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67th Circuit Franco-Belge - 2.1

Belgium, October 4-7, 2007

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Stage 2 - October 5: Maubeuge (France) - Templeuve (France), 204.8 km

Steegmans takes an aggressive stage

By Laura Weislo

Gert Steegmans (Quick-Step) takes the win
Photo ©: Luc Claessen
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The season might be drawing to a close, but the men contesting the Circuit Franco-Belge are still taking the racing quite seriously. In a furious stage riddled with attacks and a high pace that shattered the field, Quick.Step-Innergetic's Gert Steegmans prevailed in the field sprint ahead of T-Mobile's' Mark Cavendish and Discovery's Allan Davis. Aurélien Clerc (Bouygues Telecom) finished with the group and held onto his lead in the overall classification.

"I am really pleased with this win," Steegmans said. "It was a difficult stage due to the echelons that characterised the first part of the race. After this there was a four-man breakaway, but our team worked really well in catching up with them. This win is an important signal for me as it proves the excellent form I am in at present, and allows me to be serene and positive about next weeks Paris-Tours."

T-Mobile drew first blood early in the 204.8 kilometre stage, with Bernhard Eisel going clear just 10 kilometres into the race. With no company, he was quickly brought back. A group of five by the rapidly moving peloton. The fast pace spelled the end of the race for Dutch rider Pim Lighthart who had crashed on stage one, and he abandoned at kilometre 25.

The first hour averaged nearly 48 km/h, and hardly let up after the first intermediate sprint, which was won by Mark Renshaw (Credit Agricole) in front of Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Sébastien Chavanel (Française des Jeux). The acceleration spelled the end of the race for Troels Winther (Unibet.com), and split the peloton into five groups, with yellow jersey Aurélien Clerc safely in the front group.

The aggression did not let up after the second sprint at kilometre 78, which was taken by Philippe Gilbert (FdJ) ahead of Davis and Wouter Weylandt (Quick.Step). Only the first mountain sprint at kilometre 86.5 could slow the pace, allowing some of the groups to come back together. Maarten Wynants (Quick.Step) took the points ahead of Jimmy Engoulvent (Crédit Agricole) and his team-mate Steven De Jongh as the first two groups came together. The chasing peloton was more than three minutes behind as the race headed out of Belgium and into France.

Racing was aggressive
Photo ©: Luc Claessen
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At kilometre 107, a group of four escaped from the lead peloton. Mathew Hayman (Rabobank) Sébastien Chavanel (FdJ), Hervé Duclos Lassalle (Cofidis) and Frédéric Gabriel (Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner) quickly gained two minutes on the peloton, which had decided to call a truce and allow the chasing group to return.

The lead four gained a maximum of 3'25 on the now intact peloton, but as they entered the closing circuits around Templeuve, the Bouygues Telecom team of began to chase in earnest to defend Clerc's overall lead, and brought the gap to the leaders to 2'50 by the end of the first circuit. With help from Quick.Step and Crédit Agricole, the gap came down to just over one minute by the final intermediate sprint at kilometre 180, which was won by Hayman ahead of Duclos Lassalle and Gabriel.

Midway through the final lap, the four escapees gave up the dream of staying away as the pressure of the sprinters' teams increased the pace to a ferocious level. Despite the high tempo being set by the T-Mobile squad, Discovery's Stephen Cummings attacked and gained a small gap before being brought back. Not one to give up easily, he attacked again, this time gaining a few more metres, but ultimately, the sprinters wanted to a chance to battle for victory and would not allow anyone to spoil their fun.

The stage ended as it started, with a huge burst of speed from T-Mobile's Bernhard Eisel keen to set up Mark Cavendish for the win, but the young Manxman was overpowered by the speed of Steegmans and had to settle for second.

 

Photography

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Images by Luc Claessen/www.ctm-images.com

Results

1 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                               4.34.20 (44.792 km/h)
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                              
4 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                              
6 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                                                     
7 Aliaksandr Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance                                             
8 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                                           
9 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                       
10 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
11 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                       
12 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                            
13 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                        
14 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
15 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                       
16 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                          
17 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             
18 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                       
19 Borut Bozic (Slo) Team L.P.R.                                                    
20 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                                 
21 David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
22 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                               
23 Benoît Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
24 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions                
25 Walt de Winter (Bel) Belgium                                                     
26 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
27 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                        
28 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                             
29 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                            
30 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                              
31 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                
32 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                                   
33 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                               
34 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                             
35 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           
36 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                                  
37 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Unibet.com                                                 
38 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
39 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                                  
40 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                                     
41 Kevin Neyrinck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
42 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Team L.P.R.                                         
43 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                         
44 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                 
45 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                        
46 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                                 
47 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                  
48 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
49 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           
50 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
51 Linas Balciunas (Ltu) Agritubel                                                  
52 Robby Meul (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                   
53 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux                                        
54 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner                                               
55 Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgium                                                        
56 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                          
57 Yauheni Hutarovitch (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                
58 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                                
59 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                              
60 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                                
61 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                                       
62 Pedro Horillo (Spa) Rabobank                                                     
63 Thomas Wagner (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
64 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Unibet.com                                                    
65 Jean-Noel Wolf (Fra) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                           
66 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                 
67 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Rabobank                                                      
68 Kurt Hovelmijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                   
69 Hervé Duclos Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
70 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                     
71 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
72 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
73 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Unibet.com                                                   
74 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                                      
75 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                                      
76 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                           
77 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                   
78 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                               
79 Luca Solari (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                    
80 Marcel Beima (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                                 
81 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                        
82 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                              
83 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                               
84 Monier Damien (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                            
85 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
86 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                       
87 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                               
88 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                 
89 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                                    
90 Peter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                                     
91 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
92 Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Belgium                                                  
93 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Unibet.com                                               
94 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                              
95 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           
96 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                             
97 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                             
98 Johan Coenen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                       
99 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                                                 
100 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
101 Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                         
102 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                   
103 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                          
104 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                           
105 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                           
106 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                                     
107 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions            
108 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                                      
109 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                           
110 Nazareno Rossi (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                                
111 Steven De Decker (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                            
112 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions       
113 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands                                              
114 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                              
115 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                               
116 Sven Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
117 Dario Cioni (Ita) Predictor - Lotto                                             
118 Marvin Van Der Pluijm (Ned) Netherlands                                         
119 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                          
120 Matti Helminen (Fin) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                              
121 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                       
122 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                    
123 Servais Knaven (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                              
124 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole                                            
125 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
126 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
127 Nico Mattan (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                 
128 Frederic Bessy (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                          
129 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                   
130 Michael Vanderaerden (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                        
131 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
132 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                          
133 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                        
134 Romain Zingle (Bel) Belgium                                                     
135 Luca Celli (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                    
136 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                       
137 Laurent Fontaine (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions         
138 Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                 
139 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                   
140 Olivier Pardini (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                         
141 Philippe Pratte (Bel) Belgium                                                   
142 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Netherlands                                              
143 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Belgium                                                  
144 Sven De Weerdt (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                              
145 Laurent Mars (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                            
146 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                     
147 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                     
148 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                                                     
149 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                    
150 Jonathan Henrion (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                        
151 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                       0.32
152 Paul Van Schalen (Ned) Netherlands                                          0.38
153 Jean Zen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                          
154 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           
155 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                         1.15
156 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                       1.17
157 François Roossens (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions        
158 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                              
159 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Netherlands                                              1.23
160 Olilver Kaisen (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                          
161 Roel Egelmeers (Ned) Netherlands                                            2.18
162 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                                          4.32
163 Rudy Rouet (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions           4.48
164 Ian Stannard (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                
165 Kévin Van Melsen (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions         
166 Nicolas Baiolet (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                         
167 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium                                                
168 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel                                             
169 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team CSC                                              
 
Points
 
Place de Quevaucamps - km 44.5
1 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                               5 pts
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                      3
3 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                      1
 
Saint-Maur - km 78.9
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                        5 pts
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                             3
3 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    1
 
Finish - third lap - km 179.8
1 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                                     5 pts
2 Hervé Duclos Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    3
3 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                            1
 
Finish - km 214.8
1 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    25 pts
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                              20
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                            16
4 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                               14
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                            12
6 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                                                   10
7 Aliaksandr Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance                                            9
8 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                                          8
9 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                      7
10 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                                   6
11 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      5
12 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                           4
13 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                       3
14 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                   2
15 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                      1
 
Mountains
 
Tournai - km 86.5
1 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    6 pts
2 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                               4
3 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           3
4 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    1
 
Young rider
 
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                         4.34.20
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                              
3 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                                     
4 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                        
5 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                         
6 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                        
7 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                           
8 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                              
9 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                        
10 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                               
11 Benoît Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
12 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions                
13 Walt de Winter (Bel) Belgium                                                     
14 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
15 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                             
16 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                              
17 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                               
18 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           
19 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                                  
20 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
21 Kevin Neyrinck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
22 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                  
23 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
24 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner                                               
25 Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgium                                                        
26 Yauheni Hutarovitch (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                
27 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                                
28 Thomas Wagner (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
29 Jean-Noel Wolf (Fra) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                           
30 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
31 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
32 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                                      
33 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                   
34 Marcel Beima (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                                 
35 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                        
36 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                              
37 Monier Damien (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                            
38 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
39 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
40 Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Belgium                                                  
41 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Unibet.com                                               
42 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                              
43 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                             
44 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                            
45 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                                      
46 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions             
47 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                                       
48 Nazareno Rossi (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                                 
49 Steven De Decker (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                             
50 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions        
51 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands                                               
52 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                           
53 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                     
54 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
55 Michael Vanderaerden (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                         
56 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                           
57 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                         
58 Romain Zingle (Bel) Belgium                                                      
59 Laurent Fontaine (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions          
60 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                    
61 Olivier Pardini (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                          
62 Philippe Pratte (Bel) Belgium                                                    
63 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Netherlands                                               
64 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Belgium                                                   
65 Laurent Mars (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                             
66 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
67 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                     
68 Jonathan Henrion (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                         
69 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                        0.32
70 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                        0.38
71 Olilver Kaisen (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                           
72 Rudy Rouet (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions            4.48
73 Ian Stannard (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                 
74 Kévin Van Melsen (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions          
75 Nicolas Baiolet (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                          
76 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium                                                 
77 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team CSC                                               
 
Teams
 
1 T-Mobile Professional Cycling                                             13.43.00
2 Discovery Channel                                                                 
3 Agritubel                                                                         
4 Gerolsteiner                                                                      
5 Predictor-Lotto                                                                   
6 Française des Jeux                                                                
7 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                                             
8 Unibet.com                                                                        
9 Quickstep-Innergetic                                                              
10 Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                                                  
11 Team LPR                                                                         
12 Crédit Agricole                                                                  
13 AG2r Prévoyance                                                                  
14 Rabobank                                                                         
15 Bouygues Telecom                                                                 
16 Team CSC                                                                         
17 Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner                                                     
18 Belgian National Team                                                            
19 Roubaix Lille Metropole                                                          
20 DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed                                                        
21 Storez-Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                                                  
22 Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol-Euro Millions                                   
23 Dutch National Team                                                              
 
General classification after stage 2
 
1 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                      8.38.24
2 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                      
3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                            0.01
4 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                   
5 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                          0.04
6 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                
7 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                                     
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                     0.05
9 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                     
10 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                                 0.07
11 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                  0.08
12 Hervé Duclos Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
13 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                 0.09
14 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                            
15 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                      
16 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         0.10
17 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
18 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                
19 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                       
20 Aliaksandr Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance                                            
21 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                       
22 Borut Bozic (Slo) Team L.P.R.                                                    
23 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                        
24 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
25 David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
26 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                
27 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                                                    
28 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             
29 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                                   
30 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                             
31 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions                
32 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                          
33 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
34 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                                  
35 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                                          
36 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Unibet.com                                                 
37 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                               
38 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                        
39 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           
40 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                              
41 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                             
42 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                                       
43 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                                 
44 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                       
45 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           
46 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux                                        
47 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Rabobank                                                      
48 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
49 Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Team L.P.R.                                         
50 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                                  
51 Pedro Horillo (Spa) Rabobank                                                     
52 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                                
53 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                          
54 Yauheni Hutarovitch (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                
55 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner                                               
56 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
57 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
58 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
59 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                                      
60 Walt de Winter (Bel) Belgium                                                     
61 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                 
62 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                                
63 Kevin Neyrinck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
64 Robby Meul (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                   
65 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Unibet.com                                               
66 Linas Balciunas (Ltu) Agritubel                                                  
67 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                                    
68 Thomas Wagner (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
69 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                        
70 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
71 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                               
72 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                 
73 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           
74 Sven Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                       
75 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                            
76 Jean-Noel Wolf (Fra) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                           
77 Benoît Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
78 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                     
79 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                   
80 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                              
81 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
82 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Unibet.com                                                   
83 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                 
84 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Unibet.com                                                    
85 Luca Solari (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                    
86 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                              
87 Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                          
88 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                           
89 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole                                             
90 Kurt Hovelmijnck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                   
91 Monier Damien (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                            
92 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                        
93 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                                      
94 Matti Helminen (Fin) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                               
95 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                               
96 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
97 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                       
98 Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Belgium                                                  
99 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                                                 
100 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                           
101 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                        
102 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands                                              
103 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                                     
104 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                              
105 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                       
106 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
107 Frederic Bessy (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                          
108 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                    
109 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                             
110 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                              
111 Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgium                                                       
112 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions       
113 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                           
114 Romain Zingle (Bel) Belgium                                                     
115 Jonathan Henrion (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                        
116 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                            
117 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                               
118 Peter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                                    
119 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions            
120 Dario Cioni (Ita) Predictor - Lotto                                             
121 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                                      
122 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                            
123 Nico Mattan (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                 
124 Marcel Beima (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                                
125 Steven De Decker (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                            
126 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
127 Nazareno Rossi (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                                
128 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                   
129 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                        
130 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                    
131 Michael Vanderaerden (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                        
132 Olivier Pardini (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                         
133 Johan Coenen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
134 Laurent Fontaine (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions         
135 Olilver Kaisen (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                          
136 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                          
137 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
138 Marvin Van Der Pluijm (Ned) Netherlands                                         
139 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                   
140 Luca Celli (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                    
141 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                          
142 Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                 
143 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                     
144 Philippe Pratte (Bel) Belgium                                                   
145 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Belgium                                                  
146 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Netherlands                                              
147 Laurent Mars (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                            
148 Sven De Weerdt (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                              
149 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                       0.42
150 Jean Zen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      0.48
151 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           
152 Paul Van Schalen (Ned) Netherlands                                              
153 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                         1.25
154 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                          1.27
155 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           
156 Servais Knaven (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                          1.29
157 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                                                 2.09
158 Roel Egelmeers (Ned) Netherlands                                            2.28
159 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                            2.33
160 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Netherlands                                              3.56
161 François Roossens (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions    4.06
162 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                                          4.42
163 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel                                         4.58
164 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team CSC                                              
165 Ian Stannard (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                
166 Rudy Rouet (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions               
167 Nicolas Baiolet (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                         
168 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium                                            6.14
169 Kévin Van Melsen (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions     7.21
 
Points classification
 
1 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                            33 pts
2 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                           29
3 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    25
4 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                              25
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                            24
6 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                              20
7 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                   17
8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                                   16
9 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                               16
10 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                15
11 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                     13
12 Aliaksandr Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance                                          12
13 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                    10
14 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                                                  10
15 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                                   9
16 Borut Bozic (Slo) Team L.P.R.                                                   9
17 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                                         8
18 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                       7
19 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                      7
20 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                               7
21 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                                    5
22 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                              5
23 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                       4
24 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                                  4
25 Hervé Duclos Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   3
26 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                   2
27 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    1
28 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                           1
29 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                     1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                                   18 pts
2 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                 12
3 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                               8
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                        6
5 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    6
6 Peter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                                     4
7 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           3
8 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                                 3
9 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                 3
10 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                              3
11 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                   1
12 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                       1
13 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                       1
14 Marcel Beima (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                                1
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                         8.38.25
2 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                                   
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                            0.03
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                     0.04
5 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                     
6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                          0.09
7 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                                     
8 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                        
9 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                        
10 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                        
11 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             
12 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                             
13 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions                
14 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                          
15 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
16 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                                  
17 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                               
18 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                              
19 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                       
20 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           
21 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
22 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                                
23 Yauheni Hutarovitch (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                
24 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner                                               
25 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic                                    
26 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
27 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
28 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                                      
29 Walt de Winter (Bel) Belgium                                                     
30 Kevin Neyrinck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
31 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Unibet.com                                               
32 Thomas Wagner (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
33 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
34 Jean-Noel Wolf (Fra) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                           
35 Benoît Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
36 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                   
37 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                              
38 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                              
39 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                           
40 Monier Damien (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                            
41 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                                      
42 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                                 
43 Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Belgium                                                  
44 Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Netherlands                                               
45 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                     
46 Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgium                                                        
47 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions        
48 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                            
49 Romain Zingle (Bel) Belgium                                                      
50 Jonathan Henrion (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                         
51 Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions             
52 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                                       
53 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                             
54 Marcel Beima (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                                 
55 Steven De Decker (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                             
56 Nazareno Rossi (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                                 
57 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                         
58 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                                     
59 Michael Vanderaerden (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                         
60 Olivier Pardini (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                          
61 Laurent Fontaine (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions          
62 Olilver Kaisen (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                           
63 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                    
64 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                           
65 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
66 Philippe Pratte (Bel) Belgium                                                    
67 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Belgium                                                   
68 Maurice Vrijmoed (Ned) Netherlands                                               
69 Laurent Mars (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                             
70 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                        0.41
71 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                        0.47
72 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team CSC                                           4.57
73 Ian Stannard (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                                 
74 Rudy Rouet (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions                
75 Nicolas Baiolet (Bel) Storez - Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                          
76 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium                                             6.13
77 Kévin Van Melsen (Bel) Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol - Euro Millions      7.20
 
Teams classification
 
1 Quickstep-Innergetic                                                      25.55.42
2 T-Mobile Professional Cycling                                                     
3 Discovery Channel                                                                 
4 Bouygues Telecom                                                                  
5 Agritubel                                                                         
6 Rabobank                                                                          
7 Gerolsteiner                                                                      
8 Unibet.com                                                                        
9 Team LPR                                                                          
10 Predictor-Lotto                                                                  
11 Française des Jeux                                                               
12 Crédit Agricole                                                                  
13 Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen                                            
14 Team CSC                                                                         
15 Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                                                  
16 AG2r Prévoyance                                                                  
17 Roubaix Lille Metropole                                                          
18 Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner                                                     
19 Belgian National Team                                                            
20 Storez-Ledecq Matériaux Belgium                                                  
21 DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed                                                        
22 Pôle Continental Wallon Bergasol-Euro Millions                                   
23 Dutch National Team                                                              

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