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2nd Eneco Tour of Benelux - PT

Netherlands & Belgium, August 16-23, 2006

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Stage 4 - August 20: Landgraaf (Ned) - Landgraaf (Ned) ITT, 16.1 km

Hincapie turns the tables

By Jeff Jones

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
Photo ©: Elmar Krings
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Four times this season, including the prologue of the Eneco Tour, George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) has finished second in a time trial. But today, on the very tricky 16.1 km course in Landgraaf, Hincapie finally scored, beating Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) by 14 hundredths of a second to win the fourth stage of the Eneco Tour. Nibali had the best time at halfway in 9'57, a full five seconds better than the American, but big George turned it on in the last half to finish in 19'58.23, topping Nibali's 19'58.37 by a narrow margin.

In doing so, Hincapie took over the leader's jersey from Tom Boonen (Quick.Step), who rode a fairly relaxed race to finish in 21'25. Hincapie now has a three second gap on GC over Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), who was third today at 6 seconds.

"It's very close," commented Hincapie after the stage. "I've been on the other side many times this year, so I feel for Nibali, who got second. But I'm happy I came in on the other side. I worked super hard for this; I did everything I could to win. I'm very content at the way it worked out."

Hincapie was asked whether he was aware of Nibali's time. "I didn't know. I heard Johan [Bruyneel] say it was tight. I knew I was 5 seconds behind at halfway, and [at the end] 20 seconds ahead of Leif, my teammate, who had one of the best times. I didn't know what Nibali's time was. I just went as hard as I could."

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
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Describing today's course, Hincapie said it was "Very difficult, very technical, downhill corners, steep climbs, with the small chainring on the climbs, very tactical...there wasn't a time where you went straight for more than 800 metres."

Hincapie is now in the red leader's jersey by three seconds, with another three stages to come. "We're going to try and defend it. We have great team," he finished, adding that he thinks he can stay in the lead.

How it unfolded

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)
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In blustery and damp conditions, the fourth stage time trial kicked off in Landgraaf at midday with Astana's Ivan Santos the first to go. The course started and finished on the track at Megaland, and was filled with short climbs and descents, and plenty of corners. The water on the road didn't make things any easier, but it was mostly dry for the last riders.

Unlike the prologue, there was no one rider who held top position for very long. Gustav Larsson (Franšaise des Jeux) rode a handy 20'31 that eventually netted him a place in the top 10. Then it was Discovery's Leif Hoste coming home in a good time of 20'20, 11 seconds clear of the Swedish TT champ.

Hoste's time stayed as the mark to beat as Bram Tankink (Quick.Step, 20'33), Maarten Tjallingii (Skil-Shimano, 20'31), Steffen Wesemann (T-Mobile, 20'31) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank, 20'28) all tried, but failed to get under the Belgian's mark. Then Philippe Gilbert (Franšaise des Jeux) clocked a very good 10'09 at halfway - five seconds better than Hoste - to eventually finish in 20'14.33 and set a new standard.

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)
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Gilbert's time held until Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) stormed up to halfway in 9'57, the only rider to go under 10 minutes to that point. He finished in 19'58.37 and was also the only rider to go under 20 minutes. But back at the halfway check, George Hincapie came through in 10'02 for second place, and then proceeded to wind up the tempo in the second half to finish in 19'58.23 and knock Nibali off the top perch. Prologue winner Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) defended himself well with a 20'04, but it wasn't quite enough to win the stage or take back the lead.

The leader himself, Tom Boonen (Quick.Step), quite happily relinquished the red jersey in favour of his rainbow stripes with a ride of 21'25 to push himself well out of the general classification. But the world champ will be very much back in action tomorrow when the Eneco Tour finishes in his home town of Balen after a flat stage over 183 km.

Photography

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Images by Elmar Krings

Results

1 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                             19.58.23 (48.38 km/h)
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                       0.00.21
3 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 0.06.87
4 JosÚ Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    0.14.09
5 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                           0.16.30
6 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel                                   0.21.95
7 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.25.74
8 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                          0.29.91
9 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                              0.33.01
10 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                                0.33.62
11 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               0.34.37
12 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                            0.35.41
13 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                     0.37.42
14 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.38.66
15 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak Hearing Systems                        0.39.03
16 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             0.41.05
17 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  0.41.96
18 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                          0.44.19
19 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             0.44.37
20 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  0.44.89
21 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                          0.46.53
22 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  0.46.75
23 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  0.47.50
24 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    0.49.75
25 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                         0.50.49
26 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Unibet.com                              0.51.49
27 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             0.53.65
28 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 0.54.69
29 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                        0.55.19
30 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 0.55.59
31 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                         0.55.62
32 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                            0.59.48
33 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                           0.59.67
34 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                   0.59.94
35 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                            1.00.97
36 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                                 1.01.89
37 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                     1.02.00
38 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                    1.02.49
39 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                1.03.15
40 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              1.06.08
41 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  1.06.39
42 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              1.06.95
43 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                           1.08.32
44 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                     1.11.16
45 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                            1.11.51
46 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                     1.11.73
47 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                   1.13.94
48 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                      1.16.47
49 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                              1.17.27
50 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1.17.53
51 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          1.18.09
52 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana Team                                    1.18.65
53 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  1.19.27
54 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              1.19.47
55 Martin MŘller (Ger) Team Milram                                     1.20.62
56 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           1.21.05
57 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                            1.22.29
58 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                         1.24.17
59 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                        1.24.65
60 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                          1.25.06
61 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                         1.26.07
62 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                              1.27.13
63 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                              1.27.39
64 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                        1.27.55
65 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           1.28.56
66 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       1.29.37
67 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       1.29.69
68 Johan Coenen (Bel) Unibet.com                                       1.30.13
69 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             1.30.44
70 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        1.30.73
71 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        1.32.40
72 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            1.32.68
73 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Team Milram                                1.34.23
74 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         1.35.05
75 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      1.36.29
76 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                         1.36.32
77 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              1.36.46
78 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                    1.36.75
79 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              1.38.06
80 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                     1.38.13
81 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel                            1.39.75
82 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                                  1.39.92
83 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                         1.39.97
84 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                       
85 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         1.40.45
86 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                          1.41.27
87 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R Prevoyance                                1.41.08
88 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                       1.41.70
89 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         1.42.35
90 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                       1.43.21
91 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           1.43.69
92 Avitor Perrez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears          1.44.42
93 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             1.44.55
94 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                   1.45.54
95 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   1.46.24
96 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                1.46.44
97 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                            1.46.54
98 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                1.46.77
99 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                           1.47.51
100 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        1.48.64
101 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                    1.49.11
102 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                       1.50.37
103 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone        1.50.91
104 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                1.51.25
105 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                1.51.67
106 Aaron Olson (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                    
107 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          1.52.46
108 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                 1.53.67
109 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         1.53.91
110 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                     1.58.63
111 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen       2.00.31
112 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                      2.01.99
113 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                       2.02.35
114 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    2.02.42
115 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                     2.02.74
116 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                       2.02.94
117 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen       2.02.95
118 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             2.03.65
119 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                            2.04.60
120 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 2.04.99
121 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                              2.05.51
122 Luciano AndrÚ Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir       2.07.14
123 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      2.07.98
124 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   2.08.34
125 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                         2.10.01
126 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                               2.10.27
127 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      2.10.40
128 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                 2.17.29
129 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                  2.19.67
130 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                2.23.45
131 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               2.24.08
132 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                             2.24.15
133 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    2.27.27
134 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                        2.27.54
135 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 2.27.95
136 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas                                      2.28.64
137 Erki PŘtsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                  2.28.95
138 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                  2.29.06
139 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel                            2.30.88
140 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           2.31.65
141 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                             2.34.73
142 Frank H°j (Den) Gerolsteiner                                       2.35.03
143 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       2.35.14
144 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              2.36.88
145 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                   2.38.54
146 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   2.45.17
147 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                               2.48.69
148 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears       2.49.45
149 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                             2.50.46
150 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel                              2.51.14
151 Gorka Gonzalez Larranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   2.52.96
152 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                      2.59.40
153 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   3.01.19
154 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen             3.01.87
155 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                           3.02.49
156 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              3.08.01
157 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          3.09.15
158 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         3.18.76
159 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             3.35.14
160 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          3.37.68
161 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           3.39.48
162 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                                 3.42.77
DNS Bas Giling (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                            
DNS Robert F÷rster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         
DNS Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                                      
DNS Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                            
 
Young rider
 
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                      19.58.44
2 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 0.06.66
3 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                           0.16.09
4 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.25.53
5 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                         0.38.45
6 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              0.44.16
7 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   0.44.68
8 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              0.53.44
9 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                             1.00.76
10 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                    1.02.28
11 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                1.02.94
12 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                     1.11.52
13 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                      1.16.26
14 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          1.17.88
15 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana Team                                    1.18.44
16 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              1.19.26
17 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                            1.22.08
18 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                              1.26.92
19 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       1.29.16
20 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              1.36.25
21 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              1.37.85
22 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                1.39.76
23 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         1.40.24
24 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                          1.41.06
25 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                       1.41.49
26 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           1.43.48
27 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                1.46.23
28 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                1.46.56
29 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                           1.47.30
30 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 1.51.04
31 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                 1.51.46
32 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        2.00.10
33 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     2.02.21
34 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        2.02.74
35 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              2.03.44
36 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  2.04.78
37 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                          2.09.80
38 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                2.10.06
39 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                  2.17.08
40 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 2.23.24
41 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         2.27.33
42 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                            2.31.44
43 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                              2.34.52
44 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        2.34.93
45 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               2.36.67
46 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                    2.38.33
47 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                              2.50.25
48 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                       2.59.19
49 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    3.00.98
50 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              3.01.66
51 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                            3.02.28
52 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               3.07.80
53 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           3.37.47
 
Teams
 
1 Discovery Channel                                                 1.01.00
2 Rabobank                                                             0.27
3 Liquigas                                                             0.33
4 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                       0.39
5 Franšaise des Jeux                                                   0.44
6 Skil-Shimano                                                         1.08
7 T-Mobile Team                                                        1.27
8 Phonak Hearing Systems                                                   
9 Team CSC                                                             1.41
10 Quick Step-Innergetic                                               1.42
11 Credit Agricole                                                     1.59
12 Bouygues Telecom                                                    2.14
13 Davitamon-Lotto                                                     2.33
14 Lampre-Fondital                                                     2.34
15 Unibet.com                                                          2.39
16 Astana Team                                                         2.50
17 Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                                    2.55
18 Team Milram                                                         3.29
19 Gerolsteiner                                                        3.36
20 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                   3.38
21 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                               3.40
22 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                3.44
23 A2GR Prevoyance                                                     4.00
 
General classification after stage 4
 
1 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                          13.32.35
2 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 0.03
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                       0.11
4 JosÚ Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    0.15
5 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                      0.31
6 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                           0.32
7 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.34
8 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   0.50
9 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                          0.51
10 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             0.52
11 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.54
12 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                                0.55
13 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel                                  0.56
14 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               0.57
15 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                            1.00
16 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    1.02
17 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             1.04
18 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                          1.08
19 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  1.09
20 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                              1.10
21 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                        1.11
22 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Unibet.com                                  
23 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                         1.13
24 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                    1.14
25 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  1.26
26 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                           1.27
27 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                                 1.32
28 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                             1.42
29 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                            
30 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                            1.43
31 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                            1.55
32 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
33 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             1.56
34 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                         1.57
35 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                          1.59
36 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel                            2.00
37 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                   2.02
38 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
39 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  2.03
40 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak Hearing Systems                        2.06
41 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                          2.11
42 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             2.12
43 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  2.15
44 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                2.16
45 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
46 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 2.18
47 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 2.19
48 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                     2.20
49 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         
50 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                          
51 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                         2.22
52 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              2.25
53 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                     2.26
54 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                                
55 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                           2.28
56 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                              2.29
57 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                      2.34
58 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                   2.35
59 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                   2.37
60 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                            2.38
61 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
62 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              2.40
63 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
64 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
65 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       2.41
66 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  2.42
67 Johan Coenen (Bel) Unibet.com                                       2.43
68 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                     2.45
69 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                2.48
70 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
71 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                        2.51
72 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana Team                                        
73 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            2.52
74 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           2.53
75 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                         2.55
76 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          2.56
77 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                        
78 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                       2.57
79 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         2.58
80 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         2.59
81 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
82 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             3.01
83 Martin MŘller (Ger) Team Milram                                     3.02
84 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                              3.03
85 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      3.04
86 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                                      
87 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
88 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                       3.08
89 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R Prevoyance                                3.09
90 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                                
91 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone         3.14
92 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                       
93 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     
94 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              3.15
95 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         3.16
96 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              3.17
97 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                3.18
98 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas                                       3.19
99 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Team Milram                                3.20
100 Luciano AndrÚ Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir       3.21
101 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       3.22
102 Avitor Perrez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
103 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                  
104 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      3.23
105 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
106 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 3.25
107 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    3.26
108 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
109 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                        
110 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                 3.27
111 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                       3.28
112 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                      3.29
113 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    3.33
114 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                 3.36
115 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
116 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         3.40
117 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                                
118 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                   3.45
119 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                     3.47
120 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                3.50
121 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                               3.51
122 Frank H°j (Den) Gerolsteiner                                       3.52
123 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          
124 Erki PŘtsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                  3.53
125 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   3.56
126 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                             3.58
127 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 4.08
128 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               4.23
129 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   4.41
130 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears           
131 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                                 5.19
132 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      5.57
133 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             6.04
134 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          6.14
135 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                        6.21
136 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                       6.26
137 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  6.36
138 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          6.48
139 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                         7.20
140 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           7.27
141 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                             7.39
142 Aaron Olson (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             7.47
143 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              7.49
144 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                       8.14
145 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                      8.33
146 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          8.37
147 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
148 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen             8.58
149 Gorka Gonzalez Larranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   9.12
150 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel                              9.30
151 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                               9.32
152 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                         9.36
153 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         9.58
154 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   9.59
155 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            10.39
156 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      12.53
157 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              
158 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel                           13.00
159 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                 13.28
160 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             17.36
161 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          18.42
162 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                            23.17
 
Points classification
 
1 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                      69 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                 60
3 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel                               42
4 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                        41
5 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                           41
6 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   37
7 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                            35
8 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            35
9 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       32
10 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                    24
11 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               22
12 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                      22
13 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           22
14 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                     19
15 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                        17
16 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                       16
17 JosÚ Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears     15
18 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                    15
19 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                      13
20 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                      13
21 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               10
22 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                        10
23 Gorka Gonzalez Larranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      10
24 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                             8
25 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               8
26 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                           6
27 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                             5
28 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                          5
29 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                          5
30 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                           3
31 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          3
32 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                 3
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             13.32.38
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                       0.08
3 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                           0.29
4 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.31
5 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                         0.51
6 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              1.01
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                     1.11
8 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                             1.52
9 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              2.09
10 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  2.12
11 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                2.13
12 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                     2.17
13 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                           2.25
14 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                      2.31
15 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                            2.35
16 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              2.37
17 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
18 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       2.38
19 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                2.45
20 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
21 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana Team                                    2.48
22 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          2.53
23 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                       2.54
24 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         2.56
25 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                              3.00
26 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                 3.01
27 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 3.11
28 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              3.12
29 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         3.13
30 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              3.14
31 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                3.15
32 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  3.22
33 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                3.23
34 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     3.30
35 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                  3.33
36 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
37 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                    3.42
38 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 3.47
39 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                3.48
40 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    4.38
41 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              6.01
42 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                          7.17
43 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                            7.24
44 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                              7.36
45 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               7.46
46 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                       8.30
47 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           8.34
48 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
49 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              8.55
50 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                          9.33
51 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       12.50
52 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              17.33
53 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                             23.14
 
Teams classification
 
1 Discovery Channel                                                40.39.22
2 Liquigas                                                             0.31
3 Rabobank                                                             0.42
4 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                       1.28
5 Quick Step-Innergetic                                                1.35
6 Skil-Shimano                                                         1.44
7 Franšaise des Jeux                                                   2.05
8 Phonak Hearing Systems                                               2.43
9 T-Mobile Team                                                        2.46
10 Team CSC                                                            2.51
11 Unibet.com                                                          3.04
12 Credit Agricole                                                     3.57
13 Gerolsteiner                                                        4.16
14 Bouygues Telecom                                                    4.39
15 Lampre-Fondital                                                     4.52
16 Davitamon-Lotto                                                     4.58
17 Astana Team                                                         5.42
18 Team Milram                                                         5.44
19 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                5.54
20 Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                                    6.18
21 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                               6.30
22 A2GR Prevoyance                                                     6.32
23 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                   6.45

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