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4th Eneco Tour - ProT

Netherlands and Belgium, August 20-27, 2008

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Stage 4 - August 24 : Terneuzen (NL) - Ardooie (B), 213km

Boonen does it again

By Susan Westemeyer

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) counts his wins
Photo ©: Isabelle Duchesne
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Tom Boonen of Team Quick Step showed his stuff again on Sunday, winning the sprint of the fourth stage of the Eneco Tour in Ardooie, Belgium. The former world champion handily out-sprinted Kenny Van Hummel of Skil-Shimano and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Columbia. The leader's jersey went to Columbia's André Greipel, who had gone into the stage only one second behind Daniele Bennati of Liquigas. The German was in a long escape during the stage and gathered bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints.

It was Boonen's second stage win of the tour, having won the first stage. It was also hisn last stage win, as he will not take to the start on Monday. He will now leave the race to concentrate on his preparations for the Vuelta a España, which starts on the coming weekend.

Boasson Hagen opened the sprint with a surprise attack, and only Boonen and Van Hummel could go with him. "Just when I thought Boasson Hagen was hesitating too long, he raced past me," Boonen said. "It was a totally different sprint from the other days.

"With this I can go home with a good feeling," the 27 year-old continued. "My brother is celebrating his birthday so I will eat a piece of cake, have two days to rest and then pack my suitcase for the Vuelta."

Greipel's overall lead gives him his second leader's jersey in a ProTour race this year. He opened the season by winning the Tour Down Under, along the way winning four stages and the points jersey. He finished only 39th on Sunday, but in the same time as the winner. He won all three intermediate sprints during the stage to give himself enough bonus seconds to move into the lead. He had gone into the stage in second place, only four seconds behind Bennati. The Italian would have lost his jersey anyway, since he got caught when the peloton split and he lost 22 seconds.

Greipel was pleased to take over the lead but had no illusions about holding on to it until the end. He considered that he was simply holding it momentarily in favour of one of his team-mates, either Boasson Hagen, currently two seconds down in second place, or Michael Rogers, in eighth place only 15 seconds back.

Greipel made a breakaway to take bonus seconds
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"Our job now is to keep our two time trialers Boasson Hagen and Rogers near the front until the closing time trial in Mechelen," he said. "If I can stay as the leader until then, that's good. If not, then it's not important."

There were a number of crashes in the stage, and the most seriously injured was Fabio Baldato of Team Lampre. The 40 year-old broke a bone in his left shoulder – an abrupt end to a career which was scheduled to stop at the end of this season anyway.

The stage was marked by a long escape by Greipel, Maarten Wynants (Quick Step), Lars Bak (CSC-Saxo Bank), Frank Hoj (Cofidis), Maarten Tjallingii (Silence-Lotto) and Mirko Selvaggi (Cycle Collstrop). They maintained a lead of only about three minutes for much of the day and were caught only 10 kilometres before the finish line.

How It Unfolded

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) lost the lead almost as quickly as he got it
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The race got off promptly at 11:15, and things went quickly. After 25 kilometres the peloton was clipping along at 55 km/hour.

The high speed prevented any breakaways for a long time, but that couldn't last forever. After 58 kilometres, a 14-man group formed -- Glenn D'Hollander (Silence-Lotto), Tom Leezer and Bram Tankink (Rabobank), Maarten Wynants (Quick Step), Koen De Kort and Aaron Kemps (Astana), André Greipel (Team Columbia), Markus Eichler (Team Milram), Frederik Willems (Liquigas), Borut Bozic (Cycle Collstrop), Yannick Talabardon (Crédit Agricole), Mickael Delage (Française Des Jeux), Lars Bak (Team CSC) and Olivier Bonnaire (Bouygues Telecom).

Only 11 kilometres later, three of those riders pulled away. Wynants, Greipel and Bak quickly picked up a lead on the others. Further back, the peloton had fallen into two groups. The trio was joined by Maarten Tjallingii of Silence-Lotto.

The foursome had built up a lead of 1.45 over the peloton. They were being chased by Frank Hoj of Cofidis and Mirko Selvaggi (Cycle Collstrop), who finally caught them.

The first intermediate sprint of the day went to Greipel ahead of Bak and Wynants. This gave the German three bonus seconds, which put him only one second behind race leader Daniele Bennati.

Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) is still in the climbers' jersey
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With 78 kilometres to go, the leaders went over the Kwaremont, with Bak leading the way. It was too much for Hoy, who fell back out of the group. The leaders had built up a lead of 2.45, and it stayed at around that mark.

Greipel picked up more bonus seconds at the Tiegemberg, giving him the lead over Gutierrez. Hoj was able to catch up with them again.

As the peloton came through Waregem, the was a crash. Michiell Elijzen (Rabobank) had to leave the race as a result. Glenn D'Hollander of Silence-Lotto went down, too, but was able to continue.

But the peloton stepped up the speed, and started bringing down the lead, which dropped rapidly,

At 29 km, there was a crash, with five or six riders going down. Most of them got up and kept going, except for Lampre's Fabio Baldato, who appeared to have injured his left arm. Also out of the race was Ag2r's Yuriy Krivtsov, who climbed into the ambulance holding his right hand.

Greipel also picked up the bonus points at the third intermediate sprint, building up his lead. The group's advantage over the field had by this time, with 24 km to go, dropped to one minute.

His group fought hard to stay ahead, but to no avail. The lead was only 27 seconds as they crossed the finish line for the first time and set off on the 15 km closing circuit.

Glenn d'Hollander (Silence-Lotto) was all smiles. Before the race.
Photo ©: Isabelle Duchesne
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J.J. Haedo (CSC) went back to the team car to get something with about 15 km to go, and on his way back to the peloton, he took a tumble into the ditch, and had to abandon.

Rabobank led the charge to track down the escapees. and with 10 km to go, they were caught. The next attacks came immediately, with Nicolas Portal (Caisse d'Epargne), David Deroo (Skil Shimano) and Yoann Offredo (Française des Jeux) seeking their chance. They were never able to get more than a few seconds ahead, as Columbia led the pack in riding them down fairly quickly.

A Cofidis rider was the next to go, with a handful of other riders directly behind him. But also they were not really able to get away from the fast moving pack. Someone from Euskaltel was the next to try his luck, but this time it was Skil-Shimano who led the field in chasing him down. No sooner was he caught than a Crédit Agricole rider took off, looking to prevent yet another Eneco mass sprint. But he was no more successful than the others.

Sébastien Rosseler of Quick Step opened the sprint, He was quickly caught and passed by Tom Boonen, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia) and Kenny Van Hummel of Skil-Shimano, but the latter two had no chance against the former world Champion, who easily took his second stage win.

Photography

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Images by Isabelle Duchesne/www.photoscycling.com

Results

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                    5.00.35 (42.337 km/h)
2 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                            
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia                              
4 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop                                     
5 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                             
6 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                
7 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                 
8 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                      
9 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                        
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
11 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux                          
12 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia                                    
13 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
14 José Iván Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                  
15 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                                  
16 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Crédit Agricole                                    
17 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Scott - American Beef                            
18 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step                                      
19 Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Col) Caisse d'Epargne                    
20 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        
21 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank                                          
22 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                           
23 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Scott - American Beef        
24 Francisco Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 
25 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia                                   
26 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                     
27 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                         
28 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
29 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                             
30 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step                                  
31 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Columbia                                    
32 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                  
33 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
34 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Scott - American Beef                           
35 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                                  
36 Michal Golas (Pol) Cycle Collstrop                                   
37 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Scott - American Beef                          
38 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                            
39 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                                    
40 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                               
41 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                
42 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                          
43 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                  
44 John Devine (USA) Team Columbia                                      
45 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              
46 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale                             
47 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                              
48 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     
49 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                              
50 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                  
51 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia                                   
52 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                      
53 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
54 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                                   
55 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram                                     
56 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
57 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
58 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Cycle Collstrop                                   
59 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Columbia                                   
60 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                        
61 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                       
62 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                             
63 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                                 
64 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux                             
65 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Scott - American Beef                       
66 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Scott - American Beef                      
67 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       
68 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto                               
69 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
70 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                         
71 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                         
72 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              
73 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank                                            
74 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
75 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                
76 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                   
77 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                
78 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
79 Gorka Verdugo Markotegi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    
80 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                           
81 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    
82 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
83 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  
84 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step                                      
85 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
86 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             
87 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                
88 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas                                   0.22
89 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                  0.26
90 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana                                      0.35
91 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Liquigas                                        
92 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Liquigas                                       
93 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                             
94 Sergey Rudaskov (Rus) Cycle Collstrop                                
95 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                 0.38
96 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                             
97 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              0.48
98 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                 
99 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           0.53
100 Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone           0.57
101 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop                                0.59
102 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                        
103 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                1.11
104 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                    
105 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                        
106 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   
107 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                 
108 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         1.14
109 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                      1.17
110 Andrea Grendene (Ita) Lampre                                    1.20
111 Franck Rénier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
112 Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram                                    2.17
113 Romain Villa (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                
114 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                      3.17
115 Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                       4.09
116 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                    7.02
117 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               
118 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Scott - American Beef                       7.45
119 Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Silence - Lotto                             
120 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone               
121 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                         
122 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Scott - American Beef                     
123 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Française des Jeux                            
124 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                   
125 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank               
126 Julien Simon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
127 Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   
128 Beñat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   
129 Andoni Lafuente Olaguibel (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 
130 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                
131 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                      
132 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Cycle Collstrop                                
133 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                      
DNF Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         
DNF Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Rabobank                                      
DNF Stephan Schreck (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
DNF Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram                                       
DNF Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale                               
DNF Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                           
DNF Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                            
DNF Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                          
DNF Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre                                          
 
Sprints
 
1
1 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                                    8 pts
2 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                           5
3 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                     3
 
2
1 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                                    8 pts
2 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                           5
3 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    3
 
3
1 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                                    8 pts
2 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                     5
3 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    3
 
Final
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                         30 pts
2 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                          25
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia                            22
4 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop                                   19
5 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                           17
6 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                              15
7 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                               13
8 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                    12
9 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                      11
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                10
 
Climbs
 
1
1 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                           5 pts
2 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                     3
3 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                             1
 
2
1 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                           5 pts
2 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                                    3
3 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                     1
 
3
1 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                           5 pts
2 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                                 3
3 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                     1
 
Teams
 
1 Team Columbia                                                 15.01.45
2 Quick Step                                                            
3 Cycle - Collstrop                                                     
4 Rabobank                                                              
5 Crédit Agricole                                                       
6 Caisse d`Épargne                                                      
7 Scott - American Beef                                                 
8 Française des Jeux                                                    
9 Astana                                                                
10 Skil - Shimano                                                       
11 Team CSC Saxo Bank                                                   
12 Gerolsteiner                                                         
13 Silence - Lotto                                                      
14 Liquigas                                                             
15 Team Milram                                                          
16 Bouygues Telecom                                                     
17 Euskaltel - Eusdaki                                                  
18 Cofidis, le Crédit par Téléphone                                     
19 AG2R La Mondiale                                                     
20 Lampre                                                           3.12
 
General classification after stage 4
 
1 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                             17.59.51
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia                          0.02
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                       0.07
4 José Iván Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne               0.09
5 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               0.10
6 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                            0.11
7 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step                               0.13
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia                                0.15
9 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                             
10 Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Col) Caisse d'Epargne                0.17
11 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                    0.18
12 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step                                  0.19
13 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank                                          
14 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              0.21
15 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                        
16 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                       0.22
17 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                         0.25
18 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop                                    
19 Michal Golas (Pol) Cycle Collstrop                               0.26
20 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas                                   0.27
21 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step                                 0.28
22 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                      
23 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                                
24 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step                              0.29
25 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                         
26 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         
27 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                   0.31
28 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                         
29 John Devine (USA) Team Columbia                                  0.32
30 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                           
31 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                         
32 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                              0.34
33 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    
34 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                   0.35
35 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Scott - American Beef                      0.36
36 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
37 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank                               0.37
38 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          0.41
39 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Columbia                                    
40 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                                 
41 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            0.43
42 Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Columbia                                   
43 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia                                    
44 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Silence - Lotto                               0.44
45 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale                         0.45
46 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                
47 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank                                        0.47
48 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                            0.48
49 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step                                      
50 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                              0.50
51 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                 0.52
52 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Crédit Agricole                                0.53
53 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               0.58
54 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                  1.03
55 Geert Steurs (Bel) Silence - Lotto                                   
56 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                        1.04
57 Franck Rénier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             1.05
58 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi              1.10
59 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                         1.14
60 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Liquigas                                        
61 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                           1.16
62 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                         1.31
63 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop                                 1.47
64 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Cycle Collstrop                               1.55
65 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                       2.08
66 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   2.16
67 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Liquigas                                   2.17
68 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux                         2.24
69 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              2.31
70 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                         2.33
71 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                   2.36
72 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                       2.44
73 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone            2.48
74 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux                      2.49
75 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Scott - American Beef                       
76 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Scott - American Beef    2.53
77 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                          2.54
78 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 3.08
79 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                       
80 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                 3.33
81 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                 3.55
82 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Scott - American Beef                  4.35
83 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas                                     7.44
84 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                   8.11
85 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                      8.30
86 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank            8.39
87 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                   8.44
88 Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Silence - Lotto                          9.54
89 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          10.06
90 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                            10.34
91 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Skil-Shimano                            10.56
92 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone         12.24
93 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                           12.28
94 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Columbia                              12.31
95 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
96 Gorka Verdugo Markotegi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi               12.34
97 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Crédit Agricole                             12.35
98 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                  
99 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Milram                                     
100 Francisco Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                
101 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           12.36
102 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Scott - American Beef                           
103 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                        12.38
104 Francis De Greef (Bel) Silence - Lotto                         12.41
105 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                  
106 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Scott - American Beef                     12.49
107 Bert Roesems (Bel) Silence - Lotto                             12.57
108 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone        12.58
109 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                    13.01
110 Leif Hoste (Bel) Silence - Lotto                               13.07
111 Sergey Rudaskov (Rus) Cycle Collstrop                          13.11
112 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                   13.25
113 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana                                         
114 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre                                       13.31
115 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              13.40
116 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        13.51
117 Andrea Grendene (Ita) Lampre                                   14.02
118 Romain Villa (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone           14.45
119 Luca Barla (Ita) Team Milram                                   14.50
120 Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone          15.42
121 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                     15.54
122 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Scott - American Beef                15.56
123 Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                      18.45
124 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          19.30
125 Julien Simon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             20.17
126 Beñat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi              20.25
127 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Cycle Collstrop                           20.26
128 Josu Agirre Aseginolaza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi              20.27
129 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Française des Jeux                       20.33
130 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Scott - American Beef                      20.38
131 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone               
132 Andoni Lafuente Olaguibel (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi            20.41
133 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                              20.49
 
Points classification
 
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                        102 pts
2 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano                          75
3 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Silence - Lotto                              74
4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia                            68
5 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                                   59
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas                                      55
7 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cycle Collstrop                                   36
8 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                      32
9 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank                                         24
10 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                   24
11 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                              23
12 David Kopp (Ger) Cycle Collstrop                                   23
13 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Cycle Collstrop                                 18
14 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                          17
15 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               17
16 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Scott - American Beef                        16
17 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank                                          15
18 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                15
19 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                13
20 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas                                     13
21 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                13
22 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Spa) Scott - American Beef                    13
23 Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Columbia                                  10
24 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                         10
25 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                               8
26 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                    8
27 José Iván Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                 6
28 Francisco Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                6
29 Frank Hoj (Den) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   6
30 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step                                 3
31 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 3
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 15 pts
2 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank                          15
3 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank                                          9
4 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quick Step                                     5
5 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia                                    3
6 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Cycle Collstrop                                 3
7 David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                       3
8 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Silence - Lotto                             1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Caisse d`Épargne                                              54.00.20
2 Team Columbia                                                     0.01
3 Crédit Agricole                                                   0.02
4 Quick Step                                                        0.10
5 Silence - Lotto                                                   0.11
6 Rabobank                                                          0.12
7 Astana                                                            0.13
8 Liquigas                                                          0.23
9 Skil - Shimano                                                    0.28
10 Cycle - Collstrop                                                0.34
11 Team CSC Saxo Bank                                               0.45
12 Bouygues Telecom                                                 1.08
13 Gerolsteiner                                                     2.34
14 Team Milram                                                      2.46
15 AG2R La Mondiale                                                 3.13
16 Française des Jeux                                               4.28
17 Scott - American Beef                                            4.44
18 Euskaltel - Eusdaki                                             25.29
19 Cofidis, le Crédit par Téléphone                                26.43
20 Lampre                                                          28.42

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