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7th Tour of Qatar - 2.1

Qatar, January 27-February 1, 2008

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Stage 4 - January 30: Khalifa Stadium - Al Khor Corniche, 131.5 km

Loddo lunges for the line

Boonen extends lead

By Shane Stokes in Doha

Italian Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff Credit Systems)
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Turning the clock back five years, former race victor Alberto Loddo today once again stood atop a podium at the Tour of Qatar. Back in 2003 the Italian took two stage victories en route to his general classification triumph; fast forward to the end of stage five at the Al Khor Corniche, and Loddo executed a perfect sprint to come off Tom Boonen's wheel and scoop the win.

Now beginning his first season with Tinkoff Credit Systems, the 29 year-old still has time to step it up a level in terms of his victories. Last season he took five stage wins plus the points classification in the Tour de Langkawi, then went on to win stages in the Vuelta Ciclista a la Rioja and the Vuelta Ciclista Asturias. He was hoping for a strong showing in the Giro d'Italia, having placed third on a stage there in 2006, but the Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia team were overlooked for a wildcard and that goal came to nothing.

However, beating Boonen today will have given him a big confidence boost, helping him believe that the best is yet to come. "After winning my first [pro] race here in 2002, it is a great result to come back here and win today," he told reporters after the race.

"It was a fantastic race, very difficult from the beginning. The average was very high, but the team planned the stage very well. We did a fantastic job with all the team members. At the end, we had three men in the front and they did a great job to get me to the right place. I'd like to thank them for that."

Loddo was one of 41 riders who finished in the same time at the end of the flat, fast 131.5 kilometres from Khalifa Stadium. After a stage marked initially by a long breakaway and then a split in the peloton, he timed his move to perfection and came around Boonen inside the final 50 metres. The Belgian had gone from a long way out but said afterwards that he underestimated the headwind, losing crucial speed within a few seconds of the line. Unlike the victor, he also did not lunge and this may have made the difference.

An air-punching Loddo thus led home the 2005 world road race champion, with Sebastian Siedler (Skil-Shimano), Angelo Furlan (Credit Agricole), Paolo Bossoni (Lampre) and Chris Sutton (Slipstream Chipotle-H3O) taking places three through to six.

Boonen was undoubtedly disappointed not to extend the winning sequence which started on Sunday in the team time trial and continued until yesterday. He topped the victory podium three times, but today had to downgrade his cannibal-like domination and ‘just’ make do with the jerseys for the overall and points classification leads. He’s been having a superb race, of course, and felt that if he had timed his move a bit better he could have nabbed another stage win today.

“There was a curve at the end because we are travelling along the cornice,” he said just before the jersey presentation. “The wind was coming from a certain angle but we changed direction as we followed the road. I waited until 500 metres to go like always, then started getting ready. I went without problems, I put it in the eleven [sprocket] but at100 metres from the line it [the wind] was like a wall. I lost five, six kilometres per hour, all my speed was gone. Loddo was on my wheel, he waited for the right moment and then did a good sprint.”

Like most champions, he doesn’t like being beaten but looks more and more like the overall winner in the race. He ended the day 18 seconds ahead of team-mate De Jongh, with Greg Van Avermaet dropping to 26 seconds back overall after placing eighth in the final gallop. Boonen’s got two stages left to complete and both he and the team will do their utmost to maintain control on the race and guarantee a repeat of his 2006 success.

Young rider battle

Despite finishing behind closest-challenger Chris Sutton, Van Avermaet continues to lead the young rider classification. Sutton needed to place in the top three to take a bonus, but was unable to get higher than sixth. However he was smiling at the finish after a great day's work by his Slipstream Chipotle-H3O team.

"The boys were unbelievable today. I have never seen a team ride like they did today," the Australian enthused. "Everyone was pulling. I saw a spot [to go for it]…Quick Step were controlling the race, I said 'Boys, we are going to have to do something here to split it up.' We just put it in the gutter and the boys just swopped off hard. It made my job a lot easier. I was pulling some turns as well. We had Magnus, Dave, Killian, Huub, Martijn, pretty much the whole team up there.

"Once we put it in the gutter, Quick Step could see what we were doing and so too did Liquigas. I spoke to Boonen after we did it and the group was down to about 20 or 30 riders. Tom said that they were just getting ready to do the same thing, so he said that it was great that we actually initiated the move."

After the finish, the Slipstream riders congratulated each other on their performance. David Millar, Magnus Backstedt and the others were all buzzing after showing committed work as a unit, and underlined that they were more than justified in being invited to Qatar.

"We have shown that we are one of the strongest teams out there…I think that was proved today," Sutton continued. "We tried to get the sprint finish down perfect today but it wasn't to be – I think that everyone was a bit heavy from swopping off. But it was worth a try. We hit the front and JD [Julian Dean] took me to about 150 to go...I tried to kick but ran out of legs a little bit. It was no one's fault but my own. But the boys rode excellent today, hats off to them."

Loddo was, of course, also happy with how his own squad performed. "My team-mates did a fantastic job today. Qatar is a peculiar race because there is not a second's rest. The average speed is always very high, over 50 km/h, and is always difficult at the start of the season.

"Winning today was more difficult than winning here in the past. There are several teams with very strong sprinters here, they get organised and they do very good work for them. So taking the win was great."

How it unfolded

Under bright sun and in temperatures of over 20 degrees, 130 riders lined out for the start of the fourth stage of the race. Steve Bovay of the BMC Racing Team was the sole rider not to sign on, the Swiss having broken his collarbone in a crash the day before.

The stage began at the impressive multi-sport Khalifa Stadium and covered 131.5 kilometres en route to the finish at Al Khor Corniche. Many of the same roads as the previous day were used, and there were bonus sprints at Al Jemailiya (55km) and Umm Suwaiya (122km).

The attacks started to go immediately after the drop of the flag, and race leader Tom Boonen found himself under pressure due to a puncture. However he soon returned to the peloton, which had by then mopped up those out front.

Christophe Laurent (Slipstream Chipotle-H3O) then forged clear 15 kilometres into the stage but he was brought back. His team-mate Martijn Maaskant also had a go but he too was soon gobbled up.

Four others – Rubens Bertogliati (Saunier Duval-Scott), Alexandre Gottfried (Tinkoff Credit Systems), Niki Terpstra (Milram) and Roy Curvers (Skil Shimano) - had more luck, surging ahead after about 19 kilometres of racing and building a decent lead.

Magnus Backstedt (Slipstream Chipotle-H3O) tried a birthday attack but to no avail. Four others then set off in pursuit of the leaders, namely Nico Eeckhout (Topsport Vlaanderen), Omar Hasanin (Doha Team), Hossein Jahanbanian (Iran Cycling Federation) and Angus Morton (Drapac Porsche). After 32 kilometres of racing, the four chasers were 1'20" back and the main bunch was 1'35" down.

A total of 52 kilometres were covered in the first hour of racing. Around this point the two lead groups were just 10" apart and they merged soon afterwards, just in time for the first intermediate sprint at Al Jemailiya (55km). Here Omar Hasanin (Doha Team) was first to the line, beating Curvers and Terpstra.

The peloton was still some way off, lying 1'20" back with 60 kilometres covered, but an injection of pace by the Slipstream and Quick Step teams split it in three and spelt trouble for the break. Race leader Tom Boonen, best young rider Greg Van Avermaet (Silence Lotto) and about 45 others were in the front segment, while the previous day's runner-up Danilo Napolitano (Lampre) was in the second bunch.

Boonen's group was moving very quickly and gobbled up the eight leaders at the 75 kilometre point. The second part of the peloton was 18 seconds down, and the third was ten seconds further back again. This latter segment would soon rejoin the chasers, adding numbers but not impetus to their effort to rejoin.

After going through the feedzone at Al Ghuwayriya (80km), the lead group's advantage increased to 35 seconds. It wavered for a while, but then those up front turned the screw a little more and dragged it out. With 36 clicks remaining it was 45 seconds; at the 25 kilometre to go board it was 1'20", and five kilometres later it was 1'40".

Greg Van Avermaet beat his Silence-Lotto team-mate Jurgen Roelandts and Steven De Jongh (Quick Step) at the second bonus sprint of Umm Suwaiya (km 122), taking three seconds back from Boonen. That left him 20 seconds behind the race leader and ten off De Jongh’s second place. However the 2005 world champion wasn't worried; he had six team-mates in the front group and they did things perfectly from there until the line, where he launched his sprint and looked set to add once again to his formidable race record. However Loddo was in the right place to benefit from the changing wind, timing his move just right to come by Boonen, lunge for the line, and return once again to the podium in Qatar.

What's next

The penultimate day of the race is also the longest. The riders travel 170 kilometres from Al Khor Academy to once again finish on Al Khor Corniche. There are two intermediate sprints en route, namely Al Zubarah (97km) and Umm Suwaiya (161km).

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Results

1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           2.44.33
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                                 
3 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                        
4 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                         
5 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                                  
6 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            
7 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                     
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     
9 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                     
10 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
11 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott              
12 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                           
13 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                                 
14 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                           
15 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                              
16 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                           
17 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                               
18 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
19 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
20 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                               
21 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                       
22 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                               
23 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                 
24 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
25 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                                 
26 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                    
27 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                               
28 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                              
29 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                  
30 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                        
31 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                            
32 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                   
33 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
34 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                             
35 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                            
36 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          
37 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           
38 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                           
39 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                        
40 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
41 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     
42 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       0.09
43 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    0.11
44 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                              0.16
45 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                             
46 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                    
47 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                       0.21
48 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                            
49 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            0.39
50 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                        
51 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                        0.49
52 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                             1.00
53 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                   1.53
54 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     3.16
55 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                            
56 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                             
57 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                                
58 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                        
59 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                             
60 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
61 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                             
62 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
63 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                       
64 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                             
65 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                     6.20
66 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                          
67 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           6.26
68 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                          
69 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                        8.37
70 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                                 
71 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                            
72 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                          
73 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
74 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
75 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                             
76 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
77 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                      
78 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                
79 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                         
80 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                              
81 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
82 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          
83 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                  
84 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                             
85 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                            
86 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                                   
87 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           
88 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
89 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation          
90 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                  
91 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                         
92 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                      
93 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                            
94 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
95 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
96 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                         
97 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                         
98 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                              
99 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                
100 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                            
101 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                               
102 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                      
103 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              
104 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
105 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
106 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
107 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                     
108 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                            
109 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
110 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                             
111 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       
112 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
113 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
114 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                         
115 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
116 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                            
117 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                              
118 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                         
119 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
120 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        
121 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                         
122 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                      
123 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                        
124 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      
125 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
126 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               
127 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        
128 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                        
129 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                               
 
Points classification
 
Al Jemailiya - 55.0 Km
1 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                               3 pts
2 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                             2
3 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                            1
 
Umm Suwaiya - 122.0 Km
1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    3 pts
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     2
3 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                           1
 
Al Khor Corniche - 131.5 Km
1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                30 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                               27
3 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                      25
4 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                       23
5 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                                21
6 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          19
7 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   17
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   15
9 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   13
10 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  11
11 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott            10
12 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                          9
13 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                                8
14 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                          7
15 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                             6
16 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                          5
17 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                              4
18 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     3
19 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              2
20 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                              1
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                     2.44.33
2 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                     
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     
4 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     
5 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                                  
6 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                            
7 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                
8 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                        
9 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                                
10 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                              
11 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                  
12 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                            
13 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
14 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          
15 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           
16 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                           
17 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     
18 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                0.16
19 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         3.16
20 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                        
21 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                             
22 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
23 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                     6.20
24 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                      6.26
25 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                        8.37
26 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
27 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
28 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                             
29 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                         
30 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                              
31 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          
32 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                  
33 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                            
34 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                                   
35 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
36 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation          
37 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                  
38 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                         
39 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                      
40 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
41 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                              
42 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                
43 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                                
44 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
45 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        
46 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
47 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                      
48 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                              
49 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
50 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                          
51 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
 
Teams classification
 
1 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  8.13.39
2 Lampre                                                                      
3 Liquigas                                                                    
4 Skil-Shimano                                                                
5 Bouygues Telecom                                                            
6 Crédit Agricole                                                             
7 Quick Step                                                                  
8 Tinkoff Credit Systems                                                      
9 Silence-Lotto                                                               
10 Slipstream Chipotle - H30                                              0.16
11 Saunier Duval-Scott                                                    3.16
12 Team Milram                                                                
13 Iran Cycling Federation                                                6.32
14 Drapac Porshe                                                              
15 Doha Team                                                              9.36
16 BMC Racing Team                                                       15.09
17 Cofidis                                                               25.51
 
General classification after stage 4
 
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                          8.48.57
2 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                        0.18
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                 0.26
4 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                        0.32
5 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  0.36
6 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 0.56
7 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                1.00
8 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                     1.09
9 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              1.20
10 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                        1.26
11 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                   1.27
12 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                       1.30
13 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         1.36
14 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                    1.37
15 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                        
16 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                       1.40
17 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                  
18 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                             1.43
19 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   1.44
20 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott          1.46
21 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                       2.08
22 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                        2.28
23 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                        3.00
24 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                       4.24
25 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                        4.30
26 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                           4.31
27 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                4.36
28 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                           4.40
29 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                              
30 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         4.47
31 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       4.50
32 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     5.00
33 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                    5.09
34 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         5.34
35 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                    7.47
36 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                           8.04
37 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                   8.16
38 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          9.00
39 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                9.07
40 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                         9.08
41 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           9.09
42 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  9.11
43 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                             9.26
44 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                               9.27
45 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                          10.12
46 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                10.17
47 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                     10.21
48 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   10.29
49 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                             10.37
50 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                            10.38
51 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  12.06
52 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                   12.29
53 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                    13.02
54 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  13.04
55 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       13.07
56 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                    13.18
57 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                 
58 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    13.24
59 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                   13.28
60 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                         13.29
61 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               13.40
62 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              15.34
63 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                     15.45
64 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      16.27
65 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  16.54
66 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                               17.05
67 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                     17.48
68 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                          17.52
69 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                        
70 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   18.03
71 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                    18.04
72 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 18.20
73 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                           18.27
74 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          18.43
75 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                        18.52
76 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                            19.14
77 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                        20.29
78 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    20.53
79 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               20.56
80 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                
81 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   20.57
82 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   21.27
83 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      21.28
84 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      21.29
85 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   22.17
86 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                     22.20
87 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             22.36
88 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          22.50
89 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                  23.39
90 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                       24.40
91 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   24.45
92 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                       24.58
93 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           25.03
94 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             25.06
95 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    25.31
96 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               25.36
97 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                 25.37
98 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                         25.40
99 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                     25.41
100 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                            
101 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                         
102 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                      25.42
103 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          25.49
104 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         25.55
105 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                          26.22
106 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       26.28
107 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                     26.33
108 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                       27.15
109 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                       27.20
110 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                      27.32
111 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   27.56
112 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                   28.03
113 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                        28.09
114 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                          28.43
115 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                    28.46
116 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                    30.05
117 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                30.07
118 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                 30.11
119 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          30.20
120 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation    30.24
121 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                             30.34
122 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                31.26
123 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                  31.55
124 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 32.36
125 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           32.53
126 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                       37.19
127 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                           38.18
128 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                
129 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                   38.27
 
Points classification
 
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                               90 pts
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   69
3 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          64
4 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                          54
5 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                            52
6 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                43
7 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    42
8 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   38
9 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                      36
10 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                      34
11 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott            27
12 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  26
13 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                               24
14 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                         21
15 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         20
16 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                      19
17 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                 15
18 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                          15
19 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                      13
20 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  13
21 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           10
22 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                           10
23 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                              9
24 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                          9
25 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                          9
26 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                                8
27 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                        6
28 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                             6
29 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                           5
30 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                      4
31 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              3
32 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     3
33 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                            2
34 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    2
35 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                           1
36 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                              1
37 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  1
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                              8.49.23
2 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                        0.06
3 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  0.10
4 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 0.30
5 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                        1.04
6 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                        1.14
7 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                   
8 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                         4.04
9 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                            4.14
10 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         4.21
11 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                    7.21
12 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          8.34
13 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                8.41
14 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           8.43
15 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                             9.00
16 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   10.03
17 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  11.40
18 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                    12.52
19 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                         13.03
20 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                     15.19
21 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      16.01
22 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                               16.39
23 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                     17.22
24 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   17.37
25 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                           18.01
26 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          18.17
27 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                        18.26
28 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                        20.03
29 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               20.30
30 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      21.02
31 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      21.03
32 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   21.51
33 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             22.10
34 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                       24.32
35 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             24.40
36 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               25.10
37 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                 25.11
38 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                         25.14
39 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                       25.16
40 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                    27.37
41 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         27.43
42 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                           28.17
43 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                     28.20
44 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     29.39
45 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation     29.58
46 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                              30.08
47 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                 31.00
48 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  32.10
49 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                            37.52
50 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
51 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                    38.01
 
Teams classification
 
1 Quick Step                                                          26.15.20
2 Silence-Lotto                                                           0.09
3 Skil-Shimano                                                            2.47
4 Crédit Agricole                                                         3.00
5 Bouygues Telecom                                                        5.06
6 Liquigas                                                                9.06
7 Slipstream Chipotle - H30                                               9.14
8 Lampre                                                                  9.47
9 Team Milram                                                            11.57
10 Saunier Duval-Scott                                                   12.15
11 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   12.17
12 Tinkoff Credit Systems                                                17.47
13 Drapac PORSHE                                                         22.55
14 BMC Racing Team                                                       23.50
15 Cofidis                                                               46.59
16 Doha Team                                                             48.27
17 Iran Cycling Federation                                               50.01