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Valverde seizes lead in Vuelta

A heavy Spanish accent was back on the Vuelta a España in Monday’s wild and unpredictable seven-climb stage from Alcoy to Xorret de Catí. After a week of stages dominated by non-Spanish riders, Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Xacobeo-Galicia) found himself the sole survivor of a daylong breakaway that tore itself to shreds on the final obstacle, the Category 1 Alto Xorret de Cati at 185.6km. Veloso became the first Spanish winner so far in the 64th Vuelta, having just enough in the tank to fend off the fast-chasing GC favorites.

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2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Newly minted race leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) shakes hands with Abraham Olano.

Photo: Graham Watson

A heavy Spanish accent was back on the Vuelta a España in Monday’s wild and unpredictable seven-climb stage from Alcoy to Xorret de Catí.

After a week of stages dominated by non-Spanish riders, Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Xacobeo-Galicia) found himself the sole survivor of a daylong breakaway that tore itself to shreds on the final obstacle, the Category 1 Alto Xorret de Cati at 185.6km.

Veloso became the first Spanish winner so far in the 64th Vuelta, having just enough in the tank to fend off the fast-chasing GC favorites.

“It was a hard-fought victory. My legs didn’t let me down in the end and experience taught me to regulate the efforts and not go too hard, too early because I knew the final was very difficult,” said Veloso, who crossed the line 21 seconds ahead of the chasing Marco Manzano (Lampre).

“Any victory in a grand tour multiplies the value of a rider by three. The bad moments make the good times taste even better.”

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Valverde, Evans and Cunego head the group of favorites.

Photo: Graham Watson

But the real story was Valverde’s last-ditch attack to grab third and a crucial time bonus that put him into the leader’s golden jersey.

Valverde cleared the first-category summit with Rabobank’s Robert Gesink, overnight leader Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas), and the quartet ripped down the 3.2km descent to the line to sprint for a third-place time bonus worth eight seconds.

It appeared in the mad dash to the line that Gesink closed the door on Evans in the final corner, and the Australian was furious. Valverde slipped through clear to snag third and moved into the overall lead, seven seconds ahead of Evans.

“Evans was mad at the finish because he thought Gesink shut down his sprint, but I didn’t see it like that. These things happen in a race,” said Valverde, in the leader’s jersey for the first time in this Vuelta.

“I didn’t dream about taking the leader’s jersey, but it’s better to have it than to dream about it. I am very happy to have it and tomorrow I ride into my home region. I will try not to spend too much energy in these next few days because there’s still a lot of mountains ahead.”

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Garmin’s Danielson was distanced, but remains fourth overall.

Photo: Graham Watson

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) survived an explosive stage that cost some of the other GC contenders, namely Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who forfeited 1:29 on the day and slipped to sixth at 1:03 back.

Danielson stayed close on the Catí climb and came through in the second group at 10th at 1:12 back to keep his podium hopes alive going into a trio of decisive climbing stages in Sierra Nevada this week.

Twice in the top 10 at the Vuelta, Danielson slotted into fourth overall at 51 seconds back.

How it unfolded

Coming after Sunday’s eight-climb stage, Monday’s 188.8km ride from Alcoy to Xorret del Catí offered no rest for the weary, serving up a steady succession of climbs — two Category 3s, four Cat. 2s and a short, tough Cat. 1 that summited 3km from the finish.

• Category 3 Puerto de Onil, which summits at 17.5km
• Category 3 Alto de Tibi, at 48.7km
• Category 2 Puerto de la Carrasqueta, at 67km
• Category 2 Puerto de Tudons, at 95km
• Category 2 Puerto de Torre Manzana, at 122.3km
• Category 2 Puerto de la Carrasqueta, at 151.5km
• Category 1 Alto Xorret de Cati, at 185.6km

The final climb was just 4.3km, but averaged 10.6 percent, steepening to 15 percent near the top. A quick 3km drop followed, with a little rise covering the final 200 meters to the line.

The route mirrored one used in the 2004 Vuelta. The last time the Vuelta finished here the winner of the day was Eladio Jiménez from the old Kelme team.

Hot and heavy

It was another warm one — temperatures of 25 Celsius (83F) and humidity at 70 percent with east-northeast winds of 19kph (11.8 mph).

A group of five formed on the day’s first climb, the Cat. 3 Puerto de Onil. Gustavo Dominguez (Xacobeo Galicia) couldn’t follow the pace and dropped back, leaving four riders out front — David de la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto), Julian Sanchez (Contentpolis-Ampo), Marco Marzano (Lampre-NGC) and Rein Taaramae (Cofidis).

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Xacobeo Galicia) in the break du jour.

Photo: Graham Watson

Three others bridged up over the next 16km — Veloso, Javier Ramirez (Andalucia Cajasur) and Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) — and the now-seven-man break set about building its advantage. At the 49km mark, they had 4:55 over the main field.

De la Fuente — who made a big splash during the 2006 Tour de France when he won the most aggressive rider’s prize — was the most dangerous rider on GC at 51st at 13:31.

A few riders had had enough of the daily drama of break and chase. Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) abandoned the Vuelta, suffering from gastrointestinal issues. Also peeling off their numbers were Allan Davis (Quick Step) and Laurent Lefevre — the third BBox rider to leave the race in two days after Giovanni Bernaudeau and Jerome Vincent bailed Sunday.

Meanwhile, De la Fuente was busily collecting KOM points, and the gap went out to just under seven minutes as the break cleared the Puerto de Torre Manzano. None of the escapees was a threat to Evans, and with 66km to race it was beginning to seem as though the day’s winner might be in the break.

A casual chase

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Silence-Lotto keeping the break on a six-minute leash.

Photo: Graham Watson

Forty kilometers from the line and the gap remained just under seven minutes, with Silence-Lotto setting a moderate tempo in the bunch. As De la Fuente led the break over the Puerto de la Carrasqueta for the second time, padding his KOM collection to 49 points, the peloton had taken about a minute of that back.

Veloso and Ramirez popped off the front briefly to battle for the sprint solidario, with the Xacobeo Galicia rider grabbing the gold, then sat up to wait for their comrades. The peloton was keeping a light hand on the leash, content to keep the break within six minutes or so. Liquigas was moving forward, keeping Basso at the sharp end of the bunch.

“Today the objective is not to lose time,” said Liquigas director Mario Scirea on Spanish television. “Ivan is good, but today is not his type of climb. Yesterday he tried, but it wasn’t as hard as he thought it was going to be.”

With 20km to race the gap was six and a half minutes, and Silence-Lotto was freewheeling at the front, apparently saving energy for a final-climb donnybrook among the overall contenders. Caisse d’Epargne boss Eusebio Unzue told Spanish TV that he expected the favorites to test each other on the Alto Xorret de Cati.

“Gaining the leader’s jersey today isn’t the goal, but you never know what can happen on a climb like this. More important to try to make some differences if you can with the eye on Madrid than worry about taking the leader’s jersey,” he said.

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Caisse d’Epargne on the hunt.

Photo: Graham Watson

With 12km to go and the final climb just a few kilometers ahead the gap was back under six minutes. Caisse d’Epargne had taken over the chase on behalf of Valverde, and Euskaltel-Euskadi was moving forward for Sanchez.

The hunt gets serious

And then the chase began in earnest — with 8km to go the gap had come down dramatically, to less than four minutes. Two kilometers further along it was two and a half minutes.

The break ate itself alive as Taaramae cranked up the volume on the lower slopes of the Alto Xorret de Cati. Only De la Fuente could stay with him, and not for long. Soon the Estonian national champion was all alone on a 15-percent grade — but the peloton was closing in, just two minutes behind.

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: The Estonian champ made a massive, ultimately disastrous effort on the final climb of the day.

Photo: Graham Watson

Joaquin Rodriguez (Caisse d’Epargne) attacked out of the chase as Evans, Valverde and Basso were all marking each other on the ascent. The race leader took the lead at one point and the trio of contenders brought Rodriguez back. Sanchez was dropped, as were Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) and Gesink.

Valverde was next to turn the screw, but Evans marked him, as did Basso.

Ahead, meanwhile, Taaramae detonated in spectacular fashion just short of the summit. Veloso and Manzano overhauled him, and then Veloso shot away to clear the summit alone.

Valverde attacked once more, shedding Basso but not Evans on the narrow, crowded climb. The Italian rejoined on the descent.

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 9: The first Spaniard to win a stage in this Vuelta makes with the champagne shower.

Photo: Graham Watson

Veloso hit the final kilometer alone, glancing over his shoulder. He kissed his hands, then raised his arms and crossed the line for the stage win as Manzano followed for second.

Then the audacious Valverde attacked on the run in and passed De la Fuente for third and the crucial time bonus that put him into the leader’s jersey. Evans was furious, claiming that Gesink put him into the barriers in the final dash to the line.

But when the shouting died down, it was Valverde in the golden jersey. Evans would have to content himself with the white jersey awarded in the combined classification, for the Vuelta’s most consistent rider.

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Results

Stage results: | (GC standings)

  • 1. Gustavo César Veloso (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 5:21:04
  • 2. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 0:21
  • 3. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:40
  • 4. David De La Fuente (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 0:41
  • 5. Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank, at 0:41
  • 6. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 0:41
  • 7. Ivan Basso (ITA), Liquigas, at 0:41
  • 8. Javier Ramírez Abeja (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 53
  • 9. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:12
  • 10. Thomas Danielson (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, at 1:12
  • 11. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 1:12
  • 12. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R La Mondiale, at 1:12
  • 13. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 1:12
  • 14. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 1:29
  • 15. Frank Schleck (LUX), Team Saxo Bank, at 1:29
  • 16. Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:29
  • 17. Igor Anton (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:37
  • 18. Daniel Navarro (ESP), Astana, at 1:37
  • 19. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 1:39
  • 20. Juan José Cobo (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 1:39
  • 21. Xavier Tondo (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 1:57
  • 22. Manuel Vázquez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 1:57
  • 23. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Astana, at 1:58
  • 24. Sandy Casar (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 2:05
  • 25. Amaël Moinard (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 2:05
  • 26. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 2:05
  • 27. Eduard Vorganov (RUS), Xacobeo Galicia, at 2:17
  • 28. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 2:17
  • 29. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank, at 2:17
  • 30. Daniel Moreno (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 2:17
  • 31. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 2:17
  • 32. Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 2:17
  • 33. Philip Deignan (IRL), Cervelo Test Team, at 2:17
  • 34. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Liquigas, at 2:17
  • 35. Jesús Hernández Blázquez (ESP), Astana, at 2:17
  • 36. Julián Sánchez Pimienta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 2:24
  • 37. David García (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 2:39
  • 38. Arkaitz Durán (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 2:39
  • 39. Iñigo Cuesta (ESP), Cervelo Test Team, at 2:41
  • 40. José Ángel Gómez Marchante (ESP), Cervelo Test Team, at 2:41
  • 41. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 2:41
  • 42. John Gadret (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 2:41
  • 43. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 2:41
  • 44. Vasili Kiryienka (BLR), Caisse d’Epargne, at 2:58
  • 45. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step, at 3:04
  • 46. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team Columbia-HTC, at 3:14
  • 47. Julien El Fares (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 3:14
  • 48. Serafín Martínez Acevedo (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 3:14
  • 49. Kevin De Weert (BEL), Quick Step, at 3:18
  • 50. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 3:29
  • 51. Daniel Martin (IRL), Garmin-Slipstream, at 3:34
  • 52. Manuel Calvente (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 3:36
  • 53. Ludovic Turpin (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 3:36
  • 54. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 3:51
  • 55. David López (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 3:55
  • 56. Olivier Bonnaire (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 3:55
  • 57. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Slipstream, at 4:11
  • 58. Gustavo Domínguez (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 4:43
  • 59. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Fuji-Servetto, at 4:58
  • 60. Matti Breschel (DEN), Team Saxo Bank, at 4:58
  • 61. Mikael Cherel (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 4:58
  • 62. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Cervelo Test Team, at 4:58
  • 63. Christian Meier (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, at 4:58
  • 64. Mickaël Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 4:58
  • 65. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank, at 4:58
  • 66. Christian Knees (GER), Team Milram, at 5:18
  • 67. Thomas Rohregger (AUT), Team Milram, at 5:18
  • 68. Alberto Fernández Sainz (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 5:24
  • 69. Jesús Rosendo Prado (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 5:41
  • 70. Fco. José Martínez Pérez (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 5:46
  • 71. Jacob Fuglsang (DEN), Team Saxo Bank, at 5:55
  • 72. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step, at 5:55
  • 73. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 6:05
  • 74. Sébastien Hinault (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 6:06
  • 75. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank, at 6:06
  • 76. Julien Loubet (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 6:06
  • 77. José Luis Rubiera (ESP), Astana, at 6:09
  • 78. Bingen Fernández (ESP), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 6:09
  • 79. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Cervelo Test Team, at 6:09
  • 80. Karsten Kroon (NED), Team Saxo Bank, at 6:09
  • 81. Matthias Russ (GER), Team Milram, at 6:09
  • 82. Davide Vigano (ITA), Fuji-Servetto, at 6:12
  • 83. Kurt-asle Arvesen (NOR), Team Saxo Bank, at 6:42
  • 84. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank, at 6:42
  • 85. Gonzalo Rabunal Ríos (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 6:42
  • 86. Marco Velo (ITA), Quick Step, at 6:42
  • 87. Bert Grabsch (GER), Team Columbia-HTC, at 6:42
  • 88. Roger Hammond (GBR), Cervelo Test Team, at 6:42
  • 89. Christophe Riblon (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 7:10
  • 90. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), AG2R La Mondiale, at 7:10
  • 91. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 8:07
  • 92. Björn Leukemans (BEL), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 8:07
  • 93. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 8:09
  • 94. Aitor Hernández (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 8:09
  • 95. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 8:09
  • 96. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 8:09
  • 97. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 8:09
  • 98. Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Cervelo Test Team, at 8:09
  • 99. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Cervelo Test Team, at 8:09
  • 100. Greg Henderson (NZL), Team Columbia-HTC, at 8:36
  • 101. Stuart O’grady (AUS), Team Saxo Bank, at 8:36
  • 102. Dominik Roels (GER), Team Milram, at 8:36
  • 103. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Team Saxo Bank, at 8:36
  • 104. David Herrero (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 8:36
  • 105. Michael Schär (SUI), Astana, at 8:36
  • 106. Rubén Pérez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 8:36
  • 107. Mickael Delage (FRA), Silence-Lotto, at 8:36
  • 108. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank, at 8:36
  • 109. Rein Taaramae (EST), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 8:47
  • 110. Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 8:47
  • 111. Emanuele Bindi (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 8:53
  • 112. Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Liquigas, at 8:53
  • 113. Francesco Tomei (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 8:53

GC standings | ( Stage results)

  • 1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 36:26:40
  • 2. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 7
  • 3. Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank, at 36
  • 4. Thomas Danielson (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, at 51
  • 5. Ivan Basso (ITA), Liquigas, at 53
  • 6. Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:03
  • 7. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 2:04
  • 8. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 2:24
  • 9. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Astana, at 3:01
  • 10. Juan José Cobo (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 3:08
  • 11. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R La Mondiale, at 3:13
  • 12. Daniel Navarro (ESP), Astana, at 3:16
  • 13. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 3:49
  • 14. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 3:52
  • 15. Daniel Moreno (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 4:23
  • 16. Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 4:41
  • 17. Arkaitz Durán (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 4:42
  • 18. Xavier Tondo (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 4:49
  • 19. Sandy Casar (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 5:02
  • 20. José Ángel Gómez Marchante (ESP), Cervelo Test Team, at 5:31
  • 21. Amaël Moinard (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 5:40
  • 22. Philip Deignan (IRL), Cervelo Test Team, at 6:12
  • 23. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Liquigas, at 6:34
  • 24. Jesús Hernández Blázquez (ESP), Astana, at 6:36
  • 25. Manuel Vázquez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 6:41
  • 26. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 6:45
  • 27. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 7:03
  • 28. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 7:05
  • 29. Eduard Vorganov (RUS), Xacobeo Galicia, at 7:16
  • 30. Kevin De Weert (BEL), Quick Step, at 8:08
  • 31. Vasili Kiryienka (BLR), Caisse d’Epargne, at 8:30
  • 32. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 9:55
  • 33. Daniel Martin (IRL), Garmin-Slipstream, at 10:04
  • 34. David García (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 11:11
  • 35. Iñigo Cuesta (ESP), Cervelo Test Team, at 12:39
  • 36. Frank Schleck (LUX), Team Saxo Bank, at 12:56
  • 37. Gustavo César Veloso (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 13:10
  • 38. Thomas Rohregger (AUT), Team Milram, at 13:26
  • 39. David López (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 13:27
  • 40. David De La Fuente (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 13:34
  • 41. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 13:39
  • 42. Mikael Cherel (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 15:34
  • 43. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 16:03
  • 44. Jacob Fuglsang (DEN), Team Saxo Bank, at 16:10
  • 45. John Gadret (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 16:23
  • 46. Sébastien Hinault (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 16:25
  • 47. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank, at 16:50
  • 48. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 17:25
  • 49. Manuel Calvente (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 17:53
  • 50. Olivier Bonnaire (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 18:39
  • 51. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Slipstream, at 19:58
  • 52. Julien Loubet (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 19:59
  • 53. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank, at 20:03
  • 54. José Luis Rubiera (ESP), Astana, at 21:05
  • 55. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 21:12
  • 56. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank, at 21:13
  • 57. Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 21:27
  • 58. Julien El Fares (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 21:29
  • 59. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step, at 21:46
  • 60. David Herrero (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 24:02
  • 61. Matti Breschel (DEN), Team Saxo Bank, at 24:06
  • 62. Christian Knees (GER), Team Milram, at 24:09
  • 63. Gustavo Domínguez (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 24:26
  • 64. Bert Grabsch (GER), Team Columbia-HTC, at 24:51
  • 65. Ludovic Turpin (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 25:01
  • 66. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Cervelo Test Team, at 25:35
  • 67. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Fuji-Servetto, at 25:36
  • 68. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 26:17
  • 69. Mickael Delage (FRA), Silence-Lotto, at 26:59
  • 70. Marco Velo (ITA), Quick Step, at 27:05
  • 71. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 27:09
  • 72. Björn Leukemans (BEL), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 27:51
  • 73. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 27:59
  • 74. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 28:25
  • 75. Igor Anton (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 28:51
  • 76. Serafín Martínez Acevedo (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 29:47
  • 77. Javier Ramírez Abeja (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 30:02
  • 78. Bingen Fernández (ESP), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 30:33
  • 79. Christophe Riblon (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 30:57
  • 80. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 31:09
  • 81. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Team Saxo Bank, at 32:00
  • 82. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank, at 32:12
  • 83. Gonzalo Rabunal Ríos (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 33:12
  • 84. Roger Hammond (GBR), Cervelo Test Team, at 33:35
  • 85. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), AG2R La Mondiale, at 33:36
  • 86. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 33:48
  • 87. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank, at 34:11
  • 88. Davide Vigano (ITA), Fuji-Servetto, at 34:21
  • 89. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team Columbia-HTC, at 34:33
  • 90. Mickaël Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 34:40
  • 91. Dominik Roels (GER), Team Milram, at 34:53
  • 92. Stuart O’grady (AUS), Team Saxo Bank, at 35:25
  • 93. Michael Schär (SUI), Astana, at 35:41
  • 94. Karsten Kroon (NED), Team Saxo Bank, at 35:49
  • 95. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Cervelo Test Team, at 36:43
  • 96. Rubén Pérez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 36:43
  • 97. Fco. José Martínez Pérez (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 36:47
  • 98. Matthias Russ (GER), Team Milram, at 36:53
  • 99. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Cervelo Test Team, at 37:39
  • 100. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, at 38:07
  • 101. Jesús Rosendo Prado (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 38:15
  • 102. Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Liquigas, at 38:27
  • 103. Christian Meier (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, at 40:30
  • 104. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step, at 40:41
  • 105. Rein Taaramae (EST), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 43:15
  • 106. Greg Henderson (NZL), Team Columbia-HTC, at 44:17
  • 107. Aitor Hernández (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 49:26
  • 108. Emanuele Bindi (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 50:14
  • 109. Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Cervelo Test Team, at 52:49
  • 110. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (NOR), Team Saxo Bank, at 54:25
  • 111. Julián Sánchez Pimienta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 56:18
  • 112. Francesco Tomei (ITA), Lampre-N.G.C, at 59:26
  • 113. Alberto Fernández Sainz (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 1:00:10