Rasmussen nails time trial win

Rogers takes the lead on GC

Track specialist Alex Rasmussen (Saxo Bank) proved he's reaching prime form ahead of the World Championships by besting the Olympic pursuit champion Bradley Wiggins in the 10,9 kilometer time trial in Malaga on the fourth stage of Vuelta Andalucia Ruta del Sol.

Rasmussen put five seconds into Team Sky's Wiggins, coming in as the only rider to break 13 minutes at 12:59. His teammate Jens Voigt, chasing a podium position in the overall, fell just one second short of getting ahead of former GC leader Sergio Pardilla (Carmiooro NGC).

”It was an amazing experience to follow Alex from the car today. I knew Wiggins' intermediates and I knew he was the man to beat and Alex was a few seconds better than him most of the way. In the overall position, Jens (Voigt) was only one second away from the podium and it surely would have put the icing on the cake to have finished third overall as well. But make no mistake, it was a good day for us”, said Saxo Bank director, Kim Andersen.

Australian Michael Rogers came in fourth on the stage, but rocketed up the GC into first overall, now 19 seconds ahead of Omega Pharma-Lotto's Jurgen Van den Broeck.

"It's been a long time since I led a stage race. I think the last time was in the Tour of Switzerland back in 2005, so it's good to be back on the podium again," Rogers said.

"I'm very happy. I worked hard this winter and changed just about everything I could training-wise, and it seems like the training changes have been working. I had quite good condition in the Tour Down Under, and my next big target is Tirreno-Adriatico, but of course we'll defend the lead as hard as we can here on the final stage."

Full Results
1Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:12:59 
2Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:05 
3Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:07 
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:12 
5Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:00:23 
6Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:25 
7Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:00:28 
8Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
9Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:30 
10Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:34 
11Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:00:38 
12Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:43 
14Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:46 
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank0:00:47 
16Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:48 
17Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:49 
18Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:52 
19Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:53 
20Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
21Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
22Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:54 
23Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
24Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:55 
25Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:59 
26André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
27Kanstantsin Siutsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:00 
28Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
29Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:01 
30Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:03 
31Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
32Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:04 
33Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:05 
34Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
35Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:01:06 
36Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
37Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:12 
38Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
39Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:14 
40Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:15 
41Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
42Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
43Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural  
44Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:16 
45Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
46Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
47Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:01:17 
48Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram  
49Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:19 
50Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:22 
51Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
52Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:24 
53Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:26 
54Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
55Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
56Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:27 
57Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:01:28 
58Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
59Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:31 
60Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
61Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
62Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:01:32 
63David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:33 
64Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:35 
65Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
66Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
67David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:38 
68Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:01:40 
69Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:45 
70Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:46 
71Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:47 
72Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:49 
73Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:50 
74Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
75Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC0:01:57 
76Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC0:02:11 
77Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:02:16 
78Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:02:42 
79Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:48 
80Diego A Tamayo Martínez (Col) Carmiooro NGC0:02:50 
81Sylwester Janiszewsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:58 
82Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:04:09 
DNSKjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
1Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank25pts
2Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team20 
3Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia16 
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia14 
5Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank12 
6Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia10 
7Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank9 
8Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank8 
9Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team7 
10Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia6 
11Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram5 
12Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram4 
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
14Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank1 
1Team HTC - Columbia39:41:00 
2Team Saxo Bank0:00:07 
3Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:37 
4Team Milram0:01:31 
6Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:55 
7Skil - Shimano0:02:11 
8Andalucia - Cajasur0:02:19 
9Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:51 
10CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:59 
11Lampre-Farnese Vini0:03:09 
12Caja Rural0:03:18 
13Carmiooro NGC0:03:49 
General classification after stage 4
1Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia13:52:09 
2Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:19 
3Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC0:00:30 
4Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:00:31 
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank0:00:35 
6Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:38 
7Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:00:44 
8Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:46 
9Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
10Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:50 
11Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:57 
12Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:58 
13Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:00 
14Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:01 
15Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:11 
16Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:27 
17Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:57 
18Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:02:03 
19Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:05 
20Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:02:45 
21Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:03:25 
22Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:41 
23Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:03:58 
24Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:04:04 
25Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:04:09 
26Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:04:14 
27Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
28Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:04:23 
29Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:30 
30Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:38 
31Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:51 
32Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:05:05 
33Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank0:05:24 
34Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:52 
35Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural0:05:58 
36Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:06:02 
37Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:06:09 
38Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
39Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:06:25 
40Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:06:43 
41Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:06:46 
42Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:06:50 
43Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:07:02 
44Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:07:03 
45Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:07:19 
46Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:07:24 
47Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:07:30 
48Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:54 
49Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:08:00 
50Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:08:01 
51Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
52Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:08:08 
53Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:08:11 
54David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:08:12 
55Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC0:08:13 
56Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:08:18 
57Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural0:08:51 
58Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
59Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural0:09:21 
60Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:09:47 
61Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:09:49 
62Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:09:53 
63Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:10:08 
64Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:10:43 
65Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:10:55 
66Kanstantsin Siutsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:12:30 
67Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia0:12:31 
68Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:12:37 
69Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:12:52 
70Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural0:14:33 
71Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram0:15:20 
72David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural0:15:33 
73André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:15:54 
74Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:16:18 
75Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:16:22 
76Diego A Tamayo Martínez (Col) Carmiooro NGC0:16:39 
77Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:17:58 
78Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:18:48 
79Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:19:12 
80Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:19:38 
81Sylwester Janiszewsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:20:43 
82Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC0:21:08 
Points classification
1Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank50pts
2Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank41 
3Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank30 
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia28 
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto26 
6Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC25 
7Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank24 
8Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram20 
9Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini20 
10Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team20 
11Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano20 
12Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team19 
13Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia17 
14Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia16 
15Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team16 
16Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team16 
17Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur14 
18Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank13 
19Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram13 
20Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur12 
21Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC12 
22Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank10 
23Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia10 
24Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur9 
25Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
26Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram7 
27Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
28Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank5 
29Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur5 
30Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
31Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram4 
32Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
33Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice3 
34Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team2 
35Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1 
36Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia-6 
Mountains classification
1Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team24pts
2Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur16 
3Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC12 
4Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC10 
5Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur10 
6Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
7Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur5 
8Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural4 
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank2 
10Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia1 
11Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC1 
12Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram1 
Sprint classification
1Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur15pts
2Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4 
3Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram3 
4Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur2 
5Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2 
6Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur2 
7Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
8Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC2 
9Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank1 
10Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram1 
11Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural1 
12Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Combination classification
1Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto13pts
2Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC13 
3Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia15 
4Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank32 
5Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur32 
6Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC87 
7Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank7 
8Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia19 
9Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team25 
10Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram26 
11Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank29 
12Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram31 
13Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini34 
14Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur34 
15Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram35 
16Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team37 
17Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur37 
18Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur37 
19Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia37 
20Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank39 
21Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto40 
22Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank40 
23Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank42 
24Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team46 
25Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur49 
26Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team50 
27Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank50 
28Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram51 
29Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team59 
30Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team62 
31Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural65 
32Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team68 
33Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia71 
34Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur74 
35Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram75 
36Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini79 
37Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC85 
38Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team90 
39Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano91 
40Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice108 
41Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini112 
42Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia115 
Regional rider classification
1Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
2Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
3Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
4Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
5Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
Spanish rider classification
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
2Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
3Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
4Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
5Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
6Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
7Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
8Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural  
9Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
10Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
11Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
12Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
13Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural  
14Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural  
15Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
16Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
17Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural  
18David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural  
Teams classification
1Team Saxo Bank41:37:50 
2Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:52 
3Team HTC - Columbia0:00:58 
4Team Milram0:01:45 
5Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:49 
7Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:17 
8Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:05:46 
9Lampre-Farnese Vini0:07:36 
10Skil - Shimano0:08:12 
11Carmiooro NGC0:08:20 
12Caja Rural0:12:19 
13CCC Polsat Polkowice0:20:41 

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