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Clasica San Sebastian - CDM

Spain, August 9, 2003

Results    Live report    World Cup standings

Bettini, back to Basque!

Italian champion takes second win in one week, assumes World Cup lead

By Chris Henry

Three for Bettini
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What to say about Quick.Step-Davitamon's Paolo Bettini? One week after an aggressive race in Hamburg, where after several attacks he still had the force to outsprint four dangerous breakaway companions, the Italian national champion did it again Sunday, making all the right moves and finishing off with a powerful sprint to take the win in San Sebastian ahead of Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo). In claiming the Clasica San Sebastian, Bettini also assumed the overall lead in the World Cup. Previous leader Peter Van Petegem failed to gain any points on a parcours that did not suit his talents, but dropped only to second in the series standings ahead of Michael Boogerd.

"I'm quite satisfied with my race, and the work done by the team," Bettini commented after his win. "I think I've done a lot to deserve this victory, and I can look ahead to the next races with a certain amount of serenity. Next Sunday at Zurich I would like to finish this amazing month of August with another great performance to take advantage of my good form."

Bettini once again used brains and brawn to take his third World Cup win of the season. He helped create the final selection and weed out the pretenders on the Cat. 1 climb of the Jaizkibel, kept the pace high in the ten man break that moved clear after the summit, and when the break's cohesiveness began to disappear on the outskirts of San Sebastian, Bettini was not afraid to attack with 15km left to race, sensing a 'now or never' moment.

Only Basso was able to mark the decisive attack at the right moment, although he clearly lacked the power of Bettini, content to sit on Bettini's wheel, seldom having the strength to pull through for more than a few seconds. Bettini wasn't phased, however, and clearly trusted his own abilities to both lead the attack and still put in a fast finish.

Basso hangs on
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The Clasica San Sebastian was this year an Italian affair, with Danilo Di Luca (Saeco), Francesco Casagrande (Lampre), and Andrea Noe (Alessio) rounding out the top five. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), second last week in Hamburg, finished seventh behind the best Basque of the day, Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

Casagrande also raced aggressively and was clearly in form, and he too was quick to show his frustration when the wind began to go out of the break's sails with less than 20km to race. As riders fetched bottles from the team cars and began to watch each other, Casagrande motioned to the others to keep working, knowing the chase was on behind. A former winner of the race, Casagrande would no doubt be frustrated to see Bettini profit from the break's loss of organisation, and despite a strong chase with Di Luca and Noe, he could neither reel in Bettini, nor stand much of a chance to beat Di Luca in a sprint for the final step on the podium.

How it unfolded

Virtually from the start, the attacks began. A small group was able to move clear after 11km of racing, featuring Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (iBanesto.com), Jorg Jaksche (ONCE-Eroski), Leif Hoste (Lotto-Domo), and Nicolas Portal (Ag2r). The quartet quickly gained a substantial advantage, which reached a maximum of 15'30 by the foot of the third climb of the day, the Alto De Azkarate. By the summit of the following Cat. 2 climb, the Alto De Udana, it was clear the quartet would have to work awfully hard to keep the peloton at bay.

After toiling in the heat all day along with his three breakaway companions, Garcia Acosta decided to take his chances on his own, and attacked the lead group with just under 60km to race on the small climb of the Alto De Gaintxurizketa. His move worked, at least as far as dropping the other three riders was concerned. The peloton by this point was within five minutes of the break, and as Garcia Acosta headed to the foot of the typically decisive Jaizkibel, the favourites were getting ready for the big battle to come.

The Saeco and Cofidis teams took the responsibility of chasing. Saeco in particular had several cards to play with Astarloa, Celestino, and Di Luca, while David Millar was Cofidis' leader for the race and riding strongly near the front to stay in position. Rabobank soon joined in the chase as well, thinking primarily of Michael Boogerd, who before the race began sat in striking distance of the World Cup lead.

Jaksche, Hoste, and Portal were absorbed by the fast-moving peloton just before the foot of the Jaizkibel, as Garcia Acosta tried to hold onto his dwindling advantage just two minutes ahead. As Quick.Step's Paolo Bettini and Richard Virenque forced the pace, Garcia Acosta was swept up by the shattering peloton, and the real race was set to begin.

Bettini, through a combination of attacks and steady pace-setting, managed to whittle the field down to the core favourites, and by the summit of the Jaizkibel just 10 riders were together, including Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo), Michael Rasmussen and Michael Boogerd (Rabobank), Danilo Di Luca (Saeco), Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Luis Perez (Cofidis), Francesco Casagrande (Lampre), Andrea Noe (Alessio), and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner). With one poorly negotiated turn, Boogerd lost contact with this group, leaving nine men to work out their chances before San Sebastian.

The elite group consolidated its position on the descent of the Jaizkibel, and Boogerd eventually rejoined the leaders, but a certain amount of diligence would be necessary to keep the peloton from rejoining in the last 30km to San Sebastian. As riders took a last opportunity to grab bottles from their team cars and talk strategy, Bettini knew the moment had come to take his chances, as the chase groups behind were too close to allow for any leeway up front. On the final climb, the Alto De Gurutze, Bettini surged ahead, and only Basso could reach his back wheel.

Back in stripes
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The move was perfect, and although Basso had nothing to offer Bettini over the last 10km, the two managed to hold off Casagrande's desperate chase, coming home 20" clear of the first chase group. Bettini pulled almost the whole distance, lead out the sprint, and Basso simply had no answer. With another 100 World Cup points in the bag, Bettini now leads Van Petegem by 97 points, and Boogerd by 136. Next week's race in Zurich, round eight of the ten race World Cup, could offer Bettini yet another chance to prove his dominance and extend his series lead. Fortunes change quickly in the World Cup, however, and the Italian's lead is anything but secure.

"The World Cup is not yet won, and before taking a break and preparing for the World Championships in Hamilton, I'd like to gain some more ground on my closest rivals," Bettini noted.


Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Images by AFP/Rafa Rivas

  • Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon) easily outsprints Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) to the line. To his delight, Bettini not only won the race, but took over the lead in the World Cup from Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo).
  • Il Grillo uncorked - Popular Paolo lets fly with the champagne as he celebrates his second WC victory in as many weeks and his third for the year.

Results - 227 km

1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                       5.44.42 (39.51 km/h)
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                        
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco                                   0.20
4 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                                     
5 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Alessio                                         0.23
6 Gorka Gerrikagoitia Arrien (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                0.33
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                    
8 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                    0.34
9 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                  0.37
10 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                        1.53
11 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Team Saeco                                   1.54
12 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                          
13 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick.Step-Davitamon                          
14 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Saeco                                     
15 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor             
16 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                              
17 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Domina Vacanze-Elitron          
18 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                            
19 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre                                        
20 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 
21 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick.Step-Davitamon                          
22 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                              
23 David De La Fuente (Spa) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                        
24 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                      
25 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
26 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                         
27 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance                            
28 Francisco José Lara Ruiz (Spa) Team Bianchi                          
29 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
30 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                    
31 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com                               
32 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   
33 David Latasa Lasa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                           
34 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                
35 Mikel Artetxe Gezuraga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
36 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone             
37 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                   
38 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                
39 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                                         
40 Angel Luis Casero Moreno (Spa) Team Bianchi                          
41 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                     
42 José Azevedo (Por) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                                   
43 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                       
44 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom                                  
45 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                        
46 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) iBanesto.com                             
47 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa) Team Bianchi                              
48 Santiago Blanco Gil (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                  
49 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio                               6.50
50 Christian Wegmann                                                    
51 Yan Tournier (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
52 Lennie Kristensen (Den) Team CSC                                     
53 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                      
54 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                                       
55 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC                                      
56 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                 
57 Joaquin Lopez Torrella (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria              
58 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                        
59 Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) Ag2r-Prevoyance                      
60 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                        
61 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                       
62 Davide Frattini (Ita) Alessio                                        
63 Juan Dominguez                                                       
64 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio                                    
65 Marco Milesi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                              
66 Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) Team CSC                                
67 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                        
68 Jorge Ferrio Luque (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria                  
69 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                         
70 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team CSC                                        
71 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                     
72 Mario Aerts (Bel) Team Telekom                                       
73 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                           
74 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                                   
75 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                          
76 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                          
77 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom                                  
78 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                   
79 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
80 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                    
81 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal presented by Berry Floor          
82 Oscar Mason (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                               
83 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                    
84 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Bianchi                                   
85 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                        
86 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   
87 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                         
88 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                                    
89 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
90 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole                         12.05
91 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal presented by Berry Floor               
92 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
93 Benoît Joachim (Lux) US Postal presented by Berry Floor              
94 Carlos Torrent Tarres (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria               
95 José Antonio Garrido (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria                
96 Daniel Atienza Urendez (Spa) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone         
97 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               
98 Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                       
99 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone      
100 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                                 
101 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
102 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
103 Rafael Casero Moreno (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria               
104 José Antonio Pecharroman Fabian (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria    
105 Francisco Javier Cerezo Perales (Spa) Labarca-2-Café Baqué          
106 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                
107 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        
108 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  
109 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
110 Thorsten Rund (Ger) Team Bianchi                                    
111 José Luis Martinez (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria                 
112 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                        
113 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                    
114 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
115 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                     
116 Marcos Antonio Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski              
117 Nacor Burgos Rojo (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada                   
118 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) iBanesto.com                             
119 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                 
120 Jan Hruska (Cze) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                                    
121 Santos Gonzalez Capilla (Spa) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                
122 Domingo José Sanchez Segado (Spa) Paternina-Costa de Almeria        
123 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                           
124 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
125 Felix M. Garcia Casas (Spa) Team Bianchi
126 Juan Miguel Mercado Martin (Spa) iBanesto.com                       
127 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom                                     
128 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                             
129 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                           
130 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                       
131 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 
132 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com                                 
133 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Telekom                                 
134 Eddy Ratti (Ita) Lampre                                             
135 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                
136 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                              
137 Jose Mastre Rodriguez (Spa) Colchon Relax-Fuenlabrada
138 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
139 Adolfo Garcia Quesada (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                      
140 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio                                      
141 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Credit Agricole                            16.46
142 Gonzalo Bayarri Esteve (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems            24.56
143 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                          25.51
Alto De Gurutze  - Cat. 3                                               
1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             3 pts
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       2
3 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                                    1
Alto De Jaizkibel  - Cat. 1                                             
1 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                                   10 pts
2 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                       8
3 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       6
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco                                      4
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                   2
6 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             1
Alto De Udana  - Cat. 2                                                 
1 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 6 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        4
3 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          2
Alto De Azkarate  - Cat. 2                                              
1 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 6 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        4
3 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          2
Alto De Garate  - Cat. 2                                                
1 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 6 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        4
3 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          2
Alto De Orio - Zudugarai  - Cat. 3                                      
1 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        3 pts
2 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                                   2
3 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 1
Mountains classification
1 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                19 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                       15
3 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                                   11
4 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       8
5 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                       8
6 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          6
7 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                                   5
8 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             4
9 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco                                      4
10 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  2
Metas Volantes
1 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          3 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        2
3 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 1
1 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          3 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        2
3 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 1
1 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          3 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        2
3 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 1
1 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        3 pts
2 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                       2
3 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                                    1
1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             3 pts
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       2
3 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                                    1
Metas volantes classification
1 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                          9 pts
2 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                        9
3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                             3
4 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                 3
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       2
6 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                       2
7 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                                    1
8 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                                    1

Longest breakaway
1 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com                      130 pts
First Basque rider
1 Gorka Gerrikagoitia Arrien (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

World Cup standings after round 7

1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                           300 pts
2 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                 203  
3 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                     164  
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                 151  
5 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Saeco                                   138  
6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco                                    124  
7 Dario Pieri (Ita) Team Saeco                                       117  
8 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                                  108  
9 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                            100  
10 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                                      86  
11 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                     86  
12 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     85  
13 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio                                        83  
14 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Credit Agricole                               74  
15 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal presented by Berry Floor        74  
16 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                            73  
17 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Team Saeco                                     71  
18 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                      68  
19 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo                                 64  
20 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Bianchi                                     50  
21 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJeux.com                                  46  
22 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Alessio                                          46  
23 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom                                44  
24 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                  43  
25 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                                        40  
26 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                       40  
27 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                  40  
28 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                       40  
29 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Team CSC                                         36  
30 Gorka Gerrikagoitia Arrien (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 32  
31 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor           30  
32 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com                                    30  
33 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick.Step-Davitamon                          28  
34 Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                   28  
35 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                      27  
36 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Team Saeco                                    26  
37 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom                                24  
38 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                     24  
39 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                24  
40 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre                                      22  
41 Guido Trenti (USA) Fassa Bortolo                                   21  
42 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                          21  
43 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom                                      20  
44 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                          20  
45 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                   20  
46 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Saeco                                      17  
47 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                          16  
48 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                                     16  
49 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                        16  
50 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        16  
51 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                                       15  
52 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                          15  
53 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  15  
54 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) FDJeux.com                                     14  
55 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                        14  
56 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                     14  
57 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick.Step-Davitamon                        13  
58 Damien Nazon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                          13  
59 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Team Saeco                                13  
60 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    13  
61 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                  12  
62 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank                                     12  
63 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                       12  
64 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor           11  
65 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                              10  
66 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                               10  
67 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                                    10  
68 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com                             9  
69 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre                                     9  
70 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Domina Vacanze-Elitron         9  
71 Roger Hammond (GBr) Palmans-Collstrop                               9  
72 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                     9  
73 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                                            8  
74 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                 8  
75 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                     7  
76 Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC                                          7  
77 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Alessio                                       6  
78 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                6  
79 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC                                      5  
80 Stefan Kupfernagel (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                     5  
81 Fabien De Waele (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                             4  
82 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski                             4  
83 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                          4  
84 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Alessio                                        3  
85 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal presented by Berry Floor           3  
86 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               3  
87 David De La Fuente (Spa) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                       3  
88 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                     2  
89 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI                        2  
90 Michael Skelde (Den) Team fakta                                     2 

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