Sánchez wins Tour's second day in Pyrenees

In a town nestled in the foothills of the Ariège Pyrenees, Luis León Sánchez's formidable combination of strength and cunning used to win Paris-Nice earlier this year was again used to full effect in Saint-Girons. The Spaniard fulfilled the hopes of his countrymen by emerging triumphant on the eighth stage of the Tour de France.

He's also emerged as the new leader of Caisse d'Epargne after team-mate Oscar Pereiro chose to quit Saturday, a result of poor form. The 2006 Tour champion is still struggling to regain his fitness after a serious fall in last year's Tour.

Sánchez was well positioned on the overall classification at the start of the day at 4:10 down on race leader Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale), and was for a time the virtual leader on the road. After Saturday's victory, the Spaniard leapfrogged thirteen spots to find himself 11th overall on the classement general.

"It's going to be difficult to get a top five, but we will fight. With Oscar abandoning today there is one rider less, but I'm sure my team-mates will support me now," Sánchez said, now 2:16 off the maillot jaune.

Over a thrilling, aggressively-raced 176.5 kilometres that began Andorre-La-Vielle, the 25-year-old Caisse d'Epargne rider – winner of the seventh stage to Aurillac from the 2008 Tour de France – out-rode, outsmarted, then out-sprinted his breakaway companions that began in double figures and ended with just four.

Four kilometres from the line, Nocentini's team-mate Vladimir Efimkin attacked and looked as if he'd get the win, but with 500 metres remaining, the Russian – who never held more than 100 metres' advantage – was cruelly overtaken by a fast-charging Sandy Casar of Française des Jeux. Sánchez was able to slot into the Frenchman's draft and, after a brief moment's rest, sprint past him for the win.

The other escapee, Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi), did enough for third place, though some way behind.

"I knew Efimkin had no choice but to attack," said Sánchez, enjoying his best season to date since turning professional in 2003.

"I know him well because he used to be one of my teammates. He's not very fast, so I knew he was going to attack from a long way out. I told Astarloza and Casar that we had to get him back. After [we caught Efimkin] I needed a bit of luck but I know I have a good sprint, so I was able to take the win."

Casar recalled a slightly different version of events: "Sánchez didn't want to work too much [in the chase of Efimkin]," he said. "Astarloza did the most work, and I had to ride in front more often. When we caught Efimkin I had good speed; I didn't see the line, but I thought there were 200 metres to go – but in fact it was 300, so [it was] 100 metres too much."

Nocentini digs deep to maintain the lead

Dropped on the final Cat. 1 ascent of the Col d'Agnès, overnight leader Nocentini was in danger of losing his golden tunic as he neared Saint-Girons, a town that tends to attract a community of mountain dwellers. But Astana chose not to force their advantage, deciding instead to let his AG2R La Mondiale team-mates return him to the peloton, where he finished among a group of 53 riders including all the race favourites, 1:54 behind Sanchez.

"I knew [Andy] Schleck or [Cadel] Evans would eventually attack on climb; I can't follow those guys, I remained calm," said Nocentini. "Goubert was with me, helping me out, and we caught up before top of climb.

"Today was a really tough day after my breakaway yesterday, probably the toughest day to be in the yellow jersey. Tomorrow there's Tourmalet, a very difficult climb, but it's very far from the finish. I hope there will be a breakaway, and they can fight it out and I'll be able to keep yellow until the rest day and as ong as possible," he said.

Astana withstands assault of GC hopefuls

The top of the leader board may be unchanged, but it wasn't for lack of trying by those riders behind the four Astana leaders who occupy positions inside the top 10.

The stage witnessed a number of audacious moves, first by Silence-Lotto's Cadel Evans on the opening Cat. 1 ascent of the Port d'Envalira, which took some chasing by the Astana acolytes before it was brought back; and then by Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank, who attacked on the lower slopes of the 12.4-km Col d'Agnès but was quickly shut down, again by Astana.

"It was a long way to go," admitted the younger of the Schleck brothers, "but if you don't try, you don't win. So sometimes you need to risk a little bit."

Explained Schleck of the tactics: "We had Fabian [Cancellara] in the [escape] group but he's had a stressful week behind him, so he didn't make it according to the plan, which was that we attack behind him and then he helps us from the top of the [Col d'Agnès] climb until the end. Maybe we have to use our head a little bit more in the future and not spend energy uselessly."

A start in the clouds

The second consecutive Pyrenean stage began at Andorra-La-Vielle, at 1,400 metres above sea level Europe's highest capital city, where a peloton of 176 began climbing right from the get-go, the stage beginning from the base of the Port d'Envalira, a 23.2km climb averaging 5.1 percent.

It proved an ideal platform for Française des Jeux's Sandy Casar, who bridged to an earlier group of escapees then forged ahead solo to cross its crest first.

53 seconds behind him, an interesting sequence of events had taken place with Silence-Lotto leader Cadel Evans leading a chase group that included David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream), Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), Egoi Martínez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2r La Mondiale), Christophe Kern (Cofidis), Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam), Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) and George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC).

Noticeable by his absence was the maillot jaune of AG2R La Mondiale's Rinaldo Nocentini, as well as any member of Astana, the groupe maillot jaune was 2:07 behind over the top of the Envalira. With Astana doing the lion's share of the chasing, the Evans group never really got too far ahead. 60-km into the stage, they had just 20 seconds' lead passing through Ax-les-Thermes, provoking a counter from Flecha and seven others, and the peloton's recapture of Evans, Zabriskie, Kern and Martinez.

100-km out from the finish, Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne), Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha), Hushovd, Hincapie, Efimkin, Casar, Cancellara and Flecha were the new leaders on the road – Sébastien Rosseler (Quick Step) and Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) were closing in fast – while the yellow jersey group was a half-minute down.

Eight-km later, Hushovd took the sprint in Tarascon-sur-Ariege ahead of Hincapie and Cancellara, consolidating his lead in the points competition and certain to don the maillot vert by the day's end.

With 74.5-km remaining, Casar led a group of eight over the penultimate climb of the Col de Port, 3:20 ahead of the groupe maillot jaune. However, the final ascent of the Col d'Agnès reduced the lead group to three by its summit – Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne), Efimkin (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) all that remained, though Casar of Française des Jeux wasn't far behind and would eventually get back on.

Back in the peloton, Saxo Bank's main man Andy Schleck attacked on the Agnès' lower slopes but it had little effect, a sizeable group of favourites was just 2:40 down on the front trio, 44km from Saint-Girons.

10km out, a touch over two minutes' lead all but guaranteed a one-in-four chance of victory for the lead quartet. Astarloza was first to attack his breakaway companions 4.6km from the line, but it was Efimkin's counter that stuck. However, a furious chase behind saw the Russian caught with just 500 metres left, Sánchez timing his final effort to perfection.

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1Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4:31:50
2Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 2 - Cell 2
4Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:03
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:54
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Peter Velits (Svk) Team MilramRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 8 - Cell 2
10Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 9 - Cell 2
11Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick StepRow 11 - Cell 2
13Christian Knees (Ger) Team MilramRow 12 - Cell 2
14Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo BankRow 13 - Cell 2
15Grischa Niermann (Ger) RabobankRow 14 - Cell 2
16Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 15 - Cell 2
17Brice Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 16 - Cell 2
18Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) RabobankRow 17 - Cell 2
19Andreas Klöden (Ger) AstanaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo BankRow 19 - Cell 2
21Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 20 - Cell 2
22Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - LottoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 22 - Cell 2
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo BankRow 24 - Cell 2
26Roman Kreuziger (Cze) LiquigasRow 25 - Cell 2
27Christophe Moreau (Fra) AgritubelRow 26 - Cell 2
28Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 28 - Cell 2
30Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTCRow 29 - Cell 2
31Levi Leipheimer (USA) AstanaRow 30 - Cell 2
32George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTCRow 31 - Cell 2
33Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTCRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) AstanaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lance Armstrong (USA) AstanaRow 37 - Cell 2
39José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) AstanaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo BankRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 41 - Cell 2
43Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team KatushaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) RabobankRow 43 - Cell 2
45Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) LiquigasRow 44 - Cell 2
46Denis Menchov (Rus) RabobankRow 45 - Cell 2
47David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 46 - Cell 2
48Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 48 - Cell 2
50Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) AstanaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team MilramRow 50 - Cell 2
52Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 51 - Cell 2
53David Millar (GBr) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Laurens ten Dam (Ned) RabobankRow 53 - Cell 2
55Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 54 - Cell 2
56Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTCRow 55 - Cell 2
57Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) AstanaRow 56 - Cell 2
58José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:20
59Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:08:12
60Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 60 - Cell 2
62Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick StepRow 61 - Cell 2
63Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 62 - Cell 2
64Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 63 - Cell 2
65David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:14:14
67Brian Vandborg (Den) LiquigasRow 66 - Cell 2
68Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) LiquigasRow 68 - Cell 2
70Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) LiquigasRow 69 - Cell 2
71Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 70 - Cell 2
72Stef Clement (Ned) RabobankRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo BankRow 72 - Cell 2
74Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick StepRow 74 - Cell 2
76Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team MilramRow 76 - Cell 2
78Joost Posthuma (Ned) RabobankRow 77 - Cell 2
79Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 79 - Cell 2
81Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGCRow 80 - Cell 2
82Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 81 - Cell 2
83Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 82 - Cell 2
84Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 83 - Cell 2
85Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 84 - Cell 2
86Maxime Bouet (Fra) AgritubelRow 85 - Cell 2
87Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'EpargneRow 86 - Cell 2
88Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - LottoRow 87 - Cell 2
89Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 88 - Cell 2
90Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) AgritubelRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'EpargneRow 90 - Cell 2
92Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) AgritubelRow 91 - Cell 2
93Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AgritubelRow 92 - Cell 2
94David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGCRow 93 - Cell 2
95Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 94 - Cell 2
96Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 95 - Cell 2
97Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - LottoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 97 - Cell 2
99Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team KatushaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 100 - Cell 2
102Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo BankRow 101 - Cell 2
103Franco Pellizotti (Ita) LiquigasRow 102 - Cell 2
104Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 103 - Cell 2
105Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) RabobankRow 105 - Cell 2
107Frederik Willems (Bel) LiquigasRow 106 - Cell 2
108Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) AstanaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 110 - Cell 2
112Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 111 - Cell 2
113Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:23:02
114Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTCRow 113 - Cell 2
115Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team MilramRow 114 - Cell 2
116Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick StepRow 115 - Cell 2
117Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick StepRow 116 - Cell 2
118Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 118 - Cell 2
120Romain Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 119 - Cell 2
121Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-ShimanoRow 120 - Cell 2
122Fabio Sabatini (Ita) LiquigasRow 121 - Cell 2
123Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
124Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 123 - Cell 2
125Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-ShimanoRow 124 - Cell 2
126Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des JeuxRow 125 - Cell 2
127Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGCRow 127 - Cell 2
129Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 128 - Cell 2
130Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team MilramRow 129 - Cell 2
131Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTCRow 130 - Cell 2
132Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Grégory Rast (Swi) AstanaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 133 - Cell 2
135Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 134 - Cell 2
136Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick StepRow 135 - Cell 2
137Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick StepRow 136 - Cell 2
138Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 138 - Cell 2
140Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team MilramRow 139 - Cell 2
141Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team MilramRow 140 - Cell 2
142Daniele Bennati (Ita) LiquigasRow 141 - Cell 2
143Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - LottoRow 142 - Cell 2
144Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick StepRow 143 - Cell 2
145William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 144 - Cell 2
146Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 145 - Cell 2
147Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 146 - Cell 2
148Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team KatushaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 148 - Cell 2
150Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 149 - Cell 2
151Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 150 - Cell 2
152Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 151 - Cell 2
153Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 152 - Cell 2
154Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team KatushaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTCRow 156 - Cell 2
158Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 157 - Cell 2
159David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 158 - Cell 2
160Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 160 - Cell 2
162Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des JeuxRow 161 - Cell 2
163Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 162 - Cell 2
164Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 163 - Cell 2
165Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'EpargneRow 164 - Cell 2
166Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 165 - Cell 2
167Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 166 - Cell 2
168Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTCRow 167 - Cell 2
169Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - LottoRow 168 - Cell 2
170Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:34:01
171Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 170 - Cell 2
172Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 171 - Cell 2
HDKoldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 172 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFEduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) AgritubelRow 174 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Lelay (Fra) AgritubelRow 175 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Luzenac, km 67.0
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team6pts
2George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Tarascon-Sur-Ariege, km. 84.5
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team6pts
2George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Vic d'Oust, km. 159.5
1Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux6pts
2Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points - Saint-Girons, km. 176.5
1Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20pts
2Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Port d'Envalira (Cat. 1) km. 23.5
1Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux15pts
2Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 4 - Cell 3
6David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank6Row 6 - Cell 3
8George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC5Row 7 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Col de Port (Cat. 2) km. 102.0
1Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux10pts
2Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale5Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Col d'Agnès (Cat. 1) km. 132.5
1Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi30pts
2Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux18Row 3 - Cell 3
5George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana10Row 7 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4:33:44
2Peter Velits (Svk) Team MilramRow 1 - Cell 2
3Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 2 - Cell 2
4Brice Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 3 - Cell 2
5Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo BankRow 4 - Cell 2
6Roman Kreuziger (Cze) LiquigasRow 5 - Cell 2
7Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 6 - Cell 2
8Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTCRow 7 - Cell 2
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) LiquigasRow 8 - Cell 2
10Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 9 - Cell 2
11Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:12:20
12Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team MilramRow 12 - Cell 2
14Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGCRow 13 - Cell 2
15Maxime Bouet (Fra) AgritubelRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'EpargneRow 15 - Cell 2
17Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'EpargneRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:21:08
22Romain Feillu (Fra) AgritubelRow 21 - Cell 2
23Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-ShimanoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Fabio Sabatini (Ita) LiquigasRow 23 - Cell 2
25Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGCRow 28 - Cell 2
30Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team MilramRow 29 - Cell 2
31Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - LottoRow 30 - Cell 2
32Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues TelecomRow 31 - Cell 2
33Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team KatushaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - LottoRow 33 - Cell 2
35Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 35 - Cell 2
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Most aggressive rider
1Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
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General classification after stage 8
1Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale30:18:16
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
20Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:20
21Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:49
22Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:03:58
23Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana0:04:14
24Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana0:04:20
25Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team MilramRow 24 - Cell 2
26Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:04:26
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
38Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:08:29
39Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:09:37
40Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel0:09:44
41Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:09:59
42Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:10:36
43Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank0:11:34
44David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:11:36
45Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:11:44
46Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana0:11:50
47Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:12:00
48José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:12:17
49José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:47
50Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux0:13:52
51Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:14:30
52Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:14:37
53Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:14:56
54Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:15:14
55Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:15:23
56Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:15:30
57José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:16:02
58Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:45
59Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:16:52
60Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:17:07
61Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:17:08
62Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:17:57
63Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:18:40
64Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank0:19:38
65Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:10
66Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:13
67Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:48
68Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:55
69Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:40
70Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:23:02
71Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:23:38
72Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:24:18
73Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas0:24:21
74Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:24:24
75Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:24:44
76Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGCRow 75 - Cell 2
77David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:27:18
78Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:28:03
79Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:28:07
80Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:28:08
81Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:29:01
82Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:29:11
83David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC0:29:50
84Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:29:54
85Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux0:30:43
86Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:31:01
87Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:31:22
88Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream0:31:28
89Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:31:57
90Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:32:21
91David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:32:49
92Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:33:15
93Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:33:17
94Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:33:23
95Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:33:34
96Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:34:06
97Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:34:07
98Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:34:35
99Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:34:51
100Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:35:02
101Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step0:35:11
102Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:35:43
103Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:36:39
104Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas0:36:46
105Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:37:36
106Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:38:39
107Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:39:31
108Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:39:38
109Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:39:55
110Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:40:09
111Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:40:17
112Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:40:27
113Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:41:28
114Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas0:41:30
115Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:41:58
116Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team0:42:10
117Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:43:48
118Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:43:49
119Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:44:31
120Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:44:45
121Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:45:56
122Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:46:33
123Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:47:09
124Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:47:51
125Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:48:22
126Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:48:26
127Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:48:38
128Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:48:46
129Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:49:00
130Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha0:49:12
131Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:49:31
132Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:49:39
133Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:49:41
134Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:49:55
135Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:50:21
136Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha0:50:43
137Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:51:09
138Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram0:51:44
139Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:51:56
140Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto0:52:24
141Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - SlipstreamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:54:47
143Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step0:56:00
144Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:56:14
145Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:56:15
146Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:57:02
147Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana0:57:05
148Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:57:18
149Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:57:33
150Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC0:57:55
151Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC0:58:02
152Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:58:28
153Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:58:33
154Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano0:58:41
155Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTCRow 154 - Cell 2
156Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:59:20
157Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:59:23
158Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:59:29
159Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:59:42
160William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:00:13
161Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:00:29
162Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1:00:44
163Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:02:09
164Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:02:15
165Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:05:19
166Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto1:06:21
167Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team1:08:23
168Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux1:08:47
169Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:10:40
170Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha1:14:54
171Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC1:19:19
172Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano1:22:03
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Points classification
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team117pts
2Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC106Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram66Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne65Row 3 - Cell 3
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank55Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream54Row 5 - Cell 3
7Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom47Row 6 - Cell 3
8Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank47Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step46Row 8 - Cell 3
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel39Row 9 - Cell 3
11Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne36Row 10 - Cell 3
12Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana34Row 11 - Cell 3
13Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale34Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha34Row 13 - Cell 3
15George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC32Row 14 - Cell 3
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale32Row 15 - Cell 3
17Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31Row 16 - Cell 3
18Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale31Row 17 - Cell 3
19Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30Row 18 - Cell 3
20Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30Row 19 - Cell 3
21Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto29Row 20 - Cell 3
22Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC29Row 21 - Cell 3
23Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC28Row 22 - Cell 3
24Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne27Row 23 - Cell 3
25Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano26Row 24 - Cell 3
26Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano25Row 25 - Cell 3
27Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne24Row 26 - Cell 3
28Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step24Row 27 - Cell 3
29Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC24Row 28 - Cell 3
30Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux23Row 29 - Cell 3
31Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana22Row 30 - Cell 3
32Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas22Row 31 - Cell 3
33Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi21Row 32 - Cell 3
34Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21Row 33 - Cell 3
35Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel20Row 34 - Cell 3
36José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20Row 35 - Cell 3
37Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20Row 36 - Cell 3
38Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha20Row 37 - Cell 3
39Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha20Row 38 - Cell 3
40Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC19Row 39 - Cell 3
41Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram19Row 40 - Cell 3
42William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom19Row 41 - Cell 3
43Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank18Row 42 - Cell 3
44Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas18Row 43 - Cell 3
45Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi18Row 44 - Cell 3
46Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano18Row 45 - Cell 3
47Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano18Row 46 - Cell 3
48Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17Row 47 - Cell 3
49Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram17Row 48 - Cell 3
50Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream16Row 49 - Cell 3
51Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana15Row 50 - Cell 3
52Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha15Row 51 - Cell 3
53Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14Row 52 - Cell 3
54Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas14Row 53 - Cell 3
55Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano14Row 54 - Cell 3
56Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14Row 55 - Cell 3
57Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana13Row 56 - Cell 3
58Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale13Row 57 - Cell 3
59Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom13Row 58 - Cell 3
60Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC12Row 59 - Cell 3
61Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team11Row 60 - Cell 3
62Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11Row 61 - Cell 3
63Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11Row 62 - Cell 3
64David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream10Row 63 - Cell 3
65Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10Row 64 - Cell 3
66Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10Row 65 - Cell 3
67Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10Row 66 - Cell 3
68Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana9Row 67 - Cell 3
69Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram9Row 68 - Cell 3
70Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom9Row 69 - Cell 3
71Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC8Row 70 - Cell 3
72Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne8Row 71 - Cell 3
73Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux7Row 72 - Cell 3
74Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC5Row 73 - Cell 3
75Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha5Row 74 - Cell 3
76Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step5Row 75 - Cell 3
77Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5Row 76 - Cell 3
78Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4Row 77 - Cell 3
79Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4Row 78 - Cell 3
80Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas4Row 79 - Cell 3
81Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto4Row 80 - Cell 3
82Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas4Row 81 - Cell 3
83Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux4Row 82 - Cell 3
84Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram3Row 83 - Cell 3
85Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3Row 84 - Cell 3
86Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto3Row 85 - Cell 3
87Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step3Row 86 - Cell 3
88Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2Row 87 - Cell 3
89Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank2Row 88 - Cell 3
90Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank2Row 89 - Cell 3
91Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1Row 90 - Cell 3
92Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha1Row 91 - Cell 3
93Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1Row 92 - Cell 3
94Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1Row 93 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
1Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne59pts
2Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi54Row 1 - Cell 3
3Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel49Row 2 - Cell 3
4Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale46Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux43Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi38Row 5 - Cell 3
7Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale35Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale34Row 7 - Cell 3
9Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram32Row 8 - Cell 3
10Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step23Row 10 - Cell 3
12George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC21Row 11 - Cell 3
13José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20Row 12 - Cell 3
14Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto19Row 13 - Cell 3
15Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas17Row 14 - Cell 3
16Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana15Row 15 - Cell 3
17Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14Row 16 - Cell 3
18Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom14Row 17 - Cell 3
19Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank13Row 18 - Cell 3
20Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana12Row 19 - Cell 3
21Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha11Row 20 - Cell 3
22Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana10Row 21 - Cell 3
23Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux9Row 22 - Cell 3
24David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream9Row 23 - Cell 3
25David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream8Row 24 - Cell 3
26Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8Row 25 - Cell 3
27Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC6Row 26 - Cell 3
28Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux6Row 27 - Cell 3
29Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano6Row 28 - Cell 3
30Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank6Row 29 - Cell 3
31Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5Row 30 - Cell 3
32Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5Row 31 - Cell 3
33Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4Row 32 - Cell 3
34Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3Row 33 - Cell 3
35Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3Row 34 - Cell 3
36Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3Row 35 - Cell 3
37Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2Row 36 - Cell 3
38Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2Row 37 - Cell 3
39Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1Row 38 - Cell 3
40Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1Row 39 - Cell 3
41Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1Row 40 - Cell 3
42Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1Row 41 - Cell 3
43Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1Row 42 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC30:19:16
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
9Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:14:14
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:45
11Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:16:07
12Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:17:40
13Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:23:44
14Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:27:07
15Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:30:01
16Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:32:17
17Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:33:07
18Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:34:02
19Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:39:27
20Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:43:45
21Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:47:26
22Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:48:00
23Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:48:31
24Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:49:21
25Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha0:49:43
26Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:50:09
27Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto0:51:24
28Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:53:47
29Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:55:14
30Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:56:02
31Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:57:33
32Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:58:42
33Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:59:29
34Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1:01:09
35Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram1:01:15
36Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano1:09:40
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Teams classification
1AG2R-La Mondiale89:21:00
3Team Columbia - HTC0:04:45
4Team Milram0:05:20
5Team Saxo Bank0:05:24
6Garmin - Slipstream0:05:56
7Caisse d'Epargne0:07:05
8Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:10:00
10Francaise Des Jeux0:12:59
11Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:07
12Cervelo Test Team0:16:13
14Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:22:39
15Silence - Lotto0:23:15
17Team Katusha0:27:41
18Quick Step0:31:51
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Hushovd out-climbs Cavendish to take green

Norwegian Thor Hushovd was a surprise face in the day's breakaway, entering the move only to grab a few precious points toward the green jersey before sitting up and taking his rightful place in the autobus.

The big man hauled himself up the category one climb which began nearly from the start of the stage, then attacked the descent in order to go for the points to move ahead of Columbia-HTC's Mark Cavendish in that competition.

After taking the sprint in Luzenac at km. 67 and then in Tarascon-Sur-Ariege at km. 84.5, his work for the day was done, and he donned the sprinter's jersey at the day's end, 14'14 behind the stage winner. Cavendish finished in the next group on the road.

“I knew the climb was really hard but I felt strong yesterday so I just hung on as long as I could with the main group. I got to the top [of the Port d’Envalira] and attacked straight away on the descent and I could get these important points," said Hushovd.

He was happy to take the green jersey, but admits his work is far from over. "It’s possible to win the green jersey by chasing points at intermediate sprints but Cavendish is fast and now, between the Pyrenees and the Alps, there are probably three stages suited to bunch finishes. So although anything is possible, 11 points is nothing. So I’ll take it day by day. Tomorrow I think I’ll have to save some of my energy because I went really deep today.

“It was hard to get over that first climb. I was on the tip of my saddle for a few kilometers but I knew I had to fight through it and then do a good descent and that allowed me to get the six points at the intermediate sprints. It was important for me.

“Of course the plan is to keep the green jersey as long as possible. I’m happy to have it for now and I’m going to try as hard as I can to keep it for as long as possible… maybe even all the way to Paris.”

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