Henderson surprise winner in Vuelta's Venlo stage

New Zealand's Henderson wins over Bozic in Vuelta a España group sprint to Venlo

They say that only two things in life are inevitable: death and taxes. Most forget to add that in cycling there's a third inevitability - the break on a dead-flat stage of a grand tour is always going to be swallowed up as the sprinters chew up the offerings available.

Today in Venlo that preordained fate met those brave enough to break away. Another day in Holland - albeit via Germany - tailored to sprinters delivered more rich rewards for the fast men. It wasn't without a trio of souls whose intentions were good, but in reality the three escapees never stood a chance.

What was unpredicted was the day's winner - New Zealander Greg Henderson benefited from the work done by his Columbia-HTC teammates in the final five kilometres to take his first win in a grand tour. The affable kiwi wasn't the intended 'go to man' but when he found himself in second wheel, sitting behind Borut Bozic, with only a handful of metres remaining, it was going to be Henderson's day.

Just as compatriot Hayden Roulston has enjoyed a fantastic resurgence this season with Cervélo TestTeam, his former national track teammate Henderson has carved himself a solid position in Columbia-HTC's squad and his win in Venlo is evidence of this. The 2004 scratch race world champion showed the speed he is capable of, finishing ahead of Bozic and Oscar Freire.

It moved Henderson to second on the overall standings, just six seconds behind Fabian Cancellara, who will wear the golden jersey heading into tomorrow's tricky stage to Liège. Gerald Ciolek moves down to third overall, a further two seconds behind Henderson.

"We were setting up the sprint for [André] Greipel - all day we were saying, 'Let's set it up for André'. Just after a k to go though, there was a sharp corner and Vacansoleil came flying through," said Henderson. "I was waiting and looking for Greipel but it was 150 metres to go so I thought I better go myself."

Henderson was jovial when informed it was the team's 72nd victory this season before paying tribute to the work done by team owner Bob Stapleton and directeur sportif Rolf Aldag. "Whenever there's a sprint stage, Columbia-HTC is always well represented," he added.

The third inevitability - with a twist

Itchy feet made for another long break - today's escapees were Lars Boom (Rabobank), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Jesus Rosendo (Andalucia-Cajasur), who took flight after just two kilometres. The open roads and crosswinds suited the Dutch riders, while Rosendo held his own and eventually was the final man caught about 20km from the finish.

Having been given a lead of 9:42 by the 28km mark, the peloton wasn't overly interested in pegging back the trio until the final third of the stage. With 57km to go the break's advantage had been lowered to 3:47 as the gap was slowly being whittled away by Saxo Bank, Team Milram, Quick Step and Garmin-Slipstream.

Unsurprisingly, these teams possess the sprinters to watch in this year's Vuelta - the likes of yesterday's winner Gerald Ciolek, Allan Davis, Tyler Farrar and Tom Boonen were all ready to snatch the low-hanging fruit

With 47km to go the gap was 2:48 and as the final 30km loomed it was time for the last-ditch efforts to begin, as Boom tested the legs of his breakaway companions before sitting up and waiting for the inevitable to happen. Both Hoogerland and Resondo delayed their capture by the peloton but eventually both were caught.

It wasn't Garmin-Slipstream's day for luck, however; within the final 15km Tyler Farrar then Julian Dean experienced mechanical issues, making the chase back on that much more difficult as the peloton opened the throttle on the run to Venlo.

On the front, meanwhile, Liquigas' contingent could be seen throwing its weight on the front next to the likes of Quick Step's crew and Milram's men, who were looking for second helpings of 'the good stuff' following Gerald Ciolek's victory yesterday in Emmen.

A slightly technical finish made for an interesting finale - there was plenty of bravado, 'wide elbows' and big turns as the sprinters' teams made a bid for space to get their man in the right position heading into the last two kilometres. Bert Grabsch powered Columbia-HTC's effort, leaving Henderson as the final man to pull away before it was expected Greipel would contest the final 200 metres on the front.

No one told the Vacansoleil team, however. Two of its riders - one being Bozic - blew through the final, chicane-type corner, effectively disrupting the flow of the lead outs. The beneficiary was Henderson, who found himself sitting in the perfect position to open his throttle not in an effort to get Greipel to the line but to fight for stage honours.

And he did just that, comfortably overpowering Bozic and staying clear of Freire for the biggest win of his career. On a day where the inevitable happened for all but the final 200 metres of another Spanish foray into the Dutch countryside, one of New Zealand's finest made it grand tour win number one.

Vuelta a España - Stage 4: September 1 - Venlo - Liège, 224km

The Vuelta will pay tribute to the northern Classics with this stage that takes in parts of the Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège routes. The key points for the race’s longest stage are the two climbs of the Cauberg (its zenith is where Amstel concludes) and Mont Theux, which was once a regular Liège rendezvous. These should break up the race but still expect a big group to dispute the finish.


Full Results
1Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC4:41:01 
2Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil  
3Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
4André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
5William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
7Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
8Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
9Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank  
10Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
11Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
12Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
13Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas  
14Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis  
16Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
17Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
18Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC  
19Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram  
20Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
21Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
22Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram  
23Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
24Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil  
25Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
26Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
27Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
28Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil  
29Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto  
30Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil  
31Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
33Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram  
34Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
35Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto  
36Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
37Christian Knees (Ger) Milram  
38Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
39Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
40Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank  
41Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil  
42Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas  
43Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank  
44Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
45Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
46Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
47Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank  
48Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto  
49Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
50Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
51Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil  
52Paul Voss (Ger) Milram  
53Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
54Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream  
55Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
56Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil  
57Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram  
58Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
59Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam  
60Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
61Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
63Michael Schär (Swi) Astana  
64Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
65Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
66Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
67Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
68David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
69Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
70Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
71Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam  
72Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam  
73David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
74Chris Horner (USA) Astana  
75Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
76Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
77Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
78Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
79Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
80Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream  
81Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis  
82Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis  
83Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
84Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
85Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank  
86Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
87Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram  
88Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
89Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil  
90Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
92José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
93Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil  
94Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
95Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
96Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
97Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis  
98Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
99Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis  
100Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
101Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
102José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana  
103Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas  
104Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
105Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana  
106Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC  
107Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
108Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC  
109Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
110Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
111Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis  
112Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas  
113Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
114Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
115Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
116David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
117Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis  
118Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank  
119Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
120Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas  
121Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
122Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
123Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
124Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
125Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
126Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC  
127Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
128Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
129Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
130Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas  
131Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
132Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
133Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
134Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
135Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam  
136Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
137Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
138Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
139Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
140Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
141Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
142Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
143Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam  
144Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto  
145Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
146Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
147Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
148Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
149John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
150Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis  
151Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
152Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram  
153José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
154Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux  
155Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
156Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
157Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
158Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
159Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
160José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
161Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
162Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
163Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
164Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
165Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC  
166Martin Velits (Svk) Milram  
167Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC  
168Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
169Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
170Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
171Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
172Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
173Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
174David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis  
175Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
176Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
177David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
178Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
179Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas  
180David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
181Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank  
182Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
183Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
184Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank  
185Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana  
186Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
187Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
188Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
189Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
190Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
191Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
192Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence-Lotto  
193José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
194José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:49 
195Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
Points - Venlo, km. 189,7
1Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25pts
2Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil20 
3Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank16 
4André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC14 
5William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step10 
7Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam9 
8Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step8 
9Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank7 
10Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto6 
11Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream5 
12Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4 
13Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas3 
14Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux2 
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis1 
Sprint 1 - Kellen, km. 104,5
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4pts
2Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil1 
Sprint 2, km. 152,9
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil4pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank2 
3Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1 
1Team Columbia - High Road14:03:03 
2Quick Step  
3Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
4Lampre - N.G.C  
6Team Milram  
7BBox Bouygues Telecom  
8Silence - Lotto  
9Team Saxo Bank  
10Garmin - Slipstream  
13Xacobeo Galicia  
14Cervelo Test Team  
15Euskaltel - Euskadi  
17AG2R La Mondiale  
19Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
20Française Des Jeux  
21Caisse d'Epargne  
22Andalucia Cajasur  
General classification after stage 3
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank9:29:33 
2Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC0:00:06 
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram0:00:08 
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:00:09 
5Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:12 
6Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:00:14 
7Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:00:16 
8Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas  
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:17 
10David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:18 
11Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas  
12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
13Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:00:19 
14Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto  
15Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:21 
16Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
17David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:22 
18Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
19Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas  
20Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC  
21Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:23 
22Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
23Chris Horner (USA) Astana  
24Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:24 
25Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
26Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
27William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:25 
28Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
29Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
30Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:00:26 
31Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram  
32Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
33Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC0:00:27 
34Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
35Christian Knees (Ger) Milram  
36Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:28 
37Paul Voss (Ger) Milram  
38Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
39Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana  
40Michael Schär (Swi) Astana  
41Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:29 
42Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
44Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
45Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:30 
46Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
47Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
48Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank0:00:31 
49Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
50Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
51André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
52Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:32 
53Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
54Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
55Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
56Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank  
57Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
58Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
59Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
60Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis0:00:33 
61Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
62Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
63Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:00:34 
64Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil  
65Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:35 
66Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
67Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto  
68Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:36 
69Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
70Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
71Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam  
72Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil  
73Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:00:37 
74Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram  
75Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:38 
76Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto  
77Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:40 
78Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil  
79Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
80Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram  
81Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:00:41 
82Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil  
83Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis  
84Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:42 
85Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
86Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
87Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
88Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:43 
89Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:00:44 
90Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
91Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
92Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:00:45 
93Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:46 
94Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank  
95Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
96Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
97Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto0:00:47 
98David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:48 
99Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis  
100Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil  
101Martin Velits (Svk) Milram0:00:49 
102Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:50 
103Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
104Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
105Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux0:00:51 
106Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil  
107Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
108Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:52 
109Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:53 
110Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
111Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
112Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
113Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam  
114Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
115Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
116José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
117Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:54 
118Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil  
119Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
120Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
121José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:00:55 
122Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
123Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:00:56 
124Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
125Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:00:57 
126Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:58 
127Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:59 
128Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
129Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:00 
130Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC  
131Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
132Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:01 
133Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:02 
134Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank  
135Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
136Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
137David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:03 
138Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:04 
139Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
140Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:05 
141José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
142Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis  
143Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram  
144Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream  
145John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:06 
146Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
147Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:07 
148Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil  
149Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank0:01:08 
150Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:09 
151Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
152David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:10 
153Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
154Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
155Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:01:11 
156Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC0:01:12 
157Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
158Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:13 
159Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
160David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis  
161Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:14 
162José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
163Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:01:16 
164Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:17 
165Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:18 
166Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:01:19 
167Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas0:01:21 
168Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:01:23 
169Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:01:25 
170Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:26 
171Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:33 
172Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:35 
173Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis  
174Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas0:01:36 
175Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:38 
176Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:01:39 
177Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram0:01:40 
178Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:43 
179Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence-Lotto0:01:44 
180Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:45 
181José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:49 
182Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
183Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:50 
184Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:51 
185Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
186Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:52 
187Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:02:02 
188Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:02:03 
189Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC0:02:13 
190Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step0:02:41 
191Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:04:33 
192Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:05:11 
193Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:53 
194Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:08:08 
195José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:38 
Points classification
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step38pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream33 
3André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC28 
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank25 
5Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25 
6Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram25 
7Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam25 
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil25 
9Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank20 
10Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas20 
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas15 
12Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto15 
13Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil14 
14William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis11 
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10 
17Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank9 
18Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana9 
19David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
20Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas8 
21Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux8 
22Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step8 
23Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7 
24Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto7 
25Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank6 
26Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5 
27Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC5 
28Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto4 
29Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4 
30Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram3 
31Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil3 
32Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur3 
33Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto2 
34Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil2 
35Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2 
36Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
37Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC1 
38David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream1 
Combination classification
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank5pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step5 
3Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC7 
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream7 
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram9 
6Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil19 
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas19 
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas25 
9David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia29 
10Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas31 
11Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank32 
12Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam33 
13Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank34 
14Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne35 
15Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC40 
16William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom41 
17Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto42 
18Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas44 
19Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto48 
20André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC54 
21Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto59 
22Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux71 
23Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil72 
24Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank73 
25Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis78 
26Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC81 
27Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo81 
28Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana86 
29Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil98 
30Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram104 
31Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil109 
32Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil116 
33Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto119 
34David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream136 
35Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur139 
36Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step173 
37Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank215 
38Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur227 
Teams classification
2Team Saxo Bank0:03:00 
3Garmin - Slipstream0:00:06 
4Caisse d'Epargne0:00:10 
5Quick Step0:00:12 
6Team Columbia - High Road0:00:15 
8Silence - Lotto0:00:19 
9Team Milram0:00:21 
11Xacobeo Galicia0:00:24 
12Cervelo Test Team0:00:28 
13Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:30 
14Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:31 
15BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:34 
16Française Des Jeux  
17AG2R La Mondiale  
19Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:46 
20Lampre - N.G.C0:01:17 
22Andalucia Cajasur0:01:26 


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