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Haedo takes stage, Leipheimer holds lead in Amgen Tour

Argentinean ace J.J. Haedo blasted to the front of another all-ProTour sprint finish Tuesday to win the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California. After yesterday’s chaotic finish, Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) was happy to have remained intact and safely inside an upright peloton after three circuits of downtown Sacramento concluded the 116-mile stage from his hometown of Santa Rosa.

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By Ben Delaney

Haedo times it perfectly

Haedo times it perfectly

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Argentinean ace J.J. Haedo blasted to the front of another all-ProTour sprint finish Tuesday to win the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California. After yesterday’s chaotic finish, Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) was happy to have remained intact and safely inside an upright peloton after three circuits of downtown Sacramento concluded the 116-mile stage from his hometown of Santa Rosa.

Leipheimer’s Discovery team let a three-man break go within the first kilometer, leaving it to dangle in the wind for 100 miles. The long effort earned Crédit Agricole’s Christophe Laurent the most-aggressive-rider jersey, and his companions David McCann (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Omar Kem (Priority Health) some serious TV time, but ultimately the move was squashed.

Leipheimer, again in yellow at day’s end, wasn’t the only one grateful for the safe stage finish. “Yesterday was frustrating for me,” said Haedo, who was bumped out of position on Monday and finished eighth. “I am very happy to be able to win here, today. The team did very much work for me. This win is for them.”

Luca Paolini (Liquigas) and Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) rounded out the stage’s podium.

Slipstream-Chipotle’s Thomas Peterson continued to fight for and ultimately kept his King of the Mountains jersey, Discovery’s Allan Davis held the sprint title for another day and Slipstream’s Taylor Tolleson retained the best-young-rider jersey.

How the race played out
As riders gathered to sign in before the start in Santa Rosa, Haedo was relaxed, chatting with friends, teammates and fans along the barriers. Last year the sprinter stunned fans and ProTour competitors alike by winning two stages in dominating fashion while riding for the first-year U.S. team Toyota-United. Those wins, ahead of men like current teammate Stuart O’Grady, played a big role in him landing a contract with the UCI’s top-ranked team in the world.

“It’s a lot of fun to be racing back in the States with these guys,” Haedo said at the start of stage 2. “It feels nice. CSC is the best team in the world, so they have a really good organization. It’s a good group of guys. People recognize me now.”

After a few neutral laps of Santa Rosa, where fans lined the course shoulder to shoulder, the peloton headed towards the state capital, greeted by hundreds of “Go Levi” signs along the road, many waved by school kids who came out en masse to watch the event..

Fit for an angel?

Fit for an angel?

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Before the riders had completed a single mile, three industrious riders struck out ahead. Kem went clear with Laurent and McCann, the Irish national champion.

“I started the attack at about one kilometer after the neutral ended,” Kem said. “I waited for the first little roller, and right as we came down, and everyone was sitting up and Levi was stretching his legs, I just hit them as hard as I could.”

The trio almost immediately had a 30-second gap over the apathetic peloton, and soon the split ballooned up to 3:30 as the race flew past a small vineyard nine miles into the race.

As the 116-mile stage wound through tight, windswept, rough roads, the three collaborated to increase their margin. By the time they hit the main KOM ascent, they had four minutes over the pack with 5km to climb to the top. At the front, Laurent drove the pace — so much so that he soon had a gap over McCann and Kem. He looked back, saw they could not respond, and simply maintained his tempo.

As the KOM climb wound on, the crowds became denser and noisier, clanging bells and pounding inflated thunder sticks. Sensing something amiss, McCann suddenly pulled over and re-centered his front wheel. Soon, Laurent had a 30-second gap on Kem, with McCann trailing by an additional 10 seconds.

As spectators crushed in on the lead vehicles through the tight switchbacks, Laurent easily took the KOM, rolling through a tunnel of noise at the 1800-foot Trinity Grade summit. Although McCann and Kem came back together on the bombing descent, Laurent forged on alone, before sitting up at the top of the next climb to wait for the pair.

When the peloton approached the summit four minutes behind, Quick Step-Innergetic’s Jurgen Van De Walle and Slipstream-Chipotle’s Thomas Peterson leapt clear to snatch fourth and fifth in the KOM atop the Cat. 2 climb. Van De Walle, in the most-aggressive jersey, and Peterson, in the KOM jersey, kept their gap on the field all the way to the last climb where the trio had come back together.

As the leaders hit the valley and rode up into a headwind, their lead hovered at five minutes. Behind, Discovery Channel continued to ride tempo.

“I’ve never been a part of a team that is as strong as Discovery,” Leipheimer said after the race. “I was impressed with the way they dictated the pace. They knew when to slow down and keep everyone calm, and when to speed it up.”

Winding through row after row of dormant grapevines, the trio rotated evenly. But when they hit the start of the next big climb, Laurent again took over the lion’s share of the work. A few miles later Kem dropped his chain, and could not address it without stopping. His companions waited for him to chase back on, but the mechanical cost the group a minute of its advantage (and Kem a few matches).

As the trio approached the second and final KOM of the day, Laurent received no help in setting the pace, even when his team car would come alongside to chat. Approaching the line, he kept glancing back but his partners had no interest in contesting. The story was the same 13 miles later at the first sprint of the day —Laurent jumped clear for the line while Kem and McCann scarcely flinched.

Another scenic

Another scenic

Photo: Graham Watson

From that sprint at mile 65 to the finish, the riders faced a dead-flat run-in to the finish 50 miles later. Vineyards and tree groves initially gave the riders shelter, but soon gave way to wide-open fields where the wind and the three-hour effort began to take its toll.

Then, McCann and Laurent had some words.

“McCann was upset because Laurent took the first sprint and said, ‘Well, I have been pulling more than you,’ and McCann said, ‘I’ve been doing everything I could do,’” Kem said. “Laurent jumped us and took the first one, and McCann said, ‘I’m not going to pull.’ He would roll through, but immediately swing off. There was some tension building. I was trying to keep the group rolling. I wanted to make it through the crosswind section before we got caught, because I knew the group could blow apart there if they wanted it to.”

Coming into the college town of Davis for the second sprint, swarms of spectators lined the entire route on both sides. When Laurent jumped with 2km to the sprint, McCann struggled to get back on terms, while Kem was left behind.

At 1km to the sprint the pair came to a near standstill, allowing Kem to briefly rejoin. Rounding the last corner before the sprint line, McCann launched an early sprint, hoping to catch Laurent off guard. It didn’t work. As Kem watched from an increasingly distant perspective, Laurent handily got on McCann’s wheel, sat in for a few seconds, then leapt around to take the bonus. Neither rider sat up, and Kem was left to flounder for a few miles before being absorbed by, and then spit out of, the Discovery-led peloton, which was methodically pulling back the break.

“I just didn’t have a lot of snap when those guys started playing games on the second bonus sprint,” Kem said.

Once outside of Davis, Laurent and McCann faced dead-straight, pancake-flat roads with no protection — conditions ideal for a chasing pack, but much less so for two tired escapees. Still, at mile 88 their lead held at nearly two minutes.

As the race turned for its final run into Sacramento and the catch was nearly made, Slipstream-Chipotle’s Danny Pate launched himself clear, catching the race — and his team director, Jonathan Vaughters — by surprise.

“Danny is an independent thinker,” Vaughters said. “But look, the peloton is moving along at 19 miles an hour and Danny was the world (U23) time-trial champion. Who knows? It’s sure worth a try.”

The finish-line crowd awaits a show, and a show they got

The finish-line crowd awaits a show, and a show they got

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Within a few miles, Pate had caught and then passed the leaders.

“It was way too windy for one guy,” Pate said at the finish. “I hadn’t done that run in before, and I was hoping for some trees, or something, some kind of windbreak, but it didn’t happen. If you can make it to a technical course by yourself, sometimes it’s good for one or a couple of guys. That didn’t happen either. It was just an opportunity that I decided to take that didn’t work out.”

Pate carved out a lead that peaked at just more than a minute over the field, until Discovery decided enough was enough.

The Navigators and T-Mobile got things rolling . . .

The Navigators and T-Mobile got things rolling . . .

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Coming into the final three circuits around the Sacramento capital building, T-Mobile lent Discovery a hand at the front. A tremendous crowd lined every inch of the circuit.

BMC rider Mike Sayers, a 13-year of the domestic racing circuit, was eager for a good finish today in the town he grew up in — perhaps a little too eager. Sayers crashed as the race entered the circuit.

“I’m a bit of a blue-collar bike racer, and I have to take some risks to keep myself up there,” said Sayers, who choked up a bit while talking about his pride at doing such a big race in his old hometown. “Today I just wanted to be up there and I got a little overanxious.”

Haedo, however, was completely cool. With a few kilometers to go Haedo got on O’Grady’s wheel, with no intention of letting it go until he was within point-blank range of the finish.

“Stuey was really calm and that made me calm too,” Haedo said. “When you get in a course like this so much is about position.”

. . . and off Haedo goes

. . . and off Haedo goes

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

With 10 Tours de France under his belt, O’Grady knows a thing or two about position, and he got himself to about fourth wheel coming out of the final corner.

“When I saw the 300m sign I told him to go,” Haedo said. “He went from 350m to 100m. At 100m to go I went.”

And although Luca Paolini and Thor Hushovd tried to catch that train, it had long left the station. Haedo finished with several bike lengths on the rest, his arms aloft.

The stage podium

The stage podium

Photo: Graham Watson

Besides building confidence for himself and his team, the win was also a morale-booster for CSC after a treacherous stage 1 that saw Dave Zabriskie abandon and Karsten Kroon bruise his ribs in a high-speed crash.

“We had a really rough day yesterday,” Haedo said. “So today we put all our energy into trying to get a win.”

As of Tuesday, CSC management had Haedo’s name down on its starting lists for Critérium International, Milan-San Remo and the Giro d’Italia.

“But that’s a long way away,” Haedo said.

Then again, a CSC contract might have once seemed far away, too.

—VeloNews senior writer Neal Rogers contributed to this report.

Amgen Tour of California
Stage 2
Top 10

1. Juan José Haedo (Arg), CSC, 4:40:39
2. Luca Paolini (I), Liquigas, same time
3. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, s.t.
4. Allan Davis (Aus), Discovery Channel, s.t.
5. Gerald Ciolek (G), T-Mobile, s.t.
6. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.
7. Greg Henderson (NZl), T-Mobile, s.t.
8. Ivan Dominguez (Cub), Toyota United, s.t.
9. Hilton Clarke (Aus), Navigators Insurance, s.t.
10. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

1. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 9:02:47
2. Jason Donald (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, at 0:01
3. Benjamin (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, at 0:05
4. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.
5. Hilton Clarke (Aus), Navigators Insurance, s.t.
6. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, at 0:06
7. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, s.t.
8. Adam Hansen (Aus), T-Mobile, s.t.
9. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Rabobank, at 0:07
10. Ben Day (Aus), Navigators Insurance, at 0:08

Jerseys
Leader: Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel
Points: Allan Davis (Aus), Discovery Channel
Climber: Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle
Young rider: Taylor Tolleson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle

Complete results

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Results

Amgen Tour of California

Stage 2
1. Juan José Haedo (Arg), CSC, 4:40:39

2. Luca Paolini (I), Liquigas, same time

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

4. Allan Davis (Aus), Discovery Channel, s.t.

5. Gerald Ciolek (G), T-Mobile, s.t.

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

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

8. Ivan Dominguez (Cub), Toyota United, s.t.

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

10. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, s.t.

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

12. FÖrster Robert (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

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

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

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

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

17. Shawn Milne (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, s.t.

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

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

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

21. Charles Dionne (Can), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

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

23. John Devine (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

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

25. Emile Abraham (TRI), Priority Health-Bissell, s.t.

26. Ken Hanson (USA), BMC, s.t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44. Jonathan Garcia (USA), BMC, s.t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

61. Christian Vandevelde (USA), CSC, s.t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

74. Chris Wherry (USA), Toyota United, s.t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

81. CarlstrÖm Kjell (FIN), Liquigas, s.t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

95. Scott Stewart (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

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

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

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

99. Jeremy Powers (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

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

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

102. Gustavo Artacho (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

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

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

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

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

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

108. Heath Blackgrove (NZl), Toyota United, s.t.

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

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

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

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

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

114. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, s.t.

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

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

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

118. Peter Hatton (Aus), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, s.t.

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

120. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

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

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

123. Christopher Stockburger (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

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

125. Marc Jean Marc (F), Crédit Agricole, s.t.

126. Frederik Willems (B), Liquigas, s.t.

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

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

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

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

131. Michael Jones (USA), Jelly Belly, s.t.

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

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

134. Sheldon Deeny (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

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

136. Chad Beyer (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

137. Tejay Van Garderen (USA), U-23 National Team, s.t.

138. David Mccann (IRL), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 4:43:19

139. Brian Dziewa (USA), Jelly Belly, 4:43:48

140. Omer Kem (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 4:43:48

141. Michael Sayers (USA), BMC, 4:44:12

Leonardo Scarselli (I), Quick Step-Innergetic

Scott Zwizanski (USA), Priority Health-Bissell

General classification

1. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 9:02:47

2. Jason Donald (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 0:01

3. Benjamin (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 0:05

4. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis

5. Hilton Clarke (Aus), Navigators Insurance

6. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC, 0:06

7. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel

8. Adam Hansen (Aus), T-Mobile

9. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Rabobank, 0:07

10. Ben Day (Aus), Navigators Insurance, 0:08

11. Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Health Net-Maxxis, 0:09

12. Michael Rogers (Aus), T-Mobile

13. Allan Davis (Aus), Discovery Channel

14. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, 0:10

15. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Navigators Insurance

16. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), CSC

17. Thomas Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel

18. Timothy Johnson (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 0:12

19. Taylor Tolleson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 0:13

20. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas

21. Veleriy Kobzarenko (Ukr), Navigators Insurance

22. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis

23. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 0:14

24. Ivan Basso (I), Discovery Channel

25. Christopher Baldwin (USA), Toyota United

26. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto

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

28. Chris Wherry (USA), Toyota United

29. Heath Blackgrove (NZl), Toyota United

30. Haedo Juan José (Arg), CSC, 0:16

31. Ian Mckissick (USA), BMC

32. Manuel Quinziato (I), Liquigas, 0:17

33. Brian Vandborg (Dk), Discovery Channel

34. Christian Vandevelde (USA), CSC

35. Karsten Kroon (Nl), CSC

36. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Liquigas

37. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, 0:18

38. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Predictor-Lotto

39. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle

40. Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 0:19

41. Matthew Lloyd (Aus), Predictor-Lotto

42. Jason McCartney (USA), Discovery Channel

43. Mads Kaggestad (Nor), Crédit Agricole

44. Greg Henderson (NZl), T-Mobile

45. Shawn Milne (USA), Health Net-Maxxis, 0:20

46. Marc Jean Marc (F), Crédit Agricole

47. Jurgen Van De Walle (B), Quick Step-Innergetic

48. Justin England (USA), Toyota United

49. Anthony Colby (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home

50. Aaron Olsen (USA), T-Mobile, 0:21

51. Fabian Wegmann (G), Gerolsteiner

52. William Frischkorn (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 0:22

53. Mc Carty Jonathan Patrick (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle

54. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, 0:23

55. Mauro Da Dalto (I), Liquigas

56. Kirk O'Bee (USA), Health Net-Maxxis

57. Philip Zajicek (USA), Navigators Insurance

58. Christophe Kern (F), Crédit Agricole

59. Charly Wegelius (GB), Liquigas

60. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Predictor-Lotto, 0:24

61. Bram De Groot (Nl), Rabobank

62. Russell Downing (GB), Health Net-Maxxis, 0:25

63. David Vitoria (Swi), BMC

64. Jan Grischa Jan (G), Rabobank

65. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quick Step-Innergetic, 0:26

66. Geert Verheyen (B), Quick Step-Innergetic

67. Luca Paolini (I), Liquigas

68. Bart Dockx (B), Predictor-Lotto

69. Jakob Piil (Dk), T-Mobile

70. Robert Gesink (Nl), Rabobank

71. Tyler Wren (USA), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 0:27

72. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle

73. Mauro Facci (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 0:28

74. Theo Eltink (Nl), Rabobank

75. Matteo Tosatto (I), Quick Step-Innergetic

76. Tejay Van Garderen (USA), U-23 National Team, 0:29

77. Christophe Laurent (F), Crédit Agricole, 0:30

78. Cyril Lemoine (F), Crédit Agricole

79. Edward King (USA), Priority Health-Bissell

80. Viktar Rapinski (Blr), Navigators Insurance

81. Frederik Willems (B), Liquigas

82. Peter Hatton (Aus), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 0:31

83. Giovanni Visconti (I), Quick Step-Innergetic

84. Hinault Sébastien (F), Crédit Agricole

85. Michael Barry (Can), T-Mobile

86. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Gerolsteiner

87. Antonio Cruz (USA), Discovery Channel, 0:32

88. Kyle Gritters (USA), Health Net-Maxxis

89. Darren Lill (RSA), Navigators Insurance, 0:33

90. Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz), Crédit Agricole

91. Jackson Stewart (USA), BMC

92. Andrew Bajadali (USA), Jelly Belly

93. Alexandre Moos (Swi), BMC, 0:34

94. Alan Glen Alan (NZl), Navigators Insurance

95. CarlstrÖm Kjell (FIN), Liquigas, 0:35

96. Nic Ingels (B), Predictor-Lotto, 0:36

97. Ivan Dominguez (Cub), Toyota United

98. Brent Bookwalter (USA), U-23 National Team, 0:37

99. Gerald Ciolek (G), T-Mobile

100. Jeremy Powers (USA), Jelly Belly

101. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, 0:38

102. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank

103. Nicolar Reistad (USA), Jelly Belly, 0:39

104. Nicolas Gates (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 0:41

105. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner

106. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Gerolsteiner, 0:42

107. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic

108. Caleb Manion (USA), Toyota United, 0:43

109. Alexander Candelario (USA), Jelly Belly

110. Sven Krauss (G), Gerolsteiner

111. Volker Ordowski (G), Gerolsteiner

112. John Devine (USA), U-23 National Team, 0:45

113. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Rabobank, 0:46

114. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner, 0:54

115. Mario Aerts (B), Predictor-Lotto, 0:55

116. Jonathan Garcia (USA), BMC, 1:06

117. David Mccann (IRL), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:19

118. Brian Dziewa (USA), Jelly Belly, 3:39

119. Tom Zirbel (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 3:53

120. Alejandro Acton (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:56

121. Davide Frattini (I), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 3:59

122. Garrett Peltonen (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 4:00

123. FÖrster Robert (G), Gerolsteiner, 4:04

124. Brice Jones (USA), Jelly Belly

125. Steven Cozza (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 4:06

126. Sean Sullivan (Aus), Toyota United

127. Gustavo Artacho (Arg), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 4:09

128. Michael Jones (USA), Jelly Belly, 4:13

129. Brian Sheedy (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 4:15

130. Scott Stewart (USA), U-23 National Team, 4:19

131. Christopher Stockburger (USA), U-23 National Team, 4:20

132. Charles Dionne (Can), Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home, 4:21

133. Sheldon Deeny (USA), U-23 National Team, 4:22

134. Bryce Mead (USA), Jelly Belly, 4:25

135. Ken Hanson (USA), BMC, 4:27

136. Henk Vogels (Aus), Toyota United, 4:28

137. Michael Sayers (USA), BMC, 4:29

138. Caleb Fairly (USA), U-23 National Team, 4:32

139. Chad Beyer (USA), U-23 National Team, 4:42

140. Omer Kem (USA), Priority Health-Bissell, 7:28

141. Emile Abraham (TRI), Priority Health-Bissell, 11:25