I wasn’t sure about the ‘blip’ at La Toussuire when Froome distanced Wiggins in the finale – I thought it was ‘mountain out of molehill’ stuff.

Although we did hear that Wiggins was ‘raging’, that night in his room.

But today, there seemed little doubt that a message was being sent; ‘I can drop you any time I want.’

The body language and facial expressions around the team aren’t relaxed, happy or positive.

But there’s little doubt now that Brad will win – barring Acts of God.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
The view from the hotel room in Pradets, Spain.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Like a lot of folk on the race, we make the journey back into France from the hotel. Here we’re following the Lotto team convoy.

It’s so hard to take in what’s actually happening on the roads of France – two British riders in first and second positions in le Tour.

But not only that, the guy who is second could actually win the race, too.

The word is that Froome is on huge money with Sky.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Demonstrably the strongest man in the race, Chris Froome exits the team car and heads for the bus.

As an athlete, you have a certain shelf life, you have to make the most of those all to brief years when you’re in the limelight.

Al Hamilton gave us this tidbit, the other day;

“Sarroni was saying on RAI Sport the other day that he had a verbal agreement with Froome at La Vuelta last year that he would be with Lampre-ISD this year; but Sky offered him 10 times what he could.”

Froome did what he thought was the right thing at the time, but now, when he sees that a Tour win is within his grasp, he wouldn’t be human if he didn’t have twinges of regret and frustration that he didn’t go for less euros but undisputed team captaincy.

And remember that but for an ill-timed puncture, Froome would be going in to the time trial, tomorrow neck and neck with Wiggins.

Imagine Froome with half a dozen battle hardened Italian, Spanish or East Europeans at his disposal – none of them with dreams of personal glory.

And in a squadra where it’s ‘all for Chris’ with no sprinter to cloud the waters.

Conjecture, of course.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Samuel Dumoulin.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Gorka Izaguirre Insausti spends a few minutes with a pal.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Brice Feillu chats before the start.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Dave Zabriski has been quite quiet in this race.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Mikael Cherel loosens off on the rollers while catching up with his wife and baby.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Danilo Hondo and a very admiring German journalist.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
The voice of the Tour, Daniel Mangeas wanders by.

Meanwhile we’ve also heard:

  • Liquigas-Cannondale will be Cannondale-Liquigas next year.
  • The Schlecks have already signed with Astana and it will be Euskaltel-Festina next year.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
There’s a large crush on for Tommy this morning. Rightly so.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Cadel is stopped for interviews. Don’t think he really wanted to.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Martin gets into the scrum for Cadel soundbytes and photos.

We had originally planned to drive the parcours on stage 16 but it would have been a logistical nightmare.

Instead we opted to do a piece on the contenders bikes – Tommy’s Colnago, Tejay’s BMC, Sagan’s Cannondale and not forgetting Wiggo’s Pinarello.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Denis Menchov adusts his brakes before the start.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
GreenEDGE sprint advisor Robbie McEwen must be desperate to help Mat Goss to a stage win.

But the main street, where the busses were parked, in Luchon was crazy.

The usual strict accreditation procedures had broken down and the start resembled Easter Road coming out after a bad home defeat.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Giro podium finisher Thomas de Gendt showed up at the start, having earlier been on a French TV programme.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Brian Holm is DS’ing for QuickStep now.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Bjarne’s face as he exits the team bus; “there’s journalists nearby – I can smell them!”
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Dave Brailsford doesn’t look like a man who’s plans to win the biggest bike race on the planet are about to come to fruition.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Jelle Vanenden doesn’t adjust his own brakes: “mechanic!”

There was little chance of getting near Tommy’s bike, given the crush around the Europcar bus.

The situation was similar at Sky, but we did manage to get our hands on Sagan and Van Garderen’s steeds.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Sagan isn’t using a brand new saddle. Unusual, for the Tour.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
The GreenEDGE bikes, like a squadron of fighter jets.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
The Trek has the caliper slung low. Looks neat, bet the mechanics hate it.

With two out of the four duly snapped, that’s half the job done, we’ll hope for quieter depart conditions, tomorrow and finish the job.

All well and good, but we still had a piece to write for today.

We decided to do a ‘collage’ piece – trying to give readers a feel for what a stage start is like.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Cops check out the trick parts of the Orbea’s.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Martin chats to Bert Roesems, ex-Lotto hardman.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
The race rolls out.

Job done, we had a kir, let the madness subside and headed for the digs, where we watched the finale of the stage on a nifty wee TV.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
The Metro caff has made an effort.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Checking photos and drinking kir. Fab.
Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
Everyone, get behind the barrier! The ASO guy gets a little animated.

And that’s where we came in.

It’s a transition stage, tomorrow; we’ll work the start to get our bike pics, then head north without driving the parcours – it’s 300 miles to the digs and we have another long drive on Saturday morning to the time trial.

You have to discipline yourself to just get in the car and go – there are always so many things to photograph, but you have to think of priorities and what happens next.

Time to see if we can infiltrate the Sky cordon and snap the Wiggarello. (© VeloVeritas!)

We’ll let you know.

A demain.

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
The view from the hotel room tonight near Labarthe.

Result - Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17

Stage Result

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

Overall Classification

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

 

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 17
There’s a Tommy Voekler song, we now know.