Le Tour de France 2012 – Stage 12, and what a day; when we heard Millar was in the break, we knew he was definitely capable of beating three of his companions – Gautier was the only one we didn’t know about.

But when we saw him, we knew he’d win – it was there in his eyes, if you knew what you were looking at.

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We saw it in his eyes. Photo©Martin Williamson

During the stage, l’Équipe reminded us that it’s 45 years to the day since Tom Simpson died on the Ventoux.

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It’s 45 years ago that Tom Simpson lost his life in pursuit of his dream. Photo©Ed Hood

It would be magnificent if Millar won, today.

There’s no other word for what he achieved, today.

I was surprised that none of the French radio commentators mentioned the Simpson connection.

I’ve no doubt they will tomorrow in l’Équipe.

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Whoever said Dave isn’t a patriotic Scot is clearly wrong. He was wearing these shoes that day.

People give David Millar a hard time for being an ‘art school boy;’ or only being such an outspoken advocate for clean sport because he was caught – and of course there’s the ‘he’s not Scottish, is he?’ chestnut.

He may be well spoken, well dressed and come over as a little ‘arty, farty’ but he’s actually a cool guy who is anything but full of his own importance and always has time for folks like me.

I get tired of the ‘reformed drugs cheat’ label; surely it’s ancient history? – if he’d been convicted in a criminal court the conviction would be ‘spent’ by now and the press couldn’t mention it.

A few years ago at the Tour, when Millar was with Saunier Duval, Martin and I were taking pictures of his bike.

A fan was leaning over the barriers and exclaimed, ‘go USA!’ or some such, to Millar.

His reply was succint; ‘I’m f**king Scottish!’

But back to this morning – the Grenoble rain has turned to sunshine as we near the depart, Cockney Rebel’s ‘Make Me Smile’ is an ideal sound track for this Route National through the limestone gorges – it’s just a pity we’re late, again.

The exit of the autoroute was closed, giving us a 15 mile detour – but that’s the Tour; a few years ago I’d be stressed at this point, but not nowadays.

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Later, that same day…

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The official race start: kilometre zero. Photo©Ed Hood

It’s as much about the ambiance of the tour as the racing. Whilst they like race pics, they’ll get more excited about a good atmosphere shot than they will about a cracking shot of Tommy V or Cav.

But here we are, waiting on the break to get some race shots and hoping for David Millar in splendid isolation.

We drove the race route to get to this point.

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We leapfrog the l’Equipe vans selling ‘Tour Packs’ to the folk at the roadside. Photo©Ed Hood
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It’s not too bad being stuck behind these guys. Photo©Martin Williamson
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The VIPs stop to have their lunch. Photo©Ed Hood
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The obligatory sunflower shot. Photo©Martin Williamson
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The fans find unique ways to celebrate the race’s classifications. Photo©Martin Williamson
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The GreenEDGE soigneurs get the drinks ready at the Feed Zone. Photo©Martin Williamson 
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The guys from Norfolk made a 40th birthday project of the family Skoda – bunnet to them! Photo©Martin Williamson
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See seem to see this Dutch nutter a lot – he’s hard to miss. Photo©Ed Hood
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‘Ere Wiggo’. Clever. Photo©Martin Williamson

There’s no signal up her for the twitter so we’re not sure what the situation is; the last we heard there were five clear by around 12 minutes – including David Millar…

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Dave drives the break. Photo©Martin Williamson

…as I said, we’d hoped for David ‘en seule,’ but instead, he was driving the break and looking as determined as I’ve ever seen him.

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He deserves a few pictures today. Photo©Martin Williamson

The gap back to the peloton was huge, 11 minutes, maybe more.

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The blackboard guys had plenty time to get the time written up. Photo©Ed Hood

The Sky boys were at the head of affairs – Knees, Eisel and Boasson Hagen; their work rate has been phenomenal.

We’ll know next week, in the Pyrenees if they’ve done too much.

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The Sky boys work hard – again. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Wiggins is looking very comfortable. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Yesterday’s winner Rolland takes a day off – like most of the peloton do. If we want a clean field, we have to accept that riders can’t batter themselves every single day. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Cavendish was with other guys a few minutes off the back after the Col du Granier, but got back on with no bother. We’ve always had recovery stages, but these days we get to watch the whole thing on Eurosport, so it’s easy to complain it’s ‘boring’. Photo©Ed Hood
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Voekler and Kiryienka take it ‘easy’ at the back. Photo©Martin Williamson

Back home, folks are telling us that it wasn’t the best stage to watch on TV – we loved it.

A demain!

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A real (king of the) mountain goat. Photo©Ed Hood

Result - Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 12

Stage Result

1 David Millar (GBr) Garmin – Sharp 5:42:46
2 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
3 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:00:05
4 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
5 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team
6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:07:53
7 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
8 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:54
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
11 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
12 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
13 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
14 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
15 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
16 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
17 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
18 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
19 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
20 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
21 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
23 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
24 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
25 Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano
26 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
27 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
28 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
29 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
30 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
31 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
32 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
33 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
34 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan
35 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
36 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan
37 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
38 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
39 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
40 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
41 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
42 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:08:01
43 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling
44 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:08:17
45 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
46 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
47 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
48 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:08:31
49 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
50 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team
51 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team
52 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:39
53 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
54 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
55 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
56 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:08:54
57 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
58 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:08:55
59 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
60 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
61 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
62 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan
63 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:08:57
64 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:09:08
65 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
66 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
67 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-Shimano
68 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
69 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
70 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano
71 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team
72 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
73 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
74 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos-Shimano
75 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre – ISD
76 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:09:38
77 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:09:43
78 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan 0:09:49
79 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
80 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
81 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team
82 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:10:15
83 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
84 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
85 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
86 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
87 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
88 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre – ISD
89 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
90 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team
91 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin – Sharp
92 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
93 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
94 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
95 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
96 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
97 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat
98 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre – ISD
99 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team
100 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
101 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team
102 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team
103 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
104 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
105 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:10:20
106 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
107 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 0:10:36
108 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano
109 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
110 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale
111 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team
112 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
113 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
114 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 0:11:59
115 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-Shimano
116 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
117 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
118 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
119 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
120 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
121 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
122 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
123 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
124 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
125 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
126 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
127 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
128 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
129 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
130 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
131 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
132 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Sharp
133 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
134 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
135 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
136 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin – Sharp
137 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
138 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
139 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
140 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
141 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
142 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Sharp
143 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
144 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
145 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team
146 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin – Sharp
147 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
148 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
149 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
150 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
151 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team
152 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
153 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
154 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
155 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur – Sojasun
156 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
157 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
158 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
159 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre – ISD
160 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
161 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling
162 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
163 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
164 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar 0:19:15
DNF Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos – Shimano
DNF David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNS Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team

Overall Classification

1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 54:34:33
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:05
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:23
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:19
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:04:48
6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 0:06:15
7 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:06:57
8 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:07:30
9 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:08:31
10 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:08:51
11 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:09:29
12 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:09:45
13 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:49
14 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:11:27
15 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 0:12:41
16 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:17:21
17 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:17:41
18 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0:18:04
19 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:18:55
20 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:19:02
21 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:20:12
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:20:32
23 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 0:20:54
24 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:27:37
25 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:30:41
26 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:31:09
27 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:31:41
28 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:32:00
29 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:33:04
30 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:33:13
31 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:33:59
32 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:34:52
33 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:40:36
34 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:42:33
35 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:42:42
36 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:45:54
37 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:49:25
38 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:51:22
39 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:52:24
40 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:54:09
41 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:56:23
42 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:57:35
43 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 0:58:06
44 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:59:11
45 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:00:49
46 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1:00:53
47 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 1:01:10
48 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team 1:01:23
49 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:02:14
50 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 1:02:16
51 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team 1:02:18
52 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin – Sharp 1:03:31
53 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 1:03:54
54 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:04:58
55 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:05:00
56 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 1:05:36
57 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 1:05:46
58 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:06:11
59 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:07:00
60 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 1:07:55
61 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 1:08:02
62 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 1:08:57
63 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 1:09:03
64 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:09:23
65 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:09:26
66 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 1:10:20
67 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin – Sharp 1:11:03
68 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:12:21
69 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:12:29
70 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:13:14
71 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:13:16
72 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 1:13:33
73 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:13:47
74 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:14:12
75 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:15:46
76 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:16:04
77 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre – ISD 1:16:44
78 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 1:16:48
79 David Millar (GBr) Garmin – Sharp 1:18:32
80 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:19:17
81 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan 1:20:39
82 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:21:29
83 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:22:12
84 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team 1:22:23
85 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:23:15
86 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 1:25:07
87 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 1:25:41
88 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:27:23
89 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:28:00
90 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre – ISD 1:28:31
91 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Sharp 1:29:05
92 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:29:32
93 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 1:30:52
94 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre – ISD 1:31:20
95 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:32:29
96 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:33:16
97 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar 1:33:57
98 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 1:35:30
99 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar 1:35:37
100 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 1:35:48
101 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:36:28
102 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1:37:05
103 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 1:37:21
104 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:37:32
105 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:37:50
106 Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano 1:38:10
107 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:38:57
108 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:39:07
109 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:39:28
110 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 1:39:38
111 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:39:46
112 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:40:48
113 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 1:42:01
114 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:43:09
115 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1:43:21
116 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team 1:43:33
117 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 1:44:06
118 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:44:35
119 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:46:25
120 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team 1:47:16
121 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:49:02
122 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:49:25
123 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:51:40
124 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1:51:43
125 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1:51:59
126 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:52:40
127 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1:52:46
128 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 1:53:35
129 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat 1:54:22
130 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 1:55:37
131 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 1:55:39
132 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 1:55:57
133 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:56:22
134 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 1:56:24
135 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 1:56:42
136 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1:57:02
137 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 1:57:10
138 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 1:57:28
139 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1:57:43
140 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:57:48
141 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-Shimano 1:57:50
142 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1:58:00
143 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 1:58:54
144 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano 1:59:28
145 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:00:51
146 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 2:01:36
147 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 2:02:04
148 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 2:03:17
149 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 2:03:27
150 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano 2:04:25
151 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 2:04:35
152 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 2:06:04
153 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 2:06:35
154 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos-Shimano 2:06:36
155 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2:07:38
156 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 2:08:23
157 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:09:21
158 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre – ISD 2:09:26
159 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team 2:12:11
160 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 2:14:09
161 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-Shimano 2:15:30
162 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin – Sharp 2:16:40
163 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur – Sojasun 2:21:12
164 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Sharp 2:24:45