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October 9-13, 2012

October 9, Stage 1: Tiananmen Square - Bird’s Nest Olympic Piazza 117km

Tour of Beijing stage 1: Viviani victorious

By:
Barry Ryan
Published:
October 9, 2012, 08:48,
Updated:
October 9, 2012, 15:45

Liquigas-Cannondale sprinter pulls on leader's jersey

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) in the race leader's red jersey

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) in the race leader's red jersey

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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
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:37:49  
2 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
4 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
5 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team    
6 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
7 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
8 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
9 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
10 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
11 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
12 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
13 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team    
14 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
15 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp    
16 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
17 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
18 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
19 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
20 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
21 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
22 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
23 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
24 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
25 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
26 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
27 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
28 Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
29 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp    
30 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
31 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
32 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
33 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
34 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
35 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team    
36 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
37 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
38 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
39 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha Team    
40 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
41 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
42 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
43 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
44 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team    
45 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
46 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
47 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
48 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat    
49 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
50 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
51 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
52 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan    
53 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team    
54 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team    
55 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
56 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp    
57 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
58 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
59 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:09  
60 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
61 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
62 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
63 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
64 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan    
65 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
66 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
67 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
68 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
69 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
70 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
71 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
72 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
73 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
74 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
75 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
76 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling    
77 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
78 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
79 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp    
80 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat    
81 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
82 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team    
83 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
84 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
85 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team    
86 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
87 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
88 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team    
89 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
90 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
91 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
92 Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
93 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
94 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
95 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
96 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan    
97 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team    
98 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
99 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
100 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
101 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
102 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
103 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp    
104 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
105 Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team    
106 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
107 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
108 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
109 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
110 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
111 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
112 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
113 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
114 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp    
115 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
116 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
117 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
118 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
119 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
120 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
121 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
122 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
123 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
124 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
125 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
126 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:21  
127 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
128 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
129 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:00:37  
130 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:45  
131 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:47  
132 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:57  
133 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:03  
134 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:06  
135 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
136 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:11  
137 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:33  
138 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
139 Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:35  
140 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:44  
141 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
142 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
Points
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 15 pts
2 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 14  
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 13  
4 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 12  
5 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 11  
6 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 10  
7 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 9  
8 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 8  
9 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 7  
10 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 6  
11 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 5  
12 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
13 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team 3  
14 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 2  
15 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 1  
Sprint 1 - Finish line (4th crossing), 47km
1 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 5 pts
2 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 3  
3 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
4 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
Sprint 2 - Finish line (8th crossing), 78km
1 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 5 pts
2 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 2  
4 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
Young riders
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:37:49  
2 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
3 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
4 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
5 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
6 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team    
7 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
8 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
11 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
12 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
13 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan    
14 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team    
15 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team    
16 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:09  
17 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
18 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling    
19 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
20 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
21 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
22 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
23 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
24 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
25 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
26 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
27 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
28 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
29 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
30 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
31 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
32 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:47  
33 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:57  
34 Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:35  
35 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:44  
36 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
Teams
1 Movistar Team 7:53:27  
2 Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
3 AG2R La Mondiale    
4 Lampre - ISD    
5 Lotto-Belisol Team    
6 Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
7 Katusha Team    
8 Liquigas-Cannondale    
9 Astana Pro Team    
10 Garmin-Sharp    
11 FDJ-BigMat    
12 RadioShack-Nissan    
13 BMC Racing Team 0:00:09  
14 Rabobank Cycling Team    
15 Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
16 Sky Procycling    
17 Orica GreenEdge    
18 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
General classification after stage 1
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:37:39  
2 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:04  
3 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:06  
5 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10  
6 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team    
7 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
8 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
10 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
11 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
12 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
13 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team    
15 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
16 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp    
17 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
18 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
19 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
20 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
21 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
22 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
24 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
25 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
26 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
27 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
28 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
29 Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
30 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp    
31 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
32 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
33 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
34 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
35 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team    
36 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
37 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
38 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
39 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha Team    
40 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
41 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
42 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
43 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
44 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team    
45 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
46 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
47 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
48 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat    
49 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
50 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
51 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
52 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan    
53 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team    
54 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team    
55 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
56 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp    
57 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
58 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
59 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:16  
60 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:19  
61 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
62 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
63 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
64 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
65 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan    
66 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
67 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
68 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
69 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
70 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
71 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
72 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
73 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
74 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
75 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
76 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
77 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling    
78 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
79 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp    
80 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp    
81 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat    
82 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
83 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team    
84 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
85 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
86 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team    
87 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
88 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
89 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team    
90 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
91 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
92 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
93 Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
94 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
95 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
96 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
97 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan    
98 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team    
99 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
100 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
101 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
102 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
103 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
104 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp    
105 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
106 Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team    
107 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
108 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
109 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
110 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
111 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
112 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
113 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
114 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
115 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp    
116 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
117 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
118 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
119 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
120 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
121 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
122 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
123 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
124 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
125 Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
126 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:31  
127 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
128 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
129 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:00:47  
130 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:55  
131 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:57  
132 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:07  
133 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:13  
134 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:16  
135 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
136 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:21  
137 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:43  
138 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
139 Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:45  
140 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:51  
141 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:54  
142 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
Points classification
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 15 pts
2 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 14  
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 13  
4 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 12  
5 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 11  
6 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 10  
7 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 10  
8 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 9  
9 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 8  
10 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 7  
11 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 6  
12 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 5  
13 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 5  
14 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 5  
15 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
16 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team 3  
17 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 2  
18 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 1  
19 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
20 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
Young riders classification
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:37:39  
2 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:04  
3 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:10  
4 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
5 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
6 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team    
7 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
8 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
11 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
12 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
13 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan    
14 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team    
15 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team    
16 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:16  
17 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:19  
18 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
19 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling    
20 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
21 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
22 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
23 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
24 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
25 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
26 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
27 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
28 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
29 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
30 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
31 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
32 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:57  
33 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:07  
34 Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:45  
35 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:54  
36 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
Teams classification
1 Movistar Team 7:53:27  
2 Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
3 AG2R La Mondiale    
4 Lampre - ISD    
5 Lotto-Belisol Team    
6 Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
7 Katusha Team    
8 Liquigas-Cannondale    
9 Astana Pro Team    
10 Garmin-Sharp    
11 FDJ-BigMat    
12 RadioShack-Nissan    
13 BMC Racing Team 0:00:09  
14 Rabobank Cycling Team    
15 Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
16 Sky Procycling    
17 Orica GreenEdge    
18 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi    

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