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Le Tour de France 2012 – Stage 11 : Albertville – La Toussuire – Les Sybelles, 140 km.

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We’re late!

Despite us writing our schedule out for the morning, we’re heading to the Albertville depart later than we should.

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The (winter) Olympic flame still flies high in Albertville.

I just smile when people tell me about the high old time we’ll have in France.

By the time we get from the parcours to the hotel, edit the pictures, insert picture holders in the text and get all that sent off, it’s well after 9:00 pm when we grab a pizza and one beer.

Immediately after, it’s back to the room to work on more words and pictures plus deal with emails from editors, friends and contributors – eventually we succumb to sleep around 1:00 am.

Up at 08:00, check CyclingNews, get onto the words and pics, quick breakfast, finish and edit everything, pack and head out – late.

But there’s no gas in the car – find the world’s slowest filling station, re-programme the satnav and here were on the autoroute south – snapping JV as we pass the Garmin car.

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JV wonders why the boys from VeloVeritas seem to be stalking him!

We love it, but if you didn’t have cycling in your veins, it would be a nightmare.

The scenery is stunning as we head for Albertville, limestone crags tower, fluffy clouds cling to them and a warm July sun has the air con. working hard.

We’d love to drive the race route, today but it’s a dead end mountain top finish which will be a total nightmare to evacuate.

So today, we’ll work the start and then find a nice bar to watch the finale in.

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Andre Greipel is a force to be reckoned with.

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Tyler chats to Frankie Andreu.

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French police are very very neat. And cool.

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Nico Roche is always happy to blether.

. . . and that was how it looked on Thursday morning.

Now, it’s Friday morning, it’s damp, cool and the wi-fi in our Formule 1 is a nightmare.

Luckily, we managed to get our pictures away for our first piece yesterday afternoon – ‘working the start.

But the wi-fi had a bad turn in the evening so no dice on our second piece and the rest of our pics, so apologies for this going up late.

It was a bit of a ‘sprachle’ at the start, time wasn’t on our side – but we managed to speak to five men whose names people recognise and who have something to say that’s worth listening to.

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Marc Sergent, Lotto DS.

Marc Sergent is the main man at Lotto Belisol – Belgian elite road race champion in his day, he always gives good answers with no waffle.

My amigo Dave Chapman jousted with Monsieur Sergent ‘back in the day’ when they were both racing the kermises in Belgium.

Sergent’s take is that Wiggins has it won.

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Nibali gets some last minute instructions before the rollout.

David Brailsford was our next target but he was called away to answer some urgent enquiry from Brad; ‘where’s me sideburn trimmer, Dave?

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Servais Knaven, in the car for Sky.

Servais Knaven was a good substitute; it’s not so long since I remember him in his mud splattered QuickStep kit heading for Roubaix and immortality.

He’s soft spoken and polite and a good ambassador for his sport and team.

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Dag Otto Lauritzen gets attacked by Stephen Roche – just like the old times.

Dag Otto Lauritzen was next, always smiling, still much in demand for autographs and hand shakes – a cool guy with good insights.

As we chatted to him, a fan rushed up with a postcard of Dag in his Motorola days, to get the man to sign it.

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Stephen always has time for us – and did we mention his new book?

Stephen Roche is always friendly and quotable – he’s lost weight since last year and was in good form.

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Fabio Baldato wasn’t was in a good mood today.

Which is more than can be said for Fabio Baldato, file under ‘cool but grumpy.’

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Yauheni Hutarovich had time to shoot the breeze.

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Dave Zabriski is going pretty well.

Despite Cadel’s friendly demeanour, there’s not a good vibe around the team – maybe they knew what was going to happen in the afternoon?

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The Village Depart is empty when we get there, but we still manage to grab a coffee before heading to the hotel.

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These guys are still around though.

Job done we headed for Grenoble and the Formule 1 ‘pod’ hotel.

The afternoon went well, we got our words and pix sorted out from the F1 then headed off to bar le Clemenceau to watch the stage on the tele.

Le Clemenceau is ‘my’ bar from the Grenoble six day – it’s wee, friendly, has a good range of beverages and a good plasma screen.

I wrote the piece as we watched the race – and what a race.

Respect to Rolland; he’s not sparkled this season, thus far – but he’s peaked perfectly.

A Tour stage win is a huge deal in France and coming on the back of Tommy’s win on stage 10 it makes it a brilliant Tour for Europcar.

Froome?

I’ve had a couple of texts from back home expressing sympathy for Froome’s situation – ‘Brad’s holding him back!

But it must be remembered that when Froome took second place in the Vuelta, last season there were at least 11 teams after his services for 2012 – 17 teams if you believe some sources.

Despite the fact that prior to the Vuelta, Sky hadn’t told him they were renewing his contract – that’s how it usually is, no one tells you that you’re out, they simply keep quiet and hope you get the message – he accepted their offer.

I don’t have numbers, but there will be a lot of zeros on the end.

When he did that, he knew the deal, Sky don’t want some ‘quiet man’ from Nairobi winning the Tour – maximum PR comes from ‘Lundun boy’ and Olympic hero Brad with his Paul Weller sideburns, Vespa and Noel Gallagher guitar.

If Froome wanted freedom, he should have considered that when he signed on the dotted line.

It’s manna from Heaven for the press, of course – ‘Chris, you must be disappointed at not being given your head, yesterday?‘ etc. etc.

But it’s all good stuff for the race, the media and the fans.

We’ll, that’s us nearly at the start of Stage 12; we’re going to have a wee wander round the start area and then drive the course – we’ll tell you how it goes later.

Ciao, ciao.

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Bye bye folks.

Result - Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage 11

Stage Result

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

Overall Classification

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

Cheerio Albertville.

Ed Hood and Martin Williamson
Ed and Martin, our top team! They try to do the local Time Trials, the Grand Tours and the Classics together to get the great stories written, the quality photos taken, the driving done and the wifi wrestled with.

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