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Stage 4 - July 11: Huy - Verdun, 215 km

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A Karmic Retour

By Tim Maloney

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Laurent Jalabert
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This morning in the Village Depart at the start of Stage 4 in Huy, Belgium, a smiling Laurent Jalabert gave his CSC-Tiscali cap to an adoring 6 year old fan. Perhaps the good karma earned from Jaja's friendly gesture was repaid 5 hours later with his emotional stage win as the Tour De France returned home to finish in Verdun, sacred ground for France where some of the most violent trench warfare and artillery battles of WW1 took place. Like French hero Marshall Joffre, Jalabert told his final breakaway companion Ludo Dierckxsens "Verdun, on ne passé pas" and took the sprint win just ahead of the fast closing peloton.

Australian Stuart O'Grady kept his Maillot Jaune for a second day, although it was touch and go for a while during the final phase of Stage 4, as Jalabert, only 39 seconds behind the Credit Agricole rider, had gained over 1.15 with 30km to race in the winning break. The blue poilus of Bonjour began to ride a hard chase for their sprinter Damien Nazon and closed the gap on Jaja to only 7 seconds by the finish. With O'Grady in Yellow, Credit Agricole will start last in tomorrow's Stage 5 67km team time trial.

It was a cool, windy day that took the peloton due south to France through the southernmost spur of the Ardennes Mountains and eventually in to Somme Valley, the crucible of France's WW1 trench warfare hell. The battle heated up on the roads of Le Tour as strong side winds buffeted the peloton from the right, the heavy roads took their first toll with the abandon of Fassa Bortolo's Francesco Casagrande in the first hour. Lanky Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour) won all of the KOM's early on to capture the Maillot Pois of the Best Climber and eventually his best efforts drove clear a break of 9 at the 52km mark, including Bobby Julich (Credit Agricole), Luis Perez (Festina), Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) and Udo Bölts (Deutsche Telekom).

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The break
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Across the corrugated south Belgian terrain, the 9 riders cruised away from the uninterested peloton. The inattention of the main bunch and the eager break quickly put major time on the timing moto's blackboard. After 27km of freedom at the 79km mark, the 9 riders had 10.10 and in the feed zone at the 90km mark, USPS began to chase along with ONCE. Since neither team had riders up front, they had to fire their heavy artillery despite looking to save themselves for tomorrow's difficult team time trial. And Lance Armstrong was certainly not about to let his old rival and former team-mate Bobby Julich, a man who finished third in the '97 Tour, gain any time.

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Postal pursues
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The wind, heavy roads, tough rolling terrain through primeval pine forests and hard chase by USPS and ONCE began to take casualties quickly. The chase split the peloton into three echelons and the battle was on across southern Belgium and into France. Despite their best efforts, the 9 riders simply couldn't resist the onslaught of the inexorable chase by USPS and ONCE. After a hectic 55km chase just before the French border, the break was caught and radio course declared "echapee terminee."

The two front echelons merged soon after the break was caught and although that battle was won, the war was not over. The now 70-strong front group didn't relent; they kept their infernal pace towards the finish in Verdun, as if to punish the riders left behind. And punish they did as the final gap between the front group and almost half the peloton was 18.08.

As the race passed the WW1 ossuary in Douaumont, site of perhaps France's bloodiest fighting, Jalabert, Dierckxsens and Mancebo (iBanesto.com), Best Young Rider in last year's Tour had escaped the grip of the peloton and were headed to Verdun. Mancebo was re-absorbed by the chase in the last few kilometres, but Jalabert sprinted in for the win in front of his ecstatic countryman for yet another moment of French glory in this year's Tour De France.

Results

1 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali                   5.17.49 (40.6km/h)
2 Ludo Dierckxens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
3 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour 0.07
4 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites
5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
6 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Festina
7 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin
8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
9 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
10 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
11 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
12 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom
13 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
14 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
15 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
16 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com
17 Nicki Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali
18 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina
19 Matteo Tossato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
20 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
21 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
22 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
23 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux
24 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
25 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
26 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
27 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
28 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina
29 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
30 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service
31 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
32 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
33 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Telekom
34 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
35 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
36 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
37 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
38 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com
39 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
40 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
41 José Vicente Garcia-Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com
42 Angel Casero (Spa) Festina
43 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
44 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
45 Viatjeslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service
46 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service
47 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service
48 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
49 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service
50 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service
51 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Telekom
52 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
53 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
54 Walter Bénéteau (Fra) Bonjour
55 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com
56 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
57 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Française Des Jeux
58 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com
59 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
60 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
61 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Telekom
62 Inigo Chaureau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
63 Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
64 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
65 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom
66 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service
67 Kevin Livingston (USA), Telekom
68 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski
69 Luis Perez (Spa) Festina
70 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
71 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Telekom
72 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
73 Carlos Sastre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
74 Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom
75 José Angel Vidal (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
76 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
77 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) Bonjour
78 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0.20
79 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour 1.01
80 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 5.58
81 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour
82 Nikolai Bo Larsen (Den) CSC - Tiscali
83 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service 7.26
84 Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Bonjour
85 Francisco Cerezo (Spa) CSC - Tiscali 13.32
86 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
87 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 14.21
88 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
89 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
90 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
91 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
92 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
93 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Française Des Jeux 18.01
94 Rolf Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali 18.08
95 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
96 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis
97 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC - Tiscali
98 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat Auber 93
99 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali
100 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis
101 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
102 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
103 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Française Des Jeux
104 Jacob Piil (Den) CSC - Tiscali
105 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
106 Inigo Cuesta (Spa), Cofidis
107 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
108 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
109 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
110 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Française Des Jeux
111 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
112 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
113 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
114 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
115 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
116 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour
117 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
118 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Française Des Jeux
119 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R-Prevoyance
120 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank
121 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis
122 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
123 Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
124 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
125 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
126 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank
127 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites
128 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom
129 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
130 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
131 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
132 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
133 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
134 Felix Garcia-Casas (Spa) Festina
135 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
136 Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
137 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
138 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
139 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
140 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
141 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
142 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) Lotto-Adecco
143 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
144 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
145 Angel Castresana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
146 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin
147 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
148 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina
149 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina
150 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
151 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
152 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole
153 Denis Mentchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
154 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
155 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
156 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
157 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
158 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
159 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com
160 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
161 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
162 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service
163 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites
164 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
165 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites
166 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux
167 Jérome Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
168 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance
169 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
170 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com
171 Stéphane Bergès (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
172 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
173 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux
174 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
175 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R-Prevoyance
176 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
177 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
178 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 19.32
179 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour
180 Eddy Seigneur (Fra), Jean Delatour
181 Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
182 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance
183 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
184 Marcellino Garcia (Spa) CSC - Tiscali
185 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
Points
  1 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 35 pts 2 Ludo Dierckxens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 30 3 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour 26 4 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites 24 5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 22 6 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Festina 20 7 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin 19 8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 18 9 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 17 10 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 16 11 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour 15 12 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom 14 13 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 13 14 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 12 15 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank 11 16 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com 10 17 Nicki Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali 9 18 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina 8 19 Matteo Tossato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 7 20 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 6 21 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 5 22 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 4 23 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 3 24 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 2 25 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1   Sprints   Ciney - 28km   1 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux 6 pts 2 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 4 3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 2   Florenville - 125km   1 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 6 pts 2 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 4 3 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 2   Damvillers - 175.5km   1 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 6 pts 2 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom 4 3 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 2   Mountains   Côte de Celles - 43km   1 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 5 pts 2 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 3 3 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1   Côte de la Marquisette - 46.5km   1 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 5 pts 2 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 3 3 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1   Ave-et-Auffe - 59km   1 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 5 pts 2 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 3 3 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1   Côte de Redu - 72km   1 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 10 pts 2 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 7 3 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 5 4 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole 3 5 Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom 1   Teams   1 Fassa Bortolo 15.53.48 2 Festina 3 Bonjour 4 Lotto-Adecco 5 Credit Agricole 6 Domo-Farm Frites 7 Kelme-Costa Blanca 8 iBanesto.com 9 Team Deutsche Telekom 10 Rabobank 11 Mapei-Quick Step 12 ONCE-Eroski 13 US Postal Service 14 Francaise Des Jeux 0.13 15 CSC - Tiscali 5.44 16 Bigmat - Auber 93 14.14 17 Jean Delatour 14.14 18 Lampre - Daikin 17.54 19 Ag2R Prevoyance 32.15 20 Euskaltel - Euskadi 32.15 21 Cofidis 45.40   Combativity   1 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 17 pts 2 Ludo Dierckxens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 8 3 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 5 3 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole 5 3 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com 5 6 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 4 7 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 3 7 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 3 9 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2 9 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 2 9 Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom 2 12 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 1 12 José Angel Vidal (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1 12 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 1 12 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Telekom 1   Young rider   1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin 5.17.56 2 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 3 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina 4 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com 5 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 6 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Française Des Jeux 7 Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 8 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service 9 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 11 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour 5.51 12 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 14.14 13 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Française Des Jeux 17.54 14 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 15 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 16 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 17 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Française Des Jeux 18 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin 19 Denis Mentchov (Rus) iBanesto.com 20 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux 21 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance 22 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com 23 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis 24 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 19.25 25 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin   General Classification after stage 4   1 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 19.32.49 2 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 0.18 3 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina 0.23 4 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole 0.26 5 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.26 6 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole 0.27 7 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 0.27 8 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Telekom 0.30 9 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina 0.30 10 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 0.33 11 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.36 12 Carlos Sastre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.37 13 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 0.39 14 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour 0.39 15 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 0.39 16 Angel Casero (Spa) Festina 0.39 17 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.40 18 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 0.41 19 Matteo Tossato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.42 20 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Telekom 0.42 21 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service 0.44 22 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 0.45 23 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com 0.45 24 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 0.46 25 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 0.46 26 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 0.48 27 Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.49 28 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.52 29 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com 0.53 30 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.54 31 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com 0.55 32 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Telekom 0.55 33 Luis Perez (Spa) Festina 0.56 34 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com 0.57 35 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.59 36 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 1.00 37 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 1.01 38 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1.01 39 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 1.02 40 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 1.03 41 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites 1.03 42 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 1.05 43 Walter Bénéteau (Fra) Bonjour 1.06 44 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service 1.08 45 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com 1.09 46 José Angel Vidal (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1.11 47 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) Bonjour 1.13 48 Kevin Livingston (USA), Telekom 1.13 49 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 1.14 50 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 1.14 51 Inigo Chaureau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1.15 52 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour 1.15 53 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Française Des Jeux 1.16 54 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom 1.52 55 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom 2.42 56 Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom 3.04 57 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service 3.31 58 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 5.48 59 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service 5.48 60 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Festina 5.57 61 José Vicente Garcia-Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com 6.01 62 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 6.06 63 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 6.10 64 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin 6.57 65 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service 7.12 66 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 7.21 67 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 7.40 68 Nicki Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali 7.45 69 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Telekom 7.51 70 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 8.01 71 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour 8.16 72 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service 10.47 73 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour 11.38 74 Viatjeslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service 11.50 75 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 11.57 76 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 12.13 77 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank 12.19 78 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 12.45 79 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites 13.26 80 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis 14.25 81 Francisco Cerezo (Spa) CSC - Tiscali 14.51 82 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis 15.16 83 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour 15.16 84 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 15.31 85 Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Bonjour 15.35 86 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour 16.14 87 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 16.23 88 Ludo Dierckxens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 17.25 89 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 17.50 90 Nikolai Bo Larsen (Den) CSC - Tiscali 18.21 91 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 18.25 92 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom 18.30 93 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 18.47 94 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Française Des Jeux 18.49 95 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis 18.49 96 Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 18.50 97 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Française Des Jeux 18.53 98 Inigo Cuesta (Spa), Cofidis 18.54 99 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis 18.55 100 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 18.56 101 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis 19.00 102 Felix Garcia-Casas (Spa) Festina 19.01 103 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Française Des Jeux 19.03 104 Jacob Piil (Den) CSC - Tiscali 19.03 105 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 19.04 106 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco 19.04 107 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 19.05 108 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 19.05 109 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina 19.06 110 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 19.08 111 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com 19.12 112 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 19.14 113 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis 19.14 114 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R-Prevoyance 19.15 115 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 19.15 116 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour 19.21 117 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 19.21 118 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole 19.27 119 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com 19.36 120 Angel Castresana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 20.14 121 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance 20.45 122 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 22.02 123 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 22.43 124 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat Auber 93 23.12 125 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole 23.26 126 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC - Tiscali 23.57 127 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 24.03 128 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour 24.04 129 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin 24.05 130 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 24.06 131 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 24.06 132 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 24.07 133 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 24.20 134 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 24.33 135 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole 24.33 136 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin 24.37 137 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina 24.49 138 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R-Prevoyance 24.59 139 Denis Mentchov (Rus) iBanesto.com 25.01 140 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 25.08 141 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites 25.24 142 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 25.33 143 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 25.34 144 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank 25.40 145 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank 25.40 146 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis 25.45 147 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance 26.02 148 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 26.17 149 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi 26.19 150 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour 26.41 151 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour 26.50 152 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole 27.06 153 Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 27.36 154 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux 28.08 155 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux 29.41 156 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 29.45 157 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 29.49 158 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina 29.49 159 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites 30.06 160 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites 30.17 161 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 30.21 162 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 30.32 163 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 30.52 164 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 31.00 165 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 31.17 166 Jérome Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour 31.18 167 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service 31.31 168 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour 32.24 169 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 32.33 170 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank 33.50 171 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Française Des Jeux 33.52 172 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 33.54 173 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 34.07 174 Eddy Seigneur (Fra), Jean Delatour 34.12 175 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) Lotto-Adecco 34.41 176 Rolf Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali 36.11 177 Stéphane Bergès (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 36.32 178 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin 37.07 179 Marcellino Garcia (Spa) CSC - Tiscali 37.45 180 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 39.05 181 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 39.34 182 Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step 39.46 183 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step 40.08 184 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 40.13 185 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis 42.12   Points classification after stage 4   1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom 75 pts 2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 69 3 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin 49 4 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R-Prevoyance 47 5 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour 46 6 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 45 7 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Festina 44 8 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour 42 9 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 41 10 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina 38 11 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 35 12 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 35 13 Ludo Dierckxens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 32 14 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 32 15 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Française Des Jeux 30 16 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina 30 17 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites 30 18 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco 30 19 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 30 20 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 26 21 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Française Des Jeux 26 22 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 26 23 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 26 24 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 26 25 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Telekom 25 26 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites 24 27 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 24 28 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin 23 29 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank 21 30 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 20 31 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 20 32 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 19 33 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole 19 34 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 18 35 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour 18 36 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom 18 37 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank 18 38 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites 17 39 Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 17 40 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 16 41 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 16 42 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis 16 43 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 16 44 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 16 45 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux 16 46 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 15 47 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole 15 48 Matteo Tossato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 15 49 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 13 50 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) Lotto-Adecco 13 51 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 13 52 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 12 53 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole 12 54 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 11 55 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11 56 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com 10 57 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis 10 58 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 10 59 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour 10 60 Nicki Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali 9 61 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com 9 62 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 8 63 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 8 64 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour 7 65 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina 6 66 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 6 67 Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Bonjour 6 68 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat Auber 93 6 69 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour 6 70 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 6 71 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 5 72 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 5 73 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 5 74 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 5 75 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 4 76 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 4 77 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 4 78 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 4 79 Carlos Sastre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 2 80 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 2 81 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance 2 82 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1 83 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC - Tiscali 1   Mountains classification after stage 4   1 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 28 pts 2 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 26 3 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 10 4 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux 10 5 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 8 6 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 7 7 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 7 8 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 7 9 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 7 10 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour 6 11 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 5 12 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis 5 13 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 5 14 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Telekom 4 15 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole 3 16 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 3 17 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 3 18 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 2 19 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1 20 Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom 1 21 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Telekom 1   Teams classification after stage 4   1 Credit Agricole 58.39.27 2 Festina 0.10 3 ONCE-Eroski 0.39 4 US Postal Service 0.46 5 Kelme-Costa Blanca 0.49 6 Mapei-Quick Step 1.04 7 Lotto-Adecco 1.06 8 Telekom 1.07 9 Fassa Bortolo 1.23 10 Française Des Jeux 1.29 11 Bonjour 1.31 12 iBanesto.com 1.33 13 Domo-Farm Frites 5.23 14 CSC-Tiscali 7.27 15 Rabobank 12.27 16 Jean Delatour 15.31 17 Bigmat-Auber 93 15.49 18 Lampre-Daikin 29.46 19 Ag2r Prevoyance 33.37 20 Euskaltel - Euskadi 34.20 21 Cofidis 47.15   Combativity classification after stage 4   1 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux 30 pts 2 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 22 3 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 22 4 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali 21 5 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour 21 6 Ludo Dierckxens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 14 7 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole 10 8 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 6 9 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole 5 10 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour 5 11 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com 5 12 Matteo Tossato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4 13 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 4 14 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 4 15 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 4 16 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 4 17 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 3 18 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 3 19 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole 3 20 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 3 21 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites 2 22 Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom 2 23 Nicki Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali 2 24 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour 2 25 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 2 26 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 2 27 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 2 28 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 1 29 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Telekom 1 30 José Angel Vidal (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1 31 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 1 32 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 1 33 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1 34 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 1 35 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 1 36 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 1 37 Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 1 38 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 1 39 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance 1 40 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 1   Best young rider after stage 4   1 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina 19.33.19 2 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 0.11 3 Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 0.19 4 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.24 5 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com 0.25 6 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 0.31 7 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Française Des Jeux 0.46 8 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service 5.18 9 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 5.36 10 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin 6.27 11 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour 11.08 12 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 15.53 13 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Française Des Jeux 18.23 14 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 18.34 15 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com 18.42 16 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin 24.07 17 Denis Mentchov (Rus) iBanesto.com 24.31 18 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance 25.32 19 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux 27.38 20 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 29.19 21 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93 30.22 22 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 32.03 23 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Française Des Jeux 33.22 24 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin 36.37 25 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis 41.42

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