Cunego conquers Vuelta's first mountain finish, Evans takes lead

Alto de Aitano finish sorts out GC contenders

Damiano Cunego crowned off a somewhat disappointing season by winning the first mountain stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The Lampre-NGC rider leapt away from an elite lead group which had caught most of the day's breakaway, leaving just one rider for Cunego to catch and pass in the final kilometres.

"In the finale I followed the actions of Sylvester Szmyd and Ivan Basso, and then I decided to try in for myself," said the overjoyed Italian. His impressive attack carried him through to his first Vuelta stage win in his career.

The win was a big confidence-booster for Cunego, who is planned to be of the Italian team's captains at the World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, later this month. He showed his climbing legs are coming good in advance of the worlds, which features two climbs on each of the 19 laps of a 13.8 km course. Cunego had gone into the Vuelta to prepare for the Worlds, saying he hoped to impress national coach Franco Ballerini with a good performance.

The 27-year-old emphasised what the stage win meant to him. "My goal is the Worlds in Mendrisio, and I came to Spain to prepare well. It was important to get a great result after a difficult year. I have had a lot of criticism in this period, but I think I gave the right answer."

It was only the fourth win this season for Cunego. He earlier took the overall title in the Settimana Coppi e Bartoli, winning two stages along the way.

Lampre's "Little Prince" attacked out of a chase group with a little more than two kilometres to go to catch and pass David Moncoutie (Cofidis), who was the only rider left of an escape group.

The Frenchman finished second, and third place went to Robert Gesink of Rabobank, who jumped out of the small group of favourites.

Cadel Evans of Silence-Lotto took over the race lead with a fourth place finish on the day, in the group which came across the line 44 seconds behind Cunego. He was closely followed over the finish line by Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Eusakaltel's Samuel Sanchez, who crashed during the stage. The two Spaniards moved up into second and third place overall.

The gold jersey now means that Australian Evans has now worn the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours. He didn't come to the Vuelta with "any particular motivation," he said, but the last two day's results have changed that.

"At first I didn't think I would make it to Madrid, but I a feel well and I want to ride to the end."

"Tomorrow I will again try to do well, but I have a young team, which is not very experience but certainly very motivated and strong that you think," the 32-year-old added.

Valverde was satisfied with his performance, and that of his team which did a large portion of the work to bring the breakaway back.

"It was the first important test and we saw that most of the favorites for final win have more or less the same level."

"As well Evans, as Basso, Sánchez, Mosquera and Gesink who attacked in the final, we controlled each other behind Cunego, who went for stage win and was no danger for the general classification."

Garmin-Slipstream's Tom Danielson stayed with the group of favourites on the final climb, a feat which few others were able to accomplish, finishing in 11th place, six seconds behind the group of Evans. The American put in a strong time trial the previous day to move up to move up to eighth, and he used his climbing abilities to move up again into fourth overall.

As expected, the closing climb, Alto de Aitana, an hors categorie climb with an average gradient of 5.7% and max of 9%, ruthlessly weeded out the pretenders from the contenders. A large group of 50 to 60 riders started up that final climb together, only to fall apart as the top climbers ground down their weaker brothers.

How it unfolded

This stage was the first true mountain test of this year's Vuelta. Four category three climbs, three category two climbs and to top it all off, a mountaintop finish of the 'especial' category. The first climb didn't come until km 52, but after that they came with regularity, thrilling the hearts of the climbers and chilling the hearts of all others.

Things got off to a fast and furious start on a day that was fortunately dryer than the previous day. Right from the start there were multiple escape attempts, but all were doomed to failure until 37 km in. That's when a sextet got away: Pieter Weening (Rabobank), David Moncoutie (Cofidis), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Sébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale), Paul Voss (Team Milram) and William Bonnet (BBox Bouygues Telecom).

The group worked well together and quickly built up a lead of over 15 minutes. About halfway through the stage, Caisse d'Epargne decided that was enough and took over the lead work of the chasing peloton. Almost immediately the gap started coming down.

There was one major surprise along the way, as Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck unexpectedly dropped out of the race. The young Luxembourger, who finished second in this year's Tour de France, told Cyclingnews that he had stomach cramps and had been unable to eat since the previous night.

Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara, who had reclaimed the leader's gold jersey Saturday at the time trial, gave his best on the climbs, but they were too much for him. He lost contact on the penultimate climb up the Alto de Tudonos, caught up and then fell back for good.

Another who dropped back on the final climb was Xacobeo's David Herrero, who finished well in the previous day's time trial to put himself in third place overall.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's captain and Olympic road champion Samuel Sanchez fell behind on the descent of the Tudonos. He explained that he stopped to get a new bike after a mechanical, and while chasing back on he crashed in a bend.

"It was important to chase back to the lead group but it cost me," said Sanchez, who was visibly pained during the final ascent.

"It hurts when I breathe deep. I suffered to hold on to Evans and Valverde on the climb, but I had some really bad moments. We'll see how it goes, but I'm very worried. Tomorrow's stage is very demanding, so we'll see how I respond."

The peloton was content to let the group go all out most of the way, knowing that the final climb up the Alto de Aitana would blow things apart.

Voss and Bonnet were the first to drop out of the lead group as they headed up the closing 21 km climb. Weening and Moncoutie were the next to drop back. Hinault was unable to keep up, and Vacansoliel's Hoogerland continued on alone.

Moncoutie recovered on the climb and joined Hoogerland again. Behind them, Caisse d'Epargne, followed by Liquigas, calmly led the chase. More and more riders fell off the back. With 10 km to go, the gap had dropped to under two minutes, and the peloton was reduced to some 50 to 60 riders.

Alexander Vinokourov of Astana and Saxo Bank's Fränk Schleck and Jacob Fuglsang were among those unable to keep up with the favourites.

Moncoutie was unwilling to give up and kept on pushing the tempo, but Hoogerland hung on. The further up the leading duo went, the steeper it got, playing to Moncoutie's strengths. The Frenchman was alone in the lead with 5 km to go.

Silence-Lotto, riding for Cadel Evans, moved up to share the closing chase work with Valverde's Caisse d'Epargne squad. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre) also hovered near the front of the group.

Liquigas moved to the front as Caisse d'Epargne had used itself up. The long hard climb ground down the group, but the top favourites of Valverde, Evans, Basso and Cunego were all there. Behind them, the group kept getting smaller and smaller.

With three km to go, Moncoutie rode into the mountaintop fog. Back in the pack, Basso tried to take off from a group now reduced to 15 or so, but they wouldn't let him go. Valverde, Evans, and Cunego clung fast to his rear wheel, and the size of the group declined almost every minute.

Cunego didn't cling long, though, taking off out of the group just before the 2 km marker. He quickly caught Hoogerland and kept on going into the fog. The Italian was strong enough and fresh enough to catch Moncoutie within the last kilometre.

"The little prince" rolled over the finish line, still looking fresh despite his over six hours' ride. Moncoutie hung on for second, and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) had jumped out of the chase group to take third.


Full Results
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC6:04:54 
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:00:33 
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:36 
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:00:44 
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:50 
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas  
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
10Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:01:10 
14Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:29 
15Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:01:32 
16Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:33 
17Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:01:50 
18Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana  
19Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil  
20Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis  
21Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:20 
22José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
23Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
24Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:02:24 
25Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
26Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:02:44 
27Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:03:34 
28Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:37 
29Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:03:45 
30Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:03:50 
31Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:03:57 
32John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:00 
33Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis0:04:18 
34Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:04:49 
35Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:04:52 
36Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:04:55 
37David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:05:40 
38Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:49 
39Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:06:42 
40David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:45 
41Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram  
42Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:54 
43Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:03 
44Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil0:07:09 
45Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:17 
46Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
47Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:00 
48Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:01 
49Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
50Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
51David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:09:09 
52Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:17 
53Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank0:10:42 
54Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
55Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
56Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
57Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank  
58Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
59Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank  
60Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:10:45 
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:12:24 
63Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
64Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:12:56 
65Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
66Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:13:26 
67Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:14:28 
68Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
69Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
70Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
71Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
72Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank  
73Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
74Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
75Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank  
76Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis  
77Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
78José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana  
79Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil  
80Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
81Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
82Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:16:37 
83Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:16:57 
84Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
85Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto  
86Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil  
87William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
88David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
89Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
90David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream  
91Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:17:01 
92Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank  
93Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:18:39 
94Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil  
95Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas  
96Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
97Christian Knees (Ger) Milram  
98Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
99Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
100Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream  
101Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam  
102Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
103José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
104Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto  
105Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil  
106Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
107Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
108Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil  
109Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
110Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
111Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
112Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram  
113Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
114Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
115Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:20:06 
116Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:25:45 
117Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas  
118Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC  
119Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank  
120Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas  
121Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam  
122Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram  
123Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
124Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
125Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas  
126Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
127Michael Schär (Swi) Astana  
128Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam  
129Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
130Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
131Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
132Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
133Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis  
134Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
135José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
136Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
137Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step  
138Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis  
139Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
140Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
141Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram  
142Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
143Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
144Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:25:52 
145Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam  
146Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank0:25:54 
147Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:26:09 
148Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas0:27:25 
149Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:29:20 
150Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram  
151Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
152Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
153Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
154André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC  
155Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
156Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas  
157Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
158Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram  
159Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC  
160Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
161Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC  
162Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux  
163Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
164Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step  
165Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
166Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step  
167Martin Velits (Svk) Milram  
168Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC  
169Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream  
170Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
171Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC  
172Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
173Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank  
174Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream  
175José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur  
176Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam  
177Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
178Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam  
179Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
180Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
181Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
182Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
183José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:29:32 
184Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
185Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
186Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream  
187Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:30:40 
188Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:31:25 
189Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC25pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis20 
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank16 
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto14 
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12 
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale9 
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas8 
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7 
10Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream5 
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC4 
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil3 
14Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream2 
15Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1 
Sprint 1 - Xàtiva, km. 17
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC4pts
2Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2 
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1 
Sprint 1 - Sella, km. 186,4
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil4pts
2Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1 
Mountain 1 - Alto de Beniarrés (Cat. 3) km. 53
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4 
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil2 
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountain 2 - Alto de Margarida (Cat. 3) km. 71
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4 
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank2 
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountain 3 - Alto de Tollos (Cat. 2) km. 80
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7 
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5 
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
5Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2 
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Mountain 4 - Alto de Castell de Castells (Cat. 3) km. 101
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil6pts
2Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank4 
3David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis2 
4William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Mountain 5 - Alto de Guadalest (Cat. 2) km. 131
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7 
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5 
4Paul Voss (Ger) Milram3 
5Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Mountain 6 - Alto de Confrides (Cat. 3) km. 146
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4 
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil2 
4Paul Voss (Ger) Milram1 
Mountain 7 - Puerto de Tudons (Cat. 2) km. 160
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7 
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5 
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
5Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2 
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1 
Mountain 8 - Alto de Aitana (C) km. 205
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.30pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne25 
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank20 
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto16 
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12 
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale8 
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas6 
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4 
10Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3 
11Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2 
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1 
1Caisse d'Epargne18:18:40 
3Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:02:43 
4Silence - Lotto0:04:21 
6Lampre - N.G.C0:05:53 
7Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:11 
8AG2R La Mondiale0:06:41 
9Cervelo Test Team0:06:51 
10Garmin - Slipstream0:09:03 
11Xacobeo Galicia0:09:58 
12Andalucia Cajasur0:15:45 
13Euskaltel - Euskadi0:16:28 
15Française Des Jeux0:20:07 
17Quick Step0:24:46 
18Team Saxo Bank0:31:54 
20BBox Bouygues Telecom0:35:40 
21Team Milram0:38:03 
22Team Columbia - High Road1:09:46 
General classification after stage 8
1Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto31:05:02 
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:02 
3Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:08 
4Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:13 
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:29 
6Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas0:00:46 
7Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:01:26 
8Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana0:01:37 
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:46 
10Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:03 
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:02:13 
12Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:35 
13Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:37 
14Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:40 
15Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:02:57 
16Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:02:58 
17Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:11 
18José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:24 
19Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:03:26 
20Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:03:31 
21David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:03:50 
22Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis0:04:09 
23Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:04:29 
24Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:04:51 
25Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:04:53 
26Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis0:04:58 
27Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:05:18 
28Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:05:20 
29Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:05:24 
30Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:05:33 
31Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:06 
32Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:07:04 
33Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram0:08:42 
34Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:08:50 
35Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:08:53 
36David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:09:06 
37Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:09:22 
38David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:06 
39Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:10:32 
40Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:10:49 
41Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:53 
42Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:11:02 
43Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:10 
44Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:11:41 
45Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:11:56 
46Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank0:12:01 
47Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:12:18 
48Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank0:12:23 
49Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:12:46 
50Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:13:14 
51David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:13:31 
52Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:13:34 
53Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:14:14 
54John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:16 
55Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:27 
56Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:14:51 
57Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:15:07 
58Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:15:18 
59Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:15:20 
60José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:15:30 
61Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:15:39 
62Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:15:40 
63Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux0:15:41 
64Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
65Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:15:54 
66David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:16:00 
67David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:16:21 
68Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:16:25 
69Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil0:17:06 
70Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank0:17:08 
71Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:17:19 
72Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:18:41 
73Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:18:42 
74Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:18:43 
75Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:18:49 
76Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto0:18:57 
77Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:19:11 
78Christian Knees (Ger) Milram0:19:25 
79Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil0:19:34 
80Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:19:42 
81Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:19:44 
82Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:19:59 
83Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam0:20:00 
84Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:17 
85Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil0:20:18 
86Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:20:26 
87Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:20:42 
88Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:20:50 
89Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step0:20:57 
90Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto0:21:12 
91Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:21:47 
92Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:59 
93José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:10 
94William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:23:01 
95Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank0:23:58 
96Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:24:21 
97Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:24:24 
98Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis0:24:58 
99Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:25:02 
100Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram0:25:41 
101Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:26:04 
102Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:26:09 
103Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:13 
104Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram0:26:51 
105Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:27:00 
106Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:27:04 
107Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:27:07 
108Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:27:10 
109Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:27:11 
110Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:27:14 
111Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank0:27:23 
112Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam0:27:27 
113Michael Schär (Swi) Astana0:27:39 
114Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:27:48 
115Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:28:15 
116Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:28:32 
117Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:28:41 
118Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas0:28:42 
119Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:28:43 
120Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
121Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:29:08 
122Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:29:15 
123André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:29:37 
124Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:29:45 
125Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:30:08 
126Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:30:10 
127Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana0:30:12 
128Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank0:30:14 
129Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis0:30:16 
130Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil0:30:32 
131Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram0:30:33 
132Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:31:08 
133Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:31:10 
134Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram0:31:18 
135Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:31:35 
136Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:31:36 
137Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil0:31:51 
138Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC0:31:53 
139Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas0:32:02 
140Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas0:32:46 
141Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:33:08 
142Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam0:33:15 
143Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana0:33:59 
144Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:34:03 
145Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC0:34:07 
146Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step0:34:09 
147Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis0:35:02 
148Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:36:06 
149Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:36:11 
150Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC0:36:15 
151Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:36:48 
152Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:36:59 
153Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:38:17 
154Martin Velits (Svk) Milram0:38:19 
155Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:38:38 
156Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step0:38:42 
157Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:38:49 
158Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC0:39:07 
159Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:39:15 
160Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:39:25 
161Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:39:30 
162Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:39:52 
163Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:40:06 
164Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:40:31 
165Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:40:52 
166Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas0:41:43 
167Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:41:51 
168Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:41:55 
169José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:42:27 
170Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:43:19 
171Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:43:34 
172Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:44:34 
173Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam0:45:04 
174Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil0:46:14 
175Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:47:09 
176Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:48:17 
177Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:48:21 
178Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:48:46 
179Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC0:49:38 
180Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux0:49:43 
181Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:51:07 
182Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram0:53:33 
183José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:53:45 
184Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:54:28 
185José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:54:38 
186Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:55:20 
187Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:57:12 
188Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:57:27 
189Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:59:09 
Points classification
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC88pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step75 
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream67 
4Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil58 
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank50 
6Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas48 
7Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC37 
8Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto33 
9Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto32 
10Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank29 
11Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto28 
12Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step28 
13Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam26 
14Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC25 
15Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25 
16Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram25 
17Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne24 
18William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom24 
19Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi23 
20Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis21 
21David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream21 
22Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC21 
23Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas20 
24David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis20 
25Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas20 
26Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux17 
27Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank16 
28Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram15 
29Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank14 
30Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream14 
31David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia14 
32Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil14 
33Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil12 
34Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne12 
35Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step12 
36Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana10 
37Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step10 
38Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10 
39Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo10 
40Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale9 
41Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank9 
42Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC9 
43David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
44Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram8 
45Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8 
46José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur8 
47Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
48Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7 
49Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur7 
50Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6 
51Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6 
52Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram6 
53Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
54Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas6 
55Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5 
56Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam5 
57Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC4 
58Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto4 
59Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC4 
60Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux3 
61Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil3 
62Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil3 
63Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream2 
64Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto2 
65Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
66Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream2 
67Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis2 
68Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank2 
69Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
70Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2 
71Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2 
72Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2 
73Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2 
74Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2 
75Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1 
76Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1 
77Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1 
78Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis1 
79Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1 
80Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1 
Mountains classification
1David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis60pts
2Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank48 
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil31 
4Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC30 
5José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur20 
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank20 
7Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto16 
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12 
9Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
10Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
11Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
12Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank9 
13Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo9 
14Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale8 
15Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis8 
16Paul Voss (Ger) Milram8 
17Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7 
18Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas6 
19Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur5 
20Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo5 
21Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4 
22William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 
23Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC3 
24Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3 
25Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis3 
26Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil3 
27Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil3 
28Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream2 
29Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1 
Combination classification
1Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto17pts
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC25 
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne27 
4Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi32 
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank38 
6David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis46 
7Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas47 
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil52 
9Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream62 
10Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale66 
11Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia78 
12Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne92 
13Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC95 
14Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale105 
15William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom134 
16Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank142 
17Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis167 
18Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia174 
19Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram177 
20Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank183 
21Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis191 
22Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur212 
23Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil226 
24Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo228 
25José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur234 
26Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil274 
27Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo284 
Teams classification
1Caisse d'Epargne93:17:20 
3Silence - Lotto0:06:12 
4Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:11 
6Garmin - Slipstream0:08:46 
7Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:08:49 
8Cervelo Test Team0:10:15 
9AG2R - La Mondiale0:10:19 
10Xacobeo Galicia0:10:30 
11Lampre - N.G.C0:11:47 
12Euskaltel - Euskadi0:19:02 
14Andalucia Cajasur0:21:29 
16Française Des Jeux0:23:45 
17Quick Step0:25:46 
18Team Saxo Bank0:32:23 
19Team Milram0:40:15 
21BBox Bouygues Telecom0:44:30 
22Team Columbia - High Road1:09:59 


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