Steurs strongest as breakaway rules the day

Two-man attack defies the wind and the peloton in the desert

Strong winds and some aggressive echelon riding dramatically affected the overall standings at the Tour of Qatar on Monday, with a two-man breakaway containing Geert Steurs (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil) out-foxing the big-name sprinters.

Steurs and Mol attacked just two kilometres into the 147km stage and with a strong headwind blowing from the north, the bunch let them go. Their lead reached a massive 22:40 after 36km and they eventually stayed away all the way to the finish, holding onto a gap of 1:51 over the chasers.

With Mol better placed overall and certain to take the leader's gold jersey, Steurs accelerated ahead at the finish to win the stage. As he crossed the line he pointed to the sky, remembering his former teammate Frederik Nolf, who tragically died in his sleep during last year's race.

"It was very emotional to win like that but I'm happy that I could do something today for Frederik," Steurs said. "This is a very important win. I wasn't here last year but it was very emotional moment for all the team."

Team Sky started stage two with Edvald Boasson Hagen in the overall race leader's gold jersey after their dominant display in the opening team time trial. But it definitely was not their day and everyone else took full advantage and was quick to give them a lesson in echelon racing.

Mol now leads Steurs by nine seconds in the overall standings.

Broken collarbones for Arvesen and Cozza

Germany's Roger Kluge (Milram) was third on the stage and moved up to third overall at 2:02. However, the result reveals little of what happened out on the road.

A moving minute's silence was held in memory of Italian national coach and former Paris-Roubaix winner Franco Ballerini before the start.

Then there was drama even before the stage had officially begun, when Kurt-Asle Arvesen crashed in the neutralized section. He fractured the far end of his right collarbone and was out of the race. Cyclingnews understands he will fly home to Oslo overnight to undergo surgery by the same doctors who treated his other collarbone after he crashed in last year's Tour de France. He could be back on his bike within 10 days but he has missed a vital part of the early season.

Later in the stage Steven Cozza (Garmin-Transitions) crashed and broke his collarbone and is also out of the race.

Echelons galore and aggressive finale

After only two kilometres of racing Steurs and Mol attacked and began their day-long breakaway. With a strong headwind blowing, the bunch showed little interesting in chasing them and the gap soared.

A reaction finally came after 36km and marked the start of 110km of aggressive racing all the way to the finish.

As the road turned right a few degrees, 10km from the first sprint, the headwind became a crosswind. Suddenly, Quick Step and the Cervélo TestTeam went on the attack, catching Edvald Boasson Hagen, his Team Sky teammates and most of the peloton napping.

The race split into echelons like a scene out of Ghent-Wevelgem. Most of the big-name Classics riders and sprinters were in the front group, including Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Alessandro Ballan and Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) and Stuart O'Grady (Saxo Bank).

Cervélo TestTeam had five riders in the move and were clearly looking for revenge after the whole team was penalized a minute for a push by Heinrich Haussler in the team time trial.

Team Sky tried to drag Boasson Hagen back up to the front group. They held the gap to within a minute for 40km, with even Boasson Hagen doing turns on the front, but the lead group worked smoothly and ruthlessly in the echelon and Team Sky eventually cracked and lost riders.

Then Boasson Hagen lost any chance of overall success when he suffered a back wheel puncture. He got a quick change but the team had already decided their chances were over and Boasson Hagen took on a bottle and would eventually finish in a big group, 9:43 behind Geert Steurs.

Cervélo goes on the attack

Up front it was time for the final attacks. The 28 riders in the front echelon eased off a little when they realised they would not catch the break but then the Cervélo TestTeam tried to pull back the minute they were penalized in the team time trial.

Roger Hammond made a strong attack, then Haussler went with five kilometres to go. Tom Boonen often lead the chase but the violent attacks split the front group as cracks appeared in riders' early season form.

Kluge managed to take third place, with Haussler in fourth four seconds behind him. One second later Gilbert, Hammond, Boonen, Burghardt, Jeremy Hunt (Cervélo TestTeam) and Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) crossed the line.

Ballan and Farrar lost 42 seconds to them in the aggressive finale but importantly were still well-placed overall.

Mol now leads Steurs by nine seconds, with Kluge third at 2:02 and then Boonen fourth at 2:05. Thanks to Garmin's excellent second place in the team time trial, Farrar is ninth at 2:41. That is only 36 seconds behind Boonen with plenty of time bonuses to be awarded on the remaining four stages.

Mol starts Tuesday's 136km third stage from Dukhan to Mesaieed in the gold jersey but admitted it will be tough for him to hold off the big names that are packed tight two minutes behind him.

"First we have to repair the legs and then we'll see about defending the jersey. We're going to try but it'll be hard," he said.

Full Results
1Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator3:31:00 
2Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:01:51 
4Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam0:01:54 
5Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:55 
6Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
7Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
8Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
9Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Katusha  
10Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
11Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:02:37 
12Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam  
13Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam  
14Marco Bandiera (Ita) Katusha  
15Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
16Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
17Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
18Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
19Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step0:02:42 
20Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:02:43 
21Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
22Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
23Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia0:03:33 
24Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
25Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
26Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
27Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
28Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
29Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
30Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
31Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
32Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Katusha  
33Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam  
34Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam  
35Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
36Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
37Murilo Antoniobil Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions  
38Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
39Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:37 
40Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:40 
41Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram0:09:43 
42Styn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha  
43Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
44Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
45Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
46Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
47Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram  
48Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong  
49Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha  
50Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
51Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
52Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
53Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
54Nikita Eskov (Rus) Katusha  
55Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
56Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
57Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam  
58Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
59Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
60Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
61Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
62Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
63Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
64Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
65Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
66Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
67Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
68Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
69Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
70Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
71Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
72Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
73Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
74Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
75Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
76Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
77Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
78Lars Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia  
79Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
80Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
81Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
82Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo  
83Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
84Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
85Russel Downing (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:11:10 
86Zahner Simon (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
87Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha  
88Lars-Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
89Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
90Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
91Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram  
92Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team  
93John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
94Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
95Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
96Ben King (Aus) Trek Livestrong  
97Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong  
98Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha  
99Luis-Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
100Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
101Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
102Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
103Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
104Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
105Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
106Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
107Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
108Jesse Sergent (Nzl) Trek Livestrong  
109Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
110Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
111Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
112Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
113Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
114Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
115Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
116Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:14:17 
117Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
118Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong  
119Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
120Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong  
121Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
122Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
123Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
124Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
125Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong  
126Justin Williams (USA) Trek Livestrong  
DNFSteven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFKurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
Al Ghuwayriya
1Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator2 
3Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step1 
Umm Suwaiya
1Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator2 
3Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam1 
Qatar Foundation
1Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator30pts
2Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team27 
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram25 
4Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam23 
5Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto21 
6Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam19 
7Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step17 
8Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam15 
9Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Katusha13 
10Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team11 
11Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator10 
12Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam9 
13Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam8 
14Marco Bandiera (Ita) Katusha7 
15Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank6 
16Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo5 
17Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step4 
18Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team3 
19Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step2 
20Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun1 
Young riders
1Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram3:32:51 
2Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:00:46 
3Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam  
4Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:01:42 
5Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
6Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
7Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
8Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Katusha  
9Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
10Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:07:52 
11Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
12Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
13Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong  
14Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
15Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
16Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam  
17Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
18Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
19Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
20Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
21Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
22Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
23Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
24Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
25Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
26Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
27Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
28Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
29Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
30Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha0:09:19 
31Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
32Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
33Ben King (Aus) Trek Livestrong  
34Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong  
35Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha  
36Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
37Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
38Jesse Sergent (Nzl) Trek Livestrong  
39Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
40Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
41Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
42Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong0:12:26 
43Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
44Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong  
45Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
46Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong  
47Justin Williams (USA) Trek Livestrong  
1Cervélo Test Team10:38:44 
2Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator Pro Cycling Team0:00:26 
3Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:22 
4Quick Step0:01:30 
5Team Katusha0:02:21 
6BMC Racing Team  
8Team Milram0:08:33 
9Omega Pharma - Lotto0:09:27 
10Team Saxo bank0:10:09 
11Liquigas - Doimos0:16:19 
12Saur - Sojasun0:16:25 
13AG2R - La mondiale0:17:15 
14Sky Pro Cycling Team  
15Team HTC - Columbia  
16Trek Livestrong U230:26:19 
General classification after stage 2
1Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3:40:51 
2Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:00:09 
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:02:02 
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:02:05 
5Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:02:06 
6Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:02:18 
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Katusha  
8Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:02:40 
9Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:02:41 
10Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step0:02:47 
11Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:02:48 
12Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
13Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam0:02:51 
14Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam0:02:53 
15Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
16Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:02:54 
17Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:02:58 
18Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:03:00 
19Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step0:03:03 
20Murilo Antoniobil Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions0:03:31 
21Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:35 
22Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam  
23Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia0:03:41 
24Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
25Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:44 
26Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:45 
27Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
28Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:03:47 
29Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:03:56 
30Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
31Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Katusha  
32Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
33Marco Bandiera (Ita) Katusha0:03:57 
34Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:04:00 
35Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam0:04:31 
36Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:04:34 
37Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:04:36 
38Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:05:37 
39Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:41 
40Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:44 
41Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:09:33 
42Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
43Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:09:41 
44Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
45Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
46Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:09:46 
47Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
48Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
49Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:09:51 
50Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
51Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
52Lars Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia  
53Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
54Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:09:53 
55Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
56Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:09:54 
57Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
58Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
59Rony Martias (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
60Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
61Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
62Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
63Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
64Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo  
65Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
66Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram0:09:58 
67Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram  
68Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
69Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:09:59 
70Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:10:00 
71Styn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha0:10:06 
72Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha  
73Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
74Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
75Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:10:10 
76Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
77Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
78Nikita Eskov (Rus) Katusha  
79Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong0:10:12 
80Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:10:29 
81Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:10:35 
82Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam0:10:41 
83Lars-Peter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:11:00 
84Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
85Russel Downing (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:11:02 
86Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:11:03 
87Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:11:08 
88Luis-Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:11:13 
89Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
90Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:11:18 
91Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step0:11:20 
92Zahner Simon (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:11:21 
93Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
94Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team  
95John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
96Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:11:22 
97Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram0:11:25 
98Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
99Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:11:27 
100Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha0:11:33 
101Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
102Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
103Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha  
104Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
105Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
106Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
107Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
108Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:11:37 
109Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
110Ben King (Aus) Trek Livestrong0:11:39 
111Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong  
112Jesse Sergent (Nzl) Trek Livestrong  
113Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:11:58 
114Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:12:32 
115Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:13:14 
116Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:14:07 
117Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:14:28 
118Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
119Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:14:29 
120Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong0:14:46 
121Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:15:39 
122Justin Williams (USA) Trek Livestrong0:15:41 
123Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:15:42 
124Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong0:16:12 
125Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong0:16:20 
126Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:16:21 
Points classification
1Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator34pts
2Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team33 
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram25 
4Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam24 
5Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto21 
6Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam19 
7Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step17 
8Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam15 
9Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Katusha13 
10Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team11 
11Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator10 
12Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam9 
13Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam8 
14Marco Bandiera (Ita) Katusha7 
15Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank6 
16Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo5 
17Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step4 
18Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team3 
19Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step3 
20Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun1 
Young rider classification
1Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram3:42:53 
2Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:00:58 
3Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam0:01:33 
4Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:42 
5Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:01:45 
6Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:01:54 
7Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Katusha  
8Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
9Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:03:35 
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:07:31 
11Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
12Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:07:39 
13Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:07:44 
14Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:49 
15Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
16Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia  
17Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:52 
18Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
19Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
20Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
21Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:07:57 
22Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:58 
23Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:08:04 
24Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
25Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:08:08 
26Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
27Taylor Phinney (USA) Trek Livestrong0:08:10 
28Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:08:33 
29Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo TestTeam0:08:39 
30Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:09:16 
31Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:09:19 
32Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:09:23 
33Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha0:09:31 
34Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha  
35Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
36Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
37Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
38Ben King (Aus) Trek Livestrong0:09:37 
39Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong  
40Jesse Sergent (Nzl) Trek Livestrong  
41Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:10:30 
42Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:12:27 
43Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong0:12:44 
44Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:13:37 
45Justin Williams (USA) Trek Livestrong0:13:39 
46Ben King (USA) Trek Livestrong0:14:10 
47Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong0:14:18 
Teams classification
1Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator Pro Cycling Team10:49:24 
2Cervélo Test Team0:00:09 
3Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:45 
4Quick Step0:00:51 
5BMC Racing Team0:01:43 
6Team Katusha0:01:55 
8Team Milram0:07:59 
9Omega Pharma - Lotto0:09:01 
10Team Saxo bank0:09:23 
11Liquigas - Doimos0:15:41 
12Saur - Sojasun0:15:47 
13Sky Pro Cycling Team0:16:16 
14Team HTC - Columbia0:16:34 
15AG2R - La mondiale0:16:53 
16Trek Livestrong U230:25:59 
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