Rodriguez wins steep uphill battle to take stage 4 victory

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) won stage 4 at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco on his ideal finishing terrain, an incredibly steep final pitch atop the category 1 Alto de Ibardin mountain finish.

A leg-snapping 18 percent gradient awaited inside the final 500 metres of the Basque race's second consecutive mountain finish, where Rodriguez unleashed an explosive surge and soloed away to victory from an elite selection of climbers.

Overnight leader Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who started the stage tied on time with Rodriguez, did his best to limit his losses and crossed the finish line in second place at nine seconds. Sergio Henao (Sky) rounded out the top three, 12 seconds behind Rodriguez, immediately followed by Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) in the same time .

With the stage victory Rodriguez moves into the general classification lead with a nine-second advantage over Sanchez. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan), the 2010 Pais Vasco champion and the 2011 runner-up, holds third overall at 21 seconds.

"I'm very happy with this victory," said Rodriguez. "It came on just the right day, because Igor Makarov, the president of the Russian Cycling Federation, a member of the UCI Management Committee, the head of the Russian Global Cycling Project and the president of the Board of Directors of ITERA Co., celebrates his 50th birthday today. This win is obviously for him and for his effort to bring Katusha to the top of world cycling.

"It was a really hard final part, but very suitable to my characteristics," continued Rodriguez. "First I was able to slipstream Schleck, then Poels, then I managed to pass him and win. I couldn't win this stage if my teammates didn't work like they did. They did an incredible job both yesterday and today, so I have to thank each one."

The Volta Ciclista al Pais Vasco concludes on Saturday with an 18.9km time trial, and while the race of truth has never been kind to Rodriguez, the race leader was cautiously optimistic about his chances.

"I'm happy I have the leader's jersey for the second year in a row, now we have to do all we could to keep it. It won't be easy because of Saturday's ITT. Races against the clock are not my speciality, but this one will be quite technical, with many ups and downs. It won't be a classic time trial and moreover now I have a nice gap so I think I have some chances, at least, to be on the podium in the final general classification."

Another mountain finish awaits in the Basque Country

As was the case in yesterday's mountainous stage it was another day of cool temperatures and misting rain in the Basque Country, and in a similar vein to the beginning of stage 3 today's first break didn't form until nearly an hour of fast-paced racing took place.

Evgeny Petrov (Astana) was particularly active and tried unsuccessfully to escape on the day's first of five categorised climbs, the third category Alto de Itziar at 23.5km. The persistent Russian found success, however, after 42km of racing when he attacked and was joined by Maciej Paterski (Liquigas-Cannondale) three kilometres later. Three more riders made the juncture at km 48, Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Movistar), Diego Ulissi (Lampre-ISD) and Marcos Garcia (Caja Rural), to form the early break in the 151km stage from Eibar to Bera.

The Euskaltel-Euskadi led peloton, working for race leader and stage 3 winner Sammy Sanchez, kept a tight leash on the escapees and never let their lead grow much larger than two minutes in the approach of the day's second climb at km 89.5, the category 2 Alto Aritxulegi.

A pair of GreenEdge riders, Simon Clarke and Wesley Sulzberger, launched an attack on the climb and crossed the summit 47 seconds behind the break, led through the KOM by Ulissi.

On the slick, twisting descent off the Alto Aritxulegi Garcia was dropped from the break and was picked up by Clarke and Sulzberger. The chasing trio made contact with the front four to form a seven-man escape as they began the ascent of the day's third climb, the category 2 Alto de Agina at 98.5km.

The seven escapees crested the summit of the Alto de Agina with a 57-second lead on the Euskaltel-Euskadi-peloton and on yet another treacherous descent Patxi Javier Vila (Utensilnord Named) escaped from the peloton and rode solo in an attempt to reach the break.

At km 115 the seven escapees held a 39-second lead over Vila and a 54-second advantage on the peloton over the twisting, undulating roads of the Basque Country.

Next up climbing-wise for the Pais Vasco peloton would be the first of two ascents of the Alto de Ibardin at 117.5km. The first ascent of the climb is rated as category two, while the final ascent is rated category 1 with the steep finishing pitch, not negotiated on the first ascent, tacked on for the mountain finish.

Vila would make contact with the break to form an eight-man lead group while on the first ascent of the Alto de Ibardin two more riders attacked from the field, Danish champion Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank) and recent Volta a Catalunya winner Michael Albasini (GreenEdge).

The breakaway topped the Alto de Ibardin 43 seconds ahead of Sörensen and Albasini and after a lightning-fast descent the pair bridged to the break with 25km remaining in the stage.

The descent took its toll on the break, however, as Vila and Garcia were dropped and absorbed by the peloton, soon followed by Sulzberger.

With 16.5km remaining Katusha took control of the peloton and upped the tempo in advance of the day's mountain finish. The hilly terrain was continuing to claim victims in the break as Madrazo and then Ulissi lost contact, unable to maintain the pace being driven by Albasini and Sörensen who had the fresher legs.

The five escapees, Albasini, Clarke, Sörensen, Petrov and Paterski, held the slimmest of leads as they hit the base of the final climb, six kilometres from the finish. Paterski soon cracked, and then Clarke succumbed to the pace-making of Albasini, while the Omega Pharma-QuickStep-led peloton, who had the break in sight, closed in on the remaining trio.

Albasini would be the last of the escapees to be caught, 2.6km from the summit, as Omega Pharma-QuickStep set a strong tempo for team captain Tony Martin.

Inside of the final two kilometres approximately 25 riders remained at the head of the race and as the climb steepened to seven percent Maxime Monfort (RadioShack-Nissan) kicked off the endgame with an attack. The Belgian's move was quickly countered by Katusha's Simon Spilak, but RadioShack-Nissan's Fränk Schleck moved to the fore under the 1km to go banner and set tempo for his teammate and GC leader Chris Horner.

Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) and then Sergio Henao (Sky) each attempted to escape just as the road's gradient dramatically steepened inside of 500 metres to go, but Joaquim Rodriguez was poised and ready to strike, and strike he did with an attack nobody could answer to claim victory and the leader's jersey.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team3:55:56
2Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:09
3Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:12
4Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:16
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - BarracudaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo BankRow 10 - Cell 2
12Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:21
13Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 13 - Cell 2
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:26
17Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:33
23Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:44
26Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:47
27David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:55
28Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:56
29Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:57
30Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 30 - Cell 2
32Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:08
34Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo Bank0:01:13
36Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:17
37Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank0:01:29
38David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:33
40Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:40
41Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling0:01:55
42Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:59
43Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:02
44Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:02:20
45Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:02:34
46Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:39
47Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:02:56
48Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:02:59
49Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 49 - Cell 2
51Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:03:13
52Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:24
53Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:48
55Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Utensilnord Named0:04:23
56Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 58 - Cell 2
60Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 59 - Cell 2
61Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:27
63Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:33
64Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank0:04:45
66Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 65 - Cell 2
67Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:04:51
68Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:04:58
69Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team0:05:08
70Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:05:51
71Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:06:31
72Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:06:44
73Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team0:07:05
74Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 74 - Cell 2
76Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 75 - Cell 2
77Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 79 - Cell 2
81Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 81 - Cell 2
83Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 82 - Cell 2
84Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:07:26
85Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:20
86Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 85 - Cell 2
87Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 86 - Cell 2
88Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 87 - Cell 2
89Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 88 - Cell 2
90Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:24
91Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:08:58
92Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:09
94Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:10:32
95David de la Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural0:10:34
96Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team0:10:36
97Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 97 - Cell 2
99Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Christian Meier (Can) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 103 - Cell 2
105Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 105 - Cell 2
107Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 107 - Cell 2
109Travis Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:10:42
112Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 111 - Cell 2
113Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 112 - Cell 2
114Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:46
115Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big MatRow 114 - Cell 2
116Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 115 - Cell 2
117Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:10:49
118Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named0:13:51
119Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:14:38
120Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:14:41
121Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 120 - Cell 2
122Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:14:46
123Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Barracuda0:14:47
124José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:14:48
125Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team0:14:50
126Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:56
127Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Oleg Berdos (Mda) Utensilnord NamedRow 127 - Cell 2
129Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:14:59
130Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:15:04
131Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
132Stefano Agostini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 131 - Cell 2
133Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:15:20
134Davide Mucelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named0:15:22
135Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 134 - Cell 2
136Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:15:26
137Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:19:28
138Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:19:34
140Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Caja Rural0:19:40
141Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 140 - Cell 2
142Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:19:41
143Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Filippo Baggio (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 143 - Cell 2
DNSJanez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
DNSEgor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
DNSSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFThimothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFEdoardo Girardi (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 149 - Cell 2
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Mountain 1 - Alto de Itziar (Cat. 3), 24km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team3pts
2Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Alto de Aritxulegi (Cat. 2), 90km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD6pts
2Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Alto de Agiña (Cat. 2), 98km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team6pts
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountian 4- Alto de Ibardin (Cat. 2), 118km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team6pts
2Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 - Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team10pts
2Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Cantera Bera, 111km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD3pts
2Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Sare - Sara, 133.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team3pts
2Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Bera,144.8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team3pts
2Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team25pts
2Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo Bank5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katusha Team11:48:30
2Sky Procycling0:00:12
3AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36
4Movistar Team0:01:19
6Team Saxo Bank0:02:16
7Garmin - Barracuda0:02:59
8Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:06
10Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team0:04:54
11Astana Pro Team0:05:00
12Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:06:39
13Lampre - ISD0:07:00
14BMC Racing Team0:07:23
15Caja Rural0:07:30
16Greenedge Cycling Team0:08:02
17Lotto Belisol Team0:09:49
18FDJ-Big Mat0:12:10
19Rabobank Cycling Team0:17:16
20Utensilnord Named0:21:55
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General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team16:02:02
2Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:09
3Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:21
4Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team0:00:24
5Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda0:00:28
7Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 9 - Cell 2
11Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:33
13Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team0:00:38
16Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team0:00:45
19Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:01:01
21Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Team Saxo Bank0:01:06
22Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:16
23Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling0:01:25
24Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:01:37
25David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:39
26Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team0:01:43
27Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:56
28Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 28 - Cell 2
30David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:19
31Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:24
32Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:28
33Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:32
34Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:39
35Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:49
36Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo Bank0:02:57
37Hernani Broco (Por) Caja Rural0:03:19
38Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling0:03:47
39Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Barracuda0:03:58
40Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank0:04:02
41Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:04:35
42Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:52
43Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:57
44Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:59
45Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:05:32
46Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:58
47Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:05:59
48Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:06:01
49Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Utensilnord Named0:06:15
50Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja Rural0:06:35
51Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank0:07:19
52Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:07:47
53Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:08:00
54Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:15
55Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:08:19
57Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:08:25
58Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:08:32
59Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:08:40
60Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan0:08:56
61Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:10
62Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:09:39
63Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named0:10:11
64Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team0:10:24
66Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:45
67Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team0:12:21
68Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 68 - Cell 2
70Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:12:32
71Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:13:09
72Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:13:36
73Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:14:10
74Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:14:33
75Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:15:45
76Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:16:34
77Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:16:35
78Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:17:15
79Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 78 - Cell 2
80Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:18:00
81Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:18:20
82Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:18:46
83Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:18:54
84Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:18:55
85Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:20:50
86Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:21:10
87Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:21:27
88Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:21:52
89Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:21:54
90Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:22:50
91Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:23:13
92Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:23:41
93José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:23:45
94Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:23:57
95Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:24:37
96Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:24:51
97Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 97 - Cell 2
99Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Caja Rural0:24:57
100Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat0:25:01
101Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:25:09
102Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:25:23
103Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:25:44
104Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:25:53
105Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:26:11
106Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:26:12
107John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:26:49
108Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:27:01
109Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:27:05
110Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:27:23
111Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:28:26