Bakelants

They couldn’t resist it; “Tour de Farce” trumpets the headline in the Sunday Times.

I’m not really a Times man, my dad wouldn’t have approved.

But I wanted to see what David Walsh had to say about Stage One.

The first part of the piece documents Saturday’s chaos but then – you guessed it – we drift into Big Tex and David’s role in his downfall.

What a surprise.

And here’s me thinking it was Floyd fessing up and all those millions of $US which nailed the ‘Man From Plano’.

However, one thing I do agree with Mr. Walsh on is, why the Hell is Virenque still allowed anywhere near the race ?

I haven’t got my race bible [the Official Tour Roadbook, ed.] yet but as Walsh mentions, we have a full page pic. of Old Tricky in a Festina advert in there.

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It’s bizarre, but Richard Virenque is still supported by Festina.

Some may say that he did his time and that’s that – fair enough, but in the (hopefully) post-EPO era surely we should not be celebrating a man who, until LanceGate was at the heart of the sport’s biggest doping scandal.

There’s more ‘kit copy’ too, about Rabobank and Michael Boogerd being directly transfused his brother’s blood the day before his 2002 Tour stage win.

Scary.

But it did remind me of the anecdote in Davis Phinney’s book when US Coach, Eddy B comes and sits beside Taylor’s dad on a plane flight; “Davis, you’re a big strong boy eh ? You have big strong brothers and sisters, eh ? . . . “

There’s also a pull-out supplement in the Times, it’s for the lay-man but they’re all there, Tom Simpson (RiP), Pollentier, the Floydster, Lance and you guessed it; ‘LA Confidential, a book once derided, now vindicated . . .

But what about the race?

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Jan Bakelants holds off the bunch by a measly, crucial second. Photo©AFP.

My turn to fess up, I didn’t see it – there’s no EuroSport on the ferry to Barra – and had to rely on text updates from my son; he’s getting good at them.

But I did get the finale on the iPad on the CN livestream.

A lot of guys prefer to listen to football on the radio rather that watch on TV – yeah, I know, I’m kidding myself on.

The Tour press release saw it this way:

“Bakelants cooks up a surprise in Ajaccio.

“With every rider on the same time in general classification there was destined to be a shake up of the general classification in what was effectively a re-start of the hunt for the yellow jersey. If you nominated Jan Bakelants as the rider who would prevail in Ajaccio, take a bow.

“The 27-year-old from RadioShack-Leopard has been a pro since 2009 but has not won a race in that time. Now he’s the leader of the Tour de France. He held off the peloton after an attack that came on the long, flat run to the finish.

“On the weekend that another Tour de France – the sailing equivalent – began in Dunkirk, there’s a Belgian leader of the original Tour de France. As if to highlight the element of surprise, Bakelants not only won the stage to take the yellow jersey but he beat ‘The Hulk’ of cycling Peter Sagan today.

“The polka-dot jersey goes to Pierre Rolland, the white jersey to Michal Kwiatowski and the green jersey stays with Marcel Kittel… but only because stage two was rated ‘undulating’ and there were 35 points on offer the finish rather than 45 as there were for the ‘flat’ opening stage.

“The former race leader finished well behind and is no longer in the top 100 of the GC rankings.”

But surely Sagan will win tomorrow on the third-time-lucky principle?

And slag The Shack if you wish, but they keep notching those big performances up; Flanders, Roubaix and now the maillot jaune for Jan Bakelants – for an under-performing team they’re doing just fine, and the fact that Trek are taking the team on speaks volumes.

If the team was a dud then Trek wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole – no bike company is shrewder at marketing.

They know what sells bikes to the ‘Rapha Sportiv Generation‘ – big wins in big races.

Before Lance came along, Treks were a bit of a joke, everyone knew that the best bikes came from Europe.

But year on year they learned the lessons from competition, developed the frames and now they’re right at the forefront with Look, Pinarello, Time and Colnago.

And those other upstart North Americans who’ve muscled into the market, Cannondale and Cervélo.

Hood Junior told me that Froome was on the attack in the finale; ‘a statement of intent‘ the commentary team informed him.

As I said to Junior; ‘it’ll take more than that to scare Wee Bert.’

And just one second separates David Millar from yellow, fingers crossed, but like I said – it should be Sagan’s day.


codas:

Meanwhile, over in Austria, good to see Astana’s Kevin Seeldraeyers – who graced your screens on VeloVeritas a few months ago – taking the first stage and jersey in the Tour d’Autriche.

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Kevin takes Stage 1 at the Tour d’Autriche. Photo©Team Astana.

And if you want the full SP from The Shack, here it is;

JAN BAKELANTS INTO YELLOW JERSEY

With 1800 meters to go Jan Bakelants seized the moment to attack his breakaway group and challenge for the win in the 100th Tour de France. Known as a rider who always attacks and willingly takes his chances, Bakelants, 27, took the win by one second and in doing so, earned the honour of wearing the yellow jersey in his first pro victory.

Bakelants explained:

“I see in the final that it’s going to happen and I knew I would probably also take this yellow jersey. Maybe it will be the first and the last time in my career, but today I wear it.

“I saw in the last 500 meters that I still had a gap and I told myself, ‘Come on, hold this. It’s going to be the nicest day of your life!

“And then I did it,”

he said, chalking up his first win after five years as a professional.

After a knee problem this year, Bakelants is participating in his first Tour de France:

“It is so incredible for me to take this jersey and to give something back to the team after all the misery that I’ve had this year. When I crossed the finish line I was overwhelmed with joy.”

At 6.4km/4mi Bakelants broke away with five other riders who quickly established a small gap of six seconds.

Initially working well together to try to gain more, Bakelants continued to contribute to the effort and the gap widened.

At 1.8km/1mi to go, Bakelants rose out of his saddle and put in a dig that immediately gapped off the others and the Belgian rider held his advantage all the way to the line, taking one second over Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

He leads the Tour de France by one second to David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) and Julien Simon of Sojasun.

Said Bakelants:

“Coming in the last 10km we were quite a big group and I cannot win in a sprint. I had to gamble and go.

“When we were six in the finale I knew if everybody gave 100 percent that it was possible to go to the finish. It felt so easy in the break and every time I went to the front, I felt like I rode faster than the other guys. I don’t know, maybe I was just stronger than the others. In the end I was thinking, ‘Come on!

“Are we going to ride and be the first six riders or are we just going to wait for the bunch to come back and see another win of Sagan?’

“I kept the gap and in the radio they were shouting for me to go. I was pushing my 11 and it didn’t look good – but I went fast. I just kept pushing the pedals.

“And when I looked back and saw I had it, I said, ‘I’m going to win! I’m going to win a stage in the Tour de France!’

“I’ve had to wait five years but what a victory. It’s hard to believe but it’s the second day of the Tour so now our nerves are settled. It’s incredible.”

In addition RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK fittingly leads in the Teams classification.

In 2008 Jan Bakelants was voted Best Young Rider of the Year, after winning results in the Tour de l’Avenir, U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour de Liège, Circuit des Ardennes, Flèche Ardennaise and Tryptique Ardennaise.

His results led to his first pro contract in 2009.

He has participated in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, two times each, coming close to victory in those grand tours, but this was his first participation in the Tour de France.

Known as a tenacious rider who is always willing to put in the hard work, Bakelants took the bronze medal in the recent Belgium national championships behind teammate and gold medal winner Stijn Devolder.

On the personal side, Bakelants holds a Bachelor degree in Bioscience Engineering and trained for cycling at the Vlaamse Wielerschool (Flemish Cycling School) where he immediately showed his quality all-around cycling skills.

“I’m incredibly happy, think it’s going to be a short night tonight; I don’t think I’ll sleep much.”

Asked if he has GC aspirations, the Belgian rider replied;

“We have to be realistic. I don’t have the separation like Chris Froome and I don’t climb like him or Contador.

“My goal was to win a stage but I didn’t think it would happen so fast. After the Belgian championships I could dream and could see in my data that I was in great shape.

“But then to go against the best riders in the world here and win, that’s another thing. I did it.

“I will never forget this.”

 

Result - Le Tour de France 2013 – Stage 2: Bastia > Ajaccio

Stage Result

1 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 3:43:11
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:01
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
4 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
6 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
8 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge
9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
10 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
11 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
12 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
13 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
14 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
15 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
17 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
18 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
19 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
20 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
21 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
22 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
23 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
24 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
25 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
26 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
27 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
28 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
29 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
30 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
31 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
32 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
33 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
34 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
35 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
36 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
37 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
38 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
39 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha
40 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun
41 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
42 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
43 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
44 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun
45 Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
47 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
48 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Movistar Team
49 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
50 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
51 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
52 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
53 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
54 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
55 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
56 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
57 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
58 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha
59 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
60 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
61 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
62 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
63 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun
64 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
65 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale
66 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
67 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun
68 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
69 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
70 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Procycling Team
71 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
72 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard
73 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
74 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
75 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
76 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
77 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
78 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
79 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
80 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
81 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
82 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun
83 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling
84 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
85 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
86 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
87 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
88 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
89 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
90 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
91 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun
92 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
93 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
94 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:24
95 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:04:07
96 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
97 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ
98 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
99 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
100 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
101 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:39
102 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
103 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha
104 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
105 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
106 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun
107 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
108 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
109 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
110 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling
111 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
112 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
113 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
114 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
115 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:35
116 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 0:09:06
117 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
118 Maciek Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale
119 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team 0:12:44
120 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
121 Egoitz Garcia Etxegibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
122 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
123 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
124 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale
125 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
126 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
127 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
128 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team
129 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
130 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
131 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
132 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
133 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
134 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
135 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
136 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
137 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
138 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
139 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
140 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:17:35
141 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
142 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
143 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
144 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
145 Stuart O’grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
146 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
147 Lieuwe Westra (Ned Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
148 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Team Katusha
149 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
150 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
151 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol
152 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
153 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
154 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel Euskadi
155 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
156 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge
157 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
158 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
159 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
160 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
161 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
162 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
163 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
164 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
165 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
166 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
167 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
168 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
169 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
170 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
171 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
172 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
173 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
174 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
175 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
176 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling
177 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
178 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
179 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp
180 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
181 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol
182 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
183 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
184 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
185 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ
186 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
187 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit) Garmin-Sharp
188 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
189 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
190 Tom Leezer (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
191 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
192 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
193 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
194 Kevin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
195 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
196 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
197 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
198 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team

Overall Classification after Stage 2

1 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 8:40:03
2 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:01
3 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
6 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
8 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
9 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
11 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
12 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
14 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
15 Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
17 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
18 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
20 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
21 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
22 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
23 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun
24 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
25 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
26 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
27 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
28 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
29 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha
30 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
31 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
32 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
33 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
34 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun
35 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
36 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
37 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
38 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
39 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
40 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
41 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
42 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
43 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
44 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
45 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
46 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
47 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
48 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard
49 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
50 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
51 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling
52 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
53 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun
54 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun
55 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
56 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
57 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
58 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
59 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
60 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Procycling Team
61 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
62 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
63 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
64 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha
65 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
66 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Movistar Team
67 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
68 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
69 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
70 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
71 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
72 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
73 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
74 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
75 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
76 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
77 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun
78 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
79 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
80 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun
81 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
82 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
83 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
84 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
85 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale
86 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
87 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
88 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
89 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
90 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
91 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
92 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
93 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
94 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:24
95 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:07
96 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ
97 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
98 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
99 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
100 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard
101 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha 0:05:39
102 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
103 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling
104 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
105 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
106 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
107 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
108 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun
109 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
110 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
111 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
112 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
113 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
114 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Cannondale
115 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:35
116 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 0:09:06
117 Maciek Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale
118 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
119 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team 0:12:44
120 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
121 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
122 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team
123 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
124 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
125 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
126 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
127 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
128 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
129 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
130 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
131 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale
132 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
133 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
134 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
135 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
136 Egoitz Garcia Etxegibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
137 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
138 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
139 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
140 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 0:17:35
141 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
142 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
143 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
144 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
145 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
146 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
147 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
148 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
149 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
150 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
151 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
152 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
153 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
154 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel Euskadi
155 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
156 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
157 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
158 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
159 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling
160 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
161 Lieuwe Westra (Ned Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
162 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Team Katusha
163 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
164 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
165 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
166 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
167 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
168 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
169 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
170 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
171 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
172 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
173 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
174 Kevin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
175 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
176 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
177 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit) Garmin-Sharp
178 Tom Leezer (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team
179 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
180 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
181 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp
182 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge
183 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
184 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
185 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
186 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
187 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol
188 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
189 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
190 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
191 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
192 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
193 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
194 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
195 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ
196 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
197 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
198 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling