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104th Paris-Roubaix - PT
France, April 9, 2006
The mean machine takes first Roubaix win for CSC
Boonen finally beaten; Hincapie's hopes snap with steerer tube
By Hedwig Kröner and Jeff Jones in Roubaix
An outstanding time triallist got the better of all other favourites at Paris-Roubaix today: After an attack placed at the right moment, Fabian Cancellara beat his fellow favourites in one impressive final solo effort. With 19 kilometres to go, the tall Swiss shattered the World Champion's hopes of a 'double triple', and everybody else's, too.
In a chaotic finale, three riders were disqualified for a 'race incident' - a railway crossing, which later blocked Tom Boonen et al., had already turned to red lights as the two Discovery riders Hoste and Gusev, as well as Davitamon's Van Petegem crossed it. And Discovery's George Hincapie received the worst fate of all: his steerer tube snapped with 45 kilometres to go, and the American ended up on the side of the road, unhurt but crying as he saw the lead group drive away.
"I'm so happy, I can't find the words to describe it," said Cancellara after the podium celebration, carrying the famous Paris-Roubaix cobble in his hands, and barely able to keep his eyes dry. "The last time I felt this way was when I won the Tour de France prologue, but I can't find the words. I believed in myself from the start, and I think I was probably the best rider here today. I felt that the others were in difficulty, so I waited for the right moment to attack - Gusev was in my wheel though, and I knew I had to shake him off it to get to the velodrome on my own. I want to give a big thanks to my team; it wouldn't have been possible to win without them."
Team director Scott Sunderland was also very emotional, as he told Cyclingnews. "I told him to wait a little bit longer but he wanted to go for it, so I said OK. Sometimes you can't hold him back - you feel it as a rider, too; you can't always make your DS happy, you have to go with your gut feeling, too. He's got a great feeling for the race itself."
What should have been Quick.Step's masterpiece started with a hiccup: the World Champion was isolated after the first big selection was made in the Arenberg forest. While Discovery had three riders in the front group, and other squads were also present with two riders each, Boonen found himself alone in the leading group. At first, Quick.Step DS Wilfried Peeters ordered his riders to chase back on to the leaders around Boonen, but after talking to last year's winner on the batphone, the Belgian team changed its mind.
"It could have been the same for us," Sunderland commented. "We were lucky to have Lars there too, and Discovery had three there, before they unfortunately lost Hincapie. The more teammates you got, the more help you have, so yes, maybe they lost the race there."
Tom Boonen ended up second, thanks to the disqualifications, but said, "I'm not happy with it. It was not deserved, I was dropped. I wasn't as super as I was last week in the Ronde, but good enough to win. I spent too much energy unnecessarily. I nearly crashed and felt cramp after that. I'm choked with dust. It was stressful all the time.
"I'm not disappointed: It's good that everyone realises that I'm not a robot. Losing can be a better lesson than winning."
Leif Hoste (Discovery Channel) was definitely not happy with the commissaires' decision to disqualify him. "This is ridiculous. They had 15 km to tell us, but no-one did that. The crossing closed just before we got there. They should have said something to us in the race, but not after. It's definitely against the sprit of the race. What can you do? Protest against the UCI? I don't think that it will do anything."
When asked about the disqualification of his riders, Johan Bruyneel (Discovery) told Cyclingnews afterwards, "I don't know what happened as I didn't see it. But it's definitely unacceptable for a race like Paris-Roubaix to be decided on a railway crossing. There should be enough parcours alternatives for the finale. A race like Paris-Roubaix doesn't deserve (an incident like that). It's unacceptable in professional sport."
A spokesman for organisers ASO admitted to Cyclingnews that, "It's an unpredictable accident de la course. The race was 15 minutes ahead of schedule and usually, we plan the route by considering the train schedule. But it was unpredicted that the race would be so fast."
How it unfolded
194 riders left the confines of Compiegne at 10:50am, under sunny skies and moderate winds blowing from the northwest - conditions that would accompany them all the way to Roubaix. Thierry Marichal (Cofidis) didn't start, suffering from stomach problems. Earlier in the morning, 29 riders from Liquigas, Gerolsteiner, Team LPR and Saunier Duval were blood tested, with all being declared fit to start.
As usual, it was a fast getaway and Marc De Maar (Rabobank) and Tristan Valentin (Cofidis) had the honours of initiating the attacks after 17 km, followed by Stephan Schreck (T-Mobile). But everything came to naught with a healthy 47.1 km covered in the first hour. The problems for Discovery Channel began early with George Hincapie crashing after 31 km. He returned to the peloton, shaken more than anything else, but it was not to be his day.
The break that stuck eventually came after 62 km, when Joost Posthuma (Rabobank), Nicolas Portal (Caisse d'Epargne), Stephan Schreck (T-Mobile) and Dmitri Konyshev (LPR) accelerated away, building a lead of 20 seconds. After 85 km, a chase group formed with Marco Righetto (Liquigas), Stephane Berges (Agritubel) and Iker Flores, who trailed the four leaders by 50 seconds through Busigny.
By the time the race reached the first of 27 sectors of pavé at Troisvilles (km 97), the four leaders had 1'20 on the three chasers and 2'05 on the bunch. Frank Hoj (Gerolsteiner) attacked the peloton and managed to bridge up as far as the chase group, but got no further. At the halfway point (km 130), the gap between the peloton and the lead break was up to 4'48, before T-Mobile, Discovery, Davitamon and Quick.Step began to work to close it down. But Davitamon lost one rider when Tom Steels crashed and broke his collarbone after clipping De Jongh's wheel after 127 km.
The inevitable race for position before the Arenberg Forest (km 163) started, and that spelled doom for the four chasers and also cut down the leaders' advantage rapidly. In front, Portal crashed on a sharp right hander and had to chase back on, while in the peloton, Sebastian Minard (Cofidis) crashed in exactly the same place. Gent-Wevelgem winner Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) was also having problems, puncturing twice and taking himself out of contention.
Quick.Step in particular made the most out of the race to the Arenberg, but maybe gambled too much on Tom Boonen. By the time the bunch reached the Forest, it was less than a minute behind the four leaders. Tom Boonen led the way onto the feared 2.4 km sector, with Hincapie, Steegmans and Cancellara all well placed. Then the CSC man took over and he was first to sweep by Posthuma, Schreck and Portal.
By the end of the sector, the damage had been done and 17 riders were left in front: Van Petegem, Steegmans (Davitamon), Hincapie, Gusev, Hoste (Discovery), Cancellara, Michaelsen (CSC), Boonen (Quick.Step), Wesemann, Schreck (T-Mobile), Guesdon, Eisel (FDJ), Posthuma, Flecha (Rabobank), Portal (Caisse d'Epargne), Ballan, Franzoi (Lampre). Boonen was surprisingly alone, and although his Quick.Step teammates mounted a serious chase behind to try to get Pozzato up front, it was to no avail, and the captain was left to fend for himself.
Early breakaways Schreck and Posthuma were the first to be dropped from the lead group, then Franzoi, and then Portal yo-yoed off the back on every cobbled section before eventually losing the group. In front, Flecha was particularly aggressive, putting in numerous accelerations on the cobbles to try to tire the others out.
Lars Michaelsen did a ton of work for his team leader Cancellara over many of the next sectors of cobbles, while Boonen looked to be riding a smart race and was never out of the top six. Discovery was the only team with three up front: Hincapie, Hoste and Gusev, and the cards were definitely in their favour for a while.
On sector 11 with 57 km to go, Flecha put in a strong acceleration that succeeded in gapping Wesemann and Steegmans, who were fraying at the edges. On the 3 km sector 10 at Mons-en-Pévèle (km 47), Cancellara attacked, causing more pain behind. Then came the disaster for Discovery: George Hincapie's aluminium steerer tube broke and he was left riding rudderless on the cobbles. He crashed on his right side, and although comparatively unhurt, had to watch the race go away without him. His Paris-Roubaix dream was over for another year.
There was no waiting around either. Flecha and Boonen upped the tempo, before Cancellara, Ballan and Van Petegem reacted. At the end of the sector, Flecha was off the back with Hoste, Gusev and Eisel, chasing the other four. They were able to return just after sector 9, and there were eight leaders: Van Petegem (Davitamon), Cancellara (CSC), Ballan (Lampre), Boonen (Quick.Step), Gusev, Hoste (Discovery), Flecha (Rabobank) and Eisel (FDJ).
On the pave at Cysoing (km 230), Gusev tumbled on a corner, bringing Ballan down as well. Both riders were able to rejoin the break, although Gusev took the longest time to do so. He managed it just before Camphin-en Pévèle (sector 5, km 239), and straight away took the lead. The others let him go, but Cancellara saw his chance and powered across to the Russian, the pair opening up a 10 second gap at the end of the cobbles.
Cancellara kept powering in front as he reached the Carrefour de l'Arbre, and with a strong ride on the sharp cobbles, he dropped Gusev for good. The break had split behind with Hoste and Van Petegem joining Gusev, and Boonen, Flecha and Ballan chasing another 10 seconds behind. Cancellara was now on his own and headed for victory, with his main opponent being possible misfortune.
The Swiss was lucky today though: he reached a train crossing at 10 km to go with a 30 second lead over the three chasers. But when they got there, the barriers had already come down to signal a train coming. They ducked through them and continued chasing, losing 10 seconds, but ultimately their positions in the race after the commissaires disqualified them. Boonen's group had to wait anyway, as the train was already upon them, but technically they went through when the barriers were lowered too - albeit after the train had passed.
It was clear at this stage that Cancellara wasn't going to be caught. He pushed his advantage even more - out to a minute - over the final 10 km, and entered the hallowed Roubaix velodrome to a huge cheer with enough time to celebrate as he did his one and a half laps of the track. He finished even before the next trio came in, and was already savouring the biggest win of his life in the centre of the velodrome when Hoste beat Van Petegem for second, with Gusev taking fourth. Boonen comfortably won his group sprint for fifth ahead of Ballan and Flecha, but had no idea that the positions would change later.
Less than 10 minutes after the race, the judges' decision became known: Hoste, Van Petegem and Gusev were all disqualified for running the barrier, meaning that Boonen was elevated to second and Ballan third. None of them were particularly happy with the outcome, but that didn't take anything away from Fabian Cancellara, who was by far the best man in the race today.
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1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 6.07.54 (42.239 km/h) 2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 1.49 3 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 4 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank 5 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française des Jeux 3.25 6 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team 5.35 7 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux 6.31 8 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 6.44 9 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux 10 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 6.45 11 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank 6.49 12 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram 13 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic 14 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto 15 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic 16 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Skil-Shimano 17 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com 18 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 19 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC 20 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Unibet.com 21 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 22 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Team 23 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 24 Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 25 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 26 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 27 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram 28 Henk Vogels (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 29 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 30 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram 31 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC 32 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 33 Jérémy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com 34 Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas 35 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 36 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 37 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 38 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 39 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel 40 Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner 41 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel 42 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team 43 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC 44 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic 45 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram 46 Martin Müller (Swi) Team Milram 47 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance 48 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole 49 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 50 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 51 Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 52 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 53 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel 54 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 55 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 56 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 57 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 58 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 59 Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic 60 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank 7.24 61 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 9.32 62 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole 10.53 63 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank 11.18 64 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) AG2R Prevoyance 13.13 65 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Skil-Shimano 15.58 66 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com 67 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 16.44 68 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner 19.07 69 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems 19.20 70 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Française des Jeux 71 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prevoyance 72 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Team L.P.R. 73 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner 74 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 75 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole 76 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Saunier Duval-Prodir 77 Koen De Kort (Ned) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team 78 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 79 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team 80 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 81 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 82 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 83 Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 84 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Agritubel 85 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 86 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Française des Jeux 87 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 88 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 89 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 90 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Skil-Shimano 91 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 92 Kevin Neyrinck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 93 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas 94 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Agritubel 95 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 96 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 97 Bas Giling (Ned) T-Mobile Team 98 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance 99 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano 100 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team 101 Gilles Canouet (Fra) Agritubel 102 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 19.32 103 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R. 104 Dimitri Konyshev (Rus) Team L.P.R. 19.36 105 Rik Reinerink (Ned) Skil-Shimano 19.38 106 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 107 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 108 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Liquigas 109 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Unibet.com 30.56 110 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 111 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Unibet.com 34.34 112 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems Time cut (hors delai) HD Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano HD Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas HD Lenaïc Olivier (Fra) Agritubel HD Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC Disqualified DSQ Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto DSQ Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DSQ Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Did not finish DNF Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF John Gadret (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance DNF Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance DNF Carlos Zarate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram DNF Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone DNF Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone DNF Aaron Olsen (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Peter Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Charles Dionne (Can) Saunier Duval-Prodir DNF Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone DNF Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF Unai Uribarri (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF Iban Mayoz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF David Herrero (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi DNF Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram DNF Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R Prevoyance DNF Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Skil-Shimano DNF Michele Maccanti (Ita) Team L.P.R. DNF Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Team L.P.R. DNF Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team L.P.R. DNF Gene Michael Bates (Aus) Team L.P.R. DNF Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Jean Paul Simon (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.com DNF David Boucher (Fra) Unibet.com DNF Benoit Sinner (Fra) Agritubel DNF Nicola Loda (Ita) Liquigas DNF Francesco Failli (Ita) Liquigas DNF Daniele Colli (Ita) Liquigas DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance DNF Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram DNF Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital DNF Tom Steels (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto DNF Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC DNF Christian Müller (Ger) Team CSC DNF Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank DNF Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team DNF Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital DNF David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital DNF Carlos Abellan (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team DNF Bram Schmitz (Ned) T-Mobile Team DNF Andre Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team DNF Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux DNF Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux DNF Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Française des Jeux DNF Aleixei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears DNF José Cayetano Julia Cegarra (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears DNF Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole DNF Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole DNF Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole DNF Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole DNF Ivan Santos (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team DNF Eladio Sanchez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team DNF Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team DNF Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team DNF Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team DNF George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic 129 pts 2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 105 3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 84 4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 72 5 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse D'epargne-Illes Balears 71 6 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic 70 7 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 60 8 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 59 9 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir 53 10 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 52 11 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 51 12 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital 48 13 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse D'epargne-Illes Balears 46 14 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 44 15 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 42 16 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros - Würth Team 40 17 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas 35 18 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française Des Jeux 32 19 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner 30 20 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank 30 21 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile Team 30 22 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 30 23 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 30 24 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Liberty Seguros - Würth Team 29 25 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 29 26 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 26 27 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 25 28 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 25 29 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 23 30 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 22 31 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic 21 32 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team 20 33 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 15 34 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 15 35 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas 15 36 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 15 37 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 15 38 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC 15 39 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 10 40 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 10 41 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole 10 42 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros - Würth Team 9 43 Erki Pütsep (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance 5 44 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux 5 45 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 5 46 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team 5 47 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 5 48 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Liberty Seguros - Würth Team 5 49 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram 4 50 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 3 51 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 3 52 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 3 53 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse D'epargne-Illes Balears 3 54 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 3 55 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 2 56 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto 2 57 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 2 58 Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 2 59 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital 2 60 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 2 61 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 2 62 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir 2 63 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 2 64 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 2 65 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 1 66 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1 67 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1 68 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir 1 69 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir 1 70 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1 71 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 1 72 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux 1 Teams 1 Team CSC 95 pts 2 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 93 3 Gerolsteiner 93 4 Quick Step - Innergetic 91 5 Rabobank 85 6 Phonak Hearing Systems 82 7 Lampre-Fondital 80 8 Davitamon-Lotto 78 9 T-Mobile Team 77 10 Liberty Seguros - Würth Team 73 11 Caisse D'epargne-Illes Balears 73 12 Française Des Jeux 67 13 Team Milram 66 14 Credit Agricole 63 15 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 62 16 Saunier Duval - Prodir 44 17 Euskaltel - Euskadi 43 18 Bouygues Telecom 38 19 Liquigas 27 20 Ag2R Prevoyance 26 Nations 1 Italy 312 pts 2 Spain 277 3 Belgium 213 4 United States Of America 119 5 Switzerland 112 6 Germany 109 7 Netherlands 108 8 Norway 45 9 Austria 32 10 France 26 11 Luxembourg 25 12 Australia 22 13 Portugal 22 14 Kazakhstan 5 15 Estonia 5 16 Russian Federation 2