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Hesjedal hammers to stage-12 win

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Sep. 11, 2009
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM EST

By Andrew Hood

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12: Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Slipstream) becomes the first Canadian to win a stage at the Vuelta.

Photo: Graham Watson

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Slipstream) launched a desperate, last-ditch attack in the final meters to win the 12th stage of the 2009 Vuelta a España atop the Alto de Velefique on Friday.

The Canadian was off the front with another survivor of the breakaway du jour, David Garcia (Xacobeo Galicia), being pursued by Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Garcia’s team leader, Ezequiel Mosquera. With his team leader on the attack, Garcia would not work, and Mosquera was getting a palanquin ride to the line thanks to Gesink, who was hunting time on his rivals for the overall. It was looking like Hesjedal would be outnumbered and stuffed into another second-place finish.

To everyone but Hesjedal, perhaps. The Garmin man came up with a stinging one-two punch in the finale that left Garcia stunned and gave him the victory.

“I knew when I hit the final kilometer I could win,” Hesjedal told VeloNews. “It’s the biggest win of my career. It’s a lifetime’s worth of work to win that stage. It means so much.”

The first Canadian to win a stage at the Vuelta, Hesjedal conceded that the stage “was really difficult,” adding: “You never know what’s going to happen after the rest day. I just felt great all day.”

Gesink should feel great, too. His late move gave him some time over the other favorites. He now sits just 18 seconds behind race leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne), with Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) in the runner-up spot by seven seconds.

“I’m a bit disappointed because had I attacked 500 meters earlier, I would have won,” Gesink said. “I have to be satisfied because I took back some time and won the third-place time bonus. This is still very close, so tomorrow should be even harder.”

Tough day in the saddle

After Thursday’s rest day, the 179km stage from Almería to the summit finish atop the Alto de Velefique threw the peloton directly into the mountains, with a steady climb to the base of the day’s first ascent, a 13.3km haul to the top of the Alto de Velefique that summited at the 56.3km mark.

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12: The long and winding road to the summit of Velefique.

Photo: Graham Watson

After a fast 32km descent and a short breather on relatively flat terrain, the bunch tackled another tough climb to the top of the Category 1 Alto de Calar, a 28km ascent peaking at 122km. Another descent of 20km took the peloton to the relatively easy 6km Cat. 3 Alto de Castro de Filabres, which summited at 150km.

Then, to cap off the day, the peloton returned to the slopes of the Alto de Velefique for another 13km ascent, this time to the finish line.

Departures and determination

Just 175 riders started the stage after several riders dropping out of the Vuelta over the rest day. Chief among them was Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream), winner of Wednesday’s stage.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) was about ready to do likewise. “We’ll see how today goes, but I won’t ride all the way to Madrid, that is for sure,” he said. “At least now I can breathe. I crashed in the time trial and I was hurt pretty bad.”

Ivan Basso, meanwhile, said he was ready to make a move. “The Velefique climb is very steep and I know I need to do something now if I have any chance to win this Vuelta,” said the Liquigas rider. “The form is good and these next three days will put everything in its place. I think today is the hardest of these three climbing stages.”

Gesink was itching to prove himself, too. “Robert is in good condition and he really wants to win a stage,” said Rabobank director Erik Breukink. “I think the podium is possible, but everything depends on how things go in these mountain stages. I think we will see big differences in the next few days.”

The break du jour

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12: Inaki Isasi (Euskaltel) in the break of the day.

Photo: Graham Watson

Several breakaways formed and dissolved early on before an 11-man group finally assembled at the 30km mark. Best placed was Garcia in 34th, at 11:11. Also in the move were Hesjedal, Alexander Vinokourov (Astana), Julien El Fares (Cofidis), Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Inaki Isasi (Euskaltel), Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis), Javier Ramirez (Andalucia), Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil), Stuart O’Grady (Saxo Bank) and Julian Sanchez (Contempolis).

The group quickly built its advantage, taking more than six minutes on the slopes of the Velefique. Arkaitz Daroca Duran (Fuji-Servetto) launched a solo chase, caught the leaders, and it was a 12-man break going over the top with a lead of nearly seven minutes with Caisse d’Epargne setting tempo in the bunch.

At 97.5km, the gap was up to 7:40. Vinokourov couldn’t take the heat and shot backwards out of the kitchen. He would later abandon, along with teammate Chechu Rubiera. His departure didn’t slow the break’s pace, and it crested the Alto de Calar with 6:33 over the GC group.

With 42km to race the break still had 6:30 on the chase, and it appeared that the overall contenders were either saving themselves for an assault on the final trip up the Alto de Velefique or thinking in terms of the next two days in the Sierra Nevada. Valverde was riding comfortably behind his teammates, led by Jose Vincente Garcia Acosta.

Tick, tock

With 37km to go, the gap was 5:45 and falling as the break hit the lower slopes of the Alto de Castro de Filabres. With 30km to race another 30 seconds had vanished. Twenty kilometers from the line and the gap was 4:45.

Garcia shot away to take the sprint solidario with 18.3km to go and found himself with a gap; he decided he liked it and kept on truckin’. Behind, Caisse d’Epargne was still at the front, leading the bunch under the solidario banner at 4:34.

Garcia took a lead of 30 seconds onto the climb. Sanchez broke out of the chase, followed by Hesjedal and O’Grady, as the Xacobeo rider climbed past the village of Velefique, extending his lead to 47 seconds. Behind, Rabobank and Liquigas were both shepherding their men toward the front, flanking the Caisse d’Epargne squad. White jersey Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Tom Danielson (Garmin) and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) were there, too.

Ten kilometers from the finish Garcia still held four minutes on the GC group, with Hesjedal and Sanchez chasing and O’Grady closing in on them. But the Xacobeo man was starting to pedal squares, his shoulders rocking as the race entered its fifth hour on the road.

Attack!

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12: Gesink and Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) chasing.

Photo: Graham Watson

And then Mosquera, eighth overall at 2:24, made his move, hoping to join his teammate up the road. Danielson followed, as did Gesink, and the move went nowhere, but it did shed some riders from the GC group.

Valverde was not looking terribly strong in the GC group, and neither was Garcia, who clung to a lead of just under three minutes with 6km to go. Hesjedal had dropped Sanchez and O’Grady and was closing in on the leader, catching him with 5.5km to go. The Canadian tried to accelerate past, but the Spaniard was having none of that and grabbed his wheel.

Behind, Vassily Kiryienka (Caisse d’Epargne) briefly rode away from his captain, Valverde, before settling back into chase mode. Then Damiano Cunego (Lampre) had a dig, which went nowhere. Finally, Mosquera took another shot, taking a small gap, as the dwindling GC group caught O’Grady.

“Like I said before, I have nothing to lose,” Mosquera said. “In the end, things didn’t turn out too badly. The legs are the key. When you have the legs, you have to attack. I will keep trying. All that’s missing is the victory.”

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12: Mosquera was hoping to reach teammate David Garcia, who was off the front with Hesjedal.

Photo: Graham Watson

Four kilometers from the line Hesjedal was leading Garcia, who would not work with Mosquera on the attack. With 3km to go Hesjedal gave it some gas, but Garcia was able to respond as his team captain closed to within a minute., catching and dropping the remnants of the break.

With two kilometers to go Mosquera was 37 seconds behind and the bunch a further dozen seconds in arrears. It would be desperately close.

Gesink goes

And then Gesink punched it, taking a quick lead as Danielson chased, then faltered. The Rabobank man quickly overhauled Mosquera, who seized onto his wheel, and it was two off the front and two chasing, with Xacobeo sucking the wheels.

Hesjedal took a shot, but Garcia hung on. It looked like the Canadian was doomed to second place once again — but he found a reservoir of strength somewhere, attacked once more and shot across the line to win. Garcia took second in the same time with Gesink third at six seconds.

Race leader Valverde crossed sixth at 16 seconds to retain his golden jersey.

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12: Race leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) enjoys another day in the golden jersey.

Photo: Graham Watson

“I am very satisfied with how today went. It was a potentially dangerous stage, but the team did a great job to control things. I didn’t have to attack today and to keep the jersey despite how close things are is like a victory,” Valverde said. “Tomorrow is going to be even harder, so I think people were holding back a little. Nothing’s decided yet.”

The victory was Garmin’s second in a row. Farrar delivered the team’s first individual grand tour stage victory in Wednesday’s 11th stage and Hesjedal, who was second in stage 10, kept the ball rolling.

“We finally seem to have broken the streak,” Vaughters told VeloNews by phone from the Tour of Missouri. “We had that string of second places and we’ve been chipping away, chipping away at it.

“Last year, we were always in the mix. This year we wanted to win. It’s beginning to happen.”

Team leader Danielson came in for some praise from the boss, too.

2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12: Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Evans and Danielson.

Photo: Graham Watson

“Tom is riding really well,” Vaughters said. “It was good to see him in there with all of the biggies on that climb. He looked good, too. Tomorrow will be interesting. Sierra Nevada is at 9000 feet. We all know how well he does on Mt. Evans (the 14,000-foot Colorado mountain) and he can almost be viewed as a high-altitude specialist.

“It could be a great day for him. We’ll see.” — VeloNews.com senior editor Charles Pelkey contributed to this report.

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Results

Results – Stage 12

  • 1. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, 179.3km in 5:34:31
  • 2. David García (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 01
  • 3. Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank, at 06
  • 4. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 06
  • 5. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 16
  • 6. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 16
  • 7. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 16
  • 8. Ivan Basso (ITA), Liquigas, at 16
  • 9. Thomas Danielson (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, at 16
  • 10. Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 16
  • 11. Juan José Cobo (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 21
  • 12. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 28
  • 13. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Liquigas, at 33
  • 14. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 34
  • 15. Daniel Moreno (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 50
  • 16. Daniel Navarro (ESP), Astana, at 53
  • 17. Igor Anton (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:24
  • 18. Philip Deignan (IRL), Cervelo Test, at 01:26
  • 19. Julián Sánchez Pimienta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 01:32
  • 20. Beñat Intxausti (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 01:44
  • 21. Vasili Kiryienka (BLR), Caisse d’Epargne, at 01:59
  • 22. Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 02:11
  • 23. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Astana, at 02:18
  • 24. Sandy Casar (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 02:18
  • 25. Iñigo Cuesta (ESP), Cervelo Test, at 02:18
  • 26. Bingen Fernández (ESP), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 02:18
  • 27. Amaël Moinard (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 02:43
  • 28. Manuel Vázquez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 03:08
  • 29. Mikael Cherel (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 03:13
  • 30. Eduard Vorganov (RUS), Xacobeo Galicia, at 03:13
  • 31. Jesús Hernández Blázquez (ESP), Astana, at 03:13
  • 32. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 03:16
  • 33. Xavier Tondo (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 03:18
  • 34. Gustavo César Veloso (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 03:18
  • 35. Kevin De Weert (BEL), Quick Step, at 04:02
  • 36. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank, at 04:02
  • 37. Stuart O’grady (AUS), Saxo Bank, at 04:14
  • 38. J. Ángel Gómez Marchante (ESP), Cervelo Test, at 04:19
  • 39. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 04:19
  • 40. Julien El Fares (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 04:49
  • 41. Fuente David De La (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 05:09
  • 42. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R La Mondiale, at 05:31
  • 43. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 06:24
  • 44. Javier Ramírez Abeja (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 06:38
  • 45. Christophe Riblon (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 06:44
  • 46. Olivier Bonnaire (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 07:23
  • 47. Arkaitz Durán (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 07:32
  • 48. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 07:47
  • 49. David López (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 08:20
  • 50. Rémy Di Gregorio (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 08:20
  • 51. Matthieu Sprick (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 08:20
  • 52. Daniel Martin (IRL), Garmin-Slipstream, at 08:20
  • 53. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 08:20
  • 54. Matti Breschel (DEN), Saxo Bank, at 09:11
  • 55. Óscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank, at 09:12
  • 56. Christian Knees (GER), Milram, at 09:54
  • 57. Christian Meier (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, at 09:54
  • 58. Serafín Martínez Acevedo (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 09:54
  • 59. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 09:54
  • 60. Mickael Delage (FRA), Silence-Lotto, at 09:54
  • 61. Manuel Calvente (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 09:54
  • 62. Olivier Kaisen (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 09:54
  • 63. Fco. José Martínez Pérez (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 09:54
  • 64. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step, at 09:54
  • 65. Gonzalo Rabunal Ríos (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 09:54
  • 66. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 09:54
  • 67. Alexander Kolobnev (RUS), Saxo Bank, at 09:54
  • 68. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank, at 09:54
  • 69. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 09:54
  • 70. José Ruiz Sánchez (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 11:30
  • 71. Björn Leukemans (BEL), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 13:04
  • 72. Oliver Zaugg (SUI), Liquigas, at 13:04
  • 73. Borut Bozic (SLO), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 13:04
  • 74. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank, at 14:41
  • 75. Matthias Russ (GER), Milram, at 14:41
  • 76. Mickaël Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 14:41
  • 77. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank, at 14:41
  • 78. Matheus Pronk (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 14:41
  • 79. David Herrero (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 16:20
  • 80. Juan Manuel Garate (ESP), Rabobank, at 16:20
  • 81. Egoi Martínez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 16:20
  • 82. Aitor Hernández (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 16:20
  • 83. Jesús Rosendo Prado (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 16:20
  • 84. Sébastien Hinault (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 16:20
  • 85. Rein Taaramae (EST), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 16:20
  • 86. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 16:20
  • 87. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 20:36
  • 88. André Greipel (GER), Columbia-HTC, at 20:36
  • 89. Kjell Carlström (FIN), Liquigas, at 20:36
  • 90. Roger Hammond (GBR), Cervelo Test, at 20:36
  • 91. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step, at 20:36
  • 92. Marco Velo (ITA), Quick Step, at 20:36
  • 93. Alan Pérez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 20:36
  • 94. Marcel Sieberg (GER), Columbia-HTC, at 20:36
  • 95. Bert Grabsch (GER), Columbia-HTC, at 20:36
  • 96. Vicente Reynes (ESP), Columbia-HTC, at 20:36
  • 97. Emanuele Bindi (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 20:36
  • 98. Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step, at 20:36
  • 99. Aitor Pérez Arrieta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 20:36
  • 100. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Cervelo Test, at 20:36
  • 101. Christophe Brandt (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 20:36
  • 102. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 20:36
  • 103. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), AG2R La Mondiale, at 20:36
  • 104. Wouter Weylandt (BEL), Quick Step, at 20:36
  • 105. Lieuwe Westra (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 20:36
  • 106. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Fuji-Servetto, at 20:36
  • 107. Rubén Pérez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 20:36
  • 108. Sergio Domínguez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 20:36
  • 109. Fco. José Pacheco (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 20:36
  • 110. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 20:36
  • 111. Adrián Palomares (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 20:36
  • 112. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Cervelo Test, at 20:36
  • 113. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 20:36
  • 114. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Cervelo Test, at 20:36
  • 115. Gustavo Domínguez (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 20:36
  • 116. Jesús Del Nero (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 20:36
  • 117. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Française des Jeux, at 20:36
  • 118. Greg Henderson (NZL), Columbia-HTC, at 20:36
  • 119. Arnaud Gerard (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 20:36
  • 120. Wesley Sulzberger (AUS), Française des Jeux, at 20:36
  • 121. Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Liquigas, at 20:36
  • 122. Martijn Maaskant (NED), Garmin-Slipstream, at 20:36
  • 123. Dominik Roels (GER), Milram, at 20:36
  • 124. Michael Schär (SUI), Astana, at 20:36
  • 125. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank, at 20:36
  • 126. Julien Loubet (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 20:36
  • 127. Martin Velits (SVK), Milram, at 20:36
  • 128. Davide Vigano (ITA), Fuji-Servetto, at 20:36
  • 129. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Fuji-Servetto, at 20:36
  • 130. Gabriel Rasch (NOR), Cervelo Test, at 20:36
  • 131. Maarten Wynants (BEL), Quick Step, at 20:36
  • 132. Massimiliano Mori (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 20:36
  • 133. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Slipstream, at 20:36
  • 134. Jacob Fuglsang (DEN), Saxo Bank, at 20:36
  • 135. Tom Leezer (NED), Rabobank, at 20:36
  • 136. José Luis Arrieta (ESP), AG2R La Mondiale, at 20:36
  • 137. Imanol Erviti (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 20:36
  • 138. Adam Hansen (AUS), Columbia-HTC, at 20:36
  • 139. Ludovic Turpin (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 20:36
  • 140. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 20:36
  • 141. Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 20:36
  • 142. Jean-Eudes Demaret (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 20:36
  • 143. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 20:36
  • 144. William Bonnet (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 20:36
  • 145. Svein Tuft (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, at 20:36
  • 146. Jens Mouris (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 20:36
  • 147. Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Cervelo Test, at 20:36
  • 148. Paul Voss (GER), Milram, at 20:36
  • 149. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Columbia-HTC, at 20:36
  • 150. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (NOR), Saxo Bank, at 20:36
  • 151. Anthony Roux (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 20:36
  • 152. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas, at 20:36
  • 153. Maciej Bodnar (POL), Liquigas, at 20:36
  • 154. Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Liquigas, at 20:36
  • 155. Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ), Astana, at 20:36
  • 156. Damien Gaudin (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 20:36
  • 157. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas, at 20:36
  • 158. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 20:36
  • 159. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana, at 20:36
  • 160. Xabier Zandio (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 20:36
  • 161. Javier Benitez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 20:36
  • 162. Karsten Kroon (NED), Saxo Bank, at 20:36
  • 163. Franck Bouyer (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 20:36
  • 164. Antonio Piedra (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 20:36
  • 165. Julian Dean (NZL), Garmin-Slipstream, at 22:18
  • 166. J. Vicente García Acosta (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 22:49
  • 167. Francisco Pérez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 22:49
  • 168. Gerald Ciolek (GER), Milram, at 22:58
  • 169. Björn Schröder (GER), Milram, at 22:58
  • 170. Sébastien Chavanel (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 23:20

Overall standings

  • 1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, 51:12:38
  • 2. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 07
  • 3. Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank, at 18
  • 4. Thomas Danielson (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, at 51
  • 5. Ivan Basso (ITA), Liquigas, at 53
  • 6. Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:03
  • 7. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 02:13
  • 8. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 02:14
  • 9. Daniel Navarro (ESP), Astana, at 03:53
  • 10. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 04:01
  • 11. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 04:10
  • 12. Juan José Cobo (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 04:28
  • 13. Daniel Moreno (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 04:57
  • 14. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Astana, at 05:12
  • 15. Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 06:39
  • 16. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Liquigas, at 06:51
  • 17. Sandy Casar (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 07:16
  • 18. Philip Deignan (IRL), Cervelo Test, at 07:22
  • 19. Xavier Tondo (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 08:03
  • 20. Amaël Moinard (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 08:19
  • 21. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R La Mondiale, at 08:28
  • 22. J. Ángel Gómez Marchante (ESP), Cervelo Test, at 09:43
  • 23. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 10:03
  • 24. Eduard Vorganov (RUS), Xacobeo Galicia, at 10:13
  • 25. David García (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 10:36
  • 26. Manuel Vázquez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 10:39
  • 27. Jesús Hernández Blázquez (ESP), Astana, at 10:47
  • 28. Vasili Kiryienka (BLR), Caisse d’Epargne, at 11:15
  • 29. Kevin De Weert (BEL), Quick Step, at 11:54
  • 30. Arkaitz Durán (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 13:04
  • 31. Iñigo Cuesta (ESP), Cervelo Test, at 14:58
  • 32. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 15:02
  • 33. Fuente David De La (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 15:57
  • 34. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 16:43
  • 35. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 19:33
  • 36. Mikael Cherel (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 19:42
  • 37. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, at 20:49
  • 38. Gustavo César Veloso (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 22:31
  • 39. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 24:16
  • 40. Daniel Martin (IRL), Garmin-Slipstream, at 25:00
  • 41. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 25:17
  • 42. Julien El Fares (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 26:12
  • 43. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank, at 26:28
  • 44. Olivier Bonnaire (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 26:52
  • 45. Beñat Intxausti (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 27:27
  • 46. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 28:18
  • 47. Manuel Calvente (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 28:49
  • 48. David López (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 32:55
  • 49. Juan Manuel Garate (ESP), Rabobank, at 35:01
  • 50. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank, at 36:07
  • 51. Óscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank, at 36:26
  • 52. Igor Anton (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 36:51
  • 53. Alexander Kolobnev (RUS), Saxo Bank, at 37:04
  • 54. Egoi Martínez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 37:11
  • 55. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank, at 37:25
  • 56. Bingen Fernández (ESP), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 39:03
  • 57. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step, at 39:03
  • 58. Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 39:07
  • 59. Jacob Fuglsang (DEN), Saxo Bank, at 39:32
  • 60. Christian Knees (GER), Milram, at 40:06
  • 61. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 40:26
  • 62. Julien Loubet (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 40:31
  • 63. Serafín Martínez Acevedo (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 40:39
  • 64. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Slipstream, at 40:39
  • 65. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Cervelo Test, at 42:14
  • 66. Matti Breschel (DEN), Saxo Bank, at 42:48
  • 67. Sébastien Hinault (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 45:44
  • 68. Jesús Del Nero (ESP), Fuji-Servetto, at 45:47
  • 69. Adrián Palomares (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 46:20
  • 70. David Herrero (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 46:25
  • 71. Antonio Piedra (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 46:41
  • 72. Christophe Riblon (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 48:39
  • 73. Gonzalo Rabunal Ríos (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 49:26
  • 74. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank, at 49:42
  • 75. Matthieu Sprick (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 49:50
  • 76. Mickael Delage (FRA), Silence-Lotto, at 49:52
  • 77. Francisco Pérez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 50:36
  • 78. Ludovic Turpin (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 51:52
  • 79. Adam Hansen (AUS), Columbia-HTC, at 52:28
  • 80. Karsten Kroon (NED), Saxo Bank, at 53:06
  • 81. Javier Ramírez Abeja (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 54:11
  • 82. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 54:47
  • 83. Oliver Zaugg (SUI), Liquigas, at 55:21
  • 84. Roger Hammond (GBR), Cervelo Test, at 56:46
  • 85. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Fuji-Servetto, at 56:50
  • 86. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Cervelo Test, at 57:03
  • 87. Fco. José Martínez Pérez (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 57:28
  • 88. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 57:28
  • 89. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas, at 58:00
  • 90. Rémy Di Gregorio (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 58:41
  • 91. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 59:36
  • 92. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas, at 59:52
  • 93. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), AG2R La Mondiale, at 01:00:15
  • 94. José Luis Arrieta (ESP), AG2R La Mondiale, at 01:01:14
  • 95. Alan Pérez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:02:28
  • 96. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 01:02:53
  • 97. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank, at 01:04:04
  • 98. Lieuwe Westra (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 01:04:17
  • 99. Olivier Kaisen (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 01:04:33
  • 100. Stuart O’grady (AUS), Saxo Bank, at 01:04:38
  • 101. Gustavo Domínguez (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia, at 01:05:29
  • 102. Bert Grabsch (GER), Columbia-HTC, at 01:05:49
  • 103. Björn Leukemans (BEL), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 01:05:49
  • 104. Mickaël Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 01:06:20
  • 105. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Fuji-Servetto, at 01:06:44
  • 106. Borut Bozic (SLO), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 01:06:45
  • 107. Marco Velo (ITA), Quick Step, at 01:08:03
  • 108. Julián Sánchez Pimienta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 01:08:58
  • 109. Arnaud Gerard (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 01:09:11
  • 110. André Greipel (GER), Columbia-HTC, at 01:10:12
  • 111. Imanol Erviti (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 01:10:37
  • 112. Christian Meier (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, at 01:10:51
  • 113. Rein Taaramae (EST), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 01:10:56
  • 114. Rubén Pérez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:11:27
  • 115. Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ), Astana, at 01:11:35
  • 116. Jesús Rosendo Prado (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 01:12:20
  • 117. Kjell Carlström (FIN), Liquigas, at 01:12:47
  • 118. Dominik Roels (GER), Milram, at 01:13:00
  • 119. Martin Velits (SVK), Milram, at 01:14:51
  • 120. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step, at 01:15:29
  • 121. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Cervelo Test, at 01:16:20
  • 122. Matthias Russ (GER), Milram, at 01:16:33
  • 123. Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Liquigas, at 01:16:34
  • 124. Aitor Hernández (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:16:42
  • 125. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (NOR), Saxo Bank, at 01:17:36
  • 126. William Bonnet (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 01:17:51
  • 127. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:19:23
  • 128. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 01:19:26
  • 129. Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU), Cervelo Test, at 01:19:28
  • 130. Vicente Reynes (ESP), Columbia-HTC, at 01:19:48
  • 131. Davide Vigano (ITA), Fuji-Servetto, at 01:19:51
  • 132. Gabriel Rasch (NOR), Cervelo Test, at 01:21:16
  • 133. Michael Schär (SUI), Astana, at 01:21:16
  • 134. Paul Voss (GER), Milram, at 01:22:15
  • 135. Javier Benitez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 01:23:09
  • 136. Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step, at 01:23:57
  • 137. Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Liquigas, at 01:24:24
  • 138. Marcel Sieberg (GER), Columbia-HTC, at 01:25:00
  • 139. Aitor Pérez Arrieta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 01:25:07
  • 140. Svein Tuft (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream, at 01:25:49
  • 141. Björn Schröder (GER), Milram, at 01:27:01
  • 142. Christophe Brandt (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 01:28:19
  • 143. Xabier Zandio (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 01:29:09
  • 144. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana, at 01:29:41
  • 145. Greg Henderson (NZL), Columbia-HTC, at 01:29:43
  • 146. Sergio Domínguez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 01:31:02
  • 147. Maarten Wynants (BEL), Quick Step, at 01:32:43
  • 148. Wouter Weylandt (BEL), Quick Step, at 01:33:45
  • 149. Fco. José Pacheco (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo, at 01:34:31
  • 150. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), AG2R La Mondiale, at 01:34:46
  • 151. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 01:35:12
  • 152. Matheus Pronk (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 01:35:14
  • 153. Sébastien Chavanel (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 01:35:29
  • 154. Emanuele Bindi (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 01:35:49
  • 155. Wesley Sulzberger (AUS), Française des Jeux, at 01:36:12
  • 156. Jean-Eudes Demaret (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 01:36:34
  • 157. Anthony Roux (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 01:36:50
  • 158. Julian Dean (NZL), Garmin-Slipstream, at 01:37:20
  • 159. Franck Bouyer (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 01:39:38
  • 160. Maciej Bodnar (POL), Liquigas, at 01:40:23
  • 161. José Ruiz Sánchez (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur, at 01:42:05
  • 162. Tom Leezer (NED), Rabobank, at 01:42:41
  • 163. Massimiliano Mori (ITA), Lampre-NGC, at 01:43:00
  • 164. Gerald Ciolek (GER), Milram, at 01:44:24
  • 165. J. Vicente García Acosta (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 01:44:46
  • 166. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Française des Jeux, at 01:45:15
  • 167. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Columbia-HTC, at 01:45:27
  • 168. Jens Mouris (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling, at 01:45:34
  • 169. Martijn Maaskant (NED), Garmin-Slipstream, at 01:52:54
  • 170. Damien Gaudin (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 01:56:28

Overall KOM

  • 1. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 86 points
  • 2. Fuente David De La (ESP), Fuji-Servetto 72 points
  • 3. Javier Ramírez Abeja (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur 59 points
  • 4. Julián Sánchez Pimienta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo 57 points
  • 5. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank 48 points
  • 6. Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 46 points
  • 7. Bingen Fernández (ESP), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 39 points
  • 8. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre-NGC 36 points
  • 9. Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank 32 points
  • 10. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream 26 points
  • 11. Gustavo César Veloso (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 25 points
  • 12. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 25 points
  • 13. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto 25 points
  • 14. Julien El Fares (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 21 points
  • 15. David García (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 19 points
  • 16. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 19 points
  • 17. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre-NGC 19 points
  • 18. Rein Taaramae (EST), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 19 points
  • 19. Borut Bozic (SLO), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 16 points
  • 20. Ivan Basso (ITA), Liquigas 12 points
  • 21. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 12 points
  • 22. Aitor Hernández (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 10 points
  • 23. Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 10 points
  • 24. Sébastien Hinault (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale 10 points
  • 25. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank 9 points
  • 26. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R La Mondiale 9 points
  • 27. Aitor Pérez Arrieta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo 9 points
  • 28. Paul Voss (GER), Milram 8 points
  • 29. Beñat Intxausti (ESP), Fuji-Servetto 7 points
  • 30. Serafín Martínez Acevedo (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 7 points
  • 31. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Fuji-Servetto 6 points
  • 32. William Bonnet (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4 points
  • 33. J. Vicente García Acosta (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 4 points
  • 34. Thomas Danielson (USA), Garmin-Slipstream 3 points
  • 35. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 3 points
  • 36. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre-NGC 3 points
  • 37. Arkaitz Durán (ESP), Fuji-Servetto 3 points
  • 38. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 3 points
  • 39. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step 3 points
  • 40. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 3 points
  • 41. Xabier Zandio (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 3 points
  • 42. Matheus Pronk (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 3 points
  • 43. Vasili Kiryienka (BLR), Caisse d’Epargne 2 points
  • 44. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Liquigas 1 points
  • 45. Óscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank 1 points
  • 46. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Cervelo Test 1 points
  • 47. Dominik Roels (GER), Milram 1 points

Overall Points

  • 1. André Greipel (GER), Columbia-HTC 99 points
  • 2. Tom Boonen (BEL), Quick Step 75 points
  • 3. Borut Bozic (SLO), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 66 points
  • 4. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto 55 points
  • 5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 52 points
  • 6. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas 51 points
  • 7. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Saxo Bank 50 points
  • 8. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Slipstream 47 points
  • 9. Robert Gesink (NED), Rabobank 44 points
  • 10. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre-NGC 42 points
  • 11. Ivan Basso (ITA), Liquigas 37 points
  • 12. Bert Grabsch (GER), Columbia-HTC 37 points
  • 13. Óscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank 36 points
  • 14. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL), Silence-Lotto 33 points
  • 15. David García (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 32 points
  • 16. Roger Hammond (GBR), Cervelo Test 31 points
  • 17. Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 29 points
  • 18. Gustavo César Veloso (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 28 points
  • 19. Davide Vigano (ITA), Fuji-Servetto 28 points
  • 20. Wouter Weylandt (BEL), Quick Step 28 points
  • 21. Greg Henderson (NZL), Columbia-HTC 27 points
  • 22. Thomas Danielson (USA), Garmin-Slipstream 27 points
  • 23. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Cervelo Test 25 points
  • 24. Gerald Ciolek (GER), Milram 25 points
  • 25. Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 24 points
  • 26. William Bonnet (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom 24 points
  • 27. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Silence-Lotto 23 points
  • 28. Leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 23 points
  • 29. David Moncoutie (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 22 points
  • 30. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step 22 points
  • 31. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Slipstream 21 points
  • 32. Adam Hansen (AUS), Columbia-HTC 21 points
  • 33. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre-NGC 21 points
  • 34. Marcel Sieberg (GER), Columbia-HTC 21 points
  • 35. Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Liquigas 20 points
  • 36. Jacob Fuglsang (DEN), Saxo Bank 18 points
  • 37. Aitor Pérez Arrieta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo 17 points
  • 38. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 17 points
  • 39. Christophe Riblon (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale 17 points
  • 40. Sébastien Chavanel (FRA), Française des Jeux 17 points
  • 41. Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 16 points
  • 42. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank 14 points
  • 43. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 14 points
  • 44. David Herrero (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 14 points
  • 45. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre-NGC 14 points
  • 46. Jens Mouris (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 14 points
  • 47. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), AG2R La Mondiale 13 points
  • 48. Vasili Kiryienka (BLR), Caisse d’Epargne 12 points
  • 49. Fuente David De La (ESP), Fuji-Servetto 12 points
  • 50. Marco Velo (ITA), Quick Step 12 points
  • 51. Arnaud Gerard (FRA), Française des Jeux 11 points
  • 52. Javier Ramírez Abeja (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur 11 points
  • 53. Francisco Pérez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 10 points
  • 54. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas 10 points
  • 55. Fco. José Pacheco (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo 10 points
  • 56. Christian Knees (GER), Milram 9 points
  • 57. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Lampre-NGC 9 points
  • 58. Stuart O’grady (AUS), Saxo Bank 9 points
  • 59. Dominik Roels (GER), Milram 8 points
  • 60. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre-NGC 8 points
  • 61. Karsten Kroon (NED), Saxo Bank 8 points
  • 62. Jesús Rosendo Prado (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur 7 points
  • 63. Serafín Martínez Acevedo (ESP), Xacobeo Galicia 6 points
  • 64. Sébastien Hinault (FRA), AG2R La Mondiale 6 points
  • 65. Maciej Bodnar (POL), Liquigas 6 points
  • 66. Juan José Cobo (ESP), Fuji-Servetto 5 points
  • 67. Olivier Bonnaire (FRA), Bbox Bouygues Telecom 5 points
  • 68. Juan Manuel Garate (ESP), Rabobank 5 points
  • 69. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Cervelo Test 5 points
  • 70. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step 4 points
  • 71. Jesús Del Nero (ESP), Fuji-Servetto 4 points
  • 72. Antonio Piedra (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur 4 points
  • 73. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Liquigas 3 points
  • 74. Julien El Fares (FRA), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 3 points
  • 75. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA), Française des Jeux 3 points
  • 76. Lieuwe Westra (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 3 points
  • 77. Daniel Moreno (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 2 points
  • 78. Daniel Martin (IRL), Garmin-Slipstream 2 points
  • 79. Matti Breschel (DEN), Saxo Bank 2 points
  • 80. Adrián Palomares (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo 2 points
  • 81. Fco. José Martínez Pérez (ESP), Andalucia Cajasur 2 points
  • 82. Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 2 points
  • 83. Javier Benitez (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo 2 points
  • 84. Matheus Pronk (NED), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling 2 points
  • 85. Tom Leezer (NED), Rabobank 2 points
  • 86. Daniel Navarro (ESP), Astana 1 points
  • 87. Eduard Vorganov (RUS), Xacobeo Galicia 1 points
  • 88. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi 1 points
  • 89. Bingen Fernández (ESP), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1 points
  • 90. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank 1 points
  • 91. Julián Sánchez Pimienta (ESP), Contentpolis-Ampo 1 points

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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