Tour of Beijing stage 3: Gavazzi snatches victory

Against the stirring backdrop of the Great Wall at Badaling, Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) charged to victory in a close finish to stage three of the Tour of Beijing, while Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) retained his overall lead, 40 seconds ahead of the Italian.

After taking his fourth second place finish of the season on the previous day in Mentougou, it was perhaps fitting that Gavazzi’s first victory of the year was one forged with patience. He held his fire when Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) launched what looked like the winning move with three kilometres to go, and maintained a watching brief when red jersey Tony Martin took up the pursuit on the final climb to the line.

Gavazzi opted to stick steadfastly to the wheel of Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp); biding his time as the flying Irishman led the fractured peloton back up to Boasson Hagen inside the final 200 metres. Gavazzi then struck on the crown of the final bend, and swept past Martin and Boasson Hagen to claim his first victory of the season.

“There was only one way for me to win today – I had to wait and wait and see how things developed,” a relieved Gavazzi said after the finish. “To be honest, when Boasson Hagen attacked, I thought it was over, as he is the perfect rider for this kind of finale.”

The rolling finale provided the platform for a flurry of increasingly ferocious attacks after the day’s early break had been swept up. Sylvain Georges (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was the first man to go clear, but when he was reeled in, Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) unleashed a rasping effort of his own on the penultimate rise.

Approaching the very crest of that climb, with three kilometres to go, Boasson Hagen produced a devastating burst that saw him cruise past Anton and then put daylight into the peloton behind. As he swooped down the gently curving bend, the Norwegian’s gap was approaching 20 seconds – he would have 17 in hand at the red kite – and given the disarming facility of his pedalling, he seemed destined to take the stage, the winner’s time bonus and make significant inroads on general classification.

Boasson Hagen had been one of the few riders to make the trek north from Beijing in the build-up to the race to reconnoitre the finale. His attack was pre-meditated and the aim had been to take the stage and the red jersey.

“I planned to go exactly where I did but it wasn’t the plan that the other guys would catch me,” Boasson Hagen said. “If Martin hadn’t gained time yesterday, then maybe I could have waited for the sprint. But that would have been a different race. So I was just thinking I needed to gap off and get as much seconds as possible.”

Sensing that his red jersey was under threat, Martin himself seized the initiative and took up the reins of the pursuit on the final kilometre-long climb to the finish, whose slopes seemed somewhat shallower than the road book had suggested. The German’s pace-making brought the bunch to within touching distance of Boasson Hagen, and then Ryder Hesjedal and Dan Martin completed the juncture within sight of the line.

200 metres out, Martin looked as though he was going to take the honours, but he confessed afterwards that he had hit the final ramp to the line in too high a gear, and the canny Gavazzi was able to zip past at the death to take the win, while Boasson Hagen held on for third ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Rui Costa (Movistar).

“It was hard finish, but a good stage for me, although I’m a bit disappointed not to win after all the hard work of my teammates,” said Martin, who now moves up to third overall, 50 seconds down on his namesake Tony.

The win went to Gavazzi, who claimed his first triumph since taking a stage at last year’s Vuelta a España. Unable to match the pure sprinters on the flat and nor the puncheur on the climbs, the 28-year-old has found that the right kind of finish can take a whole season to find.

“I actually thought the climb today would be harder,” he said. “But it turned out to be perfect for me. I can’t compete in flat sprints and I can’t win on harder climbs either, so it was great to break the ice here.”

Early break

The overnight release of USADA’s reasoned decision of its judgement on the Lance Armstrong case dominated many conversations in the start village, although some additional drama was provided by the news that Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) had taken a tumble while riding from the hotel to the start. The Luxembourger appeared relatively unscathed, however, and completed the stage 15 minutes down, as he continues his comeback from a fractured pelvis.

The day’s stage snaked its way through the foothills of the Xi Mountains and then skirted the fringes of greater Beijing before turning back towards the spectacular section of the Great Wall at Badaling. The early break went clear after 30km, featuring Vacansoleil-DCM pair Johnny Hoogerland and Pim Ligthart, Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ-BigMat), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge), Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi), George Bennett (RadioShack-Nissan) and Andriy Grivko (Astana).

The seven built up a lead of over 4:30 at one point, and with the peloton initially reluctant to chase, the group began to believe in their chances shortly after the midway point. “There were a lot of strong guys in the group who weren’t a threat on GC, so I thought we might go all the way,” Bennett said afterwards.

Eventually, however, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Garmin-Sharp and Liquigas-Cannondale (who were working for Moreno Moser) provided the firepower necessary to peg back the leaders. Leading by three minutes with 40km to go, the break was swept up in the finale, although Meier put up a brief, solo show of defiance before he too was caught. “I attacked when I felt the peloton coming back,” he said. “I saw an opportunity and took it.”

Ultimately, however, it all came down to frantic final three kilometres. Francesco Gavazzi won the day, but after quelling Edvald Boasson Hagen’s fierce attack, the day’s biggest winner might yet prove to be Tony Martin.

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Full Results
1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team4:05:08
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - SharpRow 1 - Cell 2
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 6 - Cell 2
8Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 7 - Cell 2
9Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 9 - Cell 2
11Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 12 - Cell 2
14Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:11
22Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:12
23Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 22 - Cell 2
24Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:16
25Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 24 - Cell 2
26Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:27
29Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp0:00:30
30Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 31 - Cell 2
33Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:37
34Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:41
35Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:47
36Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:53
41Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 40 - Cell 2
42Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:01:12
44Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:19
45Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 48 - Cell 2
50Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:55
55Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:00
57Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:23
58Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:02:30
60Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:00
61Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:47
62Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:04:09
63Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 67 - Cell 2
69Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 68 - Cell 2
70Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:04:18
72Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:04:47
73Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team0:06:13
74Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:06:29
75Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - SharpRow 82 - Cell 2
84Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 83 - Cell 2
85Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:50
87Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team0:08:25
88Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 90 - Cell 2
92Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 94 - Cell 2
96Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 96 - Cell 2
98Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 97 - Cell 2
99Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 98 - Cell 2
100Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 99 - Cell 2
101Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 101 - Cell 2
103Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 104 - Cell 2
106Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 105 - Cell 2
107Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 106 - Cell 2
108Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 107 - Cell 2
109Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - SharpRow 109 - Cell 2
111Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:10:36
112Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:11:01
113Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 112 - Cell 2
114Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - SharpRow 115 - Cell 2
117Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 119 - Cell 2
121Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:12:44
122Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 121 - Cell 2
123Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 122 - Cell 2
124George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 123 - Cell 2
125Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
128Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 128 - Cell 2
130Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:15:43
132Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 131 - Cell 2
133Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 132 - Cell 2
134Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 133 - Cell 2
135Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 134 - Cell 2
136Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:15:55
137Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:16:09
DNFBert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 138 - Cell 2
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1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team15pts
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Hezi Jian Village, 81km
1Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat5pts
2Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Changping Stadium, 118.5km
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5pts
2Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Dong Fang Hong (Cat. 2) 19km
1Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team8pts
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Nan Yan Road (Cat. 3) 37.5km
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5pts
2Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Gao Ya Kou (Cat. 1) 68.5km
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12pts
2Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Badaling Great Wall (Cat. 3) 162.5km)
1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4:05:08
2Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 1 - Cell 2
3Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:12
6Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:16
7Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:37
8Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:53
9Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:19
10Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:55
11Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:02:30
12Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:09
13Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 12 - Cell 2
14Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team0:06:13
15Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:29
16Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:25
17Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 16 - Cell 2
18Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 19 - Cell 2
21Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 21 - Cell 2
23Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:10:36
25Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:11:01
26Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 25 - Cell 2
27Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:12:44
28Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 28 - Cell 2
30George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 29 - Cell 2
31Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
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1BMC Racing Team12:15:36
3Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:18
4Astana Pro Team0:00:29
5Lampre - ISD0:00:52
6Orica GreenEdge0:00:55
7Movistar Team0:01:05
8Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:07
10FDJ-Big Mat0:01:49
11AG2R La Mondiale0:01:59
12Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:02:16
13Katusha Team0:04:49
14Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:57
15Garmin - Sharp0:06:47
16Lotto Belisol Team0:07:36
17Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:08:06
18Sky Procycling0:10:43
19Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:17:18
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General classification after stage 3
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep9:35:52
2Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:40
3Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp0:00:50
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:52
5Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 4 - Cell 2
6Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:56
7Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 7 - Cell 2
9Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:01:00
10Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 10 - Cell 2
12Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:05
16Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:06
17Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:09
18Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:16
20Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan0:01:25
21Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp0:01:30
22Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:02:12
23José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:28
24Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:06
25Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:14
26Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:03:15
27Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:03:24
28Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:31
29Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:32
30Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat0:03:42
31Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:43
32Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:45
33Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:49
35Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:04:02
36Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:25
37Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:04:31
38Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team0:04:34
39Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:04:36
42Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:01
43Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 42 - Cell 2
44David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:05:25
45Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:05:37
46Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:38
47Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:05:45
48Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:07:21
49Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:07:30
50Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:52
51Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:09:30
52Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:35
53Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:09:44
54Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:57
55Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:10:18
56Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:44
57Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:11:20
58Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:11:38
59Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:11:40
60Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - SharpRow 59 - Cell 2
61Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:12:33
62Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan0:13:25
63Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:13:26
64Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:13:34
65Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 64 - Cell 2
66Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:13:35
67Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:14:19
68Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:14:25
71Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat0:14:42
72Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:14:51
73Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:15:08
74Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:09
75George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan0:15:59
76Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:16:32
77Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:17:19
78Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:17:32
79Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:17:41
81Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 81 - Cell 2
83Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:17:50
85Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 84 - Cell 2
86Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:18:58
87Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:19:33
88Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team0:19:36
89Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:19:52
90Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 89 - Cell 2
91Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - SharpRow 92 - Cell 2
94Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol Team0:20:01
96Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp0:20:26
99Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 98 - Cell 2
100Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:20:58
101Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:21:48
102Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 102 - Cell 2
104Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 104 - Cell 2
106Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 106 - Cell 2
108Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team0:21:57
110Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 109 - Cell 2
111Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 110 - Cell 2
112Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:22:09
113Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 112 - Cell 2
114Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 113 - Cell 2
115Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:22:33
116Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:22:45
117Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:23:21
118Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:24:24
119Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:24:33
121Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 120 - Cell 2
122Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:25:08
124Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:25:34
125Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:25:57
126Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:26:01
127Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:26:07
128Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 127 - Cell 2
129Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:26:16
130Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 129 - Cell 2
131Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:27:39
132Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:29:15
133Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:30:12
134Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:30:59
135Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:31:55
136Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:32:49
137Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:33:52
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Points classification
1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team29pts
2Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling26Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp24Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale24Row 3 - Cell 3
5Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale22Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team19Row 5 - Cell 3
7Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat18Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep16Row 7 - Cell 3
9Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale15Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team15Row 9 - Cell 3
11Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep14Row 10 - Cell 3
12Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team13Row 11 - Cell 3
13Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team12Row 12 - Cell 3
14Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team12Row 13 - Cell 3
15Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team11Row 14 - Cell 3
16Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale11Row 15 - Cell 3
17Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team11Row 16 - Cell 3
18Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank10Row 17 - Cell 3
19Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10Row 18 - Cell 3
20Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team9Row 19 - Cell 3
21Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team8Row 20 - Cell 3
22Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD7Row 21 - Cell 3
23Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp7Row 22 - Cell 3
24Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD6Row 23 - Cell 3
25Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team6Row 24 - Cell 3
26Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 25 - Cell 3
27Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan5Row 26 - Cell 3
28Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 27 - Cell 3
29Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5Row 28 - Cell 3
30Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp4Row 29 - Cell 3
31Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team4Row 30 - Cell 3
32Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 31 - Cell 3
33Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3Row 32 - Cell 3
34David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank3Row 33 - Cell 3
35Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team3Row 34 - Cell 3
36Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team3Row 35 - Cell 3
37Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team2Row 36 - Cell 3
38Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team2Row 37 - Cell 3
39Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 38 - Cell 3
40Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team2Row 39 - Cell 3
41José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 40 - Cell 3
42Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team1Row 41 - Cell 3
43Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1Row 42 - Cell 3
44Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1Row 43 - Cell 3
45Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD1Row 44 - Cell 3
46Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp1Row 45 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
1Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp26pts
2Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep14Row 2 - Cell 3
4Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team6Row 8 - Cell 3
10Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team5Row 9 - Cell 3
11Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling2Row 14 - Cell 3
16Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank2Row 15 - Cell 3
17Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2Row 17 - Cell 3
19Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan1Row 20 - Cell 3
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Young riders classification
1Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank9:36:48
2Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:04
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:09
4Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:13
5Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:02:35
6Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:53
7Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:35
8Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:05
9Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:04:49
10Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:22
11Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan0:12:29
12Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:12:30
13Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:12:39
14Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:14:12
15George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan0:15:03
16Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha Team0:16:36
17Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:16:45
18Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:18:37
19Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team0:18:40
20Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:18:56
21Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:19:30
22Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:20:52
23Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling0:21:01
26Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:21:13
27Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:21:49
29Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:25:01
30Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:25:05
31Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:25:20
32Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 31 - Cell 2
33Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:26:43
34Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:32:56
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Teams classification
2Astana Pro Team0:00:25
3Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:27
4Movistar Team0:01:05
6AG2R La Mondiale0:01:55
7BMC Racing Team0:02:12
8Orica GreenEdge0:03:04
9Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:49
10Lampre - ISD0:05:12
11Garmin - Sharp0:06:43
12Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank0:08:08
13Katusha Team0:09:01
14FDJ-Big Mat0:09:38
15Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:15:13
16Lotto Belisol Team0:15:52
17Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:16:54
18Sky Procycling0:19:08
19Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:24:44

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.

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