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Moser thrills tifosi with Strade Bianche win

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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates after winning Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates after winning Strade Bianche
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) goes on the attack

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) goes on the attack
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Peter Sagan's teammates made sure their leader and Moser were in contention

Peter Sagan's teammates made sure their leader and Moser were in contention
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil - DCM)

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil - DCM)
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Andy Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan)

Andy Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan)
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan)

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) put the hammer down

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) put the hammer down
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) makes his move

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) makes his move
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale)
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Michael Schär (BMC), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling), Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Giairo Ermetti (Androni)

Michael Schär (BMC), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling), Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Giairo Ermetti (Androni)
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Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team)

Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team)
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Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team)

Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) crosses the line in Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) crosses the line in Strade Bianche
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Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli) leads the break

Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli) leads the break
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil - DCM)

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil - DCM)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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Danilo Hondo (RadioShack - Leopard) and teammate Andy Schleck

Danilo Hondo (RadioShack - Leopard) and teammate Andy Schleck
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) riding his first Strade Bianche

Taylor Phinney (BMC) riding his first Strade Bianche
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) put in a strong attack but was unable to force a selection

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) put in a strong attack but was unable to force a selection
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Cannondale controlled the race perfectly for Sagan and Moser to exploit

Cannondale controlled the race perfectly for Sagan and Moser to exploit
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Cannondale and RadioShack were the two most prominent teams in the race during the early chase

Cannondale and RadioShack were the two most prominent teams in the race during the early chase
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The peloton takes on one of the early dirt sections of the race

The peloton takes on one of the early dirt sections of the race
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) worked for Valverde

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) worked for Valverde
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) stretches the lead group

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) stretches the lead group
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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC)
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Luca Wackermann (Lampre - Merida)

Luca Wackermann (Lampre - Merida)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) wins the 2013 Strade Bianche in style

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) wins the 2013 Strade Bianche in style
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Cannondale put all their support behind Sagan and Moser

Cannondale put all their support behind Sagan and Moser
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) on the attack

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) on the attack
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 Peter Sagan (Cannondale) at the start

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) at the start
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Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp)

Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp)
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Andy Schleck (RadioShack - Leopard)

Andy Schleck (RadioShack - Leopard)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC) at the start of the 2013 Strade Bianche

Taylor Phinney (BMC) at the start of the 2013 Strade Bianche
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) attacked but failed to stay clear

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) attacked but failed to stay clear
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Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) on the move

Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) on the move
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Leopard)

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Leopard)
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Simone Ponzi (Astana)

Simone Ponzi (Astana)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) on the podium after his win

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) on the podium after his win
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
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Francesco Reda (Androni Giocattoli)

Francesco Reda (Androni Giocattoli)
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Moser leads Sagan on the left while BMC and RadioShack try and get on terms

Moser leads Sagan on the left while BMC and RadioShack try and get on terms
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) leads Flecha

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) leads Flecha
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Giairo Ermeti leads Michael and Maxim Belkov

Giairo Ermeti leads Michael and Maxim Belkov
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling) wins the 2013 Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling) wins the 2013 Strade Bianche
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Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R La Mondiale)

Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R La Mondiale)
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) marked Fabian Cancellara out of the race

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) marked Fabian Cancellara out of the race
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Peter Sagan and Moreno Moser pulled of a famous 1-2 in Strade Bianche

Peter Sagan and Moreno Moser pulled of a famous 1-2 in Strade Bianche
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The Strade Bianche podium with Sagan, Moser and Nocentini

The Strade Bianche podium with Sagan, Moser and Nocentini
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Michael Schär (BMC)

Michael Schär (BMC)
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Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling)

Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) goes on the attack in Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) goes on the attack in Strade Bianche
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Garmin, RadioShack and Cannondale control the peloton

Garmin, RadioShack and Cannondale control the peloton
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The peloton rides through the dirt roads of the Strade Bianche

The peloton rides through the dirt roads of the Strade Bianche
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The peloton rides through the dirt roads of the Strade Bianche

The peloton rides through the dirt roads of the Strade Bianche
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Martin Kohler after doing his work for BMC on the front of the peloton

Martin Kohler after doing his work for BMC on the front of the peloton
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Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) leads the day's early break

Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) leads the day's early break
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling) wins the 2013 Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling) wins the 2013 Strade Bianche
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) prepares for action.

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) prepares for action.
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard)

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale)

Moreno Moser (Cannondale)
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates after winning Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates after winning Strade Bianche
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates after winning Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates after winning Strade Bianche
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) was among the race favourites but everyone expected teammate Peter Sagan to win

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) was among the race favourites but everyone expected teammate Peter Sagan to win
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Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates winning Strade Bianche

Moreno Moser (Cannondale) celebrates winning Strade Bianche
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) leads home the race for third

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) leads home the race for third
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The peloton chases down the Strade Bianche

The peloton chases down the Strade Bianche
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The Strade Bianche couldn't have had nicer weather conditions.

The Strade Bianche couldn't have had nicer weather conditions.
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Peter Sagan (Cannondale) hits the front on a gravel sector of Strade Bianche

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) hits the front on a gravel sector of Strade Bianche
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Cancellara bides his time in the strade bianche

Cancellara bides his time in the strade bianche
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Belkov (Katusha) in the breakaway with Ermeti (Androni)

Belkov (Katusha) in the breakaway with Ermeti (Androni)
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The four man breakaway: Giario Ermeti, Maxim Belkov, Aleksejs Saramotins and Michael Schaer

The four man breakaway: Giario Ermeti, Maxim Belkov, Aleksejs Saramotins and Michael Schaer
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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC)
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The riders enjoyed a lovely, sunny day for the Strade Bianche

The riders enjoyed a lovely, sunny day for the Strade Bianche
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) sits in and waits

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) sits in and waits
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Moreno Moser became the first Italian to win the Strade Bianche race after executing a perfect Cannondale Pro Cycling team strategy with fellow young talent Peter Sagan that gave the Italian squad a rare one-two ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

Moser seems to carry the burden of a famous cycling name with ease, sharing the aggression and power of his famous uncle Francesco and the rest of the Moser family. He was not afraid to take his chance on the penultimate section of dirt road after almost five hours of racing, knowing that Cannondale could count on Sagan for the climb to the finish and any eventual sprint.

He went clear of the front group with a surge in speed at the start of the dirt road section. He swept up Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM), and quickly dropped the tired Spaniard before crossing to the remains of the break of the day.

Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling), Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Michael Schär (BMC) were still working well together and Moser wisely let them stay on his wheel and only surged clear on the final steep section inside the final kilometre. The chasers were closing the gap and had Moser in sight but he powered away and then dived down into Piazza del Campo like a horse about to win the Palio, crossing the line with his arms in the air.

"I've always thought this race suited me. I like selective races because I know I'm competitive when it starts to hurt," Moser said after spraying his Tuscan tifosi with the winner's Spumante.

"On the dirt roads, it's all down to yourself and what you have in your legs. You can’t worry about tactics too much in this race. I went because it was the right thing to do. I got a gap, looked back and then went for it. Me and my uncle are different kinds of riders but I suppose we're similar in lots of ways too, especially in how we race."

2012 winner Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard) tried to inspire a chase and close the gap but Sagan followed him like a shadow and he was forced to concede defeat to the talented young Cannondale combo.

"We knew Peter would be marked closely today and so he helped me behind, closing down the attacks. I've got to thank all the team today. They all worked hard to help me in."

How it unfolded

A total of 79 riders finished this year's Strade Bianche, with the strong wind making the 188km and five hours in the saddle especially hard.

Most were excited about riding a unique race and the bunch chased down the early attacks and stayed together until the sight of the Renaissance Siena skyline and the first section of dirt road.

The breathtaking view inspired Michael Schär (BMC) and he was quickly joined by Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling), Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Giairo Ermetti (Androni) to form the break of the day.

The four covered 44.8km in the first hour and quickly opened a gap of four minutes after the first section of dirt road. The gap grew to a maximum of 10:50 after 69km and the second section of dirt roads near Buonconvento. However the chase was underway behind and picked up after the feed zone at the 106km mark.

The 11.5km fifth section of dirt road after 130km usually creates the key selection in the race and with Cannondale doing the work, the peloton split as the gap came down to 4:50.

Flecha tried a valiant but illogical lone chase but became stuck in no-man's land between the two groups, using up valuable energy. Everyone else was waiting for the final two sections of dirt road.

Cancellara looked strong and hungry for a third victory but had little team support. Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp) was up there, while Cadel Evans was happy to play the role of BMC domestique for Greg Van Avermaert.

They were all perhaps waiting for Sagan and Cannondale to play their cards. Yet when Moser went, nobody got on his wheel. It was the moment the race was won.

Moser swept up Flecha and then dropped him on the final section of dirt road with a powerful surge while sat in the saddle. He crossed to the tired breakaway inside the final ten kilometres, while Sagan sat on Cancellara's wheel, following him all over the road to dissuade any chase.

Moser stayed cool up front, waiting for the final climb. He knew he had to win with Sagan so strong behind and did a perfect ride, accelerating away from the breakaway on the 18 per cent climb, able to enjoy every moment of solo victory in the stunning Piazza del Campo.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling5:01:53
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:06
3Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:07
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard
5Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
7Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha
8Francesco Reda (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
9Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha0:00:10
10Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha0:00:13
11Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida0:00:15
12Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:17
13Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
14Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:19
15Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:00:21
16Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
17Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:23
18Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
19Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
20Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:27
21Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:31
22Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling
23Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:00:44
24Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:34
25Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha0:01:39
26Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
27Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano
28Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:43
29Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
30Lars Petter Nordhaug NO Blanco Pro Cycling Team
31Fredrik Kessiakoff SW Astana Pro Team
32Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:58
33Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:48
34Kristjan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
35Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
36Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
37Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
38Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
39Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
40Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack Leopard
41Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
42Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
43Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
44Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
45Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:53
46Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:06:20
47Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:06:47
48Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:06:51
49Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling0:06:56
50Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:25
51Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:08
52Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling
53Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Sharp0:11:07
54Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
55Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
56Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
57Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
58Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard
59Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
60Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling
61Steven Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team
62Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
63Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard0:11:20
64Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:11:48
65Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
66Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling
67Matteo Di Serafino (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
68Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
69Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha
70Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
71Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
72Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:11:53
73Stijn Steels (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:12:02
74Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:12:16
75Klaas Sys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:17:33
76Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
77Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:17:43
78Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:17:46
79Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:17:49

 

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