Roche and Deignan take Irish one-two on queen stage of Tour of Beijing
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Friday, October 07, 2011

Roche and Deignan take Irish one-two on queen stage of Tour of Beijing

by Shane Stokes at 4:04 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
 
Tony Martin remains in red leader’s jersey despite big attack by Chris Froome

Nicolas RocheAg2r La Mondiale leader Nicolas Roche has turned around what has been a largely frustrating season for him by grabbing the first-ever WorldTour win of his career on day three of the Tour of Beijing. The 27 year old finished first into Yong Ning, outsprinting his compatriot Philip Deignan (RadioShack) to the line.

Vuelta a España runner-up Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) was also part of what was a successful three man move. The Briton just about held on for third, with the bunch – led by Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD), Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank SunGard) and Paul Martens (Rabobank) finishing in the same time.

The break was sparked off by Deignan, who attacked at the bottom of the day’s final climb of Erpulang and opened a gap. Roche and Froome bridged across just before the top and the trio drove the pace along the remaining twelve kilometres, just about holding off the bunch.

“I'm obviously happy, it's a victory that feels really good,” said a relieved and fulfilled Roche afterwards. “This is my second win since I joined AG2R La Mondiale [the other being the 2009 Irish championships – ed.] but it is the most important. It is timely for me and the team. I had a difficult season from a personal point of view for various reasons, and the team also has experienced a complicated end of season.

“A tactic was put in place at the pre-stage briefing and the team played the game one hundred percent. I said at the start that I wanted this stage and that Jean-Christophe [Peraud] could move up the general classification. Everyone put themselves into place and the result is there. There are not many days like this where you announce that you want to win and that it works out!”

The triumph is a huge plus for Roche’s Ag2r La Mondiale team as a lack of points means it is fighting to keep its top-level ProTeam licence. On a personal level, it’s a big step forward for the rider: it is Roche’s first-ever WorldTour victory, and his first win since the 2009 Irish road race championships. His last international triumph was a stage win in the 2008 Tour du Limousin and while he has ridden strongly in many races since then, including seventh overall in the 2010 Vuelta a España, he hadn’t topped a podium.

He is now up two places to eleventh overall, and will try to gain the two seconds he needs to move into the top ten.

Overnight race leader Tony Martin (HTC Highroad) finished safely in the main bunch, crossing the line 21st and retaining his red leader’s jersey. David Millar (Garmin-Cervélo) remains second overall, 17 seconds back, while Froome remains 26 seconds off Martin’s time but moves up a place to third.

With two mainly flat stages remaining in the race, the German rider is looking increasingly likely to hold on until the finish on Sunday. His HTC Highroad team showed today that they were up to the task of policing the contenders, with Froome being the most dangerous but gaining no time.

It is the last-ever WorldTour stage race for the American squad, and it is aiming to lead it from start to finish.

Breakaway forms day's early action:

The queen stage of the race began in Men Tou Gou, with the 162 kilometre run to Yong Ning being punctuated by four categorised climbs. After 19.5 kilometres the second category Dong Fang reared up, then 23.5 kilometres later the riders would hit the summit of the first of three category one ascents, Gao Oin. After intermediate sprints at Hezi Jian (km 60), Liucun (km 83) and Chanping Stadium (km 100.5), the two remaining climbs reared up to make the final 50 kilometres the most testing of the race. Xiezishi was the first of those, topping out 133 kilometres from the start and 29 from the finish, then the four kilometre ascent of Erpuliang would take the riders to within 12 kilometres of the finish. Whomever was clear at the summit would have a chance of holding on until the end.

The first attack came from RadioShack’s Dmitriy Murayev, but he was quickly reeled in. Soon afterwards Adriano Malori (Lampre) Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) surged ahead and these had opened a two minute lead by the top of the first climb, which was won by Malori.

After approximately 30 kilometres of racing, Vacansoleil team-mates Martijn Keizer and Lieuwe Westra clipped away and set off in pursuit. They caught the lead group after 41 kilometres, two kilometres before Mondory took the second climb. The quintet was riding well together and was two minutes 50 seconds ahead of the bunch at kilometre 55.

One of the tipped riders for the stage, Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank SunGard) succeeded in bridging across at kilometre sixty, using his climbing strength to close the gap down. Westra beat Keizer to take the first intermediate sprint there.

The break had a three minute lead at kilometre 67, although this had dropped to two minutes 40 seconds by the time Keizer finished ahead of Westra and Mondory to win the second intermediate sprint. Seventeen kilometres later, the same trio would take the top places in the day’s final intermediate gallop.

Soon after passing the Ming Dynasty tomb, the location of the 2008 Olympic triathlon, Keizer pushed ahead. Behind, Sky Procycling took over the pace-setting from Martin’s HTC Highroad team, ramping up the pace and stringing the bunch out on the climb up to Xiezishi.

Multiple attacks in finale as riders seek to find right moment:

Out front, Sorensen pushed ahead on that penultimate climb, seeking to build a stage-winning lead. Igor Anton (Euskaltel Euskadi) jumped across and took the KOM points ahead of him, with Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) also coming out of the main bunch and joining them out front.

The Slovenian raced down the descent but nearly wiped himself out on a corner, only being kept upright by some fencing. He was able to continue onwards in the small lead group. Irishman Nicolas Roche (Ag2r La Mondiale) was feeling good and also got across to the front, beckoning other bridging riders to work, but a lack of cooperation saw Katusha’s Egor Silin forge ahead alone.

The road was mainly downhill at this point but a brief rise interrupted the descent. The chasing group behind Silin eased back, looking indecisive, and this prompted Sorensen to jump ahead and try to get across to Silin. However he was reabsorbed before he could get bridge.

Instead, Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) darted across to the Katusha rider as the descent recommenced. The duo were then joined by Matteo Carrera (Vacansoleil) and Brajkovic, forming a four man lead group. However the peloton was closing and with Peter Velits and Michael Albasini driving the pace, race leader Martin was looking secure.

The leading quartet was finally caught with approximately 20 kilometres to go, setting things up for a big showdown on the final climb. First to make his move was Moldovan national champion Alexandr Pliuschin, who powered ahead and held a lead of approximately five seconds at the start of that last ascent, sixteen kilometres from the end of the stage.

Very soon afterwards, Christophe Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale) surged and caught Plusckin. He was joined by Philip Deignan (RadioShack), who moved to the front and then pushed clear alone. Behind, other riders tried to break the elastic but didn’t get far.

Deignan has had some difficult periods since winning a stage and placing ninth overall in the 2009 Vuelta a España, but the Irishman seemed back to his strong climbing form. His efforts to build a big lead on the final ascent were hampered a little by the gradient, which was little more than a power climb, but his high-cadence style succeeded in opening a gap of approximately fifteen seconds.

Nicolas Roche (Ag2r La Mondiale) then joined his countryman near the summit, with Vuelta a España runner-up Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) also getting across. The trio went over the top together and continued the momentum down the descent, with each being fully committed.

Behind, a sudden gust of wind believed to have been caused by the TV helicopter knocked over some advertising banners. These brought down BMC Racing Team’s Yannick Eijssen, who suffered facial injuries including a fracture above his teeth.

The long, straight roads heading towards the finish meant the break was visible to those behind, who were coming back steadily. They looked like they were about to be caught, with the gap between it and a small chase group dropping to approximately five seconds with three kilometres to go, but the trio’s stubborn persistence and a small lull behind earned them a little more breathing space.

That was enough for them to stay clear until the town of Yong Ning, where Roche used his strong sprint to narrowly beat Deignan. “In the home stretch, I saw the bunch coming back. I had a knot in my stomach and I thought: no, not today, I cannot lose!” he said, describing how close the break was to being caught. “I have not always lived up to the results that I would have liked and it is a good way to say thank you [to the team].”

The duo finished one second ahead of Froome, who was caught but not passed by Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD), Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank SunGard), Paul Martens (Rabobank) plus the rest of a 48-man front group.

Martin calmly finished in this peloton, knowing that he had successfully limited the gains of all of his rivals. In fact he strengthened his position, with Alex Dowsett, third overall at the start of the stage, losing eight minutes. His Sky Procycling team-mate Froome moved up into that podium slot instead, 26 seconds off the lead.

Two stages now remain in the race, namely tomorrow’s 189.5 kilometre stretch from Yan Qing Gui Chuan Square to Shunyi Olympic Rowing/Canoeing Centre and Sunday’s 118 kilometre concluding leg from Tian An Men Square to Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium.

Both lack major climbs and with bunch sprints predicted for each, Martin is now increasingly confident that he can hold on at the top. Millar and Froome are seventeen and 26 seconds back respectively; it will be difficult to make up that time, but both are likely to try anyway.

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Tour of Beijing (WorldTour) Stage 3 Results: Men Tou Gou to Yong Ning Town (162km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
irl IRL 1 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 03:53:15
irl IRL 2 Philip Deignan (RadioShack) s.t.
gbr GBR 3 Christopher Froome (Team Sky) 00:00:01
ita ITA 4 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 5 Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ger GER 6 Paul Martens (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 7 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar) s.t.
aus AUS 8 Simon Clarke (Astana) s.t.
can CAN 9 Michael Barry (Team Sky) s.t.
aus AUS 10 Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 11 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) s.t.
ita ITA 12 Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ukr UKR 13 Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
aus AUS 14 David Tanner (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 15 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar) s.t.
ned NED 16 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) s.t.
bel BEL 17 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
bel BEL 18 Stijn Vandenbergh (Katusha) s.t.
esp ESP 19 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar) s.t.
fra FRA 20 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ger GER 21 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
bel BEL 22 Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
usa USA 23 Benjamin King (RadioShack) s.t.
slo SLO 24 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) s.t.
esp ESP 25 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar) s.t.
por POR 26 Tiago Machado (RadioShack) s.t.
esp ESP 27 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 28 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) s.t.
aus AUS 29 Cameron Wurf (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
bel BEL 30 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
gbr GBR 31 David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 32 Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) s.t.
est EST 33 Tanel Kangert (Astana) s.t.
esp ESP 34 Benat Intxausti (Movistar) s.t.
mda MDA 35 Alexandr Pliuschin (Katusha) s.t.
bel BEL 36 Kristof Vandewalle (Quick Step) s.t.
aus AUS 37 Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
gbr GBR 38 Steven Cummings (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 39 Bart De Clercq (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ita ITA 40 Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
kaz KAZ 41 Andrey Mizurov (Astana) s.t.
esp ESP 42 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) s.t.
bel BEL 43 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
esp ESP 44 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 45 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing) s.t.
esp ESP 46 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
rus RUS 47 Egor Silin (Katusha) s.t.
ita ITA 48 Davide Cimolai (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 49 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) s.t.
ita ITA 50 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
den DEN 51 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:50
ita ITA 52 Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD) 00:00:01
esp ESP 53 Francisco Javier Iriarte Garro (Movistar) 00:02:11
esp ESP 54 Jesús Lopez Herrada (Movistar) s.t.
por POR 55 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack) s.t.
aus AUS 56 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:03:10
ned NED 57 Michel Kreder (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
rus RUS 58 Artem Ovechkin (Katusha) s.t.
esp ESP 59 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) s.t.
esp ESP 60 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 61 Alan Lezaun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 62 Mickael Cherel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 63 Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 64 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
esp ESP 65 Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:03:28
esp ESP 66 Mikel Landa Meana (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 67 Giacomo Nizzolo (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
ita ITA 68 Matteo Trentin (Quick Step) s.t.
den DEN 69 Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
svk SVK 70 Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ned NED 71 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 72 Jens Debusschere (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ned NED 73 Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:05:28
CHI 74 Haijun Ma () 00:05:31
usa USA 75 Chris Butler (BMC Racing) 00:06:59
aus AUS 76 Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
sui SUI 77 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing) s.t.
fra FRA 78 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 79 Francesco Reda (Quick Step) s.t.
den DEN 80 Anders Lund (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
den DEN 81 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
sui SUI 82 Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ita ITA 83 Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 84 Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
blr BLR 85 Kanstantsin Siutsou (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
gbr GBR 86 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) 00:08:07
esp ESP 87 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Movistar) s.t.
CHI 88 Meiyin Wang (Hengxiang Cycling Team) s.t.
arg ARG 89 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
kaz KAZ 90 Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana) s.t.
ger GER 91 Christian Knees (Team Sky) s.t.
ita ITA 92 Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 93 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) s.t.
rus RUS 94 Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha) s.t.
ita ITA 95 Davide Appollonio (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 96 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
bel BEL 97 Maarten Neyens (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:08:40
bel BEL 98 Kenny Dehaes (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ita ITA 99 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
den DEN 100 Martin Mortensen (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
kaz KAZ 101 Sergey Renev (Astana) s.t.
aus AUS 102 Adam Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
bel BEL 103 Iljo Keisse (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 104 Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ger GER 105 Robert Wagner (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
CHI 106 Kun Jiang (Max Success Sports) 00:12:38
ned NED 107 Lars Boom (Rabobank) s.t.
kaz KAZ 108 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) s.t.
usa USA 109 Chad Beyer (BMC Racing) s.t.
ned NED 110 Jos Van Emden (Rabobank) 00:13:29
ned NED 111 Stef Clement (Rabobank) s.t.
aus AUS 112 Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
nzl NZL 113 Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
rus RUS 114 Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) s.t.
CHI 115 Ruisong Zhang (Max Success Sports) s.t.
ita ITA 116 Alfredo Balloni (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
CHI 117 Xitao Ji (Gammax) s.t.
fra FRA 118 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 119 Biel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ned NED 120 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
den DEN 121 Martin Pedersen (LEOPARD - TREK) s.t.
ita ITA 122 Marco Bandiera (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 123 Julien Berard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ned NED 124 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
rus RUS 125 Alexander Porsev (Katusha) s.t.
svk SVK 126 Juraj Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
arg ARG 127 Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
svk SVK 128 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 129 Francesco Chicchi (Quick Step) s.t.
ned NED 130 Theo Bos (Rabobank) s.t.
nor NOR 131 Alexander Kristoff (BMC Racing) s.t.
usa USA 132 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) s.t.
usa USA 133 Caleb Fairly (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
usa USA 134 John Murphy (BMC Racing) s.t.
ita ITA 135 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 136 Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
CHI 137 Yiming Zhao (Holy Brother Cycling Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 138 Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) s.t.
rus RUS 139 Nikolay Trusov (Katusha) s.t.
CHI 140 Ben Ma (Holy Brother Cycling Team) s.t.
CHI 141 Fengnian Wang () s.t.
ita ITA 142 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) s.t.
gbr GBR 143 Jeremy Hunt (Team Sky) s.t.
ned NED DNF Joost Posthuma (LEOPARD - TREK)  
ned NED DNF Tom Stamsnijder (LEOPARD - TREK)  
bel BEL DNF Yannick Eijssen (BMC Racing)  

General classification after stage 3:

Country Result Name Team Time
ger GER 1 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) 07:10:19
gbr GBR 2 David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:17
gbr GBR 3 Christopher Froome (Team Sky) 00:00:26
gbr GBR 4 Steven Cummings (Team Sky) 00:00:35
bel BEL 5 Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:00:39
esp ESP 6 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) 00:00:41
fra FRA 7 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:00:43
ukr UKR 8 Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
ita ITA 9 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) s.t.
ned NED 10 Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) 00:00:46
irl IRL 11 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:00:48
usa USA 12 Benjamin King (RadioShack) 00:00:50
esp ESP 13 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar) 00:00:51
can CAN 14 Michael Barry (Team Sky) 00:00:52
bel BEL 15 Bart De Clercq (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
aus AUS 16 Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:00:53
kaz KAZ 17 Andrey Mizurov (Astana) 00:00:54
slo SLO 18 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) 00:00:55
bel BEL 19 Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ger GER 20 Paul Martens (Rabobank) 00:00:56
ned NED 21 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) s.t.
aus AUS 22 Cameron Wurf (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:00:57
ita ITA 23 Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:00:58
por POR 24 Tiago Machado (RadioShack) 00:00:59
est EST 25 Tanel Kangert (Astana) 00:01:00
bel BEL 26 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:01:03
bel BEL 27 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:01:04
esp ESP 28 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) 00:01:08
aus AUS 29 Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
bel BEL 30 Kristof Vandewalle (Quick Step) s.t.
irl IRL 31 Philip Deignan (RadioShack) s.t.
esp ESP 32 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar) s.t.
esp ESP 33 Benat Intxausti (Movistar) 00:01:09
esp ESP 34 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar) s.t.
aus AUS 35 Simon Clarke (Astana) 00:01:10
mda MDA 36 Alexandr Pliuschin (Katusha) 00:01:11
ita ITA 37 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) 00:01:16
ita ITA 38 Davide Cimolai (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:01:17
bel BEL 39 Stijn Vandenbergh (Katusha) 00:01:19
esp ESP 40 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
rus RUS 41 Egor Silin (Katusha) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing) 00:01:22
aus AUS 43 David Tanner (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:01:23
ita ITA 44 Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) 00:01:24
bel BEL 45 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:25
esp ESP 46 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) 00:01:26
esp ESP 47 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar) 00:01:31
ita ITA 48 Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD) 00:01:40
ita ITA 49 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre-ISD) 00:01:41
esp ESP 50 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:01:50
esp ESP 51 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:01:57
den DEN 52 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:02:23
por POR 53 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack) 00:03:02
esp ESP 54 Jesús Lopez Herrada (Movistar) 00:03:05
esp ESP 55 Francisco Javier Iriarte Garro (Movistar) 00:03:33
fra FRA 56 Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:04:06
rus RUS 57 Artem Ovechkin (Katusha) s.t.
ita ITA 58 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:04:18
esp ESP 59 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) 00:04:19
ned NED 60 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:04:24
den DEN 61 Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:04:25
svk SVK 62 Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ita ITA 63 Giacomo Nizzolo (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:04:28
aus AUS 64 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:04:29
esp ESP 65 Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:32
ita ITA 66 Matteo Trentin (Quick Step) 00:04:33
esp ESP 67 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:35
ned NED 68 Michel Kreder (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:04:40
esp ESP 69 Alan Lezaun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:48
bel BEL 70 Jens Debusschere (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:04:55
fra FRA 71 Mickael Cherel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:04:56
esp ESP 72 Mikel Landa Meana (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:05:26
ned NED 73 Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:06:54
CHI 74 Haijun Ma () 00:07:02
aus AUS 75 Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:07:52
sui SUI 76 Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) 00:07:53
blr BLR 77 Kanstantsin Siutsou (HTC-Highroad) 00:08:02
ita ITA 78 Francesco Reda (Quick Step) 00:08:15
den DEN 79 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:08:20
fra FRA 80 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:08:27
gbr GBR 81 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) 00:08:30
sui SUI 82 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing) 00:08:37
ita ITA 83 Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-ISD) 00:08:42
usa USA 84 Chris Butler (BMC Racing) 00:08:46
den DEN 85 Anders Lund (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:08:50
ita ITA 86 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) 00:09:04
rus RUS 87 Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha) 00:09:06
ita ITA 88 Davide Appollonio (Team Sky) 00:09:07
ita ITA 89 Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 90 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:09:11
ger GER 91 Christian Knees (Team Sky) 00:09:13
ita ITA 92 Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:09:20
aus AUS 93 Adam Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) 00:09:35
CHI 94 Meiyin Wang (Hengxiang Cycling Team) 00:09:49
den DEN 95 Martin Mortensen (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:09:54
kaz KAZ 96 Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana) 00:09:56
bel BEL 97 Iljo Keisse (Quick Step) 00:09:57
esp ESP 98 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Movistar) 00:10:00
ger GER 99 Robert Wagner (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:10:05
bel BEL 100 Maarten Neyens (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:10:07
ita ITA 101 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
arg ARG 102 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:10:09
bel BEL 103 Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:10:13
kaz KAZ 104 Sergey Renev (Astana) 00:10:33
bel BEL 105 Kenny Dehaes (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ned NED 106 Lars Boom (Rabobank) 00:13:33
kaz KAZ 107 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) 00:14:13
usa USA 108 John Murphy (BMC Racing) 00:14:15
ned NED 109 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:14:21
ned NED 110 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
nzl NZL 111 Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad) 00:14:22
svk SVK 112 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:14:28
ita ITA 113 Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) 00:14:29
usa USA 114 Chad Beyer (BMC Racing) 00:14:31
CHI 115 Kun Jiang (Max Success Sports) 00:14:32
nor NOR 116 Alexander Kristoff (BMC Racing) 00:14:33
ned NED 117 Jos Van Emden (Rabobank) 00:14:37
aus AUS 118 Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
fra FRA 119 Biel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:14:41
kaz KAZ 120 Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) 00:14:44
ned NED 121 Stef Clement (Rabobank) 00:14:47
ita ITA 122 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) 00:14:48
usa USA 123 Caleb Fairly (HTC-Highroad) 00:14:51
usa USA 124 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) 00:14:55
rus RUS 125 Alexander Porsev (Katusha) 00:14:56
ita ITA 126 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:14:58
ita ITA 127 Alfredo Balloni (Lampre-ISD) 00:15:04
gbr GBR 128 Jeremy Hunt (Team Sky) 00:15:11
fra FRA 129 Julien Berard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:15:14
arg ARG 130 Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
fra FRA 131 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:15:16
CHI 132 Ben Ma (Holy Brother Cycling Team) 00:15:19
ita ITA 133 Marco Bandiera (Quick Step) 00:15:23
rus RUS 134 Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) 00:15:27
ita ITA 135 Francesco Chicchi (Quick Step) 00:15:33
den DEN 136 Martin Pedersen (LEOPARD - TREK) 00:15:35
ned NED 137 Theo Bos (Rabobank) 00:15:36
CHI 138 Xitao Ji (Gammax) 00:15:38
rus RUS 139 Nikolay Trusov (Katusha) s.t.
svk SVK 140 Juraj Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:15:41
CHI 141 Fengnian Wang () 00:15:55
CHI 142 Yiming Zhao (Holy Brother Cycling Team) 00:16:04
CHI 143 Ruisong Zhang (Max Success Sports) 00:16:29

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