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Michele Scarponi takes the lead at Tirreno-Adriatico as Klöden gets dropped

It was another day of epic racing at Tirreno-Adriatico, this time with Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni) snatching the stage victory and the leader’s jersey in Monday’s 235km climbing stage to Camerino. Scarponi, back to the winner’s circle after serving a racing ban after being implicated in the Operación Puerto doping scandal, darted ahead of Stefano Garzelli (Acqua e Sapone) to win the stage. Ivan Basso (Liquigas), riding with strength in grand tour-like conditions, crossed third.

By Andrew Hood

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni) takes stage 6 and the lead.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni) takes stage 6 and the lead.

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It was another day of epic racing at Tirreno-Adriatico, this time with Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni) snatching the stage victory and the leader’s jersey in Monday’s 235km climbing stage to Camerino.

Scarponi, back to the winner’s circle after serving a racing ban after being implicated in the Operación Puerto doping scandal, darted ahead of Stefano Garzelli (Acqua e Sapone) to win the stage. Ivan Basso (Liquigas), riding with strength in grand tour-like conditions, crossed third.

“This is a great victory for me and my team. After all I’ve been through the past few years, I am happy to give this to everyone who supported me,” Scarponi said.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Ivan Basso (Liquigas) rides to third in stage 6.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Ivan Basso (Liquigas) rides to third in stage 6.

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“Maybe this gave me the strength to come back stronger to fight through the (Puerto) problems. This time outside of cycling was very difficult. Fortunately, my wife and family supported me.”

Overnight leader Andreas Klöden (Astana) was dropped on the Cat. 1 Sasso Tetto climb with 42km to go and conceded the race leader’s jersey to slip to third, now 1:07 back with just one stage left to go.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Slipstream) enjoyed another strong performance and moved up to eighth overall at 2:33 back.

It was the third day in a row that the stage winner also claimed the leader’s jersey.

With Tuesday’s sprint-friendly stage on tap, that trend looks likely to end as Scarponi holds a 25-second lead to second-place Garzelli.

Scarponi attacks

Scarponi and Garzelli were licking their chops ahead of Monday’s long, hard stage.

The pair started within striking distance of Klöden (at 21 and 41 seconds back, respectively) and the Cat. 1 Sasso Tetto with 42km to go presented the perfect opportunity for the Italian climbers to try to outgun Klöden.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: George Hincapie (Columbia-Highroad) is looking strong ahead of the classics season.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: George Hincapie (Columbia-Highroad) is looking strong ahead of the classics season.

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“It was a super-hard stage. We knew our chance would come on the climb,” Scarponi said. “I thought I attacked too soon because I went with 10km to go on the climb. Luckily, when I looked back, I saw that (Vicenzo) Nibali, Basso and Garzelli had the same idea.”

Kloden was in trouble, but didn’t panic.

The veteran German found some help from Astana teammate Maxim Iglinskiy and Columbia-Highroad’s Lövkvist (second overall at six seconds back), who had George Hincapie and Kanstantsin Siutsou helping to pull.

The Basso group topped out about 1:15 ahead of the Klöden-Lövkvist group, numbering about a dozen, as riders hurriedly slipped on capes to fend off the cold during the long descent. Speeds topped 80kph.

The Klöden group couldn’t organize an effective chase and Basso was digging deep to give the quartet a gap of 1:45 with about 20km to go.

With Egoi Martínez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) still hanging alone after an early breakaway, 1:15 off the front, Nibali shot away with just under 20km to go in a daring bid to win the stage and raid the GC.

One of the most fearless descenders in the pack, Nibali blitzed the downhill, leaving it up to Scarponi to lead the chase.

Nibali closed within sight of Martínez, but died on the vine with cramps some 8km from the finish. The Scarponi group scooped him up just as they caught the Euskaltel flier. Basso looked back and waited for Nibali, but he was done.

“It was my last chance to try something,” said Nibali, who slotted into 10th overall. “Toward the end of the stage I started to feel the distance in my legs and I just couldn’t follow the rhythm.”

With the Klöden group at 2:18 back at 5km to go, Scarponi’s GC coup was secured, leaving the door open for the battle for the stage.

Basso back

If Scarponi’s double marked his return from the Puerto wilderness, Basso’s equally impressive performance serves as a reminder that he, too, is back in fighting form.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Basso thinks his performance bodes well for the Giro.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Basso thinks his performance bodes well for the Giro.

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Like Scarponi, Basso served a racing ban after admitting that he was part of the Puerto blood-doping ring. Basso returned to competition last fall after serving an 18-month ban, but pulled out of the Amgen Tour of California with an injury.

Following Scarponi’s lead, Basso powered up the Sasso Tetto climb and then attacked twice in vain in the final three kilometers to try to lose Scarponi and Garzelli.

“I knew I would lose a sprint against those two, but the stage victory doesn’t really matter,” said Basso, who climbed to fifth at 1:13 back. “What’s most important is that I feel good and the legs responded under these harsh conditions.”

At 235km and with one big climb, Basso compared the stage to what he can expect at the Giro d’Italia in May.

“Today was like a Giro stage. I am very satisfied with my performance,” Basso continued. “Some journalists are questioning whether I will be strong for the Giro. Today I showed that I am on the right track. My performance over the past three days is encouraging. I know I still have to work hard, but I will be ready to try to win the Giro.”

Scarponi wins

Garzelli was tried an early sprint to gap Scarponi and grab the finish-line bonus, but Scarponi had enough in his legs to win and put himself in excellent position to claim the overall.

“I was most afraid of Garzelli today. When Nibali attacked, my sport director said not to panic because it was still far from the finish. Basso stopped pulling then and you could see the gap to Kloden was closing, so that tells you how strong he is right now,” Scarponi said. “If we stayed away today it was because of Basso.

“When Nibali attacked, Garzelli also started working less. I thought that Garzelli was getting tired, but (Gianni) Savio told me not to fall for the trap. He told me, ‘Be careful, he’s like a fox,’ and he encouraged me to be strong. Perhaps I wasn’t strongest in the group today, but I was able to pass them at the line.”

Scarponi is cautiously optimistic he will be able to stay with the pack Tuesday to San Benedetto del Tronto and win Tirreno-Adriatico, considered Italy’s most prestigious stage race behind the Giro.

Scarponi was thankful for his second chance. He admitted to Italian authorities in May 2007 that he was on the infamous list of nicknames identifying riders in the Puerto scandal and served an 18-month ban.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Scarponi celebrates.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2009: Scarponi celebrates.

Photo: Andrew Hood

He returned to racing last year with Diquigiovanni, led by iconoclastic Italian sports director Gianni Savio.

The silver-haired Savio — nicknamed “The Prince” for his regal flair — was in tears at the line when Scarponi won.

“For me, the past is over. Scarponi has left all that behind him now. He is a great rider, very generous and very brave, cycling must support riders like this,” Savio said. “He was on the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. He admitted what he did was wrong, others haven’t been so forthcoming.”

Final dash on Tuesday

The 44th Tirreno-Adriatico wraps up Tuesday with the 169km seventh stage, starting and finishing in San Benedetto del Tronto.

The stage opens with a hilly first half, including the Montalto delle Marche (53.5km) before a fast descent to the Adriatico shore. The race ends with eight laps on a dead-flat, 10km circuit

The final sprint will be all about bragging rights among the sprinters. Watch for Mark Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad) to try to take down the Italians, led by Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) and Alessandro Petacchi (LPR).

The Tirreno peloton was lightened by the departure of the entire Flaminia team of Italian champion Filippo Simeoni. Only Vladimir Duma has escaped the stomach flu that swept through the squad.

Other riders exiting early included world champion Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), who also succumbed to a stomach virus. Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) crashed out of Sunday’s time trial and Leif Hoste (Silence-Lotto) also abandoned.

Spanish rider Pablo Lastras (Caisse d’Epargne) didn’t start Monday’s stage, complaining of injuries suffered during a nasty fall in Saturday’s stage to Montelupone, won by his teammate Joaquim Rodríguez.

“It was a sad note on a good day for the team. I took a hard blow on the back and the forces I used yesterday in the time trial seemed to make it worse,” Lastras said. “What’s worse is that I am going to miss Milan-San Remo, which is one of my favorite classics. But the health is the most important thing and now I am going to fix my back and prepare for the Giro.”

Fabian Cancellara and Andy Schleck (both Saxo Bank) are also both gone, with Schleck not starting and Cancellara abandoning.

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Results

Stage results: | (GC standings )

1. Michele Scarponi (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc. in 6.36:12
2. Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 6.36:13 at 0:01
3. Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas in 6.36:15 at 0:03
4. Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 6.37:21 at 1:09
5. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 6.37:23 at 1:11
6. Julien El Fares (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 6.37:27 at 1:15
7. Davide Rebellin (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc. in 6.37:27 at 1:15
8. Luca Mazzanti (ITA) Team Katusha in 6.37:27 at 1:15
9. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE) Team Columbia – High Road in 6.37:27 at 1:15
10. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 6.37:27 at 1:15
11. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) Garmin – Slipstream in 6.37:30 at 1:18
12. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR) Team Columbia – High Road in 6.37:30 at 1:18
13. Andreas Kloden (GER) Astana in 6.37:30 at 1:18
14. Valerio Agnoli (ITA) Liquigas in 6.37:33 at 1:21
15. Linus Gerdemann (GER) Team Milram in 6.37:33 at 1:21
16. Tadej Valjavec (SLO) Ag2r La Mondiale in 6.37:33 at 1:21
17. Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank in 6.37:33 at 1:21
18. Johann Tschopp (SUI) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 6.37:41 at 1:29
19. Sergey Lagutin (UZB) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Tea in 6.37:43 at 1:31
20. Franco Pellizotti (ITA) Liquigas in 6.37:44 at 1:32
21. Esteban Egoi Martinez De (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 6.37:44 at 1:32
22. Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc. in 6.37:44 at 1:32
23. David Arroyo Duran (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 6.37:44 at 1:32
24. Rene Mandri (EST) Ag2r La Mondiale in 6.37:44 at 1:32
25. Eros Capecchi (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 6.37:51 at 1:39
26. Johan Van Summeren (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 6.37:55 at 1:43
27. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas in 6.38:10 at 1:58
28. George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia – High Road in 6.38:22 at 2:10
29. Leonardo Duque (COL) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 6.38:35 at 2:23
30. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) Caisse D’epargne in 6.39:06 at 2:54
31. Matteo Carrara (ITA) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Tea in 6.39:26 at 3:14
32. Johannes Frohlinger (GER) Team Milram in 6.41:07 at 4:55
33. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ) Astana in 6.41:07 at 4:55
34. Peter Velits (SVK) Team Milram in 6.43:10 at 6:58
35. Anthony Roux (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 6.44:49 at 8:37
36. I Landaluze Intxaurraga (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 6.44:49 at 8:37
37. Assan Bazayev (KAZ) Astana in 6.44:49 at 8:37
38. Martijn Maaskant (NED) Garmin – Slipstream in 6.45:40 at 9:28
39. Lorenzo Bernucci (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 6.45:40 at 9:28
40. Paolo Longo Borghini (ITA) Barloworld in 6.45:40 at 9:28
41. Gabriel Rasch (NOR) Cervelo Test Team in 6.51:00 at 14:48
42. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 6.51:46 at 15:34
43. Marco Corti (ITA) Barloworld in 6.54:18 at 18:06
44. Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Tea in 6.54:18 at 18:06
45. Grischa Niermann (GER) Rabobank in 6.54:18 at 18:06
46. Ilker Camano Ortuzar (ESP) Fuji – Servetto in 6.54:18 at 18:06
47. Didac Ortega (ESP) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 6.54:18 at 18:06
48. Serguei Klimov (RUS) Team Katusha in 6.54:18 at 18:06
49. Julian Dean (NZL) Garmin – Slipstream in 6.54:18 at 18:06
50. Diego Caccia (ITA) Barloworld in 6.54:18 at 18:06
51. Anthony Geslin (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 6.54:18 at 18:06
52. Michael Albasini (SUI) Team Columbia – High Road in 6.54:18 at 18:06
53. Charles Wegelius (GBR) Silence – Lotto in 6.54:18 at 18:06
54. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA) Barloworld in 6.54:26 at 18:14
55. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA) Liquigas in 6.54:39 at 18:27
56. Daniele Righi (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 6.54:45 at 18:33
57. Bing Fernandez Bustinza (ESP) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 6.54:59 at 18:47
58. Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Team Katusha in 6.55:17 at 19:05
59. Patrick Calcagni (SUI) Barloworld in 6.55:17 at 19:05
60. Matteo Tosatto (ITA) Quickstep in 6.55:17 at 19:05
61. Andreas Klier (GER) Cervelo Test Team in 6.55:17 at 19:05
62. Matthieu Sprick (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 6.55:17 at 19:05
63. Wesley Sulzberger (AUS) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 6.55:17 at 19:05
64. Pavel Brutt (RUS) Team Katusha in 6.55:17 at 19:05
65. Dmitriy Muravyev (KAZ) Astana in 6.55:17 at 19:05
66. Paul Martens (GER) Rabobank in 6.55:17 at 19:05
67. Brett Lancaster (AUS) Cervelo Test Team in 6.55:17 at 19:05
68. Christopher Sutton (AUS) Garmin – Slipstream in 6.55:17 at 19:05
69. Vincent Jerome (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 6.55:17 at 19:05
70. Alessandro Donati (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 6.55:17 at 19:05
71. Svein Tuft (CAN) Garmin – Slipstream in 6.55:17 at 19:05
72. Ka Klostergaard Larsen (DEN) Team Saxo Bank in 7.00:07 at 23:55
73. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR) Ag2r La Mondiale in 7.00:07 at 23:55
74. Allan Davis (AUS) Quickstep in 7.00:07 at 23:55
75. Simon Gerrans (AUS) Cervelo Test Team in 7.00:07 at 23:55
76. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Columbia – High Road in 7.00:07 at 23:55
77. Francesco Failli (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 7.00:07 at 23:55
78. Frank Hoj (DEN) Team Saxo Bank in 7.00:07 at 23:55
79. Daniele Bennati (ITA) Liquigas in 7.00:07 at 23:55
80. Martin Elmiger (SUI) Ag2r La Mondiale in 7.00:07 at 23:55
81. Manuel Quinziato (ITA) Liquigas in 7.00:07 at 23:55
82. Mario Aerts (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 7.00:07 at 23:55
83. Aitor Galdos Alonso (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 7.00:07 at 23:55
84. Jos? I Gutierrez Palacios (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 7.02:58 at 26:46
85. Angel Madrazo Ruiz (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 7.02:58 at 26:46
86. Arnaud Coyot (FRA) Caisse D’epargne in 7.02:58 at 26:46
87. Massimo Codol (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 7.07:06 at 30:54
88. Giuseppe Palumbo (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 7.07:06 at 30:54
89. Angelo Furlan (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 7.07:06 at 30:54
90. Olivier Kaisen (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
91. Serguei Ivanov (RUS) Team Katusha in 7.07:06 at 30:54
92. Yoann Offredo (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 7.07:06 at 30:54
93. Servais Knaven (NED) Team Milram in 7.07:06 at 30:54
94. Sebastian Lang (GER) Silence – Lotto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
95. Bert Grabsch (GER) Team Columbia – High Road in 7.07:06 at 30:54
96. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 7.07:06 at 30:54
97. Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Team Columbia – High Road in 7.07:06 at 30:54
98. Arnaud Labbe (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 7.07:06 at 30:54
99. Said Haddou (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 7.07:06 at 30:54
100. Luca Paolini (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 7.07:06 at 30:54
101. Andrey Zeits (KAZ) Astana in 7.07:06 at 30:54
102. Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Team Katusha in 7.07:06 at 30:54
103. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS) Team Katusha in 7.07:06 at 30:54
104. Bram De Groot (NED) Rabobank in 7.07:06 at 30:54
105. Roger Hammond (GBR) Cervelo Test Team in 7.07:06 at 30:54
106. William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin – Slipstream in 7.07:06 at 30:54
107. Sergey Renev (KAZ) Astana in 7.07:06 at 30:54
108. Dario Andriotto (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Moka in 7.07:06 at 30:54
109. Lloyd Mondory (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale in 7.07:06 at 30:54
110. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE) Fuji – Servetto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
111. Cyril Dessel (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale in 7.07:06 at 30:54
112. Thomas Dekker (NED) Silence – Lotto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
113. Bj?rn Leukemans (BEL) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Tea in 7.07:06 at 30:54
114. Marcin Sapa (POL) Lampre – Ngc in 7.07:06 at 30:54
115. Daniel Lloyd (GBR) Cervelo Test Team in 7.07:06 at 30:54
116. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 7.07:06 at 30:54
117. Fabio Sabatini (ITA) Liquigas in 7.07:06 at 30:54
118. La Fuente Rasilla Davi De (ESP) Fuji – Servetto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
119. Daniele Nardello (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
120. Wim De Vocht (BEL) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Tea in 7.07:06 at 30:54
121. Baden Cooke (AUS) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Tea in 7.07:06 at 30:54
122. Marco Velo (ITA) Quickstep in 7.07:06 at 30:54
123. Bj?rn Schroder (GER) Team Milram in 7.07:06 at 30:54
124. Gerald Ciolek (GER) Team Milram in 7.07:06 at 30:54
125. Tom Stamsnijder (NED) Rabobank in 7.07:06 at 30:54
126. Kurt-asle Arvesen (NOR) Team Saxo Bank in 7.07:06 at 30:54
127. Rick Flens (NED) Rabobank in 7.07:06 at 30:54
128. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc. in 7.07:06 at 30:54
129. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 7.07:06 at 30:54
130. Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team Columbia – High Road in 7.07:06 at 30:54
131. Eudes Demaret Jean (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 7.07:06 at 30:54
132. Tom Boonen (BEL) Quickstep in 7.07:06 at 30:54
133. Kevin Hulsmans (BEL) Quickstep in 7.07:06 at 30:54
134. Maarten Wynants (BEL) Quickstep in 7.07:06 at 30:54
135. Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 7.07:06 at 30:54
136. Dries Devenyns (BEL) Quickstep in 7.07:06 at 30:54
137. Michael Friedman (USA) Garmin – Slipstream in 7.07:06 at 30:54
138. Ermanno Capelli (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
139. Vladimir Duma (UKR) Ceramica Flaminia Bossini Doc in 7.07:06 at 30:54
140. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
141. Luis Angel Mate Mardones (ESP) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc. in 7.07:06 at 30:54
142. Jerome Coppel (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 7.07:06 at 30:54
143. Peter Wrolich (AUT) Team Milram in 7.07:06 at 30:54
144. Dominique Rollin (CAN) Cervelo Test Team in 7.07:06 at 30:54
145. Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quickstep in 7.07:06 at 30:54
146. Gr?gory Rast (SUI) Astana in 7.07:06 at 30:54
147. Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld in 7.07:06 at 30:54
148. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Slipstream in 7.07:06 at 30:54
149. Pedro Horrillo Munoz (ESP) Rabobank in 7.07:06 at 30:54
150. Costa Rui Alberto Faria Da (POR) Caisse D’epargne in 7.07:06 at 30:54
151. Alberto Ongarato (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 7.07:06 at 30:54
152. Stuart O’grady (AUS) Team Saxo Bank in 7.07:06 at 30:54
153. Matti Breschel (DEN) Team Saxo Bank in 7.07:06 at 30:54
154. Benoit Vaugrenard (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 7.07:06 at 30:54
155. Koldo Fernandez (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 7.07:06 at 30:54
156. Pablo Urtasun Perez (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 7.07:06 at 30:54
157. Giairo Ermeti (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 7.07:06 at 30:54
158. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 7.07:06 at 30:54
159. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 7.07:06 at 30:54
160. Davide Vigano (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 7.07:06 at 30:54
161. Robbie Mcewen (AUS) Team Katusha in 7.10:28 at 34:16
162. Herv? Duclos-lassalle (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 7.10:47 at 34:35
163. Rony Martias (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 7.11:55 at 35:43
164. Aurelien Clerc (SUI) Ag2r La Mondiale in 7.11:58 at 35:46
165. Jens Mouris (NED) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Tea in 7.12:09 at 35:57
166. Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 7.12:14 at 36:02
167. Andoni Lafuente (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 7.12:55 at 36:43

GC standings | ( Stage results )

1. Michele Scarponi (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc in 23.27:36
2. Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 23.28:01 at 0:25
3. Andreas Kloden (GER) Astana in 23.28:43 at 1:07
4. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE) Team Columbia – High Road in 23.28:46 at 1:10
5. Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas in 23.28:49 at 1:13
6. Davide Rebellin (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc in 23.29:42 at 2:06
7. Linus Gerdemann (GER) Team Milram in 23.30:08 at 2:32
8. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) Garmin – Slipstream in 23.30:09 at 2:33
9. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR) Team Columbia – High Road in 23.30:17 at 2:41
10. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas in 23.30:30 at 2:54
11. Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank in 23.30:41 at 3:05
12. Johan Van Summeren (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 23.30:42 at 3:06
13. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 23.30:46 at 3:10
14. Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 23.30:53 at 3:17
15. Julien El Fares (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 23.30:57 at 3:21
16. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 23.30:57 at 3:21
17. Eros Capecchi (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 23.31:13 at 3:37
18. George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia – High Road in 23.32:11 at 4:35
19. Sergey Lagutin (UZB) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te in 23.32:29 at 4:53
20. David Arroyo Duran (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 23.33:18 at 5:42
21. Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc in 23.33:54 at 6:18
22. Tadej Valjavec (SLO) Ag2r La Mondiale in 23.34:12 at 6:36
23. Franco Pellizotti (ITA) Liquigas in 23.34:52 at 7:16
24. Esteban Egoi Martinez De (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 23.37:23 at 9:47
25. Matteo Carrara (ITA) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te in 23.38:14 at 10:38
26. I Landaluze Intxaurraga (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 23.38:45 at 11:09
27. Luca Mazzanti (ITA) Team Katusha in 23.39:09 at 11:33
28. Assan Bazayev (KAZ) Astana in 23.39:14 at 11:38
29. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) Caisse D’epargne in 23.39:15 at 11:39
30. Leonardo Duque (COL) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 23.39:25 at 11:49
31. Valerio Agnoli (ITA) Liquigas in 23.39:28 at 11:52
32. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ) Astana in 23.41:44 at 14:08
33. Johann Tschopp (SUI) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 23.41:52 at 14:16
34. Rene Mandri (EST) Ag2r La Mondiale in 23.42:06 at 14:30
35. Johannes Frohlinger (GER) Team Milram in 23.42:32 at 14:56
36. Paolo Longo Borghini (ITA) Barloworld in 23.42:54 at 15:18
37. Lorenzo Bernucci (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 23.44:52 at 17:16
38. Peter Velits (SVK) Team Milram in 23.46:38 at 19:02
39. Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Team Katusha in 23.48:43 at 21:07
40. Matteo Tosatto (ITA) Quickstep in 23.52:07 at 24:31
41. Didac Ortega (ESP) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 23.52:22 at 24:46
42. Gabriel Rasch (NOR) Cervelo Test Team in 23.52:39 at 25:03
43. Serguei Klimov (RUS) Team Katusha in 23.54:42 at 27:06
44. Anthony Roux (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 23.56:03 at 28:27
45. Anthony Geslin (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 23.56:09 at 28:33
46. Matthieu Sprick (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 23.56:55 at 29:19
47. Daniele Righi (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 23.57:08 at 29:32
48. Andreas Klier (GER) Cervelo Test Team in 23.57:12 at 29:36
49. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA) Barloworld in 23.57:56 at 30:20
50. Wesley Sulzberger (AUS) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 23.58:10 at 30:34
51. Ilker Camano Ortuzar (ESP) Fuji – Servetto in 23.59:54 at 32:18
52. Grischa Niermann (GER) Rabobank in 23.59:56 at 32:20
53. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 24.00:09 at 32:33
54. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE) Fuji – Servetto in 24.00:40 at 33:04
55. Diego Caccia (ITA) Barloworld in 24.00:43 at 33:07
56. Martin Elmiger (SUI) Ag2r La Mondiale in 24.00:43 at 33:07
57. Dries Devenyns (BEL) Quickstep in 24.01:00 at 33:24
58. Svein Tuft (CAN) Garmin – Slipstream in 24.01:59 at 34:23
59. Jerome Coppel (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 24.02:33 at 34:57
60. Michael Albasini (SUI) Team Columbia – High Road in 24.02:37 at 35:01
61. Paul Martens (GER) Rabobank in 24.02:38 at 35:02
62. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 24.02:59 at 35:23
63. Julian Dean (NZL) Garmin – Slipstream in 24.03:10 at 35:34
64. Vincent Jerome (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 24.03:23 at 35:47
65. Daniel Lloyd (GBR) Cervelo Test Team in 24.04:19 at 36:43
66. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 24.04:27 at 36:51
67. Martijn Maaskant (NED) Garmin – Slipstream in 24.04:46 at 37:10
68. Alessandro Donati (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 24.04:47 at 37:11
69. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Columbia – High Road in 24.04:55 at 37:19
70. Daniele Bennati (ITA) Liquigas in 24.04:56 at 37:20
71. Pavel Brutt (RUS) Team Katusha in 24.05:29 at 37:53
72. Benoit Vaugrenard (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 24.06:08 at 38:32
73. Stijn Devolder (BEL) Quickstep in 24.06:25 at 38:49
74. Patrick Calcagni (SUI) Barloworld in 24.06:29 at 38:53
75. Francesco Failli (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 24.07:09 at 39:33
76. Simon Gerrans (AUS) Cervelo Test Team in 24.10:03 at 42:27
77. Allan Davis (AUS) Quickstep in 24.10:25 at 42:49
78. Jos? I Gutierrez Palacios (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 24.10:42 at 43:06
79. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 24.11:20 at 43:44
80. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 24.11:34 at 43:58
81. Lieuwe Westra (NED) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te in 24.12:36 at 45:00
82. Marco Corti (ITA) Barloworld in 24.12:51 at 45:15
83. Fabio Sabatini (ITA) Liquigas in 24.13:43 at 46:07
84. Andrey Zeits (KAZ) Astana in 24.13:49 at 46:13
85. Luca Paolini (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 24.14:03 at 46:27
86. Christopher Sutton (AUS) Garmin – Slipstream in 24.14:04 at 46:28
87. Yoann Offredo (FRA) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 24.14:33 at 46:57
88. Stuart O’grady (AUS) Team Saxo Bank in 24.14:48 at 47:12
89. Arnaud Coyot (FRA) Caisse D’epargne in 24.15:11 at 47:35
90. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS) Team Katusha in 24.15:21 at 47:45
91. Bert Grabsch (GER) Team Columbia – High Road in 24.16:33 at 48:57
92. Baden Cooke (AUS) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te in 24.16:49 at 49:13
93. Peter Wrolich (AUT) Team Milram in 24.16:51 at 49:15
94. Thomas Dekker (NED) Silence – Lotto in 24.17:38 at 50:02
95. Maarten Wynants (BEL) Quickstep in 24.17:41 at 50:05
96. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 24.17:47 at 50:11
97. Serguei Ivanov (RUS) Team Katusha in 24.17:58 at 50:22
98. Bing Fernandez Bustinza (ESP) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 24.18:12 at 50:36
99. Matti Breschel (DEN) Team Saxo Bank in 24.18:13 at 50:37
100. Massimo Codol (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 24.18:18 at 50:42
101. Dominique Rollin (CAN) Cervelo Test Team in 24.18:29 at 50:53
102. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR) Ag2r La Mondiale in 24.18:49 at 51:13
103. Dmitriy Muravyev (KAZ) Astana in 24.19:00 at 51:24
104. Giuseppe Palumbo (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 24.19:59 at 52:23
105. Angel Madrazo Ruiz (ESP) Caisse D’epargne in 24.20:07 at 52:31
106. Koldo Fernandez (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 24.20:14 at 52:38
107. Lloyd Mondory (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale in 24.20:18 at 52:42
108. Marcin Sapa (POL) Lampre – Ngc in 24.20:28 at 52:52
109. Charles Wegelius (GBR) Silence – Lotto in 24.20:48 at 53:12
110. Ka Klostergaard Larsen (DEN) Team Saxo Bank in 24.21:07 at 53:31
111. Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Team Columbia – High Road in 24.21:16 at 53:40
112. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA) Liquigas in 24.21:18 at 53:42
113. Bj?rn Leukemans (BEL) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te in 24.21:37 at 54:01
114. Servais Knaven (NED) Team Milram in 24.21:44 at 54:08
115. Manuel Quinziato (ITA) Liquigas in 24.22:24 at 54:48
116. Arnaud Labbe (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 24.22:36 at 55:00
117. Aitor Galdos Alonso (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 24.22:57 at 55:21
118. Alberto Ongarato (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 24.22:57 at 55:21
119. Michael Friedman (USA) Garmin – Slipstream in 24.22:58 at 55:22
120. Angelo Furlan (ITA) Lampre – Ngc in 24.23:01 at 55:25
121. Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team Columbia – High Road in 24.23:09 at 55:33
122. Mario Aerts (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 24.23:12 at 55:36
123. Marco Velo (ITA) Quickstep in 24.23:29 at 55:53
124. Pedro Horrillo Munoz (ESP) Rabobank in 24.23:39 at 56:03
125. Fuente Rasilla Davi De La (ESP) Fuji – Servetto in 24.23:40 at 56:04
126. Sebastian Lang (GER) Silence – Lotto in 24.23:40 at 56:04
127. Brett Lancaster (AUS) Cervelo Test Team in 24.23:51 at 56:15
128. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Slipstream in 24.23:53 at 56:17
129. Robbie Mcewen (AUS) Team Katusha in 24.23:58 at 56:22
130. Roger Hammond (GBR) Cervelo Test Team in 24.24:48 at 57:12
131. Sergey Renev (KAZ) Astana in 24.24:54 at 57:18
132. Giairo Ermeti (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 24.24:59 at 57:23
133. Pablo Urtasun Perez (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 24.25:45 at 58:09
134. Luis Angel Mate Mardones (ESP) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc in 24.25:49 at 58:13
135. Gr?gory Rast (SUI) Astana in 24.25:49 at 58:13
136. Tom Stamsnijder (NED) Rabobank in 24.26:05 at 58:29
137. Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR) Fran?aise Des Jeux in 24.26:06 at 58:30
138. William Frischkorn (USA) Garmin – Slipstream in 24.26:21 at 58:45
139. Vladimir Duma (UKR) Ceramica Flaminia Bossini D in 24.26:35 at 58:59
140. Tom Boonen (BEL) Quickstep in 24.27:06 at 59:30
141. Cyril Dessel (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale in 24.27:42 at 1.00:06
142. Aur?lien Clerc (SUI) Ag2r La Mondiale in 24.28:39 at 1.01:03
143. Frank Hoj (DEN) Team Saxo Bank in 24.28:50 at 1.01:14
144. Davide Vigano (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 24.29:09 at 1.01:33
145. Daniele Nardello (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 24.29:15 at 1.01:39
146. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA) Lpr Brakes – Farnese Vini in 24.29:22 at 1.01:46
147. Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Team Katusha in 24.29:30 at 1.01:54
148. Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld in 24.29:51 at 1.02:15
149. Said Haddou (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 24.30:07 at 1.02:31
150. Kurt-asle Arvesen (NOR) Team Saxo Bank in 24.30:41 at 1.03:05
151. Bj?rn Schroder (GER) Team Milram in 24.30:49 at 1.03:13
152. Bram De Groot (NED) Rabobank in 24.31:15 at 1.03:39
153. Costa Rui Alberto Faria Da (POR) Caisse D’epargne in 24.31:29 at 1.03:53
154. Kevin Hulsmans (BEL) Quickstep in 24.31:33 at 1.03:57
155. Rick Flens (NED) Rabobank in 24.32:00 at 1.04:24
156. Herv? Duclos-lassalle (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 24.32:06 at 1.04:30
157. Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 24.32:10 at 1.04:34
158. Ermanno Capelli (ITA) Fuji – Servetto in 24.32:58 at 1.05:22
159. Rony Martias (FRA) Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 24.33:03 at 1.05:27
160. Olivier Kaisen (BEL) Silence – Lotto in 24.33:09 at 1.05:33
161. Jens Mouris (NED) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te in 24.33:48 at 1.06:12
162. Gerald Ciolek (GER) Team Milram in 24.33:53 at 1.06:17
163. Wim De Vocht (BEL) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te in 24.34:12 at 1.06:36
164. Eudes Demaret Jean (FRA) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 24.36:53 at 1.09:17
165. Dario Andriotto (ITA) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe’ Mok in 24.36:54 at 1.09:18
166. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA) Diquigiovanni – Androni Gioc in 24.37:44 at 1.10:08
167. Andoni Lafuente (ESP) Euskaltel – Euskadi in 24.47:26 at 1.19:50