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45th Vuelta al Pais Vasco - PT

Spain, April 4-8, 2005

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Stage 5b - April 8: O˝ati Individual Time Trial, 9.3 km

Rain Proof Txapelas for Contador and Di Luca

By Martin Hardie

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Alberto Contador, the young star of Manolo Saiz's Liberty Seguros squad, again proved his class by blitzing the field in the final stage time trial of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco this afternoon. It was not much less than a year ago that Contador was lying in hospital, fighting for his life after a very nasty accident in the Vuelta a Asturias. He rested out the 2004 season, wondering, like many others if he would ride again, but this year he has returned with a vengeance to take so far the Setmana Catalana in March and today remaining in the GC hunt right until the final minutes of the day and picking up an impressive stage win.

In the end however, Contador couldn't make all the time he would of needed to take the G.C., but really through no fault of his own. It was Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi) who was the recipient of the floppy txapela hat as the overall winner of the 45th 'Itzulia'. Di Luca rode a powerful daredevil time trial in the rain to put the hopes of Illes Baleares and Aitor Osa to rest. For now Osa, fighting it out on his home turf, will have to make do with just one Itzulia in his palmares. Di Luca for his part said that this is his "best ever stage race victory...one that was very hard to get...I picked up a second this morning and then I knew this afternoon would be very hard, technical and dangerous in the rain."

The stage lead jumped quickly in the final stages, from Vicioso to Pereiro to Julich to Contador, but the GC was decided by just how much would separate Di Luca and Osa. And that question was not answered until Osa entered the narrow streets of O˝ati, pursued by his team director, yelling encouragement and the place of the forthcoming obstacles, in a last ditch attempt to get him home in time. But before the final turn it was clear that the week belonged to Di Luca and he was now able to turn a page on his 'troubled' recent past.

How it unfolded

Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner)
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At the start between the post office and the old university, umbrellas or those large Basque berets, the txapelas, which I am sure are made especially big to keep the consistent Basque rain off the face, were the order of the day. The only other problem, other than the course itself, was the strong wind that was blowing with the rain. First to brave the conditions was Domina's Wladimir Belli who set sail just before 4pm for the 9.3 km technical voyage around the streets of O˝ati. Other than its numerous corners, the course contained a 1 km 12% ramp that peaked 2 km from the end before the plunge with at least four corners and a few more bends below into O˝ati.

The riders we wanted to see were Osa and Di Luca, and the longer shots of Rebellin and Cunego at 5 and 8 seconds respectively, Rodriguez and Boogerd at 8 and 10, Perdiguero and Menchov at 17, Frigo, Contador, Rogers, Julich Etxebarria, and MoncoutiÚ, all hanging around 20 back.

The early leaderboard had at its top Credit Agricole's Andrey Kashechkin, Aranaga, Mayo and Matt White. But they were soon replaced by the likes of Arvesen, Leipheimer and Luis Perez. In the meantime, Jens Voigt was off again by himself in the rain, cresting the nasty little rise between the wet flag waving fans, before taking the one lane farm track back into town. Arvesen's time was 14:10 for the 9.3 km course but he was being overtaken at the 4.5 km check by Fassa's Vincenzo Nibali. However, Nibali wasn't able to keep it going over the tough second half.

Familiar names started to head off, Garzelli, Zubeldia and Heras among them, but none yet in the hunt. The time of Arvesen, who was recently third in the time trial of the Criterium International, and 7th last year here in this event, looked like he had set the mark for those who were shortly going to fight it out. Another reference in the back of the collective CSC mind might well have been the fact that in last year's TT, Osa finished 23 seconds behind Julich. That time over only 8.5km. As things progressed, the only real early change was Garzelli squeezing Luis Perez out of the top three. At that point, there were still 30 riders to go, and as Eladio Jimenez headed off, the rain started to ease a little.

As Brad McGee hit the tarmac it even seemed as if there was a patch of sun poking through the clouds. He was closely followed by his countryman Cadel Evans. The action was about to start. then Tom Danielson, who had looked good at the half way mark, put in a strong finish to come in 2 seconds behind Arvesen.

Then MoncoutiÚ was off, followed by Etxebarria. But as he left, his Liberty teammate, Angel Vicioso, who had flown through the rain, pipped Arvesen by 14 seconds to set the mark at 13'58. Behind, as Sevilla crested the climb, Julich rolled down the start ramp, followed a minute later by the rainbow striped Mick Rogers. As the rain lifted and the sun came out, the crowd also started to liven up. As Contador left the start ramp, with his recent Catalan victory behind him the tension started to noticeably increase.

Julich was making his mark after 4.5 km with a time of 5'55, eight inside that of Vicioso. Phonak's Gallego, Oscar Pereiro was also doing well, with Rogers disappointing after 4.5 km being nine seconds behind Julich. Meanwhile Cadel Evans had done himself an OK time (he would say it "sucked") that was one second less than Arvesen's. The Aussie world champ Rogers was looking a bit better as he crowned the hill just fitting between the increasingly excited crowd.

Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi)
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Pereiro came in and beat Vicioso by four seconds and punched the air. But his pleasure was shortlived with Julich flying around the last slippery bend to take the lead from him by six seconds. Rogers came in 2 seconds behind Pereiro. But Contador was not having anything of a Julich win. He powered through the slippery streets of O˝ati, threw himself at the last tight left hander and sprinted to the line to beat Julich by five seconds. All of these times were of course in the grander scheme of things possibly irrelevant, depending upon the rides of Di Luca, Osa and co. As Contador arrived, Cunego settled himself on his bike...and as he did the rain started all over again.

Cunego, Rebellin, Di Luca and Osa were not going to have the break in the weather that the last group of riders had enjoyed. On the course, Boogerd was splitting the times of Contador and Julich. Boogerd lay 15 seconds behind Osa on GC, whist Contador was 21 seconds behind but his time trial time of 13'43 was looking as threatening as the day's weather.

Cunego's mid-point time wasn't looking great as Osa finally started. Boogerd wasn't going to upset anyone either, but at the 4.5 km mark Di Luca was a man possessed, throwing everything into it. The team car beeping its horn at him as he cut inside the times of both Julich and Contador. Rebellin was giving it heaps as well and crested to the sound of "aupa aupa" but it looked like Di Luca was going to have his way.

Through 4.5 km, Di Luca led Julich by a second and Contador by two, a further one back was Rebellin. Osa was getting the big 'venga' from his team car "vamos Aitor, vamos vamos vamos venga vamooos" screamed Unzue. Rebellin was taking the final curve and looked to be set for third. Osa was getting the home crowd support as he started the 12% ramp, but it didn't look like even that would be enough.

Di Luca finished fourth behind Contador, 9 seconds off the Spaniard's pace, as Osa was taking the descent, wide on what there was of the narrow, wet streets, always looking for more, but not quite finding it. Even still, Eusebio Unzue was not letting up with the voice. Into O˝ati, he was yelling directions, "right...right vamos vamos...venga left!" But before the final turn, the left hander, the places were already flicking past, and we knew then that it was not going to be Aitor's day nor would he have another txapela to keep the rain off his head.

There seemed something different in this year's race, it is always contested and close. But this year with the coming of the ProTour it seemed ever more so. Whether that is true or not, we probably won't ever really know, as the intensity of the moment always makes this one seem bigger than those that have faded a little in the memory. But one thing is for sure, unlike the drinking partying crowd Hemingway met 71 years ago, today's group fought out a live encounter right up until the very last bend.

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Results

1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team              13.43
2 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                     0.05
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                              0.08
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           0.09
5 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                      0.11
6 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                 0.13
7 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                  0.15
8 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                  0.20
9 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                     0.22
10 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                 0.24
11 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                               0.27
12 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                              0.28
13 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                            0.29
14 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
15 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                 
16 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                         0.32
17 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   0.33
18 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team              0.34
19 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                0.41
20 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     0.43
21 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   0.44
22 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise Des Jeux                       0.52
23 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         0.53
24 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                  0.56
25 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                        0.57
26 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                                
27 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                              1.00
28 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                
29 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              1.01
30 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
31 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           1.02
32 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                           
33 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                        1.03
34 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                      1.06
35 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
36 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole                        1.08
37 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                     1.10
38 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                  1.11
39 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne        1.15
40 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 1.16
41 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                               1.17
42 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                        1.18
43 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            1.20
44 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
45 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    1.21
46 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                     1.22
47 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
48 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                              
49 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         1.24
50 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              1.26
51 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                         
52 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                           1.29
53 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi                         
54 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                    
55 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    1.30
56 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone           1.31
57 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                          
58 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  
59 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                 1.32
60 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                 
61 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        1.33
62 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         1.34
63 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone    1.35
64 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
65 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                              1.36
66 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
67 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                       1.37
68 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                        1.38
69 Victor Hugo Pe˝a (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                  1.41
70 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
71 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
72 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Franšaise Des Jeux                       1.42
73 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                  1.43
74 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               
75 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                
76 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
77 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step                                    
78 JosÚ Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step                          1.44
79 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                      1.45
80 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                               
81 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        1.46
82 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             
83 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step                                     1.47
84 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           1.48
85 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              1.49
86 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne              
87 JosÚ Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
88 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             1.50
89 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                       1.53
90 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
91 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
92 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        1.55
93 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                           1.56
94 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                        1.58
95 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                   
96 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             1.59
97 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
98 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana            2.01
99 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                    
100 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                          2.03
101 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                             2.07
102 Kjell Carlstr÷m (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi                        2.09
103 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   2.12
104 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
105 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo                           
106 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                          2.15
107 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                         
108 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
109 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                         
110 RÚmy Di Gregorio (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                         
111 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                  2.17
112 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                       2.18
113 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       2.19
114 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                              2.22
115 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                             2.23
116 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 2.24
117 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step                             2.31
118 JosÚ Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana                2.32
119 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           2.33
120 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku                                  2.39
121 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                 2.40
122 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                              2.43
123 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                             2.44
124 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                     2.45
125 Francisco JosÚ Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team                       2.49
126 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                           2.53
127 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                               2.55
128 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                3.01
129 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         3.05
130 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita                              
131 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            3.13
132 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               3.24
133 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                     3.46
 
Points
 
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 25 pts
2 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                       20
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                16
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             14
5 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                        12
6 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                   10
7 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                     9
8 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                     8
9 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                        7
10 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                    6
11 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                  5
12 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                 4
13 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                               3
14 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            2
15 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                1
 
Teams
 
1 Liberty Seguros - WŘrth Team                                   41.58
2 Team Gerolsteiner                                               0.59
3 Rabobank                                                        1.00
4 Team CSC                                                        1.14
5 Discovery Chanel Pro Cycling Team                               1.24
6 Phonak Hearing Systems                                          1.43
7 Liquigas - Bianchi                                              1.46
8 La Francaise Des Jeux                                           2.17
9 Illes Balears - Caisse D'Epargne                                2.33
10 Lampre - Caffita                                               2.35
11 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                               2.36
12 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                         2.41
13 Davitamon - Lotto                                              2.43
14 Quick Step                                                     2.51
15 T- Mobile Team                                                 2.56
16 Credit Agricole                                                2.57
17 Comunidad Valenciana                                           2.58
18 Bouygues Telecom                                               3.09
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                            3.26
20 Fassa Bortolo                                                  3.30
21 Kaiku                                                          3.34
22 Domina Vacanze                                                 3.42
23 Relax Fuenlabrada                                              4.03
 
Final general classification
 
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                       18.13.53
2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                              0.03
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team               0.11
4 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                  0.14
5 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                     0.18
6 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                      0.24
7 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                  0.25
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                 0.26
9 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                             0.27
10 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                    0.29
11 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   0.40
12 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   0.44
13 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team              0.47
14 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                0.51
15 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                              0.56
16 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                         1.02
17 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     1.05
18 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         1.06
19 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems            1.07
20 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 1.23
21 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise Des Jeux                       1.27
22 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    1.37
23 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                  1.38
24 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                      1.40
25 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                              1.43
26 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        1.51
27 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 2.08
28 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne        2.17
29 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                            2.24
30 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone    2.25
31 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team      2.38
32 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                        2.42
33 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         2.45
34 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                          2.47
35 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                           2.51
36 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                           
37 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              3.04
38 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              3.29
39 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Caffita                     3.56
40 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           4.01
41 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step                              5.09
42 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                      5.14
43 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        5.38
44 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo                        5.43
45 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                           5.46
46 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        5.54
47 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                  5.57
48 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        5.58
49 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         5.59
50 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           6.07
51 JosÚ Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          6.09
52 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         6.35
53 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 6.50
54 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           7.01
55 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    7.17
56 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                      8.41
57 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                        9.39
58 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne          9.42
59 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                              10.00
60 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                       10.17
61 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                    10.18
62 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                 10.51
63 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        10.57
64 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         11.12
65 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                     11.48
66 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            11.50
67 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                           11.55
68 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                     11.56
69 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                       12.28
70 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                              12.45
71 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                     12.48
72 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                               12.55
73 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                          13.00
74 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                      13.05
75 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                              13.17
76 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                            13.40
77 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             14.30
78 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                            14.50
79 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                 15.29
80 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                              15.30
81 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                          15.32
82 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            15.34
83 Iker Cama˝o (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           15.42
84 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                       16.04
85 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team               16.37
86 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       16.38
87 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi                    17.19
88 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                          17.21
89 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                             18.05
90 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       18.23
91 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step                               18.58
92 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                      19.40
93 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           19.44
94 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                             19.47
95 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                       20.27
96 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       21.17
97 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   21.25
98 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                             21.44
99 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                                22.33
100 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      24.27
101 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole                      24.53
102 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Franšaise Des Jeux                     25.19
103 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                   25.33
104 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                         26.27
105 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            26.55
106 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         28.54
107 JosÚ Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Comunidad Valenciana               29.49
108 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana          29.59
109 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      30.20
110 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step                                   30.27
111 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                     31.27
112 Francisco JosÚ Lara (Spa) T-Mobile Team                      31.37
113 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  32.31
114 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                            33.33
115 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      35.33
116 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                              37.10
117 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                           37.20
118 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                    37.25
119 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku                                 38.39
120 JosÚ Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step                        38.53
121 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        40.10
122 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                             40.11
123 Victor Hugo Pe˝a (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                40.32
124 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                    41.04
125 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            41.49
126 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                          42.41
127 RÚmy Di Gregorio (Fra) Franšaise Des Jeux                    42.47
128 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita                         46.14
129 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                47.49
130 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              48.26
131 Kjell Carlstr÷m (Fin) Liquigas-Bianchi                       49.22
132 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                 52.22
133 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           53.25
 
Points classification
 
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             99 pts
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne           66
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems               65
4 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                    45
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                               41
6 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                             38
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                 37
8 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                35
9 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                       30
10 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             29
11 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                   26
12 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                      26
13 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone           25
14 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                        25
15 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                                  22
16 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                          20
17 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             20
18 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                 20
19 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   18
20 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                       17
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                15
22 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                     11
23 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     11
24 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Franšaise Des Jeux                           11
25 David Etxebarria (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                10
26 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Liberty Seguros-WŘrth Team                    9
27 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       6
28 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                         6
29 Josep Jufre (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                               6
30 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                  5
31 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise Des Jeux                          4
32 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       4
33 David Ca˝ada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           3
34 JosÚ Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        2
35 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            2
36 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                   1
37 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           1
38 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           29 pts
2 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                        24
3 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                         18
4 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                               12
5 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                         12
6 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada                                12
7 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           10
8 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           9
9 Aitor Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                     9
10 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            8
11 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           7
12 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 6
13 Benoţt Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                              6
14 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                         5
15 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku                                     4
16 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita                              3
17 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            3
18 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             2
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 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                          2
25 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana               2
26 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         2
27 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       1
28 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) T-Mobile Team                                 1
29 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                             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 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                          9
4 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                   9
5 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           6
6 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            5
7 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                   3
8 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            3
9 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                          3
10 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            3
11 David Latasa (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           3
12 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Kaiku                                        3
13 Adrian Palomares (Spa) Kaiku                                      2
14 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           2
15 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                   2
16 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            2
17 David Blanco (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana                           2
18 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana               2
19 JÚr˘me Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1
20 I˝igo Cuesta (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           1
21 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                           1
22 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone        1
23 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise Des Jeux                         1
24 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                               1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Liberty Seguros - WŘrth Team                                54.44.00
2 Rabobank                                                        0.07
3 Discovery Chanel Pro Cycling Team                               1.08
4 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                          2.08
5 Phonak Hearing Systems                                          5.02
6 T- Mobile Team                                                  5.04
7 Team CSC                                                        5.51
8 Illes Balears - Caisse D'Epargne                                6.17
9 Fassa Bortolo                                                   6.30
10 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                               6.56
11 Davitamon - Lotto                                              7.11
12 Lampre - Caffita                                              10.04
13 Quick Step                                                    10.53
14 Credit Agricole                                               11.04
15 Comunidad Valenciana                                          13.12
16 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                           13.22
17 Kaiku                                                         13.27
18 La Francaise Des Jeux                                         15.34
19 Liquigas - Bianchi                                            17.34
20 Bouygues Telecom                                              20.15
21 Relax Fuenlabrada                                             25.00
22 Team Gerolsteiner                                             25.54
23 Domina Vacanze                                                28.32