Nieve solos to first Grand Tour stage win

Rodriguez regains red jersey from Nibali

The Vuelta a España took another dramatic twist after a day of aggressive racing culminated with the climb to the finish at Cotobello in the spectacular Asturias region.

Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) took back the race leader's red jersey from Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) at the conclusion of stage 16 after Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) made everyone in a select group of overall contenders suffer more than they had at any time during this year's Vuelta.

Schleck was looking for a prestigious stage victory but Basque climber Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) took his first professional victory atop the Cotobello after jumping across to the break of the day earlier in the stage and then by holding off Schleck with a fine performance on the climb. The Basque team had been stunned by Igor Anton's crash and subsequent retirement while leading the Vuelta but Nieve's victory brought back the smiles to everyone in the team.

"After Igor Anton's crash we felt it was the end of the world," said Nieve. "Our sports directors told us we had to get through Sunday's stage and put our minds back in the race before fighting again. I knew the climb to Cotobello, I had done it at training in August with Igor [Anton] and Samuel Sanchez. It helped me a lot today. The encouragements of the crowd and above all my sports directors helped me forget the suffering."

Schleck finished second, 1:06 behind Nieve, but was also smiling after an impressive performance. The 30-year-old Luxembourger started the Vuelta with little racing in his legs and doubts about his form and dedication during his final weeks with Saxo Bank. However, while other riders have faded, he has come good and is becoming more and more of a top-three contender.

"I tried to attack and I've succeeded," said Schleck. "Unfortunately there was one rider who remained ahead and he was too far to be caught. I would have liked the stage win but I've re-gained some time over all the other GC contenders, so it's a positive day after all."

Throwing caution to the wind, Schleck attacked eight kilometres from the summit of the Cotobello and a further strong surge in the last two kilometres saw him gain 30 seconds on all the overall favourites.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) lost even more time in the final kilometre and so lost the red jersey to Rodriguez. The Italian is now 33 seconds down, with Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo-Galicia) third overall at 53 seconds, while Schleck moved up to fourth overall at 2:16.

"It felt like a repeat of the second to last stage of the Giro [d'Italia] en route to the Passo Tonale when our adversaries started fighting from kilometre O onwards," said Nibali. "I knew it was going be a demanding day and I thought about the idea of losing the red jersey.

"The very end of the climb was perfectly suited for attacks from climbers like Rodriguez and Mosquera. I've paid a bit for the efforts I've made in the past few days. I tried to handle the situation as well as I could."

Nibali still has Wednesday's 46km time trial to pull back the time, but this Vuelta is far from over, a sentiment held by new race leader Joaquin Rodriguez.

"My lead (33 seconds) over Nibali on GC isn't big enough before the time trial at Peñafiel," said Rodriguez. "Nibali is great time triallist, he's better than me. The fight for the red jersey isn't a duel now. Ezequiel Mosquera isn't a bad time triallist. I'll have to ride the best time trial of my life. Tomorrow we'll go and see the course during the rest day.

"If I limit my loss [in the time trial] to one and a half or two minutes, it could work. Every second will count before the last mountain stage [on Saturday]. The hills of Bola del Mundo are very steep."

Three major climbs

With three major climbs on the jagged stage profile culminating with the 10km ascent to the finish at Cotobello, stage 16 was widely considered to be the decisive mountain stage in this year's Vuelta.

As a consequence the racing started fast and nervous in Gijon, with a string of breakaway attempts. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) surprisingly won the first intermediate sprint after getting in a dangerous attack but then Cofidis and Katusha worked hard to chase them down. The French team was riding to defend David Moncoutie's climber's jersey, and the veteran Frenchman repaid them by being the first over the summit of the Alto de Cabrunana at kilometre 46.

With the points in the bag and his grip on the blue polka-dot jersey even tighter, Moncoutie sat up and was caught by the peloton. However there was only a brief respite before the break of the day formed. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) was the biggest name in the move and he was joined by Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Transitions), Marco Marzano (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Matthieu Sprick (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank), Alexander Dyachenko (Astana), Juan Jose Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Kevin de Weert (Quick Step), Ludovic Turpin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Frederik Willems (Liquigas-Doimo)

The breakaway split on the first category Puerto de San Lorenzo climb at kilometre 101, with Sanchez first over the summit as he pushed to try and gain as much time as possible before the climb to the finish. However, Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) managed to surge across to the break thanks to the help of teammate Juan Jose Oroz with a perfect display of team tactics and sacrifice.

Saxo Bank was working hard on the front to set up Frank Schleck and the lanky Luxembourg national champion tried to go across to the front group on the Alto de Cobertoria climb at kilometre 142. He was caught by a select group of chasers, including race leader Nibali, but it was a clear signal of intentions for the last climb to the finish.

Fireworks on the Alto de Cotobello

As expected the final climb to Cotobello proved decisive for both the breakaway and for the select group of overall contenders.

Nieve soon accelerated away from the rest of the break at the base of the climb while Frank Schleck made two violent attacks to go clear alone on the climb with eight kilometres remaining to the finish. Nieve knew he had to fight all the way to the finish to hold off the overall contenders, while Schleck knew he had to gain as much time as possible if he wanted to move into the top three overall.

Schleck had his jersey wide open and often danced on the pedals as he gave it his all. He was joined by Tom Danielson (Garmin-Transitions) at one point and then later by Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) but in an impressive display of climbing strength both failed to hold onto his back wheel when he accelerated again.

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) seemed comfortable tucked in behind teammate Roman Kreuziger as they tried to limit their losses to Schleck but when Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) attacked in the final two kilometres and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) went after him, Nibali was in trouble and unable to follow.

"I was at my limit all day but I think the other GC contenders also suffered a lot," said Mosquera. "The rhythm imposed by Roman Kreuziger put all of us at the limit. He prevented all of us from attacking. At the end, I tried to save something from today's stage. The outcome isn't too bad. Considering how much I've suffered, I can't complain."

"I realized that the attacks from Sastre, Danielson and Roche wouldn't go far because Kreuziger was doing a wonderful job for Nibali," said Rodriguez. "When Mosquera attacked, Kreuziger followed again but I saw that Nibali couldn't react and I went flat out. The strongest rider in today's stage was definitely Kreuziger."

Schleck was unable to catch Nieve before the finish but finished second on the stage, moved up from seventh to fourth on general classification, proving he really is a top-three contender. Schleck moved past Xavier Tondo (Cervelo TestTeam), Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Peter Velits (HTC-Columbia) and is now 2:26 behind Rodriguez. Nibali is 33 seconds behind Rodriguez in second, with Mosquera third at 53 seconds.

With nine rider still within five minutes overall, the Vuelta is far from decided with Wednesday's 46km time trial and Saturday's climb to the summit of Bola del Mondo still to come.

Full Results
1Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4:51:59 
2Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:06 
3Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:01:08 
4Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:22 
5Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:01:32 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:40 
7David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:42 
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:01:44 
9Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:01:50 
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:59 
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:02:07 
12David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:02:33 
13Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ0:03:24 
14Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ  
15Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia  
16Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
17David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
18Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:03:39 
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:53 
20Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne0:04:26 
21Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia0:04:36 
22Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:04:40 
23Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
25Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:07 
26Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:32 
27Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
28Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:45 
29Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:07:12 
30Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
31Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
32Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:07:18 
33Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:08:57 
34Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
35Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:10:07 
36Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:10:32 
37Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:10:34 
38Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:11:42 
39Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ0:11:49 
40Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:12:03 
41Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:12:06 
42Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:12:18 
43Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:14:14 
44Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:18:54 
45Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
46Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
47Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo0:18:59 
48Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:22:18 
49Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:22:55 
50Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
51Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
52Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:25:27 
53Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
54Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
55Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
56Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
57David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
58Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
59Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
60Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
61Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
62Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo  
63Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
64Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
65Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
66Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
67Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
68Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
69Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
70Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ  
71David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
72Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana  
73Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha  
74Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana  
75Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
76Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:25:34 
77Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:28:24 
78Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:30:30 
79Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
80Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
81Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
82Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
83Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
84Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia  
85Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
86Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
87Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
88Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
89Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
90Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
91Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
92Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
93William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
94Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
95Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:30:34 
96Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
97Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
98Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
99Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team  
100David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions  
101Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
102Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:30:38 
103Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia0:36:26 
104Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto  
105Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
106Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
107Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia  
108Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
109Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
110Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
111Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
112Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
113Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
114Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
115Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
116Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
117Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
118Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
119Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
120Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
121Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
122Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
123Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
124Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
125Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
126Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
127Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
128Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
129Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
130Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
131Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur  
132Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
133Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
134Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
135Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
136Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
137Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia  
138Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
139Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
140Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ  
141Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions  
142Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
143Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
144Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
145Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
146Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ  
147Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
148Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
149Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
150Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
151Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
152Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne  
153Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank  
154Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
155Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
156Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
157David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
158Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
159Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team  
160Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
161Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
162Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
DNFLaurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
Sprint 1 - Santullano, 28.1km
1Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank4pts
2Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team2 
3Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Sprint 2 - Pola de Lena, 151.9km
1Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4pts
2Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
3Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions1 
Points - Alto de Cotobello, 181.4km
1Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi25pts
2Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank20 
3Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step16 
4Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha14 
5Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne12 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia10 
7David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9 
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale8 
9Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team7 
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo6 
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions5 
12David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne4 
13Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ3 
14Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ2 
15Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia1 
Mountain 1 - Alto de la Cabruñana (Cat. 3) 46km
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne3pts
2Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
3Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
Mountain 2 - Puerto de San Lorenzo (Cat. 1) 101km
1Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne10pts
2Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale6 
3Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
4Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step2 
5Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo1 
Mountain 3 - Alto de la Cobertoria (Cat. 1) 142km
1Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne10pts
2Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6 
3Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
4Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step2 
5Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions1 
Mountain 4 - Alto de Cotobello (HC) 181km
1Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi15pts
2Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank10 
3Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step6 
4Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha4 
5Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne2 
1Caisse d'Epargne14:45:19 
2Team Katusha0:02:12 
3Xacobeo Galicia0:04:32 
4Team Saxo Bank0:06:08 
5Garmin - Transitions0:07:51 
7AG2R - La Mondiale0:13:22 
8Cervelo Test Team0:15:01 
9Liquigas - Doimo0:15:29 
10Euskaltel - Euskadi0:22:50 
11Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:27:35 
12Team HTC - Columbia0:29:08 
14BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:35:41 
15Quick Step0:42:40 
16Omega Pharma - Lotto0:45:09 
17Lampre - Farese Vini0:46:12 
19Andalucia - Cajasur1:03:23 
20Footon - Servetto1:04:37 
21Team Milram1:08:16 
General classification after stage 16
1Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha70:24:39 
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:33 
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:53 
4Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:02:16 
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:03:01 
6Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia0:04:27 
7Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:04:29 
8Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:04:43 
9Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:04:53 
10David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:06:23 
11Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:30 
12Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:07:07 
13David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:07:28 
14Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:33 
15Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:12:37 
16Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha0:12:44 
17Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ0:13:45 
18Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:14:59 
19David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:17:46 
20Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:17:57 
21Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:21:17 
22Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:21:50 
23Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ0:22:45 
24Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne0:23:20 
25Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:28:31 
26Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:28:56 
27Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:29:06 
28Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:30:45 
29Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:31:51 
30Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia0:35:09 
31Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:35:27 
32Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:37:58 
33Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:40:12 
34Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana0:41:04 
35Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne0:44:13 
36Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:46:56 
37Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:48:17 
38Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:52:14 
39Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia0:53:45 
40Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:54:53 
41Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:03:32 
42Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank1:05:22 
43Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step1:05:32 
44David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1:07:40 
45Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:15:51 
46Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:15:53 
47Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:18:18 
48Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1:23:23 
49Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank1:24:02 
50Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:24:05 
51Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha1:24:12 
52Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo1:26:18 
53Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:26:51 
54Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:29:02 
55Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1:29:23 
56Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:31:19 
57Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:31:20 
58Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:31:26 
59Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:35:32 
60Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:36:09 
61Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:37:09 
62Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step1:37:42 
63Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:38:23 
64Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana1:39:39 
65Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ1:41:50 
66Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step1:43:43 
67Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions1:43:56 
68Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1:45:45 
69Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:47:01 
70Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:47:31 
71Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:48:21 
72Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team1:48:42 
73Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step1:48:58 
74Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana1:49:08 
75Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana1:49:09 
76Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1:49:53 
77Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha1:50:01 
78Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo1:51:31 
79Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:53:03 
80Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:55:29 
81Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram1:55:47 
82Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1:57:15 
83Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo2:01:18 
84Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2:01:49 
85Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne2:03:26 
86Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto2:03:46 
87Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:03:59 
88Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:04:46 
89Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:05:06 
90Allan Davis (Aus) Astana2:06:03 
91Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:06:38 
92Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:09:07 
93Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:09:17 
94Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram2:09:39 
95Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team2:13:04 
96Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:13:07 
97Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:13:15 
98Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:14:02 
99Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:15:37 
100Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana2:18:17 
101Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:20:46 
102Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:21:30 
103Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:24:11 
104Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia2:25:02 
105Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana2:26:14 
106Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ2:30:35 
107Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ2:30:40 
108Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram2:30:55 
109Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:31:51 
110Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:37:16 
111Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:38:53 
112David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions2:40:15 
113William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:41:43 
114Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:42:40 
115David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto2:43:57 
116Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2:46:56 
117Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team2:48:07 
118Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:48:18 
119Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:49:00 
120Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram2:50:00 
121Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank2:50:08 
122Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step2:51:52 
123Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank2:52:11 
124Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto2:52:33 
125Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto2:53:42 
126Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:53:44 
127Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:54:49 
128Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne2:56:01 
129Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:56:36 
130Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram3:01:13 
131Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale3:02:17 
132Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto3:02:50 
133Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank3:03:08 
134Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia3:06:46 
135Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ3:07:29 
136Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3:08:56 
137Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3:10:14 
138Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank3:12:23 
139Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia3:13:27 
140David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions3:13:43 
141Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram3:13:48 
142Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ3:14:07 
143Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank3:14:31 
144Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step3:14:56 
145Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3:17:00 
146Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions3:17:22 
147Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions3:18:13 
148Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
149Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step3:18:16 
150Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step3:18:55 
151Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo3:21:42 
152Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions3:21:55 
153Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha3:22:02 
154Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto3:23:01 
155Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia3:24:52 
156Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur3:26:26 
157Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank3:26:40 
158Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team3:28:42 
159Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank3:31:19 
160Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia3:33:30 
161Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne3:35:36 
162Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana3:39:16 
Points classification
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia111pts
2Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha93 
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions90 
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo88 
5David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne72 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia72 
7Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto68 
8Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team57 
9Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale53 
10Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo53 
11Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank48 
12Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ47 
13Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia43 
14Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto42 
15Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi38 
16Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team37 
17Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini32 
18Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step31 
19Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi28 
20Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step27 
21Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto27 
22Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram27 
23David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne25 
24Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne25 
25Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia25 
26David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia23 
27Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions23 
28Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne23 
29Allan Davis (Aus) Astana23 
30Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team22 
31Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne21 
32Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia21 
33Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo20 
34Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne20 
35Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne20 
36Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step20 
37Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank18 
38Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha18 
39Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom18 
40Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank18 
41Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne16 
42Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha16 
43Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step16 
44Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia16 
45Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur15 
46Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step15 
47Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ14 
48Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo14 
49Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana14 
50Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale14 
51Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto13 
52Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne12 
53Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur12 
54Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ12 
55Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne12 
56Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ12 
57David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne11 
58Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto11 
59Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana11 
60Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto11 
61Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale11 
62Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia10 
63Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank10 
64Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
65Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team9 
66Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto9 
67Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team9 
68David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions8 
69Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom8 
70Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
71Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram7 
72Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team7 
73Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana7 
74Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
75Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram6 
76Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
77Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram6 
78Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto5 
79Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur5 
80Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha5 
81William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom5 
82Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto5 
83Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
84Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ4 
85David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
86Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne4 
87Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha4 
88Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale4 
89Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
90David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions4 
91Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ3 
92Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram3 
93Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
94Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
95Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
96Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
97Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2 
98Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia2 
99Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
100Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
101Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions1 
Mountains classification
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne48pts
2Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia38 
3Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne25 
4Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia25 
5Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi21 
6Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha19 
7Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia16 
8Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step15 
9Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram14 
10Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team11 
11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo11 
12Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank11 
13Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ10 
14Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team10 
15Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom10 
16Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step10 
17Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne10 
18David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions9 
19Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step8 
20David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions8 
21Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale6 
22Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
23Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia6 
24David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5 
25Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha5 
26Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5 
27Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur5 
28Allan Davis (Aus) Astana4 
29Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne4 
30Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
31Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
32Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
33Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
34Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ4 
35Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo4 
36Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha3 
37Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
38Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3 
39Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
40Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
41Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne2 
42Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
43Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2 
44Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ2 
45Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto2 
46Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo1 
47Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions1 
48David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
49Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
50Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana1 
51Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1 
52Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo1 
53Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1 
54Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1 
55Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
56Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia1 
57Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto1 
Combination classification
1Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha9pts
2Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia16 
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo17 
4David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne19 
5Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank27 
6Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team34 
7Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi35 
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale53 
9David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia60 
10Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne67 
11Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step71 
12Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ77 
13Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne84 
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto84 
15Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia93 
16Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto94 
17Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne104 
18Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo105 
19Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia106 
20Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha114 
21David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne115 
22Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha119 
23Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step127 
24Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto129 
25Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur130 
26Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step132 
27Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom133 
28Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi146 
29Allan Davis (Aus) Astana147 
30Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team151 
31Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo154 
32Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne161 
33Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia171 
34Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana174 
35Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne175 
36Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions176 
37Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram178 
38Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur179 
39Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale181 
40Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ183 
41Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale190 
42David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions198 
43Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur202 
44Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ204 
45Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom220 
46Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto233 
47Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto247 
48David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions250 
49Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur272 
50Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto277 
51Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia288 
Teams classification
1Team Katusha210:59:44 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:01:33 
3Xacobeo Galicia0:11:18 
4Cervelo Test Team0:20:36 
5AG2R - La Mondiale0:28:37 
6Liquigas - Doimo0:47:51 
7Omega Pharma - Lotto0:50:48 
9Team HTC - Columbia1:03:30 
10Euskaltel - Euskadi1:04:36 
11Team Saxo Bank1:13:08 
13Garmin - Transitions1:40:52 
14Lampre - Farese Vini1:42:23 
15Cofidis, le credit en ligne1:56:30 
17Team Milram2:42:56 
18Quick Step3:02:18 
19Andalucia - Cajasur3:32:59 
20BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:34:25 
21Footon - Servetto5:18:03 

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