Vuelta a España: Dani Moreno climbs to victory on Sierra Nevada
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vuelta a España: Dani Moreno climbs to victory on Sierra Nevada

by Ben Atkins at 12:11 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Vuelta a España, Race Reports and Results
Attrition in the peloton sees a number of favourites dropped; Chavanel takes the race lead

daniel morenoDaniel Moreno (Katusha) won the first mountain finish of the Vuelta a España at the top of Sierra Nevada to take stage four. The Spanish rider followed an attack from Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank-SunGard) in the closing kilometres of the 2112 metre climb, then jumped away from the Dane in the final few hundred metres to take the victory.

Sørensen followed Moreno over the line three seconds behind him, while Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervélo) led the much-reduced peloton across just 11 seconds later.

“I wasn’t well at the beginning of the stage but I found a comfortable rhythm later on,” said a delighted Moreno after the finish. “With five kilometres to go, I spoke with [Katusha team leader] Purito [Rodriguez] and he told me to try and go for the stage win. This is the kind of scenario that we’ve spoken about my times together before the Vuelta but not only about today’s stage.

“I didn’t enjoy the head wind towards the end of the climb to the Sierra Nevada. The wind is my biggest enemy. I thought I was faster than Sørensen and I knew that the last 300 metres being uphill, it would favour my plans. I’m having my best season so far but it’s also the season in which I’ve been training the most, with a lot of altitude training camps.”

Runner-up Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank-SunGard) was clearly in very good shape, doing most of the driving on the front in the finale. He showed that he bounced back well after the disappointment of losing time yesterday due to a puncture, but had hoped for more. “I’m disappointed that I finished only second because I gave a lot to win today,” he said. “Maybe I’ve made the mistake to spend too much energy but I’m really happy with the shape I have. I couldn’t beat Moreno though. He was really strong.”

The day was dominated by a seven-man break, made up of Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale), US champion Matthew Busche (RadioShack), Yohan Bagot (Cofidis), Thomas Rohregger (Leopard Trek), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia-Caja Granada) and Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano), which escaped in the opening kilometres. On the climb to Sierra Nevada it was reduced to just Busche, Bonnafond, Rohregger and Voganov but was finally overcome by the move from Sørensen with just five kilometres to go.

Behind the break, pressure from a number of teams, including the Liquigas-Cannondale squad of defending champion Vincenzo Nibali managed to thin the peloton down to less than thirty riders. The highest profile victim was race-hopeful Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who lost 1’38” to Moreno.

Although he was distanced by the peloton in the closing kilometres, French champion Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) managed to hold on to take over the race lead from stage three winner Pablo Lastras (Movistar), who was dropped early in the climb.

“I hung on during the whole ascent to the Sierra Nevada thinking that the red jersey was at the end of the road,” he said. “It was difficult because I could feel the fatigue of yesterday’s breakaway in my legs. I wanted to pass the first five or six kilometres of the final climb with no problem because I knew that it would be easier further up, but when the Liquigas team accelerated with nine kilometres to go, I blew. I hung on as much as I could. I’ve lost a bit of time at the end but I had a margin [over the other riders – ed.]. I’m delighted to have the red jersey on my shoulders after having been the leader of the Vuelta for one day in 2008.”

The Vuelta hits the high mountains in week one

The 170.2km stage between Baza and Sierra Nevada was to cross the 1st category Alto de Filabres, after just 31km, and the 3rd category Puerto de los Blancares, with 45km to go, on the way to the final climb to the finish. While the Sierra Nevada is not steep enough a climb to open up too many gaps, it would be tough enough to catch out any of the overall favourites that had come to the race in less than peak form.

“This is a difficult stage where we’ll confront each other,” said defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the start. “The Sierra Nevada is a long climb; it can have an impact on GC but maybe not at all. I’m having a very good first week, so I’m confident.”

For red jersey Lastras, and his Movistar team, the stage was to have extra significance since teammate Xavier Tondo – to whom Lastras dedicated his stage win the day before – was killed in a freak accident on Sierra Nevada back in May.

“I’ll have that in mind when we’ll start climbing and I’m sure it’ll help me ride better than normal,” said Lastras at the start. “We won’t be nine riders from Movistar today but ten. It’s such a special day for me. I’ll do my best to keep the red jersey.”

The usual attack gets away and is given a long leash

After an initial flurry of attacks the seven-man group got clear after just ten kilometres, just as the 21km climb to the Alto de Filabres began. Just as on the day before, the group was deemed acceptable by the peloton and it was allowed to build a sizeable advantage.

With Movistar leading the peloton the group’s lead grew to 7’20” on the climb, but had reduced slightly to 7’05” as De Kort took the maximum points over the top.

Rohregger was the best placed of the group, 3’18” behind Lastras in 47th place, although this was reduced to 3’12” as he took first place over the intermediate sprint in Huéneja after 76km. Having dropped to below six minutes on the long descent from the Filabres, the lead was growing again as the group passed through the feedzone in Alcudia de Guadix after 95km; after 116km it reached its maximum of 8’09” as they approached the foot of the Puerto de los Blancares.

At the base of the climb the septet’s lead was 7’55” but, as De Kort took the maximum points over the top once more, the Rabobank team had taken control of the peloton and reduced it to 5’55”. De Kort and Rohregger briefly jumped clear of the other five, but they all rejoined as they hit the long descent to the base of Sierra Nevada.

It was at this point that Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) abandoned, having suffered on every climb of the race so far,

The gap comes down as the climb to the finish approaches

Rabobank kept the pace high as the peloton hit the descent and, with 30km to go, the gap was down to 4’45”. As Rohregger led through the intermediate sprint in Pinos Genil, just before the base of the final climb, the pace proved to be too much for some in the group. First De Kort and Toribio, and then Bagot, were dropped, leaving just four up front.

The rear of the peloton was also splitting as Rabobank’s Matti Breschel kept the pressure on as the peloton hit the base of the climb. With 20km the gap was down to 2’30”, as Bauke Mollema took over with Robert Gesink tucked in on his wheel.

Having done his best to stay with the leaders Lastras was dropped. Chavanel was still in the front group, poised to take over the red jersey from the stage three winner, as Katusha took over the chase. With 15km to go, the gap to the four up front was a little under two minutes.

Vacansoleil-DCM took over, with Ruslan Pidgornyy apparently out to take the vacant red jersey to replace the combination one that he was wearing. Chavanel was still there however, and it would be the French champion that took the race lead if he were still there at the finish.

Meanwhile, up front, Toribio managed to chase his way back up to the leaders. Just as he made it on to the rear of the group though, he cracked spectacularly and virtually ground to a halt in the road.

Trouble for Igor Antón as Liquigas-Cannondale turns the screw

At the back of the peloton Igor Antón looked to be in trouble, dropping off the back before lifting himself out of the saddle to rejoin once again. With 10km to go, as there was a brief descent on the climb, the gap was consolidated at 1’30”; Lastras though, was now 5’15” behind the peloton.

Liquigas-Cannondale, seemingly aware that Antón was in trouble, took over and began to increase the pace. The Euskaltel captain was dropped, and teammates Gorka Verdugo and Amets Txurruka dropped back to help him.

At 8km to go the four up front were ahead by just 53 seconds. As Anton passed under the banner, where his name was painted all over the road, he was having to get on his radio to ask his two teammates to slow down.

At the front of the peloton, Nibali became the first of the favourites to show his hand and attacked. The climb was not steep enough for the Italian to get a decisive gap though, and he was chased down by the Rabobank team. The flurry of activity had further distanced Antón though, and cut the lead of the four fugitives to 34 seconds at the 7km banner.

Sørensen goes and Moreno follows

As the peloton looked at one another Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) jumped away, and Chris Anker Sørensen chased and joined him and, as they passed under the 5km banner the two attackers caught the leading four. Sørensen attacked straight away, with Bonnafond following him, and the others could do nothing to stop them and drifted back to the peloton

With Vorganov caught, Katusha launched Moreno up the road after Sørensen and Bonnafond and he caught them within a few hundred metres. Sorensen accelerated, finally dropping Bonnafond, and he and Moreno set off for the finish. The peloton was not far behind though; just 13 seconds back under the 3km to go banner.

Chavanel gets dropped but there’s not far to go

Chavanel was beginning to struggle at the rear of the peloton as Lampre-ISD began to set the pace and, as he reached the 2km to go banner, he finally lost contact.

Sørensen attacked again but Moreno clawed him back, as Team Sky took over control of the peloton, with Chris Froome pacing Bradley Wiggins.

Into the final kilometre Sørensen was still doing almost all of the work in front, with the peloton 15 seconds behind them. Moreno was out of the saddle, itching to go, and finally jumped with 400 metres to go, getting an immediate gap over the Danish rider.

Having made his move, Moreno took the stage with ease, pausing only to zip up his open jersey before he hit the line. Sørensen followed him just three seconds back, with Martin outsprinting the very small peloton 11 seconds behind to take third.

Although Chavanel had been dropped, the French champion managed to limit his losses to 57 seconds to Moreno. With Lastras far behind, the Quick Step rider takes the race lead in the Vuelta, having first worn the leader’s jersey in 2008.

After the finish, he confirmed that he also wants to land a stage win. However that will have to be put on hold for the moment. “I have this target at the back of my mind but I know that I’ll only have the possibility to try and do so once I’ll be a bit behind on GC,” he explained. “And for now, I’m going to defend the leader’s jersey. Stage five ends up with a climb that has an uphill section at 23% but I’ll give everything. It doesn’t suit my characteristics like Rodriguez but I’m not going to finish five minutes behind him. I’ll give a call to Philippe Gilbert to ask him if I can hire his legs for one day…”

Moreno will also be psyched starting tomorrow, but said that his energies will be directed towards his team-mate Joaquim Rodriguez, who led the race last year. “I’m not thinking of making the final podium of the Vuelta or getting any particular position on GC,” he confirmed. “I’m only here to ride for Purito [Rodriguez] and to take my chance when there is some freedom like today.

“I think his chance of winning the Vuelta is very high because we have a great team for this race, notably for the flat stages. This is the big opportunity for Purito to win the race.”


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Vuelta a Espana (WorldTour) Stage 4 Results: Baza to Sierra Nevada (172km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha) 04:51:53
den DEN 2 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:03
irl IRL 3 Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:11
esp ESP 4 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) s.t.
pol POL 5 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
uzb UZB 6 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
ned NED 8 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 9 Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ned NED 10 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) s.t.
blr BLR 11 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ita ITA 12 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 13 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
slo SLO 14 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) s.t.
esp ESP 15 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) s.t.
rus RUS 16 Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ned NED 17 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) s.t.
gbr GBR 18 Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) s.t.
swe SWE 19 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) s.t.
esp ESP 20 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) s.t.
bel BEL 21 Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
esp ESP 22 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar) s.t.
esp ESP 23 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
bel BEL 24 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step) s.t.
den DEN 25 Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ita ITA 26 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) s.t.
sui SUI 27 Oliver Zaugg (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
gbr GBR 28 Christopher Froome (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 29 Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
col COL 30 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
usa USA 31 Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
por POR 32 Tiago Machado (RadioShack) 00:00:32
ita ITA 33 Marco Marzano (Lampre-ISD) 00:00:46
cro CRO 34 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) s.t.
ita ITA 35 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing) s.t.
irl IRL 36 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:00:51
fra FRA 37 Mathieu Perget (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:00:57
fra FRA 38 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 39 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 40 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
rus RUS 41 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
fra FRA 42 David Moncoutié (Cofidis) 00:01:11
rus RUS 43 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) 00:01:31
ita ITA 44 Davide Malacarne (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 45 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 46 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:01:38
esp ESP 47 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 48 Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:39
ukr UKR 49 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:01:55
aut AUT 50 Thomas Rohregger (Leopard-Trek) 00:02:18
kaz KAZ 51 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) 00:02:37
fra FRA 52 Dimitri Champion (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 53 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha) 00:02:49
esp ESP 54 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha) s.t.
esp ESP 55 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:03:10
usa USA 56 Matthew Busche (RadioShack) 00:03:34
ger GER 57 Johannes Frohlinger (Skil-Shimano) 00:03:55
ita ITA 58 Morris Possoni (Team Sky) s.t.
pol POL 59 Rafal Majka (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 60 Jose Luis Carmona Roldan (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:05:01
ger GER 61 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
sui SUI 62 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) 00:05:54
ita ITA 63 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre-ISD) 00:06:25
bel BEL 64 Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 65 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis) s.t.
esp ESP 66 David Bernabeu Armengol (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:06:33
esp ESP 67 Antonio Piedra Perez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:07:20
bel BEL 68 Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
esp ESP 69 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:07:22
swe SWE 70 Thomas Löfkvist (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 71 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ita ITA 72 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) 00:08:01
esp ESP 73 David Lopez Garcia (Movistar) 00:10:05
ita ITA 74 Santo Anza (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:11:04
fra FRA 75 David Lelay (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:11:40
fra FRA 76 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) 00:11:57
ned NED 77 Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano) 00:12:28
ita ITA 78 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:13:22
esp ESP 79 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:14:07
est EST 80 Tanel Kangert (Astana) 00:16:45
ned NED 81 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) s.t.
est EST 82 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 83 Tom Boonen (Quick Step) 00:18:27
esp ESP 84 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
bel BEL 85 Kevin De Weert (Quick Step) s.t.
esp ESP 86 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
ned NED 87 Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
bel BEL 88 Kristof Vandewalle (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 89 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 90 David Blanco Rodiguez (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ita ITA 91 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 92 Josep Jufre Pou (Astana) s.t.
esp ESP 93 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
aut AUT 94 Matthias Brandle (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ita ITA 95 Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ned NED 96 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
sui SUI 97 Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
sui SUI 98 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) s.t.
esp ESP 99 José Alberto Roman Benitez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
svk SVK 100 Martin Velits (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ita ITA 101 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 102 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
bel BEL 103 Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 104 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 105 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ger GER 106 Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
fra FRA 107 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) s.t.
ger GER 108 Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ita ITA 109 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 110 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 111 Jurgen Vandewalle (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 112 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) s.t.
svk SVK 113 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
pol POL 114 Michal Golas (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 115 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 116 Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
rus RUS 117 Evgeni Petrov (Astana) s.t.
bel BEL 118 Gert Dockx (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 119 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar) s.t.
fra FRA 120 Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack) s.t.
fra FRA 121 Steve Houanard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
ned NED 122 Marc De Maar (Quick Step) s.t.
ukr UKR 123 Volodymyr Gustov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 124 Inaki Isasi Flores (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 125 Francesco Bellotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
esp ESP 126 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 127 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar) s.t.
ita ITA 128 Davide Vigano (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
esp ESP 129 Benat Intxausti (Movistar) s.t.
fra FRA 130 Cyril Dessel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 131 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 132 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) s.t.
sui SUI 133 Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
aus AUS 134 Stuart O' Grady (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
blr BLR 135 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha) s.t.
esp ESP 136 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 137 Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
esp ESP 138 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) s.t.
kaz KAZ 139 Andrey Mizurov (Astana) s.t.
kaz KAZ 140 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) s.t.
ita ITA 141 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) s.t.
ltu LTU 142 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar) s.t.
aus AUS 143 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
rus RUS 144 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha) s.t.
por POR 145 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack) s.t.
rus RUS 146 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
bel BEL 147 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) s.t.
gbr GBR 148 Ian Stannard (Team Sky) s.t.
ger GER 149 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack) s.t.
ger GER 150 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ita ITA 151 Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ita ITA 152 Daniele Righi (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 153 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar) s.t.
por POR 154 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (RadioShack) s.t.
ned NED 155 Karsten Kroon (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 156 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) s.t.
ita ITA 157 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) 00:19:50
esp ESP 158 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:24:25
nor NOR 159 Kurt-asle Arvesen (Team Sky) s.t.
den DEN 160 Matti Breschel (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 161 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
ita ITA 162 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) s.t.
aus AUS 163 Adam Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ger GER 164 Paul Martens (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 165 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) s.t.
ita ITA 166 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
den DEN 167 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
den DEN 168 Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
pol POL 169 Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 170 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
ita ITA 171 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) s.t.
den DEN 172 Mads Christensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
BRA 173 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 174 Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
usa USA 175 Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
arg ARG 176 Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ger GER 177 Robert Wagner (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
lat LAT 178 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis) s.t.
bel BEL 179 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
jpn JPN 180 Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 181 Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 182 John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
usa USA 183 Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 184 Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 185 Oscar Gomez Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
aus AUS 186 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 187 Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) s.t.
fra FRA 188 Nicolas Vogondy (Cofidis) s.t.
ger GER 189 Andreas Klier (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
fra FRA 190 Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 191 Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
esp ESP 192 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Movistar) s.t.
ita ITA 193 Luca Paolini (Katusha) s.t.
ned NED 194 Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
col COL 195 Mauricio Alberto Cano Ardila (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:34:07
sui SUI 196 Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing) s.t.
gbr GBR DNF Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad)  

General classification after stage 4:

Country Result Name Team Time
fra FRA 1 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) 13:19:09
esp ESP 2 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha) 00:00:43
den DEN 3 Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) 00:00:49
bel BEL 4 Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ita ITA 5 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:00:53
blr BLR 6 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Highroad) 00:00:58
swe SWE 7 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) 00:00:59
esp ESP 8 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar) 00:01:03
ita ITA 9 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) s.t.
bel BEL 10 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step) 00:01:04
irl IRL 11 Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:06
bel BEL 12 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:01:07
esp ESP 13 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) 00:01:14
esp ESP 14 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:01:17
slo SLO 15 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) 00:01:18
esp ESP 16 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) s.t.
ned NED 17 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) 00:01:19
esp ESP 18 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) s.t.
ita ITA 19 Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) 00:01:21
gbr GBR 20 Christopher Froome (Team Sky) 00:01:31
gbr GBR 21 Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 22 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:01:32
ita ITA 23 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:01:39
por POR 24 Tiago Machado (RadioShack) s.t.
esp ESP 25 Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:01:52
irl IRL 26 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:02:11
den DEN 27 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:02:20
fra FRA 28 David Moncoutié (Cofidis) 00:02:22
ukr UKR 29 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 30 Davide Malacarne (Quick Step) 00:02:24
bel BEL 31 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:02:27
ned NED 32 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) 00:02:42
fra FRA 33 Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
esp ESP 34 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:02:44
esp ESP 35 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
uzb UZB 36 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:02:51
col COL 37 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:02:55
rus RUS 38 Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
cro CRO 39 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) 00:02:57
pol POL 40 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-ISD) 00:03:10
ita ITA 41 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing) 00:03:14
ned NED 42 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:03:17
fra FRA 43 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:03:34
esp ESP 44 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha) 00:03:52
aut AUT 45 Thomas Rohregger (Leopard-Trek) 00:04:07
rus RUS 46 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) 00:04:29
rus RUS 47 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) 00:05:04
fra FRA 48 Mathieu Perget (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:05:12
esp ESP 49 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha) 00:05:20
ita ITA 50 Marco Marzano (Lampre-ISD) 00:05:46
kaz KAZ 51 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) 00:05:59
ger GER 52 Johannes Frohlinger (Skil-Shimano) 00:06:14
usa USA 53 Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:07:23
sui SUI 54 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) 00:07:25
sui SUI 55 Oliver Zaugg (Leopard-Trek) 00:07:42
fra FRA 56 Dimitri Champion (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:08:15
esp ESP 57 Jose Luis Carmona Roldan (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:08:25
bel BEL 58 Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:09:10
esp ESP 59 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis) 00:09:19
esp ESP 60 David Bernabeu Armengol (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:09:37
ger GER 61 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:09:40
esp ESP 62 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:09:51
ita ITA 63 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre-ISD) 00:09:59
swe SWE 64 Thomas Löfkvist (Team Sky) 00:10:05
bel BEL 65 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:10:14
esp ESP 66 Antonio Piedra Perez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:10:24
esp ESP 67 David Lopez Garcia (Movistar) 00:10:57
pol POL 68 Rafal Majka (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:11:12
ita ITA 69 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) 00:12:20
ita ITA 70 Morris Possoni (Team Sky) 00:12:24
ita ITA 71 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:14:04
fra FRA 72 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) 00:14:31
ned NED 73 Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano) 00:14:47
usa USA 74 Matthew Busche (RadioShack) 00:16:32
esp ESP 75 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar) 00:17:10
bel BEL 76 Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:17:19
esp ESP 77 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:17:44
est EST 78 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) 00:17:56
est EST 79 Tanel Kangert (Astana) 00:17:59
esp ESP 80 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) 00:18:18
ita ITA 81 Santo Anza (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:18:32
esp ESP 82 Benat Intxausti (Movistar) 00:19:19
esp ESP 83 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) 00:19:35
ita ITA 84 Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) 00:20:28
ita ITA 85 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:20:32
kaz KAZ 86 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) 00:20:38
esp ESP 87 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar) 00:20:42
bel BEL 88 Tom Boonen (Quick Step) 00:20:43
ned NED 89 Marc De Maar (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 90 Kristof Vandewalle (Quick Step) 00:20:46
sui SUI 91 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) 00:20:55
bel BEL 92 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) s.t.
esp ESP 93 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:20:56
esp ESP 94 Josep Jufre Pou (Astana) 00:20:58
rus RUS 95 Evgeni Petrov (Astana) s.t.
ita ITA 96 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) 00:21:00
bel BEL 97 Gert Dockx (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:21:02
esp ESP 98 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:21:11
ita ITA 99 Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD) 00:21:20
esp ESP 100 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:21:21
ukr UKR 101 Volodymyr Gustov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:21:22
fra FRA 102 Cyril Dessel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:21:30
kaz KAZ 103 Andrey Mizurov (Astana) 00:21:37
rus RUS 104 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:21:49
fra FRA 105 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:21:52
aus AUS 106 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:21:54
ned NED 107 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) 00:23:58
ita ITA 108 Davide Vigano (Leopard-Trek) 00:24:15
svk SVK 109 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:24:54
ita ITA 110 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) 00:25:13
fra FRA 111 Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack) 00:25:19
pol POL 112 Michal Golas (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:25:29
den DEN 113 Matti Breschel (Rabobank) 00:25:38
ger GER 114 Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) 00:25:46
fra FRA 115 David Lelay (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:25:47
sui SUI 116 Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) 00:26:00
ger GER 117 Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:26:09
esp ESP 118 Inaki Isasi Flores (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:26:21
esp ESP 119 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) 00:26:33
esp ESP 120 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar) s.t.
esp ESP 121 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:26:47
esp ESP 122 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Lampre-ISD) 00:26:55
esp ESP 123 David Blanco Rodiguez (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:27:02
aus AUS 124 Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:27:05
bel BEL 125 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) 00:27:12
ita ITA 126 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:27:29
por POR 127 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (RadioShack) 00:27:49
ger GER 128 Paul Martens (Rabobank) 00:27:53
ned NED 129 Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:27:55
ita ITA 130 Francesco Bellotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 131 Luca Paolini (Katusha) 00:27:59
BRA 132 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:28:15
ita ITA 133 Daniele Righi (Lampre-ISD) 00:28:16
fra FRA 134 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) 00:28:29
ned NED 135 Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano) 00:28:56
esp ESP 136 Oscar Gomez Freire (Rabobank) 00:29:09
esp ESP 137 José Alberto Roman Benitez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:29:10
blr BLR 138 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha) 00:29:13
ita ITA 139 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) 00:29:30
sui SUI 140 Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) 00:29:39
fra FRA 141 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:29:41
ita ITA 142 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:30:15
bel BEL 143 Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:30:19
gbr GBR 144 Ian Stannard (Team Sky) 00:30:23
ita ITA 145 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) 00:30:34
esp ESP 146 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) 00:30:47
esp ESP 147 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
bel BEL 148 Kevin De Weert (Quick Step) 00:30:57
ger GER 149 John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
bel BEL 150 Jurgen Vandewalle (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:31:03
por POR 151 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack) 00:31:07
svk SVK 152 Martin Velits (HTC-Highroad) 00:31:22
ltu LTU 153 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar) 00:31:27
ger GER 154 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack) 00:31:28
den DEN 155 Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:31:36
ita ITA 156 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:31:38
esp ESP 157 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
rus RUS 158 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha) s.t.
aut AUT 159 Matthias Brandle (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:32:26
fra FRA 160 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) 00:32:54
ger GER 161 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) 00:32:55
bel BEL 162 Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) 00:33:31
ita ITA 163 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) 00:33:33
aus AUS 164 Stuart O' Grady (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ned NED 165 Karsten Kroon (BMC Racing) 00:34:04
aus AUS 166 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) 00:34:08
ned NED 167 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:34:17
ned NED 168 Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) 00:35:04
usa USA 169 Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:36:04
ger GER 170 Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) 00:36:20
ger GER 171 Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) 00:36:31
sui SUI 172 Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing) 00:36:55
aus AUS 173 Adam Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) 00:37:01
pol POL 174 Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
arg ARG 175 Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:37:02
ita ITA 176 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) s.t.
nor NOR 177 Kurt-asle Arvesen (Team Sky) 00:37:19
ita ITA 178 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
esp ESP 179 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:37:33
bel BEL 180 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:37:53
fra FRA 181 Steve Houanard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:38:02
usa USA 182 Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) 00:38:17
esp ESP 183 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:38:33
ger GER 184 Andreas Klier (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:38:38
ger GER 185 Robert Wagner (Leopard-Trek) 00:39:03
den DEN 186 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:39:08
ned NED 187 Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) 00:40:24
den DEN 188 Mads Christensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:40:34
esp ESP 189 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:41:09
lat LAT 190 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis) 00:41:25
jpn JPN 191 Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano) 00:41:37
fra FRA 192 Nicolas Vogondy (Cofidis) 00:41:41
esp ESP 193 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Movistar) 00:42:49
bel BEL 194 Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:45:24
col COL 195 Mauricio Alberto Cano Ardila (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:47:01
fra FRA 196 Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano) 00:53:38

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