Tour of Oman: Rodriguez wins mountain stage

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) out maneuvered and out gunned big rivals Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on the decisive stage 4 at the Tour of Oman to Green Mountain.

Rodriguez jumped away on the steep 13.5 percent gradient final section to win the stage, with Froome finishing four seconds behind him and distancing his rivals enough to ensure that he took the race leader's red jersey, with just two stages remaining.

The only mountain finish of the six-day race was a tactical battle between the expected favourites for much of the way, with the riders attacking each other before being caught and then other riders having a go. Contador, Nibali and Evans, who celebrated his 36th birthday with a day of hard racing, all tried attacks. However, Rodriguez and Froome had the better legs and better timing, distancing the others in the decisive moment of the race: the final kilometre.

Rodriguez got a gap as the climb cut across the mountain side under the finish area and managed to hold onto his lead all the way to the line. Froome made his own late attack but just failed to catch the Spaniard. Evans finished third but was 22 seconds down on Rodriguez, Contador was fourth at 27 seconds, and Nibali was fifth at 35 seconds. Other riders finished in different levels of fatigue and dehydration, with Matthias Friedemann (Champion System) who had been in the early five-man break of the stage, as the last to make it to the top, 15:10 behind Rodriguez.

Froome leaned on the wall at the side of the road after he finished, gasping desperately for breath in the heat and altitude on Green Mountain. The pain was well worth it and no doubt eased and turned sweet when he was told that he had secured the race lead. He now leads Evans by 24 seconds, with Contador third at 25 seconds and Nibali fourth at 34 seconds.

"Things went better than expected," Froome said as he rode on the rollers at the summit to help his recovery.

"Today was the first real test for me this year. It's extremely comforting to know that the winter has been a solid winter. I haven't done a lot of high end training yet, and so to get a result like this is a very comforting feeling."

"I don't think you can take much from the results. It's still February, and I doubt few riders have done intensity work but it's a good position to be in."

Froome made a point of thanking all his teammates, revealing how they helped him after he was somewhat worryingly dropped and isolated at the start of the climb to the finish.

"Having lost a bit of time on final climb yesterday, I was a bit apprehensive, but I owe it all to team today," he said.

"Saxo took it up at the bottom of the climb. It was very hard and very explosive. I got dropped on the first part of climb and was in the second group. I got across in no man's land on the flat and had Richie upfront. He helped me control Contador, while I tried to ride without any major surges. It was very tactical racing with Contador, Nibali and even Rodriguez doing huge accelerations."

"I saw the 500m to go banner and wasn't sure if the climb continued to go up. But I thought I'd better get moving and after that, I just tried to stay clear."

Friday's 144km fifth stage from Al Alam Palace to the Ministry of Housing includes three nasty climbs in the finale, but Team Sky and Froome seem strong enough to repel any audacious attacks.

The Kenyan-born Brit looks the favourite to win his first stage race as a professional rider. Success or even failure will be a vital jump up the learning curve of being a team leader and Tour de France contender.

"Tomorrow is going to be very hard, no doubt they'll throw everything at us," he predicted. "It's a narrow margin but I'll take what we've got and it's an honour to have the jersey."

Rodriguez brings a smile to everyone at Katusha

Joaquim Rodriguez was overjoyed to have won the stage and brought some much needed smiles to everyone at the Katusha team.

The Russian team's future hangs in the balance, with the expected decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) set to decide if the team secures a WorldTour licence and consequently whether Rodriguez stays or jumps ship to ensure that he rides the Tour de France. For now, the Spaniard is happy to race and win for Katusha, and he celebrated with his teammates and directeur sportif Valerio Piva at the summit of Green Mountain.

"I wasn't think about winning. I thought I could make fifth, sixth or seventh, but the team backed me all the way to the foot of the climb, and I felt perfect. I just went for it, to see what I could achieve," he said.

"I tried lower down the climb, but knew it'd be better to wait. We came back together on the earlier section but then I attacked with two kilometres, that's my kind of distance. Even if in the final 500 metres, I didn't have a lot of strength in my legs and the finish seemed a log way away."

Rodriguez dedicated his win to his wife and his teammates, hoping for a favourable sentence and a place in the UCI WorldTour from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"It's St. Valentines Day, and so this win has to be for my wife. My family sent me a video message this morning of them singing all together, and so this has to be for them," he said.

"It's also for the team. I just hope we get the right verdict from the CAS. It wouldn't be a bad thing for the Katusha team, and I think for everyone in cycling if we could be part of the WorldTour."

Note: The stage distance was officially 143.5km after a reduction from the originally planned 152.5km.

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Full Results
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha3:34:48
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:04
3Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:22
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:27
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:35
6Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:00:43
7Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:52
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:57
9Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:01:01
10Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:09
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:12
13Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:01:18
14Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:30
15Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:01:40
16Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:01:52
18Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:54
19Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:02:09
22Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:02:12
23Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:16
24Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:18
25Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Feng Chun Kai (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:02:41
27Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard0:02:44
28Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:02:49
29Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:53
30Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:59
31Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:03:11
32Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:03:26
33Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha0:03:42
34Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:48
35Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) JapanRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:04:14
37Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:17
38Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJRow 37 - Cell 2
39Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha0:04:28
40Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:04:47
41Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling0:05:00
42Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Junya Sano (Jpn) JapanRow 42 - Cell 2
44Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:05:21
45Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 44 - Cell 2
46Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:05:24
48Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) JapanRow 47 - Cell 2
49Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard0:05:29
50Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEdge0:05:33
51Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ0:05:34
52Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling0:05:56
53Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:06:06
54Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:06:07
55Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard0:06:13
56Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling0:06:23
57Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:06:30
58Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge0:06:34
59Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:48
61Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:52
62Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:07:10
63Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 62 - Cell 2
64Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:21
65Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:07:33
66Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 66 - Cell 2
68Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:07:51
69Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling0:07:54
70David Boucher (Fra) FDJRow 69 - Cell 2
71Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:07:59
72Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:16
73Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:08:32
74Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:38
75Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 75 - Cell 2
77John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 77 - Cell 2
79Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 78 - Cell 2
80Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) AG2R La MondialeRow 79 - Cell 2
81Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 80 - Cell 2
82Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 82 - Cell 2
84Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:08:49
89Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) KatushaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Alexander Kristoff (Nor) KatushaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Xu Gang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:08:53
92Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:08:56
93Gatis Smukulis (Lat) KatushaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:09:02
99Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:09:08
102Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:09:09
103Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard0:09:11
104Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:09:22
105Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 104 - Cell 2
106Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 105 - Cell 2
107Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 106 - Cell 2
108Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:09:32
109William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:09:37
110Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:09:40
112Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:09:53
113Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:10:23
114Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:10:25
115Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack LeopardRow 114 - Cell 2
116Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:11:12
117Marco Bandiera (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) JapanRow 117 - Cell 2
119Kohei Uchima (Jpn) JapanRow 118 - Cell 2
120Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:36
121Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:11:57
122Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:12:43
124Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha0:13:07
126Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:13:13
127Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:13:15
128Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:19
129Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling0:13:22
130Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:13:23
131Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:13:33
132Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 132 - Cell 2
134Marco Haller (Aut) KatushaRow 133 - Cell 2
135Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 134 - Cell 2
136Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 135 - Cell 2
137Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 136 - Cell 2
138Marko Kump (Slo) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 137 - Cell 2
139Tomohiro Kinoshita (Jpn) JapanRow 138 - Cell 2
140Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) JapanRow 139 - Cell 2
141Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:14:22
142Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:15:10
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Sprint 1 - Al Jarda, 55km
1Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura3pts
2Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Birkat Al Mouz, 141km
1Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points - Jabal Al Akhdhar (Green Mountain), 152.5km
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha15pts
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ3:35:31
2Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:26
3Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:01:09
4Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:29
5Feng Chun Kai (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:58
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:02:06
7Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:16
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:02:28
9Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:04:38
10Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:41
11Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling0:05:40
12Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:05:47
13Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:51
14Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:06:27
15Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:50
16Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 15 - Cell 2
17Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:07:33
18Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:07:55
19John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:13
24Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:08:19
25Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:08:26
27Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:39
28Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:54
29Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:09:10
30Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:09:40
31Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan0:10:29
32Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:12:00
33Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha0:12:24
34Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:12:30
35Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:12:32
36Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:36
37Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team0:12:50
38Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 37 - Cell 2
39Marco Haller (Aut) KatushaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 39 - Cell 2
41Marko Kump (Slo) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tomohiro Kinoshita (Jpn) JapanRow 41 - Cell 2
43Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:13:39
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1BMC Racing Team10:47:13
2AG2R La Mondiale0:00:29
4IAM Cycling0:02:56
5RadioShack Leopard0:04:46
7Astana Pro Team0:06:43
8Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:22
9Sky Procycling0:07:36
10Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:07:54
11Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:08:31
12Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:42
13Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:09:05
16Team NetApp-Endura0:14:52
17Team Argos-Shimano0:19:47
18Cannondale Pro Cycling0:20:14
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General classification after stage 4
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling16:35:05
2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:24
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:25
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:34
5Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha0:00:45
6Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:00:49
7Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:58
8Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:15
10Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:01:23
11Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:24
12Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25
13Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:36
14Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:46
15Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:50
16Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:01:54
17Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:56
18Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:02:02
19Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:02:07
20Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:02:15
21Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:17
22Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:02:18
23Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:19
24Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:33
25Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard0:02:50
26Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:02:53
28Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:03:05
29Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:08
30Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:18
31Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha0:03:57
32Feng Chun Kai (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:04:06
33Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:09
34Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan0:04:18
35Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:58
36Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:05:53
37Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ0:05:55
38Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:06:12
39Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:06:26
40Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:06:35
41Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:06:37
42Junya Sano (Jpn) Japan0:06:56
43Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:07:09
44Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:07:16
45Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Japan0:07:21
46Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:07:31
47Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:45
48Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:55
49Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha0:08:02
50Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling0:08:09
51Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling0:08:15
52Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard0:08:16
53Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:20
54Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:22
55Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling0:08:27
56Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:08:29
57Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:55
58Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura0:09:08
59Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard0:09:24
60Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:09:52
61Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling0:10:00
62Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:10:11
63Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:10:28
64Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:11:01
65Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:11:04
67Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:11:09
68Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
69John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:11:10
70Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:11:12
71Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:14
72Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha0:11:20
73Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:11:24
74Xu Gang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano0:11:25
76Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling0:11:32
77Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:11:38
78David Boucher (Fra) FDJ0:11:41
79Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:11:43
80Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha0:11:50
81Marco Bandiera (Ita) IAM Cycling0:12:00
82Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:12:02
83Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha0:12:10
84Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ0:12:30
85Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura0:12:33
86William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:12:47
87Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:12:52
88Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:12:59
89Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:13:02
90Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:13:18
91Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:13:22
92Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge0:13:50
93Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:13:59
94Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:14:06
95Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:14:19
96Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 95 - Cell 2
97Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:23
98Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard0:14:45
99Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:14:52
100Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:15:08
101Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:15:10
102Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:15:19
103Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:30
104Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:15:33
105Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard0:15:41
106Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:15:42
107Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:15:54
108Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:15:58
109Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha0:16:02
110Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:16:44
111Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:17:00
112Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura0:17:07
113Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:17:10
114Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:17:12
115Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:17:29
116Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:17:55
118Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:18:26
119Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:19:18
120Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:19:24
121Marko Kump (Slo) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:19:50
122Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan0:19:54
123Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:20:29
124Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha0:20:36
125Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:38
126Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:20:56
127Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:21:08
128Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:21:40
129Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:21:47
130Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:22:08
131Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:22:12
132Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:22:13
133Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan0:22:22
134Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:22:23
135Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:22:46
136Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:22:48
137Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:22:50
138Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling0:23:47
139Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:23:57
140Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan0:27:11
141Tomohiro Kinoshita (Jpn) Japan0:27:36
142Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:28:56
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Points classification
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling30pts
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard21Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling17Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano16Row 3 - Cell 3
5Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha15Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team13Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Champion System Pro Cycling Team12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 9 - Cell 3
11Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ11Row 10 - Cell 3
12Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team9Row 11 - Cell 3
13Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling9Row 12 - Cell 3
14Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team9Row 13 - Cell 3
15Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha7Row 14 - Cell 3
16Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale6Row 15 - Cell 3
17Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step6Row 16 - Cell 3
18Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step6Row 17 - Cell 3
19Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team5Row 18 - Cell 3
20Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox5Row 19 - Cell 3
21Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox5Row 20 - Cell 3
22Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team5Row 21 - Cell 3
23Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff5Row 22 - Cell 3
24Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling4Row 23 - Cell 3
25Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team4Row 24 - Cell 3
26Marco Bandiera (Ita) IAM Cycling4Row 25 - Cell 3
27Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan4Row 26 - Cell 3
28Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox4Row 27 - Cell 3
29Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura3Row 28 - Cell 3
30Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team3Row 29 - Cell 3
31Kristof Goddaert (Bel) IAM Cycling3Row 30 - Cell 3
32Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard3Row 31 - Cell 3
33Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team3Row 32 - Cell 3
34Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ2Row 33 - Cell 3
35Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge2Row 34 - Cell 3
36Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step2Row 35 - Cell 3
37Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling2Row 36 - Cell 3
38Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling2Row 37 - Cell 3
39Tomohiro Kinoshita (Jpn) Japan2Row 38 - Cell 3
40Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team1Row 39 - Cell 3
41Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ1Row 40 - Cell 3
42Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox1Row 41 - Cell 3
43Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha1Row 42 - Cell 3
44Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling1Row 43 - Cell 3
45Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team1Row 44 - Cell 3
46Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan1Row 45 - Cell 3
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Combativitiy classification
1Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Champion System Pro Cycling Team17pts
2Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha3Row 5 - Cell 3
7Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura3Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tomohiro Kinoshita (Jpn) Japan2Row 14 - Cell 3
16Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling2Row 15 - Cell 3
17Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 16 - Cell 3
18Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ1Row 17 - Cell 3
19Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox1Row 18 - Cell 3
20Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha1Row 20 - Cell 3
22Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano1Row 21 - Cell 3
23Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano1Row 22 - Cell 3
24Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan1Row 23 - Cell 3
25Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team1Row 24 - Cell 3
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Young riders classification
1Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ16:35:54
2Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:35
3Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:01:18
4Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:29
5Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:02:01
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:02:04
7Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:16
8Feng Chun Kai (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:17
9Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:05:46
10Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:06
11Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling0:07:20
12Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:07:31
13Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:07:33
14Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:06
15Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:10:12
16Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:10:15
17Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:10:20
18John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:10:21
19Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano0:10:36
20Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:12:13
21Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:13:17
22Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:13:30
23Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:14:21
24Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:14:30
25Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:41
26Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:14:53
27Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:15:05
28Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:15:09
29Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha0:15:13
30Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:15:55
31Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:16:11
32Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura0:16:18
33Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team0:16:40
34Marko Kump (Slo) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:19:01
35Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha0:19:47
36Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:20:07
37Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:21:19
38Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan0:21:33
39Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:21:34
40Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:21:57
41Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:21:59
42Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:22:01
43Tomohiro Kinoshita (Jpn) Japan0:26:47
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Teams classification
1BMC Racing Team49:48:09
2AG2R La Mondiale0:00:44
4IAM Cycling0:03:03
5RadioShack Leopard0:05:01
6Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:45
7Astana Pro Team0:08:22
8Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:08:35
10Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:10:11
11Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:10:35
12Sky Procycling0:10:53
13Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:13:19
16Team NetApp-Endura0:16:43
17Cannondale Pro Cycling0:22:40
18Team Argos-Shimano0:27:17


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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.

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