Contador wins first mountain finish in Tirreno-Adriatico

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) stormed to victory on stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico atop the Selvarotonda ski resort with a virtuoso display of climbing. The Spaniard kicked with less than 200 meters to go on the final ascent of the day, beating Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Daniel Moreno (Katusha) into second and third.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma QuickStep) held onto his leader's jersey but lost valuable time to Contador, who now sits second overall at 16 seconds.

"It's a great win. It gives me confidence and confirms that all the work that I've been doing in the winter is paying off. I'm content to win but the GC is going to be hard to crack. I'll try though," Contador said.

The finishing slopes up to Selvarotonda saw number of teams target both the stage and Kwiatkowski's slender lead, but none more so than Movistar and Tinkoff who sensed that the young Pole would be vulnerable on the 10 per cent slopes to the finish.

It was Movistar who lit up the race first, probing at any QuickStep weaknesses with a brutal pace on the approach to the final climb. In the process they reeled in the main break of the day, and by the lower slopes of the final climb the peloton had shrunk to fewer than 50 riders.

It was there that Movistar played their second card, launching Benat Intxausti clear and in the pursuit of the ever-keen Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF). Roman Kreuziger launched a brutal attack soon after, and when the trio merged inside the final 8km it was the Czech rider who laid down his dominance, stamping on the pedals and churning up the climb on the big ring, as his companions struggled to stay in contact.

Both Kreuziger and Intxausti were genuine overall threats and after setting the pace earlier in the day, Omega Pharma QuickStep were forced into a defensive position. It was Wout Poels who was tasked with pace-setting duties as Kwiatkowski held firm. The team still had Rigoberto Uran waiting in the wings but with the steeper section still to come the Belgian team refused to panic.

Any unspoken collaboration between Movistar and Tinkoff was quickly shattered when Intxausti blew with 6 kilometres remaining, as Kreuziger bullishly sent his SRM into overdrive. Pirazzi yo-yoed off the Czech rider's wheel but even he had to recoil and sit up when Kreuziger rose from the saddle soon after.

With the race lead dangling enticingly close and a 26 second lead over a group that contained Contador, Uran, Porte, Horner and Quintana, the lone leader entered the final 3 kilometres with his advantage intact.

It was an attack from BMC that sparked the chase into action. The American team had already seen their leader Cadel Evans slip off the back twice but they were clearly intent on making an impression. Their gusto spurred Contador and Porte into trading parries but it was Michele Scarponi (Astana) who zipped clear.

Contador, Quintana and the briefly impressive Kiserlovski made contact with Scarponi soon after, and with less than 1800 metres to go, and in sight of the chase, Kreuziger waited for his team leader.

Within seconds the lead group had swelled even further, as Kwiatkowski and Uran were able to pace themselves into the frame. With the race leader nearly safe, and the line fast approaching, it was Porte who took the race by the scruff of the neck.

The Australian, having switched to Tirreno on the eve of the race, strung out his competitors. He was shadowed by Contador and Kreuziger but when Contador made his winning move only Quintana could rise from the saddle and give chase. It wasn't enough though as Contador picked up his second win of the season.

"I'm really happy that I'm still in the leader's jersey. We expected some big attacks from Contador and Quintana, and they did it. They really pushed me to the limit but I'm really thankful to Wouter Poels and Rigo Urán because they really did a good job for me. They set a good tempo on the last climb and i didn't lose so much time," Kwiatkowski said.

How it unfolded

Facing 240km of racing, half of it in the Apennines mountains, the riders had an early wake-up and a hearty breakfast to ensure they would have the energy in their legs for the seven hours of racing.

The riders rolled out together under the Tuscan sun but with little desire to race hard. As a result there was little resistance from the peloton when six riders attacked after six kilometres and the break of the day had been formed.

In the move were Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling), Filippo Fortin (Bardiani-CSF), Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) and Maxim Belkov (Katusha).

Their lead quickly reached 4:10 after just 12km before a reaction from the peloton brought it down to 3:20. David Boucher ( tried to get across the gap but the six pressed on and gained more of lead, extending their gap to 5:40 after 65km.

The gap grew to 7:20 after 115km of racing as the riders passed the feed zone in Bevagna, which marked the start of the climbs. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team continued to lead the chase, accepting the burden that race leadership traditionally carries.

Robert Gesink (Belkin) was the first rider of the day to retire, climbing off apparently due to some kind of urinary problem.

Fortin was the first to the top of the Forca di Cerro climb, cleverly protecting the lead of teammate Marco Canola but the peloton refused to let the breakaway gain too much time. The gap slipped to 5:45 after 175km of racing, leaving 69km still to race, including the 14km climb to the finish.

Fortin, Pichon and Belkov were dropped on the 16km long Forca Capistrello climb, leaving Mondory, Lutsenko and Brandle up front. Lutsenko was the first to the top and took the points but the gap was melting under the warm sun as the Movistar team took over the chase.

On the road to the final climb Mondory crashed, leaving Lutsenko and Brandle ahead of the field. However with the final climb on the horizon and so much at stake the peloton were quickly upon the remnants of the break before the final fireworks were set off.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo6:39:56
2Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:00:01
3Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:05
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Richie Porte (Aus) Team SkyRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:08
7Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:10
8Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:00:11
9Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:17
11Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 10 - Cell 2
12Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:25
14Moreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 13 - Cell 2
15Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory RacingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin SharpRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:34
21Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenedgeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:38
23Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:40
24Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:00:55
25Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:07
26Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:08
27Ivan Basso (Ita) CannondaleRow 26 - Cell 2
28Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:01:12
30Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:01:24
31Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:32
32Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:41
33Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:49
34Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:17
35Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:29
36Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:51
37Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:03:36
38Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:03:44
39Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:04:29
40Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:05:22
41Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:05:57
42Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha0:06:30
43Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:44
44Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:06:51
45Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:08:07
46Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp0:08:14
47Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:08:39
48Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 49 - Cell 2
51Peter Sagan (Svk) CannondaleRow 50 - Cell 2
52Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team SkyRow 51 - Cell 2
53Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 52 - Cell 2
54Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team SkyRow 53 - Cell 2
55Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:09:36
60David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura0:11:46
61Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 60 - Cell 2
62Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:12:08
63Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:14:42
64Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:14:59
65Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:16:30
66Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:18:16
68Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenedgeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 73 - Cell 2
75Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 76 - Cell 2
78Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory RacingRow 77 - Cell 2
79Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 78 - Cell 2
80Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto BelisolRow 81 - Cell 2
83Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) CannondaleRow 83 - Cell 2
85Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Maciej Bodnar (Pol) CannondaleRow 85 - Cell 2
87Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 89 - Cell 2
91Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
92Oscar Gatto (Ita) CannondaleRow 91 - Cell 2
93Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:19:12
97Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha0:20:12
99Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale0:22:36
100Alan Marangoni (Ita) CannondaleRow 99 - Cell 2
101Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - QhubekaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:24:46
104Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:24:56
106Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:30:10
107Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 107 - Cell 2
109Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 109 - Cell 2
111Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.frRow 110 - Cell 2
112David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.frRow 111 - Cell 2
113Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 112 - Cell 2
114Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 114 - Cell 2
116Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.frRow 115 - Cell 2
117Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 116 - Cell 2
118Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 117 - Cell 2
119Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 118 - Cell 2
120Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 119 - Cell 2
121Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team SkyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 121 - Cell 2
123Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 122 - Cell 2
124Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 124 - Cell 2
126Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 125 - Cell 2
127William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.frRow 126 - Cell 2
128Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 127 - Cell 2
129Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 128 - Cell 2
130André Greipel (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 129 - Cell 2
131Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 130 - Cell 2
132Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 131 - Cell 2
133Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 132 - Cell 2
134Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.frRow 133 - Cell 2
135Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 134 - Cell 2
136Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 135 - Cell 2
137Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 136 - Cell 2
138Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team EuropcarRow 138 - Cell 2
140Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 139 - Cell 2
141Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 140 - Cell 2
142Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 143 - Cell 2
145Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 144 - Cell 2
146Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 145 - Cell 2
147Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 146 - Cell 2
148Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 147 - Cell 2
149Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - QhubekaRow 148 - Cell 2
150Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 149 - Cell 2
151Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 150 - Cell 2
152Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 151 - Cell 2
153Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 152 - Cell 2
154Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenedgeRow 153 - Cell 2
155Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 154 - Cell 2
156Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-MeridaRow 156 - Cell 2
158Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 157 - Cell 2
159Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 158 - Cell 2
160Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura0:32:03
161Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 160 - Cell 2
162Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:32:06
163Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
165Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenedgeRow 164 - Cell 2
166Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:32:26
167Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:33:30
168Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:34:14
169Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:34:30
170Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:37:57
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General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team16:06:42
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:16
3Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:00:23
4Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky0:00:34
5Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:38
6Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:39
7Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:00:49
8Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale0:01:01
9Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:01:02
10Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:01:03
11Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida0:01:06
12Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:09
13Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:12
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:13
15Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:20
16Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:22
18Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:01:25
19Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:01:27
20Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:28
21Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge0:01:30
22Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:33
23Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:39
24Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale0:01:44
25Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:52
26Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:01
27Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura0:02:03
28Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:02:16
29Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:36
30Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:45
31Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:02
32Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:03
33Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:03:33
34Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:38
35Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:04:05
36Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:05:50
37Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:05:55
38Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:07:41
39Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:07:47
40Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha0:08:21
41Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:22
42Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:08:51
43Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:09:22
44Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky0:09:25
45Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:09:28
46Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky0:09:51
47Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:53
48Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp0:10:03
49Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:10:10
50Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:10:11
51Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura0:10:14
52Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:10:50
53Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:04
54Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:11:43
55Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:12:15
56Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:12:16
57Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:12:37
58Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:13:00
59Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:13:11
60Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:14:18
61Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:15:41
62Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:16:05
63Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:16:58
64Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:17:07
65Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:18:21
66Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge0:18:23
67Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:18:46
68Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:18:52
69Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:19:03
70Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:06
71Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:19:08
72Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling0:19:16
73Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:19:17
75Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:19:19
76Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:19:22
77Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:19:25
78Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale0:19:27
79Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:19:31
80Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto BelisolRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:19:32
82Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:19:37
83Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing0:19:39
84Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:19:48
85Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura0:19:51
87Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:19:55
88Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:20:10
89Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling0:20:17
90David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura0:20:43
91Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:21:06
92Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:21:11
93Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:21:13
94Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha0:22:03
95Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:22:38
96David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:22:47
97Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale0:23:06
98Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:23:08
99Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale0:23:12
100Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale0:23:47
101Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:24:36
102Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:26:37
103Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:27:01
104Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:27:30
105Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:28:54
106André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:30:30
107Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:30:31
109Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:30:49
110Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr0:30:55
111Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge0:31:06
112Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:31:09
113Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:31:22
114Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:31:23
115Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha0:31:26
116Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:31:31
117Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:31:32
118Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura0:31:35
119Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:31:37
120Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr0:31:38
121David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.frRow 120 - Cell 2
122Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:31:39
123Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling0:31:45
124Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:31:48
125Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 124 - Cell 2
126Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:31:50
127Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:31:55
128Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp0:31:59
129William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr0:32:11
130Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:32:13
131Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:32:14
132Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - QhubekaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:32:26
135Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:32:31
136Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 135 - Cell 2
137Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:32:51
138Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:32:57
139Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:33:05
140Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:33:08
141Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:33:21
142Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:33:37
143Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura0:33:41
144Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:33:44
145Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:33:51
146Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:34:07
147Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr0:34:24
148Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:34:35
149Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:34:46
150Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:34:47
151Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura0:35:06
152Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar0:35:08
153Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:35:32
154Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky0:36:41
156Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:37:16
157Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:38:12
158Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura0:38:41
159Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:39:08
160Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:39:28
161Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:39:52
162Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge0:40:00
163Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida0:40:09
164Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:40:11
165Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:40:31
166Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:40:39
167Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:43:20
168Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:44:37
169Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:47:59
170Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:54:34


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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.

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