"At the start we were only thinking about Carlos Barbero for the sprint but then in the final we entered into the final corner first place. I decided to attack and Carlos said don’t stop, don’t stop and I didn’t stop."
”Yesterday evening when I heard the first symptoms of viral gastroenteritis arise during the journey transfer by plane to Istanbul, I am really worried, I thought of not being able to start this morning.
Thanks to the support of our Doctor Beltemacchi, then the situation was quiet and this morning i was already better, even if the feeling of being energy drain remained for tall he stage.
Yesterday evening I could not eat anything for dinner, while this morning I managed to eat only a little portion of rice for breakfast and i raced the entire stage eating only bread.
I must thank all the Team that was close to me in everything and for everything until the last meter of the stage. Regret that I have had the news of the withdrawal of Rebellin after the fall that has seen him involved today, I know as athlete how you feel in these circumstances after having fought in the equal power together throughout the competition, you see frustrated all of your efforts. I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.
I honestly do not believe that i will be able to deliver great party this evening for the victory, my first thought and intention is to go to lying down in bed now. But there is a small effort that i will do to celebrate with my teammates and all the staff in the evening, i should do it, they deserve this !”
1 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 02:45:03
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step
3 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
5 Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
6 Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
7 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
8 Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdge
1 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 31:06:44
2 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:32:00
3 Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:56:00
4 Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia 0:01:30
5 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:32
6 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:58
7 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:02:01
8 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Torku Sekerspor 0:02:02
9 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:02:11
10 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk 0:02:15
11 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:22
12 Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:25
13 Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:02:26
14 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:03:42
15 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:03:51
16 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:03:54
17 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:57
18 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:04:12
19 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:04:19
20 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:04:28