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2nd Eneco Tour of Benelux - PT

Netherlands & Belgium, August 16-23, 2006

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Stage 5 - August 21: Hasselt (Bel) - Balen (Bel), 183.1 km

Boonen blows them away in Balen

By Jeff Jones

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)
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Clad in his rainbow stripes of world champion, Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) did not let his many fans down when he sprinted to a fine victory in his home town of Balen. A huge crowd had come out to watch the world champ on his home turf, and in the pouring rain, they were rewarded with a perfect sprint. Quick.Step controlled things well in the final kilometre with Wouter Weylandt and Steven de Jongh, and Boonen powered home a bike length ahead of Julian Dean (Credit Agricole) and Simone Cadamuro (Milram).

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) finished in the peloton and there were no changes to the overall general classification.

"For me, this win comes just behind the Ronde van Vlaanderen," said a very happy Boonen right after the finish. "I had hoped for it, but still it was unexpected. If something really should happen, there is always something that goes wrong. Furthermore, the rain is not my friend: I'm not a rider who takes unnecessary risks.

"I thought that it wouldn't happen, but the team was again impressive. If I had lost, I would have shot myself in the foot. I think that this win in Balen will be remembered for many years."

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
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Boonen concluded by saying that he wouldn't be celebrating too heavily tonight. "I have to do two more important stages."

Third placed Cadamuro was disappointed again, but couldn't do much against the power of Tommeke. "Unfortunately another third position for me," he said. "In the sprint I was on the wheel of Boonen when Baden Cooke took it from me. I didn't put up much of a fight because I thought it was good to do a sprint behind Boonen and Cooke. But when Tom started, Cooke didn't answer him and that hurt me. Itĺs too bad, but I also know itĺs very difficult to beat Boonen in the sprint."

How it unfolded

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
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The fifth stage started in Hasselt shortly after midday with 154 starters. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Unibet.com) was among the non-starters, being the only one of 38 riders to fail a UCI health check in the morning. David Loosli, Markus Zberg, Yuriy Krivtsov, Gorka Gonzalez and Magnus Bńckstedt were also not at the start.

It was always going to be a day destined for Tom Boonen, who was back in his world champion's rainbow stripes after relinquishing the red leader's jersey yesterday. The stage was raced over 183 km on roads that he knew well, and for the first time, his grandparents sat in one of the following cars.

The first attack came from Jan Kuyckx (Davitamon-Lotto), Frederik Veuchelen (Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen), Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) and Marco Righetto (Liquigas) after 4 km, but that was quickly neutralised. Glenn D'Hollander (Chocolade Jacques) and Koen De Kort (Astana) tried after 10 km, with similar result. After 24 km, Unai Uribarri (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Michiel Elijzen (Cofidis) and Kurt Hovelynck (Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) had a go, but came back five kilometres later.

The leading seven
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Elijzen was persistent, though, and escaped at km 32 with the Portal brothers Nicolas (Caisse d'Epargne) and SÚbastien (Credit Agricole), as well as Bert Roesems (Davitamon-Lotto), Mathew Hayman (Rabobank), Thomas L÷vkvist (Franšaise des Jeux) and Koen BarbÚ (Chocolade Jacques). Nicolas Portal was the best placed on GC, starting the day 2'19 behind George Hincapie, so Discovery Channel didn't allow the break too much room.

That was easier said than done, as 48.6 km were covered in the first hour. After 64 km, the riders hit Boonen's home town of Balen for the first time with Roesems winning the intermediate sprint ahead of Sebastien Portal and Thomas L÷vkvist, holding an advantage of around 2'20. As expected, Discovery Channel and Quick.Step were making the tempo in the peloton, and at halfway, the gap went up to its maximum of 3'00, putting N. Portal in the virtual red jersey.

Matthias Kessler (T-Mobile)
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The second hour was almost as quick as the first, with another 46.4 km covered. 10 km later, it started to rain, and that continued on and off until the finish. Bert Roesems was using his time trialing power to good effect, doing some big turns and keeping the break at bay from the hunting pack. But with 60 km to go, Discovery and Quick.Step upped the pace behind, and the gap began to shrink.

At 50 km to go, Bert Roesems cleaned up again in the intermediate sprint in Westerlo, ahead of Nicolas and Sebastien Portal. Skil-Shimano made a brief appearance at the front of the bunch, possibly trying to cause a split as they rode at over 60 km/h for a few kilometres. But the main effect that had was to reduce the gap to a very manageable 1'25. Milram also started to help out in the chase, for points leader Simone Cadamuro.

With 27 km to go, Roesems won the third and final intermediate sprint in Geel, ahead of Hayman and L÷vkvist, but by that stage, the bunch was less than a minute back. The leaders made it to the finish line in Balen with 15 km to go with a small gap over the bunch, and were finally caught at 10 km out, having spent 140 km in front.

The peloton
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Quick.Step, Discovery, Liquigas and Unibet had set their sights on a bunch sprint and let no rider attack, despite valiant efforts from Jan Kuyckx (Davitamon) and Koen de Kort (Astana). In the pouring rain, it was a Unibet/Quick.Step lead out, with Wouter Weylandt winding it up with 900m to go until Steven de Jongh took over at 400m out, challenged by Kopp and Gasparotto, then Boonen launching himself at 150m to go to take a textbook win in front of his own people in Balen. Julian Dean (CrÚdit Agricole) was able to follow Boonen for second place, with Cadamuro taking third.

Crashes were common during the stage with the damp roads and traffic obstacles everywhere. But mostly they were without serious consequences.

Photography

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Images by Luc Claessen/www.ctm-images.com

Results

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            3.52.20 (47.285 km/h)
2 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                        
3 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                        
4 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                       
5 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
6 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                             
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                         
8 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                            
9 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                         
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
11 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
12 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
13 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
14 Luciano AndrÚ Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir            
15 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                                 
16 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                                     
17 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                             
18 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                          
19 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   
20 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
21 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                                
22 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
23 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                     
24 JosÚ Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears       
25 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
26 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
27 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           
28 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                             
29 Erki PŘtsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                       
30 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                          
31 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                         
32 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    
33 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                         
34 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                              
35 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                               
36 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                            
37 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
38 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                       
39 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
40 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
41 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel                                
42 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                           
43 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
44 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                                
45 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
46 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
47 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
48 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                             
49 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                 
50 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen             
51 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                        
52 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                               
53 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                                
54 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel                                      
55 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
56 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                            
57 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                           
58 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
59 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                       
60 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas                                           
61 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
62 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                           
63 Frank H°j (Den) Gerolsteiner                                            
64 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                        
65 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
66 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                                    
67 Johan Coenen (Bel) Unibet.com                                           
68 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
69 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                               
70 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                         
71 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                           
72 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                      
73 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     
74 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                       
75 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            
76 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                         
77 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                                  
78 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
79 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                          
80 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                                      
81 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
82 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                                
83 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
84 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
85 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                            
86 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                   
87 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                            
88 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                                
89 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
90 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                                 
91 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                        
92 Avitor Perrez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              
93 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
94 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                             
95 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                      
96 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                            
97 Martin MŘller (Ger) Team Milram                                         
98 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
99 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                
100 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
101 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
102 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                    
103 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                             
104 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                        
105 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           
106 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
107 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
108 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Team Milram                                   
109 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                            
110 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                               
111 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                              
112 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                     
113 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
114 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
115 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
116 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 
117 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
118 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                                
119 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
120 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          
121 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                           
122 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            
123 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         
124 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                             
125 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                   
126 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
127 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                          
128 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                 
129 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
130 Aaron Olson (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                 
131 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              
132 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               0.20
133 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                       
134 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                     0.29
135 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel                              0.35
136 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          0.40
137 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           1.04
138 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                             
139 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 2.07
140 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen             2.29
141 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                  2.41
142 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             2.47
143 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                                 
144 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
145 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             4.28
146 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         7.05
147 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                                   
148 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  
149 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                                 
150 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    
151 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
152 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                             
153 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel                                
154 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            9.08
155 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                          7.12
DNF Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana Team                                       
DNS David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                                     
DNS Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                        
DNS Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R Prevoyance                                   
DNS Gorka Gonzalez Larranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
DNS Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                        
DNS Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Unibet.com                                 
 
Points
 
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                 30 pts
2 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                      25
3 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                      22
4 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     19
5 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                17
6 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                           15
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                       13
8 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          12
9 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       11
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                   10
 
Sprints
 
Sprint 1
1 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                      8 pts
2 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  5
3 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                                3
 
Sprint 2
1 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                      8 pts
2 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  5
3 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     3
 
Sprint 3
1 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                      8 pts
2 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                            5
3 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                                3
 
Young rider
 
1 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                  3.52.20
2 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                      
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                           
4 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
5 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                                 
6 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
7 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
8 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
9 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     
10 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                              
11 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
12 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
13 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                           
14 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
15 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
16 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen             
17 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                            
18 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                           
19 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
20 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                           
21 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                          
22 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
23 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
24 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
25 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                      
26 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
27 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     
28 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         
29 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
30 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
31 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                                
32 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                      
33 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
34 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
35 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                    
36 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                              
37 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                    
38 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
39 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                  
40 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
41 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                    0.20
42 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  2.07
43 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              2.29
44 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              2.47
45 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                                  
46 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                    
47 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               7.05
48 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                                  
49 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                     
50 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
51 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                              
 
General classification after stage 5
 
1 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                          17.24.55
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 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                  
17 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    1.02
18 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             1.04
19 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                          1.08
20 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  1.09
21 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                        1.11
22 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                         1.13
23 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                    1.14
24 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  1.26
25 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                           1.27
26 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                                 1.32
27 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                             1.42
28 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                            
29 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                            1.43
30 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                            1.55
31 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
32 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                   1.56
33 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                 
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 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                         2.02
38 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  2.03
39 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak Hearing Systems                        2.06
40 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                          2.11
41 Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             2.12
42 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  2.15
43 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                2.16
44 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
45 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 2.18
46 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                     
47 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                     2.20
48 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                         
49 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                          
50 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                         2.22
51 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              2.25
52 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                     2.26
53 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                                
54 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                              2.29
55 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  2.33
56 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                       
57 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                      2.34
58 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                   2.35
59 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                            2.36
60 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              2.38
61 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              2.40
62 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
63 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
64 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       2.41
65 Johan Coenen (Bel) Unibet.com                                       2.43
66 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                2.48
67 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
68 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                        2.51
69 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            2.52
70 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           2.53
71 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                         2.55
72 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          2.56
73 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                        
74 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                       2.57
75 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         2.58
76 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         2.59
77 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
78 Martin MŘller (Ger) Team Milram                                     3.02
79 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      3.04
80 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                                      
81 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
82 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                       3.08
83 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                            3.09
84 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone         3.14
85 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                       
86 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     
87 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              3.15
88 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         3.16
89 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              3.17
90 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas                                       3.19
91 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Team Milram                                3.20
92 Luciano AndrÚ Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir        3.21
93 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        3.22
94 Avitor Perrez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              
95 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                   
96 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       3.23
97 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
98 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                        3.26
99 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                    
100 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                        
101 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                 3.27
102 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                      3.29
103 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    3.33
104 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                 3.36
105 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
106 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         3.40
107 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                                
108 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                               3.51
109 Frank H°j (Den) Gerolsteiner                                       3.52
110 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          
111 Erki PŘtsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                  3.53
112 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   3.56
113 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                             3.58
114 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                   4.05
115 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 4.08
116 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                     4.16
117 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   4.41
118 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears           
119 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               4.43
120 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 5.32
121 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                             5.50
122 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      5.57
123 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               6.05
124 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                        6.21
125 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                       6.26
126 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  6.36
127 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          6.48
128 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          6.54
129 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                         7.20
130 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           7.27
131 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                             7.35
132 Aaron Olson (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             7.47
133 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                       8.14
134 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                      8.33
135 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          8.37
136 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
137 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             8.51
138 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                          9.40
139 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   9.59
140 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel                             10.05
141 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               10.55
142 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            11.27
143 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                           12.09
144 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      12.53
145 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen              
146 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             14.54
147 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            15.07
148 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                 16.09
149 Sandy Casar (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                              16.37
150 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                        16.41
151 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        17.03
152 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          19.46
153 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel                           20.05
154 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             24.41
155 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                            30.22
 
Points classification
 
1 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                      91 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                 90
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                           56
4 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     48
5 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                      44
6 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel                               42
7 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                        41
8 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                39
9 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   37
10 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                           35
11 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                      35
12 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                           35
13 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                    34
14 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      32
15 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                      24
16 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           22
17 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                        17
18 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                       16
19 JosÚ Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears     15
20 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         15
21 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                      13
22 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               10
23 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                        10
24 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                   10
25 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                                10
26 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                             8
27 Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               8
28 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                               6
29 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                           6
30 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                             5
31 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                          5
32 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                           5
33 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                          5
34 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                           3
35 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                    3
36 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                 3
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             17.24.58
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 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                      2.31
14 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                            2.33
15 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              2.37
16 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
17 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       2.38
18 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                2.45
19 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
20 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          2.53
21 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                       2.54
22 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         2.56
23 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                 3.01
24 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 3.11
25 Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              3.12
26 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen         3.13
27 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              3.14
28 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                3.23
29 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     3.30
30 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                  3.33
31 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen            
32 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                3.48
33 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                    4.02
34 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    4.38
35 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  5.29
36 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                              5.47
37 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                6.02
38 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                          7.17
39 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                            7.24
40 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                              7.32
41 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                       8.30
42 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           8.34
43 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
44 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              8.48
45 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                           9.37
46 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                10.52
47 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen             11.24
48 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       12.50
49 Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              14.51
50 Benoţt Vaugrenard (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                         16.38
51 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              24.38
52 IvÓn Santos Martinez (Spa) Astana Team                             30.19

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