Wiggins wins Paris-Nice

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) secured overall victory at Paris-Nice by winning the concluding time trial on the slopes of the Col d’Eze with a performance that married power and poise. The Englishman relegated the plucky Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) to second place on the day and the second step of the podium to retain the yellow jersey by eight seconds.

Race favourite from the moment he mastered the wet conditions to finish second in the short opening time trial last Sunday, Wiggins had looked assured throughout his spell in the overall lead, but he was put to the pin of his collar to ensure that his confident display over the past week didn’t go unrewarded as Westra threatened to create a huge upset on the outskirts of Nice.

Six seconds down overall, the Dutchman thundered down the start ramp and attacked the lower slopes with considerable gusto. As the road flattened out slightly on the approach to the time check at the 5.5km point, it was clear that Westra’s tactic was to begin as quickly as possible in a bid to put Wiggins under pressure.

Westra certainly fulfilled his part of the bargain, as he came through the check point a full two seconds quicker than Wiggins, but it was here that the Sky rider showed admirable grace under fire. Though his overall lead was now just four seconds on the road, Wiggins refused to panic, and scarcely broke from his aerodynamic position.

He remained seated, his arms resting on the tri bars, and with only the mildest lilt of his shoulders, Wiggins continued to tap out the same metronomic rhythm even as the road reared up again in the second half of the course.

For his part, Westra was beginning to roll his body ever so slightly as he kept his gear turning around, but the Dutchman was certainly not labouring over the final section of the course. Out of the saddle as he charged into the finishing straight, Westra strained every sinew as he dived for the line, stopping the clock with a time that was a remarkable 31 seconds quicker than the previous best established by Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

The crowds at the finish line must have begun to sense that a major surprise was on the cards, but unbeknownst to them, Wiggins had begun to claw back his early losses to Westra. Inside the final kilometre, he appeared as implacable as ever and remained firmly seated until the final 200 metres. At this point, he buried his hands into the drops and climbed out of the saddle in one final effort to summon up every last ounce of strength and he flashed under the finishing banner two seconds quicker than Westra to save his yellow jersey and take stage victory for good measure.

“I had a fright, he won at Mende so I knew he had the legs,” Wiggins said of his dauphin after the finish.

Westra’s disappointment at coming so close to such a big win was palpable, but he was gracious in his praise of Wiggins. “Bradley was stronger today,” he said. “I was never as strong myself as this week, and for me and the team it was a great week.”

A two-man race

Levi Leipheimer’s travails on Saturday’s stage to Nice meant that the battle for final overall victory had been effectively reduced to a two-way struggle between Wiggins and Westra. Although Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) began the day just 18 seconds off Wiggins’ lead, the Spaniard was never the most adept time triallist even prior to his suspension for his implication in Operacion Puerto, and that form line held on Sunday as he finished the stage in 6th place, 52 seconds down on Wiggins.

That performance was enough to guarantee the third spot on the podium for Valverde, although he would ultimately surrender his green jersey to Wiggins. Simon Spilak (Katusha) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) also did enough on the day to secure their places in the top five overall, but a disappointing showing from Maxime Monfort (23rd at 1:35) saw the RadioShack-Nissan rider drop behind Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ-BigMat) and into 7th overall.

There was a sense from the off that Wiggins and Westra’s race within a race would decide both stage and overall honours, and so it proved, although Jean-Christophe Peraud was emphatically the best of the rest. The Frenchman was disappointed to have missed the race-deciding split on Monday and he took out his frustrations by thrashing around the course 14 seconds quicker than Spilak and 18 faster than Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun).

Once the final two starters screamed through the intermediate check with the two quickest times at that point, however, Péraud knew that he would be vacating the hot seat at the finish line. In the end, it was Wiggins who refused to blink and who dosed his effort to a tee over the 9.4km to take both stage and overall honours. Wiggins' victory meant that he becomes the second British rider to win Paris-Nice, 45 years after the late Tom Simpson's triumph on the Riviera.

Sky’s much-heralded pursuit of “marginal gains” may have been a source of some mirth to outsiders during the team’s mixed opening season, but with so little room for error on the Col d’Eze, Wiggins was leaving nothing to chance – while Westra tackled the course in a normal helmet, Wiggins wore his time trial headgear.

As with his use of elliptical chainrings, opinion will be divided as to whether the real benefits of his choice of equipment were psychological or material, but no matter, every little helps and there can be no arguing with the result. With Paris-Nice now added to his Critérium du Dauphiné title of last season, Wiggins’ build-up to that other famous French stage race in July can continue apace.

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Full Results
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:19:12
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM0:00:02
3Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:33
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team0:00:47
5Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:00:51
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:52
7Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:58
8David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:59
9Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:06
11Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo BankRow 10 - Cell 2
12Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:01:07
13Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:15
14Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:16
16Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:21
17Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:26
18Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:27
19Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 18 - Cell 2
20Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:01:28
21Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:01:32
22Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:33
23Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:01:35
24Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:37
26Fränk Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:01:41
27Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:01:43
28Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:01:44
29Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 29 - Cell 2
31Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:01:46
32David Lelay (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:01:48
33David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i0:01:49
35Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 34 - Cell 2
36Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:52
37Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:54
38Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:01:55
40Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:01:57
41Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:01:58
42Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:01
43Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:03
44Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:02:08
45Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team0:02:09
46Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling0:02:17
48Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:18
49Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:02:21
50Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:02:22
51Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:02:23
52Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:24
53Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:27
54Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 53 - Cell 2
55Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling0:02:29
57Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:31
58Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:33
59Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:02:34
60José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:36
62Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:37
63Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan0:02:38
64David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:02:42
67Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:43
68Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:47
70Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - BarracudaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:48
72Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:49
73Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:50
74Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:54
75Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 74 - Cell 2
76Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team0:02:55
77Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM0:02:56
78Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:02:57
79Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:02:58
80Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4i0:03:03
81Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:04
82Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:06
83Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:08
84Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:16
85Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:18
86Grischa Jan Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:19
87Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-BigmatRow 86 - Cell 2
88Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:03:20
89Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team0:03:21
90Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 89 - Cell 2
91Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:03:22
92Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda0:03:25
93Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:27
94Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD0:03:28
95Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:03:31
96John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i0:03:34
97Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:36
98Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i0:03:38
99Tiziano Dall’Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 98 - Cell 2
100Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM0:03:39
101Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 100 - Cell 2
102Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:42
103Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:03:43
104Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:44
105Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:46
106Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:50
107Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:03:51
108Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - BarracudaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:56
111Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:04:02
112Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda0:04:03
113Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:04:04
114Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:06
116Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 115 - Cell 2
117Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 116 - Cell 2
118Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:04:11
119Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:17
120Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank0:04:20
121Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:04:22
122Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - BarracudaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:04:27
124Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo BankRow 123 - Cell 2
125Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4i0:04:28
126Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:04:29
127Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:04:30
128Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:37
129Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:04:41
130Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda0:04:48
131Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team0:04:56
132Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:04:57
133Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:58
134Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Barracuda0:04:59
135Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:05:05
136Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar0:05:18
137Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:05:51
138Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Bigmat0:06:20
HDJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
DNSMarcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1T4iRow 139 - Cell 2
DNSAlexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
DNSMatthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISDRow 141 - Cell 2
DNSMaarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
DNSMatthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
DNSGeraint Thomas (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 144 - Cell 2
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Mountain 1 - Col d'Eze, 9.6km
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling10pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan1Row 6 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:20:18
2Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:09
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:21
4Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i0:00:43
5Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:57
6Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:12
7Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:01:28
8Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:58
9Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:02:10
10Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:02:14
11John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i0:02:28
12Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:30
13Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i0:02:32
14Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:02:44
15Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:00
16Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank0:03:14
17Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:03:16
18Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:23
19Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:31
20Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:04:45
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Teams
1Sky Procycling1:00:26
2Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:43
3Vacansoleil-DCM0:01:02
4Movistar Team0:01:11
5RadioShack-Nissan0:01:15
6Saur-Sojasun0:01:33
7Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:46
8Katusha Team0:01:56
9BMC Racing Team0:02:05
10Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:10
11Lampre - ISD0:02:24
12FDJ-Bigmat0:02:33
13Astana Pro Team0:03:10
14Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:12
15Lotto-Belisol Team0:03:25
16Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:36
17Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:08
18Team Europcar0:05:31
19Project 1T4i0:05:36
20GreenEdge Cycling Team0:05:44
21Team Saxo Bank0:06:11
22Garmin - Barracuda0:07:13
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Final general classification
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling28:12:16
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM0:00:08
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:10
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team0:01:24
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:54
6Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:02:13
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:02:21
8Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:42
9Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team0:03:30
10Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team0:03:59
11Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:04:28
12Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:04:40
13Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:04:41
14Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:04:50
15Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo Bank0:05:26
16Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:33
17Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:54
18Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:06:11
19Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:06:13
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale0:06:28
21Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:06:33
22Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:06:38
23Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:06:39
24Fränk Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:06:46
25Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:06:52
26Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:07:12
27Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:14
28Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:07:35
29Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCMRow 28 - Cell 2
30Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:07:45
31Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:32
32Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:08:55
33Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team0:09:02
34David Lelay (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:09:05
35Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:09:09
36Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:09:19
37Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:09:26
38Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:09:38
39Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:49
40Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:10:39
41Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:10:47
42Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:11:00
43Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:11:06
44Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:11:56
45Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:13:05
46Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:13:06
47Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:13:36
48Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:14:32
49Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:14:34
50Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:14:38
51Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:14:45
52Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:14:54
53Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:14:55
54Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:15:58
55Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team0:16:54
56Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:17:05
57Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team0:17:11
58Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM0:18:34
59Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan0:18:36
60David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:18:56
61Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:18:57
62Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:19:02
63Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:19:42
64Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:19:46
65Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:21:02
66Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1T4i0:21:07
67Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:22:13
68Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:22:16
69Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:22:22
70David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team0:22:36
71Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1T4i0:22:40
72Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:22:43
73Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:25:56
74Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:26:03
75Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:26:06
76Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:26:23
77Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:26:49
78Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Project 1T4i0:27:08
79Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD0:27:14
80Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda0:27:20
81Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling0:27:38
82Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:28:18
83José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team0:28:27
84Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:28:28
85Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:30:15
86Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team0:30:45
87Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:31:09
88Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda0:33:53
89Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:34:45
90Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:35:18
91Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM0:35:26
92Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:35:49
93Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank0:36:56
94Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:37:26
95Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat0:38:48
96John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i0:39:12
97David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:40:12
98Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:40:52
99Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:41:03
100Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:41:35
101Jens Keukeleire (Bel) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:41:48
102Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Barracuda0:41:51
103Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:41:57
104Gaëtan Bille (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:42:42
105Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team0:42:53
106Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda0:44:11
107Andreas Klier (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda0:44:44
108Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:44:49
109Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Barracuda0:45:13
110Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team0:45:21
111Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:45:33
112Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:46:24
113Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM0:47:26
114Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:47:32
115Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:48:19
116Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:49:01
117Grischa Jan Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:51:02
118Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:51:10
119Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:51:22
120Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:53:53
121Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:54:00
122Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Bigmat0:54:59
123Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:55:20
124Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar0:56:04
125Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:58:55
126Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:00:36
127Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda1:01:04
128Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:01:59
129Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:03:43
130Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Project 1T4i1:05:14
131Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling1:05:27
132Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1:06:21
133Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1:06:32
134Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar1:08:13
135Tiziano Dall’Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1:08:15
136Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale1:08:39
137Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1:11:05
138Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank1:23:13
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Points classification
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling92pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team89Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM85Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team52Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team50Row 4 - Cell 3
6Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step50Row 5 - Cell 3
7Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD49Row 6 - Cell 3
8Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team46Row 7 - Cell 3
9Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM45Row 8 - Cell 3
10Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team45Row 9 - Cell 3
11Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan45Row 10 - Cell 3
12Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team43Row 11 - Cell 3
13Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team43Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team41Row 13 - Cell 3
15John Degenkolb (Ger) Project 1T4i40Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun39