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10th Tour Down Under - ProT

Australia, January 20-27, 2008

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Stage 2 - Wednesday, January 23: Stirling - Hahndorf, 148km

Greipel wins the dash into Hahndorf

By Paul Verkuylen & Greg Johnson, in Hahndorf, South Australia

Andre Greipel (Team High Road) takes the win.
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In a virtual repeat of yesterday, an audacious and ambitious attack was snuffed out by the sprinters' teams who set up the finish in typical style, with very little kilometers remaining, for their big guns to fire. Despite many counter attacks in the final 30km it was all together for the final bunch kick and barrelling into Hahndorf was the German powerhouse on Team High Road, Andre Greipel, who took out the stage, followed by Rabobank's Graeme Brown in second place, and UniSA's Allan Davis in third.

Greipel, who was discovered by the same coach as 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, once again started his sprint from a long way out to hold off Australian's, Brown, and Allan Davis to take his second victory this season after he also won Sundays opening criterium in Glenelg.

"I feel good and I am in good shape," Greipel explained. "Last year I was strong as well, but I wasn't able to do well in some races because I had to work for the other sprinters other times I was just not in the right position."

"Now I try for myself and I have the support of my team," which has obviously paid divedends for the squad who are still on the look out for a new sponsor after losing T-Mobile last year.

Greipel's win took place, ironically in a town first settled by Germans in 1839. "I feel like I am in Germany here. Before the race I thought it would be nice to win here because it is a German city.

"I think the people from Hahndorf are also proud of me," Greipel added.

Credit Agricole took to the front
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After placing second today and third yesterday, Brown, who is on equal time with both Renshaw and Greipel, was awarded the overall leaders jersey. After a count back reveled that he has placed consistently higher than Renshaw and Greipel. Brown was initially disappointed with his second place, but having the jersey takes some of that disappointment away.

"I am pretty happy; leading a ProTour event is a pretty big thing. I would have preferred to win, but this is not a bad consolation," Brown explained shortly after stepping down off the podium in his new Ochre colored jersey.

"I got third yesterday, second today. I was coming quickly at the end, but I was just a bit late. I am a bit disappointed but they say that the jersey gives you a few more percent so hopefully its good enough for tomorrow.

"I am very happy to be leading this race, I am sure that we will see a lot of orange riding on the front tomorrow, like a team should when they have the leader's jersey."

We have a strong team, also for the overall. We will work hard for it." He said of his chances to take another stage, although he would not give away who the team's overall hope was. "We wont say," said.

Just five kilometers from the start, Yoann Offredo (Fra) from Francaise Des Jeux attacked the main field to quickly build up a thirty second lead. Shortly afterwards, two other French riders, Stephane Poulhies (Fra) of Ag2R-La Mondiale and Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) of Bouygues Telecom also broke free of the peloton.

After spending 15km away on his own, Offredo wisely sat up and allowed his two chasers to catch him. Worked well together they managed to stay clear until 118km into the stage, but the peloton was keen to bring it all back and it was set up for another sprint finish.

How it unfolded

Riders speed past some Tour fanatics
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The ProTour was welcomed to the South Australian town of Stirling by clear conditions that were obviously going to see temperatures rise above those experienced in yesterday's opening stage. The majority of the 132 riders at the start were predicting the day's stage would end in a stage sprint, while the balance anticipated a small group getting away in the early phases and not coming back.

As the peloton rolled out of Stirling Yoann Offredo (Francaise des Jeux) quickly made it clear it was the latter option he was chasing. The French rider quickly pulled out a minute gap over the peloton in the 148 kilometre stage's opening kilometres.

Offredo stretched out the lead to 2.10 minutes in no time at all, as Nicolas Crosbie (Bouygues Telecom) and Stephane Poulhies (Ag2r-La Mondiale) gave chase. The French trio continued to pull time out over the peloton as the gap between Offredo and his compatriots slowly but surely narrowed.

As the Tour Down Under's second stage entered its 18th kilometre, Offredo had pulled a 6.10 minute margin over the 129-strong peloton, while his chasers were just 1.18 minutes behind. With the day's first sprint points fast approaching, Crosbie and Poulhies closed the gap down to just 200 metres before finally catching Offredo.

Back in the peloton Credit Agricole had taken control to ensure the margin to the trio stayed at a reasonable length as it sought to keep Stage 1 winner Mark Renshaw in the leader's jersey. Despite spending the first 15 kilometres off the front alone, Offredo mustered the energy to out sprint Crosbie and Poulhies for the first sprint points.

With the day's first sprint done and dusted the three riders turned their attention to the day's only King of the Mountain climb. As the peloton hovered at around five minutes behind the lead group.

Australian Graeme Brown (Rabobank)
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As thousands of people lined the day's big climb, while hundreds more rode the course ahead of the professionals, Poulhies made it to the top first to take full points from Offredo and Crosbie, who was several metres behind the pair. The peloton, which was strung out from the moderate climb, came across the line some five minutes later.

Despite the peloton pulling back over a minute from the French trio's lead, any hope of it chasing down the bunch early were dashed as it let the riders slip back out to nearly five minutes again. Meanwhile Crosbie took his share of the day's spoils at the second sprint, claiming the top spot from Offredo and Poulhies.

As Italian Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas) called no joy and abandoned the race, out the front Rabobank and Credit Agricole's riders ramped up the pace on the finishing circuits to bring the leaders back. The gap quickly receded, with the peloton taking back nearly one minute in the next 10 kilometres and then nearly another minute over the following 10 kilometres.

With the peloton rapidly approaching the penultimate lap of the finishing circuit in Hahndorf it finally recaptured the three escapees, ending the trio's 120 kilometre escape. Despite catching the three Frenchman the riders hadn't yet settled on a sprint finish, with Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jeremy Roy (Francaise des Jeux) and Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Team CSC) pulling a 500 metre gap by the time they reached the finish line. Having spent the past 40 kilometres chasing down the previous three man break the peloton was in no mood to let another go this close to the finish line and so Dmytro Grabovskyy (Quick Step) and Bernhard Eisel (Team High Road) launched a scathing push by the peloton that would see the attack naturalized.

France's Pierre Rolland (Credit Agricole) decided the French riders wanted one last crack at the stage victory and launched an ill-fated attack on the final lap. As the peloton entered the long finishing straight Rolland's attack was swamped as the peloton's top sprinters jumped for a long run to the line.

The furious sprint saw several riders burn out early leaving one man, Sunday night's Down Under Classic winner Andre Gripel (Team High Road), claim his first ProTour stage victory. Gripel proved too quick for Rabobank's repeated runner-up Graeme Brown who settled for second place and the leader's jersey, while Allan Davis (Unisa - Australia) took the podium's final spot for the second consecutive day.

Jersey Winners

Tour Down Under Leader's Jersey - Graeme Brown (Rabobank)     
SA Lotteries Sprint Jersey - Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone)   
A Brilliant Blend King of the Mountains Jersey - Philippe Gilbert (Francaise Des Jeux)   
Share the Road Young Rider's Jersey - Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Caisse D'Epargne)  
Hindmarsh Most Aggressive Rider's Jersey -   
Bartercard Winning Team Jersey - Astana   

Photography

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Images by Mark Gunter/www.pbase.com/gunterphotograph

Images by Shane Goss/www.licoricegallery.com

Images by Greg Johnson/Cyclingnews

Results

1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                                      3.46.55
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                    
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                            
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                  
5 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                                       
6 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                           
7 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                                             
8 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                          
9 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott                                        
10 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre                                                 
11 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram                                     
12 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Csc                                                 
13 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
14 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Astana                                                 
15 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                                     
16 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             
17 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                         
18 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                       
19 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                      
20 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                                 
21 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                 
22 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                          
23 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                                     
24 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Csc                                                
25 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                                 
26 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                           
27 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                      
28 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                             
29 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road                                              
30 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                           
31 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                             
32 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                               
33 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                                         
34 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                  
35 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                
36 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                             
37 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step                                                
38 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre                                                
39 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           
40 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road                                              
41 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                        
42 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
43 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                                            
44 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                                   
45 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                                  
46 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                 
47 Pablo Lastras Garci (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                    
48 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                          
49 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                          
50 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                      
51 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                     
52 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                                
53 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
54 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                             
55 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                
56 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                     
57 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Credit Agricole                                           
58 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                                         
59 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                                
60 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step                                             
61 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                               
62 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Credit Agricole                                             
63 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                        
64 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc                                                 
65 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                            
66 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                            
67 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                               
68 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                              
69 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank                                                     
70 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux                                      
71 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                                 
72 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas                                         
73 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                              
74 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                         
75 Christian Murro (Ita) Lampre                                                  
76 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                          
77 Luke Roberts (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                          
78 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre                                                    
79 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     
80 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                                         
81 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Csc                                                 
82 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Csc                                              
83 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                    
84 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                                
85 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre                                                 
86 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Csc                                     
87 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step                                                  
88 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road                                          
89 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step                                           
90 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
91 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                              
92 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                                   
93 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                           
94 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                         
95 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                                      
96 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas                                            
97 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                        
98 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                 
99 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                            
100 Theo Elltink (Ned) Rabobank                                                  
101 Sebastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                       
102 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                           
103 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                                    
104 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana                                         
105 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc                                           
106 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                                         
107 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                         
108 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                          
109 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole                                        
110 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram                                              
111 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step                                           
112 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road                                          
113 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                       
114 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                                 
115 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                    
116 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                        
117 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                  
118 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road                                    0.15
119 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                      0.20
120 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
121 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre                                              0.53
122 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                         
123 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                        1.34
124 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     1.56
125 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                                        1.59
126 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road                                          
127 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                               
128 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                                          
129 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                     
130 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   7.45
131 Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom                                   10.16
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas                                                
 
Points
 
Sprint 1 Adelaide Road, Echunga at Institute - 15.4 km
1 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                        6 pts
2 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        4
3 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                      1
 
Sprint 2 Onkaparinga Valley Road, near James Street, Balhannah - 64.1 km
1 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        6 pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                        4
3 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                      2
 
Finish Arch - Main Street, Hahndorf at Visitor Information Centre - 148.0 km
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                                            8 pts
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                   6
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                           4
 
Mountains
 
Church Hill Rd, Echunga - 44.9 km
1 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                     16 pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                       12
3 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        8
4 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                      6
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                                     4
 
Teams
 
1 Astana                                                                 11.20.45
2 Bouygues Telecom                     
3 Saunier Duval-Scott                  
4 Francaise Des Jeux                   
5 Caisse D'epargne                     
6 Team High Road                       
7 Rabobank                             
8 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone     
9 Euskaltel - Euskadi                  
10 Silence-Lotto                       
11 Team CSC                            
12 UniSA - Australia                   
13 Lampre                              
14 Liquigas                            
15 Credit Agricole                     
16 Gerolsteiner                        
17 Team Milram                         
18 Ag2R-La Mondiale                    
19 Quick Step                          
 
General Classification after Stage 2
 
1 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                             7.00.18
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                                             
3 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                                             
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                              0.04
5 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                           
6 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                     0.05
7 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                        0.06
8 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        
9 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                       0.08
10 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Csc                                             0.10
11 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                         
12 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott                                       
13 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                         
14 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                                 
15 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                 
16 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                          
17 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                                     
18 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Astana                                                 
19 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre                                                 
20 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                                         
21 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                                      
22 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                           
23 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                             
24 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                                  
25 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                             
26 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step                                                
27 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                      
28 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                          
29 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                  
30 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                          
31 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                           
32 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
33 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                                 
34 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                               
35 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                
36 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                      
37 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                      
38 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                             
39 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                                            
40 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step                                             
41 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                            
42 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram                                     
43 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Csc                                                
44 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                       
45 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                            
46 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                                     
47 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             
48 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road                                              
49 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road                                              
50 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           
51 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                
52 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                              
53 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc                                                 
54 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Credit Agricole                                           
55 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                                
56 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                     
57 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                          
58 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas                                         
59 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                        
60 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
61 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre                                                    
62 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                     
63 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step                                                  
64 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux                                      
65 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                                         
66 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         
67 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                               
68 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     
69 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre                                                
70 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                 
71 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank                                                     
72 Luke Roberts (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                          
73 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                           
74 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                        
75 Pablo Lastras Garci (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                    
76 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                              
77 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana                                          
78 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                         
79 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                               
80 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road                                          
81 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                              
82 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Credit Agricole                                             
83 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                            
84 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                             
85 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                                   
86 Theo Elltink (Ned) Rabobank                                                   
87 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                        
88 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                    
89 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step                                           
90 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                            
91 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                         
92 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc                                            
93 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                                      
94 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas                                            
95 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Csc                                                 
96 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                           
97 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                                
98 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Csc                                     
99 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                                 
100 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole                                        
101 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                                        
102 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Csc                                             
103 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                                 
104 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                                         
105 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre                                                
106 Sebastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                       
107 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                    
108 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                         
109 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                                    
110 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step                                           
111 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                                  
112 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                        
113 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                
114 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                  
115 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road                                      0.29
116 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                      0.30
117 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                           0.34
118 Christian Murro (Ita) Lampre                                             0.47
119 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram                                          1.11
120 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road                                    1.14
121 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                        1.44
122 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre                                              2.04
123 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     2.06
124 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                           2.09
125 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                                            
126 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                                          
127 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                 2.51
128 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road                                      3.36
129 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   7.50
130 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                     8.50
131 Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom                                   11.03
 
Points classification
 
1 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                         12 pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                       10
3 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       10
4 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                  10
5 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                                            8
6 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                                            8
7 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       8
8 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                                 6
9 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                           4
10 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                     4
11 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                         4
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                                    20 pts
2 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                     16
3 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                       12
4 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                     12
5 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                        8
6 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road                                         8
7 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                      6
8 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                         6
9 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       4
 
Under 25 Classification
 
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                           7.00.22
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                     0.01
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                       0.04
4 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                          0.06
5 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step                                                 
6 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
7 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                                  
8 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                       
9 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                        
10 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             
11 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                                
12 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                     
13 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                                          
14 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas                                         
15 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
16 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux                                      
17 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                        
18 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                             
19 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc                                            
20 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                                
21 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                                         
22 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                     
23 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step                                            
24 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                       0.26
25 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                                      2.02
26 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                                  2.47
27 Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom                                    10.59
 
Teams Classification
 
1 Astana                                                                 21.01.24
2 Ag2R-La Mondiale                     
3 Bouygues Telecom                     
4 Rabobank                             
5 Saunier Duval-Scott                  
6 Gerolsteiner                         
7 Caisse D'epargne                     
8 Francaise Des Jeux                   
9 Euskaltel - Euskadi                  
10 Team High Road                      
11 Quick Step                          
12 Liquigas                            
13 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone    
14 Silence-Lotto                       
15 Team CSC                            
16 UniSA - Australia                   
17 Credit Agricole                     
18 Lampre                              
19 Team Milram                         

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