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Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 2010

Date range:
April 5-10, 2010

April 05, Stage 1: Zierbena - Zierbena 152km

Valverde wins opening stage after Freire is relegated

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Cycling News
Published:
April 05, 2010, 16:47 BST,
Updated:
April 09, 2010, 19:56 BST

Caisse d'Epargne captain claims overall race lead

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) claimed the opening stage of the Tour of the Basque country on Monday afternoon, after the race jury upheld a protest against Oscar Freire (Rabobank) for an irregular sprint.

Freire pulled across the road in the final 200 metres of the stage, forcing Valverde towards the barriers that lined the left-hand side of the home straight. Commissares agreed that Freire had deviated from his line and awarded the stage to Valverde. The decision meant Christophe Le Mevel (Francaise de Jeux) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) were awarded second and third place, respectively.

It was the sixth career stage victory at the Basque Tour for Valverde. He leads the race overall, ahead of Le Mevel and Hesjedal.

Pre-race favourite Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) missed a decisive split in the peloton on the final climb of the day and finished 1:38 behind the stage winner. His hopes of overall victory seemingly over for another year.

Earlier, a five rider breakaway had moved away from the peloton in the first hour of the race and worked to quickly establish what would be a maximum advantage of 5:40. The quintet consisted of Serguei Klimov (Katusha), Christian Meier (Garmin-Transitions), Martin Pedersen (Footon-Servetto), Gonzalo Rabuñal (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Sergio Carrasco (Andalucía CajaSur).

Smooth Spanish roads kept the pace high, but the introduction of the first of the Tour's many hills created a gradual erosion of the gap to the leaders. Although lower category, the climbs of the Cobaron, Avellaneda, Humaran, Puxtet and Pippin shaved time off the difference between the two groups of riders.

On truly home soil, the Basque Euskaltel-Euskadi squad were prominent at the lead of the chase, though Lampre-Farnese Vini, RadioShack, and later Sky, Rabobank and Saxo Bank were also involved in the pace-making.

Ahead, the climbs were taking their told as Pedersen fell away from the front group. The remaining leaders stayed out in front, clinging onto an advantage that began to drop away sharply as it returned to the two minute mark.

On the Putxet, the early breakaway was neutralized, but was immediately replaced with a catalogue of the event's 'big names'. Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Chris Horner (RadioShack) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) launched their own attack and were joined by shortly afterwards by Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank), Beñat Intxausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Christophe Le Mevel (Francaise de Jeux) and Jurgen van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto).

Having missed the powerhouse break, Damiano Cunego (Lampre) was one of the riders taking responsibility for the chase. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), content in the knowledge his brother had made the split, monitored events from third wheel.

As the race flew downhill towards the finish line, the leaders' advantage hovered around the 20 second mark, favourable conditions making the chase behind difficult for those in the peloton.

But with five kilometres to race the front group began to play cat-and-mouse, breaking their momentum. A re-organisation ensued, but at three-to-go, they chase had made contact, forming a lead peloton of some 30 riders. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) had survived the selection of the stage's final climbs and sat ominously at the front of the group.

Katusha led the sprint out, but Freire leapt quickly from third wheel, with Valverde on his tail. Freire gradually edged his way left across the road, boxing Valverde in and raising the ire of his Caisse d'Epargne rival as the finish line passed. The race jury subsequently relegated Freire and awarded the stage victory to Valverde. 

Full Results
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3:57:58  
2 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
3 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
4 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
6 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
7 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team Radioshack    
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions    
9 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
10 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
11 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack    
12 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
13 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha    
14 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
15 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia    
16 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step    
17 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
18 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank    
19 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia    
20 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step    
21 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
22 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
23 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack    
24 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
25 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:39  
26 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
27 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
28 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
29 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo    
30 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
31 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
32 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
33 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
34 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank    
35 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
36 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana    
37 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
38 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
39 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
40 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
41 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
42 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
43 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
44 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
45 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
46 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
47 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux    
48 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:02:40  
49 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
50 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
51 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
52 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram    
53 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha    
54 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
55 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
56 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram    
57 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
58 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
59 David Garcia Da Pena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
60 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
61 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
62 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
63 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana    
64 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank    
65 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
66 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale    
67 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
68 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack    
69 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
71 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
72 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
73 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
74 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
75 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
76 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
77 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
78 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
79 Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
80 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
81 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Garmin - Transitions    
82 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana    
83 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
84 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
85 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo    
86 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia    
87 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
88 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
89 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
90 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
91 Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack 0:06:06  
92 Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
93 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step    
94 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana    
95 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:06:56  
96 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack    
97 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana    
98 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
99 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux    
100 Manuel Calvente Corbas (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
101 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
102 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
103 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
104 David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:33  
105 Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
106 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha    
107 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana    
108 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:08  
109 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
110 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
111 Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
112 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
113 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
114 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
115 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
116 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
117 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
118 Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
119 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux    
120 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo    
121 Fuyu Li (Chn) Team Radioshack    
122 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram    
123 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
124 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
125 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne    
126 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
127 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana    
128 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
129 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
130 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack    
131 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
132 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
133 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
134 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
135 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha    
136 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
137 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
138 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
139 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank    
140 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
141 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step    
142 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
143 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:09:59  
144 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
145 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
146 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team HTC - Columbia    
147 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step    
148 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
149 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
150 Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
151 Rodrigo Garcia Rena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
152 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
153 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram    
154 Gonzalo Rabunal Rios (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:15:25  
155 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
156 Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana    
157 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:16:17  
158 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto    
159 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
General Classification
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3:57:58  
2 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
3 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
4 Alexandr Kolobnev Russia Team Katusha    
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
6 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
7 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team Radioshack    
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions    
9 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
10 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
11 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack    
12 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
13 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha    
14 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
15 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia    
16 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step    
17 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
18 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank    
19 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia    
20 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step    
21 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
22 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
23 Christopher Horner United States Team Radioshack    
24 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
25 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:39  
26 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
27 Eduard Vorganov Russia Team Katusha    
28 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
29 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo    
30 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
31 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
32 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
33 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
34 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank    
35 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
36 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana    
37 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
38 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
39 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto    
40 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
41 Evgeny Petrov Russia Team Katusha    
42 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
43 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
44 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
45 Alexandre Botcharov Russia Team Katusha    
46 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
47 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux    
48 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:02:40  
49 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto    
50 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
51 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
52 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram    
53 Alexandr Pliuschin Moldova Team Katusha    
54 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
55 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
56 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram    
57 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
58 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
59 David Garcia Da Pena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
60 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
61 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
62 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
63 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana    
64 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank    
65 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
66 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale    
67 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
68 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack    
69 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
71 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
72 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
73 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
74 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
75 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
76 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
77 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
78 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
79 Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
80 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
81 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Garmin - Transitions    
82 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana    
83 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
84 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
85 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo    
86 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia    
87 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
88 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
89 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
90 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
91 Matthew Busche United States Team Radioshack 0:06:06  
92 Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
93 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step    
94 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana    
95 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:06:56  
96 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack    
97 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana    
98 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
99 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux    
100 Manuel Calvente Corbas (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
101 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
102 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
103 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
104 David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:33  
105 Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
106 Serguei Klimov Russia Team Katusha    
107 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana    
108 Alexander Efimkin Russia AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:08  
109 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
110 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
111 Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
112 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
113 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto    
114 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
115 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
116 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
117 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
118 Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
119 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux    
120 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo    
121 Fuyu Li China Team Radioshack    
122 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram    
123 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
124 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini    
125 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne    
126 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
127 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana    
128 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
129 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
130 Ivan Rovny Russia Team Radioshack    
131 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
132 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
133 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
134 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
135 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha    
136 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
137 Thomas Peterson United States Garmin - Transitions    
138 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
139 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank    
140 David Zabriskie United States Garmin - Transitions    
141 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step    
142 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
143 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:09:59  
144 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
145 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
146 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team HTC - Columbia    
147 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step    
148 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
149 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
150 Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur    
151 Rodrigo Garcia Rena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia    
152 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
153 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram    
154 Gonzalo Rabunal Rios (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:15:25  
155 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo    
156 Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana    
157 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:16:17  
158 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto    
159 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto