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Sörensen speeds to super stage win for Saxo Bank

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Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank) claims his first Tour stage win.

Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank) claims his first Tour stage win. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Denmark's Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) had plenty of time to celebrate his stage victory.

Denmark's Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) had plenty of time to celebrate his stage victory. (Image credit: AFP)
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Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) soloed to victory on stage 12.

Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) soloed to victory on stage 12. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Denmark's Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) arrived in Vittel 48 seconds ahead of his breakaway companions to win the stage.

Denmark's Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) arrived in Vittel 48 seconds ahead of his breakaway companions to win the stage. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) won his first Tour stage, and the second for his team this Tour.

Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) won his first Tour stage, and the second for his team this Tour. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Laurent Lefevre (BBOX Bouygues Telecom) wins the sprint for second ahead of Franco Pellizotti (Liguigas).

Laurent Lefevre (BBOX Bouygues Telecom) wins the sprint for second ahead of Franco Pellizotti (Liguigas). (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liguigas) finished third on the day.

Franco Pellizotti (Liguigas) finished third on the day. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was part of the day-long seven man break and battled Pellizotti for mountain points throughout the day.

Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was part of the day-long seven man break and battled Pellizotti for mountain points throughout the day. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rémi Pauriol (Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne) was part of the winning break, but cracked in the closing kilometres to finish seventh, 1:33 behind Sorensen and 45 seconds behind the other five.

Rémi Pauriol (Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne) was part of the winning break, but cracked in the closing kilometres to finish seventh, 1:33 behind Sorensen and 45 seconds behind the other five. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Green jersey rivals Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) contest the field sprint for eighth place in Vittel.

Green jersey rivals Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) contest the field sprint for eighth place in Vittel. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Green jersey Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) outsprinted Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) for eighth place.

Green jersey Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) outsprinted Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) for eighth place. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) remains in the green jersey, 10 points ahead of Thor Hushovd.

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) remains in the green jersey, 10 points ahead of Thor Hushovd. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) enjoys his sixth day in yellow.

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) enjoys his sixth day in yellow. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) grabs a bite to eat en route to Vittel.

Alberto Contador (Astana) grabs a bite to eat en route to Vittel. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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AG2R La Mondiale, the team of race leader Rinaldo Nocentini, assumed pace-making duties for the day.

AG2R La Mondiale, the team of race leader Rinaldo Nocentini, assumed pace-making duties for the day. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Polka dot jersey holder Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) were part of the day's winning break.

Polka dot jersey holder Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) were part of the day's winning break. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) battled polka dot jersey Egoi Martinez for mountain points throughout the stage.

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) battled polka dot jersey Egoi Martinez for mountain points throughout the stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) celebrates his first ever Tour victory on the streets of Vittel.

Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) celebrates his first ever Tour victory on the streets of Vittel. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Spectators take in the sun and the Tour along the race route to Vittel.

Spectators take in the sun and the Tour along the race route to Vittel. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) started stage 12 in the green jersey.

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) started stage 12 in the green jersey. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton enjoys another day of beautiful weather in France.

The peloton enjoys another day of beautiful weather in France. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A fan of the Tour's American riders follows the peloton on horseback.

A fan of the Tour's American riders follows the peloton on horseback. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton winds its way through the fields of France.

The peloton winds its way through the fields of France. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) is the winner of the Tour's twelfth stage.

Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) is the winner of the Tour's twelfth stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) attacks his six breakaway companions with 22 kilometres remaining.

Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) attacks his six breakaway companions with 22 kilometres remaining. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A few four-wheeled spectators accompanied the peloton on stage 12.

A few four-wheeled spectators accompanied the peloton on stage 12. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Franco Pellizotti after the finish in Vittel.

Franco Pellizotti after the finish in Vittel. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton is stretched out along a long, straight road.

The peloton is stretched out along a long, straight road. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The ubiquitous devil made his daily appearance along the race route.

The ubiquitous devil made his daily appearance along the race route. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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AG2R La Mondiale leads the peloton through a roundabout.

AG2R La Mondiale leads the peloton through a roundabout. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Part of theTour's caravan en route to Vittel.

Part of theTour's caravan en route to Vittel. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Carlos Sastre crosses the finish line in Vittel.

Carlos Sastre crosses the finish line in Vittel. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Stage winner Nicki Sörensen on the podium.

Stage winner Nicki Sörensen on the podium. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Race leader Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) receives another yellow jersey.

Race leader Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) receives another yellow jersey. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador reaches for his musette bag in the feed zone.

Alberto Contador reaches for his musette bag in the feed zone. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton arrives at the day's final categorised climb.

The peloton arrives at the day's final categorised climb. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rinaldo Nocentini receives congratulations from the French minister of sport.

Rinaldo Nocentini receives congratulations from the French minister of sport. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Yellow jersey holder Rinaldo Nocentini finishes in the field in Vittel.

Yellow jersey holder Rinaldo Nocentini finishes in the field in Vittel. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Stage winner Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) on the podium.

Stage winner Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) on the podium. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) is becoming a familiar sight in yellow.

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) is becoming a familiar sight in yellow. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Levi Leipheimer crosses the finish line after being involved in a crash during the final kilometres of stage 12.

Levi Leipheimer crosses the finish line after being involved in a crash during the final kilometres of stage 12. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rinaldo Nocentini celebrates another day in yellow.

Rinaldo Nocentini celebrates another day in yellow. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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France's Laurent Lefevre (BBOX Bouygues Telecom) wins the sprint for second.

France's Laurent Lefevre (BBOX Bouygues Telecom) wins the sprint for second. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) makes his way to the podium after winning stage 12.

Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) makes his way to the podium after winning stage 12. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish outsprints Thor Hushovd for eighth place nearly six minutes behind Sörensen.

Mark Cavendish outsprints Thor Hushovd for eighth place nearly six minutes behind Sörensen. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) arrive at the finish in Vittel.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) arrive at the finish in Vittel. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

It was another stage for the sprinters but Nicki Sörensen was determined not to let it end that way.

As the Tour de France has proved time and time again, there are no pre-written scripts to any stage of La Grande Boucle. And with a succession of difficult mountain legs to come, Thursday's 12th stage to Vittel was about as good a chance as any to break the sprinters' mould.

The opportunists knew it, and it took 82 hard-fought kilometres before a septet of hopefuls had clearance to leave the peloton. Sörensen of Team Saxo Bank, the best-placed of the seven on the classement general, knew his 10:36 gap to maillot jaune Rinaldo Nocentini would result in the Italian's AG2R La Mondiale squad keeping the break checked at no more than five minutes.

The Dane, rarely given a chance to ride for himself at the Tour de France, was feeling pretty good. Good enough to win. But there were two in the move that concerned him most: "The way I saw it, the two strongest guys in the break were [Egoi] Martinez and [Franco] Pellizotti, so I was worried," he said.

With around 50 kilometres left and as AG2R La Mondiale peeled off the front, its marking duties done for the day, Sörensen expected Columbia-HTC, the team of maillot vert Mark Cavendish, to begin the chase. However, its past two days of toil, coupled with the blazing afternoon sun in the region of Vosges, had taken its toll, and the strangest thing happened: no one chased.

"We expected Columbia to pull for their main guy but that never happened, so we knew it would be between us," said Sörensen. "From 25 k's to go, I had it in my mind to give it all I could. The worst thing for me would be to come to the finish line without having used all my strength and not win the stage."

Odds in his favour

Working to Sörensen's advantage was that the men he feared most, Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Pellizotti (Liquigas), now first and second on the mountains classification, were partially cooked after fighting for the three mountain primes between kilometres 150 and 170.5. He had to go soon, before they recovered.

Twenty-three kilometres before the finish, Sörensen attacked.

Sylvain Calzati of Agritubel, the only rider in the escape to have won a Tour stage, chased him down and made the junction. Fifteen kilometres from the line, they had a second for every kilometre remaining to the guys they'd just ditched, who had in no way given up and were pissed they'd been dropped.

A consistently strong all-rounder, Sörensen, with five-and-a-half kilometres left to race, decided to attack again. For a man who still had the strength - which he had judged to perfection - it was a faultless move by the Great Dane. "After I went alone, I began to get nervous whether I could succeed or not," he said.

Sörensen needn't have worried, because after 211.5 kilometres, he finished 48 seconds clear of Laurent Lefevre (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Pellizotti. Cavendish, winning the field sprint for eighth place, arrived a massive six minutes behind.

"It's a thing I'm going to carry with me forever. I was in good shape and mentally, I was on top of things today. The tactical part, I did myself," said Sörensen, asked how much he relied on the race radio to make his own decisions.

How long can Nocentini hold on?

With Sörensen in no way threatening the leader board, Thursday's top 10 once again remained at status quo, Nocentini continuing to hold a slender six and eight-second advantage over his closest rivals, Astana's Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong.

"It wasn't an easy day today," Nocentini said, relieved his dream run isn't over. "The first two hours had an incredible speed. Sörensen was the best-placed of the break at 10 minutes, so that was okay for us.

"The team worked a lot and kept the gap around four minutes. We hoped the sprinters' teams would take over, but with the heat, they didn't want to help out, so they stopped chasing. I certainly hope it will be easier tomorrow, and that I can keep the maillot jaune," he said, even though Friday's Stage 13 profile could be the end of his reign at the top.

Fourth-place on GC, Levi Leipheimer, also of Astana, ended up overcooking a corner with Silence-Lotto's Cadel Evans 2.5 kilometres from the finish, but within the stipulated three-kilometre-to-go margin that negates any time lost, both kept their places and times on the overall standings.

A trip to Waterworld

Thursday's 12th leg began in Tonnerre, within the previous day's region of Yonne and by car, roughly two hours from Paris and one-and-a-half hours from Dijon.

Another roller coaster parcours presented itself for the remaining 170 riders that included six categorised climbs: five Cat. 4s and one Cat. 3, the latter positioned 41 kilometres from the finish. Beginning at a très vit 47.9 km/h average, any attacks - one of which included Evans, Leipheimer, Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) and Mikel Astarloza (Euskatel-Euskadi) - were stymied till some 80 kilometres into the stage, when a group of seven established themselves after the third Cat. 4 climb of Essoyes. Included in the move were: Lefevre (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Calzati (Agritubel), Pellizotti (Liquigas), Markus Fothen (Team Milram), Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Rémi Pauriol (Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne) and Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) - the best-placed on GC at the start of the day.

Working well together, the septet enjoyed a handy 4:17 advantage 100 kilometres out from Vittel, well-known for its Belle Epoque façades and majestic Art Deco luxury hotels, as well as a beautifully preserved natural environment. However, they weren't allowed to get much more than that, Nocentini's AG2R La Mondiale squad intent on keeping its newfound star in yellow for at least one more day.

Around the same time the lead group was 60 clicks out from the finish, Astana's Lance Armstrong stopped for a mechanical but was quickly paced back to the peloton by four of his teammates - one of which wasn't Contador. Shortly after, with Pellizotti crossing the Grand Bois climb (km. 150) first - by the day's end, the Italian would win four of six mountain primes - he moved into virtual second on the mountains classification behind Martinez, ending the day 16 points adrift of the spotted tunic and no doubt eyeing the larger mountains to come.

Twenty-three kilometres out and sensing recapture, first Sörensen and then Calzati decided to break free, before the Team Saxo Bank rider chose to go solo 5.3 kilometres from home, the peloton at that point almost five minutes behind and conceding defeat. Pedalling a strong, fluid tempo like the rouleur he is, the Danish rider stood a good chance as he gapped his previous companions by half a minute three kilometres from the finish. And as the narrow roads switched from left to right and vice-versa in the last kilometres it proved ideal for the Dane, eventually gapping the remnants of the break by 48 seconds and the peloton by 5:58.

It wasn't a half-hearted sprint for eighth place by Cavendish and Hushovd, the Manxster continuing to get the better of his Norwegian adversary and thereby increase his points lead by a margin of 10.

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Full Results
1Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank4:52:24
2Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:00:48
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
4Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
5Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
6Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
7Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:33
8Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:05:58
9Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
10Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
11Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
12Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
13Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano
14Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
15Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana
16Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
17Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
18Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
19Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
20Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
21Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
22Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana
23Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
24Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
25George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC
26Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
27Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
28Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
29Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC
30Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
31Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana
32Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC
33Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
34Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
35Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
36Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
37Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
38Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
39Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
40Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC
41Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
42Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
43Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
44Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
45Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
46Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
47Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
48Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
49Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
50Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
51Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
52Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
53Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
54Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas
55Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana
56Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
57William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
58Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
59Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
60Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
61Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
62Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux
63Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
64Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
65Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto
66Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
67Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
68Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel
69Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
70Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
71Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
72Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
73Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
74Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano
75Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step
76Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
77Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
78Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
79Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
80Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
81Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
82José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
83Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream
84Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
85Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
86Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
87Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
88Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
89Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
90Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
91Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
92Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
93Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas
94Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
95Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
96Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
97Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
98Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
99Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
100Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
101Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano
102Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
103Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC
104Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha
105Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
106Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC
107Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
108Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
109Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
110Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
111Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC
112Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
113Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas
114Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
115Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
116Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
117Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
118Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
119Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
120Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
121David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
122David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC
123Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
124Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
125Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
126Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
127Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank
128Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
129Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto
130Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana
131Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
132Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
133Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux
134David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
135Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
136Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux
137Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux
138Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
139Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
140Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto
141Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
142Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
143Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
144Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
145José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
146David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
147Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
148Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
149Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
150Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano
151Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
152Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
153David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
154Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
155Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
156Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
157Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto
158Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto
159Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
160Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
161Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana
162Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
163José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:09
164Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:27
165Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC0:05:58
166Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:35
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
DNFAngelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
DNFJérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux
DNSRui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne

Sprint 1 - Channes, km. 32.0
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC6pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team4
3Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux2

Longchamp-Sur-Aujon, km. 90.0
1Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel6pts
2Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas4
3Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2

Saint-Thiebault, km. 169.0
1Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne6pts
2Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas4
3Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel2

Mountain 1 - Côte de Baon (Cat. 4) km. 19.0
1David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream3pts
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas2
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas1

Mountain 2 - Côte de Gye(Cat. 4) km.sur-Seine - 55.0
1Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas3pts
2Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1

Mountain 3 - Côte d'Essoyes (Cat. 4) km. 64.5
1Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3pts
2Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel2
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas1

Mountain 4 - Côte des Grands(Cat. 4) km.Bois - 150.0
1Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas3pts
2Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
3Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1

Mountain 5 - Côte de Morlaix (Cat. 4) km. 156.5
1Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas3pts
2Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
3Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1

Mountain 6 - Côte de Bourmont (Cat. 3) km. 170.5
1Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas4pts
2Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3
3Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank2
4Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel1

Young riders
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:58:22
2Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
3Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
4Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
7Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
8Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
9Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
11Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
12Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
13Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
14Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
15Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
16Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
17Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
18Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
19Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
20Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
22Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
23Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
24Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
25Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
26Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
27Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
28Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
29Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
30Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
31Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano
32Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano
33Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto

Most aggressive rider
1Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank

Teams
1Team Saxo Bank14:49:08
2Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:48
3Team Milram
4Liquigas
5Agritubel
6BBox Bouygues Telecom
7Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:01:33
8Astana0:05:58
9Team Katusha
10Team Columbia - HTC
11Caisse d'Epargne
12Skil-Shimano
13Cervelo Test Team
14Lampre - N.G.C
15Garmin - Slipstream
16AG2R-La Mondiale
17Quick Step
18Francaise Des Jeux
19Rabobank
20Silence - Lotto

General classification after stage 12
1Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale48:27:21
2Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:00:06
3Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana0:00:08
4Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana0:00:39
5Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:46
6Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana0:00:54
7Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:00
8Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:24
9Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:49
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:01:54
11Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:16
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:02:21
13Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:02:25
14Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:02:40
15Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:45
16Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:02:52
17Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:02
18Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:03:07
19Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:16
20Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:49
21Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:03:58
22Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana0:04:14
23Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana0:04:20
24Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
25Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:04:26
26Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:04:38
27Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:00
28Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:05:02
29George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC0:05:25
30Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:05:28
31Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:03
32Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:54
33Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:06:56
34Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:06:59
35David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:27
36Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:08:06
37Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:08:21
38Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:09:37
39Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:09:59
40Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:10:20
41Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:11:34
42Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:11:42
43Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:11:44
44Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana0:11:50
45Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:12:00
46José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:12:17
47Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux0:13:52
48Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:14:37
49Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:14:56
50José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:16:02
51Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:45
52Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:17:07
53Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:18:40
54Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:13
55Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:55
56Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:22:18
57Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:23:02
58Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:23:38
59Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:24:44
60Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:25:03
61Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:25:11
62Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel0:27:58
63Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:28:07
64Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:28:08
65David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:28:18
66Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:28:27
67Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:29:48
68David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:30:26
69Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream0:32:02
70Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:32:21
71David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:33:13
72Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:33:20
73Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:33:23
74Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:33:28
75José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:34:36
76Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:35:02
77Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:35:22
78Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:35:43
79Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:36:01
80Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:36:11
81Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:36:14
82Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas0:36:46
83Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:37:28
84Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank0:37:52
85Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:39:02
86Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:39:43
87Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:39:54
88Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:41:58
89Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team0:42:34
90Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas0:42:35
91Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:43:48
92Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:44:31
93Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:44:45
94Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:47:25
95Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:48:08
96David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC0:48:28
97Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux0:48:57
98Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:49:07
99Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:50:59
100Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:51:29
101Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:52:33
102Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:52:49
103Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:53:00
104Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:54:58
105Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:55:24
106Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:55:45
107Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:55:50
108Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:56:53
109Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:57:49
110Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:57:57
111Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step0:59:34
112Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:59:42
113Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas0:59:44
114Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1:01:08
115Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha1:03:53
116Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux1:04:01
117Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team1:04:32
118Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1:05:11
119Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:05:23
120Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:06:47
121Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1:07:00
122Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha1:08:57
123Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:09:58
124Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:10:19
125Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream1:10:38
126Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux1:11:01
127Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step1:12:14
128Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1:12:45
129Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:13:01
130Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha1:13:13
131Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha1:13:23
132Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC1:13:54
133Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC1:14:02
134Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team1:14:04
135Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano1:15:08
136Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:15:10
137Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana1:15:19
138Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:15:32
139Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC1:16:33
140Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram1:16:43
141Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto1:16:47
142Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:17:56
143Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:18:44
144Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:19:10
145Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step1:20:23
146Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram1:20:38
147Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step1:21:41
148Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:21:56
149Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas1:22:06
150Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:22:51
151Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano1:23:04
152Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
153Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC1:23:31
154Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:23:32
155Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:23:43
156Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:23:52
157Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto1:24:35
158William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:24:36
159Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana1:26:15
160Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:26:32
161Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:28:15
162Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:29:18
163Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:30:55
164Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1:32:46
165Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux1:33:10
166Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:59:32

Points classification
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC200pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team190
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne116
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream110
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram100
6Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank97
7Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas81
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale74
9Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne64
10Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank55
11William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom54
12Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano48
13Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom47
14Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana47
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale47
16Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano47
17Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne46
18Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step46
19Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC45
20Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha43
21Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi42
22Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux37
23Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom36
24Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank35
25Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC35
26Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto34
27Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha34
28Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi33
29George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC33
30Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31
31Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale31
32Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha31
33Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30
34Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30
35Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30
36Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas29
37Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom29
38Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel28
39Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano28
40Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step27
41Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne27
42Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana27
43Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC27
44Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha27
45Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC26
46Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana26
47Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux25
48Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne25
49Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream25
50Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC25
51Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano25
52Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne24
53Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram24
54José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne22
55Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel21
56Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21
57Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram21
58Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas20
59Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20
60Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana19
61Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram19
62Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank18
63Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC18
64Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano18
65Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17
66Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux17
67Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram17
68Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step17
69Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto16
70Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step15
71Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14
72Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas14
73Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank14
74Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale14
75Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana13
76Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale13
77Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto13
78Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto13
79Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux12
80Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team11
81Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11
82Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11
83David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream10
84Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10
85Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10
86Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom9
87Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream8
88Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC8
89Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel8
90Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank7
91Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC5
92Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha5
93Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5
94Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux4
95Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
96Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas4
97Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank4
98Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas4
99Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram3
100Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank3
101Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3
102Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto3
103Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha2
104Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2
105Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank2
106Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1
107Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1

Mountains classification
1Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi88pts
2Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas71
3Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne59
4Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel49
5Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom49
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale46
7Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux43
8Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi38
9Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale35
10Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale34
11Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank32
12Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram32
13David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne31
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom31
15Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26
16Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step23
17George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC21
18Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi21
19Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto20
20José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20
21Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto19
22Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha17
23Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank17
24Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas17
25Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana15
26Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14
27Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom14
28Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana14
29Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank13
30Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana12
31David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream11
32Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank11
33Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana10
34Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10
35Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux9
36David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream9
37Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8
38Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano7
39Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC6
40Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux6
41Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano6
42Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank6
43Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom5
44Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto5
45Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC5
46Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5
47Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank4
48Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4
49Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
50Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3
51Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel3
52Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3
53Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux3
54Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas2
55Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1
56Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1
57Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1
58Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1
59Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1

Young rider classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC48:28:21
2Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:00:54
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:01:40
5Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:03:26
6Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:04:28
7Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:07:06
8Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:08:59
9Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:45
10Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:16:07
11Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:17:40
12Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:27:07
13Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:32:28
14Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:34:02
15Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:43:45
16Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:48:07
17Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:52:00
18Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:54:24
19Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha1:07:57
20Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha1:12:13
21Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha1:12:23
22Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC1:12:54
23Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano1:14:08
24Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:14:10
25Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:14:32
26Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto1:15:47
27Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:16:56
28Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:18:10
29Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas1:21:06
30Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:22:32
31Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:25:32
32Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:27:15
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:28:18

Teams classification
1Team Saxo Bank143:47:41
2AG2R-La Mondiale0:00:34
3Astana0:00:37
4Team Milram0:00:44
5Team Columbia - HTC0:05:19
6Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:06:09
7Garmin - Slipstream0:06:30
8Caisse d'Epargne0:07:39
9Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:31
10Rabobank0:11:45
11Francaise Des Jeux0:13:33
12Liquigas0:13:34
13Cervelo Test Team0:16:47
14BBox Bouygues Telecom0:17:29
15Agritubel0:20:00
16Silence - Lotto0:23:49
17Team Katusha0:28:15
18Quick Step0:50:39
19Lampre - N.G.C1:35:57
20Skil-Shimano2:54:19

Anyone want to be in Ciolek's sprinting shoes?

He's tried, but Milram's Gerard Ciolek just can't seem to get anywhere close to Mark Cavendish, who yesterday in Saint-Fargeau, went quatre á quatre, picking up his fourth stage win with apparent ease.

Granted, at 22 years old, Ciolek's two years younger than his arch-rival Cavendish, himself hardly an old fart at 24. And being Germany's only ProTour team after numerous doping scandals left the country's cycling fraternity lifeless, the weight of expectation must be enormous after Erik Zabel's prolific success the past decade-and-a-half.

So far in this 96th Tour de France, Ciolek, a former Under-23 world road champion, hasn't even made the top three, his fifth place in Saint-Fargeau the best he's done so far. What gives?

"You have a strong Columbia team with a really strong Mark Cavendish. That's what makes it really difficult for us," he told Cyclingnews." First of all, we have to try and beat his team, then we have to try and beat him, and they're two really difficult things,"

"If it works like [Stage 11], I think we have a good chance to beat Columbia in the finale. Maybe we don't have as much experience as them, but I think if you saw the first [road] stage or the [11th] stage yesterday, then you can see we have a team able to organise a finale like that."

Confidence is everything for a sprinter, yet Ciolek's words exude little of that. It's a sprinter's worst fear, coming to the world's biggest bike race without a recent win - or any season win, for that matter - though unfortunately, that's the way it's been for the young German.

"I had a difficult spring," Ciolek said. "I didn't start so well in the season; I had some problems, got sick, and it was hard for me to come back. But my pre-races for the Tour were really good, like the Bayern Rundfahrt or the Tour de Suisse. I'm trying to do a good Tour."

Does he expect to improve from here on in, or did the Pyrenees sap some of his precious leg strength?

"I think the rest day was really good for me. But yeah, you never feel fresh after 10 or 11 days of racing. At this point of the Tour, I think my condition's okay," said Ciolek.

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