Sagan prevails in Chieti

Peter Sagan took advantage of Liquigas-Cannondale's hard work and won the mountainous fourth stage of Tirenno-Adriatico, while RadioShack-Nissan's Christopher Horner crossed the finish line in the five-man lead group to take the leader's jersey.

Astana's Roman Kreuziger and Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas-Cannondale took second and third on the stage, which featured a taxing uphill finale into Chieti's city center. Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) and Horner rounded out the lead group which contested the stage four finale.

Kreuziger moved up to second overall, only seven seconds behind Horner, while Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge) holds third on general classification at 13 seconds.

Matthew Goss (GreenEdge), who held the blue leader's jersey since stage one, lost contact with the leaders on the day's many climbs and surrendered the general classification lead to Horner.

Liquigas-Cannondale worked hard for the win, leading the chase virtually the whole day and bringing its strong riders into position. Yet it was not team captain Nibali who won, but 22-year-old Slovakian champion Sagan, who shot past his fading teammate in the final meters to secure the victory.

"Today we gave so much as a team and it was important to win," said Sagan. "The best option for the team's victory today was [Vincenzo] Nibali and I tried to encourage it until the last [moment]. I pushed on the final climb, then I slowed down for him. When Di Luca attacked I closed the gap, then I thought Vincent was able to deal with our opponents.

"On the final straight I heard they were catching up and at that moment I thought only of the good of the team: not winning would be a great sin. I'm sorry for Vincent, we are a united group and among us there are absolutely no problems. Tomorrow we will have a hard stage and I'll be at his disposal to help him."

"Needless to say that today I wanted success, to try to gain precious seconds on the general classification," said Nibali. "The final was very animated and we, as a team, had a double opportunity: I had to win or Peter to reward the good work of our teammates. When he (Sagan) passed me I did not expect it, of course, but I also believe Peter's words and that it was in good faith."

Horner finished fifth on the stage, in the same time as the winner., which was enough to catapult him from eighth place to first. The 40-year-old said that he had been eying this stage all along, and felt early on that he had good chances.

“Before the race today I thought for sure I might have the leader’s jersey at the end of the day,” Horner said on the team's website. “All the team was very important to me today. They’ve worked very hard for me in the past few days and this stage was a goal for us. My legs are feeling very good, so certainly I have a shot at winning the overall.”

GreenEdge was happy to see best young rider Cameron Meyer move up to third overall, and didn't mourn the loss of the overall lead. “We weren’t interested in defending the jersey today,” admitted GreenEdge sports director Matt White. “Gossy was never going to hang onto the lead. None of the sprinters hung on today. Given our lack of interest in defending the jersey, we were pretty relaxed today.”

A long day in the saddle

The race's longest stage (252km) got off to an early start, with the riders rolling out of Amelia at 9:15am. Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) and Thomas Löfkvist (Sky) did not start.

Seven riders went out on the attack only eight km into the stage: Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale), Stefano Pirazzi and Angelo Pagani (Colnago-CSF Inox), Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) and Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo Bank). They quickly built up a sizeable lead, up to 10 minutes after only 75 km.

Sixty kilometers later, after enjoying a maximum advantage of nearly 12 minutes, the gap had dropped dramatically to just over four minutes and continued to go down.

Snow and cold had caused the race organisers to change today's route, taking out the Passo Lanciano climb and substituting the Valico della Forchetta. Mountains leader Pirazzi took top honours there, securing a nearly insurmountable lead in the classification for the race, but with 36km to go and still one more climb, the gap was down to a minute and a half.

Lampre-ISD, Colombia-Coldeportes and Omega Pharma-QuickStep combined their efforts at the head of the peloton to bring the gap down. The lead group shrank to four, as Mondory, Pagani and Hulsmans were unable to keep up any longer, although Pagani later caught up again.

With a little more than 20 km to go, Brutt pulled away from his escape companions and tried to get away on a curving ascent. But the peloton was less than a minute behind and gaining fast, with Liquigas-Cannondale's Oss leading the train.

Boaro took off in an attempt to catch Brutt as the peloton came closer and closer. Meanwhile, race leader Matt Goss (GreenEdge) was finally unable to hold the pace in the peloton, dropping further and further back on the undulating terrain.

Boaro was caught by the Liquigas-Cannondale-led field with about 15km to go, and Brutt had only about 20 seconds. Three kilometers later he, too, was caught. Astana's Dimitriy Muravyev was the next to try his luck, but with 9km to go he was caught and passed by Euskaltel's Mikel Landa, and the Astana rider faded back into the field.

A crash in the middle of the field knocked down a handful of riders, including yesterday's stage winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), and split the field on the stage's penultimate climb. Again, Liquigas-Cannondale led the field past the escapee with 6.5km to go.

The final climb of the day started with five kilometers to go, and BMC moved to the front of the peloton to position defending Tirreno-Adriatico champion Cadel Evans for the final ascent to the finish. With two kilometers remaining the real climbing started, with gradients up to 15 percent. BMC's Alessandro Ballan pulled off at the base of the steep pitch, leaving George Hincapie to set the tempo for Evans.

It was slow going on the steep parcours in Chieti, with the field becoming increasingly smaller with every pedal stroke. Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) attacked with 1.5 kilometers remaining, but was caught by Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone), who led a small group powering their way up the narrow streets. Di Luca was then passed by Peter Sagan, and the two rode together under the flamme rouge, which was also served as the stage's final KOM.

A high-powered group of Sagan, Kreuziger, Nibali, Di Luca and Horner had emerged at the head of affairs to fight it out for the win as the road levelled off in the final kilometer. Astana's Kreuziger shot out around the leaders and took a lead on the run-in to the finish. Nibali responded and gave his all, but Sagan came around his teammate and went on to win, with Kreuziger passing Nibali for second.

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Full Results
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale7:24:50
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 2 - Cell 2
4Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 4 - Cell 2
6Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:08
7Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:10
8Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:12
9Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 8 - Cell 2
10Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:19
13Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 13 - Cell 2
15Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 15 - Cell 2
17Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Rui Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:23
21Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:30
26Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 25 - Cell 2
27Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jose Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:37
31Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:40
32Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:42
33Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:44
34Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 35 - Cell 2
37Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 36 - Cell 2
38Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:55
42Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 41 - Cell 2
43Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:57
44Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:59
46Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo BankRow 47 - Cell 2
49Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:07
51Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 50 - Cell 2
52Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & SaponeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 54 - Cell 2
56Robinson Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 55 - Cell 2
57Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 56 - Cell 2
58Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:12
60Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:16
63Jérome Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:20
64Ego Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 63 - Cell 2
65Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - BarracudaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:29
68Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:40
70Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:01:53
71Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 70 - Cell 2
72Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Juan Horrach Ripoll (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:02:04
76Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:40
77Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 76 - Cell 2
78George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 79 - Cell 2
81Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:52
83David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Barracuda0:03:15
84Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 85 - Cell 2
87Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:03:21
88Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:28
89Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:03:57
90Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:07
91Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan0:04:15
92Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 92 - Cell 2
94Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 93 - Cell 2
95Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:04:40
98Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 101 - Cell 2
103Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 102 - Cell 2
104Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 103 - Cell 2
105Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 104 - Cell 2
106Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:55
108Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:08
110Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:06:05
111Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 110 - Cell 2
112Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo BankRow 112 - Cell 2
114Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 113 - Cell 2
115William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 114 - Cell 2
116Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:07:28
117Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team0:07:51
119Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:08:55
120Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling0:10:51
121Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 121 - Cell 2
123Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 122 - Cell 2
124Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & SaponeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jurgen Wandewalle (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 126 - Cell 2
128Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 127 - Cell 2
129Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 129 - Cell 2
131Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 130 - Cell 2
132Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-NissanRow 132 - Cell 2
134Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 133 - Cell 2
135Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 134 - Cell 2
136Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 135 - Cell 2
137Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:11:23
138Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 137 - Cell 2
139Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank0:13:07
140Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 139 - Cell 2
141Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 140 - Cell 2
142Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda0:17:35
143Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - BarracudaRow 143 - Cell 2
145Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 144 - Cell 2
146Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 145 - Cell 2
147Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 146 - Cell 2
148Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
149Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 148 - Cell 2
150Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 149 - Cell 2
151Wilson Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 150 - Cell 2
152Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 152 - Cell 2
154Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 153 - Cell 2
155Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 154 - Cell 2
156Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 155 - Cell 2
157Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 156 - Cell 2
158Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 160 - Cell 2
162Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 161 - Cell 2
163Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 163 - Cell 2
165Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:17:53
166Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 165 - Cell 2
167Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
168André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 167 - Cell 2
169Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 168 - Cell 2
170Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
171Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 170 - Cell 2
172Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 171 - Cell 2
DNSMikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
DNSThomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky ProcyclingRow 173 - Cell 2
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1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale12pts
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - L'Aquila, 116.9km
1Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank5pts
2Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Bucchianico, 231.9km
1Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team5pts
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Sella di Corno, 95.2km
1Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox5pts
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Valico della Forchetta, 212km
1Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox5pts
2Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Chieti, 250km
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale5pts
2Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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1Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team22:15:09
2Astana Pro Team0:00:03
3Katusha Team0:00:15
4AG2R La Mondiale0:00:20
5Acqua & Sapone0:00:24
6Movistar Team0:00:33
7Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:58
8BMC Racing Team0:01:27
9Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:39
10Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:40
11Team Saxo Bank0:01:48
12Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:57
14Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:18
16FDJ-Big Mat0:04:04
17Colombia - Coldeportes0:04:27
18Garmin - Barracuda0:06:00
19Lampre - ISD0:06:06
20Sky Procycling0:07:15
21GreenEdge Cycling Team0:08:31
22Lotto Belisol Team0:10:07
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General classification after stage 4
1Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan19:01:54
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:00:07
3Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:13
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:21
5Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:22
6Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:30
7Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:32
8Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:34
9Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:35
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36
11Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:41
13Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:42
15Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:43
17Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:45
18Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:46
19Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:52
20Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:53
21Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:55
24Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:56
25Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:57
26Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:04
27Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:01:05
28David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 27 - Cell 2
29Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:06
30Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:11
31Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:12
32Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:15
33Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:17
34Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank0:01:20
35Rui Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:22
37Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:24
38Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:27
39Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:28
40Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 39 - Cell 2
41Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:29
42Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & SaponeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jose Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:31
44Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:39
45Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:40
46Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:41
48Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:44
49Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:46
50Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:47
51Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jérome Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:54
53Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:01:58
54Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:00
55Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:03
56Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:02:04
57Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:05
58Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:07
59Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team0:02:08
60Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:10
61Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:02:12
62Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:02:22
63Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:27
64Ego Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:28
65Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:31
66Robinson Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:02:35
67Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:02:46
68Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:48
69Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:02:54
70Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:16
71Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:18
72Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 71 - Cell 2
73George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:21
74Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:03:39
76Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:41
77Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda0:03:46