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89th Ronde van Vlaanderen - PT

Belgium, April 3, 2005

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Flahute Fiesta! Tom Boonen wins Ronde Van Vlaanderen

By Tim Maloney, European Editor, with additional reporting from Jeff Jones

Tom Boonen: "Yes!!"
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Although he's usually known as a sprinter, 24 year-old Belgian Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) made an audacious solo move from a breakaway of six riders with 9km to go in today's 89th edition of the Tour of Flanders. Boonen's move stuck as the other riders in the escape were caught by surprise and hesitated to go after the talented young rider from Balen, near Antwerp. Boonen is a big, strong guy; 1m92cm tall and 80kg, so he wasn't going to just sneak away up the road. Hunched over his bike, the Quick.Step rider nicknamed "Staf" got a gap and then just rode vollgas (all out) to capture the biggest race of his four year professional cycling career.

"I knew I couldn't go to the finish with fast guy Zabel there still, he was so strong today," said Boonen after the finish. "Especially also because Klier and Van Petegem were with me; they would have killed me in the final kilometres. So I decided to take my chances and attacked. I don't quite grasp yet what's happened today, I will need some more time for it to sink in."

For a Belgian bike racer, there is only one race more important than the World Championship or the Tour De France: a victory in De Ronde Van Vlaanderen simply makes a career for a flahute (French cycling slang for a Belgian rider). But for Boonen, his win is a consecration. After a superb third place in Paris-Roubaix 2002 at 21 years-old on the US Postal squad, Belgium's greatest modern classics rider Johann Museeuw called Boonen "my successor". After today's performance, Johan may be right on the mark. Museeuw and Quick.Step director Patrick Lefevere convinced Boonen to leave US Postal and after a slow start in 2004, he exploded in 2004 with 24 wins, including Gent-Wevelgem and two Tour de France stage wins, including Paris Champs Elysées.

Peter Van Petegem (Davitamon-Lotto)
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Although he crashed earlier this week in the 3 Days of DePanne and got stitches in his hand, Boonen had shown that he was in form for the northern classics with a recent win in GP E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in Harelbeke eight days ago. For Boonen's main rival today, crafty, experienced 35 years old Peter Van Petegem (Davitamon-Lotto) there would be no hat trick. Already winner of Flanders in 1999 and 2003, De Peet is a consummate classics man, but a sickness earlier in the week at De Panne may have compromised the fitness of the Davitamon-Lotto rider. Although he led over the penultimate ascent of the Muur van Geraardsbergen, the opportunistic rider from Opbrakel seemed to lack the explosiveness of years past, but still ended up third on the podium.

"Without a doubt, the strongest rider won today," said Van Petegem after the finish. "Andreas Klier probably went a bit too early on the Bosberg and at the top he slowed. Then Tom reacted and I could hold on. When Tom went again, I couldn't anticipate it well and immediately the bird had flown. Still, I didn't exactly do nothing. On the Muur I went full-out once, and I wanted to reduce our group, but that didn't work because at the top we slowed down. And I was in the pincers, also because of the team tactics of T-Mobile. But if you win like Boonen here today, then you don't have to plan it. That was excellent."

"Can I win the Ronde van Vlaanderen a third time? Maybe if Boonen doesn't ride? No, I still have a contract until the end of 2007 and certainly want to have another crack at the prize that the Ronde van Vlaanderen definitely is."

In fact, the podium today was identical to last week's E3 Prijs, as Belgian-residing German Andreas Klier (T-Mobile) took second after attacking the chasing group in the closing kilometres. Klier admitted afterwards that he wasn't as strong as either Boonen or Van Petegem on the Bosberg. "It was a very difficult finale," he said. "No-one was still fresh. Actually I was the worst of the three. On the Bosberg I was nearly gone. When Tom went, no-one had an answer. Actually I'm happy that I could still finish second. But once again, it wasn't a win for T-Mobile, which seemed to have the numbers up front when Zabel attacked going into Brakel, then Klier bridged up on the Valkenburg, with Ivanov and Aldag in the next group. "But against Boonen today it was not possible. He was really the best."

The podium (L to R):
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T-Mobile's team manger Walter Godefroot agreed. "We indeed were the best team in the race today and it's a pity we didn't get that first win of the season here, but it's no disgrace to get beaten today in that way. Boonen was super. Tactically we did everything right. Don't be fooled; the move by Ivanov - appearing to be chasing while Zabel and Klier were in the break - was calculated, he didn't close the gap at all. Overall we rode a great race."

Touted pre-race as one of the strongest teams on paper, the Discovery Channel pro cycling team had leader George Hincapie and emerging talent Stijn Devolder backed up today by none other than six-time Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong. But Discovery missed the key move late in the race and a strong Hincapie could only manage 7th. Post-race, Discovery sports director Johan Bruyneel told Belgian TV tersely that "for the team, it was a big disappointment."

Bruyneel was positive about the performance of his team's superstar Armstrong in Flanders, explaining that, "Lance was into the race today...he was nervous beforehand and he showed he was in good form and motivated to race." After Flanders, Armstrong and his companion Sheryl Crow left for the USA, where Armstrong will prepare for the upcoming Tour de Georgia and his major press conference the day before on April 18. Hincapie and the rest of the Discovery Channel cycling team will be looking for revenge in Wednesday's Gent-Wevelgem and Sunday's Paris-Roubaix.

How it unfolded

The crowds were thick
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After a moment of silence to commemorate the death of Pope John Paul II, the 89th edition of the Tour of Flanders departed the Grote Markt in Brugge at 9:40am on a warm, sunny spring morning. 196 riders started today, with some notable absences such as World Champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank), who was suffering from both saddle sores and flu. Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step) wasn't there either, as the Italian classics specialist has come down with mononucleosis. ProTour leader Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) had never planned to race at Flanders, so no rider took the start wearing the ProTour leader's jersey.

With a huge crowd estimated at 1 million spectators enjoying the warm, sunny day, the Tour of Flanders parcours heads west from Brugge to the North Sea coast at Oostende, then southeast to Kortrijk and Oudenaarde, then weaved its way east through the climbs of the "Vlaamse Ardennen" hills where the first of the 17 climbs of the venerable race begins after 143 km.

After the first two hours of racing and 95km, a seven man break managed to get clear outside of Kortrijk. The riders were Magnus Bäckstedt (Liquigas), David Boucher (Mr.Bookmaker), Samuele Marzoli (Lampre-Cafitta), who had replaced the out of shape Dario Pieri, sent home by team management after dropping out of the 3 Days of De Panne. There was miniscule Francis Mourey (FDJ), Tino Zaballa (Saunier Duval-Prodir) and Carlos Barredo (Liberty). Just after the first feed zone in Harelbeke, last year's Flanders winner Flanders Steffen Wesemann abandoned.

Magnus Backstedt (Liquigas-Bianchi)
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As the break reached climb #1, Molenberg, their lead was 4'30, with Marzoli struggling. The Italian was dropped on climb #2, Wolvenberg as Bäckstedt was pounding hard in the break, perhaps trying to get a workout for next Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. At the now six rider escape hit the Oude Kwaremont with 86km to go, Bäckstedt's tempo blew Mourey and Boucher out the back, while the recently in-form Nico Eeckhout (Chocolade Jacques) abandoned in the peloton. Boucher chopped his back on to the break before the steep Paterberg, but he was soon out the back again.

Once over the top of the Kwaremont, it was onto Ronde van Vlaanderenstraat and a ride past the monument to the founder of the Ronde, Karel van Wijnendaele. The gap between the break was still hovering around 4'00, and on the next climb of the Koppenberg, climb #5, Zaballa attacked the break with 74km to race. Quick Step's Cretskens was still riding hard tempo on the front of the peloton, but then Klier and Flecha moved to the front and this surge formed a front group of 20 chasers, with 0'10 back to a big chase group of 50 riders which struggled up the steep cobbles of the Koppenberg.

Lance Armstrong (Discovery Channel)
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At the second feed zone on the N60 just before climb #6, Steenbeekdries with 70km to race, the gap to the four front runners was down to only 1'40, with Swiss champ Gregory Rast (Phonak) and Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) on the attack. Boucher didn't get back on this time, so on Steenbeekdries, then the flat cobbles of the Mariaborrestraat, it was Zaballa who took the points atop Steenbeekdries. Next climb, #7 Taaienberg, the break still had 1'30 and the Quick.Step led peloton just sucked up the move by the German and Swiss riders. Zaballa continued to rack up the points. With 60km to race, Zaballa grabbed the points once again on climb #8 of Eikenberg. In the chase group, rockin' Russian Ivanov (T-Mobile) and race favourite Van Petegem (Davitamon-Lotto) were pounding hard on the front.

On climb #9, Boigneberg, big Bäckstedt came off the back, while Barredo and Zaballa rode on. In the chase group, T-Mobile seemed frustrated by Quick.Step and Davitamon-Lotto's stranglehold on the race. Erik Zabel attacked again, but Dutch champ Erik Dekker (Rabobank) covered his move, as did O'Grady (Cofidis). Maggie finally gave up the ghost on the next climb, #10 of Foreest with 50km to go just as Zaballa made his move and dropped Barredo for good. Behind, T-Mobile sprung Marcus Burghardt on Foreest who got a gap, but right behind the German, lanky Italian Alessandro Ballan, who won Stage 1 of De Panne last week made a major surge and bridged across to Burghardt, who absorbed Bäckstedt and Barredo. At the top of Foreest, with 45km to go, Ballan went again and quickly got across to the race leader Tino Zaballa. As the front duo hit the top of climb #11, Steenberg, after 209km of racing, Ballan and Zaballa had 0'45 on the Quick.Step led peloton.

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
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Next up was Leberg, climb #12 where the front duo's lead was down to 0'30 and the chase group caught Bäckstedt, Barredo and Burghardt. Up front, Ballan accelerated hard on the Berendries, the 13th climb of the Ronde and it was bad luck for Tino, as the Italian blew past him. Half a minute behind Ballan, Karsten Kroon (Rabobank) tried to jump away and bridge to the Italian, as Discovery Channel decided to flex their muscles on Berendries. Kroon came back while Lance Armstrong was pounding away on the front, with George Hincapie and Slava Ekimov sitting just behind. Ballan was riding brilliantly up front with 35km to go as he approached the 14th climb of the day of Valkenberg. The Lampre-Cafitta man had gained almost 1'00, and no one was going after him...yet.

On the descent into Brakel, Zabel attacked again and got a gap with Petito (Fassa Bortolo) and this duo caught the fading Zaballa, who managed to hang on to the counter-attackers for a moment before climb #14, Valkenberg. Suddenly from the chase group, Boonen, Klier and Van Petegem attacked and bridged across to Petito and Zabel. This decisive counter move suddenly turned into a dangerous situation for Discovery Channel, who were put on the defensive as neither Hincapie nor Devolder had made it up front with 30km to go. Ballan was caught one kilometre later and this sextet were riding flat out. From that point on, the Tour of Flanders was over for the rest of the riders.

Van Petegem
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Armstrong was still riding hard on the front with the six front runners just 0'25 up the road, but Davitamon-Lotto, Quick.Step and Fassa Bortolo were just not cooperating. The gap between the six escapees and the Discovery Channel-led chasers was steady at 0'30 over climb #15, Tenbosse. On the slight downhill, fast 10km between the base of the Tenbosse and climb #16, the almost always decisive Muur van Geraardsbergen, Discovery Channel knew it was almost their last chance to bring the break back, but despite their best efforts, Davitamon-Lotto, Quick.Step and Fassa Bortolo smothered any effort to regain the leaders. At 20km to go and with the wooded hill of Geraardsbergen looming, the lead break had gained time on the chasers and was now 0'50 ahead. Clearly the move of the day, the sextet had two T-Mobile riders as well as Belgians Van Petegem and Boonen, and opportunistic Italians Ballan and Petito.

At the penultimate climb of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, the Muur van Geraardsbergen began, Boonen moved to the front in the town square with cagey Van Petegem right on his wheel. Van Petegem then made his move on the steep section of the Kapelmuur, but couldn't shake Klier and Boonen. Gussev (CSC), Hincapie (Discovery Channel) and Flecha (Fassa Bortolo) were leading the chase 1'00 behind. Petito and Zabel were dumped, but then came back on the front group on the descent.

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)
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As the final ascent of the day, climb #17 of the Bosberg approached with 13km to race, the nerves jacked up in the break while the chasers kept coming behind. Klier attacked first, but Boonen was right there. Van Petegem was waiting behind, while Zabel was clearly suffering. Then Boonen attacked over the top, while Van Petegem, Klier and Ballan came back to him. Finally Petito chased back with Zabel right on his wheel, while the chasers were at 0'50.

With 10km to go, there were still six riders together as the finish in Meerbeke approached. Klier kept pace high for a kilometre of so, and when he slacked off, Van Petegem went hard to test the rest. Boonen countered Van Petegem with 9km left and the Davitamon-Lotto rider looked back to the T-Mobile riders to chase. But they all just looked as Boonen flew the coop. The Quick.Step man quickly gained 50 meters on the rest, as no-one in the break expected Boonen to make a solo move. The young Belgian had turned the tables on T-Mobile with 7km to go, while Klier and Zabel were chasing desperately and even the opportunistic two-time winner Van Petegem had joined the pursuit.

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)
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With 5km, the Ronde became a nail biter with Boonen just 0'10 ahead of the chasers. But the five chasers couldn't get past looky-loo, while Boonen made the most important solo move on his career stick. Boonen made the right turn onto Halsesteenweg in Meerbeke with enough time to sit up, raise his hands over his head in triumph and savor the sweet taste of success, the sweetest race of all for a Belgian. T-Mobile's Klier dumped the rest to solo in for second, improving on his sixth place in 2004, but was once again runner-up to Boonen as he was a week ago in Harelbeke. Van Petegem won the sprint for third to take the final podium spot, while George Hincapie won the sprint from the chasing group for 7th, 1'40 behind Boonen. Even though the American improved on his 10th place in last year's Flanders, Hincapie shook his head in disappointment as he crossed the finish line in Meerbeke.


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Results - 256 km

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                          6.22.00 (40.2 km/h)
2 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       0.35
3 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 0.40
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                              
5 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                          
6 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                      
7 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                1.42
8 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                          
9 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                          
10 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team CSC                                              
11 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                                               
12 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                           
13 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française Des Jeux                                2.04
14 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                          
15 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                              
16 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                      
17 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                          
18 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                       
19 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                
20 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Liquigas-Bianchi                                   
21 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step                                               
22 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                  
23 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                        
24 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                                 
25 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                                  
26 Marc Lotz (Ned) Quick Step                                                 
27 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                             
28 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   
29 Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner                                           3.25
30 Constantin Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    
31 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                         
32 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                        4.32
33 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                   
34 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                                
35 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    
36 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                                 6.25
37 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                             
38 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                        
39 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                      
40 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
41 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                 
42 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
43 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step                                           
44 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          
45 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                               
46 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank                                             
47 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                               
48 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step                                              
49 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Française Des Jeux                              
50 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                    
51 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
52 Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                     
53 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                       
54 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                                
55 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                                                
56 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                
57 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Ag2r Prevoyance                                    6.40
58 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                       7.40
59 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   9.52
60 Aketza Pena Iza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                    
61 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas-Bianchi                               10.21
62 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                                      
63 Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                        
64 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                            
65 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       
66 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Ag2r Prevoyance                                  10.26
67 Johan Coenen (Bel) Mrbookmaker.com-Sports Tech                        11.40
68 Kristof Trouve (Bel) Mrbookmaker.com-Sports Tech                           
69 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                     
70 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             13.19
71 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
72 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Wiesenhof                                          
73 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                      
74 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                                        
75 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) Domina Vacanze                                     
76 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                                
77 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                                       
78 Andrus Aug (Est) Fassa Bortolo                                             
79 Matej Jurco (Svk) Domina Vacanze                                           
80 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                        
81 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Credit Agricole                                      
82 Ignacio Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                    
83 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                                          
84 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
85 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Mrbookmaker.com-Sports Tech                              
86 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC                                             
87 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                        
88 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-T Interim                        
89 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
90 David Boucher (Fra) Mrbookmaker.com-Sports Tech                            
91 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                 
92 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prevoyance                                        
93 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                         
94 Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                     
95 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Mrbookmaker.com-Sports Tech                             
96 Erki Pütsep (Est) Ag2r Prevoyance                                          
97 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                             
98 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                                   
99 Wesley Van Der Linden (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-T Interim                    
100 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-T Interim                          
Starters: 196
Classified: 100

1 T-Mobile Team                                                             15 pts
2 Davitamon-Lotto                                                           28
3 Fassa Bortolo                                                             31
4 Quick Step                                                                48
5 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                                        58
6 Team Csc                                                                  62
7 Rabobank                                                                  81
8 Française Des Jeux                                                        84
9 Phonak Hearing Systems                                                    95
10 Gerolsteiner                                                            105
11 Lampre - Caffita                                                        109
12 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                                        136
13 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                                  150
14 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                                               161
15 Liquigas-Bianchi                                                        161
16 Domina Vacanze                                                          166
17 Bouygues Telecom                                                        170
18 Credit Agricole                                                         182
19 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                         215
20 Mrbookmaker - Sportstech                                                220
21 Chocolade Jacques - T Interim                                           287
ProTour standings after round 4
1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                   93 pts
2 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                         78
3 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                           70
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                               62
5 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                               50
6 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                         41
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne          41
8 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   35
9 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  35
10 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                              35
11 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 35
12 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                       35
13 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                                31
14 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                           30
15 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                    30
16 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       25
17 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                            25
18 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                 25
19 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  25
20 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                   20
21 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                                20
22 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                             15
23 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                     15
24 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                       10
25 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                        10
26 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                          10
27 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                        5
28 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     5
29 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     5
30 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team CSC                                             1
31 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                                     1
32 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                        1
33 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                      1
34 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step                                           1
35 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                             1
36 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                   1
37 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                  1

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