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Nordhaug wins final stage in Ireland

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Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Maxbo Bianchi)

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Maxbo Bianchi)
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Wicked weather on the third stage of the Tour of Ireland

Wicked weather on the third stage of the Tour of Ireland
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Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta) goes one better this year as he mounts the podium to collect his prize

Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta) goes one better this year as he mounts the podium to collect his prize
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Winner of the 2009 Tour of Ireland, Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta)

Winner of the 2009 Tour of Ireland, Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta)
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Riders battle the rain and the gradient of St Patrick's Hill on the final stage of the Tour of Ireland

Riders battle the rain and the gradient of St Patrick's Hill on the final stage of the Tour of Ireland
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Rider's push on up St Patrick's Hill, in spite of the torrential conditions

Rider's push on up St Patrick's Hill, in spite of the torrential conditions
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Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker Bianchi) wins the stage three of the Tour of Ireland beside him Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta) secures the general classification

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker Bianchi) wins the stage three of the Tour of Ireland beside him Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta) secures the general classification
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) was one of a large number of riders not to finish the Tour of Ireland's final stage

Lance Armstrong (Astana) was one of a large number of riders not to finish the Tour of Ireland's final stage
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) after withdrawing from the Tour of Ireland on stage three

Lance Armstrong (Astana) after withdrawing from the Tour of Ireland on stage three
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Time for the champagne. It had rained all day on Stage 3 so nobody was worried about getting soaked!.

Time for the champagne. It had rained all day on Stage 3 so nobody was worried about getting soaked!.
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Singin’ in the rain: Sam Bennett of the Irish National Team tries to make the best of a bad situation at the start of Stage 3 in Bantry, County Cork.

Singin’ in the rain: Sam Bennett of the Irish National Team tries to make the best of a bad situation at the start of Stage 3 in Bantry, County Cork.
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No doubt conscious of the atrocious weather conditions at the start of Stage 3, Lance Armstrong (Astana) left it until the very last minute to make his way from the Astana team bus to the start line.

No doubt conscious of the atrocious weather conditions at the start of Stage 3, Lance Armstrong (Astana) left it until the very last minute to make his way from the Astana team bus to the start line.
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The leading group grapple with the brutally steep incline of St. Patrick’s Hill in Cork City. As if the circuit wasn’t challenging enough, the riders had to deal with what can only be described as a typhoon. Of the 103 starters, only 47 riders completed the stage.

The leading group grapple with the brutally steep incline of St. Patrick’s Hill in Cork City. As if the circuit wasn’t challenging enough, the riders had to deal with what can only be described as a typhoon. Of the 103 starters, only 47 riders completed the stage.
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo Test Team) was involved in skirmishes on the road to Cork and persisted in his efforts on St. Patrick’s Hill.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo Test Team) was involved in skirmishes on the road to Cork and persisted in his efforts on St. Patrick’s Hill.
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Sam Bennett (Ireland National Team) gave another exhibition of his class on Stage 3. The youngest rider in the race seemed to revel in the exceptionally challenging weather conditions.

Sam Bennett (Ireland National Team) gave another exhibition of his class on Stage 3. The youngest rider in the race seemed to revel in the exceptionally challenging weather conditions.
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Taming St. Patrick’s Hill was a matter of pride for Paul Griffin (Ireland National Team). When it came to encouragement, the heaving crowds made sure no rider was left wanting.

Taming St. Patrick’s Hill was a matter of pride for Paul Griffin (Ireland National Team). When it came to encouragement, the heaving crowds made sure no rider was left wanting.
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Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) eyes up another victory in the King of the Mountains classification at the Tour of Ireland.

Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) eyes up another victory in the King of the Mountains classification at the Tour of Ireland.
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Mark McNally (Team Halfords) grimaces as he takes on St. Patrick’s Hill one pedal stroke at a time.

Mark McNally (Team Halfords) grimaces as he takes on St. Patrick’s Hill one pedal stroke at a time.
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Chris Newton (Rapha Condor Cycling Team) digs deep as he starts the climb for the final time. ©: Stephen McMahon.

Chris Newton (Rapha Condor Cycling Team) digs deep as he starts the climb for the final time. ©: Stephen McMahon.
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Peter Williams (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta) concentrates on his rhythm.

Peter Williams (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta) concentrates on his rhythm.
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Adrien Niyonshuti of the MTN Cycling Team looking composed as he embarks on his final lap of the circuit.

Adrien Niyonshuti of the MTN Cycling Team looking composed as he embarks on his final lap of the circuit.
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Sunshine on a rainy day: Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker Bianchi) celebrates victory on Stage 3 while Russell Downing (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta) celebrates overall victory on the 2009 Tour of Ireland.

Sunshine on a rainy day: Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker Bianchi) celebrates victory on Stage 3 while Russell Downing (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta) celebrates overall victory on the 2009 Tour of Ireland.
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The rain eased off and the sun came out just in time to shine down on the victors.

The rain eased off and the sun came out just in time to shine down on the victors.
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One of the first people to congratulate Russell Downing on his very impressive victory was his brother, Dean.

One of the first people to congratulate Russell Downing on his very impressive victory was his brother, Dean.
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Downing was both exhausted and exhilarated after sealing victory in the overall on Stage 3. What better way to celebrate your birthday?

Downing was both exhausted and exhilarated after sealing victory in the overall on Stage 3. What better way to celebrate your birthday?
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A few minutes of recuperation time were required after the battle royale was over.

A few minutes of recuperation time were required after the battle royale was over.
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Well wishers and quote hunters huddled around Downing as he took a few minutes to compose himself and take it all in.

Well wishers and quote hunters huddled around Downing as he took a few minutes to compose himself and take it all in.
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Manager of the CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta team Phil Griffiths was thrilled with Downing’s win.

Manager of the CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta team Phil Griffiths was thrilled with Downing’s win.
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Russell Downing lands back to earth and starts dealing with the media after Stage 3 of the 2009 Tour of Ireland.

Russell Downing lands back to earth and starts dealing with the media after Stage 3 of the 2009 Tour of Ireland.
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Winner of Stage 3 into Cork City, Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker Bianchi) is congratulated on the podium.

Winner of Stage 3 into Cork City, Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker Bianchi) is congratulated on the podium.
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Third place on Stage 3 was enough to see Matti Breschel (Team Saxo Bank) don the white jersey of Best Placed U-25 Rider overall.

Third place on Stage 3 was enough to see Matti Breschel (Team Saxo Bank) don the white jersey of Best Placed U-25 Rider overall.
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Breschel was well entitled to smile after a successful few days racing on the 2009 Tour of Ireland.

Breschel was well entitled to smile after a successful few days racing on the 2009 Tour of Ireland.
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Miss Stacey Kelly, daughter of cycling great Sean Kelly, presented Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) with his King of the Mountains jersey. Miss Kelly was assisted during the ceremony by Mr. Pat McQuaid, a person of some standing in Irish cycling circles by all accounts.

Miss Stacey Kelly, daughter of cycling great Sean Kelly, presented Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) with his King of the Mountains jersey. Miss Kelly was assisted during the ceremony by Mr. Pat McQuaid, a person of some standing in Irish cycling circles by all accounts.
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Mr. Consistent: Russell Downing (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta) also took victory in the Points Competition.

Mr. Consistent: Russell Downing (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta) also took victory in the Points Competition.
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Worth waiting for: Russell Downing (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta), winner of the 2009 Tour of Ireland.

Worth waiting for: Russell Downing (CandiTV – Marshalls Pasta), winner of the 2009 Tour of Ireland.
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Returning to the race determined to improve on his second overall of last year, Russell Downing took the best result of his career when he won the Tour of Ireland in atrocious conditions.

The British rider gave himself the best birthday present when he broke clear with Joker Bianchi's Lars Petter Nordhaug in the closing kilometres, having previously coped with the attacks from defending champion Marco Pinotti (Columbia HTC), several members of the Saxo Bank squad plus other riders.

They threw all they could at him but he refused to buckle, then turned defence into offence when he attacked with approximately four kilometres to go. Nordhaugh also went with him.

It was a complete reversal of last year's finale when, as race leader, Downing was unable to follow a late attack by Pinotti and slipped out of yellow.

"The guys were attacking me all day... it was pretty nervous racing and hard to work out what was going to come back and what could stay away," the CandiTV - Marshall's Pasta rider said afterwards. "I actually got in a move myself to relieve the stress and try to put people on the back foot. I think it worked, it got people panicking."

"I felt strong out there... as soon as we came onto the big climb [St. Patrick's Hill] I was really good. I looked across at Pinotti and his tongue was out and everything, but I was there feeling pretty comfortable. This is definitely my biggest result."

Downing had also held the yellow jersey going into the final stage in 2008 but lost it when Pinotti surged clear inside the last 10 kilometres. "Last year was the best ride of my career, and to go one better than that is something else," he said today.

The 31-year-old is riding with the CandiTV Marshall's Pasta squad, a relatively small outfit based in Britain. But, as Breschel said, he's very strong and deserves a ride with a top team.

"I'd hope this result will help," said Downing. "I've had no discussions as yet but hopefully Monday it will start." He'll also hope for a rethink on Britain's world championship selection which has left him out, despite the fact that he was the only finisher from the team last year.

Twelve months ago, Nordhaug finished fifth on the final stage and seventh overall. He improved considerably on that today, making a podium appearance vis-à-vis the stage result and ending the race as runner-up to Downing. "This is for sure my biggest win," said the past Norwegian national MTB champion. "I like this circuit very much. I am a former mountainbike rider so with these conditions too I enjoy it. For sure it is pretty dangerous so you have to be careful."

He said that the key to his success was biding his time, picking his moment. "They were really attacking Russell Downing all the time so I think they were tired from that," he said of the other contenders. "I had to just watch a bit and then attack for myself with the right move. Russell Downing also attacked at almost the same time, so then we went away and just rode hard to the finish."

They crossed the line 33 seconds ahead of the next group of chasers: Matti Breschel (Team Saxo Bank), Craig Lewis (Team Columbia - HTC) plus six others. Pinotti was also in this bunch.

There were 22 riders starting the stage who sat within 26 seconds of Downing's lead but his strong performance completely changed the general classification. Nordhaug finished 23 seconds back while Breschel netted third, a further 20 seconds down. Alexander Kolobnev (Team Saxo Bank) and Pinotti were fourth and fifth respectively.

Irish rider Philip Deignan had started the stage fourth overall and was hoping to finish strongly, but came home in a group 51 seconds behind Downing and had to be content with 12th. He wasn't too disappointed, though; he said the big priority was staying safe prior to his start this coming Saturday in the Vuelta a España.

"It split as soon as we got onto the circuit, on the first climb. I didn't have the legs - I knew straight away that I didn't have the power. I felt sort of average today, and if I'd had the legs I had on the first day I would have been up at the front," he said.

The conditions complicated things a lot, too. "My back wheel was just spinning on the climbs, maybe I had too much pressure in the tyre - every time I was going up the climb, it was losing traction. I was sliding a bit on the corners going downhill and I didn't want to take crazy risks with the Vuelta next week. But things are fine - I'm happy enough with my condition before that race."

The large crowds who turned out to see Lance Armstrong were disappointed; the American pulled out on the first passage over the finish line, without starting St. Patrick's Hill. He indicated afterwards that his back was sore. Lashed by rain almost all stage and facing a very tough finishing circuit, more than half of the 103 starters did not finish.
 

Results
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi4:00:10
2Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV
3Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:33
4Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC
5Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank
6Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team
7Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
8Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia-HTC
9Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank
10Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri
11Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:42
12Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team0:00:51
13Jason McCartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank
14Andrey Grivko (Ukr) ISD - Neri
15Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team
16Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team
17Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
18Michael Schar (Swi) Astana0:01:02
19Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo Test Team0:01:07
20Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Cycling
21Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV Marshalls Pasta
22Dale Appleby (GBr) Candi TV Marshalls Pasta
23Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
24Matt Wilson (Aus) Team Type 10:02:10
25Sam Bennett (Irl) Irish National Team0:02:43
26Robert Partridge (GBr) Team Halfords0:02:46
27Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords
28Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team
29Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team
30Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly Team
31Mark O'Brien (Aus) Australian National Team0:02:51
32Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV Marshalls Pasta0:05:38
33Timothy Roe (Aus) Australian National Team
34Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri Neri0:06:20
35Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia HTC0:06:43
36Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team0:07:27
37Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team0:08:01
38Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:08:23
39Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental
40Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords
41Juan Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Cycling
42Ian McLeod (RSA) MTN Cycling0:08:35
43Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team0:10:06
44Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:13:44
45Kurt Arvesen (Nor) SAX Team Saxo Bank
46Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:20:50
47Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi
DNFMark Cavendish (GBr) Columbia-HTC
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Columbia-HTC
DNFVincente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Columbia-HTC
DNFMorris Possoni (Ita) Columbia-HTC
DNFLance Armstrong (USA) Astana
DNFJanez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana
DNFJesus Hernández (Spa) Astana
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana
DNFHaimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
DNFJeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervélo Test Team
DNFDaniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team
DNFDavid McCann (Irl) Irish National Team
DNFPhilip Lavery (Irl) Irish National Team
DNFMartyn Irvine (Irl) Irish National Team
DNFIgor Abakoumov (Bel) ISD - Neri
DNFBartosz Huzarsky (Pol) ISD - Neri
DNFKenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly Team
DNFMark Cassidy (Irl) An Post Sean Kelly Team
DNFRonan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post Sean Kelly Team
DNFJef Peeters (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly Team
DNFBenny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly Team
DNFDarren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor Cycling Team
DNFTom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team
DNFS Richardson (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team
DNFDan Craven (Nam) Rapha Condor Cycling Team
DNFDean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team
DNFMichael Creed (USA) Team Type 1
DNFShawn Milne (USA) Team Type 1
DNFValeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
DNFIno Ilesic Aldo (Slo) Team Type 1
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1
DNFGraham Briggs (GBr) Candi TV Marshalls Pasta
DNFJames Sampson (GBr) Candi TV Marshalls Pasta
DNFAndrew Roche (Irl) Candi TV Marshalls Pasta
DNFThomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNFJackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team
DNFMartin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNFJack Bobridge (Aus) Australian National Team
DNFLeigh Howard (Aus) Australian National Team
DNFTravis Meyer (Aus) Australian National Team
DNFMichael Matthews (Aus) Australian National Team
DNFNicholas Walker (Aus) Australian National Team
DNFFrederik Wilman (Nor) Joker Bianchi
DNFSven Erik Vold (Nor) Joker Bianchi
DNFStake Laengen (Nor) Joker Bianchi
DNFJeste Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental
DNFMartijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank Continental
DNFMichael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Continental
DNFMaurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Rabobank Continental
DNFJay Thomson (RSA) MTN
DNFBradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN
DNFAdrian Niyonshuti (RSA) MTN
DNFRob Hayles (GBr) Halfords
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Halfords
DNSKen Hanson (USA) Team Type 1

An Post Sprint: Leap
1Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi5pts
2Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Columbia-HTC3
3Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC2
4Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental1

An Post Sprint: Kinsale
1Stuart O:Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank5pts
2Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN3
3Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Rabobank Continental2
4Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 11

An Post Sprint: Cork Finish Circuit
1Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team5pts
2Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia-HTC3
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV2
4Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank1

KoM Cat.3: Ballybane
1Jef Peeters (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly Team6pts
2Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor Cycling Team4
3Morris Possoni (Ita) Columbia-HTC2
4Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo Test Team1

KoM Cat.1: St Patrick:s Hill
1Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia-HTC15pts
2Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker Bianchi12
3Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV10
4Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank8
5Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC6
6Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team4
7Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank2
8Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank1

Team Stage Placing
1Team Saxo Bank12:02:09
2Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta0:00:35
3BMC Racing Team0:00:52
4Cervélo Test Team0:03:05
5ISD - Neri0:06:05
6Team Columbia - HTC0:06:10
7Team Halfords0:12:16
8MTN Cycling0:16:26
9Joker Bianchi0:27:34

Final General Classification
1Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta14:18:03
2Lars Nordhaug (Nor) TMB Joker Bianchi0:00:23
3Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:43
4Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:45
5Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:49
6Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:03
7Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:05
8Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:01:06
9Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri
10Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank
11Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank
12Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team0:01:08
13Andrey Grivko (Ukr) ISD - Neri0:01:21
14Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:24
15Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team0:03:17
16Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team0:03:19
17Jason McCartney (USA) Team Saxo Bank0:03:20
18Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
19Michael Schar (Swi) Astana0:03:31
20Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Cycling0:03:36
21Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta
22Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo Test Team
23Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
24Matt Wilson (Aus) Team Type 10:04:39
25Sam Bennett (Irl) Irish National Team0:05:12
26Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Halfords0:05:15
27Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post Sean Kelly Team
28Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team
29Robert Partridge (GBr) Team Halfords
30Mark O'Brien (Aus) Australian National Team0:05:20
31Timothy Roe (Aus) Australian National Team0:08:07
32Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - HTC0:09:38
33Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team0:10:30
34Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:10:52
35Mark McNally (GBr) Team Halfords
36Juan Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Cycling
37Stian Remme (Nor) Joker Bianchi
38Ian McLeod (RSA) MTN Cycling0:11:04
39Chris Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor Cycling Team0:12:35
40Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri0:13:01
41Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:14:10
42Dale Appleby (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta0:15:41
43Kurt Arvesen (Nor) SAX Team Saxo Bank0:16:13
44Peter Williams (GBr) Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta0:20:12
45Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team0:22:01
46Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:23:12
47Sondre G Sortveit (Nor) Joker Bianchi0:23:19

U25 General Classification
1Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank4:18:46
2Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:20
3Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC0:00:22
4Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:23
5Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank

Team General Classification
1Team Saxo Bank42:56:48
2BMC Racing Team0:03:27
3Cervélo Test Team0:03:29
4Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta0:04:50
5ISD - Neri0:06:29
6Team Columbia - HTC0:08:30
7Team Halfords0:18:43
8MTN Cycling0:22:53
8Joker Bianchi0:29:54

Points Competition
1Russell Downing (GBr) Candi TV31pts
2Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank27
3Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank25

Mountains Competition
1Matt Wilson (Aus) Team Type 139pts
2Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia-HTC25pts
3Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia-HTC15pts

 

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