Nibali withstands Mosquera's attacks

Spaniard takes the stage, but not enough time

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) set up overall victory at the Vuelta a España thanks to a determined but intelligent defence of his red jersey on the final mountain stage of the race.

Nibali finished just one second behind his biggest rival Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) at the mountain top finish on the Bola del Mundo climb and so now has a 41-second lead going into Sunday's final 85Km criterium stage in the centre of Madrid.

If Nibali goes on to win the Vuelta, he will be the first Italian to do so since Marco Giovanetti in 1990, when the race was still held in late April. He will be only the fifth Italian to triumph in Spain in the 75-year history of the Vuelta.

Mosquera won the stage but Nibali caught him just before the line after a nail-biting pursuit up the steep concrete track to the summit of the climb. At one point Mosquera had close to a 20-second gap and Nibali seemed to be struggling on the 15 per cent climb. However the young Italian kept his composure and the red race leader's jersey.

"I think I did an exceptional ride," Nibali told Italian television immediately after the finish, almost in tears as he recovered from his huge effort.

"I knew I was feeling good and I knew I had a strong team there to help me. I knew that Mosquera would have to be super good to beat me but he wasn't. What else can I say? I'm really happy."

Nibali was pitted against a determined Mosquera who tried again and again to distance him in the final kilometres.

"The Spanish riders have been really strong here and they've made my life complicated. Today, I knew the final three kilometres were the most difficult ones, I had seen it my director's computer this morning. When Mosquera accelerated the first time, I set my pace as steady as I could, I also kept some strength for the finale and that's why I never lost control of the situation and I even managed to come across to him and save my red jersey."

As Mosquera and Nibali battled ahead, the race for third place unfolded behind with Peter Velits (HTC-Columbia) fighting hard to hang on to third place overall. He came in a handful of seconds behind his nearest rivals, confirming he is the big surprise of this year's overall classification.

The Slovakian rider finished eighth at the top of the climb, only 52 seconds behind Mosquera. He lost some time to Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) and Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) but is now 3:02 behind Nibali. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) is fourth overall at 4:20 and Schleck is fifth at 4:43.

"When Rodriguez attacked, it was the steepest part of the climb, so it was the hardest for me. I've suffered a lot but it was worth it. I'm so happy to finish third of the Vuelta. I couldn't have expected anything better at the start in Sevilla," Velits said.

While Schleck was not able to make up for his poor time trial and climb back onto the Tour of Spain podium, his director Bradley McGee was encouraged by the experience of directing the team to a top finish.

"Fränk Schleck's fifth place at the end is pretty good. I've enjoyed the Vuelta a lot," said McGee. "The course was great and the actors have been great too. I'm looking forward to come back next year. It should be with a Spanish leader (Alberto Contador) in our team if everything goes according the plan."

Irishman Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-LaMondiale) went deep to finish sixth on the stage and so held onto seventh place overall, 4:43 behind Nibali, a result which encouraged him for future GC battles.

"I've improved a lot but I can see that I still have a lot to improve. We had a bad team time trial, I had a bad individual time trial and I found climbing to Andorra difficult. The most encouraging of my final result is that I haven't benefitted from any breakaway. I've been fighting all the time with the best riders in the hills. It makes it super encouraging for the future."

The USA's Tom Danielson (Garmin-Transitions) had a difficult day and finished 17th on the stage, losing 1:46 to Mosquera. But he only lost one place overall to Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam), and so is set to finish ninth overall at 6:09.

Mountain top face-off

The face-off between Nibali and Mosquera dominated the racing on the final mountain finish of this year's Vuelta but other riders were also targeting the stage victory, and Caisse d'Epargne and Katusha were also fighting for the team classification. It all meant the stage was fast and furious from the start and so the climb to the finish was even more painful.

The early attack went clear after just 14km, with 14 riders in it: Jan Bakelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Tony Gallopin (Cofidis), Vincent Jerome (BBOX), Jean-Christophe Peraud (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Iñigo Cuesta (Cervelo), Gustavo Cesar (Xacobeo), Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Johann Tschopp (BBOX), Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Danilo Hondo (Lampre), Vladimir Gusev (Katusha), David Arroyo (Caisse), Jose Toribio (Andalucia-Cajasur), Cheula Giampaolo (Footon-Servetto), Kanstantin Siutsou (HTC-Columbia), Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Jose Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Ruben Plaza (Caisse d'Epargne) where all there and all worked hard.

The presence of Arroyo and Plaza set off alarm bells in the peloton and Katusha worked on the front to make sure the break did not gain enough time to stay clear. The attack never gained more than four minutes because of the chase and then Liquigas-Doimo and Garmin also helped set the tempo.

Spanish veteran Cuesta was the first to attack from the break before the Puerto di Navacerrada climb but he was quickly caught and it was Plaza and Tschopp who led the race over the climb, with 50km to the finish.

The break came back together on the descent but then splintered again as the Xacobeo team dragged the peloton along to set up Mosquera for his attack. Gusev and Plaza tried to go clear on the early slopes of the Bola del Mundo, while Remy Di Gregorio (FDJ) tried a move from the peloton.

However none of them were going anywhere with the big finale rapidly approaching. The remains of the break were all swept up by the Xacobeo-led peloton and Di Gregorio came back to the peloton with six kilometres still to race.

Oscar Pujol (Cervelo TestTeam) and Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi) made an attack with five kilometres to go and then Schleck made a solo move just after that. However they only served to up the pace and thin out the front group, leaving Nibali isolated and without teammates. Mosquera noticed and accelerated away. Suddenly the real, decisive race, was on.

Nibali got on Mosquera's wheel but then the Spaniard gradually opened a gap, carving out an advantage one second at a time as the Spanish fans waved him on and upwards. When the race turned onto the steeper, harder and narrower concrete road, the duel turned into a prize fight with the two exchanging blows as the road twisted up to the summit. Nibali pulled back Mosquera but then the Spanish climber opened the gap again as Nibali wobbled and struggled on the steepest gradients.

The gap reached 17 seconds and Mosquera also had the eight-second difference in time bonuses to his advantage but that was as good as it got. Nibali seemed to find some extra power to push on the pedals and as the mist surrounded the race in the final kilometre, he began to close the gap. He suddenly seemed to crack again but composed himself and gradually reducing the gap yet again.

With just a few hundred metres from the summit of the 2247-metre high climb, Mosquera seemed to know he was not going to win the Vuelta. His head dipped and he lost speed as Nibali closed the gap. He hung on to win at the line but Nibali was right behind him and the pain in his legs disappeared as he knew he had done enough to secure his first victory in a major tour.

The celebrations will have to be put on ice for 24 hours, until after Sunday's 85km final stage around Madrid, but it looks almost certain that it will be Nibali and Liquigas, rather Mosquera and Xacobeo, who will pop the champagne to celebrate victory at the 75th and one of the best ever edition of the Vuelta.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4:45:28 
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:01 
3Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:23 
4Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:35 
5Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:00:39 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:00:42 
7Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:50 
8Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia0:00:52 
9Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ0:00:55 
10Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ0:01:00 
11Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:01:27 
12Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:01:30 
13Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:01:33 
14Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:01:34 
15Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
16Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
17Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:01:46 
18David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:50 
19Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:01:55 
20Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne0:02:07 
21Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:11 
22Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:02:19 
23Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:44 
24David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:02:55 
25Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana0:03:13 
26Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:03:25 
27Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:45 
28Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:02 
29Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne  
30Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
31Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:04:12 
32Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:04:16 
33Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:04:25 
34Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:04:27 
35Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:49 
36Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:00 
37Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
38Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
39Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:08 
40Allan Davis (Aus) Astana0:05:22 
41Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:05:35 
42Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:06:09 
43Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:06:13 
44Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:06:54 
45Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ0:07:05 
46Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
47Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
48Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana0:07:52 
49Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
50Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:07:56 
51Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:08:47 
52Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
53Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:09:01 
54Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:09:16 
55Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo0:09:26 
56Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:09:45 
57Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:09:56 
58Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ0:10:00 
59Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia0:10:28 
60Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
61Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:10:37 
62Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:10:44 
63Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia0:10:57 
64Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:10:59 
65Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:11:01 
66Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:11:51 
67Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:12:48 
68Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:13:05 
69David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
70Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:30 
71Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana0:13:56 
72Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:14:14 
73Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:15:02 
74Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:15:04 
75Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
76Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:15:06 
77Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:15:09 
78Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:15:30 
79David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:16:03 
80Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:17:12 
81Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:17:15 
82Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:17:31 
83Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:17:43 
84Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:17:45 
85Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:17:51 
86Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo0:17:55 
87Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:18:01 
88Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:18:09 
89Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:18:28 
90David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:18:34 
91Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:18:39 
92Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:18:52 
93Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:19:10 
94Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:19:27 
95Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:07 
96Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:20:12 
97Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:20:24 
98Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:20:36 
99Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:20:45 
100Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:21:02 
101Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:21:34 
102Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank0:23:07 
103Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
104Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
105Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
106Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
107Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:23:15 
108Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:23:19 
109Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:23:46 
110David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions0:24:08 
111Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:24:20 
112Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ0:25:21 
113Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:25:26 
114Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:26:04 
115Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
116Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia0:26:07 
117Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana0:29:56 
118Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
119Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
120Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank  
121Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
122Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
123Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
124Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
125Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
126Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
127Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
128Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto  
129Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
130Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
131Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:30:00 
132Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
133Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
134Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
135Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
136Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia  
137Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia  
138Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
139Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ  
140Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
141William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
142Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
143Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
144Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
145Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
146Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:30:06 
147Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur  
148Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
149Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
150Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions  
151Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
152Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
153Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
154Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step0:30:28 
155Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:30:29 
156Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
DNSFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia25 pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo20 
3Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha16 
4Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank14 
5Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team12 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale10 
7Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi9 
8Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia8 
9Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ7 
10Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ6 
11Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team5 
12Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team4 
13Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale3 
14Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana2 
15Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo1 
Sprint 1 - La Granja de San Ildefonso, km. 103,6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 pts
2Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
3Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
Sprint 2 - Alpedrete, km. 149
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 pts
2Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
3David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
Mountain 1 - Puerto de la Cruz Verde (Cat. 3) km. 31
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne3 pts
2Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team2 
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountain 2 - Alto del León (Cat. 1) km. 63
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto10 pts
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne6 
3Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team4 
4Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2 
5Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
Mountain 3 - Puerto de Navacerrada (Cat. 1) km. 120
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne10 pts
2Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom6 
3Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale4 
4Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team2 
5Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha1 
Mountain 4 - Bola del Mundo (HC) km. 172
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia20 pts
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo15 
3Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha10 
4Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank6 
5Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team4 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cervelo Test Team14:20:00 
2Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:09 
3Caisse d'Epargne0:02:22 
4Team Katusha0:02:27 
5Xacobeo Galicia0:02:39 
6AG2R La Mondiale0:03:06 
7Française Des Jeux0:05:24 
8Team Saxo Bank0:06:01 
11Garmin - Transitions0:07:57 
12Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne0:13:18 
13Team Milram0:18:02 
14Team HTC - Columbia0:18:41 
16Omega Pharma-Lotto0:20:45 
17Lampre-Farnese Vini0:24:29 
18Andalucia - Cajasur0:24:47 
19Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:30:16 
21Quick Step0:42:06 
General classification after stage 20
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo85:16:05 
2Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:41 
3Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia0:03:02 
4Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:04:20 
5Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:04:43 
6Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:04:52 
7Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:05:03 
8Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:06:06 
9Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:06:09 
10Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:07:35 
11David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:09:37 
12Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:10:42 
13Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:13:05 
14David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:14:00 
15Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ0:16:36 
16Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:16:40 
17Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha0:17:54 
18Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:20:58 
19Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:24:40 
20Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:25:08 
21Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ0:27:24 
22Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne0:27:54 
23Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:30:17 
24Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:32:42 
25David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:35:27 
26Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:36:28 
27Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:37:24 
28Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:38:02 
29Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:39:26 
30Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:45:12 
31Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:47:10 
32Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana0:50:19 
33Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne0:52:38 
34Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:53:55 
35Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia0:54:28 
36Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:56:07 
37Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram1:03:24 
38Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia1:06:24 
39Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:07:32 
40Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:11:44 
41Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank1:12:42 
42David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1:24:34 
43Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step1:25:34 
44Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:26:29 
45Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:34:23 
46Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank1:34:36 
47Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:35:12 
48Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:35:30 
49Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1:35:53 
50Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:38:42 
51Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo1:41:14 
52Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1:42:48 
53Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:43:07 
54Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:44:56 
55Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:46:12 
56Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:47:09 
57Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana1:50:23 
58Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions1:51:55 
59Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:52:00 
60Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:53:15 
61Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:56:01 
62Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ1:58:49 
63Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2:00:16 
64Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step2:01:42 
65Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team2:03:59 
66Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2:05:06 
67Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana2:06:26 
68Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step2:06:37 
69Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2:07:00 
70Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram2:07:30 
71Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step2:09:12 
72Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank2:10:08 
73Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:10:56 
74Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha2:11:59 
75Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto2:12:06 
76Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo2:13:05 
77Allan Davis (Aus) Astana2:13:26 
78Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:13:31 
79Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne2:13:43 
80Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2:14:00 
81Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:14:43 
82Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2:15:38 
83Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana2:16:33 
84Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:21:26 
85Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto2:23:38 
86Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2:24:13 
87Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:25:05 
88Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo2:26:26 
89Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:27:03 
90Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:32:04 
91Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:34:22 
92Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:35:42 
93Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:36:06 
94Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:39:35 
95Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram2:41:13 
96Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:42:31 
97Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ2:43:52 
98Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:44:34 
99Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana2:44:38 
100Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2:47:22 
101Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:48:48 
102Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2:49:34 
103Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana2:50:20 
104Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia2:52:34 
105Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team2:53:48 
106Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2:53:55 
107Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram2:56:41 
108Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini2:59:21 
109David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions3:07:00 
110Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ3:10:26 
111William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:12:37 
112David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto3:13:06 
113Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3:13:33 
114Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram3:15:32 
115Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne3:17:31 
116Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank3:21:45 
117Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3:22:06 
118Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale3:22:36 
119Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram3:24:36 
120Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank3:26:53 
121Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:27:18 
122Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto3:28:04 
123Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3:29:00 
124Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3:29:04 
125Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne3:30:54 
126Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step3:33:18 
127Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank3:35:50 
128Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto3:36:31 
129Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3:38:26 
130Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia3:39:57 
131Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto3:40:39 
132Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale3:40:47 
133Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank3:41:42 
134Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step3:41:46 
135Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ3:42:55 
136Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3:44:37 
137Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram3:46:28 
138Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia3:46:44 
139Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ3:49:26 
140Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank3:51:58 
141Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions3:52:38 
142Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3:53:21 
143Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions3:54:42 
144Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step3:55:33 
145Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia3:56:11 
146Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step3:56:54 
147Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto3:59:54 
148Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha3:59:55 
149Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo4:01:13 
150Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur4:03:03 
151Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank4:03:49 
152Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions4:06:45 
153Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana4:10:34 
154Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank4:10:50 
155Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne4:11:22 
156Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia4:17:21 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia136 pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions124 
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo119 
4Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha110 
5Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto104 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia97 
7Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia88 
8David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne72 
9Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale63 
10Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank62 
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo61 
12Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team54 
13Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ51 
14Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto50 
15Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto47 
16Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini40 
17Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank38 
18Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi38 
19Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step38 
20Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank38 
21Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi37 
22Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram37 
23Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step35 
24Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia30 
25Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team30 
26Allan Davis (Aus) Astana28 
27David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne26 
28Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne25 
29Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale25 
30Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions25 
31Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne24 
32Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne24 
33David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia23 
34Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne23 
35Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ21 
36Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne21 
37Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo21 
38Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia21 
39Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step20 
40Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne20 
41Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne20 
42Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto18 
43Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom18 
44Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne17 
45Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale17 
46Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha16 
47Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step16 
48Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia16 
49Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur15 
50Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step15 
51David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions14 
52Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto14 
53Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank14 
54Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo14 
55Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana14 
56Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team13 
57Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram12 
58Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ12 
59Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur12 
60Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ12 
61Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto11 
62David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne11 
63Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto11 
64Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana11 
65Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto11 
66Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia10 
67Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank10 
68Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
69Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini10 
70Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto10 
71Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram9 
72Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha9 
73Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ9 
74Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram9 
75Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step9 
76Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom8 
77Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
78Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana7 
79Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team7 
80Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana7 
81Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team6 
82Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
83Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
84Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram6 
85Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
86Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur5 
87Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto5 
88William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom5 
89Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur5 
90Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne4 
91Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
92Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
93Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ4 
94David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
95Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha4 
96Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale4 
97Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
98Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale3 
99Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2 
100Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
101Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia2 
102Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha2 
103Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
104Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
105Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ2 
106Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2 
107Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne51 pts
2Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia43 
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia36 
4Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha29 
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo26 
6Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne25 
7Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia25 
8Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi21 
9Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom18 
10Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank17 
11Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step15 
12Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto15 
13Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team15 
14Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram14 
15Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne11 
16Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ10 
17Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team10 
18Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step10 
19Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne10 
20David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions9 
21Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne9 
22Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step8 
23Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team8 
24Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale6 
25Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
26Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia6 
27David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5 
28Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha5 
29Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini5 
30Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale5 
31Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur5 
32Allan Davis (Aus) Astana4 
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale4 
34Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne4 
35Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
36Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini4 
37Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
38Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ4 
39Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo4 
40Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha3 
41Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
42Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3 
43Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne2 
44Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
45Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
46Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2 
47Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ2 
48Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto2 
49Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha1 
50Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo1 
51Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions1 
52David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
53Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
54Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
55Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana1 
56Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1 
57Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo1 
58Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
59Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1 
60Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia1 
61Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto1 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo9 pts
2Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia11 
3Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha12 
4David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne23 
5Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank25 
6Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team31 
7Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi41 
8Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne48 
9Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale49 
10Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ66 
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto67 
12David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia71 
13Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne75 
14Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step77 
15Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne92 
16Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto99 
17Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia103 
18Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne110 
19Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha113 
20Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo113 
21Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia114 
22David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne121 
23Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha122 
24Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team129 
25Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step129 
26Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom129 
27Allan Davis (Aus) Astana134 
28Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur136 
29Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team138 
30Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto146 
31Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne155 
32Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale156 
33Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi157 
34Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne160 
35Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha161 
36Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo172 
37Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia174 
38David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions175 
39Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram179 
40Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne182 
41Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur185 
42Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions186 
43Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana192 
44Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ193 
45Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur204 
46Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale207 
47Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto211 
48Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ212 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Katusha255:40:44 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:00:27 
3Xacobeo Galicia0:12:13 
4Cervelo Test Team0:17:39 
5AG2R La Mondiale0:35:35 
7Omega Pharma-Lotto1:07:41 
8Euskaltel - Euskadi1:11:34 
9Française Des Jeux1:13:06 
10Team Saxo Bank1:17:38 
11Team HTC - Columbia1:18:22 
13Garmin - Transitions1:43:52 
14Lampre-Farnese Vini2:09:45 
15Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne2:13:20 
17Team Milram3:04:06 
18Quick Step3:44:13 
19Bbox Bouygues Telecom4:05:08 
20Andalucia - Cajasur4:11:42 


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