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Ravard claims Circuit Sarthe finale

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Points leader Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale) wins the final stage, his second victory of the race.

Points leader Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale) wins the final stage, his second victory of the race.
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) celebrates on the podium after winning the event.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) celebrates on the podium after winning the event.
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The jersey winners and stage winner appear on the podium.

The jersey winners and stage winner appear on the podium.
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Oink, oink: Pigs can't fly but Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) can.

Oink, oink: Pigs can't fly but Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) can.
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Race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) and eventual stage winner Anthony Ravard start the final stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe at the Abbey of Epau.

Race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) and eventual stage winner Anthony Ravard start the final stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe at the Abbey of Epau.
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Anthony Ravard (Ag2R) scored a second stage win at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Anthony Ravard (Ag2R) scored a second stage win at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
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Anthony Ravard (Ag2R)had a lot to say after winning the final stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Anthony Ravard (Ag2R)had a lot to say after winning the final stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe.
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Anthony Roux (Francaise Des Jeux) was the best young rider at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Anthony Roux (Francaise Des Jeux) was the best young rider at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
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Arthur Vichot (Francaise Des Jeux)

Arthur Vichot (Francaise Des Jeux)
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Caisse d'Epargne leads the chase of the break.

Caisse d'Epargne leads the chase of the break.
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Race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) works hard to defend his yellow jersey.

Race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) works hard to defend his yellow jersey.
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Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) gives it his all on a climb.

Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) gives it his all on a climb.
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Tiago Machado (RadioShack) finished second overall on GC.

Tiago Machado (RadioShack) finished second overall on GC.
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Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) and eventual stage winner Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale).

Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) and eventual stage winner Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale).
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Sébastien Chavanel (Francaise Des Jeux)

Sébastien Chavanel (Francaise Des Jeux)
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Frenchman Dimitri Champion (Ag2R La Mondiale) leads the break.

Frenchman Dimitri Champion (Ag2R La Mondiale) leads the break.
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Yury Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Yann Huguet (Skil - Shimano).

Yury Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Yann Huguet (Skil - Shimano).
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) remained very attentive during the final stage in defense of his overall lead.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) remained very attentive during the final stage in defense of his overall lead.
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Yann Huguet (Skil - Shimano) leads the break.

Yann Huguet (Skil - Shimano) leads the break.
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That's all folks: The jersey winners take to the podium after the final stage.

That's all folks: The jersey winners take to the podium after the final stage.
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Saur - Sojasun drives at the front of the peloton.

Saur - Sojasun drives at the front of the peloton.
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Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) rides in the peloton on the final stage.

Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) rides in the peloton on the final stage.
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France's Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale) rolls in the clear stage winner.

France's Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale) rolls in the clear stage winner.
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France's Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale) rolls in the clear stage winner.

France's Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale) rolls in the clear stage winner.
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The yellow jersey of Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) crosses the line.

The yellow jersey of Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) crosses the line.
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Jérémy Roy (Francaise Des Jeux) was fifth across the line.

Jérémy Roy (Francaise Des Jeux) was fifth across the line.
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Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) had a lot to celebrate after winning the final stage.

Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) had a lot to celebrate after winning the final stage.
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Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) took home the points classification jersey.

Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) took home the points classification jersey.
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Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2R La Mondiale) won the mountains classification.

Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2R La Mondiale) won the mountains classification.
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Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) got the fair play award.

Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) got the fair play award.
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) pulls on the race leader jersey for the final time.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) pulls on the race leader jersey for the final time.
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) holds up his trophy after winning the event.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) holds up his trophy after winning the event.
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) celebrates on the podium after winning the event.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) celebrates on the podium after winning the event.
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Race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) crosses the finish in second place to secure his overall victory.

Race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) crosses the finish in second place to secure his overall victory.
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) hoists aloft the trophy he earned for winning the overall classification.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) hoists aloft the trophy he earned for winning the overall classification.
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) won the Circuit Cyclist Sarthe general classification.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) won the Circuit Cyclist Sarthe general classification.
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Luis Leon Sanchez of Caisse d'Epargne celebrated his start-to-finish overall win at the Circuit Cyclist Sarthe, while AG2R's Anthony Ravard won his second stage to close out the race. Sanchez, who currently leads the International Cycling Union's rankings, had won the opening stage and never gave up the lead in the race.

Ravard had earlier won the second stage of the race, as well as Friday's 171km finale from Le Mans to Sille-le-Guillaume where he bested race leader Luis Leon Sanchez and Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) for the victory.

Only 78 riders took to the start, which was delayed five minutes on a beautiful, sunny day. Only about 20km into the stage a French trio escaped: Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Stephane Auge (Cofidis) and Maxime Mederal (Big Mat Auber 93).

While their lead never extended much beyond two minutes, the trio nevertheless were able to stay away until the third of seven laps of the closing 10.2km finishing circuit. Another group of five got way but were kept close to the peloton and were absorbed with only two kilometres to go, setting up the sprint finish.

Full Results
1Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale4:14:04
2Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
3Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
4Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
5Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
7Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil
8Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
9Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil
10Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team
11Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
12Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team
13Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano
14Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
15Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack
16Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
17Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team
18Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil
19Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil
20Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano
21Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
22Alexander Mironov (Rus) Itera - Katusha
23Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
24Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale
25Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
26Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
27Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
28Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
29Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
30Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
31Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
32Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
33Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
34Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
35Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
36Ted Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team
37Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
38Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
39José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack
40Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
41Dimitri Champion (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
42Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
43Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano
44Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano
45Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
46Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:01
47Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
48Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano
49Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:02
50Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
51Sergey Rudaskov (Rus) Itera - Katusha
52Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
53Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
54Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
55Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
56Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha
57Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha
58Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
59Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
60Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
61Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:04
62Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
63Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
64Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
65Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:05
66Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:10

Final general classification
1Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne15:36:52
2Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:00:14
3Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:15
4Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:19
5Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:24
6Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:00:27
7Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:28
8Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:31
9Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:33
10Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano
11Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
12Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:34
13Dimitri Champion (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
14Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:35
15Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
16Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:37
17Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:38
18Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
19Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:00:42
20Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:43
21Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:44
22Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:45
23Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:46
24Ted Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team
25Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:53
26Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:00:54
27Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:26
28Alexander Mironov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:01:27
29Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:35
30Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team0:01:36
31Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:43
32Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:45
33Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team0:01:48
34Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:51
35Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:53
36Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:01:56
37Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:02
38Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil0:02:04
39Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:13
40Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:00
41Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:21
42Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:03:31
43Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:39
44Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:03:44
45Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:03:54
46Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:59
47José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack0:04:54
48Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:05:19
49Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:06:19
50Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:06:23
51Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
52Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:06:43
53Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale0:07:00
54Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:08:30
55Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:09:05
56Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:11:26
57Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:11:50
58Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:12:09
59Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:13:47
60Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:14:03
61Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:14:21
62Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:14:38
63Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:17:23
64Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:19:59
65Sergey Rudaskov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:20:58
66Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:22:23

Points classification
1Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale66pts
2Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne54
3Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun41
4Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne38
5Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam33
6Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox30
7Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux26
8Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale26
9Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil21
10Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller20
11Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack16
12Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller15
13Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne14
14Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9312
15Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux12
16Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom11
17Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun11
18Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano11
19Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBox Bouygues Telecom10
20Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10
21Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam10
22Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9
23Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 939
24Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun9
25Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8
26Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil7
27Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom6
28Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil6
29Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom5
30Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5
31Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team4
32Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo TestTeam4
33Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4
34Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil3
35Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano3
36Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale3
37Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 932
38Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom1
39Lilian Jegou1

Mountains classification
1Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale21pts
2Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne15
3Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom14
4Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9312
5Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12
6Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12
7Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne10
8Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10
9Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano9
10Dimitri Champion (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale8
11Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne7
12Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil6
13Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano4
14José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack4
15Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4
16Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team3
17Ted Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team2
18Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team2
19Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2
20Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux1

Best young rider classification
1Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux15:37:11
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:15
3Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:16
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:18
5Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:19
6Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:26
7Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:27
8Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team0:01:17
9Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:26
10Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:03:12
11Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:03:25
12Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:06:04
13Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:08:46
14Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:13:28
15Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:13:44
16Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:22:04

Teams classification
1Francaise Des Jeux46:52:08
2Cervelo Test Team0:00:14
3Adria Mobil0:00:16
4Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:20
5Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:04
6Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:11
7Skil - Shimano0:02:22
8BMC Racing Team0:04:00
9Bretagne - Schuller0:04:04
10Saur - Sojasun0:05:16
11Big Mat - Auber 930:09:12
12Itera - Katusha0:17:14
13Colnago - CSF Inox0:19:49
14Caisse d'Epargne0:22:36

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