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France, July 1-23, 2006

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Stage 4 - Wednesday, July 5: Huy (Belgium) - Saint-Quentin, 207 km

Encore McEwen, and ten Tour victories!

Maillot jaune stays put - but for how long?

By Anthony Tan & Brecht Decaluwé in Saint-Quentin, with additional reporting from Tim Maloney

Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto)
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A straight, 1,200 metre slightly uphill finish on Saint-Quentin's Boulevard Gambetta led many pundits to believe this would be maillot jaune Tom Boonen's day. But with more push and shove than you could poke a stick at, the Tour tables began turning in favour of Robbie McEwen, who has an uncanny knack of safeguarding himself in his own little world until he crosses the line.

And that's exactly what happened today.

With the last of the early break caught less than two kilometres from the finish, a grande bagarre between the sprinters' teams ensued. Under the flamme rouge, though, the bigger boys appeared to grow scared of what was happening around them and focused more on dodging disaster - but pocket rocket Robbie put the power through the pedals to open a massive three bike-length gap by the finish, taking his tenth Tour de France stage victory.

"I saw in the road book that this finish suited me perfectly to my characteristics as a sprinter," began McEwen, "being slightly uphill and with a slight corner to the left with 200 metres to go.

"I had a tactic in my head already since last Wednesday for this sprint. I told [Gert] Steegmans what we would do with about 100 kilometres to go. I told him just to keep listening to me, and just wait for me to give him the signal.

The mad dash
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"He almost took off too early, but I got him back on the rails. We waited until 450 metres to go and from then, we came off the [other's] wheels. We went flat out, and imagined that the finish line was at 200 metres to go. He did exactly to the letter what I said. It made it simple for me, but I didn't dare to look around. Now I saw on TV that there was nobody in the neighbourhood. I want to dedicate this victory to Freddy [Rodriguez], who had to abandon yesterday."

A distant second and third were Caisse d'Epargne's Isaac Galvez and three-time world champion Oscar Freire; Hushovd and Boonen rounded out the top five until the former's irregular sprinting cost him his place. Consequently, we now find another change in the maillot vert - with McEwen enjoying his second spell in green in as many days.

"So much can happen in one day," said the 34 year-old Queenslander. "For example yesterday, I didn't get any points while others did take some, but I've taken back the jersey today. Hushovd came across today like what happened to me last year; he got disqualified. It shows you how quickly a green jersey dream can fade away."

Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) was one of five riders in today's day-long escape, and told Cyclingnews that even though a lot of hard work amounted to nothing, he was satisfied with his efforts.

"It was the plan with the team this morning to be in the break," said Wiggins. "I shouldn't spare my energy for the time trial of Saturday because I don't have a chance in a big race like this. I'll go flat out, but normally it will be too hard for me. The prologue was alright, although the second half was better for me than the first half.

"I knew we would never stay away. It would be a matter of time before Quickstep brought us back although it surprised me that we were caught that late."

Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)
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After four changes in four days, the maillot jaune stays put, continuing to rest on Boonen's broad shoulders. Although it's by no means a safe place; there's still just a second that separates him from T-Mobile's Michael Rogers, with George Hincapie and Thor Hushovd no more than seven seconds away.

In this opening week, however, it's all about chasing green. That's all McEwen's thinking about - as well as balancing his stage victories at the Giro and Tour - even though he's got a real shot of yellow if things keep going his way.

"I hope to bring it level in this Tour de France, but I will be happy as well if it develops into a 11-14 balance. We're just going to keep trying to win stages and in that way I can keep gathering points for the green jersey," McEwen said.

How it unfolded

The peloton
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On a cooler day than Tuesday's ovenlike conditions, a Tour peloton of 172 riders headed west under sunny skies with temps in the upper twenties from Huy, located in south-central Belgium.

Maillot a pois Jerome Pineau took the GPM points after 13km of racing ahead of De la Fuente and Wegmann. After an attack that contained maillot jaune Boonen, Discovery Channel's Egoi Martinez made a countermove 18.5km past Ohey and was joined by three other riders by the 21km mark. The front quartet was Wiggins (Cofidis), Mengin (Francaise de Jeux), Lefevre (Bouyges Telecom) and Coutouly (Agritubel). The lead grew quickly as once again, the depeleted Tour de France peloton wasn't up to a big bagarre and let the break go.

After 37km near Yvoir, scene of the 1968 world championships, the break had gained 3' and Martinez was virtual maillot jaune, while 38.1km were raced in the first hour. Maillot jaune Boonen's Quick.Step-Innergetic squad was riding tempo on the front of the peloton. Atop the Cat 4 Cote de Falaen after 57.5km, it was the diminutive Lefevre who took the GPM ahead of Martinez, with the peloton trailing 4'30" behind.

Egoi Martinez (Discovery)
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The pace was steady both in the break and in the peloton and after two hours of racing, the break was nearing Phillipeville and the average speed after two hours was 38.9km/h. At the feed zone in Cerfontaine after 84km, the breaks lead was almost 5', but one the peloton passed through, Quick.Step-Innergetic picked up the pace.

At the first intermediate sprint in Beaumont after 103km, Discovery Channel's Egoi Martinez took the honours over Lefevre. The break was just 2km from the French border, but the parcours turned due south, then southeast to head over the border 11km later. There were now 90km to the finish in and the break rode 41.8km in hour 3, with the overall average speed at 39.6km/h. The Quick.Step-Innergetic led peloton was riding faster now and the breaks lead was down to 4'. Across the flat green farmlands of northern France, the pursuit match was on as the break tried to make it to Saint-Quentin ahead of the sprinters.

At the second intermediate sprint in Sains-du-Nord after 135.5km, it was Martinez ahead of Mengin, with the lead just 3'30" and Davitamon-Lotto now in the chase with Quick.Step-Innergetic and 71km to go. 21km later in Le Nouvion-En-Theriade with 50km to race, the break's lead was 2'30" as the sprinters teams, now including the Milram milkmen cranked up the chase pace behind.

The Quick.Step train
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With 30km to race in the tiny village of Grand-Verly, Lampre-Fondital had joined the chase and the break was doomed as their margin was now just at 2'. At the day's third and final intermediate sprints in Bernot after 188.0km, Martinez made it a clean sweep ahead of Lefevre and the peloton was rolling up fast, just 1'15" behind. With 15km to go, Isaac Galvez (Caisse d'Epargne-Iles Balears) and Iban Mayo (Eukaltel-Euskadi) hit the deck, but both got back in the peloton after a 5km chase.

With 12km to go, the break split, with Martinez, Lefevre and Coutouly dumping Wiggins and Mengin. At 7km to go, Wiggins and Mengin were swallowed up by the Liquigas-Bianchi peloton, while the three front riders still had a gap of 30".

The three riders looked like they might have a chance to come in ahead of the fast-closing peloton until Lefevre attacked the break with 3km to go and ruined the collaboration. They were caught with 1.5km to go and Team Milram led the charge into the final kilometre. Then Quick.Step-Innergetic took over and suddenly Davitamon-Lotto's Robbie McEwen made his move up the centre of the road after a huge leadout from Gert Steegmans, and rode a brilliant sprint to win his 10th career Tour de France stage, while Quick.Step-Innergetic's maillot jaune Tom Boonen was 5th, but still kept his race lead.

Stage 5 - Thursday, July 6: Beauvais-Caen, 225 km

After almost a week of racing, there are bound to be some tired legs in Le Tour and Stage 5 across the the lumpy, bumpy little roads of Normandy to Caen, the home of tasty tripe and le Trou Normand. One could see a break with newly crowned French champ Flo Brard staving off the onslaught of sprinters' teams in the finale. But not likely.


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1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                               4.59.50 (41.423 km/h)
2 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                        
3 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                              
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                   
5 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                            
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    
7 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                                    
8 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                          
9 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                                  
10 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                                              
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                                           
12 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
13 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                                 
14 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
15 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                                              
16 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                         
17 Yaroslav Popovyvch (Ukr) Discovery Channel                              
18 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile                                           
19 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                    
20 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                               
21 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
22 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak                                               
23 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                         
24 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak                                           
25 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel                               
26 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram                                                 
27 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                                
28 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                               
29 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis                                           
30 José Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval                                    
31 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval                                        
32 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
33 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                             
34 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                            
35 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                                
36 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                            
37 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 
38 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                     
39 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                             
40 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                                   
41 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                       
42 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak                                               
43 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                            
44 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                      
45 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                 
46 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram                                            
47 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                      
48 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                 
49 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                             
50 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                              
51 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile                                           
52 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                                         
53 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                                        
54 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                   
55 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                      
56 Viatscheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                             
57 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel                                  
58 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                      
59 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                                           
60 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                                
61 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel                                     
62 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                                        
63 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak                             
64 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                       
65 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
66 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                      
67 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                            
68 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                      
69 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                      
70 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
71 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis                                          
72 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
73 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile                                         
74 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                           
75 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel                                    
76 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                            
77 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Phonak                                           
78 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
79 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                    
80 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile                                          
81 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak                                             
82 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                           
83 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                 
84 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval                                   
85 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                                         
86 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                   
87 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                                   
88 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    
89 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                     
90 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                     
91 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                   
92 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     
93 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak                                                
94 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                          
95 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval                                     
96 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
97 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval                                      
98 David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval                                        
99 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                             
100 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                          
101 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                      
102 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
103 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                       
104 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                
105 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
106 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Milram                                              
107 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                           
108 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  
109 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                       
110 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) Cofidis                                        
111 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
112 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                             
113 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                                        
114 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                                  
115 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                  
116 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                              
117 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                          
118 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                                
119 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                     
120 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                         
121 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak                                           
122 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                 
123 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                  
124 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval                                       
125 Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                 
126 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                      
127 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R-Prevoyance                                    
128 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  
129 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
130 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                                
131 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              
132 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
133 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                            
134 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
135 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick-Step-Innergetic                             
136 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                                        
137 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                          
138 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
139 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                   
140 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
141 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
142 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                    
143 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis                                            
144 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                                 
145 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis                                          
146 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis                                           
147 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
148 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole (Relegated for irregular sprinting)
149 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                          0.26
150 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
151 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    0.27
152 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                    0.29
153 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                     0.36
154 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                             
155 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick-Step-Innergetic                         
156 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                               
157 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                           
158 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                       
159 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             0.42
160 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                    0.52
161 Kjelt Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                         
162 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                             
163 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak                                             
164 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              1.03
165 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            1.10
166 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                                
167 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                2.11
168 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                            2.21
169 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                      
170 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                    2.25
171 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis                                      2.54
172 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            3.06
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                    35 pts
2 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                      30
3 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                            26
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                 24
5 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          22
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  20
7 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                                  19
8 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                        18
9 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                                17
10 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                                            16
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                                         15
12 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 14
13 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                               13
14 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               12
15 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                                            11
16 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                       10
17 Yaroslav Popovyvch (Ukr) Discovery Channel                             9
18 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile                                          8
19 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   7
20 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                              6
21 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 5
22 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak                                              4
23 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                        3
24 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak                                          2
25 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel                              1
Côte De Peu d'Eau - Cat. 3, km 13
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    4 pts
2 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                                  3
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       2
4 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1
Côte De Falaën - Cat. 4, km 57.5
1 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  3 pts
2 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                   2
3 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                         1
Beaumont, km 103
1 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                   6 pts
2 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  4
3 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                         2
Sains-Du-Nord, km 135.5
1 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                   6 pts
2 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              4
3 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  2
Bernot, km 188
1 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                   6 pts
2 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  4
3 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              2
Young rider
1 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                             4.59.50
2 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                                  
3 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                          
4 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                                 
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                                
6 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         
7 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                             
8 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                  
9 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                               
10 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                            
11 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                           
12 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                           
13 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    
14 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval                                      
15 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                             
16 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                           
17 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                            
18 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
19 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              
20 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                     
21 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                                  
22 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.26
23 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             3.06
Most combative
1 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                    
1 Davitamon - Lotto                                                14.59.30
2 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                                             
3 Discovery Channel Team                                                   
4 Liquigas                                                                 
5 Francaise Des Jeux                                                       
6 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                                   
7 Lampre-Fondital                                                          
8 T-Mobile Team                                                            
9 Phonak Hearing Systems                                                   
10 Bouygues Telecom                                                        
11 Gerolsteiner                                                            
12 Quick Step - Innergetic                                                 
13 Caisse D’Epargne-Illes Balears                                          
14 Credit Agricole                                                         
15 Team CSC                                                                
16 Team Milram                                                             
17 Agritubel                                                               
18 Rabobank                                                                
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                     
20 AG2R Prevoyance                                                         
General classification after stage 4
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                           19.52.13
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                                        0.01
3 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                              0.05
4 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                   0.07
5 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                0.10
6 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  0.12
7 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                             0.15
8 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    
9 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak                                            0.16
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               0.17
11 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile                                          
12 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                                         
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   0.20
14 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                 
15 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval                                    0.21
16 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                                     0.23
17 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                          
18 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile                                       0.24
19 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    0.25
20 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                             
21 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                      
22 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                             
23 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile                                       0.26
24 Yaroslav Popovyvch (Ukr) Discovery Channel                          0.27
25 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                 0.28
26 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              
27 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                      
28 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.29
29 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              0.30
30 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel                                0.31
31 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.32
32 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval                                     
33 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                        0.33
34 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                      
35 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                            
36 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak                                               
37 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                                 
38 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.36
39 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             0.37
40 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  0.38
41 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                         
42 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  0.41
43 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                          
44 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                            0.42
45 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
46 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
47 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak                                       0.43
48 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram                                        0.44
49 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak                                                
50 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel                           0.45
51 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                                        
52 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                                   
53 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                                 
54 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                           0.46
55 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               0.47
56 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval                                  0.48
57 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                    
58 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             0.49
59 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel                                  
60 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             0.50
61 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                 
62 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                      
63 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                   0.51
64 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                        0.52
65 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                             0.53
66 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis                                           
67 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                
68 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                         0.55
69 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                0.56
70 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick-Step-Innergetic                              
71 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak                         0.57
72 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                                   
73 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 0.58
74 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                   
75 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                1.00
76 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                              
77 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel                                 1.01
78 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) Cofidis                                         
79 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                                       1.03
80 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
81 David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval                                        
82 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R-Prevoyance                                     
83 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                           
84 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                    1.07
85 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis                                          
86 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile                                         
87 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1.16
88 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                            
89 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                     1.17
90 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                       1.20
91 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                  1.22
92 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                       1.23
93 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                        1.25
94 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   1.26
95 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval                               1.31
96 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               1.34
97 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   1.35
98 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                           1.39
99 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                     1.51
100 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    1.54
101 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak                                       1.58
102 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      2.01
103 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            2.13
104 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram                                            2.15
105 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              2.16
106 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis                                      2.17
107 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                    
108 Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                             2.20
109 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                                  
110 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                            2.23
111 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             2.24
112 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis                                       2.31
113 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                  2.36
114 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Milram                                          3.00
115 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak                                        3.06
116 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                    3.07
117 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                     
118 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                                    3.36
119 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak                                         3.40
120 José Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval                               3.43
121 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                                   3.44
122 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    3.48
123 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                              3.52
124 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick-Step-Innergetic                         
125 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                   3.58
126 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  4.05
127 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               4.29
128 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                                    4.53
129 Viatscheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                        4.55
130 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                        5.21
131 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            5.23
132 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                           6.06
133 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                          
134 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                            6.12
135 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                              6.17
136 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                        6.33
137 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval                                   6.35
138 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          6.37
139 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                         7.19
140 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                            7.34
141 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            7.38
142 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  8.13
143 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                           8.22
144 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Phonak                                      8.23
145 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 8.35
146 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                   8.48
147 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                  8.49
148 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                8.50
149 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                    9.52
150 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                          9.59
151 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                        10.28
152 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           10.33
153 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                      10.46
154 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                                        11.40
155 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                     11.41
156 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              12.29
157 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                            12.35
158 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                      12.41
159 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis                                     12.48
160 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               13.02
161 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               13.24
162 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis                                       16.47
163 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                    17.24
164 Kjelt Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                    17.47
165 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             20.32
166 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            22.04
167 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           22.06
168 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            22.52
169 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                                        24.21
170 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           27.55
171 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                       28.45
172 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                   29.09
Points classification
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   100 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                 91
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  86
Mountains classification
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   21 pts
2 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                                 17
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      14
4 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                10
5 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 7
6 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                                 6
7 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                      6
8 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               6
9 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  5
10 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                                        4
11 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                              3
12 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                  2
13 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                         2
14 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 2
15 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                 1
16 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                1
17 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                        1
Young rider classification
1 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 19.52.38
2 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.03
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                            0.11
4 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                             0.17
5 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                              0.20
6 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval                                   0.23
7 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                              0.25
8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 0.35
9 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                               
10 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                        0.51
11 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                     0.52
12 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                       0.55
13 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                       0.58
14 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                        1.00
15 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                 1.52
16 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                               1.55
17 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1.59
18 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                       5.41
19 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                            10.08
20 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                             12.10
21 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                       12.16
22 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            27.30
23 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                        28.20
Teams classification
1 Discovery Channel Team                                           59.37.25
2 Team CSC                                                             0.01
3 T-Mobile Team                                                        0.02
4 Caisse D’Epargne-Illes Balears                                       0.07
5 Gerolsteiner                                                         0.18
6 Phonak Hearing Systems                                               0.26
7 Lampre-Fondital                                                      0.37
8 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                               0.42
9 Rabobank                                                                 
10 Credit Agricole                                                     0.43
11 AG2R Prevoyance                                                     0.44
12 Francaise Des Jeux                                                  1.03
13 Bouygues Telecom                                                    1.10
14 Davitamon - Lotto                                                   1.12
15 Quick Step - Innergetic                                             1.15
16 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                 1.27
17 Team Milram                                                         1.28
18 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                                        1.40
19 Liquigas                                                            1.56
20 Agritubel                                                           1.59

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