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Henderson surprise winner in Vuelta's Venlo stage

They say that only two things in life are inevitable: death and taxes. Most forget to add that in cycling there's a third inevitability - the break on a dead-flat stage of a grand tour is always going to be swallowed up as the sprinters chew up the offerings available.

Today in Venlo that preordained fate met those brave enough to break away. Another day in Holland - albeit via Germany - tailored to sprinters delivered more rich rewards for the fast men. It wasn't without a trio of souls whose intentions were good, but in reality the three escapees never stood a chance.

What was unpredicted was the day's winner - New Zealander Greg Henderson benefited from the work done by his Columbia-HTC teammates in the final five kilometres to take his first win in a grand tour. The affable kiwi wasn't the intended 'go to man' but when he found himself in second wheel, sitting behind Borut Bozic, with only a handful of metres remaining, it was going to be Henderson's day.

Just as compatriot Hayden Roulston has enjoyed a fantastic resurgence this season with Cervélo TestTeam, his former national track teammate Henderson has carved himself a solid position in Columbia-HTC's squad and his win in Venlo is evidence of this. The 2004 scratch race world champion showed the speed he is capable of, finishing ahead of Bozic and Oscar Freire.

It moved Henderson to second on the overall standings, just six seconds behind Fabian Cancellara, who will wear the golden jersey heading into tomorrow's tricky stage to Liège. Gerald Ciolek moves down to third overall, a further two seconds behind Henderson.

"We were setting up the sprint for [André] Greipel - all day we were saying, 'Let's set it up for André'. Just after a k to go though, there was a sharp corner and Vacansoleil came flying through," said Henderson. "I was waiting and looking for Greipel but it was 150 metres to go so I thought I better go myself."

Henderson was jovial when informed it was the team's 72nd victory this season before paying tribute to the work done by team owner Bob Stapleton and directeur sportif Rolf Aldag. "Whenever there's a sprint stage, Columbia-HTC is always well represented," he added.

The third inevitability - with a twist

Itchy feet made for another long break - today's escapees were Lars Boom (Rabobank), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Jesus Rosendo (Andalucia-Cajasur), who took flight after just two kilometres. The open roads and crosswinds suited the Dutch riders, while Rosendo held his own and eventually was the final man caught about 20km from the finish.

Having been given a lead of 9:42 by the 28km mark, the peloton wasn't overly interested in pegging back the trio until the final third of the stage. With 57km to go the break's advantage had been lowered to 3:47 as the gap was slowly being whittled away by Saxo Bank, Team Milram, Quick Step and Garmin-Slipstream.

Unsurprisingly, these teams possess the sprinters to watch in this year's Vuelta - the likes of yesterday's winner Gerald Ciolek, Allan Davis, Tyler Farrar and Tom Boonen were all ready to snatch the low-hanging fruit

With 47km to go the gap was 2:48 and as the final 30km loomed it was time for the last-ditch efforts to begin, as Boom tested the legs of his breakaway companions before sitting up and waiting for the inevitable to happen. Both Hoogerland and Resondo delayed their capture by the peloton but eventually both were caught.

It wasn't Garmin-Slipstream's day for luck, however; within the final 15km Tyler Farrar then Julian Dean experienced mechanical issues, making the chase back on that much more difficult as the peloton opened the throttle on the run to Venlo.

On the front, meanwhile, Liquigas' contingent could be seen throwing its weight on the front next to the likes of Quick Step's crew and Milram's men, who were looking for second helpings of 'the good stuff' following Gerald Ciolek's victory yesterday in Emmen.

A slightly technical finish made for an interesting finale - there was plenty of bravado, 'wide elbows' and big turns as the sprinters' teams made a bid for space to get their man in the right position heading into the last two kilometres. Bert Grabsch powered Columbia-HTC's effort, leaving Henderson as the final man to pull away before it was expected Greipel would contest the final 200 metres on the front.

No one told the Vacansoleil team, however. Two of its riders - one being Bozic - blew through the final, chicane-type corner, effectively disrupting the flow of the lead outs. The beneficiary was Henderson, who found himself sitting in the perfect position to open his throttle not in an effort to get Greipel to the line but to fight for stage honours.

And he did just that, comfortably overpowering Bozic and staying clear of Freire for the biggest win of his career. On a day where the inevitable happened for all but the final 200 metres of another Spanish foray into the Dutch countryside, one of New Zealand's finest made it grand tour win number one.

Vuelta a España - Stage 4: September 1 - Venlo - Liège, 224km

The Vuelta will pay tribute to the northern Classics with this stage that takes in parts of the Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège routes. The key points for the race’s longest stage are the two climbs of the Cauberg (its zenith is where Amstel concludes) and Mont Theux, which was once a regular Liège rendezvous. These should break up the race but still expect a big group to dispute the finish.


Full Results
1Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC4:41:01
2Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil
3Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
4André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC
5William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
7Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
8Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
9Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank
10Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
11Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
12Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
13Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
14Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
16Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC
17Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC
18Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC
19Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram
20Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
21Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
22Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram
23Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
24Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil
25Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC
26Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
27Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
28Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil
29Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto
30Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil
31Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
32Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
33Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram
34Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC
35Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto
36Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
37Christian Knees (Ger) Milram
38Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
39Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
40Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
41Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil
42Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
43Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank
44Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
45Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
46Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
47Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank
48Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
49Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia
50Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto
51Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil
52Paul Voss (Ger) Milram
53Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC
54Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream
55Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto
56Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil
57Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram
58Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
59Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam
60Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
61Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
62Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
63Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
64Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
65Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
66Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
67Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
68David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
69Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream
70Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
71Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam
72Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam
73David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
74Chris Horner (USA) Astana
75Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC
76Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
77Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC
78Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
79Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
80Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream
81Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis
82Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis
83Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
84Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
85Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
86Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step
87Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram
88Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
89Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil
90Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
91Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
92José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
93Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil
94Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
95Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
96Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
97Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis
98Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto
99Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis
100Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux
101Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
102José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
103Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
104Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
105Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
106Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC
107Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC
108Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC
109Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux
110Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
111Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis
112Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas
113Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
114Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
115Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank
116David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
117Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis
118Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank
119Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
120Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas
121Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
122Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
123Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
124Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
125Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
126Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC
127Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC
128Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
129Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
130Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas
131Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
132Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux
133Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
134Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
135Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam
136Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
137Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
138Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
139Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
140Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
141Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
142Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
143Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam
144Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
145Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
146Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
147Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
148Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
149John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
150Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis
151Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
152Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram
153José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
154Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux
155Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
156Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
157Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
158Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
159Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
160José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
161Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
162Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
163Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
164Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
165Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC
166Martin Velits (Svk) Milram
167Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC
168Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
169Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
170Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
171Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
172Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
173Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
174David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
175Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux
176Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
177David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
178Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
179Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
180David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream
181Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank
182Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC
183Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
184Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank
185Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana
186Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
187Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
188Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
189Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
190Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
191Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
192Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence-Lotto
193José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
194José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:49
195Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step

Points - Venlo, km. 189,7
1Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25pts
2Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil20
3Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank16
4André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC14
5William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step10
7Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam9
8Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step8
9Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank7
10Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto6
11Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream5
12Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4
13Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas3
14Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux2
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis1

Sprint 1 - Kellen, km. 104,5
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4pts
2Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil1

Sprint 2, km. 152,9
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil4pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank2
3Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur1

1Team Columbia - High Road14:03:03
2Quick Step
3Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
4Lampre - N.G.C
6Team Milram
7BBox Bouygues Telecom
8Silence - Lotto
9Team Saxo Bank
10Garmin - Slipstream
13Xacobeo Galicia
14Cervelo Test Team
15Euskaltel - Euskadi
17AG2R La Mondiale
19Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
20Française Des Jeux
21Caisse d'Epargne
22Andalucia Cajasur

General classification after stage 3
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank9:29:33
2Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC0:00:06
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram0:00:08
4Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:00:09
5Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:12
6Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:00:14
7Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:00:16
8Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:17
10David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:18
11Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
13Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:00:19
14Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
15Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:21
16Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
17David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:22
18Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
19Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
20Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC
21Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:23
22Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
23Chris Horner (USA) Astana
24Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:24
25Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
26Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
27William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:25
28Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
29Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC
30Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:00:26
31Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram
32Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
33Kim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC0:00:27
34Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
35Christian Knees (Ger) Milram
36Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:28
37Paul Voss (Ger) Milram
38Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
39Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
40Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
41Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:29
42Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
43Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
44Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC
45Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:30
46Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
47Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
48Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank0:00:31
49Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
50Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux
51André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC
52Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:00:32
53Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
54Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
55Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
56Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank
57Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
58Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
59Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
60Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis0:00:33
61Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
62Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
63Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:00:34
64Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil
65Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:35
66Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto
67Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Fuji-Servetto
68Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:36
69Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
70Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
71Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam
72Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil
73Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:00:37
74Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram
75Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:38
76Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto
77Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:40
78Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil
79Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
80Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram
81Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:00:41
82Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil
83Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis
84Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:42
85Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
86Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
87Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
88Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:43
89Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:00:44
90Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
91Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia
92Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:00:45
93Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:46
94Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank
95Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
96Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto0:00:47
98David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:48
99Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis
100Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil
101Martin Velits (Svk) Milram0:00:49
102Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:50
103Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
104Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
105Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux0:00:51
106Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil
107Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
108Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:52
109Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:53
110Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
111Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
112Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
113Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam
114Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
115Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
116José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
117Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:54
118Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil
119Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux
120Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
121José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:00:55
122Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
123Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:00:56
124Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
125Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:00:57
126Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:58
127Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:59
128Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC
129Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:00
130Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC
131Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
132Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:01
133Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:02
134Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
135Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
136Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC
137David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:03
138Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:04
139Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto
140Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:05
141José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
142Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis
143Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram
144Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream
145John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:06
146Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
147Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:07
148Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil
149Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank0:01:08
150Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:09
151Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
152David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:10
153Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC
154Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
155Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:01:11
156Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC0:01:12
157Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
158Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:13
159Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
160David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
161Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:14
162José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
163Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:01:16
164Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:17
165Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:18
166Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:01:19
167Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas0:01:21
168Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:01:23
169Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:01:25
170Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:26
171Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:33
172Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:35
173Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis
174Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas0:01:36
175Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:38
176Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:01:39
177Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram0:01:40
178Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:43
179Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence-Lotto0:01:44
180Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:45
181José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:49
182Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
183Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:50
184Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:51
185Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
186Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:52
187Oscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:02:02
188Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:02:03
189Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC0:02:13
190Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step0:02:41
191Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:04:33
192Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:05:11
193Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:53
194Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:08:08
195José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:38

Points classification
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step38pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream33
3André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC28
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank25
5Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25
6Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram25
7Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam25
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil25
9Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank20
10Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas20
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas15
12Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto15
13Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil14
14William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis11
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10
17Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank9
18Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana9
19David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8
20Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas8
21Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux8
22Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step8
23Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7
24Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto7
25Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank6
26Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5
27Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC5
28Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto4
29Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4
30Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram3
31Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil3
32Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur3
33Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto2
34Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil2
35Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2
36Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
37Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC1
38David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream1

Combination classification
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank5pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step5
3Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC7
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream7
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram9
6Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil19
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas19
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas25
9David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia29
10Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas31
11Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank32
12Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam33
13Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank34
14Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne35
15Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC40
16William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom41
17Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto42
18Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas44
19Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto48
20André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC54
21Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto59
22Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux71
23Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil72
24Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank73
25Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis78
26Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC81
27Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo81
28Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana86
29Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil98
30Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram104
31Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil109
32Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil116
33Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto119
34David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream136
35Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur139
36Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step173
37Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank215
38Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur227

Teams classification
2Team Saxo Bank0:03:00
3Garmin - Slipstream0:00:06
4Caisse d'Epargne0:00:10
5Quick Step0:00:12
6Team Columbia - High Road0:00:15
8Silence - Lotto0:00:19
9Team Milram0:00:21
11Xacobeo Galicia0:00:24
12Cervelo Test Team0:00:28
13Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:30
14Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:31
15BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:34
16Française Des Jeux
17AG2R La Mondiale
19Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:46
20Lampre - N.G.C0:01:17
22Andalucia Cajasur0:01:26


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