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98th Paris-Tours - CDM

France, October 10, 2004

Results    Live report    World Cup standings

Dare to be Erik: Defiant Dekker proves "nothing is impossible"

Bettini takes back World Cup jersey

By Chris Henry in Tours

Erik Dekker (Rabobank)
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Recent years have shown that despite its stature as a flat, sprinter's race, Paris-Tours is often won in a breakaway. Whether solo or in a small group, winners such as Jacky Durand, Andrea Tafi, Marc Wauters and Richard Virenque have all shown that the peloton can be beaten at its own game. Erik Zabel returned the sprinters to the fore in 2003, but just one year on, Erik Dekker (Rabobank) did the ride of his life to keep the bunch at bay and claim his third World Cup victory on the Avenue de Grammont in Tours. Germany's Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) was the best of the rest, while Dekker's teammate, favoured sprinter and recently crowned World Champion Oscar Freire, completed the podium.

Dekker's win was one of sheer determination. Part of a five (then four) man breakaway for most of the race, he refused to waver even as the peloton closed within a minute (and indeed within sight) in the hectic finale. The Dutch national champion showed himself to be the strongest in every group as he fought his way to Tours, whittling the break down in size as the peloton drew ever nearer. A crash in the main field in the closing kilometres set in motion a new potential for victory as Dekker latched onto a new group of four emerging from the head of the peloton. In the end, despite his day-long effort, Dekker was the fastest and the most determined to hold off the charging field. Down the seemingly interminable Avenue de Grammont, a final do or die sprint to win by several lengths capped a career-defining display of physical and tactical brilliance.

Danilo Hondo
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"I thought for a long time about what Richard Virenque did [in 2001], which was unbelievable," Dekker explained, referring to Virenque's own solo adventure to foil the sprinters. "Nothing is impossible. It's such a hard race, it's October, and you never know how fast the peloton can go. Normally in a race like this the final kilometres would be close to 70 km/h, but never in Tours.

"You don't win that many World Cups in your life," Dekker added, asked about the significance of this success. "My dream, after two years of injury, was to come back and win a big race. I achieved that today. To be Dutch champion is nice, to win the Tour of Holland is nice, but this is extraordinary."

Dekker's third World Cup success comes after his year 2000 win in San Sebastian and a popular home victory at the 2001 Amstel Gold Race.

Despite a crash with 115 km to go, Dekker's teammate Oscar Freire took third on the day. "All of the team raced well. Dekker was the strongest; he showed it in the end. It's normal that he wins," commented the World Champ.

A disappointed Stuart O'Grady was unable to repeat his third place of last year, finishing fifth in Tours. "I was down in the crash with Paolini on the hill before last. I had to sprint to get back to the bunch. That was where I left my strength, even if I did finish fifth. It's a shame because the team made a big effort to chase down the breakaway."

Paolo Bettini
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Victory also eluded Olympic road race champion Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon), but the Italian did inch closer to his third World Cup series after moving ahead of Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) in the standings. Bettini finished sixth in the sprint, just a week after a knee injury forced him out of the World Championships in Verona, but Rebellin could muster only 13th. While today was an objective for Bettini, he knows the final round of the World Cup in Lombardia will be no easy task.

"I finished sixth, that's OK," said the Italian. "In the sprint, I was a little squeezed in when I tried to take Freire's wheel. I couldn't drive the sprint like I wanted to. I get the World Cup jersey again, but things will be decided at the Giro di Lombardia. The points difference is not big, but Rebellin will have to attack if he wants to win the World Cup. I will follow him."

How it unfolded

Manuel Quinziato (Lampre)
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Sunday dawned as most Paris-Tours mornings do, chilly, grey...hardly inviting for a late-season race of such importance. The sleepy town of Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines hosted the race once again, the start of a 252 kilometre march southwest to Tours in the heart of France's Loire Valley. 25 teams and 188 riders took the start as all eyes were on the few sprinters in the race, notably World Champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Australia's Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis). Out due to injury or illness were defending champion Erik Zabel, Alessandro Petacchi, and Tom Boonen, prompting many to believe in an eventual breakaway's chances.

Feeling more energetic than most, Dekker was one of these men and he began his adventure began early, breaking clear and luring away three riders after just 25km of racing. With a modest tailwind to spur the group on, Bram Tankink (Quick.Step-Davitamon), Vladimir Gussev (Team CSC), and Manuel Quinziato (Lampre) joined the flying Dutchman on the road south. Frenchman Eric Berthou (RAGT Semences-MG Rover) steadily bridged the gap to the quartet and the day's break was officially set after 50km.

"I felt so strong I thought maybe I should just sit in the pack and wait," Dekker confessed. His move was clearly one of team tactics, as race favourite and teammate Oscar Freire had the luxury of keeping his team fresh while others- notably Cofidis and FDJeux.com, did the work in chasing. The breakaway built a maximum advantage of eight minutes, which under more predictable circumstances would hardly seem sufficient to fend off the field.

With teammate Erik Dekker up the road
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Cofidis took the most responsibility for keeping this advantage in check, reducing the gap to five, then four minutes through the middle section of the race. Knowing the in-form O'Grady was its best bet in a bunch sprint, the French team set to work its faithful domestiques including Matt White, Frédéric Bessy, and Jimmy Engoulvent. When sprinter Jimmy Casper went to work in the closing kilometres, it became clear that it was all for O'Grady in Tours.

Former French national champion Nicolas Vogondy joined in the fray for FDJeux.com, as the team also found itself in the unenviable position of having nobody in the break and a sprinter to work for in the pack. Vogondy did the work of many men (and several teams) in chipping away at the break's advantage while World Cup contenders Bettini and Rebellin marked each other in the peloton.

While Paris-Tours is essentially a flat race, a series of small hills throughout the day, and particularly in the final 40 kilometres, test the legs of the leaders. It was here that the break began to lose its collective force. First Berthou punctured, never to rejoin. Next it was Tankink and Quinziato who began to suffer as Dekker forced the pace on a short rise. With only Gussev for company, Dekker was no doubt committed to tempting fate. He had come too far to let the peloton, now within barely a minute with 30km to race, reel him in like any ordinary escapee.

Erik Dekker (Rabobank)
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The field too began to fragment as riders strained to keep pace with the FDJeux/Cofidis riders leading the chase. As the 20km to go banner came into view, with Dekker and Gussev still away, more teams began to feel the urgency. With Tankink out of the break, Quick.Step was free - and indeed obligated - to send its men to the front. Kevin Hulsmans, Wilfried Cretskens and Michael Rogers added horsepower to the chase, thinking only of their man Bettini. Alessio and Chocolade Jacques put in token efforts at the front, but without the well-oiled machines of Fassa Bortolo and T-Mobile working for the likes of Petacchi and Zabel, the chase was appearing less certain.

The calculations began in earnest with 10 kilometres to race as Dekker and Gussev held barely half a minute. With 8km to go, Dekker decided to dump his last companion and go for broke on his own.

"With 15km to go we crossed a bridge and could actually see the peloton," Dekker recalled, "They were so close! I decided to drop Gussev and show everybody that I had good legs..."

As the field began to stretch out its arms to pull Dekker back, a crash disrupted the chase just as the day-long break looked to be over. Indeed Dekker was caught, but by just four men who lept from the front of the field as riders went down in a slick right-hand corner. This was no opportunist move, rather a select group of race contenders including Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo), Igor Astarloa (Lampre), Matthias Kessler (T-Mobile), and sprinter Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros).

Against all odds, Dekker latched onto the tail end of the train and dug deep to keep himself in contention as the race wound through the narrow, undulating roads of suburban Tours. At this point, Dekker needed only to follow the wheels while the others tried to put distance between themselves and the regrouping peloton. The new group of five lacked the strength and cohesiveness required to reach the finish in one piece, and slowly but surely Dekker emerged once more as the strongest man in the move.

The podium (L to R):
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Up the Côte du Pont Volant with 4km to go, Dekker was hanging on as Flecha drove the break. The tables turned quickly, however, as the leaders looked at each other - and the field not far behind - after the final climb of the Côte du Petit Pas d'Ane. This was the moment Dekker wanted, and he attacked the leaders. Only Kessler could join him as Flecha, Davis and Astarloa fell several seconds back, joined by chasers Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) and Cristian Moreni (Alessio-Bianchi).

Into the final kilometres, and the dead-straight Avenue de Grammont, Dekker and Kessler held a nail-biting five seconds over the chasers, who were swept up by the thundering field. Kessler took a final pull under the red kite of the final kilometre, before Dekker resumed his place up front. This was the time that mattered, and Dekker completed what he himself called an impossible ride, winning Paris-Tours by mere metres ahead of the bunch.

"The level I had in 2000, and particularly 2001...It's dangerous to think you can ever get that back," Dekker commented, once more alluding to his struggles with injury in the past two seasons. "I had that feeling in some races - I was at that level in the Tour of Holland - but then I crashed and that set me back.

"Today," he smiled, "I was back to that level."


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Results - 252.5 km

1 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                               5.33.03 (45.49 km/h)
2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
3 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                     
4 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros                               
5 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone               
6 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon                        
7 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                            
8 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
9 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                             
10 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco                                     
11 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Lotto-Domo                               
12 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Fdjeux.Com                              
13 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                             
14 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems                    
15 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                          
16 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo                             
17 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               
18 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                    
19 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
20 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      
21 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco                                    
22 Guido Trenti (USA) Fassa Bortolo                               
23 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Lampre                                   
24 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                
25 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                                   
26 Andy De Smet (Bel) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                     
27 Florent Brard (Fra) Chocolade Jacques Wincor                   
28 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco                                     
29 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
30 Stijn Devolder (Bel) US Postal-Berry Floor                     
31 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                             
32 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                     
33 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
34 Zbigniew Piatek (Pol) Chocolade Jacques Wincor                 
35 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio-Bianchi                            
36 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank                                 
37 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             
38 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                        
39 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                     
40 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                   
41 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                 
42 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 
43 Benoit Joachim (Lux) US Postal-Berry Floor                     
44 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                     
45 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                
46 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                                    
47 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Fdjeux.Com                              
48 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone              
49 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              
50 Christopher Horner (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  
51 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone             
52 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               
53 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) US Postal-Berry Floor              
54 Patxi Xabie Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                       
55 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                           
56 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros                         
57 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 
58 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          0.11
59 Michael Albasini (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems              0.20
60 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                        0.28
61 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                          0.30
62 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre                                
63 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon                  
64 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                 
65 Christophe Rinero (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover             
66 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                 
67 Renaud Dion (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover                   
68 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                        
69 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           
70 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          
71 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC                                 
72 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Lampre                                     
73 Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) US Postal-Berry Floor          
74 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                0.45
75 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                        1.42
76 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto             1.52
77 Cezary Zamana (Pol) Chocolade Jacques Wincor               1.58
78 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon                  2.09
79 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team CSC                                  
80 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank                                2.27
81 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                        
82 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                  
83 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Fdjeux.Com                               
84 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Fdjeux.Com                                
85 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                      2.53
86 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                           
87 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) Liberty Seguros                       
88 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                               
89 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                      
90 Guillaume Auger (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover               
91 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      
92 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio-Bianchi                          
93 Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros                             
94 Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
95 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
96 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         
97 Francesco Failli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                          
98 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              
99 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Chocolade Jacques Wincor                   
100 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Team CSC                                   
101 Frank Hoj (Den) Team CSC                                      
102 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Credit Agricole                       
103 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                  
104 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile Team                               
105 Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                     
106 Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
107 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
108 Baden Cooke (Aus) Fdjeux.Com                              3.20
109 René Andrle (Cze) Liberty Seguros                         4.44
110 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             
111 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                          
112 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  
113 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
114 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              
115 Jan Hruska (Cze) Liberty Seguros                              
116 Cédric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
117 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                      
118 Rony Martias (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                     
119 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Lampre                            
120 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                                
121 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                        
122 Erki Pütsep (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                             
123 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                     
124 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto               
125 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor                 
126 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone             
127 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor            
128 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal-Berry Floor                  
129 Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team                           
130 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                           
131 Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto             
132 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                          5.54
133 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                 
134 Peter Wuyts (Bel) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                     
135 Jens Renders (Bel) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                    
136 Thomas Eriksen (Den) Team CSC                                 
137 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step-Davitamon                     
138 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon                     
139 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover          7.28
140 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Chocolade Jacques Wincor                
141 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre                             7.31
142 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Davitamon                       
143 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Liberty Seguros                          
144 Michael Creed (USA) US Postal-Berry Floor                     
145 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                 
146 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor                   
147 Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Saeco                                     
148 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Fdjeux.Com                              
149 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone             
150 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone       8.49
151 Unai Osa (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                     10.19
152 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon                       
153 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone         12.11
154 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone               
155 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                         
156 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco                                    
Did not finish
DNF Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon                        
DNF Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) US Postal-Berry Floor                
DNF Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Saeco                                
DNF Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   
DNF Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
DNF Aketza Pena (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
DNF Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                          
DNF Walter Beneteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                  
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                  
DNF Freddy Bichot (Fra) FDJeux.com                                
DNF Joan Horrach (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                      
DNF Sébastien Joly (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
DNF Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                          
DNF Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
DNF Damien Nazon (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
DNF Juan Jose Cobo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     
DNF Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
DNF David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
DNF Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
DNF Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
DNF Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                          
DNF Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      
DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                          
DNF Ben Day (Aus) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                         
DNF Kristof Trouve (Bel) Mrbookmaker.Com-Palmans                  
DNF Eddy Seigneur (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover                
DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover                 
DNF Nicolas Dulac (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover                
DNF Frédéric Finot (Fra) R.A.G.T. Semences-Mg Rover               
DNF Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         
DNF Alexandre Bazhenov (Rus) Domina Vacanze                       
DNF Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze                        

World Cup standings after round 9

1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    340 pts
2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                          327
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                           252
4 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                  237
5 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone       186
6 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Fassa Bortolo            140
7 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                        131
8 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              108
9 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          105
10 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Lampre                                  96
11 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                 84
12 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor     77
13 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco                                 72
14 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Lotto-Domo                               68
15 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             46
16 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco                                  43
17 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Lampre                              43
18 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                       40
19 Frank Høj (Den) Team CSC                                    40
20 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                          40
21 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                             39
22 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                           39
23 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                           37
24 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor    36
25 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       32
26 Laurent Brochard (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                      30
27 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                       30
28 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              28
29 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                25
30 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Lampre                                23
31 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                19
32 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC                              18
33 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) MrBookmaker.com-Palmans           18
34 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                  16
35 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros                      16
36 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           15
37 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     14
38 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze                      12
39 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                         12
40 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                             11
41 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                        11
42 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           7
43 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            4
44 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  3
45 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                               3
46 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone         1

*Riders must ride at least six World Cup races to qualify for points

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