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10th Tour Down Under - ProT

Australia, January 20-27, 2008

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Stage 5 - Saturday, January 26: Willunga - Willunga, 147 km

Unstoppable Greipel does it again

By Paul Verkuylen & Greg Johnson in Adelaide

Andre Greipel (Team High Road) took his third win
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German Andre Griepel upset the hopes of the Australians to win on their national day as he took his third stage of the Tour Down Under, once again outsprinting Allan Davis (UniSA). The stage which is well know for the tough climb over Willunga hill, wasn't enough to make a difference, showing that the ProTour peloton has brought this race to another level. Griepel's win also moved him into the overall, with Mark Renshaw (Credit Agricole) losing contact with the 30 strong lead group just before the top of the climb and losing more than 30 seconds over the last 15 kilometers.

"This morning I thought if I am not in the front group, that would be ok, but I felt good on top of the climb and we were able to chase back the front group, for me, I don't know why I feel really good here," Greipel said.

Team-mate Adam Hansen put in a huge effort to bring back every small move that went off the front of the 30 strong group in the dying kilometers of the tough stage to set Greipel up for the sprint.

"That was awesome," Greipel explained. "He chased every rider and did a fantastic job, I think that I can be really proud of team High Road.

The peloton pass some vineyards
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"I look forward to tomorrow, I think it will be a fantastic final stage in Adelaide."

With just the 88 kilometer final stage around the centre of Adelaide remaining, it is looking likely that the German will take the overall lead and the first ProTour leaders jersey of the 2008 season.

"Last year I would have told you that would be impossible, now I am the leader of the Tour Down Under, this is fantastic."

The stage took riders around the Willunga circuit, first a 40km loop past the seas side town of Aldinga Beach before unleashing the riders on the final climb up Willunga was popular amongst locals who were celebrating their national day.

A group of five riders including, Greg Henderson (Team High Road), Carlo Westphal (Gerolsteiner), Aitor Galdos Alonso (Euskaltel - Euskadi), Julien Mazet (Astana) and Renaud Dion (Ag2R-La Mondiale), made their way off the front of the nervous peloton shortly after the start. With the temperature hovering around the 40 degrees mark, the main field was content to let the group go as they concentrated on keeping themselves well hydrated and fresh for the climb.

A nice day at the beach,
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In the 15 kilometers that preceded the tough climb, the group was quickly brought back as Caisse D'Epargne were setting the pace on the front in an attempt to propel their leader Luis Leon Sanchez off the front as they hit the climb.

Attacks came thick and fast on the lower slopes of the climb, however, great team work by the High Road team meant that the leaders at the top of the climb only had a slight advantage over the chasing group of thirty riders. With around 20 kilometers still remaining, most of which was either flat or down hill, it was inevitable that the larger group would claw it way back to the leaders.

Just 30 seconds behind this large group was the group containing overall leader, Renshaw, which was chasing hard to try and close the gap to the leaders. But with Adam Hansen either driving the pace or bringing back any attacks, Renshaws group was unable to peg back any time as Griepel took his second stage win in a row, his third for this year's TDU, and fourth since he arrived in Adelaide, as he also took out the Tour Down Under Classic, held in Glenelg last Sunday.

How it unfolded

A few riders got tangled up
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The Tour Down Under's penultimate stage was expected to commence with attacks from the gun, as just seven second separated the top three riders on general classification. That expectation wasn't completely met, as the peloton spent the opening kilometre settling into a rhythm before the attacks kicked in to rapid fire.

The peloton charged out of the start town Willunga, setting a hot pace of 70 kilometres an hour as it passed by thousands of assembled fans. A trio or riders soon moved off the front, with Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom), Thomas Fothen (Gerolsteiner) and Volker Ordowski (Gerolsteiner) moved 200 metres ahead of the otherwise intact peloton.

The trio wouldn't last long as more riders moved ahead forming a break of some 20 riders. Euskaltel-Euskadi's Andoni Lafuente attacked the group as it headed towards the beach, but he and the other riders off the front were consumed by a forward surge from the peloton.

Lloyd Mandory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) then launched an attack and was quickly joined by Benoit Joachim (Astana), Sebastien Portal (Cofidis) and Andoni Lafuente (Euskaltel-Euskadi) before the quartet were again caught. As the race drew near to the spectacular costal section of the course, Greg Henderson (Team High Road), Carlo Westphal (Gerolsteiner) and Aitor Galdos Alonso (Euskaltel-Euskadi) went 200 metres clear of the main bunch.

The peloton begin their ride along Aldinga Beach for the first time
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Renaud Dion (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Julien Mazet (Astana) gave chase, eventually crossing to expand the break away to five. As the latter two riders joined on to the original three, it was clear the peloton was happy with the day's break and allowed it to start drawing out a larger time gap.

The five-man break quickly expanded its time gap of 45 seconds out to 2.10 minutes by kilometre 27. Over the following 20 kilometres of the 147 kilometre stage the gap blew out to 4.10 minutes, where the time gap stabalised.

The team of general classification leader Mark Renshaw, Credit Agricole, took control of the peloton the leading five contested the first beach-side sprint at kilometre 58, which saw Westphal take full points from Dion and Galdos Alonso.

The 4.10 minute time gap held still through to kilometre 60, when it began to drop down to 3.35 minutes. While it looked as if the peloton was set for an early chase down of the leaders, the gap soon drifted back out to 4.45 minutes.\

A crash in the peloton left several riders battered and bruised, with Bouygues Telecom's Nicolas Crosbie sustaining the worst injury - suffering a broken collarbone. It was a disappointing end to the ProTour race for Crosbie who had been prominent in the daily breakaway efforts.

Oh! I can't believe this, there is a panda bear chasing me up the climb:
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As the peloton re-grouped following the crash it began to reel in the leaders, clearly timing its pursuit to coincide with the day's event's grueling Willunga climb. The gap dropped to 3.40 minutes by kilometre 96 before plummeting to 1.50 minutes over the following four kilometers.

As the peloton closed in, the lead group of five again contested the final beach-front sprint - which ended with the same placings as the first.

The peloton continued to hone-in on the lead group until the pair re-united just two kilometres outside of the Willunga start/finish, also the base of the day's race-shaping climb. At the peloton caught the escapees, with their day's work clearly done, Henderson and Galdos Alonso slipped out the rear of the peloton.

With the climb approaching and its rider Andre Greipel in prime position to take the general classification lead into tomorrow's criterium finish, Team High Road attacked the peloton. The bunch began to fracture as it climbed the short, steep Willunga hill.

Cofidis rider David Moncoutie was the first to climb 'the hill', a 400 metre ascent in less than five kilometres. The Frenchman was followed across the top by former Tour Down Under winner Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse D'Epargne) and Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux).

Germany's Andre Greipel (Team High Road)
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As expected the Willunga climb shattered the peloton, with a group of around 40 riders gathering out front on the descent while another group of around half the size was behind, with the remainder of the field minutes down.

Knowing its general classification hopes were strong, with Renshaw in the second group, Team High Road's Australian Time Trial champion Adam Hansen time trialed the lead group with Greipel over the entire remaining 15 kilometres, ensuring Renshaw lost the maximum amount of time. The increased speed saw some five riders fall off the back and hang between the two groups.

With the penultimate stage entering the massive finishing straight, Team High Road put the finishing touches on its day-long plan; setting Greipel up for the perfect sprint home. The German rider crossed the finish line a bike length clear of general classification rival Allan Davis (UniSA - Australia) and Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Saunier Duval-Scott) to win his third ProTour stage this week.

Some 41 riders finished in the lead group, with another five spread between it and the second group containing would-be overall contenders Renshaw and Graeme Brown (Rabobank), some 56 seconds back. A third major group came in 2.27 minutes down, led by Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole), before the final group of 30 riders crossed the line 11.48 minutes down.

Greipel's victory, and the 10 second time bonus that comes with it, puts the German into a seven second lead over Davis heading into tomorrow's 50 kilometre finale. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Caisse D'Epargne) holds third place on general classification some 20 seconds behind.

Photography

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Results

1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                         3.26.46
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                               
3 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott              
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                         
5 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                   
6 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Csc                                     
7 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           
8 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                     
9 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
10 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                    
11 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale                            
12 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                    
13 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone             
14 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                
15 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   
16 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                        
17 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre                                    
18 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                            
19 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                         
20 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Credit Agricole                              
21 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                   
22 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              
23 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi              
24 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                   
25 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                      
26 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                
27 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone              
28 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           
29 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana                             
30 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step                              
31 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram                                  
32 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                             
33 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                            
34 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                  
35 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step                                     
36 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                     
37 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            
38 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas                               
39 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                             
40 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                           
41 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas                            
42 Luke Roberts (Aus) Unisa - Australia                         0.21
43 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                0.23
44 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road                             0.33
45 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                           0.56
46 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                      
47 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                            
48 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Astana                                    
49 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                               
50 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R-La Mondiale                            
51 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Csc                                 
52 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road                                 
53 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                         
54 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                 
55 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unisa - Australia                           
56 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Csc                                   
57 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                        
58 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Csc                        
59 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step                                   
60 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road                             
61 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc                                    
62 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                         1.05
63 Theo Elltink (Ned) Rabobank                                  1.09
64 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                         1.13
65 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step                            1.18
66 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                          1.23
67 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            1.29
68 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             1.46
69 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                         2.27
70 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                         
71 Christian Murro (Ita) Lampre                                     
72 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           
73 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                  
74 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                               
75 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                      
76 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Credit Agricole                                
77 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                    
78 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Csc                                    
79 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
80 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step                               
81 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto                               
82 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        
83 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              
84 Pablo Lastras Garci (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                       
85 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre                                   
86 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                      
87 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                            
88 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre                                      
89 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
90 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone         
91 Sebastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           
92 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                    3.15
93 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                        8.47
94 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road                         11.48
95 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                
96 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       
97 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi               
98 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                   
99 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                               
100 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Silence-Lotto                             
101 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux                        
102 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                             
103 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                            
104 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road                             
105 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unisa - Australia                            
106 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                       
107 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                       
108 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc                              
109 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           
110 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                 
111 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                   
112 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto                               
113 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                  
114 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road                           
115 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                        
116 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre                                      
117 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank                                       
118 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                    
119 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
120 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                        
121 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre                                   
122 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   
123 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                               
124 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
125 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
126 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott                         
DNF Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram                       
DNF Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
DNS Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                    
 
Points
 
The Esplanade, Snapper Point (near Butterworth Road) - 58.8 km
 
1 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                6 pts
2 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                               4
3 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    2
 
The Esplanade, Snapper Point (near Butterworth Road) - 100.7 km
 
1 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                6 pts
2 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                               4
3 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    2
 
Finish Arch - Main Road, Willunga at Kell Street - 147.0 km
 
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                               8 pts
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                              6
3 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott             4
 
Mountains
 
Old Willunga Hill Road - Willunga - 127.4 km (14:14 Hours)
 
1 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           16 pts
2 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                    12
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                        8
4 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                            6
5 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                4
 
Teams
 
1 Francaise Des Jeux                                        10.20.18
2 Saunier Duval-Scott                                               
3 Liquigas                                                          
4 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                               
5 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                                  
6 Unisa - Australia                                                 
7 Silence-Lotto                                                     
8 Caisse D'epargne                                                  
9 Ag2R-La Mondiale                                              0.56
10 Astana                                                           
11 Quick Step                                                       
12 Team High Road                                               1.29
13 Team C S C                                                   1.52
14 Rabobank                                                     2.05
15 Credit Agricole                                              2.09
16 Team Milram                                                  3.32
17 Lampre                                                       4.54
18 Gerolsteiner                                                 5.09
19 Bouygues Telecom                                             8.47
 
General classification after stage 5
 
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                        16.55.18
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                           0.07
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                 0.20
4 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       0.24
5 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone              
6 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott          0.26
7 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                    
8 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                  0.28
9 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                              
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                    0.29
11 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Csc                                0.30
12 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale                            
13 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre                                    
14 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                            
15 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                
16 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                    
17 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                  
18 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                    
19 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   
20 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              
21 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
22 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Credit Agricole                              
23 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                        
24 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto                                
25 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                   
26 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                             
27 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto                                  
28 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step                                     
29 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi              
30 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                         
31 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas                            
32 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana                             
33 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step                              
34 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas                               
35 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone              
36 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                            
37 Luke Roberts (Aus) Unisa - Australia                         0.51
38 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                0.53
39 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                           1.02
40 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road                             1.03
41 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                  1.16
42 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                           1.22
43 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step                               1.26
44 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                 
45 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Csc                                   
46 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                         
47 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana                                        
48 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc                                    
49 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road                                 
50 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unisa - Australia                           
51 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                            
52 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Csc                        
53 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Csc                                 
54 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                         1.35
55 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step                            1.48
56 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                          2.13
57 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             2.16
58 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       2.52
59 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                     2.57
60 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                  
61 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne              
62 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
63 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre                                   
64 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Credit Agricole                                
65 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                            
66 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                    
67 Sebastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           
68 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
69 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step                               
70 Christian Murro (Ita) Lampre                                 3.34
71 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                  4.34
72 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           
73 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            
74 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                       5.00
75 Pablo Lastras Garci (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                   5.12
76 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                      
77 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R-La Mondiale                        5.30
78 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road                             
79 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram                              5.35
80 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            6.03
81 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Astana                                6.33
82 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone     7.01
83 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                               
84 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto                               
85 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Csc                                    
86 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana                                      
87 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        
88 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                             
89 Theo Elltink (Ned) Rabobank                                  7.31
90 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                         7.43
91 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                    8.15
92 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre                                  8.55
93 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                        9.16
94 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           12.12
95 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                       12.15
96 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                   12.16
97 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott                     12.18
98 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                               
99 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                             
100 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux                        
101 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc                              
102 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank                                       
103 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre                                      
104 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                      
105 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Silence-Lotto                             
106 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                 
107 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre                                   
108 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
109 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                  
110 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                          13.52
111 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                   14.06
112 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence-Lotto                             15.23
113 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road                      15.30
114 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road                        15.44
115 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                          15.45
116 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi              16.20
117 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto                          16.22
118 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi              
119 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                   
120 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road                        16.41
121 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    16.44
122 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                  16.48
123 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                               18.07
124 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                        18.21
125 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                   19.29
126 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unisa - Australia                       20.58
DNF Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram                       
DNF Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
DNS Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                    
 
Points
 
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road                              24 pts
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia                             24
3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole                              24
4 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                         12
5 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            12
6 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               12
7 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                          10
8 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          10
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                   10
10 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                    10
11 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                  8
12 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                              8
13 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         8
14 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           6
15 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott            4
16 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                    4
17 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                       4
18 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   4
19 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                        4
20 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                    4
21 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                            4
22 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                       2
23 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                           2
 
Mountains
 
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                       38 pts
2 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           22
3 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                           18
4 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                         16
5 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                  16
6 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                        16
7 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas                                  12
8 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne                    12
9 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        12
10 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                         12
11 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road                          12
12 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc                                   8
13 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                       8
14 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          8
15 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                            6
16 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone        6
17 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto                               4
18 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         4
 
Under 25
 
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne             16.55.38
2 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       0.04
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa - Australia                          0.08
4 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto                             0.10
5 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                     
6 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                    
7 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa - Australia                              
8 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas                             
9 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'Epargne                             
10 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step                               1.06
11 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                          1.53
12 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       2.32
13 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner              2.37
14 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step                               
15 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone       4.14
16 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            5.43
17 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone     6.41
18 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        
19 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                         7.23
20 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           11.52
21 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa - Australia                   11.56
22 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux                    11.58
23 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc                               
24 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre                                   
25 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi          16.02
26 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale                    19.09
 
Teams
 
1 Francaise Des Jeux                                        10.20.18
2 Saunier Duval-Scott                                               
3 Liquigas                                                          
4 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                               
5 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                                  
6 Unisa - Australia                                                 
7 Silence-Lotto                                                     
8 Caisse D'epargne                                                  
9 Ag2R-La Mondiale                                              0.56
10 Astana                                                           
11 Quick Step                                                       
12 Team High Road                                               1.29
13 Team C S C                                                   1.52
14 Rabobank                                                     2.05
15 Credit Agricole                                              2.09
16 Team Milram                                                  3.32
17 Lampre                                                       4.54
18 Gerolsteiner                                                 5.09
19 Bouygues Telecom                                             8.47

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