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11th Telekom Malaysia Tour de Langkawi - 2.HC

Malaysia, February 3-12, 2006

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Stage 8 - Friday, February 10: Yong Peng - Segamat , 72.7km

Le Petit Blaireau c'est le grand vainqueur!

George: "Another day down, another day closer"

By Anthony Tan in Segamat

Sebastian Hinault (Credit Agricole)
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Going from the longest stage to the shortest continued the trend that has so far seen one of the most interesting editions of the Tour de Langkawi in years. And after two successful breaks in as many days, albeit by the barest of margins, the chasing bunch were finally rewarded as wily sprinter Sébastien Hinault found sweet success in Segamat.

With rain-soaked roads and two tricky corners in the last 300 metres, Credit Agricole team manager Denis Roux knew after studying the finishing parcours this morning that the finale wouldn't be easy. So as the bunch roared into town, 31 year-old Hinault - like yesterday's winner Elio Aggiano, a nine-year veteran of the pro peloton - bided his time up front in the final kilometre, before hitting out 300 metres from the line to hold off Great Britain's Mark Cavendish and Italian Samuele Marzoli.

"I thought it was a finish for me because I like it when it's raining," said a smiling Hinault to Cyclingnews, relishing the warm rain coming down before his eyes, who goes by the nickname of 'Le Petit Blaireau (the little badger) for his famous surname, even though he and his namesake Bernard are not related.

Continued the Frenchman, "We saw this morning on the map it [the finale] was going to be very dangerous, and with the rain it was important to stay in the front. In the final metres, I thought the riders would go too fast in the turns, so it was then time for me to make my sprint."

Steffen Radochla (Wiesenhof-Akud)
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A rider less than satisfied with his performance was sprint leader Steffen Radochla, who finished tenth on the stage. "Yes, today was not a good sprint for me," he admitted, but nevertheless, the 27 year-old German still enjoys a commanding 31 point lead over his closest rival, Gabriele Massaglia, on 46 points.

Added Radochla: "I was always in a bad position and lost my place in the corners - I had bad legs and today was not a good day for me. Tomorrow, I ride the time trial and then after the last kilometres [in Kuala Lumpur], I hope to take the jersey."

With the last chance effectively gone for anyone who held hopes of taking the yellow jersey off David George's shoulders, Langkawi's tour leader was looking far more comfortable than he had been the previous two days, where the team from South Africa was held under siege.

"Thank goodness that's over," George said with a smile of relief. "You never know with these short stages - it seems like it's going to be a formality, but they never are - they're always a bit more hectic than you expect it to be, and obviously the rain didn't help.

"We expected the sprinters to be prevalent today which they were, so [it went] more or less according to plan; we would have liked to have had no rain, but we got through it reasonably unscathed. Another day down, another day closer," he said.

The stage eight podium
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Again, the Proteas were pleasantly surprised to receive help from a team with a different motive, as Relax-Gam drove on the front the peloton as soon as the break went and were largely responsible for putting an end to the chances of the eight escapees. There were no surprises for guessing what this was all about, with the Spaniards still peeved after the team from Japan helped shut down the breakaway the day before that had one of their riders in it.

"I'm not really sure why they're annoyed; it's not really our problem, everybody has their prerogative," said George. "I also think Panaria played a big part today - they wanted to put their riders up there."

For the maillot jaune to lose the race in tomorrow in Melaka, he would have to do what Michael Rasmussen did on the penultimate day of the 2005 Tour de France, crashing twice and requiring three bike changes in a 55 kilometre time trial. But with a 16 kilometre flat-as-a-tack TT, that's not going to happen, the 29 year-old South African conceding the battle now really lies for the second and third steps on the podium, where four riders are separated by just 23 seconds.

"I can do a fair time trial on a good day, so obviously I'm going to give it 100 percent," said George.

"On a normal day, it should go reasonably according to plan, and I'll be giving it 100 percent as if we didn't have the yellow jersey. Obviously, there's a few racing for second, third and fourth... I would say Jose Serpa," he predicted.

How it unfolded

The lead cars
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The morning's transfer from Johor Bahru to the start in Yong Peng took a shade under two hours, and along the way, heavy thunderstorms gave an indication of what lay ahead for the 105 riders left in the 2006 Le Tour de Langkawi.

Fortunately at 2:45pm, the rain gods held off just enough for a dry start, and being such a short stage, it was only natural to see the opportunists firing all on cylinders right from the gun. Attack after attack characterised the first 10 kilometres, but when the rain came, it appeared to temporarily dampen one's spirits, the peloton groupé shortly after that.

However, after double that distance, the riders seemed resigned to a wet day in the saddle, whether they liked it or not. At that point, a group of five escaped and then another three to comprise a eight-man lead group: Angelo Furlan (Selle Italia Diquigiovanni), Andy Flickinger (Bouygues Telecom), Cyril Lemoine (Credit Agricole), Roger Beuchat (LPR), Jean Claude Lebeau (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago), Corey Sweet (Wiesenhof Akud), plus Koji Fukushima and Kazuhiro Mori from Team Japan. A second group of six saw the opportunity and tried to latch on, but they were caught by the fast-moving peloton shortly after the first sprint in Chaah (km 25.3).

By km 30, the octet held a tentative 39 second lead, and although their advantage did creep to a minute and a half, the peloton - largely led by the team from Relax-Abm, whose team manager was still fuming at the Japanese for helping the South Africans close down the break yesterday - kept the gap at no more than a minute, 56 seconds separating bunch from breakaway with 20 kilometres remaining.

The tour can't be too far away
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By chance, Cyclingnews hitched a ride in the Selle Italia Diquigiovanni team car driven by assistant direttore sportivo Michele Primaro, who will be managing the Adelaide-based Savings & Loans Continental team this year. Stopping midway through the race to put team manager Gianni Savio in the front passenger seat, who was looking elegant as usual, every hair follicle in its place despite the pouring rain, we drove up to their breakaway rider Angelo Furlan, where he lent a few words of wisdom.

What did you tell your rider, Gianni?

"To pay attention, because I think at the finish, it will not be a finish with all eight riders," forecasted Savio. So to work, but not to work too much. As you could see, he was at the head of this bunch working, working, working... so I explained to him to work, but not too much."

Remnants of the peloton
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With Relax-Abm far from what their team name implied, and a few riders in the break starting to back off a little, thinking about the finale, the gap was brought back to 37 seconds with 15 to go and just under half a minute five kilometres later. At the third and final sprint in Segamat (km 65.5), it was mostly all over with the peloton 25 metres behind the leaders. Furlan did make a brief thought futile attempt to escape, and it was peloton groupé with six kilometres left to race.

Inside three kilometres to go, the bunch was motoring at speeds tipping 70 kilometres an hour, led by the Wiesenhof Akud team of sprint leader Steffen Radochla. At 1,500 metres to go, Japan also came to the fore, but the usual sprinting argy-bargy was multiplied in the rain, which saw a few riders come down in the tricky off-camber right-hand corner 250 metres from the line.

Staying up was Sébastien Hinault (Credit Agricole), who took a calculated chance and hit out with 300 to go on the uphill finish, holding off British youngster Mark Cavendish - who looked almost a certain winner until he pulled his foot - and LPR's Samuele Marzoli for his first victory of the season.


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1 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole               1.33.33 (40.98 km/h)
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Great Britain                           
3 Samuele Marzoli (Ita) LPR                                    
4 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni          
5 Hassan Suhardi (Mas) Malaysia                                
6 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                            
7 Roger Beuchat (Swi) LPR                                      
8 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
9 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
10 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                       
11 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              
12 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance                   
13 Ahmad Lutfi Fauzan (Mas) Malaysia                           
14 Frank Van Kuik (Ned) Yawadoo Colba-Abm                      
15 Frederik Penne (Bel) Yawadoo Colba-Abm                      
16 Jose Miguel Elias Galindo (Spa) Relax-Gam                   
17 Massimo Iannetti (Ita) LPR                                  
18 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                          
19 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance                     
20 Walter Pedraza (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni             
21 Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Relax-Gam                       
22 David McCann (Irl) Giant-Asia                               
23 José Serpa (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni                 
24 Kuei Hsiang Peng (Tpe) Giant-Asia                           
25 Aziz Md Saiful Anuar (Mas) Équipe Asia                      
26 Albert Primero (Phi) Casino Filipino                        
27 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Équipe Asia                             
28 Angel Vallejo Dominguez (Spa) Relax-Gam                     
29 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                           
30 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                    
31 Darren Lill (RSA) South Africa                              
32 Razali Shahrulneeza (Mas) Malaysia                          
33 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) LPR                                 
34 Hossein Askari (IRI) Giant-Asia                             
35 Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain                           
36 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                         
37 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain                          
38 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                              
39 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      
40 Oleg Grishkine (Rus) Navigators Insurance                   
41 Paul Griffin (Irl) Giant-Asia                               
42 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                        
43 Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole                           
44 Vyacheslav Dyadichkin (Kaz) Équipe Asia                     
45 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      
46 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                         
47 David George (RSA) South Africa                             
48 Sulisttiyono Sulisttiyono (Ina) Wismilak                    
49 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                          
50 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Navigators Insurance                
51 Zahit Sayuti (Mas) Malaysia                                 
52 Kristian House (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                         
53 Ali Ahmad Falani (Mas) Malaysia                             
54 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare         
55 Ryan Cox (RSA) South Africa                                 
56 Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant-Asia                               
57 Jean Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            
58 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) South Africa                          
59 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
60 Jacques Fullard (RSA) South Africa                          
61 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                         
62 Xavier Tondi Volpini (Spa) Relax-Gam                        
63 Takum Beppu (Jpn) Japan                                     
64 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                        
65 Gianni Riemslagh (Bel) Yawadoo Colba-Abm                    
66 Rodney Green (RSA) South Africa                             
67 Wawan Setyo Budi (Ina) Wismilak                             
68 Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Équipe Asia                            
69 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni             
70 Susanto Tonton (Ina) Wismilak                               
71 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                   
72 Ghader Mizbani (IRI) Giant-Asia                             
73 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
74 Russell Downing (GBr) Great Britain                         
75 Bernardo Luzon (Phi) Casino Filipino                        
76 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                       
77 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni              
78 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
79 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance               
80 Victor Espiritu (Phi) Casino Filipino                       
81 Shawn Milne (USA) Navigators Insurance                      
82 Sven Renders (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                  
83 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                     
84 Gene Bates (Aus) LPR                                        
85 Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                            
86 Yohann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                  
87 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                                  
88 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                          
89 Wilbowo Adi (Ina) Wismilak                                  
90 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              
91 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               
92 David Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                
93 Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                       
94 Elio Aggiano (Ita) LPR                                  0.54
95 Matt Brammeier (GBr) Great Britain                      0.56
96 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan                                
97 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni              
98 Robert Retschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                    1.14
99 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan                             1.19
100 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan                              1.24
101 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                   1.29
102 Corey Sweet (Aus) Wiesenhof Akud                           
103 Tomas Konechy (Cze) Wiesenhof Akud                         
104 Julio Alberto Perez (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare        
DNF Sherwin Carrera (Phi) Casino Filipino                      
Sprint with bonuses at Chaah
1 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan                                   5 pts
2 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni              3
3 Jean Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            2
4 Roger Beuchat (Swi) LPR                                     1
Sprint with bonuses at Labis
1 Jean Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            5 pts
2 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                         3
3 Roger Beuchat (Swi) LPR                                     2
4 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      1
Sprint with bonuses at Segamat
1 Jean Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            5 pts
2 Corey Sweet (Aus) Wiesenhof Akud                            3
3 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                                  2
4 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      1
Asian rider
1 Hassan Suhardi (Mas) Malaysia                         1.33.33
2 Ahmad Lutfi Fauzan (Mas) Malaysia                            
3 Kuei Hsiang Peng (Tpe) Giant-Asia                            
4 Aziz Md Saiful Anuar (Mas) Équipe Asia                       
5 Albert Primero (Phi) Casino Filipino                         
6 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Équipe Asia                              
7 Razali Shahrulneeza (Mas) Malaysia                           
8 Hossein Askari (IRI) Giant-Asia                              
9 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                               
10 Vyacheslav Dyadichkin (Kaz) Équipe Asia                     
11 Sulisttiyono Sulisttiyono (Ina) Wismilak                    
12 Zahit Sayuti (Mas) Malaysia                                 
13 Ali Ahmad Falani (Mas) Malaysia                             
14 Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant-Asia                               
15 Takum Beppu (Jpn) Japan                                     
16 Wawan Setyo Budi (Ina) Wismilak                             
17 Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Équipe Asia                            
18 Susanto Tonton (Ina) Wismilak                               
19 Ghader Mizbani (IRI) Giant-Asia                             
20 Bernardo Luzon (Phi) Casino Filipino                        
21 Victor Espiritu (Phi) Casino Filipino                       
22 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                                  
23 Wilbowo Adi (Ina) Wismilak                                  
24 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan                                
25 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan                             1.19
26 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan                               1.24
1 LPR                                                   4.40.39
2 Selle Italia Diquigiovanni                                   
3 Malaysia                                                     
4 Bouygues Telecom                                             
5 Relax-Gam                                                    
6 Ag2r Prevoyance                                              
7 Navigators Insurance                                         
8 Credit Agricole                                              
9 Great Britain                                                
10 Giant-Asia                                                  
11 Yawadoo Colba-Abm                                           
12 Équipe Asia                                                 
13 Recyling.Co.Uk                                              
14 South Africa                                                
15 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                     
16 Casino Filipino                                             
17 Wismilak                                                    
18 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                   
19 Japan                                                       
20 Wiesenhof Akud                                          1.14
General classification after stage 8
1 David George (RSA) South Africa                      26.22.58
2 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni      1.57
3 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                 2.19
4 Walter Pedraza (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni              
5 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance                2.20
6 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                       4.20
7 Jose Miguel Elias Galindo (Spa) Relax-Gam                4.23
8 José Serpa (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni              4.44
9 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                   4.54
10 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                    5.42
11 Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole                       7.49
12 Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Relax-Gam                   8.39
13 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance                 8.46
14 Ryan Cox (RSA) South Africa                             9.12
15 David McCann (Irl) Giant-Asia                           9.35
16 Massimo Iannetti (Ita) LPR                             10.32
17 Darren Lill (RSA) South Africa                         10.44
18 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare        11.35
19 Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain                      13.55
20 Hossein Askari (IRI) Giant-Asia                        14.09
21 Yohann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom             15.15
22 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan                           16.11
23 Kristian House (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                    17.33
24 Sven Renders (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago             17.54
25 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                         18.14
26 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago          21.12
27 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                    21.29
28 Susanto Tonton (Ina) Wismilak                          21.46
29 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                     22.21
30 Ghader Mizbani (IRI) Giant-Asia                        24.17
31 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole              24.22
32 Vyacheslav Dyadichkin (Kaz) Équipe Asia                24.29
33 Hassan Suhardi (Mas) Malaysia                          25.47
34 Paul Griffin (Irl) Giant-Asia                          25.49
35 Gene Bates (Aus) LPR                                   30.02
36 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) LPR                            31.20
37 Razali Shahrulneeza (Mas) Malaysia                     32.21
38 Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                  32.46
39 Jean Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago       33.45
40 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                        
41 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                      34.27
42 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                 34.51
43 Wawan Setyo Budi (Ina) Wismilak                        35.00
44 Ali Ahmad Falani (Mas) Malaysia                        35.32
45 Ahmad Lutfi Fauzan (Mas) Malaysia                      35.36
46 Victor Espiritu (Phi) Casino Filipino                  35.38
47 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                     35.56
48 Elio Aggiano (Ita) LPR                                 36.23
49 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                    36.27
50 Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant-Asia                          37.08
51 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                    37.25
52 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare    38.28
53 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Équipe Asia                        39.50
54 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                  40.27
55 Sulisttiyono Sulisttiyono (Ina) Wismilak               40.30
56 Robert Partridge (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                  40.54
57 Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Équipe Asia                       41.01
58 Xavier Tondi Volpini (Spa) Relax-Gam                   41.38
59 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain                     42.01
60 Roger Beuchat (Swi) LPR                                42.14
61 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     42.23
62 Gianni Riemslagh (Bel) Yawadoo Colba-Abm               42.25
63 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                      42.43
64 Angel Vallejo Dominguez (Spa) Relax-Gam                42.48
65 Julio Alberto Perez (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare    43.34
66 Russell Downing (GBr) Great Britain                    43.43
67 Kuei Hsiang Peng (Tpe) Giant-Asia                      43.45
68 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni        44.23
69 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         45.19
70 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                45.24
71 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                  45.32
72 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                45.38
73 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                             46.05
74 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         46.27
75 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                   46.46
76 Aziz Md Saiful Anuar (Mas) Équipe Asia                 48.24
77 Robert Retschke (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                   48.36
78 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance          49.01
79 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare        49.18
80 Rodney Green (RSA) South Africa                        51.12
81 Frank Van Kuik (Ned) Yawadoo Colba-Abm                 51.28
82 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni         52.07
83 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni         53.53
84 Tomas Konechy (Cze) Wiesenhof Akud                     54.04
85 David Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago           54.08
86 Frederik Penne (Bel) Yawadoo Colba-Abm                 54.23
87 Matt Brammeier (GBr) Great Britain                     54.59
88 Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                       55.00
89 Takum Beppu (Jpn) Japan                                55.59
90 Samuele Marzoli (Ita) LPR                              56.38
91 Shawn Milne (USA) Navigators Insurance                 57.31
92 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan                            58.44
93 Albert Primero (Phi) Casino Filipino                   58.45
94 Zahit Sayuti (Mas) Malaysia                          1.00.45
95 Jeremy Maartens (RSA) South Africa                   1.00.47
96 Bernardo Luzon (Phi) Casino Filipino                 1.01.21
97 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Navigators Insurance         1.01.28
98 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare      1.02.48
99 Corey Sweet (Aus) Wiesenhof Akud                     1.03.57
100 Jacques Fullard (RSA) South Africa                  1.04.53
101 Wilbowo Adi (Ina) Wismilak                          1.05.04
102 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan                           1.12.40
103 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Great Britain                  1.13.40
104 Oleg Grishkine (Rus) Navigators Insurance           1.16.00
Points classification
1 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                      77 pts
2 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni        46
3 Samuele Marzoli (Ita) LPR                                  46
4 José Serpa (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni                43
5 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Great Britain                         39
6 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                    37
7 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                          37
8 Elio Aggiano (Ita) LPR                                     35
9 David McCann (Irl) Giant-Asia                              32
10 Jose Miguel Elias Galindo (Spa) Relax-Gam                 32
11 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance                 32
12 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           30
13 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                  29
14 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                        26
15 Yohann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                26
16 David George (RSA) South Africa                           25
17 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago             25
18 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare       24
19 Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole                         23
20 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan                                 23
21 Russell Downing (GBr) Great Britain                       23
22 Massimo Iannetti (Ita) LPR                                23
23 Jean Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago          22
24 Walter Pedraza (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni           22
25 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                      20
26 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan                              20
27 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     20
28 Xavier Tondi Volpini (Spa) Relax-Gam                      19
29 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                                17
30 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                       17
31 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            17
32 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Navigators Insurance              16
33 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    15
34 Zahit Sayuti (Mas) Malaysia                               14
35 Gene Bates (Aus) LPR                                      14
36 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                   14
37 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    13
38 Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Relax-Gam                     13
39 Roger Beuchat (Swi) LPR                                   13
40 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                            11
41 Hassan Suhardi (Mas) Malaysia                             11
42 Angel Vallejo Dominguez (Spa) Relax-Gam                   11
43 Darren Lill (RSA) South Africa                            10
44 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            10
45 Corey Sweet (Aus) Wiesenhof Akud                           9
46 Albert Primero (Phi) Casino Filipino                       8
47 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                  7
48 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         7
49 Sven Renders (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                 6
50 Frederik Penne (Bel) Yawadoo Colba-Abm                     6
51 Ahmad Lutfi Fauzan (Mas) Malaysia                          6
52 Aziz Md Saiful Anuar (Mas) Équipe Asia                     6
53 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Wiesenhof Akud                       5
54 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                       5
55 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare            5
56 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance                    4
57 Hossein Askari (IRI) Giant-Asia                            4
58 Julio Alberto Perez (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare        4
59 Matt Brammeier (GBr) Great Britain                         4
60 Robin Sharman (GBr) Recyling.Co.Uk                         3
61 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                        3
62 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni             3
63 Takum Beppu (Jpn) Japan                                    3
64 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare            2
65 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain                         2
66 Frank Van Kuik (Ned) Yawadoo Colba-Abm                     2
67 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni             2
68 David Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               2
69 Shawn Milne (USA) Navigators Insurance                     2
70 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) LPR                                1
71 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                          1
72 Ali Ahmad Falani (Mas) Malaysia                            1
Mountains classification
1 David George (RSA) South Africa                            37 pts
2 Darren Lill (RSA) South Africa                             35
3 Jose Miguel Elias Galindo (Spa) Relax-Gam                  30
4 David McCann (Irl) Giant-Asia                              28
5 José Serpa (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni                25
6 Massimo Iannetti (Ita) LPR                                 24
7 Saul Raisin (USA) Credit Agricole                          23
8 Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain                          20
9 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                   18
10 Walter Pedraza (Col) Selle Italia Diquigiovanni           14
11 Gene Bates (Aus) LPR                                      14
Asian rider classification
1 Hossein Askari (IRI) Giant-Asia                      26.37.07
2 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan                             2.02
3 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                           4.05
4 Susanto Tonton (Ina) Wismilak                            7.37
5 Ghader Mizbani (IRI) Giant-Asia                         10.08
6 Vyacheslav Dyadichkin (Kaz) Équipe Asia                 10.20
7 Hassan Suhardi (Mas) Malaysia                           11.38
8 Razali Shahrulneeza (Mas) Malaysia                      18.12
9 Wawan Setyo Budi (Ina) Wismilak                         20.51
10 Ali Ahmad Falani (Mas) Malaysia                        21.23
11 Ahmad Lutfi Fauzan (Mas) Malaysia                      21.27
12 Victor Espiritu (Phi) Casino Filipino                  21.29
13 Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant-Asia                          22.59
14 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Équipe Asia                        25.41
15 Sulisttiyono Sulisttiyono (Ina) Wismilak               26.21
16 Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Équipe Asia                       26.52
17 Kuei Hsiang Peng (Tpe) Giant-Asia                      29.36
18 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Japan                             31.56
19 Aziz Md Saiful Anuar (Mas) Équipe Asia                 34.15
20 Takum Beppu (Jpn) Japan                                41.50
21 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan                            44.35
22 Albert Primero (Phi) Casino Filipino                   44.36
23 Zahit Sayuti (Mas) Malaysia                            46.36
24 Bernardo Luzon (Phi) Casino Filipino                   47.12
25 Wilbowo Adi (Ina) Wismilak                             50.55
26 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan                              58.31
Teams classification
1 Selle Italia Diquigiovanni                           79.18.20
2 Credit Agricole                                          3.48
3 South Africa                                            10.31
4 Recyling.Co.Uk                                          31.58
5 Bouygues Telecom                                        37.46
6 Giant-Asia                                              38.03
7 Relax-Gam                                               38.06
8 Navigators Insurance                                    47.31
9 LPR                                                     54.17
10 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                              1.01.27
11 Japan                                                1.03.19
12 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            1.11.34
13 Ag2r Prevoyance                                      1.11.46
14 Malaysia                                             1.18.43
15 Wiesenhof Akud                                       1.19.56
16 Wismilak                                             1.26.42
17 Great Britain                                        1.29.40
18 Équipe Asia                                          1.33.03
19 Yawadoo Colba-Abm                                    2.04.53
20 Casino Filipino                                      2.14.39
Asian teams classification
1 Japan                                                80.21.39
2 Giant-Asia                                               1.43
3 Malaysia                                                15.24
4 Wismilak                                                23.23
5 Équipe Asia                                             29.44
6 Casino Filipino                                       1.11.20

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