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7th Tour of Qatar - 2.1

Qatar, January 27-February 1, 2008

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Stage 5 - January 31: Al Khor Academy - Al Khor Corniche, 170 km

Napolitano gets his prize scalp

Two in a row for Italian riders, Boonen avoids crash and retains lead

By Shane Stokes in Doha

Napolitano looked pleased to have won.
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Italian sprinter Danilo Napolitano got the perfect birthday present when he outsprinted Tom Boonen for the first time in his career, winning stage five of the Tour of Qatar.

The Lampre rider beat yesterday's stage victor Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff Credit Systems) and Boonen to the line at the Al Khor Corniche, with Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas), Nicolai Trussov (Tinkoff Credit Systems) and Luciano Pagliarini (Saunier Duval) next home.

A total of 57 riders were in the lead group, but at least fifteen of these crashed or were held up inside the final 500 metres. Three riders from Team Slipstream went down, with Julian Dean and Chris Sutton suffering cuts and bruises and Mangus Backstedt breaking his collarbone. The crash occurred when Backstedt clipped the wheel of Woulter Weylandt (Quick Step) while driving the team's leadout train.

Napolitano was, predictably, delighted to come out best on his 27th birthday. The 2007 Giro d'Italia stage winner had this week finished third and second on stages two and three of the Tour of Qatar.

"I beat Petacchi and McEwen at the Tour of Italy, but this is the first time that I have won ahead of Tom Boonen," he told Cyclingnews after the prize presentation. "It was a bit dangerous at the end because of Backstedt's crash, but it was 500 metres to go and didn't affect my sprint.

"It was a good stage, and it is great to win. It gives me motivation [for the future]."

Boonen successfully held onto his race leader's jersey and looks increasingly likely to take his second overall victory on the Doha Corniche tomorrow. He is now 17 seconds ahead of team-mate Steven de Jongh and 30" up on Greg Van Avermaet (Silence Lotto), the best young rider.

"The sprint went perfectly until Backstedt touched the wheel of Woulter Weylandt," he stated. "That created a gap and meant that Steven De Jongh was up front with five or six riders. I doubted for a moment if I should go after him, but then I thought that perhaps the others could beat him. I closed the gap, but I waited too long in doing so…I only sprinted for a few metres, then I realised it was too late."

This does contrast somewhat with the footage of the sprint, which showed that Boonen was second wheel to De Jongh at 150 metres to go. Napolitano jumped and was clearly quicker, despite taking a longer line around the last curve. Loddo too got by the Belgian, who appeared to lack some of his usual oomph in the sprint.

Boonen had finished yesterday to Loddo and was determined to reassert himself as the fastest man in the race today. However he recognised that the biggest priority is to steer clear of trouble, especially with the leader's jersey on his back. "The most important thing is that we didn't ourselves get injured in Backstedt's crash."

Race leader Tom Boonen (Quick Step).
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Boonen was asked after the stage if his successes here in the past have meant that people have an unrealistic expectation that he will come out on top. "Winning is not guaranteed," he replied. "Don't forget that this is perhaps the most nervous race of the year."

Backstedt can certainly back up that assertion. He put in a very strong surge with about 500 metres to go and was overtaking the Quick Step leadout train when the accident happened. It was looking very good for Slipstream at that point, but things didn't work out.

"I just dipped my head down quickly to check I still had Julian Dean on my wheel," he told Cyclingnews several hours after the stage."As I looked up he [Woulter Wylandt] had just swung over and I had nowhere to go. I had no time to react, I just went over the bars. That was it.

"Up until that point it looked fantastic. We had 450 metres to go, I still hadn't opened up the gas fully and we still had Julian [Dean] to go before Chris [Sutton]. It was as good as they come. It is just a shame that we couldn't pull it off."

"It happened really quick," said Sutton. "I was sitting on Julian's wheel, it was one of the best places to be because he was sitting on Maggie [Magnus Backstedt]. Then basically there was just a tip of wheels and we all went down.

"I felt really good up to that point. I felt really strong, just every day I am getting better and better. Tomorrow is another day, I will try again."

Had Sutton pulled off a win and Greg Van Avermaet finished third or further back, the bonifications would have meant that he would have moved ahead of the Belgian in the best young rider competition. He would also have been up to third overall.

That said, Van Avermaet also felt that the accident affected his chances. He crossed the line in fourth place, but said afterwards that Backstedt's crash had delayed him.

"I had to brake just after the fall and the sprint was over then. But I am happy that I didn't fall myself and my condition is good. I don't think I would have won without the crash...winning is too much for me, as to beat guys like Boonen and Napolitano would be very difficult. But maybe when I am a little bit older it will be different."

Still, for Van Avermaet and Sutton, the young riders will have a chance to go up against their older rivals in the final stage. They've also got the considerable motivation of the fight for the young riders jersey and a top three place overall.

How it unfolded

129 riders lined out in warm conditions for the start of the penultimate stage of the Tour of Qatar, the longest in the race at 170 kilometres. It ran from Al Khor Academy to Al Khor Corniche, located beside each other, and finishing in the same place as the previous day's fourth stage.

Heading out northwest from the small town and then looping around the top of the peninsula, there were two intermediate sprints en route. These came at Al Zubarah (97km) and Umm Suwaiya (161km).

Race leader Tom Boonen was chilled out before the start, posing for photographs with Belgians who live in Qatar and even donning festive hats that they had with them. Despite the generally relaxed atmosphere, the hammer went down soon after the drop of the flag and the bunch was split into three pieces.

After 19 kilometres of racing the gap was 35 seconds back to the second group. However the chasers gradually reduced this lead and the whole peloton came back together at the 38 kilometre point. Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team) then attacked immediately after the regrouping, but was brought back.

The strong tailwind saw 56 kilometres being covered in the first hour. Soon after that mark, Omar Hasanin (Doha Team) and Hossein Jahanbanian (Iran Cycling Federation) struck out and rapidly gained time. Both were involved in yesterday's breakaway and have been among the most aggressive riders this week.

They had 35 seconds lead after 64 kilometres of racing, then a stall in the bunch saw them add four minutes to this in just nine kilometres. Despite that buffer, this lead evaporated over the next twenty kilometres due to the driving by the Quick Step and Silence-Lotto teams. The duo were caught just before the first intermediate sprint at Al Zubarah (97km), taken by Steven De Jongh (Quick Step) ahead of Frederick Willems (Liquigas) and Nico Eeckhout (Topsport Vlaanderen).

The peloton had broken into two groups by this point and the gap grew rapidly. It was 20 seconds at kilometre 118, then up to 2'55" after 140 kilometres of racing.

Mitchell Docker (Drapac Porsche) broke away before the second intermediate sprint at Umm Suwaiya (161km). De Jongh and Tjallinghi (Silence-Lotto) led the bunch over the line, with the peloton catching the Australian soon afterwards and then staying largely together until the finish.

The speed ramped up as the riders travelled along the same closing kilometres as yesterday, thundering along Al Khor's Corniche. Slipstream Chipotle - H3O were trying to set Chris Sutton up for the sprint, both for the best young rider competition and also in the hope that he could land a stage victory. However a clash of wheels between Weylandt and Backstedt saw the latter hit the deck and several others also fall. The 2004 Paris-Roubaix victor came out worst, breaking his collarbone.

Napolitano avoided the carnage and sprinted in ahead of yesterday's victor Loddo and Boonen. Sutton had also fallen but remounted and retained his sixth place overall plus his second behind Van Avermaet in the young rider competition.

All the riders from 65th place back lost 10'31", with the exception of two who retired. They were Bouygues Telecom's Franck Renier and Yohann Gene, both of whom fell during the stage. Gene dislocated his collarbone in the accident.

What's next

The final stage of the 2008 Tour of Qatar is 120 kilometres in length and goes from Al Wakra to Doha Corniche. There are intermediate sprints at Mesaieed (16km) and on the third out of seven crossings of the finish line. This final circuit is nine kilometres in length.

Photography

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Results

1 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                       3.49.14 (44.50 km/h)
2 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                  
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                                 
4 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                            
5 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                
6 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott               
7 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                        
8 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                         
9 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                            
10 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    
12 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                         
13 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                             
14 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                            
15 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                               
16 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                         
17 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
18 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
19 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                             
20 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
21 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
22 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                                
23 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                                 
24 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     
25 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                       
26 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                               
27 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                             
28 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                            
29 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                               
30 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                       
31 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     
32 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                        
33 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
34 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                           
35 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                  
36 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                        
37 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                        
38 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                    
39 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           
40 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                          
41 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                        
42 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                            
43 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                        0.36
44 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                     0.38
45 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                          
46 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                          
47 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                         
48 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
49 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                           
50 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                                 
51 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                              
52 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                   
53 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
54 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                  
55 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                       1.03
56 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                        1.11
57 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    1.19
58 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           
59 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                    1.27
60 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          2.07
61 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                 
62 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                         
63 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
64 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                  
65 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                        10.31
66 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                            
67 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                              
68 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
69 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                          
70 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                               
71 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          
72 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
73 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                          
74 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
75 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                             
76 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                            
77 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                              
78 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                        
79 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
80 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                               
81 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           
82 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          
83 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
84 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                                
85 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                
86 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                         
87 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                  
88 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation          
89 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                                 
90 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                             
91 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                      
92 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        
93 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                      
94 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                          
95 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                      
96 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                
97 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
98 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
99 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                               
100 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                                
101 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                        
102 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                                  
103 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                      
104 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                      
105 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                               
106 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                      
107 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                            
108 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
109 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                   
110 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       
111 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                            
112 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               
113 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                           
114 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
115 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                        
116 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       
117 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                            
118 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        
119 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                          
120 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
121 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                             
122 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                           
123 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                               
124 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       
125 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                
126 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                      
127 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            
 
Points

Sprint 1: Al Zubarah - 97.0km

1 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                           3 pts
2 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                            2
3 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    1
 
Sprint 2: Umm Suwaiya - 161.0km

1 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        3 pts
2 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                           2
3 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                   1
 
Sprint 3: Al Khor Corniche - 170.0km

1 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                            30 pts
2 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                27
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                               25
4 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                          23
5 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              21
6 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott             19
7 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                      17
8 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       15
9 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                          13
10 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  11
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  10
12 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                        9
13 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                            8
14 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           7
15 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                              6
16 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                        5
17 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              4
18 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   3
19 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                            2
20 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  1
 
Young Rider

1 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                         3.49.14
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     
3 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                          
4 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                              
5 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                     
6 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                              
7 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                         
8 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                                 
9 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                                
10 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                     
11 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                           
12 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                  
13 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                          
14 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                            
15 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
16 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                  
17 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           
18 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          2.07
19 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                               
20 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         10.31
21 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
22 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          
23 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
24 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                            
25 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                              
26 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                        
27 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           
28 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           
29 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          
30 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
31 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                         
32 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                  
33 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation          
34 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                             
35 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                      
36 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                          
37 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                      
38 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
39 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                    
40 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                                 
41 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                         
42 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                                   
43 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                                
44 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        
45 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                                    
46 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
47 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                        
48 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                           
49 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                              
50 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                            
51 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                       
 
Team

1 Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              11.27.42
2 Liquigas                                                                    
3 Silence - Lotto                                                             
4 Quick Step                                                                  
5 Lampre                                                                      
6 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                         
7 Skil-Shimano                                                                
8 Credit Agricole                                                             
9 Saunier Duval - Scott                                                       
10 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                                               
11 Slipstream Chipotle                                                        
12 Team Milram                                                            0.38
13 Drapac Porshe                                                         10.31
14 Bouygues Telecom                                                           
15 Doha Team                                                             21.02
16 BMC Racing Team                                                            
17 Iran Cycling Federation                                               31.33
 
General classification after stage 5

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                         12.38.07
2 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                        0.17
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                 0.30
4 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                        0.36
5 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                  0.40
6 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1.00
7 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                1.03
8 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                     1.13
9 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              1.18
10 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                   1.31
11 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         1.40
12 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                    1.41
13 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                        
14 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                       1.44
15 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                  
16 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                             1.47
17 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott          1.50
18 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                        2.06
19 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                        2.30
20 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                       3.15
21 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                        4.15
22 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                       4.28
23 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                           4.35
24 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                                4.40
25 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                           4.44
26 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                              
27 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         4.51
28 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       4.54
29 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     5.04
30 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Credit Agricole                                    6.40
31 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                   8.20
32 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                         9.02
33 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                           9.13
34 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  9.15
35 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                               9.31
36 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                          10.16
37 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                10.21
38 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                             10.41
39 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                            10.42
40 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         11.11
41 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                      12.05
42 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                   12.33
43 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                    13.06
44 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  13.08
45 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       13.11
46 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                   13.32
47 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               13.43
48 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                       15.05
49 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                            15.29
50 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              15.38
51 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                     15.49
52 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        16.09
53 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                   18.22
54 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                           18.31
55 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                          18.39
56 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                    18.46
57 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          18.47
58 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                        18.56
59 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               19.42
60 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                            20.01
61 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                     20.56
62 Eric Berthou (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    20.57
63 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               21.00
64 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   21.04
65 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   22.18
66 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  22.41
67 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   22.50
68 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                    23.53
69 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                         24.04
70 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                       25.02
71 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             25.10
72 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                     25.45
73 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                          
74 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          25.59
75 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                      26.37
76 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      27.02
77 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                        27.19
78 Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  27.29
79 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                               27.40
80 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                    28.07
81 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                     28.23
82 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                          28.27
83 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                        
84 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   28.38
85 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 28.55
86 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                            29.49
87 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                        31.04
88 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                           31.31
89 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   31.32
90 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      32.03
91 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      32.04
92 Aymen Ben Hassine (Tun) Doha Team                                     32.55
93 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             33.11
94 Hossein Askari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                          33.25
95 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                  34.14
96 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Scott                       35.15
97 Peter Mc Donald (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   35.20
98 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           35.38
99 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    36.06
100 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                              36.11
101 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                36.12
102 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                        36.15
103 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                       36.16
104 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                      36.17
105 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          36.24
106 Guido Trenti (USA) Liquigas                                          36.57
107 Gene Bates (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       37.03
108 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Scott                       37.55
109 Abbas Saeiditanha (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                      38.07
110 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   38.31
111 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                        38.44
112 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                          39.18
113 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                    39.21
114 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                    40.40
115 Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team                                40.42
116 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                 40.46
117 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          40.55
118 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation    40.59
119 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                             41.09
120 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                42.01
121 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                  42.30
122 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 43.11
123 Amir Zargari (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                           43.28
124 Tareq Esmaeili (Qat) Doha Team                                       47.54
125 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                           48.53
126 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                
127 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                   49.02
 
Points classification

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                              115 pts
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre                                            82
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   79
4 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                          72
5 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                70
6 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                          64
7 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                      53
8 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott             46
9 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                    42
10 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  38
11 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                                      34
12 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                      34
13 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                         32
14 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  26
15 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  25
16 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                               24
17 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             24
18 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                         21
19 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         20
20 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                 16
21 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                          15
22 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                      13
23 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                           12
24 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                           10
25 Omar Hasanin (Syr) Doha Team                                              9
26 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                          9
27 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                        9
28 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                            8
29 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                                8
30 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                           7
31 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                        6
32 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                             6
33 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                              6
34 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                           5
35 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Silence - Lotto                                        5
36 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                      4
37 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                              4
38 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                       3
39 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     3
40 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   3
41 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                           2
42 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    2
43 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  2
44 Curvers Roy (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                            2
45 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                              1
46 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                           1
 
Young rider classification

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                             12.38.37
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 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                                        1.14
6 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                                   
7 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                            4.14
8 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                          4.21
9 Nicolaï Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                            8.43
10 Martyn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                         10.41
11 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                      11.35
12 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                       14.35
13 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                     15.19
14 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                   17.52
15 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre                                           18.01
16 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          18.17
17 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                        18.26
18 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               19.12
19 Roberto Longo (Ita) Lampre                                            19.31
20 Evert Verbist (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               20.30
21 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   20.34
22 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   21.48
23 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  22.11
24 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                    23.23
25 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                         23.34
26 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre                                       24.32
27 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             24.40
28 Dean Windsor (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      26.32
29 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream p/b Chipotle                               27.10
30 Abdelbasat Hanachi (Alg) Doha Team                                    27.37
31 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                     27.53
32 Robbie Williams (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                   28.08
33 Rafaa Chitioui (Tun) Doha Team                                        30.34
34 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      31.33
35 Angus Morton (Aus) Drapac Porshe                                      31.34
36 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                             32.41
37 Bart Vanheule (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                               35.41
38 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                 35.42
39 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                         35.45
40 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                       35.47
41 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                         38.14
42 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                           38.48
43 Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation                     38.51
44 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     40.10
45 Seyed Mostafa Seyed Rezaei Khormizi (IRI) Iran Cycling Federation     40.29
46 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                              40.39
47 Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Credit Agricole                                 41.31
48 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  42.41
49 Hamad Afif (Qat) Doha Team                                            48.23
50 Moosa Said (Qat) Doha Team                                                 
51 Khaleel Abduljanan (Qat) Doha Team                                    48.32
 
Team classification

1 Quick Step                                                          37.43.02
2 Silence - Lotto                                                         0.09
3 Skil-Shimano                                                            2.47
4 Credit Agricole                                                         3.00
5 Liquigas                                                                9.06
6 Slipstream Chipotle                                                     9.14
7 Lampre                                                                  9.47
8 Saunier Duval - Scott                                                  12.15
9 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                    12.17
10 Team Milram                                                           12.35
11 Bouygues Telecom                                                      15.37
12 Tinkoff Credit Systems                                                17.47
13 Drapac Porshe                                                         33.26
14 BMC Racing Team                                                       44.52
15 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                                          46.59
16 Doha Team                                                           1.09.29
17 Iran Cycling Federation                                             1.21.34