Giro d’Italia: Thomas De Gendt soars to the foot of the podium with virtuoso Stelvio solo
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giro d’Italia: Thomas De Gendt soars to the foot of the podium with virtuoso Stelvio solo

by Ben Atkins at 11:58 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Giro d'Italia, Race Reports and Results
Rodríguez and Hesjedal under pressure as Vacansoleil-DCM rider turns the race on its head

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Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) rode himself into a realistic chance of the final podium of the 2012 Giro d’Italia with a virtuoso solo display on the climb to the finish on the Passo dello Stelvio. The 25-year-old Belgian escaped his breakaway companions - Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) and Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) with 13km of the mythical climb to go, and managed to hold off the chase of the race favourites behind him to take a famous solo victory.

Cunego too held off the chasers, taking second, 55 seconds behind, while Nieve was third at 2’50”.

“I’m very happy to win on a legendary mountain climb like the Passo dello Stelvio,” said De Gendt. “All the big names in cycling have won here too. I hope it’s a good sign for me. I think I’ve got a future in the Grand Tours.

“When I went on the attack my first thought was to make sure I had a bit of a gap at the start of the climb, to keep my eighth place overall,” he explained. When I had three minutes and Cunego was a minute behind I started think of the stage victory.  But it’s easy to lose five minutes on a climb like this and everything had to fall into place. I never thought of taking the pink jersey because I knew the others would go very fast in the finale. I’m happy with fourth or a place on the podium.”

Behind the break, the battle for the pink jersey took on a new dimension. The Belgian began the day in eighth place overall, 5’40” behind Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), and with ten kilometres to go he was not only close to the race podium, but threatening the Maglia Rosa.

Into the final six kilometres De Gendt had pushed second place Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) off the second step of the virtual podium, and was just 15 seconds behind Rodríguez. With the other contenders fearing the Canadian’s strength in the following day’s final time trial however, they refused to offer Garmin-Barracuda any help until it was too late.

Finally though, a surge from Hesjedal dropped everybody bar Rodríguez and third overall Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD). Scarponi escaped with just over two kilometres to go, but was caught by a final kilometre attack from Rodríguez, and Hesjedal almost had him on the line.

Rodríguez’ saw him finish 3’22” behind De Gendt, with Scarponi at 3’34” and Hesjedal at 3’36”. The Catalan increased his lead to 31 seconds over Hesjedal, 1’51” over Scarponi, but De Gendt had closed to within 2’18”.

With just the flat 30km time trial to come, this might not prove to be enough, with both Hesjedal and, especially De Gendt, far more proficient that either Rodríguez and Scarponi.

“I don’t think I’m going to win the Giro d’Italia but I have a good chance to finish third,” De Gendt conceded. “I think Ryder Hesjedal will win the Giro d’Italia. He’s not far behind Rodríguez and he’s the best at time trials."

The first half of the stage was characterised by a 14-man break, which included Roman Kreuziger (Astana), Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Barracuda), Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale), Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil-DCM), Oliver Zaugg (RadioShack-Nissan)and mountains jersey Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia).

They stayed together until the steep slopes of the Mortirolo, until Zaugg managed to get away alone. De Gendt had attacked over the top of the climb, and joined up with Carrara on the descent; Cunego too managed to bridge on the way down, while Nieve jumped across on the false flat that followed. The chase group that formed caught up with Zaugg with 30km to go and, as the final climb began, the group had reduced to just the final three.

De Gendt dropped the others with 13km to go and, despite the best efforts of Hesjedal’s Garmin-Barracuda teammates Peter Stetina and Christian Vande Velde, managed to extend - then hold - his lead, until the final push from Hesjedal began to close the gap.

One last chance for the climbers; one final ordeal for the sprinters

After a very tough stage the day before, the peloton was in for an even harder one on the road the the 2757 metre high Stelvio. Before the peloton arrived at the mythical climb, it would first have to tackle the fearsome Mortirolo - whose gradients of up to 23% rival the climbs of the Spring Classics - but this was not all, as the first half of the stage was peppered with numerous lesser obstacles.

The climb to the 2nd category Passo del Tonale, which topped out after 32.9km, would begin almost immediately, and would be followed by the 3rd category ascents to Aprica and Teglio, after 78.3km and 98.1km respectively. If these were not enough to soften up the legs of the peloton, the 50km between Teglio and the foot of the Mortirolo would have virtually no flat roads at all.

This was to be the final chance for the climbers in the race to put pressure on - and, they hoped, time into - the time triallists before the final Milan stage against the clock. Specifically, Rodríguez surely needed to extend his 17 second lead over Hesjedal, if he was to have much of a chance to hold onto the Maglia Rosa the next day.

The breakway group escaped after just 22km, as the climb to the Passo del Tonale began in ernest. Between them, the 14 riders managed to open up a lead of almost six minutes over the earlier climbs as Rabottini picked up as many points as he could to secure his blue jersey. The gap was less than three minutes, as the lower slopes of the Mortirolo began however.

The group began to split immediately on the steep slopes of the climb and, with nine kilometres still to climb though, Zaugg attacked the group; he was joined by Carrara and they set off together towards the top. A few of the others managed to make their way across but, with six kilometres to climb, Zaugg attacked again and was alone over the top.

De Gendt escapes on the Mortirolo as the podium boys watch each other

A brief attack from Rodríguez behind, which was immediately followed by Hesjedal, saw the main group reduced to just 20 riders as it approached the summit. De Gendt took the lead, and then attacked in the final steep section, and caught up with teammate Carrara, who buried himself for a few minutes. The Belgian then left him behind, and was almost 30 seconds clear of the Maglia Rosa group as he hit the top, and began the equally steep, and winding descent.

Carrara managed to escape the group on the descent and made his way across to De Gendt, and was followed by Cunego.

As Zaugg hit the bottom he was 1’40” ahead of the first chase group, but Carrara, De Gendt and Cunego were gaining on them. The Maglia Rosa group was 3’20” back, and was sitting up a little and allowing others to join from behind.

Nieve attacked however, on the gentle gradient, and they let him go, as teammate Jon Izaggire pulled him up to the De Gendt/Cunego group. Johann Tscopp (BMC Racing) tried to do the same with teammate Mathias Frank - who’d been in the break - as did Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Dario Cataldo with Serge Pauwels, but their attack was not to last for too long.

Izagirre managed to pull Nieve and Tanel Kangert (Astana) up to the chase group and, with 35km to go, they were just 2’04” behind Zaugg. The Swiss rider was tiring however, and was caught just before the 30km to go banner.

Stetina was among those able to join the Maglia Rosa group, and the young American was now leading the chase - along with Vande Velde, who had dropped back - on behalf of Hesjedal.

As the final climb began, the front group was made up of just Euskaltel-Euskadi pair Nieve and Izagirre, De Gendt, Cunego, Kangert, Zaugg, and Andrey Amador (Movistar). They were exactly four minutes ahead of the peloton, which meant that De Gendt was threatening third place Scarponi.

Izagirre had done his job and pulled off the front, and as De Gendt took over. Zaugg was dropped. Behind them, Stetina also pulled over, leaving the pacing of the peloton to Vande Velde and, with 20km to go, the gap was down to 3’42”.

With 17.5km to go Kangert was forced to watch the others ride away and, shortly afterwards, De Gendt attacked. Nieve was straight up to him, with Cunego trying to follow, but this was the end for Amador.

With 15km to go Cunego was still dangling 13 seconds behind the two leaders, while the shrinking, Vande Velde-led peloton was still 3’44” back. The 2004 Giro winner was gradually clawing his way across however, making contact with 13km to go, but De Gendt responded by attacking again; this time neither was able to respond.

It’s De Gendt vs Vande Velde in a mano a mano fight up the Stelvio

With ten kilometres to go, the Belgian was 52 seconds ahead of Cunego and Nieve, and - since he was effectively just riding against Vande Velde - the peloton was now almost five minutes behind him. Hesjedal and Rodríguez were still ahead, for now, but he had pushed Scarponi off the virtual podium.

Hesjedal began to look to the others for help though, as he could see the Vacansoleil-DCM rider walking away with the race. Caruso came around him, to take up station behind Vande Velde, but as they passed under the ten kilometre banner, the clock said 5’05”; De Gendt was now just 35 seconds away from the Maglia Rosa!

At the 8km point Gadret attacked, but Henao pulled the peloton up to him; this was the end for Vande Velde, as the Colombian Sky rider took up station at the front. The group had shrunk further but, as De Gendt entered the final six kilometres, the GPS clock said that he was two seconds ahead of Hesjedal, and only 15 behind Rodríguez.

The Belgian was tiring however, and the fresher Sky rider behind him was gradually closing the gap. Gadret attacked again and, with De Gendt more of a worry, he was allowed to go.

Finally though, Hesjedal himself took over the chase, but he was still looking over his shoulder for help from the rest. Gradually the Canadian pulled back Gadret, but under the five kilometre banner he was still 5’16” behind; the Belgian was no longer ahead of Hesjedal in the virtual standings, but was still just 24 seconds away from the race lead.

The rest of the favourites for the race were lined up behind the Garmin-Barracuda rider, but none would - or could - respond to his twitching elbow and come past. Hesjedal accelerated again and dropped everyone but Rodríguez and Scarponi.

Finally the gap was coming down, but then Scarponi attacked as they approached the final two kilometres. Just as De Gendt was winning the stage, Rodríguez, who had barely moved from Hesjedal’s wheel since the Mortirolo, finally attacked and the Canadian could not respond.

As he caught Scarponi and crossed the line, he had done enough to hold off De Gendt, and take another 14 seconds from Hesjedal. With a 30km time trial to come however, this might not have been enough.

Heartbreakingly for World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky), Rodríguez’ fourth place meant that the Catalan took away his red points jersey.


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Giro d'Italia Stage 20 Results: Val di Sole to Passo dello Stelvio, 218 km:

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
bel BEL 1 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 06:54:41
ita ITA 2 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) 00:00:56
esp ESP 3 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:02:50
esp ESP 4 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha Team) 00:03:22
ita ITA 5 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) 00:03:34
can CAN 6 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:03:36
fra FRA 7 John Gadret (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:04:29
col COL 8 Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling) 00:04:53
col COL 9 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Sky Procycling) 00:04:55
ita ITA 10 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 11 Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:05:39
fra FRA 12 Hubert Dupont (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:05:53
bel BEL 13 Ben Hermans (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:07:58
ita ITA 14 Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:08:32
cze CZE 15 Roman Kreuziger (Astana Pro Team) 00:09:10
ita ITA 16 Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:09:17
sui SUI 17 Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing Team) 00:09:38
usa USA 18 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:11:00
crc CRC 19 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 20 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar Team) 00:11:35
bel BEL 21 Jan Bakelants (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:12:06
bel BEL 22 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:13:16
est EST 23 Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) 00:14:04
ita ITA 24 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
bel BEL 25 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:16:18
ita ITA 26 Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 00:16:24
col COL 27 Miguel Angel Chavez Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 00:16:27
aut AUT 28 Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:16:39
fra FRA 29 Mathieu Perget (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:17:02
esp ESP 30 Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky Procycling) 00:17:46
usa USA 31 Peter Stetina (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:18:11
pol POL 32 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:19:34
esp ESP 33 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 34 Diego Ulissi (Lampre - ISD) 00:20:09
ita ITA 35 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana Pro Team) 00:20:42
esp ESP 36 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:21:27
esp ESP 37 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 38 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana Pro Team) 00:22:05
ned NED 39 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:22:17
sui SUI 40 Oliver Zaugg (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:22:50
lux LUX 41 Ben Gastauer (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:25:55
fra FRA 42 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 43 Geoffrey Soupe (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:28:23
esp ESP 44 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha Team) 00:30:53
col COL 45 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 00:35:39
sui SUI 46 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) 00:36:08
aus AUS 47 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:36:31
ita ITA 48 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:36:37
esp ESP 49 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 50 Matteo Bono (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
nzl NZL 51 Jack Bauer (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:36:43
bel BEL 52 Bart De Clercq (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 53 Daniele Righi (Lampre - ISD) 00:37:51
sui SUI 54 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) 00:39:21
ita ITA 55 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 56 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre - ISD) 00:39:30
ita ITA 57 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ned NED 58 Brian Bulgac (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 59 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
aut AUT 60 Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 61 Simone Ponzi (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 62 Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
esp ESP 63 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 64 Stef Clement (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 65 Andrey Zeits (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
uzb UZB 66 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ven VEN 67 Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) s.t.
ger GER 68 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 69 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
swe SWE 70 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
blr BLR 71 Branislau Samoilau (Movistar Team) s.t.
ned NED 72 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 73 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
pol POL 74 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 75 Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 76 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
lat LAT 77 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 78 Jose Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 79 Victor Cabedo Carda (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 80 Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:39:41
den DEN 81 Alex Rasmussen (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
cze CZE 82 Jan Barta (Team NetApp) 00:39:56
ita ITA 83 Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 00:39:59
blr BLR 84 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 85 Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:40:14
rus RUS 86 Evgeni Petrov (Astana Pro Team) 00:40:21
kaz KAZ 87 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
bel BEL 88 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:40:29
ita ITA 89 Matteo Tosatto (Team Saxo Bank) 00:46:00
ita ITA 90 Luca Mazzanti (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ltu LTU 91 Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
bel BEL 92 Jens Keukeleire (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
nor NOR 93 Gabriel Rasch (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ukr UKR 94 Volodymyr Gustov (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
den DEN 95 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 96 Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 97 Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 98 Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) s.t.
ita ITA 99 Sacha Modolo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
nzl NZL 100 Jesse Sergent (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 101 Dennis Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 102 Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 103 Angelo Pagani (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
ita ITA 104 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 105 Paolo Longho Borghini (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 106 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
por POR 107 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
gbr GBR 108 Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 109 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
pol POL 110 Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp) s.t.
gbr GBR 111 Ian Stannard (Sky Procycling) s.t.
bel BEL 112 Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 113 Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
can CAN 114 Christian Meier (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ita ITA 115 Pier Paolo De Negri (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 116 Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
rus RUS 117 Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 118 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 119 Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 120 Adrian Saez De Arregi (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fin FIN 121 Jussi Veikkanen (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
pol POL 122 Michal Golas (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
aut AUT 123 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) s.t.
bel BEL 124 Sebastien Rosseler (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
pol POL 125 Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 126 Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
fra FRA 127 Julien Berard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 128 Francis Mourey (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
gbr GBR 129 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 130 Mickaël Delage (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
den DEN 131 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
pol POL 132 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
rus RUS 133 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha Team) s.t.
arg ARG 134 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 135 Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp) s.t.
esp ESP 136 Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ger GER 137 Andreas Schillinger (Team NetApp) s.t.
esp ESP 138 Ángel Vicioso Arcos (Katusha Team) s.t.
aut AUT 139 Daniel Schorn (Team NetApp) s.t.
fra FRA 140 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
aut AUT 141 Matthias Brandle (Team NetApp) s.t.
usa USA 142 Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 143 Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 144 Enrico Battaglin (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
can CAN 145 Svein Tuft (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ita ITA 146 Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) s.t.
ita ITA 147 Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) s.t.
aus AUS 148 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
jpn JPN 149 Fumiyuki Beppu (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:46:40
slo SLO 150 Gregor Gazvoda (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:46:45
ita ITA 151 Marco Coledan (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
sui SUI 152 Andreas Dietziker (Team NetApp) 00:46:59
ita ITA 153 Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:47:06
den DEN 154 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
nor NOR 155 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Team) 00:47:13
ita ITA 156 Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:47:18
esp ESP 157 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar Team) 00:47:49

General classification after stage 20:

Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha Team) 91:04:16
can CAN 2 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:31
ita ITA 3 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) 00:01:51
bel BEL 4 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:02:18
ita ITA 5 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:03:18
ita ITA 6 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) 00:03:43
col COL 7 Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling) 00:04:52
ita ITA 8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:05:47
esp ESP 9 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:05:56
fra FRA 10 John Gadret (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:06:43
col COL 11 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Sky Procycling) 00:07:20
ita ITA 12 Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:12:14
sui SUI 13 Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing Team) 00:12:34
ita ITA 14 Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:13:28
cze CZE 15 Roman Kreuziger (Astana Pro Team) 00:18:09
fra FRA 16 Hubert Dupont (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:19:02
ita ITA 17 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar Team) 00:24:32
esp ESP 18 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar Team) 00:26:47
bel BEL 19 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:33:33
esp ESP 20 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha Team) 00:34:12
ita ITA 21 Diego Ulissi (Lampre - ISD) 00:35:59
usa USA 22 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:38:27
ita ITA 23 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana Pro Team) 00:40:15
ita ITA 24 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:48:00
fra FRA 25 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:49:42
est EST 26 Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) 00:50:16
usa USA 27 Peter Stetina (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:52:01
pol POL 28 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:52:36
crc CRC 29 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (Movistar Team) 00:53:38
ned NED 30 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:56:53
aut AUT 31 Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack - Nissan) 01:04:06
uzb UZB 32 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:09:50
bel BEL 33 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana Pro Team) 01:15:55
bel BEL 34 Jan Bakelants (RadioShack - Nissan) 01:19:18
esp ESP 35 Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky Procycling) 01:24:33
swe SWE 36 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:24:57
ita ITA 37 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:25:22
esp ESP 38 Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team) 01:25:52
pol POL 39 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - ISD) 01:31:02
bel BEL 40 Bart De Clercq (Lotto - Belisol Team) 01:32:33
esp ESP 41 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:32:38
esp ESP 42 Jose Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team) 01:36:03
ita ITA 43 Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing Team) 01:36:17
blr BLR 44 Branislau Samoilau (Movistar Team) 01:37:20
ita ITA 45 Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 01:37:25
ita ITA 46 Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 01:39:40
bel BEL 47 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:42:02
esp ESP 48 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:47:21
ven VEN 49 Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 01:51:28
esp ESP 50 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:57:13
ita ITA 51 Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 01:58:13
ita ITA 52 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing Team) 02:01:26
fra FRA 53 Mathieu Perget (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 02:06:53
esp ESP 54 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha Team) 02:10:39
sui SUI 55 Oliver Zaugg (RadioShack - Nissan) 02:17:58
ger GER 56 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank Cycling Team) 02:18:43
ita ITA 57 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:23:01
ita ITA 58 Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 02:23:43
esp ESP 59 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank Cycling Team) 02:24:37
col COL 60 Miguel Angel Chavez Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 02:26:41
ita ITA 61 Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 02:27:05
rus RUS 62 Evgeni Petrov (Astana Pro Team) 02:29:13
ukr UKR 63 Volodymyr Gustov (Team Saxo Bank) 02:31:18
cze CZE 64 Jan Barta (Team NetApp) 02:33:07
ita ITA 65 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana Pro Team) 02:33:30
por POR 66 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack - Nissan) 02:34:20
lux LUX 67 Ben Gastauer (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 02:36:31
esp ESP 68 Ángel Vicioso Arcos (Katusha Team) 02:37:25
ita ITA 69 Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) 02:37:55
pol POL 70 Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp) 02:41:48
ned NED 71 Stef Clement (Rabobank Cycling Team) 02:44:30
den DEN 72 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:51:31
ita ITA 73 Enrico Battaglin (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 02:52:12
bel BEL 74 Ben Hermans (RadioShack - Nissan) 02:52:36
aut AUT 75 Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 02:54:43
ita ITA 76 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre - ISD) 02:56:30
fra FRA 77 Geoffrey Soupe (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:56:52
fra FRA 78 Francis Mourey (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:56:57
ita ITA 79 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:58:25
gbr GBR 80 Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) 03:00:33
sui SUI 81 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) 03:01:44
sui SUI 82 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) 03:02:10
ita ITA 83 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 03:02:31
kaz KAZ 84 Andrey Zeits (Astana Pro Team) 03:04:23
lat LAT 85 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) 03:04:48
ita ITA 86 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team) 03:06:38
ita ITA 87 Simone Ponzi (Astana Pro Team) 03:07:35
fra FRA 88 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 03:09:43
col COL 89 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 03:09:44
ita ITA 90 Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre - ISD) 03:10:36
bel BEL 91 Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 03:10:50
esp ESP 92 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar Team) 03:11:17
pol POL 93 Michal Golas (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 03:12:07
aus AUS 94 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 03:13:05
rus RUS 95 Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) 03:16:39
ita ITA 96 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 03:17:46
ita ITA 97 Angelo Pagani (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 03:18:04
ita ITA 98 Matteo Bono (Lampre - ISD) 03:20:11
ita ITA 99 Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 03:25:09
ita ITA 100 Daniele Righi (Lampre - ISD) 03:26:13
ned NED 101 Brian Bulgac (Lotto - Belisol Team) 03:26:56
ita ITA 102 Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas - Cannondale) 03:27:02
ita ITA 103 Matteo Tosatto (Team Saxo Bank) 03:27:52
ita ITA 104 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team) 03:28:35
ita ITA 105 Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp) 03:33:54
bel BEL 106 Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 03:35:02
fra FRA 107 Julien Berard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 03:38:30
sui SUI 108 Andreas Dietziker (Team NetApp) 03:38:47
ita ITA 109 Paolo Longho Borghini (Liquigas - Cannondale) 03:39:59
den DEN 110 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank) 03:43:59
aut AUT 111 Matthias Brandle (Team NetApp) 03:45:01
ita ITA 112 Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 03:45:13
nzl NZL 113 Jack Bauer (Garmin - Barracuda) 03:49:55
ita ITA 114 Luca Mazzanti (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 03:55:14
aus AUS 115 Luke Roberts (Team Saxo Bank) 03:57:51
pol POL 116 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas - Cannondale) 04:00:48
ita ITA 117 Pier Paolo De Negri (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 04:03:57
blr BLR 118 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) 04:04:46
jpn JPN 119 Fumiyuki Beppu (Orica - GreenEDGE) 04:05:28
kaz KAZ 120 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana Pro Team) 04:06:05
fra FRA 121 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 04:07:51
ita ITA 122 Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 04:08:36
aut AUT 123 Daniel Schorn (Team NetApp) 04:12:18
ned NED 124 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 04:13:57
bel BEL 125 Sebastien Rosseler (Garmin - Barracuda) 04:14:45
bel BEL 126 Jens Keukeleire (Orica - GreenEDGE) 04:15:44
esp ESP 127 Victor Cabedo Carda (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 04:15:58
arg ARG 128 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) 04:16:34
bel BEL 129 Dennis Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) 04:17:05
can CAN 130 Christian Meier (Orica - GreenEDGE) 04:19:19
ita ITA 131 Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo Bank) 04:19:23
ita ITA 132 Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack - Nissan) 04:19:47
slo SLO 133 Gregor Gazvoda (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 04:20:13
gbr GBR 134 Ian Stannard (Sky Procycling) 04:20:27
pol POL 135 Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 04:24:05
ita ITA 136 Sacha Modolo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 04:24:34
ltu LTU 137 Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin - Barracuda) 04:24:51
nzl NZL 138 Jesse Sergent (RadioShack - Nissan) 04:29:03
ita ITA 139 Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 04:29:47
bel BEL 140 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 04:33:52
den DEN 141 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Team Saxo Bank) 04:34:09
fra FRA 142 Mickaël Delage (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 04:38:48
rus RUS 143 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha Team) 04:39:17
gbr GBR 144 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) 04:45:13
fin FIN 145 Jussi Veikkanen (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 04:47:11
ita ITA 146 Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 04:48:28
nor NOR 147 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Team) 04:48:42
can CAN 148 Svein Tuft (Orica - GreenEDGE) 04:52:53
nor NOR 149 Gabriel Rasch (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 04:54:13
aut AUT 150 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) 04:55:07
den DEN 151 Alex Rasmussen (Garmin - Barracuda) 04:56:33
ita ITA 152 Marco Coledan (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 05:01:30
ger GER 153 Andreas Schillinger (Team NetApp) 05:03:32
usa USA 154 Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) 05:13:03
esp ESP 155 Adrian Saez De Arregi (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 05:13:11
esp ESP 156 Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 05:25:01

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