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Cavendish collects 3rd stage win; Evans keeps yellow

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia) won the 12th stage of the 95th edition of the Tour de France — his third stage of this year’s race — as Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) retained the leader’s yellow jersey.[nid:80277] "I’m a bit tired now but I was still fastest across the line," said a weary Cavendish with a chuckle. "I’m glad I could do that for my teammates. It’s just so nice to get another one." Evans also praised his team for its efforts on a hot, windy stage.

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Columbia's Mark Cavendish collects his third stage win of the 2008 Tour de France.

Columbia’s Mark Cavendish collects his third stage win of the 2008 Tour de France.

Photo: AFP

Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia) won the 12th stage of the 95th edition of the Tour de France — his third stage of this year’s race — as Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Evans on the podium once more.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Evans on the podium once more.

Photo: Graham Watson

“I’m a bit tired now but I was still fastest across the line,” said a weary Cavendish with a chuckle. “I’m glad I could do that for my teammates. It’s just so nice to get another one.”

Evans also praised his team for its efforts on a hot, windy stage.

“The team did a great job today to defend the jersey. They kept me out of trouble and we got some collaboration from the sprinter teams today, so it worked out well for me,” he said.

The big news of the day, however, was the announcement that Riccardo Riccò had tested positive for a new variant of the blood booster EPO following the stage 4 time trial at Cholet. The sample contained metabolites of a new substance, CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator). Gendarmes took Riccò away for questioning and his Saunier Duval-Scott team abandoned the Tour.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Gerard and Dumoulin were away together for most of the day, but never built up much of a lead.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Gerard and Dumoulin were away together for most of the day, but never built up much of a lead.

Photo: Graham Watson

Out on the road, meanwhile, the 158 riders who remained in the race faced a 168.5km stage through the foothills of the Pyrenees, from Lavelanet to Narbonne. The first 75km brought a few easy climbs, followed by 50km of rolling roads just inland from the Mediterranean coast before taking a straight shot across the plains for the final 25km into the ancient city of Narbonne for a downtown finish on the Avenue General Leclerc.

Long, fast and flat in the final kilometers, the course had a sweeping right-hander with 1km to go, but it was straight into the finish from there, though some brisk cross-headwinds were likely to complicate the finale for anyone hoping to go long.

Nevertheless, the sprinters were champing at the bit before the stage began, grateful for a rare shot at a mass dash in this climbing-heavy Tour.

“Today is a good opportunity,” said Rabobank’s Oscar Freire. “The legs are slowly feeling better. I can usually do pretty well in the sprints in the second half of the Tour. There aren’t many sprints this year, so we cannot miss the opportunity if it’s there. I will keep plugging away at the green-jersey points.”

Columbia director Rolf Aldag, meanwhile, was tipping Cavendish for the stage.

“He’s tired after the mountains, but when he sees the 1km flag, he comes back to life,” said Aldag. “I think if it comes down to a sprint today, he can win again. It’s long and straight, just his kind of finish. He’s won but such big margins before that even if he’s not 100 percent, he can win again.”

The usual flurry of early attacks were launched and snuffed out before a pair of Frenchmen — Arnaud Gerard (Française des Jeux) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) — finally escaped and built a lead of more than one minute by the 40km mark. Ten kilometers later, their advantage was 3:40.

Team Columbia, Silence-Lotto, Crédit Agricole and Quick Step then began sending riders to the front and set about gradually taking time back. And true to his word, green-jersey Freire took the third-place points at the first sprint, followed by Crédit Agricole’s Thor Hushovd, who sat third in the points standings behind Freire and Columbia’s Kim Kirchen.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: The peloton approaches the finish, with three men still off the front.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: The peloton approaches the finish, with three men still off the front.

Photo: Graham Watson

Past the feed zone the gap was coming down rapidly, and Juan Jose Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi) took the opportunity to bridge to the break. He tried to ride right past the leaders, but didn’t get the job done, and after some discussion the threesome settled down and began to rebuild their margin. As they passed through the Villesque des Corbieres with about 39km to go, the gap was back out to 90 seconds.

Then Silence-Lotto took a hand and the chase began nibbling away at the break once again. As the second sprint loomed, the escapees held just half a minute on the peloton. Dumoulin took the top points ahead of Gerard with Oroz third.

With 20km to go, the break was clinging to a lead of 40 seconds as the peloton got serious about arranging a bunch sprint. Quick Step was massing at the front, hoping to set up Gert Steegmans. Liquigas was moving forward too, for Filippo Pozzatto. Columbia was there for Cavendish along with Milram for Erik Zabel.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Liquigas and Quick Step lead the chase.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Liquigas and Quick Step lead the chase.

Photo: Graham Watson

As the catch came with less than 9km to go, CSC-Saxo Bank rolled to the front — whether they were hoping to find a second or two for overall runner-up Frank Schleck or thinking about springing Stuart O’Grady to the stage win was anybody’s guess. O’Grady himself shut down a brief last-ditch dig by Dumoulin.

Six kilometers out, Columbia was trying to get its train lined up for Cavendish, while race leader Evans appeared to be on his own. Milram then moved forward at 3km, and with 1km to go, the Quick Step guys began lining it out for Steegmans. Robbie Hunter (Barloworld) got into the mix, too, hoping to reclaim some small piece of glory for his decimated squad.

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Garmin's Pate and Vande Velde

2008 Tour de France, stage 12: Garmin’s Pate and Vande Velde

Photo: Graham Watson

But it was useless. Steegmans jumped left, Hushovd went up the middle, and Cavendish gave it the gas and smartly collected his third stage win of this year’s Tour. Sebastien Chavanel (Française des Jeux) took second with Steegmans third

“I was seeing how hard my team worked,” said Cavendish, who now becomes Britain’s record holder for the number of stage wins in a single edition, surpassing former British great Barry Hoban, who has a record eight stage wins, scoring doubles in 1969 and 1973.

“We worked so good. They dropped me off on the perfect wheel and I was able to win again. I wasn’t able to win by the gaps that I’ve won the two previous times, and that shows that I’m really tired, but I am really happy to win again.”

—European correspondent Andrew Hood and Agence France Presse contributed to this report.

Tour de France, Stage 12: Top 10
1. Mark Cavendish (GB), Columbia, 3:40:52
2. Sebastien Chavanel (F), Française des Jeux, same time
3. Gert Steegmans (B), Quick Step, s.t.
4. Erik Zabel (G), Milram, s.t.
5. Oscar Freire (Sp), Rabobank, s.t.
6. Francesco Chicchi (I), Liquigas, s.t.
7. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, s.t..
8. Fabio-Leonardo Duque (Col), Cofidis, s.t.
9. Julian Dean (NZ), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
10. Heinrich Haussler (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

Overall
1. Cadel Evans (Aus), Silence-Lotto, 50:23:05
2. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC-Saxo Bank, at 0:01.
3. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, at 0:38.
4. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, at 0:46.
5. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, at 0:57.
6. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC-Saxo Bank, at 1:28.
7. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Columbia, at 1:56.
8. Vladimir Efimkin (Rus), Ag2r, at 2:32.
9. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:51.
10. Vincenzo Nibali (I), Liquigas, at 4:18.

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Results


Stage 12
1. Mark Cavendish (IDM), Team Columbia 3h40min 52sec
2. Sebastien Chavanel (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 0:00.
3. Gert Steegmans (BEL), Quick Step 0:00.
4. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram 0:00.
5. Oscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank 0:00.
6. Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas 0:00.
7. Thor Hushovd (NOR), Credit Agricole 0:00.
8. Fabio-Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis 0:00.
9. Julian Dean (NZL), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
10. Heinrich Haussler (GER), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
11. Robbie McEwen (AUS), Silence-Lotto 0:00.
12. Jimmy Casper (FRA), Agritubel 0:00.
13. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld 0:00.
14. Martin Elmiger (SUI), Ag2r 0:00.
15. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
16. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia 0:00.
17. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team Columbia 0:00.
18. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Bouygues Telecom 0:00.
19. Robert Forster (GER), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
20. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto 0:00.
21. Eduardo Gonzalo (ESP), Agritubel 0:00.
22. Martijn Maaskant (NED), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
23. Ruben Perez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00.
24. Steven De Jongh (NED), Quick Step 0:00.
25. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Silence-Lotto 0:00.
26. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), CSC 0:00.
27. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas 0:00.
28. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC 0:00.
29. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
30. Daniele Righi (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
31. Arnaud Coyot (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne 0:00.
32. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00.
33. Oscar Pereiro (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 0:00.
34. Massimiliano Mori (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
35. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
36. Mark Renshaw (AUS), Credit Agricole 0:00.
37. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank 0:00.
38. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC 0:00.
39. Filippo Pozzato (ITA), Liquigas 0:00.
40. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC 0:00.
41. Murilo Fischer (BRA), Liquigas 0:00.
42. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Quick Step 0:00.
43. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Rabobank 0:00.
44. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank 0:00.
45. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
46. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r 0:00.
47. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
48. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 0:00.
49. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
50. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Cofidis 0:00.
51. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00.
52. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank 0:00.
53. Christian Knees (GER), Milram 0:00.
54. Carlos Barredo (ESP), Quick Step 0:00.
55. John-Lee Augustyn (RSA), Barloworld 0:00.
56. Mikel Astarloza (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00.
57. George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia 0:00.
58. Andy Schleck (LUX), CSC 0:00.
59. Gerald Ciolek (GER), Team Columbia 0:00.
60. Stuart O’Grady (AUS), CSC 0:00.
61. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
62. Maxime Monfort (BEL), Cofidis 0:00.
63. Sebastian Langeveld (NED), Rabobank 0:00.
64. Markus Fothen (GER), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
65. Joost Posthuma (NED), Rabobank 0:00.
66. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS), Ag2r 0:00.
67. Sandy Casar (FRA), Francaise des Jeux 0:00.
68. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Credit Agricole 0:00.
69. Alexander Botcharov (RUS), Credit Agricole 0:00.
70. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas 0:00.
71. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
72. Jose Luis Arrieta (ESP), Ag2r 0:00.
73. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
74. Volodomir Gustov (UKR), CSC 0:00.
75. Laurens ten Dam (NED), Rabobank 0:00.
76. Sebastian Lang (GER), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
77. Peter Velits (SVK), Milram 0:00.
78. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00.
79. Christophe Brandt (BEL), Silence-Lotto 0:00.
80. Egoi Martinez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00.
81. Chris Froome (GBR), Barloworld 0:00.
82. Will Frischkorn (USA), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
83. Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Liquigas 0:00.
84. Bjoern Schroeder (GER), Milram 0:00.
85. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC 0:00.
86. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA), Bouygues Telecom 0:00.
87. Florent Brard (FRA), Cofidis 0:00.
88. Jer™me Pineau (FRA), Bouygues Telecom 0:00.
89. Cyril Dessel (FRA), Ag2r 0:00.
90. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram 0:00.
91. Ralf Grabsch (GER), Milram 0:00.
92. Hubert Dupont (FRA), Ag2r 0:00.
93. Nicolas Jalabert (FRA), Agritubel 0:00.
94. Frederik Willems (BEL), Liquigas 0:00.
95. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 0:00.
96. Stef Clement (NED), Bouygues Telecom 0:00.
97. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 0:00.
98. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Credit Agricole 0:00.
99. Beno”t Vaugrenard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux 0:00.
100. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step 0:00.
101. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank 0:00.
102. Fabian Wegmann (GER), Gerolsteiner 0:00.
103. Stephane Goubert (FRA), Ag2r 0:00.
104. Freddy Bichot (FRA), Agritubel 0:00.
105. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
106. Matteo Bono (ITA), Lampre 0:00.
107. Mario Aerts (BEL), Silence-Lotto 0:00.
108. Jurgen Vandewalle (BEL), Quick Step 0:00.
109. Mathieu Sprick (FRA), Bouygues Telecom 0:00.
110. David Arroyo (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 0:00.
111. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA), Agritubel 0:00.
112. Juan Jose Oroz (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00.
113. Dario Cioni (ITA), Silence-Lotto 0:00.
114. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre 0:00.
115. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), Credit Agricole 0:00.
116. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA), Credit Agricole 0:00.
117. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA), Agritubel 0:00.
118. Romain Feillu (FRA), Agritubel 0:00.
119. Niki Terpstra (NED), Milram 0:00.
120. Trent Lowe (AUS), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
121. Ama‘l Moinard (FRA), Cofidis 0:00.
122. Remy Di Gregorio (FRA), Francaise des Jeux 0:00.
123. Laurent Lefevre (FRA), Bouygues Telecom 0:00.
124. Christophe Riblon (FRA), Ag2r 0:00.
125. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
126. Jeremy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux 0:00.
127. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA), Barloworld 0:00.
128. Thomas Voeckler (FRA), Bouygues Telecom 0:00.
129. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team Columbia 0:00.
130. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step at 0:20.
131. Sebastien Rosseler (BEL), Quick Step 0:20.
132. William Bonnet (FRA), Credit Agricole at 0:21.
133. Brett Lancaster (AUS), Milram 0:21.
134. Martin Mueller (GER), Milram at 0:29.
135. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:56.
136. Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Team Columbia at 1:13.
137. Marcus Burghardt (GER), Team Columbia 1:13.
138. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis at 1:15.
139. Stephane Auge (FRA), Cofidis 1:15.
140. David Le Lay (FRA), Agritubel 1:15.
141. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR), Liquigas at 1:17.
142. David Lopez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 1:17.
143. Ronny Scholz (GER), Gerolsteiner 1:17.
144. Danny Pate (USA), Garmin-Chipotle 1:17.
145. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE), Team Columbia 1:17.
146. Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Silence-Lotto 1:17.
147. Vicente Garcia Acosta (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 1:17.
148. Johann Tschopp (SUI), Bouygues Telecom 1:17.
149. Nicolas Portal (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne 1:17.
150. Kurt Asle Arvesen (NOR), CSC 1:17.
151. Leif Hoste (BEL), Silence-Lotto 1:17.
152. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 1:49.
153. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Francaise des Jeux 1:49.
154. Remi Pauriol (FRA), Credit Agricole 1:49.
155. Wim Vansevenant (BEL), Silence-Lotto at 2:12.
156. Arnaud Gerard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 2:40.
157. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA), Cofidis 2:40.
158. Gorka Verdugo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 4:06.
. Leonardo Piepoli (ITA), Saunier Duval at Wit:drawn
. Josep Jufre (ESP), Saunier Duval Withdrawn
. Rubens Bertogliati (SUI), Saunier Duval Withdrawn
. David De la Fuente (ESP), Saunier Duval Withdrawn
. Riccardo Ricco (ITA), Saunier Duval Withdrawn
. Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (ESP), Saunier Duval Withdrawn
. Jesus Del Nero (ESP), Saunier Duval Withdrawn
. Baden Cooke (AUS), Barloworld at Retired

1. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 50:23min05sec
2. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC at 0:01.
3. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 0:38.
4. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 0:46.
5. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 0:57.
6. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC at 1:28.
7. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia at 1:56.
8. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS), Ag2r at 2:32.
9. Mikel Astarloza (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 3:51.
10. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas at 4:18.
11. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 4:26.
12. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 4:41.
13. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r at 5:23.
14. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre at 5:37.
15. Oscar Pereiro (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 6:01.
16. Alexander Botcharov (RUS), Credit Agricole at 6:07.
17. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner at 6:11.
18. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas at 7:00.
19. Maxime Monfort (BEL), Cofidis at 7:07.
20. Andy Schleck (LUX), CSC at 8:34.
21. Laurens ten Dam (NED), Rabobank at 8:48.
22. Ama‘l Moinard (FRA), Cofidis at 11:49.
23. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Quick Step at 11:59.
24. Sandy Casar (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 13:00.
25. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre at 13:24.
26. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step at 13:36.
27. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Credit Agricole at 14:04.
28. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team Columbia at 16:02.
29. Christian Knees (GER), Milram at 16:39.
30. Markus Fothen (GER), Gerolsteiner at 18:08.
31. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Silence-Lotto at 18:09.
32. Eduardo Gonzalo (ESP), Agritubel at 18:15.
33. Stephane Goubert (FRA), Ag2r at 20:10.
34. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank at 21:38.
35. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA), Bouygues Telecom at 21:50.
36. Dario Cioni (ITA), Silence-Lotto at 22:43.
37. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram at 25:42.
38. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC at 27:00.
39. Cyril Dessel (FRA), Ag2r at 28:05.
40. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE), Team Columbia at 29:53.
41. Jer™me Pineau (FRA), Bouygues Telecom at 29:54.
42. Mario Aerts (BEL), Silence-Lotto at 30:38.
43. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre at 30:49.
44. David Arroyo (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 32:09.
45. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 33:52.
46. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 34:49.
47. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Chipotle at 35:22.
48. Volodomir Gustov (UKR), CSC at 35:41.
49. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre at 36:27.
50. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 36:48.
51. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank at 37:10.
52. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram at 38:10.
53. Remy Di Gregorio (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 39:15.
54. George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia at 39:51.
55. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Rabobank at 40:09.
56. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA), Credit Agricole at 42:12.
57. Filippo Pozzato (ITA), Liquigas at 42:44.
58. David Lopez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 45:11.
59. Oscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank at 47:09.
60. Fabio-Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis at 47:40.
61. Hubert Dupont (FRA), Ag2r at 49:13.
62. Egoi Martinez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 49:42.
63. Trent Lowe (AUS), Garmin-Chipotle at 51:06.
64. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis at 52:09.
65. Sebastian Lang (GER), Gerolsteiner at 53:12.
66. Joost Posthuma (NED), Rabobank at 53:28.
67. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), CSC at 55:07.
68. Fabian Wegmann (GER), Gerolsteiner at 55:59.
69. John-Lee Augustyn (RSA), Barloworld at 56:18.
70. Johann Tschopp (SUI), Bouygues Telecom at 56:28.
71. Kurt Asle Arvesen (NOR), CSC at 56:56.
72. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 58:29.
73. Beno”t Vaugrenard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 58:51.
74. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Chipotle at 59:35.
75. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 1:00:45.
76. Nicolas Portal (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne at 1:01:54.
77. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Credit Agricole at 1:06:38.
78. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre at 1:06:57.
79. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step at 1:07:48.
80. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Cofidis at 1:08:12.
81. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank at 1:09:42.
82. Murilo Fischer (BRA), Liquigas at 1:09:45.
83. Peter Velits (SVK), Milram at 1:10:32.
84. Thor Hushovd (NOR), Credit Agricole 1h10:32.
85. Remi Pauriol (FRA), Credit Agricole at 1:11:31.
86. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre at 1:11:59.
87. Ronny Scholz (GER), Gerolsteiner at 1:12:39.
88. Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Silence-Lotto at 1:12:41.
89. Martin Elmiger (SUI), Ag2r at 1:12:49.
90. Jurgen Vandewalle (BEL), Quick Step at 1:13:40.
91. Stef Clement (NED), Bouygues Telecom at 1:15:11.
92. David Le Lay (FRA), Agritubel at 1:15:21.
93. William Bonnet (FRA), Credit Agricole at 1:15:59.
94. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA), Agritubel at 1:16:19.
95. Chris Froome (GBR), Barloworld at 1:16:21.
96. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA), Agritubel 1h16:21.
97. Ruben Perez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1:16:22.
98. Jose Luis Arrieta (ESP), Ag2r at 1:16:55.
99. Gorka Verdugo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1:17:24.
100. Martin Mueller (GER), Milram at 1:18:31.
101. Carlos Barredo (ESP), Quick Step at 1:19:02.
102. Juan Jose Oroz (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1:19:44.
103. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Bouygues Telecom at 1:21:08.
104. Sebastien Rosseler (BEL), Quick Step at 1:21:36.
105. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at 1:23:53.
106. Thomas Voeckler (FRA), Bouygues Telecom at 1:27:05.
107. Bjoern Schroeder (GER), Milram at 1:28:13.
108. Gerald Ciolek (GER), Team Columbia at 1:29:45.
109. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team Columbia at 1:31:03.
110. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR), Liquigas at 1:32:06.
111. Julian Dean (NZL), Garmin-Chipotle at 1:32:31.
112. Matteo Bono (ITA), Lampre at 1:32:42.
113. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld at 1:32:43.
114. Robert Forster (GER), Gerolsteiner at 1:33:38.
115. Stuart O’Grady (AUS), CSC at 1:34:11.
116. Danny Pate (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 1:34:16.
117. Daniele Righi (ITA), Lampre at 1:35:22.
118. Frederik Willems (BEL), Liquigas at 1:35:32.
119. Laurent Lefevre (FRA), Bouygues Telecom at 1:35:52.
120. Jeremy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 1:36:07.
121. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner 1h36:07.
122. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA), Barloworld at 1:36:42.
123. Robbie McEwen (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 1:39:09.
124. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC at 1:39:19.
125. Niki Terpstra (NED), Milram at 1:40:19.
126. Nicolas Jalabert (FRA), Agritubel at 1:40:32.
127. Ralf Grabsch (GER), Milram at 1:41:20.
128. Arnaud Coyot (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne at 1:41:22.
129. Gert Steegmans (BEL), Quick Step at 1:41:50.
130. Massimiliano Mori (ITA), Lampre at 1:42:21.
131. Christophe Brandt (BEL), Silence-Lotto at 1:43:09.
132. Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Liquigas at 1:44:08.
133. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Francaise des Jeux at 1:44:09.
134. Freddy Bichot (FRA), Agritubel at 1:45:26.
135. Leif Hoste (BEL), Silence-Lotto at 1:46:27.
136. Heinrich Haussler (GER), Gerolsteiner at 1:46:41.
137. Romain Feillu (FRA), Agritubel at 1:47:32.
138. Will Frischkorn (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 1:48:16.
139. Steven De Jongh (NED), Quick Step at 1:49:01.
140. Martijn Maaskant (NED), Garmin-Chipotle at 1:49:13.
141. Mark Renshaw (AUS), Credit Agricole at 1:50:25.
142. Arnaud Gerard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 1:50:26.
143. Marcus Burghardt (GER), Team Columbia at 1:50:28.
144. Sebastian Langeveld (NED), Rabobank at 1:50:41.
145. Sebastien Chavanel (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 1:50:54.
146. Florent Brard (FRA), Cofidis at 1:51:21.
147. Mark Cavendish (IDM), Team Columbia at 1:52:04.
148. Brett Lancaster (AUS), Milram at 1:53:19.
149. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), Credit Agricole at 1:53:46.
150. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA), Cofidis at 1:54:09.
151. Vicente Garcia Acosta (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 1:54:38.
152. Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas at 1:55:25.
153. Jimmy Casper (FRA), Agritubel at 1:55:35.
154. Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Team Columbia at 1:57:09.
155. Christophe Riblon (FRA), Ag2r at 1:57:10.
156. Stephane Auge (FRA), Cofidis at 2:01:48.
157. Mathieu Sprick (FRA), Bouygues Telecom at 2:02:20.
158. Wim Vansevenant (BEL), Silence-Lotto at 2:06:14.

Points:
1. Oscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank at 162pts
2. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia at 138
3. Thor Hushovd (NOR), Credit Agricole at 136
4. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram at 123
5. Mark Cavendish (IDM), Team Columbia at 121
6. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 96
7. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld at 95
8. Fabio-Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis at 88
9. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 76
10. Robbie McEwen (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 75

King of Mountains:
1. Sebastian Lang (GER), Gerolsteiner at 58pts
2. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner at 56
3. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC at 46
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 31
5. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 30
6. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas 30
7. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Cofidis at 27
8. Thomas Voeckler (FRA), Bouygues Telecom 27
9. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 24
10. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS), Ag2r 24

Best young riders (stage),
1. Mark Cavendish (IDM), Team Columbia at 50:27:23.
2. Heinrich Haussler (GER), Gerolsteiner at 0:00.
3. Eduardo Gonzalo (ESP), Agritubel 0:00.
4. Martijn Maaskant (NED), Garmin-Chipotle 0:00.
5. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas 0:00.

Best young riders (overall),
1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas at 3:40:52.
2. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas at 2:42.
3. Maxime Monfort (BEL), Cofidis at 2:49.
4. Andy Schleck (LUX), CSC at 4:16.
5. Eduardo Gonzalo (ESP), Agritubel at 13:57.
6. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE), Team Columbia at 25:33.
7. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 32:30.
8. Remy Di Gregorio (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at 34:57.
9. Trent Lowe (AUS), Garmin-Chipotle at 46:48.
10. John-Lee Augustyn (RSA), Barloworld at 52:00.