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Deignan declares his arrival in Ávila

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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) on his way to a stage win.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) on his way to a stage win. (Image credit: AFP)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates his win.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates his win. (Image credit: AFP)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) wins a Vuelta stage.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) wins a Vuelta stage. (Image credit: AFP)
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David Moncoutie and Bingen Fernández (Cofidis)

David Moncoutie and Bingen Fernández (Cofidis) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank)

Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alejandro Valverde, Daniele Bennati, Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans

Alejandro Valverde, Daniele Bennati, Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) pedals head-down toward the end of the stage.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) pedals head-down toward the end of the stage. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) head to the finish.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) head to the finish. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) took the biggest win of his career.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) took the biggest win of his career. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Stage winner Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates

Stage winner Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) was obviously happy with his win.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) was obviously happy with his win. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) crosses the line.

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) crosses the line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas)

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tadej Valjavec (AG2R La Mondiale)

Tadej Valjavec (AG2R La Mondiale) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) checks his computer as he rolls across the line.

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) checks his computer as he rolls across the line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas)

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) gets a castle trophy.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) gets a castle trophy. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Stage winner Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) on the podium.

Stage winner Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) on the podium. (Image credit: sirott)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) sprays champagne.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) sprays champagne. (Image credit: sirott)
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Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) sips champagne.

Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) sips champagne. (Image credit: sirott)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) pulls on another gold jersey as the race leader.

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) pulls on another gold jersey as the race leader. (Image credit: sirott)

In spite of grey skies Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) had a magnificent day at the Vuelta a España as he took the biggest win of his career this afternoon in Ávila. In a two-up sprint with Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) the Irishman proved his mettle, swinging off the Czech's wheel to sprint away to his first Grand Tour victory. Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) was next to cross the line, 16 seconds behind a jubilant Deignan.

"This was a very important victory for me and my confidence," said Deignan. "I won in my first year as a pro in 2005, but I've had all kinds of problems since then, with a knee injury and glandular fever. I didn't know if this was possible for me anymore. This will really help my confidence.

For the second day in a row it was the breakaway that would rule the day as Deignan was the main benefactor of participation in a 16-man group that escaped on the slopes of the Category 1 Puerto de Mijares. While it was the first ascent that would decide the split, it was the final descent, from the Alto del Boqueron, that would decide the stage.

Deignan and Kreuziger pulled away from the remainder of their breakaway companions as they made their way down from the summit of the Category 3 climb. Allied in their pursuit of the finish line, the two worked together as Fuglsang and David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) chased behind. As Herrero ran out of puff, advantage swung to the leaders.

Coming into the final kilometre together it was Kreuziger who fired first. Deignan matched the Czech rider's burst before launching his own successful bid for glory. Deignan also catapulted himself up the overall leader board; 18th at the start of the day, he moved up to ninth after he finished almost 10 minutes ahead of the peloton.

"It's a very big day for Irish cycling. It's been a big year for Irish cycling and this just caps it off," continued Deignan. "I cannot believe it. It just worked about perfectly in the final kilometres. I was just riding as hard as I could. At first I was trying to get time on GC. I knew Kreuziger was really strong, and when he went, I went with him."

"It was very slippery in the last kilometres. I could feel my wheel slipping around. I thought for sure Kreuziger would attack me on the cobblestones in the final kilometres, but maybe he couldn't," he explained. "Kreuziger looked strong in the group, so when he attacked, I went with him. It worked out perfectly."

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) finished in the peloton to maintain his overall lead. On a day of restraint amongst the main contenders, the Spaniard did manage to increase his lead over Robert Gesink (Rabobank) as he finished in a small group a single second ahead of the rest of the pack. Also in the group was Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who retained what is, at this stage, a podium position.

The hills are (once again) alive with the sound of cyclists

After a day sin montaña it was back to the hills today. The day had been approached with caution by many of the heads of state; the return to a lumpy profile loomed as an opportunity for riders close to Valverde's lead to peg back time. Emphasised by a cold, wet start to the day, the anxiety within the peloton showed as the breakaway took time to form.

With 37 kilometres covered, it took the 20 kilometre ascent of the Puerto de Mijares to create a split of 16 riders, who worked hard to establish a two minute gap over the Euskaltel-Euskadi led peloton by the top of the climb.

The selected 16 were: Jesus Hernandez (Astana), Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam), Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis), Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Tadej Valjiavec (AG2R La Mondiale), Rémy Di Gregorio (Française des Jeux), Mikael Cherel (Française des Jeux), Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Manuel Vasquez (Contentpolis-Ampo), Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia), Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank), Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Jesus Del Nero Montes (Fuji-Servetto).

Euskaltel maintained the pressure on the lead group as the temperature dropped in accordance with the gradients they were descending. Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) stopped with a puncture, but the interruption to his rhythm was momentary as he rejoined the lead group in time to take full advantage over a settling peloton.

At the bottom of the descent the peloton appeared content to let the breakaways enjoy their day beneath overcast skies. The slowdown was welcome relief to points leader André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) who had been unhooked on the climb. The group of stragglers that contained the German found its way back to the main group on the approach to the feedzone at 83 kilometres.

As the leaders rolled up their musettes, some four minutes ahead of the peloton, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) decided to call an end to his Vuelta campaign. Ill and caught up in the crashes of the previous day, the American would make his next stop the hospital as he attempts to recover in time for the World Championships in just over a week's time.

The gap to the leaders extended out by a minute over the next ten kilometres. Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis) rolled over the day's two sprint points first as the breakaway continued to co-operate. Behind them, Euskaltel was now sharing the workload with Caisse d'Epargne and as the second climb started the gap began to drop.

On the lower slopes of the Category 2 Alto Collado Mediano the advantage of the leaders came down to 3:30; it was the closest they would get before the finish. As the final kilometre of the climb presented gradients of 13 and 14 percent the gap once again began to stretch towards four minutes.

On the descent off the Collado Mediano, Euskaltel appeared to be working hard to reel in the breakaway, but time gaps told a different story. By the time the Category 3 Alto del Boqueron began with 25km-to-go, the advantage was 4:30.

As soon as the road lifted, Philippe Gilbert attacked the breakaway. The Belgian was quickly pursued by a steady string of riders eager to link up with the Silence-Lotto. After two kilometres Manuel Vasquez (Contentpolis-Ampo) and David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) were the first to reach a now fast-fading Gilbert. As Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) joined, Gilbert was eliminated.

Manuel Vasquez (Contentpolis-Ampo), David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia), Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) and Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) did their best to distance the remnants of the breakaway. Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) quickly asserted himself on the front of the now ten-strong chase group. As the summit approached the two groups once again formed one, slightly trimmer, group.

It wouldn't last long. With moist roads and 150 kilometres of racing to temper the breakaway's enthusiasm for the descent, it was Kreuziger and Deignan who sensed the opportunity. The Cervélo rider allowed his Liquigas counterpart to mark the line through the early corners before working with him to maintain their slight advantage over the rest.

As the roads flattened out for the run into Ávila, Jakob Fuglsang and David Herrero (Xacobeo Galicia) emerged as the only riders likely to snatch victory from the duo in front. The peloton was now almost nine minutes behind, happy enough to negotiate the final descent without incident.

With seven kilometres-to-go and fifteen seconds down Fuglsang lost the company of Herrero. The Spaniard was spent and left the Dane to set of in pursuit of Deignan and Kreuziger alone. The two-on-one battle had only one outcome as the two in front swapped off, increasing their advantage enough to exercise a cautious approach to the maze of roundabouts that marked the entrance to the city.

Deignan and Kreuziger traded long turns with one another over the final kilometres and despite the Czech rider's attention to Fuglsang's proximity behind, they entered the final thousand metres with time for cat and mouse tactics to begin.

Kreuziger's patience broke first as he leapt out of the saddle with 500 metres to go. Deignan was attentive and patiently paced his way back to his foe's wheel. As the distance to the finish closed within 200 metres Deignan swung out from cover and quickly distanced Kreuziger, whose final attack had emptied his tank.

It was a sodden, but clearly overjoyed Irishman who sat up to enjoy a three second victory over Kreuziger and Fuglsang, who finished 13 seconds further back.

Deignan had plenty of time to prepare for the podium as his former breakaway companions drifted over the line. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) was the first of the peloton to cross the line, 9:50 behind Deignan, the Australian leading Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) over the line.

The margin to the race leader sliced Deignan's pre-stage deficit by more than half. With a buffer either side of his now ninth position overall, the Cervélo is not three days away from adding a top-ten Grand Tour finish to his debut Grand Tour stage win.

Late for roll call

With more than 100 riders failing to sign-in before the stage start in Talavera de la Reina, it was unclear how many riders had started the day's stage. As the race got under way, Vuelta organisers asked teams to provide lists of their riders and, like the weather, the picture became marginally clearer.

Garmin saw three riders head home today. Canadians Christian Meier and Ryder Hesjedal did not start and were joined approximately 80 kilometres later by teammater Tom Danielson.

Also amongst those to end their Vuelta campaigns on Thursday were: Julien Loubet (AG2R La Mondiale), Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil), Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) and Bert Grabsch (Columbia).

Full Results
1Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam4:19:14
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:03
3Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:16
4Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:39
5Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:41
6Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:42
7Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis
8Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux
9Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana
10Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
11Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:57
12David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:20
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:03:36
14Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis0:04:57
15David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
16Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:07:16
17Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:09:40
18David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
19Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
20Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
21Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:09:41
22Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
23Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC
24Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
25Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
26Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
27Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
28Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil
29Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
30Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
31Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
32Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
33Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
34Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia
35Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto
36Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
37Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas
38José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
39David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
40Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank
41Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank
42Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
43Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
44Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis
45Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
46Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
47Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam
48Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:09:53
49Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
50Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:10:03
51Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
52Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas
53Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
54Paul Voss (Ger) Milram
55Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:06
56Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
57Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
58Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
59Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
60Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank
61Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:09
62Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
63Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
64Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
65Christian Knees (Ger) Milram0:10:11
66Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:10:13
67Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:10:20
68Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
69Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:42
70Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:10:55
71Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas
72Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram
73Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
74David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
75William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
76Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
77Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto
78Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:11:15
79Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
80Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
81Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
82Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
83Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis
84Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil
85Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
86Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
87Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
88Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
89Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil
90Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step
91Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:11:20
92Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:22
93Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream
94Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
95Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:11:25
96Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis0:11:28
97Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:11:30
98Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil0:11:37
99Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:11:45
100Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
101Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:12:25
102José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:52
103Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
104Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:13:40
105Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:14:19
106David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream
107Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC
108Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
109Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
110Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:18:11
111Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC
112Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC
113Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC
114Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
115Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
116Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC
117André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC
118Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto
119Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
120Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
121Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
122Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
123Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto
124Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC
125Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
126Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
127Martin Velits (Svk) Milram
128Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil
129Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
130Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
131Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
132Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux
133Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux
134Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil
135Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
136Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas
137José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
138Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
139Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram
140Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis
141José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:18:33
DNSMaxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
DNSRyder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
DNSChristian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
DNSBert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFTom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram
DNFBjörn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil

Points
1Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam25pts
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas20
3Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank16
4Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo14
5Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12
6Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux10
7Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis9
8Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux8
9Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana7
10Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto6
11Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale5
12David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto3
14Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis2
15David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis1

Sprint 1 - El Barraco, km. 93
1Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank4pts
2Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis2
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto1

Sprint 2 - El Herradón, km. 112,8
1Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis4pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis2
3Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux1

Mountain 1 - Puerto de Mijares (Cat. 1) km. 57
1David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis16pts
2Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis12
3Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto10
4Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8
5Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana6
6Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4
7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank3
8Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis2
9David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1

Mountain 2 - Alto Collado Mediano (Cat. 2) km. 120
1Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10pts
2Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam7
3Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis5
4Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux3
5Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2
6Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale1

Mountain 3 - Alto del Boquerón (Cat. 3) km. 148
1Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam6pts
2Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank4
3Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1

Solidario sprint
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto

Teams
1Cofidis, le credit en ligne13:08:18
2Française Des Jeux0:01:01
3Team Saxo Bank0:06:37
4Cervelo Test Team0:08:46
5Liquigas0:08:49
6Astana0:09:28
7Fuji - Servetto
8Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:48
9Contentpolis - Ampo0:09:53
10Xacobeo Galicia0:10:05
11AG2R - La Mondiale0:12:18
12Silence - Lotto0:12:21
13Caisse D'Epargne0:18:26
14Rabobank0:18:27
15Quick Step0:20:06
16Team Milram0:20:33
17Andalucía - Cajasur0:20:54
18BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:20:59
19Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:21:35
20Lampre - N.G.C0:28:41
21Garmin - Slipstream0:28:45
22Team Columbia - HTC0:40:05

General classification after stage 18
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne78:56:42
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:32
3Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:10
4Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas0:01:29
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:01:51
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:55
7Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:54
8Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:06:35
9Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:07:49
10Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:10:46
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:11:51
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:12:19
13Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:12:50
14Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana0:13:35
15Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:14:01
16Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:14:26
17Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis0:15:56
18Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:17:33
19Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:18:04
20Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
21Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:18:13
22Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:24:48
23José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:26:15
24Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:26:57
25David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:29:00
26David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:30:18
27David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:33:02
28David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:39:31
29Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:44:35
30Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:48:50
31Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:50:11
32Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:50:58
33Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank0:51:33
34Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:51:55
35Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:52:09
36Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:52:40
37Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:54:28
38Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:55:34
39Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:56:48
40Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:59:19
41Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank0:59:34
42Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis1:00:45
43David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:02:50
44Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:05:02
45Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1:05:23
46Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:07:51
47Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto1:08:11
48Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
49Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank1:08:15
50Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:08:48
51Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto1:09:35
52Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:09:36
53Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1:10:35
54Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1:11:18
55Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream1:12:19
56Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:13:26
57Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:13:29
58Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux1:13:38
59Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis1:17:50
60Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:18:03
61Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1:19:22
62Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:19:33
63Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step1:19:37
64Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:19:51
65Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:21:02
66Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis1:21:50
67Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:24:43
68Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:28:00
69Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas1:31:31
70Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto1:31:54
71Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto1:32:10
72Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:32:55
73Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis1:33:53
74Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank1:37:13
75Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:37:36
76Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:37:42
77Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank1:40:48
78Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:41:54
79David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream1:44:16
80Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:45:52
81Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1:46:10
82Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC1:47:20
83Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:48:06
84Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1:48:27
85Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto1:49:07
86Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:49:38
87Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis1:49:51
88Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil1:50:34
89José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale1:50:40
90Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:54:17
91Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step1:55:08
92Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step1:56:41
93Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC1:58:23
94Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram1:59:45
95Martin Velits (Svk) Milram1:59:50
96Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam2:01:08
97Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas2:03:33
98Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:05:09
99Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2:05:45
100Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil2:05:54
101Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC2:06:21
102Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:08:39
103Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux2:10:30
104Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:11:27
105Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2:13:52
106Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:14:42
107André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:14:54
108Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank2:15:23
109William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2:15:31
110Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam2:18:16
111Michael Schär (Swi) Astana2:18:41
112Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:20:44
113Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step2:23:10
114Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas2:23:25
115Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:24:58
116Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:27:29
117Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:28:39
118José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:28:47
119Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:29:42
120Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:30:33
121Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:31:21
122Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2:32:12
123Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux2:32:39
124Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas2:34:33
125Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:34:59
126Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC2:35:13
127Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC2:36:35
128Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis2:37:00
129Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2:37:15
130Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux2:38:17
131Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:40:20
132Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana2:41:04
133Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream2:45:29
134Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas2:48:07
135Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC2:48:40
136Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux2:54:33
137Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC2:55:34
138José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:56:41
139Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream2:56:56
140Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil2:56:57
141Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom3:06:12

Points classification
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC123pts
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas81
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne80
4Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank68
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto67
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia58
7Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas56
8Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi55
9David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis54
10Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil52
11Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto52
12Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis50
13Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank40
14William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom39
15David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia35
16Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank33
17David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia32
18Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas30
19Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia28
20Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto27
21Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26
22Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam25
23Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step23
24Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale22
25Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi20
26Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC20
27Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil18
28Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale18
29Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis16
30Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne16
31Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia15
32Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo14
33Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step13
34Christian Knees (Ger) Milram13
35Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux12
36David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto12
37Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12
38Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step12
39Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur11
40Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC11
41Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto11
42Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur11
43Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank10
44Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam10
45Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux9
46Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9
47Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo9
48Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank8
49Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux8
50Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank8
51Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis7
52Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana7
53Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo7
54Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil7
55Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur6
56Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis6
57Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank5
58Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5
59Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step4
60Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur4
61Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux3
62Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas3
63Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank3
64Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis3
65Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam2
66Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream2
67Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto2
68Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2
69Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2
70Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1
71Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1
72Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto1
73Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia1
74Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1
75Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1

Mountains classification
1David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis186pts
2David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto89
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank60
4Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur59
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank58
6Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne57
7Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo57
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil54
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia53
10Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis51
11Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi40
12Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto39
13Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis34
14Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank32
15David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia29
16Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas28
17Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia25
18Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank22
19Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis21
20Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi20
21Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank19
22Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia17
23Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne17
24Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil16
25Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi14
26Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam13
27Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo13
28Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia12
29Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo12
30Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas11
31Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10
32David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia10
33Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale10
34Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto10
35Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10
36Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank9
37Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo9
38Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto8
39Paul Voss (Ger) Milram8
40Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC7
41Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto7
42Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi7
43Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur6
44Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana6
45Christian Knees (Ger) Milram6
46Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank5
47Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step4
48William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4
49José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4
50Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3
51Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis3
52Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto3
53Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne3
54Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux3
55Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank3
56Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3
57Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil3
58Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3
59Martin Velits (Svk) Milram3
60Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step3
61Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
62Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil3
63Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis2
64Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis2
65Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
66Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1
67Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas1
68Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1
69Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1
70Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC1

Combination classification
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne10pts
2Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank11
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia21
4Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi22
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto22
6Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas27
7David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis37
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil47
9Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne51
10Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam57
11David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia57
12David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto64
13David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia75
14Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo76
15Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank77
16Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank79
17Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia80
18Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC88
19Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia93
20Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi96
21Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto101
22Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step101
23Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne103
24Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis106
25Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas109
26Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank110
27Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux111
28Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur111
29Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana112
30Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis115
31Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank122
32Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis124
33Christian Knees (Ger) Milram124
34Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank125
35Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis125
36Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis127
37Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi128
38Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank131
39Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale134
40Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil134
41Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo137
42Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale138
43Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia138
44Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto143
45Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas147
46Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana148
47Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale150
48Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi150
49Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank154
50Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo162
51William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom171
52Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam186
53Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur186
54Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto192
55Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto202
56Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto208
57Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step209
58Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram223
59Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi233
60Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo241
61Martin Velits (Svk) Milram248
62Paul Voss (Ger) Milram250
63Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil252
64Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil265
65Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC268
66José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne296
67Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis298

Teams classification
1Xacobeo Galicia236:30:36
2Astana0:27:10
3Caisse D'Epargne0:29:12
4Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:31:27
5Rabobank0:49:27
6Fuji - Servetto0:53:47
7Silence - Lotto1:00:19
8Euskaltel - Euskadi1:01:01
9Cervelo Test Team1:09:58
10Française Des Jeux1:27:49
11Liquigas1:30:46
12AG2R - La Mondiale1:42:26
13Lampre - N.G.C2:15:56
14Garmin - Slipstream2:21:59
15Team Saxo Bank2:27:11
16Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2:30:43
17Contentpolis - Ampo2:31:49
18Andalucía - Cajasur2:39:26
19Team Milram3:06:45
20Quick Step3:12:14
21BBOX Bouygues Telecom4:13:57
22Team Columbia - HTC5:41:27

 

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