Vuelta a España: Juan José Cobo solos into red on the Angliru
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Vuelta a España: Juan José Cobo solos into red on the Angliru

by Ben Atkins at 12:09 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Vuelta a España, Race Reports and Results
 
Wiggins goes down fighting but can’t match the Spaniard on the mythical climb

Juan Jose CoboJuan José Cobo (Geox-TMC) attacked his way into the lead of the Vuelta a España, taking a solo victory on the mythical Alto de l’Angliru. The 30-year-old Bisonte de la Pesa, who had attacked to second place on the previous stage, escaped the shrinking peloton with a little over six kilometres to go, where the gradient was up over 20% and gradually inched opened up a winning lead.

Behind Cobo race leader Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) put super climbing domestique Chris Froome to work to try to drag him back, but the pace of the Geox-TMC rider was too much. With the chase group reduced to Wiggins, Froome, Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Cobo’s Geox-TMC teammate Denis Menchov, the Sky pair could call upon no help. On the final steep section inside the final two kilometres Wiggins finally cracked as the others attacked.

"I'm thrilled, this is without a doubt the most fantastic day of my career," explained 'Juanjo' at the finish. "It wasn't a climb well suited to my skills but right from the very first kilometres I felt like my legs were spinning well and so I decided to try the attack. I didn't know if I would be able to stick it out for the entire climb, the inclines on Angliru are gruelling, but metre after metre I felt my lead increasing and I gained confidence and found new energy to make it all the way to the finish line.

"For a Spanish rider to win on this climb among all these crowds is the maximum," he enthused. "I don't know how the Vuelta is going to end, we still have another week of racing ahead and the road to Madrid is still long. Tomorrow will be a rest day, it will be important for recuperating some energy. In the mean time I want to enjoy this victory, which was very important for me and all the team, and the joy of wearing the red jersey. Tomorrow is the rest day, it will be important to recuperate the energy exhausted in these last stages."

Poels raced away to the finish, as he had done on the two previous stages, crossing the line 48 seconds behind Cobo, and just ahead of Menchov, with Froome just behind.

Wiggins chased alone over the final kilometre to finish 1’21” behind and conceded his red jersey. With the twenty-second time bonus that Cobo took on the line, and with the twelve- and eight-second bonuses taken by Poels and Menchov, the Geox-TMC captain takes over the race lead.

Having missed out on the top three, Froome still sits in second place, just that twenty-second bonus behind, while Wiggins slips to third, some 46 seconds back.

Reactions to follow

The 142.2km stage between Avilés and Angliru was to be the toughest test of the Vuelta so far. With the final climb featuring sections of up to 23.5% many riders were equipped with extra small gears, with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali having 34x29, Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana) 34x28, Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard Trek) 36x28, Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) 36x28, and Cobo an incredible 34x32.

The French champion tries and tries but misses the breakaway

In the early kilometres of the stage Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) made repeated attempts to get away. Just as the French champion was pulled back for a fourth time after 34km though, the trio of Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervélo), Dimitri Champion (AG2R La Mondiale) and Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) escaped. Jesus Rosendo (Andalucia-Caja Granada) chased the trio for several kilometres, but was unable to get up to them and sat up.

The three riders’ lead reached a maximum of six minutes by the 55th kilometre, before it began to reduce gradually with the Euskaltel-Euskadi and Katusha teams leading the peloton.

Over the top of the Alto de Tenebredo, after 79.1km, the gap was still 5’30” but, as Vacansoleil-DCM moved ahead and increased the pace, it began to tumble rapidly.

With 40km to go, as the gap was down to almost exactly two minutes, there was a big crash close to the rear of the peloton. The incident involved a number of riders from the Lampre-ISD and Euskaltel-Euskadi teams; everybody remounted and continued, although Aitor Perez (Lampre-ISD) took some time to get up.

Into the final 30km the Euskaltel-Euskadi team joined Vacansoleil-DCM in the chase and, as they approached the foot of the Alto del Cordal climb, the three breakaways were in sight.

The break is almost over as the attacks begin

As the climb began with 26.6km to go, Talansky and Champion sat up, but Geschke resisted and widened the few second gap once more. Dutch champion Pim Ligthart was the final Vacansoleil-DCM rider left on the front at this point, with Liquigas-Cannondale lined up behind him.

Matthias Frank (BMC Racing) tried to escape the peloton, but Ligthart increased the pace to pull the Swiss rider back. The net effect of this was to increase the rate of riders who were tailing off the back of the peloton, with sixth place Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana) among the early casualties.

The next attack up front came from stage fourteen aggressor Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar), who was followed by Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC). It was all over for Geschke at this point as the attackers caught and passed the young German.

It was all over for the previous day’s winner Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) too as it was his turn to be dropped. The Estonian made a slashing gesture across his throat and smiled at the TV cameras as he allowed the peloton to drift away.

Up ahead Sastre caught Bruseghin with Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervélo) and mountains leader David Moncoutié (Cofidis), forming a group of four up ahead.

Liguigas-Cannondale was still leading the peloton, and refusing to be panicked by the attacking foursome, but Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) was in second wheel, with Wiggins right behind the Swiss champion. Euskaltel-Euskadi came forward to help the chase once again, just as Moncoutié struck out with Sastre and Martin in his wake.

Over the top of the climb, which was taken by Moncoutié to extend his lead in the polka dot jersey standings, the group of four led by 23 seconds. Liquigas-Cannondale was back in front now though, with double stage winner Peter Sagan leading the peloton into the descent.

On damp roads, under the shelter of trees, Bruseghin managed to leave the other three behind, while behind him the descending skills of Liquigas-Cannondale was having the familiar effect on the peloton. The main group was in several pieces, with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) in control of the first one, as the race approached the bottom of the descent and the immediate start of the Angliru.

The Angliru begins and the peloton is smashed to pieces

Bruseghin was the only rider left in the lead, but he was caught almost as soon as the climb began and Sagan began to set a strong tempo.

With 11.4km to go, and the slopes still relatively benign, Sastre went again and, with Sagan still setting a tempo he was allowed to go clear. As he passed under the ten kilometre banner he was 15 seconds clear.

As the peloton approached the banner Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) tried to get away but, as Euskaltel-Euskadi took over on the front, he wasn’t able to get far; although at the nine kilometre banner he was 11 seconds behind Sastre, with the peloton a further eight seconds behind him.

This was the point that Moncoutié was dropped, although, having secured his jersey for another day, it looked more like he had sat up deliberately.

With Euskaltel-Euskadi and Liquigas-Cannondale both leading the peloton on the shallow section of the climb with just over seven kilometres to go Barredo was picked up, but Sastre was holding out a few seconds ahead.

Just after the seven kilometre banner though, as the slopes ramped up to 19%, Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi) attacked and soon made his way across to Sastre. Daniel Martin made a move behind them, with Sergio Pardilla (Movistar) on his wheel, in an effort to get across but, as Antón dropped Sastre, the Irishman was unable to make it.

As Sastre was picked up by the peloton, Cobo moved to the front of the shrinking group, and Wiggins moved forward to mark him. The red jersey was dancing out of the saddle as riders were all over the road, with the gradient hitting 21 and 22%.

As the steep slopes kicked in Cobo escaped, with the group now just nine seconds behind Antón as the approached the six kilometre banner.

As Cobo goes Wiggins is fighting for his jersey like never before

Froome promptly forward to help Wiggins to chase Cobo, but the Geox-TMC rider was already up with Antón. Froome’s pace was enough to drop most of Wiggins’ rivals though, including defending champion Nibali once again, and the chasin peloton now had a similar appearance to the day before.

The only riders able to stay with Froome’s pace were Wiggins, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Poels, and Cobo’s teammate Menchov. As this group began to gain on the leaders, Cobo accelerated once again, dropping Antón, and setting off alone.

Froome quickly pulled back the Euskaltel-Euskadi rider, as Martin was fighting to get up to the group. The gap was no more than 200 metres to Cobo, but that equated to 12 seconds on the super-steep gradient; as he passed under the five kilometre banner that had grown slightly to 13 seconds and the toughest part was still to come.

With four kilometres to go Cobo had opened the gap up to 30 seconds, and was riding himself into red. Starting the day just 55 seconds behind Wiggins, the twenty-second time bonus on the line meant that he only needed another five to take the red jersey from the British champion.

Just behind the Wiggins group Bauke Mollema caught up with Martin, who was now with Antón; as the road steepened once more, Rodriguez found himself dropped by Froome’s pace and the chase group was reduced to four.

As Froome tired, Wiggins himself took over on the front, but his teammate was abel to stay with him. He took over once more as they approached the three kilometre banner, where Cobo was 38 seconds ahead; assuming Wiggins finished outside the top three, the Geox-TMC rider now led the race by three seconds.

The climb is at its steepest as Wiggins starts to struggle

As Cobo wrestled his bike up the steepest section, which ramped up to 23.5% in places, the local Spanish fans were going crazy. Behind him in the chase group Poels moved forward, followed by Menchov; the Russian two-time Vuelta winner wasn’t going to help the chase, but would gladly take the time bonuses away from Wiggins on the line.

The two briefly dropped the Sky pair as Wiggins began to struggle but Froome sprinted around him to once again offer his back wheel to his leader. Despite the British duo struggling, Cobo was not getting much further away…

Under the two kilometre banner, as the gradient eased up to a more manageable 13%, Cobo’s lead had hardly grown at all, and was now 44 seconds. As the mist thickened though, and with a TV motorbike coming down on the steep road, Wiggins was beginning to struggle as the accumulated climb began to take its toll.

The gradient kicked back up to 20% as Cobo wrestled his bike through the throngs of cheering fans and, as he reached the flamme rouge marking the final kilometre, his lead had stretched to 1’10” over Wiggins. The race leader had been unable to follow an acceleration from Poels, and Froome had been told to go.

As Cobo crested the top of the climb and took on the gentle descent to the finish line he sprinted right to the line to maximise his advantage. Poels attacked to take second place, with Menchov taking third and Froome fifth. They crossed the line 48 seconds behind Cobo, exactly the margin by which he had trailed Froome in the morning; with the twenty-second bonus on the line though, and with Froome missing out, the Geox-TMC rider moved into red.

Wiggins had been picked up by Antón, and the two of them powered in to the finish, but the 1’21” delay to Cobo meant that Wiggins was out of the jersey.

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Vuelta a Espana (WorldTour) stage 15 Results: Avilés to Aldo de l'Angliru (144km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Geox-TMC Transformers) 04:01:56
ned NED 2 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:00:48
rus RUS 3 Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
gbr GBR 4 Christopher Froome (Team Sky) s.t.
gbr GBR 5 Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) 00:01:21
esp ESP 6 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 7 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) 00:01:35
bel BEL 8 Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ned NED 9 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) s.t.
uzb UZB 10 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
irl IRL 11 Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:01:41
col COL 12 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:01:52
esp ESP 13 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:02:02
bel BEL 14 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:02:17
ita ITA 15 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:02:37
den DEN 16 Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) 00:02:43
esp ESP 17 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha) s.t.
sui SUI 18 Oliver Zaugg (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
esp ESP 19 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar) 00:03:01
esp ESP 20 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:03:22
den DEN 21 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:03:32
esp ESP 22 Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:03:52
esp ESP 23 Benat Intxausti (Movistar) 00:04:31
fra FRA 24 Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:04:54
bel BEL 25 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step) s.t.
ita ITA 26 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) 00:05:08
por POR 27 Tiago Machado (RadioShack) 00:05:27
esp ESP 28 Josep Jufre Pou (Astana) 00:05:38
cro CRO 29 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) s.t.
esp ESP 30 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:05:56
bel BEL 31 Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:06:05
bel BEL 32 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:06:12
irl IRL 33 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:06:19
esp ESP 34 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha) 00:06:30
esp ESP 35 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) 00:06:48
esp ESP 36 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:06:51
aut AUT 37 Thomas Rohregger (Leopard-Trek) 00:07:01
esp ESP 38 David Lopez Garcia (Movistar) 00:07:14
ita ITA 39 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:07:34
fra FRA 40 Mathieu Perget (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:07:44
pol POL 41 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-ISD) 00:08:05
ita ITA 42 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:08:10
esp ESP 43 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) 00:08:28
rus RUS 44 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
esp ESP 45 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar) 00:08:31
fra FRA 46 David Moncoutié (Cofidis) 00:09:11
ned NED 47 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) 00:09:14
fra FRA 48 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 49 Cyril Dessel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 50 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) 00:09:40
slo SLO 51 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) s.t.
esp ESP 52 David Blanco Rodiguez (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
fra FRA 53 Steve Houanard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:10:00
esp ESP 54 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
fra FRA 55 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) 00:10:37
esp ESP 56 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
rus RUS 57 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) s.t.
esp ESP 58 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:10:46
bel BEL 59 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) 00:11:20
ned NED 60 Marc De Maar (Quick Step) 00:11:27
pol POL 61 Rafal Majka (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:12:14
ger GER 62 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:12:20
aut AUT 63 Matthias Brandle (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ned NED 64 Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:13:00
ger GER 65 Johannes Frohlinger (Skil-Shimano) 00:13:19
fra FRA 66 David Lelay (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:13:51
ger GER 67 Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:13:58
ita ITA 68 Francesco Bellotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:14:00
esp ESP 69 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) 00:14:04
esp ESP 70 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) s.t.
ukr UKR 71 Volodymyr Gustov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:14:33
ita ITA 72 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing) s.t.
bel BEL 73 Kevin De Weert (Quick Step) 00:14:36
ita ITA 74 Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
svk SVK 75 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 76 Santo Anza (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
gbr GBR 77 Ian Stannard (Team Sky) s.t.
sui SUI 78 Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
bel BEL 79 Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:14:43
rus RUS 80 Evgeni Petrov (Astana) 00:14:45
ita ITA 81 Marco Marzano (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 82 Gert Dockx (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:14:58
esp ESP 83 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha) 00:15:16
esp ESP 84 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar) s.t.
ned NED 85 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 86 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:15:17
ned NED 87 Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano) 00:15:20
fra FRA 88 Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack) s.t.
swe SWE 89 Thomas Löfkvist (Team Sky) 00:15:29
ita ITA 90 Morris Possoni (Team Sky) s.t.
bel BEL 91 Kristof Vandewalle (Quick Step) 00:15:37
esp ESP 92 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis) 00:15:41
ger GER 93 Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
esp ESP 94 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) 00:15:43
bel BEL 95 Jurgen Vandewalle (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
sui SUI 96 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) s.t.
fra FRA 97 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:15:57
esp ESP 98 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar) 00:16:17
sui SUI 99 Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ger GER 100 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) 00:16:27
sui SUI 101 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) s.t.
ita ITA 102 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) 00:17:19
svk SVK 103 Martin Velits (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
esp ESP 104 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
usa USA 105 Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:17:41
ita ITA 106 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) 00:17:48
est EST 107 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) 00:18:04
ltu LTU 108 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar) s.t.
rus RUS 109 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:18:23
ita ITA 110 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) 00:18:26
kaz KAZ 111 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) 00:18:28
esp ESP 112 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 113 Inaki Isasi Flores (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
bel BEL 114 Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:18:47
ger GER 115 Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
jpn JPN 116 Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano) 00:18:57
fra FRA 117 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) 00:19:00
ita ITA 118 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:19:10
ita ITA 119 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:19:47
ita ITA 120 Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) 00:19:58
ita ITA 121 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ukr UKR 122 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:20:00
fra FRA 123 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:20:05
ita ITA 124 Luca Paolini (Katusha) 00:20:38
ita ITA 125 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) s.t.
blr BLR 126 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha) s.t.
rus RUS 127 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha) s.t.
ita ITA 128 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 129 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
fra FRA 130 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) 00:20:43
esp ESP 131 José Alberto Roman Benitez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:20:53
pol POL 132 Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:21:04
esp ESP 133 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:21:09
ita ITA 134 Davide Malacarne (Quick Step) 00:21:11
den DEN 135 Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
ger GER 136 Robert Wagner (Leopard-Trek) 00:21:25
esp ESP 137 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:21:28
por POR 138 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack) 00:21:30
bel BEL 139 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 00:21:32
est EST 140 Tanel Kangert (Astana) 00:21:45
swe SWE 141 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) s.t.
kaz KAZ 142 Andrey Mizurov (Astana) s.t.
bel BEL 143 Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:22:05
kaz KAZ 144 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) s.t.
lat LAT 145 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis) s.t.
aus AUS 146 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) s.t.
aus AUS 147 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ned NED 148 Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ita ITA 149 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 150 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
aus AUS 151 Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) s.t.
aus AUS 152 Adam Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
den DEN 153 Mads Christensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 154 David Bernabeu Armengol (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
ita ITA 155 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) 00:22:10
ned NED 156 Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) 00:22:17
ita ITA 157 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) 00:22:26
fra FRA 158 Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano) 00:22:28
esp ESP 159 Jose Luis Carmona Roldan (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:22:46
bel BEL 160 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
esp ESP 161 Antonio Piedra Perez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
fra FRA 162 Dimitri Champion (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:23:07
esp ESP 163 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Lampre-ISD) 00:23:16
ita ITA 164 Daniele Righi (Lampre-ISD) 00:23:20
bel BEL 165 Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) 00:23:24
bel BEL 166 Tom Boonen (Quick Step) s.t.
arg ARG 167 Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:23:42
aus AUS 168 Stuart O' Grady (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ger GER 169 Paul Martens (Rabobank) s.t.
ger GER 170 John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) s.t.
ger GER 171 Andreas Klier (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
ita ITA 172 Davide Vigano (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
ned NED 173 Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
ned NED 174 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 175 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) s.t.
por POR 176 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (RadioShack) s.t.
usa USA 177 Matthew Busche (RadioShack) s.t.
den DEN 178 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.

General classification after stage 15:

Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Geox-TMC Transformers) 59:57:16
gbr GBR 2 Christopher Froome (Team Sky) 00:00:20
gbr GBR 3 Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) 00:00:46
ned NED 4 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) 00:01:36
bel BEL 5 Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek) 00:02:37
rus RUS 6 Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:03:01
den DEN 7 Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) 00:03:06
ita ITA 8 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:03:27
bel BEL 9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:03:58
ned NED 10 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:04:13
esp ESP 11 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha) 00:04:32
esp ESP 12 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:50
esp ESP 13 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) 00:05:17
esp ESP 14 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar) 00:05:56
den DEN 15 Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:06:08
irl IRL 16 Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:06:42
uzb UZB 17 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:07:50
bel BEL 18 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Quick Step) 00:08:02
ita ITA 19 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) 00:09:13
irl IRL 20 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:09:16
esp ESP 21 Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:10:07
slo SLO 22 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) 00:14:24
cro CRO 23 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) 00:15:05
ita ITA 24 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) 00:17:23
sui SUI 25 Oliver Zaugg (Leopard-Trek) 00:18:22
swe SWE 26 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) 00:22:33
fra FRA 27 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:23:22
fra FRA 28 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) 00:26:51
por POR 29 Tiago Machado (RadioShack) 00:28:56
pol POL 30 Rafal Majka (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:29:14
fra FRA 31 Mathieu Perget (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 00:29:38
esp ESP 32 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack) 00:30:46
col COL 33 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:36:27
fra FRA 34 David Moncoutié (Cofidis) 00:36:50
aut AUT 35 Thomas Rohregger (Leopard-Trek) 00:37:28
bel BEL 36 Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:39:38
bel BEL 37 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 00:40:24
esp ESP 38 Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:43:21
esp ESP 39 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:45:52
esp ESP 40 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:48:32
ned NED 41 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) 00:51:49
esp ESP 42 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha) 00:52:07
esp ESP 43 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Geox-TMC Transformers) 00:57:36
fra FRA 44 Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:59:46
esp ESP 45 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank) 01:01:04
esp ESP 46 David Blanco Rodiguez (Geox-TMC Transformers) 01:06:31
rus RUS 47 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) 01:06:36
rus RUS 48 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) 01:08:23
ger GER 49 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) 01:09:07
pol POL 50 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-ISD) 01:10:35
esp ESP 51 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar) 01:16:18
esp ESP 52 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) 01:17:26
fra FRA 53 David Lelay (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 01:23:04
ita ITA 54 Davide Malacarne (Quick Step) 01:26:36
ger GER 55 Johannes Frohlinger (Skil-Shimano) 01:27:05
esp ESP 56 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:27:06
ita ITA 57 Santo Anza (Vacansoleil-DCM) 01:30:28
swe SWE 58 Thomas Löfkvist (Team Sky) 01:31:17
fra FRA 59 Cyril Dessel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 01:34:25
kaz KAZ 60 Andrey Mizurov (Astana) 01:34:36
esp ESP 61 Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Movistar) 01:34:41
ita ITA 62 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) 01:35:44
esp ESP 63 Josep Jufre Pou (Astana) 01:35:59
esp ESP 64 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:37:32
esp ESP 65 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis) 01:40:32
ita ITA 66 Morris Possoni (Team Sky) 01:40:33
est EST 67 Tanel Kangert (Astana) 01:42:56
esp ESP 68 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha) 01:43:18
rus RUS 69 Evgeni Petrov (Astana) 01:46:15
ita ITA 70 Marco Marzano (Lampre-ISD) 01:46:17
ita ITA 71 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing) 01:46:18
ita ITA 72 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre-ISD) 01:48:20
bel BEL 73 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Cervelo) 01:49:26
ita ITA 74 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) 01:49:38
esp ESP 75 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) 01:52:46
bel BEL 76 Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 01:53:17
usa USA 77 Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervelo) 01:54:39
ita ITA 78 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 01:54:53
fra FRA 79 Dimitri Champion (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 01:56:26
esp ESP 80 Benat Intxausti (Movistar) 01:57:46
esp ESP 81 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) 01:58:04
esp ESP 82 Inaki Isasi Flores (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 01:59:13
ukr UKR 83 Volodymyr Gustov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 02:00:11
ned NED 84 Koen De Kort (Skil-Shimano) 02:02:19
fra FRA 85 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 02:02:28
esp ESP 86 Antonio Piedra Perez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 02:03:21
esp ESP 87 David Bernabeu Armengol (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 02:04:14
ita ITA 88 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) s.t.
esp ESP 89 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 02:05:47
ned NED 90 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) 02:05:54
bel BEL 91 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis) 02:06:06
ger GER 92 Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 02:07:02
ita ITA 93 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Cannondale) 02:07:37
esp ESP 94 David Lopez Garcia (Movistar) 02:10:13
bel BEL 95 Gert Dockx (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 02:13:55
ned NED 96 Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) 02:14:25
esp ESP 97 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 02:16:30
est EST 98 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) 02:17:03
esp ESP 99 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 02:18:15
ita ITA 100 Francesco Bellotti (Liquigas-Cannondale) 02:21:06
sui SUI 101 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) 02:21:22
esp ESP 102 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack) 02:22:52
por POR 103 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (RadioShack) 02:23:05
ned NED 104 Marc De Maar (Quick Step) 02:25:13
bel BEL 105 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 02:25:47
esp ESP 106 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Lampre-ISD) 02:26:25
kaz KAZ 107 Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) 02:27:37
esp ESP 108 Jose Luis Carmona Roldan (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 02:27:46
ltu LTU 109 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar) 02:28:54
esp ESP 110 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 02:29:05
sui SUI 111 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) 02:29:49
aus AUS 112 Stuart O' Grady (Leopard-Trek) 02:32:45
ukr UKR 113 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Vacansoleil-DCM) 02:33:43
ita ITA 114 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) 02:34:24
aus AUS 115 Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervelo) 02:34:28
bel BEL 116 Kevin De Weert (Quick Step) 02:35:17
fra FRA 117 Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack) 02:36:27
rus RUS 118 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Geox-TMC Transformers) 02:36:49
usa USA 119 Matthew Busche (RadioShack) 02:36:53
fra FRA 120 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) 02:37:50
kaz KAZ 121 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) 02:38:31
rus RUS 122 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha) 02:39:56
ger GER 123 Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) 02:41:00
sui SUI 124 Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) 02:43:08
ita ITA 125 Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek) 02:44:54
svk SVK 126 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 02:44:57
fra FRA 127 Steve Houanard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) 02:46:32
bel BEL 128 Kristof Vandewalle (Quick Step) 02:47:02
ger GER 129 Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) 02:47:17
por POR 130 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack) 02:48:22
ita ITA 131 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) 02:48:37
esp ESP 132 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar) 02:50:39
ita ITA 133 Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD) 02:52:57
svk SVK 134 Martin Velits (HTC-Highroad) 02:53:30
ger GER 135 Paul Martens (Rabobank) 02:54:02
sui SUI 136 Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) 02:56:23
ita ITA 137 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) 02:57:44
ita ITA 138 Daniele Righi (Lampre-ISD) 02:58:52
den DEN 139 Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 03:00:55
esp ESP 140 José Alberto Roman Benitez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 03:01:29
gbr GBR 141 Ian Stannard (Team Sky) 03:03:04
fra FRA 142 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis) 03:03:08
ita ITA 143 Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) 03:05:19
bel BEL 144 Jurgen Vandewalle (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 03:06:02
ita ITA 145 Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) 03:06:13
blr BLR 146 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha) 03:06:30
ger GER 147 Bert Grabsch (HTC-Highroad) 03:06:38
aus AUS 148 Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto ) 03:09:15
esp ESP 149 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 03:10:43
den DEN 150 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 03:10:55
ita ITA 151 Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale) 03:13:18
ita ITA 152 Luca Paolini (Katusha) 03:14:31
bel BEL 153 Tom Boonen (Quick Step) 03:15:59
ita ITA 154 Davide Vigano (Leopard-Trek) 03:16:57
ger GER 155 John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) 03:17:50
ita ITA 156 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) 03:20:56
ned NED 157 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) 03:24:56
aus AUS 158 Adam Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) 03:27:00
ita ITA 159 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil-DCM) 03:28:53
aut AUT 160 Matthias Brandle (Geox-TMC Transformers) 03:30:15
bel BEL 161 Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil-DCM) 03:34:43
arg ARG 162 Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 03:36:41
fra FRA 163 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 03:39:15
pol POL 164 Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 03:40:03
bel BEL 165 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Cervelo) 03:40:48
jpn JPN 166 Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano) 03:42:52
ned NED 167 Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano) 03:44:48
bel BEL 168 Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) 03:45:11
den DEN 169 Mads Christensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 03:50:04
esp ESP 170 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 03:51:07
aus AUS 171 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) 03:52:41
ger GER 172 Robert Wagner (Leopard-Trek) 03:55:29
fra FRA 173 Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano) 03:57:03
ned NED 174 Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) 04:03:11
ger GER 175 Andreas Klier (Garmin-Cervelo) 04:03:42
lat LAT 176 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis) 04:05:18
bel BEL 177 Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 04:10:44
ned NED 178 Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) 04:11:48

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