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Levi: “Light it up, Popo”

Defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Astana) seized the lead of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California on Monday with a daring attack on the steeps of Bonny Doon just outside the finish in Santa Cruz. Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Slipstream) won stage 2, a 115.9-mile ride from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, with Michael Rogers (Columbia-Highroad) finishing third on the day and slotting into second overall. But the race clearly belonged to Leipheimer, who shot away from his rivals to chase down a disintegrating break and snatch the leader’s jersey from Rock Racing’s Francisco Mancebo.

Leipheimer takes California jersey with hillside attack; Garmin’s Peterson wins stage

2009 Amgen Tour of California: Levi Leipheimer is where he wants to be: in yellow.

2009 Amgen Tour of California: Levi Leipheimer is where he wants to be: in yellow.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Astana) seized the lead of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California on Monday with a daring attack on the steeps of Bonny Doon just outside the finish in Santa Cruz.

Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Slipstream) won stage 2, a 115.9-mile ride from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, with Michael Rogers (Columbia-Highroad) finishing third on the day and slotting into second overall. But the race clearly belonged to Leipheimer, who shot away from his rivals to chase down a disintegrating break and snatch the leader’s jersey from Rock Racing’s Francisco Mancebo.

“When we hit the bottom of Bonny Doon there were a couple of attacks, and I felt great. I looked around, and I could see people were at their limit,” Leipheimer said. “I had Popovych next to me. I said, ‘Light it up, Popo.’”

2009 Amgen Tour of California
Stage 2, Sausalito to Santa Cruz 187km km (116 miles)

Winner: Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Slipstream)
Leader: Levi Leipheimer (Astana)
Winner’s average speed: 36.5 kph (22.7 mph)
Rabobank Best Young Rider: Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
Best Team: Garmin-Slipstream
Herbalife Sprint Leader: Francisco Mancebo (Rock Racing)
Amgen Couragous Award:Ben Jacques-Maynes
California King of the Mountains Leader: Jason McCartney (Saxo Bank)
Peloton: Six riders dropped out: Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell); Kirk O’Bee (Bissell); Moises Aldape (Team Type 1), Jonathan Clarke (Jelly Belly); Michael Grabinger (Fly V); Scott Davis (Fly V), leaving 128 riders in the peloton.
Up next: Stage 3’s 104.2 miles (167.7 km) from San Jose to Modesto

And light it up, he did, drilling the pace for a kilometer and setting up Leipheimer for an attack that put the Californian in the leader’s jersey.

Leipheimer blew through everyone from the day-long breakaway except Peterson, who clung tenaciously to the Astana leader’s wheel all the way to the finish, where he jumped clear for the win.

Asked whether the victory was the biggest of his career, Peterson said, “Yeah, as well as probably my only win … so far.”

It was another sloppy day in the saddle, with a temporary break in the clouds giving way to a full-out rain and hailstorm on the final climb of the day.

“Turn your shower on, as cold as it gets, and stand there for four hours,” is how Leipheimer described the feeling on the bike Monday.

With all the water on the road, it was another unlucky day for a dozen or so riders, among them Lance Armstrong (Astana), who crashed after a bump with his own photographer’s motorcycle, and Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell), who was taken to Santa Cruz in an ambulance after a hard spill.

At day’s end, Leipheimer led the Tour of California by 24 seconds over Rogers, with David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream), Lance Armstrong and Chris Horner (both Astana) rounding out the top five on general classification.

2009 AToC, stage 2: The peloton passes over the Golden Gate Bridge.

2009 AToC, stage 2: The peloton passes over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Photo: Graham Watson

Over the bridge and through the woods

The race left Sausalito at 8:30 a.m. under leaky, leaden skies, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, then hit the streets of San Francisco before heading for another California icon, Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway.

Once past the neutral zone the usual flurry of attacks eventually coalesced into a break that included Peterson and Steven Cozza (Garmin-Slipstream); Jason McCartney (Saxo Bank); Stef Clement and Grischa Niermann (Rabobank); Carlos Barredo (Quick Step); Markus Zberg (BMC Racing Team); Cam Evans (OUCH); Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling); and Valeriy Kobzarenko (Team Type 1).

2009 AToC, stage 2: Tyler Hamilton leads the chase.

2009 AToC, stage 2: Tyler Hamilton leads the chase.

Photo: Graham Watson

Nearly 90 miles into the stage the break had built a gap of more than four minutes over the bunch, led by Rock Racing on behalf of race leader Mancebo. Santa Cruz’s own Jacques-Maynes was best-placed in the break at 5:05 as the leaders turned inland and approached the steep ascent of Bonny Doon.

As the chase began nibbling away at the break’s advantage, Barredo had a dig on the ascent. The break pulled the Quick Step rider back only to see him attack again, this time forging a significant gap.

With Mancebo holding the jersey by 62 seconds at the day’s start, speculation at the race revolved around the Solvang time trial. Will the 15-mile effort on stage 6 define the race? Will the other race contenders be able to claw back the minute deficit in the time trial? Retired pro and current Saxo Bank rider development manager Bobby Julich said two-time race champion Levi Leipheimer could do it no problem — “with two fingers up his nose and one hand tied behind his back.”

But Leipheimer didn’t wait for the time trial. When the peloton hit Bonny Doon, three minutes behind Barredo, some riders began to attack from the field.

“Our plan was to play it by ear,” Leipheimer said. “It became pretty apparent to me that I felt pretty good, and everybody else was on the rivet. Popo drilled it for like a kilometer, which set it up for me. And I was able to accelerate, and nobody came with me. From then on, it was like a Hail Mary. Once you’re committed, you’ve just got to go for it.”

2009 AToC, stage 2: Cozza and Peterson on the escape.

2009 AToC, stage 2: Cozza and Peterson on the escape.

Photo: Graham Watson

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) was the only rider to even try to follow, and he clung to Leipheimer’s wheel for a time. Nibali was the rider who jumped across from the chase group to race winner Mancebo on stage 1.

But Nibali didn’t last long, and soon Leipheimer was alone, powering through the rooster trail thrown up by a camera moto, hunting the fragmenting breakaway and slashing away at his deficit to Mancebo.

“You’ve seen all the fans who have come out despite the weather,” Leipheimer said. “They’re suffering through the weather just like you are. And as a rider, you really think, well, this deserves our best show. This deserves our best effort. Especially yesterday, to see all the people who were standing there in the soaking, freezing wind. You’ve got to give them a show. Today, I took off all my clothes despite the fact that it was pouring freezing rain, and had it in my head that I was going to give it a go.”

Barredo continued grinding upward as Leipheimer swept through the remnants of the break.

“It was like a motorcycle passing you,” Jacques-Maynes said of Leipheimer. “A small motorcycle.”

Behind, Columbia-Highroad had moved to the front of the dramatically reduced peloton, plugging along through a renewed rainfall.

But Barredo finally cracked and saw McCartney and Peterson overhaul and discard him. Leipheimer swept past, too, and quickly closed the gap to make it a three-man lead group.

McCartney was next to fall back, and Leipheimer and Peterson soldiered on over the summit. But McCartney fought back to them on the descent, chased by Nibali, perhaps a minute behind.

2009 Amgen Tour of California: Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Slipstream) takes stage 2

2009 Amgen Tour of California: Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Slipstream) takes stage 2

Photo: Andy Pemberton

Leipheimer drove the train on the descent as Nibali caught and dropped Barredo. McCartney was having trouble matching the Astana captain’s pace through the mist — he fell back once, twice, and for good as the road briefly tipped upward once more before resuming its downhill plunge. But Peterson hung tough and was right on Leipheimer’s wheel as the two closed in on the finish in Santa Cruz.

“I just sat on his wheel,” Peterson said. “Basically the whole way to the finish was pretty easy because I was on his wheel.”

Leipheimer wasn’t concerned. “I understand his position,” Leipheimer said. “He’s down on the GC. Zabriskie being the leader was behind. You can understand him not working. That’s just how cycling goes. He made it to the top, he made it with me where others did not. In a matter of respect you could say he deserves the win. You could say I deserve it as well, but that’s just how it goes. No hard feelings.”

Behind, a 20-man chase had formed up, strung out in a long line and closing fast. But race leader Mancebo was not with them, and with 1km to go Leipheimer was still at the front, intent on taking time.

When Peterson came around him for the stage win in 5:06:21, Leipheimer didn’t bother to react. He had bigger fish to fry.
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Results

Stage results: | (GC standings)
1. Thomas Peterson, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.06:20
2. Levi Leipheimer, Astana, same time
3. Michael Rogers, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.06:41
4. Christopher Horner, Astana, in 5.06:41
5. Oscar Sevilla, Rock Racing, in 5.06:41
6. Kevin Seeldraeyers, Quick Step, in 5.06:41
7. Thomas Danielson, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.06:41
8. Robert Gesink, Rabobank, in 5.06:41
9. Grischa Niermann, Rabobank, in 5.06:41
10. David Zabriskie, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.06:41
11. Thomas Lövkvist, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.06:41
12. Fränk Schleck, Team Saxo Bank, in 5.06:41
13. Lance Armstrong Astana, in 5.06:41
14. Janez Brajkovic, Astana, in 5.06:41
15. José Luis Rubiera, Astana, in 5.06:41
16. Ivan Basso, Liquigas, in 5.06:41
17. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas, in 5.06:41
18. Jens Voigt, Team Saxo Bank, in 5.06:41
19. Inigo Cuesta, Cervelo Test Team, in 5.06:41
20. Carlos Barredo, Quick Step, in 5.06:41
21. Jason McCartney, Team Saxo Bank, in 5.07:55
22. Enrique Gutierrez, Rock Racing, in 5.08:12
23. Jurgen Van De Walle, Quick Step, in 5.08:12
24. Thomas Frei, BMC Racing Team, in 5.08:12
25. Kevin De Weert, Quick Step, in 5.08:12
26. Christian Vande Velde, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.08:12
27. Francisco Mancebo, Rock Racing, in 5.08:12
28. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling, in 5.08:12
29. Cameron Evans, OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.08:12
30. Bauke Mollema, Rabobank, in 5.08:12
31. George Hincapie, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.08:12
32. Hubert Dupont, Ag2r La Mondiale, in 5.08:12
33. Ian Mckissick, BMC Racing Team, in 5.08:12
34. Stéphane Goubert, Ag2r La Mondiale, in 5.08:12
35. Patrick McCarty, Jonathan OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.08:12
36. Hayden Roulston, Cervelo Test Team, in 5.08:12
37. Gustav Larsson, Team Saxo Bank, in 5.08:12
38. Stuart O’Grady, Team Saxo Bank, in 5.08:12
39. Luis Romero Amaran, Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.08:12
40. Oscar Freire, Gomez Rabobank, in 5.08:12
41. Floyd Landis, OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.08:12
42. Yaroslav Popovych, Astana, in 5.08:12
43. Tom Zirbel, Bissell Pro Cycling, in 5.08:12
44. Phil Zajicek, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, in 5.08:12
45. Pieter Weening, Rabobank, in 5.08:12
46. Dominique Rollin, Cervelo Test Team, in 5.10:28
47. Will Routley, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, in 5.11:11
48. Matthew Crane, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, in 5.11:11
49. Jeremy Vennell, Bissell Pro Cycling, in 5.11:11
50. Scott Nydam, BMC Racing Team, in 5.11:11
51. Frank Pipp, Bissell Pro Cycling, in 5.11:11
52. Martin Elmiger, Ag2r La Mondiale, in 5.11:11
53. John Gadret, Ag2r La Mondiale, in 5.11:11
54. Steven Cozza, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.11:11
55. Bernard Van Ulden, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, in 5.17:25
56. Sebastian Haedo, Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.17:25
57. Phillip Gaimon, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, in 5.17:25
58. Svein Tuft, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.17:25
59. Davide Frattini, Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.17:25
60. Jonathan Garcia, BMC Racing Team, in 5.17:25
61. Jeffry Louder, BMC Racing Team, in 5.17:25
62. Timothy Johnson, OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.17:25
63. Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano Rabobank, in 5.17:25
64. Matthew Wilson, Team Type 1, in 5.17:25
65. Bradley White, OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.17:25
66. Serge Pauwels, Cervelo Test Team, in 5.17:25
67. Brian Vandborg, Liquigas, in 5.17:25
68. Trent Lowe, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.17:25
69. Alexandre Moos, BMC Racing Team, in 5.17:25
70. Addy Engels, Quick Step, in 5.17:25
71. Aaron Olson, Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.17:25
72. Ian Macgregor, Team Type 1, in 5.17:25
73. Christopher Jones, Team Type 1, in 5.17:25
74. Darren Lill, Team Type 1, in 5.17:25
75. Glen Chadwick, Rock Racing, in 5.17:25
76. Rinaldo Nocentini, Ag2r La Mondiale, in 5.22:40
77. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Team Type 1, in 5.22:40
78. Andy Schleck, Team Saxo Bank, in 5.22:40
79. Thor Hushov, Cervelo Test Team, in 5.23:30
80. Kim Kirchen, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.23:30
81. Juan José Haedo, Team Saxo Bank, in 5.23:30
82. Tyler Wren, Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.23:30
83. Bernard Sulzberger, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, in 5.23:30
84. Marco Velo, Quick Step, in 5.23:30
85. Adam Hansen, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.23:30
86. Curtis Gunn, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, in 5.23:30
87. Tyler Hamilton, Rock Racing, in 5.23:30
88. Kevin Hulsmans, Quick Step, in 5.23:30
89. Tom Boonen, Quick Step, in 5.23:30
90. Mark Renshaw, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.23:30
91. Mark Cavendish, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.23:30
92. Michael Barry, Team Columbia-High Road, in 5.23:30
93. Jonathan Cantwell, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, in 5.23:30
94. Brett Lancaster, Cervelo Test Team, in 5.23:30
95. Victor Hugo, Pena Rock Racing, in 5.23:30
96. Kiel Reijnen, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, in 5.23:30
97. Nick Reistad, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, in 5.23:30
98. Chris Baldwin, Rock Racing, in 5.23:30
99. Peter Latham, Bissell Pro Cycling, in 5.23:30
100. Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Slipstream, in 5.23:30
101. David Kemp, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, in 5.23:30
102. Kjell CarlstrÖm, Liquigas, in 5.23:30
103. Pedro Horrillo, Munoz Rabobank, in 5.23:30
104. Christophe Riblon, Ag2r La Mondiale, in 5.23:30
105. Cyril Dessel, Ag2r La Mondiale, in 5.23:30
106. Stef Clement, Rabobank, in 5.23:30
107. Edward King, Cervelo Test Team, in 5.23:30
108. Carlos Sastre, Candil Cervelo Test Team, in 5.23:30
109. Gregory Rast, Astana, in 5.23:30
110. Steve Morabito, Astana, in 5.23:30
111. John Murphy, OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.23:30
112. Omer Kem, Bissell Pro Cycling, in 5.23:30
113. Ben Day, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, in 5.23:30
114. Rory Sutherland, OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.23:30
115. Markus Zberg, BMC Racing Team, in 5.23:30
116. Mathias Frank, BMC Racing Team, in 5.23:30
117. Karl Menzies, OUCH-Maxxis , in 5.28:31
118. Daniel Oss, Liquigas, in 5.28:31
119. Bradley Huff, Charles Jelly Belly Cycling Team, in 5.30:05
120. Andy Guptill, Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.30:05
121. Jacopo Guarnieri, Liquigas, in 5.30:05
122. Freddy Rodriguez, Rock Racing, in 5.30:05
123. Alessandro Vanotti, Liquigas, in 5.30:05
124. Alejandro Alberto Borrajo Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.30:05
125. Francesco Chicchi, Liquigas, in 5.31:33
126. Fabio Calabria, Team Type 1, in 5.31:33
127. Andres Borrajo Anibal, Colativa-Sutter Home-Cooking Light, in 5.31:33
128. Phil Southerland, Team Type 1, in 5.31:33

DNF
Kirk O’Bee, Bissell Pro Cycling
Andy Jacques-Maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling
Moises Aldape Chavez, Team Type 1
Jonathan Clarke, Jelly Belly Cycling Team
Michael Grabinger, Fly V Australia P/b Successful Living Foundation
Scott Davis, Fly V Australia P/b Successful Living Foundation

GC standings | ( Stage results)
1. Levi Leipheimer, Astana, 9.23:02
2. Michael Rogers, Team Columbia-High Road, at 24
3. David Zabriskie Garmin-Slipstream, at 28
4. Lance Armstrong, Astana, at 30
5. Christopher Horner, Astana, at 34
6. Janez Brajkovic, Astana, at 38
7. Thomas Lövkvist, Team Columbia-High Road, at 38
8. José Luis Rubiera, Astana, at 38
9. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas, at 38
10. Robert Gesink, Rabobank, at 39
11. Oscar Sevilla, Rock Racing, at 39
12. Jens Voigt, Team Saxo Bank, at 40
13. Ivan Basso, Liquigas, at 42
14. Thomas Danielson, Garmin-Slipstream, at 42
15. Kevin Seeldraeyers, Quick Step, at 51
16. Francisco Mancebo, Rock Racing, at 56
17. Jurgen Van De Walle, Quick Step, at 2:12
18. Bauke Mollema, Rabobank, at 2:14
19. Carlos Barredo, Quick Step, at 4:32
20. Grischa Niermann, Rabobank, at 4:32
21. Fränk Schleck, Team Saxo Bank, at 4:40
22. Inigo Cuesta, Cervelo Test Team, at 4:45
23. Thomas Peterson, Garmin-Slipstream, at 5:56
24. George Hincapie, Team Columbia-High Road, at 5:59
25. Tom Zirbel, Bissell Pro Cycling, at 6:00
26. Ben Jacques-Maynes, Bissell Pro Cycling, at 6:01
27. Oscar Freire Gomez, Rabobank, at 6:03
28. Hayden Roulston, Cervelo Test Team, at 6:03
29. Floyd Landis, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 6:04
30. Christian Vande Velde, Garmin-Slipstream, at 6:04
31. Enrique Gutierrez, Rock Racing, at 6:08
32. Gustav Larsson, Team Saxo Bank, at 6:08
33. Luis Romero Amaran, Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 6:08
34. Yaroslav Popovych, Astana, at 6:09
35. Phil Zajicek, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, at 6:13
36. Ian McKissick, BMC Racing Team, at 6:13
37. Pieter Weening, Rabobank, at 6:13
38. Kevin De Weert, Quick Step, at 6:15
39. Thomas Frei, BMC Racing Team, at 6:20
40. Hubert Dupont, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 6:28
41. Dominique Rollin, Cervelo Test Team, at 8:21
42. Jeremy Vennell, Bissell Pro Cycling, at 9:03
43. Steven Cozza, Garmin-Slipstream, at 9:08
44. Martin Elmiger, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 9:09
45. Frank Pipp, Bissell Pro Cycling, at 9:14
46. Will Routley, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 9:26
47. Jason McCartney, Team Saxo Bank, at 14:21
48. Stuart O’Grady, Team Saxo Bank, at 14:39
49. Cameron Evans, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 14:50
50. Jonathan Patrick McCarty, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 14:51
51. Stéphane Goubert, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 14:59
52. Svein Tuft, Garmin-Slipstream, at 15:13
53. Alexandre Moos, BMC Racing Team, at 15:24
54. Glen Chadwick, Rock Racing, at 15:29
55. Davide Frattini ,Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 15:40
56. Andy Schleck, Team Saxo Bank, at 16:44
57. Scott Nydam,, BMC Racing Team, at 17:41
58. Matthew Crane, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 17:42
59. Rory Sutherland, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 17:59
60. John Gadret, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 18:10
61. Valeriy Kobzarenko, Team Type 1, at 20:40
62. Rinaldo Nocentini, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 20:44
63. Thor Hushovd, Cervelo Test Team, at 21:17
64. Tom Boonen, Quick Step, at 21:17
65. Edward King, Cervelo Test Team, at 21:25
66. Gregory Rast, Astana, at 21:27
67. Steve Morabito, Astana, at 21:28
68. Markus Zberg, BMC Racing Team, at 21:28
69. Mathias Frank, BMC Racing Team, at 21:38
70. Tyler Wren, Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 21:38
71. Jeffry Louder, BMC Racing Team, at 23:52
72. Bernard Van Ulden Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 23:53
73. Darren Lill, Team Type 1, at 23:54
74. Bradley White, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 23:58
75. Serge Pauwels, Cervelo Test Team, at 23:58
76. Brian Vandborg, Liquigas, at 23:59
77. Matthew Wilson, Team Type 1, at 24:00
78. Phillip Gaimon, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 24:00
79. Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano, Rabobank, at 24:02
80. Timothy Johnson, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 24:02
81. Addy Engels, Quick Step, at 24:04
82. Trent Lowe Garmin-Slipstream, at 24:05
83. Aaron Olson, Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 24:05
84. Jonathan Garcia, BMC Racing Team, at 24:06
85. Christopher Jones, Team Type 1, at 24:07
86. Sebastian Haedo, Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 24:15
87. Ian MacGregor, Team Type 1, at 24:20
88. Mark Renshaw, Team Columbia-High Road, at 29:49
89. Mark Cavendish, Team Columbia-High Road, at 29:50
90. Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Slipstream, at 29:52
91. John Murphy, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 29:53
92. Peter Latham, Bissell Pro Cycling, at 29:54
93. Juan José Haedo, Team Saxo Bank, at 29:56
94. Brett Lancaster, Cervelo Test Team, at 29:56
95. Stef Clement, Rabobank, at 29:58
96. Adam Hansen, Team Columbia-High Road, at 29:58
97. Ben Day, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, at 29:59
98. Kiel Reijnen, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 29:59
99. Kim Kirchen, Team Columbia-High Road, at 29:59
100. Pedro Horrillo Munoz, Rabobank, at 29:59
101. Marco Velo, Quick Step, at 30:00
102. Victor Hugo Pena, Rock Racing, at 30:00
103. Michael Barry, Team Columbia-High Road, at 30:02
104. Chris Baldwin, Rock Racing, at 30:02
105. Tyler Hamilton, Rock Racing, at 30:02
106. Christophe Riblon, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 30:03
107. Curtis Gunn, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, at 30:04
108. Nick Reista, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 30:09
109. Kevin Hulsmans, Quick Step, at 30:10
110. Jonathan Cantwell, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, at 30:10
111. Carlos Sastre, Candil Cervelo Test Team, at 30:11
112. Cyril Dessel, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 30:12
113. Bernard Sulzberger, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, at 30:15
114. Omer Kem, Bissell Pro Cycling, at 30:18
115. Kjell CarlstrÖm, Liquigas, at 30:27
116. Karl Menzies, OUCH-Maxxis, , at 34:59
117. Daniel Oss, Liquigas, at 35:13
118. Charles Bradley Huff, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, at 36:28
119. David Kemp, Fly V Australia-Successful Living Foundation, at 36:32
120. Freddy Rodriguez, Rock Racing, at 36:39
121. Alberto Borrajo Alejandro, Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 36:39
122. Alessandro Vanotti, Liquigas, at 36:51
123. Jacopo Guarnieri, Liquigas, at 36:55
124. Andy Guptill, Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 36:59
125. Andres Borrajo Anibal, Colavita/sutter Home-Cooking Light, at 38:15
126. Francesco Chicchi, Liquigas, at 38:22
127. Fabio Calabria, Team Type 1, at 45:37
128. Phil Southerland, Team Type 1, at 45:41