Martin triumphs atop La Covatilla

The first ‘real’ summit finish of this year’s Vuelta a España produced the desired effect and sparked fireworks as Garmin-Cervélo’s Daniel Martin took his first Grand Tour stage win at the end of a tough opening week.

The Irishman claimed the spoils for his toil over the final seven kilometres of the stage – when the finishing climb to La Covatilla hit its hardest slopes – beating Rabobank’s Bauke Mollema and Geox-TMC’s Juan Jose Cobo, who finished second and third respectively.

Overnight general classification leader Joaquin Rodriguez lost his red jersey after finishing 49 seconds behind the front group as Mollema gained the overall ascendancy by a single second over the Spaniard.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali now sits in third overall and featured in the finale as did Team Sky leader Bradley Wiggins, who now occupies 13th overall and goes into tomorrow’s 40km time trial well poised to make a massive jump on the general classification thanks to his sterling performance on today’s final climb and his prowess against the clock.

Martin sits one place above Wiggins, and the 25-year-old Irishman was ecstatic with his first Grand Tour stage win as he benefited from a gutsy and uncompromising performance in the finale to reap the rewards of persistence in the face of such a tough proposition.

Getting to the main course

After the day’s opening climb, the Puerto de la Cruz di Hierro, Omega Pharma-Lotto man Sebastian Lang instigated the move of the day – the German was joined by local boy Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea of Andalucia Caja Granada and later Vacansoleil-DCM duo Pim Ligthart and Martijn Keizer to form the leading quartet with 45km traveled.

After 80km of racing the leaders had themselves an advantage in excess of nine minutes, with the peloton content to leave them plenty of leash. 14km later that had dropped to 7:50 and a further 25km down the road, the leading quartet had become a brace of duos, with Ligthart and Lang leaving Toribio and Keizer behind.

With 30km remaining, the gap between the ‘Two Ls’ and their chasers stood at 2:40, with the peloton – unsurprisingly led by the Katusha team of Rodriguez and Dani Moreno – over six minutes behind the leading duo. But as the climb to La Covatilla loomed, that main bunch would soon be split.

And just as those splits occurred, a blast from the past in the form of Andrey Kashechkin found his way to the front, the Astana man revisiting the scene of a success in 2007, when he finished third on the stage to La Covatilla – the last time the Vuelta visited the town.

Ready for the sparks to fly

As the peloton began the climb in earnest, the gap between it and the leading two had decreased to five minutes; with a little over 20km before the finish and neither man a particular mountain goat of note, they would surely be reeled in – it was merely a question of when.

Heading through the town of Bejar, the leaders had themselves four minutes, although it was game over for their chasers, Toribio and Keizer, who were swallowed up and spat out by a peloton blazing in its pursuit of the plucky characters holding court at the front of the race.

When the peloton hit Bejar that gap had been lowered to 3:29 as Katusha continued to lead the field with Moreno and Rodriguez in tow. With the Russian squad’s pursuit of the leaders, that mark continued to fall and dropped to 1:13 when the peloton passed under the 10km-to-go banner.

By that stage Lang had dropped his Dutch companion and continued on his march to the finish, the hardest slopes of the climb still to ride and the big teams – Katusha, Liquigas-Cannondale, Lampre-ISD and Team Sky – charging their batteries for a manic dash to the line. And they needed to; as the bunch passed eight kilometres remaining, the road noticeably tilted skywards and instantly claimed victims on the 12 percent gradient.

Lang himself became a victim a kilometre later when the man who had kicked off the day’s break became the last card to be drawn back into the pack, which was being controlled by Lampre’s fearless troops who continued to set a blistering pace.

It takes one to start the fight

Active in yesterday’s finale, Rein Taaramae was at it again within the final six kilometres, slicing past Jurgen Van Den Broeck and Michele Scarponi at the front of the bunch and chancing his hand at breaking up the group of overall favourites. But the Italian wasn’t going to let the plucky Estonian steal his thunder, and he countered, forcing the remaining big names to follow his lead.

One man not present was Igor Anton, the Euskaltel-Euskadi captain’s poor showing at this Vuelta continuing as he slipped further back. His life wasn’t made any easier when Kevin Seeldrayers (Quick Step) and Sergio Pardilla (Movistar) hit out hard and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali immediately chased with Van Den Broeck on his wheel.

When they were reeled in, Garmin-Cervélo’s Daniel Martin and his cousin Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) were the next riders to go off the front, with the two working as a good family should and swapping off to try and stay clear.

While Roche dropped back to Scarponi and co, Martin continued his march alone with just four kilometres – but so much suffering – left until the finish. The Irishman was joined shortly afterwards by Vincenzo Nibali, and he worked with the Italian into a stiff headwind to keep the charging peloton behind at bay.

When seven is better than two…

With Christopher Froome dragging his Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins back to the two leaders, Martin and Nibali’s time at the head of the race seemed limited and 2km from the line, the elite selection at the front that also boasted Van Den Broeck, Cobo and Mollema caught and began working with the hitherto leading duo.

Behind them, Rodriguez was slipping out of contention for the stage win and the overall lead, falling over 40 seconds in arrears while Wiggins forced the pace hard at the front of the race. With 250 metres to go, Martin opened the sprint to the line, kicking hard over the final crest and winning his first grand tour stage and reaping the rewards of his persistence at the front of affairs.

A whopping 49 seconds later Rodriguez rolled over the line, his red jersey just slipping away and with a flat time trial facing the Katusha captain, a place in the podium spots could be gone after tomorrow’s test against the clock. Another man to lose plenty of time was Scarponi, who eventually finished over a minute in arrears.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo4:52:14
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC0:00:03
4Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:04
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:07
6Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:11
7Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:12
8Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMCRow 7 - Cell 2
9Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 8 - Cell 2
10Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team AstanaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:15
12Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:19
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:38
15Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:00:41
16Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 15 - Cell 2
17Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:47
20Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:50
21Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMCRow 20 - Cell 2
22Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard TrekRow 22 - Cell 2
24Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek0:00:56
27Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:08
28David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 27 - Cell 2
29Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:01:27
30Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 29 - Cell 2
31Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:50
33Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 32 - Cell 2
34Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:58
35Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Pro Team Astana0:02:03
36Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 35 - Cell 2
37Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team AstanaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShackRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:10
40Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek0:02:14
41Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:32
43Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:39
44Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:47
45David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC0:03:08
46David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:12
47Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:26
48Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 48 - Cell 2
50Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:35
51Santo Anza (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:37
52Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:02
53Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team AstanaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 54 - Cell 2
56Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 55 - Cell 2
57David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:04:37
61Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:07
63Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:05:20
64Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:05:57
65Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 65 - Cell 2
67Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
68Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:07:34
69Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 68 - Cell 2
70Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 69 - Cell 2
71Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack0:09:22
72Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 72 - Cell 2
74José Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 74 - Cell 2
76Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank SungardRow 79 - Cell 2
81Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 80 - Cell 2
82Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 82 - Cell 2
84Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-HighroadRow 84 - Cell 2
86Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling0:10:02
87Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana0:10:15
88Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:12:38
89Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 89 - Cell 2
91Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShackRow 91 - Cell 2
93Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 92 - Cell 2
94Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard TrekRow 94 - Cell 2
96Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 96 - Cell 2
98Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMCRow 97 - Cell 2
99Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:13:23
100Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack0:14:01
101Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:16:14
102Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 102 - Cell 2
104Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 104 - Cell 2
106Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 105 - Cell 2
107Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - ShimanoRow 107 - Cell 2
109Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 108 - Cell 2
110Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISDRow 111 - Cell 2
113Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 112 - Cell 2
114Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 113 - Cell 2
115Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:17:13
119Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:18:46
120Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 120 - Cell 2
122Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 121 - Cell 2
123Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 122 - Cell 2
124Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 123 - Cell 2
125Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 124 - Cell 2
126Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 126 - Cell 2
128Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 128 - Cell 2
130Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
131Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 130 - Cell 2
132Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank SungardRow 132 - Cell 2
134Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-HighroadRow 133 - Cell 2
135Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 134 - Cell 2
136Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 135 - Cell 2
137Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 136 - Cell 2
138Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 139 - Cell 2
141Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 144 - Cell 2
146Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 145 - Cell 2
147Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
149Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 148 - Cell 2
150Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 149 - Cell 2
151Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank SungardRow 150 - Cell 2
152Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 151 - Cell 2
153Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShackRow 152 - Cell 2
154Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 155 - Cell 2
157Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek0:19:47
158Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek0:20:16
159Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 158 - Cell 2
160Mads Christensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:22:16
161Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 160 - Cell 2
162Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 161 - Cell 2
163Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 162 - Cell 2
164Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 163 - Cell 2
165Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 164 - Cell 2
166Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 165 - Cell 2
167Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank SungardRow 166 - Cell 2
168Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 167 - Cell 2
169Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 168 - Cell 2
170Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 169 - Cell 2
171Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMCRow 170 - Cell 2
172Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 171 - Cell 2
173Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 172 - Cell 2
174Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 173 - Cell 2
175Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 174 - Cell 2
176Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 175 - Cell 2
177Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 176 - Cell 2
178Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 177 - Cell 2
179John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 178 - Cell 2
180Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 179 - Cell 2
181Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 180 - Cell 2
182David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 181 - Cell 2
183Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 182 - Cell 2
184Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 183 - Cell 2
185Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 184 - Cell 2
Row 185 - Cell 0 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 185 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Guijuelo, 136km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto4pts
2Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Béjar, 164,8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto4pts
2Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Sierra de Béjar. La Covatilla, 183km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo25pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Puerto de La Cruz de Hierro (Cat. 3), 9km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale3pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Sierra de Béjar. La Covatilla - Llegada en alto, 183km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo15pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geox-TMC14:37:47
2Leopard Trek0:01:22
3Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:50
4Sky Procycling0:02:32
5Team RadioShack0:02:37
6AG2R La Mondiale0:03:07
7Pro Team Astana0:03:13
8Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:37
9Movistar Team0:03:49
10Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:58
11Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:59
12Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:17
13Katusha Team0:04:37
14Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:26
15Team Garmin-Cervelo0:09:29
16Saxo Bank Sungard0:10:06
17Quickstep Cycling Team0:13:13
18Lampre - ISD0:14:16
19Andalucia Caja Granada0:27:01
20BMC Racing Team0:31:11
21Skil - Shimano0:36:43
22HTC-Highroad0:41:44
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General classification after stage 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team37:11:17
2Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:01
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:09
4Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana0:00:18
5Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:27
6Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:35
7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek0:00:37
8Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:42
9Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShackRow 8 - Cell 2
10Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC0:00:46
11Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek0:00:55
12Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 11 - Cell 2
13Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:00
14Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:03
15Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:08
16Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team0:01:12
17Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:17
18Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:54
19Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:05
20Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:02:10
21Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC0:02:18
22Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:29
23Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:02:34
24Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:57
25David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:20
26Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:03:36
28Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC0:03:39
29Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:40
30Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:31
31Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMC0:04:43
32Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana0:04:53
33Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:09
34Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:49
35Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:41
36Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:08:44
37Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team0:09:35
38Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:10:17
39Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad0:10:21
40Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:10:58
41Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:42
42Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard0:12:55
43Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team0:13:46
44Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek0:13:48
45Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team0:18:43
46Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:19:23
47Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:19:58
48Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:21:56
49Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team0:21:57
50Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:21:59
51Santo Anza (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:22:37
52Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:22:48
53Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:24:39
54Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Procycling0:25:24
55Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:25:30
56Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:25:38
57Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:26:13
58Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:30
59Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:35
60Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek0:26:40
61Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:34:18
62David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC0:34:52
63Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling0:35:24
64Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:37:05
65Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:39:31
66Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:39:56
67Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana0:40:12
68Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:40:16
69Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team0:42:14
70Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:43:22
71David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:44:04
72Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:45:34
73Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank Sungard0:48:11
74Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:48:16
75David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC0:48:28
76Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:50:07
77Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana0:51:49
78Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:53:45
79Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:54:47
80Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada0:55:17
81Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada0:55:45
82Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:55:54
83Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:56:31
84Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:57:55
85Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:58:30
86José Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada0:59:01
87Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack0:59:22
88Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada0:59:49
89Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:00:43
90Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMC1:01:03
91Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:01:20
92Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Pro Team Astana1:02:31
93David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team1:03:27
94Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1:03:41
95Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo1:03:54
96Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team1:04:31
97Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:04:33
98Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:04:50
99Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack1:05:14
100Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1:05:38
101Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1:06:11
102Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team1:07:05
103Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD1:07:08
104Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:07:15
105Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano1:07:52
106Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team1:07:57
107Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1:08:25
108Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:09:49
109Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team1:10:38
110Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek1:10:57
111Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana1:11:06
112Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale1:12:41
113Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team1:15:21
114Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad1:15:54
115Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISD1:16:00
116Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team1:16:14
117Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack1:18:03
118Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:18:04
119Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team1:18:22
120Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1:18:32
121Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team1:18:59
122Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD1:19:29
123Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack1:20:29
124Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek1:20:42
125Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale1:21:12
126Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:21:24
127Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1:23:00
128Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team1:23:37
129Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team1:23:52
130Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad1:24:34
131Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1:25:59
132Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack1:26:59
133Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1:27:08
134Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team1:27:29
135Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad1:27:54
136Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano1:27:56
137Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShack1:29:09
138Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team1:29:25
139Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team1:29:42
140Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD1:29:48
141Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale1:30:13
142Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team1:31:48
143Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1:32:16
144Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling Team1:34:18
145John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1:34:46
146Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard1:35:04
147Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek1:35:33
148Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling1:36:02
149Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1:36:21
150Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team1:37:14
151Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad1:38:03
152Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek1:39:08
153Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada1:39:40
154Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada1:40:42
155Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team1:42:03
156Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada1:42:46
157Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team1:44:04
158Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team1:44:06
159Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard1:44:36
160Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad1:47:56
161Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard1:48:27
162Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Procycling1:48:38
163Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1:53:29
164Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano1:56:23
165Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1:56:50
166Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi1:57:00
167Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1:59:49
168Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team2:00:58
169Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2:01:27
170Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano2:03:01
171Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMC2:03:23
172Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard2:04:28
173Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling2:05:15
174Mads Christensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard2:05:57
175Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano2:06:28
176Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada2:07:33
177Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano2:10:02
178Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo2:10:17
179Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek2:11:11
180Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo2:13:15
181Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano2:13:23
182Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano2:15:13
183Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team2:17:36
184Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2:20:49
185Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard2:26:52
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team74pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team62Row 1 - Cell 3
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale50Row 2 - Cell 3
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo48Row 3 - Cell 3
5Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team48Row 4 - Cell 3
6Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team42Row 5 - Cell 3
7Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano41Row 6 - Cell 3
8Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD40Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto38Row 8 - Cell 3
10Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale33Row 9 - Cell 3
11Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team33Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team32Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek31Row 12 - Cell 3
14Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale29Row 13 - Cell 3
15Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling25Row 14 - Cell 3
16Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale25Row 15 - Cell 3
17Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek24Row 16 - Cell 3
18Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack23Row 17 - Cell 3
19Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana23Row 18 - Cell 3
20Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard21Row 19 - Cell 3
21Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20Row 20 - Cell 3
22Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto20Row 21 - Cell 3
23Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team19Row 22 - Cell 3
24Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC19Row 23 - Cell 3
25Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana18Row 24 - Cell 3
26Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC