Giro d’Italia: CSC’s Voigt earns a world-class win

It was a world championship-style victory for Jens Voigt (CSC) in Thursday’s 147km 17th stage that traced the routes of the 2008 and 2009 worlds courses. Voigt attacked an all-star group that included two-time world champ Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) and the national champions of Italy and Spain with 35km to go at the start of two finishing circuits on the Varese worlds course the peloton will see in October. Chasers left it too late and never saw Voigt again as the German diesel hammered home to one of his most impressive victories of his head-banging career.

Cárdenas moves up with break

By Andrew Hood

Giro 2008-Stage 18 - Bettini made the initial move, but soon had company.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 – Bettini made the initial move, but soon had company.

Photo: Graham Watson

It was a world championship-style victory for Jens Voigt (CSC) in Thursday’s 147km 17th stage that traced the routes of the 2008 and 2009 worlds courses.

Voigt attacked an all-star group that included two-time world champ Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) and the national champions of Italy and Spain with 35km to go at the start of two finishing circuits on the Varese worlds course the peloton will see in October.

Chasers left it too late and never saw Voigt again as the German diesel hammered home to one of his most impressive victories of his head-banging career.

[nid:76800] “I looked at the group, with riders like Bettini, Bennati, Bosisio and Visconti, and I knew I would never be able to beat them in a sprint,” said Voigt, who soloed across the line 1:07. “I’m not a puncheur who can beat them at the line, so I decided the best tactic was to go from a long way. When I attacked, my sport director said, ‘Oh, that’s a little too far.’ But I saved some strength for the final kilometers.”

Alberto Contador (Astana) retained his 41-second lead to Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) as the peloton crossed the line 7:51 in arrears, but Colombian climber Félix Cárdenas (Barloworld) moved from 15th to 11th at 5:37 back.

There were no other major shakeups in the overall standings as Contador rides into Friday’s penultimate climbing stage in the driver’s seat.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 - Contador is inching closer to Milan.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 – Contador is inching closer to Milan.

Photo: Graham Watson

“Tomorrow is a difficult stage. All the GC riders will be attacking me, but I hope to have the legs to be able to respond,” Contador said. “I know the fans would love to see me attack, but I only have to respond to the others. It’s not the way I’d like to race, but that’s the way it is considering the conditions at which I arrived at this race. I hope at the end of the day I am still in the maglia rosa.”

World-class break
Light rain dampened the starting 146 riders in Mendrisio, Switzerland, site of the 2009 road world championships. The rain didn’t dull the race as the peloton ripped one lap over the 13.8km loop it will see next year.

Winless in two Giros wearing the rainbow jersey, the stage seemed scripted for a Bettini victory. The Cricket lived up to his end of the bargain and charged off the front just 9km into the stage.

Quickly marking the wheel were Voigt, Spanish national champ Joaquim Rodríguez (Caisse d’Epargne) and Giovanni Visconti (Quick Step).

Giro 2008-Stage 18 - The escapees included some familiar names.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 – The escapees included some familiar names.

Photo: Graham Watson

Other big names bridged out to set the all-star breakaway, including Cárdenas, Gabriele Bosisio (LPR), Mauricio Ardila (Rabobank), Simon Spilak (Lampre), Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Daniele Bennati (Liquigas), Alan Pérez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Nikolai Trussov (Tinkoff).

“We all smiled when we got away,” said Bettini. “It was like a world championships race and we pulled away for good. We knew we’d be fighting for the stage.”

There was some serious horsepower in the group and it opened up a gap of 2:12 at 20km after rolling out of the Mendrisio circuit. Bennati shot ahead to scoop up more bonuses to pad his lead in the points jersey at 66km and the gap was more than four minutes.

The breakaway worked together to drive a winning gap toward two, 17.4km laps on the worlds loop for the 2008 worlds in September.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 - Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov was out to cheer on his team.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 – Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov was out to cheer on his team.

Photo: Graham Watson

Deciding that a long attack was the best strategy, Voigt dropped the hammer just ahead of the finish line with about 35km to go just as rain started to fall. No one from the break immediately countered and that was all she wrote.

“In a situation like that, it favors a rider who takes the initiative,” said Voigt, who attacked in breakaways Saturday and Sunday and finished 11th at Plan de Corones. “I wanted to go hard as I could at first to open up a margin and then try to save my legs for the final kilometers.”

According to Visconti, Voigt was also complaining that he didn’t feel good. When the German attacked, they didn’t believe he’d have the legs to hold off a chase.

Spilak tried with 25km to go, but didn’t receive much help. He faded as Visconti, Bosisio and Nocentini counter-attacked to form an Italian chase group, but they faced a losing battle.

At the bell lap, Voigt held a 38-second gap to the three chasers with the Bettini group at 58 seconds.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 - Astana simply monitored the break and limited the damage.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 – Astana simply monitored the break and limited the damage.

Photo: Graham Watson

“When Voigt attacked, we left him out there too long. He said he was suffering, but he tricked us and he won. Well, that’s cycling!” said Bettini with a shrug. “I really suffered out there today. It seems I’m not meant to win a stage wearing the maglia rosa at the Giro.”

Voigt saved some legs for the finale and had plenty of time to celebrate with 1:07 ahead of Visconti. Bettini sat up in the sprint to allow Bennati to come through at 2:04 back.

GC battle looms
After the sprinters drove home the chase in Wednesday’s stage, Astana had its first day at the front to control the peloton since Contador took the maglia rosa last Sunday.

Contador is getting more comfortable in the pink jersey and is enjoying enormous support from Italian fans.

“I want to say thanks to the Italian tifosi. They have cheered for me as if I were Italian. They are calling my name from the road and cheering me on,” Contador said. “It’s a big surprise that they are behind me in this manner. I’m very happy to be at the Giro. I wasn’t expecting to be here and it’s great to discover what the Giro is.”

While the Italian fans are cheering for the Spanish climber, the Italian GC riders might not be so supportive.

Riccò and Co. promise to attack in Friday’s three-climb, 228km 19th stage from Legnano to Presolana-Monte Pora.

Many are predicting heavy artillery on the Cat. 1 Passo del Vivione with 56km to go to try to soften up Contador’s legs before the double-whammy finish of the Cat. 1 Presalona with 12km to go and the Giro’s final summit finish at Monte Pora.

“If we wait to attack him at the Mortirolo (Saturday), it will be too late,” said defending champ Danilo Di Luca (LPR), sixth at 2:18 back. “The longer we wait to attack, the less opportunities we’ll have. Tomorrow will show if Contador has any kinks in his armor.”

Giro 2008-Stage 18 - Contador gets encouragement from Vuelta director Victor Cordero.

Giro 2008-Stage 18 – Contador gets encouragement from Vuelta director Victor Cordero.

Photo: Graham Watson

The big question is whether the Italians will collaborate to try to eliminate Contador.

They didn’t when they had Contador on the ropes in Sunday’s six-climb stage across the Dolomites when he faltered on the Passo Giau, so Astana isn’t expecting them to combine interests in the final weekend of racing.

“I think we’re going to count on the Italians riding against each other. Maybe they’d rather see Contador win than each other. At least that’s the hope,” said Levi Leipheimer, who was at the front Thursday riding in the U.S. national jersey. “Nobody wants to work against Alberto to see someone else win. People will start to think about second and third place. That’s how it usually works.”

One scenario is Saunier Duval controlling the breakaways to bring Riccò to the final climb up the Monte Pora with the leaders intact.

The idea then includes to see Riccò bolt away on the short, but steep 5km summit finish to take the time bonuses and steal away another 10 to 15 seconds more from Contador’s lead, perhaps even slipping into the pink jersey.

“I don’t agree with that,” Contador said. “On the contrary, I’d like to gain time. I don’t want to lose a 20-second bonus to Riccò or anyone else. He’s fast and he can be a factor in the end of the stage for a sprint, but tomorrow I don’t want to lose any time. It’s even better if I can gain time.”

Friday’s stage will reveal a lot about how the 2008 Giro story will end. If the Italians can lay down the gauntlet, the race for the maglia rosa might still have some life in it.

If not, the remaining two days at the Giro could become a fight for leftovers.

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Results

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

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