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32nd Tour Méditerranéen - 2.1

France/Italy, February 9-13, 2005

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Stage 5 - February 13: Cabriès - Marseille, 122 km

Hunter grabs final stage as Voigt clinches overall

Robert Hunter (Phonak)
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CSC secured overall victory in the 32nd Tour Méditerranéen with Jens Voigt and Frank Schleck taking the top two places overall. The five day race finished with a 122 km stage between Cabriès and Marseille, won in a bunch sprint by Phonak's Robert Hunter ahead of Gerolsteiner's Danilo Hondo and Fassa Bortolo's Fabio Sacchi.

Although CSC didn't finish 1-2-3 on GC like last year, it came close with Nicki Sorensen's fourth place behind Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas). Voigt laid the foundations of his victory on the first stage, which we won alone, then cemented it with a strong ride in Friday's Mont Faron stage. Saturday's team time trial was won by CSC, although at 16 seconds, Liquigas and Rabobank weren't completely demolished. Today's sprinters stage presented no problems for Bjarne Riis' well drilled squad to defend the yellow jersey. It looks like the next stop will be Paris-Nice.

"I'm extremely happy with this victory," said Voigt, who also expressed his gratitude to his CSC teammates. "It is a prestigious race, formerly won by great riders. It's been one of the goals for the spring season, and everything has turned out just right this week. I've already won a lot this year, but it isn't something I'll ever get tired of."

"Jens has been the big gun in this race, but the team also has a huge share in the victory," said sports director Kim Andersen. "We had big ambitions ahead of this race, but hadn't imagined we'd be able to dominate to this extent. It's been a tough week for all of us, but we're definitely on a winning streak. We've worked really hard during the first training camp, and the results are there for everyone to see now. It's early days yet with the new season, but we've had the best possible start. Ahead of us is another training camp, which will give the riders another boost - especially as they can see it pays off."

Apart from the overall victory Team CSC also won the points competition (Voigt), the young rider's competition (Schleck) and the teams competition.


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Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

  • Robert Hunter (Phonak) takes the final stage of the Tour Méditerranéen, ahead of Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) and Fabio Sacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
  • YESSSS! Robert Hunter (Phonak) claims victory
  • The overall top three - Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas-Bianchi, 3rd); Jens Voigt (CSC, 1st); and Franck Schleck (Team CSC, 2nd)
  • Jens Voigt (Team CSC) on the podium as overall winner of the 2005 Tour Méditerranéen

Images by Mark P. Hazelton


1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak                          3.05.22
2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            
3 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           
4 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Quick Step                            
5 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)               
6 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
7 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Agritubel                             
8 Antonio d'Aniello (Ita) Team Miche                         
9 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis                             
10 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step                             
11 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators                             
12 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) La Française des Jeux              
13 Crescenzo d'Amore (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                    
14 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                        
15 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare           
16 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                    
17 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) La Française des Jeux          
18 Mathé Pronk (Ned)              
19 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Team Miche                            
20 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                
21 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                 
22 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Crédit Agricole                     
23 Jurgen van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step                        
24 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     
25 Franck Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                             
26 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) La Française des Jeux               
27 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                      
28 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank                               
29 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators                         
30 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                           
31 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                  
32 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    
33 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                        
34 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                         
35 Eric Berthou (Fra) RAGT Semences                          
36 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare            
37 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                   
38 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                    
39 Michaël Delage (Fra) La Française des Jeux                
40 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
41 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                             
42 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                  
43 Bo Hamburger (Den) Acqua e Sapone                         
44 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua e Sapone                     
45 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                      
46 Ian McLeod (RSA) La Française des Jeux                    
47 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                           
48 Chris Baldwin (USA) Navigators                            
49 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak                              
50 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak                                 
51 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           
52 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) Rabobank                           
53 Johan Coenen (Bel)             
54 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                               
55 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                             
56 Erwin Thijs (Bel)              
57 Gilles Canouet (Fra) Agritubel                            
58 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    
59 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team Miche                            
60 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r Prévoyance                      
61 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                             
62 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                             
63 Frédéric Finot (Fra) La Française des Jeux                
64 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis                              
65 Mathew White (Aus) Cofidis                                
66 Laurent Paumier (Fra)          
67 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                        
68 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                     
69 Kevin de Weert (Bel) Quick Step                           
70 Przemislaw Niemec (Pol) Team Miche                        
71 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                              
72 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step                           
73 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      
74 Bradley McGee (Aus) La Française des Jeux                 
75 Kyrylo Pospeyev (Ukr) Acqua e Sapone                      
76 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel                           
77 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare            
78 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prévoyance                        
79 Nicola Loda (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                        
80 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis                             
81 Johan Tschopp (Swi) Phonak                                
82 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step                             
83 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak                               
84 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                  0.15
85 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                       
86 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak                           0.20
87 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole               0.49
88 Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                   0.54
89 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                        1.00
90 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators                     3.46
91 Kristof Trouve (Bel)           
92 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                                
93 Slavomir Kohut (Pol) Team Miche                           
94 Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                    
95 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Crédit Agricole                      
96 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           
97 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      
98 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     
99 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis                                
100 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis                          
101 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators                           
102 Armando Rupa (Ita) Team Miche                            
103 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    
104 Benjamin Levecot (Fra) RAGT Semences                     
105 Nicolas Dulac (Fra) RAGT Semences                        
106 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Domina Vacanze                       
107 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         
108 J.Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                       
109 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                  
110 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) Domina Vacanze                   
111 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                      
112 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                              
113 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra) RAGT Semences                      
114 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators                              
115 Thomasz Nose (Slo) Phonak                                
116 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                          5.18
117 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) La Française des Jeux          10.11
118 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                 
119 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                 11.31
DNF Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC                           
DNF Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                        
DNF Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step                      
DNF Kilian Patour (Fra) Crédit Agricole                      
DNF Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                   
DNF Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                    
DNF Renaud Dion (Fra) RAGT Semences                          
DNF Ludovic Martin (Fra) RAGT Semences                       
DNF Stéphane Bergès (Fra) Agritubel                          
DNF Seweryn Kohut (Pol) Team Miche                           
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare             
DNF Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare        
DNS Vladimir Goussev (Rus) Team CSC                          
DNS Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                   
DNS Dario Andriotto (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                   
DNS Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas-Bianchi                  
DNS Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           
DNS Damien Nazon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                       
DNS Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        
DNS Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators                            
DNS David Boucher (Fra)           
Final general classification
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                          13.52.38
2 Franck Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                          0.49
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi               1.00
4 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                          1.34
5 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) La Française des Jeux            2.02
6 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                               
7 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                          2.26
8 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                        2.27
9 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                            2.31
10 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom               2.45
11 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) La Française des Jeux          2.57
12 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                  3.01
13 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                            3.03
14 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                    3.15
15 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                         3.22
16 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Domina Vacanze                  3.23
17 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                3.35
18 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis                             
19 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                3.37
20 Kevin de Weert (Bel) Quick Step                       3.44
21 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step                         3.58
22 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          
23 Antonio d'Aniello (Ita) Team Miche                    4.17
24 Przemislaw Niemec (Pol) Team Miche                    4.18
25 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       4.21
26 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                    4.42
27 Jurgen van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step                    4.51
28 Johan Tschopp (Swi) Phonak                            4.52
29 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Crédit Agricole                 5.21
30 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team Miche                        5.30
31 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                     5.36
32 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) Rabobank                       5.41
33 Chris Baldwin (USA) Navigators                        5.51
34 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r Prévoyance                  6.03
35 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak                             6.04
36 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                6.11
37 Mathé Pronk (Ned)          6.14
38 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     
39 Kyrylo Pospeyev (Ukr) Acqua e Sapone                  6.35
40 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak                           6.37
41 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                  6.40
42 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Team Miche                        6.42
43 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prévoyance                    6.46
44 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel                       6.54
45 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                       6.59
46 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                   7.08
47 Johan Coenen (Bel)         7.18
48 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                   
49 Ian McLeod (RSA) La Française des Jeux                7.26
50 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak                          7.35
51 Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                       
52 Laurent Paumier (Fra)      7.39
53 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                              7.45
54 Bo Hamburger (Den) Acqua e Sapone                     7.54
55 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                8.19
56 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis                          8.24
57 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                      8.25
58 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       8.34
59 Eric Berthou (Fra) RAGT Semences                      8.49
60 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone               9.07
61 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis                       9.26
62 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Crédit Agricole                 10.30
63 Nicola Loda (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                   10.32
64 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                 10.47
65 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak                          11.07
66 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step                        11.26
67 Mathew White (Aus) Cofidis                           12.06
68 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step                           
69 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare       12.36
70 Thomasz Nose (Slo) Phonak                            13.14
71 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Quick Step                      13.36
72 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                   13.39
73 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators                    13.47
74 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis                       13.50
75 Crescenzo d'Amore (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                    
76 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                        14.01
77 Gilles Canouet (Fra) Agritubel                       15.09
78 Erwin Thijs (Bel)         15.24
79 Michaël Delage (Fra) La Française des Jeux           15.48
80 Frédéric Finot (Fra) La Française des Jeux           15.55
81 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare      16.22
82 Slavomir Kohut (Pol) Team Miche                           
83 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                   16.26
84 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis                           16.27
85 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Domina Vacanze                   16.52
86 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                          17.11
87 Kristof Trouve (Bel)      17.26
88 Thomasz Nose (Slo) Phonak                            18.11
89 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                       18.18
90 Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators                          18.50
91 Siro Camponogara (Ita) Navigators                    18.52
92 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Agritubel                       18.59
93 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                19.37
94 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare       19.41
95 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) Domina Vacanze               19.53
96 Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi               20.30
97 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) La Française des Jeux     21.04
98 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone              21.16
99 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                22.34
100 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Domina Vacanze                23.11
101 Benjamin Levecot (Fra) RAGT Semences                23.26
102 Bradley McGee (Aus) La Française des Jeux           23.40
103 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) La Française des Jeux          23.56
104 Armando Rupa (Ita) Team Miche                       24.09
105 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance            24.14
106 Damien Nazon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                  24.47
107 J.Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                  24.57
108 Nicolas Dulac (Fra) RAGT Semences                   25.38
109 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank                         25.44
110 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators                      26.27
111 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                 26.34
112 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                         26.51
113 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators                       28.50
114 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)        31.53
115 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                     32.57
116 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                33.32
117 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo               33.45
118 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra) RAGT Semences                 36.24
119 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                          36.29
Points classification
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                62 pts
2 Franck Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                            34
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) La Française des Jeux             29
4 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                 25
5 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak                               25
6 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                          24
7 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis                            20
8 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                 20
9 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          20
10 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                 18
11 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                      17
12 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                              16
13 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        16
14 Antonio d'Aniello (Ita) Team Miche                      14
15 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis                         14
16 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Quick Step                         14
17 Przemislaw Niemec (Pol) Team Miche                      12
18 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step                           12
19 Crescenzo d'Amore (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                  12
20 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)            12
Mountains classification
1 Przemislaw Niemec (Pol) Team Miche                       25 pts
2 Michaël Delage (Fra) La Française des Jeux               22
3 Kevin de Weert (Bel) Quick Step                          19
4 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank                              16
5 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis                               10
6 Kristof Trouve (Bel)           7
7 David O'Loughlin (Irl) Navigators                         7
8 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua e Sapone                     5
9 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                 4
10 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                  3
11 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Agritubel                           3
12 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                      3
13 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                   2
14 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel                          2
15 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                              1
16 Franck Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                            1
Young rider classification
1 Franck Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                              
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) La Française des Jeux                
3 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                               
4 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                              
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) La Française des Jeux               
6 Kevin de Weert (Bel) Quick Step                            
7 Przemislaw Niemec (Pol) Team Miche                         
8 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           
9 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            
10 Jurgen van Goolen (Bel) Quick Step                        
11 Johan Tschopp (Swi) Phonak                                
12 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Crédit Agricole                     
13 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team Miche                            
14 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) Rabobank                           
15 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     
16 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Team Miche                            
17 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r Prévoyance                        
18 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel                           
19 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step                       
20 Ian McLeod (RSA) La Française des Jeux                    
21 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                               

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