Tour de France: Luis León Sánchez gets his stage into Foix as the peloton neutralised by tacks
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Tour de France: Luis León Sánchez gets his stage into Foix as the peloton neutralised by tacks

by Ben Atkins at 11:46 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour de France, Race Reports and Results
Sabotage causes multiple punctures for Maillot Jaune contenders as they allow another long breakaway

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Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank) took his fourth career victory of the Tour de France, and salvaged something for the ravaged Dutch team, in the 14th stage between Limoux and Foix on a controversial day in the 2012 Tour de France. The Spanish rider escaped from a five-man breakaway group with 11.5km remaining, but the big story of the day was taking place in the peloton behind him, as tacks thrown onto the road caused multiple punctures among the overall race contenders.

Sánchez managed to escaped the clutches of green jersey Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), Gorka Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) and Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat) and, despite the four chasers working together, managed to open up a 47 second gap by the time he hit the finish line. Sagan was challenged in the sprint by Gilbert and Casar, but cruised to second place, with the Frenchman taking third.

“Since the start of the Tour I have never given up on the idea of being in breakaways in the hope of winning stage," said Sánchez after the finish. "I was injured during the first week, but I persisted. Not everything worked out in our favour at first but I knew that this stage was made for me; I really wanted to do something today. Of course, when I saw that Sagan and Gilbert were also in the break, I thought it would be almost impossible to beat them, and my only option was to attack from a long way out. This is why we accelerated with my team-mate [Steven Kruijswijk] at the top of the Mur de Péguère, and then I attacked solo near the finish.

“I intend to keep trying to go in the breakaways and, why not, pick up another stage win," he continued. "I also think about the Olympics, because I'm doing better and better right now and my wrist does not hurt anymore. I'd like to go to do something."

Sánchez finished tenth in both the Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2010, but harbours no ambitions to try to win a Grand Tour. Instead the 28-year-old is content to pick up breakaway stages like this one.

“I always have had trouble with very high mountains, and that is why it complicates things to aim for overall victory in a Grand Tour," he explained. "I know that since [five-time Tour winner Miguel] Indurain, the Spanish mentality is to be interested mainly in three week races. But I do not have the legs for this kind of feat, even though I already finished in the top 10.

"After all," he added, "I've won four stages on the Tour de France, and I intend to keep adding more.”

The five riders had been part of the main break of the day, which had finally formed after 55km of the 191km stage. With Sánchez, Sagan, Casar, Gilbert and Izagirre were Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Sébastien Minard (AG2R La Mondiale), Russian champion Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Sánchez’ Rabobank teammate Kruiswijk, Sergio Paulinho (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Martin Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). The group was allowed to get 15 minutes clear by the time they arrived at the stage’s two big climbs.

On the steep climb of the Mur de Péguère with just under 40km to go, Casar got away, but was joined by Sagan and Izagirre, then Sánchez and Gilbert, on the descent.

As the five riders arrived at the short, out-and-back loop along the valley of the Ariège river with 11.5km to go, Sánchez put in his attack and managed to open a stage winning lead. Sagan led the chase group to the line behind him and, despite the best efforts of Gilbert and Casar, took a simple second place.

Behind the group, the peloton decided to allow the riders a huge lead, which reached 16 minutes as it reached the foot of the Mur de Péguère. There were no attacks on the climb, and a series of punctures for Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), then one for Maillot Jaune Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) - caused by tacks thrown on the road - saw the main field neutralise itself on the approach to the finish.

"No one wants to benefit from someone else's misfortune," Wiggins explained afterwards. "So I think we should decide this thing on the climbs, through racing and not through other people's misfortune."

There was an initial attack from stage 11 winner Pierre Rolland (Europcar), but he was chased by the Lotto-Belisol team and sat up with more than 15km to go when he realised what was going on. This meant that all of the race’s general classification leaders finished together and there were no changes overall.

The Pyrénées arrive on a day for the attackers

Having passed a less-than-conventional transitional day on stage 13, the 14th stage saw the race arrive at the Pyrénées. The 191km course was to climb the 2nd category Col du Portel after 30km, but the big challenge lay in the 1st category Port de Lers and Mur de Péguère later on. The Mur de Péguère particularly, with its steep final 3.5km featuring slopes of up to 18% could see the race shaken up, but the 38.5km descent to the finish should prevent any big changes overall.

After numerous attacks in the opening kilometres - including one from Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) on the Portel - the eleven rider group began to form. With Team Sky’s Bernhard Eisel tapping out a steady rhythm on the front of the peloton, the group’s lead got bigger, and bigger. After 72km it ticked over ten minutes, and kept on growing.

Sánchez’ and Kruijswijk’s presence in the group represented half of Rabobank’s remaining four-man presence in the race.

Sagan rolled, unchallenged, over the intermediate sprint in Tarascon-sur-Ariège after 99km. Stage 13 winner André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) - the closest thing to a challenger to the Slovakian in the points classification - manoeuvred himself up alongside Eisel as the peloton arrived and he too took the line unchallenged, some 13’20” behind.

The peloton’s speed still didn’t rise however and, as the eleven riders arrived at the foot of the Port de Lers, they were a massive 15 minutes ahead. It began to rain as they neared the top and, after Paulinho had led over the top Gautier was forced to change his bike. Team Sky’s Christian Knees led the peloton over the top 14’15” behind.

Gautier eventually rejoined the leaders at the start of the Mur de Péguère.

The Mur de Péguère begins and the break shatters on its gradients

As the climb began to steepen and narrow Kruijswijk took the front, and teammate Sánchez attacked shortly afterwards. Gilbert followed, with Izagirre and Casar behind him; the were struggling behind them, with Vorganov and Kruijswijk were fading away at the back, but Sagan was gradually pulling Minard across the gap.

Team Sky’s World champion Mark Cavendish was leading the peloton as it arrived on the climb, but the gap was now up to 16 minutes as the leaders were fighting their was to the top. As the gradients began though, the Lotto-Belisol team moved to the front and the pace began to increase.

Sagan left Minard behind and was getting closer, and closer to the leading four and was less than ten seconds back as they approached the final kilometre of the climb. Casar saw the Slovakian approaching though, and jumped out of the saddle to stop him from joining. The Frenchman pulled Gilbert and Izagirre clear, before going off alone, but Sagan was pulling up to the others and beginning to tow them towards the FDJ-BigMat rider.

As Casar led over the top he was a few seconds ahead of Izagirre, but the Sagan was leading the other two not far behind them.

BMC Racing led the peloton onto the steep section of the climb and Evans attacked almost immediately. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) led the peloton up to the Australian’s wheel however, with most of the race’s big names close to the front.

Team Sky took control once more though, with Richie Porte pushing his way forward on the narrow road; Wiggins and second place Chris Froome were both positioned a few riders behind their mountain domestique however, but Froome soon made his way forward to sit on the Australian’s wheel.

Casar was still alone out front on the much wider descent, and was 18 seconds clear of Izagirre and Sagan with 33km to go; Gilbert and Sánchez were a little further back. Casar was caught by the first two chasers with just under 30km to go however, and Sagan went straight ahead of the Frenchman to keep the pace high and prevent Gilbert and Sánchez making the junction.

Porte’s pace on the front of the peloton had thinned the front group to less than 20 riders, but still there was no move from any of Wiggins’ rivals to attack. The Maillot Jaune himself led up the final slopes and took a yellow jacket from a member of Team Sky staff.

Tacks hit the peloton and Wiggins neutralises the race

Disaster suddenly struck for Evans, as he punctured right at the top of the climb - just as the front of the peloton was starting the descent - and had to wait for a new rear wheel. There were no cars close on the narrow road, not even neutral service. Teammate Steve Cummings arrived after a minute, but he too appeared to have a rear wheel puncture; it was not until Amaël Moinard arrived several moments later that Evans had a new wheel and was able to start the descent in the company of George Hincapie.

Only a few kilometres further on, Evans had to change his wheel again; this time taking one from his team car.

Team Sky had neutralised the peloton ahead of the Australian however, but Pierre Rolland (Europcar) attacked. Wiggins himself then stopped to change his bike, as the peloton began to reform. The gap to the leaders was going up again as Sagan, Casar and Izagirre entered the final 15km.

Shortly after the leading trio passed under the banner they were joined by Sánchez and Gilbert, taking the lead group’s numbers back up to five.

As the gap was rising to 17 minutes, with Team Sky increasingly neutralising the peloton, Evans punctured yet again. This was followed by a first one for Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD).

Sanchez makes his move and the others can’t stop him

With 11.5km to go, on a small rise shortly after they had passed by the edge of Foix to start the final out-and-back leg, Sánchez attacked and the other four failed to respond. As he passed the ten kilometre banner he was 12 seconds ahead and his lead was still growing.

Team Sky was trying to allow Evans to catch up, but the presence of Rolland two minutes ahead of the peloton was beginning to worry Jurgen Van Den Broeck and so Lotto-Belisol began to chase him. The entire BMC Racing Team was pacing the Australian forward however, and was gaining on the Wiggins group, which was also being driven by Liquigas-Cannondale. Rolland, apparently realising what was happening, was picked up with just over 15km to go.

With five kilometres to go Sánchez was 33 seconds ahead of the chasers as he continued the gentle descent towards the finish. The four chasers were working well together, but were making no progress on the lone Spaniard, who was still increasing his lead. With two kilometres to go, he was 45 seconds clear, and only a disaster could prevent his victory.

In the final half kilometre the Spanish rider raised a clenched fist salute to his team car, then crossed himself and pointed to the sky as he crossed the line to take the victory. Sagan led the four chasers into the finish and, unlike at the intermediate sprint, he was challenges as they approached the line.

Gilbert tried to come around him, but Sagan accelerated and took second by a clear length ahead of Casar.

Meanwhile, the peloton had sat up again and Evans had managed to close the gap; Luis Angel Maté (Cofidis) took the sprint for twelfth place 18’15” behind compatriot Sánchez.


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Tour de France Stage 14 Results: Limoux to Foix, 191 km:

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Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) 04:50:29
svk SVK 2 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:47
fra FRA 3 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
bel BEL 4 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 5 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
por POR 6 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:02:51
fra FRA 7 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
svk SVK 8 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:03:49
rus RUS 9 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) 00:04:51
ned NED 10 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:04:53
fra FRA 11 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 00:14:53
esp ESP 12 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:18:15
fra FRA 13 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 14 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
gbr GBR 15 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) s.t.
aus AUS 16 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 17 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
slo SLO 18 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 19 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
gbr GBR 20 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ned NED 21 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 22 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 23 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
den DEN 24 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
nor NOR 25 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 26 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 27 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
irl IRL 28 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 29 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
aus AUS 30 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) s.t.
sui SUI 31 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
aus AUS 32 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) s.t.
slo SLO 33 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
bel BEL 34 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 35 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 36 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 37 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
por POR 38 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 39 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 40 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
lux LUX 41 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 43 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
usa USA 44 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ukr UKR 45 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 46 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 47 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
pol POL 48 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
swe SWE 49 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
usa USA 50 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
rus RUS 51 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) s.t.
ukr UKR 52 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
aus AUS 53 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
usa USA 54 Chris Horner (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ger GER 55 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ger GER 56 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 57 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ita ITA 58 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 59 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) s.t.
svk SVK 60 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
esp ESP 61 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) s.t.
ned NED 62 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
bel BEL 63 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
esp ESP 64 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
kaz KAZ 65 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
rus RUS 66 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 67 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
usa USA 68 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 69 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:18:27
ger GER 70 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:21:19
fra FRA 71 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 72 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
esp ESP 73 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
den DEN 74 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 75 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
irl IRL 76 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
fra FRA 77 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 78 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 79 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
rus RUS 80 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 81 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 82 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:23:33
ned NED 83 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 84 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
gbr GBR 85 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 00:26:01
rus RUS 86 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 87 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 88 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 89 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ita ITA 90 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 91 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 92 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) 00:28:18
fra FRA 93 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ned NED 94 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 95 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 96 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 97 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 98 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 99 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ned NED 100 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ita ITA 101 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
slo SLO 102 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ger GER 103 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ger GER 104 Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 105 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 106 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 107 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
ger GER 108 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
nzl NZL 109 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
aus AUS 110 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aus AUS 111 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
den DEN 112 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
den DEN 113 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 114 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 115 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 116 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) s.t.
rsa RSA 117 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
blr BLR 118 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ger GER 119 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 120 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ger GER 121 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 122 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
den DEN 123 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 124 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) s.t.
est EST 125 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
jpn JPN 126 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 127 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 128 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 129 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
usa USA 130 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
fra FRA 131 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
arg ARG 132 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 133 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
blr BLR 134 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) s.t.
usa USA 135 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
ger GER 136 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 137 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
slo SLO 138 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 139 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 140 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
aus AUS 141 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
aus AUS 142 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
gbr GBR 143 David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
aus AUS 144 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
bel BEL 145 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
bel BEL 146 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
usa USA 147 David Zabriskie (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
gbr GBR 148 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) s.t.
kaz KAZ 149 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 150 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 151 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
blr BLR 152 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 153 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
sui SUI 154 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ned NED 155 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 156 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aus AUS 157 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aut AUT 158 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 159 Yohann Gène (Europcar) 00:28:30
fra FRA 160 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 161 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 162 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 00:31:53
cro CRO DNF Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team)  

General classification after stage 14:

Country Result Name Team Time
gbr GBR 1 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) 64:41:16
gbr GBR 2 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) 00:02:05
ita ITA 3 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:02:23
aus AUS 4 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) 00:03:19
bel BEL 5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:04:48
esp ESP 6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:06:15
usa USA 7 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 00:06:57
slo SLO 8 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) 00:07:30
fra FRA 9 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 00:08:31
fra FRA 10 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:08:51
ger GER 11 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:09:29
lux LUX 12 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:09:45
irl IRL 13 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:10:49
fra FRA 14 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) 00:11:27
usa USA 15 Chris Horner (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:12:41
rus RUS 16 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) 00:17:21
bel BEL 17 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:17:41
esp ESP 18 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:18:04
por POR 19 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) 00:19:02
den DEN 20 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:20:12
ita ITA 21 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) 00:20:32
rus RUS 22 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) 00:20:35
fra FRA 23 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:27:03
svk SVK 24 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:27:37
esp ESP 25 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) 00:32:59
aus AUS 26 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) 00:33:13
bel BEL 27 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:44:45
ita ITA 28 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:45:13
ned NED 29 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:45:35
usa USA 30 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:47:17
svk SVK 31 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:47:32
ned NED 32 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:48:34
esp ESP 33 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) 00:54:40
fra FRA 34 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:56:06
bel BEL 35 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) 00:56:19
kaz KAZ 36 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) 00:56:43
est EST 37 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:58:59
fra FRA 38 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:59:50
ita ITA 39 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) 01:00:39
esp ESP 40 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:04:31
usa USA 41 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) 01:04:55
aus AUS 42 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) 01:05:26
esp ESP 43 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:06:40
fra FRA 44 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:09:23
ita ITA 45 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:10:52
fra FRA 46 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 01:11:52
ita ITA 47 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) 01:12:30
sui SUI 48 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) 01:13:24
nor NOR 49 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) 01:13:33
fra FRA 50 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:13:34
fra FRA 51 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) 01:13:39
ger GER 52 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 01:13:56
ukr UKR 53 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) 01:14:22
por POR 54 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 01:14:26
fra FRA 55 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 01:14:28
bel BEL 56 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:14:46
swe SWE 57 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) 01:14:49
esp ESP 58 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) 01:15:01
fra FRA 59 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:15:33
pol POL 60 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:16:18
fra FRA 61 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:17:50
ger GER 62 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:18:57
fra FRA 63 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:19:19
kaz KAZ 64 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) 01:20:15
irl IRL 65 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Sharp) 01:20:39
usa USA 66 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Sharp) 01:21:06
rus RUS 67 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) 01:21:40
rus RUS 68 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) 01:22:23
ger GER 69 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) 01:24:24
rus RUS 70 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) 01:26:05
aus AUS 71 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) 01:26:07
fra FRA 72 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:28:05
ned NED 73 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:28:16
ukr UKR 74 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) 01:29:15
fra FRA 75 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:30:24
svk SVK 76 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:30:38
ned NED 77 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) 01:31:48
blr BLR 78 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) 01:33:10
kaz KAZ 79 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) 01:34:00
bel BEL 80 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:35:48
fra FRA 81 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:36:28
ita ITA 82 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) 01:38:34
fra FRA 83 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) 01:38:38
ger GER 84 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) 01:41:23
den DEN 85 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 01:41:54
gbr GBR 86 David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) 01:42:39
ger GER 87 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) 01:43:23
esp ESP 88 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:45:03
ita ITA 89 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) 01:45:39
den DEN 90 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) 01:46:52
gbr GBR 91 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 01:46:57
fra FRA 92 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:47:33
jpn JPN 93 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) 01:47:36
aus AUS 94 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 01:48:24
bel BEL 95 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 01:49:41
ita ITA 96 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:49:57
ita ITA 97 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:50:21
fra FRA 98 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 01:51:08
sui SUI 99 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 01:52:00
aus AUS 100 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) 01:52:06
fra FRA 101 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:52:07
rsa RSA 102 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) 01:53:12
usa USA 103 David Zabriskie (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
esp ESP 104 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:53:41
slo SLO 105 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:54:52
fra FRA 106 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) 01:55:39
bel BEL 107 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 01:55:44
ita ITA 108 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) 01:55:52
fra FRA 109 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) 01:56:31
ned NED 110 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) 01:56:49
aus AUS 111 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) 01:57:46
ita ITA 112 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) 01:59:11
bel BEL 113 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 02:01:51
fra FRA 114 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 02:02:43
ger GER 115 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:03:38
bel BEL 116 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:03:53
fra FRA 117 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 02:03:57
ger GER 118 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 02:05:04
fra FRA 119 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 02:05:37
den DEN 120 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:06:10
ita ITA 121 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:06:24
nzl NZL 122 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:06:40
aus AUS 123 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:07:09
bel BEL 124 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:07:30
esp ESP 125 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) 02:07:40
fra FRA 126 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 02:09:07
fra FRA 127 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) 02:10:46
fra FRA 128 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:11:57
esp ESP 129 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 02:12:04
blr BLR 130 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:13:01
den DEN 131 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:13:32
fra FRA 132 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) 02:14:28
ger GER 133 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:15:03
aus AUS 134 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:15:20
aus AUS 135 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:15:41
ned NED 136 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:15:47
fra FRA 137 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) 02:18:23
ned NED 138 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) 02:19:04
fra FRA 139 Yohann Gène (Europcar) 02:19:56
fra FRA 140 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) 02:20:02
esp ESP 141 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) 02:20:04
fra FRA 142 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) 02:20:15
fra FRA 143 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:21:50
ned NED 144 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 02:21:56
arg ARG 145 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:22:06
slo SLO 146 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) 02:23:24
ger GER 147 Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) 02:23:35
aut AUT 148 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) 02:24:38
gbr GBR 149 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) 02:24:43
kaz KAZ 150 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) 02:24:58
esp ESP 151 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 02:29:09
fra FRA 152 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) 02:29:10
ned NED 153 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 02:30:12
fra FRA 154 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 02:31:55
ned NED 155 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:32:30
slo SLO 156 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) 02:33:33
blr BLR 157 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) 02:34:45
ned NED 158 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) 02:38:04
bel BEL 159 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 02:38:16
bel BEL 160 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Sharp) 02:40:47
fra FRA 161 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) 02:43:46
usa USA 162 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp) 02:47:29

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