Deignan declares his arrival in Ávila

Irishman seizes the day from successful breakaway

In spite of grey skies Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) had a magnificent day at the Vuelta a España as he took the biggest win of his career this afternoon in Ávila. In a two-up sprint with Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) the Irishman proved his mettle, swinging off the Czech's wheel to sprint away to his first Grand Tour victory. Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) was next to cross the line, 16 seconds behind a jubilant Deignan.

"This was a very important victory for me and my confidence," said Deignan. "I won in my first year as a pro in 2005, but I've had all kinds of problems since then, with a knee injury and glandular fever. I didn't know if this was possible for me anymore. This will really help my confidence.

For the second day in a row it was the breakaway that would rule the day as Deignan was the main benefactor of participation in a 16-man group that escaped on the slopes of the Category 1 Puerto de Mijares. While it was the first ascent that would decide the split, it was the final descent, from the Alto del Boqueron, that would decide the stage.

Deignan and Kreuziger pulled away from the remainder of their breakaway companions as they made their way down from the summit of the Category 3 climb. Allied in their pursuit of the finish line, the two worked together as Fuglsang and David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) chased behind. As Herrero ran out of puff, advantage swung to the leaders.

Coming into the final kilometre together it was Kreuziger who fired first. Deignan matched the Czech rider's burst before launching his own successful bid for glory. Deignan also catapulted himself up the overall leader board; 18th at the start of the day, he moved up to ninth after he finished almost 10 minutes ahead of the peloton.

"It's a very big day for Irish cycling. It's been a big year for Irish cycling and this just caps it off," continued Deignan. "I cannot believe it. It just worked about perfectly in the final kilometres. I was just riding as hard as I could. At first I was trying to get time on GC. I knew Kreuziger was really strong, and when he went, I went with him."

"It was very slippery in the last kilometres. I could feel my wheel slipping around. I thought for sure Kreuziger would attack me on the cobblestones in the final kilometres, but maybe he couldn't," he explained. "Kreuziger looked strong in the group, so when he attacked, I went with him. It worked out perfectly."

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) finished in the peloton to maintain his overall lead. On a day of restraint amongst the main contenders, the Spaniard did manage to increase his lead over Robert Gesink (Rabobank) as he finished in a small group a single second ahead of the rest of the pack. Also in the group was Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who retained what is, at this stage, a podium position.

The hills are (once again) alive with the sound of cyclists

After a day sin montaña it was back to the hills today. The day had been approached with caution by many of the heads of state; the return to a lumpy profile loomed as an opportunity for riders close to Valverde's lead to peg back time. Emphasised by a cold, wet start to the day, the anxiety within the peloton showed as the breakaway took time to form.

With 37 kilometres covered, it took the 20 kilometre ascent of the Puerto de Mijares to create a split of 16 riders, who worked hard to establish a two minute gap over the Euskaltel-Euskadi led peloton by the top of the climb.

The selected 16 were: Jesus Hernandez (Astana), Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam), Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis), Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Tadej Valjiavec (AG2R La Mondiale), Rémy Di Gregorio (Française des Jeux), Mikael Cherel (Française des Jeux), Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Manuel Vasquez (Contentpolis-Ampo), Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia), Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank), Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Jesus Del Nero Montes (Fuji-Servetto).

Euskaltel maintained the pressure on the lead group as the temperature dropped in accordance with the gradients they were descending. Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) stopped with a puncture, but the interruption to his rhythm was momentary as he rejoined the lead group in time to take full advantage over a settling peloton.

At the bottom of the descent the peloton appeared content to let the breakaways enjoy their day beneath overcast skies. The slowdown was welcome relief to points leader André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) who had been unhooked on the climb. The group of stragglers that contained the German found its way back to the main group on the approach to the feedzone at 83 kilometres.

As the leaders rolled up their musettes, some four minutes ahead of the peloton, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) decided to call an end to his Vuelta campaign. Ill and caught up in the crashes of the previous day, the American would make his next stop the hospital as he attempts to recover in time for the World Championships in just over a week's time.

The gap to the leaders extended out by a minute over the next ten kilometres. Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis) rolled over the day's two sprint points first as the breakaway continued to co-operate. Behind them, Euskaltel was now sharing the workload with Caisse d'Epargne and as the second climb started the gap began to drop.

On the lower slopes of the Category 2 Alto Collado Mediano the advantage of the leaders came down to 3:30; it was the closest they would get before the finish. As the final kilometre of the climb presented gradients of 13 and 14 percent the gap once again began to stretch towards four minutes.

On the descent off the Collado Mediano, Euskaltel appeared to be working hard to reel in the breakaway, but time gaps told a different story. By the time the Category 3 Alto del Boqueron began with 25km-to-go, the advantage was 4:30.

As soon as the road lifted, Philippe Gilbert attacked the breakaway. The Belgian was quickly pursued by a steady string of riders eager to link up with the Silence-Lotto. After two kilometres Manuel Vasquez (Contentpolis-Ampo) and David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) were the first to reach a now fast-fading Gilbert. As Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) joined, Gilbert was eliminated.

Manuel Vasquez (Contentpolis-Ampo), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia), Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) did their best to distance the remnants of the breakaway. Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) quickly asserted himself on the front of the now ten-strong chase group. As the summit approached the two groups once again formed one, slightly trimmer, group.

It wouldn't last long. With moist roads and 150 kilometres of racing to temper the breakaway's enthusiasm for the descent, it was Kreuziger and Deignan who sensed the opportunity. The Cervélo rider allowed his Liquigas counterpart to mark the line through the early corners before working with him to maintain their slight advantage over the rest.

As the roads flattened out for the run into Ávila, Jakob Fuglsang and David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) emerged as the only riders likely to snatch victory from the duo in front. The peloton was now almost nine minutes behind, happy enough to negotiate the final descent without incident.

With seven kilometres-to-go and fifteen seconds down Fuglsang lost the company of Herrero. The Spaniard was spent and left the Dane to set of in pursuit of Deignan and Kreuziger alone. The two-on-one battle had only one outcome as the two in front swapped off, increasing their advantage enough to exercise a cautious approach to the maze of roundabouts that marked the entrance to the city.

Deignan and Kreuziger traded long turns with one another over the final kilometres and despite the Czech rider's attention to Fuglsang's proximity behind, they entered the final thousand metres with time for cat and mouse tactics to begin.

Kreuziger's patience broke first as he leapt out of the saddle with 500 metres to go. Deignan was attentive and patiently paced his way back to his foe's wheel. As the distance to the finish closed within 200 metres Deignan swung out from cover and quickly distanced Kreuziger, whose final attack had emptied his tank.

It was a sodden, but clearly overjoyed Irishman who sat up to enjoy a three second victory over Kreuziger and Fuglsang, who finished 13 seconds further back.

Deignan had plenty of time to prepare for the podium as his former breakaway companions drifted over the line. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) was the first of the peloton to cross the line, 9:50 behind Deignan, the Australian leading Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) over the line.

The margin to the race leader sliced Deignan's pre-stage deficit by more than half. With a buffer either side of his now ninth position overall, the Cervélo is not three days away from adding a top-ten Grand Tour finish to his debut Grand Tour stage win.

Late for roll call

With more than 100 riders failing to sign-in before the stage start in Talavera de la Reina, it was unclear how many riders had started the day's stage. As the race got under way, Vuelta organisers asked teams to provide lists of their riders and, like the weather, the picture became marginally clearer.

Garmin saw three riders head home today. Canadians Christian Meier and Ryder Hesjedal did not start and were joined approximately 80 kilometres later by teammater Tom Danielson.

Also amongst those to end their Vuelta campaigns on Thursday were: Julien Loubet (AG2R La Mondiale), Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil), Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) and Bert Grabsch (Columbia).

Full Results
1Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam4:19:14 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:03 
3Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:16 
4Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:39 
5Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:41 
6Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:42 
7Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis  
8Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
9Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana  
10Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
11Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:57 
12David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:20 
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:03:36 
14Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis0:04:57 
15David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis  
16Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:07:16 
17Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:09:40 
18David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
19Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
20Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
21Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:09:41 
22Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
23Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
24Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
25Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas  
26Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
27Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
28Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil  
29Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
30Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana  
31Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
32Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
33Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank  
34Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
35Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
36Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
37Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas  
38José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
39David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
40Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank  
41Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
42Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
43Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas  
44Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis  
45Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
46Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
47Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam  
48Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:09:53 
49Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis  
50Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:10:03 
51Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
52Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas  
53Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
54Paul Voss (Ger) Milram  
55Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:06 
56Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
57Michael Schär (Swi) Astana  
58Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto  
59Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
60Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank  
61Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:09 
62Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
63Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto  
64Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
65Christian Knees (Ger) Milram0:10:11 
66Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:10:13 
67Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:10:20 
68Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
69Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:42 
70Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:10:55 
71Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas  
72Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram  
73Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
74David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
75William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
76Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
77Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto  
78Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:11:15 
79Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
80Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
81Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
82Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
83Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis  
84Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil  
85Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
86Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
87Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
88Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
89Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil  
90Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
91Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:11:20 
92Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:22 
93Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
94Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
95Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:11:25 
96Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis0:11:28 
97Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:11:30 
98Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil0:11:37 
99Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:11:45 
100Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
101Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:12:25 
102José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:52 
103Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
104Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:13:40 
105Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:14:19 
106David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
107Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC  
108Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
109Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
110Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:18:11 
111Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC  
112Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC  
113Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC  
114Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
115Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
116Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
117André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
118Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
119Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
120Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
121Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
122Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
123Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
124Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
125Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
126Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas  
127Martin Velits (Svk) Milram  
128Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil  
129Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
130Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
131Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
132Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux  
133Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
134Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil  
135Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
136Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas  
137José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
138Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
139Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram  
140Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis  
141José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:18:33 
DNSMaxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
DNSRyder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
DNSChristian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
DNSBert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFTom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram  
DNFBjörn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil  
Points
1Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam25pts
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas20 
3Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank16 
4Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo14 
5Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12 
6Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux10 
7Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis9 
8Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux8 
9Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana7 
10Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto6 
11Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale5 
12David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4 
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto3 
14Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis2 
15David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis1 
Sprint 1 - El Barraco, km. 93
1Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank4pts
2Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis2 
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto1 
Sprint 2 - El Herradón, km. 112,8
1Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis4pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis2 
3Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux1 
Mountain 1 - Puerto de Mijares (Cat. 1) km. 57
1David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis16pts
2Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis12 
3Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto10 
4Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8 
5Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana6 
6Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank3 
8Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis2 
9David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1 
Mountain 2 - Alto Collado Mediano (Cat. 2) km. 120
1Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10pts
2Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam7 
3Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis5 
4Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux3 
5Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2 
6Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountain 3 - Alto del Boquerón (Cat. 3) km. 148
1Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam6pts
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank4 
3Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2 
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1 
Solidario sprint
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
Teams
1Cofidis, le credit en ligne13:08:18 
2Française Des Jeux0:01:01 
3Team Saxo Bank0:06:37 
4Cervelo Test Team0:08:46 
5Liquigas0:08:49 
6Astana0:09:28 
7Fuji - Servetto  
8Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:48 
9Contentpolis - Ampo0:09:53 
10Xacobeo Galicia0:10:05 
11AG2R - La Mondiale0:12:18 
12Silence - Lotto0:12:21 
13Caisse D'Epargne0:18:26 
14Rabobank0:18:27 
15Quick Step0:20:06 
16Team Milram0:20:33 
17Andalucía - Cajasur0:20:54 
18BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:20:59 
19Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:21:35 
20Lampre - N.G.C0:28:41 
21Garmin - Slipstream0:28:45 
22Team Columbia - HTC0:40:05 
General classification after stage 18
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne78:56:42 
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:32 
3Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:10 
4Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas0:01:29 
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:01:51 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:55 
7Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:54 
8Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:06:35 
9Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:07:49 
10Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:10:46 
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:11:51 
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:12:19 
13Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:12:50 
14Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana0:13:35 
15Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:14:01 
16Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:14:26 
17Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis0:15:56 
18Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:17:33 
19Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:18:04 
20Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
21Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:18:13 
22Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:24:48 
23José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:26:15 
24Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:26:57 
25David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:29:00 
26David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:30:18 
27David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:33:02 
28David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:39:31 
29Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:44:35 
30Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:48:50 
31Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:50:11 
32Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:50:58 
33Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank0:51:33 
34Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:51:55 
35Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:52:09 
36Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:52:40 
37Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:54:28 
38Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:55:34 
39Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:56:48 
40Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:59:19 
41Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank0:59:34 
42Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis1:00:45 
43David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:02:50 
44Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:05:02 
45Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1:05:23 
46Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:07:51 
47Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto1:08:11 
48Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
49Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank1:08:15 
50Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:08:48 
51Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto1:09:35 
52Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:09:36 
53Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1:10:35 
54Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1:11:18 
55Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream1:12:19 
56Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:13:26 
57Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:13:29 
58Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux1:13:38 
59Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis1:17:50 
60Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:18:03 
61Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1:19:22 
62Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:19:33 
63Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step1:19:37 
64Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:19:51 
65Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:21:02 
66Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis1:21:50 
67Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:24:43 
68Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:28:00 
69Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas1:31:31 
70Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto1:31:54 
71Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto1:32:10 
72Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:32:55 
73Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis1:33:53 
74Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank1:37:13 
75Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:37:36 
76Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:37:42 
77Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank1:40:48 
78Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:41:54 
79David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream1:44:16 
80Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:45:52 
81Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1:46:10 
82Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC1:47:20 
83Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:48:06 
84Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1:48:27 
85Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto1:49:07 
86Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:49:38 
87Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis1:49:51 
88Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil1:50:34 
89José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale1:50:40 
90Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:54:17 
91Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step1:55:08 
92Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step1:56:41 
93Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC1:58:23 
94Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram1:59:45 
95Martin Velits (Svk) Milram1:59:50 
96Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam2:01:08 
97Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas2:03:33 
98Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:05:09 
99Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2:05:45 
100Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil2:05:54 
101Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC2:06:21 
102Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:08:39 
103Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux2:10:30 
104Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:11:27 
105Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2:13:52 
106Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:14:42 
107André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:14:54 
108Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank2:15:23 
109William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2:15:31 
110Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam2:18:16 
111Michael Schär (Swi) Astana2:18:41 
112Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:20:44 
113Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step2:23:10 
114Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas2:23:25 
115Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:24:58 
116Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:27:29 
117Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:28:39 
118José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:28:47 
119Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:29:42 
120Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:30:33 
121Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:31:21 
122Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2:32:12 
123Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux2:32:39 
124Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas2:34:33 
125Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:34:59 
126Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC2:35:13 
127Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC2:36:35 
128Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis2:37:00 
129Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2:37:15 
130Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux2:38:17 
131Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:40:20 
132Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana2:41:04 
133Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream2:45:29 
134Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas2:48:07 
135Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC2:48:40 
136Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux2:54:33 
137Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC2:55:34 
138José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:56:41 
139Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream2:56:56 
140Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil2:56:57 
141Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom3:06:12 
Points classification
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC123pts
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas81 
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne80 
4Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank68 
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto67 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia58 
7Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas56 
8Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi55 
9David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis54 
10Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil52 
11Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto52 
12Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis50 
13Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank40 
14William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom39 
15David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia35 
16Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank33 
17David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia32 
18Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas30 
19Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia28 
20Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto27 
21Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26 
22Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam25 
23Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step23 
24Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale22 
25Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi20 
26Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC20 
27Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil18 
28Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale18 
29Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis16 
30Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne16 
31Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia15 
32Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo14 
33Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step13 
34Christian Knees (Ger) Milram13 
35Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux12 
36David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto12 
37Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12 
38Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step12 
39Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur11 
40Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC11 
41Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto11 
42Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur11 
43Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank10 
44Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam10 
45Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux9 
46Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9 
47Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo9 
48Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank8 
49Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux8 
50Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank8 
51Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis7 
52Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana7 
53Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo7 
54Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil7 
55Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur6 
56Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis6 
57Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank5 
58Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
59Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step4 
60Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur4 
61Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux3 
62Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas3 
63Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank3 
64Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis3 
65Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam2 
66Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream2 
67Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto2 
68Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2 
69Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2 
70Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1 
71Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1 
72Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto1 
73Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia1 
74Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1 
75Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1 
Mountains classification
1David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis186pts
2David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto89 
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank60 
4Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur59 
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank58 
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne57 
7Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo57 
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil54 
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia53 
10Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis51 
11Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi40 
12Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto39 
13Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis34 
14Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank32 
15David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia29 
16Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas28 
17Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia25 
18Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank22 
19Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis21 
20Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi20 
21Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank19 
22Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia17 
23Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne17 
24Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil16 
25Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi14 
26Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam13 
27Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo13 
28Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia12 
29Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo12 
30Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas11 
31Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
32David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia10 
33Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale10 
34Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto10 
35Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
36Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank9 
37Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo9 
38Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto8 
39Paul Voss (Ger) Milram8 
40Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC7 
41Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto7 
42Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi7 
43Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur6 
44Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana6 
45Christian Knees (Ger) Milram6 
46Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank5 
47Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step4 
48William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 
49José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4 
50Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3 
51Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis3 
52Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto3 
53Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne3 
54Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux3 
55Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank3 
56Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3 
57Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil3 
58Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3 
59Martin Velits (Svk) Milram3 
60Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step3 
61Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3 
62Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil3 
63Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis2 
64Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis2 
65Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
66Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1 
67Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas1 
68Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1 
69Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1 
70Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC1 
Combination classification
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne10pts
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank11 
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia21 
4Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi22 
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto22 
6Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas27 
7David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis37 
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil47 
9Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne51 
10Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam57 
11David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia57 
12David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto64 
13David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia75 
14Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo76 
15Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank77 
16Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank79 
17Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia80 
18Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC88 
19Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia93 
20Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi96 
21Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto101 
22Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step101 
23Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne103 
24Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis106 
25Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas109 
26Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank110 
27Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux111 
28Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur111 
29Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana112 
30Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis115 
31Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank122 
32Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis124 
33Christian Knees (Ger) Milram124 
34Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank125 
35Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis125 
36Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis127 
37Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi128 
38Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank131 
39Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale134 
40Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil134 
41Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo137 
42Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale138 
43Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia138 
44Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto143 
45Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas147 
46Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana148 
47Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale150 
48Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi150 
49Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank154 
50Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo162 
51William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom171 
52Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam186 
53Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur186 
54Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto192 
55Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto202 
56Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto208 
57Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step209 
58Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram223 
59Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi233 
60Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo241 
61Martin Velits (Svk) Milram248 
62Paul Voss (Ger) Milram250 
63Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil252 
64Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil265 
65Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC268 
66José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne296 
67Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis298 
Teams classification
1Xacobeo Galicia236:30:36 
2Astana0:27:10 
3Caisse D'Epargne0:29:12 
4Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:31:27 
5Rabobank0:49:27 
6Fuji - Servetto0:53:47 
7Silence - Lotto1:00:19 
8Euskaltel - Euskadi1:01:01 
9Cervelo Test Team1:09:58 
10Française Des Jeux1:27:49 
11Liquigas1:30:46 
12AG2R - La Mondiale1:42:26 
13Lampre - N.G.C2:15:56 
14Garmin - Slipstream2:21:59 
15Team Saxo Bank2:27:11 
16Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2:30:43 
17Contentpolis - Ampo2:31:49 
18Andalucía - Cajasur2:39:26 
19Team Milram3:06:45 
20Quick Step3:12:14 
21BBOX Bouygues Telecom4:13:57 
22Team Columbia - HTC5:41:27 

 

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