Lopez bests break in Alcoy

Anton defends leader's jersey

A tired David Lopez (Caisse d’Epargne) held off the best attempts of Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo) and Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) on the final drag to the finish line to take a well-deserved Vuelta a España stage victory in Alcoy.

The Spaniard was part of a 15-man breakaway that formed early on and then fragmented over the course of the stage’s seven categorised climbs. With the lead group reduced to five in the finale, the canny Lopez seized his opportunity with a clever attack on the descent of the Alto del Revolcat 5km from the finish and he managed to hold off the chasers on a testing climb to the finish line.

“I picked the right time to go alone and I suffered a lot to maintain my advantage until the finish line, but it was worth it,” Lopez said afterwards. “In the last kilometre I realized I couldn’t lose. The emotion this win generates is indescribable, I never imagined it could be so intense.”

Overall, Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) maintains his slender overall advantage over Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha). The Spanish duo arrived at the head of the main peloton, 7:02 behind the winner, as Rodriguez was again thwarted in his attempts to dislodge his compatriot in the final push to the line.

“I tried everything I could to gain time on Anton but It was impossible,” Rodriguez explained afterwards. “I’m disappointed, I really wanted to lead the Vuelta as the race will be in my home region of Catalonia on Tuesday.” For his part, Anton was relieved to hold on to the red jersey. “I’m just happy to hold my lead rather than let it go,” he said. “Maybe people expected more from Purito [Rodriguez] but he is still going very well.”

However, for much of the stage, it did seem as though Anton was destined to lose the red jersey, but to Jean-Christophe Péraud (Omega Pharma-Lotto) rather than Rodriguez. The Frenchman was present in the day’s main breakaway but was dropped under the impetus of David Moncoutié and Lopez in the stage finale. He eventually crossed the line in 7th place, 55 seconds back, which was ultimately sufficient to lift him to fifth place overall.

“I believed I could take the jersey today because I was aware of the gaps,” said Péraud, an Olympic mountain biker silver medallist. “It would have been great to have been paid back for all the effort I made today.”

An early break

The day’s main breakaway formed before the bunch reached the first of the climbs and the presence of race leader Anton’s teammate Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) ensured that the escapees’ day passes from the peloton would be rubber-stamped. Fourteen other riders managed to escape with Martinez: Oscar Pujol (Cervelo TestTeam), Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale), Javier Ramirez (Andalucia-CajaSur), Enrico Gasparotto (Astana), Perrig Quemeneur (Bbox), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo), Jean-Christophe Peraud (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Carlos Barredo (Quick Step), Dario Cataldo (Quick Step), Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) and Gonzalo Rabunal (Xacobeo Galicia).

However, once the break’s advantage reached four minutes with 129km to go and Carlos Barredo moved into the overall lead on the road, mild alarm bells were sounded in the Euskaltel camp and the orange jerseys massed at the front of the bunch. Although they did little more than keep the gap at a manageable distance, their pursuit was ultimately sufficient to persuade Barredo to drop out of the breakaway in the final 60km so as not to jeopardise his teammate Cataldo’s hopes of going the distance, even if his director Wilfred Peters insisted that he was simply tired.

Meanwhile, at the rear of the peloton, Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) was forced to abandon as a result of the injuries he sustained in a crash yesterday. “I’m very sad,” Petacchi said. “It’s a real pity to have to abandon the race just when I was starting to feel my legs beginning to turn better and better." The Italian sprinter is also facing in to a potentially career-threatening doping investigation in his home country and had already voiced his concerns that each day he races may be his last.

Back at the head of affairs, the irrepressible David Moncoutié was engaged in the pursuit of King of the Mountains points, although he found himself locked in a fierce and entertaining battle with Gonzalo Rabunal. The Xacobeo Galicia man was riding in stout defence of his teammate Serafin Martinez’s lead in the competition and while he didn't manage to prevent Moncoutié from moving into the jersey in Alcoy tonight, he did limit the damage by out-jumping the Frenchman on the climbs of the Alto de Guadalest, the Alto de Confrides and the Alto de Todons.

Nonetheless, yesterday’s victor Moncoutié was again pleased with his day’s work: “I rode well for the mountains classification and that remains my main target for the Vuelta. In the end today I paid for the effort I made yesterday.”

The plucky Rabunal followed through with his effort atop the Todons 51km from the line and opened up a gap of almost two minutes over the remnants of the breakaway and a lead of eight minutes over the peloton. On the next climb of the Torremanzanas, Vanendert attacked behind in an effort to bring back Rabunal and his move sparked a flurry of counter attacks in the breakaway group and whittled it down to just nine riders.

An attacking finale

Rabunal's bold bid for glory was eventually quashed on the climb of the Benfalim and he was deposited out the back of the break on the next climb of the Revolcat, along with Pujol. Lopez made his first attack at this point, jumping clear13km from the line. He was soon joined by Moncoutié and the duo worked well together to open up a gap. Meanwhile, Kreuziger, Martinez and Caruso formed a chasing trio of their own meaning that Péraud, the red jersey on the road, was forced to plough a lone furrow in his doomed bid to take over the overall lead.

The five up front came back together near the top of the climb and after Caruso’s telegraphed attack was shut down by Moncoutie, Lopez made his move on the descent with 5km to go. He immediately opened a lead of 20 seconds over the chasers, who couldn't agree on whose responsibility it was to lead the pursuit. Lopez exploited that hesitation to perfection and his gap proved to be enough to seal the win as he grinded his way up the final drag to the line.

After the stage, Lopez picked out Caruso and Kreuziger as the men he had feared most in the break, and they were the men who proved the strongest of his pursuers. Caruso made one final bid to get across in the final kilometre but he over-estimated his strength on the slope and was passed by Kreuziger in the finishing straight. The Czech had the flagging Lopez in his sights but it was too little, too late as the Caisse d’Epargne man held on to take a fine victory with six seconds to spare.

Kreuziger confessed that he had erred in failing to track Lopez’s initial move. “I made a mistake in letting the last guy Lopez go,” he said. “But it was a very demanding stage, the heat made our day even more difficult.” For his part, Caruso was annoyed that his move was pegged back straight away and Lopez’s counter-attack was not. “I’m disappointed,” he admitted. “Moncoutié went after me when I attacked and then he didn’t react when Lopez went.”

A little over seven minutes later, the peloton swept into the finishing straight, where Nicolas Roche (AG2R) battled it out for 15th place with Joaquin Rodriguez and Igor Anton. It certainly didn’t escape the Spanish duo’s attention, however, that Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) was glued to their wheels, serenely surveying the scene, and the Italian looms menacingly in 3rd place overall as the race reaches its first rest day. “I believe in Nibali for the overall win,” Anton admitted. “He’s looking fresh.”

Full Results
1David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne5:20:51 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:06 
3Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:13 
4David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:00:21 
5Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:00:27 
6Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:30 
7Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:55 
8Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:36 
9Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:03:52 
10Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:17 
11Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:05:22 
12Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:06:25 
13Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:06:29 
14Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:06:32 
15Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:07:02 
16Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
18Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
19Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
20Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne  
21Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
22Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
23Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia  
24Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia  
25Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
26Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
27Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
28Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
29Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
30Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:07:12 
31David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
32Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne  
33Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
34Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
35Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ0:07:15 
36Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
37Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
38Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana0:07:17 
39Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:07:19 
40David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
41Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
42Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
43Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank  
44Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
45Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ  
46Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
47Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
48Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
49Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
50Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
51Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
52Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:07:29 
53Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:07:37 
54Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
55Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
56Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
57Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
58Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:07:41 
59Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo0:07:45 
60Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
61Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:07:53 
62Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
63Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo  
64Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:08:04 
65Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram0:08:17 
66Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:08:33 
67Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:08:49 
68Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
69Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:08 
70Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:09:59 
71Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto  
72Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:10:51 
73Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
74Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
75Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:12:45 
76Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
77Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana  
78Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:12:48 
79Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
80Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
81Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:13:54 
82Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
83Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ  
84Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
85Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
86Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
87Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
88Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
89Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:14:46 
90Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
91Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia  
92Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team  
93Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:15:47 
94Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
95Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:16:52 
96Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:17:18 
97Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:18:56 
98Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
99David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
100Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
101Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
102Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank  
103Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
104Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
105Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
106Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
107Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne  
108Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
109Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia  
110Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
111Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
112Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank  
113Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
114Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto0:19:32 
115Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
116Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
117Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
118Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
119Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
120Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
121William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
122Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
123Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ  
124Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
125Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale  
126Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC-Columbia  
127David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions  
128Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
129Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:22:34 
130Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
131Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
132Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:26:08 
133Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
134Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia  
135Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia  
136Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
137Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
138Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
139Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
140Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
141Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
142Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team  
143Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
144Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
145Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
146Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
147Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia  
148Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne  
149Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
150Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
151Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
152Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ  
153David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions  
154Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram  
155Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
156Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
157Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
158Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ  
159Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur  
160Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
161Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
162Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions  
163Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team  
164Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
165Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
166Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
167Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
168David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
169Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia  
170Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
171Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions  
172Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
173Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
174Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
175Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
176Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
177Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
178Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
179Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
180Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team  
181Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
DNFFreddy Bichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
DNFPierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom  
DNFAlessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
Sprint 1 - Ondara, 42.3km
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne4pts
2Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana2 
3Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step1 
Sprint 2 - La Nucia, 91.5km
1Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step4pts
2Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2 
3Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1 
Points - Alcoy, 187.7km
1David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne25pts
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo20 
3Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha16 
4David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne14 
5Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale12 
6Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
7Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto9 
8Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
9Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team7 
10Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 
11Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step5 
12Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana4 
13Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
14Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2 
15Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha1 
Mountain 1 - Coll de Rates (Cat. 2) 67km
1Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne3 
3Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountain 2 - Alto de Guadalest (Cat. 2) 103km
1Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne3 
3Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team1 
Mountain 3 - Alto de Confrides (Cat. 3) 118km
1Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia3pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2 
3Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountain 4 - Alto de Tudons (Cat. 2) 132km
1Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5pts
2Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team3 
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1 
Mountain 5 - Puerto de Torremanzanas (Cat. 2) 156km
1Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5pts
2Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team3 
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1 
Mountain 6 - Puerto de Benifallím (Cat. 3) 164km
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne3pts
2Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
3David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
Mountain 7 - Alto del Revolcat (Cat. 3) 181km
1Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha3pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne2 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo1 
Teams
1Omega Pharma - Lotto16:14:47 
2Caisse d'Epargne0:01:50 
3Team Katusha0:02:03 
4AG2R - La Mondiale0:02:34 
5Liquigas - Doimo0:02:39 
6Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:22 
7Xacobeo Galicia0:04:36 
8Cervelo Test Team0:05:42 
9Astana0:08:47 
10Rabobank0:09:35 
11Team Saxo Bank0:09:52 
12Garmin - Transitions0:10:03 
13Lampre - Farese Vini0:10:12 
14Quick Step0:14:43 
15Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:14:45 
16FDJ0:16:14 
17Team HTC - Columbia0:16:36 
18Andalucia - Cajasur0:19:00 
19Team Milram0:19:56 
20BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:21:49 
21Footon - Servetto0:30:35 
General classification after stage 9
1Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi37:56:42 
2Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:02 
4Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:00:42 
5Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:52 
6Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:01:15 
7Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:18 
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:01:19 
9Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne0:01:22 
10Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia0:01:26 
11Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia  
12Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne0:01:38 
13Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:47 
14Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:01:52 
15Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:55 
16Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:57 
17Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:02:11 
18David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:02:15 
19Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:02:21 
20Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:03:29 
21David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:03:31 
22David Garcia Dapena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:03:34 
23Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:37 
24Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:08 
25Aleksandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana0:04:25 
26David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:04:58 
27Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:16 
28Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:05:17 
29Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:05:39 
30Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:05:56 
31Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:06:02 
32Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:06:04 
33Aleksandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:06:08 
34Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) FDJ0:06:36 
35Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:06:39 
36Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:07:13 
37Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:07:18 
38Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:07:52 
39Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:10:46 
40Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:10:48 
41Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:11:04 
42Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram0:11:32 
43Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:12:04 
44Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) FDJ0:12:45 
45Kanstantin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC-Columbia0:12:50 
46Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:13:19 
47Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:15:58 
48Juan-Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:16:03 
49Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:16:14 
50Jose Angel Gomez-Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:17:07 
51Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:17:19 
52Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:17:43 
53Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:18:16 
54Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:19:45 
55Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:21:12 
56Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:23:55 
57Juan-Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:24:13 
58Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:25:02 
59Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:25:07 
60Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:25:16 
61Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:26:11 
62Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:55 
63Gustavo Cesar-Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:27:34 
64Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:28:26 
65Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:29:53 
66Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ0:31:10 
67Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:31:47 
68Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:32:29 
69Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:33:01 
70Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana0:33:30 
71Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana0:33:42 
72Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana0:35:06 
73Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:35:57 
74Mathieu Sprick (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:36:21 
75Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:36:23 
76Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:37:06 
77Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:37:16 
78Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:38:14 
79Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne0:38:23 
80Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:38:26 
81Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:40:22 
82Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:40:39 
83Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana0:41:21 
84Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:41:22 
85Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo0:42:18 
86Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne0:42:40 
87Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:43:25 
88Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:44:13 
89Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:44:58 
90Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:45:09 
91Gustavo Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:45:11 
92Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:45:16 
93Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:45:40 
94Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:48:25 
95Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:48:43 
96Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:49:04 
97Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:49:07 
98Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:50:09 
99Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:51:09 
100Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:51:10 
101Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana0:52:27 
102Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:54:42 
103Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo0:55:28 
104Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Transitions0:56:06 
105Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale0:57:30 
106Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:58:27 
107Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:59:20 
108Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram1:00:43 
109Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram1:01:35 
110Allan Davis (Aus) Astana1:01:37 
111Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:02:13 
112Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1:02:17 
113Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1:02:54 
114Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1:03:11 
115Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:04:06 
116Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step1:04:07 
117Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1:05:05 
118Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:05:27 
119Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:05:42 
120Vincent Jerôme (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:07:12 
121Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram1:07:38 
122Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1:08:08 
123Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team1:08:54 
124Pierre Cazaux (Fra) FDJ1:09:57 
125Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto1:10:41 
126Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1:10:51 
127William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:11:26 
128Nicol Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1:11:46 
129Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia1:11:55 
130Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto1:12:14 
131Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team1:13:49 
132Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:14:44 
133Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team1:15:02 
134Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step1:16:04 
135David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Transitions1:16:59 
136Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank1:17:22 
137Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:17:34 
138Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:18:03 
139David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto1:18:36 
140Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJ1:19:30 
141Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ1:20:37 
142Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:20:41 
143Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:22:25 
144Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Transitions1:22:27 
145Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:22:39 
146Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC-Columbia1:22:52 
147Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ1:22:54 
148Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1:22:58 
149Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ1:23:34 
150Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank1:23:55 
151Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia1:24:45 
152Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:24:48 
153Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step1:25:01 
154Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank1:25:08 
155Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:25:29 
156Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank1:25:35 
157Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1:25:44 
158Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step1:26:02 
159Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1:26:52 
160Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions1:27:10 
161Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step1:27:44 
162Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram1:28:44 
163Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:30:36 
164David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions1:31:30 
165Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia1:31:49 
166Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions1:32:24 
167Lars-Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia1:34:30 
168Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:34:43 
169Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia1:35:04 
170David Vitoria (Swi) Footon-Servetto1:35:08 
171Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur1:35:51 
172Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
173Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank1:36:04 
174Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team1:36:14 
175Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha1:36:50 
176Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha1:36:52 
177Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1:40:06 
178Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1:41:45 
179Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana1:50:21 
180Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne1:50:32 
181Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions2:05:58 
Points classification
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC-Columbia56pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions53 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi50 
4Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto50 
5Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha47 
6David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne45 
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo44 
8Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ33 
9Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi30 
10Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo28 
11Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini28 
12Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram26 
13David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne25 
14Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test Team25 
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R-La Mondiale25 
16Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia25 
17Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha25 
18Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia21 
19Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step21 
20Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo20 
21Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step20 
22Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale18 
23Juan-Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank18 
24Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia17 
25Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha17 
26Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha16 
27Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom16 
28Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur15 
29Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank14 
30Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana14 
31Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale14 
32Allan Davis (Aus) Astana14 
33Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step13 
34Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team12 
35Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12 
36Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne12 
37Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto12 
38Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne11 
39Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne11 
40David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne11 
41Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana11 
42Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia10 
43Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto9 
44Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
45Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi8 
46Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale8 
47Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram7 
48Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne7 
49Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team7 
50Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto7 
51Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team7 
52Juan Javier Estrada (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
53Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram6 
54Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
55Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank6 
56Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervélo Test Team6 
57Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 
58Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ6 
59Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto5 
60Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank5 
61Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ5 
62David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto4 
63Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur4 
64Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne4 
65Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R-La Mondiale4 
66Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom4 
67Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ4 
68Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions3 
69Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram3 
70Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
71William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3 
72Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto3 
73Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
74Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto3 
75Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
76Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia2 
77Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo2 
78Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step1 
79Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz) Astana1 
Mountains classification
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne41pts
2Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia36 
3Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia25 
4Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team10 
5Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step8 
6Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom7 
7Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team5 
8Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha5 
9Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram5 
10Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5 
11Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur5 
12Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha3 
13Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
15Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne3 
16Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
17Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
18Mikael Cherel (Fra) FDJ2 
19Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale2 
20Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2 
21Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto2 
22Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1 
23Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1 
24David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne1 
25Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo1 
26Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana1 
27Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale1 
28Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia1 
29Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto1 
Combination classification
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo32pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto33 
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le crédit en ligne33 
4Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team45 
5David Lopez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne58 
6Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto64 
7Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha75 
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo76 
9Egoï Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi85 
10Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia85 
11Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank91 
12Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step96 
13Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia99 
14Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team104 
15Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom113 
16Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale128 
17Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana128 
18Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale136 
19Jose-Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2R-La Mondiale138 
20Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur148 
21Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur187 
22Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto205 
23Jorge Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur247 
24Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia255 
25Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto275 
Teams classification
1Caisse d'Epargne113:17:49 
2Team Katusha0:01:47 
3Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:18 
4Omega Pharma - Lotto0:05:50 
5AG2R - La Mondiale0:08:18 
6Cervelo Test Team0:08:56 
7Xacobeo Galicia0:10:42 
8Liquigas - Doimo0:15:28 
9Astana0:18:36 
10Team HTC - Columbia0:19:55 
11Lampre - Farese Vini0:24:01 
12Rabobank0:28:28 
13FDJ0:33:26 
14Team Milram0:39:27 
15Team Saxo Bank0:47:42 
16Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:49:18 
17Garmin - Transitions0:49:40 
18Andalucia - Cajasur1:03:26 
19Quick Step1:13:27 
20BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:18:40 
21Footon - Servetto2:18:19 

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