Marcel Kittel collects stage 3 in Tour of Oman

Marcel Kittel (Project 1t4i) confirmed his place at sprinting's top table with a competent victory on stage three of the Tour of Oman ahead of a roll call of the fastest riders in the peloton. The young German combined guile with power to take what was his second win of the season, but his first in such exalted company.

A fast-finishing André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) proved to be his closest rival on the day, but he was unable to close the gap on his fellow countryman in the final 50 metres, and had to settle for the red jersey of race leader as consolation. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-Big Mat) gave another indication of his potential with third, and beating the likes of Peter Sagan (5th), Tom Boonen (6th) and Mark Cavendish (8th) will be a further boon to his confidence.

The day belonged to the prodigious Kittel, however, who couldn't hide his delight at seeing off so many big names. Already a stage winner at the Vuelta a España last season, this victory was arguably of even greater significance considering the depth of sprinting talent in the field.

"It was a big goal for me this year to ride in the big races against the top sprinters, and of course I'm very, very happy that it worked out already at the Tour of Oman," said Kittel at the finish. "If you look at the start list, all of the big sprinters are here. Maybe not all in best shape, but it's the beginning of the season for everyone."

Kittel launched his sprint from a distance after being forced to fend for himself inside a chaotic final kilometre. The 23-year-old German's effort was all the more impressive considering the light breeze that he faced, and when he shot past, both Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) and Greipel were attracted to his rear wheel like moths to light.

Try as they might, nobody could come past Kittel, and with Cavendish seemingly penned in a little further back, the big German was able to power his way clear to take the win. "With one kilometre to go, I was alone and I had to fight for myself, but that's ok, the boys did a great job before that," he smiled. "In end, I was lucky to find a good spot in the final 500 metres and I could do a good sprint."

Kittel's victory comes on the back of a turbulent start to his campaign. A German television report linked him to a blood doping investigation at the end of January, and though his team quickly confirmed that Kittel is not a suspect in the inquiry, he admitted that it was a difficult period.

"When I saw my name on German television it was really a shock and it was definitely one of the hardest days of my life," he said. "The whole week and still here again I think a lot about that."

Team support

Robustly supported by his Project 1t4i team off the bike, Kittel enjoyed a similar vote of confidence on the road during stage 3. When the day's early escapees Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha), Kevin Hulsmans (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), William Clarke (Champion System) and Alexandre Lemair (Bridgestone Anchor) entered the final 60km with three minutes in hand on the peloton, it was the green and white jerseys of 1t4i that massed at the front to lend a hand to Team Sky's pursuit.

It was some measure of the team's belief in Kittel's talents that they were willing to seize the initiative on behalf of the youngster even though he was faced with rivals of the calibre of Mark Cavendish, and their confidence was repaid in full in the finale.

For their part, Sky endured a frustrating end to a stage that they initially appeared to have under control. After Ian Stannard had spent much of the day on the front of the bunch keeping the break's lead in check, Cavendish was marshalled in the finale by CJ Sutton, Matt Hayman and Jeremy Hunt. As the roads became more technical in the final 20 kilometres, however, it became increasingly difficult to form any kind of cohesive sprint train.

"It was pretty scrappy in the last 15k," Sutton said afterwards. "It went from a big wide open highway on two lanes to being a bit narrow. I was just trying to keep Cav out of trouble. It was all going perfect and we just got lost a couple of times. You have a plan and you try to execute it but sometimes it doesn't always go to plan."

Even so, Cavendish was still in contention for the win inside the final kilometre, but the world champion's hopes were extinguished definitively in the finishing straight and he rolled in a frustrated 8th.

"He said one of the French guys just chopped him and he said he couldn't do anything about it, he just had to freewheel the last 50 metres," Sutton said.

Another disappointed man at the finish was André Greipel, who acknowledged that he lacked Kittel's momentum as the sprint opened in earnest. "Kittel came pretty fast from the back and he was much faster than me when I started the sprint," Greipel said. "I tried to jump on his wheel, but Farrar was there too, so I was on his wheel, and the finish line just came a bit too soon."

The time bonus for second place was enough for Greipel to leapfrog back over Peter Sagan and into the red jersey of overall leader. Both men will aim to be in the mix on Friday's stage, which features another slightly uphill finishing straight at the end of a tricky finishing circuit at Al Wadi Al Kabir.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i3:23:00
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 5 - Cell 2
7Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 11 - Cell 2
13Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 13 - Cell 2
15Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 14 - Cell 2
16Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 20 - Cell 2
22Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 21 - Cell 2
23Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 22 - Cell 2
24David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 23 - Cell 2
25Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 24 - Cell 2
26Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone AnchorRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-NissanRow 27 - Cell 2
29Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-NissanRow 29 - Cell 2
31Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone AnchorRow 31 - Cell 2
33Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 32 - Cell 2
34Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 33 - Cell 2
35William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 34 - Cell 2
36Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 35 - Cell 2
37Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 36 - Cell 2
38Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-NissanRow 43 - Cell 2
45Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Gregory Rast (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 47 - Cell 2
49Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone AnchorRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 51 - Cell 2
53Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - BarracudaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 55 - Cell 2
57Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 58 - Cell 2
60Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 59 - Cell 2
61Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Robert Wagner (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:08
66Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 70 - Cell 2
72Joost Posthuma (Ned) RadioShack-NissanRow 71 - Cell 2
73David McCann (Irl) RTS Racing TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Project 1t4iRow 73 - Cell 2
75Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Christian Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:26
79Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 81 - Cell 2
83Jai Crawford (Aus) RTS Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone AnchorRow 83 - Cell 2
85Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:30
87Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone AnchorRow 87 - Cell 2
89Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:32
90Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Murilo Antoniobil Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:34
92Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:38
93David Millar (GBr) Garmin - BarracudaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 94 - Cell 2
96Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Project 1t4iRow 98 - Cell 2
100Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 101 - Cell 2
103Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 103 - Cell 2
105Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:00:50
106Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:03
107Albert Timmer (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 106 - Cell 2
108Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - BarracudaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:05
110Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 111 - Cell 2
113Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:13
114Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:18
115Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky ProcyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
116Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 115 - Cell 2
117Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:01:47
119Klaas Sys (Bel) Bridgestone Anchor0:02:16
120Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:02:24
121Wang Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) RTS Racing TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Dominic Klemme (Ger) Project 1t4iRow 122 - Cell 2
124Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:02
126Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone AnchorRow 125 - Cell 2
127Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:03:18
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Sprint 1 - Al Mahbil, 42.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team3pts
2Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Barka, 83.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team3pts
2William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Bank Muscat Hq (Airport Heights), 144.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i15pts
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i3:23:00
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 1 - Cell 2
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 2 - Cell 2
4Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 8 - Cell 2
10Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 9 - Cell 2
11Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone AnchorRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 12 - Cell 2
14Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-NissanRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Project 1t4i0:00:08
21Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:26
22Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:30
23Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:38
24Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Project 1t4iRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:05
28Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:01:18
30Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:01:47
31Wang Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:02:24
32Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor0:03:02
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Project 1t4i10:09:00
2Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 1 - Cell 2
3FDJ-BigmatRow 2 - Cell 2
4BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Garmin - BarracudaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Liquigas-CannondaleRow 5 - Cell 2
7Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sky ProcyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Katusha TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11RadioShack-NissanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Lotto-Belisol TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Bridgestone AnchorRow 12 - Cell 2
14Farnese Vini-Selle Italia0:00:08
15Champion System0:00:34
16RTS Racing Team0:01:04
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team9:59:41
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:02
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:08
4Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:09
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:11
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:12
7Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:15
9Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:19
11Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:21
12Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:24
14Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 13 - Cell 2
15Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:28
16Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 15 - Cell 2
17Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone AnchorRow 16 - Cell 2
18Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 19 - Cell 2
21Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:32
24Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:34
26Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team0:00:36
27Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:39
28Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:43
29Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:46
30Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:50
33Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:51
35Joost Posthuma (Ned) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:54
36Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 35 - Cell 2
37Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:58
38Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Koen De Kort (Ned) Project 1t4i0:01:01
40Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-NissanRow 39 - Cell 2
41Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone AnchorRow 40 - Cell 2
42Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Project 1t4i0:01:02
43Jai Crawford (Aus) RTS Racing Team0:01:08
44Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:12
45Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:15
48Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:17
49Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:18
50Roy Curvers (Ned) Project 1t4iRow 49 - Cell 2
51Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:20
55Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:24
57Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:25
59Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 58 - Cell 2
60David McCann (Irl) RTS Racing Team0:01:26
61Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 60 - Cell 2
62Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:28
63Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:29
64Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:31
66Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:32
67William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 66 - Cell 2
68Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:01:37
69Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:39
70David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:40
71Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:41
72Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:49
73Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:50
74Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:51
75Murilo Antoniobil Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:52
76Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i0:01:54
77Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:55
78Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:56
79Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 78 - Cell 2
80Albert Timmer (Ned) Project 1t4i0:02:04
81Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1t4i0:02:07
82David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 81 - Cell 2
83Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 83 - Cell 2
85Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 84 - Cell 2
86Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team0:02:13
87Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:02:27
88Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:02:33
89Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:02:36
90Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling0:03:05
91Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat0:03:07
92Klaas Sys (Bel) Bridgestone Anchor0:03:23
93Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:42
94Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling0:03:45
95Gregory Rast (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 94 - Cell 2
96Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team0:04:23
97Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:04:34
99Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:47
100Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:04:52
101Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:04:53
102Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Robert Wagner (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:04:56
104Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Christian Benenati (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:05:04
106Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:05:22
107Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:05:28
108Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:05:33
111Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Project 1t4i0:05:34
112Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:05:40
113Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team0:05:53
114Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - Barracuda0:05:59
115Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:06:01
116Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat0:06:14
117Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:06:43
118Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:06:54
119Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:07:02
120Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor0:07:50
121Dominic Klemme (Ger) Project 1t4i0:08:48
122Wang Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:08:58
123William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:09:52
124Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:10:33
125Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:16:16
126Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:16:43
127Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) RTS Racing Team0:28:30
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team28pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale27Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat19Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team12Row 5 - Cell 3
7Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team9Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan9Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor8Row 9 - Cell 3
11Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda7Row 10 - Cell 3
12Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia7Row 11 - Cell 3
13Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing Team6Row 12 - Cell 3
14Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team6Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep5Row 14 - Cell 3
16Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team4Row 15 - Cell 3
17Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale4Row 17 - Cell 3
19Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan3Row 19 - Cell 3
21Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling3Row 21 - Cell 3
23Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan2Row 22 - Cell 3
24Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team2Row 23 - Cell 3
25Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team2Row 24 - Cell 3
26William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2Row 25 - Cell 3
27Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team1Row 26 - Cell 3
28Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia1Row 27 - Cell 3
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Combativity classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor8pts
2Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing Team6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 5 - Cell 3
7William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2Row 6 - Cell 3
8Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team2Row 7 - Cell 3
9Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia1Row 8 - Cell 3
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Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale9:59:43
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:06
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:09
4Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:10
5Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:13
6Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:26
7Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:32
8Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:48
9Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team0:00:56
10Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:59
11Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Project 1t4i0:01:00
12Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:10
13Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:16
14Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:22
15Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:01:35
16Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:49
17Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i0:01:52
18Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:54
19Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Project 1t4i0:02:05
20Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:02:25
22Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:02:34
23Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:45
24Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:04:51
25Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team0:04:54
26Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:05:20
27Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:05:31
28Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Project 1t4i0:05:32
29Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:06:41
30Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor0:07:48
31Wang Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:08:56
32Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:16:14
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Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
5Katusha Team0:00:28
6Lotto-Belisol Team0:00:44
7Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:49
8Garmin - Barracuda0:00:54
9Sky Procycling0:00:58
10Bridgestone Anchor0:01:04
11BMC Racing Team0:01:10
12GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:22
13Farnese Vini-Selle Italia0:01:29
14Project 1t4i0:02:07
15Champion System0:02:19
16RTS Racing Team0:03:00

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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, published by Gill Books.

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