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93rd Tour de France - ProT

France, July 1-23, 2006

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Rest Day 1 - Monday, July 10: Bordeaux

Cream starting to rise to the top

Floyd Landis (Phonak)
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One week into this Tour the candidates for overall honours are yet to fully assert themselves. Saturday's time trial has sorted out the GC to an extent, but the Pyrenees and the Alps await. John Kenny looks at how the final GC order is slowly beginning to take shape.

The final two weeks of this Tour will have something that has been largely missing from recent editions: suspense. It was difficult enough to pick a winner before the withdrawal of the two short-odds favourites Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) and Ivan Basso (CSC) but it was highly likely that one of these two would win, if form and the bookies are any guide. Tour podium candidates Alexandre Vinokourov (Würth) and Francisco Mancebo (AG2R) are also gone. With Lance Armstrong now retired, that's the top five riders from last year absent, opening up the opportunity for other talented riders to showcase their wares.

New race leader Serguei Gonchar finished second in the 2004 Giro d'Italia and has to be added to the list of possibles; the yellow jersey can be a powerful motivator. He's not a great climber, but he showed that he is no slouch either when he limited his losses to Damiano Cunego on the 2004 Giro's mountainous stage 16. The mountain stages are less severe than in previous Tour editions and he may survive long enough to reassert himself in the second long time trial.

Floyd Landis, Saturday's time trial runner-up, had a mechanical problem that cost him some time but he is still well placed going into the second week. He is exactly one minute behind Gonchar's. Landis' early season overall wins at Paris Nice and the tours of Georgia and California had already marked him as a favourite. He was hard to spot in the weeks leading up to the Tour, but his preparation has evidently been sound. His form makes a compelling case for favouritism.

Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner)
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Gonchar's performance has highlighted the comparative depth of talent of the teams. T-Mobile still has three possible GC contenders (Michael Rogers and Andreas Klöden are the others), despite the withdrawal of Ullrich. Triple world time trial champion Rogers did not get the ideal preparation at the Giro d'Italia due to problems with his teeth. He climbed well in the 2003 Tour in defence of Richard Virenque's polka dot jersey, but his climbing form has been patchy since. Klöden can climb, however, and has finished second overall in 2004. If he can stay upright, he is surely a threat to the overall.

CSC, however, do not have seem to have the same reserves of talent as T-Mobile, although the team is also having some appalling luck. Bobby Julich's crash in the time trial has limited any support that Carlos Sastre can get in the mountains. David Zabriskie had a poor time trial by his standards and Stuart O'Grady's crash hurt the team's chances of a stage win. Conversely, Davitamon-Lotto are taking full advantage of their available talent. Robbie McEwen is the fastest sprinter in the race and the team also has Evans for the GC. It's entirely possible that the team could secure the green and yellow jerseys in Paris.

During the first week, some of the early favourites have run into surprisingly serious difficulties. Dauphiné Libéré winner Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) had a forgettable time trial on Saturday, losing over six minutes to stage winner Gonchar. It will take a super-human effort in the mountains to haul back that sort of a deficit, although it's more than likely he'll try. Bobby Julich crashed early on in the time trial and is now out of the race.

Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto) had a good time trial, but there are a host of other possible Tour winners who also at least limited their losses to Gonchar. Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery) and Rabobank's Denis Menchov had good rides. Menchov is now eighth, and the 2005 Vuelta a España winner will want to add to his grand tour palmares.

Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole)
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Prologue - Saturday, July 1: Strasbourg ITT, 7.1 km

Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) deviated from the script by winning the prologue and securing the first yellow jersey at least a day earlier than expected. Sprinters are expected to make a dash in the prologue as the time bonuses available in the first week provides them with the chance of wearing yellow, but for one of the fast-twitch men to actually beat the specialists was something else. Hushovd's surprise result thankfully provided another talking point after Friday's disruption.

Hushovd scorched down Strasbourg's Avenue Herrenschmidt and passed through the arrivée with a time of eight minutes seventeen, with the impressive average speed of 51.429.

Good prologue performances came from world time trial champ Michael Rogers (T-Mobile), Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel), Floyd Landis (Phonak) and Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears), who were seventh to tenth respectively.


Bunch sprints were the order of the day
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Stage 1 - Sunday, July 2: Strasbourg - Strasbourg, 183 km

Back to normality on the first sprinters stage, which turned out to be exactly that with Jimmy Casper (Cofidis) winning the bunch gallop. The stage even had the de rigueur early break that was reeled in heartbreakingly close to the finish by the sprinter's teams. Tom Boonen (Quickstep-Innergetic) found himself on the front too early but was too committed to stop. Green jersey favourite Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) was boxed in and Hushovd sprinted down a tiny gap on the barriers, where his arm hit a spectator's promotional banner, slicing it wide open. Casper steered clear of the chaos and kept a clear line to the finish.

Quick thinking by George Hincapie (Discovery) prompted him to sprint for third place in the final bonus sprint, giving him two seconds advantage over the luckless Hushovd and the maillot jaune.


Stage 2 - Monday, July 3: Obernai - Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), 228.5 km

Matthias Kessler (T-Mobile)
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Hincapie's reign in yellow was short-lived with Thor Hushovd reclaiming the overall lead. The biggest smile, though, went to Robbie McEwen who won the big dash to the line in Esch-sur-Alzette. A daring attack by T-Mobile's Matthias Kessler with six kilometres to go and a crash just 2,000 metres from the finish that brought more than half the bunch to a complete halt provided the spectacle prior to McEwens bike throw that edged him ahead of Tom Boonen.

There was more drama to come when Hushovd clashed with McEwen, pulling his foot forcing him to pedal across the line with one leg and his right arm raised in protest, which he almost immediately withdrew when he saw the video replay. Donning another yellow jersey surely eased his disappointment.


Stage 3 - Tuesday, July 4: Esch-sur-Alzette - Valkenburg (Netherlands), 216 km

Matthias Kessler was rewarded for his perseverance when he stayed away from the charging bunch to claim a well-deserved win in Holland. Yesterday's sole escapee turned around the disappointment of stage 2 on the climb's 8.3 percent slopes leaving the field behind.

Class is permanent.
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Five seconds later, Kessler's Australian team-mate Michael Rogers led home a group of 47 riders, with Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital), Tom Boonen (Quick-Step-Innergetic) and Erik Zabel (Milram) picking up the minor places. On the nasty climb, 'Le Cauberg', close to the finish, the world champion was a cut above the rest of the pure sprinters, with Hushovd and McEwen finishing two or three groups behind.

Boonen's effort was rewarded with the maillots jaune and vert and showed that the battle for green would be close-fought all the way to Paris.


Stage 4 - Wednesday, July 5: Huy (Belgium) - Saint-Quentin, 207 km

The uphill finish into Saint-Quentin seemed to be tailor-made for Boonen, but Robbie McEwen had other ideas.

Jimmy Casper (Cofidis)
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With the last of an early break caught less than two kilometres from the finish the sprinter's teams took over, with all of the associated pushing and shoving that makes their craft so exciting. McEwen's new lead-out man, Gert Steegmans, did a great job stepping into the breech for crash-victim Freddy Rodriguez and helped his leader to open a massive three bike-length gap by the finish, taking his tenth Tour de France stage victory. Boonen's second place helped consolidate his stay in yellow.


Stage 5 - Thursday, July 6: Beauvais - Caen, 225 km

Three-time world champion Spaniard Oscar Freire (Rabobank) showed that he is far from a spent force by upsetting the more fancied sprinters in Caen. Robbie McEwen's inexperienced lead-out man, Gert Steegmans, fumbled his lines and started his effort far too early, leaving the Australian with too much road to cover before the line. What a difference a day makes, after the previous stage the young Belgian was the toast of the team. Boonen's second place ensured him of another day in yellow.


Denis Menchov (Rabobank)
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Stage 6 - Friday, July 7: Lisieux - Vitré, 189 km

Robbie McEwens lead-out train was firmly back on the rails in Vitré. Gert Steegmans went too early on the previous stage, but he showed how quick a learner he is by applying his power at precisely the right time, giving McEwen an armchair ride to the finish and his eleventh Tour stage. The win gave him a 41-point lead in the green jersey competition.Boonen failed to get on a good wheel and finished third. Lampre-Fondital's Daniele Bennati had been quietly going about his business in the first week without making too many headlines. Nevertheless, his second place on the stage also moved him to second in the green jersey competition.

Boonen stayed in yellow, but with a long time trial to come must have known that his days as leader were numbered.


Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto)
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Stage 7 - Saturday, July 8: Saint-Grégoire - Rennes ITT, 52 km

After the sprinters had their fun in the first week, it was time for the GC candidates to show their hands. Serguei Gonchar (T-Mobile) comfortably won the stage from Floyd Landis (Phonak) with Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) third. T-Mobile had a good day with Michael Rogers not far off the pace in fourth. Patrik Sinkewitz and Andreas Klöden finished in sixth and eighth respectively. Denis Menchov, Joost Posthuma, Cadel Evans and Vladimir Karpets would also be happy with their rides.

The question of leadership at Discovery may have been settled with Paolo Savoldelli finishing 30 seconds ahead of George Hincapie and over a minute ahead of Yaroslav Popovych.


Stage 8 - Sunday, July 9: Saint-Méen-le-Grand - Lorient, 181 km

Serguei Gonchar (T-Mobile)
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The sprinters were finally foiled by Sylvain Calzati (AG2R) who first got across to the early break of the day after 48 kms and then rode away from them with 30 kms to go. The sprinters' teams were happy to allow Floyd Landis' Phonak team do most of the work to reel in the breakaway and left themselves with a two minute deficit at the finish. Robbie McEwen strengthened his lead in the green jersey competition by taking the bunch sprint for fourth.

Little of this mattered to Calzati, who called upon his three years' experience as a professional to time his effort to perfection.The former Tour de l'Avenir winner kept enough in reserve from yesterday's time trial to earn the biggest win of his career.


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Current standings

General classification after stage 8
1 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile                                  34.38.53
2 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak                                           1.00
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                                       1.08
4 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                                     1.45
5 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    1.50
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile
7 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               1.52
8 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
9 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                      1.53
10 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                       2.00
11 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                                    2.03
12 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                            2.07
13 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                           2.10
14 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile                                      2.14
15 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  2.22
16 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                       2.27
17 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                            2.30
18 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 2.57
19 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                           3.01
20 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 3.15
21 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic
22 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                3.25
23 Yaroslav Popovyvch (Ukr) Discovery Channel                         3.27
24 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel                          3.34
25 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval                                   3.38
26 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                              3.46
27 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            3.47
28 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                 3.50
29 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             3.56
30 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis
31 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                         3.58
32 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                               4.07
33 José Azevedo (Por) Discovery Channel                               4.09
34 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
35 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile                                    4.10
36 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                              4.33
37 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance
38 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
39 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                              4.42
40 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                         4.44
41 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 4.46
42 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak
43 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             5.00
44 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis                                      5.05
45 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                       5.19
46 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval                                 5.25
47 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                            5.26
48 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                     5.29
49 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval                                5.34
50 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
51 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             5.35
52 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                    5.39
53 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                                   5.42
54 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
55 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
56 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                               5.44
57 Ivan Ramiro Parra (Col) Cofidis
58 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                6.02
59 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  6.11
60 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel                                6.12
61 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            6.15
62 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Phonak                                       6.16
63 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner                                 6.17
64 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak
65 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak                                          6.19
66 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                6.24
67 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak                        6.25
68 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram
69 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                       6.27
70 David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval                                   6.28
71 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2R-Prevoyance                                6.30
72 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                          6.36
73 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            6.55
74 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                            6.58
75 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
76 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               7.06
77 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                            7.14
78 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quick-Step-Innergetic
79 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                              7.15
80 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              7.16
81 Viatscheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel                        7.18
82 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                   7.20
83 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                 7.21
84 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             7.24
85 Benjamin Noval (Spa) Discovery Channel
86 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                      7.34
87 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                      7.45
88 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    7.54
89 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                       7.58
90 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              7.59
91 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      8.11
92 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                            8.18
93 Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                             8.19
94 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux
95 José Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval                               8.20
96 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                                      8.22
97 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  8.27
98 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              8.28
99 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               8.31
100 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                         8.32
101 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                     8.34
102 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             8.42
103 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram                                           8.43
104 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             8.46
105 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                       8.48
106 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank
107 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            8.51
108 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak                                       9.04
109 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval                             9.16
110 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                   9.26
111 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                9.31
112 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
113 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 9.52
114 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                           9.59
115 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                                 10.17
116 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                  10.20
117 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak                                       10.42
118 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                  10.59
119 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                                  11.14
120 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                        11.21
121 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    11.23
122 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                         11.49
123 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis                                     11.57
124 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                            12.11
125 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis                                    12.15
126 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                         12.19
127 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick-Step-Innergetic                   12.23
128 Ruben Lobato (Spa) Saunier Duval                                 12.42
129 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                          13.00
130 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                      13.09
131 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                                  13.21
132 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole                        13.35
133 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Phonak                                    13.40
134 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          14.01
135 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                            14.05
136 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                14.11
137 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                 14.27
138 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       14.31
139 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                      14.34
140 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          14.57
141 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                15.07
142 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                        15.23
143 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears               16.08
144 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              16.18
145 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                         16.21
146 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears              17.50
147 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis                                    17.55
148 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                 17.59
149 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                                       18.11
150 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                                     18.53
151 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                     19.17
152 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                       19.24
153 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                             19.36
154 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                    19.39
155 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                  20.10
156 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                20.58
157 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                          21.17
158 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                   24.38
159 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                   24.46
160 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis                                      24.54
161 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              27.32
162 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           28.16
163 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                                       32.30
164 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                           33.37
165 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                      35.32
166 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                            35.42
167 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                  35.58
168 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          36.23
169 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           38.23
170 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                          43.25
Points classification
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                  181 pts
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                               164
3 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank                                          146
4 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                138
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                   118
6 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram                                              115
7 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                              112
8 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                          108
9 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                                            77
10 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        77
11 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                  76
12 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                                74
13 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                    60
14 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile                                        59
15 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel                              44
16 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                        43
17 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              40
18 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                39
19 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                38
20 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis                                        36
21 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis                                           33
22 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     32
23 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 32
24 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                       32
25 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                      31
26 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile                                        28
27 Andreas Klöden (Ger) T-Mobile                                        27
28 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                26
29 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                                      25
30 Marco Velo (Ita) Milram                                              25
31 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                24
32 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                            23
33 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                            21
34 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                       20
35 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                              20
36 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    20
37 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                          19
38 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                               18
39 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                            18
40 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak                                            18
41 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    18
42 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                17
43 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           16
44 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               16
45 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              16
46 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile                                       15
47 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                    15
48 Yaroslav Popovyvch (Ukr) Discovery Channel                           15
49 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              15
50 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                              14
51 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                   14
52 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas                                      13
53 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick-Step-Innergetic                          13
54 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                      13
55 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   12
56 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                   12
57 Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak                                           11
58 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                                      10
59 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   10
60 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               10
61 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      9
62 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel                             9
63 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak                           9
64 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Milram                                          9
65 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  9
66 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     8
67 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                                    8
68 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                               8
69 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                               6
70 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                            6
71 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                               6
72 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                6
73 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                5
74 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval                                      4
75 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval                                    4
76 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                          4
77 David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval                                      4
78 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears       4
79 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis                                           4
80 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                              3
81 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                       3
82 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                          3
83 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                          2
84 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                          2
85 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak                                         2
86 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                2
87 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               2
88 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                       2
89 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                 1
90 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                    1
91 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis                                        1
92 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                         1
93 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval                                 1
Mountains classification
1 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  28 pts
2 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                                17
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     15
4 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                 13
5 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               10
6 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                            9
7 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                7
8 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile                                        6
9 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) AG2R-Prevoyance                                6
10 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                    6
11 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R-Prevoyance                                 6
12 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                             6
13 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                5
14 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                     5
15 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile                                       4
16 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                             3
17 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                   3
18 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                        3
19 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               3
20 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                 3
21 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel                                 2
22 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                        2
23 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                2
24 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas                                        2
25 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step-Innergetic                                1
26 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 1
27 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick-Step-Innergetic                        1
28 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                       1
Young rider classification
1 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                34.40.43
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Francaise Des Jeux                            1.11
3 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Milram                                          2.08
4 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                          2.54
5 Christian Knees (Ger) Milram                                        3.29
6 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval                                  3.35
7 José Rujano (Ven) Quick-Step-Innergetic                             3.36
8 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Milram                                        4.37
9 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                5.16
10 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval                              5.25
11 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                      5.44
12 Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                      5.55
13 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Francaise Des Jeux                            6.29
14 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                          6.42
15 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                      6.44
16 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             7.01
17 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                    7.36
18 David Lopez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                7.41
19 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                      17.27
20 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                           19.27
21 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval                            31.47
22 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick-Step-Innergetic                       33.42
23 Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           34.33
Teams classification
1 T-Mobile Team                                                  103.59.39
2 Phonak Hearing Systems                                              3.09
3 Gerolsteiner                                                        3.56
4 Team CSC                                                            4.18
5 AG2R Prevoyance                                                     4.28
6 Discovery Channel Team                                              4.29
7 Francaise Des Jeux                                                  5.36
8 Caisse D’Epargne-Illes Balears                                      6.00
9 Rabobank                                                            6.01
10 Bouygues Telecom                                                   9.19
11 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                                       9.20
12 Davitamon - Lotto
13 Lampre-Fondital                                                    9.28
14 Saunier Duval - Prodir                                            10.59
15 Team Milram                                                       11.17
16 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                               13.14
17 Quick Step - Innergetic                                           13.30
18 Liquigas                                                          13.35
19 Credit Agricole                                                   16.26
20 Agritubel                                                         16.38

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