Valverde denies Contador the Vuelta stage win

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won stage 8 of the Vuelta a España atop the Collada de la Gallina in Andorra, snatching away what looked to be a sure victory for Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank). Race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) finished second, as he and Valverde passed Contador within sight of the finish line. Sky's Chris Froome was unable to keep up in the last few hundred meters, finishing 15 seconds down.

Rodriguez maintained his overall lead, followed by Froome and Contador. Valverde moved up to fourth while Robert Gesink of Rabobank dropped to fifth.

The finale proved to be an exchange of blows by the top four riders, as they charged up the final climb. Froome did much of the early pace-making, as the three Spaniards were happy to let him do the bulk of the work. The Englishman attacked out of a curve inside the final kilometer, but Contador countered it with an explosive acceleration of his own. It looked as if he was going to take a comfortable win, but when he looked back with less than 100 meters to go, he saw his two countrymen rapidly approaching. They were both able to whip around him in the final meters.

Froome was the loser of the day, which seems an odd thing to say for a rider who is still in second place, but he saw his deficit to Rodriguez extend from 10 seconds to 33 seconds. More importantly, he was unable to respond when Contador attacked at the end, and could only watch the other two Spaniards take off to claim the two top spots on the day.

There were other changes in the top ten, as defending Vuelta champion Juan José Cobo (Movistar) and Sergio Henao (Sky) dropped out and Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) and Euskaltel's Igor Anton moved up. Rabobank now has three riders in the top ten.

An uphill day

One rider was missing at the start, as Yoann Bagot of Cofidis was out with a broken elbow. The pace was rapid from the moment the flag was dropped, as attack after attack looked to move clear of the peloton, but neither Sky nor Katusha was satisified with the make-up of the early breakaway attempts. Accordingly, the peloton covered over 52 kilometres in the first hour of racing, and a successful breakaway group didn’t stabilise until the 75km mark.

Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis), Amael Moinard (BMC), Javier Ramirez (Andalucia), Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil), and Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural) formed the sextet which quickly built up a lead of 9:26. That was enough for Teams Sky and Katusha, who jumped to the front and picked up the speed, slowly bringing the gap down.

With 40km left on the stage, the peloton crossed the border into Andorra, by which point the field had reduced the gap to seven minutes.

Soon the first ranked climb of the day loomed, the Alto de la Comella. A category two, it featured fairly light gradients. On the ascent, Moinard kicked things up a notch, and Keizer and Aramendia fell back from the lead group.

Ramirez led Meyer and Moinard over the top, but the field had climbed up to only 2:34 down. Moinard then pulled away on the descent, but the other three caught him again.

The final climb of the day, which followed immediately, was a new one to the Vuelta, the Collada de la Gallina. The Gallina was not a long ascent, but had widely irregular gradients, with patches of up to 18% on the many switchbacks along the way.

The four leaders took about two and a half minutes with them as they started up the Gallina, with Sky still chugging away in the lead behind them. The two escapees who had earlier dropped back were caught along the way, with the leaders at only 1:24.

With about 5km still to go, Moinard finally had to drop back. Only about a minute back, Alberto Contador was holding steadily on to Chris Froome's rear wheel, with Rodriguez right behind them.

Meyer had the best legs from the remaining leaders and took off on a solo attempt.

Valverde was the first of the favourites to jump, with 3km to go, but he was soon joined by the three riders overall at the head of affairs. Froome and Contador then took off, and Valverde and Rodriguez had to scramble to stay in contact..

Froome and Contador caught Meyer on one of the steep sections, just beyond the two km to go banner. The young Australian hung on to the other two, and soon they were all joined by Valverde, Rodriguez and Daniel Moreno, as Rodriguez was the only one lucky enough to have a teammate with him.

The high-powered group of six ground its way up the Gallina, with Froome doing much of the lead work. Meyer finally dropped back, as did Moreno. Rodriguez then took over the lead, and led the four favourites under the flamme rouge.

Froome quickly attacked out of a curve, but that was to be his final flourish on the day. The other three easily caught him, and Contador then jumped into the lead on roads thronged with supporters. He pulled away easily and quickly built up a tidy lead, as the other two Spaniards did not help Froome with the chase.

Contador looked to have the win wrapped up, so he must have been shocked to peek over his shoulder in the final 100 meters to see Rodriguez and Valverde quickly approaching him. They passed him in the final meters, while Froome struggled across the finish line some 15 seconds later.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team4:06:39
2Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 2 - Cell 2
4Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:15
5Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:23
6Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:33
7Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 6 - Cell 2
8Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD0:00:39
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:00:42
11Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:44
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:02
13Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:05
15Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:06
16Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:01:24
17Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25
18Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:01:30
19Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:34
20Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:01:37
21Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:45
22Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:47
23Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 23 - Cell 2
25Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:01:57
26Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 25 - Cell 2
27Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:02:04
28Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:23
29Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 29 - Cell 2
31Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:31
32Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia0:02:41
33Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp0:02:50
35Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:03:02
36John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:06
37Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-NissanRow 38 - Cell 2
40Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:17
41Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:03:19
42Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:27
43Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:03:43
44Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:48
45Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 44 - Cell 2
46Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 45 - Cell 2
47Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:03:58
48Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:04:08
49Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia0:05:05
50Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:11
51Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:05:12
52Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:05:16
53Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:18
54Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 54 - Cell 2
56Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:06:07
57Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:06:24
58Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:26
59Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:30
60Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:48
61Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 60 - Cell 2
62Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 61 - Cell 2
63Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 63 - Cell 2
65Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:06:03
66Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural0:07:20
67Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:43
69Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia0:08:06
70Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:08:44
71Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:09:10
72Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 72 - Cell 2
74Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale0:09:39
80Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:10:42
81Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:12:06
82Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 81 - Cell 2
83Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:11
84Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team0:13:38
85Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 88 - Cell 2
90Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:13:57
92Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:14:49
93Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 96 - Cell 2
98Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-NissanRow 98 - Cell 2
100Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 100 - Cell 2
102Javier Chacon (Spa) AndaluciaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 103 - Cell 2
105Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 104 - Cell 2
106Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 105 - Cell 2
107Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 107 - Cell 2
109Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-NissanRow 108 - Cell 2
110Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 109 - Cell 2
111Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) AndaluciaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 111 - Cell 2
113Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 112 - Cell 2
114Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 113 - Cell 2
115Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 115 - Cell 2
117Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 116 - Cell 2
118Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 117 - Cell 2
119Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 118 - Cell 2
120Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 119 - Cell 2
121Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 120 - Cell 2
122Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 121 - Cell 2
123Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 124 - Cell 2
126Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:15:41
127Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - SharpRow 126 - Cell 2
128David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja RuralRow 127 - Cell 2
129Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
131Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 132 - Cell 2
134Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 133 - Cell 2
135Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 135 - Cell 2
137Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 136 - Cell 2
138Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 137 - Cell 2
139Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-ShimanoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:16:24
141Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:16:26
142Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:16:31
143Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:16:32
144Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:16:57
145Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:17:59
146Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:18:53
147David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 146 - Cell 2
148Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) AndaluciaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 148 - Cell 2
150Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 149 - Cell 2
151Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:19:20
152Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:19:22
153Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia0:19:34
154Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:19:40
156Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:19:42
157Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 156 - Cell 2
158Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 157 - Cell 2
159Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-NissanRow 158 - Cell 2
160Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 159 - Cell 2
161Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 160 - Cell 2
162Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja RuralRow 161 - Cell 2
163Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 163 - Cell 2
165Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 164 - Cell 2
166Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:19:48
167Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
168Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 167 - Cell 2
169Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 168 - Cell 2
170Julian Dean (NZl) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 169 - Cell 2
171Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 170 - Cell 2
172Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 171 - Cell 2
173Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
174Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 173 - Cell 2
175Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
176Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 175 - Cell 2
177Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 176 - Cell 2
178Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 177 - Cell 2
179Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 178 - Cell 2
180Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 179 - Cell 2
181John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 180 - Cell 2
182William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 181 - Cell 2
183Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:20:20
184Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:21:06
185Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia0:21:08
186Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) AndaluciaRow 185 - Cell 2
187Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:21:10
188Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:21:33
189Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:22:10
190Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan0:22:11
191Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 190 - Cell 2
192Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:22:17
193Cheng Ji (Chn) Argos-Shimano0:23:13
194Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:23:26
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Sprint 1 - La Seu d`Urgell, 124km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4pts
2Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Andorra la Vella, 144.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4pts
2Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia1Row 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
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team10Row 5 - Cell 3
7719Row 6 - Cell 3
8Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Alto de la Comella (Cat. 2) km. 158
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia5pts
2Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Collada de la Gallina (Cat. 1) km. 175
#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
5Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Most combative rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1AG2R La Mondiale12:23:26
2Katusha TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:02
4Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:26
5Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:02:06
6Movistar Team0:02:15
7Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:38
8SKY Procycling0:03:45
9Caja Rural0:03:56
10Lampre - ISD0:04:40
11Radioshack - Nissan0:05:15
12Garmin - Sharp0:08:49
13Astana Pro Team0:08:55
14Cofidis, le credit en ligne0:09:40
16BMC Racing Team0:13:39
17Liquigas - Cannondale0:14:04
18FDJ - Big Mat0:20:29
19Orica Greenedge0:22:07
20Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:23:36
21Lotto Belisol Team0:28:13
22Team Argos - Shimano0:35:19
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General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team29:59:35
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:33
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:40
4Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:50
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:41
6Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:01:48
7Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:14
8Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:47
9Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:58
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:07
11Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:03:20
12Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:03:26
14Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:03:34
15Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISD0:03:38
16Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:03:40
17Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:42
18Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:04:09
19Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:04:12
20Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:05:04
21Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:05:09
22Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:30
23Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:43
24Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:06:40
25Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:06:47
26Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:57
27Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team0:07:00
28Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:07:43
29Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:49
30Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:08:02
31Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling0:08:20
32Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:08:43
33Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:11:10
34Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:11:13
35Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:11:33
36Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:11:58
37Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:12:01
38Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-Nissan0:12:36
39Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:00
40Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:14:40
41Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:14:45
42Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp0:14:49
43Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:16:13
44Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:16:23
45Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:17:11
46Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:17:23
47Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan0:19:11
48Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:19:59
49John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:26
50Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:22:32
51Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:23:16
52Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale0:23:54
53Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:24:10
54Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:25:56
55Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:26:50
56Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:26:59
57Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:28:34
58Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:28:59
59Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:29:57
60Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:30:27
61Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:31:25
62Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:31:38
63Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:31:42
64Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:32:51
65Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan0:33:01
66Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:33:13
67Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:33:19
68Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:33:31
69Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:33:33
70Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:34:09
71Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano0:34:28
72Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol Team0:34:45
73Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:35:19
74Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:35:33
75Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp0:35:53
76Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:36:00
77Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:36:07
78Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:36:33
79Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:36:46
80Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:36:52
81Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:37:15
82Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:37:28
83Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:37:37
84Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:37:51
85David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural0:37:52
86Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:38:14
87Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:38:16
88Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia0:39:32
89Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:41:05
90Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:41:57
91Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:42:06
92Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team0:42:23
93Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:42:34
94Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia0:43:04
95Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica - GreenEdge0:43:49
96Bruno Pires (Por) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:43:52
97Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:43:55
98Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:44:29
99Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia0:44:35
100Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:44:39
101Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:44:59
102Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia0:45:16
103Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:45:51
104Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural0:45:52
105Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 104 - Cell 2
106Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:46:22
107Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:46:27
108Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia0:46:36
109Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:47:34
110Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan0:48:02
111Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan0:48:37
112Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:49:02
113Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:49:12
114Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:50:05
115Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:50:23
116Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:50:35
117Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 116 - Cell 2
118Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Orica - GreenEdge0:50:45
119Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-Shimano0:50:52
120Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling0:51:01
121Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:51:33
122Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:52:10
123Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:52:15
124Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:52:30
125Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEdge0:52:39
126Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:52:40
127Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:54:32
128Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia0:54:36
129Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:54:44
130Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:54:49
131Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:54:52
132Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:55:10
133David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:55:26
134Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team0:55:33
135Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:55:37
136Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:55:55
137Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:56:37
138Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Andalucia0:56:44
139Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin - Sharp0:56:47
140Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:56:56
141Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team0:57:04
142Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team0:57:23
143John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano0:58:11
144Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - Sharp0:59:07
145Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat0:59:09
146Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 145 - Cell 2
147Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team1:00:50
148Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1:01:36
149Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team1:02:02
150Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD1:02:24
151Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat1:02:37