Valverde claims photo finish on Eibar

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won stage 3 of the Vuelta a España after a captivating 155km of racing from Faustino V to Eibar’s Alto de Arrate. The win was enough to put the 2009 winner into the overall lead after overnight leader and teammate Jonathan Castroviejo cracked on the lower slopes of the Arrate.

It looked as if Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez had the stage win in the bag, but he let up before the line and Valverde kicked hard, coming past to win by millimeters.

"I knew the Arrate climb, but it had been three years since I had climbed it," Valverde said. "Purito remembered it better since he was this year at the Vuelta al País Vasco, and that helped him win. I was a bit scared, but I knew that I could get past him, he went a bit overconfident, stopped pedaling and I could push to the line. Purito and I equally deserved to win."

"I'm really angry," said Rodriguez. "I lost a stage I was virtually holding in my hands. I knew the profile of the stage, especially I knew in the end I had to stay ahead because of two difficult downhill corners. In fact I was perfect: but in the last 5 meters I stopped pedaling and Valverde passed me for a bunch of millimeters. I expected today the favorite riders to be at the same standard and I have very good feelings about my shape, but in this moment I'm so pissed against myself that I don't really care. I can only think I lost a stage not because I was weaker, but because I was stupid."

While Valverde came away with the day’s honours and the 20-second time bonus, it was Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) who shone brightest with a series of attacks on the final climb. Only Valverde, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Christopher Froome (Team Sky) could handle the Spaniard’s constant accelerations with rest of the GC hopefuls finishing six seconds down.

After three stages Valverde leads with teammate Benat Intxausti 18 seconds adrift. Rodriguez sits a further second back, with Froome at 20 seconds and Contador a further four behind.

Although the fireworks were saved for the finale, in truth the stage was always destined to be aggressive throughout. At just 155 kilometres, and with a hill top finish so early in the grand tour, legs were fresh, egos robust and strategies above optimistic.

And as expected the attacks came early. Philippe Gilbert was part of the early break, aligning with Andrey Zeits (Astana), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM), Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Dominique Rollin (FDJ-BigMat), Sergio Carrasco (Andalucia), Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) and Markel Irizar (RadioShack-Nissan).

Apart from the absence of a representative from Euskaltel-Euskadi, who were racing on their home roads, the stage was running according to the expected script. The eight riders collaborated evenly enough, building up a healthy buffer as Movistar rode tempo on the front. With Gilbert just 10 seconds from the overall lead as the stage began and with so much still at stake in the race, however, there was little chance of success.

Castroviejo’s overall defence looked destined to end when he joined the majority of his teammates on the front of the peloton in the finale, and with 45 kilometres the gap to the break had been reduced to 2:40. Lotto Belisol, Rabobank, Sky and Omega Pharma-QuickStep all made their intentions clear as the final climb approached, positioning their leaders close to the front as the break’s advantage slipped below a minute, and by the foot of the climb to Arrate, the peloton was together again.

All eyes may have shifted to Contador, his rivals eager to see how his climbing legs would perform after his suspension but it was Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) who initiated the first round of attacks. The Dutch national road champion wasn’t able to forge more than a handful of seconds clear with Contador sending his most trusted lieutenant, Daniel Navarro to the front.

Just like Alpe d’Huez in 2011, Navarro set about his pace duties, his jersey unzipped and flapping in unison with the Basque flags. However, it wasn’t nearly as impressive or successful as Contador would have liked and Navarro swung over with only the slightest damage inflicted on Contador’s rivals.

Realising that he was on the front with more than 7 kilometres to race Contador slowed his cadence, inviting his opposition into making a mistake. No one buckled and Navarro was given enough time to recover and regain his position on the front. Laurens ten Dam was ushered to the front once Navarro finally threw in the towel and while Froome glued himself to Contador’s wheel, Valverde seized an opportunity and attacked.

Defending champion Juan José Cobo (Movistar) was instantly put into difficulty as Contador led the chase.

It appeared the pace would slow once Valverde had been reeled in but Contador had other ideas, using the catch as a launch pad for his first attack.

Only Valverde, Rodriguez and Froome could answer, but with 4 kilometres to go, Contador attacked again. The same three gave chase, with Contador attacking 6 times in all. After each acceleration, his three shadows would slowly reel him in, Froome taking the longest to do so, and with the gradient easing and Contador content to mark Froome in the sprint, it was left to Valverde and Rodriguez to dispute the stage.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team3:49:37
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 3 - Cell 2
5Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:06
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 6 - Cell 2
8Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 8 - Cell 2
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 11 - Cell 2
13Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISDRow 12 - Cell 2
14Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:00:27
16Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:47
17Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 16 - Cell 2
18Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:00:50
21Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 22 - Cell 2
24Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja RuralRow 23 - Cell 2
25Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 26 - Cell 2
28Yohann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 27 - Cell 2
29Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:18
30John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 30 - Cell 2
32Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:01:28
34Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 34 - Cell 2
36Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 35 - Cell 2
37Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 36 - Cell 2
38Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - SharpRow 40 - Cell 2
42Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 42 - Cell 2
44Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 43 - Cell 2
45Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:52
48Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 47 - Cell 2
49Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 49 - Cell 2
51Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:02:07
54Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja RuralRow 54 - Cell 2
56Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 55 - Cell 2
57Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 57 - Cell 2
59Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:31
61Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) AndaluciaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:02:57
63Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 62 - Cell 2
64Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:00
65Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia0:03:11
66Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan0:03:22
67Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 66 - Cell 2
68Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:03:23
70Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Richie Porte (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 72 - Cell 2
74Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:03:50
75Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 75 - Cell 2
77Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia0:04:19
81Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 80 - Cell 2
82Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 82 - Cell 2
84Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:04:58
86Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan0:05:00
87Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 86 - Cell 2
88Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:34
89Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 89 - Cell 2
91Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja RuralRow 94 - Cell 2
96Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:05:36
97Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 96 - Cell 2
98Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 98 - Cell 2
100Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) AndaluciaRow 100 - Cell 2
102David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 101 - Cell 2
103Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 102 - Cell 2
104Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:05:47
106Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:05:54
107Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team0:06:42
108Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 107 - Cell 2
109Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 108 - Cell 2
110Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 109 - Cell 2
111Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) AndaluciaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 111 - Cell 2
113Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 112 - Cell 2
114Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 113 - Cell 2
115Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 114 - Cell 2
116Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 119 - Cell 2
121Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 121 - Cell 2
123Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) AndaluciaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 123 - Cell 2
125Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 124 - Cell 2
126Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - SharpRow 125 - Cell 2
127Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 126 - Cell 2
128Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 128 - Cell 2
130Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 129 - Cell 2
131Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 130 - Cell 2
132Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 131 - Cell 2
133Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 132 - Cell 2
134Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 133 - Cell 2
135Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 136 - Cell 2
138John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:07:59
139Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 139 - Cell 2
141Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-ShimanoRow 140 - Cell 2
142Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 142 - Cell 2
144Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 143 - Cell 2
145Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:45
146Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:57
147Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:09:04
148Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:09:07
149William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:09:08
150Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:21
151Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdge0:10:04
153Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 154 - Cell 2
156Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 155 - Cell 2
157Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 156 - Cell 2
158Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 157 - Cell 2
159Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-NissanRow 158 - Cell 2
160Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 159 - Cell 2
161Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-NissanRow 160 - Cell 2
162Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 161 - Cell 2
163Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 162 - Cell 2
164Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 163 - Cell 2
165Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 164 - Cell 2
166Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 165 - Cell 2
167Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:11:08
168Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:18
169Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 168 - Cell 2
170Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 169 - Cell 2
171Javier Chacon (Spa) AndaluciaRow 170 - Cell 2
172Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 171 - Cell 2
173Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) AndaluciaRow 172 - Cell 2
174Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 173 - Cell 2
175Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-NissanRow 174 - Cell 2
176Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos-ShimanoRow 175 - Cell 2
177Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 176 - Cell 2
178Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:11:53
179Julian Dean (NZl) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 178 - Cell 2
180Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 179 - Cell 2
181Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:12:04
182David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:14:14
183Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 182 - Cell 2
184Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:16:22
185Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 184 - Cell 2
186Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 185 - Cell 2
187Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 186 - Cell 2
188Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 187 - Cell 2
189Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) AndaluciaRow 188 - Cell 2
190Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 189 - Cell 2
191Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 190 - Cell 2
192Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 191 - Cell 2
193Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 192 - Cell 2
194Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja RuralRow 193 - Cell 2
195Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 194 - Cell 2
196Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 195 - Cell 2
197Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 196 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Zaldibar, 135.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat4pts
2Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Eibar, 153.3km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team4pts
2Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points - Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team25pts
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling2Row 13 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Alto La Aldea (Cat. 2), 32km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team5pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Puerto de Vitoria (Cat. 3), 67km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Puerto de Campazar (Cat 3), 120km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Alto de Arrate (Cat. 1), 153km.
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team10pts
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 4 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky Procycling11:29:44
2Movistar Team0:00:03
3Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:06
4Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:50
5Katusha Team0:01:05
6Lampre - ISD0:01:28
7AG2R La Mondiale0:01:49
8Astana Pro Team0:02:15
9Caja Rural0:02:53
10Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:59
11Radioshack - Nissan0:03:22
12Garmin - Sharp0:04:31
13Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:05:01
14Liquigas - Cannondale0:05:10
15Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:05:31
16BMC Racing Team0:06:42
17Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:07:25
19Lotto Belisol Team0:09:32
20Team Argos - Shimano0:09:59
21FDJ - Big Mat0:11:37
22Orica GreenEdge0:19:43
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General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team8:46:56
2Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:18
3Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:19
4Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:20
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:24
6Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:28
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:30
9Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:33
10Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:46
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:52
12Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:59
13Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:06
14Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:11
15Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD0:01:12
16Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:01:14
19Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:01:16
20Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:27
21Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:01:36
22Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:39
24Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:01:45
25Yohann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:49
26Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:01:50
27Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:52
28Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:01:53
29Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:01:57
30Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:04
31John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:02:05
34Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:08
35Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 34 - Cell 2
36Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:14
37Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 36 - Cell 2
38Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:19
40Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:29
41Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:34
43Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:35
44Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:02:54
45Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:58
46Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:00
47Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:03:07
48Hernani Broco (Por) Caja RuralRow 47 - Cell 2
49Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:03:09
50Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:03:14
51Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:17
52Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:19
53Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural0:03:31
54Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:33
55Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:36
56Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:44
57Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) AndaluciaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:03:45
59David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural0:03:46
60Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:03:47
61Richie Porte (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:03:50
63Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan0:03:53
64Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:03
65Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:04:06
66Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:04:12
67Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:23
68Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia0:04:24
69Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:26
71Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan0:04:29
72Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:31
73Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:04:35
74Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:04:41
75Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:43
76Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp0:04:45
77Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:04:58
78Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano0:05:01
79Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:05:06
80Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:05:20
81Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat0:05:28
82Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:05:29
83Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia0:05:41
84Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:46
85Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:05:58
86Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 85 - Cell 2
87Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:06:02
88Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan0:06:03
89Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team0:06:05
90Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:06:07
91Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:06:11
92Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:20
93David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:35
94Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:43
95Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano0:06:45
96Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team0:06:46
97Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia0:06:49
98Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:06:55
99Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:06:56
100Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:58
101Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:07:01
102Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:07:04
103Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:07:06
104Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:07:08
105Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:07:09
106Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural0:07:13
107Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdge0:07:27
108Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:07:28
109Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:07:49
110Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia0:07:55
111Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) AndaluciaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:07:56
113Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:07:59
114Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:08:00
115Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:02
116Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp0:08:21
117Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 116 - Cell 2
118Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:08:22
119Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:08:26
120Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:29
121Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:08:32
122Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:08:41
123Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:08:45
124Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:08:47
125Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 124 - Cell 2
126Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:08:52
127Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:08:55
128Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team0:08:56
129John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:08:58
130Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 129 - Cell 2
131Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 130 - Cell 2
132Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:09:10
133Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:09:13
134Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:17
135Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team0:09:26
136Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:09:43
137Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:09:46
138Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:09:48
139Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:09:52
140Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:10:01
141Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:05
142William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:10:17
143Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:10:19
144Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:10:26
145Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:27
147Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-Shimano0:10:42
148Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:10:43
149Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:10:44
150Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:10:57
151Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 150 - Cell 2
152Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
153Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:11:09
154Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:11:25
155Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdge0:11:33
156Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:11:34
157Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:11:52
158Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:11:55
159Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan0:11:56
160Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:12:01
161Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling0:12:02
162Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:12:17
163Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia0:12:27
164Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia0:12:31
165Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:12:34
166Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling0:13:09
167Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:13:18
168Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:13:24
169Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:13:33
170Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:13:34
171Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat0:13:35
172Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:13:41
173Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan0:13:53
174Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:14:10
175Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan0:14:16
176Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:14:22
177Julian Dean (NZl) Orica - GreenEdge0:14:25
178Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos-Shimano0:14:47
179Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:15:10
180Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:15:17
181Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team0:16:49
182Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:17:06
183Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:17:09
184Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:17:19
185Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:17:31
186Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:17:34
187Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia0:17:35
188Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team0:18:35
189Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:18:41
190Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:18:52
191Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling0:19:03
192Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural0:19:14
193Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:20:16
194Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:20:39
195Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:21:01
196Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:27:58
197David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:28:19
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team25pts
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling16Row 5 - Cell 3
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank15Row 6 - Cell 3
8Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale14Row 7 - Cell 3
9Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team12Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team10Row 11 - Cell 3
13Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD9Row 12 - Cell 3
14Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale9Row 13 - Cell 3
15Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team8Row 14 - Cell 3
16Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team8Row 15 - Cell 3
17Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team8Row 16 - Cell 3
18Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural7Row 17 - Cell 3
19Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp7Row 18 - Cell 3
20Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan6Row 19 - Cell 3
21Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team6Row 20 - Cell 3
22Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team5Row 21 - Cell 3
23Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale5Row 22 - Cell 3
24Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5Row 23 - Cell 3
25Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat4Row 24 - Cell 3
26Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4Row 25 - Cell 3
27Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp4Row 26 - Cell 3
28Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural3Row 27 - Cell 3
29Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD3Row 28 - Cell 3
30Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team3Row 29 - Cell 3
31Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3Row 30 - Cell 3
32Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia2Row 31 - Cell 3
33Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2Row 32 - Cell 3
34Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling2Row 33 - Cell 3
35Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan2Row 34 - Cell 3
36Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia1Row 35 - Cell 3
37Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team1Row 36 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team11pts
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia3Row 5 - Cell 3
7Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling2Row 6 - Cell 3
8Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team2Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural2Row 9 - Cell 3
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 10 - Cell 3
12Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team1Row 11 - Cell 3
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Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team4pts
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling17Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank17Row 3 - Cell 3
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale45Row 4 - Cell 3
6Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team123Row 5 - Cell 3
7Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team130Row 6 - Cell 3
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Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team25:44:38
2Sky Procycling0:00:09
3Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:13
4Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:15
5Katusha Team0:01:17
6Lampre - ISD0:02:19
7AG2R La Mondiale0:02:20
8Astana Pro Team0:02:46
9Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:31
10Radioshack - Nissan0:04:14
11Caja Rural0:04:17
12Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:05:42
13Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:05:45
14Liquigas - Cannondale0:05:48
15Garmin - Sharp0:05:55
16BMC Racing Team0:06:49
17Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:07:32
18Lotto Belisol Team0:09:41
20Team Argos - Shimano0:10:55
21FDJ - Big Mat0:12:31
22Orica GreenEdge0:20:13


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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.

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