Anton wins stage on home turf as Vuelta returns to Basque country

The Vuelta a España's return to the Basque Country for the first time in 33 years could hardly have been better scripted as local hero Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) took victory on stage 19 to rapturous acclaim in Bilbao.

In the battle for overall honours, Juan José Cobo (Geox-TMC) had to resist two forceful accelerations from Chris Froome (Sky) on the final climb of the Alto El Vivero, but proved more than up to the task, and he retains his 13-second overall lead as the race enters its final weekend.

The stage belonged to Anton, however, and to Basque cycling as a whole. Hailing from nearby Galdakao, which featured on the finishing circuit, Anton was not even born when protests from Basque separatists disrupted the race during its last visit to the area in 1978, and his win crowned a day that saw the Vuelta vigorously saluted on its re-entry into one of cycling's true heartlands.

Anton described his triumph as "a dream" and said that it was the greatest win of his career. "The first victory is always special, as was the one on the Zoncolan, but this is the best because it's special, it has feeling," he said.

Part of an early four-man break alongside teammate Gorka Verdugo, Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) and Alexsandr Dyanchenko (Astana), Anton set out his stall by leading over the Puerto de Las Muñecas, which brought the race into the Basque Country with over 100km to go. The decisive arena proved to be the short, sharp ascent of El Vivero, however, which was tackled twice as part of a 32km-long finishing circuit around Bilbao.

"Just being in the break today in front of these fans and my family would have been worth the effort, even if I hadn't won," Anton said afterwards. "I felt goose bumps when we entered the Basque Country."

The first time up the climb suggested that Anton and Bruseghin were the strongmen of the break, and so it came to pass, as first Dyachenko and then Verdugo were dropped on the final lap of the circuit. Conscious of Bruseghin's ability as a rouleur, Anton knew that he had to try to make the difference uphill, and after setting a high tempo at the bottom, he kicked definitively as the road pitched up to 11 percent with a shade under 2km to the summit.

Exhorted by the passionate Basque following that thronged the climb, Anton edged clear on the steepest section, with the crowds that blocked his view of the road parting at the last minute to let him through. The problematic lines between politics and sport have been blurred by events at the Giro di Padania this week, but while the Basque flag, the distinctive ikurrina, was naturally prominent at the roadsides on Friday, it was flown as a symbol of identity rather than as one of division, as the Vuelta was roundly welcomed back into the Basque Country after its 33-year absence.

By the summit, Anton had 31 seconds in hand over Bruseghin, and familiar with the 14km from there back down into Bilbao, Anton even tacked on another 10 seconds to his lead by the finish to seal the win and compensate for his lacklustre Vuelta showing to date.

"It was a difficult Vuelta for me from the beginning, and really at La Covatilla, I had to give up on the general classification," Anton said. "I was in a hole, physically and psychologically, but maybe I've learned from this Vuelta than the last one."

Froome takes the race to Cobo

While Anton was delighting the Basque fans up ahead, Team Sky and Chris Froome were looking to find a way to wrest the red jersey away from Juan José Cobo. Every second counts in this tightest of Vueltas, with just 13 seconds separating Froome from Cobo at the beginning of the stage, and it was no surprise to see Sky keep the race together ahead of the first intermediate sprint.

Unfortunately for Froome, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has his mind set on carrying the green jersey to Madrid, and he picked up the six seconds on offer in Laredo. David De La Fuente (Geox-TMC) patrolled affairs for Cobo by taking second place, while Bauke Mollema (Rabobank), slipped in for third.

Shortly afterwards, at the 29km mark, Sky allowed the day's breakaway to slip clear, and the quartet built up a maximum lead of six minutes over the peloton. As temperatures reached 35 degrees (Celsius) in mid-afternoon, there was an understandable lack of urgency in the bunch's pursuit of the escapees, but Sky returned to their task of trying to break Cobo as the race reached Bilbao for the first time with 64km to go.

On the first ascent of El Vivero, the British squad delegated Thomas Lofkvist to set the tempo at the front end of the peloton, and the Swede took to his task with gusto. Tapping out a fierce rhythm with Wiggins and Froome lined up in his slipstream - and with Cobo sitting directly behind them - Lofkvist tore the bunch to shreds and whittled it down to fewer than 30 riders by the summit.

At that point, the red jersey group was just 1:43 behind the leaders, and Lofkvist continued his work on the front on the run-in to the second climb of El Vivero with just over 18km to race. Once on the ascent, Joaquim Rodriguez made a speculative effort, followed by Chris Anker Sørensen, while Wiggins took over at the front of the red jersey group.

The Englishman's pace was initially steady rather than searing, and Cobo sat comfortably on Froome's wheel. Approaching the summit, however, Wiggins began to raise his tempo slightly to prepare the ground for Froome, and the Kenyan-born rider's attack finally arrived with a shade over a kilometre to climb. Cobo was alert to the move, and the duo instantly distanced the rest of the group. As the road pitched up steeply for the final time, Froome followed up with a second acceleration, but again he was unable to shake of the implacable Cobo.

The duo crossed the summit just ahead of Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi), but they all sat up on the descent and were quickly engulfed by the main group. While Anton and Bruseghin were already certain to ride off with first and second place, there was still an eight-second bonus for third place on offer, and Cobo sensibly stuck like a limpet to Froome's rear wheel all the way down into Bilbao.

As it turned out, Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) clipped off the front to take third, just ahead of local rider Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack), but Cobo was vigilant right to the end, coming home a place behind Froome in 17th, 1:33 down on Anton.

Just two days lie between Cobo and one of the most unexpected Grand Tour victories in recent memory, but with only 13-second buffer and another undulating day in the Basque Country to come tomorrow, Madrid must still seem a lifetime away.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3:53:34
2Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:41
3Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:30
4Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 3 - Cell 2
5Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:31
6David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC0:01:33
7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard TrekRow 6 - Cell 2
8Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 7 - Cell 2
9Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 12 - Cell 2
14Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 14 - Cell 2
16Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 16 - Cell 2
18Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard TrekRow 19 - Cell 2
21Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 20 - Cell 2
22Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMCRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 24 - Cell 2
26Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:41
27Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team0:05:13
30Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack0:05:24
31Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team AstanaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShackRow 31 - Cell 2
33Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShackRow 34 - Cell 2
36Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:32
41Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 42 - Cell 2
44Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard TrekRow 43 - Cell 2
45David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 46 - Cell 2
48Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:10:35
49Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team0:11:37
50Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 49 - Cell 2
51Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 57 - Cell 2
59Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team AstanaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team AstanaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 63 - Cell 2
65José Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Santo Anza (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 70 - Cell 2
72Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 72 - Cell 2
74Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 73 - Cell 2
75Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team AstanaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky ProcyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 80 - Cell 2
82Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 81 - Cell 2
83Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShackRow 82 - Cell 2
84Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShackRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 86 - Cell 2
88Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad0:15:09
89Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank SungardRow 89 - Cell 2
91Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 90 - Cell 2
92Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISDRow 91 - Cell 2
93Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Pro Team AstanaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 95 - Cell 2
97Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 98 - Cell 2
100Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 99 - Cell 2
101Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 100 - Cell 2
102Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 102 - Cell 2
104Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:19:12
106Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 107 - Cell 2
109Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 108 - Cell 2
110Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 109 - Cell 2
111Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank SungardRow 111 - Cell 2
113Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-HighroadRow 112 - Cell 2
114Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMCRow 114 - Cell 2
116Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 115 - Cell 2
117Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShackRow 116 - Cell 2
118Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 117 - Cell 2
119Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 118 - Cell 2
120Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 119 - Cell 2
121John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 120 - Cell 2
122Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 121 - Cell 2
123Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 122 - Cell 2
124Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank SungardRow 123 - Cell 2
125Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
127Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 126 - Cell 2
128Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 127 - Cell 2
129Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 128 - Cell 2
130Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 129 - Cell 2
131Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMCRow 131 - Cell 2
133Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 133 - Cell 2
135Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 134 - Cell 2
136Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 135 - Cell 2
137Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 137 - Cell 2
139Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 140 - Cell 2
142Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 141 - Cell 2
143Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank SungardRow 142 - Cell 2
144Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 143 - Cell 2
145Mads Christensen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 144 - Cell 2
146Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 145 - Cell 2
147Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 146 - Cell 2
148Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 147 - Cell 2
149Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 149 - Cell 2
151Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMCRow 151 - Cell 2
153Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 152 - Cell 2
154Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 153 - Cell 2
155Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 155 - Cell 2
157Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 156 - Cell 2
158Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 157 - Cell 2
159David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 158 - Cell 2
160Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 159 - Cell 2
161Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - ShimanoRow 160 - Cell 2
162Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 161 - Cell 2
163Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 162 - Cell 2
164Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 163 - Cell 2
165Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 164 - Cell 2
166Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 165 - Cell 2
167Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 166 - Cell 2
DNSTony Martin (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 167 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Laredo, 19.7km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team4pts
2David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Bilbao, 126.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4pts
2Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Bilbao, 158.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi25pts
2Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard12Row 4 - Cell 3
6David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 13 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Puerto de La Granja (Cat. 3), 42km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team3pts
2Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2- Puerto de Las Muñecas (Cat. 3), 60km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3pts
2Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team Astana1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Alto El Vivero (1st time) (Cat. 2), 114km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5pts
2Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Alto El Vivero (2nd time) (Cat. 2) 144km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5pts
2Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Most combative rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
4Leopard TrekRow 3 - Cell 2
5Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:49
6AG2R La Mondiale0:07:32
7Katusha Team0:09:04
8Team RadioShack0:09:12
9Sky Procycling0:10:35
10Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:31
11Omega Pharma-Lotto0:15:28
12Pro Team Astana0:19:19
13Quickstep Cycling Team0:21:41
14Team Garmin-CerveloRow 13 - Cell 2
15Lampre - ISD0:23:49
16Movistar Team0:24:21
17Saxo Bank Sungard0:28:43
18Andalucia Caja Granada0:35:17
19BMC Racing Team0:38:49
20Skil - Shimano0:39:20
21Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 20 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 19
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC77:59:12
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:13
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:41
4Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:03
5Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC0:03:48
6Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek0:04:13
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:31
8Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:45
9Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:05:20
10Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:05:33
11Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek0:05:50
12Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:07:04
13Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:07:22
14Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team0:08:52
15Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:57
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:31
17Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:11:42
18Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana0:13:27
19Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team0:14:31
20Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMC0:19:51
21Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:20:22
22Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:20:54
23Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:21:06
24Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team0:29:39
25Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:33:11
26Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack0:33:14
27Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:36:38
28Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek0:40:19
29Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:45:16
30Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:47:23
31Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:48:04
32Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:48:06
33Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:50:47
34Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana0:51:28
35David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC1:00:03
36David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1:00:11
37Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:00:32
38Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo1:13:07
39Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 38 - Cell 2
40Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC1:13:16
41Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1:15:23
42Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team1:17:01
43Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team1:20:36
44Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team1:21:57
45Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team1:28:39
46David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC1:31:14
47Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team1:31:20
48Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD1:39:52
49Santo Anza (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1:45:30
50Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano1:47:03
51Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD1:47:05
52Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:47:47
53David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Pro Team Astana1:48:26
55Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling1:48:29
56Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team1:49:50
57Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:51:51
58Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team1:52:48
59Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:53:54
60Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD2:02:47
61Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana2:03:31
62Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling2:08:01
63Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2:08:45
64Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:08:52
65Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana2:10:12
66Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana2:13:29
67Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team2:14:12
68Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team2:14:25
69Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2:16:43
70Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo2:18:07
71Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo2:18:33
72Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano2:18:40
73Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2:18:51
74Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Procycling2:19:44
75Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:21:34
76Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:22:17
77Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2:22:50
78Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2:24:00
79Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2:25:26
80Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank Sungard2:28:27
81Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team2:30:08
82Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team2:30:21
83Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana2:35:23
84Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:35:40
85Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:37:17
86Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling Team2:40:21
87Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2:41:36
88Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2:43:12
89Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:44:18
90Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team2:44:31
91Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team2:44:59
92Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack2:45:34
93Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack2:46:06
94Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2:47:21
95Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team Astana2:51:45
96José Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2:54:03
97Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2:54:31
98Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana2:54:57
99Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale2:56:23
100Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD2:56:46
101Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team2:57:58
102Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo2:58:46
103Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek2:58:47
104Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISD2:58:52
105Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale3:00:25
106Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3:01:13
107Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack3:04:31
108Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3:06:45
109Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team3:08:25
110Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team3:08:29
111Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack3:09:24
112Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada3:09:30
113Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano3:11:41
114Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD3:13:02
115Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team3:19:52
116Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShack3:21:45
117Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale3:21:56
118Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team3:22:15
119Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad3:23:14
120Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team3:23:41
121Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek3:25:34
122Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team3:25:46
123Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:26:40
124Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMC3:27:26
125Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad3:31:43
126Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard3:33:22
127Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3:35:11