|Kiserlovski (now with Astana) didn't|
win the stage, but he can rightfully
claim to have done a good day's
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Third place Robert Kiserlovski had spent a lot of time and effort in a solo break, remaining unmolested until the Spaniards attacked simultaneously, sparring with each other and overtaking him after just 500m. He managed to stay with them for a short while, then couldn't and then - just when it seemed he'd given up, he somehow dredged up enough energy to have another go. However, his efforts were to no avail and Rodriguez and Sanchez knew it, neither man paying him much more than cursory attention as they concentrated on trying to wear one another down before an explosive sprint. Against riders of their ilk, he did fantastically well to cross the line 2" after them.
Sanchez lies 9" behind Rodriguez in the General Classification.
1. Joaquin Rodriguez Katusha 4h27'16"
2. Samuel Sanchez Euskaltel-Euskadi ST
3. Robert Kiserlovski Astana +2"
4. Vasil Kiryienka Movistar +5"
5. Lars Petter Nordhaug Sky ST
6. Daniele Ratto Liquigas - Cannondale ST
7. Michele Scarponi Lampre-ISD ST
8. Damiano Cunego Lampre-ISD +7"
9. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa Movistar ST
10. Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R-La Mondiale ST
Best Brit: 109. Luke Rowe (Sky)