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105th Paris-Roubaix - PT

France, April 15, 2007

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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

A picture-perfect moment
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Stuart O'Grady conquered the dry cobbles of the 105th Paris-Roubaix to become the first ever Australian in the race's top-three. The 33 year-old Team CSC man put in his bid for freedom with 240 kilometres to go when he formed part of an early 30-plus man escape. After watching his rivals all day he decided to show his cards in a solo attack with over 20 kilometres remaining.

"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."

Boonen lead his group
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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."

Leukemans leads the chasers
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"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 peloton
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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.

O'Grady lead the early break
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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.

Wesemann on the attack
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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.

Putting in the effort
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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.

Kiss the cobble!
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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                               

ProTour standings

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