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2nd Tour of Ireland - 2.1

Ireland, August 27-31, 2008

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Stage 4 - August 30: Limerick - Dingle, 186km

Downing takes over as Cavendish fades

By Shane Stokes in Dingle

Russel Downing (Pinarello) gets the win.
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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Pinarello CandiTv rider Russell Downing jumped from eighth to first the general classification at the Tour of Ireland today, moving into the race lead when he won the hilly fourth stage.

In doing so the British Premier Calendar winner landed what was probably the best result of his career, and closed to within one day of winning the 2.1-ranked international event.

The thirty year old Pinarello CandiTV outsprinted Gonzalo Rabunal (Karpin Galicia), mountains leader Matthew Wilson (Team Type 1) and twenty others to the line in Dingle. Overnight race leader Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia) lost contact with the front runners approximately 45 kilometres from the finish, slipping backwards on the category one climb of the Conor Pass and eventually finishing eight minutes 35 seconds back.

Downing was delighted with the outcome of what was a very dramatic day's racing. "I knew the hammer was going to go down on the Conor Pass, so I sat in the top ten. I was feeling good and made the front group. I'd got a bonus sprint early on and also got the one which came just after the Conor Pass…that was a good sign that I was going well.

Once on the finishing circuit, he appeared to be under pressure for a period, sitting towards the back of the group and looking uncomfortable due to the high speeds. However he recovered and kept his cool when his chain came off at a crucial point, even though he briefly lost contact with the group then. The mishap occurred at the bottom of the second category climb of Mount Eagle, approximately sixteen kilometres from the end of the stage.

"I dropped my chain on the last climb but didn't panic; I just carried on riding and got over it in the group, which was great," he said. "Then it was really fast on the run-in with attacks everywhere. I was going with those, I was in a little group two kilometres out. I then ended up second wheel with one kilometre to go, which I knew was too early. But then on the last corner everyone went right and I hit some gravel…I had to go the full way around the corner, which put me into about eighth spot. I wasn't happy with that. I put in a bit of a surge to get back to the front. They all swung to the right so I took my opportunity and hit them quite early."

The sun tried to come out at Connor Pass.
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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Looking at the composition of the group and considering the profile of the stage, he had been feeling good about his odds. "I thought I had a good chance for the stage win when I saw Mark Cavendish wasn't there," he said. "The only other guy I was worried about was Julian Dean, he was sprinting well too and got up in the bonus sprints. But it is always a different sprint when you have been over some big climbs…a lot of people have dead legs, and are just looking at each other.

"I think it was a sprint over a good four hundred or 350 metres. You get the feeling when there is no-one around you. I looked under my arm and could that there was no-one there, then I saw someone come to my right as I put my hands up, but the win was there."

Once Cavendish was dropped, New Zealand's Julian Dean (Garmin Chipotle) became race leader on the road. He had started in Limerick this morning in second place overall and his team rode strongly to try to put him into yellow. Following a number of attacks, Magnus Backstedt joined Wesley Sulzberger (SouthAustralia.com/AIS) and Peter Williams (Pinarello CandiTV) in an early break, forcing Cavendish's team to chase. Then, once the Manx rider was dropped, David Millar drove hard after the big climb to further distance him and to help Dean's chances.

However that plan was foiled by Downing, who had started the day twelve seconds behind Dean but picked up a chunk of time bonuses via two intermediate sprint wins plus the stage victory. He finished up two seconds clear of his Kiwi rival and a further nine ahead of Wilson.

The Irish riders were exceptionally keen on being in the breaks
Photo ©: Stephen McMahon
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He had a clear game-plan going into the stage and followed that. "It was a hard day. I knew the hammer was going to go down on the Conor Pass, so I sat really high up in the top ten. I was feeling good and made the front group. Just after the Conor Pass and I took that as well. That was a good sign that I was sprinting well."

It is the latest result in a strong season for the Britain-based rider, who won three stages of the Cinturón Ciclista a Mallorca plus a host of Premier Calendar races. He's been on a run, but this is clearly his best result of the year.

David Millar was one of the strongest riders on the stage and said afterwards that he was a little disappointed with the outcome. "I thought that Julian was in yellow – I didn't realise that Russell Downing had won the two intermediate sprints. That was disappointing but, looking at it now, it might be for the better as we don't have to defend it today. We go into the final stage without that pressure, and will do what we can to get the win for Julian.

"It'd mean a lot if we could do it. He's pretty good on climbs like St. Patrick's Hill so we'll see how it goes."

The stage had been very quick from the start, with the first An Post intermediate sprint coming just 3.6 kilometres after the drop of the flag. Downing showed his intentions when he beat Cavendish, Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (CSF Group Navigare) and Alexander Gottfried (Tinkoff Credit Systems) in Patrickswell, and the speed continued afterwards. Many riders tried to get clear but nothing stuck until Backstedt, Williams and Sulzberger went away approximately 50 kilometres after the start.

They crossed the prime line in Athea in that order and built a maximum lead of five minutes and two seconds. However first Williams and then Backstedt were dropped by Sulzberger on the Conor Pass, inside the final 50 kilometres, with the leader then being passed by David George and the other front runners before the top.

Mark Cassidy was best Irish rider on the stage, finishing two minutes four seconds adrift in 28th place. An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly teammate Stephen Gallagher was three places and two minutes six seconds further back.

Cassidy is now 24th in the general classification, two minutes 22 seconds away from the race lead.

The 2.1-ranked race concludes tomorrow with a tough stage from Killarney to Cork. The 144 kilometre leg takes in four ascents of the feared St. Patrick's Hill and could well shake up the general classification once more. Seventeen riders are within eighteen seconds or less of Downing, keeping things very much up in the air and ensuring that the final winner will remain undecided right until the end.

Photography

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Images by Stephen McMahon

Results

1 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                          4.19.56 (42.93 km/h)
2 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                                 
3 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                           
4 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                                
5 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                                 
6 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team                
7 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                     
8 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                     
9 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                             
10 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                
11 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 
12 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                          
13 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                       
14 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                               
15 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                         
16 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                         
17 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                    
18 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                      
19 Dan Fleeman (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team                
20 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                                
21 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                        
22 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                   
23 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                           0.05
24 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                       0.59
25 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          
26 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                    
27 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                        
28 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team           2.04
29 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                   
30 Ramón Troncoso Sobrino (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                              
31 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team      4.10
32 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                                     
33 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                    
34 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                       
35 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                                
36 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         8.35
37 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                    
38 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                
39 Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                 
40 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             
41 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                 
42 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team                                                    
43 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                        
44 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                  
45 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               
46 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  
47 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                        
48 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                    
49 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                       
50 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                             
51 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1                                                          
52 Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                     
53 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Pezula Racing                                                      
54 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                          
55 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                         
56 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                
57 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                           11.08
58 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                           
59 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              
60 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team MTN                                                             
61 Lee Davis (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                     
62 Alejandro Paleo Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                            
63 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                       
64 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                       
65 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                  
66 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                               
67 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               
68 Matthew Kipling (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                          16.19
69 Alex Wetterhall (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                       
70 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                         
71 Sean Lacey (Irl) Irish National Team                                                      
72 Jay Thomson (RSA) Team MTN                                                                
73 Andrew Roche (Irl) Pinarello Racing Team                                                  
74 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                
75 Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                      
76 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                           
77 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Irish National Team                                              
78 Paul Healion (Irl) Irish National Team                                                    
79 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                             17.23
80 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1                                                           
81 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             
82 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                         
83 Simon Holt (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                           
84 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   
85 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  
86 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                            
87 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                        
88 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team         
89 Matthew King (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               
90 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              
91 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
92 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                          
93 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                    
94 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        
DNF Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                                 
DNF Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Team Type 1                                                   
DNF David Abal Diego (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                                   
DNF David O'Loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                     
DNF Kieran Page (GBr) Pezula Racing                                                          
DNS David McCann (Irl) Irish National Team                                                   
DNS Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                       
 
Sprints
 
Patrickswell
1 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                5 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                        3
3 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                        2
4 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                          1
 
Athea
1 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                       5 pts
2 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                3
3 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          2
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                  1
 
Dingle
1 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                5 pts
2 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                            3
3 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                               2
4 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                         1
 
Mountains
 
Cat 1: Connor Pass
1 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                              15 pts
2 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         12
3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                        10
4 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                                8
5 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                6
6 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team               4
7 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                         2
8 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                           1
Cat 2: Mount Eagle
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         10 pts
2 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                               7
3 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             4
4 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                         2
5 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                                1
 
Teams
 
1 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                                12.59.48
2 Tinkoff - Credit Systems                                                                   
3 Team Columbia                                                                              
4 An Post Sean Kelly Team                                                                2.04
5 Team Type 1 Cycling Team                                                               4.10
6 SouthAustralia.com/AIS                                                                 5.09
7 Joker Bianchi Team                                                                     8.35
8 Garmin Chipotle H30                                                                    9.34
9 Rabobank                                                                                   
10 Karpin Galicia Cycling Team                                                          10.39
11 MTN Energade                                                                         11.13
12 CSF Group Navigare                                                                   11.38
13 Pinarello CandiTV                                                                    17.10
14 Pezula                                                                                    
15 Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk                                                         21.20
16 Irish National Team                                                                  23.53
 
General classification after stage 4
 
1 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                         18.14.54
2 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                         0.02
3 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                       0.11
4 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                             0.12
5 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                              0.13
6 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team            0.15
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                                
8 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 0.18
9 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                        
10 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                         
11 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                                
12 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                          
13 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                
14 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                               
15 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                         
16 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                    
17 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                                
18 Dan Fleeman (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team                
19 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                               0.40
20 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                    1.12
21 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                      1.16
22 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                1.17
23 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                           
24 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team           2.22
25 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                3.35
26 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                   4.28
27 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team          
28 Roger Aiken (Irl) Irish National Team                                                     
29 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                                
30 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                    4.33
31 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                               6.19
32 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                    8.17
33 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                              8.44
34 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                             8.53
35 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               
36 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                          
37 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                        
38 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             
39 Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                 
40 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                
41 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                         
42 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Pezula Racing                                                      
43 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             
44 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                             
45 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                    
46 Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                     
47 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                            9.15
48 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                  11.23
49 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                      11.26
50 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              
51 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                  
52 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                               11.57
53 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          12.16
54 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                               14.08
55 Neil MacDonald (RSA) Team MTN                                                        14.30
56 Ramón Troncoso Sobrino (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                         14.53
57 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                      16.36
58 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                    17.41
59 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                  
60 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  
61 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1                                                     18.33
62 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                 18.39
63 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               19.17
64 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                             19.20
65 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                  21.06
66 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                               
67 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team    21.27
68 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                  21.35
69 Paul Griffin (Irl) Irish National Team                                               23.52
70 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                          25.10
71 Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                 26.15
72 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                
73 Alejandro Paleo Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                       26.31
74 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                       27.15
75 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                              27.21
76 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1                                                           
77 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                          
78 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
79 Simon Holt (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                           
80 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                           27.41
81 Matthew Kipling (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                          29.08
82 Jay Thomson (RSA) Team MTN                                                           29.21
83 Andrew Roche (Irl) Pinarello Racing Team                                                  
84 Paul Healion (Irl) Irish National Team                                               29.48
85 Sean Lacey (Irl) Irish National Team                                                      
86 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team        30.12
87 Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        
88 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                   30.42
89 Alex Wetterhall (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                  31.16
90 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                    32.49
91 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         36.05
92 Stephen O'Sullivan (Irl) Irish National Team                                         41.27
93 Matthew King (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          41.31
94 Lee Davis (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                41.45
 
Points classification
 
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                       57 pts
2 Russel Downing (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               52
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                 45
4 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                           44
5 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                26
6 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  23
7 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   22
8 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                20
9 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                           20
10 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                        19
11 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                             17
12 Ciarán Power (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                        17
13 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                    15
14 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team             15
15 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                      15
16 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         15
17 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                              14
18 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            14
19 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                       13
20 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              11
21 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team       10
22 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team           10
23 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   9
24 Malcolm Elliott (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                              9
25 Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                     8
26 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                      7
27 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   7
28 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               6
29 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                      5
30 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                        5
31 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         5
32 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                        5
33 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              5
34 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                          5
35 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                              5
36 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                              4
37 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                       3
38 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                               3
39 Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Type 1                                                          3
40 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                              2
41 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                         2
42 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                        1
43 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                        1
44 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                       1
45 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                       1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Type 1                                                         79 pts
2 David George (RSA) Team MTN                                                              37
3 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              21
4 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              12
5 Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                     12
6 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   10
7 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia                                                        10
8 Kevin Evans (RSA) Team MTN                                                                9
9 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team               8
10 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia                                                       8
11 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                        8
12 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                7
13 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              7
14 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia                                                        7
15 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                                   7
16 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               6
17 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                                  4
18 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                       4
19 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                            4
20 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                          2
21 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                      2
22 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                       2
23 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                               1
24 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                   1
25 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                   1
26 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                      1
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Gonzalo Rabuñal Ríos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                         18.15.06
2 Simon Clarke (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                            0.03
3 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                 0.06
4 Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                           
5 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                 
6 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                0.28
7 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                       1.04
8 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                                 1.05
9 Mark Cassidy (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team            2.10
10 Stian Sommerseth (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                3.23
11 Adam Semple (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                            4.16
12 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia                                                    4.21
13 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                               6.07
14 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia                                                    8.05
15 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                              8.32
16 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                             8.41
17 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia                                        
18 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             
19 Thomas Murray (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                                 
20 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                                
21 Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                         
22 Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                             
23 Trent Lowe (Aus) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30                                             
24 Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                     
25 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                            9.03
26 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                      11.14
27 Johnny Walker (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                              
28 Travis Meyer (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          12.04
29 Alexandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Team Type 1                                               13.56
30 Juan Van Heerden (RSA) Team MTN                                                      16.24
31 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                             17.29
32 Frederick Nolf (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                                  
33 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1                                                     18.21
34 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                               19.05
35 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                             19.08
36 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                                          20.54
37 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia                                                  21.23
38 Peter Williams (GBr) Pinarello Racing Team                                           26.03
39 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Rabobank Continental                                       27.03
40 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                              27.09
41 Svein Vold (Nor) Joker - Bianchi                                                          
42 Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - M. Donnelly - Grant Thornton - Sean Kelly Team              
43 Simon Holt (GBr) Rapha Condor - Recycling.co.uk                                           
44 Miceal Concannon (Irl) Irish National Team                                           27.29
45 Jay Thomson (RSA) Team MTN                                                           29.09
46 Alex Wetterhall (Swe) Pezula Racing                                                  31.04
47 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing                                                    32.37
48 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                                         35.53
49 Matthew King (Aus) Southaustralia.com - AIS                                          41.19
 
Teams classification
 
1 Topsport Vlaanderen                                                                54.45.36
2 Tinkoff - Credit Systems                                                                   
3 Team Columbia                                                                              
4 An Post Sean Kelly Team                                                                2.04
5 Team Type 1 Cycling Team                                                               4.10
6 SouthAustralia.com/AIS                                                                 5.09
7 Joker Bianchi Team                                                                     8.35
8 Garmin Chipotle H30                                                                    9.34
9 Rabobank                                                                                   
10 Karpin Galicia Cycling Team                                                          10.39
11 MTN Energade                                                                         11.13
12 CSF Group Navigare                                                                   11.38
13 Pinarello CandiTV                                                                    17.10
14 Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk                                                         21.20
15 Pezula                                                                               26.50
16 Irish National Team                                                                  35.06

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