Tour de France: Alejandro Valverde climbs alone to Peyragudes victory on stage 17
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Tour de France: Alejandro Valverde climbs alone to Peyragudes victory on stage 17

by Ben Atkins at 11:38 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour de France, Race Reports and Results
 
Movistar rider escapes the breakaway over the Port de Balès; Wiggins and Froome respond to pressure

alejandro valverde

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) salvaged a disappointing Tour de France, with a prestigious stage victory on the new summit finish at Peyragudes on stage 17. The 32-year-old Spanish rider was part of a 17-man breakaway, which escaped in the first half of the short, sharp, 143.5km stage, then escaped alone on the steep penultimate climb of the Port de Balès.

Despite aggression from Liquigas-Cannondale behind him - as Vincenzo Nibali sought to put pressure on the Sky team of Maillot Jaune Bradley Wiggins - Valverde managed to hold off the chase from behind on the Col de Peyresourde. His lead of two and a half minutes was whittled down to just 19 seconds however, as Wiggins’ Sky mountain super-domestique Chris Froome led his leader across the line to take second and third.

The 17-man break escaped on the descent of the 1st category Col de Menté after 27.5km, and looked to be little more than a battle for mountains points between polka-dot jersey Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and former jersey wearer Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana). Valverde was present however, with two teammates in Rubén Perez and Rui Costa, and he used them as stepping stones on the Port de Balès, and escaped with just over 35km to go.

“I've had a lot of bad luck since the start of the Tour, and it was very difficult to manage,” said Valverde afterwards. “I fell three times in two days, and it wasn't looking good. Then it was no longer possible to fight for a good general classification result, especially when Froome and Wiggins are so strong, so I focused on a stage win.

“I really tried,” he added. “Until now far it hasn't worked but we had to keep fighting the bad luck.”

Valverde’s victory was far from certain right up to the closing metres as the two Team Sky riders were flying up the climb behind him.

“When I felt that Froome and Wiggins were approaching me on the final climb, I gave everything I could to resist their chase and, after 500 metres from the finish line, I started to tell myself that it was good,” he explained.

“This is a very special victory for me: I'm back in the squad and I'm winning again, like I did before,” he continued. “For two years I had to stop competing but I never stopped working. And now this is the fifth victory of the season for me. They are all emotional. This is why I was on the podium in a world of my own, and I was not able to restrain my tears.”

Behind the break, Liquigas-Cannondale took control of the peloton as third overall Vincenzo Nibali tried to isolate Wiggins, and thinned it down to less than 35 riders by the time it arrived on the Peyresourde. A long turn from Ivan Basso on the front managed to isolate Wiggins and Froome but, as they turned off the short descent that followed, the two Sky riders were the ones to make the decisive move and managed to drop the rest.

Froome was clearly the stronger of the two climbers once more, but he patiently waited for Wiggins, which meant that he was unable to catch Valverde as he triumphantly took his third career stage in the Tour.

Wiggins and Froome finished side by side once again, just ahead young Frenchmen Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar), and Belgian Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol). The two British riders managed to take a further 18 seconds out of Nibali, strengthening Froome’s position in second overall.

One last chance for the climbers as the Tour explores a new stage finish

Stage 17 was the second big Pyrenéen stage of the 2012 Tour de France, and the last chance for the climbers to make time on the time triallists if they were to mount a challenge for the yellow jersey. At only 143.5km, it was the shortest road stage of the race - with the exception of the final dash into Paris - but with the hors category Port de Balès, and the 1st category Col de Peyresourde [climbing the way they had descended the day before - ed] on the way to the summit finish at Peyragudes, it was to be one of the toughest.

There were several attacks in the early, flat section and on the 1st category Col de Menté, but the peloton was all together as the previous day’s stage winner and polka-dot jersey Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) led over the top, after 27.5km, ahead of former jersey wearer Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana). On the descent that followed, Voeckler and Kessiakoff got away with Valverde and Costa, Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat). The break originally contained Nibali, but knowing that his presence there doomed the group he soon sat up.

After 45km a chase group of ten formed and was 40 seconds behind, as Voeckler beat Kessiakoff again on the 2nd category Col des Ares after 55km, while the peloton was at 1’30”. The two groups came together with 75km to go, making a front group of 17.

Voeckler outsprinted Kessiakoff at the top of the Côte de Burs, with 67.5km to go, and the peloton followed over three minutes behind. Liquigas-Cannondale was not prepared to just allow the break to ride away however, and - with the help of Katusha - began to close the gap as they traversed the flat approach to the foot of the Port de Balès.

Gorka Izagirre and Jorge Azanza (both Euskaltel-Euskadi) escaped the others as they hit the gentle approach slopes with 50km to go, with Plaza and Kadri joining them. Plaza dropped back to the group, to work for Valverde, but the other three began to open up the gap to the rest. With 45km to go their lead was up to 40 seconds but, as Plaza began to work on the front of the chase group, it slowly began to close.

Azanza, having done most of the work up front, dropped off and left Izagirre and Kadri alone; as the climb steepened, riders began to be shed from the chase group, as the sprinters and non-climbers began to be shelled out of the rear of the peloton.

With eight kilometres to climb, the two leaders were joined by Costa, Valverde, Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Martinez, but Costa went straight over the top of the group and struck out alone. The sextet was just 30 seconds clear of the next group, containing Voeckler and Kessiakoff, while the peloton was now less than two minutes back.

Valverde uses his team and rides away from the break

Five kilometres from the top Costa was 15 seconds ahead of the chasers, who had dropped Kadri, while the Voeckler group was drifting further back. The peloton was making little progress on the Portuguese leader, but was steadily catching and passing the rest of the former breakaways. Dominik Nerz was leading for Liquigas-Cannondale, with Ivan Basso and Nibali just behind him; the peloton was down to less than 35 riders, but all of the big names in the general classification were still present.

With just under four kilometres to climb, Valverde jumped across the gap to his teammate, sat on for a few hundred metres, then jumped away alone.

Valverde took the summit of the climb, with 32km to go, with Martinez leading the first chase group 35 seconds later. Kadri and Leipheimer were 1’37” back, with Voeckler again beating Kessiakoff, ahead of Izagirre, two minutes behind. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) put in a brief attack at the head of the peloton, and rolled over the top 2’30” behind Valverde.

On the fast descent that followed, Valverde managed to open up his advantage over the chasers, while Voeckler managed to jump across to Leipheimer and Kadri. With 20k to go though, the peloton was closing in on the polka-dot jersey, and was just 12 seconds behind.

Valverde took the right turn at the bottom of the climb, with 16.5km to go, and immediately began the climb to the Peyresourde. Basso was leading the peloton as it picked up the chasers on the early slopes, but Valverde was still 2’42” ahead with 13km to go. Fifth overall Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack-Nissan) was dropped as the group continued to fragment under the pressure of the two-time Giro d’Italia winner.

Valverde was still holding out however, and was still 2’20” ahead as he passed under the ten kilometres to go banner.

Team Sky’s rivals try to up the pressure on the Peyresourde

Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) attacked shortly before the peloton reached the banner, and Basso responded by upping his pace, which shed still more riders. This cut Valverde’s lead to 1’50”, but the Movistar rider was now less than two kilometres from the Peyresourde. Van Den Broeck then attacked, with Pierre Rolland (Europcar) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat) on his wheel and, as the group fought to follow them, Basso was dropped.

Van Den Broeck caught Vanendert, but the rest of the group was right on his tail, but Valverde’s lead began to shrink further. The Movistar rider rode over the top of the Col, and the yellow jersey group - now numbering just nine riders - followed 1’20” later; Valverde had completed the short descent, and turned onto the narrow road to Peyragudes.

Wiggins led the chase group onto the climb, with Froome tucked in on his wheel, and tried to close him down. With just over three kilometres to go though, the gap was still 1’25”.

Van Den Broeck attacked again, but was chased down by Froome, who accelerated himself. This pace dropped Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan), while Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and Nibali also felt themselves drifting back. Froome then put in one more surge, and he and Wiggins pulled away from the rest.

Valverde’s lead was now just 47 seconds with 2.5km to go, but the two Sky riders were getting closer as the Spanish rider began to tire. Wiggins was having trouble holding on to the wheel of Froome though, and as he waited for him, they were being reeled in by Van Den Broeck and Pinot; as they entered the final kilometre and a half, Valverde’s lead was cut to 30 seconds.

The Movistar rider was soon on the flat final kilometre however, and was sprinting towards the finish; he sat up and showed the crowd his sponsors logo, and took his third career Tour stage. Froome led Wiggins over the line just 18 seconds behind him, with the rest of the group trickling over behind them.

Froome and Wiggins had succeeded in increasing their lead over everybody else; the two big loser in the top ten were Zubeldia, who dropped from fifth to seventh, and Brajkovič, who dropped from eighth to ninth.

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Tour de France Stage 17 Results: Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyragudes, 143.5 km:

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

General classification after stage 17:

Country Result Name Team Time
gbr GBR 1 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) 78:28:02
gbr GBR 2 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) 00:02:05
ita ITA 3 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:02:41
bel BEL 4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:05:53
usa USA 5 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 00:08:30
aus AUS 6 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) 00:09:57
esp ESP 7 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:10:11
fra FRA 8 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 00:10:17
slo SLO 9 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) 00:11:00
fra FRA 10 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:11:46
irl IRL 11 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:12:58
ger GER 12 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:14:09
usa USA 13 Chris Horner (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:14:22
den DEN 14 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:18:34
rus RUS 15 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) 00:22:42
bel BEL 16 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:24:24
esp ESP 17 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:25:32
por POR 18 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) 00:29:43
rus RUS 19 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) 00:33:07
esp ESP 20 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) 00:33:38
fra FRA 21 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) 00:35:59
fra FRA 22 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:41:47
aus AUS 23 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) 00:48:20
bel BEL 24 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:49:52
ita ITA 25 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) 00:52:36
fra FRA 26 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:53:01
ita ITA 27 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:54:29
ned NED 28 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:55:00
svk SVK 29 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:58:30
usa USA 30 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:59:02
esp ESP 31 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) 01:02:05
kaz KAZ 32 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) 01:08:24
ned NED 33 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 01:09:08
aus AUS 34 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) 01:10:38
esp ESP 35 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:11:07
irl IRL 36 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Sharp) 01:20:30
est EST 37 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 01:20:53
ita ITA 38 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) 01:21:35
usa USA 39 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) 01:25:29
esp ESP 40 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:27:14
swe SWE 41 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) 01:28:33
bel BEL 42 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) 01:32:30
svk SVK 43 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:33:16
ukr UKR 44 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) 01:33:52
fra FRA 45 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:33:54
fra FRA 46 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) 01:34:13
fra FRA 47 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 01:34:36
sui SUI 48 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) 01:37:48
ger GER 49 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) 01:37:58
fra FRA 50 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 01:39:00
rus RUS 51 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) 01:39:44
por POR 52 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 01:40:01
ger GER 53 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 01:42:14
nor NOR 54 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) 01:44:50
rus RUS 55 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) 01:46:18
fra FRA 56 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:47:19
fra FRA 57 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:48:39
ita ITA 58 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) 01:48:49
ned NED 59 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 01:48:50
ger GER 60 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) 01:49:40
fra FRA 61 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 01:51:08
usa USA 62 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Sharp) 01:55:00
fra FRA 63 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 01:55:30
kaz KAZ 64 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) 01:56:26
ita ITA 65 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) 01:59:21
bel BEL 66 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 02:00:30
ita ITA 67 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 02:01:54
esp ESP 68 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) 02:03:22
fra FRA 69 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:04:16
fra FRA 70 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 02:06:24
pol POL 71 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:07:20
ned NED 72 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:07:26
bel BEL 73 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 02:08:13
esp ESP 74 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 02:08:58
kaz KAZ 75 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) 02:09:25
fra FRA 76 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) 02:09:31
fra FRA 77 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 02:10:10
ukr UKR 78 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) 02:11:36
ita ITA 79 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) 02:12:57
ger GER 80 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) 02:14:16
aus AUS 81 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:17:09
blr BLR 82 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) 02:17:56
jpn JPN 83 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) 02:18:29
aus AUS 84 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:19:17
fra FRA 85 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 02:22:50
fra FRA 86 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) 02:23:22
fra FRA 87 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:23:44
fra FRA 88 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 02:26:57
svk SVK 89 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 02:27:11
den DEN 90 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:27:38
esp ESP 91 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 02:29:52
gbr GBR 92 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 02:30:51
ger GER 93 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) 02:31:12
bel BEL 94 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 02:31:55
fra FRA 95 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) 02:37:21
aus AUS 96 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:37:50
gbr GBR 97 David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) 02:39:43
ita ITA 98 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:41:23
fra FRA 99 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 02:42:10
sui SUI 100 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:43:02
slo SLO 101 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:43:04
den DEN 102 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:43:25
bel BEL 103 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:43:41
ita ITA 104 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:45:15
den DEN 105 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:45:34
fra FRA 106 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 02:45:57
bel BEL 107 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:47:02
usa USA 108 David Zabriskie (Garmin - Sharp) 02:47:23
ita ITA 109 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) 02:47:25
ned NED 110 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) 02:47:51
rsa RSA 111 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:49:45
ita ITA 112 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) 02:49:49
esp ESP 113 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) 02:49:59
ita ITA 114 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) 02:51:05
bel BEL 115 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 02:52:53
fra FRA 116 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) 02:53:51
aus AUS 117 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:54:19
bel BEL 118 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 02:54:55
esp ESP 119 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) 02:56:01
kaz KAZ 120 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) 02:57:29
aus AUS 121 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) 02:58:11
fra FRA 122 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 03:00:04
ger GER 123 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) 03:00:11
ger GER 124 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 03:01:37
fra FRA 125 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 03:02:59
nzl NZL 126 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) 03:03:13
esp ESP 127 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 03:04:34
fra FRA 128 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 03:05:40
fra FRA 129 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) 03:05:46
esp ESP 130 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 03:05:56
fra FRA 131 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 03:07:33
den DEN 132 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 03:07:59
ned NED 133 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) 03:10:06
ger GER 134 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) 03:11:36
slo SLO 135 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) 03:11:45
aus AUS 136 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 03:12:14
ned NED 137 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 03:12:20
fra FRA 138 Yohann Gène (Europcar) 03:14:03
fra FRA 139 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) 03:15:24
ned NED 140 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 03:16:19
fra FRA 141 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) 03:16:48
arg ARG 142 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 03:18:39
ger GER 143 Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) 03:20:08
aut AUT 144 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) 03:21:46
gbr GBR 145 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) 03:21:51
ned NED 146 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) 03:26:57
fra FRA 147 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 03:28:28
ned NED 148 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) 03:29:06
blr BLR 149 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) 03:31:18
bel BEL 150 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Sharp) 03:31:49
fra FRA 151 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) 03:40:19
usa USA 152 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp) 03:44:02
bel BEL 153 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 03:45:23

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