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100th Giro di Lombardia - ProT

Italy, October 14, 2006

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Emotional win for new World Champion

Bettini takes Lombardia for brother

By Jeff Jones and Gregor Brown

Paolo Bettini (Quick-Step) wins
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
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Italian Paolo Bettini (Quick-Step) took absolute control of the Giro di Lombardia to power away to his first victory since becoming World Champion in Salzburg three weeks ago. The Italian pushed the pace on Madonna del Ghisallo, dropped everyone on Civiglio and confirmed his win on San Fermo. Arriving in Como solo, Bettini is the first World Champion to win the 'race of the falling leaves' since Oscar Camenzind in 1998.

Bettini crossed the line to take the 100th edition of Lombardia in tears of pain and joy. It was a joyous occasion for Il Grillo to win Lombardia for a second year running, this year in the world championship colours, but the pain of losing his brother was very evident.

"Today I did not pedal alone," said Bettini after arriving to La Gazzetta dello Sport, referring to his late brother. "I will never forget this day."

Three weeks ago Bettini won the worlds in Salzburg but a little over a week later his rainbow was clouded by the death of his older bother Sauro. His brother died in an auto accident but Bettini, after a few days off, came back with a fighting spirit.

That spirit was on display today in one of cycling's five monuments, Lombardia. Crossing the line, Bettini fell into the arms of his grieving family. Dad, Mom, wife and daughter where on the shores of Lake Como to witness Bettini stomp the competition while taking an emotional win for Sauro. A suffering Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) could not hold on to Bettini's wheel over the final climb of San Fermo and finished third after being caught by Zurich winner Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

How it unfolded

Paolo Bettini (Quick-Step)and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears)
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196 riders assembled in the Swiss town of Mendrisio for the start of Italy's oldest grand classic, which traditionally closes the season for most professional riders. ProTour leader and final winner Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) was at the start in the end, even though his team threatened to pull him out of the race as a consequence of the ongoing battle between the UCI and organisers RCS Sport over the ProTour. World champion Paolo Bettini was also on the start line, looking motivated to win his second Lombardia in a row.

Thierry Marichal (Cofidis) opened the attacking, but the first move of note came after 28 km when Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner) escaped with Diego Caccia (Barloworld). The pair had 2'20 after 34 km, when a group of four riders started chasing: Andrea Pagoto (Panaria), James Perry (Barloworld), Yuri Metlushenko (Team L.P.R.), and Diego Nosotti (Selle Italia). After 40 km, the two in front had 2'06 on the chase group, and 4'55 on the peloton after averaging 45.6 km/h in the first hour.

The main group gradually fell back, allowing the leaders a chance to sit up and wait for the chasers. On the climb of S. Fedele d’Intelvi, Perry and Pagoto were the strongest and crossed the summit 2'18 behind the front pair, with Metlushenko and Nosotti both distanced, and the bunch at 12'10. At the bottom of the descent, the gap reached 13'05 and eventually Perry and Pagoto bridged up to Totschnig and Caccia after 82 km. Aside from Tour de France stage winner Totschnig, the breakaway contained relatively unheralded riders, but there's always a first time for some talent to show.

Madonna del Ghisallo
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
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The break reached a maximum lead of 13'15 at km 106 as Rabobank, Milram, Cofidis and CSC took the responsibility to chase. The break was able to stay clear for most of the big circuit around lake Como, but once the crucial climb of Madonna del Ghisallo started at 52 km to go, they were within shooting range of the peloton at 3'44. Perry was the first to let go, followed by his teammate Caccia. Totschnig persisted, with Pagoto riding well to stay on the Austrian's wheel.

As expected, the action began in the peloton once the climb started to get nasty. Paolo Bettini, resplendent in his rainbow jersey, wasn't afraid to step up the tempo, and after a few kilometres of climbing had reduced the group to just himself, Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), Frank Schleck (CSC), Michael Boogerd (Rabobank), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel), Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) and Ricardo Ricco (Saunier Duval). The group caught Totschnig and Pagoto just before the summit with 43 km to go, when Bettini put the hammer down again to cut it down to just five: Bettini, Rebellin, Schleck, Boogerd and Di Luca.


The five opened up a 20 second lead on the descent as a chasing group gradually formed behind with Sanchez, Pagoto, Ricco, Totschnig, Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner), Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) and Matteo Carrara (Lampre). The two groups came together at 28 km to go and now there were a dozen leaders, with Gerolsteiner the best represented with three riders. The next chasers consisted of Noè, Devolder, Sella and Gustov, but they were never able to close the gap.

Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) finished 8th
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The penultimate climb of Civiglio, with its summit at 15 km to go and its incredibly technical descent back into Como, proved to be the decisive point in the race. Bettini rode a hard enough tempo at the bottom to get rid of Totschnig, Ricco and Pagoto, then simply blasted off the front in response to a Di Luca attack with 17 km to go. At the top, Bettini had five seconds on Fabian Wegmann, who was dying a thousand deaths to close the gap to the world champ. Bettini flew down the narrow, twisty descent, but Wegmann was close behind and picked up the Quick.Step man just after the bottom. It had cost the German a lot of energy, but he was able to roll through for a few turns before the last climb of San Fermo di Battaglia.

Paolo Bettini (Quick-Step) with Dad
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The chasers now numbered six, with Sanchez, Boogerd, Rebellin, Schleck, Moreni and Carrara trailing Bettini and Wegmann by 28 seconds when they hit the last climb. Bettini slowly rode a pained Wegmann off his wheel on the steep climb, and crossed the summit with 15 seconds on the Gerolsteiner man, then another 12 seconds to the Sanchez-led chase group.

The final five kilometres were not easy for Bettini, but he was able to maintain his advantage to the finish in Como. Sanchez bridged up to Wegmann with 2 km to go and eventually beat the gritty German in the sprint for second, but up front it was all Bettini, the world champion crying for his lost brother Sauro as he crossed the finish line for a beautiful, emotional win.


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Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Images by Roberto Bettini/www.bettiniphoto.net

Images by Davide Tricarico/www.laborraccia.it

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Results - 245 km

1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                       6.08.06 (39.93 km/h)
2 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    0.08
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
4 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             0.14
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 0.46
6 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                   
7 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                           
8 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                     0.48
9 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                      2.32
10 Andrea Pagoto (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     3.53
11 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             4.03
12 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                   
13 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                        
14 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                     
15 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
16 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              
17 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              
18 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                  
19 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                     
20 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
21 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 
22 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                           
23 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                      
24 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                         
25 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni           
26 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                      
27 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua e Sapone                                 
28 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               
29 Pedro Arreitunandia Quintero (Spa) Barloworld                         
30 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    
31 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                
32 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
33 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                         
34 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                     
35 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              
36 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                            
37 Inigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Team CSC                           
38 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                             4.10
39 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                           
40 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                              
41 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
42 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                       4.13
43 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                             
44 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 
45 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
46 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                         
47 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             4.41
48 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    4.42
49 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              
50 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
51 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                        5.00
52 Santo Anza' (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni               
53 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                          
54 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                6.04
55 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                 6.23
56 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               
57 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                7.20
58 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                              8.00
59 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas                                            
60 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             10.34
61 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
62 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                       
63 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                               
64 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                               
65 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                             13.18
66 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Team Milram                             14.17
67 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Team Milram                              15.40
68 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Team Milram                                       
69 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                         
70 Ivan Santaromita (Swi) Quick Step-Innergetic                          
71 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                               
72 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
73 Michael Schär (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
74 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
75 Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              
76 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         
77 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni            
78 Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
79 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
80 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
81 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
82 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
83 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                  
84 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                    
85 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Astana Team                           
86 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
87 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
88 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                              
89 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                  
90 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
91 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                    
92 Javier Meijas Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
93 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas                                      
94 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
95 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC                                   16.02
96 Gene Michael Bates (Aus) Team L.P.R.                             16.44
97 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                         
DNF Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
DNF Stefano Cavallari (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                               
DNF Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                               
DNF Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Acqua e Sapone                             
DNF Andrea Tonti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                                    
DNF Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                                
DNF Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                      
DNF Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                      
DNF Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
DNF Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance                                 
DNF Carlos Abellan Ossenbach (Spa) Astana Team                           
DNF Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana Team                                        
DNF Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana Team                                       
DNF Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana Team                              
DNF Jose Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana Team                                     
DNF Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spa) Astana Team                               
DNF Felix Rafael Cardenas Ravalo (Col) Barloworld                        
DNF Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Barloworld                                   
DNF Mauro Facci (Ita) Barloworld                                         
DNF Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Barloworld                                    
DNF James Perry (RSA) Barloworld                                         
DNF Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                                         
DNF Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
DNF Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
DNF Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
DNF Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
DNF Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    
DNF Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears     
DNF Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears         
DNF Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        
DNF Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                    
DNF Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                        
DNF Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare          
DNF Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           
DNF Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                       
DNF Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone          
DNF Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone     
DNF Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
DNF Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              
DNF Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
DNF Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
DNF Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
DNF Pieter Mertens (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
DNF Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
DNF Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
DNF Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
DNF Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     
DNF Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
DNF Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
DNF Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                   
DNF Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
DNF Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
DNF Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Française des Jeux                        
DNF Frédéric Finot (Fra) Française des Jeux                              
DNF Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
DNF Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                            
DNF Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
DNF Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
DNF Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Française des Jeux                         
DNF Eric Leblacher (Fra) Française des Jeux                              
DNF Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
DNF Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     
DNF Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     
DNF Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
DNF Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
DNF Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                         
DNF Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                       
DNF Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                                       
DNF Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                     
DNF Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                                      
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
DNF Jonathan Pa Mc Carty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                    
DNF Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               
DNF Florian Stalder (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
DNF David Vitoria (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
DNF Mauricio Alb Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                              
DNF Juan Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                                  
DNF Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                      
DNF Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                
DNF Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni     
DNF Mariano Giallorenzo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni      
DNF Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni       
DNF Diego Nosotti (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni            
DNF Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                        
DNF Roberto Traficante (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                 
DNF Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                      
DNF Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                
DNF Elio Aggiano (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                       
DNF Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram                              
DNF Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                   
DNF Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
DNF Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                      
DNF Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                      
DNF Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
DNF Thomas Ziegler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   
DNS Bjoern Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               
DNS David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              

ProTour standings

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears     285 pts
2 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      213
3 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                         165
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                    162
5 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                            156
6 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              155
7 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                               154
8 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                            144
9 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                            138
10 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                133
11 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                  124
12 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                        121
13 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                             118
14 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            117
15 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                      115
16 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                  114
17 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                 114
18 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Astana-Würth Team                                110
19 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                         108
20 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                    106
21 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                106
22 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                    99
23 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                97
24 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 90
25 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                       89
26 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            85
27 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               83
28 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                         83
29 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone               76
30 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                            75
31 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                          75
32 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                     75
33 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  74
34 José Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems         73
35 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                72
36 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                   72
37 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               71
38 Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                   69
39 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                         67
40 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team CSC                                        65
41 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   65
42 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                         60
43 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           58
44 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                         56
45 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux                            55
46 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                55
47 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             55
48 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          55
49 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                                 52
50 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       50
51 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                      48
52 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           48
53 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                          45
54 Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            45
55 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                   45
56 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  44
57 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                43
58 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                        42
59 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    42
60 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems          42
61 Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               41
62 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                        41
63 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                            40
64 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              39
65 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                  39
66 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              38
67 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                            38
68 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step-Innergetic                       38
69 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                 36
70 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                    35
71 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                          35
72 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                     35
73 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        33
74 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française Des Jeux                              32
75 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                        32
76 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               32
77 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                     31
78 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                             31
79 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Phonak Hearing Systems                          30
80 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           30
81 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              30
82 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital                                  30
83 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       30
84 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                   30
85 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                      29
86 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              28
87 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                27
88 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              26
89 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                     25
90 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          25
91 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                              23
92 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        23
93 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Astana-Würth Team                             23
94 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 22
95 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     22
96 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               22
97 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    22
98 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                              21
99 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas                                     20
100 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    20
101 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                  20
102 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         19
103 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   18
104 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             17
105 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    16
106 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance                                15
107 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC                                           15
108 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                          15
109 Inigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Team CSC                         15
110 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        15
111 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                           14
112 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                    14
113 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         13
114 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                               13
115 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana-Würth Team              13
116 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                               12
117 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                   11
118 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                               11
119 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                11
120 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  10
121 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                               10
122 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                          10
123 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 10
124 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) AG2R Prevoyance                                 10
125 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                   9
126 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana-Würth Team                                  9
127 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                9
128 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir            9
129 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                       9
130 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     8
131 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                8
132 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                     8
133 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            8
134 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              8
135 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                     7
136 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                        7
137 Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner                                         7
138 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        7
139 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                          7
140 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  7
141 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              7
142 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              6
143 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                          6
144 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                               6
145 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            6
146 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                    5
147 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              5
148 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   5
149 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    5
150 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          5
151 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                 5
152 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux                           5
153 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              5
154 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               5
155 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       5
156 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                 5
157 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               5
158 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             5
159 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    5
160 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram                                    5
161 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                       5
162 André Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    5
163 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 4
164 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Credit Agricole                                4
165 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       4
166 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                4
167 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                4
168 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                          4
169 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears         4
170 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                              4
171 Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     4
172 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                          4
173 Tom Steels (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     3
174 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                  3
175 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      3
176 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                          3
177 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           3
178 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      3
179 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                                3
180 Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          3
181 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                         3
182 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                 3
183 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 3
184 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            2
185 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             2
186 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            2
187 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                               2
188 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                    2
189 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    2
190 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana-Würth Team                                  2
191 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                                   2
192 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                      2
193 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           2
194 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                             2
195 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                  2
196 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                             2
197 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                                 2
198 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             2
199 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                   2
200 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          2
201 Aaron Olsen (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               2
202 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      1
203 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                     1
204 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                       1
205 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1
206 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     1
207 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              1
208 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems                           1
209 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            1
1 Team CSC                                                             388 pts
2 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                       350
3 Rabobank                                                             346
4 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                                   327
5 Lampre-Fondital                                                      327
6 Gerolsteiner                                                         294
7 Phonak Hearing Systems                                               270
8 T-Mobile Team                                                        269
9 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                 268
10 Astana Team                                                         258
11 Credit Agricole                                                     253
12 Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                                    249
13 Quick Step-Innergetic                                               248
14 Liquigas                                                            247
15 AG2R Prevoyance                                                     219
16 Davitamon-Lotto                                                     214
17 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                   208
18 Team Milram                                                         185
19 Bouygues Telecom                                                    184
20 Française des Jeux                                                  173
1 Spain                                                                808 pts
2 Italy                                                                651
3 Germany                                                              475
4 Australia                                                            340
5 United States Of America                                             316
6 Belgium                                                              292
7 Kazakhstan                                                           286
8 France                                                               271
9 Netherlands                                                          269
10 Russian Federation                                                  234
11 Switzerland                                                         190
12 Luxembourg                                                          165
13 Norway                                                              155
14 Austria                                                              70
15 Colombia                                                             68
16 Portugal                                                             68
17 Slovenia                                                             65
18 Ukraine                                                              52
19 Denmark                                                              43
20 Canada                                                               30
21 Belarus                                                              15
22 Poland                                                               13
23 Lithuania                                                            10
24 Great Britain                                                         8
25 Estonia                                                               5
26 Finland                                                               5
27 Hungary                                                               2
28 New Zealand                                                           2
29 South Africa                                                          1