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Spain, April 4-8, 2005

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Stage 4 - April 7: Gasteiz - Altsasu, 167 km

Valverde again - this time by more than just

By Martin Hardie

Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears)
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He did it again! The Illes Baleares sprinter who climbs, who does just about anything, including playing super domestique to the race leader all day. Alejandro Valverde, came from nowhere, yet again, to prove that he is one of the fastest around when it comes to a contested race to the line. As the sprint into Altsasu started this afternoon, following a strong lead out by CSC's Arvesen, it seemed that Perdiguero, Di Luca, Julich and co. were going to have it to themselves today. But then from what seemed way back amongst the swelling head of the bunch, Valverde decided to jump. Down the right hand side, while everyone else was battling it out on the left he flew. And that was the end of the day's contest.

Valverde, who always made himself available to the press after each stage of last year's Vuelta a Espa˝a, is always quick to give a comment and a smile. Today he was succinct. "It was good to win and I showed them that today I was clearly the fastest." A reference of course to his narrow win over Lombardi yesterday. Valverde made it clear that tomorrow he is there to do the job of supporting the race leader Aitor Osa, who is set, but still not ensured, of his second Itzulia victory.

How it unfolded

170 riders set off from Vitoria to the Navarran Altsasu. Those who didn't start this morning where Liberty's Marcos Serrano and Franco Pellizotti of (Liquigas-Bianchi). The frantic pace of the race continued to takes its toll when Valencia's strong man Carlos Garcia Quesada pulled the pin not long after the start.

The day saw an early break jump away as soon as the course left the capital and as has become the norm the Kaiku milkmen were again present with Andoni Aranaga finding himself with Matthieu Sprick (Bouygues Telecom), Benoţt Poilvet (Credit Agricole), Philippe Gilbert (Franšaise de Jeux) and Alessandro Bertolini (Domina Vacanze). The group was soon after joined by another Vicente Belda team move when Comunidad Valencia's David Latasa and David Mu˝oz jumped across. They quickly built up an advantage of over four minutes and crossed the Cat. 1 Opakua - Latasa, Aranaga and Poilvet was the order - before heading off to cross the Alto de Urbasa.

Illes Baleares again marked the pace in the peloton with the escapees over five minutes ahead, but after the descent of the Urbasa, now well into Navarra, they had brought the gap down to 4'15. The gap swung back and forth. At the meta volante as the route passed through Altsasu for its loop out through the ranges that include the next three categorised climbs, the escapees had managed to find another half a minute and rode 4'45 ahead of the peloton as they prepared themselves for the first of two ascents of the Alto de La Cadena. Andoni Aranaga delivered for Kaiku on the climb by taking the points ahead of Comunidad Valencia's Navarran David Latasa. With today's effort, the two have started to set themselves out for a mountains jersey duel. Meanwhile behind, with the stage still having some 70 km to travel, Saunier Duval decided to join Illes Baleares at the front of the peloton.

As they headed towards Altsasu on the way across the valley's undulating, narrow wooded roads, Phonak decided it was time that the escapees were brought under control, they massed to the front, and picking up the pace they obviously were thinking about remedying the Perdiguero drought so far in this year's race. They quickly brought the gap down to very close to 3 minutes as they passed the finish line but still with 49 km to go. The next encounter was the meta volante in the small village of Olatzi before quickly hitting the day's penultimate climb. By this point the gap had already fallen below 2 minutes.

On the climb of Altamira, Gilbert finally livened things up by attacking his six companions. But without luck, they were all together on the winding open descent and heading back across the valley floor toward La Cadena. Position on today's stage is always important. From here on in it was the tricky part of the day. Selections are often made on the final descent of la Cadena and the twenty kilometre run into the finish. Thus the riders in the break, as well as in the chasing bunch, needed to keep their wits about them.

Aranaga crossed the summit first but Gilbert's action served to liven things up; so much so, that their advantage jumped out to 2'25. Behind on the descent and across the valley, the frenetic pace caused the peloton to fracture into three groups. It then reformed into two, with the second 15 seconds behind, and strung out in a long line as they tried to get back on. At the front of the leading peloton, Phonak continued to pull hard in pursuit of the break.

The gap from the Phonak chase to the escapees was again falling, now with less than 30 km to go and the final climb looming it was down to around 1'40. The strain was starting to show in the break as those arguments commenced, as they do at times like this, regarding who was pulling through and who was not.

On the start of the last climb Aranaga, Latasa and Sprick left the others quickly behind. The gap was falling now to under a minute as more teams, Lampre, Saunier and Rabobank in particular, joined in. Sprick jumped and then was chased by Latasa. Latasa, at home, kept going, the others strung right out, as Valverde started to drive the peloton up the climb. Latasa crested but with no more than a 20 second gap on the frantic peloton.

Down a narrow, twisting forested road, that then opens out onto green pastures for the final run across to the finish, which in itself is one long steady drag up to Altsasu, the main group soon had Latasa in sight and he seemed to realise that they day's adventure was over. The bunch was spread right across the grey strip that cut right through the verdant Navarran pastures. 17 kilometres to go and it was over. Phonak's lighter shade of green clearly visible against the grey and green backdrop.

From here on in it looked like another day that the sprinter's teams were going to control to the finish. Through the forest, with trees still awaiting the coming of spring after the harsh snowy winter, CSC, Phonak, Lampre and Illes Baleares all were up the front. Soon they were onto the main roads and the pace was high, but still with 9 km left, Luis Perez launched one of his late solo efforts. The Cofidis rider who hails from Madrid specialises in this sort of effort, they are thrilling daredevil stuff, but in many of his attempts, Perez has still yet to score. Before the five kilometre banner he was caught and it looked again as things were settled. Until...

In the lull, Vinokourov jumped. He got some space and Brad McGee followed him. Within no time they were holding a mere four or five seconds as they set into their two up time trial mode. They passed a large building, its wall advertising Patxaran (if you don't know what that is you haven't lived) and they had 5 seconds! A Fassa rider tried to chase and the three seemed to get together, but then with not much more than 2km to go it was over.

Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears)
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There was one long thread of bikes wavering across the road. There were some more little flings, but none with the power of the previous. Euskaltel's Camano was driving off the front, he got away and was caught up again and just became part of the head of the snake. Into the last kilometre, a couple of corners, right, left and Arvesen was leading it out for CSC. Into the straight he pulled off, Perdiguero was screaming at the front of a group of five who it seemed would contest the sprint. They were in the centre of the road, a little to the left as they jostled. Then, from five, six back, he came again, hard down the right, solo, passing them all, two bike lengths at the end, both hands raised, Valverde, two in a row.

Tomorrow morning we have the mini-stage, always fast and always tricky and with a hint of rain in the air, it may not be a cinch. Following that is the short and not so flat afternoon time trial. And as the way some of these sprints are being contested and these late attacks keep occurring suggest, we won't know the final result until that big floppy hat is plonked on the winner's head tomorrow afternoon in O˝ati. As Danilo Di Luca said after the stage today, "Tomorrow is a very technical day, the road stage is crucial, the time trial is fundamental."

Photography

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Results

1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne       4.12.04
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                  
4 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
5 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
6 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                               
7 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
8 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                          
9 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                  
10 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
11 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      
12 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                
13 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                         
14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                        
15 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             
16 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
17 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                    
18 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 
19 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                 
20 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
21 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                           
22 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
23 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                     
24 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
25 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                      
26 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               
27 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
28 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                          
29 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         
30 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  
31 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
32 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
33 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise Des Jeux                            
34 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                   
35 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
36 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                     
37 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  
38 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                          
39 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                     
40 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             
41 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
42 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                
43 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                   
44 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                   
45 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                                
46 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
47 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
48 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
49 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
50 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
51 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step                                   
52 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
53 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           
54 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                   
55 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
56 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                       
57 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
58 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                        
59 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
60 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                           
61 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                            
62 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                     
63 JosÚ Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
64 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
65 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
66 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                                 
67 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                     
68 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                           
69 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 
70 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           
71 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
72 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
73 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo                             
74 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
75 Juan Manuel Fuentes (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                            
76 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             
77 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                       
78 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
79 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne           0.15
80 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                                
81 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
82 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
83 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    
84 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                 
85 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                       
86 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone               
87 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                        
88 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     
89 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
90 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                       
91 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole                             
92 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                           
93 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            
94 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                                
95 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi                          
96 Axel Merckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
97 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step                                     
98 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step                                          
99 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
100 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  
101 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
102 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
103 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  
104 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                            
105 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
106 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                 
107 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
108 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                  
109 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                 
110 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                  
111 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                               
112 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                          
113 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                   
114 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
115 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone               
116 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         0.28
117 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                       0.31
118 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                        0.34
119 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                        0.39
120 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                         
121 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                          
122 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             1.04
123 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        5.05
124 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Quick Step                                    
125 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                  
126 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
127 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           
128 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
129 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
130 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
131 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                              
132 RÚmy Di Gregorio (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                          
133 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                     
134 JosÚ Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step                              
135 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                   
136 Kjell Carlstr÷m (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi                             
137 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                
138 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                                  
139 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
140 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
141 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                 
142 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                                   
143 JosÚ Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana                     
144 Francisco JosÚ Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team                            
145 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita                               
146 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                                    
147 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
148 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina Vacanze                           8.42
149 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step                                 
150 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         
151 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                               
152 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Franšaise Des Jeux                           
153 FrÚdÚric Finot (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                            
154 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                                  
155 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    
156 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
157 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                 
158 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           
159 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku                                       
160 JosÚ Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne             
161 Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                  
162 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               
163 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
164 Victor Hugo Pe˝a (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
165 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
 
Points
 
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            25 pts
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                              20
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                16
4 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               14
5 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              12
6 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                             10
7 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                               9
8 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                         8
9 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                 7
10 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                6
11 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                     5
12 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               4
13 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                        3
14 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                       2
15 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                            1
 
Mountains
 
Alto de Opakua - Cat. 2
 
1 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            10 pts
2 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                          8
3 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                6
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                           4
5 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              2
6 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           1
 
Alto de Urbasa - Cat. 2
 
1 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                          6 pts
2 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             4
3 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                              2
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                           1
 
Alto de la Cadena - Cat. 3
 
1 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                          3 pts
2 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             2
3 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                              1
 
Alto de Altamira - Cat. 3
 
1 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                          3 pts
2 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             2
3 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1
 
Alto de la Cadena - Cat. 3
 
1 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             3 pts
2 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                              2
3 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           1
 
Metas Volantes
 
Alasasua - km 81
 
1 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                3 pts
2 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              2
3 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                          1
 
Lizarraga - km 93
 
1 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                3 pts
2 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              2
3 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                          1
 
Olazti - km 123
 
1 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           3 pts
2 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                2
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                           1
 
Lizarraga - km 142
 
1 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                3 pts
2 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                              2
3 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             1
 
Teams
 
1 Rabobank                                                     12.36.12
2 Illes Balears - Caisse D'Epargne                                     
3 Liquigas - Bianchi                                                   
4 Credit Agricole                                                      
5 Relax Fuenlabrada                                                    
6 Phonak Hearing Systems                                               
7 Kaiku                                                                
8 Davitamon - Lotto                                                    
9 Team CSC                                                             
10 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                 
11 Liberty Seguros - WŘrth Team                                        
12 Discovery Chanel Pro Cycling Team                                   
13 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                              
14 Fassa Bortolo                                                       
15 Lampre - Caffita                                                    
16 Bouygues Telecom                                                    
17 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                                    
18 La Francaise Des Jeux                                           0.15
19 Quick Step                                                          
20 Domina Vacanze                                                      
21 Comunidad Valenciana                                                
22 Team Gerolsteiner                                               0.30
23 T- Mobile Team                                                  0.31
 
General classification after stage four
 
1 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne               15.35.01
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 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                         
11 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
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 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                     
17 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                              
18 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                         
19 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                   
20 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
21 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
22 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
23 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
24 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                            0.30
25 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                      
26 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
27 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                   
28 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                  0.34
29 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                               0.35
30 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone     0.37
31 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              0.39
32 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                   0.40
33 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                       0.41
34 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise Des Jeux                        0.42
35 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            0.44
36 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
37 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                             0.55
38 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               1.00
39 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
40 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1.03
41 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                       1.05
42 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
43 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                                
44 JosÚ Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
45 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo                             
46 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                   1.21
47 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne           1.24
48 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                       1.28
49 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          1.34
50 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team       1.35
51 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                        1.36
52 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               1.45
53 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                      1.52
54 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step                               2.00
55 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          2.06
56 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             2.08
57 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         2.09
58 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     2.41
59 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            2.49
60 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         3.03
61 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                       3.11
62 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                         3.12
63 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                        3.26
64 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                            3.33
65 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone           3.45
66 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          3.57
67 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                            4.20
68 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                4.23
69 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            4.29
70 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                            5.46
71 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                      5.53
72 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             
73 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                       
74 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                     
75 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 6.01
76 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          6.08
77 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
78 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                    6.41
79 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole                         6.57
80 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         7.04
81 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                   8.05
82 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Quick Step                                 8.33
83 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                              8.35
84 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                         8.42
85 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                 8.45
86 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 9.01
87 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                  
88 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           9.03
89 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                    
90 Axel Merckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               9.18
91 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                       9.42
92 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         9.47
93 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              10.14
94 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                              10.19
95 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                               10.24
96 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                        10.31
97 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         10.42
98 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        10.47
99 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                               10.58
100 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            11.23
101 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                         11.29
102 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                11.54
103 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana           12.08
104 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi                    12.35
105 Juan Manuel Fuentes (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                      12.37
106 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                 12.39
107 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                      12.46
108 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                     12.48
109 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       13.05
110 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           13.44
111 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step                               14.00
112 JosÚ Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana                14.08
113 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                             14.18
114 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                             14.56
115 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       15.00
116 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                    15.04
117 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team                          15.07
118 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Franšaise Des Jeux                      15.39
119 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   15.58
120 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                             16.22
121 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                             18.34
122 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        18.47
123 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          19.25
124 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     20.29
125 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                      20.43
126 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                          21.37
127 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                     22.01
128 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             22.09
129 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                          22.26
130 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   22.34
131 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             23.12
132 Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne             23.52
133 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                           24.45
134 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                               25.08
135 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step                                    25.25
136 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       25.29
137 Francisco JosÚ Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team                       25.33
138 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 26.08
139 RÚmy Di Gregorio (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                     27.23
140 JosÚ Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step                         28.02
141 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            28.51
142 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               29.59
143 Luis Perez (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            30.08
144 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                              30.15
145 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       30.32
146 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku                                  30.58
147 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team      31.16
148 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone    31.32
149 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 32.15
150 FrÚdÚric Finot (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                       32.50
151 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                      32.55
152 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                  33.16
153 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                            33.58
154 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita                          34.02
155 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         34.53
156 Victor Hugo Pe˝a (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                 37.01
157 Kjell Carlstr÷m (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi                        38.06
158 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                            38.16
159 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   38.30
160 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step                            39.30
161 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina Vacanze                          39.50
162 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           39.53
163 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                              
164 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            41.47
165 JosÚ Luis Arrieta (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne        41.53
 
Points classification
 
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                              69 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            66
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                55
4 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                              38
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                29
6 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               29
7 Bj÷rn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              28
8 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             25
9 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                     25
10 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              20
11 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                  20
12 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                       19
13 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    18
14 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                16
15 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                    16
16 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                      11
17 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                            11
18 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      10
19 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 10
20 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        6
21 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                    6
22 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          6
23 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                6
24 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                    5
25 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        4
26 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                        3
27 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            3
28 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  3
29 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         2
30 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    1
31 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                            1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                         22 pts
2 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            21
3 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                12
4 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 12
5 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                          10
6 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            9
7 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              8
8 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      8
9 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             7
10 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  6
11 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                               6
12 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                             5
13 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                          5
14 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                      4
15 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            4
16 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                       4
17 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                               3
18 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             3
19 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 2
20 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                2
21 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             2
22 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                   2
23 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            2
24 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                2
25 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           2
26 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                          2
27 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                              1
28 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        1
29 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                  1
30 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                   1
31 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      1
32 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                    1
33 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                            1
34 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                1
35 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            1
 
Metas Volantes classification
 
1 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 13 pts
2 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                               11
3 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    9
4 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            6
5 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             5
6 David Mu˝oz (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                              4
7 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           3
8 Ruben Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                        3
9 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                    3
10 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            3
11 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             3
12 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                         3
13 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                    2
14 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             2
15 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                2
16 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                            1
17 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                          1
18 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                                1
19 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            1
20 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                            1
21 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                       46.45.38
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 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                                 1.56
8 Credit Agricole                                                  2.00
9 T- Mobile Team                                                   2.01
10 Phonak Hearing Systems                                          2.40
11 Comunidad Valenciana                                            2.46
12 Bouygues Telecom                                                3.26
13 Kaiku                                                           3.59
14 Davitamon - Lotto                                               4.16
15 Lampre - Caffita                                                4.40
16 Quick Step                                                      5.13
17 La Francaise Des Jeux                                           6.13
18 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                             6.22
19 Team CSC                                                        6.43
20 Relax Fuenlabrada                                               7.42
21 Liquigas - Bianchi                                             13.41
22 Team Gerolsteiner                                              15.37
23 Domina Vacanze                                                 20.30