Giro d’Italia: Greipel win thanks to Cavendish? Depends on whom you ask

Is Mark Cavendish so good that he’s already gifting sprints? In the manner that High Road teammate André Greipel sprinted to victory ahead of Cavendish and Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) ? when Cavendish looked back to Bennati at least three times to check that the Italian wasn’t pulling through ? it would seem so. No way, says Greipel. The burly 26-year-old bristled at the suggestion that the biggest victory of his professional career was handed to him by his younger teammate.

By Andrew Hood

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 17: Greipel wins

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 17: Greipel wins

Photo: Graham Watson

Is Mark Cavendish so good that he’s already gifting sprints?

In the manner that High Road teammate André Greipel sprinted to victory ahead of Cavendish and Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) ? when Cavendish looked back to Bennati at least three times to check that the Italian wasn’t pulling through ? it would seem so.

No way, says Greipel. The burly 26-year-old bristled at the suggestion that the biggest victory of his professional career was handed to him by his younger teammate.

“I think he tried to pass me,” said an annoyed Greipel when pressed about Cavendish. “If you want to think it is like this, that’s fine with me. I know I am fast. If you’re a sprinter, you want to pass and win races.”

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 17: Contador still in pink

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 17: Contador still in pink

Photo: Graham Watson

Alberto Contador (Astana) retained the maglia rosa to stay 41 seconds ahead of Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) as the GC riders stepped aside for the sprinter’s last dance in Wednesday’s 146km, 17th from Sondrio to Locarno.

High Road raced superbly to close down a breakaway and drive home the peloton in the final kilometers to set up the sprint, just the sixth in this year’s difficult Giro.

The U.S.-registered team is challenging the peloton’s established trains with their own formidable line-up.

The squad’s improving effectiveness was in full display on the fast run into Locarno, with Brad Wiggins and Tony Martin leading Greipel and Cavendish through two 90-degree turns in the final 500 meters.

As Martin barreled into the final turn with 250 meters to go, Greipel was in what looked like the lead-out position for Cavendish.

But the big German – who won four stages and the overall at the Tour Down Under – just put his head down and hammered all the way to the line. Greipel said there wasn’t a plan to let him win the stage.

“(Cavendish) said nothing to me (before the sprint). Tony Martin was the first (in the last turn) and I started my sprint until the finish, and who can pass, can pass me,” Greipel said. “I think (Cavendish) is happy with me. I think I did a good job for him when he won the other day. We came first and second today. We wanted to win as a team and we won as a team.”

Cavendish, a winner of two stages so far, was glued right on Greipel’s wheel with 150 meters to go, but Cavendish never opened up his explosive sprint after checking back to make sure that Bennati wasn’t coming through.

Cavendish raised his arms before Greipel shot across the line to celebrate the team’s third victory of the 91st Giro.

“I was just watching Bennati and if he’d started to sprint I’d have gone as well,” Cavendish told a reporter from Cycling Weekly at the line. “I owed Andre this for the job he did the other day. He deserved to win. He’s fast. It wasn’t like I needed to come round him if he was going to win. It’s perfect.”

Greipel refused to take the bait when pressed by journalists in the post-race press conference that there might be some sort of tensions between the team’s growing troupe of young sprinters, which also includes Gerard Ciolek and Edvald Boasson Hagen.

“We have a lot of races, too, so we need sprinters to win races. I think it’s really important to team to have good sprinters,” Greipel said. “To win a sprint, you also need a good team to make a train. I think we are fastest train here in the Giro. No one could follow us today. We had one guy from Milram with us today. Cavendish and I have shown that we are the fastest sprinters and we’ve won three stages.”

Bennati admitted defeat at the line, saying he was too tired after getting over the Dolomites to try to challenge the High Road onslaught.

“My legs didn’t have much today after some hard days in the mountains,” Bennati said. “I have to be content with three victories and the point’s jersey. Now we’ll ride to Milan to finish this Giro.”

Two-time world champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) wasn’t in bad position, but he came in too hot in the tight left-hander and almost kissed the barrier.

“I found myself on the outside, I made an error in the corner and I had to brake,” Bettini said. “When you brake, winning a sprint isn’t possible.”

Bettini is still trying to shake the world championship curse that dates back during the past two Giros. The Cricket is deep into second Giro wearing the rainbow jersey, but he still hasn’t won a stage.

The 91st Giro continues Thursday with the 147km 18th stage from Mondrisio to Varese. The starting and finishing loops cover the hilly routes for the 2009 and 2008 world championship routes. Everyone’s pre-race favorite is Bettini (Quick Step), unless the High Road boys can drive it home over the hilly finale.

Break in vain
Before the stage, 22 riders from CSF-Navigare, Gerolsteiner, Caisse d’Epargne and Slipstream-Chipotle for early morning blood screenings. None were deemed “inapt” and the Giro’s remaining 146 riders rolled out of Sondrio under partly cloudy skies and muggy temperatures in the 80s.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 17: The early escape

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 17: The early escape

Photo: Graham Watson

The 146km 17th stage from Sondrio to Locarno was the shortest road stage in this year’s Giro. With a relatively easy category three climb with 34km to go, it had sprint written all over it.

“We’re going to be working for Julian (Dean) today. He was fifth the other day in the last sprint and he’s just getting better and better,” said Danny Pate (Slipstream) before the stage. “I’m feeling pretty tired right now. I’ve never done a race this long before. We’re hoping to get all five guys to Milan.”

The flat opening 65km of the route rolled along the shores of Lake Como in Italy’s plush Lake District and the attacks began early. Mikhail Ignatiev (Tinkoff) and Francisco Gavazzi (Lampre) peeled away at 5km and French rider Yann Huguet (Cofidis) soon bridged out.

That was just perfect for the GC riders, hoping to cool their jets ahead of Friday’s and Saturday’s climbing stages.

“I felt good from the first moment. The escape went away and it was almost like the second day of recovery after the time trial at Corones,” said Contador. “I didn’t have any problems today with my allergies, so that’s a good sign for the next days.”

The trio opened up an 8:12 gap at 35km. Liquigas started to work at the front to trim the gap to 4:58 after coming over a short climb that carried the peloton into Switzerland.

With the peloton breathing down their necks at only two minutes, Huguet faded back at the day’s lone climb at the Cat. 3 Passo Monte Ceneri at 112km before Ignatiev tried to solo it home to attack with 25km to go.

With 15km to go, High Road drove the gap down to 1:21, and the Russian had about as much chance of winning as a liberal running for governor of Texas.

Jens Voigt (CSC) tried to attack when the gap came down to 17 seconds with 5km to go. The German marauder was complaining at the top of the Plan de Corones time trial about how dozens of riders were taking illegal pulls on team cars up the Fedaia climb on Sunday.

Greipel gets the win

Greipel gets the win

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“That’s cheating! That’s as bad doping,” Voigt said. “There were at least 20 riders who would have been eliminated, but they were getting pulled by the cars. These are the same bastards that are going to chase me down when I attack on Wednesday and Thursday to set up the sprint.”

Voigt was right, at least about that, and his move was short-lived. Both Voigt and Ignatiev were reeled in with about 4.5km to go.

High Road took over from there.

GC status quo
The GC contenders enjoyed a relatively easy day in the saddle, their first after three decisive days of racing across the Dolomites.

2008 Giro d'Italia stage 17: Contador celebrates another day

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 17: Contador celebrates another day

Photo: Graham Watson

Contador, who finished with the main group of GC riders in 17th at four seconds behind 13 sprinting riders, said the first day of racing following Tuesday’s rest day was tranquilo.

“It started fast with the escape and ended fast with the sprint. The last kilometers were dangerous and everyone was fighting to be in good position not to lose time,” Contador said after his second full day in pink. “One day less to Milan.”

Contador’s confidence of overall victory is improving with every passing day. Although he refused to put a number to his chances of final victory, the team is rallying around him.

Levi Leipheimer said now Astana will do what is necessary to deliver Contador to Milan in pink.

“The team will be riding to bring Alberto to Milan in the pink jersey. It’s going to be huge for us if we win this race,” Leipheimer said. “Under the circumstances, I cannot think of anything more satisfying.”

Contador got a preview of the Gavia and Mortirolo on Tuesday’s rest day. He joined teammate Toni Colom in the team car with team DS Alain Gallopin. Road work on the Gavia turned them back from the summit, but they were able to drive over the Mortirolo.

“That’s going to the hardest day in the mountains. It’s a hard climb, a pure climber’s route,” Contador said. “I think it’s going to be incredible, with the fans lining the road. I’m sure it will put your hair on end.”

Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel arrived at the race Tuesday. A winner of eight Tours de France (seven with Armstrong, one with Contador), Bruyneel will be on hand for the final stages into Milan to try to secure a second pink jersey. Paolo Savoldelli won in 2005 while riding for Discovery Channel.

The Giro is seeing a Spanish invasion. Dozens of Spanish scribes showed up at the Giro to cover what they hope will be a final victory march to Milan. Miguel Indurain is the only Spanish rider to have won the Giro. And with Contador being snubbed by the Tour de France, this is getting huge play in the Spanish media.

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Results

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

GC after stage 17:

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