Costa claims Movistar's first Tour stage

The first mountain stage of the Tour was also the first when a rider who had been in the main break of the day held on until the finish. That man was Movistar's Rui Costa, who had joined eight others on the attack after only 8km of racing and hung to win by just 12 seconds ahead of Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), who had jumped away from the yellow jersey group that was rapidly closing in behind the 24-year-old Portuguese rider.

Going through the village of Besse, with six mostly uphill kilometres to the finish, Costa was in the company of Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad), Cyril Gautier (Europcar) and Christophe Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale), with Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) chasing frantically less than a minute behind having attacked from the peloton 25km from the finish.

As the road ramped up, Gautier produced the first acceleration, which quickly saw Riblon drop out of contention. Costa chased, caught and then attacked the Frenchman, as Van Garderen vainly tried to get back on terms. From that point, Costa's main threat came from Vinokourov, who dropped Flecha soon after Besse in desperate pursuit of his much-stated dream to take the yellow jersey.

Two kilometres out, the Kazakh veteran was 18 seconds down and appeared to be closing as the road rose ramped up again towards the finish. But, rather than Vinokourov, it was the youngster Costa who produced the stronger finish, staying clear on his own as the Astana leader was engulfed by the yellow jersey group.

"This is the most important victory I've ever had. I still can't believe I've won a stage on the Tour de France," said Costa. "Obviously it's always been a dream to win a stage like this. It's incredible! I attacked at a crucial moment when I saw that my breakaway companions were starting to flag. That gave me a bit of a cushion and worked to my advantage.

"To be honest, when I saw Vinokourov coming I thought he was going to catch me, but at the end I gave it everything that I possibly could. To win is great for me and it's great for my team, who have had some difficulties this year, and I know this victory is going to help us."

While Costa's was undoubtedly the ride of the day, not far behind was Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo), who went into the stage one second ahead of Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) on GC and came out of it with the same advantage. Although the Australian finished very strongly to take third place, 15 seconds down on Costa, the Norwegian sprinter was one of just 22 riders who were in that group with Evans.

"Today I surprised myself again, although I did not have a good day," Hushovd confessed. "But I just hung on, hung on, hung on, and it's just incredible that I'm still here in yellow. Cadel was the only rider I was looking for today, but I couldn't follow his move with 1k to go. I just did my tempo and managed to close a little gap at the end with a little sprint to get into his group. Tomorrow is another hard day and I'll just have to see what happens. Of course I would love to have yellow tomorrow night as well, but it's going to be really hard to control the race tomorrow."

Gesink is the major loser

While Costa was riding away to the best win of his career, the overall contenders used the final 2km of the stage to test each other out – or at least most of them did. Surprisingly, Rabobank's Robert Gesink had been dropped from that elite group with 5km remaining and was being paced by a number of his teammates into the finish. Although the Dutchman still managed to hang on to the white jersey as best young rider, he lost more than a minute on all his rivals for the yellow jersey.

Up ahead of the Dutchman, several of the likely contenders for the overall title made tentative attacks in the final 2km. After Gilbert had attacked going under the kilometre banner, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) countered, but was immediately closed down by Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) and Evans. The Spaniard had another dig 500m out, but once again failed to get clear. In the end, Gilbert's explosive power enabled him to get clear, as the overall contenders cancelled each other out. Gilbert's second place moved him back into the green jersey at the expense of Costa's Movistar teammate José Joaquín Rojas.

Defending champion Contador said he had felt good on the final climb, but explained: "The final wasn't hard in terms of the gradient and it was extremely difficult to get clear. But it's another day over and another day closer to the Pyrenees. I couldn't do much else on a stage like today. The best thing is that I got through it without falling."

Vinokourov was caught during that flurry of action and admitted at the finish he was very disappointed to have missed out. "I thought I had good legs today. I thought to myself. ‘I'm going to go for it,'" he said. "But in the very final kilometre it was just too much for me to bridge the gap. But I'll live to fight another day. I thought I was going to get up to Costa when I attacked, but he was just too strong today. Maybe next time..."

Riblon makes the first move

After several previous attempts had been neutralised, Christophe Riblon instigated the break of the day when he jumped clear after 8km. The Frenchman was quickly joined by Costa, Xabier Zandio (Sky), Addy Engels (Quick Step), Van Garderen, Romain Zingle (Cofidis), Gautier, Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha) and Julien El Farès (Cofidis).

At the top of the first climb, the 4th-category Côte d'Evaux-les-Bains – where El Farès took the KOM point on offer – their advantage reached almost six minutes, making Costa, who was 4:02 down on GC, the leader on the road as BMC set the pace in the bunch behind. The intermediate sprint followed at Auzances. Riblon clipped off the front of the break to take 20 points for the first man through it, ahead of Costa and Kolobnev.

That left the green jersey contenders in the bunch sprinting for 10th place. Gilbert took advantage of the rise up to the line to outkick Rojas. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad), who had jumped to third in the standings on stage 7, was beaten for 12th place by Rojas's teammate Francisco Ventoso.

The sprint offered just a brief respite from the climbing that was the main order of the day. The break was soon onto the 4th category Côte du Rocher des Trois Tourtes, where Kolobnev took the single point on offer. In the peloton, Astana had joined BMC in pace-setting duties and these two teams had trimmed the break's lead back to 3:45 at this summit.

Van Garderen takes the KoM jersey

When Omega Pharma-Lotto added their weight to the peloton's pace-making, the gap to the break began to tumble rapidly, dropping below three minutes with 32km remaining. Up ahead, the break reached the first slopes of the penultimate climb, the 2nd-category Col de la Croix Saint-Robert, where Van Garderen produced two accelerations that split the group.

Only Costa and Gautier were able to stay with him, although the Frenchman dropped back before the summit, where Van Garderen bagged five points as first man over. This was enough to earn the young American the lead in the King of the Mountains competition at the end of the stage, although he later admitted his day might have gone even better if he'd held back a bit more before the final climb.

"I think I paid for my aggression a little earlier on because I think the others felt that I was a strong rider so whenever anyone attacked they would like to me to shut it down. So I think it probably would have been better to stay calm earlier on, and I just lacked a little bit at the end. But the Tour's been incredible. I'm having a lot of fun."

Van Garderen's strength showed when he chased down Riblon twice on the approach to Besse, but those efforts rebounded on the 22-year-old HTC climber when the slightly more experienced Costa made what proved to be the winning move on the other side of the town.

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Full Results
1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team4:36:46
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:12
3Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:15
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 3 - Cell 2
5Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 4 - Cell 2
6Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 6 - Cell 2
8Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank SungardRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekRow 8 - Cell 2
10Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShackRow 12 - Cell 2
14Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 13 - Cell 2
15Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 14 - Cell 2
16Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 15 - Cell 2
17Thomas Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard TrekRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack0:00:26
26David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 25 - Cell 2
27Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 27 - Cell 2
29Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 28 - Cell 2
30Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:29
31Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 32 - Cell 2
34Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:33
35Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 38 - Cell 2
40Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:50
41Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJRow 43 - Cell 2
45David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 44 - Cell 2
46John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana0:01:02
50Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:16
51Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank SungardRow 51 - Cell 2
53Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:23
54Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 56 - Cell 2
58Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank SungardRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:33
60Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:38
61Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:49
63Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:00
65Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:10
66Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad0:02:12
67Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team0:02:25
68Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:36
69David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:44
70Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:52
71Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:02
72Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 71 - Cell 2
73Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:03:13
74Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack0:03:33
76Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 76 - Cell 2
78Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 77 - Cell 2
79Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:03:49
80Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 79 - Cell 2
81Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:05:05
82Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:05:36
83David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISDRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank SungardRow 83 - Cell 2
85Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 84 - Cell 2
86Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 87 - Cell 2
89George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 89 - Cell 2
91Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 91 - Cell 2
93Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 92 - Cell 2
94Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 94 - Cell 2
96Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:38
98Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
99Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 99 - Cell 2
101Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:11:07
102Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 101 - Cell 2
103Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank SungardRow 103 - Cell 2
105Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 104 - Cell 2
106Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 105 - Cell 2
107José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 107 - Cell 2
109Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 109 - Cell 2
111Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 111 - Cell 2
113Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 112 - Cell 2
114Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:11:11
116Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:13:06
118Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:15:16
119Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:17:54
120Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 119 - Cell 2
121Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJRow 120 - Cell 2
122Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJRow 121 - Cell 2
123Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 122 - Cell 2
124Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 123 - Cell 2
125Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:18:49
126Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:19:59
127Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 126 - Cell 2
128Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 127 - Cell 2
129Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-HighroadRow 129 - Cell 2
131Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 130 - Cell 2
132Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 131 - Cell 2
133Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 132 - Cell 2
134Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard TrekRow 133 - Cell 2
135Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard TrekRow 134 - Cell 2
136Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 135 - Cell 2
137Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 137 - Cell 2
139Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 140 - Cell 2
142Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 142 - Cell 2
144Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank SungardRow 143 - Cell 2
145André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 144 - Cell 2
146Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 145 - Cell 2
147Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 146 - Cell 2
148Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 147 - Cell 2
149Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Pro Team AstanaRow 148 - Cell 2
150Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 149 - Cell 2
151Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Yohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 151 - Cell 2
153Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team AstanaRow 152 - Cell 2
154Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 153 - Cell 2
155Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 154 - Cell 2
156Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 155 - Cell 2
157Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
158Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 158 - Cell 2
160Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 160 - Cell 2
162William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 161 - Cell 2
163Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 163 - Cell 2
165Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 164 - Cell 2
166Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 165 - Cell 2
167Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 166 - Cell 2
168Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 167 - Cell 2
169Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-HighroadRow 168 - Cell 2
170Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-HighroadRow 169 - Cell 2
171Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 170 - Cell 2
172Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 171 - Cell 2
173Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
174Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 173 - Cell 2
175Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShackRow 174 - Cell 2
176David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 175 - Cell 2
177Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 176 - Cell 2
178Danny Pate (USA) HTC-HighroadRow 177 - Cell 2
179Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 178 - Cell 2
180Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 179 - Cell 2
181Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 180 - Cell 2
182Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 181 - Cell 2
183Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 182 - Cell 2
184Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 183 - Cell 2
185Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:20:07
186Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team AstanaRow 185 - Cell 2
187Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 186 - Cell 2
188Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:28:48
DNFBeñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 188 - Cell 2
DNSChristopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShackRow 189 - Cell 2
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1Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team30pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi19Row 3 - Cell 3
5Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad17Row 4 - Cell 3
6Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team15Row 5 - Cell 3
7Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD13Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard11Row 7 - Cell 3
9Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek9Row 8 - Cell 3
10Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo2Row 14 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint - Auzances, 83km
1Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20pts
2Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte d'Évaux-les-Bains (Cat. 4) 65.5km
1Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
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Mountain 2 - Côte du Rocher des Trois Tourtes (Cat. 4) 119.5km
1Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team1
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Mountain 3 - Col de la Croix Saint-Robert (Cat. 2) 164km
1Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad5pts