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Advantage Schleck on first major mountain stage

There were two defining images of the eighth stage of the Tour de France. One saw a battered, bruised and decidedly ragged Lance Armstrong, shepherded by his RadioShack teammate Jani Brajkovic, struggling across the line at Morzine-Avoriaz, almost 12 minutes down.

The other saw Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) come of age with a stunning stage win. And it was this second image that should prove more significant in the coming days, since it suggested a shift in the balance of power, from the defending champion and favourite, Alberto Contador (Astana), towards last year's runner-up.

While the story of last year's Tour was of Schleck being unable to respond to Contador's repeated accelerations in the mountains, here it was the other way around.

An elite, 13-man group had just passed under the one-kilometre-to-go kite when the Luxembourg rider made his one, decisive move. Contador, whose Astana teammate Daniel Navarro had led almost the entire way up the 13.6km mountain, reacted quickly to his rival's attack, sprinting after his rear wheel, but he couldn't close the gap.

Indeed, the race was on, prompting Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) to pounce after Schleck. Approaching the line, with the Olympic champion having joined Schleck in front, it was Sanchez who led it out and looked as though he had it, but Schleck came around him, glancing across at his rival as he drew level, and then inching ahead to claim his first ever stage win in his third Tour.

"It was my first real victory of the season," said Schleck to TV interviewers after the race. "I took a lot of confidence out of my performance today. It puts me in a very good position right now, but I have to thank my team for being always around me, protecting me."

"I've got to get my head around the position that I'm in now," said Schleck, with a rest day ahead of him tomorrow. "There are still a lot of very hard days, but I am pretty relaxed for the moment. I've done my thing, and I hope I can do a great race and I hope I don't have a bad day."

Ten seconds behind, the group was led in by another of the day's aggressors, Robert Gesink (Rabobank), with Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) fourth and Contador fifth. Sixth, though, was the day's other big winner, Cadel Evans (BMC), who survived an early fall to claim the yellow jersey.

Evans now leads the general classification ahead of Schleck by 20 seconds, with Contador up to third, 1:01 behind the Australian.

Many will expect the overall winner to come from this trio, meaning, inevitably, that one of the day's big stories was the end of Armstrong's challenge - indeed, the definitive end of the Armstrong era.

In the first real mountain stage of this year's race the seven-time winner, riding his final Tour, suffered three crashes, the second of them coming at a crucial stage, just before the climb of the Col de la Ramaz.

"I had a bad day," Armstrong told French TV within seconds of crossing the line. "I came around one roundabout and my pedal touched [the curb], then my front tyre rolled off.

"It's hard to recover from something like that," he said. "They started the Ramaz pretty hard and I was already suffering. Then it went from bad to worse. It was a bad day. Now I'm going to hang in there and enjoy my last Tour."

Schleck offered his sympathy to Armstrong. "Lance had a pretty bad crash - he crashed in front of me, and he could do nothing.

"I almost went down with him," Schleck said. "He came back but he was pretty beaten up. On the [Ramaz], he lost contact with our group. I expected him to be up there in the front.

"To be really honest, I'm a little sorry for him because he really wanted to be good in this last Tour. I think his morale is a little down now."

The new yellow jersey, Evans, also had a scare, crashing after 6km and receiving attention from the race doctor. But he admitted that he wasn't surprised to inherit the yellow jersey from Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step).

"Chavanel has had a fantastic Tour, but he isn't a climbing specialist," said Evans. "I've got [the yellow jersey] because of the good work we did in preparation for the stage [three] to Arenberg. I think this is the reward for our work."

Going into the first rest day, the Australian said he wasn't sure what his BMC team's approach would be to defending the jersey. "The Pyrenees are very difficult, Astana is very strong and Andy's very strong, so I don't know yet how we'll look to defend, or what we'll do with the yellow jersey."

It was an active start to the stage, with numerous riders trying to go clear, but after around 35km seven men finally got the gap. The seven were Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Koos Moernhout (Rabobank), Benoit Vagrenard (FdJ), Christophe Riblon (AG2R), Imanol Erviti (Caisse d'Epargne), Sebastien Minard (Cofidis) and Amael Moinard (Cofidis).

As this group built a solid lead the overall favourites kept their powder dry until the Ramaz. And as they hit the lower slopes - with Armstrong having just regained contact after his crash - Team Sky hit the front, Juan Antonio Flecha leading, Thomas Lofkvist following, with the British team's leader, Bradley Wiggins, sitting third.

Riders began to fall off the back, including King of the Mountains Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step), Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) and George Hincapie (BMC). Then, five kilometres from the summit, Chavanel began to lose contact, as Sky was joined at the front by Saxo Bank.

Then came the surprise: Armstrong sliding off the back, with his teammate Chris Horner for company. The news was transmitted at lightening speed to the front, and two Astana riders took it up, injecting more momentum into a main group that numbered around 35 riders.

The gap quickly opened, and with a kilometre to the summit the Astana-led group was 2:12 behind the break, with Armstrong, Horner and Brajkovic 40 seconds in arrears, and Chavanel a further two minutes back.

If Armstrong hoped to rejoin the group on the descent, then he hadn't bargained on a third spill - but that's what happened as he collided with Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) as they went through Les Gets, after a small climb that acted as a stepping stone to the final ascent, to the Avoriaz ski station.

Astana, meanwhile, kept up the pressure at the front. Alexandre Vinokourov put in a big shift on the lower slopes, then dropped back as Navarro took over.

Still in front were three survivors of the early break, but Moerenhout, Moinard and Aerts had about as much chance of fighting out the stage as Armstrong did of rejoining the Contador group.

All eyes were on Contador, of course. The Spaniard sat comfortably behind his teammates - so much for Astana not being strong enough in the mountains - and resembled a coiled spring. The question seemed to be when, rather than if, he would attack.

But Contador was surprisingly quiet, and we didn't see his familiar, dancing style until after the final survivor of the break, Moinard, had been reeled in 5.5km from the summit, and after Wiggins had been dropped, two kilometres later.

Even then, the Spaniard's accelerations were reactive rather than aggressive. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) was the first of the favourites to have a go, with Contador's response instant. A soft attack from Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) followed, but it acted only to tee up Gesink.

The tall Dutchman opened a decent gap, but Contador, shadowed all the time by Schleck, brought him back. And as they got their breath, with Gesink still leading, Schleck played Contador at his own game, sprinting clear, and maintaining the effort as the Spaniard tried desperately to get back on terms.

Given the gap that he opened in less than a kilometre, Schleck was asked whether he regretted not attacking earlier. "No, not at all," he said.

"We had a plan, and I had to follow it. I didn't want to change it during the stage. Maybe it was possible to take the yellow jersey today but I want to have it in Paris, so I want to take it step by step.

"I believed this morning this stage was a decisive one," Schleck continued. "I was really nervous this morning. I was 100 percent mentally and physically, and I was surrounded by my team. I'm really motivated now."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4:54:11
2Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:10
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack
9Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
10Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
11Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
12Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:20
13Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:39
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:01:14
15Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
16Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack
17Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:37
18Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:45
19Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
20Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:02:05
21Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:15
22John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:18
23Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
24Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana0:02:20
25Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:02:23
26Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto
27Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
28Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
29Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:27
30Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
31Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
32Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
33Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:04:05
34Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:04:33
35Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:46
36Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:47
37Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:05:50
38Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:30
39Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions
40Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
41Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
42Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
43Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia
44Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia
45Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
46Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
47Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo
48Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux
49Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto
50Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:59
51Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:48
52Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:10
53Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
54Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo0:09:12
55Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:09:45
56Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:16
57Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:11:27
58Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank
59Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:11:40
60Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
61Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:11:45
62Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack
63Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
64Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team
65Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
66Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
67Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
68Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto
69Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
70Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
71Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo0:11:58
72Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:12:58
73Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:16:48
74Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:42
75Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
76Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:21:32
77Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha
78Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
79Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
80José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
81Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team
82Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
83Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
84Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
85George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
86Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram
87Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana
88Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
89Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux
90David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana
91Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram
92Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto
93Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step
94Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
95Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
96Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
97Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
98Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
99Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
100Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
101Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
102Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
103Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack
104Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
105Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
106Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
107Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:22:04
108Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:24:11
109Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
110Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
111Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
112Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:25:21
113Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:26:13
114Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:27:49
115Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
116Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team
117Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
118Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank
119Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
120Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini
121Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
122Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
123Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
124Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
125Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo
126Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
127David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions
128Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
129Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
130Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto
131Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
132Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
133Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
134Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana
135Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
136Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux
137Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions
138Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
139Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
140Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
141Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
142Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
143Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team
144Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
145Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto
146Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
147Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step
148Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini
149Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
150Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team
151Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team
152Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:28:00
153Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:30:15
154Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
155David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:31:43
156Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions
157Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:32:34
158Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
159Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
160Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
161Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack
162Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step
163Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack
164Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
165Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini
166Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia
167Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team
168Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
169Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions
170Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
171Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
172Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
173Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia
174Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia
175Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
176Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
177Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto
178Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step
179Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team
180Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
181Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
182Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha
183Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
184Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
185Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto
186Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:32:52

Sprint 1 - Vulbens, 84.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6pts
2Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
3Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2

Sprint 2 - Viuz-En-Sallaz, 129.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
3Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2

Sprint 3 - Morzine, 175.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2

Sprint 4 - Morzine-Avoriaz, 189.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank20pts
2Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank15
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo13
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana12
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team10
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto9
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack8
9Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo7
10Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank6
11Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team5
12Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia4
13Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha3
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions2
15Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step1

Mountain 1 - Côte de la Petite Joux, 24.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3pts
2Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2
3Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1

Mountain 2 - Côte de Grésin, 73.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3pts
2Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank2
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1

Mountain 3 - Col de la Ramaz, 154.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto15pts
2Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank13
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne11
4Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto9
5Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom8
6Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7
7Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6
8Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana5

Mountain 4 - Les Gets, 168.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4pts
2Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank3
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2
4Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1

Mountain 5 - Morzine-Avoriaz, 189.0km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank30pts
2Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi26
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank22
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo18
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana16
6Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team14
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto12
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack10

Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank4:54:11
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:10
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo
4Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:02:23
5Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto
6Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:05:50
7Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:30
8Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:10
9Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:11:16
10Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:11:27
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:42
12Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:21:32
13Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha
14Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
16Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
17Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
18Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:24:11
19Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:27:49
20Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini
21Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo
22Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
23Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
24Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
25Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
26Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team
27Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
28Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step
29Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team
30Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:28:00
31Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:32:34
32Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini
33Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia
34Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
35Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto
36Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:32:52

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rabobank14:46:20
2Astana0:01:06
3Team Radioshack0:01:42
4Liquigas-Doimo0:03:03
5AG2R La Mondiale0:04:16
6Footon-Servetto0:06:49
7Caisse d'Epargne0:07:47
8Omega Pharma - Lotto0:07:56
9Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:08:33
10Team HTC - Columbia0:09:33
11BMC Racing Team0:10:23
12Euskaltel - Euskadi0:10:31
13Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:18:13
14Team Saxo Bank0:19:07
15Quick Step0:20:47
16Française Des Jeux0:20:58
17Sky Pro Cycling0:21:15
18Cervelo Test Team0:28:45
19Garmin - Transitions0:31:46
20Katusha Team0:39:56
21Team Milram1:01:21
22Lampre - Farnese1:07:06

General classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team37:57:09
2Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:20
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:01:01
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:03
5Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:01:10
6Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:01:11
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:01:45
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:02:14
9Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:15
10Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:31
11Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:02:37
12Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:02:40
13Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:02:41
14Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:02:45
15Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:03:05
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:11
17Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:03:23
18Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:30
19Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:27
20Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:03
21Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack0:05:39
22Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:19
23Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:06:33
24John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:12
25Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions0:07:28
26Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:52
27Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:07:58
28Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:08:15
29Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:08:39
30Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:08:53
31Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:57
32Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:10:05
33Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:11:00
34Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:08
35Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:11:14
36Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:13:01
37Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:13:13
38Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:13:17
39Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:13:26
40Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack0:13:56
41Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:14:11
42Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:14:45
43Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:15:45
44Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:17:30
45Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:18:18
46Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:18:41
47Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:55
48Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:22:57
49Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:23:09
50Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:23:50
51Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:24:17
52Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:24:19
53Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:24:48
54Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:25:08
55Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:25:17
56Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:25:48
57Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:26:01
58Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:27:38
59Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:27:40
60Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:28:24
61Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:28:30
62Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo0:28:36
63Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:28:48
64Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:29:06
65Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:29:29
66Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:29:38
67Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:30:30
68Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:30:41
69Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:30:51
70Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana0:32:07
71José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:32:22
72Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:34:06
73Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:34:53
74Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:35:09
75Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:35:40
76Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:36:35
77Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:36:41
78Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana0:37:10
79Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:38:33
80Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:39:08
81Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:39:10
82Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:39:30
83Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:41:11
84Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack0:41:15
85Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:41:33
86Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:41:35
87Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:41:39
88Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana0:41:43
89Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:41:51
90Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:42:04
91George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:42:20
92Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:42:47
93Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:42:59
94Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:43:22
95Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:43:24
96Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux0:43:56
97Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana0:44:18
98Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:45:14
99Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:45:26
100Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:45:57
101Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:46:00
102Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:46:46
103Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:47:23
104Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:47:31
105Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux0:47:41
106Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:47:53
107Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:48:00
108Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:48:08
109Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:48:13
110Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:48:37
111Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram0:48:38
112Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:48:44
113Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo0:49:13
114Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:49:22
115Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:49:24
116Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:49:29
117David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:50:10
118Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:50:37
119Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:50:40
120Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:51:08
121Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:51:15
122Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:51:17
123Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:52:11
124Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
125Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:52:34
126Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:52:44
127Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:52:55
128Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:53:21
129Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:53:31
130Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:54:09
131Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha0:55:04
132Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:55:12
133Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:55:46
134Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:55:48
135Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:55:59
136Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:56:00
137Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:56:44
138Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:56:48
139Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:56:49
140Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:57:56
141Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:58:25
142Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:59:51
143Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:59:56
144Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto1:00:27
145Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha1:00:28
146Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step1:00:35
147Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:00:38
148Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux1:01:22
149Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia1:01:23
150Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack1:01:30
151Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:01:46
152Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step1:01:51
153Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto1:02:20
154Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:04:36
155Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram1:04:54
156Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia1:04:56
157Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia1:05:41
158Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team1:05:54
159Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1:06:53
160Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team1:07:22
161Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo1:07:42
162Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1:07:51
163Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux1:07:57
164David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana1:08:24
165Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:08:45
166David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions1:08:50
167Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions1:09:06
168Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team1:12:31
169Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:12:44
170Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia1:14:05
171Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step1:14:14
172Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions1:14:15
173Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team1:15:10
174Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank