Contador victorious on Muro di Guardiagrele

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) rolled back the years, putting in hugely dominant ride to win stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico atop the Muro di Guardiagrele. The Spaniard attacked on the penultimate climb of the stage, blowing the race wide open and securing a healthy overall lead by the finish.

Overnight leader Michal Kwiatkowski saw his 16 second lead over Contador wiped out and was dropped out of the top ten by the time he crawled over the line. Nairo Quintana now sits in second place overall, 2:08 down on Contador, with Roman Kreuziger third at 2:15.

"Without a doubt this win will remain one the best of my career and one that I'll always remember. It flashed by in a second but it'll be a special memory," Contador said at the finish.

"I knew it was risky to try and attack so far out, but I really wanted this victory and I like to do things like that."

Simon Geschke and Ben King, who were in the day’s main break, bravely hung on for second and third on the stage but it was Contador who picked up his second stage win in a row after an unstoppable performance. He struggled for form throughout 2013 but if stage 4 to Cittareale was his resurrection then today was a confirmation.

He began his road to victory with a probing attack on the lower slopes of the Passo Lanciano. His team had set the pace on the run into the climb, and with Kwiatkowski struggling, Nairo Quitana and Contador jumped clear. The pair sat up soon after but the main field was already down to 25 riders by the time Wout Poels had led Kwiatkowski back into contention.

The remnants of the day’s earlier break, which had consisted of Benjamin King (Garmin Sharp), Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol), David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura), Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling), Andriy Grivko (Astana), Yaroslav Popovych (Trek Factory Racing), Luca Paolini (Katusha) and Simon Geschke (Giant Shimano) were scattered over the climb but only King, Geschke, De La Cruz and Hansen were still ahead of the field by the time Contador launched his main attack with 30 kilometres to go.

It was classic Contador: first he dragged himself to the back of the group, sizing up his tiring competition, and when Mikel Nieve ratcheted up the pace Contador used it as a spring board to tear the race apart.

Even Quintana, one of the riders who had made Contador look so ordinary during last year’s Tour de France, failed to latch on as the Tinkoff leader set about completing one of his most dominant career performances. They had been few and far between since his return from a drugs ban, but this was Contador at something like his best as he cut through tree lines and quickly established a lead over his former GC rivals.

Contador picked up Hansen by the top of the climb, but King, De La Cruz and Geschke were a minute ahead. Behind Contador, Quitana linked up with a group containing Jean-Christophe Peraud, Giampaolo Caruso and Domenico Pozzovivo. They trailed Contador by close to a minute at the summit but further down the climb Kwiatkowski was in a desperate situation. Rigoberto Uran had made it back to the young Pole’s side but he and Poels could only watch as their leader’s hopes fell apart under the pressure of a rampaging Contador.

In the valley before the final climb Contador and Hansen – who had been briefly dropped on the descent – made contact with the leading trio but there was another glimpse of the Contador of old as he sped to the front of the group. The rest could merely fall in line as the gap to Quintana’s group drifted out to almost two minutes.

De La Cruz was the first to fall back from the leading group, but King added spice to the mix with a brave solo move just before the 30 percent pitches. But Contador wasn't to be stopped. He kicked once more to bring the American back and even though Geschke briefly rallied, the Giant-Shimano rider could only watch on when Contador attacked for a final devastating time. Contador is one of the best climbers in the world but was stunned by how difficult the final climb to the finish was.

"It's an incredible climb, I've never seen anything like that," he said.

"Winning the stage wasn't the most important thing today but I gave it a go. I rode the final 500 metres steady to make sure I finished okay and so that I could enjoy winning."

Contador waits in the wings

The riders gathered on the outskirts of Amatrice, with many testing their granny gears on the climb to the sign-on to make sure they worked for the finish on the Muro di Guardiagrele. A total of 169 riders started the 192km stage. Thibaut Pinot ( and Robert Gesink (Belkin) climbed off during Saturday's stage and Richie Porte (Team Sky) was the only non-starter.

The race went on without him and yet again the break formed quickly after the flag was dropped. Several groups of riders joined forces and the peloton soon let them go. They carved out a 10-minute lead after 50km of racing, with Omega Pharma-QuickStep forced to lead the chase.

The gaps remained the same on the rolling roads through the Abruzzo hills, with everyone cautious before the 12km climb to the summit of the Passo Lanciano and the 22 per cent wall climb up to the finish in Guardiagrele.

A selection quickly happened in the peloton, with riders dropping out of the back at a steady rate. Cadel Evans (BMC) was an early victim and Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was also in difficulty much sooner than expected. The efforts of Saturday's 240km stage were clearly playing a factor. Then came Contador’s first testing attack. It was a taste of what was to come.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo4:54:42
2Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:06
3Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:00:45
4Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:01:01
5Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:26
6Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:01:39
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:42
8Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory RacingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:48
12Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:01:51
13Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:01:54
14Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:01
15Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:06
16Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-MeridaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:17
18Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura0:02:19
19Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:02:23
20Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:02:38
21Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura0:03:00
22Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:06
23Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:26
24Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:52
25Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin SharpRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:04:16
30Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:04:37
31Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:04:41
32Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale0:04:45
33Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenedgeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:05:06
36Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:05:55
37Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:06:02
38Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:06:03
39Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:06:35
40Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:06:37
41David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura0:07:22
42Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha0:07:48
43Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:10:11
44Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 43 - Cell 2
45Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kristijan Koren (Slo) CannondaleRow 47 - Cell 2
49Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team EuropcarRow 51 - Cell 2
53Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:10:21
57Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:10:28
58Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge0:10:38
59Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team SkyRow 58 - Cell 2
60Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:10:50
61Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:11:09
62Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:11:26
63Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM CyclingRow 62 - Cell 2
64Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing0:11:46
65Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:52
66Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:16:41
67Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:16:49
69Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:16:51
70Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 69 - Cell 2
71Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin SharpRow 71 - Cell 2
73Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 72 - Cell 2
74Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:17:04
77Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team SkyRow 77 - Cell 2
79Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 78 - Cell 2
80Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:17:22
84Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team KatushaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:17:35
86Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:17:46
89Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:17:56
90Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:21:25
91Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura0:21:27
93Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 92 - Cell 2
94Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 93 - Cell 2
95Moreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr0:22:12
98David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.frRow 97 - Cell 2
99Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale0:25:35
100Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 99 - Cell 2
101Alan Marangoni (Ita) CannondaleRow 100 - Cell 2
102Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
104Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 105 - Cell 2
107Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 107 - Cell 2
109Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 108 - Cell 2
110Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 110 - Cell 2
112André Greipel (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 111 - Cell 2
113Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Maciej Bodnar (Pol) CannondaleRow 115 - Cell 2
117Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team SkyRow 116 - Cell 2
118Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 119 - Cell 2
121William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.frRow 120 - Cell 2
122Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura0:25:48
123Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:25:55
124Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 123 - Cell 2
125Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 124 - Cell 2
126Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 125 - Cell 2
127Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 126 - Cell 2
128Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:26:02
129Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:26:04
130Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 129 - Cell 2
131Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:26:06
132Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:26:10
133Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:26:12
134Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 133 - Cell 2
135Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 134 - Cell 2
136Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 135 - Cell 2
137Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 136 - Cell 2
138Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 137 - Cell 2
139Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.frRow 138 - Cell 2
140Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 139 - Cell 2
141Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 140 - Cell 2
142Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 141 - Cell 2
143Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 142 - Cell 2
144Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - QhubekaRow 143 - Cell 2
145Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:26:27
146Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge0:26:32
147Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 146 - Cell 2
148Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 147 - Cell 2
149Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale0:26:36
150Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida0:26:40
151Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:26:49
152Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:27:10
153Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:27:14
154Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:27:19
155Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge0:27:26
156Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura0:28:43
157Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura0:28:46
158Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 158 - Cell 2
160Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 160 - Cell 2
162Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 161 - Cell 2
163Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 162 - Cell 2
164Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 163 - Cell 2
165Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:28:53
166Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:28:56
167Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 166 - Cell 2
168Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:29:00
DNSRichie Porte (Aus) Team SkyRow 168 - Cell 2
DNSDavide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 169 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo21:01:30
2Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:02:08
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:15
4Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:02:39
5Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:40
6Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:02:50
7Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:02:51
8Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:56
9Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:02:58
10Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:03:06
11Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-MeridaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:07
13Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:09
14Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:03:39
15Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:01
16Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura0:04:16
17Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:05:08
18Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp0:05:25
19Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:05:57
20Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge0:06:09
21Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:06:13
22Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale0:06:23
23Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:06:26
24Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:06:31
25Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:06:47
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:48
27Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:07:11
28Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:07:24
29Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:07:43
30Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:22
31Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:11:23
32Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:11:36
33Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:11:41
34Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:14:18
35Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:14:24
36Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:14:31
37Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:18:12
38Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:19:27
39Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky0:19:57
40Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:19:58
41Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:16
42Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura0:20:19
43Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo0:20:32
44Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:20:36
45Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:20:53
46Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:21:30
47Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale0:22:22
48Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura0:22:45
49Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:23:05
50Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:24:23
51Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:24:57
52Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha0:25:37
53Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:26:03
54Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:26:39
55Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp0:26:48
56Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky0:26:49
57Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:26:56
58Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:27:19
59Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:27:35
60David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura0:27:58
61Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge0:28:55
62Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:29:21
63Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:29:34
64Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:29:37
65Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha0:29:45
66Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:29:53
67Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:29:59
68Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:30:06
69Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:30:09
71Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:31:11
72Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:31:19
73Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory RacingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:31:28
75Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale0:33:17
76Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:33:56
77Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:35:19
78Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:35:48
79Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:35:53
80Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:36:10
81Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:36:15
82Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:36:20
83Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:36:53
84Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:37:00
85Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:38:21
86David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:39:30
87Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:40:07
88Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha0:41:31
89Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:44:17
90Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:44:21
91Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:44:27
92Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling0:44:45
93Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:44:48
94Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar0:45:13
95Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:45:17
96Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:45:49
97Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:45:55
98Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale0:45:57
99Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling0:46:06
100Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:46:40
101Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:48:12
102Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:48:29
103Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:48:35
104Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) CannondaleRow 103 - Cell 2
105Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp0:48:44
106Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:49:12
107Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale0:49:16
108Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:51:18
109Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr0:52:16
110Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:53:07
111Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:53:35
112Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr0:53:44
113David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.frRow 112 - Cell 2
114Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:54:23
115André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:55:59
116Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:56:10
117Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:56:53
118Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:57:01
119Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:57:08
120Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:57:09
121Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:57:12
122Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - Endura0:57:17
123Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:57:24
124Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge0:57:32
125Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM Cycling0:57:34
126William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr0:57:40
127Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:57:43
128Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:57:46
129Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:58:09
130Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka0:58:20
131Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:58:37
132Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:58:39
133Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar0:58:52
134Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:58:53
135Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:59:10
136Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:59:14
137Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:59:35
138Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:59:36
139Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:59:50
140Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura1:00:02
141Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1:00:04
142Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1:00:09
143Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr1:00:30
144Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:00:36
145Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge1:01:21
146Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF1:01:38
147Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1:01:45
148Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida1:01:59
149Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1:02:01
150Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky1:02:10
151Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura1:02:21
152Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1:02:31
153Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura1:03:43
154Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol1:04:18
155Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1:04:19
156Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF1:05:14
157Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF1:05:56
158Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka1:06:08
159Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano1:06:17
160Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF1:06:37
161Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida1:06:43
162Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica Greenedge1:07:20
163Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team1:08:18
164Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling1:08:32
165Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka1:09:09
166Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano1:10:06
167Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team1:13:28
168Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1:21:42

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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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