Voeckler victorious in Bagneres-de-Luchon

He soloed into Perpignan during stage five of last year's Tour de France and on a day that changed the direction of the 2010 Tour, Thomas Voeckler celebrated another glorious win alone in Bagnères-de-Luchon, a victory that adds more lustre to French performances at this season's edition of la grande boucle.

Last year he had a hard-charging pack of sprinters breathing down his neck following a late-stage attack that netted him the triumph but today Voeckler could sit up and take more than 90 seconds to celebrate what was a stellar performance that was shaped on the slopes of the Port de Balès.

That same mountain also held the key to the fight for the overall race lead, the battle lines for which had been drawn a week ago in Morzine-Avoriaz and today took a turn in another direction thanks to a mechanical for hitherto maillot jaune Andy Schleck.

An eight-second advantage to Contador was the net result; with two days remaining in the Pyrenees this could prove critical to the outcome of the 2010 Tour, although as we've seen thus far in an incredible race, there's likely to be more twists and turns in the plot too.

But the day belonged to Voeckler. The 31-year-old rose to prominence when he famously wore the maillot jaune at the 2004 Tour and won the aforementioned stage at last year's Tour, winning Classics and significant races in between, although today's triumph will be difficult to match, such was the quality and pomp of the Frenchman's finish along the tree-lined avenues of Luchon.

It came during what was another difficult day at the Tour, at the end of which Alberto Contador was presented the maillot jaune, a jersey with which he's extremely familiar and one he hopes to be wearing on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday afternoon.

While there were boos from sections of the crowd at the post-stage protocol when Contador was presented with his reward, the fact remains that the Spaniard and defending champion did what he had to do when presented with two rivals intent on improving their position in the overall standings and a friend (and rival) who had just experienced a moment of difficulty beyond his control.

While the actions of Contador and others on the Balès were labelled "untraditional" by Saxo Bank, the reality was that Schleck became the unfortunate victim of an untimely mechanical that now has the young Luxembourger determined to come back stronger.

"I was feeling strong and determined throughout the stage and the team really everything to put me in the perfect position for the final climb," said Schleck after the finish. "When I launched my second attack, the chain got stuck and I had to get off the bike to put it back on. Then they attacked.

"I probably wouldn't have done it like that," he said before adding, "I'm just really looking forward to getting another chance of attacking - the jersey deserves honour."

Just another day...in the Pyrenees

The obvious highlight of today's racing was the Port de Balès, the 18.87km, 1,755m high monster with an average gradient nudging over six percent and slopes exceeding 11 percent near the summit. Despite the pain to come, the first hour's average speed was 47.5km/h as the peloton proved to be extremely selective with whom it let take time off the front.

Eventually, with nigh on 100 of the day's 187 kilometres raced, a break finally succeeded. Initiated by Liquigas-Doimo's Brian Vandborg and Milram rider Luke Roberts, a group of 10 formed on the road, including Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Transitions), Sergei Ivanov (Katusha), Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing), Francesco Reda (Quick Step), Aitor Perez Arrieta (Footon-Servetto), Lloyd Mondory (AG2R - La Mondiale), Bbox Bouygues Telecom duo Thomas Voeckler and Sebastian Turgot and Euskaltel - Euskadi's Alan Perez.

It may have taken a long time for the break to escape but when it did the flood gates opened; with 88km to go the gap had been extended to four minutes, which was increased further - to 5:40 - four kilometres later. Another two clicks down the road and that advantage had blown out to 6:40.

The break was given a leash of over seven minutes to play with as the riders' speedometers said 80km remaining in the stage. Just eight kilometres later that had expanded to 8:09 and seemed to be growing... and grow it certainly would.

Behind them Saxo Bank assumed its normal position of keeping pace on the front of the peloton and continued to give the escapees time, letting its ascendancy edge closer to nine minutes. With 65km to go it reached that mark, a big effort given that the break had only flown the coop some 30km earlier. The break approached the summit of the Col de Ares with an advantage of 9:25, adding another three seconds by the time they crested the second category climb and piling on the time on the descent.

B is for brutal - and Balès

With 51km remaining and in the shadows of the Port de Balès the break passed through the second intermediate sprint having gathered steam to the tune of 9:54, with it topping 10:11 three kilometres later. Meanwhile, the front of the trailing peloton resembled a two-layered cake, the special Saxo Bank-Astana sponge boasting a Schleck-Contador filling preparing itself for battle on the brutal slopes of Balès.

Recognising the lack of climbing firepower in the front group, the big names continued to give the break plenty of space, with the battlegrounds being prepared further behind in an apparent calm before the storm. This manifested in a gap of 10:44 between peloton and break, recorded with 43.7km before the finish in Bagnères-de-Luchon.

That was the entire length of the break's rope and soon after, on the lower slopes of the Port de Balès (with the toughest section remaining, of course) the seemingly massive gap began to make its way south. When the peloton hit those lower slopes, many of the riders on its tail also began making their way in a similar direction.

And as we've seen on so many occasions, Stuart O'Grady and Jens Voigt were the reason for the carnage, setting a menacing tempo to set up Saxo Bank's man in yellow, Schleck. An indication of the pace set by the likes of Voigt and co. could be seen in the rapid reduction of the break - with 32km remaining its advantage had been cut to 7:16.

That same break, which had remained a solid unit all afternoon, began to splinter soon after as it began to hit the final 10km of the climb, the strongest of the survivors being Voeckler, who continued in a brave effort alone with an advantage of 5:56 as he had five kilometres to ride before the summit.

When the peloton passed that same point some six minutes later, Contador's Astana teammates had gathered menacingly at the front of the group; a nod from the Spaniard to teammate Dani Navarro the sign that soon it would be time to up the pace and begin the show.

D is for drama - and dodgy drivetrains

But with 24km to go it was Schleck who hit out alone after Saxo Bank's final sacrificial lamb Chris Anker Sorensen dropped off the front. The race leader then took Contador, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) with him and in an ideal situation for fans, the top five on general classification had separated themselves from the field which had failed to maintain the hectic pace.

Constantly looking behind, Schleck was conscious of the threat posed by the men on his wheel, first of whom was Contador, who was content to sit on the yellow jersey - he need not do anything else, safe in the knowledge that it would require an earth-shattering event for the Luxembourger to be ridden of him.

Ahead of them Voeckler was making his way through the final 1,000 metres of the climb, the summit beckoning as the French national champion was being wonderfully willed on by his countrymen on the roadside and continued to believe in the chance of victory despite being alone. He still had over five minutes over the groupe maillot jaune by the end of the suffering, with a manic descent to come.

But as Voeckler was dreaming of victory, the biggest drama of the day was unfolding down the mountain as Schleck attacked with just under two kilometres of the climb remaining but was stopped just as suddenly when a dropped chain forced him to get off the bike while Vinokourov, Sanchez, Menchov and Contador rode away.

While TV pundits were calling it a defeat for fair play, Contador couldn't afford to wait for the man who stood 31 seconds between himself and the race lead at the start of the day. Faced with a hard-charging Sanchez and Menchov, Contador was stuck between the proverbial rock and potentially harder place.

The probability seemed to be that the maillot jaune would regain contact with a long downhill run into Bagnères-de-Luchon and at the summit of the Balès that eventuality appeared to be a likelihood as the gap was about 13 seconds between the Contador group and Schleck, who had Van Den Broeck for company. On the descent that advantage grew to 22 seconds as the race lead was slipping from the Saxo Bank captain's grasp.

It was in stark contrast to Voeckler, who up ahead was enjoying the final five kilometres - a frenetic victory parade laced with lactate. The lone survivor of the day's break, the man who throws up his hand at the most opportune moments to capture the hearts of French cycling fans, the rider who bases his entire reputation on days like this... was in a frantic rush to get to the finish as quickly as possible.

Behind him it was even more frantic however, as two distinct groups - one containing Contador, Sanchez, Menchov, plus breakaway leftovers Roberts and Reda, the other Van Den Broeck, Schleck and Vinokourov - were battling for precious seconds.

Eventually that fight proved to be in the favour of Contador, who finished in seventh place, 2:50 behind stage winner Voeckler, having done enough to pull on another maillot jaune while the man in another special jersey, that of the French national road race champion, closed his eyes and savoured the moment on the podium.

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Full Results
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4:44:51
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:20
3Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:50
5Luke Roberts (Aus) Team MilramRow 4 - Cell 2
6Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick StepRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) AstanaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 7 - Cell 2
9Denis Menchov (Rus) RabobankRow 8 - Cell 2
10Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-DoimoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - TransitionsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:03:29
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) AstanaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:03:55
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - TransitionsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioshackRow 16 - Cell 2
18John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:04:08
20Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick StepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioshackRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lance Armstrong (USA) Team RadioshackRow 22 - Cell 2
24Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:14
26Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:18
27Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:44
28Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) RabobankRow 28 - Cell 2
30Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 29 - Cell 2
31Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioshackRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick StepRow 33 - Cell 2
35Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:06:58
37Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:52
38Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:08:35
39Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 39 - Cell 2
41Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 40 - Cell 2
42Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 44 - Cell 2
46Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) AstanaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:09:35
49Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team RadioshackRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 50 - Cell 2
52Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:12:01
53Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:12:41
54Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:13:04
55Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:13:08
56George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 56 - Cell 2
58Grischa Niermann (Ger) RabobankRow 57 - Cell 2
59Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) AstanaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:15:20
62Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:15:44
63Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:17:09
64Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 64 - Cell 2
66Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-DoimoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'EpargneRow 69 - Cell 2
71Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) AstanaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 71 - Cell 2
73David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) AstanaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team MilramRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 77 - Cell 2
79Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioshackRow 78 - Cell 2
80Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 79 - Cell 2
81Koos Moerenhout (Ned) RabobankRow 80 - Cell 2
82Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 81 - Cell 2
83Lars Boom (Ned) RabobankRow 82 - Cell 2
84Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:19:39
87Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick StepRow 87 - Cell 2
89Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:24:01
90Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick StepRow 89 - Cell 2
91Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team MilramRow 90 - Cell 2
92Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 91 - Cell 2
93Christian Knees (Ger) Team MilramRow 92 - Cell 2
94Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 93 - Cell 2
95Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 94 - Cell 2
96Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 95 - Cell 2
97Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 96 - Cell 2
98Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 97 - Cell 2
99Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick StepRow 98 - Cell 2
100Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 99 - Cell 2
101José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:26:04
102Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 101 - Cell 2
103Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'EpargneRow 102 - Cell 2
104Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-ServettoRow 104 - Cell 2
106Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 105 - Cell 2
107Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team KatushaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 107 - Cell 2
109Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 108 - Cell 2
110Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick StepRow 109 - Cell 2
111Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:28:40
112Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha0:28:49
113Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 113 - Cell 2
115Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 114 - Cell 2
116Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 115 - Cell 2
117Andriy Grivko (Ukr) AstanaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 117 - Cell 2
119Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 118 - Cell 2
120Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 119 - Cell 2
121Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioshackRow 120 - Cell 2
122Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 121 - Cell 2
123Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioshackRow 122 - Cell 2
124Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioshackRow 123 - Cell 2
125Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 124 - Cell 2
126Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - TransitionsRow 127 - Cell 2
129Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 128 - Cell 2
130Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 129 - Cell 2
131Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-DoimoRow 130 - Cell 2
132Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 132 - Cell 2
134Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team MilramRow 133 - Cell 2
135Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 134 - Cell 2
136Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-DoimoRow 135 - Cell 2
137Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) RabobankRow 136 - Cell 2
138Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 139 - Cell 2
141Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 141 - Cell 2
143Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 142 - Cell 2
144Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 143 - Cell 2
145Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team MilramRow 147 - Cell 2
149Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 149 - Cell 2
151David Millar (GBr) Garmin - TransitionsRow 150 - Cell 2
152Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - TransitionsRow 151 - Cell 2
153Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'EpargneRow 152 - Cell 2
154David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - TransitionsRow 153 - Cell 2
155Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des JeuxRow 154 - Cell 2
156Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 155 - Cell 2
157Bram Tankink (Ned) RabobankRow 156 - Cell 2
158Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo BankRow 158 - Cell 2
160Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 160 - Cell 2
162Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 161 - Cell 2
163Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 163 - Cell 2
165Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 164 - Cell 2
166Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 165 - Cell 2
167Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) AstanaRow 166 - Cell 2
168Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 167 - Cell 2
169Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test TeamRow 168 - Cell 2
170Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
171Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo BankRow 170 - Cell 2
172Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 171 - Cell 2
173Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:29:57
174Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:30:37
DNFMauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Clermont, 55km
1Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team6pts
2Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Fronsac, 136km
1Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6pts
2Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points - Bagneres-de-Luchon, 187.5km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20pts
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte de Carla-Bayle (Cat. 4) 30km
1Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom3pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Col de Portet-d'Aspet (Cat. 2) 105km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10pts
2Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha5Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Col des Ares (Cat. 2) 126.5km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10pts
2Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step5Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Port de Balès (HC) 166km
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom40pts
2Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto36Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team32Row 2 - Cell 3
4Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions28Row 3 - Cell 3
5Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo24Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha16Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana14Row 7 - Cell 3
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram10Row 9 - Cell 3
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Most aggressive rider
1Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
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Young riders
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4:48:20
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:26
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:39
4Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:06
5Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:09:39
6Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 5 - Cell 2
7Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:12:15
8Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:40
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 8 - Cell 2
10Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 11 - Cell 2
13Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lars Boom (Ned) RabobankRow 13 - Cell 2
15Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:16:10
17Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:20:32
18Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 17 - Cell 2
19Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:22:35
20Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-ServettoRow 19 - Cell 2
21Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-ServettoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:25:11
23Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:25:20
24Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team MilramRow 23 - Cell 2
25Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-DoimoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-DoimoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese ViniRow 28 - Cell 2
30Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'EpargneRow 29 - Cell 2
31Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des JeuxRow 30 - Cell 2
32Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
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1Team Radioshack14:26:44
3Quick Step0:00:31
4Liquigas-DoimoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:26
7Omega Pharma - Lotto0:02:46
8Caisse d'Epargne0:04:35
9BMC Racing Team0:04:42
10Team Katusha0:08:12
11Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:49
12Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:14:33
13Sky Professional Cycling Team0:20:17
14Team Saxo Bank0:21:31
15Team HTC - Columbia0:22:08
16Garmin - Transitions0:23:23
17Française des Jeux0:25:16
18Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:29:00
19Cervelo Test Team0:29:21
20Team Milram0:31:49
22Lampre - Farnese Vini0:33:26
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General classification after stage 15
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana72:50:42
2Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:08
3Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:00
4Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:02:13
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:39
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:05:01
7Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:05:25
8Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:05:45
9Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:07:12
10Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:07:51
11Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:07:58
12Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:19
13Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:09:02
14Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:09:15
15Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:11:14
16Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:12:09
17Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:34
18Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:14:07
19John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:24
20Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:14:47
21Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:15:37
22Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:16:16
23Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:17:44