Gilbert prevails in Málaga

Belgian takes over leader's jersey

Philippe Gilbert of Omega Pharma-Lotto powered away from the field on the ascent to the finish to take a solo stage win in Malaga. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) gave chase but was only able to take second place, three seconds later, with third going to Eusakaltel's Igor Anton.

Gilbert took over the general classification lead from sprinter Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) as the Manxman finished more than 25 minutes behind Gilbert in 142nd place on the Vuelta's first mountain stage. Rodriguez is second at 14 seconds, with HTC-Columbia's Constantine Sivtsov third at 22 seconds.

The tragic figure of the day was Serafin Martinez. The Xacobeo Galicia rider was in the escape group of the day, and was the only escapee to remain in front over the category one Puerto del León climb situated 37.5km from the finish. The Spaniard looked to have wrapped up the stage, the mountains jersey and the general classification lead, but his lead proved to be too small and he was caught at the flamme rouge.

Liquigas led the flying field under the 1km banner, but it was Gilbert who broke out. He powered his way impressively up the ascending finish, with Rodriguez never getting seriously close.

"I've suffered yesterday like 95 percent of the riders in the bunch and I was dropped in the last three kilometres of the Puerto de León," said Gilbert. "I lost maybe 30 seconds but I didn't panic because I had studied the course really well and I knew what I was doing when I rode at my own pace. On the downhill I took a lot of risks to come back. I rode from car to car. When I made it across to the bunch I quickly moved to the first 20 positions to avoid any crashes.

"I received a great help from my teammates, especially Jan Bakelandts, who closed the gap to the Galicia rider (Serafin Martinez), and Greg van Avermaet, so I managed to start the final climb in the first five positions. I accelerated 600 metres from the finish line. I knew all the curves and the details of the route because I had done it in a car this morning.

"It's a similar climb as the Cauberg in the Amstel Gold Race. I climbed on the big ring with a 53 and I rode fast: at 35km/h. I came to the Vuelta for gearing up for the world championships and with the ambition of winning a stage. The second goal is already reached. I felt it was a long time since I last won a race. It was stage one of the Tour of Belgium in May. The surprise comes from the fact that I get the red jersey as well. It's a nice surprise because it's my first leader's jersey in a Grand Tour. Now I'll do my best to respect this jersey."

Runner-up Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) was full of praise for the Belgian winner. "Gilbert was the favourite and I lost because of wrong positioning," said Rodriguez. "I would have lost anyway because Gilbert is faster than me. He's a great winner. I wanted to win because I felt good. I did the same preparation as before the Tour de France in Andorra. Tomorrow’s stage suits me even more than today’s and I think that some riders will pay the bill for the heat we've experienced again today."

Dmitry Konyshev, Katusha directeur sportif, also has high hopes for Rodriguez. "This stage is the story of a great classic specialist who beats a climber. Gilbert was unbeatable but it was a good try from Joaquin. We don't want to forget that he's here for winning the Vuelta. I think he'll win tomorrow."

Serafin Martinez was at least able to claim the blue polka-dot jersey as the mountains classification leader for his efforts, ahead of David Moncoutie (Cofidis) and Milram's Niki Terpstra. "The Puerto de León was one kilometre too long for me," said Martinez. "I was creeping at the end but yet, with five kilometres to go, I thought I'd win the stage because I heard in the radio that I had 1:30 lead but I looked back, and, Madre mia! The dream fell out.

"The polka dot jersey is a consolation prize and I'll try to keep it as long as I can but the main goal of our team remains to win a stage."

Yuaheni Hutarovich (FdJ) held on the green points jersey, with Gilbert moving into second place and shoving Cavendish down to third.

An early break

The day's first climb came quite early on, only nine kilometres into the stage, and as expected, red jersey Mark Cavendish of HTC-Columbia promptly fell back on the category two Puerto de Ojén ascent. John Lee Augustyn and Ben Swift, both of Team Sky, had to leave the race early on, apparently due to food poisoning.

Dutch champion Niki Terpstra (Milram) was one of the first to successfully get away. He was the first over the Puerto de Ojén, and after a few other attempts, a group was formed. Biel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Javier Ramirez (Andalucia-Cajasur), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Michael Cherel (FDJ), Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Niki Terpstra (Milram) and Serafin Martinez (Xacobeo Galicia) formed the escape group of the day.

It was another hot day, and the field was happy to see the seven go. When the gap hit 8:30, however, the pack reacted and started bringing their advantage down again.

The main impediment of the day was the category one Puerto del Leon climb at kilometre 120, and it worked as expected. The peloton fell apart quickly on the climb, with the sprinters dropping off the back while Caisse d'Epargne forced the pace up front. Rabobank, Liquigas-Doimo and Saxo Bank, who also have GC candidates in their ranks, did their part to keep the speed up.

Ahead of them, the break group broke up, too, as the peloton came nearer and nearer. Serafin Martinez was the only escapee to remain off the front of the peloton as he crossed the summit alone.

Gradients up to 10 percent and the high temperatures did their part, mercilessly cutting the peloton down. None of it seemed to bother David Moncoutie (Cofidis), who jumped easily out of the field to take second place on the climb behind Martinez.

There were only 37.5km to the finish line from the top of the climb, but Martinez wasn't taking any chances on the narrow road going down. He looked to have things wrapped up, but his narrow lead didn't hold and the field caught him at the flamme rouge with one kilometre remaining.

Full Results
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4:06:12 
2Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:03 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:13 
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:15 
5Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
7Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:00:18 
8Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:19 
9David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
10Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
11Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
12Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
13Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
14Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
15Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne  
16Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia  
17Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:23 
18Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia  
19David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:25 
20Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
21Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
22Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia  
23Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:28 
25Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:30 
26Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana  
27Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
28Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
29Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
30Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
31Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
32Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
33Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
34Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
35Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
36Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
37Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
38Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky  
39Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Team Sky  
40Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne0:00:37 
41Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:40 
42Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:42 
43David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:00:44 
44Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram  
45Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
46Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
47Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
48Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
49Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
50Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ0:00:54 
51Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
52Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
53Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
54Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
55Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:58 
56Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ0:01:04 
57Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:01:07 
58David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:01:17 
59Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:23 
60Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ0:01:24 
61Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
62Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:26 
63Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:29 
64Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:37 
65Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:01:49 
66Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
67Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
68Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:53 
69Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:01:59 
70Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:02:01 
71Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:34 
72Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana  
73Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:58 
74Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:02:59 
75Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:03:01 
76Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
77Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:03:41 
78Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:07:26 
79Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:08:49 
80Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:11:00 
81Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
82Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
83Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
84Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
85Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
86Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
87Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
88Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
89Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
90Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
91Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
92Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
93Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
94Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
95Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
96Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
97Juan-Antonio Flecha (Spa) Team Sky0:14:10 
98Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
99Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
100Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
101Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
102Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
103Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
104Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
105Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo  
106Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
107Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
108Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:15:27 
109Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
110Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:15:28 
111Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
112Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
113Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:19:05 
114Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
115Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
116Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
117Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
118William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
119Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia  
120Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
121Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
122Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
123Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team  
124Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
125Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
126Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
127Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team  
128Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
129Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
130Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
131Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
132Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto0:19:13 
133Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
134Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:19:15 
135Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
136Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:19:17 
137Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:19:20 
138Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ0:25:03 
139Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
140Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
141Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
142Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia  
143Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ  
144Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
145Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
146David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions  
147Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
148Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
149Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC-Columbia  
150Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
151Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
152Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
153Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
154Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur  
155Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
156Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team  
157Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions  
158David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
159Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
160Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
161Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
162Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ  
163Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
164Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
165Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
166Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
167Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
168Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
169Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
170Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
171Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
172Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
173David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
174Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC-Columbia  
175Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Sky  
176Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
177Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
178Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
179Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
180David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
181Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions  
182Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
183Freddy Bichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
184Kjell Carlström (Fin) Team Sky  
185Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
186Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia  
187Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo  
188Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team  
189Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
190Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
191Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
192Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank  
193Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:25:49 
194Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFJohn-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Sky  
DNFBenjamin Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
Points - Málaga, 157.3km
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto25pts
2Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha20 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi16 
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo14 
5Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini12 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale10 
7Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank9 
8Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
9David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne7 
10Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ6 
11Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha5 
12Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team4 
13Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank3 
14Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne2 
15Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne1 
Sprint 1 - Alozaina, 48km
1Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur4pts
2Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
3Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Sprint 2 - Málaga, 102.8km
1Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur4pts
2Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
3Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1 
Mountain 1 - Puerto de Ojén (Cat. 2) 9km
1Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram5pts
2Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3 
3Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1 
Mountain 2 - Puerto del León (Cat. 1) 120km
1Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia10pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne6 
3Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4 
4Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ2 
5Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1 
1Team Katusha12:19:28 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:00:05 
3Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:06 
4Team HTC - Columbia0:00:15 
5Cervelo Test Team0:00:22 
6Liquigas - Doimo0:00:23 
7Lampre - Farese Vini0:00:33 
10Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:21 
12Xacobeo Galicia0:01:41 
13Team Milram0:02:23 
14AG2R - La Mondiale0:02:29 
15BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:09:07 
16Andalucia - Cajasur0:11:32 
17Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:12:09 
18Team Saxo Bank0:14:07 
19Sky Professional Cycling Team0:14:18 
20Garmin - Transitions0:14:32 
21Quick Step0:24:43 
22Footon - Servetto0:34:12 
General classification after stage 3
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto8:55:56 
2Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:14 
3Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia0:00:22 
4Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia0:00:26 
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:28 
6Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia  
7Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:35 
8Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
9Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:36 
10Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:00:41 
11Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:42 
12Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:43 
13Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
14Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:00:46 
15Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
16David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:00:47 
17Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne  
18Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
19Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
20Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
21Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:48 
22Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
23Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:50 
24Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
25Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:00:51 
26Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
27Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
28Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:00:53 
29Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
30David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:54 
31Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:00:55 
32Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:57 
33Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
34Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky0:01:01 
35Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:02 
36Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram0:01:05 
37Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne  
38Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:07 
39Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:11 
40David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:01:12 
41Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana0:01:14 
42Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:01:15 
43Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:01:22 
44Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:01:26 
45Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:01:28 
46Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ0:01:30 
47Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:34 
48Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:36 
49Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana0:01:38 
50Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ0:01:40 
51Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:43 
52Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:01:45 
53Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:01:46 
54Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Team Sky0:01:48 
55David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
56Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:52 
57Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:53 
58Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:01:54 
59Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ0:02:00 
60Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:02:03 
61Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:16 
62Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:02:22 
63Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
64Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
65Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:02:30 
66Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:31 
67Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:02:35 
68Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:02:49 
69Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:02:57 
70Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:02:59 
71Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:03:03 
72Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:03:31 
73Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:03:32 
74Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:33 
75Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:39 
76Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana0:04:43 
77Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:05:13 
78Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:08:08 
79Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:11:07 
80Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:20 
81Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:11:26 
82Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:11:28 
83Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:11:29 
84Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
85Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:11:30 
86Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
87Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:11:31 
88Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
89Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
90Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:11:34 
91Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:11:36 
92Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:11:52 
93Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:12:33 
94Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:12:41 
95Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:13:05 
96Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana0:13:51 
97Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:14:27 
98Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
99Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo0:14:29 
100Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:14:30 
101Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:14:31 
102Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:14:36 
103Juan-Antonio Flecha (Spa) Team Sky0:14:41 
104Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:14:52 
105Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:14:55 
106Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:14:59 
107Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:15:10 
108Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:15:48 
109Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:16:01 
110Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:16:10 
111Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
112Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:17:48 
113Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:19:22 
114Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
115Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:19:25 
116Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:19:26 
117Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:19:33 
118Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team0:19:35 
119Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
120Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:19:41 
121Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
122William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:19:47 
123Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:19:48 
124Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:19:57 
125Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
126Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:20:06 
127Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto0:20:13 
128Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:20:26 
129Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:20:33 
130Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram0:20:35 
131Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:20:36 
132Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team0:21:01 
133Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:21:24 
134Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto0:21:45 
135Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:23:43 
136Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia0:23:59 
137Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:24:04 
138Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia0:24:54 
139Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia0:25:06 
140Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC-Columbia  
141Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia  
142Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:25:15 
143Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo0:25:16 
144Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
145Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ0:25:19 
146Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team  
147Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:25:20 
148Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
149David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions0:25:23 
150Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram0:25:24 
151Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:25:29 
152Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
153Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
154Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:25:30 
155Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:25:32 
156Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:25:33 
157Simon Gerrans (Aus) Team Sky0:25:34 
158Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
159Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:25:37 
160Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ0:25:39 
161Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ  
162Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ  
163Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:25:42 
164Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
165Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
166Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
167Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team0:25:44 
168Freddy Bichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:25:45 
169David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:25:46 
170Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana0:25:47 
171Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
172Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:25:49 
173Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:25:55 
174Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto0:25:57 
175Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:26:03 
176David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
177Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:26:08 
178Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:26:12 
179Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:26:20 
180Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
181Kjell Carlström (Fin) Team Sky0:26:21 
182Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur0:26:25 
183Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions0:26:49 
184Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
185Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:26:55 
186Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC-Columbia0:27:16 
187Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:27:18 
188Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions0:28:01 
189Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:28:31 
190Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank0:28:38 
191David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto0:28:56 
192Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:41:51 
193Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:43:03 
194Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions0:44:49 
Points classification
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto25pts
2Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ25 
3Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha20 
4Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia20 
5Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi16 
6Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions16 
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo14 
8Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini14 
9Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini12 
10Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto12 
11Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur11 
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale10 
13Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
14Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank9 
15Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
16Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
17Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram8 
18David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne7 
19Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha7 
20Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ6 
21Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step6 
22Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha5 
23Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne5 
24Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team4 
25Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ4 
26Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank3 
27Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto3 
28Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto3 
29Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne2 
30Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
31Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
32Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank2 
33Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step1 
34Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne1 
35Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1 
36Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountains classification
1Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia13pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne6 
3Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram5 
4Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5 
5Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
6Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ2 
7Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2 
8Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1 
9Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto1 
Combativity classification
1Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia97pts
2Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur108 
3Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi109 
4Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale110 
5Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto157 
6Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto209 
Teams classification
1Team HTC - Columbia26:20:52 
2Team Katusha0:00:05 
3Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:08 
4Caisse d'Epargne0:00:15 
5Liquigas - Doimo0:00:18 
6Cervelo Test Team0:00:20 
7Lampre - Farese Vini0:00:32 
8Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:33 
12Xacobeo Galicia0:01:52 
13Team Milram0:02:26 
14AG2R - La Mondiale0:02:47 
15BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:09:31 
16Andalucia - Cajasur0:12:06 
17Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:12:22 
18Team Saxo Bank0:14:06 
19Sky Professional Cycling Team0:14:31 
20Garmin - Transitions0:14:34 
21Quick Step0:24:51 
22Footon - Servetto0:34:54 

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