Greipel wins a wet, classic Vuelta stage to Liège

Greipel wins wet Vuelta stage to Liège, Cancellara keeps lead despite crash

He may have missed out on the stage win yesterday but Columbia-HTC's André Greipel made amends with an emphatic victory in the iconic Belgian city of Liège today, although not in the manner he may have envisioned. Rather than triumph in a bunch gallop, the German won a small sprint ahead of Quick Step's Wouter Weylandts and Columbia-HTC teammates Bert Grabsch and Marcel Sieberg.

On a day befitting a trip into Belgian territory there was constant rain, the inevitable - and regular - crashes, plus the anticipated attacks from those with aspirations of a win in the final 15 kilometres. The major punctuation mark of the last three kilometres was a massive crash, the biggest of the day's spills that cleaned up overall leader Fabian Cancellara and half the peloton, although the Swiss rider maintained his advantage on general classification due to the timing of the accident.

Whilst Greg Henderson was the beneficiary of confusion in yesterday's finale, fortune smiled on Greipel today as he was one of a half-dozen riders who avoided the carnage and fought for stage honours. He demonstrated why he is one of the strongest sprinters in this year's race with a convincing sprint that followed one of the biggest crashes of the season. His Columbia-HTC train kept him out of trouble, the team's positioning vital in avoiding the mishap that ruled out many of the contenders in Liège.

Get off the brakes!

Today's break check: the five kilometre mark. The 'lucky' four who got to spend most of the 225 kilometres off the front of the peloton? Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía - Cajasur), Lars Boom (Rabobank), Dominik Roels (Milram) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil). The escape held a maximum advantage in excess of 14 minutes before it was time for it to be gradually absorbed back into the peloton.

Two ascensions of the Cauberg were good for Boom who took mountains points on home turf. In the future it's likely we'll be seeing the Dutchman fighting for honours in the Amstel Gold Race on the same climb, although today's stage was all about getting to Liège with a suitable compliment of points for his efforts. He did just that and will wear the crimson climber's jersey when the race resumes on Thursday.

Back in the pack there was more bad luck for Garmin-Slipstream - this time it was Svein Tuft who joined Julian Dean on the deck in the wet conditions, the accident not seriously hindering the chances of the American squad. In front of the peloton, Lagutin and Roels came down on the approach to a roundabout; no harm done, although it guaranteed a spike in the Uzbekistan national champion's heart rate.

As the speed of the main group increased the crashes flowed - Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Cervélo TestTeam), David Lopez Garcia (Xacobeo Galicia), Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) and Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) all came down, the latter quite awkwardly in a collision with a heavy truck trailer parked on the side of the road. The young Dane was able to continue with some help from teammate Stuart O'Grady - fortunate, given the hopes placed on the 24-year-old who has a propensity for delivering great climbing performances.

Liège, here we come!

As the break hit the Mont Theux, the gap had dwindled to just 2:35 whilst the peloton looked like it was building momentum and motivation for the task at hand - i.e. - battle the elements and the escapees to deliver the sprinters to the finish. The question remained, however: would the fast men be thwarted?

Heading into the final 35 kilometres of the stage only two men remained off the front of the peloton - Roels and Ramirez decided it was time to thrash it out away from their break companions as Boom, his day's points gathering done, opted for a soft pedal back to the bunch and possibly some work in getting Oscar Freire to the finish in prime position. Lagutin figured it was all academic at this point and followed suit, undoubtedly relishing the appeal of a rest day tomorrow.

Johnny Hoogerland tried his luck within the final 30 kilometres of the stage, although nothing came of the sortie from one of yesterday's escapees. Another breakaway rider and Hoogerland's teammate, Lieuwe Westra, also hit out and quickly gained some time off the front of the peloton. He caught Roels and Ramirez in a last-ditch attempt at gaining the upper hand over the main bunch.

As the remnants of the break made its way into the city centre of Liège, stage two winner Gerald Ciolek found himself getting up off the ground, the victim of another crash. Like those spills before his, the German was able to continue without paying too much for the misfortune. While Milram's sprinter went down the chances of the escape went in a similar direction, the Saint-Nicolas climb putting paid to the likelihood of it staying away.

This tricky climb signaled the final 15 kilometres of the 225-kilometre journey from Venlo and the starting point for the real attacks from those with Classics pedigree - the likes of Kim Kirchen and Philippe Gilbert made their presence known at the head of proceedings. It preceded a stinging foray by Lampre's Enrico Gasparotto which never really looked like sticking.

Gasparotto's capture began the machinations from Rabobank, Milram, Garmin-Slipstream, Liquigas, Columbia-HTC and Quick Step, but suddenly there was a touch of wheels and carnage at a roundabout with less than three kilometres remaining. It left just the latter two squads represented in the final two kilometres of racing while the clean up continued behind. Columbia-HTC can thank itself for missing the crash with its train ensuring Greipel would be in a position to win.

Rest days and retirements

Disappointing news for the Silence-Lotto squad, with Charly Wegelius the first rider to abandon the Vuelta. It was hoped he would be a key ally of Cadel Evans in the mountains, although two Grand Tours and a miserably wet day took their toll on the Brit. Bad luck for Astana also, as the unfortunate incident near the finish may have signaled the end of Chris Horner's race, the American wincing in pain whilst receiving treatment. Tomorrow's rest day, an early one in a Grand Tour, will undoubtedly be well received by the peloton.

Full Results
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC5:43:05 
2Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
3Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
4Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
5Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
6Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
7Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC  
8Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
9Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram  
10Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram  
11Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
12Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
13Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
15Christian Knees (Ger) Milram  
16Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
17Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
19Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
20Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
22Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC  
23Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
24Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
25Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
26Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
27Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
28Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
29Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
30Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
31Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis  
32Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil  
33Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
34Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis  
35Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas  
36Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas  
37Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas  
38Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas  
39Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis  
40Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
41Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto  
42Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto  
43Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC  
44Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
45Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
46Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
47Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
48Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
49Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
50Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank  
51John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
52Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
53Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana  
54Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
55Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
56Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
57Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC  
58Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis0:01:57 
59Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis  
60David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis  
61José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
63Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam  
64Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram  
65Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
66William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
67Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
68Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
69Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
70Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank  
71Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
72Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
73Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:02:10 
74Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
75Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
76Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
77Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
78Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
79Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis  
80Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis  
81Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
82Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
83Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
84Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
85Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
86Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
87Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
88Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto  
89Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
90Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas  
92Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
93Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
94David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
95Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
96Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
97Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
98José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
99Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
100David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
101David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
102Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam  
103Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam  
104Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
105Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
106Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:58 
107Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam  
108Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
109Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
110Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana  
111José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana  
112Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC  
113Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil  
114Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
115Michael Schär (Swi) Astana  
116Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
117Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
118David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
119Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas  
120Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
121Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas  
122Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto  
123Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis  
124Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
125Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank  
126Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:04:38 
127Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
128Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux0:04:48 
129Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
130Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC  
131Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
132Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
133Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
134Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
135Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:53 
136Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
137Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
138Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:56 
139Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
140Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
141Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:03 
142Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
143Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
144Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil  
145Martin Velits (Svk) Milram  
146Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank  
147Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
148Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
149Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank  
150Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank  
151Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
152Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
153Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
154Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:06:53 
155Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream  
156Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:07:04 
157Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:44 
158Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
159Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
160José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
161Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
162Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
163Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
164José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
165Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil0:08:06 
166Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank  
167Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
168Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
169Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
170Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
171Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank  
172Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil  
173Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
174Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil  
175Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:08:09 
176José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
177Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC  
178Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
179Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
180Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram  
181Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
182Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:08:12 
183Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram  
184Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
185Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:08:12 
186Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas  
187Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil  
188Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
189Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam  
190Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram  
191Chris Horner (USA) Astana  
192Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto  
193Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
194Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
195David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
196Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:18 
197Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil  
DNSCharles Wegelius (GBr) Silence-Lotto  
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC25pts
2Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step20 
3Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC16 
4Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC14 
5Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step12 
6Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step10 
7Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC9 
8Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto8 
9Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram7 
10Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram6 
11Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
12Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur4 
13Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux3 
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream2 
15Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1 
1Team Columbia - High Road17:09:15 
2Quick Step0:00:24 
3Team Milram0:01:57 
4Silence - Lotto0:02:10 
5Andalucia Cajasur0:02:24 
6AG2R La Mondiale0:02:33 
8Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
11Lampre - N.G.C0:03:14 
12BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:21 
13Française Des Jeux0:03:33 
14Garmin - Slipstream0:03:52 
15Caisse d'Epargne0:04:33 
16Cervelo Test Team0:04:50 
17Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:04 
19Xacobeo Galicia0:07:07 
20Team Saxo Bank0:08:09 
22Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:09:49 
General classification after stage 4
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank15:12:38 
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:00:09 
3Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:00:11 
4André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
5Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:12 
6Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:00:16 
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:17 
8David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:18 
9Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas  
10Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
11Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:00:19 
12Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:21 
13Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
14David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:22 
15Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
16Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas  
17Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC  
18Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:23 
19Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
20Chris Horner (USA) Astana  
21Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:24 
22Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
23Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
24William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:25 
25Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
26Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
27Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:00:26 
28Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram  
29Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
30Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC0:00:27 
31Christian Knees (Ger) Milram  
32Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:28 
33Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
34Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana  
35Michael Schär (Swi) Astana  
36Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:29 
37Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
39Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
40Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:30 
41Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
42Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
43Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:31 
44Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:32 
45Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
46Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank  
47Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
48Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
49Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
50Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis0:00:33 
51Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
52Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
53Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:00:34 
54Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil  
55Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:35 
56Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto  
57Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:36 
58Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
59Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam  
60Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil  
61Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:00:37 
62Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram  
63Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:38 
64Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto  
65Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil0:00:39 
66Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:40 
67Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil  
68Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
69Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram  
70Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:00:41 
71Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis  
72Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:42 
73Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
74Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
75Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
76Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:43 
77Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:00:44 
78Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
79Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
80Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:00:45 
81Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:46 
82Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank  
83Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
84Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto0:00:47 
86David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:48 
87Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis  
88Martin Velits (Svk) Milram0:00:49 
89Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:50 
90Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:51 
92Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:53 
93Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
94Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
95Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam  
96Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
97Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
98José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
99Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:54 
100Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil  
101Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
102Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
103José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:00:55 
104Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
105Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:00:56 
106Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:00:57 
107Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
108Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:58 
109Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:59 
110Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
111Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:00 
112Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC  
113Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
114Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:01 
115Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:02 
116Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank  
117Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
118Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
119David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:03 
120Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:04 
121Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
122Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:05 
123Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis  
124John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:06 
125Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:07 
126Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank0:01:08 
127David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:10 
128Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
129Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:01:11 
130Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC0:01:12 
131Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto  
132Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
133Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:13 
134Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
135David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis  
136Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:14 
137José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
138Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:01:16 
139Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:17 
140Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:18 
141Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas0:01:21 
142Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:01:23 
143Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:26 
144Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram0:01:28 
145Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas0:01:36 
146Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:52 
147Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step0:02:41 
148Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis0:03:32 
149Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:03:35 
150Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC0:04:54 
151Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:05:04 
152Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:05:26 
153Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:34 
154Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux0:05:39 
155Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:05:43 
156Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:46 
157Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:05:57 
158Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:06:11 
159Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:06:31 
160Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:06:45 
161Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:07:28 
162Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:53 
163Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:07:57 
164Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:08:11 
165Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:08:16 
166Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
167Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram0:08:20 
168Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
169Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil  
170Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank0:08:37 
171Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:08:38 
172Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:08:40 
173Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:08:45 
174José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:49 
175Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil0:08:57 
176Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam0:09:04 
177Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:09:05 
178Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram0:09:14 
179Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil0:09:15 
180Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:16 
181Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:09:18 
182Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:25 
183José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:09:33 
184Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:09:35 
185Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:37 
186Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:09:45 
187Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:09:57 
188Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:59 
189Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
190Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:01 
191Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas0:10:08 
192Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:10:09 
193Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:10:11 
194Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC0:10:22 
195Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:12:17 
196Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:16:20 
197José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:18:47 
Points classification
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC53pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step38 
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream33 
4Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step28 
5Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25 
6Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank25 
7Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram25 
8Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam25 
9Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil25 
10Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto23 
11Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC21 
12Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank20 
13Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas20 
14Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas15 
15Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC14 
16Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil14 
17Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step12 
18William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
19Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis11 
20Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step10 
21Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram10 
22Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10 
23Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC9 
24Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana9 
25Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank9 
26Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram8 
27David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
28Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas8 
29Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux8 
30Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank7 
31Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur7 
32Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7 
33Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto7 
34Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram6 
35Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas6 
36Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5 
37Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
38Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto4 
39Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4 
40Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux3 
41Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil3 
42Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil3 
43Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto2 
44Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream2 
45Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2 
46Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2 
47Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
48Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
49Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1 
50Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC1 
51David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream1 
Mountains classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank9pts
2Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur5 
3Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil3 
4Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1 
Combination classification
1Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram175pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank199 
3Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil228 
4Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur230 
Teams classification
1Team Columbia - High Road45:39:00 
2Quick Step0:00:21 
3Team Milram0:02:03 
4Silence - Lotto0:02:14 
7Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:02:49 
8AG2R La Mondiale0:02:52 
10Andalucia Cajasur0:03:35 
11BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:40 
12Garmin - Slipstream0:03:43 
13Française Des Jeux0:03:52 
14Lampre - N.G.C0:04:16 
15Caisse d'Epargne0:04:28 
16Cervelo Test Team0:05:03 
17Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:35 
20Team Saxo Bank0:07:57 
22Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:10:04 


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