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Gesink leads P-N; Evans rules Ventoux

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) couldn’t have picked a bigger stage to announce himself to the world. Holland’s first pure climber in a generation surged into the yellow jersey after Thursday’s summit finish on Mont Ventoux in a searing attack with 5km to go that left everyone choking on his fumes — except 2007 Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto). While Evans slipped past to win the stage, Gesink proved he’ll be a man to reckon with as he took control of Paris-Nice with three tough stages to go.

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By Andrew Hood

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) celebrates seizing the lead in the 2008 Paris-Nice

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) celebrates seizing the lead in the 2008 Paris-Nice

Photo: Graham Watson

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) couldn’t have picked a bigger stage to announce himself to the world.

Holland’s first pure climber in a generation surged into the yellow jersey after Thursday’s summit finish on Mont Ventoux in a searing attack with 5km to go that left everyone choking on his fumes — except 2007 Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto).

While Evans slipped past to win the stage, Gesink proved he’ll be a man to reckon with as he took control of Paris-Nice with three tough stages to go.

“I really wanted to win today. I said before the race started I wanted to win on Mont Ventoux,” said Gesink. “Evans sat on my wheel and I was not happy that he came around me to win. I made it a long sprint because I was trying to put as much time as possible into (Yaroslav) Popovych for the GC.”

The young Dutchman inherits the race leader’s jersey from Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), who faded on the Cat. 1 climb up the northern face of Ventoux to drop to 10th.

Gesink delivered on the pre-race hype and climbed from ninth to first, taking a solid 32-second lead on David Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) to confirm his promise as the leading light in a new generation of climbers.

The Dutchman rode beyond his 21 years as his Rabobank team calmly set him up for the 14.5km final assault to the Mont-Serein ski station. With the upper reaches of the climb still lined with snow, Gesink coldly picked off one favorite after another.

Jens Voigt (CSC) was the lone holdout from a four-man breakaway that tore away early in the 176km fourth stage, which saw spring sun break the grip of cold, wind and rain that’s so far plagued the opening days of Paris-Nice.

CSC's Jens Voigt gave his all on Ventoux.

CSC’s Jens Voigt gave his all on Ventoux.

Photo: Graham Watson

Voigt fought bravely, but the leaders chipped away at his three-minute lead to reel him in just as Gesink was doing away with GC rivals such as Juan Manuel Garate (Quick Step) and Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondial).

Gesink dropped the hammer with 5km to go to ruin the overall chances for Luís León Sánchez (Caisse d’Epargne). The acceleration drew out Frank Schleck (CSC), Evans, Popovych, Rebellin and Nocentini. The latter two dropped on ramps as steep as 10 percent as Voigt latched on to the group to help Schleck as much as possible with about 4km to go.

Evans then took a dig that sent Popovych into crisis. The Ukrainian started the day just two seconds ahead of Gesink on GC, but could have been in position to take the jersey if the trio had stayed together. A desperate Popovych yelled to Evans to slow the tempo, but the cat was out of the bag. Gesink smelled blood and pounced.

“I heard Popo yell to Evans to slow down, so that’s when I upped the tempo,” said Gesink, sounding like a wily veteran, not a second-year pro. “I couldn’t drop Evans but I tried. I really wanted to win today alone on Ventoux.”

Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) beats Robert Gesink (Rabobank) to the ski station at Mont Ventoux.

Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) beats Robert Gesink (Rabobank) to the ski station at Mont Ventoux.

Photo: AFP

Gesink denied there was a deal with Evans and said now he’ll turn his focus toward winning the overall.

“The main goal was to win on Ventoux. It’s such a famous climb, it’s something I’ve dreamed of,” he said. “The GC is complicated. There are still three hard stages and some more experienced riders behind me. The team is motivated and I surely want to try to win. There are no guarantees.”

Evans, meanwhile, seemed happy enough to be to stay with the upstart climber. He slipped past him in the final 50 meters to claim his second win of the year.

“It’s good to win in March. It shows that things are on track for July. The overall here was never the top goal,” Evans said. “This Gesink guy is amazing. The way he climbed today for such a young rider is unbelievable.”

Popovych, meanwhile, slinked across the line sixth at 38 seconds to slot in at fourth overall, 42 seconds back.

Evans cranked it up a notch too high for Popo, but Gesink had no trouble matching his pace.

Evans cranked it up a notch too high for Popo, but Gesink had no trouble matching his pace.

Photo: Graham Watson

“Popovych and I still have to get used to riding together. He’s a good teammate and I wanted to help him today,” Evans said. “We need to keep learning a little about each other.”

It was bitterly disappointing for Chavanel, who started the day nursing a three-second lead, but his dream of fending off the climbers on the fearsome ramps up Ventoux turned into a nightmare when Quick Step’s brutal pace up the middle sections of the climb sent his legs into the red.

“It was a little too hard for him today. The accumulation of the forces from yesterday worked against him,” said Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer. “We are still very satisfied with his spirit and how he fought to the end. The team was also impressive to help him gain the jersey yesterday. This will help his confidence for the future and the best is still to come for Sylvain.”

The future is now for Gesink, a highly touted second-year pro who rode away with the hardest mountain stage at the 3rd Tour of California last month.

Evans won’t have to worry about Gesink, at least not in this year’s Tour. He’s slated to race the Vuelta a España instead.

Early break

The “Race to the Sun” lived up to its name Thursday after four awful days of rain, wind and cold melted away as a brilliant spring sun welcomed the peloton for the return of Mont Ventoux to Paris-Nice following a 21-year absence. You had to go all the way back to 1987, when Sean Kelly won a stage to the Chalet Reynard, to find Ventoux on the Paris-Nice menu.

Thursday’s final hump was 14.9km with an average grade of 7.3 percent with ramps as steep as 10 percent, no easy feat in mid-March. The climb began at 377m in Malaucène and ends at Mont-Serein ski area at 1387m, about 5km short of the traditional summit finish commonly featured in the Tour de France.

Jens Voigt (CSC), Aleksandr Kuschynski (Liquigas), Bernhard Eisel (High Road) and Nicki Terpstra (Mirlam) tore away at 11km and were nudged along by a friendly tailwind as the route rolled through vineyards and quaint villages.

The presence of Voigt helped lift the spirits of the once-dominant Team CSC (which announced that its eight-year title sponsor CSC would be leaving at the end of the season). Seven of the team’s eight starts crashed in Tuesday’s stage, but the squad vowed to bounce back with the return of milder weather.

“If we didn’t have bad luck, we wouldn’t have any at all,” CSC’s Bobby Julich told VeloNews before the start. “We have just dominated this race the past few years, but this year the odds are against us. We’ve had some bad luck with crashes.

“Maybe now with the weather improving, our luck will change, too. The first few days have just been awful. This team always bounces back. We will try to win a stage. This race is very special to me. I live in Nice and I won in 2005, but this year it’s kicking our ass.”

The leaders built up a gap north of seven minutes in the feed zone midway through the zone, but Rabobank and Cofidis were leading the chase to maintain their options for a stage victory.

Voigt powered away from the weary leaders after they rolled through Malaucène at the base of the climb, and with 10km to race Big Jens held a lead of 2:45.

The main pack quickly dissolved under the pressure of the climb. Chavanel wasn’t quite at the sharp end of the peloton and showed some chinks in his yellow armor.

Up Ventoux

Unlike the exposed southern face of Ventoux, known for its lunar-esque white rocks, the northern face is covered with thick pine forests.

Gerolsteiner, Rabobank, Caisse d’Epargne and Cofidis each put men on the front of the front group of about 35 riders with 10km to go.

Trent Lowe (Slipstream-Chipotle), still nursing some aches and pains from his spill Wednesday, when he crashed into a traffic pole, became unglued with about 8.5km to go.

Bernhard Kohl, the Austrian climbing sensation on Gerolsteiner, set a searing pace at the front of the pack to trim Voigt’s gap to about two minutes as Voigt continued to plug away bravely at the front with 7km to go.

Chavanel's time in the leader's jersey was quickly coming to an end.

Chavanel’s time in the leader’s jersey was quickly coming to an end.

Photo: Graham Watson

Chavanel’s yellow jersey dream began to unravel under Kohl’s menacing pressure. Quick Step’s Juan Manuel Garate took over at the front and Chavanel popped off the back like an old button. The jersey was up for grabs.

Voigt’s rope was shortening despite giving it his all. With 5km to go, his lead was down 1:30 and the front group was down to 15 riders.

Then, 5km from the finish, Gesink dropped the hammer, ruining the overall chances for Sánchez, who was spit out the back. Voigt’s lead was melting faster than the remnants of snow on the side of the road.

The big Dutch rider drew out Schleck, Evans, Popovych, Rebellin and Nocentini. The latter two dropped on ramps as steep as 10 percent as Voigt latched on to the group to help Schleck as much as possible with about 4km to go.

With 3.6km to go, Evans accelerated to put Gesink under pressure, but he also pushed his teammate Popovych into the red. Schleck and Voigt faded, but so did Popo. Geskink countered to leave Popovych alone in no-man’s land, 16 seconds back, with Rebellin, Nocentini and Schleck trailing behind.

“It’s good when you win, but my goal was to put Popovych into the best position in the overall. Now I’d really like to continue helping Popo. He still has a chance of doing very well at Paris-Nice,” Evans said.

Race notes

Winner: Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) out-sprinted Gesink to win his second victory of the year
Leader: Robert Gesink (Rabobank) moved from eighth to first to take a 32-second lead to David Rebellin (Gerolsteiner). Overnight leader Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) dropped to 10th at 3:27.
Climber: Clément Lhotellier (Skil-Shimano) defended his jersey
Points: Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) retains his lead, 69-51, to Gert Steegmans (Quick Step).
Youth: Gesink takes young rider’s jersey, now 2:06 ahead of Luís León Sánchez (Caisse d’Epargne)
Team: Quick Step retained its lead
Peloton: 149 riders remain; Philip Deignan (Ag2r-La Mondiale) DNS
Tomorrow’s stage: The 66th Paris-Nice continues Friday with the 172.5km fifth stage from Althen-des-Paluds to Sisteron across the heart of Provence. The stage opens with a challenging Cat. 2 in the first 30km that’s prime real estate for an attack. Three more Cat. 3s await in the rollercoaster stage, which ends with an 18km loop around Sisteron.

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Paris-Nice: Stage 4

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), 176km in 4:32:56

2. Robert Gesink (Rabobank, same time

3. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 0:33

4. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), s.t.

5. Frank Schleck (Team CSC), at 0:34

6. Yaroslav Popovych (Silence-Lotto), at 0:38

7. Juan Manuel Garate (Quick Step), at 1:03

8. Simon Spilak (Lampre), s.t.

9. Pierre Rolland (Crédit Agricole), at 1:30

10. Carlos Barredo (Quick Step), at 1:33

11. David Moncoutie (Cofidis), at 1:35

12. Christophe Moreau (Agritubel), at 1:40

13. Chris Sorensen (Team CSC), at 1:43

14. Damiano Cunego (Lampre), at 1:45

15. Jens Voigt (Team CSC), at 1:47

16. Clément Lhotellerie (Skil-Shimano), s.t.

17. Alexander Efimkin (Quick Step), at 2:11

18. Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Agritubel), s.t.

19. Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole), s.t.

20. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Caisse D’Epargne), s.t.

21. Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.

22. Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.

23. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), at 2:25

24. Matthew Lloyd (Silence-Lotto), at 2:52

25. Dmitriy Fofonov (Crédit Agricole), s.t.

26. David Arroyo (Caisse D’Epargne), s.t.

27. Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom), at 3:35

28. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis), at 3:42

29. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), s.t.

30. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 3:50

31. Rémy Di Gregorio (Française des Jeux), s.t.

32. Jose Cobo Acebo Juan (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 4:09

33. Morris Possoni (High Road), s.t.

34. Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank), s.t.

35. Bobby Julich (Team CSC), s.t.

36. Alexandre Botcharov (Crédit Agricole), s.t.

37. Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.

38. Christophe Le Mevel (Crédit Agricole), at 4:27

39. José Benitez (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 4:53

40. Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre), at 5:19

41. Ivan Santaromita (Liquigas), s.t.

42. Trent Lowe (Slipstream-Chipotle), s.t.

43. Yann Huguet (Cofidis), at 5:22

44. Stef Clement (Bouygues Telecom), at 5:42

45. Aurélien Passeron (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 5:46

46. Bram Tankink (Rabobank), at 6:16

47. Lucas Euser (Slipstream-Chipotle), s.t.

48. Jérôme Pineau (Bouygues Telecom), at 7:13

49. Stephane Goubert (Ag2r-La Mondiale), s.t.

50. Jelle Vanendert (Française des Jeux), s.t.

51. David Lopez Garcia (Caisse D’Epargne), at 7:44

52. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner), at 7:53

53. Bernhard Eisel (High Road), s.t.

54. Mathieu Perget (Caisse D’Epargne), at 8:00

55. Michael Albasini (Liquigas), at 8:19

56. Oliver Zaugg (Gerolsteiner), s.t.

57. Christophe Laurent (Slipstream-Chipotle), s.t.

58. Sandy Casar (Française des Jeux), at 8:31

59. Christian Vandevelde (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 8:48

60. Cyril Dessel (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 8:58

61. Craig Lewis (High Road), s.t.

62. Dionisio Galparsoro (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.

63. Alberto Losada Alguacil (Caisse D’Epargne), at 9:44

64. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Silence-Lotto), at 10:12

65. Aleksandr Kuschynski (Liquigas), s.t.

66. Danny Pate (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 11:17

67. Andriy Grivko (Team Milram), s.t.

68. Geoffroy Lequatre (Agritubel), at 12:05

69. Josep Jufre Pou (Saunier Duval-Scott), s.t.

70. Freddy Bichot (Agritubel), s.t.

71. Christophe Rinero (Agritubel), s.t.

72. Nicolas Portal (Caisse D’Epargne), s.t.

73. Marc De Maar (Rabobank), s.t.

74. Luis Arrieta Jose (Ag2r-La Mondiale), s.t.

75. Lilian Jegou (Française des Jeux), s.t.

76. Antonio Flecha Juan (Rabobank), s.t.

77. Yoann Le Boulanger (Française des Jeux), s.t.

78. Anthony Charteau (Caisse D’Epargne), s.t.

79. Carlo Westphal (Gerolsteiner), at 12:32

80. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), s.t.

81. Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Telecom), s.t.

82. Andrea Moletta (Gerolsteiner), s.t.

83. Sergio Ghisalberti (Team Milram), at 13:25

84. Kevin Ista (Agritubel), at 13:50

85. Niki Terpstra (Team Milram), at 14:51

86. Aitor Hernandez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 15:09

87. Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step), at 18:28

88. Servais Knaven (High Road), s.t.

89. Wilfried Cretskens (Quick Step), s.t.

90. Ralf Grabsch (Team Milram), s.t.

91. Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano), s.t.

92. Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano), s.t.

93. Simon Gerrans (Crédit Agricole), s.t.

94. Nicolas Jalabert (Agritubel), s.t.

95. Markel Irizar (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.

96. Alexandr Kolobnev (Team CSC), s.t.

97. Lander Aperribay (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.

98. Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r-La Mondiale), s.t.

99. Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel), s.t.

100. Peter Velits (Team Milram), s.t.

101. Mario Aerts (Silence-Lotto), s.t.

102. Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank), s.t.

103. Claudio Corioni (Liquigas), at 21:05

104. Enrico Franzoi (Liquigas), s.t.

105. Vicente Reynes (High Road), s.t.

106. Marcel Sieberg (High Road), at 21:07

107. Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano), s.t.

108. Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre), s.t.

109. Paolo Bossoni (Lampre), s.t.

110. Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux), s.t.

111. Christophe Edaleine (Ag2r-La Mondiale), s.t.

112. Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano), s.t.

113. Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), s.t.

114. Christophe Brandt (Silence-Lotto), s.t.

115. Gert Steegmans (Quick Step), s.t.

116. André Greipel (High Road), s.t.

117. Massimiliano Mori (Lampre), s.t.

118. Matteo Carrara (Quick Step), s.t.

119. Kjell Carlström (Liquigas), s.t.

120. Andreas Klier (High Road), s.t.

121. Tom Stamsnijder (Gerolsteiner), s.t.

122. Michiel Elijzen (Rabobank), s.t.

123. Mathew Hayman (Rabobank), s.t.

124. Tyler Farrar (Slipstream-Chipotle), s.t.

125. Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole), s.t.

126. Matteo Bono (Lampre), s.t.

127. Jason Mccartney (Team CSC), s.t.

128. Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval-Scott), s.t.

129. Kevin Hulsmans (Quick Step), s.t.

130. Matthias Russ (Gerolsteiner), s.t.

131. Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux), s.t.

132. Johan Van Summeren (Silence-Lotto), s.t.

133. Sébastien Minard (Cofidis), s.t.

134. Matthieu Sprick (Bouygues Telecom), s.t.

135. David Millar (Slipstream-Chipotle), s.t.

136. Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre), s.t.

137. Xavier Florencio (Bouygues Telecom), s.t.

138. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), s.t.

139. Amaël Moinard (Cofidis), s.t.

140. Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis), s.t.

141. Thomas Peterson (Slipstream-Chipotle), s.t.

142. Bradley Mc Gee (Team CSC), s.t.

143. Johann Tschopp (Bouygues Telecom), s.t.

144. Björn Schröder (Team Milram), s.t.

145. William Bonnet (Crédit Agricole), s.t.

146. Karsten Kroon (Team CSC), s.t.

147. Benat Intxausti (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 23:03

148. Markus Eichler (Team Milram), s.t.

149. Leonardo Bertagnolli (Liquigas), s.t.

Overall (after 4 stages)

1. Robert Gesink (Rabobank) 17:10:12

2. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), at 0:32

3. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 0:35

4. Yaroslav Popovych (Silence-Lotto), at 0:42

5. Manuel Garate Juan (Quick Step), at 1:06

6. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Caisse D’Epargne), at 2:06

7. Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 2:11

8. Alexander Efimkin (Quick Step), at 2:30

9. Clément Lhotellerie (Skil-Shimano), at 3:25

10. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), at 3:27

11. Simon Spilak (Lampre), at 3:32

12. Carlos Barredo (Quick Step), at 4:07

13. Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 4:48

14. Pierre Rolland (Crédit Agricole), at 6:02

15. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis), at 6:11

16. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), at 6:40

17. Christophe Moreau (Agritubel), at 8:12

18. Damiano Cunego (Lampre), at 8:18

19. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), at 8:57

20. Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Agritubel), at 9:08

21. Trent Lowe (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 9:27

22. Bram Tankink (Rabobank), at 9:29

23. Jérôme Pineau (Bouygues Telecom), at 9:54

24. Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank), at 11:46

25. Yann Huguet (Cofidis), at 11:50

26. Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom), at 12:51

27. Michael Albasini (Liquigas), at 13:45

28. Alexandre Botcharov (Crédit Agricole), at 13:46

29. Aleksandr Kuschynski (Liquigas), at 14:25

30. Jose Cobo Acebo Juan (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 15:18

31. Geoffroy Lequatre (Agritubel), at 18:34

32. Alberto Losada Alguacil (Caisse D’Epargne), at 18:59

33. Marc De Maar (Rabobank), at 20:01

34. Karsten Kroon (Team CSC), at 21:14

35. Simon Gerrans (Crédit Agricole), at 21:23

36. Luis Arrieta Jose (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 21:43

37. Frank Schleck (Team CSC), at 22:29

38. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Silence-Lotto), at 22:55

39. Kjell Carlström (Liquigas), at 23:16

40. Christophe Le Mevel (Crédit Agricole), at 23:17

41. Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux), at 23:57

42. Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 24:22

43. Nicolas Jalabert (Agritubel), at 24:58

44. Dmitriy Fofonov (Crédit Agricole), at 25:04

45. Vicente Reynes (High Road), at 25:41

46. Josep Jufre Pou (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 26:15

47. Christian Vandevelde (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 27:46

48. David Arroyo (Caisse D’Epargne), at 27:56

49. David Millar (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 28:13

50. Bobby Julich (Team CSC), at 28:16

51. Antonio Flecha Juan (Rabobank), at 28:20

52. Oliver Zaugg (Gerolsteiner), at 28:28

53. Enrico Franzoi (Liquigas), at 28:42

54. Lilian Jegou (Française des Jeux), at 28:48

55. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 28:49

56. Bernhard Eisel (High Road), at 28:51

57. Craig Lewis (High Road), at 29:40

58. Matthew Lloyd (Silence-Lotto), at 29:51

59. Nicolas Portal (Caisse D’Epargne), at 30:58

60. Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Telecom), at 30:59

61. Dionisio Galparsoro (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 31:01

62. Jens Voigt (Team CSC), at 31:45

63. Morris Possoni (High Road), at 31:59

64. Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre), at 32:43

65. Andriy Grivko (Team Milram), at 32:46

66. David Lopez Garcia (Caisse D’Epargne), at 33:25

67. Niki Terpstra (Team Milram), at 33:35

68. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), at 33:35

69. Chris Sorensen (Team CSC), at 34:04

70. Danny Pate (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 34:22

71. Ivan Santaromita (Liquigas), at 34:30

72. Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step), at 34:38

73. José Benitez (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 35:11

74. Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole), at 35:29

75. Christophe Laurent (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 36:31

76. Stephane Goubert (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 36:34

77. Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole), at 36:45

78. Aurélien Passeron (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 36:49

79. Peter Velits (Team Milram), at 37:12

80. Stef Clement (Bouygues Telecom), at 38:00

81. Wilfried Cretskens (Quick Step), at 38:35

82. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner), at 38:38

83. Andrea Moletta (Gerolsteiner), at 39:04

84. Sandy Casar (Française des Jeux), at 39:05

85. Gert Steegmans (Quick Step), at 39:18

86. Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre), at 40:02

87. Sébastien Minard (Cofidis), at 40:05

88. Paolo Bossoni (Lampre), at 40:06

89. Tom Stamsnijder (Gerolsteiner), at 40:18

90. Jelle Vanendert (Française des Jeux), at 40:46

91. Markel Irizar (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 41:22

92. Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux), at 41:49

93. Johan Van Summeren (Silence-Lotto), at 41:51

94. Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano), at 41:58

95. Servais Knaven (High Road), at 42:46

96. Marcel Sieberg (High Road), at 43:02

97. Christophe Rinero (Agritubel), at 44:06

98. Alexandr Kolobnev (Team CSC), at 44:22

99. Claudio Corioni (Liquigas), at 44:23

100. Carlo Westphal (Gerolsteiner), at 44:28

101. Matteo Carrara (Quick Step), at 44:38

102. Yoann Le Boulanger (Française des Jeux), at 44:55

103. Bradley Mc Gee (Team CSC), at 45:17

104. Mathew Hayman (Rabobank), at 45:18

105. Mario Aerts (Silence-Lotto), at 45:23

106. Christophe Brandt (Silence-Lotto), at 46:16

107. Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 46:26

108. Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre), at 46:50

109. Rémy Di Gregorio (Française des Jeux), at 47:26

110. Leonardo Bertagnolli (Liquigas), at 47:34

111. Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano), at 47:47

112. Matteo Bono (Lampre), at 47:54

113. Sergio Ghisalberti (Team Milram), at 48:11

114. William Bonnet (Crédit Agricole), at 48:22

115. Matthieu Sprick (Bouygues Telecom), at 49:12

116. Kevin Hulsmans (Quick Step), at 49:17

117. Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano), at 49:21

118. Andreas Klier (High Road), at 49:25

119. Mathieu Perget (Caisse D’Epargne), at 49:29

120. Massimiliano Mori (Lampre), at 49:46

121. Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis), at 50:20

122. Cyril Dessel (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 50:22

123. David Moncoutie (Cofidis), at 50:26

124. Johann Tschopp (Bouygues Telecom), at 50:52

125. Lander Aperribay (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 52:01

126. Xavier Florencio (Bouygues Telecom), at 52:31

127. Benat Intxausti (Saunier Duval-Scott), at 52:31

128. Lucas Euser (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 52:39

129. Matthias Russ (Gerolsteiner), at 52:40

130. Anthony Charteau (Caisse D’Epargne), at 53:09

131. Tyler Farrar (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 53:16

132. Ralf Grabsch (Team Milram), at 53:32

133. Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), at 54:16

134. Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 54:20

135. Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel), at 54:27

136. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), at 56:31

137. Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank), at 57:23

138. André Greipel (High Road), at 58:55

139. Amaël Moinard (Cofidis), at 59:45

140. Michiel Elijzen (Rabobank), at 1:02:13

141. Jason Mccartney (Team CSC), at 1:02:13

142. Freddy Bichot (Agritubel), at 1:03:08

143. Björn Schröder (Team Milram), at 1:03:23

144. Aitor Hernandez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), at 1:04:22

145. Thomas Peterson (Slipstream-Chipotle), at 1:07:21

146. Kevin Ista (Agritubel), at 1:07:21

147. Markus Eichler (Team Milram), at 1:07:44

148. Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano), at 1:09:41

149. Christophe Edaleine (Ag2r-La Mondiale), at 1:10:02

Mountain Bikers React to Their First Taste of Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer

These local mountain bikers tried Athletic Brewing Company's craft beer for the first time, and you'd be surprised by their reactions.