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

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.


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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'EpargneRow 4 - Cell 2
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:50
8Ivan Basso (Ita) LiquigasRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 11 - Cell 2
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) AstanaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Matteo Carrara (Ita) VacansoleilRow 18 - Cell 2
20Amaël Moinard (Fra) CofidisRow 19 - Cell 2
21Arkaitz Durán (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:02:20
22José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervélo TestTeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jesús Hernández (Spa) Astana0:02:24
25Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 24 - Cell 2
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) MilramRow 40 - Cell 2
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 JeuxRow 45 - Cell 2
47Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:09:00
48Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:09:01
49Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) AstanaRow 49 - Cell 2
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 StepRow 53 - Cell 2
55Egoi Martínez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 54 - Cell 2
56Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Saxo BankRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo BankRow 58 - Cell 2
60Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto0:10:45
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis0:12:24
63Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:12:56
65Paul Martens (Ger) RabobankRow 64 - Cell 2
66Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:13:26
67Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:14:28
68Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick StepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 68 - Cell 2
70Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-ServettoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo BankRow 71 - Cell 2
73Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 72 - Cell 2
74Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 73 - Cell 2
75Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo BankRow 74 - Cell 2
76Bingen Fernández (Spa) CofidisRow 75 - Cell 2
77Bram Tankink (Ned) RabobankRow 76 - Cell 2
78José Luis Rubiera (Spa) AstanaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Björn Leukemans (Bel) VacansoleilRow 78 - Cell 2
80Koos Moerenhout (Ned) RabobankRow 79 - Cell 2
81Oscar Freire (Spa) RabobankRow 80 - Cell 2
82Paul Voss (Ger) Milram0:16:37
83Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-NGC0:16:57
84Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 83 - Cell 2
85Mickaël Delage (Fra) Silence-LottoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Lieuwe Westra (Ned) VacansoleilRow 85 - Cell 2
87William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 86 - Cell 2
88David Herrero (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Javier Ramírez (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 88 - Cell 2
90David Millar (GBr) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:17:01
92Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo BankRow 91 - Cell 2
93Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Slipstream0:18:39
94Marco Marcato (Ita) VacansoleilRow 93 - Cell 2
95Fabio Sabatini (Ita) LiquigasRow 94 - Cell 2
96Iñaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 95 - Cell 2
97Christian Knees (Ger) MilramRow 96 - Cell 2
98Marco Velo (Ita) Quick StepRow 97 - Cell 2
99Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia-HTCRow 98 - Cell 2
100Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 101 - Cell 2
103José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R La MondialeRow 102 - Cell 2
104Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-ServettoRow 103 - Cell 2
105Matthé Pronk (Ned) VacansoleilRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) AstanaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Borut Bozic (Slo) VacansoleilRow 107 - Cell 2
109Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 108 - Cell 2
110Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 109 - Cell 2
111Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 110 - Cell 2
112Matthias Russ (Ger) MilramRow 111 - Cell 2
113Francisco José Martínez (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 112 - Cell 2
114Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 113 - Cell 2
115Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:20:06
116Vicente Reynes (Spa) Columbia-HTC0:25:45
117Manuel Quinziato (Ita) LiquigasRow 116 - Cell 2
118Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre-NGCRow 117 - Cell 2
119Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Saxo BankRow 118 - Cell 2
120Kjell Carlström (Fin) LiquigasRow 119 - Cell 2
121Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo TestTeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MilramRow 121 - Cell 2
123Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 122 - Cell 2
124Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 123 - Cell 2
125Roman Kreuziger (Cze) LiquigasRow 124 - Cell 2
126Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 125 - Cell 2
127Michael Schär (Swi) AstanaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo TestTeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-ServettoRow 128 - Cell 2
130Serafín Martínez (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 129 - Cell 2
131Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La MondialeRow 130 - Cell 2
132Julián Sánchez (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 131 - Cell 2
133Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) CofidisRow 132 - Cell 2
134Alberto Fernández Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 133 - Cell 2
135José Ruiz (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 134 - Cell 2
136Gonzalo Rabuñal (Spa) Xacobeo GaliciaRow 135 - Cell 2
137Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick StepRow 136 - Cell 2
138Rein Taaramäe (Est) CofidisRow 137 - Cell 2
139Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 138 - Cell 2
140Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick StepRow 139 - Cell 2
141Dominik Roels (Ger) MilramRow 140 - Cell 2
142Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 141 - Cell 2
143Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 142 - Cell 2
144Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:25:52
145Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo TestTeamRow 144 - Cell 2
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) MilramRow 149 - Cell 2
151Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Columbia-HTCRow 150 - Cell 2
152Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 151 - Cell 2
153Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 152 - Cell 2
154André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTCRow 153 - Cell 2
155Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 154 - Cell 2
156Oliver Zaugg (Swi) LiquigasRow 155 - Cell 2
157Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des JeuxRow 156 - Cell 2
158Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MilramRow 157 - Cell 2
159Michael Albasini (Swi) Columbia-HTCRow 158 - Cell 2
160Aitor Hernández (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 159 - Cell 2
161Adam Hansen (Aus) Columbia-HTCRow 160 - Cell 2
162Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des JeuxRow 161 - Cell 2
163Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 162 - Cell 2
164Allan Davis (Aus) Quick StepRow 163 - Cell 2
165Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 164 - Cell 2
166Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick StepRow 165 - Cell 2
167Martin Velits (Svk) MilramRow 166 - Cell 2
168Gregory Henderson (NZl) Columbia-HTCRow 167 - Cell 2
169Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 168 - Cell 2
170Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 169 - Cell 2
171Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia-HTCRow 170 - Cell 2
172Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-LottoRow 171 - Cell 2
173Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Saxo BankRow 172 - Cell 2
174Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 173 - Cell 2
175José Antonio López (Spa) Andalucía-CajasurRow 174 - Cell 2
176Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervélo TestTeamRow 175 - Cell 2
177Tom Leezer (Ned) RabobankRow 176 - Cell 2
178Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeamRow 177 - Cell 2
179Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 178 - Cell 2
180Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'EpargneRow 179 - Cell 2
181Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 180 - Cell 2
182Assan Bazayev (Kaz) AstanaRow 181 - Cell 2
183José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:29:32
184Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 183 - Cell 2
185Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 184 - Cell 2
186Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-SlipstreamRow 185 - Cell 2
187Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil0:30:40
188Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis0:31:25
189Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des JeuxRow 188 - Cell 2
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1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC25pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Slipstream5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-NGC4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Xàtiva, km. 17
1André Greipel (Ger) Columbia-HTC4pts
2Javier Benitez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Sella, km. 186,4
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil4pts
2Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Alto de Beniarrés (Cat. 3) km. 53
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Alto de Margarida (Cat. 3) km. 71
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Alto de Tollos (Cat. 2) km. 80
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2Row 4 - Cell 3
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Alto de Castell de Castells (Cat. 3) km. 101
1Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil6pts
2Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank4Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis2Row 2 - Cell 3
4William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 - Alto de Guadalest (Cat. 2) km. 131
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Paul Voss (Ger) Milram3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 4 - Cell 3
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 6 - Alto de Confrides (Cat. 3) km. 146
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank6pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Paul Voss (Ger) Milram1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 7 - Puerto de Tudons (Cat. 2) km. 160
1Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank10pts
2David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis7Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Paul Voss (Ger) Milram2Row 4 - Cell 3
6William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 8 - Alto de Aitana (C) km. 205
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.30pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto16Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas6Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4Row 8 - Cell 3
10Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1Row 11 - Cell 3
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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
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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) RabobankRow 63 - Cell 2
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-LottoRow 119 - Cell 2
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