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2nd Eneco Tour of Benelux - PT

Netherlands & Belgium, August 16-23, 2006

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Stage 7 - August 23: Ans (Bel) - Ans (Bel), 201.2 km

Schumacher wins Eneco Tour in bizarre finish

Excellent solo by Gilbert in final stage

By Jeff Jones

Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux)
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The last stage of the Eneco Tour finished with high drama, with Stefan Schumacher finishing third in the stage and jumping over George Hincapie to win by just one second, after the bonus seconds were worked out. It wasn't as simple as that, however. The bunch was sprinting for second place behind Philippe Gilbert (Franšaise des Jeux), who took a fantastic home victory. With 100m to go, Schumacher led on the curving left hand barrier with Hincapie on his wheel, when he hit the arm of a fan who was perhaps celebrating Gilbert's victory. Schumacher swerved right, causing Hincapie to crash with just 50m to go, but held it up himself to finish third behind Gilbert and Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval). Had Schumi finished second and Hincapie third, the American would have kept the red jersey.

A furious Hincapie walked across the line, bike in hand, pointing and yelling at Schumacher, who caused the crash through no fault of his own. 20 minutes later, the race jury decided that the stage result would stand, and Schumacher was thus the final overall winner.

"I shouldn't be ashamed. I have deserved the victory," said Schumacher, who in any case wasn't happy on the podium. He stood a good chance of winning without the crash, but now it will be a case of "what if?"

Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner)
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"Suddenly I got hit by a spectator and swerved to the right because of it. I definitely did not do that deliberately, I almost crashed myself. I definitely understand Hincapie, but I can't do anything about it.

"I don't know what to say. This is my biggest victory, but not my most beautiful. I must process all this first."

Discovery Channel's sports director Dirk Demol told Sporza that he would put in a protest. "George would have been third for sure," he said. "And with a third place, George would have had enough bonus seconds to stay just ahead of Schumacher in the classification. I have no idea [whether the protest will do anything] but will certainly do it."

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel)
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"It was a very difficult decision," the chief of the race jury commented. "We decided like that after looking at the video many times. The decision, we think, was correct. The deviation was made after the hand from one person from the public. This is our final decision."

Another classy win by Gilbert

While this drama was happening, nothing could take away from the stage victory of Philippe Gilbert. The Franšaise des Jeux rider attacked with 4 km to go and successfully held off the bunch by just 2 seconds, also moving himself up to fourth overall.

Stage winner
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"During the stage, I didn't do any major efforts so at the finish, I felt fresh," said Gilbert. "I waited for the right moment to attack, and came back on the wheel of L÷vkvist. I told him to ride, but we had a very strong headwind and it was very hard to make the gap. But finally, I gave it everything I had and it's pretty special!

"To win here is like when Boonen won in Balen - I live here in the Ardennes so it's great. I always wanted to win at home but the other races here are something else: FlŔche Wallonne, LiŔge-Bastogne-LiŔge... I always try but it's hard to succeed. I'm very happy with my result here: a stage win, the top five, a third placing and fifth in the time trial, so I'm satisfied."

How it unfolded

Mario Aerts (Davitamon)
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The final stage of the Eneco Tour was by far the toughest, a 201 km journey starting and finishing in the LiŔge suburb of Ans. Many of the climbs used in LiŔge-Bastogne-LiŔge were featured, including the Redoute, Sprimont, and Saint Nicolas in the final 40 km.

The first attack of the day came after 2 km from Bram De Groot (Rabobank), Nicolas Roche (Cofidis), Paul Martens and Piet Rooijakkers (Skil-Shimano). That didn't succeed, but De Groot and Rooijakkers were again in the right move that went at 10 km. Also in the break were Mario Aerts (Davitamon-Lotto), William Bonnet (Credit Agricole), Aaron Olson (Saunier Duval), Steven Caethoven (Chocolade Jacques), and Erwin Thijs (Unibet.com). The best placed of the seven was Rooijakkers, who started the day 2'03 behind Hincapie on GC in 35th place.

Max van Heeswijk (Discovery Channel)
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Discovery Channel and Quick.Step set a controlling tempo, allowing the break 4'00 after 53 km, then 6'00 after 90 km, with the average speed sitting just below 39 km/h. But as the break hit the C˘te de Wanne, the first of nine climbs in the final 95 km, their lead started to fall quickly. On the Haute LevÚe (85 km to go), the gap came down to 3'00 as Andrea Peron (CSC) and Maarten den Bakker (Milram) attacked the bunch in pursuit of the seven up the road.

The bridging attempt was successful and Den Bakker and Peron made it across with 54 km to go. But by this stage, the peloton was 1'30 behind, and Rabobank had started working on the run into La Redoute at 40 km to go. The nine leaders got to that climb with just 1'18, and although Rooijakkers and Peron survived to the summit, the rest were caught. Posthuma (Rabobank) looked strong, as did Gilbert, while Hincapie marked the dangerous riders and waited for his Discovery teammates to rejoin on the descent.

Merckx and Lovkivst
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With 36 km to go, Thomas L÷vkvist (Franšaise des Jeux) and Axel Merckx (Phonak) attacked in pursuit of Peron and Rooijakkers, closing the half minute gap quickly. Then Karsten Kroon (CSC) and Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) went across, as Popovych and Ekimov kept the tempo high in the peloton for Hincapie. Things came back together with 32 km to go, before Merckx and L÷vkvist got away again with Gerben L÷wik (Rabobank), Laurent LefŔvre (Bouygues), Nicolas Portal (Caisse d'Epargne) and Daniele Righi (Lampre).

The new break was able to gain as much as 45 seconds, with L÷wik, Merckx and L÷vkvist swallowing the bonus seconds at the sprint on the C˘te de Sart-Tilman with 20 km to go - very much in Hincapie's favour. They still had 45 seconds on the Cote de St Nicolas with 11 km to go, where Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas, 3rd on GC) tried to get clear of the bunch, but failed. At the top, Portal and Merckx attacked the break and took another lot of bonus seconds, but were rejoined by the other four in the break with 7 km left.

The leaders are caught
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The pace had lifted behind as Hincapie had run out of teammates, so it was a free for all with riders going for stage glory and the chance of a good GC. The Merckx break came back at 6 km to go, prompting a counter attack by Maxime Monfort and Bram Tankink, which did not succeed. Then at just over 4 km to go, Philippe Gilbert placed his winning attack. Hincapie didn't react, even though Gilbert was only 28 seconds behind on GC, but Schumacher did try to get across.

With 2 kilometres to go, Gilbert had 8 seconds, with Merckx now leading the bunch in pursuit. But Gilbert was able to survive all the way to the finish to take a well deserved victory. Then the drama unfolded behind with the sprint for second place. At 100m out, Schumacher looked to have got it sewn up, but Hincapie was positioned on the German's wheel to take third and therefore keep the leader's jersey. But that question will remain unanswered as an unfortunate series of events, started by an overenthusiastic spectator, led to Hincapie crashing and finishing the Eneco Tour on foot. Schumacher finished as the overall winner, but he will not be able to completely savour this victory.

Photography

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Results

1 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                      5.05.16 (39.545 km/h)
2 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            0.02
3 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   
4 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                       
5 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
6 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
7 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
8 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                      
9 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                            
10 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                              
11 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                          
12 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                               
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                        
14 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                         
15 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                
16 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
17 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
18 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                              
19 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          
20 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                       
21 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                       
22 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                              
23 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
24 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
25 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
26 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                   
27 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                          
28 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   
29 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                           
30 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears          
31 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                              
32 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
33 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                
34 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                                  
35 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
36 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone           
37 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                             
38 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                0.12
39 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
40 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                        1.02
41 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                           0.02
42 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      1.22
43 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
44 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          
45 Avitor Perrez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        1.24
46 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                 1.50
47 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Team Milram                                  
48 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                           
49 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                             
50 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      2.12
51 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
52 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                           
53 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    
54 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                 
55 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                     3.13
56 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                       
57 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                           
58 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
59 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
60 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
61 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                             
62 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
63 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        
64 Frank H°j (Den) Gerolsteiner                                          
65 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                            
66 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                
67 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
68 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                  
69 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
70 Aaron Olson (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
71 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
72 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                      5.33
73 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                          
74 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              7.53
75 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
76 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       8.38
77 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                                
78 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                           14.50
79 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    
80 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                           
81 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                     
82 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
83 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
84 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                         
85 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                            
86 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas                                         
87 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
88 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
89 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
90 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                              
91 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                         
92 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                    
93 Johan Coenen (Bel) Unibet.com                                         
94 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                         
95 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                  
96 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
97 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                          
98 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         
99 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
100 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                             
101 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                          
DNF Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                      
DNF Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                       
DNF Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   
DNF JosÚ Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    
DNF Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
DNF Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel                              
DNF Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel                                
DNF Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel                             
DNF Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             
DNF Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   
DNF Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
DNF Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
DNF Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                           
DNF Luciano AndrÚ Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir         
DNF Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
DNF Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                                  
DNF Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                                   
DNF Erki PŘtsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
DNF Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
DNF Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      
DNF Mathieu Heyboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
DNF Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
DNF Martin MŘller (Ger) Team Milram                                      
DNF Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                   
DNF Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                    
DNF Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                      
DNF Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
DNF Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
DNF Ludovic Auger (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                               
DNF Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen               
DNF Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        
DNF Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                     
DNF Sebastiaan Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              
DNF Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  
DNF Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                         
DNF Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                         
DNF Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com                                       
DNF Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                       
 
Points
 
1 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                           30 pts
2 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              25
3 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 22
4 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                     19
5 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                          17
6 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              15
7 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              13
8 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                    12
9 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                          11
10 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                            10
 
Sprints
 
Sprint 1
1 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                          8 pts
2 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen          5
3 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    3
 
Sprint 2
1 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                           8 pts
2 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                              5
3 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                              3
 
Sprint 3
1 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   8 pts
2 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                              5
3 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                              3
 
Young rider
 
1 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                      5.05.16
2 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               0.02
3 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                       
4 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
5 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                               
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                         
7 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                          
8 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
9 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
10 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
11 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                          
12 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                              
13 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                
14 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                0.12
15 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      2.12
16 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
17 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                   3.13
18 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
19 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
20 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                             
21 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                            
22 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
23 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              7.53
24 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
25 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                            8.38
26 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                           14.50
27 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen           
28 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                         
29 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
30 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                         
31 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                  
32 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
33 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
 
Teams
 
1 Franšaise des Jeux                                             15.15.52
2 Liquigas                                                           0.02
3 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                   
4 Rabobank                                                               
5 Phonak Hearing Systems                                                 
6 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                     0.12
7 DSC                                                                1.02
8 T-Mobile Team                                                      1.50
9 Lampre-Fondital                                                    2.12
10 Credit Agricole                                                       
11 Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                                  3.13
12 Bouygues Telecom                                                  3.23
13 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                             3.32
14 Team CSC                                                          5.23
15 Skil-Shimano                                                          
16 Gerolsteiner                                                      6.24
17 Astana Team                                                      11.49
18 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                13.09
19 Quick Step-Innergetic                                            14.50
20 Davitamon-Lotto                                                  18.01
21 Team Milram                                                      31.26
22 Unibet.com                                                       35.09
 
Final General classification
 
1 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           27.20.55
2 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                            0.01
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                     0.12
4 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                         0.17
5 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                    0.32
6 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.35
7 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                        0.52
8 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                            0.53
9 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                       0.55
10 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                              0.56
11 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             0.58
12 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                          1.01
13 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                
14 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           1.05
15 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                1.10
16 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                      1.12
17 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                       1.14
18 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                  1.15
19 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                           1.43
20 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                          1.44
21 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           1.51
22 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                       1.55
23 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                          1.56
24 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                 1.57
25 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak Hearing Systems                      2.07
26 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               2.16
27 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               2.19
28 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                          2.23
29 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                2.26
30 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                   2.27
31 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                          2.35
32 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            2.41
33 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     2.42
34 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      2.49
35 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
36 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                        3.12
37 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone       3.15
38 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                         3.16
39 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         4.10
40 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                4.13
41 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      4.20
42 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                 4.24
43 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                              4.27
44 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                       4.33
45 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears      4.42
46 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      4.43
47 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                       4.44
48 Avitor Perrez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        4.45
49 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Team Milram                              5.09
50 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            5.28
51 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                   5.32
52 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                             5.33
53 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      5.45
54 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         5.52
55 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        6.08
56 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen    6.16
57 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 6.20
58 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                         
59 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                         6.49
60 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       6.57
61 Frank H°j (Den) Gerolsteiner                                      7.04
62 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  7.53
63 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              8.15
64 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                       9.33
65 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                 9.48
66 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                       10.32
67 Aaron Olson (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           10.59
68 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             11.18
69 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                     11.55
70 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      12.00
71 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                     13.46
72 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             13.57
73 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                           14.27
74 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               16.15
75 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Franšaise des Jeux                       16.48
76 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                      16.51
77 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                           17.18
78 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               17.22
79 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                     
80 Johan Coenen (Bel) Unibet.com                                    17.32
81 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                             17.37
82 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         17.41
83 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                    17.46
84 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                      17.48
85 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                         17.58
86 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    18.02
87 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      18.05
88 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           18.06
89 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas                                    18.08
90 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                     18.15
91 Matthe Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com                                    18.18
92 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                       18.29
93 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                             18.40
94 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        18.56
95 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               20.21
96 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     22.12
97 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                           22.24
98 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    22.41
99 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                    23.22
100 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                       24.06
101 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      29.32
 
Points classification
 
1 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                    91 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                               90
3 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 59
4 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                           57
5 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                    56
6 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              54
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                     54
8 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                          54
9 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                          52
10 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  48
11 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       45
12 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                     41
13 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             35
14 Gerben L÷wik (Ned) Rabobank                                         19
15 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  17
16 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                     16
17 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   16
18 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                         15
19 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen        15
20 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       13
21 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             13
22 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                            12
23 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 11
24 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           11
25 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                            10
26 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                            10
27 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                              10
28 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                         8
29 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                           8
30 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com                                         6
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 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   3
 
Young riders classification
 
1 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           27.20.55
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                     0.12
3 Phillippe Gilbert (Bel) Franšaise des Jeux                         0.17
4 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.35
5 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                       0.55
6 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                            1.05
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                   1.15
8 JosÚ Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                           1.56
9 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 2.26
10 Thomas L÷vkvist (Swe) Franšaise des Jeux                          2.35
11 Maxime Montfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            2.41
12 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     2.42
13 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      2.49
14 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                              4.27
15 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                   5.32
16 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      5.45
17 Alan PÚrez Lezßun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         5.52
18 Michael Schńr (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        6.08
19 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  7.53
20 Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                       10.32
21 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             11.18
22 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             13.57
23 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                           14.27
24 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                             17.37
25 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                    17.46
26 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                      17.48
27 Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      18.05
28 Piotr Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           18.06
29 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                             18.40
30 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               20.21
31 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     22.12
32 SÚbastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                           22.24
33 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                    23.22
34 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                        24.06
 
Teams classification
 
1 Liquigas                                                       82.04.56
2 Rabobank                                                           0.11
3 DSC                                                                0.29
4 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                     1.07
5 Franšaise des Jeux                                                 1.32
6 Phonak Hearing Systems                                             2.12
7 T-Mobile Team                                                      4.03
8 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                               5.23
9 Credit Agricole                                                    5.36
10 Lampre-Fondital                                                   6.31
11 Skil-Shimano                                                      6.34
12 Bouygues Telecom                                                  7.29
13 Team CSC                                                          7.41
14 Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                                  8.58
15 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                             9.29
16 Gerolsteiner                                                     10.07
17 Quick Step-Innergetic                                            15.52
18 Astana Team                                                      16.58
19 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                19.21
20 Davitamon-Lotto                                                  22.26
21 Team Milram                                                      36.37
22 Unibet.com                                                       37.40

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