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Vattenfall Cyclassics - ProT

Germany, July 30, 2006

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The Cat pounces in Hamburg

Freire victorious at Vattenfall Cyclassics

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Oscar Freire (L) and Erik Zabel (R)
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In what seemed like a deja-vu replay of Milano-Sanremo 2004, Oscar "The Cat" Freire pounced on Erik Zabel and '05 Cyclassics winner Pippo Pozzato like an orange and blue striped Rabobank tiger in the last 15 meters, and with a picture perfect bike throw, won the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg for his 7th win of the season. After his two TDF stage wins, when he also became a new daddy, a delighted Freire rode the outside line and came around on the right to dust the Milram milkman by just 5cm for his 35th career win.

"I wasn't sure I won", grinned Freire after the race. "We had to wait for the photofinish. Zabel was strong after the Tour and I knew he would be hard to beat here. It's always good to win, especially a classic." Freire came off Zabel's wheel with 100m. to go and his incredible closing speed and unmatched timing gave the three time World Champion another classics win. "I made my move at the right moment and could win with my bike throw," said Freire.

The complete podium
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Oldie but goodie Erik Zabel seemed satisfied with his close runner-up spot as he told German TV's Marcel Wüst post-race, "Oscar's done this to me already a few times... This morning, at the sign-in, we joked around saying that as McEwen and Boonen weren't here, if it came down to a sprint I would have good chances. But everybody forgot, as usual, Oscar Freire and he proved in the end that you have to take him into account!"

Zabel was asked whether he knew if Oscar had won: "Yeah - we congratulated each other after the line and we all speculated that it was Oscar first, then me, then Pozzato. I'm not disappointed at all, even if some people might not believe me. I can live with losing this way against Oscar. He's known to have that enormous speed towards the line."

On the podium for the second consecutive year, 2006 Milano-Sanremo winner Filippo Pozzato rode a strong sprint in Hamburg and just two experienced sprinters, 30 year-old Freire and 36 year-old Ete Zabel could get by the talented 24 year-old Italian.

How it unfolded

The peloton
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Vattenfall Cyclassics is the first ProTour race since the Tour De France and Berlin based Vattenfall, a major European energy company, is the new title sponsor. First run in 1996 as a national race, today the Vattenfall Cyclassics is raced over 243km in and around the free and hanseatic city of Hamburg, Germany's second largest city and Europe's second largest port. The Vattenfall Cyclassics parcours started with two big loops to the south and the west of the city over 150 km, then two laps of a 42 km circuit in town that climbs the steep 600m wall of the Waseberg (15%) three times. After the final ascent, there are still 16km remaining, back through the famous Reeperbahn before the finish in front of the Rathaus (City Hall) on Mönckerbergstrasse in the very heart of Hamburg.

Vattenfall Cyclassics was run on a cool and slightly overcast day with little wind and temps in the upper twenties, and 188 riders from 23 teams started the ProTour race at 11:30. ProTour leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) was not on hand as he's still recovering from his broken collarbone from a crash in the Tour De France. After 40km, Corey Sweet (Wiesenhof), Hungarian champion Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole) and Dario Andriotto (Liquigas-Bianchi) went on the attack. The front trio gained a maximum advantage of 13'20, but when German squads T-Mobile, the Milram milkmen and Gerolsteiner waterboys started to lead the chase, the gap fell to under nine minutes after 125 km. There were just two riders away at that point, as an inexperienced camera moto driver crashed into Andriotto after 100km and the Italian was out of the break and had to abandon.

Sweet and Bodrogi
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Bodrogi and Sweet kept riding hard and once back in Hamburg, the audacious Aussie led the first time up the brutal Waseberg with 94km to go, but the peloton was chasing hard behind and 20 kilometres later, the gap was down to 4'00. The peloton was breathing down the breakaway riders necks and with 60 km to go, the jig was up for the front duo after over 140km off the front. The counterattacks started behind as the peloton realized that front of the race was now wide open. Wild card invitee Barloworld was quite active, as were Wiesenhof, Astana and Skil.

Yakovlev (Astana), Facci (Barloworld) and recent Tour of Qinghai Lake winner Tjallingii (Skil) got away, while T-Mobile's Matze Kessler was leading the chase and the front trio came back with 42km and the final two ascents of the Waseberg still left to race. Attack after attack followed on the Elbechausee towards the Waseberg. Lampre-Fondital was on the front riding hard tempo, but when they peeled off the front, it was big Rabobank rider Gerben Löwik trying to protect his leader Freire. CSC was lurking up front for O'Grady, but Française de Jeux's Walloon wonderboy Philippe Gilbert then went solo with 30km to go. The Belgian had a gap of 0'10 on the chasing peloton as he made the left turn along the Elbe that led to the foot of the Waseberg. Gilbert was going well as he ascended Waseberg and Wegmann was chasing behind. With 25km to go, there were now two riders off the front, Gilbert and Wegmann, with the peloton 0'30 behind, and the chase was having trouble getting organized. With 20km to go, the break had 0'42.

T-Mobile, Milram and Gerolsteiner
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By the time the final ascent of Waseberg started, Milram had brought the break back and it was the long, lean figure of Lampre-Fondital's Ale Ballan, with Rebellin's gregario Moletta, Pozzato, Paolini, Mori, Figueras, Celestino and Rebellin up there, but Ballan and Pozzato didn't stay up front as they missed the second move of Rebellin. The break was an all-Italian affair, with Rebellin and Moletta (Gerolsteiner), Mori (Saunier Duval), Figueras (Lampre-Fondital), Paolini (Liquigas-Bianchi) and Celestino (Milram). But CSC, Rabobank and Quick.Step were working hard to bring the move back with 10km to race.

With 7.5km to go, it was all back together as Quick.Step had done the deed for 2005 winner Pippo Pozzato. Milram's Marco Velo was riding well as stopper for Zabel, covering every move just as Quick.Step's Tankink was doing for Pozzato. With 5km to go the manoeuvres started among the 40 riders as Quick.Step and Lampre-Fondital were getting their trains organized for Pozzato and Napolitano.

The final burst
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Astana's Kashechkin gave it a shot, but as the riders passed under the 1km banner it was Ballan on the front but then Quick.Step's 2006 Tour De France stage winner Tosatto made a strong leadout for Pozzato. The Milano-Sanremo rider sprinted hard with 250m to go, but he made his move too early as first Zabel and then Freire came past. But considering Pozzato isn't a pure sprinter like the other two, it was a nice ride to the podium for the young Italian, who may be going to Liquigas in 2007. Zabel, who won Hamburg five years ago passed Pozzato with 100m to go and was looking good for his second win, but Freire came off his wheel and just got the German at the line his second career classic win.


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Results - 243.2 km

1 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                            5.30.02 (44.212 km/h)
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                        
3 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                         
4 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                             
6 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                               
8 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             
9 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             
10 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
10 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
12 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears           
13 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 
14 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                        
15 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
16 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                   
17 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                           
18 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
19 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
20 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              
21 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             
22 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            
23 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears          
24 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank                                        
25 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
26 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Barloworld                                 
27 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                         
28 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
29 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
30 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
31 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                          
32 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
33 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                    
34 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                                       
35 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R Prevoyance                               
36 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                          0.03
37 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
38 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                           
39 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           
40 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                  
41 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  
42 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                    0.06
43 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone        
44 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                       
45 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team                           0.09
46 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                               
47 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana                                     
48 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                      0.13
49 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                            
50 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana                              0.21
51 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                    0.39
52 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   0.57
53 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
54 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                
55 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                1.17
56 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram                                   
57 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                             1.40
58 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     
59 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         1.49
60 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears       1.55
61 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Milram                                     
62 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                  
63 Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                
64 Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
65 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        
66 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
67 K Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      
68 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team CSC                                  2.03
69 Ca Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Astana                             7.32
70 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Astana                                 
71 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   
72 Mik Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears         
73 Joaqu Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        
74 Sergio Miguel Mo Paulinho (Por) Astana                             
75 Christian Leben (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                          
76 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              
77 Peter Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
78 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana                                         
79 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
80 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana                                      
81 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
82 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
83 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                    
84 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                      
85 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                       
86 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
87 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
88 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              
89 Mauro Facci (Ita) Barloworld                                       
90 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                  
91 Pieter Mertens (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               
92 Joseba Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     
93 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance                               
94 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                                 
95 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
96 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            
97 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              
98 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         
99 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               
100 José An Redondo Ramos (Spa) Astana                           10.12
101 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  10.20
102 Lu Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir            11.00
103 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                             
104 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                              
105 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                   
106 Anton Luengo Celaya (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
107 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                   
108 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                     
109 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                                
110 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                       
111 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                        
112 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                        
DNF Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                  
DNF Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC                                         
DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                       
DNF Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                  
DNF Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                  
DNF Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                     
DNF André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   
DNF Thomas Ziegler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       
DNF Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
DNF Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                       
DNF Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
DNF Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       
DNF Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                
DNF Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
DNF Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         
DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                          
DNF Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                     
DNF Matteo Carrara (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              
DNF Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
DNF Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           
DNF Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
DNF Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              
DNF Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           
DNF Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             
DNF Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    
DNF Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
DNF Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                  
DNF Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
DNF Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     
DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
DNF Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                               
DNF Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
DNF Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone      
DNF Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
DNF Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone           
DNF Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone           
DNF Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
DNF Iban Iriondo Uranga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
DNF Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
DNF Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R Prevoyance                               
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                              
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) AG2R Prevoyance                               
DNF Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                
DNF Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram                               
DNF Dario Andriotto (Ita) Liquigas                                    
DNF Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                   
DNF Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas                                       
DNF Stefano Zanini (Ita) Liquigas                                     
DNF Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                               
DNF Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
DNF Ludovic Auger (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
DNF Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Française des Jeux                     
DNF Frédéric Finot (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
DNF Ian Mcleod (RSA) Française des Jeux                               
DNF Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux                          
DNF Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Barloworld                          
DNF Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Barloworld                                    
DNF Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                                    
DNF Jeremy Maartens (RSA) Barloworld                                  
DNF Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                        
DNF Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                             
DNF Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                    
DNF Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                         
DNF Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                        
DNF Gregor Willwohl (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                         
Waseberg - Cat. 3, km 134,6
1 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              3 pts
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                               2
3 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                        1
Waseberg - Cat. 3, km 173,6
1 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              3 pts
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                               2
3 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                            1
Waseberg - Cat. 3, km 215,5
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                          3 pts
2 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  2
3 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Barloworld                                 1
Mountains classification

1 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              6 pts
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                               4
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                          3
4 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  2
5 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                        1
6 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                            1
7 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Barloworld                                 1
Jesteburg - Hauptstraße
1 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 3 pts
2 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux                                2
3 Christian Leben (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                          1
Buchholz (Sparkasse Harburg-Buxtehude)
1 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Liquigas                                     3 pts
2 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              2
3 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                               1
Pfanni Kartoffel Snack (Teufelsbrück) Elbchaussee
1 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              3 pts
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                               2
3 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   1
Mönckebergstraße - lap 1
1 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              3 pts
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                               2
3 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    1
Mönckebergstraße - lap 2
1 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                        3 pts
2 Christian Leben (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                          2
3 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Astana                                 1
Sprints classification
1 Corey Sweet (Aus) Team Wiesenhof Akud                              8 pts
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                               5
3 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                        3
4 Christian Leben (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                          3
5 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 3
6 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Astana                                 1
7 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   1

ProTour standings

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears     195 pts
2 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                            175
3 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                         150
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                             145
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                            138
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                    120
7 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                              118
8 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Astana-Würth Team                                 110
9 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              110
10 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                106
11 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                    99
12 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                        95
13 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 90
14 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    89
15 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                     87
16 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                       85
17 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            85
18 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                          84
19 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               83
20 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                         83
21 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                   76
22 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                     75
23 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  74
24 José Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems         73
25 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                72
26 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               71
27 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                   69
28 Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                   69
29 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             69
30 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   65
31 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                  65
32 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                      62
33 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                         60
34 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         58
35 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                55
36 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir              53
37 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                         51
38 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             51
39 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                     50
40 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                                 50
41 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         48
42 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   45
43 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  44
44 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        44
45 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                         43
46 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems          42
47 Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               41
48 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                        41
49 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step - Innergetic                     38
50 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                  37
51 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                 36
52 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                          35
53 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                    35
54 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                          35
55 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                     34
56 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française Des Jeux                              32
57 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        30
58 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                          30
59 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Phonak Hearing Systems                          30
60 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              30
61 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                            30
62 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                             30
63 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     30
64 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                   30
65 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              29
66 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                            23
67 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          23
68 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Astana-Würth Team                             23
69 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               22
70 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                              21
71 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas                                     20
72 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     20
73 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 20
74 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                   20
75 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                19
76 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                      18
77 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                17
78 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                        16
79 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                   16
80 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     16
81 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                            16
82 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux                            15
83 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                           15
84 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                     14
85 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          13
86 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                12
87 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            11
88 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                11
89 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 11
90 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   10
91 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                         10
92 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           10
93 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              10
94 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                10
95 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                  10
96 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    10
97 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  10
98 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana-Würth Team                                   9
99 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 9
100 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                       9
101 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     8
102 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            8
103 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                8
104 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                     7
105 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              7
106 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               6
107 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                               6
108 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              5
109 Erki Pütsep (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    5
110 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux                           5
111 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          5
112 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                 5
113 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    5
114 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       5
115 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                 5
116 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone               5
117 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             5
118 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               5
119 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              5
120 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                       5
121 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                             5
122 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                   4
123 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                                4
124 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              4
125 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 4
126 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    4
127 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                4
128 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                            4
129 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team CSC                                        4
130 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     4
131 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears         4
132 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step - Innergetic                            4
133 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                          4
134 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                          3
135 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        3
136 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      3
137 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                  3
138 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                3
139 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    3
140 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                         3
141 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      3
142 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                         3
143 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 3
144 Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          3
145 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 2
146 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             2
147 Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            2
148 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          2
149 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                             2
150 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        2
151 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           2
152 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital                                  2
153 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                           2
154 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    2
155 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                   2
156 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana-Würth Team                                  2
157 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                  2
158 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                            1
159 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                     1
160 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1
161 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                      1
162 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    1
163 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir          1
164 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     1
165 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    1
166 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems                           1