Farrar nabs his first Tour de France stage

Independence Day gift for Garmin-Cervélo

Garmin-Cervélo could hardly have written a better script to the opening days of the Tour de France. Having put Thor Hushovd into the yellow jersey thanks to their victory in Sunday's team time trial, the Norwegian's sprint ally Tyler Farrar took his debut Tour success ahead of Vacansoleil's Romain Feillu and Movistar's José Joaquín Rojas.

As he crossed the line to give the USA a most timely victory on Independence Day, Farrar made a "W' sign with his two hands in tribute to his close friend Wouter Weylandt, who died after crashing on the third stage of May's Giro d'Italia.

"This has been a horrible last two months with everything that happened in the Giro," Farrar said. "I've had a lot of ups and downs but in the end I wanted to come back and do something special and this is certainly the biggest stage that you can do that. I've trained hard and I could feel I was getting stronger over the last few weeks. It's a little bit unbelievable that it could happen. Everything just came together."

There had been a lot of questions about how the pairing of Hushovd and Farrar would be accommodated in the same team at the Tour, and this stage provided the answer. While HTC-Highroad's lead-out for Mark Cavendish went awry coming out of the final left-hand bend with 750m remaining, Garmin-Cervélo was perfectly set up coming into the finish.

"It's a little bit of a special situation with Thor in yellow and the priority was for him to stay in yellow because the last thing we wanted was for a time gap," Farrar said. "It just shows what a champion Thor is and how classy he is. A world champion in the yellow jersey doesn't have to lead out the sprint for a teammate, but I just can't say thank you enough to him and the whole team."

Yellow jersey Hushovd was on the front of the line, with teammates Julian Dean and Farrar tucked right in behind him and only another three riders for immediate company. Hushovd led to 400m, where Dean took over. Farrar finally made his move with 150m left and never looked in danger of being overhauled, despite an impressive final spurt by Feillu that carried him to within half a bike length of Farrar.

Rojas was well back in third but had the consolation of taking the green jersey. AG2R's Sébastien Hinault was fourth, with Cavendish well behind in fifth.

“This green jersey is the reward for lots of sacrifice, and I'm really happy to wear it," Rojas said. "This was one of the goals, along with taking a stage win, and I'm showing I can get them both.

“It was a dangerous finale, and after the last turn I was a bit behind and had a tough time getting back up front. I took it from a long way out, because I was afraid I would get boxed in, but I was lacking some strength when I shifted down for some more power as I was overtaking them. I didn't win, but if I didn't start sprinting, I wouldn't have taken the jersey. I'm feeling super strong and will keep trying."

Hushovd's impressive performance was enough to keep him in the yellow jersey, making this the first time the Norwegian has managed to hold onto the fabled tunic on the fourth occasion he's held it.

Garmin-Cervelo team manager was beside himself with elation at his team's performance so far in this Tour de France. "Right from the work that Zabriskie did to the incredible work that Ramunas [Navardauskas] did... He was doing 140 km at the front and was still helping out at the front in the final 10km. Across he board it was just beautiful," Vaughters said.

"This has taken a lot of strategy and a lot of management to get everyone focused. We’ve got a bunch of great guys."

How it unfolded

The break of the day began inside the opening kilometer of racing when Mickael Delage (FDJ), Iván Gutiérrez (Movistar), Rubén Pérez (Euskaltel), Maxime Bouet (Ag2r) and Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) went clear. Their lead stretched within the first quarter of the stage, reaching a maximum of eight minutes with 80km covered.

That advantage began to come down as the break and the peloton tracking them approached the day's intermediate sprint at St Hilaire de Chaleons with 104km covered. As the five escapees approached it, FDJ's Delage jumped from the back of the line, and Gutiérrez and Terpstra gave chase. Just as his FDJ teammate Jeremy Roy had done on Saturday's first stage, Delage took the 20 points on offer to the first rider over the line, with Gutiérrez and Terpstra comfortably beaten.

Points battle heats up

The leading quintet's advantage was cut back substantially as the peloton's speed rose approaching St Hilaire to dispute sixth place in the sprint. A clutch of Lampre riders moved to the front to set up defending points champion Alessandro Petacchi, but the blue and fuchsia jerseys were quickly swamped coming into St Hilaire.

With none of the sprinters' teams fully committed to the sprint, Omega Pharma moved Philippe Gilbert up to the front and it was the Belgian who made the first move. Cavendish and Hushovd battled to get on his wheel, the Norwegian leaning on the Briton, who nudged his rival aside with his shoulder.

The two riders then accelerated on either side of Gilbert, Cavendish streaking by on the left to claim the 10 points on offer for 6th place. Katusha's Denis Galimzyanov led the rest of the bunch over the line, with Gilbert also picking up useful points as his green jersey bid gathers momentum.

Maillot pois points on the bridge

Having trimmed the advantage held by the breakaways approaching the intermediate sprint to around five minutes, the bunch was happy to let it remain at around that mark for the next 30-odd kilometres. But it began to drop again as the riders neared the stage's only categorised climb on the Pont de St Nazaire.

The five leaders struggled noticeably in the strong westerly cross-wind as they climbed to the 66m "summit", the bridge over the river Loire. Delage once again opened the sprint and once again timed his move perfectly to claim the only point on offer in the King of the Mountain competition, which tied him for the lead with Gilbert, who will now wear that jersey on stage four having lost green to Rojas.

With the wind picking up, the speed in the peloton chasing behind rose as several teams moved protected riders up towards the front of the field. This injection of pace cut the advantage of the five leaders to two minutes. Heading up and over the bridge that took the race into Brittany, the peloton split in the strong westerly wind. Most of favourites were safely in the front part of it, but Liquigas leader Ivan Basso, Sky sprinter Ben Swift and French champion Sylvain Chavanel were among those caught out.

For a short spell, the pace stayed high on the front of the peloton and those dropped looked to have little chance of getting back up to it. But the pace eased as the riders at the front of the peloton realised that continuing at such a high pace would bring the breakaway within range too soon. So the pace eased and the peloton – or at least the majority of it – regrouped.

Up at the front, the five leaders continued to work together until just inside the 20km banner, when Delage attacked and Gutiérrez went with him. Their advantage by now was little more than 40 seconds. The three riders dropped from the break were soon overhauled by the bunch, where HTC-Highroad began to work for Cavendish.

Break overhauled by HTC train, but lead-out goes off the rails

Although Delage and especially Gutiérrez gave all they had in an attempt to hold the bunch off, they were inevitably caught with 9km remaining, as the bunch rocketed by at almost 70kph led by a string of Katusha riders, with HTC also prominent.

Inside the final 5km, HTC's Tony Martin led the bunch, with teammates Matt Goss, Mark Renshaw and Cavendish behind him. Alessandro Petacchi and Hushovd were among those battling to get on Cavendish's wheel.

Although the pace set by HTC was very high, Vacansoleil's Marco Marcato managed to escape their grip with just over 2km remaining. The Italian's effort always looked doomed, but it seemed to upset HTC's lead-out as gaps appeared in Cavendish's "train". Sky's Geraint Thomas tried to take advantage, although he later explained that he'd thought he had sprinter Edvald Boasson Hagen on his wheel and hadn't realised the Norwegian had been nudged out of the way.

The final right-angled turn to the left with 750 remaining was always likely to be crucial and so it proved. Garmin went it into perfectly set, but it was chaotic behind them. Cofidis's Samuel Dumoulin was worst affected, a knock from an Astana rider sending him into somersaulting into the barriers. But other riders were checked, including Cavendish and Quick Step's Tom Boonen, who was left with too much ground to make up.

"We went into the left-hand bend with about 600 metres to go very fast. I was right on Cavendish's wheel with Petacchi on mine. We came out of it really close to the barricades, but then some rider busted in at full speed and forced me to brake to avoid the worst. It's too bad for Ciolek, too.

"Gerald led me out really well, but right before the last kilometer he also had to pull off a balancing act to stay on his bike. It's a lost opportunity and I also lost lots of points for the green jersey. You never know at the Tour, though, we're going to keep trying. Often all it takes is a couple of good results to get back into the race for the points jersey."

With their rivals out of the picture, Garmin provided the ideal lead-out for Farrar, who delivered the perfect finish. With that first win behind him, the American looks set for more, as do his team who can do no wrong at the moment.

July 5, Stage 4: Lorient - Mûr-de-Bretagne 172km

Another of Prudhomme's ploys is to attempt to put the race's major players under pressure on as many days as possible. Although of average length, this run into central Brittany could cause a surprise as the roads in the region are notoriously heavy, meandering and lumpy. That could mean splits in the bunch.

More likely, though, are splits among the leaders on the 2km climb to the finish, which will be undertaken at extremely high speed. Once again, puncheurs like Gilbert will be in their element while the specialist sprinters will struggle.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo4:40:21 
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad  
6Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
7Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
9André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
10Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
11Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
12Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
14Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ  
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
16Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
17William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
18Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack  
19Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
20Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
21Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana  
22Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
23Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
24Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
25Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
26Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
27Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
28Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
29Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ  
30Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
32Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
35Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
36Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
37Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
38Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
39Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
40Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
41Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
42Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
43George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
44Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
45Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
46Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
47Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  
48Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
49Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
50Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
51Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
52Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
53Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
54Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack  
55Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
56Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
57Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
58Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
58Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
60Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
61Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
62Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
63Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
64Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
65Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
66Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
67Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
68Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
69Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling  
70Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
71Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
72Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
73Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
74Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
75Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
76Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
77Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
78Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
79Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
80Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
81Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
82Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
83Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
84Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
85Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek  
86Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
87Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
88Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
89Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
90Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
91Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
92Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
93Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
94Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
95Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
96Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
97Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
98Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
99Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
100Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
101Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
102Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
103Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling  
104Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
105Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack  
106Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
107Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
108Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
109Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana  
110Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
111Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team  
112Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek  
113Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
114Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
115Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
116Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
117John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
118Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
119Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
120Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
121Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
122Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
123Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
124Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack  
125Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad  
126David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
127Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
128Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek  
129Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
130Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ  
131Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
132Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
133Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
134Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
135Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
136Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
137Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack  
138Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana  
139Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
140Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek  
141Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
142David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
143Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
144Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
145Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
146Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
147Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
148Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
149Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana  
150Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
151Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
152Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
153Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
154Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
155Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
156Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
157Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
158Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
159Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
160Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
161Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
162Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
163David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team  
164Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
165Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
166Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
167Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
168Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ  
169Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
170David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD  
171Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
172Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
173Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:32 
174Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:48 
175Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:50 
176Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:03 
177Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:01:11 
178Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:20 
179Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad  
180Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:27 
181Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:25 
182Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:38 
183Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:03:22 
184Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
185José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
186Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
187Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
188Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
189Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
190David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
191Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard0:04:23 
192Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
193Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
194Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad  
195Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack  
196Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
197Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
198Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:05:57 
Sprint 1 - Saint-Hilaire-De-Chaléons, km. 104.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ20 pts
2José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team17 
3Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team15 
4Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi13 
5Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale11 
6Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad10 
7Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team9 
8Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team8 
9Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team7 
10Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 
11Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5 
12Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo4 
13Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team3 
14Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
15Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo45 pts
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team35 
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team30 
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale26 
5Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad22 
6Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo20 
7Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo18 
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team16 
9André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto14 
10Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12 
11Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team10 
12Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar8 
13Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling6 
14Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ4 
15Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling2 
Côte du Pont de Saint-Nazaire - 143.0 Km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ1 
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team4:40:21 
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
3Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
4Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
5Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana  
6Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
7Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ  
8Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
9Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
10Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
12Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
13Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
14Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
16Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
17Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
18Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
19Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
20Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
21Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
22Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
23Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
24Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
25Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
26Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
27Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
28Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
29Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
30Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
31Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
32Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
33Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
35Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
36Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:32 
37Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:50 
38Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:38 
39Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:22 
Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Garmin - Cervelo14:01:03 
3Omega Pharma - Lotto  
5Katusha Team  
6AG2R La Mondiale  
7Sky Procycling  
8Team Radioshack  
9Team Leopard-Trek  
10Euskaltel - Euskadi  
12Pro Team Astana  
13Quick Step Cycling Team  
14HTC - Highroad  
15Rabobank Cycling Team  
16BMC Racing Team  
17Team Europcar  
18Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
19Lampre - ISD  
20Movistar Team  
21Saxo Bank Sungard  
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo9:46:46 
2David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
3Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:01 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:04 
5Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
7Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
8Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek  
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  
10Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling  
11Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
12Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek  
13George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
14Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:00:05 
15Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
16Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad  
17Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad  
18Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
19Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack0:00:10 
20Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
21Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
22Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack  
23Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:11 
24Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:12 
25Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:00:23 
26Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:00:32 
27Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
28Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
29Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:33 
30Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:39 
31Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
32André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
33Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
34Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
35Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ0:00:46 
36William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
37Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:50 
38Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
39Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
40Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:53 
41Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:56 
42Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
43Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
44Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
45Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:57 
46Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
47Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:01 
48Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:02 
49Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
50Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:04 
51Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
52Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
53Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team  
54Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team  
55Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
56Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:09 
57Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:14 
58Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:15 
59Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:17 
60Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:18 
61Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
62Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:20 
63Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
64Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
65Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:23 
66Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:26 
67Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
68Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek0:01:35 
69Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:42 
70Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:47 
71Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:49 
72Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
73Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek0:01:53 
74Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:55 
75Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack0:01:59 
76Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack  
77Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:02:00 
78Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:01 
79Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:06 
80Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:02:10 
81Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:11 
82Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard0:02:17 
83Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
84Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:18 
85Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:20 
86Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana0:02:21 
87Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:23 
88Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:29 
89Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ  
90Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack  
91Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:31 
92Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
93Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:32 
94Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling0:02:34 
95Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ0:02:35 
96Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ  
97Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
98Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ  
99Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:36 
100Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:39 
101Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
102Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
103Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:42 
104John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
105Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:02:44 
106Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:47 
107Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:51 
108Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling0:02:53 
109Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad0:02:54 
110Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:55 
111Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:58 
112Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
113Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
114Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:04 
115Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
116Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:05 
117Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:09 
118David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
119Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:11 
120Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
121Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:12 
122Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
123Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
124Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:03:13 
125Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:20 
126Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:03:21 
127Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:23 
128Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:27 
129Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:03:28 
130Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:31 
131Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
132Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
133Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:33 
134Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:34 
135Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
136Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:03:38 
137David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:39 
138Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:03:45 
139Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:03:50 
140Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:52 
141Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
142Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:56 
143Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:01 
144Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:04:07 
145Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
146Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek0:04:20 
147Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:21 
148Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
149Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:24 
150Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad0:04:28 
151Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:04:30 
152Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:31 
153José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
154Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
155Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:37 
156Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:42 
157Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:05:15 
158Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:05:23 
159Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek0:05:27 
160David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD0:05:30 
161Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:43 
162Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:05:46 
163Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:05:47 
164Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:06:04 
165Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:10 
166Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team0:06:12 
167Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:06:13 
168David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:06:22 
169Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:06:26 
170Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana0:06:29 
171Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:31 
172Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard  
173Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:06:39 
174Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:42 
175Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:47 
176Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:56 
177Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:05 
178Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:07:16 
179Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team Astana  
180Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:07:19 
181Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:23 
182Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:39 
183Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:59 
184Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:08:13 
185Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:08:23 
186Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:08:35 
187Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:41 
188Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard0:08:46 
189Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:08:47 
190Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
191Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:08:50 
192Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard0:09:56 
193Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:59 
194Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:11:05 
195Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:11:55 
196Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:15:13 
197Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack0:16:25 
198Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:19:08 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team64 pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo58 
3Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo54 
4Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto51 
5Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad37 
6Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team36 
7Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team35 
8Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team28 
9Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale26 
10Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team26 
11André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto25 
12Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ23 
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling22 
14Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto22 
15Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ20 
16Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack18 
17Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun18 
18Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo18 
19Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team17 
20José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team17 
21Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne16 
22Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar15 
23Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team15 
24Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack14 
25Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team14 
26Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi13 
27Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad12 
28Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale11 
29Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek10 
30Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team10 
31Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek8 
32Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar8 
33Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling6 
34Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad6 
35Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5 
36Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ4 
37Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar4 
38Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
39Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team3 
40Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD2 
41Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2 
42Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
43Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team-5 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
2Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling9:46:50 
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad0:00:01 
4Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
5Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:07 
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:08 
7Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:46 
8Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:53 
9Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:57 
10Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:00 
11Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:14 
12Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:16 
13Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:22 
15Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:43 
16Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:01:56 
17Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:07 
18Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:16 
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana0:02:17 
20Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:25 
21Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ  
22Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:35 
23Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:47 
24Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:54 
25Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:00 
26Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:08 
28Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:03:17 
29Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:03:24 
30Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:27 
31Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:03:34 
32Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:20 
33Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:04:26 
34Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:39 
35Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:05:43 
36Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:06:00 
37Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team0:06:08 
38Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:19 
39Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:55 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Garmin - Cervelo28:30:42 
2BMC Racing Team0:00:01 
3Team Leopard-Trek0:00:04 
4Sky Procycling  
5HTC - Highroad0:00:05 
6Team Radioshack0:00:10 
7Pro Team Astana0:00:32 
8Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:33 
9Team Europcar0:00:50 
10Quick Step Cycling Team0:00:56 
12Katusha Team0:01:04 
13Lampre - ISD  
14Movistar Team0:01:09 
15Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:01:20 
16Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:26 
19AG2R La Mondiale0:02:42 
21Saxo Bank Sungard0:05:20 
22Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:58 


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