Bos blazes to second Oman stage win

Theo Bos (Rabobank) took his second sprint victory and another huge step forward as a road sprinter at the end of the longest stage of the Tour of Oman in Sur on Thursday.

The former track sprint world champion has formed a successful sprinting combo with Australian teammate Graeme Brown. Bos has the pure finishing speed to win from the front while Brown has the experience to know how to do the dirty work and get Bos through the chaos of the final kilometre.

A strong swirling head and side wind made the sprint in the sparse outskirts of Sur more dangerous than usual but Bos went early on the long, straight finish to beat Daniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) and Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad).

It was yet another podium placing for Bennati, his sixth in Qatar and Oman, but the Italian still seeks his first victory of the season. Goss kept the red race leader's jersey for another day and leads Bennati by two seconds and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) by 10 seconds after three days of racing.

After celebrating with his arms in the air as he blasted through the finish area, Bos was last back to the Rabobank team car but was congratulated by everyone in the team. He was ecstatic to have won again.

"It was really nice," Bos said with a beaming smile. "I hit the front too early but I just thought I'd go and see what happened. I made it to the finish.

"I stayed calm during the finale and I told the guys that if we got boxed in, we get got boxed in. It was difficult to get to the front and it didn't work that well but then Brownie (Graeme Brown) went with 500 metres to go and I went with three hundred metres."

Bos admitted he needs a clear run to win a sprint so he can open up his natural high-end speed. Despite winning both the sprints he has contested here in Oman, he claimed he still has a lot to learn.

"He (Brown) is a strong sprinter and great in the finale. My problem is that I'm not such a good cyclist but I have a really good sprint," he said.

"I have to improve the cycling point, the climbing and the bunch sprints. But fortunately for me, the team is good at setting up the sprinting part."

While Rabobank celebrated, the other teams were not happy after a long day in the saddle and a 200km drive back to their hotel. Several riders were angry with the way Brown had dragged Bos to the front. But with no television or overhead replays for the judges to consider, the other teams had no evidence of dangerous riding and had to admit it was all part of sprinting.

"The sprint was pretty crazy. Brownie took a few guys out I think and that kind of messed things up a bit," Matt Goss said.

"We were going to go for the stage win with either me or Cavendish. We were both feeling good and he was on my wheel with 800 [metres] to go, but there was a lot of chaos with the wind and I saw Mark wasn't there with 600 to go. I was in the perfect position and so I went myself. Unfortunately most of us got ridden off the road in the last hundred metres or so and Bos and Bennati got a gap on us. But that's racing."

A long day in the sun

The stage was marked by a long breakaway by five riders who got away early as the race traveled south from Sur along the Oman coast.

Patrik Sinkewitz (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Kevin Claeys (An Post-Sean Kelly), Mark Kumpo (Geox-TMC) and Vitaliy Kondrut (Lampre-ISD) quickly opened a five minute lead and the peloton let them stay clear for most of the day, only sweeping them up in the final 10km.

Strong winds slowed the race along the coast, with riders covering the long empty roads at an average of 35km/h. The speed only increased after the feed zone (at 103km) and when the race headed inland and the wind became more of a help than a hindrance.

HTC-Highroad had to do much of the work with Goss as race leader and that must have affected their chances in the sprint. However, Bos's second win in three days confirmed that Rabobank has created a great sprint duo by combining Graeme Brown's sprinting experience with Theo Bos's finishing speed.

When HTC-Highroad, Garmin-Cervelo and Quick Step field their strongest lead-out trains we should be set for some spectacular sprinting and great rivalries.

Time for the mountain finish

So far the Tour of Oman has seen the sprinters fight for stage victories but the battle for overall victory will come alive on Friday's finish to Jabal al Akhdhar or Green Mountain.

The twisting climb to the line is 5.8km long at an average of 10.3 percent, somewhere between an uphill finish and a true mountain finish. The climb starts steadily but then includes a mid-section at 13.5 percent before a kilometre at 6 percent and then the final two kilometres at 13.5 percent.

It is a real ramp finish which should see climbers like Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard Trek) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) emerge to win the stage and take the overall race lead.

For the other riders it will all be about limiting their losses. If strong time trialists like Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad), Christian Vande Velde and Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo), and Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) can stay within 30 seconds of the climbers, they could secure overall success in Saturday's 18.5km rolling time trial.

The 157.5km stage starts at the Sultan Qaboos University on the coast and heads inland and into the mountains.

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Full Results
1Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team5:14:41
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 1 - Cell 2
3Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 2 - Cell 2
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 4 - Cell 2
6Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 5 - Cell 2
7Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-HighroadRow 8 - Cell 2
10Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 10 - Cell 2
12Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 11 - Cell 2
13Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-HighroadRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team AstanaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJRow 19 - Cell 2
21Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 20 - Cell 2
22Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 25 - Cell 2
27Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 28 - Cell 2
30Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 29 - Cell 2
31Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 30 - Cell 2
32Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 31 - Cell 2
33Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 35 - Cell 2
37Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team AstanaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 40 - Cell 2
42Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 41 - Cell 2
43Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 43 - Cell 2
45Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMCRow 45 - Cell 2
47Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 46 - Cell 2
48Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 47 - Cell 2
49Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 48 - Cell 2
50Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean KellyRow 49 - Cell 2
51Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 50 - Cell 2
52Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team AstanaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 53 - Cell 2
55Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 54 - Cell 2
56David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 55 - Cell 2
57Russell Downing (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 57 - Cell 2
59Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 58 - Cell 2
60Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard TrekRow 60 - Cell 2
62Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-HighroadRow 61 - Cell 2
63Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 62 - Cell 2
64Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJRow 63 - Cell 2
65Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 64 - Cell 2
66Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 65 - Cell 2
67Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJRow 67 - Cell 2
69Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 69 - Cell 2
71Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 70 - Cell 2
72Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 72 - Cell 2
74Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 73 - Cell 2
75Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 76 - Cell 2
78Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 77 - Cell 2
79Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 78 - Cell 2
80Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMCRow 79 - Cell 2
81Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard TrekRow 82 - Cell 2
84Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJRow 83 - Cell 2
85Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 86 - Cell 2
88Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 87 - Cell 2
89Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 88 - Cell 2
90Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 89 - Cell 2
91Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 90 - Cell 2
92Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJRow 91 - Cell 2
93Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 95 - Cell 2
97Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-HighroadRow 98 - Cell 2
100Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 99 - Cell 2
101Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 100 - Cell 2
102Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-HighroadRow 101 - Cell 2
103Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:12
104Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:20
105Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:31
106Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:40
107Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 107 - Cell 2
109Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 108 - Cell 2
110Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:48
111Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:00:55
112Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:06
114Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 114 - Cell 2
116Leif Hoste (Bel) Katusha TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 116 - Cell 2
118Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 118 - Cell 2
120Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard TrekRow 120 - Cell 2
122Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly0:01:14
123Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:38
124Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad0:01:55
125Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 124 - Cell 2
126Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 125 - Cell 2
DNSJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Ras Riways
1Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC3pts
2Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) Lampre - ISD1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Jalaan Bani Bu Ali
1Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC3pts
2Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points - Sur
1Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team15pts
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Most combative rider
1Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC6pts
2Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) Lampre - ISD1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young rider
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad5:14:41
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 3 - Cell 2
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 4 - Cell 2
6Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJRow 7 - Cell 2
9Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 10 - Cell 2
12Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team AstanaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 17 - Cell 2
19Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean KellyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 20 - Cell 2
22Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMCRow 21 - Cell 2
23Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 22 - Cell 2
24Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 23 - Cell 2
25Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:31
28Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC0:00:40
29Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:00:55
30Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:01:06
32Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly0:01:14
35Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:38
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Teams
1HTC - Highroad15:44:03
2Pro Team AstanaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Topsport Vlaanderen-MercatorRow 2 - Cell 2
4BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Team Leopard-TrekRow 4 - Cell 2
6Team Garmin - CerveloRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sky ProcyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Katusha TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Quick Step Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 9 - Cell 2
11Geox - TMCRow 10 - Cell 2
12Lampre - ISDRow 11 - Cell 2
13Skil-ShimanoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15An Post-Sean KellyRow 14 - Cell 2
16FDJRow 15 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 3
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad12:11:13
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek0:00:02
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:10
4Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:11
5Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 4 - Cell 2
6Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMCRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana0:00:13
8Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD0:00:14
9Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 10 - Cell 2
12Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:15
13Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:00:16
15Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:17
16Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team AstanaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 16 - Cell 2
18Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 22 - Cell 2
24Russell Downing (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJRow 26 - Cell 2
28Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 27 - Cell 2
29Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 29 - Cell 2
31Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard TrekRow 31 - Cell 2
33David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 32 - Cell 2
34Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 33 - Cell 2
35Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team AstanaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMCRow 35 - Cell 2
37Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 37 - Cell 2
39Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 39 - Cell 2
41Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 40 - Cell 2
42Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 41 - Cell 2
43Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-HighroadRow 42 - Cell 2
44Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 44 - Cell 2
46Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 46 - Cell 2
48Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 47 - Cell 2
49Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 50 - Cell 2
52David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 51 - Cell 2
53Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 53 - Cell 2
55Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 54 - Cell 2
56Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 55 - Cell 2
57Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 57 - Cell 2
59Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard TrekRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 60 - Cell 2
62Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-HighroadRow 61 - Cell 2
63Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:34
64Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad0:00:48
65Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC0:00:54
66Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:57
67Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 66 - Cell 2
68Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD0:01:05
69Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 68 - Cell 2
70Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:23
71Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:55
72Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek0:02:23
73Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:10:28
74Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad0:10:42
75Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:10:44
76Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:10:48
77Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 78 - Cell 2
80Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 79 - Cell 2
81Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 80 - Cell 2
82Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-HighroadRow 83 - Cell 2
85Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJRow 84 - Cell 2
86Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 85 - Cell 2
87Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 89 - Cell 2
91Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 90 - Cell 2
92Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 91 - Cell 2
93Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 93 - Cell 2
95Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 95 - Cell 2
97Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 96 - Cell 2
98Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJRow 97 - Cell 2
99Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 98 - Cell 2
100Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 101 - Cell 2
103Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 103 - Cell 2
105Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJRow 106 - Cell 2
108Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:11:00
109Andrew Fenn (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly0:11:08
110Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:11:19
111Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:11:28
112Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:11:43
113Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Kevin Claeys (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:11:52
115Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team0:11:54
116Leif Hoste (Bel) Katusha TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly0:11:59
121Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:12:27
122Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:12:29
123Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:12:42
124Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 123 - Cell 2
125Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:12:43
126Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-HighroadRow 125 - Cell 2
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Points classification
1Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team30pts
2Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad24Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek24Row 2 - Cell 3
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling23Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad14Row 4 - Cell 3
6Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli10Row 6 - Cell 3
8Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano9Row 8 - Cell 3
10Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator6Row 10 - Cell 3