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91st Tour de France - July 3-25, 2004

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Stage 15 - Tuesday July 20: Valreas - Villard-de-Lans, 180.5 km

Commentary by Roger Hughes, with additional reporting from Tim Maloney and Chris Henry

Complete live report

Live coverage starts: 12:04 CEST
Estimated finish time: 17:05 CEST

The stage starts in Valréas, with a nine kilometre flat section, before the riders hit the difficult Col des Limouches that takes us into the Vercors region. The last 150 kilometres of this stage are very difficult, with a number of category climbs to contend with. The finish is at Côte, which is just above Villard de Lans, after the final three kilometre climb. The end of this stage is at the same place as in 1987 when Stephen Roche outwitted Jean-François Bernard.

Km 15: Côte d'Aleryrac - Cat. 3, 3.4 km at 4.7%
Km 38: Côte du Puy-Saint-Martin - Cat. 3, 3.9 km at 3%
Km 91.5: Col des Limouches - Cat. 2, 10.7 km at 6.4%
Km 121: Col de l'Echarasson - Cat. 1, 12 km at 7.4%
Km 137: Col de Carri - Cat. 3, 6.2 km at 2.6%
Km 164: Côte de Chalimont - Cat. 2, 10.3 km at 5.8%
Km 179: Villard-de-Lans (Côte 2000) - Cat. 2, 2.3 km at 6.6%

12:02 CEST   
Today's stage commences with a 1.4 km neutral section out of Valreas, before the flag is dropped for the official start around 12:04.

There are two intermediate sprints today, with the first one in Puy-Saint-Martin (km 34) and the second in Saint-Jean-en-Royans (km 115). Australian Robbie McEwen still leads the points competition with 225 points, 13 more than Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) and 16 more than Thor Hushovd (CA).

Iban Mayo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was a non-starter this morning, although a reason has not been given by his team.

12:09 CEST   
Jakob Piil also didn't start today, after suffering a knee injury last week. He opted to pull out on the rest day yesterday.

12:13 CEST    5km/175.5km to go
After five kilometres of racing, the peloton is still together in the 15th stage.

The weather today: sunny and very warm with little wind. Temperatures are around 30 degrees at the moment and should rise during the afternoon. There is a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm or two.

12:16 CEST    6.5km/174km to go
The first attack of the day goes with (naturally) Richard Virenque (Quick.Step), Janek Tombak (Cofidis), Carlos Da Cruz (FDJ) and Ludovic Martin (RAGT). They are being pursued by Chente Garcia Acosta (Illes Balears).

12:20 CEST    8km/172.5km to go
Garcia Acosta joins the front group with Virenque in it, while Filippo Simeoni (Domina) and Jan Hruska (Liberty) also give chase. The peloton is back at 15 seconds.

12:24 CEST    12km/168.5km to go
And then there were four. Da Cruz goes back to the peloton, leaving Virenque, Garcia Acosta, Tombak and Martin with a 10 second lead.

12:29 CEST    13.5km/167km to go
Virenque and co. are persisting with their breakaway attempt as a new chase group splinters off the front of the peloton in pursuit. Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) and Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step) have joined the front riders on the Cat. 3 Cote d'Aleyrac.

12:31 CEST    15km/165.5km to go
Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo) has caught the front group as well, and is now off the front on his own on the climb. There are three riders in pursuit, while Virenque has gone back to the peloton.

Already Jimmy Casper and Massimiliano Mori have been dropped by the peloton.

12:36 CEST    18km/162.5km to go
Axel Merckx takes the four points on offer on the first climb, with Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa) in second, followed by Marcos Serrano (Liberty) and Jean-Cyril Robin (FDJeux.com).

Merckx persists with his attack over the top of the climb, and is joined by Stéphane Goubert (Ag2r).

Andreas Klöden (T-Mobile) has crashed, but he's on the bike again and back in the peloton.

12:39 CEST    23km/157.5km to go
The lead group now contains: Santiago Botero (T-Mobile), José Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak), Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo), Vladimir Karpets (Illes Balears), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros), Stéphane Goubert (AG2R), Jean-Cyril Robin (Fdjeux.com), Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo).

They have 41 seconds on the peloton, and are riding well together. Goubert is the best placed on GC, sitting in 17th at 12'44.

12:44 CEST    28km/152.5km to go
The nine leaders have been pulled back to 24 seconds. Rabobank missed the move again, and is bringing the peloton to within striking distance, presumably to try and get one of their riders across.

12:50 CEST    34km/146.5km to go
The nine leaders are persisting, and have increased their advantage out to 36 seconds at the first sprint in Puy-Saint-Martin.

12:53 CEST    36km/144.5km to go
The first sprint is won by Jean-Cyril Robin ahead of Marcos Serrano and David Moncoutié, with the peloton another 30 seconds behind.

The gap is now down to 19 seconds.

12:59 CEST    38km/142.5km to go
It's still Santiago Botero (T-Mobile), José Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak), Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo), Vladimir Karpets (Illes Balears), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros), Stéphane Goubert (AG2R), Jean-Cyril Robin (Fdjeux.com), Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo) in front with a slim 17 second advantage. Virenque and Rasmussen are trying to close to the leaders, but not succeeding.

The leaders are on the second climb (Cote de Puy St Martin) which commenced right after the second sprint.

13:01 CEST   
The peloton has split on the climb, with Voeckler making the front group (just) but Robbie McEwen being tailed off in the second group. The gap is fairly large between the two groups, and it's US Postal setting the tempo in front.

The nine leaders have just 11 seconds.

13:03 CEST    40km/140.5km to go
Axel Merckx wins the points on the second climb ahead of Botero, Gutierrez and Karpets. Merckx might be on a mission today to close the gap to Virenque. But he has a pretty big task ahead of him.

13:08 CEST    46km/134.5km to go
After a fairly lumpy first hour, the average speed is 43.9 km/h. The nine leaders still have 10 seconds on the US Postal-led peloton. McEwen's second group is at 55 seconds from the leaders.

13:12 CEST    51km/129.5km to go
Finally the leaders have been caught after a concerted effort from US Postal. There are now two pelotons: the first containing all the GC riders and the second containing McEwen, which is 1'00 behind at the moment. They're not coming back unless the pace slows in front.

13:23 CEST    59km/121.5km to go
Things are getting messy.

The attacks are continuing in the first peloton, which is definitely not the bigger portion of the field. In the lead we now have three riders: Santos Gonzalez (Phonak), Laurent Brochard (AG2R Prévoyance) and Dmitri Fofonov (Cofidis).

The are being chased by a group with Padrnos, Aitor Gonzalez, Hushovd, Voigt, Garcia Acosta, Dufaux, Vandevelde, O'Grady and Virenque, who close the gap.

The next group of 34 riders has Armstrong, Voeckler, Ullrich, Basso, Merckx etc. in it and is at 22 seconds. Robbie McEwen's green jersey peloton is now at 1'40. This could be a chance for O'Grady to take back some points.

13:25 CEST    62km/118.5km to go
In the lead we now have: Pavel Padrnos (US Postal), Santos Gonzalez (Phonak), Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo), Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole), Jens Voigt (Team CSC), José V. Garcia Acosta (Illes Balears), Stuart O'Grady, Dmitri Fofonov (Cofidis), Richard Virenque, Laurent Dufaux (Quick Step-Davitamon), Christian Vandevelde (Liberty Seguros), Anthony Charteau (Brioches La Boulangère), Laurent Brochard (AG2R Prévoyance), Scott Sunderland (Alessio-Bianchi), Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank).

The Voeckler/Armstrong group of 34 is at 40 seconds, while the McEwen group is at 2'00.

13:32 CEST    67.5km/113km to go
The 15 leaders now have 1'33 on the peloton as they get close to the feed zone at Les Faucons. Rasmussen is the best placed on GC in the break, lying in 18th at 13'03.

Meanwhile, McEwen's green jersey peloton has closed the gap to the yellow jersey group, which has eased up a bit.

13:36 CEST    71km/109.5km to go
Pavel Padrnos (US Postal) has been called back to the peloton, leaving 14 leaders at 1'50:

Santos Gonzalez (Phonak), Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo), Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole), Jens Voigt (Team CSC), José V. Garcia Acosta (Illes Balears), Stuart O'Grady, Dmitri Fofonov (Cofidis), Richard Virenque, Laurent Dufaux (Quick Step-Davitamon), Christian Vandevelde (Liberty Seguros), Anthony Charteau (Brioches La Boulangère), Laurent Brochard (AG2R Prévoyance), Scott Sunderland (Alessio-Bianchi), Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank)

13:43 CEST    75km/105.5km to go
The 14 leaders pass through the feed zone with 2'28 advantage to the US Postal/CSC led bunch. The Cat. 2 ascent of Col des Limouches will commence in about 5 km. It's 10.7 km at 6.3%.

Andreas Klöden (T-Mobile) is off the back again, but we're not sure if it's because of his crash earlier or if it's a mechanical/other.

13:49 CEST    80km/100.5km to go
This is an interesting escape, with riders like Hushovd and O'Grady in it, who are obviously keen for the green jersey points, and also Virenque, who wants to sew up the spotty jersey, and Rasmussen, who is a good candidate for the victory if this break goes all the way. There's also Stage 14 winner Aitor Gonzalez, the ever aggressive Jens Voigt, a Brioches rider in Anthony Charteau, Cyclingnews diarist Scott Sunderland, and former World Champion Laurent Brochard. What a mix!

The gap is stable at 2'23 as they commence the climb.

13:56 CEST    82km/98.5km to go
The 14 leaders are riding up the Col de Limouches at a steady pace, with the Postal led peloton still hovering behind at 2'20. They don't want to let someone like Rasmussen get 10 minutes today.

14:01 CEST   
Cyclingnews spoke to Levi Leipheimer (Rabobank) this morning about his plans for the day. The 14th placed rider on GC told us, "I'm feeling fine. The rest day went well. I'm not going to go in the early breakaway, but you've got to be attentive on that second last climb. I think a lot of people are going to look for that as an opportunity. Maybe if Voeckler is hurting then US Postal will put the pressure on so Lance will have the jersey tomorrow. Tomorrow is a big day so you can't burn too many matches today."

14:05 CEST    86km/94.5km to go
The lead group has splintered, with Santos Gonzalez, Virenque, Voigt and Rasmussen going clear on the Col des Limouches with about 4 km from the summit.

14:07 CEST    87km/93.5km to go
Scott Sunderland and Laurent Dufaux are having difficulties holding onto the chase group, which contains Aitor Gonzalez, Hushovd, Garcia Acosta, O'Grady, Fofonov, Vandevelde, Charteau and Brochard.

14:08 CEST   
The average speed for the second hour was 41.9 km/h, which brings the overall average speed of the stage down to 42.9 km/h.

14:09 CEST    88km/92.5km to go
Brochard has caught the lead group, which has five riders in it now: Virenque, Rasmussen, Voigt, S. Gonzalez and Brochard.

14:12 CEST    89km/91.5km to go
As the leaders approach the summit of the Col des Limouches, we have Santos Gonzalez (Phonak), Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank), Jens Voigt (Team CSC), Richard Virenque (Quick.Step), Laurent Brochard (AG2R Prévoyance) in the lead. At 13 seconds is a group with Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo), José V. Garcia Acosta (Illes Balears), Stuart O'Grady, Dmitri Fofonov (Cofidis), Christian Vandevelde (Liberty Seguros), Anthony Charteau (Brioches La Boulangère). Then Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole), Laurent Dufaux (Quick Step-Davitamon) at 0'20, then Scott Sunderland (Alessio-Bianchi) at 1'00 and the peloton at 3'10.

14:18 CEST    90.5km/90km to go
The five leaders now have 3'20 on the peloton as they near the summit of the second climb. The remnants of the breakaway are chasing at various intervals, and the group with O'Grady, Garcia Acosta and Aitor Gonzalez may be able to close the gap on the descent.

14:23 CEST    91.5km/89km to go
Virenque attacks for the mountain points at the top of the Limouches. It's a cat. 2 climb, so there's 10 points for the winner.

In the main peloton (at 3'30), yellow jersey Thomas Voeckler is near the back, suffering on this nearly 11 km climb.

14:27 CEST    97km/83.5km to go
Virenque took the points on the climb ahead of Brochard, Santos Gonzalez, Rasmussen, Voigt and Charteau. On the descent, there has been a small regrouping with O'Grady, Garcia Acosta and Vandevelde joining the leaders. In fact, O'Grady is descending so well that he is now 20 seconds ahead of the others.

14:32 CEST    102km/78.5km to go
At the moment we have Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis) in the lead, being pursued by Thor Hushovd. The second and final bonus sprint is at km 115, so O'Grady and Hushovd obviously want it.

Behind them are Santos Gonzalez (Phonak), Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank), Jens Voigt (Team CSC), Richard Virenque (Quick.Step), Laurent Brochard (AG2R Prévoyance), José V. Garcia Acosta (Illes Balears) and Christian Vandevelde (Liberty Seguros) at 24 seconds, with Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo) and Anthony Charteau (Brioches La Boulangère) at 0'45; Dmitri Fofonov (Cofidis) and Laurent Dufaux (Quick Step-Davitamon) at 1'00 and the peloton led by USPS at 3'07.

McEwen is chasing on after being dropped by the peloton on the climb.

14:33 CEST   
Fofonov and Dufaux have sat up and will be caught by the peloton. Sunderland has also been caught (which obviously means he's not in the leading break!).

14:38 CEST    109km/71.5km to go
O'Grady now has 35 seconds lead on Hushovd as they fly down the mountain. He should be able to make it to the sprint at St Jean en Royans to pick up six valuable green jersey points. But Hushovd will get four in any case.

The seven chasers will probably catch them on the next climb, the Col de l'Echarasson, which begins straight after the sprint. It's a Category 1 ascent, measuring 12 km at 7.4%.

14:42 CEST    114km/66.5km to go
Hushovd is 30 seconds behind O'Grady, while the chase group at 0'50 has grown to nine (S. Gonzalez, A. Gonzalez, Virenque, Rasmussen, Voigt, Brochard, Garcia Acosta, Vandevelde, Charteau). Scott Sunderland is still out there at 2'50, while the peloton has dropped back to 5'15.

14:47 CEST    116km/64.5km to go
O'Grady has taken the points at St Jean en Royans, with Hushovd getting second and Brochard third. O'Grady's now on the Cat. 1 climb. The nine leaders are at 54 seconds, with Sunderland alone at 2'50 and the peloton at 5'50.

14:55 CEST    118km/62.5km to go
Robbie McEwen, dropped earlier gets back on to the bunch at the foot of the descent.

O'Grady and Hushovd are continuing their efforts on what is the day's hardest climb, but for both it is probably just a matter of getting to the finish from here; they have picked up what they can for the day now. Hushovd is back up to second in the green jersey classification, a point ahead of Zabel and 12 behind McEwen.

Back down the hill in the peloton It is still US Postal setting a rhythm. An autobus group is now forming.

15:00 CEST   
T-Mobile jerseys have now moved up ahead of the US Postal train, Guerini leading with Klöden in third wheel and Ullrich ahead of him. A very substantial selection is going on, with 5km still for the bunch until the summit; riders are streaming off the back. Among them is Thomas Voeckler; this could be the day he loses that yellow jersey.

15:04 CEST   
Ullrich attacks alone and opens a gap. The Posties are chasing.

15:07 CEST   
Ullrich has Botero up the road, but with a seven minute advantage, Lance Armstrong is not panicking; it is still a steady team chase with Landis leading. Basso is with Armstrong.

The gap stabilises at 12 seconds, and Ullrich doesn't seem to be going anywhere for the moment.

15:13 CEST    124km/56.5km to go
Ahead Rasmussen and Virenque have gone clear of the leading group, which has swept up the two sprinters and spat them out the back.

Landis and Azevedo are keeping up the pace; they are the last domestiques for Armstrong; Ullrich has Botero up the road, and Klöden with Armstrong, so the teams are notionally about even. Basso, Sastre and Rasmussen are making up the numbers of what is now a very select group.

15:14 CEST   
Ullrich, racing vest open to the waist now has 41 seconds on the Armstrong group and is going away.

15:20 CEST   
Armstrong has picked up Sunday's stage winner Aitor Gonzalez, who jumps to get onto his wheel - normally not a wise move. Botero wasn't in that group - commentator error there.

Voeckler is leading one of many groups of stragglers, still looking like a real tryer - the whole race is spread down the slopes of the Vercors plateau - there isn't a bunch any more.

15:24 CEST    127km/53.5km to go
Virenque takes the points as they crest the climb with Rasmussen; 35 seconds down Brochard leads Voigt over. Ullrich is 1.56 down with Santos Gonzalez (Phonak) on his wheel.

The Armstrong group has also picked up some of the earlier leaders as they go over; I forgot to mention Leipheimer and Sabaliauskas who are also with them.

15:29 CEST    130.5km/50km to go
The Armstrong group's gap was 54 seconds on Ullrich. The yellow jersey comes over the top about three minutes down, but Voeckler still has his white to start with.

Ullrich and Gonzalez have picked up Christian Vandevelde as the finish the short descent which his followed again by the 3rd-cat Col de Carri; ahead it looks as though Voigt has been called back to assist Sastre and Basso; he's just pootling along the road.

15:32 CEST   
Voigt is caught by the Armstrong/Basso group and goes straight to the front of them to set a rhythm; Basso is clearly concerned by Ullrich even if Armstrong isn't.

1.09 between Ullrich and Armstrong now.

15:40 CEST    137km/43.5km to go
Voigt's efforts have brought back Ullrich's lead under a minute again as he pulls them over the top of the col de Carri, where Virenque led Rasmussen over again 2.22 earlier.

15:42 CEST   
Virenque and Rasmussen are still ploughing along ahead. On the descent from the Col de Carri Ullrich nearly manages one of his trademark off-road trips on a corner, but not quite. Gonzalez is working with him too.

15:48 CEST   
For the chasers Voigt and Landis are dong bit and bit on the front, but their chase (Landis in particular) looks measured rather than desperate. Ullrich and Gonzalez have caught Brochard, but the gap behind them is closing again.

TV pictures have captured something being passed between the US Postal and CSC team cars, intriguingly enough.

Thomas Voeckler and several of his Brioches la Boulangère team are now towing along what might reasonably be termed something like the peloton, 20 or so riders.

15:54 CEST   
Voigt and Landis are reeling the Ullrich group (as well as the two leaders) back in now; Gonzalez is now pulling on the front, but too little, too late.

"What happened in the Pyrenees surprised me because I thought I was at my best level," Ullrich commented to L'Equipe this morning. "But I just didn't have the legs to match my ambitions. The Alps suit my potential better. I'm a fighter. I will keep trying to prove that I was not wrong in my approach to the Tour."

16:03 CEST    155km/25.5km to go
The two leaders set out up the second category Col de Chalimont, for which the bare figures of 10.3 km at 5.8% disguise some substantially steeper bits early on. The Armstrong group comes through 46 seconds behind, and some of the refugees from the earlier break are in trouble very quickly, first Vandevelde and then both the Gonzalezes, then Brochard. Floyd Landis again is setting the pace.

16:07 CEST   
Virenque is leading out of the saddle, with a seated Rasmussen firmly on his wheel.

Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner) is coming back up to the Armstrong group from behind, so it's not all one-way traffic. Landis leads Azevedo, with Armstrong, Basso and Ullrich next in line.

16:11 CEST    159.5km/21km to go
Voeckler is cooked, and can no longer hold the group he was in. He is still well ahead of his nearest rivals for the white jersey, however, so he should be safe there.

The US Postal train gets the two leaders in sight. Virenque and Rasmussen are chatting.

Levi Leipheimer plays the old one-two and jumps up to the pair, and they pull away, but Rasmussen can't hang on.

16:14 CEST    160.5km/20km to go
Brochard and then Landis are dropped; Voigt isn't there any more either. Sastre takes up the chase. Nice to have friends.

Leipheimer drops Virenque as they come up to the 20 km to go banner, but his advantage is still just a few seconds.

16:16 CEST   
Sastre is now leading Basso, with Armstrong and Ullrich sharing his wheel; the group is down to eight now.

16:23 CEST    164km/16.5km to go
Leipheimer's efforts go unrewarded and he is back in the group; two Postals (Armstrong and Azevedo), two CSCs (Basso and Sastre), two T-Mobiles (Ullrich and Klöden) plus Virenque and Leipheimer now make up the front group.

Klöden drops back to the car, but it's too far on in the stage to take bottles.

At the top of the climb p'tit Richard Virenque takes the points; his day is now done, and he drops back to the back of the group for the descent to the village of Villard de Lans and the final climb up to the ski station of Côte 2000.

16:29 CEST   
The descent is wooded and narrow but largely hairpin-free; Azevedo is leading the string.

The indefatigable Jens Voigt brings Michael Rasmussen back up to the leaders on the descent, giving CSC a small mathematical advantage for the final climb.

16:31 CEST    172km/8.5km to go
Sabaliauskas too nearly gets back up on the last few metres of the descent, but it may be a few metres too far as Voigt moves up to the front of the line.

16:37 CEST    176km/4.5km to go
Azevedo and Voigt are keeping it lined out as they come into the village of Villard-de-Lans. Sabaliauskas is still hanging a painful few yards off the back. Armstrong is doing the poker face thing. Rasmussen is bringing up the rear.

16:40 CEST    178.5km/2km to go
The finish climb is only a couple of kilometres of 5.7%, but every summit finish is a chance for a time gap. Voigt is pulling the train to the foot of the climb now. Armstrong seems a log way back as the climb starts and Voigt pulls off the front, but Sastre blows immediately as well and Basso is now alone.

16:41 CEST   
Azevedo is dropped as well, then Rasmussen and Virenque.

16:42 CEST   
That damage all happened as Klöden takes the front with Ullrich and Basso on his wheel, then the black-socked (I hate that. Don't you?) Armstrong, then Leipheimer. That's who it's between today...

16:45 CEST   
Klöden is setting the pace still; Leipheimer seems to be finding it difficult at 500 m to go.

Basso jumps clear, but Armstrong doesn't think he deserves it and comes round him into the final couple of corners - he has it for his second (or third) stage win of this Tour.

16:56 CEST   
And the rest of the race straggles in one by one.

Finally outgoing Maillot Jaune Thomas Voeckler comes around the corner to the finish 9.32 down, looking less than completely happy about life; he has had a good run in yellow, but he will now be wearing the white jersey which he has also been holding since the big break on the stage to Chartres.

17:07 CEST   
As the new leader Armstrong (about to put on his 61st yellow jersey) will of course have the advantage of starting last in tomorrow's time trial up the Alpe d'Huez. Riding fairly quietly, he has successfully imposed his rhythm on a tricky stage in Vercors partisan country (but finally breaking Voeckler's French resistance). Although Basso, Ullrich and Klöden are certainly not yet beaten, it does seem that they will not be able to put time into the American unless they catch him on a jour non; if you're betting on it, make sure you get suitably long odds.

Thanks for following the day's stage with us at Cyclingnews - we hope to have you back for tomorrow's mountain time trial from around 1400 CEST tomorrow.


Provisional result

1 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal p/b Berry Floor       4.40.30
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                  
3 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                          0.03
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team                       0.06
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                           0.13
6 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick Step-Davitamon              0.48
7 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                         0.49
8 Jose Azevedo (Por) US Postal p/b Berry Floor             0.53
9 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                1.04
10 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                            1.24
General classification after stage 15
1 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal p/b Berry Floor      67.13.43
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                1.25
3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team                       3.22
4 Francisco Mancebo Pérez (Spa) Illes Balears - Banesto    5.39
5 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                          6.54
6 Jose Azevedo (Por) US Postal p/b Berry Floor             7.34
7 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                       8.19
8 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère             9.28
9 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                 10.10
10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank                         10.58

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