Tour de France: Samuel Sanchez climbs to glory on Luz-Ardiden
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tour de France: Samuel Sanchez climbs to glory on Luz-Ardiden

by Ben Atkins at 11:42 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour de France, Race Reports and Results
 
Thomas Voeckler clings on to Bastille Day yellow as the Schleck brothers lay down the law

Samuel SanchezSamuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) took a lone victory at the top of Luz-Ardiden to claim the twelfth stage of the Tour de France. The Olympic champion escaped the shrinking peloton on the descent of the Col du Tourmalet then climbed to the finish with Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), before outsprinting the Belgian in the closing 300 metres.

Vanendert held on to take second on the stage after seven seconds, just three seconds clear of Fränk Schleck, who had attacked a very select group of riders in the final kilometres. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) led Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) and Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) over the line thirty seconds behind Sanchez.

"I knew it was an important day, and I had to try something because my position in the general classification meant that I was not a dangerous rival for some of the GC riders,” said Sanchez at the finish. “I had my chance and I decided to go.

“On the descent after the Tourmalet, [Philippe] Gilbert helped widen the gap along with one of his team-mates,” he explained. “As I had also a teammate in front, Ruben Perez Moreno, I knew it was the right time to attack.

“I was also aware that Andy Schleck had lost a lot of teammates,” he added, “and so did Alberto Contador, so they were not able to reel in our escape.”

At last the race hits mountains on Bastille Day

The 211km stage would be predominantly flat, although slightly rising, until it would hit the base of the 1st category Hourquette d'Ancizan after 132km. This was the first time the climb would feature in the race but the next one, the mythical Col du Tourmalet, was to be climbed for the eightieth time.

Luz-Ardiden, was to host a stage finish for the eighth time; the last time was in 2003 when Lance Armstrong was brought down by a spectator’s souvenir bag, before going on to win the stage.

After eleven tough days, aimed at the sprinters and puncheurs, stage twelve finally offered a chance for the overall classification favourites to show themselves. The slender lead of Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) would be under attack, but the plucky Frenchman would doubtless do all he could to hold on to the yellow jersey on France’s national day.

An early break and this one’s a threat to Voeckler’s lead

After 2km a six man group escaped the peloton, containing: Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), José Ivan Gutierrez (Movistar), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun), Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale) and Jérémy Roy (FDJ)

Europcar was setting the tempo on the front of the peloton, but doing nothing to stem the growth of the six men’s advantage; after 20km the group’s lead was up to four minutes.

Unlike the previous two days, the break was not an “Escape Royale” for Voeckler and his team, as Thomas was only 5’51" behind. Most of the time the Welshman trailed by was lost on stage seven when he, and the rest of Team Sky, was waiting in vain for team leader Bradley Wiggins to rejoin the race. The delay cost him the white jersey, which he’d worn since day one, as well as his high place in the overall classification.

After 50km the six riders led by 5’10”, and a few kilometres later the lead went over the six minute mark, meaning that Thomas was race leader on the road. With the peloton just cruising, the lead went over seven minutes at the 61km point.

While there was only a slim chance that Thomas would be able to stay away to the finish, he was currently heading towards being the first ever Welshman to wear the yellow jersey. His compatriot Nicole Cooke, the Olympic champion, has won the women’s equivalent race however.

Europcar stabilised the gap at this point though, only allowing a few more seconds in the next 20km but, as the pace eased to allow Voeckler to stop for a ‘natural break’, it began to rise again; after 85km it topped eight minutes.

The break takes the sprint and Cavendish mops up the points

Mangel led over the intermediate sprint line in Sarrancolin, after 119km while behind the six riders, the peloton began to accelerate as the sprinters readied themselves to battle for the remaining points.

As the peloton approached the sprint Movistar moved to the front for José Joaquin Rojas, while HTC-Highroad was moving forward on behalf of green jersey incumbent Mark Cavendish. Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert was also lurking in the pack, wanting to get some points towards getting the jersey back.

HTC-Highroad took Cavendish to the line, with Mark Renshaw and Matt Goss also taking big points away from the Manxman’s rivals.

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM), wearing the polka-dot jersey and apparently having recovered a little from his encounter with the barbed wire on stage nine, went straight over the top in an attack, but the Dutchman was marked by Movistar and FDJ and he sat up. The gap had dropped to 8’20” after the acceleration to the sprint line and, as Europcar took its place at the front again, it continued down to below eight minutes as the leaders made their was towards the base of the Hourquette d'Ancizan.

As the peloton hit the bottom of the climb Europcar had taken the gap down to 5’50”, just about putting Voeckler back into the yellow jersey.

The Tour hits its first mountain and the counter attacks start

Young Katusha sprinter Denis Galimzyanov lost contact with the peloton immediately, just as Gutierrez was dropped by the break. Hoogerland, determined to get away, attacked, and took Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) with him; the French champion proudly wearing his country’s flag on its national day.

A few minutes later Roman Kreuziger (Astana) set off after them.

A few more kilometres into the climb, Cavendish and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervélo) were tailed off along with a number of the other sprinters, and flatland domestiques.

When the five leaders were 3km from the top they led Chavanel, Hoogerland and Kreuziger by 4’45”, with the peloton a further minute back. Kreuziger upped the pace and dropped Hoogerland as he and Chavanel tried to close in on the break.

Mangel sprinted for the Col ahead of Perez, distancing the others slightly, but they all came back together over the top.

On the first corner Thomas’ back wheel suddenly locked and he left the road. Luckily for the Welshman there was a grass verge at the side, but he threw himself to the ground to avoid going over the nearby precipice. On almost the next curve, his wheel locked again and he was forced off the road once more, stopping on the grass behind a parked car.

The Welshman gingerly continued his descent, but was now behind the break.

Chavanel and Kreuziger crossed the Col 3’55” behind, with Hoogerland 50 seconds behind them. Leopard Trek and Liquigas-Cannondale joined Europcar at the front of the peloton, and it crested the top after 5’49”.

The yellow jersey follows Geraint Thomas down

On the same corner as Thomas had come down, there was an identical crash involving a number of riders, including Voeckler, Andreas Klöden (RadioShack) and Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad). No one was seriously hurt but the gap went back up to 6’20” as the peloton regrouped; Thomas was not there up any more, but was now with Gutierrez and were both chasing back

The lead group, now down to four, was 6’44” with 55km to go, meaning that GT was back in the maillot jaune virtuel, even though he was not right up there. As they passed through Sainte-Marie de Campan at the bottom of Tourmalet, they led Thomas and Gutierrez by 42 seconds, Kreuziger by 3’20” and the peloton by 7’40”.

Thomas and Gutierrez made short work of joining the leaders, taking the lead group back up to six.

Leopard Trek turns the screw on the Tourmalet

With 49km to go the Leopard Trek took over the front of the peloton from Europcar and lifted the pace a little with the whole team lined out behind Joost Posthuma. All of the race favourites were close to the front at this point,

As Fabian Cancellara took over the Leopard Trek pacemaking, Hoogerland was caught and dropped. Up ahead Kreuziger dropped Chavanel and set about trying to catch the break up front; Stuart O’Grady was the next Leopard Trek rider to take over the pace, and with 9km still to climb, the deficit to the leaders was down to 5’00”.

Riders were constantly streaming off the back of the peloton, including white jersey Robert Gesink (Rabobank), while Kreuziger was gaining on the leaders. Jens Voigt was the next Leopard Trek rider; the peloton was thinning, but so was the Luxembourg team.

Roy accelerated in the front group and Gutierrez found himself dropped for a second time, then Thomas took over on the front. Mangel and Kadri were dropped leaving just three ahead; where Kreuziger had been about to catch up with the break, he was suddenly struggling and drifting back.

With 40km to go Leopard Trek’s pressure had cut the lead to just 3’12”, and was hauling back Chavanel. As the leaders entered the final 3km of the climb, Thomas went alone, with Roy struggling to catch him up.3km for Thomas 3’23”

Andy Schleck suffered a front wheel puncture and, as he was getting it changed, Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) attacked and was followed by Yury Trofimov (Katusha). As Schleck rejoined Jesus Hernandez (Saxo Bank-SunGard) attacked, with Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), but Voigt pulled them back.

The increase in pace saw Andreas Klöden, RadioShack’s last contender, dropped.

Roy caught Thomas and took the Souvenir Jacques Goddet over the top of the Tourmalet. Kreuziger was 2’12” behind, with Ten Dam at 2’51” and the peloton at 3’12”.

More breaks on the descent but the yellow jersey is still there

On the fast descent, where riders got up to speeds of 90kph, Gilbert pulled off the front of the peloton. He was followed by Sanchez and Vanendert and, as the climb began, they got together with Ten Dam, Kreuziger, and Perez, who’d been in the front group. This new group was 2’33” behind Thomas and Roy, with the Voigt led peloton fifteen seconds behind it.

Klöden, who’d made his way back up on the descent, was dropped immediately, just as Kreuziger dropped by the group ahead. Voigt though, was finished, leaving just the Schleck brothers from Leopard Trek, and Europcar took over the front of the peloton once more.

De Weert attacked to try to get ahead, just as Sanchez and Vanendert moved ahead of Gilbert, Ten Dam and Trofimov.

With 10km to go, Thomas and Roy led the peloton by 1’40”, but Sanchez and Vanendert were now just a minute behind. This was the cue for Basso to send Sylwester Szmyd to the front, and the pace went up considerably as the Polish rider began to slash the leader’s advantage. Gilbert and the rest were caught, just as Sanchez and Vanendert caught and passed Thomas and Roy. With 8km to go, the new leaders were 40 seconds ahead, and quickly extended their lead.

As they passed under the 5km to go banner, Sanchez and Vanendert led by 1’08”; the Euskaltel-Euskadi rider started the day 5’01” behind Voeckler, but only around 2’30” behind the race favourites so was taking time out of everybody.

Andy Schleck finally breaks the stalemate

With the favourites having been watching each other for the past eleven stages, Andy Schleck finally broke the stalemate and attacked. His move was immediately marked by Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) though, and the other favourites caught back up. Fränk Schleck went next, but the rest were dragged up to him by Basso; he went a second time, only to be followed by Contador.

The main group was now reduced to just Basso, Fränk and Andy Schleck, Evans, Contador, Cunego, and Voeckler with teammate Pierre Rolland. With the strength of all the favourites’ teams, the only rider to have a teammate with him at this stage was Voeckler.

Fränk Schleck tried again, but was marked by Contador once more, and there was a lull in the pace that saw Rolland take over on the front. The slight drop in pace saw Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervélo) make it back up with Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ).

A Schleck gets away and closes in on the stage victory

With 2.5km to go though Fränk Schleck went again and got a gap this time. Rolland took over the pace again and, as the race passed under the 2km to go banner Schleck was 49 seconds behind Sanchez and Vanendert, with the peloton at 1’12”

Basso and Evans then upped their pace and finally the group split. Voeckler tried to hang on, but had to give up the chase. Fränk Schleck was gaining on the leaders as they entered the final kilometre, but the other favourites were steadily pulling him back too.

With 500 metres to go Vanendert looked over his shoulder and, seeing the Luxembourg champion gaining, attacked. Sanchez was on him straight away though, and attacked himself in the final 300 metres, and Vanendert had no answer. The Olympic champion went on alone to take his biggest win since that Beijing race three years ago, ten years after his former teammate Roberto Laiseka won in the same place.

“It’s a day full of emotion, as I rode in the "orange wave" with the cheers of ‘our’ audience – it was very impressive!” said Sanchez. ‘And here we are celebrating the anniversary of the victory of Laiseka, so it’s a very special victory.”

Vanendert finished seven seconds behind him, with Fränk Schleck at ten seconds.

Contador was dropped by the rest in the final kilometre; Basso, led Evans and Andy Schleck over the line thirty seconds later, with Cunego following just behind. Contador 43 seconds behind Sanchez, losing several seconds to his main rivals

Voeckler finished just a few seconds behind Contador, with Rolland, and so holds on to his yellow jersey on Bastille Day.

“What a stage!” he exclaimed. ‘It was very hard and today the Europcar team really made a great job and I was a little bit afraid when I crashed at the top of the first climb. I’m normally not so bad in the downhill but I was very scared this time. The road was very slippery and I decided to change my bike and that helped.”

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Tour de France (WorldTour) Stage 12 Results: Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden (km 209):

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Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 06:01:15
bel BEL 2 Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:00:07
lux LUX 3 Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek) 00:00:10
ita ITA 4 Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:00:30
aus AUS 5 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) s.t.
lux LUX 6 Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ita ITA 7 Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) 00:00:35
esp ESP 8 Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:43
fra FRA 9 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:00:50
fra FRA 10 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) s.t.
usa USA 11 Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:03
fra FRA 12 Arnold Jeannesson (Française Des Jeux) 00:01:19
col COL 13 Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) 00:01:25
usa USA 14 Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) s.t.
fra FRA 15 Hubert Dupont (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:01:56
rus RUS 16 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha) s.t.
irl IRL 17 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:02:02
ned NED 18 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) 00:02:10
bel BEL 19 Kevin De Weert (Quick Step) s.t.
esp ESP 20 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) 00:02:53
fra FRA 21 Jérome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) 00:03:06
den DEN 22 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
rus RUS 23 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) 00:03:08
bel BEL 24 Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:03:19
est EST 25 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) 00:03:25
fra FRA 26 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:03:38
fra FRA 27 Sandy Casar (Française Des Jeux) 00:03:54
fra FRA 28 David Moncoutié (Cofidis) 00:03:55
can CAN 29 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:03:57
fra FRA 30 Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) 00:03:58
svk SVK 31 Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) 00:04:15
fra FRA 32 Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 33 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:21
kaz KAZ 34 Andrey Zeits (Astana) 00:04:23
rus RUS 35 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) 00:04:57
gbr GBR 36 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 00:05:20
pol POL 37 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 38 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:06:13
sui SUI 39 Steve Morabito (BMC Racing) 00:07:06
bel BEL 40 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
esp ESP 41 David Arroyo Duran (Movistar) 00:07:34
esp ESP 42 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 43 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ger GER 44 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack) 00:08:26
fra FRA 45 Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 46 Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
fra FRA 47 Jérémy Roy (Française Des Jeux) 00:08:56
ger GER 48 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) 00:09:03
fra FRA 49 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 50 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:09:56
den DEN 51 Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) 00:10:04
fra FRA 52 Jérome Pineau (Quick Step) 00:10:12
usa USA 53 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:10:20
fra FRA 54 Rémy Di Gregorio (Astana) 00:11:13
fra FRA 55 Julien El Fares (Cofidis) s.t.
esp ESP 56 Jesús Hernández Blazquez (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:13:16
fra FRA 57 Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:13:47
esp ESP 58 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:14:54
esp ESP 59 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 60 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) 00:15:03
esp ESP 61 Alan Lezaun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 62 Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) 00:15:51
ita ITA 63 Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD) 00:16:17
sui SUI 64 David Loosli (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
usa USA 65 Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
fra FRA 66 Anthony Charteau (Europcar) s.t.
aus AUS 67 Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:17:25
ger GER 68 Linus Gerdemann (Leopard-Trek) 00:17:28
ger GER 69 Jens Voigt (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
usa USA 70 George Hincapie (BMC Racing) s.t.
fra FRA 71 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing) s.t.
ita ITA 72 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) s.t.
cze CZE 73 Roman Kreuziger (Astana) s.t.
esp ESP 74 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) s.t.
por POR 75 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (RadioShack) s.t.
ger GER 76 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) 00:17:44
ned NED 77 Robert Gesink (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 78 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) s.t.
ned NED 79 Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) s.t.
ita ITA 80 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) s.t.
fra FRA 81 Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) s.t.
esp ESP 82 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) s.t.
fra FRA 83 Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis) s.t.
ger GER 84 Christian Knees (Team Sky) 00:17:49
fra FRA 85 Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:18:03
ned NED 86 Addy Engels (Quick Step) 00:19:04
esp ESP 87 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Movistar) 00:19:16
ita ITA 88 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:21:05
bel BEL 89 Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) 00:21:10
fra FRA 90 Arthur Vichot (Française Des Jeux) 00:21:12
fra FRA 91 Anthony Roux (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
aus AUS 92 Stuart O' Grady (Leopard-Trek) 00:21:21
ned NED 93 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:24:26
bel BEL 94 Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:24:30
col COL 95 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Cofidis) 00:24:37
ger GER 96 Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:33:05
fra FRA 97 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 98 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar) s.t.
esp ESP 99 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar) s.t.
fra FRA 100 Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) s.t.
slo SLO 101 Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 102 Benjamin Gonzalez Noval (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
fra FRA 103 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis) s.t.
ned NED 104 Joost Posthuma (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ita ITA 105 Paolo Longho Borghini (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
aus AUS 106 Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) s.t.
ita ITA 107 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
slo SLO 108 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 109 Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) s.t.
ukr UKR 110 Denys Kostyuk (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ger GER 111 Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
fra FRA 112 Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 113 Jeremie Galland (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
ukr UKR 114 Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
sui SUI 115 Michael Schar (BMC Racing) s.t.
ita ITA 116 Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 117 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 118 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 119 Romain Zingle (Cofidis) s.t.
kaz KAZ 120 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana) s.t.
sui SUI 121 Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ita ITA 122 Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
pol POL 123 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ger GER 124 Marcel Sieberg (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 125 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar) s.t.
ita ITA 126 Matteo Tosatto (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
pol POL 127 Maciej Paterski (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ger GER 128 Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
den DEN 129 Brian Vandborg (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
kaz KAZ 130 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) s.t.
rus RUS 131 Egor Silin (Katusha) s.t.
ltu LTU 132 Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 133 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
usa USA 134 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 135 Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 136 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
usa USA 137 Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
kaz KAZ 138 Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) s.t.
gbr GBR 139 Ben Swift (Team Sky) s.t.
fra FRA 140 Yohann Gene (Europcar) s.t.
den DEN 141 Lars Ytting Bak (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
usa USA 142 Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
crc CRC 143 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (Movistar) s.t.
ned NED 144 Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) s.t.
aus AUS 145 Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
den DEN 146 Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
nor NOR 147 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) s.t.
gbr GBR 148 David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
aus AUS 149 Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
esp ESP 150 Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) s.t.
ltu LTU 151 Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) s.t.
rus RUS 152 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha) s.t.
gbr GBR 153 Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
bel BEL 154 Gianni Meersman (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
fra FRA 155 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
ita ITA 156 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 157 Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 158 Mickaël Delage (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
fra FRA 159 Sébastien Minard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
rus RUS 160 Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha) s.t.
ned NED 161 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) s.t.
fra FRA 162 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
por POR 163 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar) s.t.
fra FRA 164 Arnaud Coyot (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 165 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
nzl NZL 166 Julian Dean (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ger GER 167 Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) s.t.
aut AUT 168 Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
fra FRA 169 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) s.t.
ger GER 170 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) s.t.
fra FRA 171 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 172 William Bonnet (Française Des Jeux) s.t.
nor NOR 173 Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 174 Lars Boom (Rabobank) s.t.
slo SLO 175 Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.

General classification:

Country Result Name Team Time
fra FRA 1 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 51:54:44
lux LUX 2 Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek) 00:01:49
aus AUS 3 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) 00:02:06
lux LUX 4 Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) 00:02:17
ita ITA 5 Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:03:16
ita ITA 6 Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) 00:03:22
esp ESP 7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:04:00
esp ESP 8 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:11
usa USA 9 Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:04:35
irl IRL 10 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:04:57
bel BEL 11 Kevin De Weert (Quick Step) 00:05:07
bel BEL 12 Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:05:24
fra FRA 13 Arnold Jeannesson (Française Des Jeux) 00:05:50
svk SVK 14 Peter Velits (HTC-Highroad) 00:06:03
esp ESP 15 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) 00:07:17
est EST 16 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) 00:07:27
usa USA 17 Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) 00:07:51
col COL 18 Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) 00:07:55
fra FRA 19 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:08:20
fra FRA 20 Sandy Casar (Française Des Jeux) 00:08:47
fra FRA 21 Jérome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) 00:08:51
rus RUS 22 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) 00:09:12
fra FRA 23 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 00:09:20
ger GER 24 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack) 00:10:19
gbr GBR 25 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 00:10:21
ger GER 26 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) 00:10:51
ned NED 27 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:11:06
rus RUS 28 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) 00:11:13
den DEN 29 Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) 00:12:22
rus RUS 30 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha) 00:12:28
bel BEL 31 Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) 00:12:43
bel BEL 32 Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:12:54
esp ESP 33 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:14:03
usa USA 34 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:14:23
ned NED 35 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) 00:16:01
fra FRA 36 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 00:17:25
esp ESP 37 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) 00:18:27
can CAN 38 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:18:39
ned NED 39 Robert Gesink (Rabobank) 00:20:55
esp ESP 40 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) 00:21:58
esp ESP 41 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:22:12
fra FRA 42 Hubert Dupont (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:22:21
fra FRA 43 Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun) 00:22:58
ger GER 44 Linus Gerdemann (Leopard-Trek) 00:23:18
fra FRA 45 Jérome Pineau (Quick Step) 00:24:36
fra FRA 46 David Moncoutié (Cofidis) 00:25:56
bel BEL 47 Dries Devenyns (Quick Step) 00:28:36
kaz KAZ 48 Andrey Zeits (Astana) 00:28:46
usa USA 49 George Hincapie (BMC Racing) 00:31:31
fra FRA 50 Julien El Fares (Cofidis) 00:32:29
fra FRA 51 Rémy Di Gregorio (Astana) 00:32:43
den DEN 52 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:33:20
sui SUI 53 Steve Morabito (BMC Racing) 00:33:32
fra FRA 54 Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:33:56
usa USA 55 Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) 00:35:46
pol POL 56 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:36:18
esp ESP 57 David Arroyo Duran (Movistar) 00:36:49
fra FRA 58 Anthony Charteau (Europcar) 00:37:00
nor NOR 59 Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:37:28
gbr GBR 60 David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:37:47
fra FRA 61 Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:37:51
bel BEL 62 Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:38:41
fra FRA 63 Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) 00:39:44
nor NOR 64 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) 00:40:00
ger GER 65 Christian Knees (Team Sky) 00:42:24
ger GER 66 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) 00:43:47
pol POL 67 Maciej Paterski (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:44:25
esp ESP 68 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:44:45
esp ESP 69 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) 00:45:10
ger GER 70 Jens Voigt (Leopard-Trek) 00:45:37
esp ESP 71 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Movistar) 00:46:07
aus AUS 72 Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:47:29
sui SUI 73 David Loosli (Lampre-ISD) 00:47:51
ita ITA 74 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:49:02
esp ESP 75 Alan Lezaun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:49:30
esp ESP 76 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:49:58
fra FRA 77 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing) 00:50:55
ita ITA 78 Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) 00:53:08
esp ESP 79 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar) 00:53:21
por POR 80 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (RadioShack) 00:53:26
slo SLO 81 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:54:17
bel BEL 82 Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:54:36
fra FRA 83 Arthur Vichot (Française Des Jeux) 00:54:40
esp ESP 84 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ned NED 85 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:55:02
esp ESP 86 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) 00:55:18
ita ITA 87 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) s.t.
ned NED 88 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) 00:56:06
rus RUS 89 Egor Silin (Katusha) 00:56:29
por POR 90 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar) 00:57:05
ita ITA 91 Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:57:41
ita ITA 92 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) 00:57:55
aus AUS 93 Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) 00:58:14
fra FRA 94 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) 00:58:29
esp ESP 95 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar) 00:58:40
aus AUS 96 Stuart O' Grady (Leopard-Trek) 00:59:34
fra FRA 97 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:59:45
den DEN 98 Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:20
ger GER 99 Danilo Hondo (Lampre-ISD) 00:02:22
fra FRA 100 Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) 00:04:46
esp ESP 101 Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) 00:05:20
fra FRA 102 Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) 00:05:23
bel BEL 103 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
kaz KAZ 104 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana) 00:05:35
ita ITA 105 Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD) 00:07:29
fra FRA 106 Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) 00:07:34
cze CZE 107 Roman Kreuziger (Astana) 00:08:51
fra FRA 108 William Bonnet (Française Des Jeux) 00:09:55
ita ITA 109 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) 00:11:06
fra FRA 110 Anthony Roux (Française Des Jeux) 00:12:02
ita ITA 111 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:12:07
fra FRA 112 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis) 00:12:34
col COL 113 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Cofidis) 00:13:25
fra FRA 114 Jérémy Roy (Française Des Jeux) 00:13:26
esp ESP 115 Benjamin Gonzalez Noval (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:14:36
bel BEL 116 Gianni Meersman (Française Des Jeux) 00:15:59
ita ITA 117 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) 00:16:11
gbr GBR 118 Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) 00:17:57
fra FRA 119 Jeremie Galland (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
sui SUI 120 Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) 00:18:43
esp ESP 121 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar) 00:19:01
ger GER 122 Marcel Sieberg (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:19:32
ger GER 123 Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:19:58
gbr GBR 124 Ben Swift (Team Sky) s.t.
aus AUS 125 Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) 00:20:02
fra FRA 126 Sébastien Minard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:20:15
ita ITA 127 Matteo Tosatto (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:21:05
sui SUI 128 Michael Schar (BMC Racing) 00:21:11
bel BEL 129 Romain Zingle (Cofidis) 00:21:16
fra FRA 130 Mickaël Delage (Française Des Jeux) 00:21:44
fra FRA 131 Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:22:14
den DEN 132 Brian Vandborg (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:22:31
slo SLO 133 Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:22:39
esp ESP 134 Jesús Hernández Blazquez (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ned NED 135 Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank) 00:22:56
ned NED 136 Niki Terpstra (Quick Step) 00:24:34
ita ITA 137 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Lampre-ISD) 00:24:38
ltu LTU 138 Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) 00:25:08
slo SLO 139 Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD) 00:25:09
fra FRA 140 Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun) 00:25:10
ita ITA 141 Paolo Longho Borghini (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:25:21
usa USA 142 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) 00:26:05
ned NED 143 Joost Posthuma (Leopard-Trek) 00:26:54
ger GER 144 Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) 00:27:44
nzl NZL 145 Julian Dean (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:28:17
ned NED 146 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
fra FRA 147 Yohann Gene (Europcar) 00:28:46
fra FRA 148 Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis) 00:28:47
fra FRA 149 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) 00:32:38
ger GER 150 Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:32:54
ned NED 151 Lars Boom (Rabobank) 00:32:57
pol POL 152 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:33:03
kaz KAZ 153 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) 00:33:28
usa USA 154 Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:33:47
ukr UKR 155 Andriy Grivko (Astana) 00:35:17
fra FRA 156 Arnaud Coyot (Saur-Sojasun) 00:35:38
ger GER 157 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) 00:35:47
esp ESP 158 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:36:04
ned NED 159 Addy Engels (Quick Step) 00:37:29
aut AUT 160 Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) 00:37:45
rus RUS 161 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha) 00:38:17
ltu LTU 162 Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:38:36
aus AUS 163 Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad) 00:38:52
usa USA 164 Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad) 00:40:05
ukr UKR 165 Denys Kostyuk (Lampre-ISD) 00:40:13
den DEN 166 Lars Ytting Bak (HTC-Highroad) 00:42:52
fra FRA 167 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) 00:43:53
fra FRA 168 Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) 00:44:51
fra FRA 169 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) 00:49:03
kaz KAZ 170 Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack) 00:50:30
ita ITA 171 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:52:31
crc CRC 172 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (Movistar) 00:00:14
rus RUS 173 Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha) 00:01:01
bel BEL 174 Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) 00:05:25
fra FRA 175 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) 00:08:05

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