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Cunego a man for all seasons

Il piccolo principe reigns on the Cauberg

By Brecht Decaluwé and Gregor Brown in Valkenburg, The Netherlands

Cunego finishes his salute
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Italian Damiano Cunego from Cerro Veronese has won the 43rd edition of the Amstel Gold Race in a nine-man sprint towards the top of the famous Cauberg lump near Valkenburg, The Netherlands. The 26 year-old from the Lampre-Fondital team held off Fränk Schleck and Alejandro Valverde in his first participation in the Amstel Gold Race and went on to claim his first-ever victory in a Spring Classic. Last year's winner Stefan Schumacher couldn't live up to the expectations and finished in a second group that finished 45" behind the light-weighted Italian.

"I was very nervous and impressed," Cunego reacted after his win. "I have never ridden this race and tried to stay cool and follow the others. It's a surprise for me to win here, because I considered it as a test for the upcoming races like Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which I know much better. There are two important races left where I want to excel, but for sure tonight I'll go to bed satisfied," Cunego continued. "There were a lot of attacks and counterattacks during the finale and sometimes I bridged up the gaps myself. I realized it could make me tired, but I knew it was even harder to follow me," the winner of the Giro d'Italia 2004 said, pointing out that he was feeling exceptionally strong.

Schleck opened up the sprint, but Cunego was lurking behind
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The 2008 edition of the most important Dutch cycling race was marked by multiple attacks, which were always quickly neutralized by the teams from the favourites. It was a nervous finale and the climbs of the Eyserbosweg and the Keutenberg didn't bring the expected fireworks, although there was an – unsuccessful – effort from Kim Kirchen and Johan Vansummeren. A little later Sergey Ivanov and Christian Pfannberger anticipated on attacks from the big guns by sneaking away between the Eyserbosweg and the Fromberg, with 17 kilometres to go. These two riders were joined by a group of seven riders including multiple pre-race favourites Fränk Schleck, Davide Rebellin, Damiano Cunego, Karsten Kroon and Thomas Dekker. This decisive breakaway approached the Cauberg with an advantage of 30" on a big group, including last year's winner Stefan Schumacher.

Spanish champion Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Caisse d'Epargne) neutralized late attacks from Kroon and Dekker and then led the leaders during the first part of the climb, all in support for his fast team leader Alejandro Valverde. "I talked to Valverde in the final kilometres, and he was going well and had good legs – I wanted to work for him," the Spaniard explained after the race.

When Fränk Schleck jumped away with 500 metres to go, right on the steepest part of the Cauberg, the Spanish champion was dropped, together with Pfannberger, Ivanov and Kroon, who also did some pulling on the final climb for his CSC team leader. The move of the Luxemburger was marked closely by Cunego, followed by Rebellin, Valverde and local favourite Thomas Dekker of Rabobank. A little later Schleck accelerated again and Rebellin had to let go of Cunego's wheel, creating a gap that had to be closed by Valverde. The latter didn't have the power left to come back and by then Dekker was dropped as well. The sprint was almost ruined as the sprinters almost headed into the deviation for the cars, but luckily nobody was hampered by the confusion. With about one hundred metres to go Cunego jumped out of Schleck's wheel and the feathery Italian speeded to his first win in the Amstel Gold Race.

Fränk Schleck - winner in 2006 – jumped away halfway the ultimate ascent of the Cauberg, but his move was neutralized by the little prince, Damiano Cunego. "The only chance for me to win, was trying to jump away before the sprint. I didn't want to do it, but in the radio Bjarne Riis shouted that I had to do it. It almost worked out, but Damiano knew he had to stay on my wheel. He did everything right," Schleck explained about the chosen tactics in the uphill sprint in Valkenburg.

Alejandro Valverde was not making the classics a bigm goal, so his third place is a great result for the Spaniard
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There were a lot of fast legs in the group that fought for the victory and it was surprising to see that Alejandro Valverde Belmonte couldn't quite match the speed from Cunego and Schleck. Nevertheless, the Spaniard was happy with his performance. "The Spring Classics aren't a real objective for me this year," said Valverde, who wants to perform well in the Tour de France in July. "I didn't have anything left in the tank for the sprint. Clearly, Cunego is the well-deserved winner; he was the strongest man in the race, together with Schleck," Valverde added. Valverde also said: "I'm happy with third place as it is my best ever result in this race."

The runner-up from last year, Davide Rebellin couldn't keep up with the acceleration from Schleck and Cunego, and the 36 year-old had to settle for fourth place this year. "I knew that I could make the difference on the Cauberg. I was going well, but I was not super. It was up to Caisse to do the pulling, and then in the finale I was just hoping to ride on the wheel of a sprinter," said Rebellin to Cyclingnews. Too bad for the winner of this race back in 2004 that he couldn't hold on to the wheel of that sprinter, because it was the winner's wheel. The experienced Italian agreed that he wasn't good enough for the win in the end. "Cunego went really strong today and so he deserved this win," Rebellin concluded.

The man who started the winning break was Astana's Serguei Ivanov. But he paid for his efforts, when he jumped clear and was first joined by Pfannberger and then the others. "I had some cramps in the finale, and I couldn't pull the pedals like it should be on the climbs. That's why I tried to get away. I was in a very good position with Pfannberger but I was without a chance in the sprint," said the 33 year-old Russian. "I gave my best and I'm happy with my performance. I'm in top condition, but it's too bad there are no races left for me anymore," Ivanov reminded us about the non-selection from Team Astana for Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Today's protagonists who missed out for the win receive another chance on Wednesday with the Flèche Wallonne, and next week there's the Liège-Bastogne-Liège that concludes the Spring Classics season.

How it unfolded

The start in Maastricht was witnessed by a lot of spectators
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The race started in Maastricht at 10:21am local time. 184 racers rolled across the start line. Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) with a fever and Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) with ongoing knee problems did not start the race.

The break of the day formed around kilometre 35: Kristof Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen), Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) and Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2R La Mondiale) were the lucky ones who jumped at the right moment. The peloton wasn't too worried about their escape, and the trio's lead quickly increased to a maximum of 12'43 at the Wolfsberg (the seventh of the 31 climbs to be mastered, some 86 Kilometres after the start).

However, after 100 kilometres raced, the peloton picked up the pace ever so slightly and the gap slowly started to shrink. Another 100 clicks later, with 54 kilometres to go, the breakaway's lead was down to 2'10. On the Wolfsberg (42 kilometres to go), as the charging bunch almost came within sight of the break, Niki Terpstra (Milram) bridged up to it and dragged the fatigued men along to the next hill, the Loorberg, where they finally got caught.

The break of the day with Timmer, Vandewalle and Krivtsov
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It was thus a race wide open in the final 40 kilometres, and the attacks didn't cease for some time before the final winning move could eventually distance itself.

First, it was young Dutch climbing sensation Robert Gesink (Rabobank) who jumped just after the break was caught, taking with him Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux), Kim Kirchen (High Road), Igor Astarloa (Team Milram) and Mario Aerts (Silence-Lotto). But those five were judged too dangerous and reeled back in before they could achieve a real gap.

Then, with 27 kilometres to the line, Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld) tried his luck, but in vain as the bunch was driven by Gerolsteiner, Rabobank, Lampre and Cofidis. Another Italian, Dario Cataldo (Liquigas) jumped with 23 kilometres to go, but also couldn't get away significantly and was caught on the Kruisberg.

The next attack came on the Eyserbosweg, some 18 kilometres before the finish. Kim Kirchen tried again, joined by Lotto's Johan Vansummeren, but the duo only made it to the descent of that climb. By that time, the peloton had significantly shrunk to only about 30 riders, and decision time drew near.

Astana's Serguei Ivanov made another attempt to distance the field with 17 kilometres to go, joined by Christian Pfannberger (Barloworld). The duo even managed a gap of 16 seconds, but it didn't last. However, both riders were still in contention even when the group of favourites caught them after the next-to-last climb, the Keutenberg, which made the peloton fall apart completely.

Rebellin, Cunego and Schleck were the first riders to bridge up to Ivanov and Pfannberger, as a lead group of nine riders emerged: Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), Serguei Ivanov (Astana), Joachim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Thomas Dekker (Rabobank), Karsten Kroon and Fränk Schleck (CSC), Damiano Cunego (Lampre) as well as Christian Pfannberger (Barloworld).

With five kilometres left before the final ascent, the Cauberg, this group of nine, out of which Rebellin temporarily attacked, had some 20 seconds over a chase group, which included: Stefan Schumacher and Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner), Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R), Jérôme Pineau (Bouygues), Simon Gerrans (Crédit Agricole), Benoît Vaugrenard (FDJ), Kjell Carlström (Liquigas), Oscar Freire, Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Johan Vansummeren (Lotto) and Kim Kirchen (High Road).

This situation was unchanged as the lead group tackled the last kilometre. On the famous Cauberg leading up to the finish line, Rodriguez led Cunego and Valverde, while Pfannberger was at the back. Then, Kroon pulled hard for Schleck, who was behind Cunego. As Kroon pulled off, the Italian pushed on, with Schleck and Valverde in his wheel. But the Luxemburger ran out of juice as Cunego opened a gap. Valverde, too, was a little short to show his otherwise excellent sprinting abilities. Rebellin and Dekker finished fourth and fifth respectively.


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1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre                                       6.35.29 (39.051 km/h)
2 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                             
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                   0.02
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                       
5 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                         0.06
6 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) Barloworld                               0.14
7 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                          0.18
8 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                             0.23
9 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                         0.27
10 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                0.45
11 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
12 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                     
13 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2r - La Mondiale                              
14 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                          0.51
15 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    
16 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                          
17 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto                            0.56
18 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2r - La Mondiale                                 
19 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                       
20 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road                                    1.00
21 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                        1.19
22 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux                                1.27
23 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                            
24 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                              
25 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto                                     
26 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                           1.36
27 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank                                         1.47
28 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone           1.55
29 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                               
30 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
31 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           
32 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC                                           
33 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                                     
34 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                       
35 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                 
36 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                             
37 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC                                        
38 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                
39 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team High Road                                      
40 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana                                           
41 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 2.06
42 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                                           
43 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                                            
44 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                           2.11
45 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC                                  2.14
46 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                   2.18
47 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                  2.20
48 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram                           2.36
49 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                         
50 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step                                           
51 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank                                          
52 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step                                        2.43
53 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                                          
54 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                      
55 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                                      2.57
56 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                       
57 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                 3.13
58 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone            3.23
59 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                        3.42
60 Alberto Fernandez De La Puebla Ramos (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott        
61 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     3.57
62 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott              5.06
63 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  
64 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step                                      
65 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                                             
66 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Liquigas                                        5.08
67 René Mandri (Est) AG2r - La Mondiale                                5.21
68 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                 
69 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       5.25
70 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                         
71 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                        
72 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                  
73 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                             
74 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                 
75 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30             
76 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road                                        
77 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team High Road                               
78 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  
79 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                        
80 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott                             
81 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
82 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30               
83 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                         
84 Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Barloworld                                   
85 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                 
86 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux                                   
87 Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30    
88 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step                                          
89 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                 
90 Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Crédit Agricole                                 
91 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana                                             
92 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                            
93 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      5.37
94 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                         5.45
95 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                            6.04
96 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                           7.33
97 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               7.42
98 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                             
99 Iñaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
100 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        
101 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team High Road                                     
102 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                         
103 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                               
104 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Saunier Duval - Scott                          
105 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                           
106 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                      8.07
107 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           
108 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                     9.32
109 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2r - La Mondiale                    
110 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                        
111 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Silence - Lotto                                 
112 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2r - La Mondiale                                
113 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  
114 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                        
115 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                          
116 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step                                   
117 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step                                    
118 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  
119 Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram                                        
120 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step                                           
121 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
122 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
123 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                           
124 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                      
125 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas                                          
126 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
127 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    
128 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre                                              
129 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                             
130 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld                                    
131 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux                                
132 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             9.52
133 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner            14.22
134 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                                   
135 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            16.55
136 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre                                           
137 Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld                                      19.12
138 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                         
139 Christopher Froome (Ken) Barloworld                                    
140 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                 
141 Andry Grivko (Ukr) Team Milram                                         
142 Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram                                       
143 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                
144 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                  
145 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
146 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone               
147 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road                                       
DNF Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   
DNF Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                       
DNF Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                                 
DNF Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) AG2r - La Mondiale                            
DNF Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana                            
DNF Erki Pütsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                                     
DNF José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      
DNF Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                 
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
DNF Maxime Méderel (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                   
DNF Francisco Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   
DNF Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                             
DNF Tom Stubbe (Bel) Française des Jeux                                    
DNF Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                       
DNF Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank                                            
DNF Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
DNF Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                               
DNF Michael Barry (Can) Team High Road                                     
DNF Andreas Klier (Ger) Team High Road                                     
DNF Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                             
DNF Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre                                             
DNF Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                     
DNF John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Barloworld                                     
DNF Paul Manning (GBr) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                      
DNF Steven Kleynen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                    
DNF Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                        
DNF Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                      
DNF Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                       
DNF Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    
DNF Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30            
DNF Jason Donald (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                
DNF Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                   
DNF Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30               
DNF Koen Barbé (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                                   
DNF Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                            
DNF Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen                             
DNS Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott                             

ProTour standings

1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre                                73 pts
2 André Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                         62
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana                      58
4 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                               52
5 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step                            50
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne              45
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto                          42
8 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                          40
9 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone        40
10 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank               35
11 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                              32
12 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                     30
13 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                            30
14 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                   30
15 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne        25
16 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step                          25
17 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone    25
18 George Hincapie (USA) Team High Road                      25
19 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone    25
20 Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott         21
21 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road                          21
22 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                        20
23 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                              20
24 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi       20
25 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                            20
26 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                            15
27 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                          15
28 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne              12
29 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux                      10
30 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto                   10
31 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                7
32 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                              7
33 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                         7
34 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                   5
35 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre                                  5
36 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                4
37 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                               3
38 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                       3
39 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step                             3
40 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                              2
41 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team High Road                        2
42 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          2
43 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       1
44 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team High Road                         1
45 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                               1
1 Team CSC                                                   72 pts
2 Caisse d'Epargne                                           70
3 Astana                                                     70
4 Rabobank                                                   67
5 Silence-Lotto                                              67
6 Team High Road                                             61
7 Gerolsteiner                                               57
8 Française Des Jeux                                         53
9 Saunier Duval-Scott                                        52
10 Liquigas                                                  50
11 Quick Step                                                46
12 Team Milram                                               46
13 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                       44
14 Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone                          44
15 Ag2r-La Mondiale                                          39
16 Credit Agricole                                           37
17 Bouygues Telecom                                          35
18 Lampre                                                    31
1 Spain                                                     203 pts
2 Belgium                                                   150
3 Italy                                                     146
4 Germany                                                    87
5 France                                                     66
6 Australia                                                  61
7 Netherlands                                                55
8 Luxembourg                                                 53
9 Switzerland                                                30
10 United States Of America                                  25
11 Finland                                                   15
12 Norway                                                    15
13 Russian Federation                                         7
14 Slovenia                                                   5
15 Denmark                                                    2
16 Great Britain                                              1