Cobo takes a win in La Granja

Juan Jose Cobo rose to the top of the Vuelta a España as he raced away from a select group of the overall favourites to claim a stage 19 win in La Granja, Real Fábrica de Cristales. Two kilometres from the finish the Fuji-Servetto rider attacked a small group that had formed on the final climb of the day. With mere seconds in hand, Cobo held his advantage to take victory ahead of race leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto).

On the final mountain stage of this year's Vuelta, Valverde saw off attacks from his closest rivals on both the ascent and descent of the Puerto de Navacerrada to maintain his overall lead. However, Robert Gesink (Rabobank) finally gave in to injuries suffered in his stage 17 crash and slipped out of contention. The Dutchman is now 5:30 behind Valverde, with Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) moving up to second place ahead of Ivan Basso (Liquigas). Valverde's time bonus for second place meant that he yet again extended his lead over all --  bar Cobo at the finish.

Having languished in the aftermath of the Saunier-Duval collapse two years ago, Cobo today signalled loud and clear that he is back with a vengeance. His debut Grand Tour stage win was also the first for his Fuji-Servetto team. Cobo had been the first rider from the squad to claim victory, at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in March, but today's result trumps that success. In front of a rapturous Spanish crowd, Valverde was the first to congratulate his countryman on what was his second and most significant victory of the season.

"I'm extremely happy with myself and the team, because this was a victory we've searched for the entire race in several breakaways, and I think we already deserved it,” the overjoyed winner said.

He felt good the whole stage, the 28-year-old said. “We had to wait for the last kilometres, and I think I attacked in a good place, in a short ascent, by taking advantage of what Mosquera had done just before. “

Cobo was “the least important guy” in the final group, and he took advantage of that. He knew the others wold concentrate on each other, “so I give strength to my attempt and was able to succeed, for me and the rest of the team, because we really needed it.”

The Fuji rider's big day was topped off by the news that that he will be riding the time trial for Spain in the World Championships next week in Mendrisio. “Now I'm facing the World's TT with hope; I didn't count on riding it, but I'll do my best to place as high as possible.”

Valverde admitted that he was nervous coming into the stage, but stayed attentive. “Just like everybody expected, my rivals tried to attack me climbing and descending, but I had not the least intention of giving anyone such a possibility.”

He added that he even gained time on the day, thanks to bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint and the finish. Looking towards Saturday's time trial, he added, “Tomorrow every second will be important and I did not want to lose the opportunity to increase the gap.”

The two Spaniards were happy at the end of the day, but the mood at the Dutch team Rabobank was at the other end of the scale. Things are “terrible difficult” for Robert Gesink right now, Directeur Sportif Erik Breukink admitted. “Two Grand Tours in a short time and they both fall into the water.”

It was no real surprise to Breukink when his 23-year-old rider fell back. “You could see it coming. There was nothing to do. Even though they will all fight to the bitter end, for which they deserve tremendous respect.”

Mosquera finished sixth on the day and moved up into fifth overall, as Gesink dropped down. The Spaniard noted that while he is tired, his condition “allowed me to climb with the best” today. He was happy with his fifth position, calling it “a joy”, but knew that he was unlikely to hang on to it after Saturday's time trial.

“I'm realistic and aware that, compared to Evans and Basso, it is impossible to climb the ladder.” The “ambition and desire” are there and “I'll go to the death, but to beat them is very complicated.”

Sanchez admitted that his goal for the day was to cut the gap to leader Valverde. He was unable to accomplish that, but did manage to move up to second place overall. The Euskaltel rider attacked several times on the final climb, but “it was clear that Alejandro was waiting for my move.”

He now goes into the time trial with the difficult task of trying to make up 1:26 on the leader. Still, he noted that he is satisfied with what he has accomplished. “In 2007 I was third in the Vuelta and this year I am ready to improve on that position. On balance it is very positive and we are improving every season.”

A tale of two cities (with four hills in between)

Stage 19 had been touted as the final opportunity for Alejandro Valverde's rivals to threaten his domination of this year's race. With three Category 1 climbs to navigate, including two ascents of the Puerto de Navacerrada, the profile was enough to suggest that Caisse d'Epargne would need to be on their toes.

As it had been 24-hours earlier, the pace in the first hour was high as the peloton drew rapidly away from Ávila and waited for the appropriate combination to go clear. Amaël Moinard (Cofidis) kicked things off. He took 15 riders with him at kilometre zero, but their advantaged fizzled to nothing after 20 kilometres and they returned to the bunch.

Another Frenchman, Christophe Riblon,was to have better luck than his compatriot. The AG2R La Mondiale rider went up the road after 26 kilometres and was quickly joined by Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) and Eduard Vorganov (Xacobeo Galicia). With three riders prepared to tough it out on the formidable profile of the stage, the peloton matched their endeavour with generosity as with the amount of leeway began to expand.

Working hard on the first climb of the day, the Category 3 Alto del Leon, Riblon, Martin and Vorganov built themselves a lead of seven minutes. They took a similar advantage to first passage of the Navacerrada. Caisse d'Epargne led the peloton behind, who by the summit had scratched away around 30 seconds of the leader's gap.

It was in the transition to the third climb of the day where question marks began to appear about the escape's chances. Liquigas and Caisse d'Epargne swapped positions at the front of the peloton. While they did not appear to be making a concerted effort to reel in the trio, the advantage nevertheless continued to drop. As Riblon, Martin and Vorganov commenced the Category 1 Puerto de la Morcuera, they were hovering six minutes ahead of the main group.

It was on the slopes of the Morcuera that the fortunes of the breakaway began to correlate with those of Robert Gesink. The Rabobank leader's climbing armour revealed its first chinks as he lost touch with the peloton. Attentive to the Dutchman's plight, Silence-Lotto and Euskaltel-Euskadi joined Liquigas and Caisse d'Epargne in an effort to distance their rival.

But Gesink once again displayed his wealth of determination, as he and his teammates limited their losses on the climb and reconnected with the main group on the descent. It was a brave and impressive feat, but as the Novacerrada loomed once more, it was only a matter of time before he slipped out of the second place he had held for the previous fortnight.

While Gesink had fended off one attack, the leaders had suffered the consequences. The spike in pace had reduced their advantage to below three minutes and as Euskaltel continued to force the issue, the gap dropped to just over a minute with 45 kilometres to go.

Ten kilometres later the escape was over. Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Alexandr Kolobnev (Saxo Bank) and Serafin Martinez (Xacobeo Galicia) joined forces with Vorganov for a final flourish in front of the peloton, but with Euskaltel relentless in their pursuit, there was little hope of success.

The attention being paid by the Basque squad was clearly in aid of their leader Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi). The Olympic champion had made little secret of his intention to attack and as the slopes of the Puerto de Navacerrada reared once more the attention of the other favourites began to focus upon the man with the gold helmet, rather than the gold jersey.

Gesink meanwhile wasn't going to pull another rabbit out of the hat. The lower slopes were enough to see him slip away from what was an increasingly disjointed peloton. Surrounded by his Rabobank teammates, the 23-year-old was clearly compensating for his weakened left knee.

Out in front, Ivan Basso had sent his Liquigas lieutenant Sylvester Szmyd to the front to control the tempo of the overall contenders, who by now were the head of the race. The expected attack from Sánchez never really came to fruition. Two half-moves by the Euskaltel captain were latched onto by Valverde immediately and each time Szmyd's even pace saw him pull back to the front of the group.

Sánchez's moves were enough to ensure that as the summit approached, the selection was made. Present were: Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne), Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia), Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre), Juan Jose Cobo (Fuji-Servetto) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas).

The boys are back in town

With the banner marking the top of the Navacerrada barely visible through the mist at the top of the climb, Cobo shot forwards from the group. Sánchez reacted and Valverde once again glued himself to the wheel of the man who was now his closest rival in the general classification. Much has been made of Sánchez's ability on the descents, but as he and Valverde established a gap on a wet, slippery downhill run, it was the former who looked the most out of place.

As Mosquera made his way across, it was clear that Valverde had the measure of his rivals. The trio began to negotiate hairpins towards the bottom of the bottom of the mountain and were joined by Evans, Tiralongo, Cobo and Moreno on the succession of 180 degree corners. Only Basso remained behind, but he too rejoined as the eight-man group entered the outskirts of La Granja and the final 10 kilometres.

With Valverde in close attendance and the opportunity to take significant time gone, the battle became one for the stage victory. Mosquera and Tiralongo fired respective attacks at five and four kilometres to go. Moreno shut both down in quick succession. When Mosquera performed an encore Moreno once drew it back together. Cobo seized his chance and Moreno, this time, had no answer.

Sánchez, desperate to salvage a stage victory from the day was the one who came to the front, but as Cobo passed under the one-kilometre-to-go banner his slim advantage appeared enough to ensure that he would take the stage. Swooping out of the final, rain-soaked corner, the Fuji rider rose from his saddle to sprint for the line. Seconds later, a flurry of riders emerged from the same corner, but as Cobo came within 50 metres of the line he sat up and began to celebrate a well-taken victory in La Granja, as Valverde and Evans led the others home.

 

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto4:37:35
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:02
3Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
4Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
5Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
7Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
9Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:34
10Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
12Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
13Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam
14Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
15Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
16Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil
17Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
18Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:01:39
19Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:02:51
20Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
21Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
22Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
23Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis
24David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
25Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
26Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
27David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
28Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
29Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:04:44
30Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
31Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
32Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank
33Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
34Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis
35Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
36Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana
37Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto
38David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
39Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil
40José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
41Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:05:13
42Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:28
43Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:06:30
44Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:07:58
45David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:08:27
46Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
47Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
48Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
49Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
50Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:09:16
51Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank
52Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:42
53Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
54Christian Knees (Ger) Milram0:09:43
55Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
56José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
57Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:45
58Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
59Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
60David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
61Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas
62Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
63Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
64Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
65Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:11:49
66Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas0:11:51
67Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:12:56
68Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
69Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
70Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:12:57
71Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
72Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
73Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil0:14:04
74Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:14:53
75Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram
76Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:18:22
77Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:18:51
78Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
79Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC
80Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto
81André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC
82Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
83Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC
84Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
85Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
86Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis
87Paul Voss (Ger) Milram
88Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
89Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis
90Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil
91Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
92Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:18:56
93Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
94Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
95Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
96José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:19:00
97Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
98Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:19:14
99Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:19:16
100Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC
101Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux
102Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
103Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream
104Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
105Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto
106Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto
107Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
108Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil
109Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram
110Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
111Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis
112Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank
113Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC
114Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC
115Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
116David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream
117Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
118Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
119Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC
120Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
121Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream
122Martin Velits (Svk) Milram
123Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux
124Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:19:26
125Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux
126Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step
127William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
128Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
129Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
130Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis
131Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
132Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil
133Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC
134Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas
135Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
136Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
137José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
138Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis
139Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
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Sprint 1 - Km.: 147.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4pts
2Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil2
3Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1
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Sprint 2 - Km.: 156
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam4pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2
3Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC1
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Sprint 3 - La Granja. Real Fábrica de Cristales, Km.: 179.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto25pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20
3Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto16
4Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi14
5Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia10
7Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC9
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas8
9Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo7
10Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux6
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana5
12Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale4
13Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam3
14Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana2
15Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1
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Mountain 1 - Alto del León - Cat. 3, Km.: 48
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia6pts
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream4
3Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
4David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1
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Mountain 2 - Puerto de Navacerrada (1st pass), Cat. 1, Km.: 75
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia16pts
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream12
3Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10
4Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8
5David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto6
6Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4
7Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
8Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2
9José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1
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Mountain 3 - Puerto de La Morcuera, Cat. 1, Km.: 112
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream16pts
2Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia12
3Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10
4Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8
5Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6
6Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto4
7David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto3
8Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2
9Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1
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Mountain 4 - Puerto de Navacerrada (2nd pass), Cat. 1, Km.: 162
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto16pts
2Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne10
4Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8
5Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto6
6Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas4
7Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC3
8Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas2
9Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1
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Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caisse D'Epargne13:54:23
2Fuji - Servetto0:04:04
3Xacobeo Galicia0:05:59
4Astana0:06:14
5Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:28
6Liquigas0:09:48
7Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:10:41
8Cervelo Test Team0:11:10
9Contentpolis - Ampo0:12:03
10Rabobank0:12:34
11Silence - Lotto0:12:53
12Team Saxo Bank0:13:20
13Française Des Jeux0:16:09
14AG2R - La Mondiale0:18:05
15Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:18:44
16Andalucía - Cajasur0:26:17
17Quick Step0:33:01
18Team Milram0:41:49
19Team Columbia - HTC0:54:55
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General classification after stage 19
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne83:34:03
2Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:26
3Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas0:01:45
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:01:59
5Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:11
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:05:30
7Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:06:49
8Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:42
9Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:09:37
10Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:10:40
11Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:06
12Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:13:39
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:14:03
14Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana0:15:23
15Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:15:49
16Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis0:19:01
17Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:19:24
18Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:19:26
19Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:19:52
20Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:21:18
21Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:23:02
22José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:31:13
23Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:31:30
24David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:33:23
25David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:33:58
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:35:09
27David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:43:01
28David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:48:06
29Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:50:02
30Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:50:38
31Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank0:54:38
32Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:55:00
33Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:55:09
34Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:57:38
35Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:59:26
36Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1:00:44
37Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank1:04:08
38Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:04:15
39Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:04:17
40Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank1:04:32
41David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:05:55
42Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:08:07
43Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1:15:20
44Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1:16:16
45Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:16:18
46Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:16:34
47Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:16:52
48Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:18:47
49Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto1:19:34
50Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis1:20:15
51Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:21:21
52Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:22:46
53Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream1:24:22
54Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis1:26:48
55Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank1:26:51
56Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:27:05
57Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto1:27:16
58Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:27:59
59Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1:30:05
60Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:31:01
61Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux1:32:43
62Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:33:06
63Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:33:24
64Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1:34:29
65Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis1:37:30
66Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:39:31
67Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank1:40:18
68Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:40:39
69Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:42:51
70Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas1:43:36
71Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:47:30
72Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank1:50:18
73Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto1:51:15
74Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto1:51:24
75Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:51:51
76Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis1:52:58
77Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:55:51
78Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:56:52
79Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:58:05
80José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale2:00:37
81David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2:03:46
82Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas2:05:50
83Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC2:06:50
84Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram2:07:57
85Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:08:37
86Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:08:48
87Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis2:08:56
88Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step2:09:52
89Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil2:10:04
90Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:13:27
91Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas2:13:32
92Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step2:14:13
93Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram2:14:52
94Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC2:17:53
95Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:18:20
96Martin Velits (Svk) Milram2:19:20
97Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam2:20:13
98Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:21:50
99Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2:24:50
100Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil2:24:59
101Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam2:25:00
102Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC2:25:26
103Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:27:52
104Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2:28:10
105Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux2:30:10
106Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:30:57
107André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:33:59
108Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank2:34:53
109William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2:35:11
110Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:36:59
111Michael Schär (Swi) Astana2:38:11
112Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:39:54
113Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step2:42:50
114Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas2:43:05
115Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:44:28
116Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux2:48:16
117Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:48:19
118José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:48:27
119Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:48:47
120Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:49:38
121Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:50:51
122Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2:51:52
123Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux2:52:09
124Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas2:53:38
125Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC2:54:18
126Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:54:29
127Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC2:56:05
128Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis2:56:40
129Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2:56:55
130Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana3:00:34
131Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream3:04:59
132Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas3:07:47
133Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC3:08:10
134Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux3:14:03
135Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC3:15:14
136José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3:15:55
137Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil3:16:25
138Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream3:16:26
139Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom3:25:52
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