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93rd Tour de France - ProT

France, July 1-23, 2006

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Prologue - Saturday, July 1: Strasbourg ITT, 7.1 km

The God of Thunder strikes in Strasbourg

By Anthony Tan & Tim Maloney in Strasbourg

Thor Hushovd (CA)
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Thankfully, after the dramatic events of yesterday, there was something else to talk about. Flying down Strasbourg's Avenue Herrenschmidt and passing through the arrivée with a time of eight minutes seventeen, Crédit Agricole's Thor Hushovd set a magnificent average speed of 51.429 kilometres per hour, surpassing 176 others and earning the right to wear the first maillot jaune of the 93rd Tour de France.

"In my mind, I did the perfect time trial," stated the 28 year-old Norweigan. "To win a prologue, you have to be in good form, and I've been really confident the last few weeks, the last month, because I knew my form was here. And with the experience from other years, I'm quite sure this is my best form ever.

73 hundredths of a second separated Hushovd from second - but he had to wait until the very last coureur to find out, as it was Discovery Channel rider George Hincapie's time that almost saw the 33 year-old American from South Carolina steal the maillot jaune from under Thor's nose.

Responded Hushovd about beating a host of prologue specialists: "Yeah, I'm surprised, but I knew I could win. In 2004 [Tour de France], in Liège, I was fifth, so that shows when I have good form, I can do well in prologues."

Thor Hushovd (CA)
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Providing some indication as to just how tight this Tour will be, four riders - David Zabriskie (Team CSC), Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) and Stuart O'Grady (Team CSC) - all finished four seconds behind Hushovd.

No doubt, the biggest surprise packet here is Valverde; it appears the versatile sprinter/ climber has added another arrow to his quiver of talents, and his skills against the clock have now improved to such an extent, the 26 year-old Spaniard has become a world-class prologue rider.

Out of this quartet, Lang and O'Grady would be thinking about collecting enough bonus seconds for a bite at yellow, and the following stages provide plenty of opportunity. But Hushovd isn't thinking about letting it go.

George Hincapie (Discovery)
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"For the team, and as well for me, it's really important to try and keep this jersey as long as possible, and I'm sure we will try and defend it as many days as we can," he said. "The perfect day for us tomorrow is to let a few guys go away, and then we are going have a few other sprinters' teams help us [chase down the break]... then the big fight between me, Boonen and McEwen starts - and then we see who is fastest."

Other good performances came from world time trial champ Michael Rogers (T-Mobile Team), Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel), Floyd Landis (Phonak) and Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears), seventh to tenth respectively. And Joost Posthuma's 23rd placing was enough to give the 25 year-old the opening maillot blanc as best young rider.

The former winner of a stage in last year's Paris-Nice had the fastest split time, but couldn't maintain his efforts till the end, finishing 16 seconds of the mark. "The motor switched off and there's a really nasty wind blowing out there," said Posthuma to Cyclingnews.

David Zabriskie (CSC)
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""I know that I'm a specialist and started off full gas. I'm really dead now, so that's a good sign... I couldn't do it much faster," he said. "With Menchov, Rasmussen and also Freire for the sprints, I think our team might surprise many people in the Tour de France."

Has this set the scene for a clean, interesting, watchable Tour de France?

"I really hope the public will follow us, and the atmosphere in the Tour will be really nice," said Hushovd. "Of course, with what's happened in the last days, it's not easy; it's not nice when something like this happens before the start of the Tour. I think it's very sad for cycling, but I think it's sometimes good to clean things.

"You also have to think about [all of] us still here. We really worked a lot to be selected for the Tour, and cycling is our life... we really like our sport, and I just hope the public will keep on supporting us."

So maybe not totally clean, but certainly cleaner than it was one day ago. Interesting? Yes; instead of two outright favourites, there are now at least eight contenders with a shot at winning overall.

And watchable? Le Tour should never be missed.

How it unfolded

Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner)
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The 93rd Tour de France opened today with a fast, completely flat and somewhat technical 7.1km rush through the Alsatian capital of Strasbourg. Starting in the Square de Tivoli, the course headed east and then makes a right and left turn to head along the Parc de l'Orangerie, then made another left to head south along the Basssin des Remparts canal with an intermediate time check after 3.7km on the Quai des Belges.

700m later, the prologue made a sharp right after 4km into the city streets, where the course got more technical for a kilometre. With 2km to race, the parcours burst back onto the wide Boulevard d'Anvers and finished on the Avenue Herrenschmidt in front of the Palais de la Musique et des Congres.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon with temps around thirty degrees and a northwest wind 10-15km/h, Frenchman Cederic Coutouly (Agritubel) first of 176 riders off at 1:15 CET, and early fast time was set by Phonak's Ralph Grabsch at 8'31.890" at 1:33. American Chris Horner (Davitamon-Lotto) got within one second of Grabsch, but the Phonak man held on to the lead as the clock passed 2pm. But fifteen minutes later, his German countryman Seb Lang (Gerolsteiner) hammered home 10" faster in 8'21.80, a 51.0km/h average.

Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery)
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German TT champ Lang stayed in the lead, as O'Grady got within two-hundreths of a second, while best GC rider to that point was Caisse d'Epargne's big Russian Vlad Karpets in 8'27". Wearing dossard #11 as CSC team leader, Paris-Nice prologue winner Bobby Julich, who started fast but finished out of the top 10 up to that point. Discovery Channel's Yaro Popovych finished in 8'37", 10" behind Karpets for a decent time, while next up was French TT champ Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), but the Frenchman slowed in the final.

Lang had held the fastest time for over an hour and as the westerly increased during the course of the afternoon, making the two last kilometres of the Tour prologue became harder and harder. Discovery Channel's Giro d'Italia prologue winner Paolo Savoldelli screamed home to third fastest time, just ahead of Karpets, while Saunier Duval's Mr. Clean David Millar came through the time check 8" behind the best time, showing a little lack of power after his long absence from competition. Millar's average was 50km/h and his time was excellent, just 7" behind Lang.

Thor Hushovd (CA)
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After almost two hours in the lead, Seb Lang saw giant Viking Hushovd (Credit Agricole) power home with the new fastest time of 8'17.01", an average speed of 51.4km/h. It would be difficult to best Hushovd's time, but the Tour de France's best riders were still yet to race. ProTour leader Valverde got close with his 8'21.92" but was just twelve hundredths behind Lang for third fastest at that point. Big bad Boonen was next up and the Quick.Step world champ had a strong ride to finish in 8'28".

Floyd Landis (Phonak)
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Looking like a giant preying mantis with his outré Oakleys, Phonak's Floyd Landis had a clumsy start, losing an estimated 8-10 seconds as his team mechanic changed his cut tire just before the start rather than risk a flat on the road. Crouched his Obree-esque TT position, the American powered to 8'26", showing his great form as the Tour starts, and his mechanical may have cost Landis the maillot jaune. Next up was a compact, focused Leipheimer, who clocked a respectable 8'38.61, just under 50km/h.

Yet another Yank hit the road, as CSC's pre-race favourite David Zabriskie (CSC), winner of the 2005 Tour stage 1 TT was quick out of the start house, and at the intermediate time check on the Quai des Belges, was just 0'01 behind leader Hushovd. '01 Tour Prologue winner and AG2R leader by default Christophe Moreau then came home with a good 8'30, while T-Mobile's World TT champ Mick Rogers crossed the line in his rainbow jersey in 8'23.31, still 0'06 behind Hushovd.

As Zabriskie was streaking towards the finish over the last two kilometres, Discovery Channel's George Hincapie was off to a great start in the prologue. Big George was 1" behind Hushovd and equal with Dave Z at the intermediate time check and tongue akimbo, powering a huge gear, Hincapie was simply flying through the streets of Strasbourg. At the finish line on Avenue Herrenschmidt, Zabriskie missed beating Hushovd by 4.22 seconds and it was now just down to Hincapie to unseat the Norwegian from the lead.

George Hincapie (Discovery)
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Under the flamme rouge with 1km to go, Hincapie looked like he could grab the first maillot jaune of the 2006 Tour, but as he threw his bike at the line, the digital chronometer above the finish line revealed that the Discovery Channel rider had lost by just .73 hundredths of a second. Thus, the honour went to Credit Agricole's 28 year-old Norwegian from Grimstad, Thor Hushovd, who had won Gent-Wevelghem and a stage of the Volta a Catalunya this season and took his third Tour de France stage win for the biggest win of his career.

Although the 7.1km Prologue won't make a difference in the final general classification, it's a good indication of which favourites are in good form at the start of the three week Grand Tour. GC riders George Hincapie (Discovery Channel), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Floyd Landis (Phonak), Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto), Christophe Moreau (Ag2r), Andreas Kloden (T-Mobile) and Bobby Julich (CSC) all finished in the top 30 within 20" of new maillot jaune Hushovd.

Further back were Discovery Channel's Popovych (32nd @ 20") and Azevedo (49th @ 20"), Gerolsteiner's Levi Leipheimer (36th @ 21"), Rabobank's Denis Menchov (56th @ 26"), while Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital) lost 41" to finish 126th. But with 3,650km and three weeks of racing to go, the 2006 Tour de France is still wide open.

Sunday, July 2 - Stage 1: Strasbourg-Strasbourg, 183 km

Sunday's flat sprinters' stage starts and finishes in Strasbourg, with a 30km incursion into Germany at the end of the stage. After heading north for 30km to the rolling hills of Kocherberg, the parcours turns south after the first sprint in Saverne along the narrow, winding Route de Vins, then through Molsheim, the home of Bugatti just before the feed zone.

The Tour heads south for another 15km until the one and only GPM of the day, a Cat 4 climb on the 1.1km Cote de Heiligenstein with 83km to go. Then it's due east, then due north for another sprint in Plobsheim, across the Rhein River into Germany, through Offenbach and yet another sprint in Kehl at the Franco/German border with 9km to go before heading back to France to finish on the Avenue de la Foret Noire.

Sunday should be a tight, tense day with plenty of crashes as always to set-up a big battle between Boonen's Quick.Step, McEwen's Davitamon-Lotto and Zabel's Milram teams to knock off maillot jaune Thor Hushovd and his Credit Agricole squad and win the first en ligne stage at Le Tour '06.


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1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                   8.17.00 (51.43 km/h)
2 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                              0.00.73
3 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                       0.04.21
4 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    0.04.80
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              0.04.92
6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                        0.04.93
7 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                                        0.06.30
8 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                             0.08.02
9 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak                                            0.09.26
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               0.10.09
11 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile                                      0.10.11
12 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                              0.11.21
13 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                     0.12.33
14 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   0.13.24
15 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                             0.13.73
16 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis                                       0.13.88
17 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir                           0.14.65
18 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak                                           0.14.89
19 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                            0.15.61
20 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Phonak                                       0.16.03
21 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                                     0.16.17
22 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               0.16.22
23 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                       0.16.93
24 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile                                       0.17.41
25 Viatsjeslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                          0.17.58
26 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   0.18.36
27 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    0.18.47
28 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                  0.18.73
29 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                         0.18.84
30 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile                                       0.19.21
31 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                          0.19.36
32 Jaroslav Popovitsj (Ukr) Discovery Channel                          0.20.02
33 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                     0.20.93
34 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                               0.21.22
35 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                 0.21.27
36 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                  0.21.60
37 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  0.22.01
38 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak                                          0.22.43
39 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                             0.22.84
40 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                            0.23.00
41 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis                                        0.23.09
42 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis                                      0.23.47
43 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     0.23.51
44 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             0.23.77
45 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              0.23.94
46 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             0.23.99
47 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                           0.24.67
48 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak                                       0.24.77
49 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel                                0.24.90
50 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.25.34
51 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                          0.25.35
52 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                     0.25.50
53 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        0.25.80
54 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.26.11
55 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.26.14
56 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                        0.26.19
57 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  0.26.53
58 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                        0.26.55
59 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                         0.26.69
60 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                               0.26.96
61 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                             0.26.99
62 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                               0.27.09
63 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                               0.27.25
64 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak                                        0.27.80
65 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                   0.28.12
66 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                0.28.29
67 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                 0.28.33
68 José Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                       0.28.39
69 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               0.28.41
70 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  0.28.63
71 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.29.08
72 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                0.29.53
73 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.29.77
74 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             0.30.41
75 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                       0.30.61
76 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                            0.30.69
77 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                         0.30.79
78 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel                              0.30.80
79 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.31.23
80 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                             0.31.32
81 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  0.31.85
81 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic
83 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                     0.31.99
84 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                0.32.14
85 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                0.32.87
85 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance
87 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                   0.32.92
88 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick-Step-Innergetic                          0.32.98
89 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.33.39
90 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                        0.33.72
91 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.33.76
92 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 0.33.85
93 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                               0.33.86
94 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 0.34.23
95 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.34.52
96 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis                                       0.34.69
97 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             0.34.83
98 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Milram                                           0.34.93
99 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                             0.34.99
100 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    0.35.16
101 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                                    0.35.56
102 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.36.58
103 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                        0.37.08
104 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram                                       0.37.27
105 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             0.37.28
106 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                            0.37.69
107 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) Cofidis                                    0.37.82
108 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak                                           0.37.86
109 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             0.38.12
110 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel                          0.38.30
111 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak                        0.38.33
112 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                               0.38.42
113 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                 0.38.64
114 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                                   0.38.91
115 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            0.38.97
116 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.39.24
117 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                          0.39.41
118 David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          0.39.46
119 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R-Prevoyance                                0.39.61
120 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                              0.39.74
121 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                      0.39.82
122 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak                                        0.40.25
123 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                       0.40.37
124 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        0.41.37
125 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                                         0.41.42
126 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               0.41.44
127 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                            0.41.58
128 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                         0.41.71
129 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                                         0.42.16
130 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                                   0.42.29
131 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                      0.42.51
132 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  0.42.67
133 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel                                0.42.73
134 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            0.42.81
135 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             0.43.25
136 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                   0.43.52
137 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                         0.43.55
138 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile                                    0.43.61
139 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                0.43.62
140 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                        0.43.71
141 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                 0.43.90
142 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                          0.43.94
143 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                                      0.44.15
144 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram                                            0.44.25
145 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      0.44.94
146 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              0.45.02
147 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                       0.45.79
148 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            0.46.08
149 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                            0.46.39
150 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis                                      0.46.82
151 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                0.46.89
152 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                           0.46.97
153 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval - Prodir                     0.47.08
154 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                 0.47.38
155 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          0.47.50
156 Kjelt Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                     0.48.24
157 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                        0.48.31
158 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                   0.48.32
159 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              0.48.85
160 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                    0.49.02
161 Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                             0.49.29
162 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                     0.49.92
163 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              0.50.03
164 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                                    0.50.06
165 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick-Step-Innergetic                     0.50.41
166 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  0.50.44
167 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    0.52.40
168 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                       0.52.87
169 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                   0.56.45
170 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                    0.58.67
171 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis                                        1.00.35
172 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                1.01.94
173 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                     1.02.47
174 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                                    1.04.31
175 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  1.07.69
176 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          1.10.65

1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                     15 pts
2 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                                12
3 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                         10
4 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       8
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 6
6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                           5
7 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                                           4
8 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                                3
9 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak                                               2
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  1
Young rider
1 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        8.33
2 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     0.02
3 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.03
4 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                             0.07
5 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                              0.10
6 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               0.13
7 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux
8 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                          0.14
9 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                              0.15
10 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                        0.17
11 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             0.18
12 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                       0.20
13 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                       0.23
14 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                        0.24
15 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         0.25
16 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
17 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram
18 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.30
19 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
20 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                      0.33
21 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                     0.36
22 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram
23 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                     0.42
1 Discovery Channel Team                                              25.16
2 Team CSC                                                             0.01
3 T-Mobile Team                                                        0.07
4 Caisse D’Epargne-Illes Balears
5 Phonak Hearing Systems                                               0.14
6 Gerolsteiner                                                         0.18
7 Davitamon - Lotto                                                    0.31
8 Credit Agricole
9 Liquigas                                                             0.32
10 AG2R Prevoyance
11 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                                        0.34
12 Lampre-Fondital                                                     0.37
13 Francaise Des Jeux                                                  0.39
14 Rabobank                                                            0.42
15 Saunier Duval - Prodir
16 Bouygues Telecom                                                    0.46
17 Quick Step - Innergetic
18 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                 1.03
19 Team Milram                                                         1.16
20 Agritubel                                                           1.23

Intermediate timing

km 3.7
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              4.04
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole
3 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                       0.01
4 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
5 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.02
6 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel
7 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                        0.03
8 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas
9 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic
10 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   0.04
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile
12 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   0.05
14 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
15 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas
16 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Phonak                                       0.06
17 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile
18 Viatsjeslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel
19 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
20 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner
21 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               0.07
22 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
23 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
24 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile
25 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
26 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick-Step-Innergetic
27 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis
28 Jaroslav Popovitsj (Ukr) Discovery Channel
29 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
30 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                                     0.08
31 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile
32 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel
33 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux
34 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak
35 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
36 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
37 José Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                       0.09
38 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis
39 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
40 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak
41 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
42 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
43 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
44 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
45 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
46 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                          0.10
47 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux
48 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
49 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis
50 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram
51 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel
52 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak
53 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
54 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic
55 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
56 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir
57 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
58 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
58 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
60 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel
61 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                            0.11
62 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
63 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak
64 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram
65 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
66 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
66 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
68 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner
69 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
70 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.12
70 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
72 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
73 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis
74 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas
74 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC
76 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak
77 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
78 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
79 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel
80 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
81 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis
82 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas
83 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              0.13
84 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
85 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
86 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir
87 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
88 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram
89 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
90 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram
91 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank
92 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital
93 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                      0.14
93 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank
93 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
96 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
97 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic
97 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak
97 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole
100 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance
101 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
102 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
103 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
104 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak
105 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas
106 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile
107 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital
108 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                           0.15
109 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel
110 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
111 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance
112 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
113 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
114 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis
115 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R-Prevoyance
116 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram
117 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel
118 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole
119 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak                        0.16
120 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel
121 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick-Step-Innergetic
122 David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir
123 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
124 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
125 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram
126 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
127 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
128 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel
129 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel
130 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              0.17
131 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
132 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval - Prodir
133 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
134 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel
135 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
136 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole
137 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) Cofidis
138 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
139 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            0.18
140 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Milram
141 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas
142 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
143 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas
144 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
145 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
146 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
147 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                                    0.19
148 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
149 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram
150 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
151 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole
152 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel
153 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic
154 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole
155 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              0.20
156 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC
157 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
158 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile
159 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner
160 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                0.21
161 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis
161 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic
163 Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
164 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
165 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                          0.22
166 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel
167 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
168 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank
169 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                   0.23
170 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                            0.24
171 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel
172 Kjelt Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                     0.26
173 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                                    0.27
174 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          0.28
175 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                0.33
176 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  0.42

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