Tour de France: Mark Cavendish equals André Darrigade into Brive-la Gaillard on stage 18
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Tour de France: Mark Cavendish equals André Darrigade into Brive-la Gaillard on stage 18

by Ben Atkins at 10:36 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour de France, Race Reports and Results
 
World champion takes his 22nd career Tour stage as the break is caught in the finishing straight

Mark CavendishMark Cavendish (Team Sky) matched the career total of the great André Darrigade as he took his 22nd stage victory in the Tour de France, between Blagnac and Brive-la-Gaillarde, to join the Frenchman as the most successful sprinter in the race’s history. The World champion - whose personal ambitions had taken a back seat in the 2012 Tour de France as his team concentrated on delivering overall victory for Bradley Wiggins - finally had the undivided support of his team in the closing kilometres, as Wiggins himself worked hard on the front to bring back a six-man breakaway group.

It was a close run thing however, as former Irish champion Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) was sprinting at the head of the group in front of him with just 200 metres to go. Cavendish used the wheels of the other breakaway riders however, to make his way forward and, once he opened up his devastating sprint, he breezed past the son of the 1987 Tour winner to win by several lengths.

Behind Cavendish, Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) outsprinted green jersey Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) to take second place, with Roche’s breakaway companion Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank) coming past the Irishman on the line to take fourth.

“It's incredible,” said Cavendish afterwards. “I've had a lot of desperation for a sprint as we haven't had a lot for me to do this year. It was always going to be close at the end because there were a few guys still away but the team rode perfectly and Brad timed it so we'd catch them in the last kilometre and then Edvald went and gave me a slingshot and off I went. I had a lot to give.”

Despite starting the Tour in perfect fashion, with a victory stage two - the first sprint stage of the race - Cavendish has had few opportunities to shine since, and has even put in some work as a domestique for Wiggins during a number of stages.

“We came here with the goal of winning the yellow jersey,” the Manxman explained. “We've got first and second on GC; we can't ask for anything more than that. The spirits are high and to be part of the team that is going to win the Tour de France is a massive honour. It put my sprint chances on the back foot but…

“Twenty-two stage wins… has it sunk in? Yeah!” he exclaimed. “Because I've been waiting to do it for nearly three weeks now. I'm now equal with André Darrigade; he won 15 sprints but 22 stages of the Tour de France. So to match him is something; it makes me happy.”

On paper, the 18th stage should have been one for a breakaway to stay away but, with the inevitable group unable to get far ahead, Team Sky had other ideas.

“Even this morning, on the bus, Sean Yates was like, ‘Okay boys, it's an easy day today... let's let the break go'. But I was like, ‘Oh please let me have a chance!'” Cavendish recounted. “Then Brad came up and said, ‘Look, we're going to ride today. We'll make a sprint.' And we saw that.

“He could have easily sat up at the end but Brad and [Chris] Froomey just came up and I'm so grateful for what they did,” he continued. “We had Edvald [Boasson Hagen] in the break then he was leading me out... we've got a great group of guys.

“It's been an emotional three weeks but I've enjoyed every minute of it.”

With Roche and Sánchez in the six-man group were Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), Luca Paolini (Katusha) and Andreas Klöden (RadioShack-Nissan). Hansen, Vinokourov and Paolini were the remnants of a 16-man group, which had escaped in the first half of the stage, and who got away from the rest on the Côte de Lissac-sur-Couze with just over ten kilometres to go.

Roche, Sánchez and Klöden attacked over the climb and managed to bridge with five kilometres to go, and were managing to hold a ten second lead over the peloton as the finish line approached. The sprinters’ teams were gradually closing however, and Wiggins himself took control with a kilometre and a half left; he pulled over for Boasson Hagen - who had been in the original break - to finish delivering Cavendish to the line but, as the Norwegian champion pulled over himself, the World champion still had a lot to do.

With the breakaway riders tiring in the final metres however, Cavendish shot past, and crossed the line several lengths clear of the Goss/Sagan battle.

With the majority of the peloton finishing in the same time, Wiggins maintained his overall lead in the general classification, and remains 2’05” ahead of Sky teammate Chris Froome, and 2’41” ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).

One final chance for the escape artists and nobody wants to miss out

If stage 17 had been a final chance for the climbers to attack Bradley Wiggins, the 222.5km 18th stage was the last chance for the escape artists to take any glory in the 2012 Tour de France. Heading due north, away from the Pyrénées, the 222.5km course between Blagnac and Brive-la-Gaillarde featured just one 3rd category, and three 4th category climbs as it crossed the rolling departments of Lot and Corrèze; sandwiched between the last mountain stage and the final time trial, the stage was almost perfect for a breakaway.

As expected, the opening kilometres were conducted at a very fast pace, as so many riders tried to get themselves into the inevitable escape. A group of six riders established itself after 21km and, with the best placed rider being Astana’s Dmitriy Fofonov - who was almost two hours behind Wiggins in 64th place - it looked to be acceptable. Too many teams had missed out however, and it was soon chased down.

The first hour of the race was completed at an average of 48.2kph, and it wasn’t until the short, but steep, 3rd category Côte de Saint-Georges after 67.5km, that Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) got away from a small group. The two of them were joined by Vinokourov, Paolini, Boasson Hagen, Hansen and Lotto-Belisol teammate Jelle Vanendert, Nuyens’ Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank teammate Karsten Kroon, Rui Costa (Movistar), Jérémy Roy (FDJ-BigMat), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Nissan), stage 12 winner David Millar (Garmin-Sharp), Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM), Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) and Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) shortly after the summit.

Costa was just 29’43” behind Wiggins overall but the group was deemed acceptable and, with enough teams represented in the 16 riders - after a brief chase from Saur-Sojasun - the peloton initially sat up. Through the feedzone, in Castelnau-Montratier after 84km, the group’s lead was up to 3’10”; it reached a maximum of 3’30” at the 102km point but began to drop, under the impetus of BMC Racing and AG2R La Mondiale; through the intermediate sprint in Cahors after 115km, and the Côte de Cahors after 117.5km, and it was down to 2’10” shortly after the top.

At the 120km point a dog ran into the peloton, bringing down a number of riders, including Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing), Denis Menchov (Katusha) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp). This incident saw the gap to the lead slip out to 2’30” but Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Saur-Sojasun took control of the pace and stopped it from increasing further. Rabobank came forward to help the chase; none of the teams on the front of the peloton had a big sprinter in the race, but were presumably looking to set up a late attack on the final climb of the Côte de Lissac-sur-Couze, which would come with just 10km to go.

Liquigas-Cannondale also began to send men to the front, to chase a fourth stage victory for green jersey Peter Sagan, and with 50km to go the gap was down to 1’40”.

The late climbs arrive and the cooperation begins to splinter

With 43km to go, as the break arrived at the foot of the Côte de Souillac, the attacks began as Millar was the first to make a move. His attack was unsuccessful, and was followed by attempts from Arashiro Boasson Hagen, but the net result was only to drop Boeckmans and Fouchard; with 30km to go, the gap dropped to below a minute.

With 25km to go the gap was just 45 seconds and, just before the 20km to go banner, Hansen attacked the group. He was joined by Roy, with Vinokourov, Paolini and Nuyens managing to rejoin as they hit the bottom of the Côte de Lissac-sur-Couze with just over 12km left.

As the rest of the group was picked by the peloton - and with Albasini and Boasson Hagen having been caught - Team Sky and Orica-GreenEdge had come to the head of the peloton however, and soon picked up Nuyens and Roy. Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) attacked from the peloton, but he was passed by Roche and Klöden, who were joined by Sánchez, and the three of them managed to get a small gap.

As Vinokourov led over the top the gap was just ten seconds to the peloton however, with the three counterattackers making their way across the gap. The six riders were together with just over five kilometres to go, as a little rain began to fall, making the roads on the outskirts of Brive a little slippery.

Under the five kilometre banner the sextet’s lead was just seven seconds, but it was out to 12 seconds by the four kilometre banner as Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar) tried to get across with Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Garmin-Sharp then joined the chase as the race approached the final two kilometres, and the peloton had the breakaway in sight. With the break just a handful of seconds clear, Wiggins himself hit the front, with Boasson Hagen and Cavendish in his wheel.

The group was refusing to give up though, and still led by a few metres as they rounded the final corner with just over 500 metres to go. Boasson Hagen was leading out Cavendish, but Roche was making his bid for the line up ahead of him.

As the Irishman approached the line, Sánchez was beginning to come past, but Cavendish suddenly opened up his sprint and shot past as though they were glued to the tarmac. Goss and Sagan also passed the breakaway riders, as they battled for the line themselves, but Cavendish was already celebrating several lengths ahead.

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Tour de France (WorldTour) Stage 18 Results: Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde, 222.5 km:

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

General classification after stage 18:

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

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