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2nd Tour of Ireland - 2.1

Ireland, August 27-31, 2008

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Stage 3 - August 29: Ballinrobe - Galway, 201km

Cavendish strengthens grip on yellow with third stage win

By Shane Stokes in Galway

Mark Cavendish (Columbia), The Unstoppable Sprint Machine,
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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Completing a hat-trick of stage victories and landing his sixteenth win of the season, Team Columbia's Mark Cavendish further extended his race lead on today's 201 kilometre third stage of the Tour of Ireland.

Italian rider Bernardo Riccio (Tinkoff Credit Systems) was second in the 93-man dash to the line in Salthill, Galway, with Julian Dean (Garmin Chipotle) and Alexander Kristoff (Joker Bianchi) third and fourth.

Cavendish was clearly quickest in the sprint but, with thirty kilometres remaining, it wasn't even certain that he'd be in the fight for the stage win. He was one of a large number of riders who crashed on the greasy descent off the final climb, and he had a long chase before he got back to the front group.

A gusting headwind
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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"When I came down, I was only 15 riders or so back," he said afterwards. "One of the teams put the hammer down a bit because they knew I was dropped, but we had one guy out front and he was able to get into that group, so if they towed him to the finish he technically could have got the yellow jersey. That worked in my favour and I had two guys stay with me. They towed me back, they worked 100 percent, and even I had to work today.

"Normally I sit on while the guys tow something back, but when there is a group away I have to work, otherwise I am not in the bike race. So I had to ride today and help pull it back. We got back with about 20 kilometres to go and that was it. It was just a case of controlling it then until the finish, which the guys did a perfect job of doing, and I was able to finish it off with a win."

Cavendish's dominance saw him further extend his race lead, ending the day twenty seconds ahead of Dean and 25 up on Kristoff. He is now two days away from winning the 2.1-ranked race, although he and his team are understandably cautious about their chances of defending his lead on the more mountainous final stages. Even so, Columbia riders Michael Barry and Marco Pinotti are both 34 seconds back and poised to strike if needs be.

Cavendish was asked at the finish if he could take all five stages. "I don't know, I think it is being optimistic if I think I am going to get five," he said. "I knew I could win the first three stages, and I think that in other years I could maybe go for the GC here and all five stages, I think, but I lost a lot of form by going to China [the Olympics].

"I don't think I am going to go for the overall here anyway. I think my job is done now...I will defend the yellow jersey as best as possible, but we have other options as well in case we need it."

Today's stage began in Ballinrobe and took the riders on a 201 kilometre loop through the rugged, lake dotted Connemara region. It featured two category two climbs, a pair of category three ascents and three An Post intermediate sprints.

Juan Francisco Mouron (Karpin Galicia)
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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A number of riders tried to get clear early on, with Kieran Page (Pezula Racing) and Kurt Hovelijnck (Topsport Vlaanderen) finally succeeding when they darted away inside the first twenty five kilometres. They surged away before the category two climb of Finny, and worked well together to build a maximum lead of three minutes 55 seconds.

Page was doing a greater share of the work and Hovelijnck suddenly dropped out of the break approximately 90 kilometres into the stage. He pulled to the side of the road for what was reported as a toilet stop, although it was uncertain afterwards if he had been experiencing stomach problems.

Page is one of several riders facing the end of the financially-troubled Pezula team and, like yesterday's lone escapee Fredrik Ericsson, he is using this race to chase a new deal for 2009. He plugged away over the following climbs and eked out a maximum advantage of five minutes ten seconds, collecting a cluster of points for the king of the mountains and sprint competitions.

However Cavendish's team was determined to set things up for another sprint and reduced his advantage in the latter part of the race. He was caught and passed by Spanish rider Juan Francisco Mouron (Karpin Galicia) approximately 65 kilometres from the finish, with both riders being subsequently reeled in by the peloton.

"I think everybody knows what Galway roads are like," said Page afterwards, referring to the heavy road surfaces. "It was hard, I was kind of hoping Mark [Cavendish] would get his boys to catch me earlier but they didn't, so I just had to get on with it. It was a really nice day, it was a beautiful place to be out hurting yourself on your own. It was a shame I didn't last a bit longer, but I was a bit cooked and not too well today."

Page had had an upset stomach last night and still felt a bit off during the stage. However he, like the other Pezula riders, are riding what is perhaps their last race with the financially-challenged team, and they are very motivated to show themselves. "I have got nothing for next year," he said. "This outfit is folding – it really folded long ago. We are here to showcase ourselves and get a ride for next season, really. It is obviously the aim.

Daniel Lloyd (An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly) and Simon Clarke (SouthAustralia.com/AIS) went clear after his recapture and carved out a lead of three minutes 12 seconds. They were out front for the final An Post sprint in Oughterard and the category two ascent of Keeagh, with Lloyd taking the first and Clarke the second, and stayed together until Lloyd crashed on the descent off the climb.

Cavendish, team-mate Adam Hansen and several others in the peloton also fell near that point of the course, with Hansen injuring his shoulder and pulling out of the race.

Lloyd had been riding strongly until his accident and the loss of his firepower clearly affected Clarke's chances of staying clear. The Australian did what he could but was finally recaptured inside the last 20 kilometres. Subsequent moves by Cameron Jennings (Pezula Racing) and then Kristian House (Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk) were also negated, as were a number of other attempts. That paved the way for another sprint victory by the dominant Mark Cavendish.

Galway is known as the ‘City of the Tribes’
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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The Manxman reinforced his lead in the yellow, green and white jersey competitions, while Matt Wilson (Team Type 1) did the same in the mountains classification.

Ciarán Power was once again the best Irishman, sprinting into Salthill in seventh place. He is twelfth overall, 34 seconds behind Cavendish and, like the other Pezula riders, hopes to do something before the conclusion of the 2.1-ranked race and thus secure a contract for next season.

"I have nothing for next year, but definitely don't feel like I am ready to stop," he said. "I want to do something in this race. The run in was good, the lads looked after me well. I felt good again today, but slipped back a little bit before that last corner. I was wary because I had already crashed on the [earlier] descent and I thought that everybody was going to crash on that last corner.

"We came around it and I let rip really early and passed a load of guys, but then it was too late to move up even more. I was worried about crashing on that last corner, so I didn't throw the bike into it. Anyway, I felt really, really strong today. It [the team] could be finished on Sunday so I don't want to hold back. I think the next two days will be about who are the strong riders now. We will see how we are going...I feel all right."

The Tour of Ireland continues with two more difficult stages. Tomorrow's leg takes the riders 186 kilometres from Limerick to Dingle, crossing the category one climb of the Conor Pass and the second-cat Mount Eagle in the final fifty kilometres, while Sunday's final stage to Cork concludes with four ascents of the gruelling St. Patrick's Hill.

Wilson is one of those that the Columbia team must watch. He is climbing well and, being just 31 seconds back, has the potential to win the race.

"There is always a chance," he said. "I am getting mixed reports about what the last stage is like. Today I was feeling really strong on the last climb. Now that I have got a bit of a lead in this, I think I will concentrate a bit more on that [the general classification]."

Photography

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Images by Stephen McMahon

Results

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                 4.57.01 (39.59 km/h)
2 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              
3 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                  
5 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
6 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             
7 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                          
8 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                                  
9 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                 
10 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                           
11 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
12 Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                     
13 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              
14 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               
15 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                          
16 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        
17 Paul Healion (Irl) Irish National Team                                                   
18 David Abal Diego (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                                   
19 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          
20 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                       
21 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             
22 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1                                                          
23 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                        
24 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                               
25 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                     
26 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        
27 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                
28 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            
29 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         
30 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                   
31 Alex Wetterhall (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                      
32 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         
33 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               
34 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                      
35 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
36 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                               
37 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                                    
38 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
39 Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                
40 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                      
41 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              
42 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         
43 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Pezula Racing                                                     
44 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            
45 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         
46 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                       
47 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               
48 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                        
49 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                         
50 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1                                                   
51 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                      
52 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               
53 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                        
54 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team         
55 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Irish National Team                                             
56 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               
57 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                          
58 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                 
59 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                      
60 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                     
61 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                                   
62 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              
63 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 
64 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                              
65 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
66 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               
67 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                  
68 Sean Lacey (Irl) Irish National Team                                                     
69 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                   
70 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            
71 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                   
72 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                              
73 Matthew Kipling (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              
74 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                               
75 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                       
76 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              
77 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                 
78 Dan Fleeman (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team               
79 Lee Davis (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                    
80 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                               
81 Ramón Troncoso Sobrino (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                             
82 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
83 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                       
84 Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                    
85 Jay Thomson (RSA) Team MTN                                                               
86 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team MTN                                                            
87 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                   
88 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                   
89 Andrew Roche (Irl) Pinarello Racing Team                                                 
90 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team                                                   
91 Simon Holt (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                          
92 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             
93 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                  
94 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team    0.42
95 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                             0.47
96 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                   2.01
97 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                      
98 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                   2.03
99 Alejandro Paleo Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                       2.21
100 Matthew King (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         2.29
101 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                     6.56
DNF Adam Hansen (Aus) Team Columbia                                                         
DNF Delio Fernández Cruz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                              
DNF Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacofbeo Galicia                                                
DNS Ingar Stokstad (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                    
 
Sprints 
 
Westport
1 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                5 pts
2 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                          3
3 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               2
4 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                          1
 
Louisburgh
1 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                          5 pts
2 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                3
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                       2
4 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                       1
 
Oughterard
1 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              5 pts
2 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              3
3 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               2
4 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              1
 
Mountains
 
Cat 2: Finny
1 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                         10 pts
2 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                7
3 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         4
4 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                   2
5 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                        1
 
Cat 3: Leenáun
1 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                          6 pts
2 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         4
3 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                              2
4 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                   1
 
Cat 3: Maumturk
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         6 pts
2 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                   4
3 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                  2
4 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1                                                   1

Cat 2: Keeagh
1 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             10 pts
2 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              7
3 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         4
4 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                      2
5 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                          1
 
Teams
 
1 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                               14.51.03
2 Pinarello CandiTV                                                                         
3 Tinkoff - Credit Systems                                                                  
4 Karpin Galicia Cycling Team                                                               
5 Pezula                                                                                    
6 Joker Bianchi Team                                                                        
7 Team Columbia                                                                             
8 Rabobank                                                                                  
9 Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk                                                              
10 SouthAustralia.com/AIS                                                                   
11 Team Type 1 Cycling Team                                                                 
12 Garmin Chipotle H30                                                                      
13 An Post Sean Kelly Team                                                                  
14 Irish National Team                                                                      
15 CSF Group Navigare                                                                       
16 MTN Energade                                                                             
 
General classification after stage 3
 
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                13.54.42
2 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                        0.20
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                              0.25
4 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                             0.29
5 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                    0.30
6 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team           0.31
7 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                          
8 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                            0.32
9 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               
10 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                      0.33
11 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                            0.34
12 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                         
13 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        
14 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          
15 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              
16 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                       
17 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
18 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            
19 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                               
20 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                      
21 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                        
22 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                      
23 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1                                                   
24 Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                
25 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         
26 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                               
27 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             
28 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                      
29 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        
30 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         
31 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               
32 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team         
33 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               
34 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                                    
35 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Pezula Racing                                                     
36 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                 
37 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               
38 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                 
39 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                        
40 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              
41 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 
42 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                               
43 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            
44 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                   
45 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            
46 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
47 Dan Fleeman (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team               
48 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
49 Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                    
50 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                          
51 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                   
52 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                              0.56
53 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               
54 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                             1.02
55 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          1.24
56 David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                               2.07
57 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               2.10
58 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                   2.37
59 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                               3.38
60 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team MTN                                                            
61 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               3.51
62 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team    4.20
63 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                              4.31
64 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                   4.49
65 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                      10.08
66 Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                10.12
67 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                             10.14
68 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1                                                          
69 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                   
70 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                              
71 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                      
72 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         
73 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               
74 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                         
75 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             
76 Simon Holt (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                          
77 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                            11.01
78 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team       13.05
79 Matthew Kipling (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              
80 Ramón Troncoso Sobrino (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                             
81 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                       
82 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                 13.16
83 Jay Thomson (RSA) Team MTN                                                          13.18
84 Andrew Roche (Irl) Pinarello Racing Team                                                 
85 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                  13.35
86 Paul Healion (Irl) Irish National Team                                              13.45
87 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                     
88 Sean Lacey (Irl) Irish National Team                                                     
89 Alex Wetterhall (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                 15.13
90 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team                                              15.33
91 Alejandro Paleo Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                      15.39
92 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                   16.46
93 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                          16.49
94 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                     17.05
95 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                18.55
96 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                        18.58
97 David Abal Diego (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                              22.35
98 Matthew King (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         24.24
99 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                         25.21
100 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Irish National Team                                       25.24
101 Lee Davis (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              30.53
 
Points classification
 
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                      54 pts
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                44
3 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                          34
4 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              27
5 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               26
6 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 23
7 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                          20
8 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                        17
9 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                    15
10 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                              15
11 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                        15
12 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 14
13 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                           14
14 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                     13
15 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                      13
16 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team      10
17 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team          10
18 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                             9
19 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                         8
20 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                                8
21 Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                    8
22 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  7
23 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                        6
24 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             5
25 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                       5
26 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                         5
27 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                       5
28 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             5
29 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                             5
30 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                     4
31 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                             4
32 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             3
33 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                      3
34 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1                                                         3
35 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                      1
36 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                      1
 
Mountains Classification
 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                        57 pts
2 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             21
3 Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                         16
4 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                             15
5 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             12
6 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                    12
7 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  10
8 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                       8
9 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                        8
10 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                               7
11 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             7
12 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                  7
13 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                      4
14 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1                                                  4
15 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             4
16 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                 4
17 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                       3
18 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                     2
19 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                      2
20 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                              1
21 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                         1
22 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  1
23 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                  1
24 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                     1
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                13.54.42
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                              0.25
3 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                           0.32
4 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                       0.33
5 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                             0.34
6 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                           
7 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                        
8 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                    
9 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             
10 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                               
11 Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                
12 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         
13 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             
14 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        
15 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         
16 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               
17 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               
18 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               
19 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                 
20 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 
21 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            
22 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                   
23 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            
24 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
25 Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                    
26 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                              0.56
27 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               
28 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          1.24
29 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               2.10
30 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                   2.37
31 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               3.51
32 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                              4.31
33 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                   4.49
34 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                      10.08
35 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                             10.14
36 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                   
37 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                              
38 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         
39 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               
40 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                         
41 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             
42 Simon Holt (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                          
43 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                            11.01
44 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                 13.16
45 Jay Thomson (RSA) Team MTN                                                          13.18
46 Alex Wetterhall (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                 15.13
47 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                   16.46
48 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                          16.49
49 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                        18.58
50 David Abal Diego (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                              22.35
51 Matthew King (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         24.24
 
Teams classification
 
1 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                               41.45.48
2 CSF Group Navigare                                                                        
3 Pinarello CandiTV                                                                         
4 Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk                                                              
5 Rabobank                                                                                  
6 Garmin Chipotle H30                                                                       
7 Tinkoff - Credit Systems                                                                  
8 Team Type 1 Cycling Team                                                                  
9 Karpin Galicia Cycling Team                                                               
10 Joker Bianchi Team                                                                       
11 Team Columbia                                                                            
12 SouthAustralia.com/AIS                                                                   
13 An Post Sean Kelly Team                                                                  
14 MTN Energade                                                                             
15 Pezula                                                                               9.40
16 Irish National Team                                                                 11.13

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