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Cunego conquers Vuelta's first mountain finish, Evans takes lead

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Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) wins the eighth stage.

Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) wins the eighth stage. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) wins atop the Alto de Aitana

Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) wins atop the Alto de Aitana (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Damiano Cunego pops the cork on the champagne atop the Vuelta stage podium.

Damiano Cunego pops the cork on the champagne atop the Vuelta stage podium. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Damiano Cunego delights in some podium time after winning the Vuelta stage eight.

Damiano Cunego delights in some podium time after winning the Vuelta stage eight. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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The riders speed along in stage eight.

The riders speed along in stage eight. (Image credit:
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Basso and Valverde wait for the climb before pulling off the gloves.

Basso and Valverde wait for the climb before pulling off the gloves. (Image credit:
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Garmin-Slipstream was best team on the day.

Garmin-Slipstream was best team on the day. (Image credit:
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The breakaway.

The breakaway. (Image credit:
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Caisse d'Epargne works for leader Alejandro Valverde.

Caisse d'Epargne works for leader Alejandro Valverde. (Image credit:
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Caisse d'Epargne was present at the front all day.

Caisse d'Epargne was present at the front all day. (Image credit:
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Fabian Cancellara couldn't hold onto the race lead on a mountainous stage.

Fabian Cancellara couldn't hold onto the race lead on a mountainous stage. (Image credit:
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre) salutes after winning stage eight of the Vuelta.

Damiano Cunego (Lampre) salutes after winning stage eight of the Vuelta. (Image credit:
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David Moncoutie may have lost the stage, but he claimed the mountains classification lead.

David Moncoutie may have lost the stage, but he claimed the mountains classification lead. (Image credit:
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Damiano Cunego rejoices in his victory atop the Alto de Aitana.

Damiano Cunego rejoices in his victory atop the Alto de Aitana. (Image credit:
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Cadel Evans puts on the white jersey of combination classification leader.

Cadel Evans puts on the white jersey of combination classification leader. (Image credit:
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Sebastian Hinault (AG2R) won the solidario prize.

Sebastian Hinault (AG2R) won the solidario prize. (Image credit:
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The breakaway worked together well, with Jonny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) leading the way yet again.

The breakaway worked together well, with Jonny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) leading the way yet again. (Image credit:
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Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil)

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Damiano Cunego crowned off a somewhat disappointing season by winning the first mountain stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The Lampre-NGC rider leapt away from an elite lead group which had caught most of the day's breakaway, leaving just one rider for Cunego to catch and pass in the final kilometres.

"In the finale I followed the actions of Sylvester Szmyd and Ivan Basso, and then I decided to try in for myself," said the overjoyed Italian. His impressive attack carried him through to his first Vuelta stage win in his career.

The win was a big confidence-booster for Cunego, who is planned to be of the Italian team's captains at the World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, later this month. He showed his climbing legs are coming good in advance of the worlds, which features two climbs on each of the 19 laps of a 13.8 km course. Cunego had gone into the Vuelta to prepare for the Worlds, saying he hoped to impress national coach Franco Ballerini with a good performance.

The 27-year-old emphasised what the stage win meant to him. "My goal is the Worlds in Mendrisio, and I came to Spain to prepare well. It was important to get a great result after a difficult year. I have had a lot of criticism in this period, but I think I gave the right answer."

It was only the fourth win this season for Cunego. He earlier took the overall title in the Settimana Coppi e Bartoli, winning two stages along the way.

Lampre's "Little Prince" attacked out of a chase group with a little more than two kilometres to go to catch and pass David Moncoutie (Cofidis), who was the only rider left of an escape group.

The Frenchman finished second, and third place went to Robert Gesink of Rabobank, who jumped out of the small group of favourites.

Cadel Evans of Silence-Lotto took over the race lead with a fourth place finish on the day, in the group which came across the line 44 seconds behind Cunego. He was closely followed over the finish line by Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Eusakaltel's Samuel Sanchez, who crashed during the stage. The two Spaniards moved up into second and third place overall.

The gold jersey now means that Australian Evans has now worn the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours. He didn't come to the Vuelta with "any particular motivation," he said, but the last two day's results have changed that.

"At first I didn't think I would make it to Madrid, but I a feel well and I want to ride to the end."

"Tomorrow I will again try to do well, but I have a young team, which is not very experience but certainly very motivated and strong that you think," the 32-year-old added.

Valverde was satisfied with his performance, and that of his team which did a large portion of the work to bring the breakaway back.

"It was the first important test and we saw that most of the favorites for final win have more or less the same level."

"As well Evans, as Basso, Sánchez, Mosquera and Gesink who attacked in the final, we controlled each other behind Cunego, who went for stage win and was no danger for the general classification."

Garmin-Slipstream's Tom Danielson stayed with the group of favourites on the final climb, a feat which few others were able to accomplish, finishing in 11th place, six seconds behind the group of Evans. The American put in a strong time trial the previous day to move up to move up to eighth, and he used his climbing abilities to move up again into fourth overall.

As expected, the closing climb, Alto de Aitana, an hors categorie climb with an average gradient of 5.7% and max of 9%, ruthlessly weeded out the pretenders from the contenders. A large group of 50 to 60 riders started up that final climb together, only to fall apart as the top climbers ground down their weaker brothers.

How it unfolded

This stage was the first true mountain test of this year's Vuelta. Four category three climbs, three category two climbs and to top it all off, a mountaintop finish of the 'especial' category. The first climb didn't come until km 52, but after that they came with regularity, thrilling the hearts of the climbers and chilling the hearts of all others.

Things got off to a fast and furious start on a day that was fortunately dryer than the previous day. Right from the start there were multiple escape attempts, but all were doomed to failure until 37 km in. That's when a sextet got away: Pieter Weening (Rabobank), David Moncoutie (Cofidis), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Sébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale), Paul Voss (Team Milram) and William Bonnet (BBox Bouygues Telecom).

The group worked well together and quickly built up a lead of over 15 minutes. About halfway through the stage, Caisse d'Epargne decided that was enough and took over the lead work of the chasing peloton. Almost immediately the gap started coming down.

There was one major surprise along the way, as Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck unexpectedly dropped out of the race. The young Luxembourger, who finished second in this year's Tour de France, told Cyclingnews that he had stomach cramps and had been unable to eat since the previous night.

Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara, who had reclaimed the leader's gold jersey Saturday at the time trial, gave his best on the climbs, but they were too much for him. He lost contact on the penultimate climb up the Alto de Tudonos, caught up and then fell back for good.

Another who dropped back on the final climb was Xacobeo's David Herrero, who finished well in the previous day's time trial to put himself in third place overall.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's captain and Olympic road champion Samuel Sanchez fell behind on the descent of the Tudonos. He explained that he stopped to get a new bike after a mechanical, and while chasing back on he crashed in a bend.

"It was important to chase back to the lead group but it cost me," said Sanchez, who was visibly pained during the final ascent.

"It hurts when I breathe deep. I suffered to hold on to Evans and Valverde on the climb, but I had some really bad moments. We'll see how it goes, but I'm very worried. Tomorrow's stage is very demanding, so we'll see how I respond."

The peloton was content to let the group go all out most of the way, knowing that the final climb up the Alto de Aitana would blow things apart.

Voss and Bonnet were the first to drop out of the lead group as they headed up the closing 21 km climb. Weening and Moncoutie were the next to drop back. Hinault was unable to keep up, and Vacansoliel's Hoogerland continued on alone.

Moncoutie recovered on the climb and joined Hoogerland again. Behind them, Caisse d'Epargne, followed by Liquigas, calmly led the chase. More and more riders fell off the back. With 10 km to go, the gap had dropped to under two minutes, and the peloton was reduced to some 50 to 60 riders.

Alexander Vinokourov of Astana and Saxo Bank's Fränk Schleck and Jacob Fuglsang were among those unable to keep up with the favourites.

Moncoutie was unwilling to give up and kept on pushing the tempo, but Hoogerland hung on. The further up the leading duo went, the steeper it got, playing to Moncoutie's strengths. The Frenchman was alone in the lead with 5 km to go.

Silence-Lotto, riding for Cadel Evans, moved up to share the closing chase work with Valverde's Caisse d'Epargne squad. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre) also hovered near the front of the group.

Liquigas moved to the front as Caisse d'Epargne had used itself up. The long hard climb ground down the group, but the top favourites of Valverde, Evans, Basso and Cunego were all there. Behind them, the group kept getting smaller and smaller.

With three km to go, Moncoutie rode into the mountaintop fog. Back in the pack, Basso tried to take off from a group now reduced to 15 or so, but they wouldn't let him go. Valverde, Evans, and Cunego clung fast to his rear wheel, and the size of the group declined almost every minute.

Cunego didn't cling long, though, taking off out of the group just before the 2 km marker. He quickly caught Hoogerland and kept on going into the fog. The Italian was strong enough and fresh enough to catch Moncoutie within the last kilometre.

"The little prince" rolled over the finish line, still looking fresh despite his over six hours' ride. Moncoutie hung on for second, and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) had jumped out of the chase group to take third.


Full Results
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC6:04:54
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:00:33
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:36
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:00:44
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:50
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
10Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:01:10
14Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:01:29
15Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:01:32
16Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:01:33
17Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:01:50
18Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
19Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil
20Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis
21Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:20
22José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
23Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
24Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:02:24
25Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
26Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:02:44
27Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:03:34
28Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:37
29Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:03:45
30Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:03:50
31Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:03:57
32John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:00
33Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis0:04:18
34Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:04:49
35Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:04:52
36Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:04:55
37David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:05:40
38Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:49
39Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:06:42
40David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:45
41Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram
42Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:54
43Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:07:03
44Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil0:07:09
45Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:17
46Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux
47Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:00
48Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:01
49Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
50Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
51David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:09:09
52Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:10:17
53Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank0:10:42
54Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step
55Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
56Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
57Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank
58Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
59Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
60Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:10:45
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
62Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:12:24
63Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto
64Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:12:56
65Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
66Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:13:26
67Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:14:28
68Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
69Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux
70Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
71Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
72Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank
73Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
74Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
75Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
76Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis
77Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
78José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
79Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil
80Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
81Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
82Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:16:37
83Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:16:57
84Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux
85Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto
86Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil
87William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
88David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
89Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
90David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream
91Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:17:01
92Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank
93Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:18:39
94Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil
95Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
96Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
97Christian Knees (Ger) Milram
98Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
99Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC
100Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream
101Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam
102Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
103José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
104Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
105Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil
106Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
107Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
108Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil
109Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
110Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
111Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
112Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram
113Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
114Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
115Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:20:06
116Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:25:45
117Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
118Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC
119Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank
120Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas
121Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam
122Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram
123Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
124Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
125Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
126Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto
127Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
128Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam
129Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
130Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
131Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
132Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
133Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis
134Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
135José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
136Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
137Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step
138Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis
139Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
140Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
141Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram
142Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
143Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux
144Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:25:52
145Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam
146Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank0:25:54
147Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:26:09
148Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas0:27:25
149Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:29:20
150Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram
151Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC
152Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC
153Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
154André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC
155Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
156Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas
157Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
158Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram
159Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC
160Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
161Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC
162Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux
163Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
164Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
165Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC
166Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
167Martin Velits (Svk) Milram
168Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC
169Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream
170Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
171Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC
172Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
173Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank
174Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
175José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur
176Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam
177Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank
178Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam
179Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux
180Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
181Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
182Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
183José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:29:32
184Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
185Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
186Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream
187Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:30:40
188Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:31:25
189Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux

1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC25pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis20
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank16
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto14
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale9
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas8
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7
10Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream5
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC4
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil3
14Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream2
15Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1

Sprint 1 - Xàtiva, km. 17
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC4pts
2Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1

Sprint 1 - Sella, km. 186,4
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil4pts
2Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1

Mountain 1 - Alto de Beniarrés (Cat. 3) km. 53
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil2
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Mountain 2 - Alto de Margarida (Cat. 3) km. 71
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank2
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Mountain 3 - Alto de Tollos (Cat. 2) km. 80
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3
5Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1

Mountain 4 - Alto de Castell de Castells (Cat. 3) km. 101
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil6pts
2Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank4
3David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis2
4William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1

Mountain 5 - Alto de Guadalest (Cat. 2) km. 131
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5
4Paul Voss (Ger) Milram3
5Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1

Mountain 6 - Alto de Confrides (Cat. 3) km. 146
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil2
4Paul Voss (Ger) Milram1

Mountain 7 - Puerto de Tudons (Cat. 2) km. 160
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3
5Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1

Mountain 8 - Alto de Aitana (C) km. 205
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.30pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne25
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank20
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto16
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale8
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas6
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4
10Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
11Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1

1Caisse d'Epargne18:18:40
3Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:02:43
4Silence - Lotto0:04:21
6Lampre - N.G.C0:05:53
7Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:11
8AG2R La Mondiale0:06:41
9Cervelo Test Team0:06:51
10Garmin - Slipstream0:09:03
11Xacobeo Galicia0:09:58
12Andalucia Cajasur0:15:45
13Euskaltel - Euskadi0:16:28
15Française Des Jeux0:20:07
17Quick Step0:24:46
18Team Saxo Bank0:31:54
20BBox Bouygues Telecom0:35:40
21Team Milram0:38:03
22Team Columbia - High Road1:09:46

General classification after stage 8
1Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto31:05:02
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:02
3Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:08
4Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:00:13
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:29
6Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas0:00:46
7Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:01:26
8Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana0:01:37
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:46
10Juan José Cobo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:03
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:02:13
12Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:35
13Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:37
14Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:40
15Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:02:57
16Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil0:02:58
17Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:11
18José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:03:24
19Xavier Tondo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:03:26
20Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:03:31
21David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis0:03:50
22Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis0:04:09
23Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo TestTeam0:04:29
24Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas0:04:51
25Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:04:53
26Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis0:04:58
27Manuel Váquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:05:18
28Françis De Greef (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:05:20
29Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:05:24
30Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:05:33
31Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:06
32Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream0:07:04
33Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram0:08:42
34Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil0:08:50
35Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:08:53
36David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:09:06
37Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:09:22
38David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:06
39Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:10:32
40Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo Bank0:10:49
41Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:53
42Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:11:02
43Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:10
44Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:11:41
45Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:11:56
46Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank0:12:01
47Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:12:18
48Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Rabobank0:12:23
49Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:12:46
50Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:13:14
51David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:13:31
52Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:13:34
53Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:14:14
54John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:16
55Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:27
56Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:14:51
57Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:15:07
58Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:15:18
59Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:15:20
60José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana0:15:30
61Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:15:39
62Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:15:40
63Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux0:15:41
64Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
65Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto0:15:54
66David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:16:00
67David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream0:16:21
68Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:16:25
69Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil0:17:06
70Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank0:17:08
71Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:17:19
72Adrián Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:18:41
73Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:18:42
74Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:18:43
75Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis0:18:49
76Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto0:18:57
77Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:19:11
78Christian Knees (Ger) Milram0:19:25
79Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil0:19:34
80Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank0:19:42
81Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream0:19:44
82Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:19:59
83Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam0:20:00
84Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:20:17
85Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil0:20:18
86Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:20:26
87Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:20:42
88Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:20:50
89Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step0:20:57
90Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto0:21:12
91Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:21:47
92Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:21:59
93José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:10
94William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:23:01
95Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank0:23:58
96Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:24:21
97Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:24:24
98Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis0:24:58
99Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:25:02
100Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram0:25:41
101Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:26:04
102Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:26:09
103Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:13
104Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram0:26:51
105Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:27:00
106Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:27:04
107Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:27:07
108Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:27:10
109Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:27:11
110Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:27:14
111Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank0:27:23
112Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam0:27:27
113Michael Schär (Swi) Astana0:27:39
114Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:27:48
115Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:28:15
116Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:28:32
117Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:28:41
118Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas0:28:42
119Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto0:28:43
120Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-Lotto
121Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeam0:29:08
122Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:29:15
123André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:29:37
124Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:29:45
125Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:30:08
126Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC0:30:10
127Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana0:30:12
128Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank0:30:14
129Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis0:30:16
130Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil0:30:32
131Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram0:30:33
132Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:31:08
133Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:31:10
134Matthias Russ (Ger) Milram0:31:18
135Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:31:35
136Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:31:36
137Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil0:31:51
138Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC0:31:53
139Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas0:32:02
140Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas0:32:46
141Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:33:08
142Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam0:33:15
143Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana0:33:59
144Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam0:34:03
145Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTC0:34:07
146Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step0:34:09
147Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis0:35:02
148Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:36:06
149Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:36:11
150Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC0:36:15
151Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:36:48
152Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:36:59
153Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:38:17
154Martin Velits (Svk) Milram0:38:19
155Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:38:38
156Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step0:38:42
157Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:38:49
158Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGC0:39:07
159Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:39:15
160Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Slipstream0:39:25
161Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:39:30
162Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:39:52
163Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:40:06
164Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:40:31
165Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:40:52
166Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas0:41:43
167Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:41:51
168Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:41:55
169José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:42:27
170Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:43:19
171Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:43:34
172Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:44:34
173Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeam0:45:04
174Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil0:46:14
175Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:47:09
176Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo Bank0:48:17
177Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:48:21
178Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:48:46
179Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTC0:49:38
180Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux0:49:43
181Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:51:07
182Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram0:53:33
183José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:53:45
184Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:54:28
185José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur0:54:38
186Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:55:20
187Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Slipstream0:57:12
188Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:57:27
189Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:59:09

Points classification
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC88pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step75
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream67
4Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil58
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank50
6Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas48
7Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTC37
8Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto33
9Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto32
10Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank29
11Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto28
12Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step28
13Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeam26
14Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC25
15Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTC25
16Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Milram25
17Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne24
18William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom24
19Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi23
20Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis21
21David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream21
22Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTC21
23Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas20
24David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis20
25Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas20
26Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux17
27Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank16
28Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Milram15
29Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank14
30Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream14
31David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia14
32Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil14
33Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil12
34Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne12
35Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step12
36Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana10
37Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step10
38Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas10
39Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo10
40Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale9
41Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo Bank9
42Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTC9
43David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8
44Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram8
45Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8
46José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur8
47Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8
48Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7
49Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur7
50Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia6
51Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6
52Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Milram6
53Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6
54Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas6
55Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom5
56Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeam5
57Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC4
58Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-Servetto4
59Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC4
60Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux3
61Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil3
62Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil3
63Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream2
64Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto2
65Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2
66Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream2
67Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis2
68Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo Bank2
69Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
70Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil2
71Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur2
72Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2
73Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil2
74Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2
75Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1
76Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1
77Christian Knees (Ger) Milram1
78Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis1
79Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1
80Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1

Mountains classification
1David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis60pts
2Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank48
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil31
4Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC30
5José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur20
6Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank20
7Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto16
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12
9Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10
10Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10
11Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10
12Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank9
13Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo9
14Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale8
15Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis8
16Paul Voss (Ger) Milram8
17Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7
18Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas6
19Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur5
20Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo5
21Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4
22William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4
23Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC3
24Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3
25Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis3
26Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil3
27Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil3
28Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream2
29Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram1

Combination classification
1Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto17pts
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC25
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne27
4Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi32
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank38
6David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis46
7Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas47
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil52
9Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream62
10Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale66
11Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia78
12Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne92
13Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC95
14Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale105
15William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom134
16Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank142
17Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis167
18Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia174
19Dominik Roels (Ger) Milram177
20Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank183
21Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis191
22Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur212
23Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil226
24Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo228
25José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-Cajasur234
26Matthé Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil274
27Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo284

Teams classification
1Caisse d'Epargne93:17:20
3Silence - Lotto0:06:12
4Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:11
6Garmin - Slipstream0:08:46
7Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:08:49
8Cervelo Test Team0:10:15
9AG2R - La Mondiale0:10:19
10Xacobeo Galicia0:10:30
11Lampre - N.G.C0:11:47
12Euskaltel - Euskadi0:19:02
14Andalucia Cajasur0:21:29
16Française Des Jeux0:23:45
17Quick Step0:25:46
18Team Saxo Bank0:32:23
19Team Milram0:40:15
21BBox Bouygues Telecom0:44:30
22Team Columbia - High Road1:09:59


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