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Tour of the Basque Country - Stage 6
 
By Fabio
Date: 4/10/2010
Tour of the Basque Country - Stage 6
 

It was a tough battle. But in the end there could be only one winner. And one winner we got. The 50th edition of one of the world's hardest stage races finished with a 22-kilometer from Orio to Aia, then back to Oio, on Saturday afternoon. It wasn't the "average" pancake flat thing for specialists, but compared to the mountain men festivals of the past days, it was like a walk in the park.

And it was a triumphal walk for Chris Horner, the Californian that became the first ever rider to win the overall in the Basque Country. He had a good ride against the clock, made up for that one-second gap to Alejandro Valverde and moved to the top of the GC at the right time, also being the fastest guy today: Horner clocked a great 32'33"85 and beat his closest rival (second place finisher also in the stage ranking, despite a great comeback in the alst fe wmiles, which was not enough anyway) in Caisse d'Epargne colors by eight seconds.

Belgium's Maxime Monfort filled in the other place in the stage podium, but it was the young Basque Benat Intxausti that once more showed his mettle in the "race of the truth" and made his way into the top three places overall, finishing the race 58" behind Horner and 51" behind runner-up Valverde but also ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez; the Catalan was at his turn unable to repeat here his Volta a Catalunya stunning performance, albeit a great stage victory is good enough for him and for Team Katusha. Team Columbia could also be satisfied as they got three men in today's top 10 places, an accomplishment that secured them victory in the team's classification.

Stage 6 (Orio-Aia-Orio ITT, 22 km): Results
1. 167 HORNER, Christopher USA RSH 32'33"
2. 11 VALVERDE, Alejandro SPA GCE - at 08"
3. 45 MONFORT, Maxime BEL THR - at 13"
4. 41 ROGERS, Michael AUS THR - at 18"
5. 4 INTXAUSTI, Beńat SPA EUS - at 21"
6. 1 SÁNCHEZ, Samuel SPA EUS - at 23"
7. 46 PINOTTI, Marco ITA THR - at 25"
8. 61 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin SPA KAT - at 33"
9. 126 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe FRA OLO - at 33"
10. 161 KLÖDEN, Andreas GER RSH - at 34"
11. 48 VELITS, Peter SVK THR - at 39"
12. 81 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR SKY - at 41"
13. 117 FUGLSANG, Jacob DEN SAX - at 47"
14. 151 CASAR, Sandy FRA FDJ - at 54"
15. 163 PAULINHO, Sergio POR RSH - at 01'03"
16. 32 GESINK, Robert HOL RAB - at 01'06"
17. 96 DEVENYNS, Dries BEL QST - at 01'12"
18. 182 CÉSAR, Gustavo SPA XAC - at 01'14"
19. 132 HESJEDAL, Ryder CAN GRM - at 01'21"
20. 121 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL OLO - at 01'22"
21. 164 ZUBELDIA, Haimar SPA RSH - at 01'23"
22. 113 VOIGT, Jens GER SAX - at 01'23"
23. 87 LÖVKVIST, Thomas SWE SKY - at 01'25"
24. 36 NIERMANN, Grischa GER RAB - at 01'29"
25. 134 MARTIN, Daniel IRL GRM - at 01'31"
26. 37 TEN DAM, Laurens HOL RAB - at 01'37"
27. 13 KIRYIENKA, Vasili BLR GCE - at 01'38"
28. 138 ZABRISKIE, David USA GRM - at 01'42"
29. 65 PETROV, Evgeny RUS KAT - at 01'44"
30. 2 MARTÍNEZ, Egoi SPA EUS - at 01'48"
31. 95 MALACARNE, Davide ITA QST - at 01'52"
32. 68 VORGANOV, Eduard RUS KAT - at 01'58"
33. 38 TANKINK, Bram HOL RAB - at 01'58"
34. 114 STEENSEN, André DEN SAX - at 02'04"
35. 181 MOSQUERA, Ezequiel SPA XAC - at 02'04"
36. 51 AGNOLI, Valerio ITA LIQ - at 02'06"
37. 63 BOTCHAROV, Alexandre RUS KAT - at 02'07"
38. 186 FERNANDEZ, Delio SPA XAC - at 02'10"
39. 33 GARATE, Juan Manuel SPA RAB - at 02'10"
40. 105 NERZ, Dominik GER MRM - at 02'14"
41. 111 SCHLECK, Andy LUX SAX - at 02'14"
42. 128 WEGELIUS, Charles GBR OLO - at 02'16"
43. 107 ROHREGGER, Thomas AUT MRM - at 02'21"
44. 158 VEIKKANEN, Jussi FIN FDJ - at 02'21"
45. 26 ZEITS, Andrey KAZ AST - at 02'21"
46. 25 NAVARRO, Daniel SPA AST - at 02'21"
47. 185 MARTÍNEZ, Serafín SPA XAC - at 02'23"
48. 8 OROZ, Juan Jose SPA EUS - at 02'23"
49. 15 ZANDIO, Xabier SPA GCE - at 02'27"
50. 108 RUSS, Matthias GER MRM - at 02'30"
51. 28 TIRALONGO, Paolo ITA AST - at 02'31"
52. 86 PORTAL, Nicolas FRA SKY - at 02'35"
53. 102 FRÖLINGHER, Johannes GER MRM - at 02'38"
54. 84 CUMMINGS, Stephen GBR SKY - at 02'38"
55. 97 SEELDRAYERS, Kevin BEL QST - at 02'38"
56. 157 SULZBERGER, Wesley AUS FDJ - at 02'40"
57. 35 MOLLEMA, Bauke HOL RAB - at 02'40"
58. 83 CARLSTRÖM, Kjell FIN SKY - at 02'42"
59. 43 GULDHAMMER, Rasmus DEN THR - at 02'47"
60. 72 GAVAZZI, Francesco ITA LAM - at 02'49"
61. 3 VELASCO, Iban SPA EUS - at 02'50"
62. 34 MARTENS, Paul GER RAB - at 02'50"
63. 93 CATALDO, Dario ITA QST - at 02'51"
64. 193 VÁZQUEZ, Manuel SPA ACA - at 02'52"
65. 171 DUPONT, Hubert FRA ALM - at 02'52"
66. 104 KNEES, Christian GER MRM - at 02'54"
67. 148 EIBEGGER, Markus AUT FOT - at 02'55"
68. 136 PETERSON, Thomas USA GRM - at 02'57"
69. 98 VAN DE WALLE, Jurgen BEL QST - at 02'57"
70. 31 FREIRE, Óscar SPA RAB - at 02'59"
71. 118 DIDIER, Laurent LUX SAX - at 03'00"
72. 115 SÖRENSEN, Nicki DEN SAX - at 03'04"
73. 184 RABUŃAL, Gonzalo SPA XAC - at 03'10"
74. 12 LÓPEZ, David SPA GCE - at 03'10"
75. 23 FOFONOV, Dmitriy KAZ AST - at 03'11"
76. 42 ALBASINI, Michael SWI THR - at 03'11"
77. 165 BUSCHE, Matthew USA RSH - at 03'11"
78. 56 FINETTO, Mauro ITA LIQ - at 03'13"
79. 94 ENGELS, Addy HOL QST - at 03'14"
80. 85 CALZATI, Sylvain FRA SKY - at 03'19"
81. 66 KLIMOV, Serguei RUS KAT - at 03'23"
82. 6 PÉREZ, Rubén SPA EUS - at 03'24"
83. 152 DI GREGORIO, Rémy FRA FDJ - at 03'25"
84. 178 MANDRI, Rene EST ALM - at 03'30"
85. 82 GERRANS, Simon AUS SKY - at 03'32"
86. 144 PÉREZ ARRIETA, Aitor SPA FOT - at 03'34"
87. 174 BONNAFOND, Guillaume FRA ALM - at 03'35"
88. 24 GOUROV, Maxim KAZ AST - at 03'39"
89. 14 ARROYO, David SPA GCE - at 03'39"
90. 172 EFIMKIN, Alexander RUS ALM - at 03'40"
91. 155 MEERSMAN, Gianni BEL FDJ - at 03'41"
92. 77 PIETROPOLLI, Daniele ITA LAM - at 03'47"
93. 142 BENÍTEZ, Alberto SPA FOT - at 03'49"
94. 162 LI, Fuyu CHN RSH - at 03'52"
95. 27 RAIMBEKOV, Bolat KAZ AST - at 04'00"
96. 135 MEIER, Christian CAN GRM - at 04'00"
97. 7 PÉREZ, Alan SPA EUS - at 04'02"
98. 198 CARRASCO, Sergio SPA ACA - at 04'04"
99. 122 AERTS, Mario BEL OLO - at 04'04"
100. 156 MOUREY, Francis FRA FDJ - at 04'06"
101. 176 KADRI, Biel FRA ALM - at 04'09"
102. 92 REDA, Francesco ITA QST - at 04'13"
103. 173 ARRIETA, José Luis SPA ALM - at 04'16"
104. 137 STETINA, Peter USA GRM - at 04'16"
105. 76 LOOSLI, David SWI LAM - at 04'21"
106. 74 MARZANO, Marco ITA LAM - at 04'31"
107. 75 BONO, Matteo ITA LAM - at 04'41"
108. 143 MAYOZ, Iban SPA FOT - at 04'43"
109. 88 VIGANO, Davide ITA SKY - at 04'43"
110. 147 BRANDLE, Matthias AUT FOT - at 04'50"
111. 116 JÖRGENSEN, Jonas Aaen DEN SAX - at 04'50"
112. 195 CALVENTE, Manuel SPA ACA - at 04'52"
113. 54 SANTAROMITA, Ivan ITA LIQ - at 05'06"
114. 197 ESTRADA, Juan Javier SPA ACA - at 05'25"
115. 64 MAZZANTI, Luca ITA KAT - at 05'28"
116. 124 KAISEN, Olivier BEL OLO - at 05'34"
117. 123 BRANDT, Christophe BEL OLO - at 06'01"
118. 146 PEDERSEN, Martin DEN FOT - at 06'07"
119. 22 DE LA FUENTE, David SPA AST - at 06'27"
120. 133 LOWE, Trent AUS GRM - at 11'43"

50th Tour of the Basque Country - Final GC
1. 167 HORNER, Christopher USA RSH - 23h27'30"
2. 11 VALVERDE, Alejandro SPA GCE - at 07"
3. 4 INTXAUSTI, Beńat SPA EUS - at 58"
4. 61 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin SPA KAT - at 01'06"
5. 126 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe FRA OLO - at 01'10"
6. 46 PINOTTI, Marco ITA THR - at 01'18"
7. 151 CASAR, Sandy FRA FDJ - at 01'47"
8. 1 SÁNCHEZ, Samuel SPA EUS - at 01'58"
9. 32 GESINK, Robert HOL RAB - at 01'59"
10. 96 DEVENYNS, Dries BEL QST - at 02'27"
11. 121 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL OLO - at 02'37"
12. 132 HESJEDAL, Ryder CAN GRM - at 02'41"
13. 164 ZUBELDIA, Haimar SPA RSH - at 02'43"
14. 111 SCHLECK, Andy LUX SAX - at 02'58"
15. 134 MARTIN, Daniel IRL GRM - at 03'30"
16. 45 MONFORT, Maxime BEL THR - at 04'13"
17. 51 AGNOLI, Valerio ITA LIQ - at 05'09"
18. 3 VELASCO, Iban SPA EUS - at 06'35"
19. 161 KLÖDEN, Andreas GER RSH - at 06'44"
20. 48 VELITS, Peter SVK THR - at 06'54"
21. 28 TIRALONGO, Paolo ITA AST - at 07'40"
22. 12 LÓPEZ, David SPA GCE - at 07'40"
23. 25 NAVARRO, Daniel SPA AST - at 10'13"
24. 65 PETROV, Evgeny RUS KAT - at 10'45"
25. 72 GAVAZZI, Francesco ITA LAM - at 11'26"
26. 193 VÁZQUEZ, Manuel SPA ACA - at 12'22"
27. 97 SEELDRAYERS, Kevin BEL QST - at 13'03"
28. 105 NERZ, Dominik GER MRM - at 13'13"
29. 68 VORGANOV, Eduard RUS KAT - at 14'37"
30. 14 ARROYO, David SPA GCE - at 14'57"
31. 87 LÖVKVIST, Thomas SWE SKY - at 14'59"
32. 181 MOSQUERA, Ezequiel SPA XAC - at 15'07"
33. 76 LOOSLI, David SWI LAM - at 15'44"
34. 113 VOIGT, Jens GER SAX - at 15'44"
35. 81 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR SKY - at 15'52"
36. 33 GARATE, Juan Manuel SPA RAB - at 16'36"
37. 158 VEIKKANEN, Jussi FIN FDJ - at 16'42"
38. 117 FUGLSANG, Jacob DEN SAX - at 16'44"
39. 84 CUMMINGS, Stephen GBR SKY - at 16'53"
40. 85 CALZATI, Sylvain FRA SKY - at 17'26"
41. 31 FREIRE, Óscar SPA RAB - at 19'01"
42. 36 NIERMANN, Grischa GER RAB - at 19'04"
43. 172 EFIMKIN, Alexander RUS ALM - at 19'44"
44. 2 MARTÍNEZ, Egoi SPA EUS - at 20'33"
45. 178 MANDRI, Rene EST ALM - at 20'55"
46. 56 FINETTO, Mauro ITA LIQ - at 21'21"
47. 157 SULZBERGER, Wesley AUS FDJ - at 22'18"
48. 8 OROZ, Juan Jose SPA EUS - at 22'20"
49. 23 FOFONOV, Dmitriy KAZ AST - at 23'00"
50. 156 MOUREY, Francis FRA FDJ - at 23'02"
51. 63 BOTCHAROV, Alexandre RUS KAT - at 23'45"
52. 54 SANTAROMITA, Ivan ITA LIQ - at 23'51"
53. 13 KIRYIENKA, Vasili BLR GCE - at 25'29"
54. 174 BONNAFOND, Guillaume FRA ALM - at 25'33"
55. 93 CATALDO, Dario ITA QST - at 26'18"
56. 77 PIETROPOLLI, Daniele ITA LAM - at 26'27"
57. 102 FRÖLINGHER, Johannes GER MRM - at 27'09"
58. 144 PÉREZ ARRIETA, Aitor SPA FOT - at 28'35"
59. 118 DIDIER, Laurent LUX SAX - at 29'22"
60. 26 ZEITS, Andrey KAZ AST - at 29'43"
61. 37 TEN DAM, Laurens HOL RAB - at 29'49"
62. 163 PAULINHO, Sergio POR RSH - at 30'02"
63. 171 DUPONT, Hubert FRA ALM - at 30'14"
64. 38 TANKINK, Bram HOL RAB - at 30'59"
65. 34 MARTENS, Paul GER RAB - at 31'18"
66. 22 DE LA FUENTE, David SPA AST - at 31'42"
67. 107 ROHREGGER, Thomas AUT MRM - at 31'52"
68. 185 MARTÍNEZ, Serafín SPA XAC - at 32'08"
69. 104 KNEES, Christian GER MRM - at 32'23"
70. 128 WEGELIUS, Charles GBR OLO - at 33'23"
71. 6 PÉREZ, Rubén SPA EUS - at 33'27"
72. 86 PORTAL, Nicolas FRA SKY - at 33'42"
73. 148 EIBEGGER, Markus AUT FOT - at 33'47"
74. 41 ROGERS, Michael AUS THR - at 34'23"
75. 42 ALBASINI, Michael SWI THR - at 34'27"
76. 95 MALACARNE, Davide ITA QST - at 34'57"
77. 186 FERNANDEZ, Delio SPA XAC - at 35'07"
78. 98 VAN DE WALLE, Jurgen BEL QST - at 35'54"
79. 66 KLIMOV, Serguei RUS KAT - at 37'03"
80. 137 STETINA, Peter USA GRM - at 39'07"
81. 195 CALVENTE, Manuel SPA ACA - at 39'19"
82. 182 CÉSAR, Gustavo SPA XAC - at 39'36"
83. 43 GULDHAMMER, Rasmus DEN THR - at 39'37"
84. 82 GERRANS, Simon AUS SKY - at 39'56"
85. 83 CARLSTRÖM, Kjell FIN SKY - at 40'01"
86. 64 MAZZANTI, Luca ITA KAT - at 40'11"
87. 88 VIGANO, Davide ITA SKY - at 41'31"
88. 75 BONO, Matteo ITA LAM - at 43'13"
89. 24 GOUROV, Maxim KAZ AST - at 43'57"
90. 138 ZABRISKIE, David USA GRM - at 44'38"
91. 136 PETERSON, Thomas USA GRM - at 45'18"
92. 15 ZANDIO, Xabier SPA GCE - at 46'10"
93. 155 MEERSMAN, Gianni BEL FDJ - at 47'34"
94. 135 MEIER, Christian CAN GRM - at 47'53"
95. 152 DI GREGORIO, Rémy FRA FDJ - at 48'14"
96. 143 MAYOZ, Iban SPA FOT - at 48'19"
97. 115 SÖRENSEN, Nicki DEN SAX - at 48'33"
98. 165 BUSCHE, Matthew USA RSH - at 48'35"
99. 94 ENGELS, Addy HOL QST - at 48'53"
100. 35 MOLLEMA, Bauke HOL RAB - at 50'01"
101. 122 AERTS, Mario BEL OLO - at 51'38"
102. 123 BRANDT, Christophe BEL OLO - at 52'56"
103. 108 RUSS, Matthias GER MRM - at 53'06"
104. 147 BRANDLE, Matthias AUT FOT - at 55'11"
105. 114 STEENSEN, André DEN SAX - at 56'08"
106. 7 PÉREZ, Alan SPA EUS - at 56'51"
107. 173 ARRIETA, José Luis SPA ALM - at 57'40"
108. 142 BENÍTEZ, Alberto SPA FOT - at 58'39"
109. 116 JÖRGENSEN, Jonas Aaen DEN SAX - at 01h00'04"
110. 184 RABUŃAL, Gonzalo SPA XAC - at 01h01'39"
111. 92 REDA, Francesco ITA QST - at 01h02'30"
112. 74 MARZANO, Marco ITA LAM - at 01h04'39"
113. 27 RAIMBEKOV, Bolat KAZ AST - at 01h05'16"
114. 176 KADRI, Biel FRA ALM - at 01h05'27"
115. 198 CARRASCO, Sergio SPA ACA - at 01h06'13"
116. 124 KAISEN, Olivier BEL OLO - at 01h14'30"
117. 162 LI, Fuyu CHN RSH - at 01h20'13"
118. 197 ESTRADA, Juan Javier SPA ACA - at 01h23'36"
119. 146 PEDERSEN, Martin DEN FOT - at 01h23'54"

Tour of the Basque Country - All Winners
2010 Christopher Horner (USA)
2009 Alberto Contador (Spa)
2008 Alberto Contador (Spa)
2007 Juan José Cobo (Spa)
2006 José Ángel Gómez Marchante (Spa)
2005 Danilo Di Luca (Ita)
2004 Denis Menchov (Rus)
2003 Iban Mayo (Spa)
2002 Aitor Osa (Spa)
2001 Raimondas Rumsas (Lit)
2000 Andreas Klöden (Ger)
1999 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1998 Ińigo Cuesta (Spa)
1997 Alex Zülle (Swi)
1996 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1995 Alex Zülle (Swi)
1994 Tony Rominger (Swi)
1993 Tony Rominger (Swi)
1992 Tony Rominger (Swi)
1991 Claudio Chiappucci (Ita)
1990 Julián Gorospe (Spa)
1989 Stephen Roche (Ire)
1988 Erik Breukink (Hol)
1987 Sean Kelly (Ire)
1986 Sean Kelly (Ire)
1985 Pello Ruiz Cabestany (Spa)
1984 Sean Kelly (Ire)
1983 Julián Gorospe (Spa)
1982 José Luis Laguía (Spa)
1981 Silvano Contini (Ita)
1980 Alberto Fernández (Spa)
1979 Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)
1978 José Antonio González Linares (Spa)
1977 José Antonio González Linares (Spa)
1976 Giovan Battista Baronchelli (Ita)
1975 José Antonio González Linares (Spa)
1974 Miguel María Lasa (Spa)
1973 Luis Ocańa (Spa)
1972 José Antonio González Linares (Spa)
1971 Luis Ocańa (Spa)
1970 Luis Pedro Santamarina (Spa)
1969 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1936–1968 No Race
1935 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1931-1934 No Race
1930 Mariano Cańardo (Spa)
1929 Maurice Dewaele (Bel)
1928 Maurice Dewaele (Bel)
1927 Victor Fontan (Fra)
1926 Nicolas Frantz (Hol)
1925 Auguste Verdyck (Bel)
1924 Francis Pélissier (Fra)

 
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