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Barredo wins wet San Sebastián Classic

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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) and Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) at the head of the break.

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) and Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) at the head of the break. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) sprint for the finish line.

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) sprint for the finish line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) wins the 29th Clásica San Sebastián.

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) wins the 29th Clásica San Sebastián. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) is ecstatic with his San Sebastián victory.

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) is ecstatic with his San Sebastián victory. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Spain's Carlos Barredo(Quick Step) celebrates winning Clásica San Sebastián, his country's most prestigious single-day race.

Spain's Carlos Barredo(Quick Step) celebrates winning Clásica San Sebastián, his country's most prestigious single-day race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) is the 2009 Clásica San Sebastián champion.

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) is the 2009 Clásica San Sebastián champion. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Carlos Barredo sports the traditional winner's txapela hat.

Carlos Barredo sports the traditional winner's txapela hat. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) lets the champagne fly on the podium.

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) lets the champagne fly on the podium. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Clásica San Sebastián podium: Roman Kreuziger (2nd, Liquigas), Carlos Barredo (1st, Quick Step) and Mickaël Delage (3rd, Silence-Lotto).

The Clásica San Sebastián podium: Roman Kreuziger (2nd, Liquigas), Carlos Barredo (1st, Quick Step) and Mickaël Delage (3rd, Silence-Lotto). (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha) awaits the start.

Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha) awaits the start. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton rides through the stunning Basque region of Spain.

The peloton rides through the stunning Basque region of Spain. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Spain's Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) negotiates a hairpin turn on a descent.

Spain's Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) negotiates a hairpin turn on a descent. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck crashed early in the Clásica San Sebastián and would ultimately abandon.

Andy Schleck crashed early in the Clásica San Sebastián and would ultimately abandon. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) is back on his feet after a crash.

Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) is back on his feet after a crash. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) checks for injuries after crashing with Andy Schleck.

Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) checks for injuries after crashing with Andy Schleck. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Luxembourg road champion Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) receives medical attention following a crash.

Luxembourg road champion Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) receives medical attention following a crash. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), 9th in the Tour de France, puts his Grand Tour fitness to work.

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), 9th in the Tour de France, puts his Grand Tour fitness to work. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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(L-R): Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), Serguei Ivanov (Team Katusha) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) climb in the rain.

(L-R): Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), Serguei Ivanov (Team Katusha) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) climb in the rain. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre) climbs in the wet conditions.

Damiano Cunego (Lampre) climbs in the wet conditions. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kim Kirchen (Team Columbia-HTC) leads the chase of the break.

Kim Kirchen (Team Columbia-HTC) leads the chase of the break. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Rabobank's Oscar Freire (L) and Juan Manuel Garate look stunned after crashing on the wet roads.

Rabobank's Oscar Freire (L) and Juan Manuel Garate look stunned after crashing on the wet roads. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Rabobank teammates Oscar Freire (L) and Juan Manuel Garate both crashed on the rain-slicked roads.

Rabobank teammates Oscar Freire (L) and Juan Manuel Garate both crashed on the rain-slicked roads. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Oscar Freire (Rabobank) looks none too pleased with crashing during the Clásica San Sebastián.

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) looks none too pleased with crashing during the Clásica San Sebastián. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Evgeni Petrov (Team Katusha) makes a solo bid for victory.

Evgeni Petrov (Team Katusha) makes a solo bid for victory. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha), the Italian national road champion, endures rainy conditions.

Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha), the Italian national road champion, endures rainy conditions. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) on the attack.

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) on the attack. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Olympic road champion Samuel Sánchez (Eukaltel-Euskadi) waits for the start.

Olympic road champion Samuel Sánchez (Eukaltel-Euskadi) waits for the start. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Defending champion Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) makes his way to the start line.

Defending champion Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) makes his way to the start line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton enjoyed sunny skies early in the race.

The peloton enjoyed sunny skies early in the race. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck assesses his injuries following a crash while his bike is retrieved by a mechanic.

Andy Schleck assesses his injuries following a crash while his bike is retrieved by a mechanic. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) waits for his bicycle to be fixed following a crash.

Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) waits for his bicycle to be fixed following a crash. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Rabobank teammates Denis Menchov (L) and Juan Manuel Garate are prior to the start.

Rabobank teammates Denis Menchov (L) and Juan Manuel Garate are prior to the start. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Caisse d'Epargne team of defending champion Alejandro Valverde is introduced prior to the start.

The Caisse d'Epargne team of defending champion Alejandro Valverde is introduced prior to the start. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Caisse d'Epargne) in the peloton.

José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Caisse d'Epargne) in the peloton. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Spain's Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) celebrates on the podium.

Spain's Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) celebrates on the podium. (Image credit: Régis Garnier)
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The peloton waits to start what turned out to be a challenging day in the saddle.

The peloton waits to start what turned out to be a challenging day in the saddle. (Image credit: Régis Garnier)
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Team Katusha at the Clásica San Sebastián

Team Katusha at the Clásica San Sebastián (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) in the Clásica San Sebastián

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) in the Clásica San Sebastián (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) in the Clásica San Sebastián

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) in the Clásica San Sebastián (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale)

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) wins Clásica San Sébastien

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) wins Clásica San Sébastien (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) on top of the Clásica San Sébastien podium

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) on top of the Clásica San Sébastien podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Italy's Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) in the Clásica San Sébastien.

Italy's Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) in the Clásica San Sébastien. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre-NGC)

Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre-NGC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) at the doctor's car in the Clásica San Sébastien.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) at the doctor's car in the Clásica San Sébastien. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) celebrates with Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and Mickaël Delage (Silence-Lotto), l & r.

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) celebrates with Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and Mickaël Delage (Silence-Lotto), l & r. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC)

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Italy's Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC)

Italy's Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)

Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC)

Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) wins the Clásica San Sebastián

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) wins the Clásica San Sebastián (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream)

David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Spain's Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) won a wet Clásica San Sebastián in Spain today from an escape group. He sprinted ahead of Czech Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) along the waterfront in San Sebastián after 237 kilometres of racing, including the Alto de Jaizkibel climb.

"Sports-wise this is the best day of my life," said Barredo.

"There were a lot of adversaries today, but I knew I could be up there with the best. So I tried to ride my race without worrying about the competition too much. Too many times in the past I lost the moment because I was waiting for my adversaries."

Barredo made the winning move with France's Pierrick Fédrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) on the final categorised climb, Arkale, at 15 kilometres remaining. They passed Russian Evgeni Petrov (Katusha), who had escaped with a group of riders on the Jaizkibel climb.

Tour de France riders ruled the race's final kilometres.

Barredo and Tour's stage nine winner, Fédrigo, went over the top of Arkale with only a six-second lead. Kreuziger led the chase with an attack before the top, joined by Kim Kirchen (Columbia-HTC) and Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne).

"It was very dangerous with the wet descents, the selection was made on the descents instead of the climbs," said Kreuziger.

Spaniard Sánchez caught Fédrigo and a solo Barredo after the descent of Arkale, 11 kilometres remaining. Kreuziger, Kirchen and Fédrigo continued their chase behind.

Sánchez showed the same speed he had when he won the Tour's stage eight three weeks ago. His presence ruled out the chances of last year's San Sebastián winner and teammate, Alejandro Valverde. Valverde was in the main group behind the front five riders.

The race re-shuffled on the un-categorised Miracruz climb outside of San Sebastián. Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) attacked from Valverde's group and caught the chasing trio and Kreuziger attacked on the descent.

Kreuziger, around two kilometres remaining, passed Sánchez and Barredo to ride solo briefly. Barredo re-joined him before the final one kilometre. Kreuziger led until the final 200 metres, when he was unable to respond to the sprint of Barredo.

The main group of chasers caught Pozzato's group before the sprint. France's Mickaël Delage (Silence-Lotto) led over the line for third seven seconds behind Barredo and Kreuziger.

"In the Tour de France I tried attacking thousands of times without luck," said Barredo.

Barredo featured in escape groups in the Tour de France's stages to Aubenas and Paris. Last year, he attacked with Marcus Burghardt in stage 18 to Saint-Étienne but lost the sprint.

Barredo won his first race with team Quick Step earlier in 2008 at Paris-Nice, stage five. He started his professional career with Liberty Seguros in 2004.

Read the live report.

Results
1Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step5:37:00
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
3Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto0:00:07
4Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
5Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
7Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
9Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
10Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad
11Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence-Lotto
12Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
13Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
14Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
15Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana
16Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank
17Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
18David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
19Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
20Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
21Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
22Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
23Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
24Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
25Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - Highroad
26Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
27Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
28Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - N.G.C.
29Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
30Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
31Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
32Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
33Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
34Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
35Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
36Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:00
37Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
38Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:02:19
39Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:02:21
40Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
41David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:03:09
42Matthieu Sprick (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:18
43Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
44Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
45Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
46Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:04:52
47Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha
48Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
49Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad0:05:49
50Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:58
51Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
52Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas
53Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas
54Lasse Bochmann (Den) Team Saxo Bank
55Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha
56Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:45
57Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:09:24
58Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:10:52
59Javier Echarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
60Aitor Perezarrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
61Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
62Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram
63Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad
64Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
65Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
66Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - Highroad
67Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank
68Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - Highroad
69Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
70Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad
71Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
72Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
73Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
74Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
75Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
76Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
77Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom
78Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas
79Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha
80Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha
81Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
82Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
83Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:56
84Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
85Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
86Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom
87Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
88Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
89Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
90Jeremy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:11:59
DNSMikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad
DNFValeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
DNFBerik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana
DNFJose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana
DNFJesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) Astana
DNFFranco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
DNFMurilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas
DNFBranislau Samoilau (Blr) Amica Chips - Knauf
DNFAndy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
DNFJonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank
DNFSebastian Lang (Ger) Silence-Lotto
DNFStaf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence-Lotto
DNFJürgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence-Lotto
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
DNFOscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
DNFJuan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank
DNFBram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
DNFPablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFGorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
DNFChristian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFDavid Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFTimothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFJose Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFAlexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFNicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFLeonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFBingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFDavid Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFStephane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFRémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFSandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNFSebastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNFRemy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Team Milram
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
DNFGuillaume Le Floch (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
DNFEvgeny Sokolov (Rus) BBox Bouygues Telecom
DNFJose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Amica Chips - Knauf
DNFHector Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFArkaitz Duran (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFBenat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFDionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNFMikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNFJulian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNFAdrian Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo

 

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