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Albasini climbs into driver's seat

Swiss rider Michael Albasini took the overall leader from his teammate Andre Greipel on the second stage of the Tour of Austria. The Columbia-HTC rider took the stage win atop the Kitzbuehler Horn five seconds in front of last years winner in the mountain general classification Giampaolo Caruso and Ruslan Pidgornyy to give his team its second stage and second yellow jersey of the race.

"It was a spectacular victory. Michael managed to wear out all the other guys in a break on a really steep 10km final climb and finally he went for the win," said Columbia-HTC directeur sportif Tristan Hoffman. "He and [teammate] Gert Dockx had been away most of the day in a 13-rider break that always looked like it might be able to stay clear, and that's what happened.

Albasini broke away with 12 other riders in the first 20km of the stage, and was the sole survivor on the demanding 7.7km ascent to the finish line. Coming into the climb with a 2:30 deficit, Caruso rocketed from the bunch in search of the stage victory, but lost all chances when he suffered a flat tire. He finished just five seconds behind Albasini, and is now in second on GC at nine seconds.

"But it was a real team effort because Gert did a lot of the work to ensure the break stayed away," continued Hoffman. "Then Michael helped a bit because we wanted to be sure the move had a good few minutes at the bottom of the final climb. After the break started the ascent, Michael kept in front, and the group shrank to four and then two. He just wore them out!

"Finally Michael was able to win the stage, although it was close because a rider caught him with 200 metres to go. And now he's race leader as well."

It wasn't all good news for Columbia-HTC - the squad lost two of its riders, which makes the overall victory a harder task in the coming days. "We lost two riders today. Adam Hansen is sick and Kanstantsin Sivtsov pulled out because his wife is just about to give birth, so we'll have to play our cards right. Still, two wins in two days is a great result, and whatever happens it's been a very good race for us," said Hoffman.

1Michael Albasini (Swi) Team Columbia - HTC4:18:21
2Gianpaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:00:05
3Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD0:00:38
4Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:00:42
5Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step0:01:09
6Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step0:01:24
7Stanislau Samoilav (Blr) Quick Step0:01:28
8Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:01:36
9Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:46
10Stefan Denifl (Aut) ELK Haus0:01:50
11Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram0:02:10
12Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:02:19
13Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:02:21
14Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:02:27
15Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:02:44
16Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:56
17Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
18Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:03:19
19Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:26
20Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
21Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto0:03:28
22Michael Pichler (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:03:40
23Luigi Sestilli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:03:48
24Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:04:00
25Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec
26Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:04:02
27Matthias Brändle (Aut) ELK Haus0:04:09
28Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:15
29Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:04:20
30Jan Barta (Cze) KTM - Junkers0:04:31
31Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD0:04:40
32Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD0:05:10
33Maxim Belkov (Rus) ISD0:05:16
34Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:05:20
35Guennady Mikhaylov (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:32
36Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:05:40
37Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram
38Emanuel Vona (Ita) ISD0:05:43
39Oscar Garcia-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
40Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:05:57
41David Schöggl (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:06:02
42Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:06:29
43Ruben Reig Conejero (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:06:31
44Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:06:34
45Harald Starzengruber (Aut) ELK Haus
46Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:07:11
47Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:07:20
48Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:07:34
49Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:07:38
50Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:07:48
51Josef Kugler (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:07:52
52Rupert Probst (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:07:59
53Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:08:05
54Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam0:08:17
55Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:08:23
56Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step0:08:33
57Dainius Kairelis (Ltu) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce
58Andre Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
59Javier Echarri Marin (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:08:42
60Stefan Rucker (Aut) ELK Haus0:08:53
61Markus Eibegger (Aut) ELK Haus
62Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:09:04
63Jan Valach (Svk) ELK Haus0:09:07
64Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank0:09:13
65Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
66Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:09:15
67Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam
68Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha
69Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha
70Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank0:09:20
71Stefan Probst (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:09:44
72Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:09:50
73Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:09:52
74Stefan Pöll (Aut) KTM - Junkers
75Luca Mirenda G. (Ita) ISD0:10:16
76Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto0:10:17
77Martin Riska (Svk) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:10:33
78Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec
79Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram
80Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:10:42
81Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
82Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
83Alexander Serov (Rus) Team Katusha
84Michael Knopf (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:10:54
85Kilian Patour (Fra) Garmin - Slipstream0:11:01
86Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto0:11:14
87Hannes Gründlinger (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:11:16
88Claudio Jose Casas Gallego (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:11:33
89Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram0:11:37
90Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec
91Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo TestTeam0:11:39
92Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:11:43
93Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:11:52
94Peter Pichler (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:11:57
95Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein
96Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD
97Christian Kux (Ger) Team Milram0:12:31
98Harald Morscher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:12:36
99Steffen Radochla (Ger) ELK Haus0:12:43
100Björn Thurau (Ger) ELK Haus0:12:45
101Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank0:13:04
102Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
103Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:13:35
104Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha
105Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:13:48
106Leonardo Moser (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:13:53
107Bart Dockx (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:14:13
108Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:14:14
109Rafael Serrano Fernandez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:14:19
110Robert Gaszmayr (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:15:00
111Cristiano Benenati (Ita) ISD0:15:05
112Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:15:26
113William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
114Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam
115Petr Lechner (Cze) KTM - Junkers0:15:31
116Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:16:02
117Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram0:16:06
118Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence-Lotto
119Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:16:18
120Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:17:20
121Pedro Jose Vera Alcaraz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:17:58
122Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:18:34
123Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:19:22
124Cameron Wurf (Aus) Fuji-Servetto
125Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:20:20
126Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce
127Manuel Belletti (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:20:28
128Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam0:20:40
129Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:20:45
130Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce
131Luca Celli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:20:59

General classification after stage 2
1Michael Albasini (Swi) Team Columbia - HTC7:33:14
2Gianpaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:00:09
3Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD0:00:44
4Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:00:52
5Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step0:01:19
6Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step0:01:34
7Stanislau Samoilav (Blr) Quick Step0:01:38
8Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:01:46
9Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:56
10Stefan Denifl (Aut) ELK Haus0:02:00
11Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram0:02:20
12Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:02:29
13Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:02:31
14Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:02:37
15Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:02:54
16Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step0:03:06
17Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
18Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:03:29
19Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:03:36
20Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC
21Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto0:03:38
22Michael Pichler (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:03:50
23Luigi Sestilli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:03:58
24Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:04:10
25Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec
26Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:04:12
27Matthias Brändle (Aut) ELK Haus0:04:19
28Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:25
29Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:04:30
30Jan Barta (Cze) KTM - Junkers0:04:41
31Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD0:04:42
32Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD0:05:20
33Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:05:21
34Maxim Belkov (Rus) ISD0:05:26
35Guennady Mikhaylov (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:42
36Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram0:05:50
37Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
38Emanuel Vona (Ita) ISD0:05:53
39Oscar Garcia-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
40Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:06:07
41David Schöggl (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:06:12
42Ruben Reig Conejero (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:06:41
43Harald Starzengruber (Aut) ELK Haus0:06:44
44Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
45Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:07:21
46Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:07:25
47Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:07:30
48Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:07:44
49Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:07:48
50Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:07:58
51Josef Kugler (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:08:02
52Rupert Probst (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:08:09
53Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:08:15
54Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam0:08:23
55Andre Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:08:32
56Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:08:33
57Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step0:08:43
58Dainius Kairelis (Ltu) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce
59Javier Echarri Marin (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:08:52
60Stefan Rucker (Aut) ELK Haus0:09:03
61Markus Eibegger (Aut) ELK Haus
62Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:09:14
63Jan Valach (Svk) ELK Haus0:09:17
64Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
65Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank0:09:23
66Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream0:09:25
67Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha
68Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
69Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam
70Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha
71Stefan Probst (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:09:54
72Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:10:00
73Stefan Pöll (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:10:01
74Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:10:02
75Luca Mirenda G. (Ita) ISD0:10:25
76Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram0:10:43
77Martin Riska (Svk) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein
78Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec
79Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:10:52
80Alexander Serov (Rus) Team Katusha
81Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
82Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
83Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto0:10:58
84Michael Knopf (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:11:03
85Kilian Patour (Fra) Garmin - Slipstream0:11:11
86Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto0:11:24
87Hannes Gründlinger (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:11:26
88Claudio Jose Casas Gallego (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:11:43
89Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:11:47
90Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram
91Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo TestTeam0:11:49
92Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:12:02
93Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:12:03
94Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:12:07
95Ian Stannard (GBr) ISD
96Peter Pichler (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein
97Christian Kux (Ger) Team Milram0:12:41
98Harald Morscher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:12:46
99Steffen Radochla (Ger) ELK Haus0:12:53
100Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:13:14
101Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank
102Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:13:45
103Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Katusha
104Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:13:58
105Leonardo Moser (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:14:03
106Bart Dockx (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:14:23
107Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:14:24
108Rafael Serrano Fernandez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:14:29
109Robert Gaszmayr (Aut) KTM - Junkers0:15:10
110Cristiano Benenati (Ita) ISD0:15:15
111William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:15:36
112Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam
113Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam
114Petr Lechner (Cze) KTM - Junkers0:15:41
115Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:16:12
116Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:16:16
117Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram
118Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:16:28
119Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:17:40
120Pedro Jose Vera Alcaraz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:18:18
121Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:18:44
122Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:19:26
123Cameron Wurf (Aus) Fuji-Servetto0:19:32
124Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:20:30
125Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce
126Manuel Belletti (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:20:34
127Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam0:20:50
128Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:20:55
129Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
130Luca Celli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:21:09

Points classification
2Michael Albasini (Swi) Team Columbia - HTC15pts
3Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram12
4Gianpaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce12
5Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank12
6Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD10
7Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD10
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli10
9Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step8
10Steffen Radochla (Ger) ELK Haus8
11Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step7
12Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce7
13Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step6
14Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream6
15Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto6
16Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo TestTeam5
17Stanislau Samoilav (Blr) Quick Step5
18Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank5
19Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank5
20Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto4
21Thomas Fothen (Ger) Team Milram4
22Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3
23Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha3
24Stefan Denifl (Aut) ELK Haus2
25Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein2
26Stefan Pöll (Aut) KTM - Junkers1
27Luca Mirenda G. (Ita) ISD1
28Michael Knopf (Aut) KTM - Junkers1
29Pedro Jose Vera Alcaraz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo-5
30Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce-5
31Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step-5

Mountains classification
1Michael Albasini (Swi) Team Columbia - HTC20pts
2Gianpaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce11
3Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD8
4Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step6
5Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam6
6Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram5
7Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream5
8Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step4
9Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli3
10Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD3
11Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto3
12William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin - Slipstream3
13Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step1
14Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec1
15Harald Morscher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec1

Teams classification
1Quick Step22:43:27
2Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:03:22
3Garmin - Slipstream0:06:26
4Vorarlberg - Corratec0:07:12
6Team Columbia - High Road0:07:22
8ELK Haus0:09:18
9Team Milram0:09:55
11RC ARBÖ Wels Gourmetfein0:12:56
12Silence - Lotto0:14:35
14Cervelo Test Team0:18:32
15ARBÖ - KTM - Junkers0:18:52
16Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:18:55
17Team Katusha0:19:10


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