Santos Tour Down Under: Valverde powers to victory on Old Willunga Hill
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Santos Tour Down Under: Valverde powers to victory on Old Willunga Hill

by Xylon van Eyck at 5:07 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Tour Down Under
 
Australian champion Simon Gerrans leads the race with one day to go

Alejandro ValverdeAlejandro Valverde marked his return to professional cycling when he showed the peloton a clean pair of cleats to win stage five of the Santos Tour Down Under. Valverde was challenged to the line by GreenEdge’s Simon Gerrans but outfoxed the Australian champion to pick up his first win since returning this January from a doping suspension.

He beat him by half a wheel, with Tiago Machado (RadioShack-Nissan) two seconds further back and Canberra's Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) taking fourth, a further two seconds behind.

“It’s been an [excess of] emotions, being able to show off all the fury I was keeping inside... I couldn’t resist tears at the finish,” a clearly emotional Valverde said. “From a sentimental value, I’d say this is the most special victory in my career. There’s been hard months of training at home, taking care of myself with no competition... and you remember all of that. This victory is dedicated to all the team, because they supported me 100%, and especially to Xavi Tondo. Also to all those ones who were always on my side. They know who they are. For my wife, my kids, my family.”

The victory comes a day after the first year anniversary of Xavi Tondo’s time trial victory in the Vuelta de San Luis, a win which was Movistar’s first triumph for its new sponsor. Sadly the Spaniard would go on to lose his life later in the year in a freak accident.

This year the traditional Old Willunga Hill stage was spiced up a summit finish at the top, the riders giving everything on the last of two ascents. Movistar did a large portion of the work throughout the stage, trying to set things up for Valverde. In the finale Tiago Machado (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) and Rohan Dennis (UniSA-Australia) slipped off the front with Michael Rogers (Sky) trying to bridge across to them. However the Spanish team again kept everything under control with Javi Moreno leading Valverde out in the final kilometres. Gerrans was the only one able to stay with Valverde and looked to have the early jump on him, but the Movistar captain came back with a perfectly timed sprint.

“I was anxious to come back racing and also looking forward to getting my first win,” Valverde said. “More than the pressure from the crowd, it was pressure from myself to get back to winning ways. I knew I was strong, but needed to see myself back up-front, and in this race I found myself better and more relaxed each day. This victory gives me total tranquillity in this sense. I was desperately awaiting it and I got it on the first real opportunity I had, so it tastes so good.”

Simon GerransGerrans gained the leaders ochre jersey on count back as he and Valverde are equal on time going into Sunday’s final stage. It will be a 90km circuit race with bonus seconds available during the stage and at the finish. The overall result is still wide open, but he sounds confident.

“One thing we’ve got is lots of experience in these sort of stages in the team so that’s definitely to my advantage,” said Gerrans in a post race interview. “Obviously Valverde is in fantastic condition but he’s got a team of climbers around him along with [Jose] Rojas. But the likes of Gossy, Stuey, Leigh Howard, Robbie, I couldn’t ask for more experience when it comes to a stage like tomorrow’s. I think we’re in a pretty good position.”

It’s also a nice turnaround after the team struggled to have a major impact on the results this week. It’s ridden well, but up until today it was being outshone on home soil by other squads. GreenEdge has now turned things around and if it can hold on tomorrow and cement a Gerrans win, its first major race will mark a perfect start.

Early move pushes ahead:

Gerrans’ team-mate Stuart O'Grady got clear with five others early on, the break racing clear soon after the start in McLaren Vale. Also present were Belgians Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), and Kristof Goddaert (AG2R La Mondiale), British rider Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma - Lotto), Australian neo-pro Nathan Haas (Garmin-Barracuda) and Takashi Miyazawa (Saxo Bank) of Japan.

The riders faced three laps of an initial circuit, then two final circuits which brought the race twice up Old Willunga Hill.

Opening a big early lead, the move was clear for both Jayco intermediate sprints. Goddaert was first to the line at Snapper Point (km 63.4) and De Gendt picked up the second gallop, 40 kilometres later. The riders worked hard to try to stay clear, but all bar Haas were caught by the first ascent of Old Willunga Hill. The latter continued onwards, but would be reeled in on the descent.

Still, he knew he gave it everything in his first WorldTour race. “I thought my team mates are in that group [the peloton] so I thought moving out in front just gave them a sit on and it would put some pressure on the legs of the other teams. I did that, but unfortunately two of our riders got dropped. In the end it was only Jack Bauer.”

Fatigue meant that he expected to be hauled back. “It was inevitable,” he admitted. “I knew that I didn't have the legs to make up the climb the second time.”

Pressure being put on in the bunch shattered the group and ensured that tipped riders such as last year’s overall winner Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge) and former road race champion Matthew Lloyd (Lampre-ISD) missed out. A select group of approximately twenty riders were left out front, and knew that the stage winner would come out of this group.

Final battle wages on Old Willunga Hill:

At the start of the final ascent Rohan Dennis (UniSA-Australia), Tiago Machado (RadioShack-Nissan), José Ivan Gutierrez (Movistar) and Danny Pate (Sky Procycling) clipped away and pushed forward. Of those, Dennis and Machado pushed forward, but were caught inside the final kilometre. Rogers then kicked clear, only to be contained by Moreno.

Gerrans seized his chance and accelerated hard towards the line, but Valverde managed to get past him and grab the first win of the second part of his career.

Machado and Rogers were third and fourth, with Dennis ending up fifth on the stage and holding his lead in the Skoda King of the Mountains. “The only way to do it is to put yourself in the race,” he said. “I'm a little bit stuffed now but it’s all worth it in the end. I guess sometimes you need a little bit of form as well to have that confidence to actually go up the front, but sometimes it's just sort of a gut feeling, just ‘hope for the best’.”

He’s had an aggressive race and finishing five seconds clear of sixth-placed Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) on the stage sees him end the day the same margin clear in the best young rider standings.

The latter had hoped to fight for the stage, but couldn’t match Valverde and Gerrans. He dropped twelve seconds to them and is now eighteen seconds back overall.

“My team did a great job and I managed to get up the climb first time so I felt really good,” he said afterwards. “(The second time) was really hard for me. We managed to get over the top, so I'm so happy and the team did a great job today.”

He’s now eleven points clear of double stage winner Andre Greipel in the Jayco Sprints Classification.

Team-mate Rogers is now best-placed Sky Procycling rider in the overall standings, 14 seconds off the ochre jersey. “The whole hill was pretty tough and there was strong head wind,” he said. “The goal was to get everything out and scrape the bottom of barrel. I did that and I'm really happy.

“I jumped with 400 metres to go and Valverde and Gerrans got on my wheel and went when I blew. But I am really happy…it's been a long time since I have been able to scrape the bottom of the barrel. It's a win for myself and I am really happy.”

The race concludes tomorrow with a 90 kilometre circuit race in Elder Park in Adelaide. Taking in 20 laps, it will offer time bonuses in the two Jayco intermediate sprints plus the final gallop to the line. The race is on a knife-edge and an aggressive finale is guaranteed.

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Santos Tour Down Under (WorldTour) Stage 5 Result: McLaren to Old Willunga Hill (151.5km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) 03:45:48
aus AUS 2 Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
por POR 3 Tiago Machado (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:02
aus AUS 4 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) 00:00:04
aus AUS 5 Rohan Dennis (Team Jayco Skins) 00:00:07
nor NOR 6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) 00:00:12
esp ESP 7 Javier Moreno Bazan (Movistar Team) 00:00:13
bel BEL 8 Jan Bakelants (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
nzl NZL 9 Jack Bauer (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:26
rus RUS 10 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) s.t.
aus AUS 11 Michael Matthews (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:00:29
ger GER 12 Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:32
ger GER 13 Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:00:43
usa USA 14 Danny Pate (Sky Procycling) 00:00:55
esp ESP 15 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar Team) 00:01:05
bel BEL 16 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:01:18
sui SUI 17 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) s.t.
esp ESP 18 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 19 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing) 00:01:50
fra FRA 20 Biel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:02:22
ned NED 21 Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:02:23
esp ESP 22 Xavier Florencio (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 23 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Movistar Team) s.t.
gbr GBR 24 Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) s.t.
aus AUS 25 Bernard Sulzberger (Team Raleigh) 00:02:25
aus AUS 26 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 27 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
slo SLO 28 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 29 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:02:33
esp ESP 30 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:02:35
aus AUS 31 Matthew Lloyd (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 32 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:02:55
aus AUS 33 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank) 00:03:15
fra FRA 34 Romain Lemarchand (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:03:23
bel BEL 35 Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:03:31
nzl NZL 36 Jesse Sergent (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
esp ESP 37 Oscar Gomez Freire (Katusha Team) s.t.
nzl NZL 38 Hayden Roulston (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
can CAN 39 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
aus AUS 40 Jay Mccarthy (Team Jayco Skins) s.t.
ger GER 41 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 42 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) s.t.
ita ITA 43 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 44 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:02
fin FIN 45 Jussi Veikkanen (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
sui SUI 46 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) s.t.
uzb UZB 47 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
esp ESP 48 David Lopez Garcia (Movistar Team) 00:05:31
ita ITA 49 Daniele Bennati (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
den DEN 50 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
aus AUS 51 Nathan Haas (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:05:46
sui SUI 52 Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:05:48
lat LAT 53 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) s.t.
aus AUS 54 Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:06:38
esp ESP 55 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:07:09
aus AUS 56 Mathew Hayman (Sky Procycling) s.t.
bel BEL 57 Kristof Goddaert (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
kaz KAZ 58 Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 59 Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 60 Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ned NED 61 Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ita ITA 62 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
kaz KAZ 63 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 64 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 65 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
aus AUS 66 Lachlan Norris (Drapac Cycling Team) s.t.
por POR 67 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
rus RUS 68 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 69 Tom Leezer (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 70 Romain Sicard (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:07:41
bel BEL 71 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:09:50
gbr GBR 72 Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:09:52
ita ITA 73 Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
aus AUS 74 Stuart O' Grady (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 75 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:10:52
fra FRA 76 William Bonnet (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ger GER 77 Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 78 Christopher Sutton (Sky Procycling) 00:12:02
ita ITA 79 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
aus AUS 80 Matthew Goss (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
aus AUS 81 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 82 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 83 Daniele Ratto (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
slo SLO 84 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
pol POL 85 Jaroslaw Marycz (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ned NED 86 Jos Van Emden (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 87 Federico Canuti (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 88 Adrian Saez De Arregi (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
den DEN 89 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
jpn JPN 90 Takashi Miyazawa (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 91 Francesco Masciarelli (Astana Pro Team) 00:13:33
esp ESP 92 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar Team) s.t.
aus AUS 93 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
nzl NZL 94 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:14:02
ger GER 95 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) 00:16:42
kaz KAZ 96 Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
aus AUS 97 Robbie Mcewen (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 98 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
blr BLR 99 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ger GER 100 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 101 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 102 Stefano Agostini (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 103 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 104 Davide Vigano (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ned NED 105 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
aus AUS 106 Adam Leigh Howard (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 107 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 108 Manuel Belletti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 109 Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 110 Davide Cimolai (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 111 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 112 Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 113 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) s.t.
aus AUS 114 Graeme Brown (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 115 Massimo Graziato (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 116 Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 117 Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
slo SLO 118 Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 119 Steele Von Hoff (Team Chipotle) s.t.
aus AUS 120 William Clarke (Champion System) s.t.
esp ESP 121 Victor Cabedo Carda (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
aus AUS 122 Thomas Palmer (Drapac Cycling Team) s.t.
rsa RSA 123 Robert Hunter (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ger GER 124 Andreas Klier (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
fra FRA 125 Arnaud Courteille (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
kaz KAZ 126 Assan Bazayev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
irl IRL 127 Matthew Brammeier (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
gbr GBR 128 Adam Blythe (BMC Racing) s.t.
gbr GBR 129 Alex Dowsett (Sky Procycling) s.t.
bel BEL 130 Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
rus RUS DNF Boris Shpilevsky (Ag2r-La Mondiale)  

General classification after stage five:

Country Result Name Team Time
aus AUS 1 Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 18:49:24
esp ESP 2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) s.t.
por POR 3 Tiago Machado (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:08
aus AUS 4 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) 00:00:14
aus AUS 5 Rohan Dennis (Team Jayco Skins) s.t.
nor NOR 6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) 00:00:18
bel BEL 7 Jan Bakelants (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:19
esp ESP 8 Javier Moreno Bazan (Movistar Team) 00:00:23
aus AUS 9 Michael Matthews (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:00:29
rus RUS 10 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) 00:00:32
nzl NZL 11 Jack Bauer (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:36
ger GER 12 Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:42
ger GER 13 Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:00:47
esp ESP 14 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar Team) 00:01:15
sui SUI 15 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) 00:01:16
esp ESP 16 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team) 00:01:27
bel BEL 17 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:01:28
ita ITA 18 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing) 00:02:00
fra FRA 19 Biel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:02:30
esp ESP 20 Xavier Florencio (Katusha Team) 00:02:33
esp ESP 21 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Movistar Team) s.t.
ned NED 22 Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
slo SLO 23 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:02:35
aus AUS 24 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
aus AUS 25 Bernard Sulzberger (Team Raleigh) s.t.
fra FRA 26 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 27 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:02:43
esp ESP 28 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:02:45
aus AUS 29 Matthew Lloyd (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 30 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:03:05
aus AUS 31 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank) 00:03:25
esp ESP 32 Oscar Gomez Freire (Katusha Team) 00:03:31
fra FRA 33 Romain Lemarchand (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:03:33
ita ITA 34 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) 00:03:41
can CAN 35 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
bel BEL 36 Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 37 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) s.t.
ger GER 38 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
uzb UZB 39 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:04:12
esp ESP 40 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 41 Daniele Bennati (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:05:37
sui SUI 42 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) 00:05:40
aus AUS 43 Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:06:48
esp ESP 44 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:07:19
por POR 45 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
rus RUS 46 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team) 00:07:52
gbr GBR 47 Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) 00:08:13
aus AUS 48 Jay Mccarthy (Team Jayco Skins) 00:11:25
fin FIN 49 Jussi Veikkanen (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:11:57
ita ITA 50 Federico Canuti (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:12:12
sui SUI 51 Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:13:43
lat LAT 52 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) 00:14:16
aus AUS 53 Mathew Hayman (Sky Procycling) 00:15:04
ita ITA 54 Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
fra FRA 55 Romain Sicard (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:15:36
nzl NZL 56 Hayden Roulston (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:16:06
esp ESP 57 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:17:15
bel BEL 58 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:17:36
ita ITA 59 Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:17:56
kaz KAZ 60 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana Pro Team) 00:18:31
fra FRA 61 William Bonnet (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:18:47
ger GER 62 Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 63 Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:19:18
ita ITA 64 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:19:57
aus AUS 65 Christopher Sutton (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 66 Daniele Ratto (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:20:15
ned NED 67 Tom Leezer (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:20:30
esp ESP 68 David Lopez Garcia (Movistar Team) 00:20:33
usa USA 69 Danny Pate (Sky Procycling) 00:21:15
aus AUS 70 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank) 00:21:28
ita ITA 71 Francesco Masciarelli (Astana Pro Team) 00:21:54
den DEN 72 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Team Saxo Bank) 00:22:50
aus AUS 73 Nathan Haas (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:23:06
nzl NZL 74 Jesse Sergent (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:23:51
ger GER 75 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:24:14
gbr GBR 76 Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:24:32
fra FRA 77 Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:24:37
aus AUS 78 Steele Von Hoff (Team Chipotle) s.t.
slo SLO 79 Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 80 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 81 Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:25:14
aus AUS 82 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:25:23
bel BEL 83 Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:25:33
ger GER 84 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:25:41
esp ESP 85 Adrian Saez De Arregi (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:25:52
ita ITA 86 Davide Vigano (Lampre-ISD) 00:26:19
bel BEL 87 Kristof Goddaert (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:27:26
esp ESP 88 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:27:29
aus AUS 89 Lachlan Norris (Drapac Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 90 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 91 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:27:30
ita ITA 92 Stefano Agostini (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 93 Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 94 Davide Cimolai (Lampre-ISD) 00:27:33
irl IRL 95 Matthew Brammeier (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:27:58
bel BEL 96 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:28:50
ned NED 97 Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:29:49
kaz KAZ 98 Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) 00:30:19
rsa RSA 99 Robert Hunter (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:31:08
aus AUS 100 William Clarke (Champion System) 00:31:32
aus AUS 101 Matthew Goss (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:32:08
ita ITA 102 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:32:22
pol POL 103 Jaroslaw Marycz (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
aus AUS 104 Stuart O' Grady (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:33:09
esp ESP 105 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar Team) 00:33:53
blr BLR 106 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:36:52
ita ITA 107 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) 00:36:56
ita ITA 108 Manuel Belletti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:37:02
aus AUS 109 Thomas Palmer (Drapac Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 110 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) s.t.
aus AUS 111 Graeme Brown (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
nzl NZL 112 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:37:12
ita ITA 113 Massimo Graziato (Lampre-ISD) 00:37:19
ita ITA 114 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) 00:37:39
kaz KAZ 115 Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
den DEN 116 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank) 00:38:53
slo SLO 117 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
jpn JPN 118 Takashi Miyazawa (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ned NED 119 Jos Van Emden (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:40:30
aus AUS 120 Robbie Mcewen (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:43:33
aus AUS 121 Adam Leigh Howard (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 122 Arnaud Courteille (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
gbr GBR 123 Adam Blythe (BMC Racing) s.t.
ger GER 124 Andreas Klier (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:46:23
esp ESP 125 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
gbr GBR 126 Alex Dowsett (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ned NED 127 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
aus AUS 128 Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:46:33
kaz KAZ 129 Assan Bazayev (Astana Pro Team) 00:47:17
esp ESP 130 Victor Cabedo Carda (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:47:25

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