Tour of California: Wiggins wins Folsom time trial

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) won the 20km individual time trial stage at the Tour of California Monday afternoon in Folsom. Under bright and sunny skies, Wiggins finished 44 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) and 52 seconds ahead of Taylor Phinney (BMC). Wiggins also took the overall race lead from Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep).

"It was a fantastic course," Wiggins said. "I've been staying in Folsom for the last week and have been coming up here to ride the course. I knew it back and front. To come here today and put it all into action is a nice feeling."

Dennis, who started just 37th out of 128 riders, set a blistering pace of 24:02 in the hot sun and had to wait more than an hour before Wiggins knocked him from the hot seat.

"To be honest, I knew I wasn't going to win," the 23-year-old Australian said after the race. "I was hoping for a top three. I knew obviously Wiggo and Taylor were always going to be right up there. The one person I was worried about was Jesse Sergent as sort of a dark horse. He beat me in Romandie, and I was waiting for his time to sort of confirm that I would get a podium at least. Once that was sort of past I was pretty relaxed, and I was hoping Wiggo wouldn't take too much time out of me. But he sort of did that."

After looking smooth throughout his ride and catching both his one-minute and two-minute men, Wiggins crossed the line in a speedy 23:18.

Starting 10th from last, the pressure was then on Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) to beat Wiggins, but at the halfway point Phinney was 32 seconds down, a relatively large amount to make up in the remaining 10km. Phinney would roll in with a 24:10 for third.

"You always want to win," he said. "But when the big guns come out. In a time trial there's no hiding. The strongest riders win, and that's how it is. So I'll have to be satisfied with my ride. It was alright, not great."

The surprise of the day was Eloy Teruel (Jamis-Hagens Berman), who finished an impressive fourth place, just 1:08 behind Wiggins. Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) rounded out the top five with a time of 24:29, 1:11 in arrears.

With his stage win, Wiggins more than made up the 10 seconds he was down on previous race leader Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick Step), although the sprinter finished a respectable 27th, with a time of 25:21.

Wiggins will now wear yellow as the race leader going into stage 3. Dennis and Phinney are within a reasonable striking distance at 44 and 52 seconds, respectively - not a huge margin considering all the stages remaining and also considering that stage 3 is this year's Queen Stage.

The peloton will race 174.6km, including two major climbs up Mt. Hamilton and the finish at the top of Mt. Diablo. The challenging course should set the stage for GC contenders looking to make their moves.

Monday's time trial started with Robbie Squire (Jamis-Hagens Berman) as the first man down the start ramp, setting a time of 26:20. Jose Joao Pimenta Costa (Team NetApp-Endura) went a bit faster at 25:49, then Jens Mouris (Orica GreenEdge) took over the hot seat. Belkin's Jack Bobridge lowered the time to beat still more with a 24:33, but only 10 men later, Dennis clocked his 24:02.

With temperatures forecast to be in the upper 90s Fahrenheit for Tuesday's Queen stage, riders will face another long day in the heat. Wiggins said the only thing to do to prepare for the temperatures is to keep drinking.

"We've been here for a couple of weeks now," he said. "So we've gotten used to the heat anyway. But it still doesn't make it any easier. I think everyone is going to have a tough day tomorrow. There's only so much the human body can take."

 

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky23:18:27
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:44
3Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:52
4Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:01:08
5Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:01:11
6Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:15
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:19
8Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:01:21
9Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:01:24
10Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:25
11Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:28
12Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:30
13Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:33
14David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:34
15Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:01:36
16Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:01:37
17Ben King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:38
18Leopold König (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:42
19Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:01:43
20Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:01:46
21Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:01:53
22Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:54
24Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge0:01:56
26Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:58
27Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:03
28Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale0:02:04
29Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 28 - Cell 2
30Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:06
31Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:09
32Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:02:10
34James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:02:16
37John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 37 - Cell 2
39Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:02:17
40Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:02:19
41Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:20
42Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:21
43Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:24
44Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 43 - Cell 2
45Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:25
47Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:02:27
48Gregory Obando Brenes (CRc) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:02:30
49Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:02:31
51Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:33
52Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team0:02:37
53Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:38
54Janier Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp0:02:39
55Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:40
56Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team0:02:42
57John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:44
58George Bennett (NZl) CannondaleRow 57 - Cell 2
59Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky0:02:49
60Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky0:02:50
62Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:51
63Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:56
64Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 63 - Cell 2
65Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:02
66Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:03
67Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:03:04
68Fabio Sabatini (Ita) CannondaleRow 67 - Cell 2
69Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:03:06
70Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ted King (USA) Cannondale0:03:07
72Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:03:09
73Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:11
74Joe Dombrowski (USA) Team SkyRow 73 - Cell 2
75Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:03:12
76Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Development Team0:03:13
79Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:03:14
80Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:15
81Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Bissell Development Team0:03:16
82Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky0:03:19
84Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:03:20
85Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:03:23
86Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:28
87Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 86 - Cell 2
88Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:03:31
89Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 88 - Cell 2
90Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp0:03:32
91Danny Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge0:03:34
94Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team0:03:37
95Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:03:38
96Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:39
97Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 96 - Cell 2
98Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:03:41
99Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale0:03:42
100Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:03:44
101Luis Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:46
102Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:47
104Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:48
105Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:49
106Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:51
107Ryan Eastman (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:53
109Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:58
110Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:04:00
111Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:04:03
112Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:04:04
113Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:06
114Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:04:07
115Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:04:10
116Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:13
117Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:04:14
118Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale0:04:18
119Matt Cooke (USA) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:04:20
120Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:22
121Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:04:29
122Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:04:37
123Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 122 - Cell 2
124Tom Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:04:47
125Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:49
126Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:04:55
127Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:02
128Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:05:25
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Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano24:51:35
2Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:13
3Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:36
4James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development Team0:00:37
5Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:00:44
6Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:00:46
7Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team0:00:51
8Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team0:01:04
9Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team0:01:09
10Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky0:01:16
11Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Development Team0:01:40
13Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:01:41
14Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Bissell Development Team0:01:43
15Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:01:59
16Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development Team0:02:04
17Luis Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:13
18Ryan Eastman (USA) Bissell Development Team0:02:18
19Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:02:33
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek Factory Racing1:13:50
2Garmin-Sharp0:00:20
3Team NetApp-Endura0:00:39
4Team Sky0:00:46
5BMC Racing Team0:00:48
6Team Giant-Shimano0:01:11
7Orica GreenEDGE0:01:23
8Cannondale0:01:27
9Jamis - Hagens Berman0:01:40
10Team Optum By Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:21
11Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis0:02:23
12Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:02:26
13Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:30
14Bissell Development Team0:03:15
15UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:04:48
16Team Novo Nordisk0:06:00
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General classification after stage two
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky5:07:35
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:44
3Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:52
4Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:01:08
5Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:01:11
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:19
7Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:01:21
8Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:01:24
9Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:25
10Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:28
11Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:30
12Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:33
13David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:34
14Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:01:36
15Ben King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:38
16Leopold König (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:42
17Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:01:46
18Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:53
19Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Kirk Carlsen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 19 - Cell 2
21Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:54
22Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge0:01:56
24Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale0:02:04
25Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 24 - Cell 2
26Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:06
27Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:09
28Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:02:10
29James Oram (NZl) Bissell Development TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:02:16
31John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 31 - Cell 2
33Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:02:17
34Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:02:19
35Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:20
36Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:21
38Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:24
39Maciej Bodnar (Pol) CannondaleRow 38 - Cell 2
40Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:25
41Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:02:27
42Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:30
43Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:33
44Clement Chevrier (Fra) Bissell Development Team0:02:37
45John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:38
46Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Janier Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp0:02:39
48Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:40
49Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Bissell Development Team0:02:42
50Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:02:44
51George Bennett (NZl) CannondaleRow 50 - Cell 2
52Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky0:02:49
53Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gregory Obando Brenes (CRc) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:02:50
55Danny Pate (USA) Team SkyRow 54 - Cell 2
56Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:02:51
57Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:56
59Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 58 - Cell 2
60Gregory Daniel (USA) Bissell Development Team0:02:59
61Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:02
62Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:03
63Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:03:04
64Fabio Sabatini (Ita) CannondaleRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:03:06
66Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:03:07
68Ted King (USA) CannondaleRow 67 - Cell 2
69Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:03:08
70Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:11
71Joe Dombrowski (USA) Team SkyRow 70 - Cell 2
72Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Bissell Development Team0:03:12
73Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Nicolai Brochner (Den) Bissell Development Team0:03:13
76Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:03:14
77Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:15
78Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:03:16
79Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky0:03:19
80Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:03:23
81Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:28
82Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 81 - Cell 2
83Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:03:31
84Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) Jamis - Hagens BermanRow 83 - Cell 2
85Danny Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:03:32
86Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge0:03:34
87Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:03:37
88Tanner Putt (USA) Bissell Development TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale0:03:42
90Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:03:44
91Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:46
92Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:03:47
93Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:48
94Ryan Eastman (USA) Bissell Development Team0:03:51
95Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Jamis - Hagens Berman0:04:10
96Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:04:13
97Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:04:14
98Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:22
100Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:04:24
101Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:04:25
102Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:04:29
103Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:04:37
104Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:04:42
105Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:49
106Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:51
107Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:04:56
108Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:04:57
109Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:05:00
110Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:05:14
111Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:05:17
112Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:05:18
113Andrea Per