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The True Prince | Paris Champs-Élysées (PS3)

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The sequel to my TdF story from last year and hopefully it will be better than last year. For those that needed to be reminded about that story and what it made it unique is the fact that it moves away from the traditional Pro Cycling Manager games and uses the Console games instead (in my case the PlayStation 3). Instead of the usual video stories that the Console game has gotten I’m also doing the classic style of reporting. A actual written report for those who don’t want to watch a video.

Like last year the rider I’ll be using mostly will be Thibault Pinot and his FDJ team. Thanks to the new gameplay mechanics I’ll be able to actually participate in the sprint finishes with one of the teams sprinters instead of the one sentence telling who won. With the main goal again being the youth classification after winning it by 20 minutes difference to number two. However the eye is focused on more things than just that white jersey, after last year 3rd place in the Mountain rankings, Thibault is ready to take on the challenge of taking that King of the Mountains jersey. stage wins are also high on his list.

So how about we get this thing started by meeting the riders in the next post Wink
Edited by SSJ2Luigi on 28-07-2014 02:44
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Alexandre-Geniez Arnold Jeannesson Arthur Vichot
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Jérémy Roy Murilo Fischer Nacer Bouhanni *
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Pierrick Fedrigo Thibaut Pinot William Bonnet

*note: won't ride in the national jersey
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Blel Kadri Johannes Fröhlinger Andrea Guardini
Christophe Riblon John Degenkolb Enrico Gasparotto
Dominco Pozzovivo Koen de Kort Fredrik Kessiakoff
Hubert Dupont Marcel Kittel Jakob Fuglsang
Jean-Christophe Peraud Matthieu Sprick Janez Brajkovic
John Gadret Patrick Gretsch Kevin Seeldraeyers
Manuel Belletti Simon Geschke Maxim Iglinskiy
Rinaldo Nocentini Tom Veelers Paolo Tiranlongo
Yuahani Hutarovich Yann Haguet Vincenzo Nibali
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Amaël Moinard Bauke Mollema Cayetano Sarmiento
Cadel Evans Jack Bobridge Cristiano Salerno
Daniel Oss Lars Boom Daniel Ratto
Greg van Avermaet Lars Petter Nordhaug Elia Viviani
Marco Pinotti Laurens ten Dam Fabio Sabatini
Philippe Gilbert Luis León Sánchez Ivan Basso
Taylor Phinney Mark Renshaw Paolo Longo Borghini
Tejay van Garderen Robert Gesink Peter Sagan
Thor Hushovd Steven Kruijswijk Tiziano Dall'Antonia
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Christophe Le Mevel Alexandre Pichot Egoi Martínez
Daniel Navarro Anthony Charteau Gorka Izagirre
Guillaume Levarlet Christophe Kern Gorka Verdugo
Jerome Coppel Cyril Gautier Igor Anton
Luis Ángel Maté Davide Malacarne Mikal Astarloza
Marcelino García Pierre Rolland Mikel Nieve
Nico Sijmens Sébastien Chavanel Romain Sicard
Rein Taaramae Thomas Voeckler Ruben Pérez
Stéphane Poulhiés Yukiya Arashiro Samual Sánchez
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Andrew Talansky Alberto Losada Alessandro Petacchi
Daniel Martin Damiano Caruso Damiano Cunego
David Millar Daniel Moreno Daniele Pietropolli
Fabian Wegmann Denis Menchov Filippo Pozzato
Johan van Summeren Eduard Vorganov José Serpa
Peter Stetina Joaquin Rodriguez Manuele Mori
Robert Hunter Michail Ignatiev Matthew Lloyd
Ryder Hesjedal Simon Spilak Michele Scarponi
Tyler Farrar Vladimir Gusev Przemysław Niemiec
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André Greipel Alejandro Valverde Bert Grabsch
Francis De Greef Andrey Amador Gert Steegmans
Greg Henderson Beñat Intxausti Kevin de Weert
Jelle Vanendert Jonathan Castroviejo Mark Cavendish
Jürgen Roelandts Juan Jose Cobo Niki Terpstra
Jurgen Van Den Broeck Juan Jose Rojas Peter Velits
Jurgen van den Walle Nairo Quintana Sylvain Chavanel
Kenny de Haas Rui Costa Tom Boonen
Lars Ytting Bak Sylvester Smzyd Tony Martin
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Allan Davis Andreas Klöden Alberto Contador
Jens Keukeleire Andy Schleck Chris Anker Sørensen
Matthew Goss Chris Horner Daniele Bennati
Michael Albasini Danilo Hondo Michael Mørkøv
Pieter Weening Fabian Cancellara Michael Rogers
Sebastian Langeveld Haimar Zubeldia Nicolas Roche
Simon Gerrans Jens Voigt Rafal Majka
Stuary O'Grady Maxime Monfort Roman Kreuziger
Svein Tuft Tony Gallopin Sergio Paulinho
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Brice Feillu Ben Swift Bjorn Leukemans
David Le Lay Bradley Wiggins Johnny Hoogerland
Fabrice Jeandesboz Chris Froome José Rujano
Jérémy Galland Edvald Boassen Hagen Juan Antonio Flecha
Jonathan Hivert Geraint Thomas Kenny van Hummel
Julien Simon Richie Porte Lieuwe Westra
Maxime Méderel Rigoberto Uran Romain Feillu
Rémi Pauriol Sergio Henao Thomas de Gendt
Yannick Talabardon Vasil Kiryienka Wout Poels

note: Belkin is actually still riding in their Blanco jerseys
The Favorites

last years winner: Cadel Evans is back for winning three in a row

main favorites

Astana: Vincenzo Nibali
BMC Cycling Team: Cadel Evans
Euskaltel: Samuel Sánchez
Katusha: Joaquim Rodriguez
Movistar: Alejandro Valverde
Saxo-Tinkoff: Alberto Contador
Team Sky: Bradley Wiggins

can surprise the main favorites

Blanco Pro Cycling: Bauke Mollema
Blanco Pro Cycling: Robert Gesink
Cannondale: Ivan Basso
Europcar: Pierre Rolland
Europcar: Thomas Voeckler
Euskaltel: Mikel Nieve
FDJ: Thibault Pinot
Garmin: Ryder Hesjedal
Garmin: Daniel Martin
Katusha: Daniel Moreno
Lampre-Merida: Damiano Cunego
Lampre-Merida: Michele Scarponi
Movistar: Nairo Quintana
RadioShack: Andy Schleck
RadioShack: Andreas Klöden
Saxo-Tinkoff: Roman Kreuziger
Team Sky: Chris Froome
Vacansleil: Thomas de Gendt

risky bets

AG2R La Modiale: Dominico Pozzovivo
BMC Cycling Team: Tejay van Garderen
Blanco Pro Cycling: Steven Kruijswijk
Cofidis: Christophe Le Mevel
Cofidis: Rein Taaramae
Euskaltel: Igor Anton
Garmin: Andrew Talansky
Katusha: Denis Menchov
Lampre-Merida: Przemyslaw Niemiec
Movistar: Juan Jose Cobo
Movistar: Rui Costa
RadioShack: Chris Horner
RadioShack: Maxime Monfort
Saxo-Tinkoff: Nicolas Roche
Saxo-Tinkoff: Rafal Majka
Team Sky: Richie Porte
Vacansoleil: Wout Poels

The Sprinters

The Manx Missile is also back for his third consecutive points jersey

The fastest man alive

Team Argos-Shimano: Marcel Kittel
Cannondale: Peter Sagan
FDJ: Nacer Bouhanni
Lotto-Belisol: André Greipel
Omega-Pharma: Mark Cavendish

The slipstreamers

Team Argos-Shimano: John Degenkolb
Garmin: Tyler Farrar
Lampre-Merida: Alessandro Petacchi
Orica: Matthew Goss
Team Sky: Ben Swift
Team Sky: Edvald Boassen Hagen
Vacansoleil: Romain Feillu

The surprises

BMC Cycling Team: Thor Hushovd
BMC: Philippe Gilbert
Blanco Pro Cycling: Mark Renshaw
Cannondale: Elia Viviani
Movistar: Juan Jose Rojas

Note: based on who I think the game can put high in the GC/Sprints, these riders results will be added in the result screen in their respective classifications.
Nice to see Pinot back. Good luck! Smile
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I've heard that descents might be difficult in this game
baseballlover312, 06-03-14 : "Nuke Moscow...Don't worry Russia, we've got plenty of love to go around your cities"
Sarah Palin, 08-03-14 (CPAC, on Russian aggression) : "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke"


Big thanks to jdog for making this AMAZING userbar!
@admirschleck: thanks, glad to be back Wink

@547984: descents are always difficult but with Pinot, they're even harder


A stage without major difficulties, which should be favourable to the sprinters.

Stage Favorites

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Mark Cavendish (OPQ) Andre Greipel (LTB) John Degenkolb (ARG)

GM: Oke guys, it’s the start of the 2013 Tour. The first stage in Corsica holds no major difficulty. The stage will be played out between the sprinters

Thibault Pinot: todays stage is a easy one for me, is actually all about Nacer (Bouhanni) today with the intermediate sprint and the final sprint as point of interest.

The first hour was riding hard to no one’s surprise. A lot of teams wanted to get in the breakaway today because the first KOM jersey was on the table. The first one to open the attack was Vorganov (KAT) but he never really got away. I asked Arnold (Jeannesson) and Arthur (Vichot) that if they saw the opportunity to counter the attacks and get into the break aswell. They didn’t manage to find the chance and so we had a group of 4 in today’s break of the day. they were Jonathan Hivert (Sojasun), Stuart O’Grady (Orica), Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) and Juan Jose Cobo (Movistar) but I’ll give the word to Nacer for the intermediate and final sprint.

Hivert starting the break on the left side of the road

Nacer Bouhanni: thanks Thibault, for the intermediate sprint I couldn’t find the right wheel so when I saw Cavendish go at 1.4 km to go, I re-acted but was already a bike length behind

Cavendish starting to sprint

Cavendish speed was unmatched so he won the intermediate sprint with some bikes lengths, although Degenkolb just managed to take the 6th place while I took 7th.

Cavendish having a gap on the left while Degenkolb on the left just passed me

For the final sprint I had a great position behind the Omega Pharma-train however I disconnected my shoe and almost crashed.


I managed to stay on the bike but I already lost the sprint. I did try to get some points out of it though but in the end I only finished 17th, Which was really disappointing. In all the excitement of the first stage of the tour, the sprinters teams forgot to reel in the breakaway. So the winner of the first stage of the tour and the first wearer of the yellow jersey is: Jonathan Hivert of Sojasun. He didn’t get a gap though so we probably get a new yellow jersey wearer tomorrow. Hopefully it will be me.

TP: I stayed out of trouble today and finished 64th today. Tomorrow is looking more eventfull but the tour only really starts on the 8th stage so until that time you’ll probably hear more from Nacer then from me.

Stage result

1Jonathan HivertSojasun4h38'44"
2Mark CavendishOmega Pharma+0"
3André GriepelLotto+0"
4Stuart O'GradyOrica+0"
5Tom BoonenOmega Pharma+0"
6Greg HendersonLotto+0"
7John DegenkolbArgos+0"
8Marcel KittelArgos+0"
9Enrico GasparottoAstana+0"
10Peter SaganCannondale+0"
17Nacer BouhanniFDJ+0"
35Pierrick FédrigoFDJ+0"
48Nairo QuintanaMovistar+0"
50Arthur VichotFDJ+0"
53Murilo FischerFDJ+0"
55Andrew TalanskyGarmin+0"
64Thibaut PinotFDJ+0"
74William BonnetFDJ+0"
84Arnold JeannessonFDJ+0"
85Jérémy RoyFDJ+0"
117Tejay van GarderenBMC+0"
153Alexandre GeniezFDJ+0"
177Rafal MajkaSaxo+0"

General Classification

1Jonathan Hivert upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/29/Jersey_yellow.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow.svg.pngSojasun4h38'44"
2Mark CavendishOmega Pharma+0"
3André GriepelLotto+0"
4Stuart O'GradyOrica+0"
5Tom BoonenOmega Pharma+0"
6Greg HendersonLotto+0"
7John DegenkolbArgos+0"
8Marcel KittelArgos+0"
9Enrico GasparottoAstana+0"
10Peter SaganCannondale+0"

17Nacer BouhanniFDJ+0"
20Juan Jose CoboMovistar+0"
26Alejandro ValverdeMovistar+0"
28Thomas De GendtVacansoleil+0"
29Joaquin RodriguezKatusha+0"
30Damiano CunegoLampre+0"
31Pierre RollandEuropcar+0"
33Samuel SánchezEuskaltel+0"
34Thomas VoecklerEuropcar+0"
35Pierrick FédrigoFDJ+0"
37Igor AntonEuskaltel+0"
42Vincenzo NibaliAstana+0"
45Cadel EvansBMC+0"
46Bauke MollemaBlanco+0"
47Bradley WigginsSky+0"
48Nairo QuintanaMovistar+0"
50Arthur VichotFDJ+0"
51Dominico PozzovivoAG2R+0"
52Andy SchleckRadioShack+0"
53Murilo FischerFDJ+0"
55Andrew TalanskyGarmin+0"
56Rein TaaramaeCofidis+0"
58Michele ScarponiLampre+0"
59Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto+0"
60Roman KreuzigerSaxo+0"
61Rui CostaMovistar+0"
64Thibaut PinotFDJ+0"
65Chris HornerRadioShack+0"
67Robert GesinkBlanco+0"
68Alberto ContadorSaxo+0"
74William BonnetFDJ+0"
79Nicolas RocheSaxo+0"
80Maxime MonfortRadioShack+0"
81Daniel MorenoKatusha+0"
84Arnold JeannessonFDJ+0"
85Jérémy RoyFDJ+0"
89Richie PorteSky+0"
91Janez BrajkovicAstana+0"
94Ryder HesjedalGarmin+0"
96Denis MenchovKatusha+0"
115Daniel MartinGarmin+0"
117Tejay van GarderenBMC+0"
120Chris FroomeSky+0"
138Christophe Le MévelCofidis+0"
139Wout PoelsVacansoleil+0"
143Andreas KlödenRadioShack+0"
153Alexandre GeniezFDJ+0"
158Ivan BassoCannondale+0"
159Mikel NieveEuskaltel+0"
160Steven KruijswijkBlanco+0"
177Rafal MajkaSaxo+0"
196Przemysław NiemiecLampre+0"

Mountain Classification

1Enrico Gasparotto upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e1/Jersey_polkadot.svg/20px-Jersey_polkadot.svg.pngAstana1 Pt

Sprint Classification

1Jonathan Hivert upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Jersey_green.svg/20px-Jersey_green.svg.pngSojasun55 Pts
2Mark CavendishOmega Pharma45 Pts
3Stuart O'GradyOrica41 Pts
4Andre GreipelLotto38 Pts
5Enrico GasparottoAstana31 Pts
6John DegenkolbArgos29 Pts
7Tom BoonenOmega Pharma22 Pts
8Greg HendersonLotto20 Pts
9Tyler FarrarGarmin17 Pts
10Marcel KittelArgos16 Pts

12Peter SaganCannondale12 Pts
13Matthew GossOrica11 Pts
14Alessandro PetacchiLampre10 Pts
15Nacer BouhanniFDJ9 Pts
17Juan Jose RojasEuskaltel5 Pts
20Ben SwiftSky2 Pts
22Romain FeilluVacansoleil0 Pts
=Edvald Boassen HagenSky0 Pts
=Daniele BennatiSaxo0 Pts
=Elia VivianiCannondale0 Pts
=Mark RenshawOmega Pharma0 Pts
=Philippe GilbertBlanco0 Pts
=Thor HushovdBMC0 Pts

Youth Classification

1John Degenkolb upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/07/Jersey_white.svg/20px-Jersey_white.svg.pngArgos4h38'44"
2Marcel KittelArgos+0"
3Peter SaganCannondale+0"
4Nacer BouhanniFDJ+0"
5Nairo QuintanaMovistar+0"
6Arthur VichotFDJ+0"
7Andrew TalanskyGarmin+0"
8Thibaut PinotFDJ+0"
9Tony GallopinRadioShack+0"
10Andrea GuardiniAstana+0"

11Tejay van GarderenBMC+0"
16Rafal MajkaSaxo+0"

Team Classification

1Omega Pharma - Quickstep upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Jersey_yellow_number.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow_number.svg.png13h56'12"
2Lotto Belisol+0"
3Team Argos-Shimano+0"
4Movistar Team+0"
5Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team+0"
6Sky Pro Cycling+0"
7Orica GreenEDGE+0"
8Astana Pro Team+0"
9Lampre - Merida+0"

Combativite Classification

1Jonathan Hivert upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/Jersey_red_number.svg/20px-Jersey_red_number.svg.pngSojasun203 km
2Enrico GasparottoAstana202 km
3Stuary O'GradyOrica200 km
4Juan Jose CoboMovistar183 km
5Julien SimonSojasun13 km
6Eduard VorganovKatusha4 km
7Ruben PérezEuskaltel3 km
8Maxim IglinskiyAstana3 km

The Full stage

YouTube Video

Edited by SSJ2Luigi on 22-07-2014 16:32
The video is private again
baseballlover312, 06-03-14 : "Nuke Moscow...Don't worry Russia, we've got plenty of love to go around your cities"
Sarah Palin, 08-03-14 (CPAC, on Russian aggression) : "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke"


Big thanks to jdog for making this AMAZING userbar!
@547984: fixed, nice to know that people actually want to watch it


The difficulties towards the middle of the route may help to enliven the race and thus avoid a mass sprint finish

Stage Favorites

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Peter Sagan (CAN) Alejandro Valverde (MOV) Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

GM: Today we’ll have to be wary of two climbs in the middle of the stage as well as the hill 15km from the finish.

Pinot: the start of the stage was really hard today, the fast pace to set the breakaway in addition to the early intermediate sprint lead to a really tough first few hours. The moment Sojasun took control of the peloton the pace died and Pietropolli (Lampre) attacked, Vorganov was blocked by Pierrick who returned from an earlier back attempt, Pietropolli was alone and had an journey of about 90 km alone.

the lonely escapee going away on the left

However with only one escapee today, there were some KOM points for the peloton and since I got 3rd last year. I tried to take some of those points myself. At the Col de Bellagranajo, the Col de la Serra and the Col de Vizzavona I took the remaining points but at the Côte du Salario I was boxed in by the peloton and couldn’t take any points.

taking the remaining points

However things went ugly after the small hill

can you see what’s will happen next?

That’s right, I made a mistake judging the corner and went down, good thing that there weren’t any spectators there otherwise it would mean the end of my Tour already. Time loss today seems inevitable. That all changed when I heard over the team radio that I got some support from the Dutch as Mollema crashed not soon afterwards splitting the peloton into three pieces. I was in the second group and I got reports that riders like Porte (SKY), Van den Broeck (LTB) were caught behind.

Quick!, pick up that bike

While Pietropolli was celebrating his stage win after an amazing 109 km solo, taking advantage of the crashes and holds the peloton off with a 27 second gap Bouhanni sprinted towards a nice 8th place finish and I was sprinting to get time equel with the rest of the peloton. It was all in vain though, as the ASO decided to give everybody but a group of 3 riders the same time (Levarlet-COF, Niemiec!-LAM, Tuft-OGE)

As a bonus Bouhanni picks up the white jersey

the first white jersey is in the house

stage results

1 Daniele Pietropolli Lampre 6h10'53"
2 Romain Feillu Vacansoleil +27"
3 Andre Greipel Lotto +27"
4 Alejandro Valverde Movistar +27''
5 Jonathan Hivert Sojasun +27"
6 Greg Henderson Lotto +27"
7 Joaquin Rodriguez Katusha +27"
8 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ +27"
9 Thomas Voeckler Europcar +27"
10 Thomas de Gendt Vacansoleil +27"
110 Thibault Pinot FDJ +27"
197 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre +3'02"

General Classification

1Daniele Pietropolli upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/29/Jersey_yellow.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow.svg.pngLampre6h10'53"
2Jonathan HivertSojasun+27"
3André GreipelLotto+27"
4Greg HendersonLotto+27"
5Romain FeilluVacansoleil+27"
6Nacer BouhanniFDJ+27"
7Alejandro ValverdeMovistar+27"
8Mark CavendishOmega Pharma+27"
9Joaquin RodriguezKatusha+27"
10Thomas De GendtVacansoleil+27"

14Damiano CunegoLampre+27"
15Pierre RollandEuropcar+27"
16Thomas VoecklerEuropcar+27"
18Samuel SánchezEuskaltel+27"
20Igor AntonEuskaltel+27"
33Arthur VichotFDJ+27"
34Bradley WigginsSky+27"
35Dominico PozzovivoAG2R+27"
36Andrew TalanskyGarmin+27"
39Michele ScarponiLampre+27"
43Cadel EvansBMC+27"
45Vincenzo NibaliAstana+27"
45Nairo QuintanaMovistar+27"
48Rui CostaMovistar+27"
51Andy SchleckRadioShack+27"
52Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto+27"
53Bauke MollemaBlanco+27"
54Rein TaaramaeCofidis+27"
55Alberto ContadorSaxo+27"
56Nicolas RocheSaxo+27"
57Pierrick FédrigoFDJ+27"
58Roman KreuzigerSaxo+27"
60Murilo FischerFDJ+27"
61William BonnetFDJ+27"
62Robert GesinkBlanco+27"
65Maxime MonfortRadioShack+27"
69Daniel MorenoKatusha+27"
77Chris HornerRadioShack+27"
79Chris FroomeSky+27"
83Thibaut PinotFDJ+27"
84Ryder HesjedalGarmin+27"
85Tejay van GarderenBMC+27"
95Arnold JeannessonFDJ+27"
96Janez BrajkovicAstana+27"
100Juan Jose CoboMovistar+27"
108Jérémy RoyFDJ+27"
114Daniel MartinGarmin+27"
117Steven KruijswijkBlanco+27"
120Denis MenchovKatusha+27"
122Wout PoelsVacansoleil+27"
130Richie PorteSky+27"
131Andreas KlödenRadioShack+27"
132Christophe Le MévelCofidis+27"
145Ivan BassoCannondale+27"
148Alexandre GeniezFDJ+27"
160Mikel NieveEuskaltel+27"
187Rafal MajkaSaxo+27"
198Przemysław NiemiecLampre+3'02"

Mountain classification

1Daniele Pietropolli upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e1/Jersey_polkadot.svg/20px-Jersey_polkadot.svg.pngLamper14 Pts
2Thibaut PinotFDJ7 Pts
3Brice FeilluSojasun2 Pts
4Juan Antonio FlechaVacansoleil2 Pts
5Enrico GasparottoAstana1 Pt
6Luis Leon SánchezBlanco1 Pt
7Sébastian ChavanelOmega Pharma1 Pt
8Fabrice Jeandesboz Sojasun1 Pt

Points classification

1Jonathan Hivert upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Jersey_green.svg/20px-Jersey_green.svg.pngSojasun93 Pts
2Andre GreipelLotto77 Pts
3Mark CavendishOmega Pharma66 Pts
4John DegenkolbArgos43 Pts
5Stuart O'GradyOrica41 Pts
6Greg HendersonLotto35 Pts
7Enrico GasparottoAstana31 Pts
8Tyler FarrarGarmin30 Pts
9Daniele PietropolliLampre30 Pts
10Romain FeilluVacansoleil25 Pts

12Marcel KittelArgos21 Pts
13Nacer BouhanniFDJ20 Pts
17Peter SaganCannondale12 Pts
18Matthew GossOrica11 Pts
19Alessandro PetacchiLampre10 Pts
29Juan Jose RojasEuskaltel5 Pts
38Ben SwiftSky2 Pts
40Edvald Boassen HagenSky0 Pts
=Daniele BennatiSaxo0 Pts
=Elia VivianiCannondale0 Pts
=Mark RenshawOmega Pharma0 Pts
=Philippe GilbertBlanco0 Pts
=Thor HushovdBMC0 Pts

Youth classification

1Nacer Bouhanni upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/07/Jersey_white.svg/20px-Jersey_white.svg.pngFDJ6h11'25"
2Marcel KittelArgos+0"
3Peter SaganCannondale+0"
4Arthur VichotFDJ+0"
5Andrew TalanskyGarmin+0"
6Nairo QuintanaMovistar+0"
7Tony GallopinRadioShack+0"
8John DegenkolbArgos+0"
9Thibaut PinotFDJ+0"
10Tejay van GarderenBMC+0"

13Alexandre GeniezFDJ+0"
19Rafal MajkaSaxo+0"

third-rate classifications
Team classification

1Lampre - Merida upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Jersey_yellow_number.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow_number.svg.png24h33'43"
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits+27"
3AG2R la Mondiale+27"
4Blanco Pro Cycling Team+27"
5Euskaltel - Euskadi+27"
6Team Europcar+27"
7Katusha Team+27"
8RadioShack Leopard+27"
9BMC Cycling Team+27"
10Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team+27"

Combatitvite classification

1Enrico Gasparotto upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/Jersey_red_number.svg/20px-Jersey_red_number.svg.pngAstana204 km
2Jonathan Hivert Sojasun203 km
3Stuary O'GradyOrica200 km
4Juan Jose CoboMovistar183 km
5Daniele PietropolliLampre105 km
6Gorka IzagirreEuskaltel17 km
7Andrey AmadorMovistar16 km
8Jakob FuglsangAstana14 km
9Simon GerransOrica14 km
10Julien SimonSojasun13 km
20Pierrick FédrigoFDJ2 km

The Full Stage

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Edited by SSJ2Luigi on 23-07-2014 15:41
Steady start for Thibaut. Be sure to stay safe on these descents and flat roads in first week and get that white jersey in 2nd and 3rd week!
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Forever the Best
Good luck SSJ2Luigi.Hope you have a good luck and do better than your other PS3 story.And also hope you can finish the story.
The Rider
It is a good sign that some KOM points have already been mopped up. Wink

Looking at the preview, I reckon the team will do well to pull off one stage win. Achieve that and then we can all relax! Cool
@admirschleck; safety first, I get it Wink

@The Schleck Fan; thanks, I'll be happy if I can improve myself along the way of the story. both in reporting the races and in playing the game. if you don't try to improve yourself, you're going backwards Wink

@The Rider: last year/story, Thibaut lost the jersey by 20 points or so. he doesn't want to make that same mistake again.
last year/story we had twice stage wins (in a row), so we won't be 100% with only one stage win though Pfft

I must apologize for the lack of updates the past few days, I had a school assignment that needed to be finished today. not really hard but lengthy though Wink I'm finally done with school and got full attention to the story. there's some catching up to do Wink


The last climb sits close enough to the finish to allow the best punchers to pull away at the head of the race

Stage Favorites

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Peter Sagan (CAN) Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
GM: The Stage is fairly short today guys. It could be pretty hectic, especially as it rises from the start! Watch out for attacks!

Thibault Pinot: it’s a day were you could lose some time if you’re not careful. An attack on the Col de Marsolino could mean a stage win. As a bonus after yesterday’s offensive riding, I got to wear the mountain jersey today as Pietropolli wore the yellow jersey.

me in the KOM jersey, next to the yellow jersey. Pietropolli

We got a few riders up the road: Christophe Le Mével (Cofidis), Simon Spilak (Katusha), Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel), Andrey Amador (Movistar), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC). Behind them Bouhanni won the intermediate peloton sprint, quite easily actually (His words, not mine Wink)

Nacer taking the intermediate sprint

However, the break didn’t last long. There were catch before the Col de San Martino. David Le Lay did try to make a break but got nobody with him. I took charge over the top of the climb for 100 m just to take the 3 points.

classic point grabbing

However when the front of the peloton overtook me I looked back and saw nothing. What I did see was Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Luis Leon Sánchez (Blanco), Fabian Wegmann (Garmin), Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil) and Blel Kadri (AG2R). these riders were really dangerous for the stage win and letting them go this early would end up in a breakaway win but I also didn’t want to waste much energy for the later stages that are more important in the GC. Sprinting up the climb less exhausting then actually doing big relays. I saved myself from doing much work by just going up the climb in my own pace, that’s sort of doing relays right?

the emptiness of the unexpected break and the second break of the day

Basically happened after that until the Col de Marsolino, we haven’t even started and already big groups were getting dropped. The guys that were with me in the second break did try several attempts to get away (Sagan and Sánchez most of the time). Together with Fédrigo we worked together by countering the breaks. We weren’t letting anyone getting away without either of us. Sagan did take the most points on the climb but I got second.

Sagan taking first place
Fédrigo then countered the attack Hivert put in after the climb. Where Sagan stopped Hivert continued sort of speak. The three of us got a small gap after the decent but it wasn’t enough, Saxo-Tinkoff brought us back and with 3 to go we were all together. Until Philippe Gilbert (BMC) attacked.

Perhaps the best puncher in the world goes for victory

And he did it, he got his stage win by beating Valverde. . I eventually got 12th place today because I started my sprint to early and faded at the end. I did officially take the polka dot jersey from Pietropolli.

Gilbert celebrating in the far distance, showing how powerful he really is and me on the podium

Stage result (Top 10 + main favorites)

1Philippe GilbertBMC3h31’15”
2Alejandro ValverdeMovistar+0”
3Matthew GossOrica+0”
4John DegenkolbArgos+0”
5Peter SaganCannondale+0”
6Jonathan HivertSojasun+0”
7Fabian CancellaraRadioShack+0”
8Jose Joaquin RojasMovistar+0”
9Thomas VoecklerEuropcar+0”
10Michael MorkovSaxo-Tinkoff+0”
11Joaquin RodriguezKatusha+0”
12Thibault PinotFDJ+0”
26Samuel SánchezEuskaltel+0”
41Alberto ContadorSaxo-Tinkoff+0”
44Bradley WigginsSky+0”
100Cadel EvansBMC+1’51”
139Vincenzo NibaliAstana+ 2’43”

The General Classification

1Daniele Pietropolli upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/29/Jersey_yellow.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow.svg.pngLampre11h42'13"
2Jonathan HivertSojasun+27"
3Alejandro ValverdeMovistar+27"
4Joaquin RodriguezKatusha+27"
5Matthew GossOrica+27"
6Thomas VoecklerEuropcar+27"
7Thomas De GendtVacansoleil+27"
8José Joaquín RojasMovistar+27"
9Damiano CunegoLampre+27"
10Peter SaganCannondale+27"

11Samuel SánchezEuskaltel+27"
13Pierre RollandEuropcar+27"
15Arthur VichotFDJ+27"
16Bradley WigginsSky+27"
18Michele ScarponiLampre+27"
21Dominico PozzovivoAG2R+27"
23Rui CostaMovistar+27"
24Nicolas RocheSaxo+27"
25Pierrick FédrigoFDJ+27"
26Nairo QuintanaMovistar+27"
27Roman KreuzigerSaxo+27"
30Alberto ContadorSaxo+27"
34Bauke MollemaBlanco+27"
35Thibaut PinotFDJ+27"
36Andy SchleckRadioShack+27"
44Tejay van GarderenBMC+27"
45Robert GesinkBlanco+27"
48Arnold JeannessonFDJ+27"
49Jérémy RoyFDJ+27"
54Richie PorteSky+27"
55Wout PoelsVacansoleil+27"
56Christophe Le MévelCofidis+27"
60Steven KruijswijkBlanco+27"
61Andreas KlödenRadioShack+27"
64Denis MenchovKatusha+27"
77Ivan BassoCannondale+27"
79Mikel NieveEuskaltel+27"
83Rafal MajkaSaxo+27"
97Cadel EvansBMC+2'18"
98Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto+2'18"
99Rein TaaramaeCofidis+2'18"
100Daniel MorenoKatusha+2'18"
101Maxime MonfortRadioShack+2'18"
104Chris FroomeSky+2'18"
105Chris HornerRadioShack+2'18"
107Ryder HesjedalGarmin+2'18"
110Daniel MartinGarmin+2'18"
119Alexandre GeniezFDJ+2'18"
131Przemysław NiemiecLampre+3'02"
135Nacer BouhanniFDJ+3'10"
138Igor AntonEuskaltel+3'10"
146Vincenzo NibaliAstana+3'10"
149Andrew TalanskyGarmin+3'10"
151Murilo FischerFDJ+3'10"
157William BonnetFDJ+3'10"
162Janez BrajkovicAstana+3'10"
165Juan Jose CoboMovistar+3'10"

The Mountain Classification

1Thibaut Pinot upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e1/Jersey_polkadot.svg/20px-Jersey_polkadot.svg.pngFDJ15 Pts
2Daniele PietropolliLamper14 Pts
3Peter SaganCannondale 5 Pts
4David Le LaySojasun5 Pts
5Jonathan HivertSojasun2 Pts
6Juan Antonio FlechaVacansoleil2 Pts
7Fabian WegmannGarmin2 Pts
8Brice FeilluSojasun2 Pts
9Thomas de GendtVacansoleil1 Pt
10Enrico GasparottoAstana1 Pt

Points Classification

1Jonathan Hivert upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Jersey_green.svg/20px-Jersey_green.svg.pngSojasun93 Pts
2Andre GreipelLotto77 Pts
3Mark CavendishOmega Pharma66 Pts
4John DegenkolbArgos43 Pts
5Stuart O'GradyOrica41 Pts
6Greg HendersonLotto35 Pts
7Enrico GasparottoAstana31 Pts
8Tyler FarrarGarmin30 Pts
9Daniele PietropolliLampre30 Pts
10Romain FeilluVacansoleil25 Pts

12Marcel KittelArgos21 Pts
13Nacer BouhanniFDJ20 Pts
17Peter SaganCannondale12 Pts
18Matthew GossOrica11 Pts
19Alessandro PetacchiLampre10 Pts
29Juan Jose RojasEuskaltel5 Pts
38Ben SwiftSky2 Pts
40Edvald Boassen HagenSky0 Pts
=Daniele BennatiSaxo0 Pts
=Elia VivianiCannondale0 Pts
=Mark RenshawOmega Pharma0 Pts
=Philippe GilbertBlanco0 Pts
=Thor HushovdBMC0 Pts

Youth Classification

1Peter Sagan upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/07/Jersey_white.svg/20px-Jersey_white.svg.pngCannondale11h42'43"
2Arthur VichotFDJ+0"
3Tony GallopinRadioShack+0"
4Nairo QuintanaMovistar+0"
5John DegenkolbArgos+0"
6Thibaut PinotFDJ+0"
7Tejay van GarderenBMC+0"
8Rafal MajkaSaxo+0"
9Marcel KittelArgos+1'51"
10Alexandre GeniezFDJ+1'51"
12Nacer BouhanniFDJ+1'51"
13Andrew TalanskyGarmin+2'43"

third rate classifications
Team Classification

1Lampre - Merida upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Jersey_yellow_number.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow_number.svg.png35h07'33"
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits+27"
3Blanco Pro Cycling Team+27"
4Team Saxo-Tinkoff+27"
5AG2R la Mondiale+27"
6RadioShack Leopard+27"
7Sky Pro Cycling+27"
8BMC Cycling Team+27"
9Euskaltel - Euskadi+27"
10Orica GreenEDGE+27"

Combativite Classification

1Jonathan Hivert upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/Jersey_red_number.svg/20px-Jersey_red_number.svg.pngSojasun214 km
2Enrico GasparottoAstana204 km
3Stuary O'GradyOrica200 km
4Juan Jose CoboMovistar183 km
5Daniele PietropolliLampre105 km
6Andrey AmadorMovistar60 km
7Mikel NieveEuskaltel48 km
8Christophe Le MévelCofidis41 km
9Simon SpilakKatusha33 km
10David Le LaySojasun30 km
17Thibaut PinotFDJ15 km
27Pierrick FédrigoFDJ4 km

The Full Stage

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Who's on leadout duty for Bouhanni, Luigi?
Disclaimer- Most of my posts are me thinking aloud. And most of what I think is rubbish.
Winner of a FIFA Prediction Fair Play Award (a phrase becoming increasingly ironic)
"... Because he (me) has a sound tactical mind in general..." jandal7, at 9:30 am GMT on 12th May 2016
The Rider
'Pinot not making many friends!'

Yep, Pinot wasn't putting in too many turns when he did get into the breakaways. But, perhaps being a moralist won't win you the polka dots! All in all a decent stage for Pinot, moving into the lead in the polka dots (out-right) and still able to be in the mix up at the finish.

What was that @ 24:46! Pfft .... I suppose it was to be expected! Wink
@weirdskyfan64: mmm, usually the trains of Omega Pharma or Argos Pfft. don't really use a lead-out Wink

@The Rider: I was pretty sure that if Pinot didn't follow that break they would make it to the end and if Pinot did join the break wouldn't make it. better not to waste energy in a pointless effort.

the disadvantage of uploading the full stage, everybody can see your mistakes :lol: little to slow into the corner and didn't correct it Wink

a rather flat route and somewhat technical with a finish on the Promeande des Anglais. Teams with good rouleurs are favorites.
Stage Favorites

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Team Sky RadioShack Omega Pharma

GM: The route isn’t too tricky, lads. The most important thing is to stay together. It’s the time of the fifth rider that’s taken into account.

Jeremy Roy: you would expect Thibaut here but he thought it would be appropriate if I would do this report because I was the guy pulling the team today. The team went on great until the intermediate timing. With 5 km to go we suddenly lost 4 guys and Jeannesson was saying that he wouldn’t be able to stay with us until the end if we kept going at this pace. I gave the lead to Pinot as he has a lower normal speed and we might be able to limit our losses. Jeannesson kept hanging on thanks to the lead change so we limited the losses today. We finished in 12th place. Team Sky eventually won the stage while Wiggins takes over the yellow jersey.

The Team Time Trial, before the results since the race is so short

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Stage results

Place Country Team Time
1. Sky Pro Cycling 27’02”
2. Omega Pharma – QuickStep +8”
3. Movistar Team +23”
4. RadioShack Leopard +31”
5. BMC Cycling Team +33’’
6. Team Saxo-Tinkoff +34”
7. Blanco Pro Cycling Team +41”
8. Astana Pro Team +42”
9. Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team +46”
10. Katusha Team +1’06”
12. FDJ +1’10”

The General Classification

1Bradley Wiggins upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/29/Jersey_yellow.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow.svg.pngSky12h03'42"
2Richie PorteSky+0"
3Sebastian HenaoSky+0"
4Vasil KiryienkaSky+0"
5Sebastian ChavanelOmega Pharma+9"
6Peter VelitsOmega Pharma+9"
7Kevin de WeertOmega Pharma+9"
8Tom BoonenOmega Pharma+9"
9Alejandro ValverdeMovistar+24"
10Beñat IntxaustiMovistar+24"
57Thibaut PinotFDJ+1'11"

11Rui CostaMovistar+24"
12Nairo QuintanaMovistar+24"
17Andy SchleckRadioShack+31"
20Andreas KlödenRadioShack+31"
24Tejay van GarderenBMC+33"
28Nicolas RocheSaxo+34"
29Roman KreuzigerSaxo+34"
31Alberto ContadorSaxo+34"
34Rafal MajkaSaxo+34"
35Bauke MollemaBlanco+41"
37Robert GesinkBlanco+41"
38Steven KruijswijkBlanco+41"
41Thomas De GendtVacansoleil+47"
43Wout PoelsVacansoleil+47"
48Joaquin RodriguezKatusha+1'06"
51Denis MenchovKatusha+1'06"
54Thomas VoecklerEuropcar+1'11"
55Pierre RollandEuropcar+1'11"
56Pierrick FédrigoFDJ+1'11"
57Thibaut PinotFDJ+1'11"
59Arnold JeannessonFDJ+1'11"
60Jérémy RoyFDJ+1'11"
62Damiano CunegoLampre+1'17"
63Michele ScarponiLampre+1'17"
68Arthur VichotFDJ+1'17"
70Dominico PozzovivoAG2R+1'23"
80Samuel SánchezEuskaltel+1'42"
82Mikel NieveEuskaltel+1'42"
89Chris FroomeSky+1'51"
91Ivan BassoCannondale+2'07"
93Christophe Le MévelCofidis+2'08"
95Maxime MonfortRadioShack+2'22"
96Chris HornerRadioShack+2'22"
98Cadel EvansBMC+2'24"
108Daniel MorenoKatusha+2'57"
119Juan Jose CoboMovistar+3'08"
120Alexandre GeniezFDJ+3'08"
122Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto+3'11"
127Ryder HesjedalGarmin+3'19"
128Daniel MartinGarmin+3'19"
137Vincenzo NibaliAstana+3'25"
140Janez BrajkovicAstana+3'25"
157Przemysław NiemiecLampre+3'52"
157William BonnetFDJ+3'54"
164Rein TaaramaeCofidis+3'59"
167Murilo FischerFDJ+4'02"
175Nacer BouhanniFDJ+4'04"
181Andrew TalanskyGarmin+4'11"
184Igor AntonEuskaltel+4'25"

Youth Classification

1Nairo Quintana upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/07/Jersey_white.svg/20px-Jersey_white.svg.pngMovistar12h10'06
2Tony GallopinRadioShack+7"
3Tejay van GarderenBMC+9"
4Rafal MajkaSaxo+10"
5John DegenkolbArgos+45"
6Thibaut PinotFDJ+47"
7Arthur VichotFDJ+54"
8Peter SaganCannondale+1'43
9Marcel KittelArgos+2'36"
10Alexandre GeniezFDJ+2'44"
12Nacer BouhanniFDJ+3'40"
13Andrew TalanskyGarmin+3'47"

Team Classification

1Sky Pro Cycling upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Jersey_yellow_number.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow_number.svg.png35h35'02"
2Omega Pharma - Quickstep+8"
3Movistar Team+23"
4RadioShack Leopard+27"
5BMC Cycling Team+33"
6Team Saxo-Tinkoff+34"
7Blanco Pro Cycling Team+41"
8Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team+46"
9Lampre - Merida+50"
10Katusha Team+1'06"

Points: Hivert (Sojasun)
KOM: Pinot (FDJ)

sorry for this small report, but the stage was small too!. it evens each other out Cool
Any chance of beating the sprinters will require an attack on the last climb of the day
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Mark Cavendish (OPQ) Andre Greipel (LTB) John Degenkolb (ARG)

GM: We’ll soon be in the thick of it, guys. We climb the Col de Châteauneuf Grasse right from the start. It’s not very steep

Thibaut Pinot: like the GM just said, we almost immediately start with an climb and no real break got over it. Some riders did tried though including Fischer and Geniez from my team. The peloton was pretty much together so I didn’t try to pick up the points today as there wasn’t really much to gain there. just after the climb and the downhill of said climb; we got a group of 7 in the break with Iglinskiy (Astana), Gallopin (RadioShack) and Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) as the most notable names. The only had a maximum gap of 1 minute and when the gap was 15 seconds I told Fedrigo that he should attack. He did better than I expected. He went over the original break and took a massive 8 minute gap. We did have some problems at the intermediate sprint. Bouhanni got a mechanical so he couldn’t sprint there. Vichot did try to limit the point losses for the points jersey but he just doesn’t have the punch to be able to beat the big sprinters.
Vichot just isn’t strong enough to beat the big guns

Fedrigo still had a 1 minute gap going over the Col de la Gineste when disaster struck for the peloton. A collective fall including Brajkovic (Astana), Schleck (RadioShack), Basso (Cannondale) and our own Vichot and Geniez. I wasn’t caught behind the crash so I didn’t lose any time. We couldn’t waste any time waisting for the other guys. With only 10 kilometer to go, we were getting ready for the sprint. We were a little hesitate to start the sprint because Fedrigo still had a gap, which was 1 minute going in the final kilometer, our first stage win was looking close. The sprinters reacted to this and started sprinting early, with almost 2 km to go. Bouhanni didn’t expect this and needed to play catch up. In the end he got far and got 11th place after over taking Van Avermaet. Not bad after starting 150 meter too late.
the battle for 11th

It would have been 10th place if the break didn’t make it to the end again. I still have no idea how the sprinters this tour keep letting the break go until the end. He was alone for 162 km and still was stronger than the Omega Pharma, Lotto and Argos. I normally wouldn’t have made a big deal out of this but this time it’s different since the breakaway rider was named Pierrick Fedrigo
A double trip to the Podium for FDJ. As stage winner and as Mountain classification leader.

stage results

Place Country Rider Team Time
1. Pierrick Fedrigo FDJ 5h05’27”
2. Mark Cavendish Omega Pharma +22”
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas Movistar +22”
4. Tyler Farrar Garmin +22”
5. Matthew Goss Orica GreenEDGE +22”
6. John Degenkolb Argos +22”
7. Daniel Oss BMC +22”
8. Tom Boonen Omega Pharma +22”
9. Marcel Kittel Argos +22”
10. Alejandro Valverde Movistar +22”
11. Nacer Bouhanni FDJ +22”
37. Thibaut Pinot FDJ +22"

General Classification

1Bradley Wiggins upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/29/Jersey_yellow.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow.svg.pngSky17h15'31"
2Sebastian HenaoSky+0"
3Richie PorteSky+0"
4Vasil KiryienkaSky+0"
5Sebastian ChavanelOmega Pharma+9"
6Peter VelitsOmega Pharma+9"
7Kevin de WeertOmega Pharma+15"
8Tom BoonenOmega Pharma+19"
9Alejandro ValverdeMovistar+24"
10Rui CostaMovistar+24"

11Nairo QuintanaMovistar+24"
16Andreas KlödenRadioShack+31"
18Tejay van GarderenBMC+33"
21Nicolas RocheSaxo+34"
23Roman KreuzigerSaxo+34"
24Alberto ContadorSaxo+34"
27Rafal MajkaSaxo+34"
28Bauke MollemaBlanco+41"
29Robert GesinkBlanco+41"
30Steven KruijswijkBlanco+41"
31Thomas De GendtVacansoleil+47"
32Wout PoelsVacansoleil+47"
35Pierrick FédrigoFDJ+49"
36Joaquin RodriguezKatusha+1'06"
38Denis MenchovKatusha+1'06"
41Thomas VoecklerEuropcar+1'11"
42Pierre RollandEuropcar+1'11"
43Thibaut PinotFDJ+1'11"
44Arnold JeannessonFDJ+1'11"
45Jérémy RoyFDJ+1'11"
47Damiano CunegoLampre+1'17"
48Michele ScarponiLampre+1'17"
55Samuel SánchezEuskaltel+1'42"
60Chris FroomeSky+1'51"
62Christophe Le MévelCofidis+2'08"
64Andy SchleckRadioShack+2'23"
68Cadel EvansBMC+2'24"
83Daniel MorenoKatusha+2'57"
89Juan Jose CoboMovistar+3'08"
93Arthur VichotFDJ+3'10"
95Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto+3'11"
96Dominico PozzovivoAG2R+3'15"
103Ryder HesjedalGarmin+3'19"
104Daniel MartinGarmin+3'19"
107Vincenzo NibaliAstana+3'25"
111Mikel NieveEuskaltel+3'34"
119William BonnetFDJ+3'54"
122Ivan BassoCannondale+3'59"
125Murilo FischerFDJ+4'02"
132Nacer BouhanniFDJ+4'04"
133Andrew TalanskyGarmin+4'11"
136Maxime MonfortRadioShack+4'14"
137Chris HornerRadioShack+4'14"
138Igor AntonEuskaltel+4'25"
148Alexandre GeniezFDJ+5'00"
157Janez BrajkovicAstana+5'17"
167Rein TaaramaeCofidis+5'51"
194Przemysław NiemiecLampre+9'27"

Mountain Classification

1Thibaut Pinot upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e1/Jersey_polkadot.svg/20px-Jersey_polkadot.svg.pngFDJ15 Pts
2Daniele PietropolliLamper14 Pts
3David Le LaySojasun5 Pts
4Peter SaganCannondale 5 Pts
5Philippe GilbertBMC2 Pts
6Luis Leon SánchezBlanco2 Pts
7Juan Antonio FlechaVacansoleil2 Pts
8Jonathan HivertSojasun2 Pts
9Brice FeilluSojasun2 Pts
10Fabian WegmannGarmin2 Pts

Points Classification

1Mark Cavendish upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Jersey_green.svg/20px-Jersey_green.svg.pngOmega Pharma118 Pts
2Jonathan HivertSojasun108 Pts
3John DegenkolbArgos95 Pts
4Andre GreipelLotto92 Pts
5Pierrick FedrigoFDJ65 Pts
6Matthew GossOrica62 Pts
7Alejandro ValverdeMovistar56 Pts
8Tyler FarrarGarmin56 Pts
9Juan Jose RojasEuskaltel54 Pts
10Stuart O'GradyOrica41 Pts

12Marcel KittelArgos40 Pts
13Nacer BouhanniFDJ38 Pts
15Peter SaganCannondale31 Pts
18Philippe GilbertBlanco30 Pts
20Romain FeilluVacansoleil25 Pts
24Alessandro PetacchiLampre18 Pts
28Ben SwiftSky15 Pts
29Daniele BennatiSaxo14 Pts
33Edvald Boassen HagenSky11 Pts
47Thibaut PinotFDJ5 Pts
65Elia VivianiCannondale0 Pts
=Mark RenshawOmega Pharma0 Pts
=Thor HushovdBMC0 Pts

Youth Classification

1Nairo Quintana upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/07/Jersey_white.svg/20px-Jersey_white.svg.pngMovistar17h15'55
2Tejay van GarderenBMC+9"
3Rafal MajkaSaxo+10"
4John DegenkolbArgos+45"
5Thibaut PinotFDJ+47"
6Tony GallopinRadioShack+1'58"
7Marcel KittelArgos+2'36"
8Arthur VichotFDJ+2'46"
9Peter SaganCannondale+3'35"
10Nacer BouhanniFDJ+3'40"
12Andrew TalanskyGarmin+3'47"
13Alexandre GeniezFDJ+4'36"

Team and Combativite classifications


Team Classification

1Sky Pro Cycling upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Jersey_yellow_number.svg/20px-Jersey_yellow_number.svg.png50h52'23"
2Omega Pharma - Quickstep+9"
3Movistar Team+24"
4BMC Cycling Team+33"
5Team Saxo-Tinkoff+34"
6Blanco Pro Cycling Team+42"
7Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team+47"
9Lampre - Merida+50"
10Katusha Team+1'06"

Combativite Classification

1Jonathan Hivert upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/Jersey_red_number.svg/20px-Jersey_red_number.svg.pngSojasun214 km
2Enrico GasparottoAstana204 km
3Stuary O'GradyOrica203 km
4Juan Jose CoboMovistar183 km
5Pierrick FédrigoFDJ177 km
6Daniele PietropolliLampre105 km
7Andrey AmadorMovistar60 km
8Mikel NieveEuskaltel48 km
9Blel KadriAG2R48 km
10Christophe Le MévelCofidis48 km
19Thibaut PinotFDJ15 km
29Murilo FischerFDJ9 km
35Alexandre GeniezFDJ3 km
42Nacer BouhanniFDJ1 km

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