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105th Paris-Roubaix - PT
France, April 15, 2007
O'Grady the great!
First Aussie to conquer Roubaix podium
By Gregor Brown and Brecht Decaluwé in Roubaix, with additional reporting from Jean-François Quénet
"I was going to win today or die trying," declared O'Grady after crossing the line.
"It is hard to explain this victory," continued the Aussie, who finished fifth in Milano-Sanremo and tenth in Ronde van Vlaanderen this year. "'Relief' is probably the first word that comes to mind. I have a lot of people to thank in this team. It had been a difficult 18 months. The camaraderie in this team is way more than just winning races. Today was just a big thanks to everyone in the team for believing in me."
The move, which came on the heels of the Bourghelles sector, left pre-race favourite Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) chasing with three companions - Steffen Wesemann (Wiesenhof-Felt), Roberto Petito (Liquigas) and Predictor-Lotto's Björn Leukemans. Once O'Grady covered sector five, Camphin-en-Pévèle, and four, Carrefour, his victory seemed locked. He was flying the red and white colours of CSC to a second straight victory on the Roubaix velodrome.
2006 winner, Fabian Cancellara, who came in outside the top ten, was quick to congratulate his team-mate on a job well done. The Swiss launched his move last year with 16 kilometres remaining, but this year came home more than two minutes down. He quickly found O'Grady to embrace and congratulate him for a day of hard work under hot and dusty conditions.
"Nothing wrong happened to me today," said Cancellara. "For sure I wasn't at the top of my condition, where I had to be. Also the hot temperature wasn't exactly what suited me the best. But today, the tactic has won and the best rider has won. As for myself, if everyone rides on my wheel, it's becomes difficult to win Paris-Roubaix again.
"As a defending champion, I'm very happy because I haven't lost it; we have won again as a team. I know what's on in Stuart's head now. It's a lot of joy. We'll celebrate it at the same hotel where we did it for me last year. In cycling, the sense of sacrifice must always be present. I already paired with Stuart in the finale of a classic last year in Zurich. It's a day of big cycling today; our whole team has done a great job."
In addition to first being the race's first Australian victor, O'Grady became the first English-speaking rider since the great Sean Kelly to win Paris-Roubaix, and not only the first Australian, but indeed the first cyclist from any Commonwealth country to win this race (Kelly is from Eire, which is not part of the Commonwealth). And the last time O'Grady won a race on a velodrome, it was nothing less than a Gold medal in the Madison at the Athens 2004 Olympics (with Graeme Brown).
"It was good team work, Stuart deserves it, the team deserves it," said CSC director Scott Sunderland. "Fabian was the top favourite, but in these conditions it was tough because he prefers cold and rain, not the heat; Stuart is used to the Australian heat. You saw that we had different cards to play, so it worked out."
"He attacked because he was the strongest. Our advantage is in the numbers, and so everyone can't follow all of our moves."
"CSC had really good tactics, so it was better to focus on second place for me," confirmed Wesemann after the finish. The German could not close down a late surge by Flecha but still was able to put himself on the podium.
"For a non-ProTour team I think we did really well by having the jersey on the television all day long. I did not get a contract with T-Mobile so this gives me an ego boast."
2005 Paris-Roubaix winner Tom Boonen never showed the dominance of the past two years, and while he was able to leave behind his chasing companions and catch the remainder of the breakaway, it was too late. Enrico Franzoi (Lampre-Fondital) and T-Mobile's Roger Hammond were too spent to throw their weight behind the chase, and while the trio came close, they never could catch the chasing group of four, and Boonen could only take the sprint for sixth.
How it unfolded
The 105th Paris-Roubaix departed in the best possible way - under 23°C temperatures and right on time, at 11.00. The temperatures were set to rise quickly as the riders made their way over the 259.5 kilometres from Compiègne to the Roubaix velodrome.
The day was kicked off with an attack from Frenchman Anthony Ravard (Agritubel); he was quickly joined by Ángel Gómez (Saunier Duval-Prodir). The duo enjoyed the fact that they were the first escape of the Hell of the North but their move was quickly quashed, and at kilometre five they were back with the peloton.
The riders faced more than fifty kilometres of pavé, with the first section coming at kilometre 98, the three star section of Troisvilles. The challenge ahead did not stop many riders from attacking before that sector, and and the pace in the first hour was a blistering 47.4 km/h. Within that first hour, a large escape group made its way off of the front just 20 kilometres into the race. More than 30 riders made this group, with imposing names such as Stuart O'Grady (Team CSC), Roger Hammond (T-Mobile), Tom Steels (Predictor-Lotto), who often attacks early in Roubaix, and Andreas Klier (T-Mobile). The group quickly built up a lead of two minutes over the chasing peloton.
The make-up of the breakaway was Matti Breschel, Stuart O'Grady, Luke Roberts (Team CSC), Matteo Tosatto, Kevin Van Impe (Quickstep-Innergetic), Enrico Franzoi (Lampre-Fondital), Bram De Groot (Rabobank), Ludovic Auger (Française Des Jeux), Bert Grabsch, Roger Hammond, Andreas Klier (T-Mobile), Tom Steels, Greg Van Avermaet (Predictor-Lotto), Tristan Valentin (Cofidis), Ralf Grabsch (Milram), Fabien Bacquet, Clément L'Hottelerie, Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano), Erki Pütsep (Bouygues Telecom), Volodymyr Bileka (Discovery Channel), Roberto Petito, Frederik Willems (Liquigas), Nicolas Portal, José Joaquín Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne), David Kopp, Tom Stamsnijder (Gerolsteiner), Julian Dean, Jimmy Engoulvent (Crédit Agricole), Stéphane Poulhiès, Nicolas Rousseau (Ag2r Prévoyance), Iban Iriondo (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Olaf Pollack (Wiesenhof-Felt), Robert Wagner (Wiesenhof-Felt) and Guennadi Mikhailov (Astana).
The first abandon came at kilometre 43 when Francisco José Ventoso (Saunier Duval-Prodir) pulled over to the side of the road, leaving the main peloton. The Spaniard showed good legs in the Gent-Wevelgem on Wednesday, but his wrist was bothering him after an earlier crash.
As the leaders extended their advantage, Guennadi Mikhailov (Astana) bridged up to the escape, making it 34 riders, just before kilometre 55, and the main escape seemed to have formed for the day. While T-Mobile had a strong contigent up front, with Grabsch, Hammond and Klier, Gent-Wevelgem winner Marcus Burghardt had crashed.
As in the Ronde van Vlaanderen one week before, Lampre-Fondital had Enrico Franzoi in the escape, but by kilometre 85 the Italian squad had taken over the bulk of the work in the peloton. The gap was nearly 4'00" but the team worked to make sure its leader Ballan was safely in front for the cobbled sectors.
Up ahead, the cobbles were taking their toll on the lead group, and by sector 25, Saint-Python, the escape started to see some casualties of war; Luke Roberts, Fabien Bacquet, Andreas Klier and Nicolas Portal were shelled, and while Roberts and Bacquet joined forces in the chase, they continued to lose ground on the escape. The gap, at kilometre 132.5, was now at 4'30".
Klier was really struggling under the high speeds and hot French sun; he succumbed and was caught before the race entered sector 21, Quérénaing. The opposite was true for Ralf Grabsch. The German had worked his way off the front of the escape, powered through the four and five star Haveluy (19) and Tranchée d'Arenberg (18) sectors, and extended his lead to more than a minute.
Grabsch held his advantage through the infamous Arenberg Forest, but behind him, the race began to explode, and as Boonen led the chasing peloton over the sector, and the breakaway shattered. The torturous pavé ripped the back-end of the group while the favourites rode up front. Out of the sector, Boonen led a group that was downsized to near 25 riders, and only two and a half minutes behind the leaders. There with Boonen were such favourites as Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital), Magnus Backstedt (Liquigas), Leif Hoste (Predictor-Lotto) and, after a flat change, Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC), as well as later winner Stuart O'Grady, who had punctured in the chase group, and got picked up by the Boonen group coming out of Arenberg.
Grabsch's escape ended in the Wallers sector, but the four star sector paved the way for David Kopp to make his move. He was joined by Kevin Van Impe and Olaf Pollack. The three leaders hit the Orchies section with one minute over an ever-changing chase group. By sector six (Cysoing), a group of eleven riders including Petito (Liquigas), Flecha (Rabobank), Michaelsen and Breschel (CSC), Leukemans (Predictor), Grabsch (Milram), Franzoi (Lampre) picked up Pollack, leaving only Van Impe and Kopp off the front.
As the gap from the Flecha group to the chasing bunch including Boonen and O'Grady fell to around one minute, sector seven proved to be the decisive moment with 34 kilometres to go. Steffen Wesemann (Wiesenhof) attacked his group as it was coming out of the section, and T-Mobile's Roger Hammond as well as Stuart O'Grady joined him, leaving Boonen behind to chase with Leif Hoste (Predictor), Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis) and Baldato (Lampre).
As O'Grady motored up to Flecha's group, Hammond could not hold on, and only O'Grady and Wesemann made it to the first chase as the two leaders, Kopp and Van Impe, were in the process of being reeled in. Wesemann then attacked, and O'Grady followed and then dropped the German, and with 23 kilometres to go, was on his own.
With two seriously difficult cobbled sectors, the Camphin-en-Pévèle (sector 5) and Carrefour de l'Arbre (4), O'Grady extended his lead first to 30 seconds, then to nearly one minute at the exit of the Carrefour sector, while behind the Flecha group, Boonen's group was trying to come to terms 40 seconds in arrears.
As O'Grady pushed on alone, the Flecha group was being whittled down, and the Rabobank rider had only Wesemann, Leukmans, and Petito while Franzoi and Hammond, who had been off the front all day, took up with Boonen, who had left his companions behind in solo pursuit of the front of the race.
On the section of Hem, at seven kilometres remaining, O'Grady was still pushing hard, and the man from Adelaide held on to his minute over the four behind. He covered the dry 1400 metres flawlessly and pushed for the final sector of Roubaix. He floated over the 300 metres and headed towards the mythical velodrome in Roubaix.
On the entrance he knew the victory was his and pumped his fist. Nearly a minute behind, came Flecha's group. The Spaniard attacked with a half lap to go of the one and half laps. He held off German Steffen Wesemann for second. Boonen's group of three nearly closed down the Flecha-four, but was unable to make contact, and Boonen took the scraps in sixth place.
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1 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team CSC 6.09.07 (42.181 km/h) 2 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank 0.52 3 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) Team Wiesenhof Felt 4 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 0.53 5 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas 0.55 6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 7 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile Team 8 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 0.56 9 Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 1.24 10 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 2.27 11 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC 12 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner 2.28 13 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 14 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC 15 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram 16 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone 17 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 18 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 19 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 2.38 20 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Team 3.43 21 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 3.45 22 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance 5.04 23 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 24 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2r Prévoyance 5.05 25 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux 26 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 27 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Astana 28 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile Team 29 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 5.06 30 Olaf Pollack (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt 5.07 31 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 5.12 32 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen 8.28 33 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 34 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance 8.29 35 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas 36 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 8.31 37 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel 9.27 38 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep-Innergetic 9.38 39 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole 40 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Milram 41 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 42 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 43 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 44 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 45 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 46 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC 47 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas 9.39 48 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 49 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 50 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt 51 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana 52 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux 53 Tom Steels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 54 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 55 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux 9.40 56 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt 57 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 9.41 58 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 9.43 59 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team 60 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Predictor-Lotto 9.45 61 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 9.52 62 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 12.21 63 Iban Iriondo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 64 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team CSC 65 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) T-Mobile Team 66 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank 67 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 68 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) Team Wiesenhof Felt 69 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 12.22 70 Servais Knaven (Ned) T-Mobile Team 16.22 71 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram 72 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano 73 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 16.23 74 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 16.41 75 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval-Prodir 76 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen 16.43 77 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Crédit Agricole 78 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano 79 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 16.44 80 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram 81 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 16.48 82 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone 16.49 83 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team 16.56 84 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone 17.53 85 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank 18.25 86 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner 19.17 87 Wouter Van Mechelen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 20.37 88 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner 20.57 89 Erki Pütsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom 20.58 90 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 27.43 91 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner 28.33 92 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 31.34 93 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance 34.33 94 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 95 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Skil-Shimano 96 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen 34.34 TC Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole TC Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano TC Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel TC Mikel Gaztanaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel TC Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner DNF Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole DNF René Mandri (Est) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole DNF Linas Balciunas (Ltu) Agritubel DNF Emilien Benoit Bergès (Fra) Agritubel DNF Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel DNF Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel DNF Benoît Sinner (Fra) Agritubel DNF Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner DNF Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole DNF Jesus Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Alexey Kolessov (Kaz) Astana DNF Michael Schär (Swi) Astana DNF Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt DNF Felix Odebrecht (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt DNF Glenn D’Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen DNF Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen DNF Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen DNF Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen DNF Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana DNF Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana DNF Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF Alan Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner DNF Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner DNF Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner DNF Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner DNF René Haselbacher (Aut) Astana DNF Bart Vanheule (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen DNF Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC DNF Ludovic Auger (Fra) Française des Jeux DNF Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux DNF Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux DNF Thierry Marichal (Bel) Française des Jeux DNF Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux DNF Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team DNF Bert Roesems (Bel) Predictor-Lotto DNF Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank DNF Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC DNF Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic DNF Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic DNF Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital DNF Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital DNF Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-Fondital DNF Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank DNF Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank DNF Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Steven Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas DNF Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas DNF Aleksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas DNF Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne DNF Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne DNF Antonio Cruz (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram DNF Martin Müller (Ger) Team Milram DNF Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano DNF Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano DNF Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
1 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 79 pts 2 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 77 3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 62 4 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 58 5 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 57 6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 57 7 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 53 8 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 50 9 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile Team 45 10 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 45 11 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital 45 12 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor-Lotto 44 13 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team 41 14 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Team 40 15 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 40 16 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 40 17 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 40 18 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 38 19 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 38 20 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas 36 21 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner 35 22 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Predictor-Lotto 30 23 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 30 24 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC 30 25 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 28 26 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 26 27 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas 25 28 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 25 29 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 25 30 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 23 31 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 23 32 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 22 33 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 20 34 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram 20 35 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 20 36 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux 15 37 Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 15 38 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone 15 39 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 10 40 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 10 41 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 10 42 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 8 43 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank 7 44 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 7 45 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 6 46 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com 5 47 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic 5 48 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 5 49 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3 50 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 3 51 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3 52 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 3 53 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Liquigas 3 54 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 3 55 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 3 56 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir 3 57 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 3 58 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC 3 59 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance 3 60 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 2 61 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2 62 Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre - Fondital 2 63 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas 2 64 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 2 65 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram 2 66 Jose Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana 2 67 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram 2 68 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance 1 69 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1 70 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 1 71 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 1 72 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 1 73 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 1 74 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic 1 75 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux 1 76 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance 1