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70th Tour de Suisse - PT

Switzerland, June 10-18, 2006

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Stage 3 - June 12: Einsiedeln - Arlesheim, 160 km

Stage and yellow jersey for Nuyens

Success number two for Quick.Step

By Shane Stokes in Arlesheim, with additional reporting from Hedwig Kröner

Nick Nuyens (Quick.Step-Innergetic)
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Two out of three. Following the success of Tom Boonen on day one of the race, the Quick.Step team took their second stage of the Tour of Switzerland and thirtieth victory of the season today when Nick Nuyens was best at the Tour de Suisse.

The 26 year-old has won races such as Het Volk, Paris-Bruxelles, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kurrne and the Tour of Britain in the past and today seized both the stage win and the yellow jersey in the ProTour race, outsprinting breakaway companions Linus Gerdemann (T-Mobile), Jorg Jaksche (Astana Wurth) and Koldo Gil Perez (Saunier Duval) to the line in Arlesheim.

"I am really pleased with this win," he said. "It certainly wasn't a dull race today. During the last section, about 20 kilometres from the finish line, Bettini made a move taking with him a group of nine riders, then Gerdemann and Jaksche made a move getting away from the other seven. After a short while myself and Gil caught up with them. We were able to pull away from the others, gaining about 30 seconds, and this advantage enabled us to get to the finish line and battle out for the victory."

"I'm on good form at the moment. At the national championships I'll be giving my all for Boonen but if the occasion arises, I'll certainly go for a victory".

The 189.5 kilometre stage was marked by an early break by Marcel Strauss (Gerolsteiner) and Alan Perez Lezaun (Euskaltel), who went clear after 56 kilometres and built a three and a half minute lead. The first ascent of the Ziegelschüren put paid to Lezaun's effort, while the second, harder approach to the climb which came once the riders were on the finish circuit lap caused major splits. This injection of pace put an end to Strauss' escape.

Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile Team)
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Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) and Paolo Bettini (T-Mobile) were among those piling on the pressure, causing other big names such as Michael Rasmussen, Robbie McEwen and Bradley McGee to go south and finish over four minutes back.

Gerdemann was heading the other direction, though, and got clear near the top. He was joined by Jaksche, while Gil and Nuyens then got across before the prime line. The four worked well together to open up a good lead. An attack by Gil was neutralised by Nuyens close to the line, and the Belgian then had little trouble in beating Gerdemann and Jaksche in the sprint.

The main bunch was led in by Oscar Freire (Rabobank) eleven seconds later. Overnight leader Daniele Bennati was in this group, and so Nuyens consequently took over in yellow. The 26 year old now leads Gerdemann by five seconds, with Bennati, Jaksche and team-mate Tom Boonen next.

A happy Nuyens talked about the closing stages of the race in the press conference. "On the last climb I was in the second group but the slope was a little less difficult near the top," he stated. "I got back up to the group with Bettini in it. I reacted immediately to an attack by Gil and we got up to the other two [Gerdemann and Jaksche]. We got forty seconds and rode flat out from there to the line. Everyone did their share of the work. When we got close to the finish I thought I would be the quickest out of the group, and so it proved."

Nuyens also took yellow in the Tour of Britain last year, then went on to win the race. When asked how today's result compared to this and other big victories he achieved in the past, he said that they are all important and part of his development as a rider. "I always make steady progress, as I have each year. I'm gradually getting stronger and that is the most important thing."

Nick Nuyens (Quick.Step-Innergetic)
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"The Tour of Britain was also nice for me because I took the jersey on the first day and kept it until the end. This is a stage win but as it is the Tour de Suisse, it is really important. I have the yellow jersey too but I think it is just for one or two days, because the mountains here are too hard for me."

Nuyens has often found himself in the position of riding for Tom Boonen and is rumoured to be considering moving to another team so that he has a better chance to chase his own results. However when he was asked if his place was now guaranteed for the Tour, he said that he would trust the judgement of the Quick.Step management in that regard.

"We will see," he said. "The Tour de France team will be based around Tom Boonen, and this is right because he is the world champion. I am not a [pure] climber and not a sprinter, so we will see."

Directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters added that the decision would be made soon. "We will see after the end of the Tour de Suisse. The selection will then be made for the Tour."

Second-placed Linus Gerdemann was very impressive today. The 23 year-old won a stage here last year and went close to doing so again. While he was stronger than Nuyens on the climbs, he lost out in the final sprint. "It was a good stage," he stated just after the finish. "Nick Nuyens was very fast and it was difficult to beat him."

How it unfolded

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step-Innergetic)
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Stage three of this year's Tour de Suisse saw the international peloton depart in Einsiedeln for a 187.5km, rather hilly ride to Arlesheim in the region of Basel. Headed northwest, the race took place under beautiful sunny sky with summery temperatures - no wonder the riders enjoyed the first kilometres after the start at 12.30 and strolled along on a slightly downhill parcours.

But the fun didn't last too long at the ProTour race and after 56 kilometres, the duo of Marcel Strauss (Gerolsteiner) and Alan Perez Lezaun (Euskaltel) was finally given the go by the peloton, even though the German was only 18 seconds behind race leader Daniele Bennati (Lampre). The advantage of the breakaway grew rapidly until it was kept at around three and a half minutes by Lampre-led bunch.

The Cat. 3 and 4 climbs at kms 107 and 171 were taken on in that very same situation, with the peloton only interested in keeping the break's gap within reach. With 50 kilometres to go, their lead was down to two and a half minutes. In the second climb, Perez Lezaun ran out of gas and had to let go of his companion, soon to be caught by the bunch behind - where Michele Albasini (Liquigas) made an effort to place third behind the leading duo at the KOM. The Italian will therefore wear the mountains jersey tomorrow.

Overnight leader Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital)
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So it was up to Marcel Strauss to take his advantage to the finish: 40 kilometres left to race, and one Cat 3 climb yet to master. Meanwhile, Albasini back in the bunch managed to take the intermediate sprint points, which will give him yet another jersey!

With 25 kilometres to go, Strauss' lead dropped under the two-minute mark. Taking on the last climb of the day, the "Ziegelschüren" again, the peloton fell apart under the rhythm imposed by Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step), as well as Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile), who looked like he wanted to test his form a little. On the climb, Strauss was caught, and the race was on once again.

A new lead group formed with eight men: David Canada, Koldo Gil (both Saunier Duval), Jan Ullrich, Linus Gerdemann (both T-Mobile), Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step), Fränk Schleck (CSC), Giampaolo Caruso, Jörg Jaksche (both Würth) and Cadel Evans (Davitamon). Out of this group then emerged Gerdemann and Jaksche with 18 km to go, soon joined by Gil and Nick Nuyens (Quick.Step).

Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Innergetic)
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These four made up the finale of the stage, all looking extremely focused. On the summit of the climb, their advantage was already more than half a minute - a clear sign that they were out for the win. The last part of the day was all downhill and flat, so they looked good.

Lampre, trying to defend Bennati's yellow jersey and make the race come together again for a sprint finish, was leading the chase. Still, the fab four knew what they were up to and didn't give in. With a few kilometres to go before the line, tactical games nevertheless started, with a raging bunch only 19 seconds behind...

Gil attacked first, but Nuyens caught him again. The Belgian must have felt good as he just continued head-on afterwards, driving the last kilometre in front. And his effort paid off, as none of his three rivals could match his strength.

 

Photography

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Results

1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                          4.36.52 (41.067 km/h)
2 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
3 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                                
4 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          0.04
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                   0.11
6 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                               
7 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                     
8 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                
9 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
10 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
11 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                           
12 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
13 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
14 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
15 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
16 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
17 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 
18 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                              
19 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears     
20 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                        
21 Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
22 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
23 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                        
24 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
25 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                        
26 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                           
27 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                 
28 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                        
29 Man Beltran Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
30 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Würth                                        
31 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                      
32 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     
33 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                    
34 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                               
35 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                          
36 Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram                                       
37 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                            
38 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Française des Jeux                               
39 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Würth                                   
40 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                      
41 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
42 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Team Milram                                    
43 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
44 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   
45 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
46 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
47 Juan Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                                    
48 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                          
49 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                     
50 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                          
51 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                               
52 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Würth                                           
53 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
54 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
55 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
56 Jose Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
57 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
58 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Würth                                   
59 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
60 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital                                    
61 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                                        
62 Jose Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
63 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
64 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    
65 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
66 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
67 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                         
68 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                        
69 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Würth                                           
70 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
71 Trent Lowe (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    
72 Andreas Kloden (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
73 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             1.21
74 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            2.41
75 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
76 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                                 4.17
77 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                            4.58
78 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
79 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                               
80 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
81 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
82 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
83 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step-Innergetic                              
84 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                       
85 Allan Davis (Aus) Würth                                                
86 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
87 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
88 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                     
89 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                       
90 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
91 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
92 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  
93 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           
94 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
95 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
96 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
97 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
98 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                           
99 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
100 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                       
101 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
102 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                              6.21
103 Jurge Van Den Broeck (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     9.36
104 Erki Putsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                11.03
105 Sebastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
106 Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                      
107 Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
108 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                    
109 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
110 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
111 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
112 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
113 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas                                      
114 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                        
115 Ian Mcleod (RSA) Française des Jeux                                   
116 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                        
117 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                          
118 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
119 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                      
120 Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                                   
121 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
122 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
123 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
124 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
125 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
126 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
127 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     
128 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
129 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                     
130 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
131 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                    
132 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               
133 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française des Jeux                          14.17
134 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                      
135 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Française des Jeux                             
136 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                     
137 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
138 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
139 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                
140 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    
141 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                          
142 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                              
143 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                   
144 Jose A Redondo Ramos (Spa) Würth                                      
145 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
146 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Française des Jeux                                
147 Michele Maccanti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    
148 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
149 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
150 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
151 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
152 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Liquigas                                         
153 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
154 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                   0.01
155 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                           
156 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                               14.25
157 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    
158 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                   
159 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                               
160 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
161 David Navas Chica (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                               
162 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC                                        14.29
163 Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
164 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            18.00
165 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
DNF Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                   
DNF Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
 
Points
 
1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                               25 pts
2 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   20
3 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                              16
4 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            13
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                     11
6 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                             10
7 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                    9
8 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               8
9 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance                                   7
10 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                6
11 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                          5
12 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        4
13 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 3
14 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 2
15 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         1
 
Mountains
 
Le Gruyere, 3rd Cat
 
1 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              5 pts
2 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      3
3 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                        2
4 Jose A Redondo Ramos (Spa) Würth                                       1
 
Le Gruyere, 4th Cat
 
1 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      3 pts
2 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              2
3 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                        1
 
Le Gruyere, 3rd Cat
 
1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                5 pts
2 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                               3
3 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             2
4 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    1
 
Sprints
 
Winterthur, km 149.5
 
1 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      6 pts
2 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                        3
3 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                        1
 
Winterthur, km 174
 
1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                6 pts
2 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    3
3 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                               1
 
Teams
 
1 Quick Step - Innergetic                                         13.50.58
2 T-Mobile Team                                                           
3 Wurth Team                                                              
4 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                              0.04
5 Team Milram                                                         0.11
6 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                                      
7 Team CSC                                                                
8 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                          
9 Phonak Hearing Systems                                                  
10 AG2R Prevoyance                                                        
11 Rabobank                                                               
12 Liquigas                                                               
13 Lampre - Fondital                                                      
14 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                    
15 Team L.P.R.                                                            
16 Gerolsteiner                                                           
17 Bouygues Telecom                                                   3.51
18 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                                   4.58
19 Credit Agricole                                                    9.45
20 Davitamon-Lotto                                                   11.03
21 Francaise Des Jeux                                                15.50
 
General classification after stage 3
 
1 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                         12.30.09
2 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 0.05
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               0.06
4 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                            0.08
5 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                              0.14
6 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                     0.15
7 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          0.17
8 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            0.18
9 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
10 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
11 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears     
12 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
13 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                    
14 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
15 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
16 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                  0.20
17 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        0.21
18 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                          0.22
19 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      0.23
20 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   
21 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                    0.24
22 Man Beltran Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
22 Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram                                       
24 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Française des Jeux                               
25 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
26 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     
27 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                      
28 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Würth                                        
29 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                        
30 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                        
31 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                    
31 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                               
33 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                           
34 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
34 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                      
36 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Würth                                           
37 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                     
38 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
39 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                          
39 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital                                    
41 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                            
42 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
43 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                        
44 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
45 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                               
46 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
47 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Würth                                   
48 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
49 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
50 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
51 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Würth                                   
52 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                          
52 Jose Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
54 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
55 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
56 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                         
57 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Würth                                           
58 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                          1.00
59 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             1.34
60 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                       2.07
61 Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            2.17
62 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
63 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 
64 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
65 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
66 Jose Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
67 Andreas Kloden (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
68 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                                        
69 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
70 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Team Milram                                    
71 Trent Lowe (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    
72 Juan Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                                    
73 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    
74 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         2.48
75 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
76 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                                 4.30
77 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        5.05
78 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                           
79 Allan Davis (Aus) Würth                                            5.11
80 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                     
81 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
82 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                               
83 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
84 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
85 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
86 Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           
87 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                       
88 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        6.58
89 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
90 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                       
91 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                        
92 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          7.04
93 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step-Innergetic                              
94 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
95 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
96 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  
97 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
98 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
99 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
100 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
101 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
102 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                              8.27
103 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               11.10
104 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                11.13
105 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      11.16
106 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas                                      
107 Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                                   
108 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
109 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram                                        
110 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               
110 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
112 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                      
113 Jurge Van Den Broeck (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    11.42
114 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    13.03
115 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
116 Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      13.09
117 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                        
118 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
119 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
120 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
121 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                     
122 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                          
123 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
124 Ian Mcleod (RSA) Française des Jeux                                   
125 Erki Putsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
126 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
127 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                    
128 Sebastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
128 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
130 Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                      
131 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                               14.47
132 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française des Jeux                          16.17
133 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                           
134 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                
135 Jose A Redondo Ramos (Spa) Würth                                 16.19
136 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                  16.22
137 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Française des Jeux                           16.23
138 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                     
139 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                              
140 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
141 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                   
142 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                      
143 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Française des Jeux                             
144 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    
145 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
146 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
147 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            16.49
148 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Liquigas                                    17.46
149 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              17.54
150 Michele Maccanti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                               20.03
151 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
152 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
153 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                          20.11
154 David Navas Chica (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                               
155 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
156 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC                                        20.15
157 Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
158 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                     20.25
159 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
160 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone          20.51
161 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        23.46
162 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
163 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                           25.29
164 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    26.25
165 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                               28.23
 
Points classification
 
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 43 pts
2 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              27
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                     27
4 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                               25
5 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                25
6 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    25
7 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance                                  22
8 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                          21
9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   20
10 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                             16
11 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                  14
12 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           13
13 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          13
14 Allan Davis (Aus) Würth                                              11
15 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                              11
16 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                            10
17 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   10
18 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        10
19 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               9
20 Bjorn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram                                      8
21 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                8
22 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           7
23 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                6
24 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française des Jeux                               6
25 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         5
26 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            5
27 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        4
28 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             3
29 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                           3
30 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 2
31 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             2
32 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                          1
33 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                       16 pts
2 Jose A Redondo Ramos (Spa) Würth                                      14
3 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                     8
4 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            8
5 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              7
6 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      6
7 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                5
8 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                               3
9 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             2
10 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                       2
11 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   1
12 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             1
13 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                          1
 
Sprint classification
 
1 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                       15 pts
2 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    12
3 Jose A Redondo Ramos (Spa) Würth                                       7
4 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                6
5 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      6
6 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            4
7 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    3
8 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                              3
9 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Würth                                               1
10 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                         1
11 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                  1
12 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                       1
 
Team classification
 
1 Team L.P.R.                                                     37.28.18
2 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                              2.56
3 Phonak Hearing Systems                                              3.03
4 Lampre - Fondital                                                   3.09
5 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                          
6 Gerolsteiner                                                            
7 Team CSC                                                                
8 Quick Step - Innergetic                                             3.10
9 T-Mobile Team                                                           
10 Wurth Team                                                             
11 Team Milram                                                        3.15
12 AG2R Prevoyance                                                        
13 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                    
14 Liquigas                                                               
15 Rabobank                                                           3.21
16 Discovery Channel                                         
17 Bouygues Telecom                                                   8.42
18 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                                   9.55
19 Credit Agricole                                                   12.49
20 Davitamon-Lotto                                                   17.59
21 Francaise Des Jeux                                                22.34

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