Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:08:51 
51Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:10:33 
52Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:12:19 
53José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:12:25 
54Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:12:27 
55Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:12:35 
56Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:12:47 
57Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
58Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:13:11 
59Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:13:45 
60Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:46 
61Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:14:56 
62Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:15:12 
63Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:15:43 
64Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:16:26 
65Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:16:33 
66Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:16:38 
67Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:16:44 
68Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:16:54 
69Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:16:56 
70Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:17:08 
71Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo0:18:13 
72Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:19:24 
73David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:20:02 
74Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:15 
75Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:20:31 
76Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:20:48 
77Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:20:56 
78Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:21:02 
79Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:21:17 
80Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack0:21:18 
81Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux0:21:27 
82Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:21:36 
83Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:21:38 
84Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:39 
85Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:21:42 
86Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:21:45 
87Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana0:21:46 
88Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
89Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:21:54 
90Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:21:59 
91Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:22:07 
92George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:22:23 
93Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
94Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:22:32 
95Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:23:02 
96Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:23:06 
97Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:23:10 
98Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha0:24:05 
99Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana0:24:21 
100Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:24:23 
101Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:24:26 
102Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:24:54 
103Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:25:00 
104Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:25:03 
105Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:25:17 
106Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:25:47 
107Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:25:57 
108Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
109Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:26:00 
110Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:26:20 
111Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:26:49 
112Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:27:07 
113Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:28:41 
114Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
115Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:28:52 
116Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:28:57 
117Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:28:58 
118Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:29:08 
119Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:29:09 
120Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:29:11 
121Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:29:19 
122Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:29:28 
123Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:29:29 
124Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:29:32 
125Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
126Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:29:34 
127Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step0:29:36 
128Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:30:24 
129Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:30:30 
130Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack0:30:31 
131Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:30:34 
132Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:30:47 
133Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:31:18 
134Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto0:31:21 
135Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana0:31:22 
136Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:31:42 
137Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:32:11 
138Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:32:36 
139Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:33:01 
140Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux0:33:46 
141Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:33:55 
142Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia0:33:57 
143Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:34:12 
144Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:34:24 
145Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:34:42 
146Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:35:37 
147Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:36:03 
148Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:36:08 
149Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:36:16 
150Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:36:23 
151Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:36:44 
152Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:36:52 
153Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:37:13 
154Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:37:14 
155Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:38:34 
156Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions0:38:58 
157Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:39:12 
158Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha0:40:31 
159Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team0:40:39 
160Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:40:42 
161Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:41:28 
162Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:41:32 
163Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo0:41:36 
164Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:41:43 
165Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:41:45 
166Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:42:31 
167David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:42:36 
168Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:43:06 
169Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step0:43:15 
170Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:43:16 
171Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:44:24 
172Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:44:39 
173Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:44:58 
174David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana0:48:27 
175Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:48:56 
176Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:49:14 
177Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:49:24 
178Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step0:50:51 
179Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
180Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:50:58 
181Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:52:03 
182Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:56:12 
183Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:56:55 
184Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:56:59 
185Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:57:01 
186Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana1:01:08 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team118 pts
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini114 
3Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha105 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne92 
5Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia85 
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team82 
7Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom79 
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team74 
9Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram71 
10Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step69 
11Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo54 
12Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team53 
13Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions53 
14Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia48 
15Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto47 
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions43 
17Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions39 
18Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale38 
19Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank37 
20Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi37 
21Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana35 
22Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux34 
23Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini33 
24Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale33 
25Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne33 
26Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram30 
27Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne29 
28Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram26 
29Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram26 
30Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne26 
31Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank25 
32Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions25 
33Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team24 
34Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto24 
35Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto22 
36Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank22 
37Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto21 
38Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions21 
39Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20 
40Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20 
41Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram20 
42Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana18 
43Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank18 
44Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank17 
45Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto17 
46David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions17 
47José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne16 
48Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team16 
49Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom16 
50Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack15 
51Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step15 
52Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team15 
53Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto14 
54Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
55Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
56Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne14 
57Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia14 
58Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step12 
59Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank12 
60Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12 
61Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia12 
62Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
63Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team12 
64Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team12 
65Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux11 
66Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto11 
67Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana11 
68Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne11 
69Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto11 
70Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto10 
71Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack10 
72Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step10 
73Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo9 
74Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne9 
75Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom8 
76Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
77Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team8 
78Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
79Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne6 
80Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
81Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6 
82George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team6 
83Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack5 
84Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step5 
85Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4 
86Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram4 
87Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
88Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4 
89Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
90Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4 
91Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
92Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram3 
93Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha3 
94Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank3 
95Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack2 
96Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia2 
97Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
98Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank2 
99Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team2 
100Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
101Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha2 
102Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack2 
103Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank2 
104Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha2 
105Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
106John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
107Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step2 
108Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
109Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank2 
110Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
111Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack2 
112Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team2 
113Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
114Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank2 
115Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2 
116Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram2 
117Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
118Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo2 
119Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne2 
120Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto2 
121Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team2 
122Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale2 
123Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana2 
124Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
125Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha2 
126Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana2 
127Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo2 
128Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team2 
129Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana2 
130Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions2 
131Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
132Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
133Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
134Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo2 
135Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
136Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
137Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto2 
138Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana2 
139Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia2 
140Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
141Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2 
142Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
143Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
144Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
145Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia2 
146Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step2 
147Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha2 
148Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1 
149Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne-3 
150Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini-5 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step44 pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step36 
3Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne28 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom21 
5Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20 
6Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto18 
7Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank16 
8Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini16 
9Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
10Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram11 
11Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne11 
12Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne8 
13Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto7 
14Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step6 
15Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5 
16Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5 
17Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
18José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4 
19Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
20Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions3 
21Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto3 
22Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
23Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
24Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step2 
25Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
26Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
27Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
28Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
29Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1 
30Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
31Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
32Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank33:03:18 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:15 
3Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:01:44 
4Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:02:07 
5Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:02:25 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:02:42 
7Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:02:44 
8Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:10:40 
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:13:01 
10Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:17 
11Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:48 
12Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:14:38 
13Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:18:53 
14Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:19:07 
15Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:20:28 
16Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:21:07 
17Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:22:28 
18Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:22:31 
19Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:24:02 
20Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:24:05 
21Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:26:46 
22Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:27:33 
23Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:27:34 
24Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:27:39 
25Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:28:29 
26Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:32:00 
27Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:32:29 
28Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:33:42 
29Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:38:47 
30Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:42:44 
31Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:43:03 
32Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:47:01 
33Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:47:19 
34Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:54:17 
35Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:55:00 
36Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:55:06 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Astana99:12:43 
2Rabobank0:00:56 
3Caisse d'Epargne0:01:24 
4Sky Pro Cycling0:01:29 
5Team Radioshack0:02:07 
6Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:03:40 
7BMC Racing Team0:03:44 
8Team HTC - Columbia0:04:15 
9Quick Step0:04:33 
10Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:07:36 
11AG2R La Mondiale0:07:55 
12Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:08 
13Team Saxo Bank0:08:51 
14Katusha Team0:09:17 
15Omega Pharma - Lotto0:09:27 
16Liquigas-Doimo0:10:36 
17Garmin - Transitions0:14:54 
18Footon-Servetto0:19:20 
19Team Milram0:20:43 
20Française Des Jeux0:22:49 
21Cervelo Test Team0:29:40 
22Lampre - Farnese0:38:56 

 

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Scott Sunderland's stage analysis

This was the first taste of the mountains for the riders and you could see that it was a bit of a shock for everyone: the guys who went on the attack and for the overall contenders who didn't.

If you consider that most of the riders arrived in Holland on the Tuesday before the Tour de France, that means that they haven't done any big climbing for almost two weeks. That's a significant factor and explains why none of the big guys really went for it. The heat was also a factor and it often is in the Jura mountains because it can be a very humid but also very hot area in the summer. It made for tough racing conditions and explains why Cancellara quickly lost contact and the yellow jersey.

Of course, none of the lack of aggression takes anything away from Sylvain Chavanel's ride. He is on form and is using it to spectacular effect. He has always been a gutsy ride and won it will again. Chapeau to him and his team for getting the stage and the yellow jersey again.

Some people thought that Geraint Thomas might have a chance of taking the yellow jersey but while it would have been nice, I think Geraint still needs to develop and gain more experience before he's got a real shot in situations like that. He's super talented but he built his week in the spotlight on his excellent ride in the prologue and then a strong ride on the cobbles. Being able to transfer that to the climbs is a big ask.

He perhaps went a little deep that he planned to this week but it was well worth it for him and Team Sky. His second place overall kept the team car in second place in the race convoy and so was quickly there for punctures, for feeding and back up. With Wiggins also under performing in the prologue, the strong ride by Thomas also kept the pressure off him and allowed him to get into the race. They are little details not everyone sees but they do make a difference. Brad looked good on the climbs and should be up their with the other contenders on Sunday. He is probably now motivated and ready for his own spell in the spotlight.

It's time for the first real show down in the Alps on Sunday and it should be a cracker. I think the last time the Tour went up there from this direction was back in 1985 when Hinault was battling with Luis Herrera. I can remember watching it.

It's a real climb and could produce a real old battle amongst Evans, Armstrong, Contador, Schleck, Basso and Sastre. They all need to be up there if they are to be true overall contenders and may give it absolutely everything because they know they have the first rest day afterwards.

I understand that Evans didn't get his BMC team to go after Chavanel because he didn't want to take the yellow jersey straight away. That's a clever move by Evans and shows he's playing an intelligent and long game. With Chavanel in yellow, it means that Quick Step will be happy to control the first half of the stage and then he can perhaps take the jersey at the finish, enjoy having it on the rest day and BMC will only have to start defending it on Tuesday after they've rested up. Decisions like that can make the difference between and losing the Tour in Paris.

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