Gilbert conquers Mont des Alouettes

Belgian takes the first yellow jersey

Philippe Gilbert’s remarkable year continues at the Tour de France. The newly crowned Belgian national champion, with his freshly dyed blond hair, duly fulfilled his favourite status on stage one, deploying his trademark uphill kick to devastating effect on Mont des Alouettes, to claim one of the most impressive victories in his already glittering career, as well as his first yellow jersey.

If this achievement ranks higher than any of the three Ardennes Classics the Omega Pharma-Lotto rider claimed in the spring, then it owes to the burden of his billing as the overwhelming favourite. The expectation and pressure on Gilbert was enormous, yet he appeared completely unfazed.

In the final uphill kilometre, with his team having done an immense job, Gilbert sat, calm and poised, like a lion about to devour its captured prey. When Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) jumped hard with 600 metres to go, Gilbert pounced, hunting down the Swiss and then counter-attacking as Cancellara began to flag.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) led the pursuit of Gilbert, but they could make no inroads as the Belgian sustained his effort to the line to win by six seconds from Cadel Evans (BMC).

“It’s hard to take in what I’m doing,” admitted Gilbert. “Liege-Bastogne-Liege was a childhood dream, [and] today was as well. Winning the stage and getting the yellow jersey – I dreamt about it.”

Gilbert, who said he drew strength from the pressure, added: “With 500 metres [to go] I knew that I could get a gap, then it was like a mini time trial. Before the line I saw that I’d won but I tried to gain as much time as possible. I’m almost sure that I will lose the jersey in the team time trial but I can maybe get it back on the Mûr-de-Bretagne [stage four on Tuesday, which is also Gilbert’s 29th birthday].”

Late crash causes havoc

Sadly for Gilbert, his first stage victory is likely to compete for the headlines with the day’s other main event, which saw the defending champion Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) held up by a crash. He conceded one minute, fourteen seconds to rivals including Evans, Andy and Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek), Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas).

The damage was done as the tightly packed peloton raced towards the finish on roads that were narrower and rougher than the wide open, pan flat Vendée coastal road that featured in the first part of the stage.

In the final 10km, as the 198 riders fought to be close to the front, battling for every centimetre of tarmac, they passed through corridors of spectators and seemed to inhale en masse - or at least those watching did - until, finally, there was a collision.

It happened with 8.5km to go when Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) clipped a spectator and went down heavily. Since he was close to the front, the domino effect took a terrible toll, wiping out all the riders closest to him. The resulting mass of metal and limbs formed a highly effective roadblock: only around thirty riders got through. The Schleck brothers, Evans, Wiggins and Basso were among the fortunate ones, with Contador and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) the main losers.

Quiet start to the race

Until those final 8.5km it is perhaps fair to say that it wasn’t the first stage the organisers had hoped for.

The peloton appeared afflicted by a strange torpor, though that was maybe understandable given that all most were thinking and talking about was the finishing climb, and the anticipated Gilbert ambush.

You would have got very short odds on the possibility of a rider from the local team being among the first attackers, and featuring in the very first break of the 2011 Tour. And, indeed, it seemed surprisingly straightforward for Perrig Quemeneur, Europcar’s 27-year old from just north of the region, Brittany.

And in bets about the constitution of the first break you might have got equally short odds on the other team to feature: Vacansoleil. The Tour debutants appear determined to make an impact, and to do so by doing what they do best - attacking.

It was the Dutchman Lieuwe Westra who joined Quemeneur, with another Frenchman, Jérémy Roy (Francaise des Jeux), making it a trio. According to one report, the break was established just 53 seconds after the official start. And within 10km, as the three riders committed fully to their bid for freedom - and valuable opening day TV exposure - and the peloton ambled along the coast, they gained three minutes.

The other certainty about the Tour’s opening day is that some one will crash, and the honour of first man down fell to André Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto). The German sprinter hit the deck on the treacherous Passage du Gois, the causeway that wrought such carnage on the Tour’s last visit, in 1999. This time the Passage featured during a ceremonial start rather than, as in 1999, as the climax to the stage. And Greipel, nursing a bloody elbow, was back up and in the peloton before the flag had been dropped.

Huge crowds lined the flat roads as the riders embarked on a U-shaped route, taking them inland to the town of Les Herbiers, and the 2.5km, gently rising Mont des Alouettes.

As the leading three riders built a lead that approached seven minutes the peloton showed little interest. There were more crashes with Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Andrey Amador (Movistar), the first Costa Rican to ride the Tour, tumbling early on, and then, more seriously, Jurgen Van De Walle (Omega Pharma-Lotto), who fell heavily.

Intermediate sprint

Yet he too was quick to reappear at the front and report for domestique duties as the team containing both Gilbert and green jersey contender Greipel began to gather at the front, their thoughts turning to one of this year’s main innovations, the big intermediate sprint.

Coming after 87km, this mega sprint has replaced the more numerous intermediate sprints that awarded small quantities of points to the green jersey competition. Now there is just one; and the points on offer - 20 points to the winner, down to one for fifteenth - make it an attractive, perhaps even essential, feature for anyone with designs on green.

It was certainly enough to finally stir the peloton into life. As they approached the five kilometre banner, Mark Cavendish’s HTC-High Road team began to get organised. Then, as Roy took the sprint from his two breakaway companions up ahead, Alessandro Petacchi’s Lampre squad also appeared at the front.

At one point HTC-Highroad occupied one side of the road, Lampre the other, but Greipel and his team were still in the picture, as was Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Cervelo.

And as Cavendish was unleashed, it was Farrar who emerged to take fourth place - and thirteen points – ahead of Greipel. Cavendish, on the other hand, faded badly, as though his heart wasn’t really in it. Certainly the Cavendish who contested this mid-stage sprint appeared a pale imitation of the Cavendish who sprints for stage wins.

After this odd interlude the gap to the break opened again, while Gilbert demonstrated just how relaxed he was by dropping back to the team car for a chat. When he wasn’t talking to Marc Sergeant, he was at the front laughing and joking with the world champion, Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo).

Eventually, though, it was Gilbert’s team that reeled the three men in, finally closing the gap with 18km remaining.

A little over nine kilometres later came the unexpected twist to the day’s plot, with the crash reducing the front group to around 35 riders. BMC and RadioShack, with Andreas Kloden, Chris Horner, Levi Leipheimer, Janez Brajkovic and Yaroslav Popovych all in the front split, were well represented. And, when they realised that Contador wasn’t among them, they showed no mercy, driving the group and quickly carving out a forty-second advantage. Behind, Contador seemed isolated.

He conceded another thirty seconds on the run-in, even as a second crash held up Andy Schleck and Wiggins, which meant they finished in the same group as the Spaniard. But because their spill had happened in the final 3km, they were given the same time as the group that came in on the coat tails of Gilbert.

Like 1989

Contador’s disastrous first day carries faint echoes of the 1989 Tour, when his countryman Pedro Delgado, the defending champion, lost 2 minutes, 40 seconds, turning up late for his prologue time trial. From then the Tour resembled a pursuit race for Delgado, but he couldn’t make back the time and eventually finished third in Paris, behind Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon.

Like Delgado, who had tested positive during the 1988 race, but was exonerated of any drugs offence, Contador has started this Tour under his own doping cloud, with his positive test for clenbuterol during last year’s race due to be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in early August.

Despite that distraction, Contador started this Tour as the big favourite. Yet, as day one demonstrated, the plot doesn’t always adhere to the pre-race predictions - unless your name is Philippe Gilbert.

 

 

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4:41:31 
2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:03 
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:06 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
7Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack  
8Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
9Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
10Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
11Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
12Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
13Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
16David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
17Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
18Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek  
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
21Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
22Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
23Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
24Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ  
25Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
26Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
27William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
28Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
29Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
30Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
31José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
32Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:20 
33Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
34Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
35Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
36Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
37Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:00:06 
38Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek0:01:20 
39Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek0:00:06 
40Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
41Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
42Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
43Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:01:20 
44Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD0:00:06 
45Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack  
46Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:01:20 
47Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:00:06 
48Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
49Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:20 
50Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:06 
51Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
52Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
53Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
54Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:20 
55Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:06 
56Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:20 
57Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:06 
58Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  
59Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
60Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
61Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad0:01:20 
62Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
63Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:06 
64Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
65Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:39 
66Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:06 
67Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
68Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:01:49 
69Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:55 
70Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
71Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
72Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
73Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
74Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana  
75Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana  
76Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
77Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:06 
78Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
79Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
80Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
81Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:55 
82Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:06 
83Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:55 
84Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack  
85Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
86Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
87Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:00:06 
88Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:55 
89Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ  
90Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
91Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:06 
92Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:55 
93David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
94George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:06 
95Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack0:01:55 
96Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:06 
97Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:55 
98Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ  
99John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
100Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
101Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
102Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
103Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
104Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
105Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
106Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
107Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
108Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:10 
109Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling0:02:16 
110Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:02:25 
111Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
112Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
114Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
115Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack  
116Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
117Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
118Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
119Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
120Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek  
121Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:02:33 
122Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
123Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
124Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
125Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
126Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
127Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
128Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek  
129Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:36 
130Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
131Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
132Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
133Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
134Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
135Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
136Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:06 
137Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
138André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
139Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:36 
140Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
141David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team  
142Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:06 
143Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
144Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team0:01:55 
145Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:54 
146David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD0:03:05 
147Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:00:06 
148Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:05 
149Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
150Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
151Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
152Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad0:00:06 
153Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad  
154Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
155Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:03:05 
156Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:06 
157Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
158David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:03:05 
159Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
160Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:03:19 
161Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:25 
162Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:28 
163Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
164Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
165Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:06 
166Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:28 
167Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
168Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
169Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
170Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
171Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:06 
172Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:41 
173Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06 
174Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:55 
175Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:00:06 
176Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:27 
177Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
178Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:30 
179Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:55 
180Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:04:37 
181Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
182Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:56 
183Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:00:06 
184Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:05:33 
185Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:23 
186Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:06:35 
187Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:06:42 
188Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana0:06:50 
189Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
190Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
191Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack  
192Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
193Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
194Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
195Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:07:54 
196Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
197Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:09:10 
198Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:12:02 
Sprint 1 - Avrillé, 87km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ20 pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team17 
3Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar15 
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo13 
5André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto11 
6Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team10 
7Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team9 
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team8 
9Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team7 
10Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
11Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad5 
12Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
13Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ3 
14Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2 
15Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
Sprint 2 - Mont des Alouettes (Les Herbiers), 191.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto45 pts
2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team35 
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo30 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team26 
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto22 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling20 
7Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack18 
8Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne16 
9Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack14 
10Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad12 
11Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek10 
12Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek8 
13Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad6 
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar4 
15Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD2 
Mountain - Mont Des Alouettes (Les Herbiers), 191.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Most combative rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling4:41:37 
2Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
3Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
4Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
6Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
7Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:14 
10Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
11Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
12Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:01:14 
13Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
14Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
15Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:14 
16Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:01:43 
17Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:49 
18Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana  
19Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
20Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
21Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
22Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
23Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
24Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
25Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:02:19 
26Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
28Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:27 
29Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:02:30 
30Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
31Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:59 
32Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
33Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
34Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:22 
35Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
36Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
37Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:49 
38Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
39Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:44 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Omega Pharma - Lotto14:04:45 
2BMC Racing Team0:00:03 
3Team Leopard-Trek0:00:06 
4HTC - Highroad  
5Team Radioshack  
6Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
7Lampre - ISD  
8Sky Procycling  
9Katusha Team  
10Pro Team Astana  
11Movistar Team  
12Quick Step Cycling Team  
13Team Europcar  
14Team Garmin - Cervelo  
15Liquigas-Cannondale  
16FDJ0:01:20 
17Rabobank Cycling Team  
18Saur-Sojasun0:01:55 
19AG2R La Mondiale  
20Vacansoleil-Dcm0:03:09 
21Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:42 
22Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:58 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4:41:31 
2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:03 
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:06 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
7Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack  
8Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
9Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
10Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
11Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
12Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
13Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
16David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
17Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
18Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek  
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
21Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
22Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
23Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
24Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ  
25Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
26Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
27William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
28Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
29Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
30Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
31José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
32Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
33Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
34Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
35Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
36Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
37Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
38Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack  
39Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
40Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
41Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team  
42Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
43Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
44Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
45Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
46Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
47Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  
48Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
49Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
50Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
51Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
52Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
53Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
54Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
55Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
56Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
57Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
58Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
59Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
60George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
61Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
63Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
64André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
65Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
66Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
67Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad  
68Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad  
69Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad  
70Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
71Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
72Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
73Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
74Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
75Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
77Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
78Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:26 
79Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:20 
80Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
81Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
82Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
83Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
84Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek  
85Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
86Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
87Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
88Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
89Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
90Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad  
91Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
92Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:39 
93Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:01:49 
94Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:55 
95Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
96Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
97Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
98Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
99Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana  
100Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana  
101Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
102Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
103Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
104Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack  
105Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
106Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
107Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
108Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ  
109Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
110Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
111David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
112Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack  
113Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
114Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ  
115John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
116Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
117Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
118Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
119Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
120Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
121Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
122Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
123Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
124Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
125Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
126Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
127Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:10 
128Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling0:02:16 
129Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:02:25 
130Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
131Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
132Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
133Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
134Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack  
135Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
136Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
137Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
138Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek  
139Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:02:33 
140Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
141Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
142Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
143Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
144Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
145Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
146Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek  
147Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:02:35 
148Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:36 
149Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
150Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
151Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
152Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
153Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
154Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
155Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
156Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
157David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team  
158Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:54 
159David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD0:03:05 
160Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
161Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
162Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
163Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
164Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
165David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
166Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
167Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:03:19 
168Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:25 
169Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:28 
170Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
171Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
172Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
173Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
174Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
175Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
176Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
177Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:41 
178Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:27 
179Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
180Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:30 
181Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:04:37 
182Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
183Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:56 
184Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:05:33 
185Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:23 
186Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:06:35 
187Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:06:42 
188Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana0:06:50 
189Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
190Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
191Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack  
192Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
193Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
194Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
195Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:07:54 
196Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
197Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:09:10 
198Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:12:02 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto45 pts
2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team35 
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo30 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team26 
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto22 
6Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ20 
7Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling20 
8Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack18 
9Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team17 
10Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne16 
11Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar15 
12Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack14 
13Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo13 
14Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad12 
15André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto11 
16Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek10 
17Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team10 
18Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team9 
19Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek8 
20Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team8 
21Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team7 
22Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad6 
23Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
24Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad5 
25Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar4 
26Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
27Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ3 
28Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD2 
29Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2 
30Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling4:41:37 
2Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
3Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
4Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
5Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
6Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
7Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
9Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
10Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
11Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
12Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
13Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
14Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
15Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
16Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:14 
17Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
18Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
19Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
20Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
21Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:01:43 
22Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:49 
23Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana  
24Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
25Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
26Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
27Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
28Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
29Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
30Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
31Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:02:19 
32Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:27 
34Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:02:29 
35Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:02:30 
36Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:59 
37Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:22 
38Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
39Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:44 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Omega Pharma - Lotto14:04:45 
2BMC Racing Team0:00:03 
3Team Leopard-Trek0:00:06 
4HTC - Highroad  
5Team Radioshack  
6Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
7Lampre - ISD  
8Sky Procycling  
9Katusha Team  
10Pro Team Astana  
11Movistar Team  
12Quick Step Cycling Team  
13Team Europcar  
14Team Garmin - Cervelo  
15Liquigas-Cannondale  
16FDJ0:01:20 
17Rabobank Cycling Team  
18Saur-Sojasun0:01:55 
19AG2R La Mondiale  
20Vacansoleil-Dcm0:03:09 
21Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:42 
22Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:58 

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