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Tour of Ireland 2009

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August 21-23, 2009

August 21, Stage 1: Powerscourt - Waterford 196km

Crystal clear win for Downing in Waterford

By:
Shane Stokes
Published:
August 21, 2009, 16:16 BST,
Updated:
August 22, 2009, 6:30 BST

Brit Russell Downing wins Tour of Ireland opener

Twelve months and one day ago Russell Downing took a stage win and the yellow jersey at the Tour of Ireland when he proved the strongest of a breakaway group. History repeated itself today when the Candi TV - Marshall's Pasta rider did precisely the same again, although this time Waterford rather than Dingle was the scene of his success.

At the end of over five hours of racing, Downing galloped home one second clear of seven other riders, with Alexander Kolobnev (Team Saxo Bank), his team-mate Matti Breschel and Ireland's Philip Deignan (Cervélo Test Team) netting second through to fourth.

Haimar Zubeldia (Astana), Marco Pinotti (Columbia-HTC), Frederik Wilman (Joker Bianchi) and Oleksandr Kvachuk (ISD) also finished in the same time, with Pinotti showing that he is in good form and intent on repeating his overall victory of 2008.

American rider Lance Armstrong was part of the larger 24-man group which surged clear of the peloton on the day's final climb, the second category ascent of Inistioge, and which was split in two by the attacks inside the final ten kilometres. He placed 23rd, his group conceding sixteen seconds to Downing.

Several other big names were present in this larger group, while Saxo Bank's promising young rider Jakob Fuglsang was stranded between the two. All remain in contention overall, although everyone behind Armstrong is at least two minutes and 12 seconds off Downing and can almost certainly kiss their general classification prospects goodbye.

As for the stage victor, he said that he choose his moment correctly and that enabled him to win as he did. "The guy from Joker [Wilman] came out of the corner in the lead," he explained. "When we were going down the bypass [on the other side of the river] there was a really strong headwind, so I knew that there would be a really fast tailwind for the finish.

"One of the Saxo Bank guys took the front so I sat second wheel and tried to look out to see how far the sprint was. His team made took the lead up and gave me a really good draft. The moment was there when I was really on top of the gear and I nearly thought it was a little early, but I went for it. It was a good sprint and it was nice to get it."

Breschel has also won a stage in the past and would normally be counted on in the gallop, but he said that he was a bit fatigued after bridging across to the move. "That took a lot out of my legs," he said. "I was surprised by Russell at the finish. I didn't know who he was, but all of my team-mates told me that he was fast. I did my own race today, saving energy and seeing how far I could get."

Activity from the gun

Several hours earlier in the day 109 riders lined out in Powerscourt for the start of the first stage. A minute's solemn silence was held for Paul Healion, the rider who was killed in a car crash last Sunday, and who was due to participate with the Irish national team.

Shortly after 10am the riders lined out and, after a short loop around the nearly village of Enniskerry, the peloton moved towards the day's first climb of the Lower Sugar Loaf. Last year's KOM winner Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) was first to the top, beating Craig Lewis (Columbia-HTC) and others, then 2008 stage victor Frantisek Rabon (Columbia-HTC) and British national champ Kristian House (Rapha Condor Cycling Team) won An Post bonus sprints in Roundwood and Rathdrum.

While there were countless breakaway attempts, including a big but short-lived move by 24 riders before the bonus sprint in Rathdrum, the first move of significance was a solo effort by Jay Thomson (MTN Cycling) which came approximately an hour and a half after the start. He quickly built a maximum lead of over six minutes, and took both the top mountains points on the first category Mount Leinster after 108.8km and the An Post bonus sprint in Borris with 73km remaining.

Thomson also scooped top mountains points at the Cat 3 Coopanagh climb, where he was three minutes ahead, and continued to plug on alone. Team Ireland's 19 year old Philip Lavery attacked soon after and bridged across to him on the day's final climb, the second category Inistioge, pushing on ahead alone. He was caught however, and dropped by a group of 24 which included almost all of the pre-race favourites.

This group worked well together to build a lead of over two minutes, but then co-operation broke down when the attacks started. The decisive break, which included Pinotti, Fuglsang, Kolobnev, Deignan , Kvuachuck, Downing and Wilman clipped away with four kilometre remaining; Breschel and Zebeldia then joined across before the final sprint, which was won by Downing:

Deignan was happy with his performance, but admitted he did too much on the run in toward the finish on Waterford's crowd-thronged Quays. "I was in the original group of 24 and then with ten kilometres remaining, attacks started to go on the main road," he said. "Groups kept on going and coming back; eventually a group of seven of us got away with about four kilometres go to."

He feels he got things wrong in the finale. "I think I was a bit too aggressive coming in towards the finish, so I didn't have the legs for the sprint."

Breschel also missed out on a possible win, but didn't sound too disappointed. "We have a lot of cards to play, we have a lot of guys in the breakaway. For sure we wanted to win the stage, but basically we are just trying to test ourselves before the Vuelta and hopefully try to take the jersey tomorrow or in Cork."

Twelve months ago Downing had the yellow jersey going into the tough Cork finale but lost out under the continued onslaught of a number of competitors, including the eventually winner Pinotti. This time round, he hopes for better than second overall. "We'll aim to defend and have the jersey heading onto that finishing circuit on Sunday," he said. "I've taken a stage win now, we'll just see how it works out."

Wilson is another who is planning on defending his new garment. He won the King of the Mountains last year and would like to do so again. "It wasn't preconceived to go for the jersey," he said. "I just happened to be on the front on the first climb and no-one really seemed to go for it, so I jumped and went for the top. I got a few points and decided to keep going, to keep plugging away and see what happens. I'll aim to defend this all the way to the finish now."

The race continues tomorrow with another 196 kilometre leg, this time from Clonmel to Killarney. It includes the category-two Musheramore plus the first category Curragh, but a bunch sprint cannot be ruled out. If so, Mark Cavendish (Columbia HTC) is clearly the one to watch.

 

Results
1 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta 5:10:37  
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank 0:00:01  
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank    
4 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam    
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana    
6 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Columbia-HTC    
7 Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
8 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD    
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 0:00:07  
10 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD 0:00:16  
11 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) ISD    
12 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
13 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
14 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam    
15 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
16 Craig Lewis (USA) Columbia-HTC    
17 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
18 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
19 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank    
20 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD    
21 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana    
22 Stuart O:Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank    
23 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
24 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 0:02:12  
25 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental Team    
26 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam    
27 Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords    
28 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
29 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords    
30 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
31 Robert Partridge (GBr) Team Halfords    
32 Michael Matthews (Aus) Australian National Team    
33 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords    
34 Leigh Howard (Aus) Australian National Team    
35 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
36 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
37 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana    
38 Jason McCartney (USA) Saxo Bank    
39 Ian McLeod (Rsa) MTN Cycling    
40 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
41 Christoff Van Heerden (Rsa) MTN Cycling    
42 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC    
43 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
44 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
45 Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
46 Ronan Mc Laughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
47 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana    
48 Mark O:Brien (Aus) Australian National Team    
49 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
50 Jef Peeters (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
51 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana    
52 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1    
53 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
54 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1    
55 Travis Meyer (Aus) Australian National Team    
56 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
57 Bartosz Huzarsky (Pol) ISD    
58 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
59 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team    
60 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
61 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
62 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank    
63 Stake Vegard Laengen (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
64 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
65 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
66 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
67 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
68 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Columbia-HTC    
69 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team    
70 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
71 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Australian National Team    
72 Timothy Roe (Aus) Australian National Team    
73 Sam Bennett (Irl) Irish National Team    
74 Juan Van Heerden (Rsa) MTN Cycling    
75 Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
76 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
77 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
78 David Fletcher (GBr) Team Halfords    
79 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC    
80 Nicholas Walker (Aus) Australian National Team    
81 Bradley Potgieter (Rsa) MTN Cycling 0:02:33  
82 Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN Cycling    
83 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team 0:05:20  
84 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD 0:06:24  
85 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team 0:14:17  
86 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
87 Philip Lavery (Irl) Irish National Team    
88 Sean Downey (Irl) Irish National Team    
89 Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords    
90 Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
91 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1    
92 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
93 James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
94 Morris Possoni (Ita) Columbia-HTC    
95 Dale Appleby (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
96 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team    
97 Jay Thomson (Rsa) MTN Cycling    
98 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
99 Shawn Milne (Usa) Team Type 1    
100 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
101 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
102 Andrew Roche (Irl) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
103 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Irish National Team    
104 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
105 Ken Hanson (Usa) Team Type 1    
106 Michael Creed (Usa) Team Type 1    
107 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Columbia-HTC    
108 Ino Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1 0:21:10  
DNF Ed Clancy (GBr) Team Halfords    
Sprints
Roundwood
1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC 5 pts
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 3  
3 Ino Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1 2  
4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 1  
Rathdrum
1 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team 5 pts
2 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD 3  
3 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 2  
4 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 1  
Borris
1 Jay Thomson (Rsa) MTN Cycling 5 pts
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 3  
3 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC 2  
4 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1  
Mountains
Lower Sugar Loaf
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1 6 pts
2 Craig Lewis (USA) Columbia-HTC 4  
3 Shawn Milne (Usa) Team Type 1 2  
4 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 1  
Mount Leinster
1 Jay Thomson (Rsa) MTN Cycling 15 pts
2 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1 12  
3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Columbia-HTC 10  
4 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana 8  
5 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD 6  
6 Craig Lewis (USA) Columbia-HTC 4  
7 Morris Possoni (Ita) Columbia-HTC 2  
8 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana 1  
Coppanagh
1 Jay Thomson (Rsa) MTN Cycling 6 pts
2 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1 4  
3 Philip Lavery (Irl) Irish National Team 2  
4 Craig Lewis (USA) Columbia-HTC 1  
Inistioge
1 Philip Lavery (Irl) Irish National Team 10 pts
2 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana 7  
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 4  
4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 2  
5 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 1  
Teams
1 Team Saxo Bank 15:32:00  
2 ISD - Neri 0:00:24  
3 Cervélo Test Team    
4 Astana    
5 Joker Bianchi 0:02:20  
6 Team Columbia - HTC    
7 BMC Racing Team 0:02:35  
8 Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta 0:04:15  
9 Rabobank Continental Team 0:04:31  
10 Team Halfords 0:06:27  
11 Australian National Team    
12 Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
13 An Post Sean Kelly Team    
14 MTN Cycling    
15 Team Type 1 0:18:32  
16 Irish National Team    
General classification after stage 1
1 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta 5:10:27  
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank 0:00:05  
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 0:00:07  
4 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:11  
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana    
6 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Columbia-HTC    
7 Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
8 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD    
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 0:00:17  
10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD 0:00:24  
11 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:25  
12 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD 0:00:26  
13 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) ISD    
14 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
15 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
16 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam    
17 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
18 Craig Lewis (USA) Columbia-HTC    
19 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
20 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank    
21 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana    
22 Stuart O:Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank    
23 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
24 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 0:02:18  
25 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC    
26 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team 0:02:19  
27 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental Team 0:02:22  
28 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam    
29 Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords    
30 Graham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
31 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Halfords    
32 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
33 Robert Partridge (GBr) Team Halfords    
34 Michael Matthews (Aus) Australian National Team    
35 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords    
36 Leigh Howard (Aus) Australian National Team    
37 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
38 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana    
39 Jason McCartney (USA) Saxo Bank    
40 Ian McLeod (Rsa) MTN Cycling    
41 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
42 Christoff Van Heerden (Rsa) MTN Cycling    
43 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC    
44 Simon Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
45 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
46 Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
47 Ronan Mc Laughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
48 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana    
49 Mark O:Brien (Aus) Australian National Team    
50 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
51 Jef Peeters (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
52 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana    
53 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1    
54 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
55 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1    
56 Travis Meyer (Aus) Australian National Team    
57 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
58 Bartosz Huzarsky (Pol) ISD    
59 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
60 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team    
61 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
62 Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
63 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank    
64 Stake Vegard Laengen (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
65 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
66 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
67 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
68 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
69 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Columbia-HTC    
70 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team    
71 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
72 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Australian National Team    
73 Timothy Roe (Aus) Australian National Team    
74 Sam Bennett (Irl) Irish National Team    
75 Juan Van Heerden (Rsa) MTN Cycling    
76 Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi    
77 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
78 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
79 David Fletcher (GBr) Team Halfords    
80 Nicholas Walker (Aus) Australian National Team    
81 Bradley Potgieter (Rsa) MTN Cycling 0:02:43  
82 Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN Cycling    
83 Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team 0:05:30  
84 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD 0:06:34  
85 Jay Thomson (Rsa) MTN Cycling 0:14:24  
86 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team 0:14:27  
87 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
88 Philip Lavery (Irl) Irish National Team    
89 Sean Downey (Irl) Irish National Team    
90 Robert Hayles (GBr) Team Halfords    
91 Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
92 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1    
93 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
94 James Sampson (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
95 Morris Possoni (Ita) Columbia-HTC    
96 Dale Appleby (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
97 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team    
98 Dan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
99 Shawn Milne (Usa) Team Type 1    
100 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
101 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
102 Andrew Roche (Irl) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    
103 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Irish National Team    
104 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam    
105 Ken Hanson (Usa) Team Type 1    
106 Michael Creed (Usa) Team Type 1    
107 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Columbia-HTC    
108 Ino Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1 0:21:19  
Points classification
1 Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta 15 pts
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank 14  
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 13  
4 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam 12  
5 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana 11  
6 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Columbia-HTC 10  
7 Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi 9  
8 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD 8  
9 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC 7  
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 7  
11 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD 6  
12 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi 6  
13 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team 5  
14 Jay Thomson (Rsa) MTN Cycling 5  
15 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) ISD 5  
16 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 5  
17 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 4  
18 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD 3  
19 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 2  
20 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam 2  
21 Ino Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1 2  
22 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi 1  
23 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 1  
 
Mountains classification
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1 22 pts
2 Jay Thomson (Rsa) MTN Cycling 21  
3 Philip Lavery (Irl) Irish National Team 12  
4 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Columbia-HTC 10  
5 Craig Lewis (USA) Columbia-HTC 9  
6 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana 8  
7 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana 7  
8 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD 6  
9 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 4  
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 2  
11 Morris Possoni (Ita) Columbia-HTC 2  
12 Shawn Milne (Usa) Team Type 1 2  
13 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 1  
14 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana 1  
15 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam 1  
Young rider classification
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank 5:10:34  
2 Frederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi 0:00:04  
3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank 0:00:10  
4 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:19  
5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
Teams classification
1 Team Saxo Bank 15:32:00  
2 ISD - Neri 0:00:24  
3 Cervélo Test Team    
4 Astana    
5 Joker Bianchi 0:02:20  
6 Team Columbia - HTC    
7 BMC Racing Team 0:02:35  
8 Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta 0:04:15  
9 Rabobank Continental Team 0:04:31  
10 Team Halfords 0:06:27  
11 Australian National Team    
12 Rapha Condor Cycling Team    
13 An Post Sean Kelly Team    
14 MTN Cycling    
15 Team Type 1 0:18:32  
16 Irish National Team