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26th Clasica San Sebastian - ProT

Spain, August 12, 2006

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Florencio flourishes on home soil

Bouygues Telecom rider surprises top favourites in taking career-best win

By Shane Stokes in San Sebastián, with additional reporting from Jeff Jones

Xavier Florencio (Bouygues Telecom)
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Spanish rider Xavier Florencio spent a lot of time in the Basque region as an amateur, riding many races here, but he admitted after today's Clásica San Sebastián that victory here was outside even his own high expectations. "If somebody told me this morning that I was going to win, I would have laughed," he told the media at the post-race press conference. Yet win he did, the 26 year old Bouygues Telecom rider unleashing a long but very powerful sprint to hold off 50 other riders on the flat, twisting finale down the Avenida de la Zurriola.

Florencio kicked for home with over 200 metres to go but in doing so was able to take the perfect – in other words, most direct – line along the curving run in to the line. Kazakh champion Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) was right on his wheel and looked set to come by, but despite a perfect leadout he couldn't match the Spaniard's raw strength. Neither could Italian rider Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas), who got by Kashechkin before the flag but could do nothing against Florencio, who romped home to take what was easily his biggest career win.

The Spanish rider has in the past achieved results such as 5th in both the Eneco Tour and the Tour of Valencia, as well as 18th in the Tour of Flanders plus 21st and 25th in editions of Milan San Remo, but nothing compared to what he did today. Even his recent good form in the Tour de L'Ain, where he was second on stage 1 and third overall, didn't give any real indication that he could top the podium in such a prestigious one day race. However the bunch contained plenty of strong riders who finished behind him, reflecting the power of his sprint and the quality of his win.

Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas)
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The vanquished include the likes of Garzelli and Kashechkin, as well as Mirko Celestino (Lampre, 6th), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears, 8th), George Hincapie (Discovery Channel, 9th), Denis Menchov (Rabobank, 15th), Frank Schleck (CSC, 21st), Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank, 28th), Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana-Wurth, 39th), Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas, 40th), Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner, 43rd), Carlos Sastre (CSC, 45th) and Iban Mayo (Euskaltel, 46th). Of these, Menchov, Sastre and Mayo were the most impressive, ripping clear on the first category Alto de Jaizkibel with 35 kilometres to go and holding a 24 second lead over the other big riders. However they were ultimately no more successful than the earlier long distance move by Yon Bru (Kaiku), being brought back inside the final five kilometres and setting things up for a mini-bunch finish.

Vinokourov did what he could to spoil the gallopers' party, surging with three kilometres to go, but he was hauled back. Valverde then tried to get ready for a big result on his return to competition but he and Hincapie both found themselves in the wrong place in a somewhat chaotic sprint. Florencio had no such worries, staying out of trouble by leading from the front and surprising many – maybe even himself – in being able to hold on until the line.

The podium
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"The sprint was very nervous. With 600 metres to go I went for it. It worked out very well and I am very happy to succeed and take this win," the beaming Spaniard told the press after the finish. "This result is very satisfying for me. I was the leader of the team for this race and I waited all day for my moment. When I reached the finish in a group of 50 riders I was ready to go for it, and it worked out perfectly."

Kashechkin said he was happy to take third place, a result which equals his podium finish in the Deutschland Tour. "I am very satisfied because we have done a great race", he stated. "The team is obtaining great results in recent competitions and it is very important for our future ".

His only complaint about the race was the actions of some Basque protestors, who blocked the road on the Jaizkibel. "After 3 kilometres of climb a few individuals stopped the race momentarily. Because of it Mayo, Sastre and Menchov went ahead," he stated. However, although the chase may have been impeded, those three riders were undoubtedly riding very strongly and got clear thanks to their own firepower.

Valverde was making his return after breaking his collarbone in the Tour de France. Despite his lack of racing, he impressed greatly and could possibly have won had his sprint worked out better.

Alajendro Valverde
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"I had very good sensations during the whole day", he said. "I am really satisfied because it was a very fast race and I was well able to compete, even if I started without having the rhythm of competition in my legs. I rode the whole race in front and that is of course an excellent signal before the Tour of Spain. That starts two weeks from now from Malaga and that gives me time to find the perfect condition."

He said the final kilometre was chaotic. "The sprint was a really crazy one. In the last curve I tried to pass on the right side but I was blocked in and after that it was no longer possible for me to come back in front. I feel very sorry because my teammates did a fantastic job today and they really deserved a win to crown it. Anyway I really want to thank them for what they did for me today."

Compatriot Mikel Astarloza (AG2R Prévoyance) was one of the first to attack today and ultimately placed 26th. He said it was a tough day in the saddle. "It was a very, very hard race but it was a special race because I live here," he told Cyclingnews just after the finish. "It was very difficult and it was a very good rider who won.

"I was in the front group and that was good for the team. I tried to attack but it was too difficult."

His team-mate Simon Gerrans was also quite pleased with how he rode. "The race was good, actually," he said. "It was pretty windy, that last bit. For my first real hard race back after the Tour, I was pretty happy with how things went.

"I was in the main group until the Jaizkibel. There was a protest after about 2 or 3 kilometres and that caused a big split in pretty much the whole front group. It was Basque spectators, they blocked the road. Otherwise I was alright. I ended up going over the top in the third group or something, then that was it. But I will keep building form from here."

David Millar rode the race with dossard number one, thanks to the victory last year of Saunier Duval rider Constantino Zaballa. He said before the start that he was hoping for a strong ride, but despite his strong motivation, faded on the first category climb and came home 97th. "I just didn't have the legs on the Jaizkibel," he admitted. "The race went to bits on it. Between now and the Vuelta I will get in some training and then take it easy just before the race. I'd like to go for a stage win there."

How it unfolded

The peloton
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At 11:30 on a relatively cool (21 degrees) August morning, 172 riders left San Sebastian for their 225 km round trip. Six categorised climbs were on the menu: Alto de Orio (Cat. 3, km 19), Alto de Meagas (Cat. 3, km 27), Alto de Azkarate (Cat. 2, km 56.5), Alto de Udana (Cat. 2, km 99), and then the main climb of the day, the Alto de Jaizkibel (Cat. 1, km 193), followed by the Alto de Gurutze (Cat. 3, km 211).

A typically aggressive start saw Mikel Astarloza (AG2R) make the first move, but that came to nothing as the bunch reached the first climb as one unit. Over the top of the Alto de Orio, it was Yon Bru (Kaiku), who was fifth in this race last year and obviously looking to make an impression again. He was joined by Alexandre Kolobnev (Rabobank) and Angel Vallejo (Relax) in a three man escape, but that was pulled back after the descent.

On the Alto de Meagas (km 27), Jose Azevedo (Discovery) was first to the top ahead of Freddy Bichot (FDJ) and Mario De Sárraga (Relax). Discovery's Jason McCartney and Michael Barry bridged up to these three, but again, the break could not be formed. The bunch covered 46.7 km in the first hour.

Bettini concentrates
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Finally, the elastic broke as first Ricardo Serrano (Kaiku) and then his very active teammate Yon Bru went at km 50. Bru reached the top of the Alto de Azkarate (km 56.5) in first place, a minute clear of Freddy Bichot (FDJ), De Sárraga (Relax) and Lopez (Kaiku). Bru increased his lead up to a massive 15'10 on the Alto de Udana (km 99), before Euskaltel-Euskadi and Milram took control of the chase.

From then on, Bru was fighting a losing battle against the bunch. With no-one to work with him, the small Kaiku rider defended himself as best he could, while the peloton timed its run to catch him before the Jaizkibel. In 75 km, Bru saw his lead of 15'10 cut to zero as he was finally caught with 46 km to go, having spent over 125 km alone in front.

A few kilometres later, the bunch attacked the Jaizkibel, with Quick.Step, CSC and Milram performing the final "leadout". But once the climb started, it was clear who had the legs. Carlos Sastre (CSC), using this race to test his form before deciding whether to ride the Vuelta, was the first to attack in the opening kilometre. He was quickly joined by Saunier Duval's Ricardo Ricco, then Iban Mayo (Euskaltel) bridged up together with Fränk Schleck (CSC) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank).

Menchov, Mayo and Sastre
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After 2 km of the climb, the peloton was only 10 seconds behind the leaders, and that enabled Zubeldia (Euskaltel) and Figueras (Lampre) to get across. But as they did, Sastre, Mayo and Menchov went clear again and started to ride harder - helped by some Basque protesters, who blocked the road momentarily and slowed the bunch. The bunch regrouped towards the top of the climb, with Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) looking strong in his first race back, and Luis Perez (Cofidis) also doing some good work. At the summit of the Jaizkibel, the three leaders had 20 seconds on a chase group of 25, with other smaller bunches close behind.

The descent favoured the leaders slightly, and they edged out to 23 seconds ahead of the peloton, which was growing in size to 40 or so riders. Caisse d'Epargne was well represented with four, including Valverde, and Lampre and Astana also had numbers. On the flat road before the Alto de Gurutze, Valverde's men kept the leaders at 21 seconds, with Vladimir Karpets doing a solid job. In front, Mayo was doing some strong but nervous turns, while the other two matched him. Menchov was particularly useful on the flat, his big motor able to keep the break going at a good speed.

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
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At the top of the Gurutze with 14 km to go, Mayo, Sastre and Menchov still had 24 seconds with Evgeni Petrov (Lampre) trying and failing to get across. It was touch and go until Caisse d'Epargne got some help from Astana, and gradually hauled back the classy breakaway. With just under 5 km to go, it was all over for the three, and the race looked to be headed for a bunch sprint.

Astana's Kashechkin and Vinokourov tried to get a late breakaway happening, but it was not to be, and the bunch rolled into San Sebastian intact. George Hincapie (Discovery), who had been quiet until the finale, moved up inside the final kilometre, but had chosen the wrong side of the bunch. Instead, on the right it was Xavier Florencio, who made a beeline for the final dogleg with 200m to go and took the shortest route to the finish line. Andrey Kashechkin had his wheel, but couldn't come around the Bouygues rider, and was himself passed by Stefano Garzelli for second. Florencio won by a good bike length and took what was easily the biggest win of his career. When you're in the right place at the right time, anything is possible.


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Results - 225 km

1 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                  5.32.44 (40.57 km/h)
2 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                 
3 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Team                             
4 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                       
5 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone          
6 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                               
7 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku                                     
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears         
9 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        
10 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                               
11 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
12 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Française des Jeux                       
13 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
14 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                     
15 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   
16 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                              
17 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
18 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                         
19 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                               
20 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                    
21 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                   
22 Juan José Cobo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                      
23 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                    
24 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital                            
25 David Herrero (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
26 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                          
27 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                          
28 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                             
29 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               
30 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
31 José Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax-Gam                              
32 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                        
33 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone         
34 José Iván Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears       
35 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax-Gam                                  
36 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
37 Jorge García (Spa) Relax-Gam                                   
38 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Team Milram                            
39 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Team                         
40 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                  
41 Antonio Colom (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
42 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     
43 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                             
44 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                        
45 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                   
46 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
47 Luis Pérez (Spa) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              
48 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana Team                             
49 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          
50 Carlos Castaño (Spa) Kaiku                                     
51 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears          
52 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                             0.08
53 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R Prevoyance                        5.03
54 José Alberto Benítez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                
55 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Credit Agricole                              
56 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
57 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                         
58 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                  
59 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
60 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Phonak Hearing Systems                    
61 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas                          
62 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
63 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Team                                
64 Jonathan Mc Carty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                 
65 Rubén Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                   
66 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                      
67 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
68 Francesco Failli (Ita) Liquigas                                
69 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team         
70 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
71 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                    5.08
72 Aketza Peña (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
73 José Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step-Innergetic               
74 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank                                 
75 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick Step-Innergetic                     
76 David George (RSA) Relax-Gam                                   
77 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    
78 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
79 Iñigo Chaurreau (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                          
80 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                        
81 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           
82 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Française des Jeux                   
83 Ángel Vallejo (Spa) Relax-Gam                                  
84 Ángel Gómez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         
85 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    
86 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                 
87 Bingen Fernández (Spa) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone        
88 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone          
89 José Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana Team                         
90 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
91 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone        
92 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
93 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone    
94 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                           
95 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                           
96 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                          
97 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
98 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                                
99 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team                           
100 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile Team                            
101 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                      
102 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                     
103 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone     5.51
104 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         6.21
105 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                          11.19
106 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Kaiku                                      
107 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Kaiku                                
108 Iván Gilmartín (Spa) Kaiku                                    
109 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                           
110 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Relax-Gam                              
111 David Navas (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                             
112 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Gam                                  
113 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Française des Jeux                     
114 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                                 
115 Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team                               
116 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                      
117 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            
118 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        
119 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                       
120 Raúl García De Mateo (Spa) Relax-Gam                          
121 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        
122 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                             
123 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                    
124 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                      
125 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             
126 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux                          
127 Pieter Mertens (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                          
128 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                   
129 Luis Fernández (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                   
130 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                      
131 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step-Innergetic                
132 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                             
133 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Team                           
134 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears      
135 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic               
136 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team       
137 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
138 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak Hearing Systems                  
139 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Credit Agricole                        
140 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
141 Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                              
142 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Team Milram                          
143 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                               
144 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                        
145 Rubén Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
146 Aaron Olsen (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
147 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                       
148 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                 
149 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                         
150 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                            
Alto de Orio - Cat. 3
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                            3 pts
2 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne - Illes Balears           2
3 José Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana                              1
Alto de Meagas - Cat. 2
1 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          3 pts
2 Freddy Bichot (Fra) La Française Des Jeux                      2
3 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Relax - GAM                             1
Alto de Azkarate - Cat. 2
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                            6 pts
2 Freddy Bichot (Fra) La Française Des Jeux                      4
3 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Relax - GAM                             2
4 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Kaiku                                 1
Alto de Udana - Cat. 2
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                            6 pts
2 José Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana                              4
3 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Relax - GAM                             2
4 Rubén Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                   1
Alto de Jaizkibel - Cat. 1
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                  10 pts
2 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                   8
3 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            6
4 Luis Pérez (Spa) Cofidis, le credit par telephone              4
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne - Illes Balears      2
6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                   1
Alto de Gurutze - Cat. 3
1 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                   3 pts
2 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            2
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   1
Mountains classification
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                           15 pts
2 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                  11
3 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                  11
4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              8
5 José Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana Team                         5
6 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Relax-Gam                               5
7 Luis Pérez (Spa) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              4
8 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          3
9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        2
10 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            2
11 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                  1
12 Rubén Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                  1
13 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Kaiku                                1
Metas volantes
1 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                               3 pts
2 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                            2
3 Ángel Vallejo (Spa) Relax - Gam                                1
1 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Kaiku                                 3 pts
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                               2
3 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Credit Agricole                         1
1 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                            3 pts
2 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                  2
3 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Kaiku                                 1
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel                                      3 pts
2 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                   2
3 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   1
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel                                      3 pts
2 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   2
3 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                   1
Metas volantes classification
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              6 pts
2 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                            5
3 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                               5
4 José Antonio Lopez (Spa) Kaiku                                 4
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   3
6 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                   3
7 Matej Jurco (Svk) Team Milram                                  2
8 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Credit Agricole                         1
9 Ángel Vallejo (Spa) Relax-Gam                                  1
Best Basque/Navarran rider
1 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital              5.32.44
2 David Herrero (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
3 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                           
4 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
5 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
6 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
7 Rubén Oarbeascoa (Spa) Kaiku                                5.03
8 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              
9 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                     5.08
10 Aketza Peña (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
11 Iñigo Chaurreau (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                          
12 Antonio Berasategui (Spa) Kaiku                           11.19
13 Jorge Azanza (Spa) Kaiku                                       
14 Yon Bru (Spa) Kaiku                                            
15 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank                                  
16 Mikel Pradera (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears             
17 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step-Innergetic                 
18 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears       
1 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                        46 pts
2 Rabobank                                                      48
3 Liquigas                                                      52
4 Caisse D'Epargne - Illes Balears                              59
5 Lampre - Fondital                                             62
6 le credit par telephone Cofidis                               85
7 Bouygues Telecom                                              87
8 Gerolsteiner                                                  88
9 Team CSC                                                      89
10 Astana                                                       90
11 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                          100
12 Team Milram                                                 102
13 Relax - GAM                                                 103
14 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                         105
15 AG2R Prevoyance                                             106
16 Credit Agricole                                             121
17 Kaiku                                                       122
18 Phonak Hearing Systems                                      181
19 La Française Des Jeux                                       207
20 Quick Step - Innergetic                                     250
21 Davitamon - Lotto                                           296
22 T- Mobile Team                                              314

ProTour standings

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears     200 pts
3 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                         150 pts
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                             145
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                            138
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                    120
7 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                              118
8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                   114
9 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Astana-Würth Team                                 110
10 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             110
11 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                106
12 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                    99
13 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                        95
14 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                            94
15 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 90
16 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    89
17 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                     87
18 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                       85
19 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            85
20 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                          84
21 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears               83
22 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                         83
23 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                   76
24 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                            75
25 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                     75
26 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  74
27 José Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems         73
28 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                72
29 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             72
30 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears               71
31 Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                   69
32 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   65
33 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                  65
34 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                      62
35 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                         60
36 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         58
37 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                55
38 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir              53
39 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                         51
40 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             51
41 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                     50
42 Steffen Wesemann (Swi) T-Mobile Team                                 50
43 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                         49
44 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                      48
45 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         48
46 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   45
47 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  44
48 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        44
49 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems          42
50 Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               41
51 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                        41
52 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                        40
53 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                  39
54 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step - Innergetic                     38
55 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                 36
56 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                          35
57 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                    35
58 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                          35
59 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                     35
60 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              33
61 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française Des Jeux                              32
62 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              32
63 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        30
64 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                          30
65 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Phonak Hearing Systems                          30
66 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              30
67 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                             30
68 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     30
69 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                   30
70 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital                                  27
71 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               27
72 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic                            23
73 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          23
74 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Astana-Würth Team                             23
75 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 22
76 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               22
77 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole                              21
78 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                            20
79 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone               20
80 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas                                     20
81 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     20
82 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                   20
83 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                19
84 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                   18
85 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears                17
86 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                        16
87 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     16
88 Inigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Team CSC                          15
89 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux                            15
90 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                           15
91 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                     14
92 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          13
93 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                12
94 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                    11
95 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            11
96 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                11
97 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 11
98 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              10
99 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                   10
100 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                               10
101 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             10
102 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic                        10
103 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          10
104 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 10
105 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   10
106 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 10
107 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana-Würth Team                                  9
108 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                9
109 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                       9
110 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     8
111 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears            8
112 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                8
113 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                     7
114 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears              7
115 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                          6
116 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                               6
117 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              5
118 Erki Pütsep (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    5
119 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                 5
120 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   5
121 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux                           5
122 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          5
123 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    5
124 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       5
125 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                 5
126 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                             5
127 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               5
128 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              5
129 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             5
130 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    5
131 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                       5
132 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                   4
133 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                                4
134 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears              4
135 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 4
136 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     4
137 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    4
138 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears                4
139 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                          4
140 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                            4
141 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team CSC                                        4
142 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears         4
143 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step - Innergetic                            4
144 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Astana-Würth Team                          3
145 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                3
146 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                                3
147 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears        3
148 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      3
149 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      3
150 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                  3
151 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                         3
152 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                         3
153 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 3
154 Steve Morabito (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          3
155 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears            2
156 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 2
157 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             2
158 Thomas Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team            2
159 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          2
160 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears    2
161 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana-Würth Team                             2
162 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                                 2
163 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                           2
164 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                        2
165 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           2
166 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                   2
167 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana-Würth Team                                  2
168 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                  2
169 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                            1
170 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                     1
171 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    1
172 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1
173 André Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                    1
174 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                      1
175 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    1
176 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir          1
177 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     1
178 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems                           1

*Floyd Landis has been removed pending a doping investigation