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45th Vuelta al Pais Vasco - PT

Spain, April 4-8, 2005

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Stage 3 - April 6: Ortuella - Gasteiz, 176 km

Valverde's turn, but only just

By Martin Hardie

Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears, L)
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Alejandro Valverde came out on top in a nail biting finish to win the third stage of the Itzulia in the Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz this afternoon. Valverde just beat CSC's Giovanni Lombardi to the line in a sprint that only came to be in the last 500 meters. Valverde said after the race, "Today was a day when everyone was a little tired, but the team worked so well - first to keep Aitor in the lead and then in the end to give me the stage victory. It was a really hard sprint but in the end I got it, but only just!"

How it unfolded

Earlier in the day even before reaching the first meta volante in Vitoria, the list of abandons grew quickly: Kaiku's Dioni Galparsoro, Fabien Sanchez (Francaise des Jeux), Samuel Sßnchez (Euskaltel), Andreas Kl÷den (T-Mobile), Jose Angel Gomez (Saunier Duval) and Koldo Gil (Liberty) had all jumped off the bike. At around the stage's halfway mark, a group finally escaped after earlier solo efforts by Mayoz and Pasamontes. This group consisted of Ruben Lobato Elvira (Saunier Duval), Alexandre Kolobnev (Rabobank), Iker Cama˝o (Euskaltel Euskadi), Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Comunitat Valenciana) and Kaiku's Ruben Oarbescoa.

The quintet quickly opened up a gap of 1'44 while Illes Baleares controlled the rhythm of the peloton. By the time they reached the meta volante in Vitoria, the escapees had managed to increase their gap to 2'15 with 64 km to go. Oarbescoa, took the main points followed by Kolobnev and Lobato Elvira. The race then headed south for two crossings of the Cat. 2 Zaldiaran and into a zone that is typically treacherous for its cross winds.

Ivan Mayoz (Relax Fuenlabrada) climbs
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As soon as the group reached the Zaldiaran for the first time to cross south into the Rioja wine growing area of Araba, there were a number of attacks, principally from Oarbescoa and Pascual Rodriguez. The excitement didn't break them up but did see Lobato Elvira win the fight with Oarbescoa for the points at the top, and with 55 km remaining the peloton passed 2'15 later. Into the Rioja Arabese, the roads narrow and become a little rougher and much more open. Soon after, the break hit the day's second meta volante which was taken by Kolobnev ahead of Lobato Elvira and Pascual Rodriguez. The Baleares boys were strung out on the narrow roads single file, protecting their race leader Aitor Osa. As Liquigas came to their aid, the gap started to fall under 1'30 with 42 km to go.

Soon after Liberty Seguros started to mass near the front of the road, bringing to memory last year's Euskal Bizikleta when they split the field apart using these narrow roads and the wind. FDJ, with McGee in tow, also started to try and force their position as the main group rode no more than two or three abreast.

The Russian champions Kolobnev attacked his breakaway partners on the unclassified Alto de San Martin and was later joined by Lobato. Their gap over the rise was 1'05 on the peloton, as Pascual Rodriguez joined them on the descent. Camano and Oarbescoa did their best to try and come back as the road widened going down, but the trio maintained a 15 second gap on them as they headed into the last meta volante of the day in Trevino which came with 29 km to go. The gap to the Camano and Oarbescoa increased, while at the same time, the peloton closed in on the luckless local duo. At the meta volante Kolobnev passed first followed by Elvira Lobato and Pascual.

The peloton climbs
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They continued to hold a steady gap on the chasing bunch, which was still dominated by Liquigas and Illes Baleares. From here the race headed back towards the Zaldiaran, this time in the opposite direction for the run into the finish in the capital Vitoria-Gasteiz. As the climb approached Phonak started to impose themselves on the front, probably with a Perdiguero win on their minds. Three teams, Illes Baleares, Liquigas and Phonak all had their mind on the sprint finish.

Coming into the last climb of the day with just over 12 km to go, the remnants of the day's break were slowly being reeled in. Suddenly the Comunidad Valenciana team, which had Javier Pascual Rodriguez ahead, decided to mess things up by attacking with two riders, Eladio Jimenez and David Blanco. Pascual Rodriguez, who was with the Russian champion Kolobnev and Saunier's Lobato Elvira, got the word over the airwaves and kept looking back, and it wasn't long before his teammates joined him. They were soon followed by yesterday's winner David MoncoutiÚ (Cofidis). The complexion at the front was changing completely and as the peloton neared the top. Bradley McGee jumped the fold and also decided to join them.

What had been progressing as a fairly normal and uneventful affair, with the leader's team controlling the day dutifully, suddenly came to life. Seven riders, three of them Comunidad Valencia, were now powering down the slopes of the Zaldiaran with only ten kilometres to go. The peloton strung out on the descent chased and the gap was not huge at about 20 seconds. The road leveled and with 8 km to go, McGee started to work with the three Valencianas in an attempt to stay away. The gap was yo-yoing between 12 and 20 seconds. With MoncoutiÚ and McGee ahead, there was all the more reason for the other contenders' teams collaborate in the chase.

With 5 km to go, the course hit the wide streets of Vitoria, flat, but constantly interrupted by large three lane roundabouts. Only two Valencianas were left and they were now only accompanied by MoncoutiÚ and McGee, who stood twenty seconds behind Osa on the general. At 4 km to go, they worked together like a dream, heads down, on the drops, each pulling through quickly and without fuss. They kept going, and at 3 km to go, it was as if only because of the roundabouts they were keeping away. The peloton behind was like a huge amoeba, swelling and contracting across the road at such a pace that at any moment it would suck them up whole. Over these kilometres the gap seemed to hang at no more than 20 or so metres. At 1 km, they were within touching distance - a 4 second gap - but they continued, willing themselves to the end. Our colleague, Fernan Aramendi of the Basque television station EITB, was screaming "oh how very beautiful this is". But it was not to be. The sprint was gearing up and they were sucked in and spat out. The sprint started and it was Valverde who imposed himself to keep this race in the Baleares camp.

Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears)
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Tomorrow is a classic Itzulia run across the mountains of Araba into Navarra with five classified climbs, the first two possibly being the toughest. The cat. 1 Opakua opens the day's proceedings after only 38 km, followed by the Cat. 2 Urbasa, on which Aitor Osa set up his victory back in 2002. In fact, the stage, which has in the last half of its 167 km three more categorised climbs and a lot more humps in between, is almost identical to that one which Osa will recall so dearly.

Photography

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Results

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne       4.19.09
2 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                     
3 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
4 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                  
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                
6 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
7 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 
8 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
9 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                          
10 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                           
11 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                     
12 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         
13 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                             
14 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
15 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
16 Juan Manuel Fuentes (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                            
17 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
18 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
19 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                   
20 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  
21 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                         
22 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   
23 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      
24 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             
25 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                          
26 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
27 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
28 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
29 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                 
30 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                   
31 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                     
32 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                    
33 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
34 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                        
35 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                   
36 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
37 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step                                          
38 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
39 JosÚ Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step                               
40 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  
41 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                   
42 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                     
43 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                       
44 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                      
45 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                              
46 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise Des Jeux                            
47 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                    
48 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                          
49 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           
50 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           
51 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                       
52 JosÚ Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana                      
53 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne               
54 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
55 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                                    
56 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
57 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
58 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
59 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                                 
60 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                          
61 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
62 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo                             
63 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
64 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                              
65 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                                
66 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
67 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                     
68 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
69 JosÚ Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
70 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                     
71 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                   
72 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
73 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             
74 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                       
75 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
76 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Quick Step                                     
77 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step                                     
78 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                             
79 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
80 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                   
81 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    
82 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             
83 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               
84 Axel Merckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
85 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
86 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            
87 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
88 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
89 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                       
90 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                                
91 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                                   
92 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                            
93 Francisco JosÚ Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team                             
94 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                       
95 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                   0.14
96 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step                               0.15
97 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         0.18
98 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             0.24
99 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                       0.28
100 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           0.40
101 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           
102 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
103 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
104 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                              0.49
105 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                               
106 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            
107 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                 
108 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
109 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                            
110 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole                            
111 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
112 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                          
113 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
114 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
115 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                0.56
116 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               
117 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         
118 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                               
119 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                  
120 FrÚdÚric Finot (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                            
121 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
122 RÚmy Di Gregorio (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                          
123 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                     
124 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
125 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                  
126 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
127 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
128 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Franšaise Des Jeux                           
129 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
130 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                 
131 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                   
132 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  
133 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                                    
134 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita                               
135 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  
136 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             1.59
137 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    2.08
138 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana            2.40
139 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                       3.17
140 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           
141 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi                         
142 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                    
143 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               
144 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                   3.42
145 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                          
146 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    4.46
147 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
148 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          6.51
149 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
150 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                      7.21
151 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step                             7.51
152 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           
153 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                       
154 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                 
155 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                
156 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                               
157 Kjell Carlstr÷m (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi                             
158 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku                                       
159 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
160 Victor Hugo Pe˝a (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
161 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
162 JosÚ Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne             
163 Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                  
164 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                          
165 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            9.38
166 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                 
167 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            
168 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone               
169 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina Vacanze                               
170 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
171 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                              
172 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    
 
Points
 
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            25 pts
2 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                   20
3 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              16
4 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                14
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                              12
6 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                              10
7 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                9
8 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      8
9 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                         7
10 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          6
11 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                    5
12 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        4
13 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            3
14 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         2
15 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               1
 
Mountains
 
Alto de la Barrerilla - Cat. 2
 
1 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                  6 pts
2 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                       4
3 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                    2
4 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             1
 
Alto de la Zaldiaran - Cat. 2
 
1 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             6 pts
2 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                        4
3 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                 2
4 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 1
 
Alto de la Zaldiaran - Cat. 2
 
1 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             3 pts
2 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          2
3 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                  1
 
Metas Volantes
 
Vitoria - Gasteiz - 112 km
 
1 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                        3 pts
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    2
3 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             1
 
Busto - 129 km
 
1 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    3 pts
2 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             2
3 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                 1
 
Trevino - 155 km
 
1 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    3 pts
2 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             2
3 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                 1
 
Teams
 
1 Fassa Bortolo                                                12.57.27
2 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                               
3 Team CSC                                                             
4 Lampre - Caffita                                                     
5 Credit Agricole                                                      
6 Illes Balears - Caisse D'Epargne                                     
7 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                                     
8 Liberty Seguros - WŘrth Team                                         
9 Davitamon - Lotto                                                    
10 Discovery Chanel Pro Cycling Team                                   
11 Quick Step                                                          
12 Phonak Hearing Systems                                              
13 Rabobank                                                            
14 T- Mobile Team                                                      
15 Bouygues Telecom                                                    
16 Comunidad Valenciana                                                
17 Kaiku                                                               
18 Team Gerolsteiner                                                   
19 Liquigas - Bianchi                                                  
20 Relax Fuenlabrada                                                   
21 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                 
22 La Francaise Des Jeux                                           0.56
23 Domina Vacanze                                                  8.40
 
General classification after stage three
 
1 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne               11.22.57
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-WŘrth Team               0.18
15 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne         0.20
16 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                   
17 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                     
18 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
19 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                         
20 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                              
21 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
22 Manuel Beltran (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 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
27 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
28 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                   
29 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                0.34
30 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
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 L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise Des Jeux                        0.42
36 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            0.44
37 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
38 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                             0.55
39 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               1.00
40 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
41 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1.03
42 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                       1.05
43 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                                
44 JosÚ Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
45 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
46 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo                             
47 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                            
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 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               1.45
54 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                      1.52
55 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step                               2.00
56 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          2.06
57 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             2.08
58 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         2.09
59 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            2.34
60 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     2.41
61 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                         2.57
62 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         3.03
63 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                       3.11
64 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                            3.18
65 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                        3.26
66 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Quick Step                                 3.28
67 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone           3.30
68 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          3.57
69 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                            4.05
70 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                4.08
71 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            4.29
72 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                            5.31
73 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                   5.53
74 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             
75 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                          
76 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                                    
77 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                     
78 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
79 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
80 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 6.01
81 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team                            6.25
82 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                    6.41
83 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole                         6.42
84 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                  6.49
85 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
86 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Franšaise Des Jeux                        6.57
87 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                              7.31
88 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                   7.50
89 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         8.00
90 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                         8.42
91 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                 8.45
92 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                              8.46
93 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     
94 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                9.03
95 JosÚ Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana                      
96 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               
97 Axel Merckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
98 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         9.08
99 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                               9.13
100 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                      9.27
101 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                              9.52
102 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        9.55
103 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                        9.57
104 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              9.59
105 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                             10.04
106 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                              10.09
107 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                        10.14
108 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       10.32
109 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                       10.41
110 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            11.08
111 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                             11.17
112 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                         11.29
113 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana           11.53
114 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                      12.04
115 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi                    12.20
116 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                 12.24
117 Juan Manuel Fuentes (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                      12.37
118 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                      12.46
119 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                     12.48
120 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        13.42
121 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           13.44
122 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                               
123 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step                               13.45
124 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   13.52
125 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                    14.25
126 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                             14.41
127 Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne             15.10
128 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                             15.25
129 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   15.58
130 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            16.47
131 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          19.10
132 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     19.50
133 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                               20.03
134 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                      20.28
135 Francisco JosÚ Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team                            
136 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                    
137 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 21.03
138 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               21.17
139 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                          21.22
140 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                     21.46
141 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             21.54
142 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku                                  22.16
143 RÚmy Di Gregorio (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                     22.18
144 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team      22.34
145 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone    22.50
146 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             22.57
147 JosÚ Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step                              
148 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            23.46
149 FrÚdÚric Finot (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                       24.08
150 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                           24.45
151 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            25.03
152 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                              25.10
153 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step                                         
154 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       25.14
155 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            25.16
156 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 27.10
157 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                      27.50
158 Victor Hugo Pe˝a (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                 28.19
159 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita                          28.57
160 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   29.48
161 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
162 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       30.32
163 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step                            30.48
164 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina Vacanze                          31.08
165 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    31.32
166 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            32.35
167 JosÚ Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne        32.51
168 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                  33.01
169 Kjell Carlstr÷m (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi                             
170 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            33.11
171 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           34.48
172 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                              
 
Points classification
 
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                              49 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            41
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                39
4 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                              29
5 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             25
6 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                22
7 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                     20
8 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                   20
9 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     18
10 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                16
11 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                    16
12 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              16
13 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             16
14 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              15
15 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                       11
16 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      10
17 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 10
18 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                       9
19 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        6
20 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                    6
21 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          6
22 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                    5
23 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        4
24 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           4
25 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            3
26 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  3
27 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            3
28 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         2
29 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    1
30 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                             1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                12 pts
2 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 12
3 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                          10
4 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            9
5 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              8
6 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      8
7 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             7
8 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                   6
9 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                       4
10 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            4
11 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                       4
12 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                               3
13 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 2
14 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                2
15 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                   2
16 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             2
17 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                   2
18 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            2
19 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                2
20 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           2
21 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                         2
22 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                              1
23 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        1
24 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                  1
25 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                   1
26 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      1
27 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                    1
28 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            1
29 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                            1
30 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                1
 
Metas Volantes classification
 
1 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 13 pts
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    9
3 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            6
4 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             4
5 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                        3
6 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                    3
7 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             3
8 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                 3
9 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                     2
10 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             2
11 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                         2
12 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                1
13 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            1
14 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                            1
15 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                       34.09.26
2 Rabobank                                                         0.09
3 Liberty Seguros - WŘrth 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                                           5.58
18 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                             6.22
19 Team CSC                                                        6.43
20 Relax Fuenlabrada                                               7.42
21 Liquigas - Bianchi                                             13.41
22 Team Gerolsteiner                                              15.07
23 Domina Vacanze                                                 20.15