Volta a Catalunya: Simon wins stage 5, Albasini retains race lead
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Volta a Catalunya: Simon wins stage 5, Albasini retains race lead

by Shane Stokes at 12:17 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Volta a Catalunya
 
Swiss rider’s rivals unable to grab leader’s jersey

Julien SimonFrenchman Julien Simon was best of a group of approximately 25 riders at the end of today’s fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya, winning a big sprint to the line in Manresa.

The Saur Sojasun competitor beat Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling), Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas Cannondale) and the others to the line. Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel Euskadi) came through for fourth and may rue the energy he used in an ultimately unsuccessful attack on the final descent.

Race leader Michael Albasini (GreenEdge) disputed the final sprint but sat up when he realized that he couldn’t take the stage.

He remains one minute 32 seconds clear of his rivals, some of whom tried to drop him on today’s climbs but were unable to get a lasting gap. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) is now second by virtue of countback on stage placings, with Dan Martin (Garmin Barracuda) third, Sanchez fourth and Uran fifth.

“It’s incredible for me but also for Saur-Sojasun,” Simon enthused. “A first victory in the WorldTour…! As soon as we crossed the line, I fell into the arms of Fabrice Jeandesboz and Brice Feillu.

“We rode together a few seconds from the lead group up the final climb and we got back on during the descent. Then Fabrice positioned me well in the first few places heading towards the line. I was aiming for the wheels of Dario Cataldo and Matteo Carrara. When Levi Leipheimer moved away, I went past on the right and I did not hesitate to start the sprint. We fought well: yesterday, I was a bit screwed up ... We were frustrated. Today, we are really savouring this!"

Overnight leader Michael Albasini was put under pressure during the stage, but was able to cope with what was thrown at him. He was slightly distanced at the top of the final climb, but paced himself and returned to the group soon afterwards.

His directeur sportif Neil Stephens explained that he gauged his effort perfectly. “Michael rode a fantastic final climb,” he said. “He was clearly less nervous and more reserved today. He rode an exceptional stage.”

Six riders were clear until just after the final climb, namely Matthias Frank (BMC Racing Team), Kristof Vandewalle (Omega Pharma Quick Step), Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank), Thomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil DCM), Marcos García (Caja Rural) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis).

After repeated attacks by some of the contenders failed to break up the chasing group behind, Damiano Cunego bridged across to the leaders on the descent, then pushed on alone. The Italian was brought back, but still had more left in the tank. However his chance of winning was quashed when he suffered a problem inside the final kilometres.

"What a pity about the problem with the wheel!” he said ruefully. “I was in a good day, I felt to be competitive, so I tried to attack in the downhill. Then, when the group got back to me, I was preparing for the sprint, but the wheel got broken. The chase was very difficult, I had no more energy when I got back in the lead group.”

He’s got two more chances to take a stage win; similarly, Albasini’s rivals have two more days to try to erase their minute and a half deficit. With the toughest climbs behind them, it’s going to take a huge effort to do so.

Blow by blow of the action:

The fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya began in Ascó, venue for yesterday’s finish, and ran 207.1 kilometres to Manresa. There were two principal difficulties; the second category Alt de la Granadella which topped out 26.2 kilometres after the start, and the Alt de Monserrat. The latter was a first category climb which peaked at kilometre 184.3, approximately 23 kilometres from the end.

There were a stream of attacks from the start but it proved difficult for those first moves to stick. After 18 kilometres of racing Bandiera (Omega Pharma Quick Step) opened a lead and was clear heading onto the Alt de la Granadella. Surges behind led to his recapture, after which mountains leader Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank) beat Stef Clement (Rabobank) and Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) to the summit..

After 47 kilometres four riders tried to clip away. Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana), Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack) and Bruno Pires (Saxo Bank) got a small gap but this was brought back.

At kilometre 65 ten opened an advantage; Bardet and Pires were there once more, combining with Egor Silin (Astana), Matthias Frank (BMC Racing Team), Cedric Pineau (FDJ BigMat), Brett Lancaster (GreenEDGE), Matteo Bono (Lampre ISD), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), David Moncoutie and his Cofidis team-mate Remy Di Gregorio. These tried to build a decent lead but were, like the previous moves, reeled in soon afterwards.

It took another twenty kilometres for a more successful break to begin. Matthias Frank (BMC Racing Team), Kristof Vandewalle (Omega Pharma Quick Step), Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank), Thomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil DCM), Marcos García (Caja Rural) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) clipped away and with the bunch deciding to give them some slack, they quickly built a growing lead.

Marcos Garcia was first in the intermediate sprint at Santa Coloma de Queralt (km 108), at which point lone chaser Javier Ramírez Abeja (Andalucía) was one minute 23 seconds back and the peloton seven and a half minutes behind.

Ramírez Abeja kept plugging away but inevitably, he slipped further and further back. He eventually gave up. The bunch picked up more urgency and with 50 kilometres left, the break was approximately five minutes clear. This fell by a minute over the next ten kilometres, and continued to drop as the riders raced onto the final climb.

Battle rages on final climb:

King of the Mountains leader Chris Anker Sorensen was in an aggressive move and fired off several big attacks on the climb. He was motivated to add to his points tally and also to try to fight for the stage win. The Saxo Bank squad is still uncertain if it will retain its ProTeam licence, and is trying to prove its worth in each event.

He succeeded in going clear with Edet, then Frank and the others bridged back up.

Behind, Szmyd was again going well. He clipped clear on the climb, but the Garmin-Barracuda riders brought him back. Other surges followed, yet race leader Michael Albasini looked relatively comfortable.

Yesterday’s stage winner Uran was next to try and and was soon joined by Van den Broeck, who had started the day third overall. They opened a good gap and were, at that point, one minute 35 seconds behind the leaders.

With so many of the contenders deadlocked at one minute 32 seconds behind Albasini, there was a lot of marking going on. Szymd didn’t want Van den Broeck or Uran to gain time and he brought the group back up to them. Van den Broeck was not impressed by the negative riding and attacked again immediately. Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) and Quintana grabbed his back wheel and were drawn clear.

With the latter duo unwilling to work, the Albasini group back up to them again. Stubbornly, the Belgian attacked once more, but this time the elastic didn’t snap. Garmin Barracuda’s Tom Danielson surged and stretched things out. Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma Quick Step) took over and tried to break Albasini.

Out front, Sorensen took the points at the summit and added to his advantage in the points classification. The break headed over the prime line and began the descent, but with the gap coming down fast it was looking increasingly unlikely they’d stay clear.

Race leader Albasini had resisted well on terrain that doesn’t suit him as much as the other contenders, but was in a little trouble at the summit, several seconds back. He got back on during the descent, while Damiano Cunego (Lampre ISD) accelerated off the front in search of the stage win and to move up from eighth overall.

The surge spelt an end for the breakaway, with first Cunego and then the others reeling them in.

Tom Danielson (Garmin Barracuda) hauled Cunego back several kilometres later, resulting in a front group of approximately thirty riders. The descent included some uphill and rolling sections, and Leipheimer unsuccessfully tried to get a gap on one of those.

Olympic champion plays his card:

Known descender Samuel Sanchez was watching and waiting and, after Leipheimer’s attempt, seized his chance to open some daylight between himself and the others. The Beijing 2008 winner tucked low on the faster sections and used gravity to draw him along, while behind the group was chasing and limiting his gains to five seconds or so. They then hauled him back with approximately twelve kilometres to go.

Cunego punctured and was forced to wait for a new bike. He was fortunate that there were so many in the group as it meant that there was a cavalcade of team vehicles that he could use to return, leap frogging from car to car in his descent. However it was still a battle and took him several minutes.

The large group hurtled onwards, entering the final three kilometers with approximately thirty riders there. The Omega Pharma Quick Step team was driving the pace and dissuading attacks, seeking to set Cataldo up. Leipheimer did his share, pushing things along as they crossed a bridge and headed under the kite.

However things didn’t work out for the team and the Italian could only manage fifth, with Simon, Uran, Szmyd and Sanchez all proving faster inside the final 200 metres.

Albasini also surged well, although he ran out of legs and eased back. He missed out on the stage win but, more importantly, retained his grip on the general classification. With the toughest stages now behind the riders, the GreenEdge competitor ended the day looking increasingly likely to be the final race winner on Sunday.

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Volta a Catalunya (WorldTour) Stage 5 Results: Asco to Manresa (199km):

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
fra FRA 1 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) 04:58:27
col COL 2 Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling) s.t.
pol POL 3 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 5 Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
sui SUI 7 Michael Albasini (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 8 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) s.t.
irl IRL 9 Daniel Martin (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
cro CRO 10 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ned NED 11 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 12 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 13 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
usa USA 14 Thomas Danielson (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
ita ITA 15 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
usa USA 16 Peter Stetina (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
ita ITA 17 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
sui SUI 18 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 19 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 20 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar Team) s.t.
ned NED 21 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 22 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha Team) s.t.
col COL 23 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar Team) s.t.
rus RUS 24 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) s.t.
den DEN 25 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 26 Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Caja Rural) s.t.
fra FRA 27 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 00:00:10
usa USA 28 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 29 Kristof Vandewalle (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:01:26
rus RUS 30 Petr Ignatenko (Katusha Team) 00:04:59
esp ESP 31 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
bel BEL 32 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
esp ESP 33 Jordi Simón (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 34 Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
aut AUT 35 Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 36 Romain Bardet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
jpn JPN 37 Yukihiro Doi (1t4i) s.t.
bel BEL 38 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
por POR 39 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
rsa RSA 40 Daryl Impey (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
fin FIN 41 Jussi Veikkanen (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
can CAN 43 Christian Meier (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 44 Johannes Frohlinger (1t4i) s.t.
esp ESP 45 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
pol POL 46 Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 47 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 48 Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ita ITA 49 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
aut AUT 50 Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 51 Maxime Mederel (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
rus RUS 52 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) s.t.
usa USA 53 Matthew Busche (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
sui SUI 54 Oliver Zaugg (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
esp ESP 55 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
kaz KAZ 56 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 57 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Sky Procycling) s.t.
esp ESP 58 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
sui SUI 59 Steve Morabito (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 60 David Arroyo Duran (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 61 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:08:28
blr BLR 62 Branislau Samoilau (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 63 Davide Appollonio (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 64 Thierry Hupond (1t4i) s.t.
ned NED 65 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
lux LUX 66 Ben Gastauer (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
rus RUS 67 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 68 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 69 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
usa USA 70 Christian Vande Velde (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
slo SLO 71 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ned NED 72 Stef Clement (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:12:46
ita ITA 73 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 74 Benjamin Gonzalez Noval (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ukr UKR 75 Denys Kostyuk (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
sui SUI 76 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 77 Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 78 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 79 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
pol POL 80 Maciej Paterski (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
bel BEL 81 Dennis Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
esp ESP 82 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
lat LAT 83 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 84 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
lux LUX 85 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
esp ESP 86 Antonio Piedra Perez (Caja Rural) s.t.
ita ITA 87 Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 88 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
fra FRA 89 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 90 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
pol POL 91 Michal Golas (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 92 Matteo Bono (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 93 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
sui SUI 94 Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 95 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
kaz KAZ 96 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 97 Sergey Renev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
fra FRA 98 David Moncoutié (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ita ITA 99 Manuele Mori (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 100 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ita ITA 101 Morris Possoni (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 102 Matthieu Sprick (1t4i) s.t.
usa USA 103 Alex Howes (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 104 Francis Mourey (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
can CAN 105 Ryder Hesjedal (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
rus RUS 106 Egor Silin (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 107 Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Caja Rural) s.t.
fra FRA 108 Yann Huguet (1t4i) s.t.
arg ARG 109 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) 00:18:25
aus AUS 110 Brett Lancaster (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 111 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 112 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:21:04
esp ESP 113 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
ned NED 114 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 115 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
por POR 116 Andre Cardoso (Caja Rural) s.t.
jpn JPN 117 Fumiyuki Beppu (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 118 Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 119 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Caja Rural) s.t.
aus AUS 120 Allan Davis (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
aus AUS 121 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ned NED 122 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 123 Victor Cabedo Carda (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 124 Jose Luis Cano (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
fra FRA DNS Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
fra FRA DNF Kenny Elissonde (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat)  
esp ESP DNS Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi)  
irl IRL DNF Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
ned NED DNF Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
fra FRA DNF Stéphane Poulhies (Saur - Sojasun)  
usa USA DNF Thomas Peterson (Team Garmin - Barracuda)  

General classification after stage 5:

Country Result Name Team Time
sui SUI 1 Michael Albasini (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 17:23:51
bel BEL 2 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:01:32
irl IRL 3 Daniel Martin (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
esp ESP 4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
col COL 5 Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 6 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
usa USA 7 Thomas Danielson (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
esp ESP 8 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar Team) s.t.
cro CRO 9 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 10 Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 11 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 12 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) s.t.
pol POL 13 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 14 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
usa USA 15 Peter Stetina (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
usa USA 16 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:01:42
ned NED 17 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:02:16
esp ESP 18 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 19 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:02:23
fra FRA 20 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
rus RUS 21 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) 00:03:07
den DEN 22 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
sui SUI 23 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) 00:03:41
esp ESP 24 Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Caja Rural) 00:04:25
fra FRA 25 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 00:04:29
col COL 26 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar Team) 00:05:18
fra FRA 27 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:05:19
sui SUI 28 Steve Morabito (BMC Racing Team) 00:06:31
fra FRA 29 Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:07:15
esp ESP 30 Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:08:06
esp ESP 31 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 32 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) 00:08:23
por POR 33 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Team Saxo Bank) 00:08:27
kaz KAZ 34 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 35 David Arroyo Duran (Movistar Team) 00:08:40
rsa RSA 36 Daryl Impey (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:09:18
fra FRA 37 Romain Bardet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
aut AUT 38 Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
rus RUS 39 Petr Ignatenko (Katusha Team) s.t.
aut AUT 40 Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
sui SUI 41 Oliver Zaugg (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:10:16
bel BEL 42 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:10:36
can CAN 43 Christian Meier (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 44 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
esp ESP 45 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 46 David De La Cruz (Caja Rural) s.t.
jpn JPN 47 Yukihiro Doi (1t4i) s.t.
esp ESP 48 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:12:47
slo SLO 49 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
bel BEL 50 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:12:53
fra FRA 51 Maxime Mederel (Saur - Sojasun) 00:14:06
ita ITA 52 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) 00:14:09
can CAN 53 Ryder Hesjedal (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:15:02
pol POL 54 Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:15:15
esp ESP 55 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ger GER 56 Johannes Frohlinger (1t4i) 00:15:18
usa USA 57 Matthew Busche (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 58 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:16:14
ita ITA 59 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team) 00:16:48
ita ITA 60 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing Team) 00:17:05
fra FRA 61 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
rus RUS 62 Egor Silin (Astana Pro Team) 00:17:15
pol POL 63 Maciej Paterski (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:18:03
sui SUI 64 Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
fra FRA 65 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:18:24
lux LUX 66 Ben Gastauer (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:18:47
rus RUS 67 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 68 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:19:57
blr BLR 69 Branislau Samoilau (Movistar Team) 00:20:01
lat LAT 70 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) 00:20:40
fra FRA 71 David Moncoutié (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:21:09
fin FIN 72 Jussi Veikkanen (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:21:39
rus RUS 73 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 74 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Caja Rural) 00:23:02
pol POL 75 Michal Golas (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:23:05
esp ESP 76 Antonio Piedra Perez (Caja Rural) s.t.
usa USA 77 Christian Vande Velde (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:23:26
ned NED 78 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:24:52
por POR 79 Andre Cardoso (Caja Rural) 00:26:21
bel BEL 80 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:27:44
esp ESP 81 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
bel BEL 82 Kristof Vandewalle (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:29:47
lux LUX 83 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:29:50
ned NED 84 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:29:58
ita ITA 85 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ned NED 86 Stef Clement (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:30:48
fra FRA 87 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) 00:31:10
ita ITA 88 Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Pro Team) 00:31:41
ita ITA 89 Manuele Mori (Lampre - ISD) 00:32:39
ita ITA 90 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:32:59
bel BEL 91 Dennis Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 92 Morris Possoni (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
usa USA 93 Alex Howes (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
esp ESP 94 Benjamin Gonzalez Noval (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 95 Yann Huguet (1t4i) s.t.
fra FRA 96 Matthieu Sprick (1t4i) s.t.
esp ESP 97 Jordi Simón (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:33:20
ita ITA 98 Davide Appollonio (Sky Procycling) 00:33:23
fra FRA 99 Thierry Hupond (1t4i) s.t.
ita ITA 100 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana Pro Team) 00:34:16
ukr UKR 101 Denys Kostyuk (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 102 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar Team) 00:34:25
sui SUI 103 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team) 00:36:25
esp ESP 104 Victor Cabedo Carda (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:37:04
esp ESP 105 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:37:41
kaz KAZ 106 Sergey Renev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 107 Matteo Bono (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 108 Francis Mourey (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
aus AUS 109 Allan Davis (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:41:17
jpn JPN 110 Fumiyuki Beppu (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 111 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
aus AUS 112 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 113 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
aus AUS 114 Brett Lancaster (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:42:04
ned NED 115 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:42:34
kaz KAZ 116 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) 00:43:37
ita ITA 117 Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:44:02
arg ARG 118 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) 00:45:26
esp ESP 119 Jose Luis Cano (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:45:59
esp ESP 120 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:46:34
ita ITA 123 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:46:46
esp ESP 124 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Caja Rural) 00:52:20

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