2.25.2010

Yes we like... Martin Kohler: exclusive interview by Allez Andy!

The season just started but he already showed to be an attacking guy and I'm happy he accepted to answer to few questions for us. Enjoy!
Ilaria: Who is Martin Kohler? The most of Allez Andy readers are very 'Schleck focused' so please introduce yourself :)

Martin: I'm a swiss rider.
Ilaria: When were you born?
Martin: 17.07.1985
Ilaria: Your height and weight?
Martin: 177cm / 70kg
Ilaria: When did you start cycling? and when did you became a pro?
Martin: I started cycling in 2000 and I got pro in 2008.
Ilaria: For wich teams did you race till now? and wich is your actual team?
Martin: As a pro I was always with BMC! Before, as elite, I raced for Bürgi's Cycling Team.
Ilaria: Wich were your best results and the more important races you took part in?
Martin: I won a stage in Tour de l'Avenir 2007. As pro I was 10th in the prolog of the Tour de romandie, 11th in Sarthe, 12th Ireland. The most important races are Tour de Suisse, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours, Tour Down Under.
Ilaria: So Martin, you started your season with a wonderful exploit in Tour Down Under: you were at the top of almost everything after stage 1! tell us about that experience.
Martin: Yes, I had a really good start in Australia. It was really nice to wear a special jersey at a pro-tour race. But I was only replacing a team mate, so my shape was not the best. After the long breakaway in the first day I had to pay a lot. I was tired after this and so far I had no chance to defend the best young or points jersey. But I'm happy I started well and hope for more in this coming season.
Ilaria: Also in Tour of Qatar you showed something great with that long break in the desert...
Martin: Qatar was fun. The wind was not as strong as in the last 2 years, so there were more chances for breakaways. I tried and on the last stage we only got caught 4km to go. With Gretsch and Terpstra we were a strong group, but finally we were caught on the circuit in the end. I felt good and tried to be top 3 in the young riders classification, but in one big echelon day I flated when I was in the first group and lost positions. But I love Qatar, I'll be back :)
Ilaria: 2009 instead wasn't such a great year for you. Which was your best day and which the worse and why? Did you lern anything last year?
Martin: Last year I had a lot of bad luck. I was in more than ten breakaways and none of them made it to the finish! I also had a lot of flat tires in the final of races. For example: West Vlaanders, Tour of Belgium, Wallonie, Fanco-belge and Paris-Roubaix, with a double flat! it's hard to get droped of technical problems...it makes it also hard for the head.
Once I was supposed to race in America (Tour de Gila). It was already hard for me not to race Tour de Romandie... and after more than 20hours travelling and the jetlag, they told us that we're not allowed to race...so I had to travel back home, again more than 20hours with jetlag! I was in a really good shape and lost everything after that.I had big problems in my head because of always being flicked of everything!
Yes, I learnt a lot by that season! cycling is a hard business, and when you're not ready with your head, you can't compete. But you must learn by things like those ones happend to me and watch to the good things, that makes yuo stronger! I learnt to keep thinking why I am racing and that I have the most beautiful job around the world! I started enjoying cycling more and after a while I could forget about the bad things...
Ilaria: BMC is a pro-tour team now and you have very strong mates as Evans and Ballan: does that make any differences for you?
Martin: The BMC Racing Team is not a pro tour team yet but still a pro continental with wild card status. And because of the big names we are allowed to take place in almost every big races. Yes, it is a big difference to have riders like Cadel Evans, Alessandro Ballan or George Hincapie in the team. I can learn by them even more and I can also take part in biger races than before. That makes it harder, but also more interesting. For me it's a pleasure riding for Ballan, Evans, Hincapie etc. I hope I can help them to win some good races!
Ilaria: Which are your main targets for 2010?
Martin: Of course, as I said, to take part in big races and to help there as much as possible our leaders. Taking place in Paris-Roubaix would be great. But also in Tour de Suisse (as a swiss rider for sure). Maybe I can do the Giro. But my main target is to be one of the best helper in the team. And if I can race for myself, for sure I want to win some races!
Ilaria: It would be nice to meet you here in Italy during the Giro so I hope you'll race it. But which is your dream race?
Martin: My dream race is Tour de France. I think every pro riders want to do this race. I watch that race since when I was 7 years old. I would do everything to be there at least once!
Ilaria: Which is the racer you like more in the history of cycling? And now? Which is your best quality? And the worse?
Martin: When I was young I was a big fan of Richard Virenque, he was always attacking and agressive. That's the way I like racing! but time changes and after all came up I was disappointed. Now it's hard to say, when you race against them every days. There are a lot of good, cool and nice guys. Things changes when you get to know these cyclists. I'm just happy I'm at this level and can race with/against all them!
Ilaria: Now tell us something more personal: family and friends are important for you? what do you like to do in your spare time? Favourite music? Movie? Book? Country? Food? That sounds a little curious, but we want know you better.
Martin: Yes, my family and my friends are really important. I think that to have people around you who listen to you and understand what you do is the most important thing. They have an ear when I have bad moments but I can also celebrate with them if I have good time.
In my spare time I like playing the guitar. I play in a rockband and that gives me a breack from cycling. It's not good if you're thinking about your job 24 hours a day. So when I come home from a race I really look forward to see my friends and play some good rockmusic!
My favourite bands are: Gotthard, Nickelback, Hoobastank, 3 doors down, Linkin park etc. I like action movies, don't read so much but if i do I prefer Clice Cussler and John Grisham... My favourite country is Australia. About food, I like every kind of pasta, but also a good pizza or sometimes fondue :)
Ilaria: Gnam! Very good! My last question, as usual, is about Andy Schleck. Did you ever met him? What do you think about?
Martin: I don't think I ever met him personally. I saw him during races, but I never spoke to him. The funny thing is I already raced against him when we were younger as junior.
Ilaria: Thank you very much, Martin. You were very kind to accept this interview. Good luck for your races and see you soon in Italy I hope.


Ruta del Sol


I'd have prefered to see Jens on the podium but 4 is very good, old warrior!
Stage 5

1 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC 4:20:05
2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team

3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:02
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank

5 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank

....
19 Frank Schleck
Final GC
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia

2 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:19
3 Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC 0:00:30
4 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:31
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:35
6 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:38
7 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:44
8 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:00:46
9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram

10 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:50
......
13 Frank Schleck

Ruta del Sol and...reaching the rainbow



I must apologize but my internet badly crashed and they took 3 days to fix it! I was desperate, well... kind of, because I'll leave for 1 week skying next Saturday and still have to post something great: you'll see! It's another exclusive interview, but I can't tell you with whom (but sorry, not Andy, not yet).
Meanwhile Vuelta a Andalucia gave a further win to Riis-Cycling (it's the 3th in 2010): yesterday Alex Rasmussen got the top of the TT podium, in front of
Bradley Wiggins and Tony Martin. But Jens Voigt was 5 and Gustav Larsson 7! Frank Schleck 21 (14th in GC). That's why is cool supporting Team Saxo Bank!
GC
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 13:52:09
2 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:19
3 Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC 0:00:30
4 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:31
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:35
6 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:38
7 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:44
8 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:00:46
9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram

10 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:50
11 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:57
12 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:58
13 Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:01:00
14 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:01
15 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:11

Maybe you know that on the 27th of February there is the general assembly of the Schleck Fanclub in Mondorf. Unfortunately I can't go, even if my member card is already safe in my wallet (n.139 this year, pretty good if you think I'm so far). Frank and Andy are supposed to be there, so you should go if you are in Luxembourg. And if you go and write two lines for me I'll be glad to post it: we always need reporters :)
My internet was still out of order and I could go on line only using my mobile when Andy was asking about the way to reach the rainbow so didn't reply. But I know: the only way is... love. Too romantic in your opinion? maybe... but true!
Pic1 by Bettini, pic 2 by Andy.

2.22.2010

Kirchen's Tour predictions by Cyclingnews

The complete interview here: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/fresh-start-for-kirchen-at-katusha
Pic by Joe Kirch

Cyclingnews: Do you think Armstrong and Contador will be a lot closer this year, or will Contador move to a new level?

Kim Kirchen: Well we have a Luxembourg guy who is really strong [Andy Schleck], don’t forget about him. Okay, for me Lance is coming back stronger than last year. Last season I saw him struggling a bit in time trials, but he will not lose any time in time trials this year, so it will be really close for the first place again.

Maybe Contador’s team is not as strong as last year, but we will have to see. There are not so many who can ride for the victory…there are three guys, maybe four, but that is it. The other thing is that the Tour is hard, but you can control it. There are not really many places where you can attack from far away.

In my opinion, we are going to have a Tour like last year where it was controlled and the differences are made at the end in the uphills. We have just one time trial on the second-last day. I don’t think that is enough to make a big difference in the GC.

CN: Would you prefer more than that?

KK: Yes. At least two. Now we have just one, and no team time trial. We just have a prologue and the time trial. It is also very hard for the riders to attack, because we have flat stages again and we have uphill finishes. There isn’t very much between the two.

Perhaps having a hill two or three kilometres from the finish would be good, or maybe having an uphill finish of two or three kilometres. But those are not in this Tour. We are going to have a lot of sprint finishes and a lot of uphill finishes for the GC.

CN: Do you think it is possible for Andy Schleck to win?

KK: It is always possible to win. He was really strong last year but I think he is still young and he needs some more experience, maybe. Also, more power in the time trial. But this will come in the years ahead.

I think he could be better on another course; this particular Tour is, in my view, perhaps not his ideal race. I mean, he can always win, but I think on a different parcours, a more difficult parcours, he could finish first. But this year…we will see, but I don’t think so.

CN: Who is your favourite this year?

KK: Now he has pressure from Lance and I think he is going to be even more focused than he was before. I think if Contador has no accidents, he will be unbeatable.

2.21.2010

Vuelta ao Andalusia: Frank 13th


1 Sergio Padilla (Spa) Carmiooro NGC
2 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto
3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini
....
5 B. Mollema (Rabobank)
....
13 Frank Schleck

Mumbai: JJ on the top!


Second win in a row for Uncle Bjarne's guys!
Photo: © AFP

2.19.2010

Fucking flatering fangirls! poll results

Oh you! fucking flatering fangirls! the 53 % of you (of us) can't avoid to say that Andy is completely right to carry on the polemic against Carlos Sastre about the Schleck-helping-or-not-helping in the 2008 Tour de France.
Because that is about, dear 11% (pretty much) who ignores the matter. Sastre left the team just after his win (also accusing Riis to not have supported him in Vuelta), made up his own team (Cervelo) and started complaining about the Schleck brothers in every interviews (a lot of them as you can imagine, given that he was the Tour winner). Finally Andy said to a journalist that Sastre "have problem in his head" and Sastre replyed that "Children have to be taught not to teach" and so on till to the Cyclingnews diary where Andy hit very hard.
Now, I was curious to see the results of this pool, because I am the top Andy fan (only mum Gaby can be a toper one) but honestly I thought that he was gone too far that time. I understand him, he's right, Sastre was deeply unfair because everybody have seen the Schlecks helped him and Andy helped him also agaist his brother Frank who was in jellow. And I'm sure that is the reason of Andy's rage. Ok, he was supposed to win the Alpe d'Hez stage according to the team meeting of that morning, but probably that hurts less then the lost jersey of Frank.
Sastre acted bad that day and acted worse later. The team won the Tour and all the team celebrated in Paris. Sastre started that absurd polemic and finally Andy lost his temper. It's normal in an interview. But why must he drag up that story in his diary? Sastre reply was offensive. But
in my opinion an indifferent silence would be the best by Andy that time. Journalists like that stuff but it isn't any good for a team and a racer. Even if he's right.
A reader here said he wasn't right at all anyway: I wonder if that was Sastre! but I'm joking, that's a democratic blog and you can vote whatever you want.

Results
Andy vs Carlos Sastre

I completely agree 24 (53%)
I can understand him but he went to far 15 (33%)
I completely disagree 1 (2%)
About what?? 5 (11%)

F-A-B-I-A-N



Tour of Oman
Stage (TT)

1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:25:58
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:17
3 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:45

Final GC
1
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 16:02:52
2
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:28
3
Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions

Andy's diary of February

http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/andy-schleck/welcome-to-the-club-pippo

Welcome to the club, Pippo!
Well if it isn't my good friend Pippo Pozzato, popping up on Cyclingnews.com. Welcome to the club Pippo and I congratulations on your inaugural blog, although I'm still on the fence when it comes to your recent tattoo.

A word of caution before you set out on this journey of new found journalistic fame: The world of blogging and journalism isn't as easy as everyone in the press makes out. There's the writers block; the deadlines for copy; the screaming editors and the emails from fans correcting your every mistake and don't even get me started on the pay. All I'm saying is don't quit your day job. Stick to cycling, chest waxing and fast cars.

I'm kidding of course and I really enjoyed reading the first blog. I think over the next few months you, the readers, will receive an insightful view into one of the peloton's most colourful characters . As for my thoughts on Pippo, well he's a good friend of mine and we've known each other for a very long time so he'll know that all my words are in jest.

But don't let his metrosexual exterior fool you, as he's one of the most talented riders around. And like he says, he works damn hard on the bike and trains like a total professional. Don't be surprised to see him up there in the Classics vying for a big win this season.

We're very different in terms of our lifestyles but we've had a lot of fun together in the past. One thing you can't say about him is that he doesn't take care of himself. He's always in the nicest designer clothes but despite that front he's always good for a laugh and he doesn't take himself too seriously.

At the Tour de Suisse last year he had a different jersey for every stage. He'd just won the Italian national jersey and Santini were sending him different designs every day. He kept on asking me opinion every day but to be honest I thought they all looked good.

And he's always asking me about what car I have. I have one, but it's the sort of thing Pippo wouldn't be seen dead in.

Training through injury

Anyway, enough about Pippo, this is my blog. I'm currently in Mallorca, Spain for some training. As you may have read a few weeks ago, I came here with the team to do some training but ended up picking up a slight knee injury.

Well, two weeks later and I'm back on the bike but my racing debut has been put back again and instead of riding Ruta de Sol I'll be starting my season at the Giro del Friuli in March.

It's another setback after I was forced out of the Challenge Mallorca earlier in the month but I'm not worried about the Classics just yet. They're still some way off and I know that I can improve my fitness and form and be strong for them.

It is of course frustrating though. No one likes being off the bike through injury, but if the doctors tell you that a rest is needed then you have to listen and obey. They're the experts and the last thing I want is for this injury to turn into something more serious. Everything happens for a reason, so I'll remain positive.

From Friuli I'll head to Erioca and then Tirreno-Adriatico so by the time the first goals in my season come around I'll have plenty of miles in my legs. And anyway I'm doing some good training here in Mallorca. The weather is good and I'm here with my best friend Gilles. We've been friends since I was a kid and he can cycle pretty well so he's able to keep up without any problems.

On a brighter note, I spoke to Jonny Bellis again last week. He'll be leaving hospital in the next couple of weeks and there's a chance he'll be on the bike again sometime soon. He's a great kid and he and his family have been through an awful lot in the last few months. I'm really happy to hear that's he's doing better.

And on that note I'd better dash. Gilles is ready to go for a ride and this training isn't going to do itself.

Andy.

2.18.2010

That's cycling baby! Oman 4 & 5


Stage 4: Leigh Howard! who??

Photo: © AFP

Stage 5: Tom Boonen! ah ok!

BDW:"No, we are not going to help you. No, you are not allowed to go pissing. No, we are not going to wait for you. In short: we don't like you." Actually, we do. But a race is a war and in war as in love (almost) anything is allowed. That's cycling baby!

New interview by Le Quotidien

Thanks Marit!

«J'espère que je suis bien reparti»

ANDY SCHLECK a décidé en début de semaine de rejoindre Majorque afin de retrouver de bonnes conditions d'entraînement. Entretien...

Entouré par plusieurs compatriotes, Andy Schleck a repris goût au cyclisme et à l'entraînement. Son genou droit le fait moins souffrir. Tant mieux! / De notre journaliste Denis Bastien

Voici peu, il avait quitté Majorque précipitamment, la mine défaite, forcément frustré de voir s'arrêter avant même de pouvoir s'aligner sur les épreuves du Challenge de Majorque. Depuis hier, Andy Schleck est retourné sur l'île espagnole. Afin de reprendre l'entraînement dans de meilleures conditions qu'au Luxembourg.

Andy, où en êtes-vous avec votre genou droit?

Cela va mieux. Je me sens bien. Je retrouve ici les copains luxembourgeois, tout va bien. Aujourd'hui (lisez hier) , j'ai roulé un moment avec Christian Poos. J'ai rencontré Patrick Gressnich, Tom Flammang. C'est sympa.


Comment se sont passés les jours qui ont suivi votre départ de Majorque?
Je me suis reposé, je n'avais pas le choix et j'ai suivi des séances de kinésithérapie, des séances d'ultrasons. J'ai appliqué des pommades. J'avais recommencé l'entraînement sur rouleaux. Et lorsque je suis sorti sur route, j'ai de nouveau eu mal. Donc, je me suis de nouveau arrêté trois jours. De toute façon, je n'ai pas le choix, il faut être extrêmement prudent avec ce genre de problème. Ce n'est pas si grave d'avoir un peu de retard par rapport aux prévisions à ce stade de la saison. Par contre, si on ne fait pas preuve de prudence, si on ne fait pas les soins nécessaires, on peut gâcher toute une saison. J'espère que je suis bien reparti.

«Je vais débuter sur le Tour du Frioul»

Comment faîtes-vous pour continuer vos soins à Majorque?
Je suis parti avec mon copain Gilles Hendel (NDLR: Gilles Hendel faisait partie de la sélection nationale juniors avec Andy Schleck). Il a quasiment terminé sa formation de kiné. Donc, j'ai les soins qu'il faut. La journée, il essaie de rouler avec moi (il rigole) Il paraît qu'il veut faire son come-back... Ici à Majorque, j'ai retrouvé de bonnes conditions d'entraînement pour les dix jours qui viennent, même si le vent souffle fort.

Puisque vous faites forcément l'impasse sur la Ruta Del Sol, où débuterez-vous votre saison?
Je vais débuter sur le Tour du Frioul (NDLR : le 3 mars) puis je reprendrai le programme initial avec l'Eroica ((le 6 mars) et Tirreno-Adriatico (10-16 mars).

2.17.2010

Note the sock :)


...and fangirls wonder:
1. who is making you that?

2. what is he doing exactly?
3. where can I buy those mega cool socks?
More seriously, no Ruta do Sol for Andy. I hope to see him in Italy!! but I'd like to know if he will take part in the Schleck fanclub meeting on the 27 of February in Luxembourg. It seems no so sure at the moment...

More fun and no comments instead reading these two twits:

Jakob_fuglsang: Solid 176k in 5h today. been relaxing for a few hours now, so think is time to get the couch of my back...and do some practical stuff..!!
schleckfrank @Jakob_fuglsang give me a braek.you making me nervous.better get some rest!don't know what's practally things are?not sure that wanna know

2.16.2010

Oman 3 a star shining in the sky

Photo: © Jean-François Quénet
Stage
1
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 3:05:49
2
Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha

3
Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions

4
Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

5
Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
GC
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 8:00:54
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:10
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

4 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 0:00:14
5 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:15
6 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:16
7 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

8 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:17
9 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:20
10 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

11 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank

12 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

13 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team

14 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team

15 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

16 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram

17 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

18 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha

19 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto

20 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank

21 John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team

22 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team

23 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step

24 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha

25 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team

26 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia

27 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo Test Team

28 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team

29 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto

30 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram

31 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto

32 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team

33 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions

34 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun

35 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team

36 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step

37 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team

38 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

39 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank

40 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

41 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

42 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia

43 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto

44 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha

45 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

46 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

47 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram

48 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto

49 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram

50 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

51 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank

52 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step

53 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun

54 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank

55 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

56 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

57 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha

58 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

59 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

60 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team

61 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia

62 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia

63 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

64 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions

65 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team

66 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team

67 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo

68 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

69 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions

70 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia

71 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions

72 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator

73 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

74 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions

75 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto

76 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia

77 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram

78 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram

79 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions

80 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram

81 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun

82 Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervélo Test Team

83 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha

84 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank

85 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha

86 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

87 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team

88 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:42
89 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:46
90 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:57
91 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:02
92 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong

93 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling Team

94 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:05
95 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 0:01:08
96 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:01:09
97 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong 0:01:10
98 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong

99 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step 0:01:12
100 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

101 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

102 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Livestrong

103 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha

104 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:24
105 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:42
106 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun

107 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:53
108 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:02:16
109 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:03:55
110 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank

111 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto

112 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team

113 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank

114 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong

115 Thimothy Roe (Aus) Trek Livestrong

116 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:04:19
117 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:04:25
118 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:04:31
119 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:04:34
120 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:07:49
121 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:07:53
122 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team

123 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong 0:08:20
124 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

125 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:08:38

Carnival

2.15.2010

Tour of Oman 1 & 2

Stage 1
1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1:22:22
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team
3 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions
5 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
Stage 2
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 3:33:03
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team
4 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank
5 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha
GC (...and Saxo Bank is at the top of teams')
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team 4:55:15
2 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:04
5 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:00:06
6 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
7 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:07
8 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Trek Livestrong 0:00:08
9 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 0:00:10
10 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia
11 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team
12 Michael Van Stayen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
13 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team
14 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step
15 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank
16 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team
17 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
18 Lucas Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
19 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto
20 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha
21 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale
22 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
23 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
24 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team
25 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
26 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
27 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma - Lotto
28 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
29 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha
30 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia
31 John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team
32 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step
33 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma - Lotto
34 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team
35 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
36 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervélo Test Team
37 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
38 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
39 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
40 Domenik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
41 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
42 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions
43 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
44 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
45 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Team Milram
46 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia
47 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
48 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
49 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto
50 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
51 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram
52 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
53 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team
54 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
55 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto
56 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
57 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
58 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto
59 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank
60 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
61 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha
62 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team
63 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
64 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
65 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Team Milram
66 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Livestrong
67 Benjamin King (USA) Trek Livestrong
68 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
69 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions
70 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC - Columbia
71 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
72 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia
73 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
74 Benjamin King (Aus) Trek Livestrong
75 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
76 Thimothy Roe (Aus) Trek Livestrong
77 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions
78 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
79 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
80 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
81 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
82 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
83 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Milram
84 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas-Doimo
85 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
86 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
87 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
88 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions
89 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team
90 Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervélo Test Team
91 Leif Hoste (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto
92 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
93 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Pro Cycling Team
94 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram
95 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
96 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
97 Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia
98 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team
99 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
100 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions
101 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
102 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha
103 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step
104 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia
105 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro Cycling Team
106 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
107 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions
108 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:00:32
109 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Pro Cycling Team
110 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:34
111 Cody Campbell (Can) Trek Livestrong 0:00:37
112 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
113 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
114 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:40
115 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
116 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
117 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:47
118 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:49
119 Julian Kyer (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:00:52
120 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:55
121 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team
122 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:59
123 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:10
124 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:01:14
125 Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:02:30
126 Justin Williams (USA) Trek Livestrong 0:03:36