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27th Clásica San Sebastián - ProT

Spain, August 4, 2007

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Bertagnolli marks splendid return

Il Trentino takes La Clásica Donostiarra over Gárate

By Gregor Brown, with additional reporting by Monika Prell in San Sebastián

Bertagnolli marks splendid return
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Leonardo Bertagnolli has marked a splendid return to his best by winning the 27th edition of the Clásica San Sebastián today in Spain. The 29 year-old Italian of Team Liquigas escaped at 11 kilometres remaining of the 225-kilometre race with Juan Manuel Gárate (Quick.Step Innergetic) to then overpower the Spaniard in a head to head sprint on the hot finishing straight along the Bay of Biscay. A small chase headed by Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital) finished around a half-minute back.

The sixth-year professional from Trento had to stop for a month this spring for what doctors diagnosed as cardiac arrhythmia but he was able to build back to top-form and mark his first win after 17 months.

"This was one of my most important victories, as important as the stage win of the Vuelta a España and the stage win of the Giro d'Italia," proudly stated Bertagnolli to Cyclingnews after the day of work. "After the health problems I had this year and the five-month break in competition I was had to make I am very happy about my win in San Sebastián. [sister city of Trento - ed.]

"I did not expect to win, but when I saw that Gárate began the sprint very early, I knew that I had luck."

UCI Pro Tour leader Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas)
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Bertagnolli said 'grazie' to his Liquigas team that signed him on from Cofidis this last winter. "I dedicate this victory to my team that let me recuperate without pressure."

The Alto de Jaizkibel at 32 kilometres to go did not finalize the race but it definitely helped decide it. At the top of the 465-metre climb the small move of José Luis Arrieta (Ag2r Prévoyance), Michael Albasini (Liquigas) and Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick.Step Innergetic) was barely holding on to its gains. Spaniard Arrieta went full throttle down the race's major climb (number six in total) but behind him, at under one minute, was a group of who's who in cycling.

"When we had three minutes, and I saw that David López was with us," Luis Arrieta explained of the escape. "I thought that Caisse d'Epargne perhaps would not work hard to reach us but when I saw that López could not follow us I saw it difficult to win because we did not really have a big advantage."

Valverde, Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Ballan, 2006 winner Xavier Florencio (Bouygues Telecom), consistent Carlos Sastre (Team CSC) and four Quick.Step riders were out for the kill. The Alto de Gurutze did the deed when Valverde attacked like mad to squash the three front runners and cleared the way for a Gárate and Bertagnolli to go clear on the descent.

Arrieta was satisfied that he took the day's mountain's competition. "The win of the mountain classification makes me proud, because the Clásica is a very prestigious race."

Leonardo Bertagnolli (Liquigas)
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Belgium-based Quick.Step played the team card to perfection by putting Van de Walle in the escape and then countering with Gárate once the trio's move was caught. When the 2005 Spanish Champion went up the road he left Barredo and Italian Champ Giovanni Visconti to mark any move that would attempt to go clear.

The duo's move looked like an aperitif for the final showdown but as the kilometres ticked by it became apparent that it had substance.

Through the congested outskirts of the Basque city Gárate and Bertagnolli kept swapping the duties on the front and by the unclassified Alto de Miracruz at three kilometres remaining they had 38 seconds. The gap was made more convincing by the total lack of responsibilities in the chase. Caisse had giving up its efforts, Saunier Duval had fired its missile with José Angel Gomez Marchante (Saunier Duval-Prodir) and Euskaltel's Mikel Astarloza was being heavily marked. The Basque was able to make it off the front but he was discouraged by Asturiana rider Barredo who was covering for Gárate.

Gárate had the faster finish on paper and he led through the semi-curve that saw the successful launch of Florencio last year. However, Bertagnolli had some gas left in his tank to power the thrusters one last time. He throttled at 100 metres remaining with Gárate on his left and the Bizkaiko Golkoa on his right to mark an emotional return to the top.

"I began to sprint too early," noted a disappointed Gárate. "I thought that I was faster than Bertagnolli in the sprint. As we passed lots of kilometres away, I was tired. I intended to surprise him, but that did not work. In the end, I reached his back wheel, but it was impossible for me to give more."

Valverde had the help of his Caisse d'Epargne gunner Joaquím Rodríguez in the race's finale but 'The Green Bullet' was left with an uncooperative four-man move into San Sebastián. Ballan, Sastre, Astarloza and Barredo were not eager to help the winner of the 2006 Liège-Bastogne-Liège add yet another trophy into his Murcian treasure chest. The group battled for third while Bertagnolli fell into the arms of his soigneur. Valverde proved his speed to take third over Ballan with Barredo in fifth, Astarloza sixth and Sastre seventh.

How it unfolded

The Clásica San Sebastián celebrated its 27th birthday on Saturday as more than 150 riders set off under sunny skies and temperatures just under 30°C.

An escape broke away after just 30 kilometers; initiated by Paolo Bossoni (Lampre-Fondital). He was followed by Francesco Bellotti (Crédit Agricole), three riders from Euskaltel and Mauro Facci (Quick.Step Innergetic).

Pressure in the main pack broke the peloton down to a chasing group of about 30 as the lead group whittled down to four riders. Four became three when José Luis Arrieta (Ag2r Prévoyance) led over the Alto de Jaizkibel followed by Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick.Step Innergetic) and Michael Albasini (Liquigas) and dropped David López García (Caisse d'Epargne).

The leaders had only a 50-second advantage after the second-to-last climb. Behind them, Alejandro Valverde attacked the main group but was quickly covered. So he attacked again and was able to bridge to the three leaders, bringing a smaller contingent from the chase group with him.

Juan Manuel Gárate (Quick.Step Innergetic) and Leonardo Bertagnolli (Liquigas) built a small gap over the new leading group into the final climb.

As the unclassified Alto de Miracruz started, the duo had about 20 seconds on the chase. Ballan attacked from behind. Sastre, Valverde, Astarloza and Barredo stuck with him.

But the two leaders held their lead and Bertagnolli led Garate under the 1K to go marker. Garate fired through the final corner and the pair go head-to-head with 300 meters to go but Bertagnolli muscled past to take the win after 5.12.44 of racing.

Valverde led led the group of five over the line for third.


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Results - 225 km

1 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                    5.12.42 (43.186 km/h)
2 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quick.Step Innergetic                
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                 0.18
4 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                       
5 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick.Step Innergetic                    
6 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
7 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                  
8 Iñigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   0.28
9 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                       
10 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick.Step Innergetic            0.37
11 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                           
12 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                              
13 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                 
14 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    
15 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team CSC                         
16 Manuel Beltrán (Spa) Liquigas                                
17 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                      
18 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
19 José Miguel Elías (Spa) Relax-GAM                            
20 Jesús Hernández (Spa) Relax-GAM                              
21 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                              
22 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir    0.39
23 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  0.41
24 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic          0.43
25 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick.Step Innergetic                 1.36
26 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                 
27 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Unibet.com                              
28 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Unibet.com                     3.41
29 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  3.54
30 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                             
31 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                               4.51
32 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                            5.25
33 José Joaquín Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    
34 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                         
35 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r Prévoyance                      
36 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel                          
37 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas                        
38 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                      
39 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram                                 
40 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                               
41 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                   
42 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                       
43 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                
44 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                    
45 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                      
46 Matej Jurco (Svk) Milram                                     
47 Ramon Troncoso (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                          
48 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                         
49 Carl Naibo (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                             
50 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                          
51 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis                               
52 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                         
53 David Herrero (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                           
54 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                           
55 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                     
56 Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    
57 David Belda (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                     
58 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                              
59 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                   
60 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                               
61 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel                      
62 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                             
63 Rene Mandri (Est) Ag2r Prévoyance                        8.46
64 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                        10.34
65 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                          
66 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    
67 Iker Leonet (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                     
68 Raul García de Mateo (Spa) Relax-GAM                         
69 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax-GAM                                
70 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis                               
71 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick.Step Innergetic                   
72 David Garcia (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                            
73 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                   
74 Adam Hansen (Aus) T-Mobile                                   
75 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel                       
76 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                            
77 Santiago Pérez (Spa) Relax-GAM                               
78 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Crédit Agricole                        
79 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                   12.26
80 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                
81 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Milram                                    
82 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram                                      
83 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis                                 
84 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                    
85 Ángel Vallejo (Spa) Relax-GAM                                
86 Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile                                   
87 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis                               
88 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                       
89 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile                              
90 Michal Golas (Pol) Unibet.com                                
91 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                       
92 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                                
93 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                          
94 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prévoyance                          
95 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Team CSC                                  
96 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                          
97 Jon Bru (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         15.19
98 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Crédit Agricole                         
99 Carlos Castaño (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                          
100 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                 18.21
101 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile                                
102 Iker Camaño (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
103 Rubén Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     
104 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                    
105 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      
106 Josep Jufré (Spa) Predictor-Lotto                           
107 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
108 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir               
109 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      
110 Julien Loubet (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                         
111 Gustavo César Veloso (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                   
112 Gil Suray (Bel) Unibet.com                                  
113 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Karpin-Galicia                        
114 Rodrigo García (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                 
115 Julián Sánchez (Spa) Relax-GAM                              
116 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis                             
117 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis                                
Alto de Orio - Cat. 3
1 Jon Bru (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              3 pts
2 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    2
3 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                      1
Alto de Meagas - Cat. 2
1 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Crédit Agricole                     3 pts
2 Jon Bru (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              2
3 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                      1
Alto de Azkarate - Cat. 2
1 Jon Bru (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              6 pts
2 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Crédit Agricole                     4
3 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                      2
4 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                   1
Alto de Udana - Cat. 2
1 Jon Bru (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              6 pts
2 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                      4
3 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Crédit Agricole                     2
4 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              1
Alto de Jaizkibel - Cat. 1
1 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                     10 pts
2 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              8
3 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                              6
4 Gil Suray (Bel) Unibet.com                                   4
5 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                 2
6 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                          1
Alto de Gurutze - Cat. 3
1 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      3 pts
2 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                          2
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                           1
Mountains Classification
1 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                     18 pts
2 Jon Bru (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             17
3 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              9
Metas volantes

1 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    3 pts
2 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              2
3 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             1
1 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                          3 pts
2 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    2
3 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                1
1 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                          3 pts
2 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                        2
3 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              1
1 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                      3 pts
2 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                              2
3 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              1
1 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quick.Step Innergetic               3 pts
2 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                          2
3 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        1
Metas volantes classification
1 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                          6 pts
2 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    5
3 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              4
4 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quick.Step Innergetic               3
5 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                      3
6 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                          2
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                              2
8 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        1
9 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             1
Best Basque/Navarran rider
1 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quick.Step Innergetic         5.12.42
2 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   0.18
3 Iñigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   0.28
4 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                   0.37
5 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
6 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   0.41
7 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                          3.54
8 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                5.25
9 David Herrero (Spa) Karpin-Galicia                            
10 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               10.34
11 Iker Leonet (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                     
12 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Fuerteventura-Canarias                   
13 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis                          12.26
14 Jon Bru (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         15.19
15 Iker Camaño (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  18.21
16 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
Teams classification
1 Quick Step - Innergetic                                     17 pts
2 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                         32
3 Liquigas                                                    38
4 Team CSC                                                    48
5 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                      65
6 Unibet.com                                                  67
7 Caisse D'Epargne                                            77
8 Lampre - Fondital                                           84
9 AG2R Prevoyance                                            101
10 Gerolsteiner                                              107
11 Relax - GAM                                               107
12 Rabobank                                                  110
13 Team Milram                                               116
14 Predictor - Lotto                                         120
15 Credit Agricole                                           131
16 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                        172
17 Karpin - Galizia                                          172
18 Fuerteventura - Canarias                                  197
19 Cofidis, le credit par telephone                          204
20 T- Mobile Team                                            249

ProTour standings

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                            207 pts
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel                 191
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                190
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                        174
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                       157
6 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile                               129
7 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                  115
8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                     112
9 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                               95
10 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                  88
11 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic                   87
12 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                             86
13 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                              81
14 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                            79
15 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel                  77
16 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                     76
17 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana                           74
18 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                      74
19 Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                71
20 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                  70
21 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                             69
22 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana                              67
23 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                            66
24 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                64
25 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                             62
26 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir               62
27 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                             58
28 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                           57
29 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  56
30 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Milram                         56
31 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                              54
32 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                     54
33 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  53
34 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step Innergetic                51
35 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                         50
36 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   48
37 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile                             45
38 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                45
39 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel                      43
40 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                            42
41 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                 42
42 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                      40
43 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile                          40
44 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                       40
45 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                         40
46 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                  40
47 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                           38
48 Chris Horner (USA) Predictor-Lotto                       37
49 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                              36
50 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel                   35
51 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                   34
52 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                    33
53 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                         32
54 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                       32
55 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                            31
56 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      31
57 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                     31
58 Juan Manuel Gárate (Spa) Quick.Step Innergetic           30
59 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                          30
60 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                             30
61 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                    30
62 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                           30
63 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel                  29
64 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir              29
65 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel                   28
66 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                    27
67 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                23
68 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                23
69 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir        22
70 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                  22
71 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                        20
72 Igor Antón (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       19
73 Iban Mayo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     19
74 Manuel Beltrán (Spa) Liquigas                            17
75 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick.Step Innergetic               15
76 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux               15
77 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis                                15
78 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick.Step Innergetic               15
79 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                     15
80 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic               15
81 Ivan Parra (Col) Cofidis                                 13
82 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                           13
83 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                        12
84 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r Prévoyance                  11
85 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                  11
86 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                              10
87 Iñigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  10
88 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                     10
89 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                            10
90 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team CSC                     10
91 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                  10
92 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile                           10
93 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                         10
94 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                          10
95 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                              10
96 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                              10
97 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                  9
98 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                          9
99 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Unibet.com                           8
100 Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-Mobile                             8
101 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                           8
102 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                               8
103 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         8
104 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                             8
105 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                         8
106 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Milram                              8
107 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Milram                       8
108 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Milram                               8
109 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Milram                            8
110 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Milram                             8
111 Martin Müller (Swi) Milram                               8
112 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                          7
113 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                             7
114 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                    7
115 Egoi Martínez (Spa) Discovery Channel                    7
116 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Discovery Channel                  7
117 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel                   7
118 Steve Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel                   7
119 Fuyu Li (Chn) Discovery Channel                          7
120 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick.Step Innergetic            6
121 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                      6
122 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                   6
123 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                          6
124 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                          6
125 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                            6
126 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                          6
127 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                        6
128 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile                            6
129 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                  5
130 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                         5
131 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic               5
132 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    5
133 Axel Merckx (Bel) T-Mobile                               5
134 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic           5
135 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step Innergetic              5
136 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic           5
137 Dmitry Grabovskiy (Ukr) Quick.Step Innergetic            5
138 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                    5
139 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                     5
140 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step Innergetic              5
141 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir    4
142 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                    4
143 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                     4
144 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                     4
145 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                     4
146 José Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana                        4
147 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis                             4
148 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                             3
149 José Joaquín Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                3
150 Koldo Gil (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                     3
151 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                          3
152 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                            3
153 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Crédit Agricole                     3
154 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir            3
155 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                   3
156 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  3
157 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r Prévoyance                     3
158 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                     3
159 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                      3
160 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole                     3
161 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                3
162 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis                            3
163 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                       3
164 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                   3
165 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                              3
166 Antonio Colom (Spa) Astana                               3
167 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                         3
168 Koldo Fernández (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  3
169 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick.Step Innergetic             3
170 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC                         3
171 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                 3
172 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis                           2
173 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                      2
174 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                     2
175 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                2
176 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                      2
177 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis                            2
178 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel                   2
179 Bert Roesems (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                       2
180 Nick Ingels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                        2
181 Tom Steels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                         2
182 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                     2
183 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                  2
184 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                    2
185 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                 2
186 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Milram                           2
187 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana                               2
188 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Milram                            2
189 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                            2
190 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               2
191 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Ag2r Prévoyance                     1
192 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                        1
193 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                  1
194 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                      1
195 Iván Gutiérrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                    1
196 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                   1
197 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                     1
198 Iker Camaño (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   1
199 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     1
200 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                  1
201 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           1
202 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                       1
203 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r Prévoyance                     1
204 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                   1
205 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                             1
206 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux                1
207 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux                  1
208 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                    1
209 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                              1