10.30.2009

VDB... perhaps...

[Pic apcom ]
I'm not a detective or a secret agent, but I liked VDB very much, was shocked by his death and can't stop to think about it. So I had a flash when I read on today Gazzetta about a 'new and very dagerous kind of doping' used, it seems, by a lot of racers and also in Giro 2008: in simple words it consists in taking some blood, puting ozone in it and injecting it back in the athlete body. It's dangerous because it can easily causes an emboly. Did you get it? VDB died because of an emboly and they found signs of punctures on his arms. Everybosy thought to drug but the woman who was with him said he didn't use it while they were together and family and doctors agree that he was not taking it. He was training hard instead and looking for a team. He wanted to race and to win again. Ozone? Perhaps. That would make his death even more desperate. Cycling keeps killing his best sons? please say not. How sad all that is!

10.29.2009

Emanuele Sella said the truth about Priamo

On the Gazzetta dello Sport of today there is an important news about the Sella's case: the circumstances of Sella's doping have been cleared up by the investigator of Padova Court and they found that the allegations against Matteo Priamo, Sella's team mate, were right, that is that Emanuele Sella said the truth. Priamo has been acquited by the sport Court - a scandal - but now he must be judged by the ordinary Court and risks 3 years of detention for use, selling and smuggling of forbiden substances.
As E.Sella already said, Priamo sold him the CERA on the 30 June 2009 (just after the Giro) for 700 euros. He had it from Aleksandar Nikacevic, coach of Serbian U23 team, who is in prison since 4 months.
Emanuele Sella came back to racing this summer after 1 year of disqualification because of his collaboration with the investigators and avoided the ordinary judgement paying 2.200 euros. He already got the first win of his new carreer with his new team, Carmioro, and I hope to see him in the Giro 2010, that suits him perfectly.
I'm very disappointed instead because of the reaction of the Italian cycling world: when Sella accused Priamo he was treated like a traitor and a lot of people acted like real 'mafiosi'. Nothing will change if everybody is ready to defend a mate who was wrong against a mate who had the courage to say the truth.
Finally I still think that Franco Ballerini has some responsability in all that story, because after Sella's amazing Giro he didn't make even a call to say 'Bravo'. Also the national team for World Championship too many times is a 'cosa nostra' of big pro-Tour teams and racers from little teams have no hope to be selected in spite of any good results.

10.28.2009

Thanks God, Jonny back home

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bellis-to-return-to-britain-following-crash
Pic byhttp://marietiburce.perso.sfr.fr/Phototheque/index.htm

Bellis to return to Britain following crash

Manx rider out of coma and recovering ahead of journey home

Jonathan Bellis will return home to Britain from Italy, where he is recovering from a scooter crash that occurred near Quarrata, Italy, in September.

"Jonny is doing really well since the last update and is communicating by writing messages on a white board. They are looking into flying him to London shortly," read a statement on the British Cycling website yesterday.

Bellis' parents had been in Italy with their son. They flew from the Isle of Man to join him the day of the crash.

Bellis, 21, crashed while on his scooter near Quarrata, Italy, at around 3:30 in the morning on September 19. Medics took him to the hospital in Careggi, north of Firenze, where doctors placed him in an induced coma and performed surgery. Doctors brought him out of the coma earlier this month, but he is still recovering from head injuries.

Bellis was wearing a helmet and travelling along Via IV Novembre. The cause of the accident is still unknown and local police are still investigating it.

He was in Quarrata to train with other British riders, including fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish. He had hopes of racing the World Championships at the end of September in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Bellis finished third in the 2007 Under 23 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He turned professional with team Saxo Bank this season after a trainee period last fall.

All-teeth-smiling Andy


Pic Reuters

10.26.2009

Andy about next season schedule

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/schleck-to-prepare-for-tour-with-spring-classics

Schleck to prepare for Tour with Spring Classics

Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck is a bona fide star after the Tour.

Working to improve in mountains and time trials in order to win the Tour

Andy Schleck of Team Saxo Bank will ride the Spring Classics in preparation for the Tour de France, and once again skip the Giro d'Italia. The Luxembourger will look to improve on his second place finish this year, saying “If I can finish second, then I think I can win.”

His spring plan includes Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where he will look to defend his 2009 victory and the Amstel Gold Race. “Also for the first time, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, to prepare for the paves that await us in the third stage of the Tour. It is an area where you can't win the Tour, but you can lose it,” Schleck told the Spanish newspaper El País.

The 24-year-old said that in order to win, “I need a strong team and to improve on the climbs, because the mountain is where you can lose the Tour within five minutes.”

He also knows that he needs to work on his time trialing abilities, as the penultimate stage of the 2010 Tour is a 50km time trial which could be decisive. “Mental training... I've worked hard with Bobby Julich,” Schleck said, noting, “I am improving every year and I'm not so bad. I'll never be a Cancellara, but I can improve a lot.”

Being able to ride alongside of older brother Fränk is “a luxury,” he said. “With him I have confidence that I do not have with anyone else. Who else will say, “you jerk, what have you done with your shoes,” and things like that.”

Schleck gets along with many of his teammates, but admitted that former teammate Carlos Sastre was not one of them. “I never understood what his problem was. He won the Tour and everyone who watched it on TV and knows a bit about cycling realised what we sacrificed for him. And he went out in the press and said things that made no sense, like we did not want to work for him.” Saying, “We were one hundred percent for him, working for him,” he concluded that the Spaniard, now with Cervélo TestTeam, “has a problem with his head.”

Comparing himself to a football player, he noted that “only” 70,000 people can fit into a stadium. “In a Tour there are many more.” Another advantage of cycling, Schleck said, was that “football gives fame and money. I do not like the fame, but I do like the money.”

Andy's diary of October


The off-season has arrived

The storm has finally passed and I'm back where I started, staring out of the window at my parents' home in Luxembourg. Just like that day in February when I outlined all my hopes for the season; it's a cool, crisp morning. It's as if the season hasn't even happened.

My parents' garden hasn't changed. The bushes and grass seem no different. A bit of paint has faded on the garage door and a few dead leaves sit on the window ledge but that's it.

For me. though, it's been a huge experience and a breakthrough season. From the Classics to the Tour to the Vuelta and worlds; there have been so many emotions and experiences. I'll save them all for another month's blog.

I've been kept busy since my abortive ride at the worlds. The last few days have been spent in Madrid at Specialized's - our team's bike sponsor - expense. They flew me and Burry Stander out and had us compete in a kind of cycling celebrity death match. Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme but for anyone who isn't familiar with Burry, he's the World Under-23 MTB champion and most importantly, he's quick. Very quick.

For a laugh - and I use that term lightly - Specialized had us ride up a 12-kilometre climb with me taking the road path and Burry fighting his way up the off-road trail to the top of the climb, before swapping bikes and giving each other's sport a go. As you would expect we both dominated our disciplines but I had a great time on the mountain bike. I do a bit of it during the winter here in Luxembourg but it's been a while since I've tried. It was a lot of fun.

Of course, no corporate event would be complete without a night's hospitality and in the evening we went to watch the Champions League match between Real Madrid FC and AC Milan FC, from Italy. It was a great match that ended in defeat for Real but we had a good time nevertheless. I'd never been to the magnificent Estadio Santiago Bernabéu before, but seeing the players perform on a stage totally different to mine was fun.

Tour de France wardrobe malfunction

And speaking of stages, I was on one myself at the recent Tour de France route presentation in Paris. I've already talked about the route itself in the press, I'll reiterate that I like it. It seems like a tough parcours and one that will be selective. The only aspect I don't like the look of are the cobbled sections in the first few days. They're dangerous and a contender could easily lose the race there or crash. Is that necessary in a Grand Tour? I'm not so sure. I think guys like me and the Belgians will be fine, we're used to riding cobbles, but some of the Spanish riders will be pretty nervous.

The presentation itself was a lot of fun and you'll have all seen my wardrobe malfunction when I was seated between a suited and booted Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador in what can I say, was more relaxed attire. Why the casual look, Andy, I hear you ask. Well, I went last year and a suit didn't seen necessary and to be honest I don't really like them. But when I walk in this year everyone is wearing them; from the riders to the press. Even the people taking coats were dressed to impress.

So there I am, seated between the Tour winner and a Tour legend and what's the first thing Lance says to me? "Hey Andy, where's your suit man?" "It's okay, Lance. Riders under twenty-five don't need them." My fashion sense might not be that slick but my quick fire responses are.

Lots of people have asked what it was like sitting between Lance and Alberto that day. Did they have a quick thumb war as they shook hands? Was Lance wearing a hand buzzer to shock his Spanish rival? Did Alberto slip kryptonite into Lance's pocket? Of course none of those situations transpired. We chatted freely in fact, about the route and what we'd been up to since we last met.

That might be hard to imagine but rivals on the bike aren't always sworn enemies off the bike. They chat and text each other from time to time and it was nice to actually see them. Of course some riders get on better with others but everything was kept cordial. Of course next July I'd like us to be standing in those same positions, with me in the middle and Lance and Alberto either side of me on the podium in Paris.

New house

So what's my plan for the rest of 2009? Well I'm going to take a bit of time off the bike to relax and take a vacation. As you all know I love America and in a few days I'll fly out to Miami with my best friend from back home, before heading to Curacao for 10 days. I want to enjoy my time off but I would be lying if I hadn't thought about next year's goals and how I'm going to achieve them.

Perhaps one of my biggest goals will be to finally have my new house completed. The building process was started from scratch but it has been going on for too long. Right now they're working on the fittings in the bathroom and kitchen. The upside of building from scratch is that I can decide on every detail, like having a television in my bathroom. Don't laugh, I'm serious. It's a necessity that all bathrooms should have.

After I get home from training the first thing I do is stick on MTV. Now and I can do that and watch it while I shower. Makes perfect sense doesn't it? The builders didn't see it that way, though. They looked at me like I was crazy when I explained this to them. But it's my casa and I want things done right.

Farewell to a friend

Just like last month I'll end by saying goodbye to someone on the team who is leaving for pastures new. Last month it was my good friend Karsten Kroon and this time it's another amigo, Brian Nygaard. Some of you may know him while others may not be familiar with him. For those who aren't, Brian is our Saxo Bank press relations manager. He's been with us for a long time and shared in many great wins and stressful moments.

Throughout that time he's been a gent and a total professional and always someone I could seek out and talk to. He's off to Sky next year, in search of new challenges and new goals. It might be a little weird seeing him around a different bus in 2010 but one thing that won't change is our friendship. Good luck Brian.

10.25.2009

Allez CA!!!


Pic AFP
... a win that counts for two!!

Chris Anker Sørensen won the Japan Cup!!

Pic by Mikkel E. Nielsen
And that's a great, wonderful, happy news!! Congrats CA!! the best way to end the cycling season for the Team Saxo Bank.
Chris Anker Sørensen Took Epic Win In Japan Cup

[25.10 08:25] Last night, European time, Team Saxo Bank participated in their very last cycling event this season which was held in Utsunomiya, Japan on a undulating circuit of 14 kilometers
The Danish Team was represented by Jens Voigt, Nicki Sørensen, Gustav Larsson, Michael Mørkøv and Chris Anker Sørensen.
http://www.riis-cycling.com/ny_news.asp?n_id=2558&lang=uk
The latter launched an epic series of attacks on his opponents within the last 40 kilometers of the course along with a strong riding Jens Voigt and the young Danish climber finally succeeded in leaving the field behind.

Chris Anker Sørensen crossed the finish line alone and put an astonishing end to the season where he was often seen helping his teammates in their mission to succeed. Today, he took the initiative and brought home the victory in the empire of the sun.

"Chris and Jens opened the race with 40 kilometers to go which course suited Chris like a glove with a short circular route with a large climb to pass ten times. It is a great way to finish the season and it is rewarding to be the sports director for energetic and enthusiastic riders like these who are still motivated in the very last part of the season”, said sports director Torsten Schmidt Sunday morning European time.

10.24.2009

VDB

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/vandenbroucke-laid-to-rest-in-belgium
Pic by Bettini

Vandenbroucke laid to rest in Belgium

Family, friends and thousands of fans gather to pay their respects

The funeral of cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke took place in his home town of Ploegsteert, Belgium, Saturday morning. Family and close family friends attended a private funeral service at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, as fans of the Walloon rider gathered in the square outside the church to pay their respects.

"It is a traditional funeral, delivered in French," Andre Kardinael, parish priest of Ploegsteert, told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad before the funeral ceremony began. "I personally have not met Frank Vandenbroucke, except through the media; I leave it to the family left to talk about him during the funeral."

Vandenbroucke died on Monday, October 12, in Saly, Senegal, at the age of 34. An autopsy carried out in the African nation determined that he had passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism. His body had been repatriated to Belgium earlier this week.

The Belgian cycling community turned out in great numbers to celebrate Vandenbroucke's life. Patrick Lefevere, Wilfried Peeters, Johan Museeuw, Leif Hoste and Peter Van Petegem were all in attendance, while former Cofidis teammate Nico Mattan acted as a pallbearer and escorted the coffin of his close friend into the church service.

Estimates placed the number of fans outside the church at between 1000 and 2000 people. Although a private ceremony, those gathered outside were able to observe the service on screens erected outside.

After the ceremony Vandenbroucke's body was transported to a nearby cemetery in Ploegsteert, where he was interred at his family's burial site.

10.23.2009

Andy about Tour of California 2010... and fishing

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/reactions-to-tour-of-californias-2010-route-announcement

"Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

I’ve not seen the route details yet but I love California, after home and fishing it’s my favourite place in the World. It might be possible that I’ll be there but I can’t say for sure yet.

If it’s a good course for me then I’ll want to go. Last year we had a good race with Fabien Cancellara winning the time trial and my brother Frank winning the last stage, too."

Fishing is a place. Yes! it's a zone. Isn't it?

After 1 year perhaps we have some answers

Do you remember? http://allezandy.blogspot.com/2008/12/important-questions-to-andy-and-frnk.html Well, after 1 year of full immertion in the Schleck world we can try to give some answers to those vital questions that trouble the sleep of each devote fangirls. Of course if you (or Andy &Frank) have a better answer, add it!

1. Andy, you said you like sleeping listening to the music: which kind of music? and what is your favourite song?
Now we know that Andy likes house music and that Tiesto is his favourite DJ. Another name in his top list seems to be the Luxembourgish singer Dhalia and probaly he listens also to other kinds of music, but at the moment we don't know wich one. Favourite song? http://twitter.com/andy_schleck: "Listening to the new album of tiesto awsome Kaleidoscope Feel it in my bones (feat. Tega & Sara) check it out"
2. It's true that you are single? [I can't understand HOW that's possible!]
Well, it depends on what you mean with 'single'. Lots of people say that Andy has lots of girls. The most say that he has no girlfriend. But fangirls' sleep is troubled the appearing of pics of Andy with some girls who look really close to him, expecially one that you will never see here but I unfortunatelly saw. Sig-sob-sniff .... ANYWAY, yes, Andy is offically single. Since now at least. And as far as we know.
3. You said you'd like to live in a mountain village, now: this is also my dream [really, since before], so WHERE, exactly? you said you love Italy and Italian girls, wines and people, so why not here?
No answer available yet, even if Andy said to Pastonesi "Bellissime le Italiane!" ["Very beautifull the Italian girls!"], so we keep some hopes. Nothing new instead about mountain village: he moved on his own, you know, but in Mondorf and very close to his parents and bro.
4. Once Fränk said that the Tour of Lombardia is his favourite race: what about yours?
I remember something about the Tour de France and Liege. Anything different? He said he want to try to race the Flanders, fashinating clasic that another winer of Liege won: Frank VDB. Andy is sensible to the mythe.
5. After the Olympic Games did you made peace with Fabian or during the Training Campo you has been tempted to shoot him?
They trained together all winter and Fabian helped Andy to improve in TT and to resist in the killing TTT of TdF, so I adsume that the Olympics are over. Aren't they?
6. You never never never quarrels with your brother? [I have got a brother and we often quarrel, but ofcourse they are two males...]. It's true that Martine left Fränk because he allways called you when was at home? [Mah! In my opinion two Schlecks are better then one!]
Kim Andersen - or maybe Bjarne Riis - said in an interview that Andy and Frank are best friends more then brothers but "you remember they are brothers when they have a fight". In another article Andy said that when they were children Frank beated him and he was too little and weak to defend himself and he's a bit sorry that now, when he's strong as well, they fight no more.
About the Frank/Martine case... Frank says that in an interview so I think it's true. But they are back together and I think and hope that they will get married soon. I like Martine and I'm sure she deeply loves Frank. No doubs after his awfull crash in the Amstel.
7. Do you sleep with a pillow or not? which kind? [I hate French low pillow!]
No news about that point.
8. Why do you put off so rarely your t-shirt? [WHY?]
Why why why?! I don't know.
9. It's true you're going to marry our friend Rina?
No, it's not true. I'm sorry Rina, but I'm happy, ihihi! Rina is in Luxembours right now and Andy too: make your move girl! - And I'm speaking against myself here...
10. Fränk, Italian sport magazine Bici Sport wrote that you are Cadel Evans good friend: it's true?!
No evidences about that supposed friendship.
11. How are things about your relationship with Martine?
They are back together. I can say that after my shocking experience in Monaco. I'm jocking: they were so cute...
12. What's your dog name? [I discovered it's a sheepdog from Berna!]
http://mypict.me/show.php?id=ikLf: Andy "This are my dogs the big one Stewie Franks dog an the little Jack Russel is mine Jacks." This are?! Oh god...
13. It's true you like skiing and your brother doesn't?
They like it both but perhaps Frank prefers iceskating.
14. What were you reading in Curacao?
What a mysther!
15. Are you and Andy leting grow up your hair again till a new victory?
I don't think so. In my opinion anyway you are both better with long hair.
16. How did you celebrate the ALAD decision? Are you happy now? I think Andy has been great with you in this hard period.
I don't know how they celebrated it but I'm quite sure they did. The case is over, is the past, right? so why in the heart journalists keep asking you about? Stop please, we are fed up.
17. Next year you're going to meet Ivan Basso: are you still his friend? He says you are.
I'm not sure they met. I'm not sure they are.
18. Andy, you said in a interview: "He sees cycling as a job, he says, not as a live. I see a lot of men in the peloton, who only have cycling in their lives. That’s sounds awful to me. Don’t get me wrong, cycling is my passion. But there is more to live." Can you give us an example? what's important in your life excluded cycling (and family, we know)?
FISHING? MUSIC? friends&love maybe?
19. Andy, what do you like to do in your free time? And what is your favourite movie/tv-programmes?
Fishing, hang out with friends, go to pubs and discos, listening to music, walking in the nature with your dogs, playing electronics games... What more?
And then we know he watch MTV but it isn't enought for our curiousity!
20. Fränk, what about you?
No answer yet, even if of course fishing and girlfriend are in the list.
21. ...and: has you had your hair cut because of my previous question?
Maybe!
22. Andy and Fränk, do you read fangirls blogs? what do you think about? are you more flattered or annoyed?
Dayly, of course! we like them! in general we are flattered and find them funny. But sometimes it's annoying, specially when you stalk our private life: we don't like that at all.
23. What do you eat for breakfast when you are at home? in general what's your favourite food?
Unluckly I never had breackfast with Andy... yet. I promise I'll work on that. But I remember that Frank likes pizza very much. Andy's favourite food? I'm sorry but I read somewhere burger&chips... Please Andy say it's not true!! do that for me, for mum and for Uncle Bjarne!!
24. Andy, in an interview during the Giro 2007 you said you woke up every night because of hunger and your team mates say your sleep is very perturbed. It's true?
Yes, ehm...
25. Fränk
, you often share t
he bedroom: is your brother quieter with you or are you simply used to?
No, he's a drag... but I'm used to, you see: he's my little bro...
26. Andy and Fränk, I think you like babies and a lot of racers became father quite early. What are you waiting for? a wife, ok [not indispensable but better: they are good boys.] but I mean: what are you waiting to make your own family?
Andy lately said he's looking for the right one and that his dream is not to win the TdF but a 'nice wife', and Frank already found her so... Hard time for fangirls!
STOP WITH GOSSIP!
27. Andy and Fränk, did you already tried your new Specialized bikes? It's difficult to change it after many years with Cérvelo?
Mhm... Of course they tryed them! but in my opinion Cervelo was better...
28. We right undestood about a riding camp in Maiorca?
Yes, we did. Next one?
29. If we invite you to a Schleck Party will you come?
Andy - Why not? I'm a bit an animal party, you know?
Frank - But don't ask him to organize it! he would mess up everything!
Andy - Hey! that's not true!....
So you do have a fight now and then :)

10.22.2009

UCI World Rankings: Andy 4, Frank 19




UCI World Rankings - Individual
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 527 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 483
3 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 357
4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 334
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 333
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - HTC 322
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 319
8 Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team Columbia - HTC 304
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto 295
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 266
11 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step 249
12 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 235
13 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 232
14 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 229
15 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 218
16 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 217
17 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 216
18 Tyler Farrar (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream 212
19 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 212
20 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 211
[21 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli] 194
22 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 194
23 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 180
[24 Rider currently serving suspension]
25 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 176
26 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 170
27 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 164
28 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 157
29 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 156
30 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 154
31 Lance Armstrong (Usa) Astana 150
32 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 147
[33 Rider currently serving suspension]
34 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 139
35 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Slipstream 137
36 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 135
37 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 134
38 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 133
39 Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Garmin - Slipstream 131
40 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 125
41 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 117
42 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 117
43 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 115
44 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Astana 112
45 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 110
46 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step 104
47 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank 103
48 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini 102
49 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 98
50 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 98
51 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 92
52 Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 92
53 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 91
54 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 90
55 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC 90
56 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 88
57 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 87
58 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank 87
59 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 85
60 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 84
61 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence-Lotto 83
62 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 80
63 Levi Leipheimer (Usa) Astana 79
64 Christian Vandevelde (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream 78
65 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Ag2R La Mondiale 77
66 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank 76
67 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 76
68 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale 74
69 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 74
70 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 71
71 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 64
72 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 64
73 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 62
74 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas 61
75 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team 61
76 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank 60
77 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence-Lotto 60
78 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 58
79 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 58
80 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux 56
81 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 56
82 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 54
83 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 54
84 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step 52
85 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 52
86 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 51
87 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 50
88 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto 50
89 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence-Lotto 50
90 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 50
91 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 50
92 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux 50
93 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 49
94 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 48
95 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 45
96 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas 44
97 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 42
98 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 40
99 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia - HTC 40
100 David Millar (Gbr) Garmin - Slipstream 39
101 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 39
102 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 34
103 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 33
104 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 32
105 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 32
106 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 31
107 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 30
108 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 30
109 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 30
110 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana 30
111 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 29
112 Greg Henderson (Nzl) Team Columbia - HTC 28
113 Davide Vigano (Ita) Fuji-Servetto 26
114 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 26
115 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 26
116 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 26
117 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 26
118 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 25
119 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 22
120 Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce 22
121 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana 22
122 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 22
123 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Andalucia Cajasur 21
124 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank 21
125 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux 20
126 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 20
127 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 20
128 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 20
129 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team Columbia - HTC 19
130 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 19
131 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 18
132 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 18
133 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 18
134 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 18
135 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 17
136 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 17
137 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas 16
138 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 16
139 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 16
140 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 16
141 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 16
142 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team 16
143 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana 15
144 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale 15
145 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 15
146 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 14
147 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 14
148 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 14
149 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux 13
150 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC 12
151 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 12
152 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto 11
153 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 11
154 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 11
155 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 11
156 Ben Swift (Gbr) Team Katusha 11
157 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - HTC 11
158 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Rabobank 10
159 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 10
160 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 10
161 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 10
162 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 10
163 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas 10
164 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 10
165 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 10
166 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 10
167 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 10
168 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 10
169 Robert Hunter (Rsa) Barloworld 10
170 George Hincapie (Usa) Team Columbia - HTC 9
171 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 9
173 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas 9
174 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 8
175 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 8
176 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana 8
177 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 8
178 David Garcia Da Pena (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 8
179 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team 8
180 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 8
181 Félix Rafael Cardenas Ravelo (Col) Barloworld 8
182 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 7
183 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux 7
184 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 7
185 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 6
186 Rider currently serving suspension
187 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 6
188 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 6
189 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto 6
190 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 6
191 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 6
192 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team Katusha 6
193 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 6
194 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 6
195 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 6
196 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 6
197 Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 6
198 Hayden Roulston (Nzl) Cervelo Test Team 6
199 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 6
200 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 4
201 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 4
202 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 4
203 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Garmin - Slipstream 4
204 Roger Hammond (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team 4
205 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Ag2R La Mondiale 4
206 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4
207 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana 4
208 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 4
209 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 4
210 Timothy Duggan (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream 4
211 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step 4
212 Danny Pate (Usa) Garmin - Slipstream 4
213 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 4
214 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 4
215 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram 4
216 Markus Zberg (Swi) Bmc Racing Team 4
217 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C 4
218 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce 4
219 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas 3
220 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 3
221 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 3
222 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 3
223 Jeremy Hunt (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team 2
224 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 2
225 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 2
226 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 2
227 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2
228 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Silence-Lotto 2
229 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana 2
230 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas 2
231 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 2
232 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 2
233 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 2
234 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 2
235 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 2
236 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 2
237 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 2
238 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2
239 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2
240 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 2
241 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 2
242 Baden Cooke (Aus) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2
243 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2
244 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2
245 Francisco Jose Pacheco Torres (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 2
246 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Isd - Neri 2
247 Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez (Col) Barloworld 2
248 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 1
249 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto 1
250 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1
251 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team 1
252 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1
253 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 1
254 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 1
255 Rider currently serving suspension
256 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1
257 Steve Chainel (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1
258 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1
259 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1
260 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 1
261 Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram 1
262 Alexei Markov (Rus) Team Katusha 1
263 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step 1
264 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Isd - Neri 1
265 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1
266 Matheus Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 1
267 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 1
UCI World Rankings - Teams
1 Astana 1100 pts
2 Caisse d'Epargne 1048
3 Team Columbia - HTC 957
4 Team Saxo Bank 946
5 Liquigas 923
6 Silence-Lotto 821
7 Cervelo Test Team 804
8 Quick Step 760
9 Rabobank 707
10 Team Katusha 637
11 Garmin - Slipstream 632
12 Euskaltel - Euskadi 631
13 Lampre - N.G.C 465
14 Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 379
15 Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 249
16 Française Des Jeux 238
17 Ag2R La Mondiale 206
18 Team Milram 182
19 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 170
20 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 166
21 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 158
22 Xacobeo Galicia 128
23 Fuji-Servetto 114
24 Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini 102
25 Agritubel 34
26 Skil-Shimano 33
27 Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce 26
28 Contentpolis-Ampo 24
29 Andalucia Cajasur 21
30 Barloworld 20
31 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 11
32 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 4
33 Bmc Racing Team 4
34 ISD - Neri 3
UCI World Rankings - Nations
1 Spain 1756 pts
2 Italy 984
3 Australia 960
4 Germany 753
5 Belgium 675
6 Russian Federation 660
7 Luxembourg 563
8 Netherlands 544
9 Norway 538
10 United States of America 528
11 Great Britain 489
12 France 454
13 Czech Republic 330
14 Denmark 322
15 Switzerland 285
16 Ireland 213
17 Belarus 126
18 Slovenia 119
19 Sweden 105
20 Estonia 98
21 Colombia 91
22 Kazakhstan 79
23 Canada 75
24 Slovakia 51
25 Poland 44
26 New Zealand 34
27 Ukraine 21
28 Lithuania 16
29 Austria 12
30 Finland 10
31 South Africa 10
32 Brazil 2
33 Japan 2
34 Argentina