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SALTARA, Italy (VN) — After a hilly and technical stage-8 time trial, the general classification of the Giro d’Italia began to take shape Saturday, with a few major surprises among the overall contenders.
Bradley Wiggins had hoped to both win the stage and take the race lead, but the Sky captain was unable to do either.
A puncture and bike change, just 17 minutes into his 76-minute effort, proved to be the critical difference between Wiggins and stage winner Alex Dowsett (Movistar), who finished just 10 seconds ahead of Wiggins.
More importantly, Wiggins was unable to distance himself as he’d hoped from his major GC rivals, taking back only 11 seconds on Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali, who emerged as the day’s biggest winner, and the new race leader.
Instead of winning, or taking pink, Wiggins now faces an uphill battle, figuratively and literally, as the race heads towards the mountains and one final test against the clock, an uphill time trial on stage 18.
Nibali, however, is in the maglia rosa — and in control. The Sicilian, who crashed out of the lead in 2010 and finished third, looked sharp on Saturday and has shown that he’s come to this Giro to win.
“I prepared all winter for this time trial,” Nibali said, adding that his team would fight to defend his maglia rosa all the way to Breschia on May 26. “I have the maglia rosa sooner than I had expected. But I never take anything for granted. I know all the GC riders will fight until the end.”
Though Wiggins is the best in the sport against the clock, given Nibali’s improved time trialing and his unquestionable climbing ability, the 20.6km climb on stage 18 could be too close to call between the two; to win the Giro, Wiggins must attack in the mountains to take time out of Nibali.
The GC looks to now be a battle among six team leaders. Of those riders, defending champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) was perhaps the day’s biggest loser, finishing 2:13 behind Wiggins, 2:02 behind Nibali, and 1:44 behind Cadel Evans.
In addition to Wiggins and Evans, also leapfrogging Hesjedal on GC was Italian Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) and Dutch rider Robert Gesink (Blanco); the defending champion, who finished 18th on the stage, now sits sixth overall, 2:05 behind Nibali.
Yet Hesjedal said he was satisfied with his ride, and not overly concerned about dropping to sixth among the race’s key GC favorites.
“It was a tough day, but if you look at the guys in front of me, everyone is world class,” Hesjedal said. “It’s still early in the race. I’m happy with where I am. I respect everyone in front of me. I think the rides of the day belonged to Nibali and Scarponi, and being Italian, it’s good for them, it’s their home tour. It’s going to be a tough battle.”
Gesink, who has largely sat under the radar in this race, moved into third overall, 1:15 behind Nibali. He posted on Twitter that he was pleased with his ride: “A good day in today’s Giro time trial, finishing 11th, moving up to third in the classification. So far we’re going perfect!”
Evans now sits second overall, 29 seconds behind Nibali and 46 ahead of Gesink. The BMC rider announced he would race the Giro only a month ago, but over the past eight stages, the 2011 Tour champion has shown that he came to Italy to fight for the podium.
“Overall, it’s shaping up pretty well,” Evans said. “Things are finally starting to come together now. On the classification, I think I am looking fairly well. I think it’s a good position to be in at this point. I think the Giro changes a bit from here on in.”
With Nibali looking strong, and Evans the only rider within one minute on the classification, the rest of the top-six race favorites must now attack when the race hits the mountains on Tuesday.
“I think I’ve shown that I’m not afraid to attack and push the race, but you don’t have to attack to beat someone — people can have a bad day,” Hesjedal said. “There’s a lot of racing to go.
“Nibali put himself in a strong position, he showed that today, but to be a minute and half off the podium, I’m happy with that. I know I get better as these long races go on, so I’m looking forward to the last half of the race.”
Perhaps Wiggins put it best when he said, succinctly, “It’s going to be a hell of a race for the next two weeks.”
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (VN) — At his very best, Tyler Farrar is among the sport’s fastest men, capable of winning a massive sprint at a grand tour.
At his worst, Tyler Farrar finds the ground often — something that plagued him last year at the Tour de France in particular — and can be just off enough to miss the action.
This year, the Washington native is hoping to get back to his former self. He’s been focusing on sprint work, taking time to get back to the track and work on leg speed in a controlled environment.
He’s coming off what can only be called a disappointing cobbled classics campaign for Garmin-Sharp, looking for a bit of redemption as the season eases into stage racing from the frozen season of the northern classics.
“I’ve had a month off now since Roubaix. I took a little break after the classics, and I’ve been home in Seattle for the last three weeks, and I’ve been training really hard, towards Cali and beyond. I feel good about it. We’ve had a nice, consistent stretch where nothing’s gone wrong, and was just kind of able to stick to the plan,” he told VeloNews on Friday.
A very mountainous Amgen Tour of California begins Sunday in Escondido, though Farrar thinks there is at least three knock-down, drag-out sprint days, and perhaps two more chances in addition to those, with a whittled-down group. In the California sunshine, he’ll have a chance to forget about a cobbled-classics campaign that never coalesced.
“The cobbled classics were not good for our team this year. Obviously Dan Martin ripped it up at Liège, but I wasn’t a part of that. Unfortunately,” he said.
The northern races weren’t a large focus for him this year as he tries to regain his fleetest form, which has won him a stage at each grand tour.
“I still did them. I still went to try and help. But as a team, we didn’t really fire,” Farrar said. “I’m not really sure what went wrong. But there’s no question that we definitely underperformed. So, yeah. That was frustrating.
“It’s not fun being in the races and not really factoring for the win. You want your team to be there, throwing down. It was a bummer, but hopefully we closed the book on that chapter and write a better one next week.”
He’s hoping to do that by more specialized training, as opposed to trying to be good for varied races.
“I think the last couple years, I started trying to focus on too many things. Focus on the classics 100 percent, focus on sprinting 100 percent. And get better at climbing. This and that. And I think I was kind of stretching myself a little too thin,” he said.
“This year, I’ve tried to take a step back and get back to the way I was training a couple of years ago, when I was really at my top sprinting. And, you know, it’s a bit of a process. It takes a while to rebuild, especially after a season like last year, so many injuries. Just a wasted season, basically, other than a few bright spots.
“So, yeah, I hope that as the season goes on, I’ll be sprinting better and better. That’s my goal this season, is to get back to my sprinting and show that I have what it takes to go with the top guys.”
Success here in California means winning a stage, he said. And building beyond that, toward the Tour. And proving to himself he’s as good as he ever was.
“Proving to myself that I’m back, and that I can sprint with the best sprinters. And that’s winning. I want to win here, I want to go to the Tour and be back in the mix,” he said.
“If I can do that and close the season with a nice handful of victories, and a lot of that — like I say — just being consistently up there, I’ll be happy.”
His first chance may come on Sunday.
Editor’s note: Chris Case contributed to this report.
SALTARA, Italy (VN) — Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) continues to show true grit in his Giro d’Italia fight. After a strong few days, the never-say-die Aussie time-trialed his way to second overall.
“Overall, it’s shaping up pretty well. … Things are finally starting to come together now,” Evans said after warming down and moving to the safety of the team’s car.
“A time trial always shows everyone’s cards. It’s a good point to be at this point of the race. The real Giro is just starting.”
With the “real Giro” starting and two weeks remaining, Evans finds himself second overall by 29 seconds. He arrived there by crafty racing in the last few days, always being present and not suffering bad luck.
Alex Dowsett (Movistar) won the time trial over 54.8km in 1 hour, 16 minutes and 27 seconds. Evans placed seventh at 39 seconds back.
He lost time — 29 seconds to Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and 18 seconds to new race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). However, he gained on Robert Gesink (Blanco) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp).
Evans apparently enjoyed the time trial.
“You sort of had, first third, rolling and undulating, and that was a bit like the Amalfi coast sort of thing. And then you had a couple of open sections and then two really steep climbs, that in such a long time trial is really quite taxing,” Evans said.
“Of course, you are always at your limit. … It was over 70km/h on the descent and the steep pitches there were really like the steepest climbs we have had so far.”
BMC Racing fielded Evans at the last minute so that he could build form ahead of the Tour de France. Evans said as much in the pre-Giro press conference, but indicated there could be more.
“If the bookmakers gave me no odds, that’s their mistake, not mine,” Evans said. “I only knew for a short time that I’d race the Giro, but I’ve worked as hard as I could to get ready.”
It appears that Evans maintains that same never-say-die spirit that earned him the 2011 Tour de France title after so many years of trying. The results today point in the direction of a possible second grand-tour win.
“On the classification, I think I am shaping fairly well,” he said. “I think it’s a good position to be in at this point; the Giro changes a bit from here on in.”
The press officer waved off more questions and sports director Fabio Baldato drove the team car towards their next hotel. Evans will look over the results Saturday evening, likely eyeing a Giro d’Italia win.
SALTARA, Italy (VN) — Italian saddle maker Prologo showed a set of new time-trial and road saddles, as well as some prototype gloves, at the Giro’s long race against the clock on Saturday.
The new gear, first previewed last fall, uses a technology borrowed from motorsport and military applications and licensed for exclusive use within the cycling industry. It is clearly visible as a thin layer of cone-shaped tubes made out of an elastic polymer, designed to enhance grip, comfort, and dexterity.
The technology, dubbed Connect Power Control (CPC) by Prologo, is known as 3D HTX within motorsport, where it adorns Sparco driving gloves and other items. The small cones can be applied in various widths and heights, allowing Prologo to tailor grip characteristics to a specific area’s needs, according to company founder Salvatore Truglio.
CPC will be used on Prologo’s new Zero TT saddle, which most of the Saxo Bank squad used for Saturday’s time trial, as will Alberto Contador later this year, as well as Scratch Pro, Nago Evo and Zero II road saddles. CSF-Bardiani’s young stage winner Enrico Battaglin swapped to the new Zero II with CPC just a day before the Giro.
Prologo has applied CPC to a pair of short-finger gloves, available now, and is working with the Cannondale Factory mountain bike squad to finish development on a long-finger, XC-oriented pair. Availability on the latter is set for later this year.
Saddle makers have a history of adding grippy substances to saddle surfaces in an effort to keep riders from sliding around. It is common to see homemade fixes, too, particularly on time trial saddles; many riders use sandpapery grip tape to help keep them planted. But Prologo claims that these fixes have nowhere near the holding power of the volcano-shaped cones on its CPC material.
“Watch Contador in the next time trial,” Truglio said. “In the past he has moved around a lot [in the saddle]. He’s now planted, and faster.”
Prologo says that in addition to its ability to hold a rider in place, the material has impressive shock-absorption and vibration-damping properties — likely why it’s made its way into motorsport — but is thin enough to maintain dexterity when used on gloves.
TT saddles will be available soon, along with the short-finger gloves. Road saddles and long-finger gloves will follow later this year. Prices are not yet set, but Prologo expect about a 25 percent price increase for its CPC products over a standard saddle.
- 1. Alex DOWSETT, Movistar, in 1:16:27
- 2. Bradley WIGGINS, Sky, at :10
- 3. Tanel KANGERT, Astana, at :14
- 4. Vincenzo NIBALI, Astana, at :21
- 5. Stef CLEMENT, Blanco, at :32
- 6. Luke DURBRIDGE, Orica-GreenEdge, at :35
- 7. Cadel EVANS, BMC Racing, at :39
- 8. Manuele BOARO, Saxo-Tinkoff, at :45
- 9. Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA, Sky, at :53
- 10. Michele SCARPONI, Lampre-Merida, at :53
- 11. Robert GESINK, Blanco, at 1:22
- 12. Rigoberto URAN URAN, Sky, at 1:48
- 13. Patrick GRETSCH, Argos-Shimano, at 1:48
- 14. Wilco KELDERMAN, Blanco, at 1:57
- 15. Jesse SERGENT, RadioShack-Leopard, at 2:00
- 16. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, Lampre-Merida, at 2:13
- 17. Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA, RadioShack-Leopard, at 2:17
- 18. Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp, at 2:23
- 19. Juan Manuel GARATE, Blanco, at 2:28
- 20. Domenico POZZOVIVO, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 2:34
- 21. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm KESSIAKOFF, Astana, at 2:38
- 22. Juan Jose COBO ACEBO, Movistar, at 2:40
- 23. Fabio ARU, Astana, at 2:44
- 24. Pieter WEENING, Orica-GreenEdge, at 2:47
- 25. Mauro SANTAMBROGIO, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 2:56
- 26. Julien VERMOTE, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:59
- 27. Egoi MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:03
- 28. Maarten TJALLINGII, Blanco, at 3:09
- 29. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:17
- 30. Dario CATALDO, Sky, at 3:24
- 31. Rafal MAJKA, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 3:27
- 32. Hayden ROULSTON, RadioShack-Leopard, at 3:29
- 33. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, Argos-Shimano, at 3:34
- 34. Svein TUFT, Orica-GreenEdge, at 3:40
- 35. Vladimir GUSEV, Katusha, at 3:44
- 36. Dirk BELLEMAKERS, Lotto-Belisol, at 3:46
- 37. Matteo RABOTTINI, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 3:56
- 38. Brett LANCASTER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 3:56
- 39. Rory SUTHERLAND, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 3:57
- 40. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, Lampre-Merida, at 4:01
- 41. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, Movistar, at 4:02
- 42. Francis DE GREEF, Lotto-Belisol, at 4:05
- 43. Thomas DANIELSON, Garmin-Sharp, at 4:05
- 44. Evgeny PETROV, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 4:06
- 45. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 4:14
- 46. Franco PELLIZOTTI, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 4:18
- 47. Tiago MACHADO, RadioShack-Leopard, at 4:22
- 48. Rafael VALLS FERRI, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 4:24
- 49. Alan MARANGONI, Cannondale, at 4:24
- 50. Stefano GARZELLI, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 4:27
- 51. Jens KEUKELEIRE, Orica-GreenEdge, at 4:37
- 52. Yury TROFIMOV, Katusha, at 4:41
- 53. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, Blanco, at 4:42
- 54. Danilo HONDO, RadioShack-Leopard, at 4:44
- 55. Ivan SANTAROMITA, BMC Racing, at 4:48
- 56. Vladimir KARPETS, Movistar, at 4:50
- 57. Petr IGNATENKO, Katusha, at 4:51
- 58. Michal GOLAS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 4:53
- 59. Martijn KEIZER, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 4:54
- 60. Xabier ZANDIO ECHAIDE, Sky, at 4:56
- 61. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 5:02
- 62. Marco CANOLA, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 5:03
- 63. Damiano CARUSO, Cannondale, at 5:05
- 64. Maxim BELKOV, Katusha, at 5:05
- 65. Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, Colombia, at 5:16
- 66. Diego ROSA, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 5:16
- 67. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 5:19
- 68. Salvatore PUCCIO, Sky, at 5:20
- 69. Robert KISERLOVSKI, RadioShack-Leopard, at 5:21
- 70. Serge PAUWELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 5:23
- 71. José HERRADA LOPEZ, Movistar, at 5:26
- 72. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC Racing, at 5:28
- 73. Pavel BRUTT, Katusha, at 5:29
- 74. Jarlinson PANTANO, Colombia, at 5:34
- 75. Stefano PIRAZZI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 5:35
- 76. Valerio AGNOLI, Astana, at 5:39
- 77. Stephen CUMMINGS, BMC Racing, at 5:41
- 78. Simone STORTONI, Lampre-Merida, at 5:42
- 79. Paul MARTENS, Blanco, at 5:42
- 80. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 5:44
- 81. Giovanni VISCONTI, Movistar, at 5:56
- 82. Robert VRECER, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 5:58
- 83. Eros CAPECCHI, Movistar, at 5:59
- 84. Jorge AZANZA SOTO, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 6:01
- 85. Paolo LONGO BORGHINI, Cannondale, at 6:02
- 86. Iljo KEISSE, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 6:05
- 87. Rob RUIJGH, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 6:07
- 88. Steve MORABITO, BMC Racing, at 6:10
- 89. Cameron WURF, Cannondale, at 6:11
- 90. Danilo DI LUCA, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 6:14
- 91. Christian KNEES, Sky, at 6:16
- 92. Maarten WYNANTS, Blanco, at 6:19
- 93. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, Colombia, at 6:21
- 94. Stefano LOCATELLI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 6:23
- 95. Bruno PIRES, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 6:24
- 96. Ben GASTAUER, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 6:31
- 97. Giacomo NIZZOLO, RadioShack-Leopard, at 6:32
- 98. Andrey ZEITS, Astana, at 6:34
- 99. Sacha MODOLO, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 6:37
- 100. Peter STETINA, Garmin-Sharp, at 6:39
- 101. Arnold JEANNESSON, FDJ, at 6:40
- 102. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, Garmin-Sharp, at 6:49
- 103. Enrico BATTAGLIN, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 6:50
- 104. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, at 6:52
- 105. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 6:55
- 106. Jens MOURIS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 6:56
- 107. Jérôme PINEAU, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 6:56
- 108. Guillaume BONNAFOND, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 6:57
- 109. Maurits LAMMERTINK, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 6:58
- 110. Gert STEEGMANS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 6:59
- 111. Christian MEIER, Orica-GreenEdge, at 7:00
- 112. Brian BULGAC, Lotto-Belisol, at 7:00
- 113. Mads CHRISTENSEN, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 7:04
- 114. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 7:04
- 115. Francis MOUREY, FDJ, at 7:05
- 116. Fabio SABATINI, Cannondale, at 7:09
- 117. Gorka VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 7:11
- 118. Carlos Julian QUINTERO, Colombia, at 7:15
- 119. Fabio FELLINE, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 7:16
- 120. Alessandro VANOTTI, Astana, at 7:17
- 121. Frederik VEUCHELEN, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 7:18
- 122. Ricardo MESTRE, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 7:18
- 123. Emanuele SELLA, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 7:20
- 124. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, Astana, at 7:20
- 125. Filippo POZZATO, Lampre-Merida, at 7:22
- 126. Robert HUNTER, Garmin-Sharp, at 7:24
- 127. Matthew Harley GOSS, Orica-GreenEdge, at 7:26
- 128. Oscar GATTO, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 7:30
- 129. Dalivier OSPINA NAVARRO, Colombia, at 7:36
- 130. Danny PATE, Sky, at 7:37
- 131. Marco MARCATO, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 7:40
- 132. Vicente REYNES MIMO, Lotto-Belisol, at 7:45
- 133. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 7:48
- 134. Robinson Eduardo CHALAPUD GOMEZ, Colombia, at 7:48
- 135. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at 7:51
- 136. Thomas DEKKER, Garmin-Sharp, at 7:54
- 137. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky, at 7:55
- 138. Edwin Alcibiades AVILA VANEGAS, Colombia, at 8:00
- 139. Nicola BOEM, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 8:02
- 140. Albert TIMMER, Argos-Shimano, at 8:08
- 141. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, Movistar, at 8:10
- 142. Koen DE KORT, Argos-Shimano, at 8:15
- 143. Tiziano DALL’ANTONIA, Cannondale, at 8:22
- 144. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, Katusha, at 8:22
- 145. Dmitry KOZONTCHUK, Katusha, at 8:27
- 146. Sonny COLBRELLI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 8:28
- 147. Luca PAOLINI, Katusha, at 8:31
- 148. Matti BRESCHEL, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 8:32
- 149. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, RadioShack-Leopard, at 8:32
- 150. Danilo WYSS, BMC Racing, at 8:33
- 151. Lars Ytting BAK, Lotto-Belisol, at 8:34
- 152. Matteo TRENTIN, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 8:34
- 153. Dominique ROLLIN, FDJ, at 8:35
- 154. Kristijan DURASEK, Lampre-Merida, at 8:36
- 155. Alessandro PRONI, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 8:39
- 156. Leonardo Fabio DUQUE, Colombia, at 8:44
- 157. Daniele BENNATI, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 8:46
- 158. Daniel OSS, BMC Racing, at 8:47
- 159. Adam HANSEN, Lotto-Belisol, at 8:48
- 160. Nathan HAAS, Garmin-Sharp, at 8:50
- 161. Cristiano SALERNO, Cannondale, at 8:52
- 162. Roberto FERRARI, Lampre-Merida, at 8:54
- 163. Luka MEZGEC, Argos-Shimano, at 8:56
- 164. Frederik WILLEMS, Lotto-Belisol, at 9:06
- 165. Thomas DAMUSEAU, Argos-Shimano, at 9:06
- 166. Ioannis TAMOURIDIS, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 9:12
- 167. Elia VIVIANI, Cannondale, at 9:13
- 168. Daniele PIETROPOLLI, Lampre-Merida, at 9:18
- 169. Bert DE BACKER, Argos-Shimano, at 9:31
- 170. Mark CAVENDISH, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 9:38
- 171. Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA, Movistar, at 9:40
- 172. Jackson RODRIGUEZ, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 9:43
- 173. John DEGENKOLB, Argos-Shimano, at 9:44
- 174. Giairo ERMETI, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 9:48
- 175. Sylvain GEORGES, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 9:55
- 176. Cayetano José SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, Cannondale, at 10:01
- 177. Karsten KROON, Saxo-Tinkoff, at 10:13
- 178. Laurent PICHON, FDJ, at 10:19
- 179. Gert DOCKX, Lotto-Belisol, at 10:30
- 180. Wilson Alexander MARENTES TORRES, Colombia, at 10:39
- 181. Miguel MINGUEZ AYALA, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 10:42
- 182. Christian VANDEVELDE, Garmin-Sharp, at 10:45
- 183. Edoardo ZARDINI, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, at 10:47
- 184. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 10:54
- 185. Manuel BELLETTI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 10:54
- 186. Willem WAUTERS, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 10:57
- 187. George BENNETT, RadioShack-Leopard, at 11:10
- 188. Grega BOLE, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 11:23
- 189. Jack BOBRIDGE, Blanco, at 11:30
- 190. Fabio TABORRE, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 12:57
- 191. Nacer BOUHANNI, FDJ, at 13:01
- 192. Pim LIGTHART, Vacansoleil-DCM, at 13:10
- 193. Tomas Aurelio GIL MARTINEZ, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 13:42
- 194. Kenny DE HAES, Lotto-Belisol, at 14:09
- 195. David MILLAR, Garmin-Sharp, at 14:10
- 196. Davide APPOLLONIO, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 14:25
- 197. Rafael ANDRIATO, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 14:28
- 198. Francesco CHICCHI, Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, at 14:44
- 199. Adam BLYTHE, BMC Racing, at 15:17
- 200. Mattia GAVAZZI, Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, at 16:42
- DNS Julien BERARD, Ag2r La Mondiale
- Nothing over the top, but a work friend joined me on his first road ride. He usually ride a Maverick by Ironhorse up and down the street or Katy Trail. He used my "extra" bike today and joined me on a short jaunt, 23.7 miles according to STRAVA. Nice morning for a ride...Just thought I'd share...Have a blessed a great weekend!!!