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Bettini’s stage win a great curtain-raiser for Friday’s TT showdown

[nid:37614]Just as sunshine followed rain on Thursday’s beautiful ride along the Big Sur coast at the Amgen Tour of California, so the stage 4 victory in San Luis Obispo by world champ Paolo Bettini of Italy was just a trailer for Friday’s time-trial showdown. Going into the rolling 14.5-mile TT in Solvang, Discovery Channel’s Levi Leipheimer still has a three-second margin over his main challenger, Jens Voigt of CSC, but a half-dozen others remain in contention, including three-time world TT champion Michael Rogers of T-Mobile, who’s 19 seconds back.

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By John Wilcockson

And we mean close

And we mean close

Photo: Phoenix Sports

That's a close one

That’s a close one

Photo: Graham Watson

Just as sunshine followed rain on Thursday’s beautiful ride along the Big Sur coast at the Amgen Tour of California, so the stage 4 victory in San Luis Obispo by world champ Paolo Bettini of Italy was just a trailer for Friday’s time-trial showdown. Going into the rolling 14.5-mile TT in Solvang, Discovery Channel’s Levi Leipheimer still has a three-second margin over his main challenger, Jens Voigt of CSC, but a half-dozen others remain in contention, including three-time world TT champion Michael Rogers of T-Mobile, who’s 19 seconds back.

In San Luis Obispo, it was Quick Step-Innergetic’s Bettini who was the star of the show. He impressively took the final uphill sprint from Germany’s world under-23 champion Gerald Ciolek of T-Mobile, with the Argentinean J.J.Haedo of CSC, last year’s stage winner, in third.

Haedo looked as though he was going to repeat when he entered the final, left turn 350 meters from the line. Predictor-Lotto’s Fred Rodriguez, who finished second to Haedo last year, saw what happened. “I had [CSC’s] Stuart [O’Grady] and J.J. [Haedo] in front of me with 500 meters to go, then someone went through on the left and J.J. somehow sneaked through,” he said.

But it wasn’t enough. “I got a little blocked and I never really got to launch it,” Haedo said. “I would have liked to go for the win but that’s what happened in a difficult finale.” Even so, his third place was good enough for him to take the points jersey.

Rodriguez also saw the world champion’s move. “Bettini was behind me,” he said, “and a swarm came from behind to the right, so he was in a perfect spot.”

Bettini said he didn’t come to California with the intention of winning a stage. “I love winning,” said the Quick Step leader. “But I came here because of the good roads and good weather. We wanted to come last year, but we applied too late.”

As for his latest victory, Bettini said, “I felt I had good legs yesterday on the [Sierra Road] climb. I thought I might win that stage … so I knew I could try again today. The uphill finish suited me … but I only just beat Ciolek. He is a great young rider and he was very strong today. With more experience, he will win lots of races.”

A rainy ride alongside the Pacific

A rainy ride alongside the Pacific

Photo: Graham Watson

The day’s main break
Cold, torrential rain showers battered the 130 survivors during the early part of the 132.6-mile stage 4 from Seaside to San Luis Obispo, but that didn’t deter U.S.-based riders Alejandro Acton of Colavita-Sutter Home and Kirk O’Bee of Health Net-Maxxis from sparking the day’s main breakaway.

By mile 20, as the course headed toward the dripping redwoods of Big Sur, the Argentinean Acton and the American O’Bee had been joined by two ProTour riders, T-Mobile’s Aaron Olsen and Crédit Agricole’s Christophe Laurent. Three others took up the chase, including Slipstream-Chipotle’s local rider Lucas Euser, an industrial-technology graduate of Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, where he has lived for the past five years.

“It was really rolling and I was trying to be really aggressive,” Euser said. “The four guys got up the road and I saw [Leipheimer’s] Discovery team kind of sit up. Sure enough, Sean Sullivan of Toyota-United and Hilton Clarke of Navigators went. I was on their wheel. And we punched it … Hilton and I did most of the work. When the break saw us chasing they sat up a little bit and we caught them 3K from the top of the first climb.”

That hill, the first of three categorized climbs — there were plenty of other hills that didn’t merit KOM points — was taken by Laurent, who said he made the climbers’ jersey his main goal of the race after being in the long breakaway through the California Wine Country on Tuesday.

Second on the Big Sur climb was the impressive Euser, who said he was having “the biggest day I’ve ever done on a bike.” Euser, 23, who wore the KOM jersey at last year’s Tour de Georgia, explained that he was trying to take maximum points to help defend his teammate Tom Peterson’s leadership in the climbers’ competition.

The battle for that jersey caused some conflict at the second of the day’s climbs, another 40 miles down the spectacular Big Sur coast. “[Euser] told me he wasn’t going to go for it,” Laurent explained. “But with 100 meters to go he surprised me with an attack and I couldn’t catch him. He said later that it was his team director who told him to go.”

Once over the last climb, which Laurent took to move into the KOM lead, the seven leaders regrouped for the final 60 miles on flatter roads alongside low cliffs and rocky beaches — where the barking of elephant seals mixed with the crashing of the storm-driven waves.

“I was never really hopeful that we were going to win because the gap only just went over four minutes,” said Sullivan, an Aussie from the island of Tasmania. “And CSC and Rabobank were chasing.” Besides CSC working for stage 2 winner Haedo and Rabobank for stage 1 winner Graeme Brown, also revving up the pace in the final 30 miles was the Liquigas team of Luca Paolini.

Rabobank and Liquigas pitch in

Rabobank and Liquigas pitch in

Photo: Graham Watson

But the break proved more resilient than expected, moving into the final 10 miles with a 90-second margin. “I know this course like the back of my hand,” said Euser. “I kept telling the guys, ‘We can do this if we work together.’ Unfortunately they started attacking. I told them it was small windy roads [on the run-in to San Luis Obispo] and if we stick together it’d be good. But I flatted just before we turned off Highway 1 [about 13km from the finish].”

Euser said the slow flat in his front tire took only 10 seconds to change but he had a hard time chasing back to the other six. By the time he got back, they were still attacking each other and the gap was down to 30 seconds. And 93 riders came together for the final charge into town.

Friday’s time trial
Race leader Leipheimer was surprisingly outspoken at the post-race press conference, saying, “I feel like I’m the best rider in the race. I know Jens [Voigt] has pretty high expectations too, but I’m confident I can win.”

Leipheimer said that during the recent Discovery Channel training camp in Solvang he rode the 14.5-mile TT course on his time-trial bike three times in one day.

“It’s kind of a tough course,” he said. “There should be some decent gaps.”

The chances are that Leipheimer will increase his three-second margin over Voigt to keep the Amgen leader’s jersey, but the American may have to concede the stage win to CSC’s world champ Fabian Cancellara, while Rogers is also motivated.

He's certainly enjoyed the assistance of some extraordinarily powerful domestiques

He’s certainly enjoyed the assistance of some extraordinarily powerful domestiques

Photo: Graham Watson

“I know the course quite well because we spent a week training in Solvang,” said the big Australian.

But Leipheimer feels that he has the advantage over Rogers and Voigt because he will start last of the 127 riders, two minutes after Voigt, so he will know exactly how hard he has to go. It should be a great battle!

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Amgen Tour of California
Stage 4
Top 10

Amgen Tour of California
Stage 4

1. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 213.4km in 5:05:47
2. Gerald Ciolek (G), T-Mobile, same time
3. Juan José Haedo (Arg), CSC, s.t.
4. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, s.t.
5. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.
6. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), CSC, s.t.
7. Henk Vogels (Aus), Toyota United, s.t.
8. Robert Förster (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
9. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.
10. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

Overall
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 17:52:12
2. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 0:03
3. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:15
4. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:16
5. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Rabobank, at 0:17
6. Ben Day (Aus), Navigators Insurance, at 0:18
7. Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:19
8. Michael Rogers (Aus), T-Mobile, s.t.
9. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb), Navigators Insurance, at 0:20
10. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), CSC, s.t.

Jerseys
Leader: Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel
Points: J.J. Haedo (Arg), CSC
KOM: Christophe Laurent (F), Crédit Agricole
Best young rider: Matthew Lloyd (Aus), Predictor-Lotto
Team: CSC

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Amgen Tour of California

Stage 4

1. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 213.4km in 5:05:47

2. Gerald Ciolek (G), T-Mobile, same time

3. Juan José Haedo (Arg), CSC, s.t.

4. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

5. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.

6. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), CSC, s.t.

7. Henk Vogels (Aus), Toyota United, s.t.

8. Robert Förster (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

9. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.

10. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

11. Luca Paolini (I), Liquigas, s.t.

12. Alexander Candelario (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

13. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Liquigas, s.t.

14. Russell Downing (GB), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

15. Viktar Rapinski (Blr), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

16. Brice Jones (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

17. Jackson Stewart (USA), BMC, s.t.

18. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

19. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

20. Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

21. Kyle Gritters (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

22. Veleriy Kobzarenko (Ukr), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

23. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Rabobank, s.t.

24. Antonio Cruz (USA), Discovery Channel, s.t.

25. Nicolas Gates (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

26. Jakob Piil (Dk), T-Mobile, s.t.

27. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, s.t.

28. Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

29. Steven Cozza (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

30. Benjamin (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, s.t.

31. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

32. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

33. Fabian Wegmann (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

34. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, s.t.

35. Adam Hansen (Aus), T-Mobile, s.t.

36. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, s.t.

37. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

38. Theo Eltink (Nl), Rabobank, s.t.

39. Mads Kaggestad (Nor), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

40. Michael Rogers (Aus), T-Mobile, s.t.

41. Justin England (USA), Toyota United, s.t.

42. Jason McCartney (USA), Discovery Channel, s.t.

43. Brian Vandborg (Dk), Discovery Channel, s.t.

44. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, s.t.

45. Ben Day (Aus), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

46. Geert Verheyen (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

47. Thomas Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, s.t.

48. Kim Kirchen (Lux), T-Mobile, s.t.

49. Robert Gesink (Nl), Rabobank, s.t.

50. Jurgen Van De Walle (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

51. Nicolar Reistad (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

52. Taylor Tolleson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

53. Bram De Groot (Nl), Rabobank, s.t.

54. Volker Ordowski (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

55. Mario Aerts (B), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

56. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

57. Matthew Lloyd (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

58. Greg Henderson (NZl), T-Mobile, s.t.

59. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

60. Christian Vande Velde (USA), CSC, s.t.

61. Sven Krauss (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

62. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

63. William Frischkorn (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

64. Christophe Laurent (F), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

65. Mauro Facci (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

66. Jason Donald (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

67. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, s.t.

68. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

69. Christopher Baldwin (USA), Toyota United, s.t.

70. Anthony Colby (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

71. Bart Dockx (B), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

72. Karsten Kroon (Nl), CSC, s.t.

73. David Vitoria (Swi), BMC, s.t.

74. Jan Grischa Jan (G), Rabobank, s.t.

75. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

76. Cyril Lemoine (F), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

77. Darren Lill (RSA), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

78. Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

79. Alan Glen Alan (NZl), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

80. Timothy Johnson (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

81. Hilton Clarke (Aus), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

82. Mauro Da Dalto (I), Liquigas, s.t.

83. Manuel Quinziato (I), Liquigas, s.t.

84. Mc Carty Jonathan Patrick (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, s.t.

85. Ivan Basso (I), Discovery Channel, s.t.

86. Alexandre Moos (Swi), BMC, s.t.

87. Philip Zajicek (USA), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

88. Christophe Kern (F), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

89. Kjell Carlström (FIN), Liquigas, s.t.

90. Matteo Tosatto (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

91. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

92. Giovanni Visconti (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

93. Michael Barry (Can), T-Mobile, s.t.

94. Shawn Milne (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:29

95. Charles Dionne (Can), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, at 0:47

96. Alejandro Acton (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

97. Sébastien Hinault (F), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

98. Peter Hatton (Aus), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, at 1:27

99. Michael Sayers (USA), BMC, s.t.

100. Ian Mckissick (USA), BMC, s.t.

101. Garrett Peltonen (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, s.t.

102. Caleb Fairly (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

103. Marc Jean Marc (F), Crédit Agricole, at 1:33

104. Nic Ingels (B), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

105. Kirk O'Bee (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

106. Jeremy Powers (USA), Jelly Belly, at 1:57

107. Andrew Bajadali (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

108. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, at 2:08

109. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, s.t.

110. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, s.t.

111. Aaron Olsen (USA), T-Mobile, s.t.

112. Brent Bookwalter (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

113. Sean Sullivan (Aus), Toyota United, s.t.

114. Ken Hanson (USA), BMC, at 2:15

115. Brian Dziewa (USA), Jelly Belly, at 2:29

116. Brian Sheedy (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, s.t.

117. Edward King (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, s.t.

118. Bryce Mead (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

119. Chris Wherry (USA), Toyota United, at 3:14

120. Ivan Dominguez (CUB), Toyota United, s.t.

121. Tyler Wren (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

122. Caleb Manion (USA), Toyota United, s.t.

123. Tom Zirbel (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, s.t.

124. Charly Wegelius (GB), Liquigas, s.t.

125. Davide Frattini (I), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

126. Michael Jones (USA), Jelly Belly, at 4:01

127. Jonathan Garcia (USA), BMC, at 8:02

DNS/DNF:

Allan Davis (Aus), Discovery Channel

Torsten Hiekmann (G), Gerolsteiner

Emile Abraham (Tri), Priority Health-Bissell

Gustavo Artacho (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home

David Mccann (IRL), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home

John Devine (USA), U-23 National Team

Chad Beyer (USA), U-23 National Team

Sheldon Deeny (USA), U-23 National Team

Scott Stewart (USA), U-23 National Team

Christopher Stockburger (USA), U-23 National Team

Tejay Van Garderen (USA), U-23 National Team

Overall

1. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 17:52:12

2. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 0:03

3. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:15

4. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:16

5. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Rabobank, at 0:17

6. Ben Day (Aus), Navigators Insurance, at 0:18

7. Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:19

8. Michael Rogers (Aus), T-Mobile, s.t.

9. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Navigators Insurance, at 0:20

10. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), CSC, s.t.

11. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, at 0:23

12. Veleriy Kobzarenko (Ukr), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

13. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, at 0:24

14. Christopher Baldwin (USA), Toyota United, s.t.

15. Kim Kirchen (Lux), T-Mobile, at 0:25

16. Christian Vande Velde (USA), CSC, at 0:27

17. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Liquigas, s.t.

18. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 0:28

19. Matthew Lloyd (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:29

20. Jason McCartney (USA), Discovery Channel, s.t.

21. Mads Kaggestad (Nor), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

22. Justin England (USA), Toyota United, at 0:30

23. Anthony Colby (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

24. Fabian Wegmann (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:31

25. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:34

26. Bram De Groot (Nl), Rabobank, s.t.

27. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:36

28. Geert Verheyen (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

29. Jakob Piil (Dk), T-Mobile, s.t.

30. Robert Gesink (Nl), Rabobank, s.t.

31. Theo Eltink (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:38

32. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:39

33. Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz), Crédit Agricole, at 0:43

34. Alan Glen Alan (NZl), Navigators Insurance, at 0:44

35. Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 0:49

36. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, at 0:51

37. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:52

38. Benjamin (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, at 3:14

39. Hilton Clarke (Aus), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

40. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, at 3:15

41. Adam Hansen (Aus), T-Mobile, s.t.

42. Timothy Johnson (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 3:21

43. Ivan Basso (I), Discovery Channel, at 3:23

44. Karsten Kroon (Nl), CSC, at 3:26

45. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Predictor-Lotto, at 3:27

46. Jurgen Van De Walle (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 3:28

47. Mc Carty Jonathan Patrick (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 3:31

48. Christophe Kern (F), Crédit Agricole, at 3:32

49. Christophe Laurent (F), Crédit Agricole, at 3:33

50. Russell Downing (GB), Health Net-Maxxis, at 3:34

51. David Vitoria (Swi), BMC, s.t.

52. Luca Paolini (I), Liquigas, at 3:35

53. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 3:36

54. Mauro Facci (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 3:37

55. Cyril Lemoine (F), Crédit Agricole, at 3:39

56. Viktar Rapinski (Blr), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

57. Giovanni Visconti (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 3:40

58. Michael Barry (Can), T-Mobile, s.t.

59. Darren Lill (RSA), Navigators Insurance, at 3:42

60. Jackson Stewart (USA), BMC, s.t.

61. Alexandre Moos (Swi), BMC, at 3:43

62. Jason Donald (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 3:50

63. Sven Krauss (G), Gerolsteiner, at 3:52

64. Mario Aerts (B), Predictor-Lotto, at 4:04

65. William Frischkorn (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 4:11

66. Ian Mckissick (USA), BMC, at 4:52

67. Kirk O'Bee (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 5:05

68. Peter Hatton (Aus), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, at 5:07

69. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, at 5:23

70. Andrew Bajadali (USA), Jelly Belly, at 5:39

71. Aaron Olsen (USA), T-Mobile, at 6:18

72. Steven Cozza (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 7:55

73. Thomas Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, at 10:11

74. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, at 10:14

75. Manuel Quinziato (I), Liquigas, at 10:18

76. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, at 10:19

77. Greg Henderson (NZl), T-Mobile, at 10:20

78. Mauro Da Dalto (I), Liquigas, at 10:24

79. Kyle Gritters (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 10:33

80. Kjell Carlström (FIN), Liquigas, at 10:36

81. Gerald Ciolek (G), T-Mobile, at 10:38

82. Shawn Milne (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, at 10:50

83. Sébastien Hinault (F), Crédit Agricole, at 11:19

84. Marc Jean Marc (F), Crédit Agricole, at 11:54

85. Jeremy Powers (USA), Jelly Belly, at 12:35

86. Brent Bookwalter (USA), U-23 National Team, at 12:46

87. Edward King (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, at 13:00

88. Chris Wherry (USA), Toyota United, at 13:30

89. Charly Wegelius (GB), Liquigas, at 13:38

90. Taylor Tolleson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 15:10

91. Juan José Haedo (Arg), CSC, at 15:13

92. Brian Vandborg (Dk), Discovery Channel, at 15:14

93. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, at 15:20

94. Philip Zajicek (USA), Navigators Insurance, s.t.

95. Jan Grischa Jan (G), Rabobank, at 15:22

96. Bart Dockx (B), Predictor-Lotto, at 15:23

97. Matteo Tosatto (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 15:25

98. Antonio Cruz (USA), Discovery Channel, at 15:29

99. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, at 15:35

100. Nicolar Reistad (USA), Jelly Belly, at 15:36

101. Nicolas Gates (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, at 15:38

102. Alexander Candelario (USA), Jelly Belly, at 15:40

103. Volker Ordowski (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

104. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner, at 15:51

105. Nic Ingels (B), Predictor-Lotto, at 17:06

106. Tom Zirbel (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, at 17:08

107. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, at 17:43

108. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, at 17:51

109. Tyler Wren (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, at 18:38

110. Ivan Dominguez (CUB), Toyota United, 1at 8:53

111. Caleb Manion (USA), Toyota United, at 18:54

112. Robert Förster (G), Gerolsteiner, at 19:01

113. Brice Jones (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

114. Jonathan Garcia (USA), BMC, at 19:09

115. Henk Vogels (Aus), Toyota United, at 19:25

116. Charles Dionne (Can), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, at 20:05

117. Michael Sayers (USA), BMC, at 20:53

118. Caleb Fairly (USA), U-23 National Team, at 20:56

119. Sean Sullivan (Aus), Toyota United, at 21:11

120. Brian Sheedy (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, at 21:41

121. Alejandro Acton (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, at 22:11

122. Garrett Peltonen (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, at 22:55

123. Michael Jones (USA), Jelly Belly, at 23:11

124. Brian Dziewa (USA), Jelly Belly, at 23:36

125. Ken Hanson (USA), BMC, at 24:10

126. Bryce Mead (USA), Jelly Belly, at 24:22

127. Davide Frattini (I), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, at 24:41