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Bozic sprints to win ahead of bunch

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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) sprints to a stage win.

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) sprints to a stage win. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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André Greipel (Columbia-HTC)

André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) before the start.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) before the start. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) before the start

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) before the start (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton during stage 6.

The peloton during stage 6. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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It was a hot day for all the cyclists.

It was a hot day for all the cyclists. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton

The peloton (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Yellow jersey wearer André Greipel (Columbia-HTC)

Yellow jersey wearer André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) before the stage.

Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) before the stage. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas) before the stage.

Ivan Basso (Liquigas) before the stage. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The scenery en route.

The scenery en route. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) rides in the peloton.

André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) rides in the peloton. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Behind his Quick Step teammates, Belgian champion Tom Boonen rides protected.

Behind his Quick Step teammates, Belgian champion Tom Boonen rides protected. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) raises his arms in celebration.

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) raises his arms in celebration. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) races to victory.

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) races to victory. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Stage 6 winner Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil)

Stage 6 winner Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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It took some time, but Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) finally got the second bottle opened. The first one wasn't cooperating.

It took some time, but Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) finally got the second bottle opened. The first one wasn't cooperating. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil)

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Adam Hansen (Columbia-HTC) gives kudos to teammate and race leader André Greipel.

Adam Hansen (Columbia-HTC) gives kudos to teammate and race leader André Greipel. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) is congratulated after his stage win.

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) is congratulated after his stage win. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) with his trophy.

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) with his trophy. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) on the podium

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) on the podium (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) opens the champagne to celebrate.

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) opens the champagne to celebrate. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) will wear gold for another day.

André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) will wear gold for another day. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Stage six covered some snaking roads.

Stage six covered some snaking roads. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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The peloton

The peloton (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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All together, the group rides along.

All together, the group rides along. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) in the peloton

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) in the peloton (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Team Columbia-HTC does some work for the race leader.

Team Columbia-HTC does some work for the race leader. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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David Moncoutié (Cofidis) in the lead

David Moncoutié (Cofidis) in the lead (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) takes a turn at the front.

Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) takes a turn at the front. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) celebrates his win

Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) celebrates his win (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Gold jersey time for André Greipel (Columbia-HTC)

Gold jersey time for André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) is the green jersey holder, too.

André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) is the green jersey holder, too. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) leads the points competition.

André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) leads the points competition. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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José Antonio López (Andalucía-Cajasur) leads the mountains classification.

José Antonio López (Andalucía-Cajasur) leads the mountains classification. (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia)

Serafín Martínez (Xacobeo Galicia) (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)
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Most aggressive rider Matti Pronk (Vacansoleil)

Most aggressive rider Matti Pronk (Vacansoleil) (Image credit: Lavuelta.com)

On another hot day at the Vuelta a España, Vacansoleil's Borut Bozic outsmarted some formidable sprint competition to claim the Vuelta's sixth stage in Xàtiva. The Slovenian launched his sprint early and held off the best efforts of some of the fastest sprinters on the planet to take the biggest win of his career and, after several days of brave endeavor, a win for his Dutch team.

Bozic finished one bike length clear of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) and Daniele Bennati (Liquigas), who took his second successive third-place stage finish. André Greipel (Columbia-HTC) finished in 10th position on the stage but did enough to extend his tenure in the Gold leader's jersey by at least another day. Tom Boonen (Quick Step) remains six seconds behind in second place. Bennati and Farrar fill third and fourth, three seconds further back.

For Bozic however, the classification will be of little concern. A member of a wildcard team, the 29-year-old seized his opportunity and now has a big win to add to his palmares. With a week more suited to slighter riders ahead, Bozic will climb content in the knowledge that he is a Grand Tour stage winner.

If at first you don't succeed...

Another scorcher and another squadron of brave souls prepared to throw caution to the proverbial wind. Matthé Pronk (Vacansoleil) and José Antonio López Gil (Andalucía-Cajasur) decided they hadn't enjoyed enough time off the front on Thursday. They chose to ignore the company of their peers and set off in the early kilometres with Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis) and Aitor Perez Arrieta (Contentpolis-Ampo).

It was a case of déjà vu for the peloton as they relaxed their grip on the reins and allowed the breakaway to gallop away to an almost seven-minute gap after 30 kilometres had been covered. Shortly thereafter, Columbia-HTC made it clear that they had designs on their third stage win of the race as the team played policemen for the bunch, maintaining the gap at around the five minute mark.

As the mercury topped 38 degrees Celsius, the entire race resorted to its own form of self-preservation. The speed for the first three hours of racing did not reach the number on the thermometer as the peloton rolled off 35 kilometre in each of the hours that passed. Thoughts of Saturday's time trial, or, at the very least, air conditioning, occupied the collective mentality.

Out in front, the leaders pushed on regardless. López Gil (Andalucía-Cajasur) was quickly becoming the biggest benefactor. At the summit of the second climb of the day, the Category 3 Alto de Millares, the Spaniard had done enough to take the best climber's jersey from Aitor Hernandez (Eukaltel-Euskadi). Pronk meanwhile was starting to signs of two big days out. The Dutchman began to yo-yo towards the top of Millares, but had no trouble catching back on the descent.

As the race pushed its way through its third quarter, the peloton began the painstaking process of reeling the leaders in. Like experienced fly-fishermen the group patiently retrieved the line given out at the start of the day. By the time the leading quartet went through the town of Navarrés their advantage was back to just three-and-a-half minutes.

As the race entered the outskirts of Xàtiva for a ceremonial visit - 40 kilometers prior to the finale proper - the gap ticked below two minutes. As the Category 3 Alto de Beniganim commenced, Pronk finally decided enough was enough as he left the three Spaniards to their own devices and returned to the peloton. The Beniganim forced a game of musical chairs for the breakaway as Aitor Perez Arrieta (Contentpolis-Ampo) traded places with Italian Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre-NGC), who bridged across to join José Antonio López Gil (Andalucía-Cajasur) and Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis) in front with 25 kilometres remaining.

Ah, the impetuousness of youth

Ten kilometres later, Columbia had closed the race down, upping the pace as they passed the leaders in order to discourage any further attacks. However, as the road tilted upwards and briefly reduced the momentum of the bunch, it was clear that two riders had missed the Columbia memo. Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) and Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) went away and pushed out to a 16-second gap at the top of the climb.

Despite surviving the descent intact, the arrival of David de la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto) and Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) alongside the group marked the end for the remnants of the day's original break. As the peloton linked up with the back of the group, Gilbert gave his traditional death rattle, but was himself swallowed up within a kilometre.

As Gilbert returned, a short-lived flourish from David Moncoutie (Cofidis) and Johnny Hoogerland (Vancasoleil) did little more than guide the way back into Xàtiva. As the sprinters moved to the front, it was the green jerseys of Liquigas that were most prominent, with Tom Boonen slotted into fifth wheel.

A heady cocktail of speed, heat and disorganisation saw the final kilometre filled with a long line of cyclists with no discernable head. Scattered lead-out men from each of the main squads traded places at the front, but as the heads of state waited for the one another to go, it was Vacansoleil's Borut Bozic who hit the afterburner first. The Slovenian showing a clean pair of heels rolled out a prolonged sprint. 177 kilometres from where it all began; it was Bozic who threw his hands aloft in Xàtiva.

There's no place like home, there's no place like home

In spite of the searing heat of the day, the attrition rate was impressively low. Likely due to the relaxed paced of the peloton, just two riders were peeling the numbers from their backs. Andalucía-Cajasur's Manuel Ortega and Contentpolis-Ampo's Oscar García-Casarrubios called it quits during the stage.

The two Spaniards had at least found themselves a little further down the Vuelta road than the biggest departure of the day: Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen. The Columbia-HTC rider did not start today after he fell ill the previous evening.

The abandons mean that 192 riders will be expected to take to the start ramp of the Vuelta's first individual time trial tomorrow in Valencia. The 30.3-kilometre course will see members of the peloton take in their second motor-racing circuit of the race; this time around it will be sections of the Formula 1 circuit in the Spanish costal city.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil4:40:50
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
4Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
5Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
6Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
7Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux
8Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC
10André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC
11Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram
12Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
13Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
14Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
15Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
16Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
17Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana0:00:06
18Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
19Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank
20David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
21Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
22Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil
23Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank
24Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
25David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
26Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram0:00:09
27Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
28Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
29Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream
30Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
31David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream
32Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam
33Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
34Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto
35Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
36Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
37Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
38Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
39Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
40José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
41Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC
42Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank
43Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
44Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC
45Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia
46Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
47Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC
48Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank
49Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream
50Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
51Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
52Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil
53Christian Knees (Ger) Milram
54Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
55Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
56Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis
57Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
58Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram
59Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil
60Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
61Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
62Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
63David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
64José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
65Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis
66Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step
67Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram
68Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
69Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
70Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
71Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
72Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
73Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
74David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
75Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
76Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
77Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis
78Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
79Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
80Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC
81Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas
82Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
83Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
84Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
85Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux
86Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
87Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto
88Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
89Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
90Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
91Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
92Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
93Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
94Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam
95Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
96Paul Voss (Ger) Milram
97Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
98Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
99Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
100Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana
101Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas
102Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
103Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
104Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC
105Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
106Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
107Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
108Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
109Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step0:00:27
110Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
111Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas0:00:28
112Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
113Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step0:00:32
114Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:36
115Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:00:37
116Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
117Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:40
118Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
119Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:00:42
120Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil0:00:44
121Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:46
122Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC
123José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:06
124José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
125Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:17
126Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:22
127Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
128Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
129Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
130Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
131Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC
132Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank
133Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
134David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
135Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:26
136Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC0:02:04
137Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram
138Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC0:03:10
139Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step
140Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
141Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank
142Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam
143William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
144Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
145Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas
146Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
147Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:04:45
148Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil
149Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:04:58
150Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:06:26
151Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC
152Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
153Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC
154Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC
155Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis
156Martin Velits (Svk) Milram
157Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
158Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam
159José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
160Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
161Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:06:46
162Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis
163Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis
164Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
165Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC
166Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC
167Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
168Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux
169Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
170Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:55
171Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
172Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
173Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
174John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
175Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
176José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
177Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam
178Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
179Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
180Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:10:30
181Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
182Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
183Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux
184Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil
185Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream
186Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil
187Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil
188Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC
189Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:13:17
190Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram
191Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
192Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNSKim Kirchen (Lux) Columbia-HTC
DNFManuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
DNFOscar García-Casarrubios (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo

Sprint 1 - Millares, Km.: 78,7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4pts
2José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
3Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis1

Sprint 2 - Xàtiva (1st pass), Km.: 144,5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4pts
2Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis2
3Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil1

Sprint 3 - Xàtiva (finish), Km.: 176,8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil25pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream20
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas16
4Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto14
5Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step12
6Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis10
7Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux9
8Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto8
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC7
10André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC6
11Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram5
12Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas4
13Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3
14Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2
15Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1

Mountain 1 - Alto de la Muela, 3rd category, Km.: 64
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur6pts
2Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4
3Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis2
4Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil1

Mountain 2 - Alto de Millares, 3rd category, Km.: 86
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur6pts
2Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo4
3Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis2
4Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil1

Mountain 3 - Alto de Benigánim, 3rd category, Km: 152
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur6pts
2Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis4
3Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC2
4Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1

Most aggressive
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caisse D'Epargne14:02:39
2Liquigas
3Team Columbia - HTC
4Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:06
5Contentpolis - Ampo
6Garmin - Slipstream0:00:09
7Silence - Lotto
8Euskaltel - Euskadi
9Fuji - Servetto
10Team Milram
11Cofidis, le credit en ligne
12Quick Step
13Française Des Jeux
14Team Saxo Bank0:00:12
15Xacobeo Galicia
16Astana0:00:15
17Andalucía - Cajasur
18AG2R - La Mondiale
19Lampre - N.G.C0:00:18
20Cervelo Test Team
21Rabobank
22BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:01:20

General classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC24:21:13
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:00:06
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:00:09
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank0:00:18
6Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil0:00:23
7Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas0:00:27
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
9Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:00:28
10David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:33
11Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:00:34
12David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:37
13Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:00:38
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:00:39
15Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
16Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:40
17Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
18Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:41
19Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:42
20Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
21Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:43
22Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
23Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
24Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:00:44
25Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram
26Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
27Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
28Christian Knees (Ger) Milram0:00:45
29Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram0:00:46
30Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank0:00:47
31Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
32Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
33Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC
34Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:00:48
35Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:49
36Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:50
37Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
38Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:00:51
39Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis
40Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
41Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
42Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:54
43Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
44Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam
45Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil
46Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:00:55
47Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto0:00:56
48Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil0:00:57
49Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
50Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:58
51Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
52Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram
53Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:59
54Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank0:01:00
55Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:02
56Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia
57Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:01:03
58Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:01:04
59Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank
60David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:06
61Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:08
62Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
63Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
64Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:01:10
65Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:11
66Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
67Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam
68Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
69José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
70Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:01:12
71Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux
72Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
73José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:01:13
74Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:16
75Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:17
76Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC
77Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:19
78Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:20
79Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
80Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC
81Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:01:22
82Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:23
83Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis
84Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto0:01:24
85Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:25
86Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank0:01:26
87Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:01:27
88David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:28
89Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:01:29
90Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:31
91David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
92Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:01:34
93Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:42
94Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC
95Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:01:44
96Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram0:01:46
97Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil0:01:47
98Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:48
99Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas0:01:54
100Michael Schär (Swi) Astana0:01:59
101Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana0:02:03
102Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:02:22
103Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:02:25
104José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:29
105Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:02:35
106Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step0:03:11
107Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:03:19
108Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC0:03:25
109Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC0:03:41
110William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:03:44
111Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:49
112Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis0:03:50
113Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:03:53
114Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:03:57
115Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas0:03:59
116Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:05
117David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:04:36
118Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:04:50
119Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC0:05:12
120Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:05:22
121Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:05:41
122Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:43
123Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:05:51
124Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:04
125Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:06:30
126Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:03
127Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam0:07:04
128Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:07:10
129Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:07:20
130Martin Velits (Svk) Milram0:07:24
131Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:07:32
132Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:07:34
133Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis0:07:36
134Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis0:07:37
135Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
136Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:07:46
137Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:07:51
138Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:06
139John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:10
140Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:08:25
141Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:08:27
142Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:08:29
143Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:56
144Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:08:58
145Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:03
146Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:09:05
147Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:09:49
148Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana0:09:50
149Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:55
150Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC0:09:57
151José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:04
152Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
153Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank0:10:08
154Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:10:13
155Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil0:10:16
156Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:19
157Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step0:10:38
158Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:10:39
159Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:11:17
160Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram0:11:27
161Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:11:37
162Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:11:50
163Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:12:35
164Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:12:46
165Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:13:10
166Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas0:13:27
167Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:13:35
168Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:13:53
169Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:13:54
170Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:14:51
171Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:15:01
172Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:21
173Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:16:00
174Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam0:16:08
175Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux0:16:18
176Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:16:52
177Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:17:42
178Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:17:52
179Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:18:59
180Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil0:19:54
181Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:20:19
182Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:20:38
183Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC0:21:01
184José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:21:03
185Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram0:21:46
186Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil0:24:16
187Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:25:02
188Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:25:03
189Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:25:26
190Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
191Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:27:09
192José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:27:23

Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC84pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step70
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream67
4Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil58
5Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas47
6Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto33
7Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank29
8Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step28
9Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto28
10Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam26
11Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram25
12Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank25
13Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25
14William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom24
15Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC21
16Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC21
17Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis21
18Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas20
19Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux17
20Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram15
21Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil14
22Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas12
23Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto12
24Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step12
25Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step10
26Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10
27Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo10
28Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC9
29Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9
30Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank9
31Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana9
32Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8
33David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8
34Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram8
35José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur7
36Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank7
37Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur7
38Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6
39Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas6
40Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram6
41Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5
42Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam5
43Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5
44Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
45Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC4
46Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis3
47Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil3
48Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux3
49Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3
50Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil3
51Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis2
52Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2
53Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank2
54Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2
55Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto2
56Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream2
57Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
58Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
59Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1
60Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil1
61Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1
62Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1
63David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream1

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur20pts
2Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10
3Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank9
4Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo9
5Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis8
6Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7
7Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur5
8Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo5
9Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil3
10Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis3
11Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil3
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC2
13Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1

Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia105pts
2Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram141
3Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank160
4Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur181

Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Liquigas73:05:06
2Caisse D'Epargne0:00:10
3Team Columbia - HTC0:00:15
4Team Saxo Bank
5Garmin - Slipstream
6Quick Step0:00:21
7Silence - Lotto0:00:28
8Team Milram0:00:30
9Astana
10Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:36
11Xacobeo Galicia
12Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:00:40
13Rabobank0:00:41
14Française Des Jeux0:00:43
15Cervelo Test Team0:00:46
16AG2R - La Mondiale0:00:49
17Fuji - Servetto0:00:50
18Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:55
19Contentpolis - Ampo0:01:29
20Lampre - N.G.C0:01:35
21Andalucía - Cajasur0:01:41
22BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:01:54

 

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