Clarke wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana

Rodriguez takes over leader's jersey

Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) claimed stage 4 of the Vuelta a España and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) moved into the overall lead at the summit finish at Valdezcaray on day that saw Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) lose his red jersey in rather contentious circumstances.

Valverde was one of a number of fallers in a crash inside the final 30 kilometres, just as Chris Froome’s Sky team was looking to split the peloton in the stiff crosswinds that buffeted the race on the run-in to the day’s final climb. Although Sky had already begun to set the pace just before Valverde came a cropper, the British team paid no heed to his plight and persisted in their efforts all the way to the foot of the Valdezcaray, in spite of the exhortations of Valverde’s teammate Beñat Inxausti.

Rodriguez’s Katusha team briefly aided in the pace-making at the front before relenting on learning of Valverde’s fall, while Alberto Contador’s Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank team maintained a watching brief throughout.

The merits or otherwise of Sky’s particular interpretation of cycling’s unwritten rules are sure to be debated at length in the days to come, but their actions had an immediate impact out on the road. The peloton split into four echelons, with Valverde caught up wreckage of the peloton, scavenging from group to group in a doomed attempt to catch the leaders.

Valverde managed to limit his losses on Froome, Rodriguez and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) to 55 seconds by the finish, but the Spaniard – who this year returned from suspension for his implication in the Operacion Puerto blood doping investigation – cut an irate figure as he crossed the line.

“They didn’t have the balls to stop, they chose an unsporting way,” Valverde said at the finish. “Sky formed an echelon and they’re perfectly within their rights to do that. I’m not cross that I lost the lead because of this, but because there was no respect.”

Sky’s Juan Antonio Flecha was on the front when Valverde fell but he claimed that he was not aware that the red jersey had hit the deck. “Nobody told me to stop and I only heard later that Valverde had fallen,” he said.

While Valverde was picking through the debris at the rear of the field, Simon Clarke was riding to the first win of his career up ahead. The Australian had been part of the day’s early break and he was the only one of their number who could match Tony Martin’s (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) pressing at the foot of the final climb.

Martin and Clarke had a lead of 4 minutes at that juncture, the steepest section of the Valdezcaray, and they measured their effort perfectly on the shallower slopes that followed in the final 9 kilometres to hold off their erstwhile companion Assan Bazayev (Astana). Even when an Alberto Contador acceleration behind dramatically cut away a large swathe of their lead in the finale, the pair refused to panic and emerged to fight out a tense sprint at the summit.

Clarke showed considerable sangfroid in the closing metres, marshalling Martin to the front and then refusing to accept his invitation to lead out from distance, before dispatching the German with room to spare in the sprint.

"Tony is a really good time triallist, but I thought I could have him in a sprint. I made sure to have him in front in the wind,” Clarke said. “This is my first win as pro, I've been a pro for four years and I've tried so many times, I've had so many seconds and third places, I'm just so happy.

"It was such a long day with so much wind in the finish. I knew Tony would be strong, but I wanted to make it a hard climb because I knew Bazayev is fast.”

Contador on the offensive

The category 1 climb to the ski station at Valdezcaray will have dominated the tactical discussions aboard the team buses in Barakaldo before the start, and the peloton was more than happy to allow a break sally off the front in the opening hour of racing. Martin, Clarke, Bazayev, Jesus Rosendo (Andalucia) and Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) gratefully accepted the invitation, and at one point the quintet held a 13-minute lead.

Sky’s ferocious stint of pace-making in the kilometres either side of Valverde’s crash saw that advantage tumble dramatically in the finale, and when the overall contenders began to race in earnest on the final, 13.4km ascent to the finish, they knew that were racing for possession of the red jersey if not necessarily the stage win.

After launching no fewer than seven attacks on the Alto de Arrate the previous day, Alberto Contador was slightly more circumspect on the longer climb on Monday, as if acknowledging that he must still feel his way back to full form following his return from suspension in early August.

Nonetheless, the Spaniard will have been in equal parts encouraged and frustrated by his exploratory probe on the steepest section of the final climb. Aided by his teammate Daniel Navarro, Contador succeeded in pulling Chris Froome and Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) clear of the main group of favourites. In spite of a further acceleration, however, he was unable to rid himself of Froome and they were reeled in by a resolute Katusha chase three kilometres later on.

Contador’s attack did yield a collateral gain nearer the summit, as Igor Anton (Euskatel-Euskadi) wilted and conceded 30 seconds. Rodriguez, Froome and Contador are separated by a mere five seconds in the top three positions overall, with the Rabobank pair of Bauke Mollema and Robert Gesink just behind, and the battle lines for final overall victory are already beginning to be drawn.

“Alberto put in a good acceleration on the climb but I preferred to stay calm and wait to chase,” Rodriguez said after he pulled on the red jersey of overall leader.

Another impressive performer on the stage was Nicolas Roche, who continued alone after Contador and Froome sat up. The Irishman was joined in the closing kilometres by the aggressive Marcos Garcia (Caja Rural), Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack-Nissan) and Laurens ten Dam, and they came home just ahead of the main group of favourites.

The story of the day was Valverde's fall and Sky's actions thereafter, however, and it remains to be seen if the reverberations from the inevitable polemic will impact on the race once the dust has settled. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge4:30:26 
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:02 
3Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:22 
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:55 
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:57 
7Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
8Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:01 
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:04 
10Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
11Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD  
12Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
13Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
14Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
15Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling  
16Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD  
17Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
18Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  
19Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling  
20Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
21Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
22Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
23Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
24Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
26Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan  
27Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
28Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
30Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  
31Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
32Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:34 
33Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
34Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
35Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
36Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:01:57 
37Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:01:59 
38Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia  
39Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
40Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
41John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
43Yohann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
44Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural  
45Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
46Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:08 
47Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
48Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia0:03:00 
49Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
50Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:15 
51Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:03:42 
52Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
53Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:53 
54Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:04:15 
55Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
56Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
57Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
58Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia  
59Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
60Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan  
61Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
62Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano  
63Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
64Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
65Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
66Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano  
67Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
68Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
69Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano  
70Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team  
71Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:05:07 
72Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:05:51 
73Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:07:17 
74Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp  
75Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
76Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
77Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
78Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia  
79Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:07:53 
80Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:28 
81Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp  
82Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
83Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
84Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale  
85Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
86Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
87David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural  
88Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
89Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
90Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
91Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
92Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
93Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
94Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan  
95Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
96Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat  
97Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
98Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
99Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team  
100Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team  
101Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
102Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
103Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural  
104David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
105Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano  
106Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano  
107Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:12:14 
108Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan  
109Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
110Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
111Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
112Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-Shimano  
113Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
114Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
115Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
116John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano  
117Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-Shimano  
118Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
119Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
120Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
121Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat  
122Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
123Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia  
124Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia  
125Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge  
126Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
127Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
128Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
129Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
130Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
131Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:14:50 
132Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia0:15:01 
133Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:15:42 
134Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp  
135Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
136Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
137Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
138Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
139Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
140Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos-Shimano  
141Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
142Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural  
143Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling  
144Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  
145Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
146Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
147Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
148Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
149Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
150Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
151Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
152Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
153Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team  
154Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
155Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
156Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia  
157Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge  
158Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge  
159Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
160Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
161Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
162Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
163Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
164William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
165Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
166Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
167Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdge  
168Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
169Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
170Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
171Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdge  
172Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
173Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
174Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
175Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
176Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
177Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
178Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
179Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:19:34 
180Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:19:49 
181Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
182Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
183Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
184Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
185Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team  
186Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling  
187Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
188Julian Dean (NZl) Orica - GreenEdge  
189Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team  
190Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia  
191Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling  
192Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge  
193Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team  
194Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural  
195Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural  
196Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:20:27 
DNFDavid Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
Sprint 1- Haro, 111.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4 pts
2Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
3Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia1 
Sprint 2 - Intermediate sprint, 131km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4 pts
2Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge2 
3Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia1 
Sprint 3- Estación de Valdezcaray, 160.6km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge25 pts
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep20 
3Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team16 
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural14 
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale12 
6Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan10 
7Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team9 
8Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team8 
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team7 
10Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan6 
11Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD5 
12Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team4 
13Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team3 
14Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural2 
Mountain 1 - Puerto de Orduña (Cat.1), 52km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne10 pts
2Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge6 
3Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia4 
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep2 
5Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1 
Mountain 2 - Estación de Valdezcaray (Cat. 1), 161km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge10 pts
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6 
3Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team4 
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural2 
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Most combative rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Astana Pro Team13:33:45 
2Radioshack - Nissan0:00:38 
3Rabobank Cycling Team  
4Lampre - ISD0:00:45 
5SKY Procycling  
6Caja Rural0:01:31 
7AG2R La Mondiale  
8Katusha Team0:01:38 
9Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:01:40 
10Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:15 
11Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:03:58 
12Movistar Team0:04:29 
13Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:51 
14Lotto Belisol Team0:06:34 
15Andalucia0:06:47 
16Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:07:29 
17Team Argos - Shimano0:10:18 
18Garmin - Sharp0:11:01 
19BMC Racing Team0:15:22 
20FDJ - Big Mat0:15:52 
21Liquigas - Cannondale0:18:28 
22Orica Greenedge0:24:37 
General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team13:18:45 
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:01 
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:05 
4Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:09 
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:11 
7Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:14 
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:24 
9Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:36 
10Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:46 
11Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:47 
12Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:52 
13Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD0:00:53 
14Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
15Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:55 
16Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:57 
17Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
18Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:01:17 
19Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:01:26 
20Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:33 
21Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:01:34 
22Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:35 
23Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:01:38 
24Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
25Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:50 
26Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:55 
27Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:01 
28Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:15 
29Yohann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:25 
30Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:35 
31John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:40 
32Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:02:41 
33Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:02:48 
34Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
35Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
36Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:53 
37Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:41 
38Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:03:43 
39Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:53 
40Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan0:04:10 
41Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia0:04:20 
42Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:04:24 
43Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:04:28 
44Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:42 
45Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:00 
46Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:05:06 
47Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:25 
48Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:27 
49Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:05:43 
50Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:05:48 
51Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:06:06 
52Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:11 
53Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:21 
54Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:06:38 
55Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan0:06:45 
56Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:55 
57Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:06:58 
58Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia0:07:16 
59Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
60Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:07:18 
61Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:07:22 
62Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:07:36 
63Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:07:50 
64Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano0:07:53 
65Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:08:50 
66Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:09:15 
67Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:09:30 
68Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano0:09:37 
69Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team0:09:38 
70Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:09:42 
71Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:10:17 
72Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:10:19 
73Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:10:24 
74Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:10:34 
75Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp0:10:39 
76Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:11:03 
77Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale0:11:05 
78Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:11:14 
79Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural0:11:36 
80Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:11:49 
81David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural0:11:51 
82Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia0:12:43 
83Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:46 
84Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:12:48 
85Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:12:53 
86Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:12:58 
87Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:13:25 
88Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat0:13:33 
89Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:13:34 
90Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:13:58 
91Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia0:14:04 
92Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:14:16 
93Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:14:36 
94David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:14:40 
95Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:15:03 
96Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
97Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:15:13 
98Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:15:14 
99Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:15:40 
100Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:15:54 
101Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:16:01 
102Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:16:05 
103Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:07 
104Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia0:16:32 
105Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan0:16:54 
106Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team0:17:01 
107Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:17:15 
108Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:17:18 
109Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:18:02 
110Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:18:06 
111Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia0:18:46 
112Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:19:17 
113Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:20 
114Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:19:25 
115Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:19:32 
116Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:19:38 
117Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
118Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:19:43 
119Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:19:46 
120John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:19:49 
121Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:20:30 
122Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
123Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:20:34 
124Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:39 
125Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:21:14 
126Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:21:15 
127Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:21:20 
128Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural0:21:32 
129Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-Shimano0:21:33 
130Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdge0:21:46 
131Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:21:48 
132Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia0:22:14 
133Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:22:18 
134Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan0:22:21 
135Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:22:25 
136Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:22:27 
137Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp0:22:40 
138Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
139Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan0:22:47 
140Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:23:08 
141Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:23:17 
142Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
143Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:23:36 
144Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team0:23:45 
145Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:24:07 
146Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:24:11 
147Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:24:12 
148Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:24:25 
149Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat0:24:26 
150Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team0:24:31 
151William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:24:36 
152Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:24:38 
153Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan0:24:44 
154Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:24:45 
155Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
156Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:24:46 
157Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:25:02 
158Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:25:16 
159Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
160Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:25:32 
161Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:25:44 
162Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdge0:25:52 
163Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia0:26:05 
164Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:26:08 
165Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:26:11 
166Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:26:14 
167Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling0:26:21 
168Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:26:58 
169Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:27:43 
170Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:27:52 
171Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:28:00 
172Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:28:29 
173Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:28:31 
174Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos-Shimano0:29:06 
175Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:29:29 
176Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:31:05 
177Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:31:20 
178Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:31:25 
179Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:31:28 
180Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling0:31:35 
181Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:31:44 
182Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:31:50 
183Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:31:58 
184Julian Dean (NZl) Orica - GreenEdge0:32:51 
185Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:33:00 
186Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling0:33:22 
187Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:34:35 
188Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:34:58 
189Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team0:35:15 
190Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:36:00 
191Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia0:36:01 
192Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team0:37:01 
193Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:37:03 
194Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural0:37:40 
195Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:38:49 
196Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:39:27 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge27 pts
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team25 
3John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano25 
4Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team20 
5Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep20 
6Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge20 
7Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team18 
8Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling17 
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team17 
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale17 
11Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling16 
12Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank15 
13Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural14 
14Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale14 
15Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team12 
16Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team12 
17Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team11 
18Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan10 
19Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team10 
20Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team9 
21Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale9 
22Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD9 
23Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne8 
24Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team8 
25Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team8 
26Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8 
27Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp7 
28Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural7 
29Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team6 
30Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan6 
31Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan6 
32Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team5 
33Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team5 
34Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD5 
35Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5 
36Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat4 
37Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4 
38Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp4 
39Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD3 
40Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team3 
41Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3 
42Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural3 
43Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling2 
44Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural2 
45Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia2 
46Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan2 
47Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2 
48Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia2 
49Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge16 pts
2Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team11 
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team10 
4Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne10 
5Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep8 
6Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team6 
7Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team6 
8Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team5 
9Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank4 
10Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia4 
11Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia3 
12Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling2 
13Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale2 
14Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural2 
15Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2 
16Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2 
17Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural2 
18Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team1 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team11 pts
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team14 
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling22 
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank24 
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale31 
6Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural54 
7Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge69 
8Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne76 
9Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep76 
10Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team77 
11Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team85 
12Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia146 
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team165 
14Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia222 
15Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team232 
16Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural253 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabobank Cycling Team39:19:14 
2SKY Procycling0:00:03 
3Astana Pro Team0:01:55 
4Katusha Team0:02:04 
5Lampre - ISD0:02:13 
6Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:39 
7AG2R La Mondiale0:03:00 
8Movistar Team0:03:38 
9Radioshack - Nissan0:04:01 
10Caja Rural0:04:57 
11Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:06:31 
12Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:31 
13Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:10:39 
14Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:12:23 
15Lotto Belisol Team0:15:24 
16Andalucia0:16:02 
17Garmin - Sharp0:16:05 
18Team Argos - Shimano0:20:22 
19BMC Racing Team0:21:20 
20Liquigas - Cannondale0:23:25 
21FDJ - Big Mat0:24:11 
22Orica Greenedge0:43:59 
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