Contador takes control in Malhão

Alberto Contador hammered home his first win of the season atop the Alto do Malhão in the Volta ao Algarve today. His Astana team set-up the two-time Tour de France winner perfectly to claim the mountaintop stage ahead of RadioShack's Tiago Machado and Levi Leipheimer.

With the help of Astana's new mountain domestique, David de la Fuente, Contador pulled away from the peloton on the final 2.7 kilometre ascent to secure both the stage win and overall lead in the race. The result meant Contador went one better than the equivalent stage last year where he finished second to Antonio Colom.

"I'm thrilled by the work that was done by the team, both yesterday and today. Everything worked out perfect. I was able to finish the job, but the victory is because of my teammates," said Contador.

While Contador hasn't put huge amounts of time into his rivals, he was happy with the time gaps he got. "At the end we weren't many seconds ahead because the climb was short, but the result is pretty good."

Contador reached the base of the 2.7km climb in the front group, but was a bit far back in about 20th position he said. "De la Fuente looked for me." The pair found each other and exploded off the front, riding solo for 1.5km to go when Contador took off alone.

The only rider who could come close to matching Contador's climbing speed was RadioShack's Tiago Machado, but Contador said he had no thoughts of the supposed rivalry between the teams and was focused only on the battle to win. "I prepare to win, but not over them, all that is clear is that I dedicate this victory to each of Astana's riders".

The win was a small step toward his goal of getting a third Tour de France title. "It begins here, and I am delighted that after seven months without racing I have managed to win today because I did not expect it."

Machado rolled in 11 seconds later, with Leipheimer at 22 seconds - within striking distance for the RadioShack riders to fight for the overall on Sunday's final 17.5 kilometre time trial in Portimão.

"It was our job to be in the front the last kilometers," said Machado. "The first two corners were sharp and the slope was steep. When Contador attacked with his teammate David de la Fuente, we decided to wait for the reactions of other potential overall contenders like Luis León Sánchez or Kim Kirchen. Their reaction did not come, so I counterattacked. The gap between Contador and me remained constantly the same, about ten, fifteen seconds. This means that I may not complain about my condition."

RadioShack team director José Azevedo added, "It's the first race of the season for our riders. We have to be careful and not too audacious. The most important thing is that Tiago proved he has worked hard and that he has a place in this big team. Tiago was nervous before the season. Now we see there was no need for it."

Shrunken peloton faces up to longer stage

Only 167 riders took the start for the third stage after 13 riders abandoned during the miserably cold and rainy second stage. Celio Sousa (Madeinox-Boavista) also leaving before the start of Friday's stage.

The weather improved considerably over the previous day: clouds gave way to bright sunshine thanks to strong winds that blew the rain away. The previous day's weather caused some problems with the route, however. Organisers had to add on distance to route the race around the damaged roads. Instead of 173.7 kilometres, the racers would contest 180.7 kilometres on the day.

The first crash and the first escape of the day happened inside the first 10 kilometres: three riders went down at kilometre eight when Gert Steegmans reportedly crashed into a parked car. The Belgian sprinter apparently losing his helmet in the impact and hitting his head. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation along with Manuel Carsoso (Footon-Servetto), but both escaped serious injury. Sandy Casar (Française des Jeux) also abandoned the race after the crash.

While the crash victims were being attended to, seven riders had escaped at kilometre 10: Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step), Edward King (Cervélo TestTeam), Gonzalo Rabuñal and Nelson Oliveira (Xacobeo Galicia), Thomas de Gendt (Topsport Mercator-Vlaanderen), Bruno Saraiva (CC Loulé Quarteira) and Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post Sean Kelly Team).

The breakaway gained several minutes on the peloton, with De Gendt taking out two intermediate sprints and mountain points, but a quick succession of category 2 and 3 climbs after the feedzone broke the lead group apart, and by the top of the penultimate climb Nelson Oliveira was the sole survivor of the escape, while Frederik Kessiakoff (Garmin-Transitions) left the race as a victim of a crash.

Oliveira was finally brought back by the relentless pace of the Astana team, which looked to set-up its man Alberto Contador for the final ascent to the Alto do Malhão - only 2.7 kilometres long but at an average of 8.9 per cent a perfect launching pad for the world's best climber.

Countering a move from a Quick Step rider, De la Fuente and Contador accelerated away from the peloton on the slopes of the final climb, with RadioShack's Portuguese climber Tiago Machado trying to get on terms.

Contador kept the pressure on, claiming his first win of the season, while Machado rode to a brilliant second place. However, the time gaps to the rest of the peloton are not big enough to call the hunt for Volta ao Algarve general classification off just yet.

Levi Leipheimer followed his teammate across the line to take third place on the stage, while HTC-Columbia's new recruit Tejay Van Garderen came in fourth ahead of his teammate Peter Velits.

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1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana5:02:55
2Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:00:11
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:22
4Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:25
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:29
7Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:31
8Rui Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:33
9Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 8 - Cell 2
10Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShackRow 9 - Cell 2
11Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 11 - Cell 2
13Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:41
15Jose Mendes (Por) La Rota Dos Moveis0:00:43
16Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:45
17Joan Horrach (Spa) Team KatushaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick StepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:00:51
21Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon - ServettoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin -TransitionsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:56
24Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox-BoavistaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShackRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 25 - Cell 2
27David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort - Prio0:01:00
28Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:05
31Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 31 - Cell 2
33Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon - ServettoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Joost Posthuma (Ned) RabobankRow 33 - Cell 2
35Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:11
36Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 35 - Cell 2
37Santiago Perez (Spa) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - LouletanoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 37 - Cell 2
39Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin -Transitions0:01:21
40Sergey Ivanov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Matthiev Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:26
43Hernani Broco (Por) La Rota Dos MoveisRow 42 - Cell 2
44Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alexander Botcharov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 44 - Cell 2
46David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot - SiperRow 45 - Cell 2
47Nick Nuyens (Bel) RabobankRow 46 - Cell 2
48Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon - ServettoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - LouletanoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 49 - Cell 2
51Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Celestino Pinho (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - LouletanoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 54 - Cell 2
56Alejandro Marque (Spa) Palmeiras Resort - Prio0:01:43
57Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:01:49
58Henrique Casimiro (Por) Palmeiras Resort - PrioRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:55
60Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - Siper0:01:58
61Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) RabobankRow 61 - Cell 2
63Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick StepRow 62 - Cell 2
64Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:02
65Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank0:02:06
66Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot - SiperRow 66 - Cell 2
68Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:14
69Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:02:20
70Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 69 - Cell 2
71Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon - ServettoRow 70 - Cell 2
72David O'Loughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly0:02:23
73Yoann Ofredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:38
74Filipe Cardoso (Por) La Rota Dos Moveis0:02:40
75Ronan Mc Laughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:45
77Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:02:59
78Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 77 - Cell 2
79Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 78 - Cell 2
80Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:02
81Ricardo Vilela (Por) Madeinox-BoavistaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:03:05
83Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox-Boavista0:03:09
84Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:15
85Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step0:03:16
86Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia0:03:32
87Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team KatushaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha0:03:34
89Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox-Boavista0:03:59
90Edgar Pinto (Por) La Rota Dos MoveisRow 89 - Cell 2
91Virgilio Dos Santos (Por) La Rota Dos MoveisRow 90 - Cell 2
92Daniel Navarro (Spa) AstanaRow 91 - Cell 2
93David De La Fuente (Spa) AstanaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack0:04:05
97Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:04:08
98Pedro Soeiro (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - Louletano0:04:20
99Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 98 - Cell 2
100Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:23
101Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 100 - Cell 2
102Frederic Guesdon (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 101 - Cell 2
103Daniel Mestre (Por) Palmeiras Resort - PrioRow 102 - Cell 2
104David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:28
105Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:04:44
106Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha0:04:57
107André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:05:27
108Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Mathew Wilson (Aus) Garmin -Transitions0:06:21
110David Millar (GBr) Garmin -TransitionsRow 109 - Cell 2
111Edward King (USA) Cervélo Test TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Ricardo Mestre (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Prio0:07:35
113Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:08:10
114Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:09:20
115Andriy Grivko (Ukr) AstanaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Sergey Renev (Kaz) AstanaRow 115 - Cell 2
117Gerben Löwik (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:13:25
118Oliver Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:16:16
120Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:16:32
121David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:16:40
122Kim Borry (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 121 - Cell 2
123Samuel Caldeira (Por) Palmeiras Resort - PrioRow 122 - Cell 2
124Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon - ServettoRow 123 - Cell 2
125Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 124 - Cell 2
126Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick StepRow 125 - Cell 2
127Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - LouletanoRow 126 - Cell 2
128Daniel Silva (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - LouletanoRow 127 - Cell 2
129Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox-BoavistaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Bruno Pinto (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - LouletanoRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 130 - Cell 2
132Bruno Sancho (Por) La Rota Dos MoveisRow 131 - Cell 2
133Lars Boom (Ned) RabobankRow 132 - Cell 2
134Hugo Sabido (Por) La Rota Dos MoveisRow 133 - Cell 2
135Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Test TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Graeme Brown (Aus) RabobankRow 135 - Cell 2
137Jose De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 136 - Cell 2
138Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 137 - Cell 2
139Mario Costa (Por) Barbot - SiperRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 139 - Cell 2
141Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:16:49
142Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 141 - Cell 2
143Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot - SiperRow 142 - Cell 2
144David Vitoria (Swi) Footon - ServettoRow 143 - Cell 2
145Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 144 - Cell 2
146Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:16:52
147Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo Test Team0:16:54
148Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:17:24
149Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step0:17:46
150Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana0:19:54
151Maxim Gourov (Kaz) AstanaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:27:10
153Bruno Lima (Por) Barbot - SiperRow 152 - Cell 2
154Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot - SiperRow 153 - Cell 2
155Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 154 - Cell 2
156Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 156 - Cell 2
158Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervélo Test TeamRow 157 - Cell 2
159Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en LigneRow 158 - Cell 2
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1Team Radioshack15:09:51
3Caisse d`Epargne15:10:56
4Team Katusha15:11:03
7Omega Pharma-Lotto15:11:42
8Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator15:11:55
10Quick Step15:12:10
11Francaise Des Jeux15:12:33
12CC Loulé-Louletano15:12:48
13Cervelo Test Team15:13:02
15Palmeiras Resort-Prio15:13:17
16La-Rota Dos Moveis15:13:34
18An Post-Sean Kelly15:15:14
19Cofidis Credit En Ligne15:15:51
22Xacobeo Galicia15:17:16
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1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana25pts
2Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia10Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rui Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne4Row 7 - Cell 3
9Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Portela do Barranco, Cat.3 - 121km
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator5pts
2Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - Louletano3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Climb 2, Cat.3 - 128.4km
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator5pts
2Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - Louletano3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Edward King (USA) Cervélo Test Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Climb 3, Cat.3 - 137.4km
1Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia5pts
2Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Alto do Malhao, Cat.3 - 173.7km}
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana9pts
2Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack7Row 1 - Cell 3
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 Alpendre - 20.6km
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3pts
2Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - Louletano1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 Geiteira - 96km
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3pts
2Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - Louletano2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia1Row 2 - Cell 3
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General Classification
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana15:20:17
2Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:00:15
3Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:28
4Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:35
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - ColumbiaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Rui Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:43
7Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 6 - Cell 2
8Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShackRow 8 - Cell 2
10Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:47
12Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:54
13Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:00:55
14Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin -Transitions0:01:01
15Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon - ServettoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick StepRow 15 - Cell 2
17Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:05
18Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:06
19Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:10
20David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort - PrioRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:15
22Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon - ServettoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 22 - Cell 2
24Joost Posthuma (Ned) RabobankRow 23 - Cell 2
25Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:21
26Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 25 - Cell 2
27Santiago Perez (Spa) Centro Ciclismo de Loulé - LouletanoRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:27
29Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShackRow 28 - Cell 2
30Sergey Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:31
31Matthiev Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:36
32Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Nick Nuyens (Bel) RabobankRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alexander Botcharov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:42
36Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:45
37Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:53
38Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox-Boavista0:01:54
39Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:57
40Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 39 - Cell 2
41Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin -Transitions0:01:59
42Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 41 - Cell 2
43Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:02:08
44Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - SiperRow 43 - Cell 2
45Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick StepRow 44 - Cell 2
46Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank0:02:16
47Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon - Servetto0:02:17
48Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:38
49Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:02:51
50Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:55