Advantage Schleck on first major mountain stage

Evans in yellow as crash ends Armstrong's hopes

There were two defining images of the eighth stage of the Tour de France. One saw a battered, bruised and decidedly ragged Lance Armstrong, shepherded by his RadioShack teammate Jani Brajkovic, struggling across the line at Morzine-Avoriaz, almost 12 minutes down.

The other saw Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) come of age with a stunning stage win. And it was this second image that should prove more significant in the coming days, since it suggested a shift in the balance of power, from the defending champion and favourite, Alberto Contador (Astana), towards last year's runner-up.

While the story of last year's Tour was of Schleck being unable to respond to Contador's repeated accelerations in the mountains, here it was the other way around.

An elite, 13-man group had just passed under the one-kilometre-to-go kite when the Luxembourg rider made his one, decisive move. Contador, whose Astana teammate Daniel Navarro had led almost the entire way up the 13.6km mountain, reacted quickly to his rival's attack, sprinting after his rear wheel, but he couldn't close the gap.

Indeed, the race was on, prompting Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) to pounce after Schleck. Approaching the line, with the Olympic champion having joined Schleck in front, it was Sanchez who led it out and looked as though he had it, but Schleck came around him, glancing across at his rival as he drew level, and then inching ahead to claim his first ever stage win in his third Tour.

"It was my first real victory of the season," said Schleck to TV interviewers after the race. "I took a lot of confidence out of my performance today. It puts me in a very good position right now, but I have to thank my team for being always around me, protecting me."

"I've got to get my head around the position that I'm in now," said Schleck, with a rest day ahead of him tomorrow. "There are still a lot of very hard days, but I am pretty relaxed for the moment. I've done my thing, and I hope I can do a great race and I hope I don't have a bad day."

Ten seconds behind, the group was led in by another of the day's aggressors, Robert Gesink (Rabobank), with Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) fourth and Contador fifth. Sixth, though, was the day's other big winner, Cadel Evans (BMC), who survived an early fall to claim the yellow jersey.

Evans now leads the general classification ahead of Schleck by 20 seconds, with Contador up to third, 1:01 behind the Australian.

Many will expect the overall winner to come from this trio, meaning, inevitably, that one of the day's big stories was the end of Armstrong's challenge - indeed, the definitive end of the Armstrong era.

In the first real mountain stage of this year's race the seven-time winner, riding his final Tour, suffered three crashes, the second of them coming at a crucial stage, just before the climb of the Col de la Ramaz.

"I had a bad day," Armstrong told French TV within seconds of crossing the line. "I came around one roundabout and my pedal touched [the curb], then my front tyre rolled off.

"It's hard to recover from something like that," he said. "They started the Ramaz pretty hard and I was already suffering. Then it went from bad to worse. It was a bad day. Now I'm going to hang in there and enjoy my last Tour."

Schleck offered his sympathy to Armstrong. "Lance had a pretty bad crash - he crashed in front of me, and he could do nothing.

"I almost went down with him," Schleck said. "He came back but he was pretty beaten up. On the [Ramaz], he lost contact with our group. I expected him to be up there in the front.

"To be really honest, I'm a little sorry for him because he really wanted to be good in this last Tour. I think his morale is a little down now."

The new yellow jersey, Evans, also had a scare, crashing after 6km and receiving attention from the race doctor. But he admitted that he wasn't surprised to inherit the yellow jersey from Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step).

"Chavanel has had a fantastic Tour, but he isn't a climbing specialist," said Evans. "I've got [the yellow jersey] because of the good work we did in preparation for the stage [three] to Arenberg. I think this is the reward for our work."

Going into the first rest day, the Australian said he wasn't sure what his BMC team's approach would be to defending the jersey. "The Pyrenees are very difficult, Astana is very strong and Andy's very strong, so I don't know yet how we'll look to defend, or what we'll do with the yellow jersey."

It was an active start to the stage, with numerous riders trying to go clear, but after around 35km seven men finally got the gap. The seven were Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Koos Moernhout (Rabobank), Benoit Vagrenard (FdJ), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Imanol Erviti (Caisse d'Epargne), Sebastien Minard (Cofidis) and Amael Moinard (Cofidis).

As this group built a solid lead the overall favourites kept their powder dry until the Ramaz. And as they hit the lower slopes - with Armstrong having just regained contact after his crash - Team Sky hit the front, Juan Antonio Flecha leading, Thomas Lofkvist following, with the British team's leader, Bradley Wiggins, sitting third.

Riders began to fall off the back, including King of the Mountains Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step), Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) and George Hincapie (BMC). Then, five kilometres from the summit, Chavanel began to lose contact, as Sky was joined at the front by Saxo Bank.

Then came the surprise: Armstrong sliding off the back, with his teammate Chris Horner for company. The news was transmitted at lightening speed to the front, and two Astana riders took it up, injecting more momentum into a main group that numbered around 35 riders.

The gap quickly opened, and with a kilometre to the summit the Astana-led group was 2:12 behind the break, with Armstrong, Horner and Brajkovic 40 seconds in arrears, and Chavanel a further two minutes back.

If Armstrong hoped to rejoin the group on the descent, then he hadn't bargained on a third spill - but that's what happened as he collided with Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) as they went through Les Gets, after a small climb that acted as a stepping stone to the final ascent, to the Avoriaz ski station.

Astana, meanwhile, kept up the pressure at the front. Alexandre Vinokourov put in a big shift on the lower slopes, then dropped back as Navarro took over.

Still in front were three survivors of the early break, but Moerenhout, Moinard and Aerts had about as much chance of fighting out the stage as Armstrong did of rejoining the Contador group.

All eyes were on Contador, of course. The Spaniard sat comfortably behind his teammates - so much for Astana not being strong enough in the mountains - and resembled a coiled spring. The question seemed to be when, rather than if, he would attack.

But Contador was surprisingly quiet, and we didn't see his familiar, dancing style until after the final survivor of the break, Moinard, had been reeled in 5.5km from the summit, and after Wiggins had been dropped, two kilometres later.

Even then, the Spaniard's accelerations were reactive rather than aggressive. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) was the first of the favourites to have a go, with Contador's response instant. A soft attack from Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) followed, but it acted only to tee up Gesink.

The tall Dutchman opened a decent gap, but Contador, shadowed all the time by Schleck, brought him back. And as they got their breath, with Gesink still leading, Schleck played Contador at his own game, sprinting clear, and maintaining the effort as the Spaniard tried desperately to get back on terms.

Given the gap that he opened in less than a kilometre, Schleck was asked whether he regretted not attacking earlier. "No, not at all," he said.

"We had a plan, and I had to follow it. I didn't want to change it during the stage. Maybe it was possible to take the yellow jersey today but I want to have it in Paris, so I want to take it step by step.

"I believed this morning this stage was a decisive one," Schleck continued. "I was really nervous this morning. I was 100 percent mentally and physically, and I was surrounded by my team. I'm really motivated now."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4:54:11 
2Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:10 
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana  
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
9Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
10Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
11Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
12Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:20 
13Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:39 
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:01:14 
15Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
16Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
17Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:37 
18Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:45 
19Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
20Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:02:05 
21Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:15 
22John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:18 
23Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana0:02:20 
25Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:02:23 
26Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
27Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
28Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
29Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:27 
30Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
31Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
32Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
33Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:04:05 
34Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:04:33 
35Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:46 
36Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:47 
37Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:05:50 
38Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:30 
39Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
40Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
41Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
42Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
43Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
44Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
45Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
46Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
47Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
48Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
49Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
50Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:59 
51Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:48 
52Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:10 
53Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
54Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo0:09:12 
55Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:09:45 
56Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:16 
57Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:11:27 
58Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
59Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:11:40 
60Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
61Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:11:45 
62Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
63Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
64Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
65Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
66Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
67Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
68Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
69Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
70Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
71Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo0:11:58 
72Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:12:58 
73Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:16:48 
74Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:42 
75Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
76Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:21:32 
77Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
78Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
79Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
80José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
81Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
82Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
83Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
84Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
85George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
86Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
87Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
88Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
89Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
90David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
91Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
92Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
93Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
94Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
95Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
96Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
97Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
98Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
99Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
100Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
101Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
102Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
103Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
104Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
105Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
106Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
107Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:22:04 
108Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:24:11 
109Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
110Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
111Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
112Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:25:21 
113Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:26:13 
114Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:27:49 
115Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
116Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
117Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
118Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
119Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
120Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
121Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
122Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
123Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
124Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
125Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
126Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
127David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
128Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
129Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
130Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
131Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
132Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
133Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
134Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
135Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
136Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux  
137Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
138Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
139Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
140Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
141Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
142Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
143Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
144Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
145Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
146Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
147Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
148Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
149Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
150Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
151Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
152Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:28:00 
153Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:30:15 
154Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
155David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:31:43 
156Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
157Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:32:34 
158Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
159Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
160Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
161Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
162Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step  
163Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
164Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
165Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
166Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
167Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
168Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
169Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
170Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
171Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
172Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
173Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
174Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
175Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank  
176Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
177Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
178Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
179Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
180Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
181Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
182Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
183Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
184Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
185Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
186Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:32:52 
Sprint 1 - Vulbens, 84.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 pts
2Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
3Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
Sprint 2 - Viuz-En-Sallaz, 129.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank6 pts
2Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
3Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
Sprint 3 - Morzine, 175.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank6 pts
2Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
Sprint 4 - Morzine-Avoriaz, 189.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank20 pts
2Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17 
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank15 
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo13 
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana12 
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team10 
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto9 
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack8 
9Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo7 
10Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank6 
11Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team5 
12Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia4 
13Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha3 
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions2 
15Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de la Petite Joux, 24.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3 pts
2Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2 
3Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1 
Mountain 2 - Côte de Grésin, 73.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 pts
2Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank2 
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
Mountain 3 - Col de la Ramaz, 154.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto15 pts
2Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank13 
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne11 
4Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto9 
5Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom8 
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 
7Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
8Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana5 
Mountain 4 - Les Gets, 168.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 pts
2Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank3 
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
4Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Mountain 5 - Morzine-Avoriaz, 189.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank30 pts
2Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi26 
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank22 
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo18 
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana16 
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team14 
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack10 
Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4:54:11 
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:10 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
4Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:02:23 
5Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
6Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:05:50 
7Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:30 
8Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:10 
9Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:16 
10Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:11:27 
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:42 
12Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:21:32 
13Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
14Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
16Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
17Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
18Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:24:11 
19Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:27:49 
20Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
21Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
22Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
23Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
24Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
25Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
26Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
27Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
28Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
29Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
30Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:28:00 
31Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:32:34 
32Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
33Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
34Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
35Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
36Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:32:52 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabobank14:46:20 
2Astana0:01:06 
3Team Radioshack0:01:42 
4Liquigas-Doimo0:03:03 
5AG2R La Mondiale0:04:16 
6Footon-Servetto0:06:49 
7Caisse d'Epargne0:07:47 
8Omega Pharma - Lotto0:07:56 
9Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:08:33 
10Team HTC - Columbia0:09:33 
11BMC Racing Team0:10:23 
12Euskaltel - Euskadi0:10:31 
13Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:18:13 
14Team Saxo Bank0:19:07 
15Quick Step0:20:47 
16Française Des Jeux0:20:58 
17Sky Pro Cycling0:21:15 
18Cervelo Test Team0:28:45 
19Garmin - Transitions0:31:46 
20Katusha Team0:39:56 
21Team Milram1:01:21 
22Lampre - Farnese1:07:06 
General classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team37:57:09 
2Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:20 
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:01:01 
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:03 
5Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:01:10 
6Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:01:11 
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:45 
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:02:14 
9Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:15 
10Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:31 
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:02:37 
12Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:02:40 
13Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:02:41 
14Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:02:45 
15Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:03:05 
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:11 
17Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:03:23 
18Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:30 
19Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:27 
20Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:03 
21Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:05:39 
22Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:19 
23Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:06:33 
24John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:12 
25Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions0:07:28 
26Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:52 
27Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:07:58 
28Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:15 
29Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:08:39 
30Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:08:53 
31Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:57 
32Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:10:05 
33Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:11:00 
34Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:08 
35Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:11:14 
36Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:13:01 
37Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:13:13 
38Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:13:17 
39Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:13:26 
40Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack0:13:56 
41Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:14:11 
42Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:14:45 
43Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:15:45 
44Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:17:30 
45Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:18:18 
46Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:18:41 
47Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:55 
48Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:22:57 
49Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:23:09 
50Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:23:50 
51Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:24:17 
52Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:24:19 
53Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:24:48 
54Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:25:08 
55Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:25:17 
56Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:25:48 
57Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:26:01 
58Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:27:38 
59Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:27:40 
60Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:28:24 
61Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:28:30 
62Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo0:28:36 
63Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:28:48 
64Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:29:06 
65Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:29:29 
66Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:29:38 
67Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:30:30 
68Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:30:41 
69Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:30:51 
70Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana0:32:07 
71José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:32:22 
72Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:34:06 
73Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:34:53 
74Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:35:09 
75Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:35:40 
76Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:36:35 
77Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:36:41 
78Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:37:10 
79Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:38:33 
80Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:39:08 
81Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:39:10 
82Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:39:30 
83Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:41:11 
84Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack0:41:15 
85Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:41:33 
86Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:41:35 
87Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:41:39 
88Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana0:41:43 
89Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:41:51 
90Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:42:04 
91George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:42:20 
92Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:42:47 
93Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:42:59 
94Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:43:22 
95Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:43:24 
96Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux0:43:56 
97Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana0:44:18 
98Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:45:14 
99Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:45:26 
100Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:45:57 
101Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:46:00 
102Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:46:46 
103Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:47:23 
104Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:47:31 
105Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux0:47:41 
106Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:47:53 
107Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:48:00 
108Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:48:08 
109Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:48:13 
110Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:48:37 
111Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram0:48:38 
112Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:48:44 
113Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo0:49:13 
114Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:49:22 
115Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:49:24 
116Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:49:29 
117David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:50:10 
118Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:50:37 
119Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:50:40 
120Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:51:08 
121Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:51:15 
122Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:51:17 
123Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:52:11 
124Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
125Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:52:34 
126Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:52:44 
127Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:52:55 
128Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:53:21 
129Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:53:31 
130Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:54:09 
131Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha0:55:04 
132Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:55:12 
133Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:55:46 
134Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:55:48 
135Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:55:59 
136Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:56:00 
137Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:56:44 
138Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:56:48 
139Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:56:49 
140Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:57:56 
141Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:58:25 
142Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:59:51 
143Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:59:56 
144Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:00:27 
145Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha1:00:28 
146Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step1:00:35 
147Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:00:38 
148Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux1:01:22 
149Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia1:01:23 
150Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack1:01:30 
151Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:01:46 
152Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step1:01:51 
153Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto1:02:20 
154Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:04:36 
155Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:04:54 
156Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia1:04:56 
157Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia1:05:41 
158Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team1:05:54 
159Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1:06:53 
160Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1:07:22 
161Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:07:42 
162Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:07:51 
163Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux1:07:57 
164David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana1:08:24 
165Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:08:45 
166David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions1:08:50 
167Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions1:09:06 
168Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team1:12:31 
169Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:12:44 
170Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia1:14:05 
171Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step1:14:14 
172Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions1:14:15 
173Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team1:15:10 
174Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1:15:23 
175Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:15:38 
176Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram1:16:15 
177Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:17:12 
178Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:20:13 
179Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step1:21:50 
180Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
181Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:22:26 
182Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:23:02 
183Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux1:23:26 
184Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana1:27:22 
185Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:27:54 
186Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack1:27:58 
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 
11Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team63 
12Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo54 
13Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions53 
14Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia48 
15Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto47 
16Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana47 
17Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank45 
18Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions45 
19Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions39 
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale38 
21Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank37 
22Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi37 
23Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux34 
24Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini33 
25Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale33 
26Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne33 
27Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto31 
28Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi31 
29Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram30 
30Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne29 
31Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram26 
32Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne26 
33Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram26 
34Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions25 
35Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team24 
36Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto24 
37Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto23 
38Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank23 
39Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo22 
40Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank22 
41Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto21 
42Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions21 
43Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20 
44Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram20 
45Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20 
46Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana18 
47Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank18 
48Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank17 
49Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto17 
50David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions17 
51José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne16 
52Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team16 
53Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom16 
54Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack15 
55Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step15 
56Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team15 
57Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto14 
58Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
59Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne14 
60Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia14 
61Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack13 
62Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne13 
63Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank12 
64Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step12 
65Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank12 
66Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12 
67Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia12 
68Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
69Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team12 
70Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team12 
71Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux11 
72Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto11 
73Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana11 
74Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne11 
75Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto10 
76Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack10 
77Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step10 
78Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo9 
79Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8 
80Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom8 
81Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team8 
82Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team7 
83Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia6 
84Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne6 
85Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step6 
86Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
87Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
88Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
89Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
90George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team6 
91Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6 
92Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha5 
93Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4 
94Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram4 
95Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
96Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team4 
97Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha4 
98Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
99Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram3 
100Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha3 
101Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank3 
102Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack2 
103John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
104Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
105Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
106Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank2 
107Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack2 
108Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank2 
109Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team2 
110Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
111Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
112Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2 
113Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank2 
114Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha2 
115Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step2 
116Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack2 
117Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo2 
118Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
119Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
120Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne2 
121Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana2 
122Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo2 
123Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne2 
124Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram2 
125Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana2 
126Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team2 
127Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana2 
128Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha2 
129Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
130Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
131Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto2 
132Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale2 
133Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
134Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
135Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana2 
136Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
137Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo2 
138Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team2 
139Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions2 
140Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
141Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
142Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
143Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto2 
144Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia2 
145Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team2 
146Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
147Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia2 
148Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step2 
149Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1 
150Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne-3 
151Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini-5 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step44 pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step36 
3Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank30 
4Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne28 
5Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto27 
6Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi26 
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank22 
8Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom21 
9Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20 
10Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto19 
11Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo18 
12Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank18 
13Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana16 
14Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank16 
15Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini16 
16Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team14 
17Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14 
18Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom14 
19Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
20Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
21Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne11 
22Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram11 
23Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne11 
24Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
25Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack10 
26Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto7 
27Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step6 
28Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
29Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5 
30Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana5 
31Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5 
32José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4 
33Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
34Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions3 
35Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto3 
36Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
37Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
38Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step2 
39Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
40Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2 
41Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
42Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
43Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
44Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1 
45Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1 
46Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
47Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
48Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank37:57:29 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:25 
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:02:17 
4Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:07 
5Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:10:54 
6Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:17:10 
7Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:23:57 
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:24:28 
9Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:24:57 
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:29:09 
11Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:30:31 
12Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:34:49 
13Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:35:20 
14Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:38:50 
15Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:42:27 
16Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:42:39 
17Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:43:04 
18Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:45:37 
19Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:48:17 
20Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:50:17 
21Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:50:20 
22Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:51:51 
23Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:55:28 
24Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:56:29 
25Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:00:07 
26Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:00:18 
27Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia1:01:03 
28Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step1:01:31 
29Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:04:16 
30Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:04:34 
31Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team1:14:50 
32Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram1:15:55 
33Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:19:53 
34Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:22:06 
35Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux1:23:06 
36Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:27:34 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabobank  
2Astana  
3Team Radioshack  
4Caisse d'Epargne  
5AG2R La Mondiale  
6Liquigas-Doimo  
7Team HTC - Columbia  
8BMC Racing Team  
9Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
10Omega Pharma - Lotto  
11Euskaltel - Euskadi  
12Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
13Sky Pro Cycling  
14Quick Step  
15Footon-Servetto  
16Team Saxo Bank  
17Française Des Jeux  
18Garmin - Transitions  
19Katusha Team  
20Cervelo Test Team  
21Team Milram  
22Lampre - Farnese  

 

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Scott Sunderland's stage analysis

As we expected, the big boys came out to play on the stage and really put their cards on the table. And it was fascinating to watch.

As a fellow Australian, it was great to see Cadel Evans pull on the yellow jersey again. He rode another clever stage. Sometimes a crash can knock it out of you and you suffer in the finale, but he was good. Now we'll see how long he can keep it, and if he has the team to keep it. The BMC team at the Tour is a lot stronger than the one at the Giro but they now face a lot of work.

I think Andy Schleck was fantastic in the finale, and I was really happy to see him win. He was strong and to be honest he could have perhaps attacked earlier and earned even more time on the other guys. Saxo Bank has done a lot of work so far in the race and lost Frank Schleck but they will be on a high during the rest day and confident for later in the race.

Bradley Wiggins' confidence has probably taken a bit of hit but his Tour isn't over at all. Some people were surprised Team Sky took up the race on the Col de la Ramaz but you've got to go with your gut feeling and it is often better to take control of the race and set the pace. Wiggins knows his body better than most riders and rightly eased off on the climb to the finish so he didn't blow completely. There's still a long way to go for Wiggo in this Tour.

It was a pity to see Lance Armstrong lose so much time and be out of the race. His over chances are over, and after the first week of racing. He managed to avoid a lot of bad luck (in his Tour career) but it's all caught up with him this week and especially on this stage. He landed on his back on the second crash and that can cause huge problems to your breathing. I hope he can make it to Paris in his last ever Tour.

I'm sure Lance and all the riders will be happy to have reached the first rest day. They've been through a lot to get this far and many of them are battered and bruised. With the heat also a big factor, the second week and especially the stages in the Pyrenees will be about who recovers well.

The classification has been shuffled again and now we'll see what happens in week two. It seems like we've been through a lot already but there's still a long way to go.

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