Sella takes a second stage as Contador dons maglia rosa

Under normal conditions, Alberto Contador (Astana) claiming the maglia rosa might bring some certainty to the 91st Giro d’Italia. But there’s nothing predictable about this explosive and unpredictable race with a week still to go. The defending Tour de France champ faltered in Sunday’s six-climb, 154km 15th stage, but had just enough spin in his legs to slink into the overall lead by 33 seconds — a lead that by his own admission might be only temporary.

By Andrew Hood

Giro 2008-Stage 15-Sella wins again.

Giro 2008-Stage 15-Sella wins again.

Photo: Graham Watson

Under normal conditions, Alberto Contador (Astana) claiming the maglia rosa might bring some certainty to the 91st Giro d’Italia. But there’s nothing predictable about this explosive and unpredictable race with a week still to go.

The defending Tour de France champ faltered in Sunday’s six-climb, 154km 15th stage, but had just enough spin in his legs to slink into the overall lead by 33 seconds — a lead that by his own admission might be only temporary.

“We are going to enjoy this moment because tomorrow at Plan de Corones is another hard day,” said a resigned Contador, who becomes the first Spaniard since Juan Carlos Dominguez in 2002 to wear the maglia rosa. “(Riccardo) Riccò is very strong and I am not at my best level. Tomorrow we have another very hard day, so we’ll see.”

Sunday saw Emanuele Sella (CSF-Navigare) win his second straight summit finish with a solo attack out of a five-man group with 12km to go, but it was Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) who took the Giro by the horns, launching a searing attack with less than 3km to go up the grueling 13.35km Passo Fedaia.

The self-styled “Cobra” lived up to his hype, dropping an elite group that included Contador, defending champ Danilo Di Luca (LPR), two-time Vuelta a España champ Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and two-time Giro winner Gilberto Simoni (Diquigiovanni-Androni) to take an eight-second time bonus with third.

Giro 2008-Stage 15-Ricco attacks midway on the Marmolade

Giro 2008-Stage 15-Ricco attacks midway on the Marmolade

Photo: Graham Watson

“The legs were better and I had no problems breathing like yesterday. There’s still a lot of spectacle to come in this Giro and nothing is decided,” Riccò said. “I came very close to the maglia rosa. I saw when my rivals attacked and later they were fatigued, so I tried my luck. I wanted to take as much time as possible on my rivals and take the pink jersey.”

Riccò, 23, fell short of swapping his best young rider’s white jersey for the pink one — he now sits second overall — but with a week to race and five riders within one minute of Contador going into Monday’s decisive time trial, a 12.9km ascent of the packed gravel roads at Plan de Corones, everyone agrees this Giro is far from over.

“I don’t have the same strength as last year, but we are still right there. There are six of us fighting for the win,” said Di Luca, now third at 55 seconds back. “I absolutely do not I think this Giro is over. Nothing will be decided until the final time trial in Milan.”

After Contador stepped off the podium, he had to reconsider his situation. If he can defend his lead in Monday’s ITT, he could have several days in which to become accustomed to the pink jersey.

“I think it’s the perfect moment to take the maglia rosa. I came close yesterday with 5 seconds, so today to have it is the best moment,” Contador said.

“Tomorrow is a time trial, and I won’t need my team. For them, it’s more or less a rest day. The following days are more normal stages so that we can control the race. Without a doubt, the remaining two time trials should benefit me.”

If Contador can end Monday in the pink jersey, maybe this Giro will seem more routine after all.

Up the Marmolada

A quintet of breakaway riders featuring three from CSF-Navigare hit the base of the final climb nursing a two-minute lead on about 20 riders that included most of the GC contenders. Sella bolted away with about 12.5km to go to try his luck for a second straight victory and opened up a 53-second gap with 9km to go.

“I couldn’t imagine that I would be able to win again today,” Sella said. “The legs felt good when we hit the base of the Fedaia. I told (teammate Fortunato) Baliani, ‘I’m going to go for it.’ I just poured my forces into the pedals.”

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Menchov tries his hand.

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Menchov tries his hand.

Photo: Graham Watson

Alessandro Spezialetti (LPR) set the pace for “The Killer” on the lower flanks among the front pack, while Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre) was there for Marzio Bruseghin. Contador struggled alone earlier in the stage up the Giau, but Maxim Iglinsky managed to latch back on to lend a hand in the final shootout.

Bruseghin was nearly knocked off his bike by the squeeze of over-zealous fans with about 5km to go. The Lampre captain bounced into Contador and had to re-clip into his pedals.

Riccò opened up the fun with about 3km to go, turning the screws to drop some remnants of the front pack. Following the Cobra’s wheel were Contador, Domenico Pozzoviva (CSF Group), Menchov and Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), with Vincenzo Nibali dropping back from the front group to help his teammate. Trailing just back were Simoni and Di Luca.

Baliani, meanwhile, dropped out of the front group and helped Pozzovivo make a run out of the Contador-Riccò group.

Riccò went again, drawing out Menchov and Contador, passing Rodriguez from the breakaway. Riccò kept turning the screws, distancing Contador and Menchov. Simoni was fighting back as the riders were strung out in a thin line of suffering.

“The head’s good but the legs are tired. I saw a very high level today and it was hard to make a difference, but I expected more today,” said Simoni. “We’re all still close and nothing is decided. There’s still a lot of fighting left in this Giro.”

Riccò continued to methodically climb out of the saddle, but he couldn’t shake the stubborn Contador. With 2km to go, Contador surged ahead again to drop Di Luca, Simoni and Menchov to close in on Riccò.

With 1200 meters to go, Riccò held a slender gap on Contador while Sella was up the road taking his second straight victory after yet another dramatic attack.

Giau packs some pow

Giro 2008-Stage 15-On the Passo Pordoi

Giro 2008-Stage 15-On the Passo Pordoi

Photo: Graham Watson

The 153km, six-climb stage from Arabba to Passo Fedaia/Marmolada had epic written all over it. The stage was highlighted by some biggies, including Passo Pordoi (9.2km, averaging 6.9 percent), Passo di San Pellegrino (11.8km at 6.4 percent), Passo Giau (15.7km at 7.9 percent) and the final climb to the Passo Fedaia, at 13.3km at 8 percent, with some pitches reaching a spirit-busting 18 percent.

Good-sized crowds gathered in Arabba under cloudy but cool conditions. With the route heading straight up the spectacular Pordoi climb (where the cheesy Sylvester Stallone movie, “Cliffhanger,” was filmed), attacks came fast and early.

Levi Leipheimer (Astana) tried to get into a move with José Rujano (Caisse d’Epargne) setting a blistering pace. That was reeled in when nine riders finally pulled clear. In the move were: Vladimir Miholjevic (Liquigas), Paolo Bettini (Quick Step), Felix Cardenas (Barloworld), Evgeni Petrov (Tinkoff), mountains king Sella and Baliani (CSF-Navigare), Vladimir Karpets and Joaquin Rodriguez (Caisse d’Epargne) and Jens Voigt (CSC).

A sense of routine set in as the breakaway worked together up and over the San Pelligrino climb at 49km nursing a two-minute lead on the LPR-controlled peloton. Gabriele Bosisio (LPR) was looking pretty in pink, but it wasn’t going to last.

Giro 2008-Stage 15-Baliani, Sella and Rodriguez leave the break

Giro 2008-Stage 15-Baliani, Sella and Rodriguez leave the break

Photo: Graham Watson

After zipping up the Cat. 2 San Tomaso Agordino climb at 72.3km, Baliani attacked out of the breakaway and eventually drew out Rodriguez and Sella. They would be blithely unaware of the impending doom exploding in their wake.

Bosisio’s grip on pink ended on the lower ramps of the 15.7km climb up the towering Giau, the day’s highest summit at 2236 meters.

As soon as Bosisio faded, Liquigas sent British climbing ace Charlie Wegelius to the front to set a fevered pace. The Brit’s efforts put the hurt on the peloton and ripped a hole through the pack midway up the climb.

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Pellizotti picks up the pace

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Pellizotti picks up the pace

Photo: Graham Watson

Leipheimer and then Andreas Klöden (Astana) were both unable to match the pace as the lead pack soon dwindled to less than 20. Paolo Savoldelli (LPR) drifted back to try to help tow Bosisio while the likes of Contador, Simoni and Menchov were soon isolated without teammates.

Pellizotti then attacked out of the pack, drawing out Pozzovivo. The pace was brutal as Di Luca counter-attacked in their wake, drawing out Menchov, Simoni and Riccò, but Contador struggled again to keep the pace.

The spindly Spanish climber was looking around for some help. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Silence-Lotto) and Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre) were also struggling as the peloton was flying to pieces like broken china.

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Contador stays with his rival

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Contador stays with his rival

Photo: Graham Watson

“There arrived a moment when I didn’t feel very good. When they started to attack, I chased Riccò and Menchov, but I couldn’t get their wheel. I thought that my possibilities of taking the pink jersey were very slim,” Contador said. “Then when we started to climb the Marmolada, my sensations were very different. I was totally focused on the pink jersey.”

Riders from the breakaway were latching onto the attacking riders, with Cardenas and Miholjevic helping drive the moves.

The definitive splits were made: At the Giau summit, Sella led the way to grab more KoM points with Baliani and Rodriguez still in tow. More riders pulled through to form a group of about a baker’s dozen at 1:56 with all the main GC players still there. Bosisio and the pink jersey were more than four minutes back.

With 40km to race, the Contador group was still two minutes behind the leading trio as they tackled the Cat. 2 Passo Falzorego. The maglia rosa and crew remained nearly five minutes in arrears.

Mexican climber Julio Pérez-Cuapio (CSF-Panaria) and Nibali shot away from the Contador group on the Falzarego. The weather deteriorated further, and the leading trio of Baliani, Rodriguez and Sella kept their rain jackets on for the ascent, summiting with less than a minute on Perez Cuapio and Nibali and twice that on the Contador group. The maglia rosa had drifted further back, crossing at 5:30 behind the leaders.

Nibali dropped like a bomb on the long, treacherous 19km descent to bridge out to the leading trio, with the more cautious Pérez-Cuapio eventually latching on toward the base of the Fedaia. That made it a fivesome up front — three of them CSF Group riders — holding two minutes’ advantage on the Contador group as they drove toward the final obstacle of the day, the Marmolada.

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Bosisio got one day in pink, but that was it.

Giro 2008-Stage 15- Bosisio got one day in pink, but that was it.

Photo: Graham Watson

Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) laid it down in the miserable conditions and exited the race, as up front Sella had yet another dig on the lower slopes of the Marmolada, quickly taking a minute’s lead over his erstwhile companions with 10km to race. The Contador group was 2:35 down, with Spezialetti setting pace for Di Luca.

And Bosisio? He was all alone in pink, more than six minutes down. The race leader eventually crossed the finish line in 39th position, nearly 15 minutes behind the victorious Sella, surrendering the maglia rosa to Contador. How long he keeps it remains to be seen.

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Results

Giro d’Italia: Stage 15
1. Emanuele Sella (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, 154km in 4:53:24 (31.492 km/h)
2. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, at 2:05
3. Riccardo Ricco’ (ITA), Saunier Duval, at 2:11
4. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 2:20
5. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 2:27
6. Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana, at 2:27
7. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank, at 2:34
8. Broeck Jurgen Van Den (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 3:18
9. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre, at 3:22
10. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 3:27
11. Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Liquigas, at 3:27
12. Fortunato Baliani (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, at 3:49
13. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 5:07
14. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas, at 5:10
15. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Astana, at 5:55
16. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 6:13
17. Rafael Cardenas Felix (COL), Barloworld, at 6:52
18. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC, at 7:26
19. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre, at 7:27
20. Andreas Kloden (GER), Astana, at 7:47
21. Erik Larsson Gustav (SWE), CSC, at 8:34
22. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 8:48
23. Manuel Garate Juan (ESP), Quick Step, at 9:06
24. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana, at 9:06
25. Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (MEX), CSF Group Navigare, at 9:45
26. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 9:54
27. Alessandro Spezialetti (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 9:57
28. Paolo Savoldelli (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 10:09
29. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team High Road, at 10:15
30. Andrea Noe’ (ITA), Liquigas, at 10:19
31. Vladimir Miholjevic (CRO), Liquigas, at 10:45
32. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC, at 11:05
33. Andrea Tonti (ITA), Quick Step, at 11:47
34. Andrey Mizourov (KAZ), Astana, at 11:47
35. Luis F. Laverde Jimenez (COL), CSF Group Navigare, at 11:50
36. Mauricio A. Ardila Cano (COL), Rabobank, at 11:50
37. Paolo Bettini (ITA), Quick Step, at 14:27
38. Jérémy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 14:27
39. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 14:48
40. Jure Golcer (SLO), Team L.P.R., at 14:48
41. Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Astana, at 15:17
42. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 16:59
43. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 17:34
44. Chris Sorensen (DEN), CSC, at 17:39
45. Evgeni Petrov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 18:06
46. Antonio Colom Mas (ESP), Astana, at 21:12
47. Pablo Lastras Garcia (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 21:12
48. Blaise Sonnery (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 21:12
49. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 21:12
50. Luca Mazzanti (ITA), Tinkoff, at 21:12
51. Michael Blaudzun (DEN), CSC, at 21:12
52. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC, at 21:12
53. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux, at 21:12
54. Wim Van Huffel (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 21:12
55. Raffaele Illiano (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 21:12
56. Johannes Frohlinger (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 21:12
57. José Ochoa Carlos (VEN), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 21:12
58. Mathieu Perget (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne, at 21:12
59. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 21:12
60. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis, at 21:12
61. Simon Spilak (SLO), Lampre, at 21:12
62. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 21:12
63. Hubert Schwab (SUI), Quick Step, at 21:12
64. Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Caisse d’Epargne, at 21:12
65. Charles Wegelius (GBR), Liquigas, at 21:12
66. Francisco Perez Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 21:12
67. Daniele Nardello (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 21:12
68. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Liquigas, at 21:12
69. Ruslan Ivanov (MDA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 21:12
70. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (COL), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 21:50
71. Luis Pasamontes (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 21:50
72. David Loosli (SUI), Lampre, at 22:24
73. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Barloworld, at 22:57
74. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Tinkoff, at 23:34
75. Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 25:28
76. Fabio Baldato (ITA), Lampre, at 25:53
77. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 25:53
78. Kjell Carlstrom (FIN), Liquigas, at 26:40
79. Giovanni Visconti (ITA), Quick Step, at 27:13
80. Paolo Bailetti (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 28:00
81. Joan Horrach Rippoll (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 28:25
82. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 28:42
83. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 29:00
84. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 29:12
85. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas, at 29:12
86. Philip Deignan (IRL), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 29:12
87. Dmitry Kozontchuk (RUS), Rabobank, at 29:19
88. Jose A. Benitez Roman (ESP), Saunier Duval, at 29:39
89. Alexander Serov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 29:51
90. Nicolas Rousseau (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 30:48
91. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team High Road, at 35:17
92. Marlon A. Perez Arango (COL), Caisse d’Epargne, at 35:17
93. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram, at 35:17
94. Nick Gates (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 35:17
95. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Lampre, at 35:17
96. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram, at 35:17
97. Dries Devenyns (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 35:17
98. Danilo Hondo (GER), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 35:17
99. Steven Cummings (GBR), Barloworld, at 35:17
100. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team High Road, at 35:17
101. André Greipel (GER), Team High Road, at 35:17
102. Bram De Groot (NED), Rabobank, at 35:17
103. Gerben Lowik (NED), Rabobank, at 35:17
104. Geraint Thomas (GBR), Barloworld, at 35:17
105. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 35:17
106. Julian Dean (NZL), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 35:17
107. Laurent Mangel (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 35:17
108. Tony Martin (GER), Team High Road, at 35:17
109. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank, at 35:17
110. Alan Perez Lezaun (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 35:17
111. Theo Eltink (NED), Rabobank, at 35:17
112. Kevin Seeldrayers (BEL), Quick Step, at 35:17
113. David Canada Gracia (ESP), Saunier Duval, at 35:17
114. Dionisio Galparsoro (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 35:17
115. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Saunier Duval, at 35:17
116. Anders Lund (DEN), CSC, at 35:17
117. Iker Camano Ortuzar (ESP), Saunier Duval, at 35:17
118. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), Quick Step, at 35:17
119. David Millar (GBR), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 35:17
120. Mikael Cherel (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 35:17
121. Carlo Scognamiglio (ITA), Barloworld, at 35:17
122. Nicolas Hartmann (FRA), Cofidis, at 35:17
123. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team High Road, at 35:17
124. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana, at 35:17
125. Alexandre Usov (BLR), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 35:17
126. José Rujano Guillen (VEN), Caisse d’Epargne, at 35:17
127. Mickael Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis, at 35:17
128. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step, at 35:17
129. Yann Huguet (FRA), Cofidis, at 35:17
130. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), Tinkoff, at 35:17
131. Thomas Fothen (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 35:17
132. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team High Road, at 35:17
133. Matej Jurco (SVK), Milram, at 35:17
134. Raivis Belohvosciks (LAT), Saunier Duval, at 35:17
135. Serguei Klimov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 35:17
136. Tiziano Dall’antonia (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, at 35:17
137. Nikolai Trussov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 35:17
138. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team High Road, at 35:17
139. Josu Agirre (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 35:17
140. Lander Aperribay (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 35:17
141. Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team High Road, at 35:17
142. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 35:17
143. Paolo Bossoni (ITA), Lampre, at 35:17
144. Addy Engels (NED), Quick Step, at 35:17
145. Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Milram, at 35:17
146. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 35:17
147. Mathew Hayman (AUS), Rabobank, at 35:17
148. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 35:17
149. Christopher Sutton (AUS), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 35:17
150. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Francaise des Jeux, at 35:17
151. Giairo Ermeti (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 35:39
152. Markus Eichler (GER), Milram, at 35:42

Overall (after 15 stages)
1. Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana, 68:06:43
2. Riccardo Ricco’ (ITA), Saunier Duval, at 0:33
3. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 0:55
4. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre, at 1:18
5. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank, at 1:20
6. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 1:26
7. Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Liquigas, at 2:27
8. Broeck Jurgen Van Den (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 2:50
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, at 4:04
10. Emanuele Sella (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, at 4:41
11. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas, at 4:44
12. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 5:58
13. Andreas Kloden (GER), Astana, at 6:26
14. Fortunato Baliani (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, at 8:35
15. Erik Larsson Gustav (SWE), CSC, at 8:53
16. Rafael Cardenas Felix (COL), Barloworld, at 9:07
17. Paolo Savoldelli (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 9:17
18. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 12:16
19. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana, at 12:25
20. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre, at 13:03
21. Paolo Bettini (ITA), Quick Step, at 16:21
22. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 17:33
23. Mauricio A. Ardila Cano (COL), Rabobank, at 18:49
24. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 19:50
25. Chris Sorensen (DEN), CSC, at 20:00
26. Evgeni Petrov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 20:35
27. Luis F. Laverde Jimenez (COL), CSF Group Navigare, at 20:47
28. Andrea Tonti (ITA), Quick Step, at 23:54
29. Vladimir Miholjevic (CRO), Liquigas, at 24:39
30. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux, at 25:14
31. Giovanni Visconti (ITA), Quick Step, at 26:16
32. Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Caisse d’Epargne, at 28:44
33. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC, at 28:47
34. Andrea Noe’ (ITA), Liquigas, at 30:39
35. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 33:45
36. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team High Road, at 33:55
37. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (COL), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 34:05
38. Alessandro Spezialetti (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 34:31
39. Luis Pasamontes (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 34:43
40. Manuel Garate Juan (ESP), Quick Step, at 35:05
41. Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 35:39
42. Jure Golcer (SLO), Team L.P.R., at 36:21
43. Antonio Colom Mas (ESP), Astana, at 36:23
44. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Tinkoff, at 38:35
45. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 41:09
46. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team High Road, at 43:36
47. Daniele Nardello (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 43:41
48. Johannes Frohlinger (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 46:57
49. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC, at 48:36
50. José Rujano Guillen (VEN), Caisse d’Epargne, at 49:14
51. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Astana, at 49:20
52. Luca Mazzanti (ITA), Tinkoff, at 50:11
53. Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Astana, at 50:22
54. Wim Van Huffel (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 52:00
55. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 53:08
56. Simon Spilak (SLO), Lampre, at 54:52
57. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 54:52
58. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team High Road, at 55:44
59. Michael Blaudzun (DEN), CSC, at 57:26
60. Andrey Mizourov (KAZ), Astana, at 58:20
61. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:02:46
62. José Ochoa Carlos (VEN), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 1:03:02
63. Dmitry Kozontchuk (RUS), Rabobank, at 1:07:11
64. Mikael Cherel (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 1:07:13
65. Pablo Lastras Garcia (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:09:49
66. Ruslan Ivanov (MDA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 1:10:23
67. Francisco Perez Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:13:00
68. David Loosli (SUI), Lampre, at 1:16:16
69. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 1:16:18
70. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas, at 1:17:13
71. David Canada Gracia (ESP), Saunier Duval, at 1:17:29
72. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:17:42
73. Alan Perez Lezaun (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:19:19
74. Philip Deignan (IRL), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:24:44
75. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 1:24:45
76. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram, at 1:25:08
77. Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 1:27:20
78. Iker Camano Ortuzar (ESP), Saunier Duval, at 1:28:05
79. Joan Horrach Rippoll (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:28:38
80. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Liquigas, at 1:29:39
81. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram, at 1:30:27
82. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Barloworld, at 1:30:31
83. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Lampre, at 1:30:43
84. Blaise Sonnery (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:31:56
85. Marlon A. Perez Arango (COL), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:33:42
86. Paolo Bailetti (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 1:34:09
87. Theo Eltink (NED), Rabobank, at 1:34:13
88. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank, at 1:35:33
89. Charles Wegelius (GBR), Liquigas, at 1:36:26
90. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), Quick Step, at 1:37:53
91. Kevin Seeldrayers (BEL), Quick Step, at 1:41:17
92. David Millar (GBR), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 1:42:35
93. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana, at 1:43:17
94. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC, at 1:44:12
95. Giairo Ermeti (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 1:45:47
96. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 1:47:57
97. Tiziano Dall’antonia (ITA), CSF Group Navigare, at 1:48:54
98. Jérémy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 1:52:25
99. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team High Road, at 1:53:33
100. Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (MEX), CSF Group Navigare, at 1:53:48
101. Mathieu Perget (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:55:45
102. Fabio Baldato (ITA), Lampre, at 1:55:50
103. Addy Engels (NED), Quick Step, at 1:56:45
104. Anders Lund (DEN), CSC, at 1:57:27
105. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Saunier Duval, at 1:57:36
106. Laurent Mangel (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:58:27
107. Jose A. Benitez Roman (ESP), Saunier Duval, at 2:00:14
108. Hubert Schwab (SUI), Quick Step, at 2:01:07
109. Serguei Klimov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 2:01:22
110. Danilo Hondo (GER), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 2:01:31
111. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team High Road, at 2:01:49
112. Gerben Lowik (NED), Rabobank, at 2:02:09
113. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:04:58
114. Dionisio Galparsoro (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 2:05:31
115. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis, at 2:06:53
116. Dries Devenyns (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 2:07:45
117. Paolo Bossoni (ITA), Lampre, at 2:07:48
118. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 2:08:14
119. Geraint Thomas (GBR), Barloworld, at 2:08:16
120. Alexandre Usov (BLR), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:08:52
121. Nicolas Rousseau (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:09:36
122. Nikolai Trussov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 2:10:08
123. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step, at 2:12:10
124. Mickael Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis, at 2:12:11
125. Bram De Groot (NED), Rabobank, at 2:12:35
126. Steven Cummings (GBR), Barloworld, at 2:12:49
127. Raffaele Illiano (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 2:13:56
128. Kjell Carlstrom (FIN), Liquigas, at 2:15:30
129. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA), Team L.P.R., at 2:16:16
130. Alexander Serov (RUS), Tinkoff, at 2:18:27
131. Carlo Scognamiglio (ITA), Barloworld, at 2:18:48
132. Thomas Fothen (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 2:19:27
133. Nicolas Hartmann (FRA), Cofidis, at 2:19:34
134. Matej Jurco (SVK), Milram, at 2:23:35
135. Tony Martin (GER), Team High Road, at 2:24:14
136. Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Milram, at 2:25:23
137. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 2:30:24
138. Julian Dean (NZL), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 2:31:39
139. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team High Road, at 2:35:26
140. Yann Huguet (FRA), Cofidis, at 2:35:58
141. Mathew Hayman (AUS), Rabobank, at 2:37:21
142. Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team High Road, at 2:40:07
143. André Greipel (GER), Team High Road, at 2:40:24
144. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Francaise des Jeux, at 2:44:47
145. Nick Gates (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 2:45:51
146. Josu Agirre (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 2:48:21
147. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), Tinkoff, at 2:48:22
148. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 2:48:37
149. Lander Aperribay (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 2:55:00
150. Raivis Belohvosciks (LAT), Saunier Duval, at 2:58:17
151. Christopher Sutton (AUS), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 2:58:27
152. Markus Eichler (GER), Milram, at 3:08:38