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Contador’s back and he’s winning again – until the UCI appeal of course! Bissell dominate in California, RadioShack do the same in Belgium, Jens Voigt writes an open letter then gets in a great break at Paris Nice and speaking of breaks…..who broke some bones this weekend? It’s all here and more in EuroTrash Monday!

Contador Back To His Winning Ways In Murcia
Love him, hate him or just don’t eat beef because of him I couldn’t go past Alberto Contador’s win in the Vuelta a Murcia as my top story today. Bert certainly wasted no time in getting back to his winning ways by winning 2 stages and the overall title on the weekend in what was just his second race back after the overturning of his doping suspension by the Spanish Federation.

After being somewhat off the pace at the Volta ao Algarve the week before where he’d finished 4th against an arguably lower quality field, Contador certainly brought his A-game to Murcia with a win in the mountainous second stage to give him the overall lead followed by another win the very next day in the crucial time trial to secure the title. Contador was pushed hard by Jerome Coppel (Saur Sojasun) and Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC) who were the only two that came close to Contador in the battle for overall honours.

Before the race reached the mountains though there was a difficult first stage to be had and this was won by young Aussie sprinter, Michael Matthews (Rabobank) who took a great 2nd win of the year after his earlier stage success at the Tour Down Under in January. It really was the Alberto Contador show though with the adoring local media swamping him wherever he went and then when he delivered what the local fans wanted on Stage 2 you could be forgiven for thinking that the Vuelta a Murcia was suddenly the Tour de France! A race that he may not be riding this year of course if the UCI decide to appeal his suspension. Latest word from that camp is that the UCI has just until the end of March to launch their appeal……to be continued!

Stage 1 Results:
1. Michael Matthews (Rabobank)
2. Russell Downing (Team Sky) s.t.
3. Davide Appollonio (Team Sky) s.t.
4. Aitor Galdos (Caja Rural) s.t.
5. Martin Reimer (Skil Shimano) s.t.
6. Jonas Jorgensen (Saxo Bank) s.t.
7. Robert Fцrster (UnitedHealthcare) s.t.
8. Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
9. Juan Josй Cobo (Geox) s.t.
10.Jйrфme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.

Stage 2 Results:
1. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)
2. Denis Menchov (Geox) +0’05″
3. Jйrфme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
4. Fabio Duarte (Geox) +0’25″
5. Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil) +0’27″
6. Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano) +0’57″
7. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) +1’17″
8. Guillaume Levarlet (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
9. Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
10.David Blanco (Geox) s.t.

Stage 3 Time Trial Results:
1. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)
2. Jйrфme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) +0’08
3. Denis Menchov (Geox) +0’12
4. Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) +0’19
5. Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar) +0’26
6. Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank) s.t.
7. Alexander Wetterhall (Endura Racing) +0’28
8. Eloy Teruel (Espagne) +0’30
9. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervйlo) +0’31
10.David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervйlo) +0’31

Final General Classification:
1. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)
2. Jйrфme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) +0’11
3. Denis Menchov (Geox) +0’17
4. Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil) +1’46
5. Fabio Duarte (Geox) +1’47
6. Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano) +2’04
7. Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) +2’06
8. Francisco Perez (Movistar) +2’12
9. David Blanco (Geox) +2’21
10.Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar) +2’22

The Shack Dominate In Belgium
Things started superbly for team RadioShack in Belgium at the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen – Johan Museeuw Classic on Friday where the team amazingly placed 5 of their riders in the top 10 in the prologue including the first three places!

It was their young New Zealand neo pro, Jesse Sergent who proved the quickest of the team though finishing the prologue a full 10s ahead of teammate Sebastien Rosseler and fellow Kiwi and Shack neo pro, Sam Bewley. This amazing result by the team certainly put the squad in the driving seat to bring home the overall classification in this 2 day race with the team having so many cards to play for the GC that the challengers were always going to find it tough to overcome the Shack.

That proved to be true with no time gaps occurring on the first stage which was won by young German sprinter John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad) who at 22 years old is a full 18 years younger than stage 2’s winner, the evergreen Nick Eeckhout (AN Post – Sean Kelly) who wrapped up the final day’s racing with a strong sprint from a reduced front group. Also 22, Jesse Sergent was good enough to finish in the group with Eeckhout thus securing a huge win for a neo-pro and completing an amazing weekend of racing for the RadioShack team who finished the race just as they started with Sergent, Rosseler and Bewley sharing the podium.

Prologue Results:
1. Jesse Sergent (Radio Shack)
2. Sйbastien Rosseler (Radio Shack) +0’10″
3. Sam Bewley (Radio Shack) s.t.
4. Svein Tuft (SpiderTech) s.t.
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Radio Shack) +0’11″
6. Patrick Gretsch (HTC – High Road) s.t.
7. Nelson Oliveira (Radio Shack) +0’15″
8. Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) +0’19″
9. Robert Wagner (Leopard-Trek) +0’20″
10. Roger Kluge (Skil-Shimano) +0’21″

Stage 1 Results:
1. John Degenkolb (HTC – High Road)
2. Robert Wagner (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
3. Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis) s.t.
4. Maxime Vantomme (Katusha) s.t.
5. Alexander Porsev (Katusha) s.t.
6. Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) s.t.
7. Francesco Chicchi (Quick Step) s.t.
8. Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil) s.t.
9. Michal Kwiatkowski (Radio Shack) s.t.
10. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
Stage 2 Results:
1. Niko Eeckhout (An Post – Sean Kelly)
2. Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun) s.t
3. Dominique Rollin (FDJ) s.t
4. Bert De Backer (Skil-Shimano) s.t
5. Sйbastien Chavanel (Europcar) s.t
6. Klaas Lodewyck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t
7. Jarl Salomein (Topsport Vlaanderen) s.t

Final General Classification:
1. Jesse Sergent (Radio Shack)
2. Sйbastien Rosseler (Radio Shack) +0’10
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Radio Shack) +0’10
4. Dominique Rollin (FDJ) +0’15
5. Mathieu Ladagnous (FDJ) +0’18
6. Jens Mouris (Vacansoleil) +0’19
7. Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) +0’20
8. Niko Eeckhout (An Post – Sean Kelly) +0’24
9. Sйbastien Chavanel (Europcar) +0’33
10. Klaas Lodewyck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) +0’40

Break Goes The Distance In Paris-Nice
Stage 1 of Paris-Nice kicked off yesterday in fine form with a rare breakaway win on a flat stage as the group of Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil), Jeremy Roy (FDJ) and the ever strong Jens Voigt (Leopard – TREK) stayed away until the finish. Well, actually Voigt was caught on the line to eventually finish 6th but without his work De Gendt would not have had the 50m left necessary to record a fine win for the young 24 year old. The win gave the Vacansoleil rider the first yellow leader’s jersey of the tour and with the big hills coming later in the race De Gendt is hopeful of holding the jersey for a couple of days before the favourites for the overall title like Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ), Tony Martin (HTC) and Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) are expected to battle it out.

Stage 1 Results:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil)
2. Jйrйmy Roy (FDJ) s.t.
3. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervйlo) s.t.
4. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) s.t.
5. Gregory Henderson (Team Sky) s.t.
6. Jens Voigt (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
7. Wouter Weylandt (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
8. Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing) s.t.
9. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) s.t.
10. Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) s.t.

General Classification After Stage 1:
1. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil)
2. Jйrйmy Roy (FDJ) +0’06″
3. Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervйlo) +0’09″
4. Damien Gaudin (Europcar) +0’10″
5. Jens Voigt (Leopard-Trek) +0’11″
6. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) +0’12″
7. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) +0’13″
8. Gregory Henderson (Team Sky) s.t.
9. Wouter Weylandt (Leopard-Trek) s.t.
10.Danilo Wyss (BMC) s.t.

Weekend’s Injury Report
It was a tough weekend of racing across Europe for the pro peloton with some great racing occurring on many fronts but it came at a cost with numerous accidents occurring. At the Vuelta a Murcia Movistar lost two of its top climbers, Ruben Plaza and Juan Mauricio Soler to crashes with Soler luckily able to walk away from his which was not the case for Plaza after he broke his right tibia and fibula just a few kilometers from the end of Stage 2.

Movistar weren’t the only team to lose a rider though with Euskaltel-Euskadi’s losing their neo pro, Mikel Landa Meana, to a broken clavicle in another descent on the second stage. The injuries didn’t stop there for the weekend though with many more crashes up in the heartland of Belgium at the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen – Johan Museeuw Classics. The most serious crash involved Andy Capelle (Quickstep) coming down with Franck Bouyer (Europcar) and Steven Cozza (NetApp) during the first stage. The latter two were able to remount and finish the stage but not Capelle as he had fractured his right collarbone. It was only after the stage though that the Europcar team realized that Bouyer had also broken a bone in the accident with scans later revealing a broken wristbone.

Teams Still Not Happy
The UCI met with the teams association (AIGCP) late last week to discuss their unpopular radio ban decision but despite the protests by the teams and their citing of the safety issues involved the UCI did not back down on their decision and instead affirmed that the radio ban will continue.

Naturally the AIGCP wasn’t happy with this outcome from their meeting and they have been quoted as saying that they are exasperated by the complete lack of understanding and seemingly deaf ears that the UCI has on the matter. Not all team managers are against the radio decision with most famously Marc Madiot (FDJ) being against radios himself but all team managers are against the manner that the UCI has implemented the rule with zero consultation with the rider’s and team’s associations.

Due to this lack of consultation with the teams the AIGCP has stated over the weekend that if the UCI doesn’t back down on their ruling by May 1st, ‘drastic action’ will be taken.

The full statement from the AIGCP on this matter is as follows:

Today the AIGCP met for its first general assembly of the 2011 season. Amongst the many topics discussed today was that of the radio ban. Our discussion regarding the radios resulted in total agreement amongst all the teams and a document signed by all the member teams which will be sent to the UCI tomorrow.
The contents of that document are as follows:

1. The AIGCP and its members unanimously oppose the ban on radios.

2. While some members of the AIGCP feel more or less strongly about the rule regarding radios, what we all feel very strongly about is the manner in which this rule was introduced.
This rule was not discussed nor voted on by the CCP, which is the advisory board concerning Professional cycling, which contains 2 representatives from the teams. Even if it had been, the CCP holds no final power on the introduction of new rules. The decision was made unilaterally by the management committee of the UCI, which does not contain any representative of the teams, the riders, nor the race organizers.

Therefore:

** All the teams unanimously denounce the UCI for introducing this legislation without any representation from any team**

3. The AIGCP ask the UCI to rescind the regulation regarding the radio ban. If this regulation is not rescinded by the first of May, 2011, the teams have unanimously agreed on a drastic action. This action will not be made public at this time, but the UCI will be informed of its content.

The UCI, and its President, Pat Mcquaid, will receive a document, signed by all the teams, that outlines the full content of our thoughts. While humbly hand written during discussion, the UCI can be sure of the solidarity of the teams and the depth of the letters content.

Will the UCI respond before May 1st? Or will they continue on their current path? No one wants to see any more protests like which were staged at the Challenge Mallorca this year but I unfortunately think that’s where we could be heading for again if some sort of agreement isn’t decided on soon between the two parties.

Jens Takes To Writing
Weighing in with his opinion on the radio ban issue is veteran rider Jens Voigt (Leopard TREK) who pushes home hard the safety issue in the following open letter he published over the weekend for the UCI and cycling fans alike.

Dear cycling fans,
The ongoing discussion about the radio ban seems to put a lot of different views and opinions out there. That’s why I feel the urge to put things in a perspective from a rider’s point of view.

I am 100 per cent pro the radio, for different reasons. The most important argument in my view is the security, not only for the riders but also for the crowds. Let me give you one or two examples.

Last year in an U23 race in France a spectator ignored all regulations and entered the parcours in the opposite direction of the race. What normally happens is this: the race director puts that news on ‘radio course’, the official communication channel between the race organizer, the UCI and the sports directors. Immediately, all sports directors spread the message amongst their riders over the radio to prevent a potential fatal accident. Now, in that French race there were no radios, which is the case in all U23 races. Try to put yourself into the position of any sports director, that knows there is a car riding towards the bunch. He’s not allowed to drive to his riders and warn them. All he can do is sit and wait. And maybe think about what he can tell the parents of one of his riders if he got hit by the car. Because this is what happened: the car hit a young Dutch rider, who was in a coma for three weeks. Everybody present in that race agreed that the accident could have been prevented if the riders had been wearing radios.

Now, I ask you: did anybody ‘who wants cycling to be more thrilling’ go to the hospital to see this young man and explain to his crying mother why its necessary that we keep on working on a radio ban? I don’t think so.

Another example, coming from my own experience. Two years ago I crashed badly in the Tour, riding in a breakaway. While I was lying there, bleeding, there was a big fuzz going on. Cars, doctors, press, etc. At least half of the road was blocked. Keep in mind that there are still 150 riders coming down that mountain with 80km/h. Luckily, the sports directors were able to warn their riders. Can you imagine that big group of riders flying down the descent, trying to make up time and come back to the group in front of them come around that corner unwarned and see half of the road is blocked with cars?!

Now let me ask you: aren’t these two stories – only these two – not enough to drop the discussion? If I had a fatal crash, who of you, who think the radio ban is a great idea, will go to Berlin and explain to my six children that it was the right decision and daddy was just an unlucky victim in the so important battle for more drama in cycling?

There’s more. Can anybody please explain me how we’re going to attract sponsors if we develop our sport back into the stone age? An anecdote: two years ago Andy Schleck punctured five kilometres before the finish line. Luckily, we had radios and warned Bjarne Riis, who could bring Andy a new wheel in no time. Moreover, the team waited for Andy and we managed to get him back into the peloton, save his white jersey and his second place in the GC. Everybody was happy: Andy, the team, Bjarne and also the sponsor. Now let me tell you the same story, but now without the radio. Andy punctures, only one rider sees it, it’s noisy because of all the spectators, the other team riders move on, Andy raises his arm for the official sign of a puncture, other teams notice that Andy is not there, they start riding faster and faster. Once Andy has a new wheel, there’s only one rider there to bring him back. Andy loses his white jersey and the second place, finishes ninth overall, Bjarne is unhappy and so are our sponsors. In the end the sponsor might even pull back and it’s the end of the team. Thanks to the radio ban. Of course, this is exaggerated, but I just want to get my point across.
Another urban myth is that the breakaway has better chances without the radios – never heard more nonsense than that. I am in the lucky position to talk on both sides, I was often in breakaways and I liked to have the radio, get some support from my team car, some motivating words and get exact info what team is chasing me with how many riders, so I can plan my effort after the action in the peloton. If i won a race in a breakaway it was because I was strong, in good shape, suffered like crazy and worked hard – does anybody think the radio made me go faster?

As far as I know every World Tour team pays about Ђ150,000 per year for the licence. Feel free to make the calculation for 18 teams. One would expect that for that amount of money there would also be an interest in making the teams and riders happy.

To all the ‘fans of yesterday’, the ‘fans of tradition’ – what are you people talking about? Do you really want to go back to the times of Jacques Anquetil? In that time the Tour de France was a tiny little race with riders from France and maybe Belgium and Italy. Maybe 25 journalists where there. Each edition cost more money than it actually generated. Is this what you want? Because that’s how tradition looks to me.

To the journalists that support the radio ban – what are you talking about? How do you even dare to try to influence our working conditions? Do we riders give you tips of how you should work? Do we push for a ban on cell phones or laptops for you? Do we want to make your lives ‘more interesting and spontaneous’?

Finally, to the race organizers that agree to ban the radios – what are you talking about? Do I tell you to not use your mobile phone during the stage? No, I don’t. So what gives you the right to ask me to drop my communication? But if you are interested in more dramatic cycling, I’ve got some ideas: drop the silly, long stages, don’t let us suffer three or four days in the high mountains and don’t give us a week of boring, super long, flat stages. Why not consider some circuit stages: the fans will see us more often, it’s easier and cheaper for the tv crews and it’s safe to ride without radios.
Why don’t we agree on opening the communication available for everyone, like in Formula 1? That will attract people and the sport would prove to be modern and global. Everybody who is in the cycling world – fans, organizers, sponsors, riders, UCI and media – will agree that we face some more serious problems in the moment. So, let’s talk and find a way out of this homemade problem.
Jens

Strade Bianche Replay
As covered on Saturday here at Pez, Philippe Gilbert once again proved himself as a simply superb classics rider with yet another great performance in Italy beating Alesssandro Ballan (BMC) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre) in a tough battle on the streets of Sienne.

For those of you that missed it, here’s the video highlights of the last few kms with the final kilometer being especially thrilling. Of note in the race was another strong performance by Team type 1’s Jure Kocjan who once again had a great result for his team with a quality 4th spot which follows on from earlier results this year such as his 2nd in the GP Insubria, 4th in the GP Lugano, 4th in the GP La Marseillaise and 12th in the Tour du Haut-Var. Surely a win is just around the corner for Kocjan and his team?

Giro Teams Announced Today!
The teams for the upcoming Giro d’Italia were announced today by the organiser, RCS – and here’s the official release:

Milan, March 7th, 2011 – Sixty days from the start of the 94th Giro d’Italia (May 7 to May 29, 2011); RCS Sport is required, in compliance with the UCI (Unione Ciclistica Internazionale) Regulation, to supply a complete list of the teams which have been invited to take part to the event.
Consequently, the following 18 teams belonging to the UCI ProTeam category having the right and the duty to participate, will line up on the starting line, i.e.

– AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
– BMC Racing Team (Usa)
– Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spa)
– HTC-Highroad (Usa)
– Katusha Team (Rus)
– Lampre-ISD (Ita)
– Leopard-Trek (Lus)
– Liquigas-Cannondale (Ita)
– Movistar Team (Spa)
– Omega Pharma-Lotto (Bel)
– Pro Team Astana (Kaz)
– QuickStep Cycling Team (Bel)
– Rabobank Cycling Team (Ola)
– Saxo Bank-Sungard (Dan)
– Sky Pro Cycling (GB)
– Team Garmin-Cervelo (Usa)
– Team RadioShack (Usa)
– Vacansoleil-DCM (Ola)

Moreover, an exceptional derogation having been granted by the UCI, allowing to outnumber the limit of 200 riders on the start line in Turin, in order to celebrate in a noteworthy way the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy by lining up national athletes and teams, the 18 UCI ProTeam will be joined by the following 5 teams belonging to the UCI Professional Continental category, i.e.

– Acqua & Sapone (Ita)
– Androni Giocattoli (Ita)
– Colnago-CSF (Ita)
– Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli (GB)
– Geox-TMC (Spa)

Each one of the 23 teams will be allowed to align 9 athletes for a total amount of 207 competitors at the start. All the mentioned teams are recorded in the Biological Passport Program and are kindly requested to supply within the deadline of April 7, 2011, the list of the 12 riders among which the participants to the Giro d’Italia will be selected. RCS Sport-La Gazzetta dello Sport wish to express their gratitude to the UCI for granting the derogation to outnumber the limit of 200 competitors, and are available to cooperate with the international organization as regards safety and also to investigate into the pending cases regarding the fight against doping, as far as both teams and athletes are concerned.
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Of note is the inclusion of Vacansoleil, who qualify technically as part of the 18 WorldTour teams for automatic selection, but there has certainly been a lot of talk in the last two weeks about the RCS refusing their candidature as some sort of punishment for signing serial doper Riccardo Ricco.

Also- tip of the hat to the RCS for wisely including GEOX – and allowing two of the sport’s top gc riders to join the action – namely Carlos Sastre and former Giro winner Denis Menchov. This should be the most complete line up of top gc men at any race this year.

Bissell Dominate At The Merco
The Merco Cycling Classic 2011 could well have been renamed the Bissell Pro Cycling Show such was the domination by the squad at the 4 stage event. It all started with the 82km road race on stage 1 where Bissell took the top 3 spots with Robert Britton leading home Benjamin Jacques-Maynes and Paul Mach.

Stage 2 was then another Bissell clean sweep in the time trial but this time it was Jeremy Vennell who was on top of the podium followed by Andy and then Benjamin Jacques-Maynes.

Stage 3 must have been a disappointment for the Bissell guys as they ONLY managed 2nd and 3rd in this crit after Ricky Escuela (Full Circle Sports) outsprinted Kyle Wamsley and Patrick Bevin for the win.

Bissell got their revenge on Stage 4 with yet another victory – this time for Ben Jacques-Mayne who also took the overall title in what was just utter domination by Bissell. The final GC had 7 Bissell riders in the top15 occupying 1st, 2nd 3rd, 6th, 7th, 11th and 15th! A great performance by the squad who must now be full of confidence as their preparations for the Tour of California continue.

Stage 1 Results:
1 Robert Britton Bissell Pro Cycling 3:23:56
2 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes Bissell Pro Cycling -0:0 4
3 Paul Mach Bissell Pro Cycling – 0:06
4 John Bennett California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized – 0:18
5 Jay Thomson Bissell Pro Cycling – 0:18
6 Julian Kyer Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth – 1:40
7 Frank Pipp Bissell Pro Cycling – 6:11
8 Sam Bassetti Firefighters Cycling
9 Alexander Candelario Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
10 Andy Jacques-Maynes Bissell Pro Cycling

Stage 2 Time Trial Results:
1 Vennell Jeremy Bissell Pro .24:47:20
2 Jacques-Maynes Andy Bissell Pro @ 9
3 Jacques-Maynes Benjamin Bissell Pro @20
4 Thomson Jay Bissell Pro @21
5 English Nathaniel Yahoo! Cycling Team @21
6 Pipp K Frank Bissell Pro – @ 25
7 Britton Robert Bissell Pro Cycling @32
8 Rossi Justin Marc Pro – Strava @32
9 Mathis Michael Rideclean P/B Patentit.Com @35
10 Kilun Roman Kenda 5 Hour Energy P/B Geargrinder @47

Stage 3 Crit Results:
1. ESCUELA Ricky Full Circle Sports 1.23:47 B-10
2. WAMSLEY Kyle BISSELL Pro Cycling – s.t
3. BEVIN Patrick BISSELL Pro Cycling
4. LOADER Logan RideClean p/b PatentIt.com
5. HANSON Kenneth Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
6. RODRIGUEZ Freddie Team Specialized Racing Masters
7. FRIEDMAN Michael Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth
8. THOMSON Jay BISSELL Pro Cycling
9. JACQUES-MAYNES Benjamin BISSELL Pro Cycling
10. BENNETT John California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized

Stage 4 Results:
1 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes BISSELL Pro Cycling 4:44:38
2 Logan LOader RideClean p/b PatentIt.com
3 Kyle Wamsley BISSELL Pro Cycling
4 Chris Stastny California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
5 Alexander Candelario Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth

Final General Classification:
1 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes BISSELL Pro Cycling 9:57:26
2 Robert Britton BISSELL Pro Cycling 0:00:28
3 Paul Mach BISSELL Pro Cycling 0:00:50
4 John Bennett California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:01:00
5 Julian Kyer Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 0:02:33
6. JACQUES-MAYNES Andy BISSELL Pro Cycling 6’22”
7 PIPP K Frank BISSELL Pro Cycling 6’32”
8. ENGLISH Nathaniel Yahoo! Cycling Team 8’12”
9. CANDELARIO Alexander Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth 8’15”
10.ROSSI Justin Marc Pro – Strava 8’24”
11.WAMSLEY Kyle BISSELL Pro Cycling 8’39”
12. MATHIS Michael RideClean p/b PatentIt.com 8’43”
13. WOHLBERG Eric Form Fitness 8’51”
14. BARBERI Stefano Full Circle Sports 9’21”
15. VENNELL Jeremy BISSELL Pro Cycling 9’24”

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