Tschopp takes the stage and overall lead in Snowbird

 BMC's Johann Tschopp bridged from the field to a small breakaway on the slopes of the final beyond-category climb Saturday at the Tour of Utah and then soloed in to win the Queen stage and claim the yellow jersey from Garmin-Sharp's Christian Vande Velde.

Tschopp finished the stage 43 seconds ahead of NetApp's Leopold Koenig and 47 seconds ahead of Bontrager-Livestrong's Joe Dombrowski. Vande Velde came in 1:38 down on Tschopp and is now in second place overall, 38 seconds behind the Swiss rider. RadioShack-Nissan's Matthew Busche finished 1:02 down on the stage for seventh and climbed to third overall, 43 seconds behind.

The race started at the Newpark Town Center below the Park City ski area used for 2002 Winter Olympic ski jumping events. It finished at the Snowbird Ski Area and Summer Resort after 162.8km and 3,048 meters of climbing. The day included three sprint points and four KOM spots, including the finish. Riders tackled the category 4 climb above Jordanelle Reservoir as an hors d'oeuvre before the more significant climbs to come, including the category 1 ascent of Alpine Loop and the category 2 Suncrest climb about 36km from the finish at Snowbird.

An early breakaway of five riders formed from a much larger group of 23 as the riders made their way off the Jordanelle climb and came out of the tiny town of Heber about 56.5km into the race. Ben King (RadioShack-Nissan) joined Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale), Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare), Chris Barton (Bissell Pro Cycling) and 2011 stage winner Jesse Anthony (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) in a move that quickly began building time on the field as they made their way toward the ascent of Alpine Loop that started about 88 km into the race.

The leaders held a 4:45 gap at the bottom of the climb,which slowed their pace down to 16km/h on the narrow, winding road that traversed the steep forested slopes leading to the Sundance Resort at the summit. Competitive Cyclist's Francisco Mancebo jumped away from the field as it turned onto the climb and started a solo bridge attempt that would see him connect with the leaders near the summit after passing Barton, who had lost contact about halfway up the 11km ascent.

A chasing group of riders formed coming off the descent and rode to within 1:30 of the leaders as they passed through the town of Alpine in the valley below. BMC's Michael Scharr, Rabobank's Tom Slagter, Liquigas-Cannondale's Timmy Duggan, Champion System's Caleb Fairly and Bissell's Ben Jacques-Maynes had an advantage of 1:40 over the field, which was being driven by Vande Velde's Garmin-Sharp squad.

The chase brought the leaders' advantage down to just 40 seconds on the category 2 Suncrest climb. They made contact soon after as they descended back into the valley before setting out for the final ascent as a group of nine after Fairly crashed hard at the bottom of Suncrest. The newly formed breakaway had a lead of 1:55 with 20km remaining when Anthony decided to jump away and set out on his own and built a gap of nearly 20 seconds. Mancebo, who won the jersey for most aggressive rider on the stage, jumped from the group and set out after Anthony, but his effort was short-lived as the bunch behind started to explode on the lower slopes of the Snowbird climb and the front of the quickly fracturing field started gobbling up the remnants of the breakaway.

Garmin-Sharp's Peter Stetina, RadioShack-Nissan's Chris Horner and a rider from the Colombian EPM-UNE squad peeled off the front of the field but were soon joined by most of the GC contenders, including Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Garmin's Tom Danielson and Christian Vande Velde, Tschopp, Koenig, and Bontrager-Livestrong's Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell.

While the GC battle played out behind, Anthony had been caught at the front of the race, and Mancebo was also falling off the leaders' pace. Rabobank's Tom Slagter, who officials reinstated in the race after a disqualification on stage 3, had pulled away from the rest and was being chased by Duggan, King and Scharr, who were struggling up the road in that order.

Tschopp made his move, and he apparently timed it perfectly, slipping away from the select bunch and steadily building a gap as he looked strong and smooth all of the way up the climb. Tschopp caught and passed all of the breakaway riders in succession until he was alone with nothing between him and stage victory.

Behind, Vande Velde appeared to be in a spot of trouble as his teammates Danielson and Stetina set the pace for the select bunch that was also collecting the breakaway remnants. Danielson said there was some confusion in the group.

"First [Vande Velde] was there, and then he wasn't there," Danielson said. "When he came off I didn't feel super so I waited for him, then they told me to keep going. And I just wasn't super so I wanted to go with him, and then I just had problem with the heat or whatever."

Sensing an opportunity, Leipheimer lit out for the finish, taking Dombrowski with him. Boswell and Koenig bridged up to the pair and then Boswell put in his own attack. Koenig set out after him with Leipheimer and Dombrowski in tow. The trio reeled Boswell back, and Koenig immediately countered, this time taking Dombrowski with him.

The pair was a handful of seconds ahead of Leipheimer and Boswell and tried in vain to catch Tschopp, who had built a lead of nearly 45 seconds by the finish. Koenig came in 43 second behind Tschopp for second after separating from Dombrowski near the very top of the climb. The 21-year-old development team rider, who finished fourth on the Mt. Baldy stage at the Tour of California and then won the Baby Giro, made the podium in third, 47 seconds behind the leader. Dombrowski came oh-so-close but just couldn't hang onto Koenig at the line.

"There's a little crest and then you come downhill to the finish," he said. "And I was just like three or four meters off his wheel. I couldn't catch on, and then he hit the downhill and I was like, 'pffff, not gonna make it.' [Third] isn't bad though, either."

Boswell crossed the line another five seconds behind his teammate, with Leipheimer grabbing fifth, a minute behind the leader. Vande Velde regrouped and finished ninth, 1:38 behind Tschopp, who had started the day exactly one minute behind Vande Velde in the overall competition. RadioShack-Nissan's Chris Horner finished out the top 10, coming in with the same time as Vande Velde.

Tschopp was ecstatic on the podium as he pulled on his first-ever yellow jersey in stage race.

"For me, it's a special moment," Tschopp said in French through an interpreter. "It is the first time that I wear the leader's jersey in a stage race. I prepared very well for the Tour of Utah, it's a race that is well suited for me with its beautiful roads, a lot of mountains and mountains that suit me. It is somewhat similar to Valais in Switzerland. I had fun."

Dombrowski now wears the jersey for best young rider, while Jacques-Maynes won back the mountains jersey he lost earlier in the race to Duggan. Rabobank's Michael Matthews held onto the sprinter's top, while Mancebo got the most agressive rider prize. UnitedHealthcare's Jeff Louder remains the best Utah rider.

The 2012 Tour of Utah concludes Sunday with the 123.5 km "King" stage that will throw another 2,086 meters of climbing at the peloton. The route covers terrain the race has never visited before, including the scenic and private Wolf Creek Ranch, a 3.5km climb that hits grades of 22 percent. The Empire Pass climb comes 93km into the race and sets the bar for pure heinousness in length and pitch. The 17km ascent to the top of the pass has grades that reach near 20 percent. The day ends with a very fast winding 13km descent of Royal Street in the Snow Park area of Deer Valley, finishing in front of the Kimball Arts Center on lower Main Street in Park City.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team4:18:20
2Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team NetApp0:00:43
3Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:00:47
4Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:00:52
5Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:00
6Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech P/B C100:01:02
7Matthew Busche (USA) Radioshack-NissanRow 6 - Cell 2
8Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:23
9Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:01:38
10Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack-NissanRow 9 - Cell 2
11Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:01:49
12Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:59
13Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:09
14George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-NissanRow 13 - Cell 2
15Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:02:29
17Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:02:32
18Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Epm-Une0:02:43
19Mathew Cooke (USA) Team Exergy0:02:48
20Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Competitive Cyclist Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Freddy Rodriguez (Col) Epm-Une0:02:52
22Mathias Flueckiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:22
23Jorge Castiblanco Cubides (Col) Epm-Une0:03:41
24Max Jenkins (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team0:03:55
25Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:04:04
26Flavio De Luna (Mex) Team Spidertech P/B C100:04:16
27Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:21
28Andrew Bajadali (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:29
29Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:55
30Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:05:15
31Joshua Atkins (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:05:20
32Rafael Infantino (Col) Epm-Une0:05:35
33Marc Goos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:05
34Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 33 - Cell 2
35Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:06:13
36Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Radioshack-NissanRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan0:06:36
39Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetApp0:06:41
40Eduard Beltran (Col) Epm-Une0:06:53
41Michael Creed (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:07:10
42Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Mike Olheiser (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team0:07:31
44Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:07:49
45Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:08:05
46Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Team ExergyRow 45 - Cell 2
47Andres Diaz Corrales (Col) Team ExergyRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jeffry Louder (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:08:25
49Robigzon Leandro Oyola (Col) Epm-Une0:08:40
50Jens Voigt (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:09:54
51Julian Kyer (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:10:12
53Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:10:22
54Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Radioshack-NissanRow 53 - Cell 2
55Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 54 - Cell 2
56Benjamin Day (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jeroen Hoorne (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 57 - Cell 2
59Gavin Mannion (USA) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Thomas Rabou (Ned) Competitive Cyclist Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jesse Anthony (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:13:09
63Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp0:14:13
64Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:15:08
65Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Joost Posthuma (Ned) Radioshack-NissanRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ian Burnett (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 67 - Cell 2
69Edward King (USA) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 68 - Cell 2
70Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alexander Candelario (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 71 - Cell 2
73Joseph Schmalz (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74David Williams (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetAppRow 75 - Cell 2
77Alex Vanias (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Scott Zwizanski (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 77 - Cell 2
79Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetAppRow 78 - Cell 2
80James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetAppRow 80 - Cell 2
82Marsh Cooper (Can) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 81 - Cell 2
83Taylor Sheldon (USA) Competitive Cyclist Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech P/B C10Row 83 - Cell 2
85Brian Vandborg (Den) Team Spidertech P/B C10Row 84 - Cell 2
86Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:16:16
87Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Spidertech P/B C100:18:10
89David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:19:17
90Kirk Carlsen (USA) Team ExergyRow 89 - Cell 2
91Sebastian Salas (Can) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:23:04
92Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech P/B C10Row 91 - Cell 2
93Ryan Roth (Can) Team Spidertech P/B C10Row 92 - Cell 2
94Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 93 - Cell 2
95Reid Mumford (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:24:37
96William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team ExergyRow 96 - Cell 2
98Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 97 - Cell 2
99David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech P/B C10Row 98 - Cell 2
100Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 99 - Cell 2
101Sam Johnson (USA) Team ExergyRow 100 - Cell 2
102Morgan Schmitt (USA) Team ExergyRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
104Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 106 - Cell 2
108Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Jacobe Keough (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Robert Forster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team0:26:41
112Marco Benfatto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:27:10
113Chris Barton (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:31:08
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFHilton Clarke (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFJasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFJavier Eduardo Gomez (Col) Epm-UneRow 117 - Cell 2
DNSPhilip Deignan (Irl) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team5pts
2Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan5pts
2Jeffry Louder (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team5pts
2Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesse Anthony (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies1Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling4pts
2Javier Eduardo Gomez (Col) Epm-Une3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10pts
2Jesse Anthony (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jeffry Louder (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team7Row 2 - Cell 3
4Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale2Row 6 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling8pts
2Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale7Row 1 - Cell 3
3Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 4 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team12pts
2Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team NetApp10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech P/B C105Row 5 - Cell 3
7Matthew Busche (USA) Radioshack-Nissan4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack-Nissan1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Best Utah rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeffry Louder (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team4:26:45
2Reid Mumford (USA) Team Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies0:16:12
3Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Competitive Cyclist Racing Team0:18:16
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team4:19:07
2Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:00:05
3George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan0:01:22
4Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Flavio De Luna (Mex) Team Spidertech P/B C100:03:29
6Joshua Atkins (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:04:33
7Marc Goos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:18
8Eduard Beltran (Col) Epm-Une0:06:06
9Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:07:02
10Gavin Mannion (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:09:35
11Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:14:21
12Joseph Schmalz (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Alex Vanias (USA) Bissell Pro CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech P/B C10Row 14 - Cell 2
16David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech P/B C100:23:50
17Connor O'Leary (USA) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 17 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team12:58:32
4Bontrager Livestrong Team0:03:27
5Rabobank Cycling Team0:04:57
7Competitive Cyclist Racing Team0:10:42
8Team Exergy0:15:26
9Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:16:32
10Team Spidertech p/b C100:16:54
11Team NetApp0:18:05
12Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:18:12
13Bissell Pro Cycling0:18:31
14Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:21:16
16Team Argos-Shimano0:28:01
17UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:30:23
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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team18:18:49
2Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:38
3Matthew Busche (USA) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:43
4Leopold Koenig (Cze) Team NetApp0:00:53
5Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:00:58
6Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:01:03
7Christopher Horner (USA) Radioshack-Nissan0:01:19
8Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech P/B C100:01:21
9Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:01:22
10Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:24
11Thomas Danielson (US