Tour of Beijing stage 2: Tony Martin wins alone

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) took a potentially decisive step towards retaining his Tour of Beijing title when he soloed to victory on stage two to Mentougou, taking a firm grasp of the overall standings in the process.

On a short but rugged stage that saw the peloton skirt the Xi Mountains before looping back towards Mentougou, Martin rolled with the punches that were dealt on the day’s three categorised climbs before delivering a hammer blow of his own at the top of the final descent to win by 46 seconds.

Martin had been off the front of the race since the spectacular first category climb of Mapaoquan at the midway point, when Dan Martin’s (Garmin-Sharp) forcing helped an elite 12-man group go clear, with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) among those aboard.

Their lead fluctuated around the minute mark for much of the remainder of the stage, and while a flurry of attacks on the final climb to Dong Fang Tunnel fractured the break’s unity, they remained together until Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) led them over the summit with 25km still to race. At the top of the descent, Tony Martin drifted to the front, and when a small gap opened behind him after the first couple of bends, he didn’t need a second invitation to open the throttle.

“In the end, there was a descent with a lot of corners and suddenly there was a gap behind me to the other guys,” Martin said matter-of-factly. “I knew there were only about 20km to the finish at that point, so I decided to try and take my chance.”

Easier said than done, but then after a difficult opening to the season, Martin has regained the vim and vigour of 2011 in the closing months of the campaign. His morale on a high after retaining his world time trial crown in Valkenburg last month, Martin simply put his head down on the sinuous descent, reasoning that the chasers behind would struggle to organise the pursuit.

“When there’s one guy in front, sometimes everyone behind just looks at each other instead of working together,” he said. “They don’t know if they should chase or if they should try to save themselves for their own chances later on. I could just go full gas as I’m in really good shape.”

Already at full gas, Martin seemed to open the after-burners on the flat run-in to the finish in Mentougou, where even a brisk headwind couldn’t halt his progress and his lead began to stretch out beyond 30 seconds. His erstwhile breakaway companions’ attentions were already switching from the lost cause ahead of them to a larger group of chasers behind. Such was Martin’s ease, meanwhile, he even had time to salute the television cameras during his final cruise to the finish line.

When the chasers reached the finishing straight, the two groups had almost merged. Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) and Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) were among those to make the juncture before the line, and the Italian pair duly took the sprint for second and third behind Martin.

By that point, Martin had already accepted the congratulations of his manager Patrick Lefevere, a late arrival in China, and was making his way towards the podium to take possession of the red jersey. With an overall lead of 50 seconds, the German finds himself in a powerful position. “It’s good to have a gap of almost one minute now as tomorrow is a hard uphill finish,” he warned. The Great Wall awaits.

Houanard

The atmosphere at the beginning of the stage was tempered by the overnight news that Steve Houanard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) had returned a positive test for EPO before travelling to the Tour of Beijing. Houanard had been shepherded to the airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning – though not before insisting to his directeurs sportifs that he was innocent – and his teammates were only informed of the matter when they awoke at 7am.

Once the racing began, a five-man break featuring Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank), José Ivan Gutierrez (Movistar), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), David Tanner (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Mathias Frank (BMC) went clear. The quintet opened up a lead of over three minutes at one point, but with Euskaltel-Euskadi leading the pursuit, the peloton was within sight by the time they reached the day’s first climb.

The trek to Mapaoquan provides a hauntingly beautiful backdrop, with the distant skyscrapers of Beijing gradually all but disappearing from sight as the road pitches upwards. The 10 kilometre pass was worthy of any race, but it was jarring that there were just two spectators on the roadside on the way up the climb, with a just another smattering of hardy souls near the summit.

But while there may not have been an audience on hand to witness it, the peloton put on a spectacle on the way up the climb, with the Garmin-Sharp pair of Hesjedal and Dan Martin seizing the initiative, bringing Anton, Samuel Sanchez, Gork Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Tony Martin, Kruijswijk, Rui Cosa (Movistar), Sylvain Georges and Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale) with them, while Tanner, Frank and Garate survived from the day’s initial break.

Dan Martin led over the summit and repeated the feat over the 3rd category Gao Ya Kou to take control of the king of the mountains classification. Both the Irishman and his teammate Hesjedal would later be among the attackers to force their way clear on the final climb, but nobody was able break the deadlock. Instead, the stage was set for Tony Martin, who used his guile to sniff out an opportunity and then brute force to ensure he made it count.

“If there is no time trial, you have to do your own one,” he said. “I had a very, very small chance today but I took it."

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Full Results
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep2:53:05
2Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:46
3Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 2 - Cell 2
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - SharpRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 7 - Cell 2
9David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:00:50
10Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - SharpRow 11 - Cell 2
13Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 17 - Cell 2
19Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 18 - Cell 2
20Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-NissanRow 22 - Cell 2
24José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:53
26Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 25 - Cell 2
27Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 27 - Cell 2
29Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 28 - Cell 2
30Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:56
32Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 34 - Cell 2
36Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 38 - Cell 2
40Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big MatRow 42 - Cell 2
44Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - SharpRow 44 - Cell 2
46Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - SharpRow 46 - Cell 2
48Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 47 - Cell 2
49Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 49 - Cell 2
51Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 55 - Cell 2
57Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:07
58Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:06:33
59Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 58 - Cell 2
60Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:58
65Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:06
66Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 66 - Cell 2
68Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 71 - Cell 2
73Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 73 - Cell 2
75Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 74 - Cell 2
76Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 76 - Cell 2
78Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 77 - Cell 2
79Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - SharpRow 78 - Cell 2
80Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team0:13:13
81Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 85 - Cell 2
87Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 86 - Cell 2
88Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 87 - Cell 2
89Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 88 - Cell 2
90Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 89 - Cell 2
91Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 90 - Cell 2
92Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 92 - Cell 2
94Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 94 - Cell 2
96Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 95 - Cell 2
97Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 96 - Cell 2
98Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 100 - Cell 2
102Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 101 - Cell 2
103Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 107 - Cell 2
109Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 110 - Cell 2
112Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 111 - Cell 2
113Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 112 - Cell 2
114Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 113 - Cell 2
115Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 115 - Cell 2
117Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 119 - Cell 2
121Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 120 - Cell 2
122Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 125 - Cell 2
127Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - SharpRow 133 - Cell 2
135Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:15:41
137Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 136 - Cell 2
138Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:21:31
139Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
HDAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
DNSMauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
DNSSteve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 141 - Cell 2
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Points
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep15pts
2Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Bei Qing Road, 22km
1Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Xi Feng Shan Junction, 47km
1Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team5pts
2David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Gao Ya Kou (Cat. 1) 63km
1Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp12pts
2Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Summit 2 (Cat. 3) 76.6km
1Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp5pts
2Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Dong Fang Hong Tunnel (Cat. 2) 100km
1Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8pts
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2:53:51
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 1 - Cell 2
3Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:04
4Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:07
6Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:02:10
8Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 9 - Cell 2
11Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:21
12Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:05:47
13Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling0:08:20
15Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 14 - Cell 2
16Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 15 - Cell 2
17Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 18 - Cell 2
20Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:12:27
21Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 24 - Cell 2
26Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 25 - Cell 2
27Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 27 - Cell 2
29Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 30 - Cell 2
32Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:14:55
36Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:20:45
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Teams
1Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank8:43:44
2Astana Pro Team0:00:03
3Liquigas-CannondaleRow 2 - Cell 2
4AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Garmin - SharpRow 4 - Cell 2
6RadioShack-Nissan0:00:04
7Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:07
8Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Orica GreenEdge0:02:07
10BMC Racing Team0:02:10
11Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:40
12Katusha Team0:04:19
13Lampre - ISD0:04:27
14Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:07:33
15FDJ-Big Mat0:07:56
16Lotto Belisol Team0:08:23
17Sky ProcyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:09:23
19Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:14:36
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General classification after stage 2
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5:30:44
2Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:50
3Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:52
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:56
5Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - SharpRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:00
10Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 11 - Cell 2
13Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - SharpRow 15 - Cell 2
17Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:05
19Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:06
20David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:01:07
21Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:09
22José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-NissanRow 22 - Cell 2
24Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 23 - Cell 2
25Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:03:00
26Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:02
27Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:03
28Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:06
30Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:03:12
34Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 33 - Cell 2
35Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:14
38Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:15
39Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 38 - Cell 2
40Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 39 - Cell 2
41Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big MatRow 42 - Cell 2
44Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - SharpRow 43 - Cell 2
45George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 44 - Cell 2
46Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 48 - Cell 2
50Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - SharpRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:27
56Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:43
57Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:05:01
58Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:06:43
59Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 58 - Cell 2
60Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:06:52
61Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:07:46
63Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:08:16
64Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:19
65Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:16
66Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 65 - Cell 2
67Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:25
69Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - SharpRow 68 - Cell 2
70Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 69 - Cell 2
71Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 70 - Cell 2
72Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 71 - Cell 2
73Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 72 - Cell 2
74Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 74 - Cell 2
76Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 75 - Cell 2
77Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 77 - Cell 2
79Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 78 - Cell 2
80Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:13:13
81Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:13:17
82Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:23
83Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 82 - Cell 2
84Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 85 - Cell 2
87Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 88 - Cell 2
90Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 92 - Cell 2
94Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - SharpRow 93 - Cell 2
95Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 95 - Cell 2
97Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
99Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 100 - Cell 2
102Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:29
106Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:13:32
107Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 109 - Cell 2
111Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 110 - Cell 2
112Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
115Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 114 - Cell 2
116Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 117 - Cell 2
119Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 118 - Cell 2
120Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 120 - Cell 2
122Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 124 - Cell 2
126Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:13:44
129Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:14:08
130Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:14:20
131Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:14:29
132Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:14:56
134Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:15:04
135Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:15:07
136Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:16:12
137Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:16:38
138Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:21:48
139Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:23:16
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Points classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep15pts
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale15Row 1 - Cell 3
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team14Row 2 - Cell 3
4Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale13Row 4 - Cell 3
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling13Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team11Row 8 - Cell 3
10Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team11Row 9 - Cell 3
11Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp10Row 11 - Cell 3
13Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10Row 12 - Cell 3
14Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team9Row 13 - Cell 3
15Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team9Row 14 - Cell 3
16Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank8Row 15 - Cell 3
17Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp7Row 16 - Cell 3
18Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD7Row 17 - Cell 3
19Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team6Row 18 - Cell 3
20Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team6Row 19 - Cell 3
21Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team5Row 20 - Cell 3
22Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team5Row 21 - Cell 3
23Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan5Row 22 - Cell 3
24Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 23 - Cell 3
25Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 24 - Cell 3
26Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5Row 25 - Cell 3
27Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp4Row 26 - Cell 3
28Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 27 - Cell 3
29David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank3Row 28 - Cell 3
30Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale3Row 29 - Cell 3
31Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team3Row 30 - Cell 3
32Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team3Row 31 - Cell 3
33Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team2Row 32 - Cell 3
34Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team2Row 33 - Cell 3
35Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team2Row 34 - Cell 3
36Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 35 - Cell 3
37Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team2Row 36 - Cell 3
38José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 37 - Cell 3
39Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team1Row 38 - Cell 3
40Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD1Row 39 - Cell 3
41Heinrich Haussler (Aus)