World Champion Cadel Evans has come second on the Mur de Huy in the past, but this year he timed his effort perfectly to overtake Alberto Contador (Astana) and hold of a surging Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) to take his first Flèche Wallonne victory.
The BMC rider waited while Contador launched his move behind Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Igor Anton, using his previous experiences on the brutal final climb to judge his effort precisely, saving just enough to surge to the win in the final hundred metres.
Contador faded to third behind Rodriguez, while Anton held on for fourth ahead of Damiano Cunego (Lampre).
"I've finished second, fifth, ninth - I've finished in every position but first in Flèche Wallonne, so to win is fantastic," said Evans. "It's the first time I've come here while preparing for the Giro d'Italia and so my periodization and training is in a bit of a different order.
"It seems I came here with good legs and it's certainly my best result. I was second a few years ago but I'm very, very happy to have won. It's a good morale booster for the team. We've been close to victory but this is a good way to do it. Better late than never."
Rodriguez was disappointed to miss out on victory after his team road aggressively all race long. “Our team still rode a very good race, we have a strong team with good relationships between us. It’s a pity that I was not able to win. I think I was missing a little bit of confidence in myself after having stomach problem in the Amstel Gold Race. I thought I was weaker than the normal, but it was a mistake because I was good. Anyway many compliments to Cadel," said the Spaniard.
Contador was happy to show himself in the finale, but felt the final climb would have had to have been a bit longer for his qualities. "I am not a specialist in Classics, because the best quality I have is recovery, but despite that I'm happy with what I achieved today. After the circumstances of the journey to come here, it’s not bad, but it is also true that when you're so close it is not a relief to be third," said the Astana rider.
He was happy to gain some more experience in the race, and now is looking forward to Sunday's Liège - Bastogne - Liège. "I will try to recover and I would do well, but am aware that it is a different race. In Fleche we passed several times through the finish and it is not the same in Liege. I do not know how I will respond there."
The final climb
The race was decided – as it so often is – on the closing climb up the much-feared Mur de Huy, the third trip up the 1.3km long beast with gradients over 20%. As in past years, all breakaways were nullified before the climb approached and one rider hit at the base of the climb with an ill-fated attack.
This year it was RadioShack's Andreas Klöden who was the first to go, but his early move was doomed to failure as the seriously steep pitch brought him to a near stand-still. Anton then took over at the mid-way point, with Contador right behind him.
But the Mur de Huy wasn't quite finished with the feisty Spaniard, and as Contador sprinted past Anton, the climb bit down hard and even the best climber in the world could not withstand the punishing pitch.
As the final metres approached, Evans, who showed no signs of suffering the legendary "curse of the rainbow bands", showed he had learned a few things about patience in his previous lost battles with the Mur, and moved easily around the struggling Spaniard to take his first ever Classic win, with Rodriguez surging past the Tour de France winner at the line to claim second.
Experience certainly counted for Evans, who was competing in his seventh Fleche. While Contador's move was powerful, the Australian knew that the Spaniard had gone too soon.
"Contador was good and certainly had the legs. With about 500 metre I thought he had it, but it’s not the first time I've done this race and I used that to my advantage today."
Evans credited a pre-race reconnaissance at the insistence of BMC team director John Lelangue with his improved tactics.
"I realized I had always raced it with the wrong tactic. Today I had good position right from the start, but waited until the last 100 meters. That was the way to do it.."
The world of cycling has already seen one World Champion double up in the Classics season, with time trial title holder Fabian Cancellara doing the Tour of Flanders/Paris-Roubaix double. Does Evans fancy his chances for another win in Liège - Bastogne - Liège on Sunday?
"Sometimes when you win one of these, it means everyone is watching you for Liège, and that doesn't help. We'll see on Sunday," he concluded.
An early start, a break and a big crash
The day got off to an early start for at least two teams. Rabobank and Saxo Bank were awakened by doping controllers at 6:45 a.m., and the Danish team had to wait an hour until it was their turn for testing.
On a cool and overcast day in the French-speaking part of Belgium, 182 riders got underway from the town of Charleroi.
Davide Palumbo was the first serious aggressor at 44 km, and was soon joined by David Loosli (Lampre), Dimitri Champion (AG2R) Benjamin Gourgue (Landbouwkrediet) and Stephane Auge (Cofidis).
By the time the peloton crested the Mur de Huy the first time the quintet had amassed a lead of 8:25.
Caisse d'Epargne and Katusha moved to the head of the bunch to dig into the chase work, and the gap started dropping. With about 80km remaining the leaders still had more than five minutes advantage, but seven riders thought it was a good time to counter-attack over the Côte de Haut-Bois.
Laurent Didier and Jens Voigt (both Saxo Bank), Daniele Righi (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen), Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Christophe Moreau (Caisse d'Epargne), and Chris Froome (Sky) started to eat into the leaders' advantage quickly but the effort also inspired the peloton to up its game.
A big crash about 20km later took down a number of riders, including RadioShack's Yaroslav Popovych, said to have suffered a knee injury. The wreck split the field, which just inspired more teams to step up the pace, and the peloton soon caught the chase group.
Palumbo, who started the early attack, was the first to fall out of the group, and he was followed by Gourgue and Auge. Close behind them were Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick Step), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Biel Kadri (Ag2R-La Mondiale), while Bram Tankink of Rabobank was the last to succumb.
The lead group fell apart on the second climb of the Mur van Huy, with Tankink maintaining a few second's lead at the top ahead of the field.
Andy Schleck led the peloton up the Mur van Huy for the second time, passing those who had dropped out of the lead group. Not far behind him were brother Fränk, Alberto Contador (Astana), and Damiano Cunego (Lampre), who were on the lookout for counter-attacks given the new placement of the Mur de Huy's second trip just 30km from the finish.
Yet it wasn't on the climb that the action heated up, but on the descent when Fränk Schleck, Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and Davide Loosli (Lampre) got away, soon to be joined by Tankink who had held his position at the front of the group.
The field was strung out single file as more riders gave chase, with Astana doing the bulk of the work for their man Contador.
Sensing danger, Garmin-Transition's Ryder Hesjedal rocketed out of the bunch in pursuit, and was joined by Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma Lotto), Lars Peter Nordhaug (Sky), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) and Benoit Vaugrenard (Francaise des Jeux), but the five men couldn't get a rhythm going before the peloton was back in contact..
Katusha then sent Alexandr Kolobnev on the attack, with the Russian gaining a dozen seconds before he too was reeled in.
As the Côte d'Ereffe approached, the BMC team moved Evans into position behind the Astana train, which was keeping the lead group of Schleck, Kreuziger, Loosli and Tankink at a steady 20 seconds.
Katusha was on the attack again over the top of the climb, this time with Serguei Ivanov, winner of last year's Amstel Gold Race, putting in a serious bid.
Once again, it was Hesjedal who tried to jump across, this time joined by a Lampre rider, but the move only served to bring along the entire peloton to the Russian champion.
Kolobnev went on the counter-attack, in what was clearly a bid to soften the legs of the favourites for their man Joaquim Rodriguez. He pulled away Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and a Francaise des Jeux rider, but once again the Astana-led bunch nailed them back.
The attack served to close the gap to the four men out front, and with 5km to go, the field was all back together.
The Caisse d'Epargne team launched Luis Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde off the front as the final climb neared, but with three kilometres to the line it was far too soon and coming into the base of the climb the bunch was once more intact.
Klöden launched his ill-fated move at the base, only to be nailed back by Contador's surge while the crafty and patient World Champion loomed in the shadows, biding his time until just the right moment to make his final attack. That came with 100m to go, and after six tries Evans finally bagged his first Classic at La Flèche Wallonne.
|1||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||4:39:24|
|2||Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha||Row 1 - Cell 2|
|3||Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana||Row 2 - Cell 2|
|4||Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||0:00:06|
|5||Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:00:09|
|6||Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||0:00:11|
|7||Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack||Row 6 - Cell 2|
|8||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 7 - Cell 2|
|9||Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank||Row 8 - Cell 2|
|10||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions||Row 9 - Cell 2|
|11||Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 11 - Cell 2|
|13||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 12 - Cell 2|
|14||Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux||Row 13 - Cell 2|
|15||Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank||0:00:19|
|16||Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||Row 15 - Cell 2|
|17||Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team||Row 16 - Cell 2|
|18||Daniel Martin (Can) Garmin - Transitions||Row 17 - Cell 2|
|19||Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne||0:00:24|
|20||Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 19 - Cell 2|
|21||Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux||Row 20 - Cell 2|
|22||Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne||Row 21 - Cell 2|
|23||Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team||0:00:27|
|24||Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack||Row 23 - Cell 2|
|25||Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Team Radioshack||Row 24 - Cell 2|
|26||Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step||0:00:32|
|27||Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom||Row 26 - Cell 2|
|28||Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|29||Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|30||Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|31||Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha||0:00:36|
|32||Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|33||Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|34||Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia||0:00:39|
|35||Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom||0:00:41|
|36||Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||0:00:42|
|37||Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|38||Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone||0:00:45|
|39||Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|40||Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||Row 39 - Cell 2|
|41||Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo||0:00:47|
|42||Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|43||Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|44||Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack||Row 43 - Cell 2|
|45||John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|46||Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram||Row 45 - Cell 2|
|47||Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team||0:00:53|
|48||Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions||0:00:56|
|49||Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|50||Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 49 - Cell 2|
|51||Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|52||Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|53||Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|54||Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|55||Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|56||Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 55 - Cell 2|
|57||Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo Test Team||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|58||Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank||Row 57 - Cell 2|
|59||Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:01:03|
|60||Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|61||Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux||Row 60 - Cell 2|
|62||Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom||0:01:06|
|63||Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||0:01:07|
|64||Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|65||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|66||Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 65 - Cell 2|
|67||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|68||Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|69||Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step||Row 68 - Cell 2|
|70||Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||0:01:14|
|71||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank||Row 70 - Cell 2|
|72||Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne||0:01:19|
|73||Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux||0:01:24|
|74||Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 73 - Cell 2|
|75||Dominique Nerz (Ger) Team Milram||0:01:29|
|76||Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha||Row 75 - Cell 2|
|77||Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank||Row 76 - Cell 2|
|78||Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 77 - Cell 2|
|79||Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step||Row 78 - Cell 2|
|80||Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:01:36|
|81||Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 80 - Cell 2|
|82||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 81 - Cell 2|
|83||Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||Row 82 - Cell 2|
|84||Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank||Row 83 - Cell 2|
|85||Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions||Row 84 - Cell 2|
|86||Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team||Row 85 - Cell 2|
|87||Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 86 - Cell 2|
|88||Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 87 - Cell 2|
|89||Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank||Row 88 - Cell 2|
|90||David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:01:44|
|91||Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||0:02:05|
|92||Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:02:23|
|93||Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux||0:02:30|
|94||Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo||0:02:39|
|95||David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||0:03:02|
|96||Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto||0:04:23|
|97||Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana||0:05:23|
|98||Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana||Row 97 - Cell 2|
|99||André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank||Row 98 - Cell 2|
|100||Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank||Row 99 - Cell 2|
|101||Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha||Row 100 - Cell 2|
|102||Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team||Row 101 - Cell 2|
|103||Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step||Row 102 - Cell 2|
|104||Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 103 - Cell 2|
|105||Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank||Row 104 - Cell 2|
|106||Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||Row 105 - Cell 2|
|107||Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne||0:05:28|
|108||Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team||Row 107 - Cell 2|
|109||Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana||0:05:31|
|110||Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team||0:07:51|
|111||Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 110 - Cell 2|
|112||Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne||0:08:10|
|113||Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step||Row 112 - Cell 2|
|114||Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux||0:08:15|
|115||Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank||0:08:21|
|116||Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||0:10:55|
|117||Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank||Row 116 - Cell 2|
|118||Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank||0:11:00|
|119||Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 118 - Cell 2|
|120||Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 119 - Cell 2|
|121||Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia||Row 120 - Cell 2|
|122||Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux||Row 121 - Cell 2|
|123||Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions||0:11:42|
|124||Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha||Row 123 - Cell 2|
|125||Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom||Row 124 - Cell 2|
|126||Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 125 - Cell 2|
|127||Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team||Row 126 - Cell 2|
|128||Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 127 - Cell 2|
|129||Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 128 - Cell 2|
|130||Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Androni Giocattoli||Row 129 - Cell 2|
|131||Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 130 - Cell 2|
|132||Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua e Sapone||0:11:48|
|133||Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne||0:11:51|
|134||Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||0:11:54|
|135||Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||0:11:56|
|136||Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 135 - Cell 2|
|137||Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram||Row 136 - Cell 2|
|138||Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervelo TestTeam||Row 137 - Cell 2|
|139||Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom||Row 138 - Cell 2|
|140||Reinier Honig (Ned) Acqua & Sapone||Row 139 - Cell 2|
|141||Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini||0:12:00|
|142||Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet||0:12:12|
|DNF||Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||Row 142 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram||Row 143 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux||Row 144 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions||Row 145 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions||Row 146 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions||Row 147 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana||Row 148 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||Row 149 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Androni Giocattoli||Row 150 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram||Row 151 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||Row 152 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom||Row 153 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 154 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 155 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo||Row 156 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne||Row 157 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone||Row 158 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone||Row 159 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Damiano Margutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||Row 160 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha||Row 161 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone||Row 162 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jonas Jorgensen (Den) Saxo Bank||Row 163 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||Row 164 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team||Row 165 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team||Row 166 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 167 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto||Row 168 - Cell 2|
|DNF||José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne||Row 169 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram||Row 170 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale||Row 171 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram||Row 172 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha||Row 173 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 174 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator||Row 175 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step||Row 176 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step||Row 177 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step||Row 178 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack||Row 179 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack||Row 180 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team||Row 181 - Cell 2|
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