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45th Vuelta al Pais Vasco - PT

Spain, April 4-8, 2005

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Stage 2 - April 5: Zarautz - La Lejana-Trapagaran, 166 km

Oso Ondo! ["very Good" in Basque]

By Martin Hardie

David Moncoutie (Cofidis)
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David Moncoutié of Cofidis took a gripping finale to today's key stage to the top of La Lejana. Moncoutié beat Aitor Osa in a tense slow motion 'sprint' over the final hundred metres's 18 percent plus ramps. Osa, who won the Itzulia back in 2002 now takes the overall leader's jersey. Danilo Di Luca, who finished three seconds behind the pair and was accompanied by Patrice Halgand and Davide Rebbelin now has to make do with wearing the points classification jersey. Iban Mayoz did enough today to keep the meta volantes lead and Ion Bru of Kaiku took over the mountains jersey.

Although the day went to Cofidis and the Illes Balears team, the scene was set in many ways by the aggressive style of the young Basque squad, Kaiku. Bru was involved in the day's first adventure with Moncoutié's teammate Bingen Fernández. Ricardo Serrano, who attacked strongly to set the scene for yesterday's havoc on the Garate did the same again today and almost managed to hang on till the last with Osa and Moncoutié. Bru said after the race that the team "was satisfied with the way we are going. It is important for us as a young team to ride well at home and to try hard to make an impression, important for us and for our sponsor." Kaiku, who produce some of the creamiest milk around, have taken a gamble with a young squad who are slowly making their mark in the Pro Tour's continental league and this outing is for them one of the year's most important. Quite possibly, Bru or Serrano could have milked a grand victory for Kaiku today, but alas that was not meant to be.

How it unfolded

The peloton rides
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The stage was nervous from the gun with numerous attempts to escape but none successful until another of the young milkmen, Andoni Aranaga got away just before the day's second climb, the Arieto. He soon formed a group with Bingen Fernandez (Cofidis) and his teammate Ion Bru. They quickly started to build a gap. Behind, a surprise move by Euskaltel's Iban Mayo was quickly neutralised by the peloton even though he is said to be suffering from flu and well over a minute down, nobody was going to allow him to have any freedom. Heading into Bilbao the trio had got their gap up over four minutes as behind Liquigas undertook the duties of controlling the pace, which was not slow as the first two hours were done at an average of 47km/h. Soon after, Bingen Fernández achieved every Bizkaian's dream when he was the first past the Meta Volante banner at Athletic Bilbao's myhtical home ground, San Mames, while Aranaga and Bru followed as they had something else in mind.

As the course left the Bizkaian capital, which is built allover the steep slopes of the River Nervion's valleys, it hit the narrow rural roads that lead to the climb of La Arboleda. Bru had conserved his lactics for here and he went about putting on a pace that that Fernández couldn't follow. The cloudy day started to turn sunny as he milked an advantage of 1.50. La Arboleda is only a 4.2 km climb that averages 8.33 percent, but kicks in much harder than that on a number of its ramps. Its main difficulty is the narrow road that leads to it and that snakes up the side of the mount.

As the peloton neared the narrowing roads behind, the contendors all looked to find a perfect position so as not lose time. Euskaltel's Iker Camano, commented before the stage that the ascent of La Arboleda, was going to be "tricky". "It is a tricky stage... and I think it is going to decide the Vuelta together with the final stage and the time trial. Position will be fundamental. The most strategic point is at Putxetas, (at the foot of the climb to La Arboleda). You have to have your feet on the ground because it is not going to be possible for 200 riders to enter onto this road at once. Once the first rider gets to the top, I am sure the last one will not have commenced the climb. most know this place but if you come there at the back it will be very hard. And to top it off you have the finish on top of La Lejana!"

David Moncoutie (Cofidis)
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The jostling for the turn on to the climb proved fatal for Camano's teammate Egoi Martinez who fell, along with Davitamon-Lottos's Serge Baguet. Both had to retire, Martinez we were told by Julian Gorospe with a suspected broken collar bone. Ruggero Borghi (Domina Vacanze) soon followed them to the showers when he jumped off on the climb. The peloton hit the hill in indian file, Fernández and Aranaga were quickly swept up, whilst Bru, ahead, reached the summit holding his gap at 1.35. Eladio Jiménez (Kelme) and Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) led the peloton over the top and from here on in was roller coaster ride until the final eight kilometre climb to La Lejana.

As the race progressed, the head of affairs in the peloton was guarded by Pellizotti, Garzelli, Noe and Cioni, with Di Luca tucked in their safety. Bru continued to hold his lead thru Muskiz and towards the Alto de Cobaron - could he hang on? Could Bru milk a win for Kaiku? The problem was that behind him, as his gap fell to around a minute, the attcaks started one after another with riders trying to steal a march before the Cobaron, which winds up a steep little road through eucalyptus close to the beach. Sevila, Pasamontes, Danileson all had their turns. All of this action quickly cut Bru's lead down and it dissappeared as the succession of attacks were met with reaction after reaction after reaction. Communitat Valenicia's David Muñoz actually made it across to Bru and the pair were left to hang out in full view of the following bunch. Then Camano, Jalabert, Cunego and Arvesen all started to mix it up. The front of the peloton was alive with attempts on the short litle beast of a climb. Szmyd (Lampre), Arvesen (CSC) and Sevilla (T-Mobile) crested first as Bru's day had been brought to its conclusion.

Averesen was joined by Laurent Lefevre (Bouygues Telecom) on the descent. Avezedo was also trying to get involved but couldn't stick in. Arvesen and Lefreve started to hold a lead that never really got out to more than 30 seconds, and their short lived escapade ended on a nasty crest heading back inland. Into the last ten kilomters, Rabobank swarmed over the front of the race, seemingly looking to launch Menchov on the final mountain. As they started the ascent still in the town of Trapagaran, David Blanco attacked on a curve as the buildings turned to forest. He was soon followed by Rabobank's Peter Weening, who just kept on going leaving Blanco stuck out by himself. Weening started to make a nice gap. Blanco in between was being haunted by the likes of Cunego, Rassmussen, Rebellin and Moncoutié all mixing it up. With five km to go a Oscar Pereiro was dragging a grupetto, Azevedo, Halgand, Vinokourov, Contador, Etxaberria and a lone Kaiku were visible. Weening, who wondered about the birthday present he might give himself today, had 15 seconds on them as they all seemed to just be looking at each other. It was perfect for the little guy to make the move. Ricardo Serrano, who had exploded the race on the Garate yesterday, jumped. The others looked at each other again. Ricardo who seems to have an enourmous burst of power on these climbs was with Weening in a blink of the eye. The only one to react from behind was Valencia's strong man Carlos Garcis Quesada. Serrano and Weening had 16 seconds on Garcia Quesada and behind there was left agroup of six or so - Aitor Osa, Oscar Pereiro, Alberto Contador were identifiable.

Aitor Osa (Illes Balears)
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With three km to the summit Aitor Osa just stood up and said goodbye, dropping them all without a second thought. Through the switchbacks he rapidly made his way to the leading pair and the three had 12 seconds on the others. As Osa sat in, Moncoutié who must have been there as well decided he had enough of the staring out. Vicioso and Cunego tried but couldn't make the distance. Just before the one kilometre banner Moncoutié reached the leading trio. Behind it was still an attack-fest! Weening led them into the narrow section were the crowd closed right in, its was steep 16 - 18 percent and more, Moncoutié countered, Osa left them and Moncoutié, well he countered again. Serrano hung in as long as he could but it became mano a mano, shoulder to shoulder, almost slow motion through the final hundreds of metres. Behind those that thought they should be in it were swarming again, all over the road in a slow, steep, sprint trying to cle them in. Moncoutié got it, just! And Osa had the lead "for consolation".

"I got into the break and went every time it split but still I didn't have the strength when we got to the finish," Osa said after the stage. "I know it is important to take the leader's jersey, but it is always nice to win like Moncoutié has done today. I was a bit disspointed with second position. It is always a pain to come second. I am not sure what will happen now. I am not going to launch a flying campaign. You have to go day by day, because the enemies have the shadows. Rebellin, Di Luca, to cite just a few. Nothing is clear."

They say, the Itzulia will come down to the last day. It usually does. But there are still enough encounters that can break the race and a rider before Friday to mix it up some more. And tomorrow, as it heads up onto the plateau of Araba, I seem to have in the back of mind a stage that is identical to the one we have this Thursday when a dare devil descent, on snow affected roads, saw Osa pick up more than enough time to hold off the Itzulia's perennial bridegroom, David Etxebarria to give Eusebio Unzue's boys their first win in 11 years. I wonder if they will try it again? But first we have to get up the plateau to Vitoria, a stage that generally works well for a bunch finish.

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Results

1 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone           3.52.56
2 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      0.01
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  0.03
4 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
6 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                 0.06
7 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                        0.08
8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
9 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.13
10 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        0.15
11 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
12 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
14 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
15 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    0.18
16 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                  0.19
17 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                             0.21
18 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step
19 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
20 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
21 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
22 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
23 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
24 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
25 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
26 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.26
27 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               0.31
28 David Cañada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
29 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team
30 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
31 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                                0.35
32 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
33 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
34 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
35 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        0.38
36 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  0.40
37 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
38 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
39 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 0.43
40 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Française Des Jeux
41 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            0.45
42 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
43 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo
44 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
45 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole
46 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team
47 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC
48 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada
49 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
50 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                      1.01
51 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                          1.08
52 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne              1.10
53 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             1.14
54 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                1.24
55 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                               1.25
56 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step
57 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
58 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                         1.32
59 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          1.36
60 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             1.40
61 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                            1.48
62 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            1.52
63 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            1.54
64 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              2.00
65 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                   2.11
66 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
67 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           2.17
68 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        2.21
69 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                          2.23
70 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                       2.39
71 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                               3.08
72 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Quick Step
73 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             3.37
74 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                   4.09
75 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada
76 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                               4.15
77 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux
78 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
79 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team
80 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team
81 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
82 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                 5.33
83 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank
84 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
85 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
86 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
87 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC
88 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
89 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Kaiku
90 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
91 Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
92 Iker Camaño (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
93 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
94 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team
95 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole
96 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
97 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             5.44
98 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        6.17
99 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    7.30
100 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
101 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
102 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada
103 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             8.43
104 Axel Merckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
105 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
106 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step
107 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC
108 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
109 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC
110 José Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana
111 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi
112 David Muñoz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
113 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi
114 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                         8.46
115 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
116 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
117 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                          8.48
118 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner
119 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole
120 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
121 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
122 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
123 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                                 8.53
124 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
125 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
126 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                          9.09
127 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         9.10
128 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              9.12
129 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           9.32
130 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                          10.21
131 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               10.23
132 Juan Manuel Fuentes (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                         11.11
133 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  11.19
134 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                11.52
135 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         11.54
136 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                       14.05
137 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku
138 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
139 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux
140 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku
141 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku
142 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                14.09
143 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne           19.58
144 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    20.03
145 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              20.08
146 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team
147 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
148 José Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step
149 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
150 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
151 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
152 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
153 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
154 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems
155 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
156 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
157 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada
158 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) Française Des Jeux
159 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
160 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita
161 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole
162 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
163 Francisco José Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team
164 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC
165 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
166 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
167 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step
168 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
169 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step
170 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
171 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto
172 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi
173 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada
174 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina Vacanze                             20.16
175 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                       20.18
176 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze
177 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Française Des Jeux                          20.23
178 J.A Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   20.28
179 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                          20.34
 
Points
 
1 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 25 pts
2 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                         20
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                     16
4 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  14
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                  12
6 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                    10
7 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                            9
8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            8
9 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                          7
10 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            6
11 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                    5
12 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                            4
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                      3
14 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         2
15 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                        1
 
Mountains
 
Alto de Itziar - Cat. 3
 
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                     3 pts
2 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  2
3 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                           1

Alto de Areitio - Cat. 3

1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                     3 pts
2 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                              2
3 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 1

Alto de Arboleda - Cat. 2

1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                     6 pts
2 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                               4
3 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                2
4 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                         1

Alto de Cobaron - Cat. 3

1 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                                    3 pts
2 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                        2
3 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                       1

Ade la Lejana - Cat.2

1 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                  3 pts
2 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                          2
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                      1
4 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole

Metas Volantes

Bilbao - 96 km

1 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 3 pts
2 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                              2
3 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                     1

Muskiz - 147 km

1 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                        3 pts
2 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  2
3 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                      1

Muebles Paraiso y Virgen Lorea - 157 km

1 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                      3 pts
2 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                         2
3 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                        1
 
Teams
 
1 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                          11.39.26
2 Rabobank                                                            0.09
3 Liberty Seguros - Würth Team                                        0.33
4 Discovery Chanel Pro Cycling Team                                   0.39
5 Illes Balears - Caisse D'Epargne                                    0.54
6 Fassa Bortolo                                                       1.00
7 T- Mobile Team                                                      1.09
8 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                                    1.14
9 Credit Agricole                                                     1.18
10 Comunidad Valenciana                                               2.10
11 Phonak Hearing Systems                                             2.19
12 Bouygues Telecom                                                   2.44
13 Davitamon - Lotto                                                  3.13
14 Kaiku                                                              3.17
15 Lampre - Caffita                                                   4.08
16 Quick Step                                                         4.16
17 La Francaise Des Jeux                                              4.41
18 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                5.19
19 Team CSC                                                           6.01
20 Relax Fuenlabrada                                                  6.39
21 Domina Vacanze                                                    10.32
22 Liquigas - Bianchi                                                13.41
23 Team Gerolsteiner                                                 14.25
 
General classification after stage two
 
1 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                   7.03.48
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                               0.02
3 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                 0.05
6 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        0.07
7 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
8 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.12
9 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                 0.14
10 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
11 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku
12 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
13 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    0.17
14 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                  0.18
15 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            0.20
16 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
17 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step
18 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux
19 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
20 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
21 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
22 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
23 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
24 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.25
25 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               0.30
26 David Cañada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
27 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
28 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team
29 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                     0.34
30 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
31 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  0.35
32 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        0.37
33 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 0.39
34 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                          0.41
35 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Française Des Jeux                           0.42
36 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               0.44
37 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
38 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                                0.55
39 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            1.00
40 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
41 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1.03
42 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                               1.05
43 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole
44 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada
45 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
46 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team
47 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo
48 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne              1.09
49 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                      1.21
50 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                          1.28
51 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             1.34
52 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          1.35
53 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                1.44
54 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step                                  1.45
55 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze
56 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
57 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            1.51
58 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                         1.52
59 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             2.00
60 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             2.06
61 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                            2.08
62 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            2.14
63 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           2.37
64 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        2.41
65 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
66 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                          2.43
67 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                       2.59
68 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                               3.18
69 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               3.25
70 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Quick Step                                    3.28
71 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             3.57
72 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                   4.08
73 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               4.29
74 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                               4.35
75 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               5.29
76 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                 5.32
77 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      5.53
78 Iker Camaño (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
79 Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Kaiku
80 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank
81 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
82 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
83 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
84 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole
85 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
86 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC
87 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
88 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team
89 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
90 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                    6.01
91 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux
92 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            7.04
93 Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                  7.19
94 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                 7.50
95 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
96 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
97 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                          8.38
98 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                            8.42
99 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                    8.45
100 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                          8.47
101 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                  9.03
102 José Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana
103 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
104 Axel Merckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
105 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC
106 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi
107 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
108 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                         9.06
109 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
110 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
111 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 9.08
112 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana
113 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana               9.13
114 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita
115 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank
116 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                          9.29
117 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              9.32
118 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           9.52
119 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                           9.57
120 David Muñoz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           10.14
121 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne               10.19
122 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                          10.41
123 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                11.17
124 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            11.29
125 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  11.39
126 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        11.59
127 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                    12.10
128 Juan Manuel Fuentes (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                         12.37
129 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           12.46
130 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step                                  13.45
131 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      13.50
132 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                        14.25
133 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku
134 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku
135 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                14.29
136 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                14.41
137 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         14.43
138 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               15.51
139 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                         16.41
140 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                              16.54
141 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               17.25
142 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                                  19.07
143 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    20.23
144 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          20.28
145 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada
146 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team
147 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
148 Victor Hugo Peña (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems
149 Francisco José Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team
150 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                          20.54
151 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                             21.22
152 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
153 J.A Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   21.24
154 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina Vacanze                             21.30
155 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       21.54
156 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
157 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
158 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               22.57
159 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
160 José Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step
161 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
162 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
163 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step
164 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
165 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Française Des Jeux                          23.12
166 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               24.07
167 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne           25.00
168 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              25.10
169 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) Française Des Jeux
170 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC
171 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step
172 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto
173 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
174 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi
175 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                               25.20
176 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         27.10
177 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
178 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                       27.20
179 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita                             28.01
 
Points classification
 
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                  37 pts
2 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 25
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                    25
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                    22
5 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                         20
6 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  19
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                     16
8 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                         16
9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                16
10 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  14
11 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          10
12 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        10
13 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                     10
14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                           9
15 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   7
16 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            6
17 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                        6
18 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                            4
19 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                               4
20 David Cañada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                3
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                      3
22 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                        1
23 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                                 1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                    12 pts
2 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                                9
3 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                          8
4 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                  6
5 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                       6
6 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                      6
7 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                               4
8 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                                    3
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                      2
10 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                    2
11 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 2
12 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                       2
13 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                               2
14 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                2
15 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                             2
16 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  1
17 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            1
18 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                      1
19 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                          1
20 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                        1
21 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                1
22 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                                1
 
Metas Volantes classification
 
1 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                     13 pts
2 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                                6
3 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                        3
4 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 3
5 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                         2
6 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  2
7 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                              2
8 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                        1
9 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                     1
10 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                1
11 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                                1
12 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                          21.11.59
2 Rabobank                                                            0.09
3 Liberty Seguros - Würth Team                                        0.33
4 Discovery Chanel Pro Cycling Team                                   0.39
5 Illes Balears - Caisse D'Epargne                                    0.54
6 Fassa Bortolo                                                       1.00
7 T- Mobile Team                                                      1.30
8 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                                    1.56
9 Credit Agricole                                                     2.00
10 Comunidad Valenciana                                               2.31
11 Phonak Hearing Systems                                             2.40
12 Bouygues Telecom                                                   3.26
13 Kaiku                                                              3.59
14 Davitamon - Lotto                                                  4.16
15 Lampre - Caffita                                                   4.40
16 Quick Step                                                         4.58
17 La Francaise Des Jeux                                              5.02
18 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                6.22
19 Team CSC                                                           6.43
20 Relax Fuenlabrada                                                  7.42
21 Domina Vacanze                                                    11.35
22 Liquigas - Bianchi                                                13.41
23 Team Gerolsteiner                                                 15.07