Paris-Nice stage 3: Alejandro Valverde wins in Lac de Vassivière

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) continued his winning return from suspension for his part in Operacion Puerto by winning stage three of Paris-Nice at Lac de Vassivière. In a tight uphill sprint, the Spaniard just about held off the fast-finishing Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) to claim his fourth victory since his ban expired in January and edge ten seconds closer to the overall lead of Bradley Wiggins (Sky).

As was the case during that suspension, Valverde enjoyed robust support from his Movistar team on the road to Lac de Vassivière. They injected urgency into the peloton’s pursuit of the early break with 35km to go, and José Joaquin Rojas et al were again on hand to marshal Valverde towards the front underneath the red kite.

“I’m thrilled, it’s a very important victory,” Valverde said afterwards. “I have to thank the team again because they have done a phenomenal job and I was able to finish it off. This victory was for them because they deserve it.”

Valverde held his nerve when first Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) and then Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) launched their sprints from distance in the finale. The Spaniard bided his time until the final 250 metres, before cruising past Sanchez, seemingly on his way to a comfortable victory.

He was to endure a late scare, however, as Australian champion Simon Gerrans ghosted onto his right shoulder inside the last 50 metres, and both riders lunged for the line simultaneously. Gerrans had been nowhere to be seen on the run-in to the finish, but he somehow managed to pick his way through the bodies to renew hostilities with Valverde, who had already pipped him for stage victory in similar circumstances atop Old Willunga Hill in January’s Tour Down Under. Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol) came home in third, just ahead of Sanchez and Xavier Florencio (Katusha).

Valverde had just enough in reserve to fend off Gerrans, although his surprise was palpable and on crossing the line, he appeared to ask his dauphin if he had indeed held on for the win. Nonetheless, Valverde was somewhat more phlegmatic when he spoke to the press afterwards.

“The finale was very tight and I won narrowly, so thanks to Simon, because it was a nice fight,” he said succinctly.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep turn on the pressure

While Movistar’s support of Valverde was the story of the day, it was another team, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, who turned in the greatest show of collective might on the day, even ultimately if they were unable to trouble the in-form Bradley Wiggins, who remains 6 seconds clear of Levi Leipheimer and 11 ahead of Tejay Van Garderen (BMC).

After the previous day’s exercise in echelon warfare, there was something of a truce in the peloton in the early exchanges on Tuesday. A trio of escapees, Michael Mørkøv (Saxo Bank), Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) and Roy Curvers (Project 1t4i) were issued with a bon de sortie in the opening kilometres and they duly set about building up a lead of 4:30 while the peloton ambled along behind, now bereft of Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan), a non-starter due to a bout of gastroenteritis.

Their gap slowly began to dwindle in the final 50 kilometres, but it was only when first Movistar and then Omega Pharma-QuickStep took over at the head of the bunch on the run-in to the Côte de Bourganeuf that any particular focus was afforded to the peloton’s pursuit.

With the uphill finish always liable to be too difficult for Tom Boonen’s tastes, it was quickly apparent that Omega Pharma-QuickStep were looking to set something up for their men Sylvain Chavanel and Levi Leipheimer, and put the boot in on some of the flagging overall contenders for good measure.

On the rolling roads that punctuated the finale, their efforts paid some dividend, albeit perhaps not as rich a one as they would have liked. Boonen himself put in a monstrous turn with 6km to go as the road began to climb towards Lac de Vassivière, while behind, riders such as Taylor Phinney, Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) were being jettisoned out the rear of the bunch.

By this point, Omega Pharma-QuickStep had succeeded in reeling in Engoulvent, the last survivor of the day’s early break, but in spite of Tony Martin’s stint of tempo riding with 4km to go, their efforts were having no effect on the implacable Wiggins, who sat comfortably towards the front of the bunch.

As if disheartened by the ease of Wiggins’ pedalling, the Omega Pharma-QuickStep pace slackened once Martin swung off, and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM) enjoyed a rally off the front on the steepest section of the climb that was only snuffed out when Movistar upped the ante in support of Valverde.

The Spaniard duly emerged from the gloom in the closing metres to take victory at a significant outpost for the Reynolds-Banesto-Movistar dynasty, as Lac de Vassivière was the site of Miguel Indurain’s final Tour de France stage victory in 1995. He may disingenuously claim that he does not know why he was suspended, but Valverde’s understanding of his team’s history is rather less muddled.

“It gives me tremendous joy to be the next Spaniard to win here after Indurain,” Valverde said.

The win brings Valverde to within twenty seconds of Wiggins’ overall lead, but the Briton remains the man to beat. Faultless over the three days of racing to date, Wiggins will himself hope to emulate Indurain by sealing overall victory at Col d’Eze on Sunday, as the man from Navarra did in 1989 and 1990.

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Full Results
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team4:36:19
2Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 5 - Cell 2
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 7 - Cell 2
9Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 10 - Cell 2
12Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 11 - Cell 2
13Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 15 - Cell 2
17Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 17 - Cell 2
19Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 25 - Cell 2
27Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4iRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 28 - Cell 2
30Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 29 - Cell 2
31Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 30 - Cell 2
32Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo BankRow 31 - Cell 2
33Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 32 - Cell 2
34Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 36 - Cell 2
38Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 37 - Cell 2
39Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40David Lelay (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 39 - Cell 2
41Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Fränk Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 45 - Cell 2
47Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La MondialeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 48 - Cell 2
50Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 51 - Cell 2
53Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 53 - Cell 2
55Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 54 - Cell 2
56Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 55 - Cell 2
57Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - BarracudaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 57 - Cell 2
59Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 59 - Cell 2
61Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 61 - Cell 2
63Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:12
64David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 64 - Cell 2
66Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 66 - Cell 2
68Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 67 - Cell 2
69Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 68 - Cell 2
70Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:00:18
71Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:21
72Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:23
73Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - BarracudaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 74 - Cell 2
76Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:00:28
78Richie Porte (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 78 - Cell 2
80Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:33
81Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4iRow 80 - Cell 2
82Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:34
83David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:00:37
85Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:40
86Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:48
87Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 86 - Cell 2
88David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 87 - Cell 2
89Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:51
90Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:53
91Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:57
92Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:01:04
93Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 92 - Cell 2
94Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:09
95Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 94 - Cell 2
96Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM0:01:23
97Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling0:01:25
98Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 97 - Cell 2
99Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 99 - Cell 2
101Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 100 - Cell 2
102Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 101 - Cell 2
103Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:45
104Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:46
105Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 105 - Cell 2
107Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 107 - Cell 2
109Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 108 - Cell 2
110Leigh Howard (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:06
111Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 110 - Cell 2
112Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4iRow 111 - Cell 2
113Joost Posthuma (Ned) RadioShack-NissanRow 112 - Cell 2
114Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto-Belisol TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:02:10
118Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 117 - Cell 2
119Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4iRow 118 - Cell 2
120Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:12
121Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:13
122Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:02:57
123Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:16
125Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Bigmat0:03:17
126Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Tiziano Dall’Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 126 - Cell 2
128Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 127 - Cell 2
129Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Team0:03:20
130Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:40
131Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:41
132Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - BarracudaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 132 - Cell 2
134Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:44
135Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 134 - Cell 2
136Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 135 - Cell 2
137Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4iRow 137 - Cell 2
139Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 138 - Cell 2
140Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 140 - Cell 2
142Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 141 - Cell 2
143Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 142 - Cell 2
144Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 143 - Cell 2
145Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:05:58
146Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 145 - Cell 2
147Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda0:06:03
148Tom Veelers (Ned) Project 1T4iRow 147 - Cell 2
149Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 149 - Cell 2
151Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - BarracudaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISDRow 152 - Cell 2
154Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - BarracudaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4iRow 156 - Cell 2
158Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - BarracudaRow 157 - Cell 2
159Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1T4iRow 158 - Cell 2
160Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 160 - Cell 2
162Edward King (USA) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 161 - Cell 2
163Grischa Jan Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda0:07:52
165Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank0:09:48
166Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 165 - Cell 2
167Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 166 - Cell 2
168Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 167 - Cell 2
169Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:51
170Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:14:18
171Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol TeamRow 170 - Cell 2
172Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo BankRow 171 - Cell 2
DNFVladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
DNSAndy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 173 - Cell 2
DNSAidis Kruopis (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
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1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team25pts
2Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team22Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team18Row 3 - Cell 3
5Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale15Row 5 - Cell 3
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan14Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun13Row 7 - Cell 3
9Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM11Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun9Row 11 - Cell 3
13Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun8Row 12 - Cell 3
14Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team7Row 13 - Cell 3
15Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD3Row 17 - Cell 3
19Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling1Row 19 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Peyrat-Le-Château, 186km
1Engoulvent Jimmy3pts
2Thomas Geraint2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gutierrez José Ivan1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte de Bourganeuf (Cat. 3) 167.5km
1Curvers Roy4pts
2Engoulvent Jimmy2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Morkov Michael1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Le Lac de Vassiviere (Cat. 3) 194km
1Valverde Alejandro4pts
2Gerrans Simon2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Meersman Gianni1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team4:36:19
2Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 2 - Cell 2
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 3 - Cell 2
5Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:12
6Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:33
7Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4iRow 6 - Cell 2
8Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:34
9Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:01:04
10Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:25
11Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 10 - Cell 2
12Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:01:46
13Leigh Howard (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:06
14Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:10
15Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4iRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:13
17Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:57
18Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:40
19Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:04:41
20Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 19 - Cell 2
21John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i0:04:44
22Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En LigneRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team0:06:03
24Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4iRow 24 - Cell 2
26Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank0:14:18
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2Katusha TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ag2R La MondialeRow 2 - Cell 2
4Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 4 - Cell 2
6RadioShack-NissanRow 5 - Cell 2
7Team EuropcarRow 6 - Cell 2
8Vacansoleil-DCMRow 7 - Cell 2
9FDJ-BigmatRow 8 - Cell 2
10Lampre - ISDRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sky Procycling0:00:12
13Movistar TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14BMC Racing Team0:00:21
15Lotto-Belisol Team0:01:04
16Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:01:12
17Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:37
18GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:39
20Project 1T4i0:02:39
21Garmin - Barracuda0:05:04
22Team Saxo Bank0:06:09
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General classification after stage 3
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling9:09:51
2Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:06
3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:11
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:14
5Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:18
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:20
7Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM0:00:22
8Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:29
9Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team0:00:33
10Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team0:00:36
11Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:44
12Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:00:52
13Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:54
14Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM0:02:31
15Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:02:46
16Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:02:48
18Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:02:50
20Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:54
21Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 20 - Cell 2
22Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:56
23Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:57
24Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:00
25Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:01
26Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:03:05
27Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:03:06
28Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo Bank0:03:07
29Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:03:08
30Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:03:09
31Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 30 - Cell 2
32Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:03:12
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:13
35Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:15
36Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:03:16
37Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:03:18
38Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:03:20
39Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:21
40Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:24
41Fränk Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:03:25
42Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:26
43Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 42 - Cell 2
44David Lelay (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 43 - Cell 2
45Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:28
46Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:29
47Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team0:03:33
48Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:36
49Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:37
50Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 49 - Cell 2
51David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:41
52Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:03:43
53Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda0:03:44
54Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:49
55Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:51
56Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:03:53
57Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:56
58Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:03:57
59Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:04:01
60Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:04:02
61Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:06
62Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:09
63Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:04:11
64Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:28
65Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team0:04:32
66Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:41
67Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:48
68Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:04:51
69Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 68 - Cell 2
70Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i0:04:58
71Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:02
72John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i0:05:14
73Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4iRow 72 - Cell 2
74Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:16
75Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:31
76Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:05:33
77Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:05:37
78Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:41
79Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:05:46
80José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:04
81Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:12
82Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:06:17
83Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:06:24
84Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Team0:06:31
85Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Bigmat0:07:09
86Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - BarracudaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:07:40
88Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team0:07:46
89Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:08:04
90Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:08:08
91Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:08:15
92Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:08:17
93Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team0:09:26
94Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:09:27
95Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda0:09:29
96Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - BarracudaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4i0:09:35
98Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:09:38
99Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:53
100Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1T4i0:10:29
101Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:11:12
102Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:11:21
103Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:11:24
104Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:11:32
105Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan0:11:36
106Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 105 - Cell 2
107Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda0:11:37
108Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:11:38
109Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:11:40
110Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:11:42
112Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:11:45
113Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 112 - Cell 2
114Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4i0:11:46
115Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:11:54
116Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:11:55
117Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team0:11:56
118Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:11:59
119Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:12:00
120Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM0:12:02
121Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:12:07
122Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:12:11
123Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:12:17
124Sylvester Szm