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GP Ouest France-Plouay - CDM & ProT

France, September 1-2, 2007

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Race 2 - September 2: Men's ProTour GP Ouest-France, 210.1km

Voeckler wins for the courageous crowd

By Jean-François Quénet in Plouay

Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) wins
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Thomas Voeckler claimed the biggest win of his career so far as he anticipated the bunch sprint of the GP of Plouay and finished ahead of Thor Hushovd and Danilo Di Luca, the latter increasing his lead in the UCI Pro Tour standings. The event's dark horse Alejandro Valverde, whose participation had been overshadowed by renewed links to Operación Puerto, came home anonymously at the back of the main field.

As the race looked set for another bunch sprint, there was some speculation that a win by Valverde could mean a repetition of the scenario from two years ago, when George Hincapie wasn't a welcome winner just days after doping revelations about Lance Armstrong appeared in French newspaper in L'Equipe. The Breton public aren't very friendly towards riders suspected of doping.

In the context of the post-2007 Tour de France, it was a relief for everyone in Plouay that a Frenchman was still able to pull off a true exploit. In the morning of the race, Voeckler, who just finished the Tour du Poitou-Charentes as an overall winner told L'Equipe: "I have a lot of respect for the spectators who come numerously at the Tour de France. They have to wait for a few hours. They watch us just a few seconds and they get stuck in the traffic jams for ages while we get escorted by the police forces.

"Considering all that, we can't say that cycling is a crap sport, that I'd like to quit, etc. No, many people believe in us and we can't forget that cycling isn't just a job, it's our passion. Last Tuesday, I hadn't raced for three weeks and I was so excited to start the Tour of Poitou-Charentes."

On the podium in Plouay, he repeated that he was dedicated to his job because of what the crowd deserves. No surprise, he received a lot of applause. Voeckler's last minute attack actually saved the ProTour event from becoming a frustrating race, had it finished in another bunch sprint. "When Voeckler attacked, nobody followed him," runner up Thor Hushovd explained. "I won the sprint quite easily. I felt really strong all day. I'm not happy to come second, but it's a good result and I'm happy that Thomas is the winner."

The three strong men of the day.
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Di Luca was another happy loser. "My goal here was to score as many UCI ProTour points as possible," the Italian said. "I'm satisfied with third place. I thank my team for having done the hard work. During the final sprint, I followed Filippo Pozzato who was kind to slow down and let me come third instead of fourth. Now I'll go to the Tour of Poland with the ambition to score a few more points. I think the ProTour is almost won but I'll wait for the results of the Tour of Spain where Cadel Evans can also threaten my lead."

One of the team-mates who did a fantastic job for Di Luca was defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, who forgot about his own ambitions despite being in a great shape. He put himself at the service of his leader as much as he did it at the Tour of Italy. "I was always ready to break clear but I've played the cards of the team and I'm quite happy with the result we got at the end," Nibali said at the finish line.

As usual in Plouay, the winner was lavished with gifts and the ceremony was a huge success, as well as a relief for the French cycling community. "I won the Tour du Poitou-Charentes on Friday but I didn't grab a stage win," recalled Voeckler. "The feeling of winning alone is the best one. It's unforgettable. In the finale, I didn't think much, except about winning.

"This is one of the biggest races in France, I should say this is one of the biggest races in the world, it's a ProTour race! In my career, I've often attacked with 3km to go, but I didn't often succeed. This is a huge satisfaction to have made it. I wasn't sure of anything when I attacked. I did it for the win, not for the show. I knew I was riding at 55km/h and the bunch was able to ride at 75km/h. That's why I didn't believe in my win before the 200 metres to go mark."

The GP Plouay might have been a boring race but it produced a great finale.

How it unfolded

The escape of the day
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Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux), Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel), Mickaël Buffaz (Cofidis) and Laurent Lefèvre (Bouygues Telecom) attacked during the first of 11 laps of the GP Plouay. They reached a maximum lead of 8'51 after 60 kilometres of racing.

With 50km to go, they got reinforcements from Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom), Jens Voigt (CSC), Pablo Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne), Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas), Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole), Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Unibet.com).

Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank), Andy Capelle (Landbouwkrediet) and Jurgen Van de Walle (Quick Step) went in search of the break but the trio fell victim to the reaction from the peloton. Liquigas asked Quinziato to step down and they started chasing hard as the gap was 1'41 with 33km to go.

Smelling a bunch sprint, Quick.Step became the most active team in the peloton with Liquigas and Caisse d'Epargne giving a hand. Italian champion Giovanni Visconti looked to be in superb condition but never got the opportunity to profit from it.

Jens Voigt (CSC)
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With one lap to go, Vandenbergh was dropped. On the côte du Lézot, the first of the three hills in the final lap, the three remaining leaders were Voigt, Fedrigo and Lastras with the German doing most of the work as usual. The Quick.Step rider on the counter-attack was Cédric Vasseur who rode strongly with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Wegmann still holding their wheels. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) and Andriy Grivko (Milram) then joined the chasing trio.

The next spectacular move was from UCI ProTour leader Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) with 12km to go, but he was heavily marked and returned to the shrinking peloton. With 9.5km to go, it was Bradley Wiggins' turn to show up, but his attack also came to nothing. The leading trio of Voigt, Fedrigo and Lastras were finally reeled in with 5km to go.

Thomas Voeckler's attack with 2.8km to go was absolutely brilliant. In the bunch behind, there was some hesitation as to who should take up the chase, and that was all the Frenchman needed. He created a small gap for himself, and with 200 metres to go, looked back and realised he was the winner of the GP Plouay. He was welcomed by a totally enchanted crowd.


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1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom              5.32.47
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                     0.02
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                              
4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                             
5 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick.Step - Innergetic              
6 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     
7 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r Prévoyance                    
8 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Milram                            
9 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    
10 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française Des Jeux                    
11 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                             
12 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis                           
13 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                   
14 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française Des Jeux                     
15 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r Prévoyance                      
16 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) T-Mobile                              
17 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel                    
18 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                     
19 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis                          
20 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                  
21 Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                        
22 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic             
23 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner             
24 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     
25 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne             
26 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
27 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                 
28 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick.Step - Innergetic               
29 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram                              
30 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                       
31 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel                    
32 Iban Mayoz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
33 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana                                 
34 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             
35 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Slipstream-Chipotle                
36 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                       
37 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi           
38 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    
39 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner          
40 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                             
41 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                             
42 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                             
43 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                             
44 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank               
45 Peter Stetina (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle                   
46 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile                           
47 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                 
48 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Crédit Agricole                  
49 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                         
50 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner          
51 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                    
52 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               
53 Emilien Benoît Berges (Fra) Agritubel                     
54 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                
55 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                     
56 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick.Step - Innergetic              
57 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick.Step - Innergetic           
58 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                              
59 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux               
60 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream-Chipotle                       
61 Ruben Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir              
62 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prévoyance                       
63 Franck Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                             
64 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                         
65 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne        
66 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne           
67 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom               0.10
68 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis                           0.12
69 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis                         0.16
70 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                           0.38
71 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                    0.43
72 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         
73 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                      1.31
74 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                            
75 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                              
76 Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-Mobile                              
77 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                               
78 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick.Step - Innergetic         
79 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                     
80 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       
81 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      
82 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Crédit Agricole                     
83 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                    
84 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana                               
85 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile                              
86 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                 
87 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                               
88 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                      
89 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                               
90 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                           
91 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                              
92 Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital        
93 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Milram                             
94 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Milram                           
95 Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  
96 Carl Naibo (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                          
97 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel                          
98 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                             
99 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux            2.09
100 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                     
101 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir           
102 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                  3.35
103 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir             
104 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                    
105 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas                             
106 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                          
107 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                          
108 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis                             
109 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                 4.25
110 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                  
111 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis                           5.06
112 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Unibet.com                   6.05
113 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                         6.30
114 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick.Step - Innergetic                
115 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               
116 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick.Step - Innergetic         
117 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne           
118 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner      
119 Fuyu Li (Chn) Discovery Channel                          
120 Cédric Herve (Fra) Agritubel                             
121 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi            
122 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile                           
123 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                          
124 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                          
125 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis                           
126 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Unibet.com                            
127 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                  
128 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux               
129 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux               
130 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                   
131 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance               8.30
Outside time limit (Hors delai)
HD Alex Howes (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle                      
DNF Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                         
DNF Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                          
DNF Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval-Prodir           
DNF Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir           
DNF Reinbert Cornelis Wielinga (Ned) Saunier Duval-Prodir    
DNF Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux                
DNF Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                      
DNF Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                              
DNF Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                 
DNF Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana                               
DNF David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner         
DNF Jean-Claude Lebeau (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner    
DNF Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner        
DNF Steven Klenen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner         
DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                 
DNF Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                              
DNF Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                         
DNF Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                         
DNF Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                         
DNF Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC                           
DNF Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team CSC                       
DNF Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi            
DNF Joseba Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi           
DNF Iban Iriondo Uranga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              
DNF Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  
DNF Steven Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel                  
DNF Trent Lowe (Aus) Discovery Channel                       
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                    
DNF Dario David Cioni (Ita) Predictor-Lotto                  
DNF Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                    
DNF Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                         
DNF Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                     
DNF Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          
DNF Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                          
DNF Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               
DNF Greg Henderson (NZl) T-Mobile                            
DNF Jakob Piil (Den) T-Mobile                                
DNF Thomas Ziegler (Ger) T-Mobile                            
DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                   
DNF Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis                             
DNF Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Milram                       
DNF Brett Lancaster (Aus) Milram                             
DNF Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                   
DNF Jimmy Casper (Fra) Unibet.com                            
DNF Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Unibet.com               
DNF Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream-Chipotle                  
DNF Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Slipstream-Chipotle              
DNF Craig Lewis (USA) Slipstream-Chipotle                    

ProTour standings

Individual ranking
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                              232 pts
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          191
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         190
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                                          174
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                         172
6 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                            129
7 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                          125
8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   118
9 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                    115
10 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                      115
11 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                   110
12 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    88
13 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                                   87
14 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                               86
15 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                               85
16 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                                81
17 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                              79
18 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                                  78
19 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                                        77
20 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       76
21 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana                                             74
22 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                                71
23 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                                        70
24 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                           70
25 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                               69
26 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana                                                67
27 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                              66
28 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                         65
29 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          64
30 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                               63
31 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                  62
32 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                        62
33 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                               62
34 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                                58
35 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                             57
36 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        56
37 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                      56
38 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                        54
39 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                                                54
40 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                       54
41 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           53
42 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                           50
43 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          48
44 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    48
45 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                          45
46 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 45
47 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir                                  43
48 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                       43
49 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                                42
50 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                         42
51 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                               42
52 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Unibet.Com                                       41
53 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     40
54 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       40
55 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                             38
56 Christopher Horner (USA) Predictor-Lotto                                   37
57 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                                36
58 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    35
59 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    35
60 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                          34
61 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                     34
62 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                                             33
63 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                      33
64 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                           32
65 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                              31
66 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                  31
67 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                   31
68 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step - Innergetic                           30
69 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                      30
70 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.Com                                            30
71 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                               30
72 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                                             30
73 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                               29
74 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   29
75 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                              29
76 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                     27
77 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                22
78 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                    22
79 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step - Innergetic                              20
80 Chris Sörensen (Den) Team CSC                                              20
81 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                          20
82 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                             19
83 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                                19
84 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    18
85 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                         18
86 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                           18
87 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Liquigas                                     17
88 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                 15
89 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step - Innergetic                    15
90 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step - Innergetic                                 15
91 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                      15
92 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.Com                                           15
93 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick Step - Innergetic                               15
94 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                       15
95 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          15
96 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                               15
97 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             13
98 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     11
99 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                         11
100 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                        11
101 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                               10
102 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     10
103 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                      10
104 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                                             10
105 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                               10
106 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                           10
107 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       10
108 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  10
109 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                       10
110 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                          10
111 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                            9
112 Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                         9
113 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Unibet.Com                                            8
114 Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                          8
115 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                             8
116 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Team Milram                                            8
117 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                          8
118 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Milram                                           8
119 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram                                    8
120 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                            8
121 Martin Müller (Ger) Team Milram                                            8
122 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                           8
123 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                           8
124 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                         8
125 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                                          8
126 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                                            7
127 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.Com                                               7
128 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                    7
129 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                              7
130 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                                      7
131 Fuyu Li (Chn) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           7
132 Steven Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   7
133 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          7
134 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    7
135 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           7
136 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                            6
137 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                          6
138 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                             6
139 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                            6
140 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                            6
141 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                        6
142 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                              6
143 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                            6
144 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                       5
145 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                 5
146 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                              5
147 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                               5
148 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                              5
149 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step - Innergetic                            5
150 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                           5
151 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                       5
152 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                                       5
153 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole                                      5
154 Axel Merckx (Bel) T-Mobile Team                                            5
155 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                      4
156 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                       4
157 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                      4
158 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                                         4
159 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                       4
160 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    4
161 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                       4
162 José Antonio Redondo Ramos (Spa) Astana                                    4
163 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                                  3
164 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                           3
165 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                               3
166 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R Prevoyance                                       3
167 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                3
168 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                     3
169 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                                      3
170 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                           3
171 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                                       3
172 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                              3
173 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     3
174 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   3
175 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                     3
176 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Prodir             3
177 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                  3
178 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                            3
179 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC                                           3
180 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    3
181 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     3
182 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       3
183 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Credit Agricole                                        3
184 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  3
185 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                                                3
186 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Astana                                             3
187 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                             3
188 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                2
189 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                        2
190 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                    2
191 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    2
192 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                       2
193 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                         2
194 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                       2
195 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                              2
196 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram                                        2
197 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                        2
198 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                                  2
199 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                     2
200 Bert Roesems (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                         2
201 Nick Ingels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                          2
202 Tom Steels (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                           2
203 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                      2
204 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                                   2
205 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana                                                 2
206 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       2
207 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                2
208 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Predictor-Lotto                                       2
209 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                           2
210 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                     1
211 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                       1
212 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                          1
213 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    1
214 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       1
215 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                        1
216 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                     1
217 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                   1
218 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             1
219 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                                 1
220 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                               1
221 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                       1
222 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                                     1
223 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                           1
224 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                     1
225 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                       1
226 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                           1
227 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                         1
228 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                  1
229 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                    1
230 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                      1
Team ranking
1 Team CSC                                                                   326 pts
2 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                                         292
3 Liquigas                                                                   289
4 Caisse d'Epargne                                                           283
5 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                            273
6 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                                     262
7 Quick Step - Innergetic                                                    259
8 Rabobank                                                                   256
9 Predictor-Lotto                                                            238
10 Lampre-Fondital                                                           218
11 T-Mobile Team                                                             209
12 Astana                                                                    207
13 Credit Agricole                                                           174
14 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                                       169
15 Gerolsteiner                                                              162
16 Bouygues Telecom                                                          151
17 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                                          138
18 Team Milram                                                               133
19 Unibet.Com                                                                127
20 Française Des Jeux                                                        118
Nation ranking
1 Italy                                                                      700 pts
2 Spain                                                                      632
3 Australia                                                                  415
4 Germany                                                                    324
5 Luxembourg                                                                 296
6 Russian Federation                                                         258
7 Belgium                                                                    240
8 Netherlands                                                                221
9 United States of America                                                   213
10 France                                                                    178
11 Great Britain                                                             109
12 Kazakhstan                                                                 89
13 Slovenia                                                                   83
14 Norway                                                                     76
15 Ukraine                                                                    67
16 Sweden                                                                     57
17 Switzerland                                                                38
18 Denmark                                                                    33
19 Czech Republic                                                             30
20 Lithuania                                                                  27
21 Colombia                                                                   25
22 Poland                                                                      7
23 People's Republic of China                                                  7
24 Portugal                                                                    7
25 Belarus                                                                     7
26 Brazil                                                                      6
27 Hungary                                                                     5
28 Austria                                                                     3
29 Ireland                                                                     3
30 Japan                                                                       2

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