This is the end....

After many years I close this blog. I can't tell now if it's forever or just for a period. The reason is simple: I got bored, I have new projects. I put in this blog a lot of time, passion and energy. Now I prefer to invest them in something different and I'm back to my first loves: philosophy and politics. 
Things changed dramaticly, it's hard even to imagine an alternative scenario and an effective way to work on a better future, but that is an intellectual's job and I feel necessary to dedicate myself to it.
Cycling is a fascinating world and I never forgot it is a part of the biger world made of conflicts and dreams we live in. Cycling is also a way to live and pro-cyclists have a lot to teach about goals, motivations, sacrifices, planning, friendship, respect, team-work... I learnt a lot by them and must say thank you.
I met some amazing people too and am not going to lose contact with them. 
Tomorrow I will be in Camaiore and hopefully will see Andy Schleck: I'm sorry I stop this blog when he's in a difficult moment and my decision has nothing to do with that. I hope to find a smile on his face :)




Tour of Langkawi so far

Blanco keeps ruling, Qhubeka keeps rocking, Guardini surprisingly - or not - fails repeating his previous results and I guess ex team mate Chicchi gave ex team manager Scinto a big satisfation beating him.  Talking about sprinters, GE Kruopis keeps doing well - what a start of season for him! - and Coquard makes happy twice Europcar. 
The happiest though is Qhubeka Pardilla, now 3rd in GC after an amazing 5th stage (read the team's press release after results). Supporting that team isn't just supporting a cycling project... or better is supporting a GLOBAL cycling project that goes way further than a normal pro-team. Of course Ciolek or Pardilla aren't 'new' in cycling and it's normal they are the most effective Qhubeka's riders so far. Don't forget however they are effectively supported by a really new team, made by young African riders who race for a double dream: to be pro-cyclists and to put children on a bike. That's great. 
Stage 1
1 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 4:00:17
2 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
3 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
Stage 2
1 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 2:54:48
2 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
3 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica Greenedge
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
5 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
Stage 3
1 Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team 3:50:01
2 Julian D Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo - De Rosa 0:02:27
3 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 0:03:11
4 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica Greenedge
5 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge 0:03:13

Stage 4
1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini - Selle Italia 3:44:22
2 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
3 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica Greenedge
4 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp
5 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
Stage 5
1 Julian D Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo - De Rosa
2 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge
3 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS Racing Team
1 Julian D Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo - De Rosa
2 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge
3 Sergio Pardilla Qhubeka at 02'10''                                                 

"Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung topped off another successful day during stage five of Le Tour de Langkawi today, when the Queen stage saw the riders finish up the Genting Highlands. Along with extending its lead in the team competition, the team from Africa had Sergio Pardilla finish in fourth place with Tsgabu Grmay in seventh on the day. The result saw Pardilla move up to third on the general classification with 21 year old, Grmay, now in sixth. Julien Arredondo won the stage in a move that also put him in the race lead.

“The team was incredible today and I am sad I could not win the stage but it’s ok,” Pardilla said. “Everyone in the team was really strong and professional and looked after us well. My feeling on the bike is good even though I am not on top form yet. I need more time on the bike to get better and get to the best form. I am good now but not very very good yet.

“Tsgabu today was very strong but the last kilometer was very long for him. He is a very good rider and I am very happy for him. The team today was very professional and we have incredible riders.”

Dennis van Niekerk, who started the day in fifth overall, suffered stomach issues before the stage. Grmay took up a leadership position after van Niekerk’s misfortune.

“The climb was good and long but very steep,” Grmay explained after the stage. “Meron [Russom] controlled for us when the GreenEdge guy was in the breakaway, and when we started the climb, Europcar was pacing. After that Jacques [Janse van Rensburg] took control on the front and did an amazing job. There were only six riders left with Sergio and me in there and then the winner attacked with a GreenEdge rider. After a while I was third on the road but started getting tired. Sergio caught me with 2km to go. The last kilometer I was very tired and two other riders caught me. The climb was hard but it was a very good day for us.”

The performance saw Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung extend its lead in the team competition to 09’32″ after Janse van Rensburg finished 13th on the day.

Team Principal, Douglas Ryder, commented on the day’s events saying, “Tsgabu is the first Ethiopian professional bike rider and his performance shows the depth and talent in cycling across Africa. These results are very encouraging for us as it shows the amount of time and money our infrastructure and especially our sponsors are investing in the riders is worth it and encouraging for the future of African cycling.”


Two pics from Mallorca :)

Pics by Josue Aran Garcia

All races cancealed for snow

Embedded image permalink...included GP Lugano and Kuurne Brussel Kuurne.

Some reactions:
cancelled! Good decision, safety comes first! Of course it's a shame for the organizers, volunteers and fans, but too risky for us.
So has been cancelled due to snow. Disappointing, but minimises risk of injury or sickness, I guess.
Finalmente un pó di buon senso.... X una volta si è pensato alla sicurezza dei corridori! Un grazie a organizzatori,UCI e squadre... 👍 [Finally something wise... For a change they thought of riders safethy! Thx organizers, UCI and teams...]
Si torna a casa! Adesso 3 settimane in Italia con Strade Bianche, Tirreno, e Milano Sanremo... Ke figata!
[We go home! now 3 weeks in Italy with Strade Bianche, Tirreno and Milano San Remo... How cool!] 
Tom Veelers “It’s a pity that the race can’t go on today—for us, but most of all for the organization. They put in a big effort to get the race ready, and especially in these times you hope the race goes on. It’s too bad it went this way.”

Tom Stamsnijder:"No Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne today, think it's a good decision, we would have all ended up like this at the finish!"


Omloop het Nieuwsblad: short report and results

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An early break: Chavanel, Vandenbergh, Van Avermaet, Roelandts, Wynants, Paolini, Thomas, Bandiera, Vandousselaere, Garcia.
Many crashes: among others Trentin fell and had an injuried hand. He's off to the hospital... lets hope nothing too serious. 
"Lefevere: Trentin's scapoide is broken at three places. Out for long time." :((
A solo try: Chavanel.... unsuccessful.
A duo try:  Paolini, Vandenbergh....successful.
1. Paolini 
2. Vandenbergh 
3. Vandousselaere (who won the chasing group's sprint)
4. Thomas 
5. Van Avermaet 
6. Bandiera 
7. Chavanel (who went away solo 50 to go and got caught only in the last few kms)
8. Roelandts 
9. Wynants 
10. Garcia (who was in the early break)
11. Ciolek (Qhubeka) (who won the peloton sprint)


1 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica - AIS 3:34:00
2 Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabo Women Cycling Team 0:00:03
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica - AIS 0:00:12
4 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team

5 Shelley Olds (USA) Team Tibco - To The Top

6 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized - Lululemon

7 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team Tibco - To The Top

8 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team

9 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabo Women Cycling Team

10 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica - AIS

11 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren - Let's Go Finland Team

12 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK 0:00:16
13 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica - AIS 0:00:22
14 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:04:39
15 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Cyclelive Plus - Zannata
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Qhubeka brings warmth to snowy Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Technically Spring begins on the 21 of March and in cycling la classica di primavera is traditionally Milano San Remo on 17 of March. In Belgium you could think Spring comes later and in a certain way you are right... but when riders start racing on those cobbled part of the world... The Sping Classics can't be far. This year it's particularly cold in Belgium but it will be particularly warm tomorrow when the hot support of Belgian fans will meet for the first time the warmth of the African team Qhubeka. Allez!
Qhubeka's rider Youcef Reguigui is the first Algerian ever to line up in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. “It’s 5 degrees today, not warm like Africa.” he says “I am happy to be in this race. It’s a great picture for my country and for Team MTN-Qhubeka as we are the first African professional team."  It's an exciting adventure and for a good cause. Youcef's father was also a bike racer, he raced is Europe in the 80’s and is a former winner of the Tour of Algeria: “My father is happy for me" explains Youcef "but he is also happy for Team MTN-Qhubeka because he watched my first race on tv in Italy last weekend and was very happy. He says, to have a good team like this and the yellow colour from Africa, is very good.”
Last year Youcef was fairing well against the best under 23 riders in the world. He won a Nations Cup event and placed in the top 10 of several others for a total of 7 amateur victories. "The jump to a professional level is a bigger one but with the team’s long-term development plans for young athletes, we could see him line up in a race like Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as a contender in the future." says Qhubeka's press release. “Omloop will be my second professional race now" the rider adds "and I need to chat to our director tomorrow to ask what he wants me to do in the race. Maybe I have to go into a breakaway or I have to stay in the peloton and look after [Gerald] Ciolek or Ignas [Konovalovas]. He knows the race as he’s done it before and to look after the team and supporting them is ok for me.”
Source http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/omloop-het-nieuwsblad-elite-2013/start-list


A pic from Mallorca :)

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Pic by Ahmad Almajed @AhmadAlmajed

5 good reasons to watch the Track World Championship

In the old times...
You know... the track isn't my thing. It fascinates me but I don't understand it really. Important events like Worlds make me curious and the fact UCI finally has got a YouTube channel for the streaming helps. 
Given that, I remain a naive watcher so I asked my friend and track expert Laura Grazioli (http://www.cicloweb.it) 5 good - not technical - reasons to follow the Worlds.
...and now: the Track Ladies! here A.Edmondson
L. "Well... in the post Olympic years it would be hard to find technical ones..."
I. "Good then! go one!"
L."Races are very fast!"
L. "You can watch many different races in the same day"
I. "Also riders are quite different. I mean, I remarked a big difference of look between pistards: why Michael Hepburn is cute while others look like The Incredible Hulk? It depends on the different disciplines?"
L."Exactly. Hepburn is a pursuer, he does endurance races, Pervis instead, who has won yesterday..."
I. "Ehm... I was just thinking of him..."
L. "...he's a sprinter. It's a bit like the difference between a mathoner and Usain Bolt, they both are in athletics but do a different kind of race."
L. "Both men and women compete" 
I. "Yeah! and track ladies are so lovely! I watched them yesterday: amazing racing! I'm glad that here they got the same visibility as men and moreover that the UCI finally decided to give them the same money prize as man. The opposite was a true shame."
I. "Ah yes. On the road they can happen: on the trak they are routine because there is a finale, a direct clash among riders or national teams and the thrill is deep."
L. "On the track you see athletes who really come from everywhere and you aren't suprised if the winner of a race is a Korean or an Argentinian."
I. "That's true. I noticed the same... You persuaded me, Laura! I'll probably keep understanding nothing but there are many good reasons to watch the Track Worlds. 5 at least!"

UCI channel for streaming: 

Day 1 Feb 20 Men: Team Pursuit; Kilometre TT - Women: Individual Pursuit; Team Sprint

Day 2 Feb 21 Men: Individual Pursuit; Team Sprint, Scratch Race - Women: Team Pursuit; 500m TT

Day 3 Feb 22 Men: Keirin; Points Race; Omnium: Flying Lap, Points Race, Elimination - Women: Sprint Qualifying; Scratch Race

Day 4 Feb 23 Men: Sprint Qualifying; Omnium: Individual Pursuit, Scratch, Kilometre TT - Women: Sprint Finals; Points Race; Omnium: Flying Lap, Points Race, Elimination

Day 5 Feb 24 Men: Sprint Finals; Madison - Women: Keirin; Madison; Omnium: Individual Pursuit, Scratch, 500m TT


Ruta del Sol Sum Up

Embedded image permalinkAs far as me... Van Den Broeck won the overall and Mollema got a very nice 2nd place.  
Names to remark: Hivert (poli-victorious),  Farrar (poli-second), Fugslang (already climbing the GC),  Ponzi (so young so good), Seeldraeyers (still alive and fighting!).  
Names to NOT remark: I deleted them in fact. I'd apreciate if others do the same but it seems arrogant dopers are welcomed by media and teams. I underline ARROGANT: not every dopers are. Humble ex dopers seriously sorry MUST be welcomed and they can teach something to young honest Embedded image permalinkriders. Not so those people here.
1 .................... (Spa) Movistar Team 0:06:46  
2 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 0:00:02  
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:04  
Stage 1 
1 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 4:06:36  
2 ................ (Spa) Movistar Team    
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
4 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03  
5 .................. (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
7 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:07  
10 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
Stage 2
1 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 4:48:37  
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
3 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural    
4 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team    
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
9 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
10 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
Stage 3
1 .................. (Spa) Movistar Team    
2 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha    
3 ................... (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling    
5 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
7 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team    
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana    
10 Jon Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
1 ............................. (Spa) Movistar Team 13:47:27  
2 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:07  
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:11  
4 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha 0:00:12  
5 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:17  
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19  
7 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:24  
8 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:00:30  
9 ............................ (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
10 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:38  
11 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:41  
12 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:53  
13 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:01:18  
14 Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:31  
15 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:45  
16 David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:01:58  
17 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:20  
18 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:33  
19 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:02:43  
20 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team 0:02:48  


A pic from Mallorca :)

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In short and translated: Cyrille Guimard about Andy Schleck

http://28.img.v4.skyrock.net/4872/49464872/pics/2005828301_1_5.jpgThere is an interview (in French) here:
In short:
1. No more a cyclist: "If Andy can't find very quickly the desire and passion for cycling, his retirement is near."
2. Who is Guimard: well... you should know :) if it isn't the case have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrille_Guimard In 2004 Andy was racing for him in VC Roubaix as an amateurs. "He was 18 years old and former sporting directors Bernard Hinault, Greg Lemond and Laurent Fignon had immediately got the talent of the young Luxembourger."
3. A too young pro: "Andy has got a pure class. But it has been a mistake for him to turn pro so young. I asked Bjarne Riis to let me Andy for an year more. Andy wasn't ready to turn pro, neither physically nor mentally.  It would have been necessary to let him grow. Now Andy pays the piper. "
4. A new start: "You are 100% a cyclist or you're not. He must stop for six months, working on the basis and get a psychological help."
A new team: "You can't solve problems with those who created them. Andy passed from a full controll style team (Riis) to being almost team boss (note: in 2011) passing through the Bruyneel's episode and the abandon by the sponsor of the team.  Those are things that leave a  mark in a man, not to mention the positive control of his brother. I'm sure that Andy would feel better in a team like FDJ, where there is still the passion for cycling and everything is not just business. I repeat: he must find the desire to ride a bike. 80% is dued to motivation "

My opinion:
Guimard has been often hard on Andy and I didn't like that but this time he could be right. Maybe not about the team - I believe that Luca Guercilena as a team manager can change drasticly some things even with a team owner like Becca. And if he can't I think he would leave. But about the need of a new start, of a break and also of psychological help. When we have troubles with our teeth we have feel not ashamed going to the denstist and it should be the same when our soul is concerned. Then there many different kinds of 'therapy', the point is to ask and get support. Elite sport is awfully stressful and in general unhealty like many other great activities. We don't need to avoid them but elite athletes always need a pychological support and it  surprises me to hear (by Guimard, not sure it's true) that Andy didn't get it normally. 
In any case and like I told often: Andy is born to race but when racing makes him unhappy it's time to change. Not to 'stop'! what a wrong word! nothing stop till when you are alive! we always go on and changing is the only way to go on happyly.
Andy can takes a break and have a new start like Guimard says, he can keep racing but working on himself with his team support and change his way to live his racing, he can decides that after 10 years of racing in procycling and at only 27 years there are things he would like to try instead
The only important thing is: be happy and realize yourself fully. All the rest doesn't count.


Volta Ao Algarve Sum Up

First consideration:  RSNT did pretty well in this short tour. 3 times on the podium, always in the stage top 5, a very good TT. But it fell short in the final results. That seems to be its problem but I'm confident they will able to work on it. Some guys there are more and more interesting (Nizzolo and Sergent). 
Second consideration: I got bored to enumerate names made obvious by results. Tony Martin is already/again a blast, Team Blanco looks already/again good (in many ways, ihih), Michal Kwiatkowski is more and more on our to-do list (cycling-ly!) and my favourite Rigoberto Uran is refining his shape (right given his goals). 

Third and most interesting consideration: who is SPRENGERS Thomas? He was in Lotto-Belisol U23 last year and in August 2011 debuted as a trainee in the pro team. But he has been not confirmed in 2013 and is riding for a profesional team, Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise. He had scored 4 points last year, basicly ending 7th in Circuit de Wallonie. According to http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/rider_palm.asp?riderid=18571&year=2012&all=1&current=0 his results in 2012 weren't bad at all for a neo-pro born in 1990. Here in Algarve he beated Cavendish at the sprint... I mean... there is potential, there isn't? It's a pity that different levels teams can't compete together more often. Anyway... I'll have a look about Sprengers in the next months
BTW He has got a site http://www.thomassprengers.be/

Stage 1
1 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 5:07:29
2 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard
3 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard
5 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
6 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Stage 2
1 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 4:50:15
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard
3 Bruno Matos Sancho (Por) Carmim-Tavira
Stage 3
1 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 4:53:15
2 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:03
3 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:05
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
5 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
7 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha
9 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:12
10 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
11 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:18
12 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:24
13 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:00:33
14 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Stage 4
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:45:09
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:07
3 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:15
4 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:16
5 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:30
6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 0:01:32
7 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:47
8 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
9 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:04
10 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:32
11 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:42
12 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:49
13 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:56
14 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:03:15
15 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:19
16 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:03:37
17 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:44
18 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:03:50
19 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
20 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:52
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 15:36:26
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:58
3 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:59
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 0:01:21
5 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:01:26
6 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:30
7 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:40
8 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:45
9 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:53
10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:31
11 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:43
12 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:47
13 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
14 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:04:09
15 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:04:12
16 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:04:14
17 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:30
18 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:45
19 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:04:54
20 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:59