Valverde crowned Vuelta king, Greipel wins Madrid sprint

Andre Greipel of Team Columbia-HTC won the final mass sprint on the roads of Madrid to close out the Vuelta a Espana with his fourth stage win, but the day belonged to Alejandro Valverde of Caisse d'Epargne. The Spaniard took home his first Grand Tour win after a controversial season which saw him banned from racing in Italy.

Greipel powered to the sprint victory by two bike lengths ahead of Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) and Borut Bozic (Vacansoliel).

"It was three long weeks, I am really happy to win the final stage," said Greipel. "Thanks to the team - they carried me through the whole Vuelta, it is a victory for them."

"With two kilometres to go I was a bit far back, but Greg Henderson did a brilliant job taking me through to the front end of the bunch. It was a bit uphill so I waited a little longer than usual for accelerating away for the finish. Everybody in the team helped. I was just the lucky one who got to cross the line in first place."

Team Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel won the final stage in last year's edition, but was unable to repeat that performance as he was ridden into the barricades in the sprint and crashed. His teammate Jakob Fuglsang and Francisco Jose Pacheco (Contentpolis-Ampo) were also delayed by the incident.

"I was feeling really strong today so of course I am extremely disappointed with the way to leave the stage and the race. I knew the recipe from last year and I was in a clearly favourable position and now I'm just annoyed at not being able to show what I feel capable of," said Breschel.

First Grand Tour for Valverde, but could it be his last?

The riders enjoyed a sunny skies and cool weather for the 110.2km circuit through Madrid, largely a parade from Vicalvaro-Madrid to Madrid followed by six rapid-fire circuits destined to end in a sprint as the general classification contenders put their upward ambitions aside after Saturday's time trial.

Valverde was well protected from mishap by his Caisse d'Epargne team, and easily finished in the main group of GC men, 10 seconds behind the sprint. The Spaniard held on to his overall lead, finishing the 2009 Vuelta a Espana with 55 seconds over Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and 1:32 ahead of Silence-Lotto's Cadel Evans.

Evans rode well enough in the previous day's time trial to knock Ivan Basso (Liquigas) down to fourth, off the podium at 2:12.

Fifth went to Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo-Galicia), who had to overcome several crashes during the three-week race to hold on to his top placing. Not so lucky was Dutchman Robert Gesink (Rabobank), who fell from second to sixth place in the final week due to injuries suffered in a crash.

Valverde, who has been chasing Grand Tour success since his first podium finish at the 2003 Vuelta a Espana, was sentimental about taking home the overall win.

"The day I put on my first yellow jersey after the stage of Xorret de Catí, to climb on the podium was a great moment of emotion. From then on my dream was closer each day. I therefore never stop fighting and concentrating, not even for a while."

"To cross the finish line in Madrid with this jersey on my shoulders and know that this Vuelta is now really mine is an emotion that is impossible to describe."

"I learned a lot from the errors I made in the past, but now I showed that I am a rider able to win major three-week tours. In the future I will fight to try and win another one."

The victory crowned a tumultuous year for the 29-year old Valverede. On the plus side, he won the Klasika Primavera and the Volta a Catalunya, although he was unable to repeat his success in the Spring Classics of earlier years. He finished second on the Mont Ventoux stage of the Dauphiné Libéré, which was enough to give him the leader's jersey, and he went on to win the race for the second year in a row.

However, there was also a very large downside to his 2009 season. He has for years been dogged by rumours of involvement in Operación Puerto. Earlier this year, the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) announced that it had matched DNA samples taken from Valverde during the 2008 Giro d'Italia to blood seized in Operación Puerto, and suspended him from competition in Italy for two years.

Valverde has appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but no decision has yet been made. CONI's action not only kept him out of this year's Giro and all other Italian races, but also the Tour de France, which dipped into Italy for 83 kilometres on stage 16 to Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

The victory was Valverde's first in a Grand Tour in his eight-year career. The Vuelta is the only one in which he has been competitive, having finished second in 2006 and third in 2003 and 2004. He has five stage wins in the race, but none this year.

The Spaniard was never far from the lead in the race, and took over the gold leader's jersey on the ninth stage from Alcoy to Xorret de Cati, and never gave it up again. That stage was typical for him: he stayed easily in the favourites' group up to the end, and at the finale sprinted to catch the bonus seconds for third place.

Once he had the jersey, he dominated the rest of the race. No one came close to knocking him off the throne which he had at long last achieved.

Greipel, Moncoutie claim sprint and climber classifications

The sprints were dominated by Andre Greipel of Columbia-HTC, who mirrored the success which teammate Mark Cavendish enjoyed during the Tour de France. He took home four stage wins, wore the leader's gold jersey for two days and held the green points jersey for much of the race.

"The green jersey was very difficult to get because this was such a mountainous Vuelta, but in the build-up to the sprints I could count on a lot of support from my teammates, and that made all the difference," Greipel said.

"I had the best lead-out of all of the sprinters here, particularly thanks to my teammates Marcel Sieberg and Greg Henderson. I came to this Tour of Spain thinking I could maybe win one stage, and I came away with four and the team got five. Plus I won the points classification. That's amazing."

He wasn't the only one to win sprints, though, nor even the only German. Gerald Ciolek saved his and his Milram team's season by winning the second stage in Emmen, Netherlands. Borut Bozic of Vacansoliel and Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Slipstream each took one bunch sprint stage win.

Belgian Champion Tom Boonen of Quick Step continued his unlucky year, although he did finish second twice, before abandoning the race during the 13th stage.

France's David Moncoutie (Cofidis) had a fairly easy time winning the mountain jersey. David De La Fuente of Fuji-Servetto put up an early spirited fight, taking the jersey away from his French rival for one day, but Moncoutie took it back on the 11th stage and never let it go.

Moncoutie, 34, cemented his win of the red jersey by taking the victory in stage 13, which finished atop the Sierra Nevada. He had gotten in an early escape group, and attacked out of it on the penultimate climb to solo on to his win.

The result earned him a new contract with his Cofidis team.

Whether or not Valverde will escape full-scale punishment based on the Italian investigation remains to be seen, and if he is banned world-wide, the larger question remains if he will be able to keep his Vuelta a Espana victory on his palmares.

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Full Results
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC3:11:55
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) LiquigasRow 1 - Cell 2
3Borut Bozic (Slo) VacansoleilRow 2 - Cell 2
4Leonardo Duque (Col) CofidisRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 5 - Cell 2
7Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTCRow 6 - Cell 2
8Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tom Leezer (Ned) RabobankRow 8 - Cell 2
10Paul Voss (Ger) MilramRow 9 - Cell 2
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 10 - Cell 2
12Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 13 - Cell 2
15Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick StepRow 14 - Cell 2
16Christian Knees (Ger) MilramRow 15 - Cell 2
17Fabio Sabatini (Ita) LiquigasRow 16 - Cell 2
18David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Dominik Roels (Ger) MilramRow 20 - Cell 2
22Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:08
23Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:00:10
24Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) VacansoleilRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 24 - Cell 2
26Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 25 - Cell 2
27Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 27 - Cell 2
29Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo BankRow 28 - Cell 2
30Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 29 - Cell 2
31Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 30 - Cell 2
32Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 31 - Cell 2
33Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 33 - Cell 2
35José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 34 - Cell 2
36David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ivan Basso (Ita) LiquigasRow 36 - Cell 2
38Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Daniel Navarro (Spa) AstanaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des JeuxRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jesús Hernández (Spa) AstanaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Oliver Zaugg (Swi) LiquigasRow 42 - Cell 2
44Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-ServettoRow 43 - Cell 2
45Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 46 - Cell 2
48David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Julien El Farès (Fra) CofidisRow 48 - Cell 2
50Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 49 - Cell 2
51Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 50 - Cell 2
52Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Amaël Moinard (Fra) CofidisRow 52 - Cell 2
54Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTCRow 53 - Cell 2
55Robert Gesink (Ned) RabobankRow 54 - Cell 2
56Bingen Fernández (Spa) CofidisRow 55 - Cell 2
57Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16
60Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 59 - Cell 2
61Michael Schär (Swi) AstanaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 62 - Cell 2
64Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) LiquigasRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo BankRow 64 - Cell 2
66Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) CofidisRow 66 - Cell 2
68Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) AstanaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) CofidisRow 69 - Cell 2
71Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 70 - Cell 2
72Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'EpargneRow 71 - Cell 2
73Rein Taaramäe (Est) CofidisRow 72 - Cell 2
74Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 73 - Cell 2
75José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Martin Velits (Svk) MilramRow 76 - Cell 2
78Assan Bazayev (Kaz) AstanaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:25
81Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 80 - Cell 2
82Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 82 - Cell 2
84Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:27
85Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:00:28
86Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 85 - Cell 2
87Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:30
88Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89David Millar (GBr) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 88 - Cell 2
90José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto0:00:30
92Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 92 - Cell 2
94Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 93 - Cell 2
95Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) RabobankRow 94 - Cell 2
96Lars Boom (Ned) RabobankRow 95 - Cell 2
97Koos Moerenhout (Ned) RabobankRow 96 - Cell 2
98Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 97 - Cell 2
99Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 98 - Cell 2
100David López García (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 99 - Cell 2
101Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 100 - Cell 2
102Damien Monier (Fra) CofidisRow 101 - Cell 2
103Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 102 - Cell 2
104Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTCRow 103 - Cell 2
105Marco Velo (Ita) Quick StepRow 104 - Cell 2
106Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick StepRow 106 - Cell 2
108Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 107 - Cell 2
109Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 108 - Cell 2
110Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:37
111Kjell Carlström (Fin) LiquigasRow 110 - Cell 2
112Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:40
113Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 112 - Cell 2
114Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:00:41
115Matthias Russ (Ger) MilramRow 114 - Cell 2
116Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 115 - Cell 2
117José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 116 - Cell 2
118Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:50
119Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 118 - Cell 2
120William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:51
121Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:00:53
122Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTCRow 121 - Cell 2
123Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:56
124David Moncoutié (Fra) CofidisRow 123 - Cell 2
125Matthé Pronk (Ned) VacansoleilRow 124 - Cell 2
126Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des JeuxRow 125 - Cell 2
127Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-LottoRow 126 - Cell 2
128Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 127 - Cell 2
129Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas0:01:08
130Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:01:11
131Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) VacansoleilRow 130 - Cell 2
132Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:01:15
133Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 132 - Cell 2
134Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo BankRow 133 - Cell 2
135Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank0:01:22
136Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo BankRow 135 - Cell 2
137Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil0:01:22
138Manuel Quinziato (Ita) LiquigasRow 137 - Cell 2
139Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 138 - Cell 2
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1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC25pts
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Paul Voss (Ger) Milram6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Rivas Vaciamadrid, km. 52,6
1Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC4pts
2André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprin 2 - Madrid (lap 3) km. 86,2
1Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux4pts
2David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Solidario sprint
1Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
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1Team Milram9:35:45
2Silence - Lotto0:00:10
3LiquigasRow 2 - Cell 2
4Team Columbia - HTCRow 3 - Cell 2
5Contentpolis - AmpoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Team Saxo BankRow 5 - Cell 2
8Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:20
9Caisse D'EpargneRow 8 - Cell 2
10Xacobeo GaliciaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Cervelo Test TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Cofidis, le credit en ligneRow 11 - Cell 2
13Française Des Jeux0:00:30
14Fuji - ServettoRow 13 - Cell 2
15AG2R - La Mondiale0:00:32
17Lampre - N.G.C0:00:40
18Garmin - Slipstream0:00:46
19Quick Step0:01:00
20Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:06
21Andalucía - Cajasur0:01:09
22BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:02:03
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Final general classification
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne87:22:37
2Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:55
3Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:01:32
4Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas0:02:12
5Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:04:27
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:06:40
7Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:09:08
8Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:11
9Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:11:08
10Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:11:27
11Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:14:24
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:15:08
13Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:15:10
14Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana0:17:15
15Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:18:41
16Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:20:11
17Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:21:03
18Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis0:21:11
19Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:23:38
20Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:24:00
21Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:24:36
22José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:33:19
23David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:34:48
24David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:36:49
25Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:37:05
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:37:14
27David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:46:45
28David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:48:07
29Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:52:58
30Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:53:40
31Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank0:57:07
32Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:58:17
33Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:58:20
34Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:59:42
35Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1:02:34
36Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank1:03:49
37Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil1:05:05
38Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank1:06:25
39Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:06:31
40Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:06:44
41Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:07:51
42David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:09:28
43Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1:17:16
44Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1:18:47
45Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:19:06
46Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:19:18
47Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:21:27
48Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:22:24
49Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis1:22:39
50Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-LottoRow 49 - Cell 2
51Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux1:23:45
52Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:24:17
53Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream1:26:13
54Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto1:27:04
55Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank1:28:13
56Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank1:28:24
57Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:29:14
58Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis1:30:07
59Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam1:32:33
60Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:34:35
61Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas1:34:53
62Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:35:08
63Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux1:35:17
64Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:36:42
65Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis1:39:22
66Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto1:41:03
67Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:42:14
68Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank1:43:52
69Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:46:51
70Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas1:46:54
71Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:51:28
72Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto1:51:41
73Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto1:52:52
74Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis1:54:01
75Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:55:32
76Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank1:56:22
77Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:59:47
78Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1:59:54
79Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:01:47
80David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream2:03:28
81José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale2:03:32
82Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC2:07:41
83Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram2:08:25
84Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas2:08:34
85Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step2:09:44
86Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:10:55
87Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil2:11:21
88Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:12:03
89Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis2:12:42
90Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram2:17:39
91Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas2:17:50
92Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:18:25
93Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step2:18:26
94Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC2:19:46
95Martin Velits (Svk) Milram2:20:48
96Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:20:50
97Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam2:22:26
98Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:22:57
99Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2:27:43
100Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:27:53
101Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam2:28:38
102Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil2:28:48
103Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC2:28:53
104Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2:32:05
105Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux2:32:39
106Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:35:43
107André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:36:32
108Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank2:37:38
109William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2:38:05
110Michael Schär (Swi) Astana2:39:45
111Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:40:56
112Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:42:38
113Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step2:46:18
114Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:46:43
115Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas2:47:06
116Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:51:10
117Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux2:51:56
118José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2:51:58
119Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:52:13
120Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux2:53:02
121Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2:53:17
122Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC2:53:44
123Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC2:55:24
124Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2:57:16
125Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto2:57:50
126Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas2:58:07
127Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis2:58:10
128Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC3:00:24
129Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank3:01:15
130Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana3:06:28
131Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas3:08:41
132Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream3:09:57
133Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC3:13:53
134Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC3:16:05
135Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream3:17:50
136Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux3:18:41
137José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3:19:05
138Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil3:19:54
139Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom3:29:02
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Points classification
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC150pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne111Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas101Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto99Row 3 - Cell 3
5Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi89Row 4 - Cell 3
6Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil68Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia68Row 6 - Cell 3
8Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank68Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas64Row 8 - Cell 3
10Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis64Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto55Row 10 - Cell 3
12David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis54Row 11 - Cell 3
13David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia47Row 12 - Cell 3
14Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia42Row 13 - Cell 3
15Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto42Row 14 - Cell 3
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas42Row 15 - Cell 3
17Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank40Row 16 - Cell 3
18William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom39Row 17 - Cell 3
19Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto36Row 18 - Cell 3
20David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia34Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank33Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale30Row 21 - Cell 3
23Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC30Row 22 - Cell 3
24Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam28Row 23 - Cell 3