Contador weathers Mortirolo storm

Alberto Contador (Astana) is 28.5km from winning a Giro d’Italia he never expected to start. The Spanish climber deflected a flurry of last-gasp attacks from arch-rival Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) over the Gavia and Mortirolo in Saturday’s 232km mountain shootout to retain the maglia rosa and roll into Sunday’s final-day time trial with the narrowest of margins.

Sella strikes again, Riccò stuck in second

By Andrew Hood

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Contador goes into the final stage in pink

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Contador goes into the final stage in pink

Photo: Agence France Presse

Alberto Contador (Astana) is 28.5km from winning a Giro d’Italia he never expected to start.

The Spanish climber deflected a flurry of last-gasp attacks from arch-rival Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) over the Gavia and Mortirolo in Saturday’s 232km mountain shootout to retain the maglia rosa and roll into Sunday’s final-day time trial with the narrowest of margins.

But four seconds might as well be four hours for Contador, who is favored to cement his lead in Sunday’s mostly flat race against the clock into Milano.

“I could never have imagined that I would be in the maglia rosa poised to win the Giro a month ago when my team called me,” a relieved Contador said. “To be in the maglia rosa in the last day of the Giro, playing in the time trial to win it all, it’s something unimaginable a month ago.”

Riccò was stymied once again Saturday against Contador and his lucky stars.

After the pugnacious Italian was unable to distance Contador over the Mortirolo, Riccò was at least hoping to win a 13-up sprint into Tirano to claim the stage and a 20-second time bonus to snag the elusive pink jersey.

But a day after missing the pink jersey by just four seconds in Friday’s thrilling climbing stage to Monte Pora, fate yet again turned away from Riccò and toward Contador.

Emanuele Sella — who Riccò heavily criticized for riding for Contador in Friday’s summit finish — attacked up the day’s third climb at Aprica to power home his third victory of this year’s Giro.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Sella alone, headed for another stage win.

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Sella alone, headed for another stage win.

Photo: Graham Watson

Chasing in his wake were Gilberto Simoni and Joaquim Rodríguez, who gobbled up finish-line bonuses (20-12-8 seconds) and left Riccò to sprint for leftovers ahead of Contador in fourth.

“Maybe Simoni was right when he said I don’t have a strong team here at this Giro,” said Riccò, who has a knack for angering just about everyone. “If I had the team that Contador does, I’d be in the pink jersey right now. The Giro isn’t over, but I have to wonder what could have been.”

Once again, Contador counted on support from Astana to help him weather the storm.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Baliani, Cupaio and Colom

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Baliani, Cupaio and Colom

Photo: Graham Watson

The team sent Toni Colom on the attack over the Gavia before Levi Leipheimer took strong pulls on the lower part of the Mortirolo. Contador later caught Colom on the Mortirolo descent and his roommate helped tow his captain to the line in Tirano.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Leipheimer chases

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Leipheimer chases

Photo: Graham Watson

“Just like me, my team didn’t have time to prepare for this Giro. A week’s notice ahead of a grand tour is just incredible,” said Contador, fifth in the stage. “If we had had time to prepare for this race in normal conditions, we would have had three or four at the front, not just one.”

Contador’s unlikely Giro journey concludes Sunday with a nearly-flat time trial from Cesano Maderno to Milano. Contador is heavily favored against Riccò and time trial specialist Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre) is most likely beyond reach at two minutes back.

Barring a major disaster, Contador will likely end the day in pink.

“It’s the final stage with a time trial, so anything could happen, but if I have good sensations in the legs, I don’t have to fear that I will lose the maglia rosa,” Contador said. “The Giro is not over until the final kilometer of the final stage.”

Podium fight
With Contador and Riccò fighting for the final victory, the fight for the third spot on the podium is still wide open.

A day after blowing up the race in Friday’s perfectly executed attack over the Vivione to claw back into contention at just 21 seconds back, defending champion Danilo Di Luca (LPR) fell back to earth.

“The Killer” lost contact midway up the Mortirolo and couldn’t depend on the descending prowess of teammate Paolo Savoldelli, who dropped back early, to help him chase down Contador.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Karpets and Di Luca

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Karpets and Di Luca

Photo: Graham Watson

Russian Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d’Epargne) caught Di Luca’s wheel in the final 35km, but didn’t take one pull the entire way up the Aprica. Why? Perhaps it was because ex-teammate and compatriot Denis Menchov (Rabobank) was still in contention for the podium.

A disappointed Di Luca crossed the line 15th at 5:27 back to drop from third to seventh at 4:18 back.

“I think I paid for my efforts from yesterday. I just didn’t have the legs to stay with the front group on the Mortirolo,” Di Luca said. “I tried to ride away with the pink jersey yesterday, but I fell short. No one can say this Giro is without spectacle.”

With Contador and Riccò squaring off for the final prize, the final spot in the podium is a four-cart race.

Four riders are stacked within 47 seconds of each other going into Sunday’s final TT.

Menchov and Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre) both revived their podium hopes with strong rides. Menchov helped turn the screws up the Mortirolo to distance Di Luca and Bruseghin, but the Lampre veteran rejoined the Menchov-Contador group coming off the climb.

Menchov later chased the attacking Sella, who took 1:30 on the maglia rosa group and claimed another 20 seconds in time bonuses with the win to climb to fifth at 2:35 back.

Bruseghin slotted into third at 2:00, Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) into fourth at 2:05, and Menchov in sixth at 2:47 back, with Sella in fifth.

Neither Pellizotti nor Sella are considered flat-course time trialists, so the battle for the final spot likely comes down between Bruseghin and Menchov.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Menchov on the Mortirolo

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Menchov on the Mortirolo

Photo: Graham Watson

“It was really hard today to stay close over the Mortirolo. I used a lot of energy on the climb and then later on the chase,” said Bruseghin, who won the 39.4km time trial at Urbino. “I came to the Giro wanting to win a stage and now I’m close to the podium. It would be a great moment for me if I can achieve it.”

Up the Gavia
The 224-kilometer, 20th stage from Rovetta to Tirano was the Giro’s last hard mountain stage and featured three hard climbs. At 90km, riders began the 17km climb up the Cat. 1 Passo Gavia (2618m), this year’s Cima Coppi as the Giro’s highest point during the race.

At 160km, riders tackled the fearsome 15km climb up the Cat. 1 Passo del Mortirolo (1854m), before the third, the 16km, Cat. 2 Aprica (1173m), at 191km.

The attacks didn’t come until the peloton surged up the lower flanks of the Gavia. The valley at the base of the legendary climb was bathed in sun, but the summit was clogged with fog and rain, not to mention some hardy fans and deep piles of snow.

Andy Hampsten was waiting at the top to pass rain jackets to riders on the 20th anniversary of his epic climb over the Gavia that secured victory in the 1988 Giro.

Some riders were already thinking about Sunday’s final time trial.

“I’m feeling pretty good in the final week. I’ll just spin up the climb today and try to find a group to survive today,” said Jason McCartney (CSC), riding in his third Giro. “I’d like to do well in tomorrow’s time trial. It’s too bad that it’s totally flat, because I can carry speed over some hills better than most guys.”

LPR, Diquigiovanni-Androni and High Road tried to get riders into some moves, but nothing stuck until CSF-Navigare pushed Julio Pérez Cuapio powered into a move with José Rujano (Caisse d’Epargne) and Evgeni Petrov (Tinkoff). A few more riders tried, but they couldn’t match the pace.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20:  Astana on the Gavia

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Astana on the Gavia

Photo: Graham Watson

Midway up the Gavia, Andreas Klöden abandoned. It was a huge blow for Astana, who counted on the 32-year-old German to help Contador save the maglia rosa on Friday.

“He was already sick for the past week. We didn’t tell anyone because then our rivals would think the team is weak and attack us more. He was a great teammate to Contador yesterday, but he went too deep,” said Astana spokesman Philippe Maertens. “The team doctor says he might have a lung infection. He helped Contador save the maglia rosa yesterday.”

At the top of the Gavia, Pérez Cuapio crested the summit 35 seconds ahead of Rujano and 45 ahead of Antonio Colom (Astana), Fortunato Baliani (CSF Group Navigare) and Evgeny Petrov (Tinkoff). The peloton trailed through at 3:45 back.

The leaders found company with Colom, as Astana wanted to have an extra pair of legs up the road. There was also an intermediate sprint worth 6-4-2 seconds on the backside of the Gavia which the team didn’t want Riccò picking up.

Standstill up the Mortirolo
Colom, Pérez Cuapio and Baliani hit the base of the Mortirolo with a 3:40 head start.

Bertolini led the way up the lower flanks of the long, grinding climb to prep things for Simoni. After blowing up in Friday’s climb, the veteran Italian wanted to ride off into the sunset with a movie-script win.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Contador on the Mortirolo

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Contador on the Mortirolo

Photo: Graham Watson

The maglia rosa group was still about 20-strong when Simoni ramped up the speed about one-third up the Mortirolo. Sella attacked twice and Rodríguez went once, but no one could gain any space. It was more a war of attrition as Riccò marked the moves.

“Riccò followed me and I think he expected me to be some sort of battering ram for him against Contador. All he did was bring all the others with him,” said Simoni. “Yesterday, I lost a big opportunity to be on the podium of this Giro. I got cold on the Vivione summit and when I finally put on a rain cape, Savoldelli attacked. I lost hope for this Giro, but I wanted to win today.”

Bruseghin, Pellizotti and then Di Luca were struggling to match the pace set by Riccò and Sella. There were 11 riders still together when Simoni attacked two more time, quickly countered by Sella before Riccò hit the accelerator. He was hoping to pull off a victory, a la Pantani, but archrival Sella fought back, helping Contador to split the group.

Contador played the patient hand, following wheels and not losing his cool. Contador stayed with Ricco, Menchov, Sella, Pozzovivo and Rodríguez with Di Luca, Simoni, Bruseghin, Pellizotti and Van den Broeck trailing.

“Yesterday was a much more complicated situation for me. I had Di Luca more than two minutes up the road and all my rivals were attacking me. I could have lost it all, but I was able to ride with a clear head,” Contador said. “Today was difficult on the Mortirolo, but all I had to do was mark Riccò’s attacks. We could count on the circumstances of the race stacking up in our favor.”

With about 4km to go to the summit, Di Luca’s hard effort from the previous day started to kick in and he struggled to stay with the Bruseghin-Pellizotti chase group. Simoni, meanwhile, bridged up to the Contador group.

Up the road, Pérez Cuapio and then Baliani popped as Colom rode alone over the summit. He wanted to get up and over the Mortirolo as soon as possible to be in position to help Contador on the long, moderate climb up Aprica.

Colom topped out 38 seconds ahead of the Contador group, with Baliani latching on just before the summit. Bruseghin paced over 1:04 back with Pellizotti at 1:36 and Di Luca summiting at 2:02 back.

Sella springs again

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20: Ricco, Simoni and Contador

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20: Ricco, Simoni and Contador

Photo: Graham Watson

A group of 13 riders settled in to duke it out for the stage. The grinding Cat. 2 Aprica climb didn’t present a major problem for Contador as he could count on Colom and some friendly riders in the group.

Sella completed his Giro hat-trick with another attack that had some rolling their eyes. The pint-sized CSF-Navigare rider surged away with 28km to go at about 9km short of the summit.

Rodríguez quickly gave chase, but punctured to miss an opportunity to snag a stage win after attacking throughout this Giro.

“I attacked in the Mortirolo because I thought that considering the fact that I am not fighting for the general classification, they would let me go, but unfortunately it was not the case,” Rodríguez said. “After that, I decided to try again but I was the victim of a puncture. It was the front wheel and that happened when Sella attacked. He went and it was no longer possible to catch him. Of course I am disappointed to go home without winning a stage, but in the other hand I know I have to be positive because of the great regularity I showed since we started from Sicily.”

Menchov and Bruseghin were helping the chase, both to drop Di Luca and keep Sella on a short leash, but the gap widened to 1:10 ahead of a chasing Simoni and 1:40 to the maglia rosa group.

Rodríguez attacked again on the narrow, twisting descent off the Aprica and hoped to chase down Sella and Simoni.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 20:

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 20:

Photo: Graham Watson

The implications were huge for Contador. With the leading pair up the road, they gobbled up the three finish-line bonuses that could have put Riccò into the pink jersey.

“It seems everyone was racing against me again. Of course I dreamed of winning the sprint and taking the jersey, but Sella went, then Simoni,” Riccò said. “When Rodríguez went, I knew that if I chased him, someone else would attack and so on. I have to be happy with second. I made a great Giro and proved I can win this race. I will come back next year to win.”

Contador likely won’t be back to the Giro next year. He’ll have the Tour de France on his radar screen by then.

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Results

Stage 20 results:
1. Emanuele Sella (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 6:52:45
2. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 6:53:49 at 1:04
3. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 6:54:07 at 1:22
4. Riccardo Ricco’ (ITA), Saunier Duval in 6:54:15 at 1:30
5. Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana at s.t.
6. Antonio Colom Mas (ESP), Astana at s.t.
7. Fortunato Baliani (ITA), CSF Group Navigare at s.t.
8. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre at s.t.
9. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
10. Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
11. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at s.t.
12. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA), CSF Group Navigare at s.t.
13. Broeck Jurgen Van Den (BEL), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
14. Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Caisse d’Epargne in 6:58:12 at 5:27
15. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
16. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas in 7:03:38 at 10:53
17. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
18. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
19. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana at s.t.
20. Kevin Seeldrayers (BEL), Quick Step at s.t.
21. Mauricio A. Ardila Cano (COL), Rabobank at s.t.
22. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
23. Chris Sorensen (DEN), CSC at s.t.
24. Wim Van Huffel (BEL), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
25. Ruslan Ivanov (MDA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
26. Manuel Garate Juan (ESP), Quick Step at s.t.
27. Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Astana at s.t.
28. Erik Larsson Gustav (SWE), CSC at s.t.
29. Luis F. Laverde Jimenez (COL), CSF Group Navigare at s.t.
30. Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (MEX), CSF Group Navigare at s.t.
31. Vladimir Miholjevic (CRO), Liquigas at s.t.
32. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team High Road at s.t.
33. Paolo Savoldelli (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
34. Jure Golcer (SLO), Team L.P.R. in 7:03:44 at 10:59
35. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 7:07:51 at 15:06
36. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre at s.t.
37. David Loosli (SUI), Lampre at s.t.
38. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 7:08:02 at 15:17
39. Dmitry Kozontchuk (RUS), Rabobank in 7:08:13 at 15:28
40. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (COL), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
41. Charles Wegelius (GBR), Liquigas at s.t.
42. Luis Pasamontes (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
43. David Canada Gracia (ESP), Saunier Duval at s.t.
44. Simon Spilak (SLO), Lampre at s.t.
45. Luca Mazzanti (ITA), Tinkoff at s.t.
46. Andrea Tonti (ITA), Quick Step at s.t.
47. Daniele Nardello (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
48. Jérémy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
49. Laurent Mangel (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
50. Paolo Bettini (ITA), Quick Step in 7:08:17 at 15:32
51. Johannes Frohlinger (GER), Gerolsteiner in 7:13:14 at 20:29
52. Rafael Cardenas Felix (COL), Barloworld at s.t.
53. Pablo Lastras Garcia (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
54. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
55. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 7:17:09 at 24:24
56. Hubert Schwab (SUI), Quick Step at s.t.
57. Alessandro Spezialetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
58. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
59. Evgeni Petrov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
60. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Astana at s.t.
61. Theo Eltink (NED), Rabobank at s.t.
62. Francisco Perez Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
63. José Ochoa Carlos (VEN), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 7:23:35 at 30:50
64. José Rujano Guillen (VEN), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
65. Mickael Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis in 7:28:05 at 35:20
66. Jose A. Benitez Roman (ESP), Saunier Duval at s.t.
67. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
68. Paolo Bailetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
69. Blaise Sonnery (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
70. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at s.t.
71. Iker Camano Ortuzar (ESP), Saunier Duval at s.t.
72. Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
73. Michael Blaudzun (DEN), CSC at s.t.
74. David Millar (GBR), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
75. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC at s.t.
76. Danilo Hondo (GER), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
77. Andrea Noe’ (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
78. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC at s.t.
79. Serguei Klimov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
80. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC at s.t.
81. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram in 7:30:04 at 37:19
82. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team High Road at s.t.
83. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram at s.t.
84. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
85. Kjell Carlstrom (FIN), Liquigas at s.t.
86. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Lampre at s.t.
87. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step at s.t.
88. Gerben Lowik (NED), Rabobank at s.t.
89. Matej Jurco (SVK), Milram at s.t.
90. Giovanni Visconti (ITA), Quick Step at s.t.
91. Alexandre Usov (BLR), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
92. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Saunier Duval at s.t.
93. Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
94. Nicolas Rousseau (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
95. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
96. Nicolas Hartmann (FRA), Cofidis at s.t.
97. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
98. Josu Agirre (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at s.t.
99. Mathieu Perget (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
100. Alan Perez Lezaun (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at s.t.
101. Bram De Groot (NED), Rabobank at s.t.
102. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank at s.t.
103. André Greipel (GER), Team High Road at s.t.
104. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
105. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
106. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
107. Tiziano Dall’antonia (ITA), CSF Group Navigare at s.t.
108. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana at s.t.
109. Andrey Mizourov (KAZ), Astana at s.t.
110. Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Milram at s.t.
111. Joan Horrach Rippoll (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
112. Raffaele Illiano (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
113. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis at s.t.
114. Marlon A. Perez Arango (COL), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
115. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
116. Nikolai Trussov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
117. Giairo Ermeti (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
118. Anders Lund (DEN), CSC at s.t.
119. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
120. Nick Gates (AUS), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
121. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), Quick Step at s.t.
122. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
123. Geraint Thomas (GBR), Barloworld at s.t.
124. Carlo Scognamiglio (ITA), Barloworld at s.t.
125. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team High Road at s.t.
126. Fabio Baldato (ITA), Lampre at s.t.
127. Alexander Serov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
128. Dries Devenyns (BEL), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
129. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team High Road at s.t.
130. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Barloworld at s.t.
131. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Tinkoff at s.t.
132. Markus Eichler (GER), Milram at s.t.
133. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner at s.t.
134. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team High Road at s.t.
135. Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team High Road at s.t.
136. Philip Deignan (IRL), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
137. Addy Engels (NED), Quick Step at s.t.
138. Steven Cummings (GBR), Barloworld at s.t.
139. Tony Martin (GER), Team High Road at s.t.
140. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
141. Yann Huguet (FRA), Cofidis at s.t.

GC after stage 20:
1. Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana in 89:23:25 at s.t.
2. Riccardo Ricco’ (ITA), Saunier Duval in 89:23:29 at 0:04
3. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre in 89:25:25 at 2:00
4. Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Liquigas in 89:25:30 at 2:05
5. Emanuele Sella (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 89:26:00 at 2:35
6. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank in 89:26:12 at 2:47
7. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 89:27:43 at 4:18
8. Broeck Jurgen Van Den (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 89:27:51 at 4:26
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 89:28:50 at 5:25
10. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 89:30:05 at 6:40
11. Fortunato Baliani (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 89:41:52 at 18:27
12. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas in 89:42:19 at 18:54
13. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r La Mondiale in 89:45:30 at 22:05
14. Erik Larsson Gustav (SWE), CSC in 89:49:30 at 26:05
15. Rafael Cardenas Felix (COL), Barloworld in 89:51:04 at 27:39
16. Paolo Savoldelli (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 89:53:13 at 29:48
17. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 90:00:02 at 36:37
18. Mauricio A. Ardila Cano (COL), Rabobank in 90:08:07 at 44:42
19. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana in 90:08:44 at 45:19
20. Paolo Bettini (ITA), Quick Step in 90:09:17 at 45:52
21. Vladimir Miholjevic (CRO), Liquigas in 90:12:18 at 48:53
22. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre in 90:14:03 at 50:38
23. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 90:15:46 at 52:21
24. Luis F. Laverde Jimenez (COL), CSF Group Navigare in 90:19:27 at 56:02
25. Antonio Colom Mas (ESP), Astana in 90:20:30 at 57:05
26. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (COL), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 90:21:53 at 58:28
27. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 90:24:28 at 1:01:03
28. Chris Sorensen (DEN), CSC in 90:26:17 at 1:02:52
29. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto in 90:26:59 at 1:03:34
30. Evgeni Petrov (RUS), Tinkoff in 90:28:04 at 1:04:39
31. Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Caisse d’Epargne in 90:30:27 at 1:07:02
32. Jure Golcer (SLO), Team L.P.R. in 90:32:29 at 1:09:04
33. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC in 90:34:06 at 1:10:41
34. Andrea Tonti (ITA), Quick Step in 90:35:13 at 1:11:48
35. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Tinkoff in 90:37:59 at 1:14:34
36. Luis Pasamontes (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 90:40:16 at 1:16:51
37. Wim Van Huffel (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 90:40:28 at 1:17:03
38. Andrea Noe’ (ITA), Liquigas in 90:41:08 at 1:17:43
39. Manuel Garate Juan (ESP), Quick Step in 90:41:16 at 1:17:51
40. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 90:42:11 at 1:18:46
41. Alessandro Spezialetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 90:47:41 at 1:24:16
42. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team High Road in 90:52:12 at 1:28:47
43. Giovanni Visconti (ITA), Quick Step in 90:52:52 at 1:29:27
44. Ruslan Ivanov (MDA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 90:54:33 at 1:31:08
45. Luca Mazzanti (ITA), Tinkoff in 90:55:34 at 1:32:09
46. Daniele Nardello (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 90:56:41 at 1:33:16
47. Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Astana in 90:58:19 at 1:34:54
48. José Rujano Guillen (VEN), Caisse d’Epargne in 91:00:49 at 1:37:24
49. Simon Spilak (SLO), Lampre in 91:01:39 at 1:38:14
50. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux in 91:01:55 at 1:38:30
51. Johannes Frohlinger (GER), Gerolsteiner in 91:03:08 at 1:39:43
52. Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle in 91:07:41 at 1:44:16
53. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 91:08:01 at 1:44:36
54. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Astana in 91:08:35 at 1:45:10
55. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC in 91:09:45 at 1:46:20
56. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 91:15:12 at 1:51:47
57. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 91:15:15 at 1:51:50
58. David Canada Gracia (ESP), Saunier Duval in 91:19:54 at 1:56:29
59. Dmitry Kozontchuk (RUS), Rabobank in 91:20:45 at 1:57:20
60. José Ochoa Carlos (VEN), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 91:21:01 at 1:57:36
61. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Slipstream-Chipotle in 91:23:32 at 2:00:07
62. David Loosli (SUI), Lampre in 91:28:59 at 2:05:34
63. Michael Blaudzun (DEN), CSC in 91:29:48 at 2:06:23
64. Pablo Lastras Garcia (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 91:31:13 at 2:07:48
65. Andrey Mizourov (KAZ), Astana in 91:34:12 at 2:10:47
66. Francisco Perez Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 91:35:57 at 2:12:32
67. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team High Road in 91:36:34 at 2:13:09
68. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), Quick Step in 91:41:50 at 2:18:25
69. Charles Wegelius (GBR), Liquigas in 91:44:29 at 2:21:04
70. Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 91:44:50 at 2:21:25
71. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas in 91:47:19 at 2:23:54
72. Kevin Seeldrayers (BEL), Quick Step in 91:48:07 at 2:24:42
73. Alan Perez Lezaun (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 91:48:33 at 2:25:08
74. Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (MEX), CSF Group Navigare in 91:52:27 at 2:29:02
75. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 91:52:59 at 2:29:34
76. Iker Camano Ortuzar (ESP), Saunier Duval in 91:54:30 at 2:31:05
77. Theo Eltink (NED), Rabobank in 91:59:02 at 2:35:37
78. Philip Deignan (IRL), Ag2r La Mondiale in 92:00:39 at 2:37:14
79. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank in 92:02:00 at 2:38:35
80. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram in 92:02:54 at 2:39:29
81. Joan Horrach Rippoll (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 92:06:03 at 2:42:38
82. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Lampre in 92:06:40 at 2:43:15
83. Giairo Ermeti (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 92:06:45 at 2:43:20
84. Jérémy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 92:07:17 at 2:43:52
85. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 92:07:34 at 2:44:09
86. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 92:07:39 at 2:44:14
87. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Barloworld in 92:08:18 at 2:44:53
88. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram in 92:08:32 at 2:45:07
89. Paolo Bailetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 92:08:41 at 2:45:16
90. Blaise Sonnery (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 92:09:15 at 2:45:50
91. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Liquigas in 92:09:42 at 2:46:17
92. Marlon A. Perez Arango (COL), Caisse d’Epargne in 92:10:26 at 2:47:01
93. Laurent Mangel (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 92:12:45 at 2:49:20
94. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC in 92:19:43 at 2:56:18
95. David Millar (GBR), Slipstream-Chipotle in 92:20:12 at 2:56:47
96. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana in 92:20:46 at 2:57:21
97. Steven Cummings (GBR), Barloworld in 92:24:15 at 3:00:50
98. Hubert Schwab (SUI), Quick Step in 92:25:11 at 3:01:46
99. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Saunier Duval in 92:25:57 at 3:02:32
100. Tiziano Dall’antonia (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 92:26:32 at 3:03:07
101. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team High Road in 92:33:36 at 3:10:11
102. Anders Lund (DEN), CSC in 92:34:48 at 3:11:23
103. Addy Engels (NED), Quick Step in 92:35:11 at 3:11:46
104. Raffaele Illiano (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 92:36:04 at 3:12:39
105. Jose A. Benitez Roman (ESP), Saunier Duval in 92:36:21 at 3:12:56
106. Danilo Hondo (GER), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 92:36:25 at 3:13:00
107. Fabio Baldato (ITA), Lampre in 92:38:19 at 3:14:54
108. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR), Ag2r La Mondiale in 92:39:08 at 3:15:43
109. Mathieu Perget (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne in 92:39:23 at 3:15:58
110. Serguei Klimov (RUS), Tinkoff in 92:39:31 at 3:16:06
111. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team High Road in 92:39:43 at 3:16:18
112. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis in 92:40:55 at 3:17:30
113. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 92:41:43 at 3:18:18
114. Gerben Lowik (NED), Rabobank in 92:42:48 at 3:19:23
115. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step in 92:43:41 at 3:20:16
116. Nikolai Trussov (RUS), Tinkoff in 92:44:29 at 3:21:04
117. Dries Devenyns (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 92:45:30 at 3:22:05
118. Geraint Thomas (GBR), Barloworld in 92:47:03 at 3:23:38
119. Mickael Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis in 92:47:58 at 3:24:33
120. Bram De Groot (NED), Rabobank in 92:48:34 at 3:25:09
121. Alexandre Usov (BLR), Ag2r La Mondiale in 92:49:15 at 3:25:50
122. Nicolas Rousseau (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 92:49:33 at 3:26:08
123. Kjell Carlstrom (FIN), Liquigas in 92:55:46 at 3:32:21
124. Carlo Scognamiglio (ITA), Barloworld in 92:57:24 at 3:33:59
125. Alexander Serov (RUS), Tinkoff in 92:57:34 at 3:34:09
126. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 92:57:55 at 3:34:30
127. Nicolas Hartmann (FRA), Cofidis in 92:58:55 at 3:35:30
128. Tony Martin (GER), Team High Road in 93:03:11 at 3:39:46
129. Matej Jurco (SVK), Milram in 93:05:55 at 3:42:30
130. Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Milram in 93:07:02 at 3:43:37
131. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner in 93:11:37 at 3:48:12
132. André Greipel (GER), Team High Road in 93:17:46 at 3:54:21
133. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team High Road in 93:17:51 at 3:54:26
134. Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team High Road in 93:21:43 at 3:58:18
135. Yann Huguet (FRA), Cofidis in 93:23:00 at 3:59:35
136. Josu Agirre (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 93:28:25 at 4:05:00
137. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Francaise des Jeux in 93:28:45 at 4:05:20
138. Nick Gates (AUS), Silence-Lotto in 93:29:00 at 4:05:35
139. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle in 93:30:59 at 4:07:34
140. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), Tinkoff in 93:33:45 at 4:10:20
141. Markus Eichler (GER), Milram in 93:54:22 at 4:30:57