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Team Saxo Bank
Cerrano
Game Info:
Version: Pro Cycling Manager 2009
Update: Patch v1.0.3.3
DB: PCM.daily Expansion (Final)
Rider Progression: 0.5
Difficulty: Normal

I will up the difficulty with regards to the results.

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Riders:
Kurt Asle-Arvesen
Lars Bak
Jonathan Bellis
Matti Breschel
Lasse B√łchman
Fabian Cancellara
Jakob Fuglsang
Matthew Goss
Juan José Haedo
Frank H√łj
Dominic Klemme
Kasper Klostergaard
Alexandr Kolobnev
Karsten Kroon
Gustav Larsson
Marcus Ljungqvist
Anders Lund
Jason McCartney
Michael M√łrk√łv
Stuart O'Grady
Alex Rasmussen
Andy Schleck
Fränk Schleck
André Steensen
Chris Anker S√łrensen
Nikki S√łrensen
Jurgen Van Goolen
Jens Voigt

Key Races:
Tour De France
Liége-Bastogne-Liége
Ronde van Vlaanderen
Paris-Roubaix

Goals:
Tour De France: Top 3
Ronde van Vlaanderen: Top 3
Paris-Roubaix: Top 5
 
Cerrano
First up, the Australian National Time Trial. Matthew Goss and Stuart O'Grady will be competing for Saxo Bank. Cadel Evans, Adam Hansen, and Michael Rogers are the favorites.

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Matthew Goss was disappointing today, finishing in 19th.


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Stuart O'Grady finishing strong. Despite his last push, he only managed 6th overall.


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Brett Lancaster (Cervelo Test Team) was impressive, finishing in 3rd.


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Michael Rogers (Team Columbia) riding well. He was slow in the end, costing him the victory.


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Pre-race favorite Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) cruised the victory with a time of 57'09.


Results:
1. Cadel Evans Silence - Lotto 57'09
2. Michael Rogers Team Columbia - Highroad + 1
3. Brett Lancaster Cervelo Test Team + 54
4. Adam Hansen: Team Columbia - Highroad + 1'04
5. Cameron Meyer Garmin - Slipstream + 1'06
6. Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank + 1'19
7. Luke Roberts Team Kuota - Indeland + 1'20
8. Zak Dempster Cycling Club Bourgas + 1'26
9. Mark Jamieson Cinelli Down Under + 1'27
10. Rory Sutherland OUCH presented by Maxxis +1'40

19. Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 2'05
 
Cerrano
Again, Matthew Goss and Stuart O'Grady will be the only Saxo Bank riders taking place in the next race, the Australian National Championship Road Race. Pre-race favorites include Cadel Evans and Stuart O'Grady.

The race would be run under the warm summer sun. A hilly circuit, the course was 168km long.

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An image of the peloton as it heads up the hill for the first time.

With 152km to go, the first attack was launched by Stuart Shaw (Drapac Porsche). There was no reaction from the field as he was not viewed as a threat. 20km later, a group of 6 riders, including sprinter Robbie McEwen (Team Katusha) joined up with Shaw to form a breakaway.

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The breakaway of 7 riders.

After several more laps, Simon Gerrans (Cervelo Test Team), Trent Lowe (Garmin - Slipstream), and Rory Sutherland (OUCH) attempted to bridge the gap. At this point, the breakaway had a lead of around 4 minutes. However, their action spurred the peloton to wake up. Lead by Mark Renshaw and Adam Hansen of Team Columbia, the lead began to shrink. With 40km left, only Sutherland remained ahead of the main field. His lead was 1 minute.

However, with 20km left, he too was reeled in. On the downhill of the second to last lap, Stuart O'Grady attacked. He was followed by Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers.

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Cadel Evans, Stuart O'Grady, and Michael Rogers on the last climb.

Feeling exceptionally good, Stuart O'Grady used his gel and attacked again, this time 7km from the finish, near the top of the climb. Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers were to slow to react, and had no chance to catch O'Grady.

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Stuart O'Grady cruising to the victory.

Unfortunately, Matthew Goss was involved in a crash with Brett Lancaster and finished in 39th.

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Matthew Goss was unhurt in this crash, but lost any chance at a top ten finish.

Results:
1. Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 4h39'10"
2. Cadel Evans Silence - Lotto + 43
3. Michael Rogers Team Columbia - Highroad + 1'12
4. Allan Davis Quick-Step + 2'09
5. Rory Sutherland OUCH presented by Maxxis s.t.
6. Tommy Nankervis Cinelli Down Under s.t.
7. Simon Gerrans - Cervelo Test Team s.t.
8. Matthew Lloyd Silence - Lotto s.t.
9. Baden Cooke - Vaconsoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
10. Trent Lowe Garmin - Slipstream s.t.

39. Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
 
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Cerrano
G_Larsson: Thanks. Hopefully I can keep up the results.

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Start List:

Saxo Bank
1. J.Voigt
2. M.Goss
3. F.H√łj
4. K.Klostergaard
5. A.Lund
6. S.O'Grady
7. N.Sörensen


Caisse d'Epargne
11. J.Gutiérrez
12. A.Coyot
13. C.García Acosta
14. A.Jeanneson
15. V.Kiryienka
16. J.Rojas
17. L.S√°nchez

Quick·Step
21. C.Barredo
22. A.Davis
23. S.De Jongh
24. K.Hulsmans
25. J.Pineau
26. K.Van Impe
27. M.Velo

Silence - Lotto
31. J.Van Summeren
32. W.Cretskens
33. M.Delage
34. B.Dockx
35. S.Lang
36. J.Ljungblad
37. R.Sentjens

Team Columbia
41. M.Monfort
42. M.Barry
43. M.Cavendish
44. B.Grabsch
45. A.Greipel
46. A.Hansen
47. M.Renshaw

Liquigas
51. D.Bennati
52. K.Carlström
53. C.Corioni
54. M.Fischer
55. A.Noè
56. D.Oss
57. B.Vandborg

Rabobank
61. J.Posthuma
62. L.Boom
63. J.Flecha
64. M.Hayman
65. S.Langeveld
66. N.Nuyens
67. J.Van Emden

Bouygues Télécom
71. T.Voeckler
72. Y.Arashiro
73. F.Bouyer
74. S.Haddou
75. L.Lefèvre
76. E.Sokolov
77. M.Sprick

Katusha
81. M.Ignatiev
82. L.Bodrogi
83. P.Brutt
84. A.Markov
85. G.Mikhailov
86. D.Napolitano
87. M.Vantomme

Française des Jeux
91. S.Casar
92. A.Geslin
93. A.Gérard
94. Y.Hutarovich
95. G.Meersman
96. W.Sulzberger
97. J.Veikkanen

Team Milram
101. M.Fothen
102. S.Knaven
103. D.Roels
104. N.Terpstra
105. M.Velits
106. P.Voss
107. P.Wrölich

AG2R
111. N.Roche
112. J.Arrieta
113. R.Dion
114. R.Mandri
115. C.Pineau
116. S.Poulhiès
117. G.Smukulis

Euskaltel
121. I.Landaluze
122. S.De Lis
123. K.Fern√°ndez de Larrea
124. A.Galdos
125. I.Isasi
126. A.Pérez
127. P.Urtasun

LPR Brakes
131. L.Bernucci
132. M.Cattaneo
133. C.Cucinotta
134. S.Marinangeli
135. M.Montaguti
136. A.Ongarato
137. D.Pietropolli

Lampre
141. S.Spilak
142. M.Da Dalto
143. F.Gavazzi
144. M.Lorenzetto
145. S.Ponzi
146. D.Righi
147. M.Santambrogio

Fuji - Servetto
151. R.Serrano
152. H.Clarke
153. J.Del Nero
154. A.Dur√°n
155. F.Piemontesi
156. B.Shpilevsky
157. D.Viganò

Serramenti PVC
161. A.Bertolini
162. M.Belletti
163. R.Bertogliati
164. L.Celli
165. F.De Bonis
166. F.Ginanni
167. E.Rigotto

Vacansoleil
171. B.Leukemans
172. B.Cooke
173. W.De Vocht
174. J.Hoogerland
175. M.Mortensen
176. J.Mouris
177. A.Vierhouten

Garmin - Slipstream
181. D.Pate
182. H.Dekkers
183. H.Duyn
184. T.Farrar
185. M.Friedman
186. C.Meyer
187. C.Sutton

Astana
191. C.Rubiera
192. A.Bazayev
193. V.Dimitriev
194. R.Kireyev
195. D.Muravyev
196. D.Navarro
197. S.Renev

Cofidis
201. R.Taaramäe
202. S.Augé
203. M.Buffaz
204. H.Duclos-Lassalle
205. D.Monier
206. N.Sijmens
207. A.Usov

Agritubel
211. R.Feillu
212. F.Bichot
213. S.Caethoven
214. R.Cusin
215. N.Jalabert
216. C.Laurent
217. G.Lequatre

Cervélo
221. S.Gerrans
222. R.Hammond
223. A.Klier
224. B.Lancaster
225. J.Novoa
226. G.Rasch
227. D.Rollin

Stage 1: Norwood - Mawson Lakes: 140 km

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In the beginning of the race, the riders were relatively calm. Stuart O'Grady would be Team Saxo Bank's leader for the first race of the year. He was one of the pre-stage favorites along with Mark Cavendish.

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Stuart O'Grady in his new Australian National Champions jersey, under protection from Anders Lund.

Eventually, spearheaded by Sergey Renev of Astana, a break away started to form.

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Sergey Renev attacks up an incline as the fans cheer him on.

A total of 14 riders managed to get into the breakaway, although none were considered dangerous. However this fact lulled the peloton to sleep, as the margin continued to grow unchecked. With the gap continuing to grow, Team Saxo Bank sent Nicki Sorensen and Kasper Klostergaard to the front to speed up the chase.

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Sorensen and Klostergaard spearhead the chase.

However, these efforts, along with work by Liquigas and Quick-Step, appeared to be in vein. With around 20km to go, the break still had around a two minute time gap. If the break worked together, they were certain to make it to the finish line. Just as the peloton appeared to be conceding the stage, an attack within the breakaway group gave them the opportunity to capitalize.

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Rein Taaramäe and Rubens Bertogliati attacking with around 10km left.

The confusion created from the attacks caused the breakaway group to lose momentum and break up. With this opportunity, Jens Voigt helped lead Stuart O'Grady across the gap. There was only 30 seconds to the remaining breakaway group. However, ultimately, Taaramäe's late move was too much.

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Taaramäe celebrating his win.

Luckily, there were no time gaps recorded. Thanks to Voigt's hard work, O'Grady managed to place 4th.

Stage Results:
1 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 3h38'06
2 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
3 Stéphane Poulhiès AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
4 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank s.t.
5 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto s.t.
6 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
7 Michael Friedman Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
8 Sergio De Lis Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
9 Geoffroy Lequatre Agritubel s.t.
10 Sergio Marinangeli LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
11 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
12 Gabriel Rasch Cervélo Test Team s.t.
13 Evgeni Sokolov Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
14 Roman Kireyev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
15 Dominik Roels Team Milram s.t.
16 Elia Rigotto Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
17 Daniele Bennati Liquigas s.t.
18 Murilo Fischer Liquigas s.t.
19 Allan Davis Quick·Step s.t.
20 Yukiya Arashiro Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
21 Baden Cooke Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
22 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux s.t.
23 Mirko Lorenzetto Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
24 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
25 J√©r√īme Pineau Quick¬∑Step s.t.

53 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
89 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
126 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
128 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank s.t.
145 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank s.t.


KOM:
1 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto 4
2 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C 1
3 Geoffroy Lequatre Agritubel 1

Points:
1 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 27 27
2 Stéphane Poulhiès AG2R La Mondiale 23 23
3 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli 22 22
4 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 18 18
5 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto 18 18

11 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank 10 10

Young Riders:
1 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 3h38'06
2 Stéphane Poulhiès AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
3 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto s.t.
4 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
5 Sergio De Lis Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
6 Evgeni Sokolov Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
7 Roman Kireyev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
8 Dominik Roels Team Milram s.t.
9 Yukiya Arashiro Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
10 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne s.t.

18 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
28 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.


Team:
1 Team Saxo Bank 10h54'18 10h54'18
2 Quick·Step s.t. + 0
3 Fuji - Servetto s.t. + 0
4 Astana Cycling Team s.t. + 0
5 Lampre - N.G.C s.t. + 0

GC:
1 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 3h37'58
2 Stéphane Poulhiès AG2R La Mondiale + 3
3 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli + 4
4 Elia Rigotto Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli + 5
5 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto + 6
6 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C + 7
7 Sergio Marinangeli LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
8 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank + 8
9 Michael Friedman Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
10 Sergio De Lis Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.

12 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
53 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
89 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
126 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
128 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank s.t.
145 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank s.t.
 
Bosskardo
Taaramäe winning, nice
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Cerrano
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Stage 2: Hanhdorf - Stirling: 148 km

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Today's stage would not start so slowly, with 3 riders attacking near the beginning of the race. The brave soles who left the peloton were Nicolas Roche, Arnaud Coyot, and Chris Sutton.

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Roche, Coyot, and Sutton attempting to make a break.

Eventually, 4 other riders joined the break. The break of 7 was given a large cushion, building up a gap of as much as 6.5 minutes. Team Saxo Bank was content to sit back and let other teams to do the work. Cofidis, attempting to protect Taaramäe's yellow jersey, were doing most of the work to reel in the break. They were aided by several Liquigas riders.

As the break was about to be caught with 28km left, Nicolas Roche and Evgeny Sokolov attacked again. However, this last ditch move did not succeed as they were caught only a couple kilometers down the road.

At this moment, most of the Team Saxo Bank riders were too tired to work for their leader Stuart O'Grady. However, the ever reliable Jens Voigt summoned to strength to lead O'Grady up the final climb, positioning his leader well.

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The sprint train headed by Voigt.

However, the presence of Juan Antonio Flecha and Murilo Fischer on the wheel of O'Grady were worrying. But those two were not strong enough to hang with O'Grady, who has shown impressive form in the early season.

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O'Grady leading the field around the final turn.

O'Grady crossed the finish line to give Team Saxo Bank its first victory of the year. Additionally, the fast pace laid down by Voigt created a time gap, giving O'Grady the yellow jersey.

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O'Grady in the yellow jersey.

Stage Results:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 3h59'22
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas s.t.
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank s.t.
4 Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
5 Nico Sijmens Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
6 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
7 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha s.t.
8 Björn Leukemans Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team + 21
9 Allan Davis Quick·Step s.t.
10 Luis León Sánchez Caisse d'Epargne + 30
11 Simon Gerrans Cervélo Test Team s.t.
12 Maxime Monfort Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
13 Dimitri Muravyev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
14 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
15 I√Īigo Landaluze Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
16 Lorenzo Bernucci LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
17 Sebastian Langeveld Rabobank s.t.
18 José Iván Gutiérrez Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
19 Danny Pate Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
20 Francesco Ginanni Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
21 Huub Duyn Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
22 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux s.t.
23 Sandy Casar Française des Jeux s.t.
24 Nicolas Jalabert Agritubel s.t.
25 Freddy Bichot Agritubel s.t.

73 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
77 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
80 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
152 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank + 6'41
156 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank + 11'52


KOM:
1 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto 0 4
2 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale 2 2
3 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C 0 1
4 Geoffroy Lequatre Agritubel 0 1
5 Christopher Sutton Garmin - Slipstream 1 1

Points:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 25 43
2 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli 7 29
3 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 0 27
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank 15 25
5 Murilo Fischer Liquigas 22 25

Young Riders:
1 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha 7h37'28
2 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 22
3 Wesley Sulzberger Française des Jeux + 27
4 Christopher Sutton Garmin - Slipstream + 27
5 Evgeni Sokolov Bbox Bouygues Télécom + 28
6 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto + 2
7 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale + 28
8 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C + 29
9 Romain Feillu Agritubel + 30
10 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne + 30

16 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 30
23 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank + 30


Team:
1 Team Saxo Bank 22h52'54
2 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team + 21
3 Rabobank + 30
4 Team Katusha + 30
5 Liquigas + 30

GC:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 7h37'22
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas + 2
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank + 4
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank + 6
5 Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
6 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha s.t.
7 Nico Sijmens Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
8 Allan Davis Quick·Step + 27
9 Björn Leukemans Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
10 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 28

58 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 36
84 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
93 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
152 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank + 6'47
155 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank + 11'58
 
Batista15
really nice story !
keep it up i¬īm looking forward to the great races like the tour or giro.
 
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Cerrano
Bosskardo: His risks paid off and I got lazy and didn't wind down the gap far enough.

Batista15: Thanks. I plan on riding A. Schleck as leader in the TDF. Not sure what I'm going to do for leadership in the Giro.

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Stage 3: Unley - Victory Harbor: 136 km

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With the yellow jersey in our possession, our riders would have to be on their guard against attacks. The stage was relatively flat which suited our aims for the race.

From the start, many riders attacked. None could have seriously had allusions of winning, but a total of 18 riders got on the break. Team Saxo Bank, led by Kasper Klostergaard and Anders Lund moved to the front of the peloton to ensure the break did not gain too much of a gap. They seemed content to let the gap sit at around 3 minutes for most of the race.

With 50km left, the peloton sped up and began to reel in the break. As the peloton closed in, four riders, Brett Lancaster, Servais Knaven, Laurent Jalabert, and Jonas Ljungblad, attacked within the group.

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The four riders attempting to distance themselves.

However, with this action, Team Saxo Bank went to work. With 10km left, they had reeled in all the escapees. At this point, the team began focusing on setting up its sprint train. Jens Voigt led out, followed by Matthew Goss, and leader Stuart O'Grady. Mark Cavendish and Allan Davis both made their presences known as their respective teams were working hard.

But Jens Voigt made the difference. While Cavendish and Davis fell back, Goss and O'Grady were shot forward. Ultimately, O'Grady took his second victory of the Tour Down Under, with Goss finishing second. A 1-2 for Australia.

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The close finish with Saxo Bank getting 1st, 2nd, and 4th.

Stage Results:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 3h19'08
2 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.

3 Nicolas Jalabert Agritubel s.t.
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
5 Mark Cavendish Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
6 Yukiya Arashiro Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
7 Allan Davis Quick·Step s.t.
8 Daniel Oss Liquigas s.t.
9 Danilo Napolitano Team Katusha s.t.
10 Daniele Bennati Liquigas s.t.
11 Francesco Gavazzi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
12 Tyler Farrar Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
13 Murilo Fischer Liquigas s.t.
14 Guennadi Mikhailov Team Katusha s.t.
15 Baden Cooke Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
16 Boris Shpilevski Fuji - Servetto s.t.
17 Romain Feillu Agritubel s.t.
18 Mark Renshaw Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
19 Steven De Jongh Quick·Step s.t.
20 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux s.t.
21 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
22 Dominique Rollin Cervélo Test Team s.t.
23 Koldo Fern√°ndez de Larrea Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
24 Nico Sijmens Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
25 Mirko Lorenzetto Lampre - N.G.C s.t.

94 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
123 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
137 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank s.t.
153 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank s.t.


KOM:
1 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto 0 4
2 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale 0 2
3 Gatis Smukulis AG2R La Mondiale 2 2
4 Jonas Ljungblad Silence - Lotto 2 2
5 Christopher Sutton Garmin - Slipstream 0 1

Points:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 25 68
2 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank 18 43

3 Murilo Fischer Liquigas 8 33
4 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli 0 29
5 Allan Davis Quick·Step 14 28

8 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank 22 22


Young Riders:
1 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha 10h56'36
2 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 22
3 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank +26
4 Daniel Oss Liquigas + 2
5 Wesley Sulzberger Française des Jeux + 27
6 Christopher Sutton Garmin - Slipstream + 27
7 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale + 28
8 Evgeni Sokolov Bbox Bouygues Télécom + 28
9 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto + 28
10 Sergei Renev Astana Cycling Team + 28

22 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank + 30

Team:
1 Team Saxo Bank 32h50'18
2 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team + 21
3 Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 30
4 Team Katusha + 30
5 Rabobank + 30

GC:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 10h56'24
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas + 8
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank + 10
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank + 12
5 Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
6 Nico Sijmens Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
7 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha s.t.
8 Allan Davis Quick·Step + 33
9 Björn Leukemans Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
10 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 34

11 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 38
81 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank + 42
96 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
149 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank + 6'53
154 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank + 12'04
 
chrica04
3 in top 4.....haha
 
viking90
good results, maybe turn it up to hard ? Wink hehe but go with g.larsson as leader in the giro with fuglsang or s√∂rensen¬īs (chris-anker or nicki) Wink
 
JDC
Very good start of the season. I hope you can continue like this.
(Shouldn't be very hard with an awesome team like Saxo) Wink
 
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chrica04: Yeah, I am probably going to turn the difficulty up to hard after the TDU.

viking90: I was thinking about leading with Larsson. Fuglsang was going to be in support. Not sure beyond that.

JDC: Thanks.

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Stage 4: Burnside Village - Angaston: 143 km

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With an 8 second lead in the overall GC, and a relatively flat stage, O'Grady's yellow jersey should be safe. However, Team Saxo Bank would have to be on guard against any attacks from the contenders. It was the goal of the team to keep possession of the yellow at the same time as save energy for tomorrow's stage.

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Geoffroy Leuqatre on the break.

A total of 10 riders got out on the break, but the peloton never extended them much of a lead. Surprisingly, Team Saxo Bank did not need to do much work, as Liquigas took charge in the chase. Liquigas has been very active so far, with Murilo Fischer holding second place in the overall GC.

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Desperation for some riders as the peloton catches the break.

With the break caught, Team Saxo Bank again could start to focus on starting a sprint train for leader Stuart O'Grady. However, an incredibly fast pace caused confusion, and an effective lead-out never materialized.

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O'Grady in yellow, unable to find a wheel.

This created an opening for another Aussie. Sprinter Allan Davis from Quick Step took home his first victory of the early season. One which has seen excellent results for Australia.

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Allan Davis crossing the finish line first.

Stage Results:
1 Allan Davis Quick·Step 3h19'17
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas s.t.
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank s.t.
4 Baden Cooke Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
5 Simon Gerrans Cervélo Test Team s.t.
6 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux s.t.
7 Romain Feillu Agritubel s.t.
8 Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
9 Mirko Lorenzetto Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
10 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
11 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha s.t.
12 Nico Sijmens Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
13 Koldo Fern√°ndez de Larrea Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
14 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank s.t.
15 Mark Cavendish Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
16 Sebastian Langeveld Rabobank s.t.
17 Francesco Gavazzi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
18 Dominique Rollin Cervélo Test Team s.t.
19 Nick Nuyens Rabobank s.t.
20 Francesco Ginanni Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
21 Björn Leukemans Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
22 José Iván Gutiérrez Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
23 Lars Boom Rabobank s.t.
24 J√©r√īme Pineau Quick¬∑Step s.t.
25 Joaquin Novoa Cervélo Test Team s.t.

KOM:
1 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto 0 4
2 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale 0 2
3 Thomas Voeckler Bbox Bouygues Télécom 2 2
4 Jonas Ljungblad Silence - Lotto 0 2
5 Gatis Smukulis AG2R La Mondiale 0 2

Points:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 7 75
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas 22 55
3 Allan Davis Quick·Step 25 53
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank 0 43
5 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank 20 40

14 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank 0 22

Young Riders:
1 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha s.t. 14h15'53
2 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t. + 22
3 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t. + 26
4 Daniel Oss Liquigas s.t. + 27
5 Wesley Sulzberger Française des Jeux s.t. + 27
6 Christopher Sutton Garmin - Slipstream s.t. + 27
7 Sergei Renev Astana Cycling Team s.t. + 28
8 Evgeni Sokolov Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t. + 28
9 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto s.t. + 28
10 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale s.t. + 28

21 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t. + 30

Team:
1 Team Saxo Bank s.t. 42h48'09
2 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 9h57'51 + 21
3 Team Katusha s.t. + 30
4 Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t. + 30
5 Rabobank s.t. + 30

GC:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 14h15'41
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas + 4
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank + 8
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank + 12
5 Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
6 Nico Sijmens Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
7 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha s.t.
8 Allan Davis Quick·Step + 27
9 Björn Leukemans Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team + 33
10 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 34

11 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 38
74 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank + 42
94 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
147 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank + 6'53
153 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank + 12'04
 
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Stage 5: Snapper Point - Willunga: 148 km

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Certainly, today's stage would determine the outcome of the 2009 Tour Down Under. A relatively flat stage, the final two mountains towards the end of the stage would certainly see Stuart O'Grady's yellow jersey attacked by the contenders. Murilo Fischer and Juan Antonia Flecha would have to be watched.

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The beautiful starting line.

Team Saxo Bank decided to send a rider with the breakaways today, but not ride with them. It was their hope that this would disrupt their progress. No risks were to be taken today. Nicki S√łrensen was picked for this task, and carried it out admirably.

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S√łrensen foiling the plans of the breakaway group.

As the stage progressed, and the two big hills approached. Stuart O'Grady and Jen Voigt, who was hoping to gain a podium spot, moved towards the front of the peloton, bracing themselves for attacks. And then, Maxime Monfort made his move on the first uphill. However, he was followed by Flecha and Fischer. O'Grady and Voigt had to follow.

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The Danish flag cheers the Saxo Bank riders up the hill.

Only a few riders were able to maintain this pace, and a total of 14 riders formed the yellow jersey group. This group of 14 maintained their lead, but remained calm. Just before the second, and final downhill, Flecha attacked again. O'Grady, Voigt, and Fischer followed. Only Danny Pate kept up.

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The remaining group of 5. 10km from the finish.

This group of 5 had not made enough of a gap, and on the final flat, the group of 14 reformed. Noticeably stronger than the rest of the field, O'Grady attacked, going for the win.

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O'Grady attacking with Flecha attempting to follow.

No one could keep up with O'Grady. His final attack was perfectly timed and he cruised to a win. This stage victory should just about wrap up a Tour Down Under victory.

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Stuart O'Grady has been in impressive form in January.

Stage Results:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 3h32'37
2 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha + 15
3 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
4 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank s.t.
5 Maxime Monfort Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
6 I√Īigo Landaluze Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
7 Luis León Sánchez Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
8 Murilo Fischer Liquigas s.t.
9 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux s.t.
10 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
11 José Iván Gutiérrez Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
12 Danny Pate Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
13 Sandy Casar Française des Jeux s.t.
14 Simon Gerrans Cervélo Test Team s.t.
15 J√©r√īme Pineau Quick¬∑Step + 1'14
16 Allan Davis Quick·Step s.t.
17 Marco Velo Quick·Step s.t.
18 Wim De Vocht Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
19 Matteo Montaguti LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
20 Daniele Pietropolli LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
21 Geoffroy Lequatre Agritubel s.t.
22 Sergio Marinangeli LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
23 Freddy Bichot Agritubel s.t.
24 Kjell Carlström Liquigas s.t.
25 Baden Cooke Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.

40 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
44 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank s.t.
50 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
65 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank s.t.
154 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank + 7'50


KOM:
1 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto 0 4
2 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale 0 2
3 Maxime Monfort Team Columbia - High Road 2 2
4 Jonas Ljungblad Silence - Lotto 0 2
5 Thomas Voeckler Bbox Bouygues Télécom 0 2

Points:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 25 100
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas 13 68
3 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank 20 63
4 Allan Davis Quick·Step 5 58
5 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank 18 58

17 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank 0 22
72 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank 1 1


Young Riders:
1 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha 17h48'41
2 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 1'25
3 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 1'29
4 Yukiya Arashiro Bbox Bouygues Télécom + 1'30
5 Daniel Oss Liquigas + 1'30
6 Wesley Sulzberger Française des Jeux + 1'30
7 Sergei Renev Astana Cycling Team + 1'31
8 Evgeni Sokolov Bbox Bouygues Télécom + 1'31
9 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto + 1'31
10 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale + 1'31

19 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank + 1'33

Team:
1 Team Saxo Bank 10h39'20 53h27'29
2 Caisse d'Epargne s.t. + 1'15
3 Française des Jeux + 15 + 1'15
4 Team Katusha s.t. + 1'44
5 Rabobank s.t. + 1'44

GC:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 17h48'12
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas + 25
3 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha + 29
4 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank s.t.
5 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank + 31
6 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli + 59
7 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux + 1'03
8 José Iván Gutiérrez Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
9 I√Īigo Landaluze Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
10 Maxime Monfort Team Columbia - High Road s.t.

20 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 1'58
40 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank + 2'01
71 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank + 2'02
144 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank + 8'13
154 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank + 20'00
 
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Stage 6: Adelaide - Adelaide: 90 km

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The final stage of the Tour Down Under shouldn't see any dramatic changes to the overall standings. With a lead of 25 seconds, it seems inconceivable of Stuart O'Grady losing his lead. Right? A flat, short stage, the field would get to see plenty of the Australian city of Adelaide.

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Stuart O'Grady, leading the field for a brief moment in his yellow jersey.

All seemed to be going to plan, when with 45km left, Stuart O'Grady fell! Astutely, the Team Saxo Bank riders reacted. Jens Voigt, Nicki S√łrensen, Anders Lund, and Frank H√łj all fell back from the peloton. When the got to O'Grady, who was just getting back on his bike, they were 2 minutes back from the peloton. O'Grady's dreams of victory were fading fast.

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O'Grady on the ground as the field moves away.

Thankfully, the rest of the field failed to capitalize on O'Grady's fall, and the peloton did not move quickly. This, coupled with his team's support, allowed O'Grady to rejoin the peloton once again. Unfortunately, Nicki S√łrensen fell on the way back. Saxo Bank simply did not have resources to bring him back to the main field.

Team Saxo Bank was unable to launch an effective sprint train due to the heavy riding the team had to do to ensure Stuart O'Grady's victory. Koldo Fern√°ndez de Larrea won the stage, but O'Grady took home to overall general classifications.

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Koldo Fern√°ndez de Larrea taking the final stage of the TDU.

Stage Results:
1 Koldo Fern√°ndez de Larrea Euskaltel - Euskadi 2h02'24
2 Baden Cooke Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
3 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
4 Allan Davis Quick·Step s.t.
5 Mark Cavendish Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
6 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux s.t.
7 Daniele Bennati Liquigas s.t.
8 Romain Feillu Agritubel s.t.
9 Murilo Fischer Liquigas s.t.
10 Mark Renshaw Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
11 Tyler Farrar Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
12 Danilo Napolitano Team Katusha s.t.
13 Steven De Jongh Quick·Step s.t.
14 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank s.t.
15 Geoffroy Lequatre Agritubel s.t.
16 Mirko Lorenzetto Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
17 André Greipel Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
18 Hilton Clarke Fuji - Servetto s.t.
19 Dominique Rollin Cervélo Test Team s.t.
20 Pablo Urtasun Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
21 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
22 Sergio Marinangeli LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
23 Claudio Corioni Liquigas s.t.
24 Kevin Hulsmans Quick·Step s.t.
25 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.

43 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
49 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank s.t.
90 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank s.t.
96 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
157 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank + 8'18


KOM:
1 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto 0 4
2 Maxime Monfort Team Columbia - High Road 0 2
3 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale 0 2
4 Jonas Ljungblad Silence - Lotto 0 2
5 Thomas Voeckler Bbox Bouygues Télécom 0 2

Points:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 7 107
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas 12 80
3 Allan Davis Quick·Step 18 76
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank 0 63
5 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank 0 58

22 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank 0 22
73 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank 0 1


Young Riders:
1 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne 19h52'30
2 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank + 4
3 Daniel Oss Liquigas + 5
4 Wesley Sulzberger Française des Jeux + 5
5 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne + 6
6 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto + 6
7 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C + 7
8 Romain Feillu Agritubel + 8
9 Francesco Gavazzi Lampre - N.G.C + 8
10 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank + 8

Team:
1 Team Saxo Bank 59h34'41
2 Caisse d'Epargne + 1'15
3 Française des Jeux + 1'15
4 Rabobank + 1'44
5 Team Katusha + 1'44

GC:
1 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 19h50'36
2 Murilo Fischer Liquigas + 25
3 Juan Antonio Flecha Rabobank + 29
4 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank + 31
5 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux + 1'03
6 José Iván Gutiérrez Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
7 Maxime Monfort Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
8 Luis León Sánchez Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
9 Sandy Casar Française des Jeux s.t.
10 Danny Pate Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
11 Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team + 1'32
12 Nico Sijmens Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
13 Allan Davis Quick·Step + 1'47
14 Björn Leukemans Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team + 1'53
15 Rein Taaramäe Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 1'54
16 Koldo Fern√°ndez de Larrea Euskaltel - Euskadi + 1'56
17 Baden Cooke Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team + 1'58
18 Matthew Goss Team Saxo Bank s.t.
19 Nicolas Jalabert Agritubel s.t.
20 Daniel Oss Liquigas + 1'59
21 Aart Vierhouten Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
22 Wesley Sulzberger Française des Jeux s.t.
23 Joost Posthuma Rabobank s.t.
24 José Joaquín Rojas Caisse d'Epargne + 2'00
25 Assan Bazayev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
26 Davide Viganò Fuji - Servetto s.t.
27 Arnaud Coyot Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
28 Jose Vicente García Acosta Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
29 Sergio Marinangeli LPR Brakes Farnese Vini + 2'01
30 Simone Ponzi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
31 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
32 Romain Feillu Agritubel + 2'02
33 Dominique Rollin Cervélo Test Team s.t.
34 J√©r√īme Pineau Quick¬∑Step s.t.
35 Daniele Bennati Liquigas s.t.
36 Mirko Lorenzetto Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
37 Marco Velo Quick·Step s.t.
38 Wim De Vocht Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
39 Andrea Noè Liquigas s.t.
40 Francesco Gavazzi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
41 Christophe Laurent Agritubel s.t.
42 Danilo Napolitano Team Katusha s.t.
43 Nick Nuyens Rabobank s.t.
44 Lorenzo Bernucci LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
45 Kjell Carlström Liquigas s.t.
46 Kevin Hulsmans Quick·Step s.t.
47 Kevin Van Impe Quick·Step s.t.
48 Michael Barry Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
49 Daniele Pietropolli LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
50 Jonas Ljungblad Silence - Lotto s.t.
51 Freddy Bichot Agritubel s.t.
52 Thomas Voeckler Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
53 Anders Lund Team Saxo Bank s.t.
54 Vasil Kiryienka Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
55 Guennadi Mikhailov Team Katusha s.t.
56 Ricardo Serrano Fuji - Servetto s.t.
57 Lars Boom Rabobank s.t.
58 Maxime Vantomme Team Katusha s.t.
59 Simon Spilak Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
60 Carlos Barredo Quick·Step s.t.
61 Pablo Urtasun Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
62 José Luis Arrieta AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
63 Paul Voss Team Milram s.t.
64 Mathieu Sprick Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
65 Gatis Smukulis AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
66 Huub Duyn Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
67 Peter Wrölich Team Milram s.t.
68 Markus Fothen Team Milram s.t.
69 Niki Terpstra Team Milram s.t.
70 Mikhail Ignatiev Team Katusha + 4'28
71 Rubens Bertogliati Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli + 4'58
72 I√Īigo Landaluze Euskaltel - Euskadi + 5'02
73 Simon Gerrans Cervélo Test Team s.t.
74 Bert Grabsch Team Columbia - High Road + 5'42
75 Mark Cavendish Team Columbia - High Road + 5'43
76 Mark Renshaw Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
77 Tyler Farrar Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
78 Martin Mortensen Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
79 Claudio Corioni Liquigas s.t.
80 Roman Kireyev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
81 Arnold Jeanneson Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
82 I√Īaki Isasi Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
83 Stéphane Augé Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
84 Daniele Righi Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
85 Marco Cattaneo LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
86 Mauro Santambrogio Lampre - N.G.C s.t.
87 Damien Monier Cofidis, le crédit en ligne s.t.
88 Brian Vandborg Liquigas s.t.
89 Roy Sentjens Silence - Lotto s.t.
90 Michael Friedman Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
91 Jos Van Emden Rabobank s.t.
92 Mickael Delage Silence - Lotto s.t.
93 Adam Hansen Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
94 Servais Knaven Team Milram s.t.
95 Arkaitz Dur√°n Fuji - Servetto s.t.
96 Cameron Meyer Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
97 Yukiya Arashiro Bbox Bouygues Télécom + 5'58
98 Elia Rigotto Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
99 Boris Shpilevski Fuji - Servetto s.t.
100 Evgeni Sokolov Bbox Bouygues Télécom + 5'59
101 Nicolas Roche AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
102 Sergei Renev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
103 Matteo Montaguti LPR Brakes Farnese Vini + 6'00
104 Francesco Ginanni Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli + 6'01
105 Jussi Veikkanen Française des Jeux s.t.
106 Luca Celli Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
107 Gianni Meersman Française des Jeux s.t.
108 Gabriel Rasch Cervélo Test Team s.t.
109 Francesco De Bonis Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
110 Joaquin Novoa Cervélo Test Team s.t.
111 Dimitri Muravyev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
112 Franck Bouyer Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
113 Laurent Lefèvre Bbox Bouygues Télécom s.t.
114 Pavel Brutt Team Katusha s.t.
115 Alessandro Bertolini Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli s.t.
116 Dani Navarro Astana Cycling Team s.t.
117 José Rubiera Astana Cycling Team s.t.
118 Johan Van Summeren Silence - Lotto s.t.
119 Steven De Jongh Quick·Step + 6'49
120 Sergio De Lis Euskaltel - Euskadi + 8'03
121 Martin Velits Team Milram s.t.
122 André Greipel Team Columbia - High Road + 8'09
123 Jens Mouris Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team s.t.
124 Frank H√łj Team Saxo Bank + 8'13
125 Sebastian Lang Silence - Lotto + 9'01
126 Geoffroy Lequatre Agritubel + 9'31
127 Stéphane Poulhiès AG2R La Mondiale + 9'37
128 Roger Hammond Cervélo Test Team + 9'40
129 Brett Lancaster Cervélo Test Team + 9'41
130 Aitor Galdos Euskaltel - Euskadi + 9'42
131 Alberto Ongarato LPR Brakes Farnese Vini s.t.
132 Andreas Klier Cervélo Test Team s.t.
133 Alexei Markov Team Katusha s.t.
134 René Mandri AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
135 Alan Pérez Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
136 Bart Dockx Silence - Lotto s.t.
137 Laszló Bodrogi Team Katusha s.t.
138 Valeri Dimitriev Astana Cycling Team s.t.
139 Fabrice Piemontesi Fuji - Servetto s.t.
140 Sebastian Langeveld Rabobank + 9'51
141 Nicki S√łrensen Team Saxo Bank + 10'19
142 Arnaud Gérard Française des Jeux + 10'29
143 Matthew Hayman Rabobank + 10'44
144 Dominik Roels Team Milram + 10'48
145 Christopher Sutton Garmin - Slipstream + 11'31
146 Alexandre Usov Cofidis, le crédit en ligne + 12'12
147 Hilton Clarke Fuji - Servetto + 12'51
148 Manuel Belletti Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli + 13'00
149 Claudio Cucinotta LPR Brakes Farnese Vini + 19'33
150 Cédric Pineau AG2R La Mondiale + 20'00
151 Kasper Klostergaard Team Saxo Bank s.t.
152 Rémi Cusin Agritubel + 21'10
153 Mauro Da Dalto Lampre - N.G.C + 23'50
154 Sa√Įd Haddou Bbox Bouygues T√©l√©com + 27'30
155 Yauheni Hutarovich Française des Jeux + 28'12
156 Hans Dekkers Garmin - Slipstream + 28'44
157 Steven Caethoven Agritubel + 31'57

Overall, a very successful first race of the season. Disappointed I couldn't get Jens Voigt on the podium, but the work he had to do to get O'Grady back after his fall eliminated any chance of that.
 
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Start List:

Silence - Lotto
1. T.Dekker
2. G.D'Hollander
3. G.Gardeyn
4. P.Gilbert
5. L.Hoste
6. P.Jacobs
7. M.Lloyd
8. J.Van Summeren

Quick·Step
11. S.Devolder
12. T.Boonen
13. S.Chavanel
14. D.Cornu
15. S.De Jongh
16. J.Pineau
17. S.Rosseler
18. M.Wynants

Team Columbia
21. K.Kirchen
22. M.Albasini
23. G.Hincapie
24. C.Lewis
25. T.Lövkvist
26. M.Pinotti
27. M.Possoni
28. M.Rogers

Saxo Bank
31. A.Schleck
32. F.Cancellara
33. J.Haedo
34. G.Larsson
35. J.McCartney
36. S.O'Grady
37. F.Schleck
38. J.Voigt


Astana
41. L.Armstrong
42. V.Dimitriev
43. C.Horner
44. M.Iglinskiy
45. S.Paulinho
46. B.Raimbekov
47. S.Renev
48. M.Schär

Garmin - Slipstream
51. D.Zabriskie
52. B.Caldwell
53. S.Cozza
54. T.Danielson
55. L.Euser
56. C.Meier
57. K.Patour
58. T.Peterson

Française des Jeux
61. S.Joly
62. S.Chavanel
63. M.Chérel
64. J.Coppel
65. A.Duval
66. A.Geslin
67. M.Ladagnous
68. J.Roy

Team Milram
71. F.Wegmann
72. G.Ciolek
73. J.Fröhlinger
74. R.Förster
75. M.Ruß
76. R.Scholz
77. B.Schröder
78. N.Terpstra

AG2R
81. M.Elmiger
82. H.Dupont
83. A.Efimkin
84. J.Gadret
85. C.Pineau
86. S.Poulhiès
87. G.Smukulis
88. L.Turpin

Designa K√łkken
91. A.Saramotins
92. M.Brink
93. B.Giling
94. M.Hester
95. A.Johansen
96. R.J√łrgensen
97. K.Nielsen
98. J.S√łrensen

Contentpolis
101. F.Pacheco
102. J.Benitez
103. D.Galparsoro
104. √ď.Garc√≠a-Casarrubios
105. M.Gazta√Īaga
106. G.Izagirre
107. R.Serrano
108. E.Teruel

Verandas Willems
111. R.Zingle
112. G.Bille
113. G.Habeaux
114. J.Kuyckx
115. O.Pardini
116. S.Van Dijk
117. J.Vangenechten
118. J.Vanlandschoot

ELK Haus
121. M.Brändle
122. C.Frankhauser
123. W.Murer
124. S.Radochla
125. S.Rucker
126. M.Schöffmann
127. J.Summer
128. B.Thurau

Vorarlberg - Corratec
131. E.Schmäh
132. J.Benetseder
133. P.Ludescher

Kelly Benefit
141. A.Bajadali
142. A.Candelario
143. J.Keough
144. S.Kline
145. R.Mumford
146. N.Shirley
147. D.Veilleux
148. S.Zwizanski

Drapac Porsche
151. G.Bates
152. D.Braunsteins
153. M.O'Brien
154. R.Pollock
155. R.Williams
156. D.Windsor

Team Type 1
161. M.Wilson
162. F.Calabria
163. R.Escuela
164. D.Holt
165. A.Ilesic
166. C.Jones
167. V.Kobzarenko
168. S.Milne

Team Capinordic
171. R.Guldhammer
172. T.Guldhammer
173. C.J√łrgensen
174. J.Madsen
175. K.Nielsen
176. M.Pedersen
177. T.Vinther
178. N.√ėstergaard

Club Bourgas
181. Z.Dempster
182. E.Gerganov
183. P.Ghyllebert
184. N.Lasis
185. D.Petrov
186. E.P√ľtsep
187. R.Rusev
188. J.Tombak

Adria Mobil
191. M.Gnezda
192. B.Jarc
193. M.Kump
194. A.Signego

Stage 1: Sacramento: 5.4 km

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A flat, short prologue, the first stage of the Tour of California was an individual time trial through the streets of the state capital, Sacramento. The short length of the course meant that not that much time could be gained, or lost. Nevertheless, Team Saxo Bank was hoping for good performances out of time trial aces Fabian Cancellara and Gustav Larsson.

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In his comeback, Lance Armstrong was disappointing, finishing 11 seconds of the lead.

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However, American David Zabriskie rode well, finishing 3rd, 4 seconds back.

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Gustav Larsson waiting in the starting block. He finished in second.

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As if there was any doubt, Fabian Cancellara looked strong racing to the stage victory.

Stage Results:
1 Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank 4'29
2 Gustav Larsson Team Saxo Bank + 2

3 David Zabriskie Garmin - Slipstream + 4
4 Stijn Devolder Quick·Step + 7
5 Thomas Dekker Silence - Lotto s.t.
6 Michael Rogers Team Columbia - High Road + 8
7 Michael Schär Astana Cycling Team s.t.
8 Kim Kirchen Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
9 Casper J√łrgensen Team Capinordic s.t.
10 Eloy Teruel Contentpolis - Ampo s.t.

16 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank + 10
19 Jason McCartney Team Saxo Bank + 11
28 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
31 Frank Schleck Team Saxo Bank + 12
45 Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank + 15
88 Juan José Haedo Team Saxo Bank + 22

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Stage 2: Davis - Santa Rosa: 173 km

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The second stage of the Amgen Tour of California would be one for the sprinters. Team Saxo Bank would be hoping to keep the yellow jersey on the back of Fabian Cancellara. As long as they were on their guard, they should be able to accomplish this goal.

An initial breakaway of 16 formed, but never gained much of a lead and was caught early on. Two riders, Jan Kuyckx and Gorik Gardeyn made a serious attempt halfway through the race.

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Kuyckx and Gardeyn working hard to maintain their lead.

However, the peloton, and especially Team Saxo Bank worked hard to reel in the escapees. A true sprint never formalized, as the peloton almost broke up at the end of the stage. Anthony Geslin won the stage rather easily.

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Thanks to the time bonus, Geslin is now in podium position.

Stage Results:
1 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux 4h12'04
2 Martin Elmiger AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
3 Aleksejs Saramotins Team Designa K√łkken s.t.
4 Tom Boonen Quick·Step s.t.
5 Francisco Pacheco Contentpolis - Ampo s.t.
6 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank s.t.
7 Thomas Dekker Silence - Lotto s.t.
8 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank s.t.
9 Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank
s.t.
10 Kim Kirchen Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
11 Sylvain Chavanel Quick·Step s.t.
12 Johan Van Summeren Silence - Lotto s.t.
13 Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank s.t.
14 Ren√© J√łrgensen Team Designa K√łkken s.t.
15 Michael Albasini Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
16 Pieter Jacobs Silence - Lotto s.t.
17 George Hincapie Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
18 Maxim Iglinskiy Astana Cycling Team s.t.
19 Sébastien Joly Française des Jeux s.t.
20 Fränk Schleck Team Saxo Bank s.t.
21 Valery Kobzarenko Team Type 1 s.t.
22 Aurelien Duval Française des Jeux s.t.
23 David Zabriskie Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
24 John Gadret AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
25 Stijn Devolder Quick·Step s.t.

73 Gustav Larsson Team Saxo Bank s.t.
118 Juan José Haedo Team Saxo Bank + 4'42
142 Jason McCartney Team Saxo Bank + 7'58


KOM:
1 Philippe Gilbert Silence - Lotto 14 14
2 Michael Albasini Team Columbia - High Road 10 10
3 Jan Kuyckx Verandas Willems 10 10
4 David Zabriskie Garmin - Slipstream 6 6
5 Sylvain Chavanel Quick·Step 4 4

Points:
1 Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank 7 32
2 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux 25 25
3 Thomas Dekker Silence - Lotto 9 21
4 Gustav Larsson Team Saxo Bank 0 20
5 Tom Boonen Quick·Step 20 20

14 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank 10 10
16 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank 8 8
25 Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank 3 3


Young Riders:
1 Thomas Dekker Silence - Lotto 4h16'40
2 Michael Schär Astana Cycling Team + 1
3 Rafael Serrano Contentpolis - Ampo + 2
4 Mathieu Ladagnous Française des Jeux + 4
5 J√©r√īme Coppel Fran√ßaise des Jeux + 4
6 Dominique Cornu Quick·Step + 4
7 Morten Kruse Brink Team Designa K√łkken + 4
8 Steven Cozza Garmin - Slipstream + 4
9 Niki Terpstra Team Milram + 5
10 Olivier Pardini Verandas Willems + 6

14 Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank + 8

Team:
1 Team Saxo Bank 12h36'12 12h49'51
2 Quick·Step s.t. + 13
3 Team Columbia - High Road s.t. + 14
4 Garmin - Slipstream s.t. + 14
5 Astana Cycling Team s.t. + 17

GC:
1 Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank 4h16'33
2 Gustav Larsson Team Saxo Bank + 2

3 Anthony Geslin Française des Jeux + 3
4 David Zabriskie Garmin - Slipstream + 4
5 Tom Boonen Quick·Step + 5
6 Martin Elmiger AG2R La Mondiale + 6
7 Thomas Dekker Silence - Lotto + 7
8 Stijn Devolder Quick·Step s.t.
9 Aleksejs Saramotins Team Designa K√łkken s.t.
10 Kim Kirchen Team Columbia - High Road + 8

17 Stuart O'Grady Team Saxo Bank + 10
20 Jens Voigt Team Saxo Bank + 11
30 Fränk Schleck Team Saxo Bank + 12
39 Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank + 15
119 Juan José Haedo Team Saxo Bank + 5'04
142 Jason McCartney Team Saxo Bank + 8'09
 
blue09
Looks Interesting. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Regards,
Blue
Pret travaux
 
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