Tour de Suisse: Albasini scoops mountain stage win, Costa under pressure
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Tour de Suisse: Albasini scoops mountain stage win, Costa under pressure

by Shane Stokes at 12:05 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Tour de Suisse
 
Race leader loses time but narrowly holds on to race lead

Michael AlbasiniRace leader Rui Costa (Movistar) came under big pressure on today’s penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse, losing fifty seconds to rival Frank Schleck (RadioShack Nissan) but managing to hold on by fifteen slender seconds. Costa’s retention of yellow was thanks both to his superior time trial yesterday and also a spirited fight on the final climb, with the Portuguese rider digging deep and benefitting from help from Alejandro Valverde to keep the jersey.

Best on the stage was the Swiss rider Michael Albasini, who went clear with Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Barracuda) and Remi Cusin (Team Type 1-Sanofi) fifteen kilometres into the 148.2 kilometre to Arosa, pushed ahead with Velits 31 kilometres out, then dropped the Slovakian eighteen kilometres from the line.

The battle amongst the general classification riders reduced his gap but he rode strongly enough to finish one minute fifteen seconds clear of Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel Euskadi), Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma Quick Step) and Schleck.

Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ BigMat) and Tom Denielson (Garmin Barracuda) were next, 21 seconds further back.

Roman Kreuziger (Astana), who had started the stage second overall, was ninth, one minute 57 seconds behind, while Costa finished eight seconds later in a group led home by Nicolas Roche (Ag2r la Mondial).

Winner of two stages plus the overall in the Volta a Catalunya and now one in the Tour de Suisse, Albasini appears to have moved to a new level this year. "My first goal today was to get into the breakaway because we rode through the town where I lived," he said. "I have tried to get in a break every day, and today was another day where I made the same attempt. I did a hard attack to get away with four other riders. I'm surprised that I could bring it all the way to the finish. I'm really happy with this win."

The team’s directeur sportif Neil Stephens said that the stage was pinpointed by Albasini on Thursday and, as a result, the rider took things steadily in the time trial to ensure he had as much energy as possible starting today.

He said that there were two points identified early on as possibilities to get a gap. “There were two quite difficult moments at kilometer 12 and kilometer 26," he said. "We thought it was best to wait for the 26 kilometer mark, but Michael saw his chance at 12 kilometers, and he took it."

On paper, Velits was a danger as he is a very strong rider. Second overall in the 2010 Vuelta a España and winner this year of the Tour of Oman, it was surprising that Albasini was able to get rid of him when he did. "Peter looked really good on the first climb, and I actually was scared of him a little bit," the Swiss said. "He did the first part of the climb really hard, but as we came to the false flat, I started to pull. I realized that I was gapping him and that he wasn't as good anymore. I maintained my pace on the stepper parts, and he couldn't go with me. He dropped, and I was alone."

Behind, the general classification raged and the contenders broke up into small groups. When the time differences were calculated, Costa got some welcome news. While his advantage had been greatly reduced, he had done enough to hang on by fourteen seconds. Schleck was up to second, with last year’s race winner Leipheimer third, 21 seconds back.

Gesink, Nieve and Kreuziger complete the top six for now, but tomorrow’s 216 kilometre stage from Näfels-Lintharena to Sörenberg has two hors categorie climbs plus a second category ascent to the line; in other words, it’s tough enough to upend things once more and will keep the final outcome uncertain right until the end. That’s great for the race, but not so much for Costa’s nerves.

Battle for stage and yellow jersey:

Following yesterday’s time trial, the 148.2 kilometre stage from Bischofszell to Arosa was a chance for those contenders who had lost time to fight back and to try to wrest the leader’s yellow jersey from Movistar’s Rui Costa.

The Portuguese competitor had an advantage of fifty seconds on Roman Kreuziger (Astana) and 55 on Robert Gesink (Rabobank), while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Frank Schleck (RadioShack Nissan), Tom Danielson (Garmin Barracuda) and Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma Quick Step) were all less than one minute 20 seconds back.

The expected breakaway group went early, with Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Barracuda), and Remi Cusin (Team Type 1-Sanofi) pushing ahead after just 15 kilometres and opening a lead of just over seven minutes 75 kilometres from the line. Albasini was best-placed of those, but had started the day nine minutes ten seconds in arrears.

The peloton responded at that point, with Robert Gesink’s Rabobank team and the RadioShack Nissan squad of Frank Schleck ramping up the pace. While the stage win was a possibility, their main goal was to soften up the other riders prior to the final hors category ascent to the line.

Costa punctured approximately 40 kilometres from the finish, but had little problems in getting back to the other contenders.

Nine kilometres later, Albasini and Velits pushed ahead of Dekker and Cusin on the climb of Castiel. Albasini was particularly active, the Swiss rider realising that the dwindling five minute gap meant that his chances of a home stage win were falling.

With 28 kilometres left, the Rabobank-led bunch was down to 40-odd riders and continuing to thin out. The pace-setting put Costa in discomfort and slashed that group’s number to less than twenty.

Albasini led over the top of the climb, Velits just behind him, then pushed onwards. The gap at the top was two minutes 52 seconds, but they increased it slightly after that. The climbing began again and Albasini pushed on alone eighteen kilometres from the finish. Behind, Gesink picked up third in the intermediate sprint at Peist.

Final battle plays out:


Inside the final nine kilometres, Albasini headed toward the final climb with a slightly bigger lead of three minutes 15 seconds, and knew he had a solid chance of taking the stage win. Linus Gerdemann, Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack Nissan) and Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) pushed the pace behind, but it became increasingly obvious that the Swiss would make it.

With five kilometres to go Costa was finally dropped, his yellow jersey hanging heavily on his shoulders. Out front, Frank Schleck kicked clear, coaxing the pedals around in his smooth style, and was marked by Euskaltel’s Nieve. Leipheimer had been looking strong and was able to get across, while the other riders were several seconds behind.

Schleck wanted the other two to do their share and sat up slightly, forcing Nieve to come through. Behind, Gesink had jumped clear and was trying to get across to the leading trio.

With three kilometres to go, Schleck stretched things out to stretch things out. Gesink was still trying to close but not making much ground up, while Costa was trying to limit his losses. He was helped by Valverde, but it was a tough task.

Albasini came in for the victory, being given a huge welcome by the Swiss fans. Behind, Schleck was doing most of the driving and raced hard to try to open a bigger gap on Costa plus the other contenders. Nieve and Leipheimer remained glued to his wheel, content to let him lead, then came past him at the line.

Gesink led the next riders home, while Costa crossed the line two minutes five seconds back. He had his fingers crossed that he’d done enough to keep the lead and, as things turned out, he had.

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Tour de Suisse (WorldTour) Stage 8 Result: Bischofszell to Arosa, 148 km:

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
sui SUI 1 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 03:45:39
esp ESP 2 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:01:15
usa USA 3 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
lux LUX 4 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 5 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:01:36
fra FRA 6 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
usa USA 7 Thomas Danielson (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
ned NED 8 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:01:39
cze CZE 9 Roman Kreuziger (Astana Pro Team) 00:01:57
den DEN 10 Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
irl IRL 11 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:02:05
ita ITA 12 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 13 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) s.t.
por POR 14 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) s.t.
swe SWE 15 Thomas Löfkvist (Sky Procycling) s.t.
den DEN 16 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank) 00:02:25
cro CRO 17 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
sui SUI 18 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 19 Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:02:38
esp ESP 20 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
bel BEL 21 Bart De Clercq (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 22 Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana Pro Team) 00:03:44
ita ITA 23 Morris Possoni (Lampre - ISD) 00:03:57
rus RUS 24 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 25 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
can CAN 26 Michael Barry (Sky Procycling) 00:04:08
fra FRA 27 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:05:03
ger GER 28 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) 00:05:24
ger GER 29 Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:06:21
gbr GBR 30 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 00:06:50
ned NED 31 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:07:03
svk SVK 32 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:07:38
ita ITA 33 Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:08:11
ukr UKR 34 Volodymyr Gustov (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 35 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:08:23
esp ESP 36 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team) 00:09:07
sui SUI 37 Martin Elmiger (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 38 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar Team) s.t.
ned NED 39 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:10:25
ger GER 40 Fabian Wegmann (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:11:28
aus AUS 41 Allan Davis (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
swe SWE 42 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
lux LUX 43 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
rus RUS 44 Nikita Novikov (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
nor NOR 45 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky Procycling) s.t.
sui SUI 46 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
rus RUS 47 Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha Team) s.t.
est EST 48 Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 49 Manuele Mori (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 50 Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
bel BEL 51 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 52 Maarten Wynants (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 53 Julien El Fares (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
ned NED 54 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 55 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
por POR 56 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 57 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Sky Procycling) s.t.
rus RUS 58 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) s.t.
usa USA 59 Thomas Peterson (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
sui SUI 60 Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
bel BEL 61 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 62 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 63 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
usa USA 64 Timothy Duggan (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ger GER 65 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) 00:11:47
fra FRA 66 John Gadret (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:12:11
cze CZE 67 Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:12:27
aus AUS 68 Mathew Hayman (Sky Procycling) 00:12:48
esp ESP 69 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 70 Moreno Moser (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:13:36
ita ITA 71 Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Pro Team) 00:15:09
aus AUS 72 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:19:45
usa USA 73 Alex Howes (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:22:58
fra FRA 74 Remi Cusin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:23:20
den DEN 75 Troels Ronning Vinther (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 76 David Boucher (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:25:31
ita ITA 77 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 78 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ger GER 79 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
aut AUT 80 Georg Preidler (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
ita ITA 81 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
gbr GBR 82 Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 83 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 84 Daniele Colli (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
rus RUS 85 Alexander Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
fra FRA 86 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
aus AUS 87 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
fra FRA 88 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 89 Steve Chainel (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 90 Anthony Geslin (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 91 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
usa USA 92 Edward King (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
bel BEL 93 Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 94 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 95 Julien Berard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
den DEN 96 Matti Breschel (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 97 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ned NED 98 Thomas Dekker (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
den DEN 99 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 100 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 101 Elia Viviani (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
svk SVK 102 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 103 Davide Vigano (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 104 Frederique Robert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 105 Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 106 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
can CAN 107 Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
fra FRA 108 Romain Sicard (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 109 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 110 Javier Mejias Leal (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
bel BEL 111 Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ned NED 112 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
gbr GBR 113 Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 114 Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
rus RUS 115 Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 116 Salvatore Puccio (Sky Procycling) s.t.
blr BLR 117 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
bel BEL 118 Klaas Lodewyck (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
bel BEL 119 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
esp ESP 120 Jesús Lopez Herrada (Movistar Team) s.t.
usa USA 121 Lucas Euser (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
usa USA 122 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
den DEN 123 Brian Vandborg (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
sui SUI 124 Raimond Künzli (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
esp ESP 125 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) s.t.
sui SUI 126 Gregory Rast (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
sui SUI 127 Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ltu LTU 128 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar Team) s.t.
slo SLO 129 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
usa USA 130 Caleb Fairly (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
ita ITA 131 Stefano Agostini (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
usa USA 132 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 133 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 134 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 135 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 136 William Bonnet (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
can CAN 137 Ryan Anderson (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
ita ITA 138 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 139 Oscar Gomez Freire (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 140 Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
kaz KAZ 141 Assan Bazayev (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ned NED 142 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
den DEN 143 Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 144 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
aus AUS DNF Cameron Meyer (Orica - GreenEDGE)  
can CAN DNF David Boily (Spidertech Powered By C10)  
iri IRI DNS Mehdi Sohrabi (Lotto - Belisol Team)  

General classification after stage 8:

Country Result Name Team Time
por POR 1 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) 29:58:39
lux LUX 2 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:14
usa USA 3 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:00:21
ned NED 4 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:00:25
esp ESP 5 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:40
cze CZE 6 Roman Kreuziger (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:42
usa USA 7 Thomas Danielson (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:43
ned NED 8 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:01:01
esp ESP 9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) 00:01:04
fra FRA 10 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:01:13
swe SWE 11 Thomas Löfkvist (Sky Procycling) 00:01:22
den DEN 12 Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:01:26
irl IRL 13 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:01:52
den DEN 14 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank) 00:02:12
sui SUI 15 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) 00:02:23
cro CRO 16 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) 00:02:44
rus RUS 17 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) 00:03:09
bel BEL 18 Bart De Clercq (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:03:18
esp ESP 19 Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:03:21
ita ITA 20 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) 00:03:27
esp ESP 21 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:03:40
ned NED 22 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:04:35
kaz KAZ 23 Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana Pro Team) 00:05:46
can CAN 24 Michael Barry (Sky Procycling) 00:06:30
sui SUI 25 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:06:50
ger GER 26 Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:07:13
ned NED 27 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:08:09
ita ITA 28 Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:08:15
ger GER 29 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) 00:09:08
est EST 30 Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) 00:11:03
bel BEL 31 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:11:48
fra FRA 32 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:11:51
sui SUI 33 Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:12:13
fra FRA 34 John Gadret (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:12:45
ned NED 35 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:12:53
ita ITA 36 Moreno Moser (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:13:30
esp ESP 37 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team) 00:13:33
fra FRA 38 Julien El Fares (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:13:38
ukr UKR 39 Volodymyr Gustov (Team Saxo Bank) 00:14:42
ger GER 40 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:15:46
usa USA 41 Thomas Peterson (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:16:23
sui SUI 42 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team) 00:16:44
ita ITA 43 Morris Possoni (Lampre - ISD) 00:16:45
sui SUI 44 Martin Elmiger (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:17:14
gbr GBR 45 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 00:19:53
cze CZE 46 Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:19:58
bel BEL 47 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) 00:20:08
esp ESP 48 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:20:19
ita ITA 49 Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Pro Team) 00:20:38
por POR 50 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank) 00:22:54
svk SVK 51 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:23:17
rus RUS 52 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) 00:24:27
rus RUS 53 Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha Team) 00:24:56
ita ITA 54 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:25:09
ita ITA 55 Manuele Mori (Lampre - ISD) 00:25:19
ned NED 56 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:25:53
ita ITA 57 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) 00:26:22
lux LUX 58 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:26:31
usa USA 59 Timothy Duggan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:27:13
swe SWE 60 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) 00:27:45
ger GER 61 Fabian Wegmann (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:27:46
aut AUT 62 Georg Preidler (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:28:30
ita ITA 63 Salvatore Puccio (Sky Procycling) 00:28:50
ned NED 64 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:30:29
bel BEL 65 Maarten Wynants (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:30:55
fra FRA 66 Remi Cusin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:31:00
nor NOR 67 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky Procycling) 00:31:23
aus AUS 68 Allan Davis (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:31:45
ita ITA 69 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar Team) 00:33:18
aus AUS 70 Mathew Hayman (Sky Procycling) 00:34:00
bel BEL 71 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank) 00:34:14
esp ESP 72 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:34:51
usa USA 73 Alex Howes (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:35:19
sui SUI 74 Gregory Rast (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:36:45
esp ESP 75 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Movistar Team) 00:37:01
esp ESP 76 Oscar Gomez Freire (Katusha Team) 00:37:27
ita ITA 77 Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:37:34
svk SVK 78 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:37:38
fra FRA 79 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:37:39
ned NED 80 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:38:04
rus RUS 81 Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha Team) 00:38:11
esp ESP 82 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Sky Procycling) 00:38:20
esp ESP 83 Javier Mejias Leal (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:38:37
ita ITA 84 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:39:01
ned NED 85 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank) 00:39:55
ned NED 86 Thomas Dekker (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:40:08
ita ITA 87 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:40:18
usa USA 88 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) 00:41:29
gbr GBR 89 Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) 00:42:35
fra FRA 90 Anthony Geslin (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:44:25
fra FRA 91 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:45:25
usa USA 92 Lucas Euser (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:46:04
fra FRA 93 Steve Chainel (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:47:38
ger GER 94 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) 00:47:43
fra FRA 95 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:49:18
ned NED 96 Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:49:20
ita ITA 97 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:49:23
esp ESP 98 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) 00:49:25
ger GER 99 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 100 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) 00:49:34
esp ESP 101 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:49:46
blr BLR 102 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:50:54
ita ITA 103 Daniele Colli (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:51:39
aus AUS 104 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:51:44
bel BEL 105 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:51:46
sui SUI 106 Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:52:37
kaz KAZ 107 Assan Bazayev (Astana Pro Team) 00:52:58
esp ESP 108 Jesús Lopez Herrada (Movistar Team) 00:53:15
den DEN 109 Matti Breschel (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:53:28
gbr GBR 110 Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) 00:53:30
aus AUS 111 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:54:14
bel BEL 112 Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:54:38
rus RUS 113 Alexander Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:55:25
rus RUS 114 Nikita Novikov (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:56:01
den DEN 115 Brian Vandborg (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:56:28
usa USA 116 Edward King (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:56:32
fra FRA 117 Romain Sicard (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:57:15
ita ITA 118 Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana Pro Team) 00:57:22
bel BEL 119 Klaas Lodewyck (BMC Racing Team) 00:58:06
ita ITA 120 Stefano Agostini (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:58:35
ita ITA 121 Davide Vigano (Lampre - ISD) 00:59:47
bel BEL 122 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:00:12
fra FRA 123 Julien Berard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:01:28
ita ITA 124 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre - ISD) 01:01:30
den DEN 125 Troels Ronning Vinther (Team Saxo Bank) 01:03:06
den DEN 126 Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:03:12
usa USA 127 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Barracuda) 01:03:23
ita ITA 128 Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:03:29
sui SUI 129 Raimond Künzli (Spidertech Powered By C10) 01:04:03
ita ITA 130 Elia Viviani (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:05:07
fra FRA 131 William Bonnet (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:05:17
bel BEL 132 Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:06:56
den DEN 133 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank) 01:08:26
fra FRA 134 David Boucher (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:09:25
bel BEL 135 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 01:09:29
fra FRA 136 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:09:53
usa USA 137 Caleb Fairly (Spidertech Powered By C10) 01:10:14
ita ITA 138 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) 01:11:45
slo SLO 139 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) 01:13:30
can CAN 140 Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech Powered By C10) 01:17:26
ltu LTU 141 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar Team) 01:18:02
esp ESP 142 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:19:14
bel BEL 143 Frederique Robert (Lotto - Belisol Team) 01:20:25
can CAN 144 Ryan Anderson (Spidertech Powered By C10) 01:20:49

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