Goss wins Milan-San Remo

Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) took victory in a thrilling edition of Milan-San Remo with an emphatic sprint finish on the Lungomare Italo Calvino. The 24-year-old Australian had time to savour his win over Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) as he proved by far the quickest of the elite eight-man group that formed over the top of the Poggio.

While Goss’ rapid kick to the line will understandably grab the headlines, his stunning victory owed as much to his sangfroid in a frantic finale as it did to his pure speed in the finishing straight. As attack followed attack all the way from the summit of the Poggio down to the finish line in San Remo, Goss held his nerve and allowed the pre-race favourites to wear one another out in the streets of the Ligurian town.

“I really didn’t expect to win,” an emotional Goss said afterwards. “I just did what I needed to do. I managed to stay in front and even though I was without teammates, I managed myself well.”

An incident 2km from the line offered a perfect microcosm of Goss’ intelligent race: as Philippe Gilbert put in the fierce acceleration that marked his final throw of the dice for La Classicissima victory, it was Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) who led the chase, with Goss tucked comfortably on his wheel.

Indeed, time and again in the dramatic final 20km of racing, Goss found himself in the right place at the right time, an oasis of calm in the chaos that surrounded him, as he quietly covered the moves without expending the kind of energy that might blunt his finishing sprint.

“In the finale, I looked to hold onto the wheels on the Poggio, because I knew it would be the decisive moment,” Goss said.

The sprint itself was chaotic, and lacking in organisation, with just eight riders left in contention after a white-knuckle descent of the Poggio, but again Goss was able to pick his way through the disarray. He marked Gilbert in the finishing straight, and when the Omega Pharma-Lotto man dived to follow Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), Goss simply ghosted off his right hand shoulder.

The only real competition came from Fabian Cancellara on the other side of the road, but Goss had enough sparkle in his legs to hold off the fast-finishing Swiss and take a surprising but richly-merited victory.

“I was here to win, the team rode really well and I tried to finish that off, but I didn’t succeed,” Cancellara said. “I even tried to go alone but everyone was on my wheel. In the end I did one of the best sprints of my life, but Goss was unbeatable.”

Van Avermaet’s brave bid

As ever, there was drama aplenty on the capi that punctuate the run-in to San Remo, but unlike in recent years, it was more than a mere sideshow to the inevitable sprint finish. With the peloton already split by a crash before the climb of Le Manie 90km from the line, and with sprint favourites of the calibre of Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervélo), Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) chasing behind, the non-sprinters in front knew that they would never have a better chance of upsetting the odds.

The BMC and Omega Pharma-Lotto teams drove the 44-man leading group as it hit the Capo Mele with 52km to go, as they sought to hammer home their two-minute advantage over the Hushovd-Freire group behind. While those two squads were pulling in support of Alessandro Ballan and Philippe Gilbert, they were all too aware of the presence of fast men Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervélo), Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) in the group, and the secondary objective was to force the pace on the climbs in a bid to dislodge them.

Boonen betrayed obvious signs of suffering on the Capo Berta, while Petacchi was clearly not hopeful of victory – his own Lampre-ISD team were leading the chase behind in support of Michele Scarponi.

Thanks to that impetus, the gap was down to one minute on the penultimate climb of the Cipressa, and it was here that Scarponi struck, streaking clear of the chase group in a bold bid to bridge to the leaders. Remarkably, the Italian would do just that, catching hold of the coattails of the front group after the descent of the Cipressa, and then play a forceful role in the combustible finale.

Meanwhile, on the Cipressa, Alessandro Ballan had put in his first tentative dig, which saw Yoann Offredo (FDJ) and Gilbert respond. Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack) was next to try his luck, and he led over the Cipressa before being caught at the top of the descent.

Indeed, it was on the way down that the real damage was done, and the most dangerous move of the closing stages took shape. The FDJ tandem of Steve Chainel and Offredo surged clear in what was surely a premeditated attack, and they brought Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and the wily Stuart O’Grady (Leopard Trek) with them.

The quartet worked seamlessly together, quickly opening a 30-second lead. Chainel was burying himself in the service of the stylish Offredo, while the favourites hesitated behind and ultimately the chase fell to Omega Pharma-Lotto, with André Greipel sacrificing himself for Gilbert.

Those efforts would ultimately play against Gilbert’s chances. “When those four went clear, everybody expected our team to do the work, and that cost us dearly,” he said at the finish.

At the foot of the Poggio, 10km from home, the gap was still stable, but the break’s unity was fractured on the climb. Van Avermaet forced his way clear of the break two kilometres from the top, cleverly attacking as Offredo was caught on O’Grady’s wheel, while Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) opened the hostilities behind.

The Sicilian launched two accelerations: on the first one, he had Gilbert and Ballan for company, but the second time around, he simply cruised clear and made it across to Offredo and O’Grady, dragging them towards the summit. Up ahead, Van Avermaet was still holding tough, and had a 12-second lead at the top, but further down the climb, the remnants of the 44-man split were scattered all over the Poggio, with Haussler, Petacchi and Boonen all bidding farewell to their dreams of victory.

Gilbert, Cancellara, Goss, Pozzato, Ballan and Scarponi managed to bridge to Nibali and Offredo over the top of the Poggio, while Van Avermaet continued to plough a lone furrow in the lead. The plucky Belgian looked to have a winning margin as he began the descent, but then Cancellara simply took matters into his own hands.

The Swiss rider made mincemeat of Van Avermaet’s advantage and dragged the chasers back into contention, with the race coming back together by the time the road flattened out in the streets of San Remo. Even at this point, Offredo, Gilbert and Nibali refused to give up the ghost as they attacked in turn, but ultimately their efforts served only to lead out the sprint, where the canny Goss had too much in reserve for a clearly disappointed Cancellara.

Early drama on Le Manie

Long before the tense closing 20km, there was an emotional beginning to Milan-San Remo. Japanese champion Takashi Miyazawa (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) was the centre of attention at the sign on in the shadow of the imposing Castello Sforzesco, as the peloton paid their respects to the victims of the recent earthquake in Japan. Shortly afterwards, once the bunch had rolled out of Milan in pleasant spring conditions, Miyazawa was off the front looking to pay a tribute of his own.

He attacked 12km into the race with the classy Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha), Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli) and Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) for company. Once they went clear, the peloton settled down to a steady pace behind, as the race took on its natural rhythm, ticking off the familiar towns on the well-worn road through Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria to San Remo.

By Voghera (60km), they had a lead of 12:30, which then stabilised around the ten-minute mark for the next hour or so, as the quartet left the northern Italian plain behind and headed for the rugged terrain near the coast.

After tackling the Passo Turchino, La Primavera’s first major test, the gap between the peloton and the break began to tumble accordingly. By the time they reached Le Manie, with 90km to race, their lead was under two minutes and the break would fragment on the slopes of the climb, as Ignatiev and De Marchi forged clear.

However, the real drama was to come behind. A crash in the peloton just before the start of Le Manie saw world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo) take a tumble and get caught behind. The touch paper was lit as news of the Norwegian’s misfortune spread through the bunch, and when Oscar Freire (Rabobank) came a cropper on the subsequent descent, the pace rocketed still higher at the head of the peloton.

Omega Pharma-Lotto and BMC grabbed a hold of the race and dragged an elite 44-man group clear off the descent of Le Manie, while there was chaos behind as the bunch split into four separate groups. In the confused moments that followed while Hushovd, Freire, Farrar and Mark Cavendish sought to organise themselves and the chase behind, the lead group managed to stretch out a two-minute lead and the dynamic of the race was altered completely.

A number of pre-race favourites were all but eliminated from contention here, but their absence from the front end in the finale did nothing to detract from what was a gripping race. But ironically, while Gilbert, Nibali and company happily combined to rid themselves of the sprinters over the next 90km, their efforts would ultimately set up the race to perfection for one of the fastest men in the bunch.

Like so many others, Matthew Goss has lived in the shadow of his leader Mark Cavendish’s sprint dominance in recent times, but after this fine victory on the Riviera, the Australian has heralded his own definitive arrival at sprinting’s top table.

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Full Results
1Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad6:51:10
2Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 1 - Cell 2
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 5 - Cell 2
7Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:03
9Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:10
10Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek0:00:12
11Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:27
12Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 11 - Cell 2
13Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJRow 15 - Cell 2
17Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank SungardRow 20 - Cell 2
22George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShackRow 22 - Cell 2
24Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 23 - Cell 2
25Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:00:32
26Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:33
27Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:06
28Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:01:12
29Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 28 - Cell 2
30Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:01:44
31Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ0:01:47
32Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:55
33André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:59
34Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 33 - Cell 2
35Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:05:14
36Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:05:23
37Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 36 - Cell 2
38Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 38 - Cell 2
40Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJRow 39 - Cell 2
41Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 42 - Cell 2
44Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 45 - Cell 2
47Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-HighroadRow 46 - Cell 2
48Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShackRow 48 - Cell 2
50Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-HighroadRow 51 - Cell 2
53Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank SungardRow 52 - Cell 2
54Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 53 - Cell 2
55Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 54 - Cell 2
56Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 55 - Cell 2
57Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 56 - Cell 2
58Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 57 - Cell 2
59Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-HighroadRow 58 - Cell 2
60Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 60 - Cell 2
62Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 66 - Cell 2
68David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 67 - Cell 2
69Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 68 - Cell 2
70Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank SungardRow 69 - Cell 2
71Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 70 - Cell 2
72Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 71 - Cell 2
73Anders Lund (Den) Leopard TrekRow 72 - Cell 2
74Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJRow 77 - Cell 2
79Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 78 - Cell 2
80Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 79 - Cell 2
81Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 80 - Cell 2
82Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 81 - Cell 2
83Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky ProcyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni GiocattoliRow 86 - Cell 2
88Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Francesco Reda (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team AstanaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 91 - Cell 2
93Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 92 - Cell 2
94Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShackRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 97 - Cell 2
99Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:30
101Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 100 - Cell 2
102Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:06:10
103Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Luca Barla (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 105 - Cell 2
107Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:08:29
108Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:09:32
109Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-HighroadRow 108 - Cell 2
110Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 109 - Cell 2
111Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShackRow 110 - Cell 2
112Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 112 - Cell 2
114Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 116 - Cell 2
118Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 120 - Cell 2
122Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 122 - Cell 2
124Leif Hoste (Bel) Katusha TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 124 - Cell 2
126Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
127Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 126 - Cell 2
128Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank SungardRow 127 - Cell 2
129Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:09:38
130Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:15:51
131Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 130 - Cell 2
132Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 131 - Cell 2
133Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 132 - Cell 2
134Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 133 - Cell 2
135Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 135 - Cell 2
137Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:18:25
139Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 139 - Cell 2
141Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team AstanaRow 140 - Cell 2
142Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank SungardRow 141 - Cell 2
143Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 142 - Cell 2
144Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 144 - Cell 2
146Allan Davis (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 145 - Cell 2
147Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 146 - Cell 2
148Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 147 - Cell 2
149Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 148 - Cell 2
150Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 149 - Cell 2
151Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 150 - Cell 2
152Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 151 - Cell 2
153Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 152 - Cell 2
154Michael Morkov (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 153 - Cell 2
155Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 154 - Cell 2
156Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFRick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFRuggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFClaudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 160 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 161 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFGiairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Solari (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 164 - Cell 2
DNFAntonio Santoro (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 165 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 166 - Cell 2
DNFGianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 167 - Cell 2
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 168 - Cell 2
DNFJon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 169 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 170 - Cell 2
DNFLeonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 171 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 172 - Cell 2
DNFDavide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFDiego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 174 - Cell 2
DNFMatthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMCRow 175 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 176 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 177 - Cell 2
DNFMarko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMCRow 178 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 179 - Cell 2
DNFBert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 180 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 181 - Cell 2
DNFMikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 182 - Cell 2
DNFAliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 183 - Cell 2
DNFVladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 184 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 185 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 186 - Cell 2
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 187 - Cell 2
DNFAlan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 188 - Cell 2
DNFVasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 189 - Cell 2
DNFSebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 190 - Cell 2
DNFMaxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 191 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 192 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank SungardRow 193 - Cell 2
DNFRamunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 194 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShackRow 195 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShackRow 196 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShackRow 197 - Cell 2