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Tour of Beijing stage 1: Viviani victorious

Liquigas-Cannondale sprinter pulls on leader's jersey

At the end of a season built around his unfulfilled ambitions of gold on the velodrome in London, it was perhaps fitting that Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) emerged victorious at the end of stage one of the Tour of Beijing in the city’s Olympic park.

On a finishing straight sandwiched between the imposing Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube - the signature venues of the 2008 Olympic Games - Viviani timed his effort to perfection to beat Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) in a close sprint finale. Viviani also took the red jersey of race leader and holds a four-second lead over Fenn thanks to the time bonuses.

As Team Sky moved to the front to control affairs in the final kilometres, Viviani had eyes only for the back wheel of Boasson Hagen, his rationale being that the Norwegian champion and his lead-out train would provide the safest passage through the tumult of the closing kilometre. Viviani’s strategy proved correct, and with a stiff tailwind at the peloton’s back on the finishing straight, he was able to open his sprint from distance.

“In the last kilometre I took Boasson Hagen’s wheel and I just stayed cool on his wheel,” Viviani told Cyclingnews after the finish. “I followed him because I know that he likes long sprints and that way you stay out of harm’s way. It was a clean sprint: I managed to go at the right time and got myself free in the final 250 metres.”

With a liberal sprinkling of strong sprinters in the field but no single overwhelming favourite, there was no shortage of teams striving to keep the race together in the finale. Viviani explained that his Liquigas-Cannondale teammates had focused on keeping him near the front rather than chasing the day’s break, reasoning that the bunch sprint would take care of itself on a stage that saw the peloton tackle thirteen laps of a fast and flat circuit.

“The tactic was to ride near the front no matter what because on a circuit like this, you’d use up a lot less energy,” said Viviani. “We had the team to do that. In the finale, men like Da Dalto and Capecchi were essential help, not so much to lead out the sprint but to get me into the right position.”

While Boasson Hagen was never able to get back on terms with Viviani once the Italian got ahead, Andy Fenn was closing quickly in the final 100 metres but the Briton simply ran out of road. Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) came home in fourth, while the much-fancied Theo Bos (Rabobank) could only manage sixth in spite of a committed Rabobank lead-out train.

“Bos looked to have the most organised team of them all in the finale, but I didn’t see how his sprint went,” Viviani said. “But there was definitely plenty of competition there in the sprint today.”

It was Viviani’s seventh win of a busy season that has seen him repeatedly switch back and forth between road and track. While his Beijing victory can hardly compensate for his Olympic disappointment, where he slipped from joint first to sixth in the final event of the Omnium, it is just reward for his resolute efforts in the closing weeks of the season. After a brace of second place finishes at the Vuelta a España, and another near miss at the Memorial Pantani, Viviani was keen not to fall short again in Beijing.

“It was a big win because it’s been a while since I won,” he said. “But I took good condition out of the Vuelta and I came here to win one or two stages. One is ok, but two is perfect and the objective now is to win another stage and take the green jersey on the last stage.”

Although he rolled across the line 21 seconds down after sitting up in the finishing straight, Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) had perhaps the second greatest reason for cheer in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon. In only his second race since fracturing his pelvis in June, the Luxembourger was pleased with his progress. "My day was better than expected", he said. "I had no pain and I could stay on the saddle for most of the time."

Tiananmen Square

The day’s action got underway in the grand surrounds of Tiananmen Square, which had been specially closed off for the occasion. Unlike last year, local fans were able to enter the square to sample the atmosphere and while the crowds were sparse, it marked a progression for the event. A further boost for the peloton's morale was provided by the weather conditions - a brisk northerly wind meant that, for the first time since their arrival last week, the smog had cleared and there were blue skies overhead.

With just 117 flat kilometres on the agenda, it was nigh on impossible that the stage would end in anything other than a bunch sprint, but even so, the pace was high almost as soon as the flag was dropped outside the Great Hall of the People. The break of the day shot clear just eight kilometres in, as the peloton was still making the short trek northwards to the finishing circuit in the Olympic Park.

Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Matthieu Lagadnous (FDJ-BigMat), Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD), Bert Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Craig Lewis (Champion System) were the five men to break clear, but while they built up a lead of 2:40 at one point, they knew that the efforts were unlikely to meet with any tangible reward by day’s end.

“My attack was so that Alessandro Petacchi could be quiet in the peloton and my teammates would not have to chase,” Malori said afterwards. “But I knew it would be very hard to get to the finish in a break with this wind because the peloton can always decide when it wants to pull you back.”

Matthieu Lagadnous won both intermediate sprints, and the time bonuses he picked up mean that he lies in third overall at the end of stage one, four seconds down on Viviani. However, once the peloton cranked into action with five laps to go, the break’s advantage began to tumble rapidly, and when Orica-GreenEdge took charge in earnest on the penultimate lap, it was clear that the game was up for the breakaway.

The plucky Craig Lewis made a bold attempt to upset the odds by jumping off the front of the break just as the peloton was on the point of sweeping them up, but while the American enjoyed a brief stay of execution, he too would be ruthlessly shut down in the closing kilometres as the stage was prepared for Viviani and the sprinters.

Full Results
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2:37:49 
2Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
4Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
5Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team  
6Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
7Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
8Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
9Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
10Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
11Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
12Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team  
14Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
15Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp  
16Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
17Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
18Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
20Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
21Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
23Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
24Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
25Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
27Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
28Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
29Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp  
30Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
31Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
32Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
34Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
35Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
36Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
37Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
38Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
39Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha Team  
40Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
41Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
42Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
43Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
44Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  
45Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
47Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
48Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat  
49Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan  
50Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
51Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
52Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
53Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team  
54Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team  
55Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
56Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp  
57Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
58Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
59Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:09 
60Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
61Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
62Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
63Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
64Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan  
65Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
66Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
67Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
68David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
69Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
70José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
71George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
72Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
73Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
74Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
75Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
76Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling  
77Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
78Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
79Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp  
80Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat  
81Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
82Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
83Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
84Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
85Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team  
86Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
87Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
88Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team  
89Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
90Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
91Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
92Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
93Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
94Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
95Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
96Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan  
97Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team  
98Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
99Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
100Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
101Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team  
102Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
103Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp  
104Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
105Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team  
106Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
107Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
108Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
109Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
110Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
111Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
112Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
113Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
114Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
115Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
116Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
117Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
118Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
119Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
120Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
121Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
122Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
123Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
124Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
125Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
126Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:21 
127Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
128Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan  
129Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:37 
130Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:45 
131Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:47 
132Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:57 
133Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:03 
134Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:06 
135Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
136Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:11 
137Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:33 
138Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
139Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:35 
140Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:44 
141Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
142Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFDavid Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
Points
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale15pts
2Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep14 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling13 
4Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12 
5Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team11 
6Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10 
7Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team9 
8Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team8 
9Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD7 
10Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team6 
11Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5 
12Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
13Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team3 
14Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team2 
15Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp1 
Sprint 1 - Finish line (4th crossing), 47km
1Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat5pts
2Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3 
3Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2 
4Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
Sprint 2 - Finish line (8th crossing), 78km
1Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat5pts
2Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3 
3Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep2 
4Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team1 
Young riders
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2:37:49 
2Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
3Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
4Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
5Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
6Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team  
7Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
8Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
11Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
12Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
13Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
14Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team  
15Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team  
16Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:09 
17George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
18Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling  
19Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
20Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
21Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
22Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
23Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
24Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
25Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
26Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
27Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
28Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
29Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
30Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
31Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
32Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:47 
33Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:57 
34Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:35 
35Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:44 
36Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
Teams
1Movistar Team7:53:27 
2Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
3AG2R La Mondiale  
4Lampre - ISD  
5Lotto-Belisol Team  
6Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
7Katusha Team  
8Liquigas-Cannondale  
9Astana Pro Team  
10Garmin-Sharp  
11FDJ-BigMat  
12RadioShack-Nissan  
13BMC Racing Team0:00:09 
14Rabobank Cycling Team  
15Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
16Sky Procycling  
17Orica GreenEdge  
18Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
19Euskaltel - Euskadi  
General classification after stage 1
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2:37:39 
2Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:04 
3Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:06 
5Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
6Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team  
7Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
8Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
10Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
11Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
12Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
13Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team  
15Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
16Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp  
17Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
18Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
19Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
21Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
22Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
24Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
25Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
26Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
28Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
29Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
30Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp  
31Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
32Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
33Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
35Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
36Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
37Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
38Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
39Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha Team  
40Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
41Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
42Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
43Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
44Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  
45Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
47Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
48Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat  
49Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan  
50Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
51Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
52Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
53Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team  
54Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team  
55Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
56Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp  
57Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
58Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
59Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:16 
60Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:19 
61Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
62Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
63Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
64Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
65Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan  
66Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
67Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
68Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
69David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
70Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
71José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
72George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
73Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
74Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
75Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
76Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
77Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling  
78Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
79Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
80Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp  
81Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat  
82Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
83Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
84Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
85Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
86Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team  
87Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
88Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
89Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team  
90Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
91Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
92Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
93Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
94Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
95Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
96Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
97Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan  
98Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team  
99Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
100Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
101Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
102Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team  
103Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
104Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp  
105Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
106Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team  
107Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
108Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
109Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
110Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
111Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
112Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
113Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
114Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
115Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
116Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
117Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
118Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
119Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
120Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
121Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
122Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
123Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
124Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
125Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
126Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:31 
127Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
128Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan  
129Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:47 
130Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:55 
131Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:57 
132Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:07 
133Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:13 
134Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:16 
135Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
136Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:21 
137Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:43 
138Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
139Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:45 
140Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:51 
141Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:54 
142Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
Points classification
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale15pts
2Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep14 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling13 
4Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12 
5Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team11 
6Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10 
7Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10 
8Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team9 
9Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team8 
10Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD7 
11Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team6 
12Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5 
13Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5 
14Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5 
15Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
16Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team3 
17Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team2 
18Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp1 
19Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team1 
20Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
Young riders classification
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2:37:39 
2Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:04 
3Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:10 
4Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
5Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
6Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team  
7Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
8Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
11Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
12Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
13Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
14Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team  
15Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team  
16Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:16 
17Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:19 
18George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
19Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling  
20Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
21Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
22Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
23Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
24Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
25Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
26Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
27Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
28Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
29Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
30Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
31Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
32Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:57 
33Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:07 
34Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:45 
35Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:54 
36Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
Teams classification
1Movistar Team7:53:27 
2Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
3AG2R La Mondiale  
4Lampre - ISD  
5Lotto-Belisol Team  
6Omega Pharma-QuickStep  
7Katusha Team  
8Liquigas-Cannondale  
9Astana Pro Team  
10Garmin-Sharp  
11FDJ-BigMat  
12RadioShack-Nissan  
13BMC Racing Team0:00:09 
14Rabobank Cycling Team  
15Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
16Sky Procycling  
17Orica GreenEdge  
18Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
19Euskaltel - Euskadi  

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