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October, 2012

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October 24: The route of the 100th Tour de France was revealed today. It is a serious change from last year, where Bradley Wiggins was able to dominate the time trials. Last year had about 100km of riding against the clock, 2013 will feature about 65 km of individual time trialing plus a 25 km team time trial. This year has more climbing, including one day with a double ascent of L'Alpe d'Huez. Sky rider Chris Froome should find this course's emphasis on climbing to his liking, but he will have to face the planet's finest active stage racer, Alberto Contador. It will be a Pyrenees first then Alps Tour.

The 2013 Tour de France will begin on Corsica with three stages on the island and end with a night-time race on the Champs Elysées.

The stages.

29 June - Stage 1: Porto Vecchio - Bastia, 212km

30 June - Stage 2: Basta - Ajaccio, 154km

1 July - Stage 3: Ajaccio - Calvi, 145km

2 July - Stage 4: Nice 25 km team time trial

3 July - Stage 5: Cagnes sur Mer - Marseille, 219km

4 July - Stage 6: Aix en Provence - Montpellier, 176km

5 July - Stage 7: Montpellier - Albi, 205km

6 July - Stage 8: Castres - Ax 3 Domaines, 194km

7 July - Stage 9: St Girons - Bagneres de Bigorre, 165km

8 July - Rest day, St Nazaire

9 July - Stage 10: St Gildas des Bois - St Malo, 193km

10 July - Stage 11: Avranches - Mont St Michel, 33 km individual time trial

11 July - Stage 12: Fougeres - Tours, 218km

12 July - Stage 13: Tours - St Amand Montrond, 173km

13 July - Stage 14: St Pourain sur Sioule - Lyon, 191km

14 July - Stage 15: Givors - Mont Ventoux, 242km

15 July - Rest day, Vaucluse

16 July - Stage 16: Vaison la Romaine - Gap, 168km

17 July - Stage 17: Embrun - Chorges, 32 km individual time trial

18 July - Stage 18: Gap - L'Alpe d'Huez, 168km

19 July - Stage 19: Bourg d'Oisans - Le Grand Bornand, 204km

20 July - Stage 20: Annecy - Annecy Semnoz, 125km

21 July - Stage 21: Versailles - Paris

October 22: The International Cycling Union (UCI), cycling's governing body has agreed with the US Anti-Doping Agency's "reasoned decision" and will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of all results since August 1 1998, including his seven Tour de France championships. UCI president Pat McQuaid said, "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling."

With Armstrong's results removed, how will the Tour handle the vacancies? Tour boss Christian Prudhomme has said he will leave those years (1999 - 2005) open with no winner. That would be in line with the USADA's recommendation since it says 20 of the 21 riders on the podium during that period have been "directly tied to likely doping through admissions, sanctions, public investigations".

Still up: The IOC is examining Armstrong's 2000 Olympic time trial bronze medal. It's likely Armstrong now faces litigation from some of the parties who feel Armstrong defrauded them, including former sponsors, perhaps the U.S. Government and losers from previous lawsuits.

Greg LeMond then, is the last American Tour de France winner.

Full text of the UCI statement:

"The UCI recognises USADA decision in Armstrong case


The UCI has completed its review of USADA’s ‘Reasoned Decision’ and appendices in the case against Lance Armstrong.

The UCI considered the main issues of jurisdiction, the statute of limitation the evidence gathered by USADA and the sanction imposed upon Mr. Armstrong.

The UCI confirms that it will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that it will recognise the sanction that USADA has imposed.

The USADA decision explains how riders on the USPS Team showed no inclination to share the full extent of what they knew until they were subpoenaed or called by federal investigators and that their only reason for telling the truth is because the law required them to do so.

These riders have confronted their past and told their stories. Their accounts of their past provide a shocking insight into the USPS Team where the expression to ‘win at all costs’ was redefined in terms of deceit, intimidation, coercion and evasion.

Their testimony confirms that the anti-doping infrastructure that existed at that time was, by itself, insufficient and inadequate to detect the practices taking place within the team. The UCI has always been the first international sporting federation to embrace new developments in the fight against doping and it regrets that the anti-doping infrastructure that exists today was not available at that time so as to render such evasion impossible.

Many of the USPS Team riders have already acknowledged that the culture of cycling has now changed and that young riders today are no longer confronted with the same choices to use performance enhancing drugs. They are right to do so.

The UCI has recognized the problem of doping within the sport and taken significant steps to confront the problem and to clean up cycling. Today’s riders are subject to the most innovative and effective anti-doping procedures and regulations in sport. Cycling has been a pioneer in the fight against doping in sport under the leadership of the UCI and this role has been recognised by WADA.

Today’s young riders do not deserve to be branded or tarnished by the past or to pay the price for the Armstrong era. Cycling has a future and those who will define that future can be found among the young generation of riders who have chosen to prove that you can compete and win clean. 

Riders who were caught doping continue to do the sport a disservice by protesting that the UCI refused to engage with them. The reality is that these riders never contemplated such action until they were found positive by the UCI, and even then they refused to confess and co-operate with the UCI.

Those riders who made the choice to stop using performance enhancing drugs, and to share their stories to enable the new generation of riders to learn from the mistakes that were made in the past, can continue to support clean cycling.

The role that training and education has to play in discouraging doping at all levels is well recognised by the UCI. The UCI will engage with any rider that is willing to work with them in the fight against doping and interested in establishing what lessons can be learned and applied to its ‘True Champion or Cheat?” programme which is obligatory for all riders subject to anti-doping tests.

This is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads or that it has had to begin anew and to engage in the painful process of confronting its past. It will do so again with renewed vigor and purpose and its stakeholders and fans can be assured that it will find a new path forward.

That process extends beyond the UCI and the anti-doping agencies including WADA, USADA, AFLD and CONI must contribute to it by also examining how many times they tested Lance Armstrong and by providing their own explanation for why he never tested positive in the tests that they respectively conducted.

The UCI tested Tyler Hamilton 40 times and found him positive. It tested Floyd Landis 46 times and found him positive as the winner of the Tour de France. The list of riders that it has found positive does not end there.

The UCI has tested Lance Armstrong 218 times. If Lance Armstrong was able to beat the system then the responsibility for addressing that rests not only with the UCI but also with WADA and all of the other anti-doping agencies who accepted the results.

The UCI supports WADA’s decision to create a working group to examine ‘The Ineffectiveness of the Fight Against Doping in Sport’ and proposes that it commence its work by examining the effectiveness of the system in place to detect the use of performance enhancing substances in cycling.

The UCI is committed to reviewing the environment upon which the sport operates in order to ensure that something like this never happens again. It has convened a special meeting of its Management Committee on Friday, October 26th to begin the process of examining the existing structures and introducing changes to safeguard the future of cycling."

October 21: On Friday, October 19, the great Fiorenzo Magni passed away at the age of 91. Magni was best known for being a relentless attacker. He would bludgeon the field and if it did not submit, he would hit it again and continue beating them until his opponents submitted to his superior force. He won three sequential Tours of Flanders, making him the real "Lion of Flanders".

He also raced with courage. His completion of the 1956 Giro d'Italia under horrific, freezing conditions would be admirable enough. But as the race progressed, Magni suffered a broken humerus and left clavicle. At one point he passed out from the pain. And he still finished second!

But Magni was more than a strong man. He could be a ruthless, brilliant tactician. His set-piece attack in the 1955 Giro that ripped the Pink Jersey from young Gastone Nencini might be the finest-ever piece of race planning.

He was in the Yellow Jersey in the 1950 Tour de France when a grumpy, selfish Gino Bartali insisted that all the Italians abandon the Tour. Bartali thought he had been roughly handled by some spectators and was indignant over the perceived threat. Or perhaps he was resentful over Magni's brilliant riding that was putting Bartali in the shadow. In any case, Magni honored Bartali's request that he quit the Tour. When we interviewed Magni about it, he did not speak a word of resentment over the episode. I hope I can learn to be that gracious.

As if racing powerfully and brilliantly weren't enough, Magni also transformed the economics of professional cycle racing when he signed up Nivea as a sponsor. His previous sponsor, the Ganna bicycle company, couldn't fulfill its contract and Magni knew all the bike companies were under financial stress as the post-war bicycle boom ended. Nivea was from outside the cycling industry and initially the move was fiercely resisted. But the cycling industry of the mid-1950s was in trouble and there really was no other path forward. Today, most of the money financing racing teams comes from "extra-sportif" sponsors.

Finally, Magni was the man behind the beautiful bicycle museum at the top of the Ghisallo, north of Milan.

I feel so fortunate that Signor Magni found time to talk to us in 2006. You can read the full, unedited text of the interview here.

They aren't making them like Fiorenzo Magni any more. He will be missed.

October 12: It was inevitable. RadioShack-Nissan has sacked disgraced director Johan Bruyneel. Let's hope Bruyneel never again finds employment in cycling and that he never again has the opportunity to work with and take advantage of young, ambitious and impressionable people. Here is the posting on the team website.

"News: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 18:15

Leopard SA and Johan Bruyneel end their collaboration.

Acting in mutual agreement, on October 12 Leopard SA and Johan Bruyneel decided to end their collaboration. From this day on, Johan Bruyneel will no longer act in the position of General Manager of cycling team RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK

The Reasoned Decision published by the USADA included a number of testimonies as a result of their investigation. In light of these testimonies, both parties feel it is necessary to make this decision since Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the Team in an efficient and comfortable way.  His departure is desirable to ensure the serenity and cohesiveness within the Team.

RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK wishes to thank Johan Bruyneel for his dedication and devotion since his arrival in the Team.

The USADA investigation does not concern the activities of Mr. Bruyneel while managing the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK Team. Johan Bruyneel contests the validity of the procedure as well as the charges against him."

October 10: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has sent off its "Reasoned Decision" in the Lance Armstrong case to the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying its evidence shows "beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

I've just started looking at the dossier and even after reading Tyler Hamilton's book "The Secret Race", I found myself stunned by sheer nastiness of the U.S Postal program. Levi Leipheimer's affidavit says Armstrong even resorted to sending intimidating texts to Leipheimer's wife after Leipheimer testified.

I'll stop here. Words fail me. Click on the link below and rummage around a bit to make your own decision.

Here's a link to the USADA's statement and supporting materials.
Statement from Slipstream sports

Here is the statement from Travis Tygart, CEO of the USADA:

"Statement released 10-10-12 at 9:30 AM Mountain Time

"October 10, 2012

"Today, we are sending the ‘Reasoned Decision’ in the Lance Armstrong case and supporting information to the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.

"The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming and is in excess of 1000 pages, and includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.

"Together these different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence reveal conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy. All of the material will be made available later this afternoon on the USADA website at

"The USPS Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices. A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today.

"The evidence demonstrates that the ‘Code of Silence’ of performance enhancing drug use in the sport of cycling has been shattered, but there is more to do. From day one, we always hoped this investigation would bring to a close this troubling chapter in cycling’s history and we hope the sport will use this tragedy to prevent it from ever happening again.

"Of course, no one wants to be chained to the past forever, and I would call on the UCI to act on its own recent suggestion for a meaningful Truth and Reconciliation program. While we appreciate the arguments that weigh in favor of and against such a program, we believe that allowing individuals like the riders mentioned today to come forward and acknowledge the truth about their past doping may be the only way to truly dismantle the remaining system that allowed this “EPO and Blood Doping Era” to flourish. Hopefully, the sport can unshackle itself from the past, and once and for all continue to move forward to a better future.

"Our mission is to protect clean athletes by preserving the integrity of competition not only for today’s athletes but also the athletes of tomorrow. We have heard from many athletes who have faced an unfair dilemma — dope, or don’t compete at the highest levels of the sport. Many of them abandoned their dreams and left sport because they refused to endanger their health and participate in doping. That is a tragic choice no athlete should have to make.

"It took tremendous courage for the riders on the USPS Team and others to come forward and speak truthfully. It is not easy to admit your mistakes and accept your punishment. But that is what these riders have done for the good of the sport, and for the young riders who hope to one day reach their dreams without using dangerous drugs or methods.

"These eleven (11) teammates of Lance Armstrong, in alphabetical order, are Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

"The riders who participated in the USPS Team doping conspiracy and truthfully assisted have been courageous in making the choice to stop perpetuating the sporting fraud, and they have suffered greatly. In addition to the public revelations, the active riders have been suspended and disqualified appropriately in line with the rules. In some part, it would have been easier for them if it all would just go away; however, they love the sport, and they want to help young athletes have hope that they are not put in the position they were -- to face the reality that in order to climb to the heights of their sport they had to sink to the depths of dangerous cheating.

"I have personally talked with and heard these athletes’ stories and firmly believe that, collectively, these athletes, if forgiven and embraced, have a chance to leave a legacy far greater for the good of the sport than anything they ever did on a bike.

"Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution. He rejected it.

"Instead he exercised his legal right not to contest the evidence and knowingly accepted the imposition of a ban from recognized competition for life and disqualification of his competitive results from 1998 forward. The entire factual and legal basis on the outcome in his case and the other six active riders’ cases will be provided in the materials made available online later today. Two other members of the USPS Team, Dr. Michele Ferrari and Dr. Garcia del Moral, also received lifetime bans for perpetrating this doping conspiracy.

"Three other members of the USPS Team have chosen to contest the charges and take their cases to arbitration: Johan Bruyneel, the team director; Dr. Pedro Celaya, a team doctor; and Jose “Pepe” Marti, the team trainer. These three individuals will receive a full hearing before independent judges, where they will have the opportunity to present and confront the evidence, cross-examine witnesses and testify under oath in a public proceeding.

"From day one in this case, as in every potential case, the USADA Board of Directors and professional staff did the job we are mandated to do for clean athletes and the integrity of sport. We focused solely on finding the truth without being influenced by celebrity or non-celebrity, threats, personal attacks or political pressure because that is what clean athletes deserve and demand.”"

Statement from Slipstream Sports

Following, in alphabetical order, are statements from Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie, along with a statement from Slipstream Sports.

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a professional cyclist. It

has always been my dream. Along the road to following my dream, I've had several ups and downs, but I stuck with it because I love the sport. I never set out thinking I would cross a line, I set out simply wanting to compete, to race my bike and do what I love. And that is exactly what I did, clean. Then, after years of doing things the right way, I was presented with a choice that to me, did not feel like a choice at all. In the environment that I was in, it felt like something I had to do in order to continue following my dream. I crossed the line and that is something I will always be sorry for. I accept responsibility for my choices and apologize to everyone in my life for them – in and out of the sport.

When I heard about the team Jonathan Vaughters was creating, I knew that his

team was exactly what cycling needed – it was exactly what I needed and I

wanted to be a part of it. Even though I made the choice to compete clean before Slipstream’s inception, I’ve seen both worlds, and I believe that today, cycling is in a good place, and that organizations like Slipstream have helped change the sport. I believe, too, that it's time to confront cycling’s past, so that we can continue to build its future. That’s what I’ve done, and I promise it's what I’ll continue to do.


I love cycling, it is and always has been a huge part of who I am. As the son of a track cycling Olympian I was practically born on the bike and my dream, ever since I can remember, was always to be a professional cyclist. I have failed and I have succeeded in one of the most humbling sports in the world. And today is the most humbling moment of my life.

As a young pro rider I competed drug free, not winning but holding my own and achieving decent results. Then, one day, I was presented with a choice that to me, at the time, seemed like the only way to continue to follow my dream at the highest level of the sport. I gave in and crossed the line, a decision that I deeply regret. I was wrong to think I didn’t have a choice – the fact is that I did, and I chose wrong. I won races before doping and after doping. Ironically, I never won while doping, I was more or less just treading water. This does not make it ok. I saw the line and I crossed it, myself. I am deeply sorry for the decisions I made in the past -- to my family, my fans, my peers, to the sport that I love and those in and out of it – I’m sorry. I always will be.

I decided to change what I was doing and started racing clean again well before Slipstream, but I chose to come to Slipstream because I believed in its unbending mission of clean sport. Today, I am proud of the steps that I and cycling have have made to improve the future of the sport that I love so much. I am proud to be a part of an organization that implemented a no-needle policy. I am proud that I published my blood values for all of the world to see after almost reaching the podium at the 2008 Tour de France; showing first and foremost myself that it was possible to and then, confirming it for the rest of the world. I continue to be proud of the strides the sport has taken to clean itself up, and the actions our organization has taken to help shape the sport that I love.

We’re in a good place now, young riders of the new generation have not had to face the choices that I did, and this needs to continue. By looking at the mistakes of cycling’s history, we have an opportunity to continue to shape its future.

I’m very sorry for the mistakes I made in my past and I know that forgiveness is a lot to ask for. I know that I have to earn it and I will try, every day, to deserve it – as I have, every day, since making the choice to compete clean. I will never give up on this sport, and I will never stop fighting for its future.


Cycling was a refuge for me. Long, hard training rides were cathartic and provided an escape from the difficult home life associated with a parent with an addiction. My father had a long history of substance use and addiction. Seeing what happened to my father from his substance abuse, I vowed never to take drugs. I viewed cycling as a healthy and wholesome outlet that would keep me far away from a world I abhorred.

In 1996, soon after joining a local cycling club and winning a state championship, I qualified to participate in training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. After winning the GP Des Nation under 23 category in 2000, I was invited onto a pro-level team. Ironically, the sport I had turned to for escaping drugs turned out to be rampant with doping. I chose not to focus on that. I was young, everyone was telling me I had a great future – and I knew I could do it clean. From the beginning, I always had.

After distinguishing myself in an important race, management presented me with drugs and instructed me on how to proceed. I was devastated. I was shocked. I had never used drugs and never intended to. I questioned, I resisted, but in the end, I felt cornered and succumbed to the pressure. After one week I stopped. I subsequently succumbed in less than a handful of confined instances never making it a systematic part of my training practices or race routines. But it happened and I couldn’t be sorrier. It was a violation – a violation not only of the code I was subject to, but my personal and moral compass that I had set out to follow. I accept full responsibility and was happy to come forward and tell USADA my whole story; I want to do my share to help bring this entire issue to the fore and ensure a safe, healthy, and clean future for cycling.

I returned to being 100% clean long before the Anti-Doping Commitment was issued for riders to sign in 2007. I was one of the first to sign. I embraced complete transparency. When Slipstream surfaced I was eager to join for all that it stands for and its unwavering commitment to clean cycling. I only wish a team like this had existed when I was a neo pro. Cycling started out as a refuge for me and I want to play my part in making it the sport I had always hoped it would be and know that it can be.


We created Slipstream Sports because we wanted to create a team where cyclists could compete 100% clean. We understood cycling’s history and we were determined to create a different environment for riders; to give them a place to come where they did not have to make the difficult and heartbreaking choices of the past. We built our organization based on the core values of honesty, fairness and optimism. We built it on the belief in our ability to contribute to changing the sport's future through a persistent commitment to the present. We implemented the most progressive independent anti-doping system in all of professional sport and the first-ever no needle policy in professional cycling. We made anti-doping not just a strict policy and mission, but part of every conversation.

Today, we are very encouraged to see the incredible strides cycling has taken to clean itself up. But, while it is important to acknowledge pride in the fact that cycling has never been cleaner, we find ourselves at a critical moment in cycling's evolution: confronting its history.

The founding concepts of Slipstream Sports were put in place for riders committed to competing clean during their time at Slipstream Sports. Every athlete who comes to us knows exactly who we are and what we stand for and when they come here, they make the choice to compete 100 percent clean.

While Christian, David and Tom made their mistakes the better part of a decade ago, they also made the choice to stop. To change what they were doing. To face the past, in their own way, and to start competing clean. In January 2008, they made another important choice – the choice to join our organization – because they believed in our mission and wanted a better future for the sport they love.

They have made another brave choice, to speak honestly and openly with the appropriate authorities, to confront their own pasts and cycling’s past and to accept the consequences, all in a continued effort to help the sport evolve.

Nothing can erase what has happened in cycling’s history, but we can learn from it. We can look back and say: never again. We can look forward to the crop of young athletes coming up not just on our team but on other teams and have confidence that the future of the sport is here.

Slipstream Sports, the small team that took to the Pro Tour ranks in 2008 with a huge anti-doping mission continues to help shape cycling’s future. We have consistently placed riders in the top ten of the Tour de France every year since our inception, clean. In 2011, we won Paris-Roubix, clean. We won our first Grand Tour in 2012, clean. We won the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, clean. But for Slipstream, its never been about winning. The real victory is showing the world that clean sport is a reality, and we are devoted to it. We firmly believe that these moments, and all the moments where we don’t win, but animate racing around the world, speak volumes about where the sport is today. Cycling has never been cleaner and we will work, every day, to help it continue to progress.

We support and believe in Christian, David and Tom one hundred percent. By coming forward and sharing their history, they have lived up to the promise that we as an organization made to the world when we founded Slipstream. We hope that fans and sponsors throughout the world can understand that despite the mistakes they made in their pasts, they are a critical part of the future. We hope you can believe, as we do, that this step, while painful, contributes to building a better future.

October 1.

Final 2012 World Tour ranking after Giro di Lombardia


  1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha): 692 points
  2. Bradley Wiggins (Sky): 601
  3. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 410
  4. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas): 400
  5. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): 394
  6. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge): 390
  7. Christopher Froome (Sky): 376
  8. Peter Sagen (Liquigas): 351
  9. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel): 332
  10. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa: 309
  11. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff): 290
  12. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky): 241
  13. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp): 237
  14. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol): 237
  15. Rigoberto Uran (Sky): 199
  16. Michael Rogers (Sky): 194
  17. Bauke Mollema (Rabobank): 194
  18. Sergio Henao (Sky): 194
  19. Roman Kreuziger (Astana): 189
  20. Damiano Cunego (Lampre): 184
  21. Michele Scarponi (Lampre): 184
  22. Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge): 183
  23. Cadel Evans (BMC): 182
  24. Oscar Freire (Katusha): 181
  25. Moreno Moser (Liquigas): 175
  26. Alessandro Ballan (BMC): 172
  27. André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol): 162
  28. Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 160
  29. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC): 160
  30. Enrico Gasparotto (Astana): 150
  31. Lars Boom (Rabobank): 148
  32. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp): 145
  33. Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank): 143
  34. Fabian Cancellara (Radio Shack): 134
  35. Thomas De Gendt (Rabobank): 134
  36. Robert Gesink (Rabobank): 134
  37. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp): 132
  38. Mark Cavendish (Sky): 128
  39. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky): 122
  40. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC): 121
  41. Christopher Horner (Radio Shack-Nissan): 120
  42. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r): 120
  43. Matthew Harley Goss (Orica-GreenEdge): 114
  44. Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 113
  45. Philippe Gilbert (BMC): 112
  46. Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha): 110
  47. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 108
  48. Janex Brajkovic (Astana): 106
  49. Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol): 104
  50. Daniel Moreno (KAtusha): 104


  1. Sky: 1,691 points
  2. Katusha: 1,273
  3. Liquigas: 1,178
  4. Omega Pharma-Quick Step: 1,066
  5. Movistar: 941
  6. Orica-GreenEdge: 920
  7. BMC: 917
  8. Rabobank: 799
  9. Garmin-sharp: 694
  10. Lotto-Belisol: 625
  11. Astana: 622
  12. Radio Shack-Nissan: 619
  13. Euskaltel: 555
  14. Lampre: 431
  15. Saxo-Tinkoff: 385
  16. Vacansoleil: 343
  17. Ag2r: 273
  18. FDJ-Big Mat: 246


  1. Spain: 1,889 points
  2. Great Britain: 1,163
  3. Italy: 1,115
  4. Belgium: 1,104
  5. Australia: 962
  6. Netherlands: 733
  7. United States: 530
  8. Colombia: 404
  9. Portugal: 401
  10. Norway: 373
  11. France:: 367
  12. Slovakia: 361
  13. Switzerland: 357
  14. Germany: 341
  15. Canada: 274
  16. Slovenia: 211
  17. Czech Republic: 195
  18. Ireland: 195
  19. Poland: 189
  20. Russia: 163
  21. Denmark: 124
  22. Kazakhstan: 122
  23. Luxembourg: 90
  24. Croatia: 77
  25. Austria: 51
  26. Belarus: 50
  27. Sweden: 36
  28. Argentina: 22
  29. Costa Rica: 20
  30. South Africa: 12
  31. Lithuania: 10
  32. Estonia: 6
  33. New Zealand: 5
  34. Ukraine: 2
  35. Brazil: 1