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90th Giro d'Italia - GT

Italy, May 12-June 3, 2007

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Stage 1 - Saturday, May 12: Caprera - La Maddalena (Team TT), 25.6 km

Gasparotto Surprises

Liquigas takes opening team time trial

By Gregor Brown and Tim Maloney, and Jean-François Quénet in La Maddalena

Danilo Di Luca leads
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Enrico Gasparotto led Liquigas over the line in La Maddalena, ensuring he took the race leader's Maglia Rosa and that his Italian team took the win. The 25 year-old from Friuli-Venezia Giulia rolled in with team leader Danilo Di Luca in a time of 33'35", 16 seconds better than Paolo Savoldelli's Astana team and 33 seconds better than Team CSC.

"It was great for the team. I am in great condition and it [going over the line first] was planned by the team," said Gasparotto after winning the day.

Two-time Giro Champion Savoldelli had looked like the day's winner when he led his Swiss team over the line with a time of 33'51". That time was enough to knock Team CSC, a strong time trial squad, out of the top spot but was not enough to contain the day's eventual winner.

Six teams after Astana crossed before Liquigas came home the day's winner but the finish was slightly confusing. Gasparotto led out of the final right-hander and continued to do so to the line. The blond-haired riders, known as Giallo, took the same time as his companions but was able to gain the overall lead by finishing first. This did not seem to please his team caption.

Di Luca seemed to be shouting 'Dove vai?' ('Where are you going?') to Gasparotto as he kept on the front over the line. After the finish he was questioned.

"I was not upset, it is important that we as a team win," said Di Luca, who wore the Maglia Rosa in 2005. "It was great test for the team. ... I am not upset."

Enrico Gasparotto (Liquigas)
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"It's a big satisfaction for me. I'm a foreigner in an Italian team," said Liquigas' Charles Wegelius of the team win. "There are a lot of expectations at the start of the Giro. If I don't perform I feel responsibilities towards my teammates. The course played in my advantage today because there were climbs and corners, which are my strong points. ... As for the man who crossed the line first, it was hard to plan in a downhill with curves. Everybody is happy at the end. Are we going to defend the pink jersey now? I doubt it."

Savoldelli almost controlled the first day. The winner of Tour de Romandie's prologue time trial was briefly in the virtual lead. "We organized ourselves well during the course," he said at the finish. Regarding the near win, he added, "but we are happy because the Giro is long."

World Champion Fabian Cancellara saw that his team held the early lead over the twisty parcours. He crossed the line with David Zabriskie and another three of his teammates for a time of 34'08".

"It was a very difficult course and we will have to see," the Swiss said before Astana or Liquigas finished. "We have a young team and we will seek to defend our lead over the coming days." The lead slipped out of the Danish team's hands.

The surprise of the day went to Damiano Cunego's Lampre-Fondital team. The 2004 Giro winner has been working on his time trial form. He rode amazingly well in last year's Tour de France and solidified this talent over the winter with wind tunnel testing. The Italian team crossed the line 1'42" back on Liquigas.

"It is hard to ride a perfect time trial. There were no tactics but we just went out to do our work," he summarized.

How it unfolded

Francaise des Jeux
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On a windy, warm and sunny Saturday afternoon on the northern tip of Sardinia, Stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia got underway with a spectacular team time trial of 25.6 kilometres from Caprera to La Maddalena.

Française des Jeux rider Carlos Da Cruz didn't start after he hurt his foot during the team presentation Friday on the aircraft carrier Garibaldi so only 197 riders started the 90th edition of the Giro d'Italia.

The first off at 15:30 on the twisting, complicated course across the rocky, open terrain was the Gerolsteiner team composed of ProTour leader Davide Rebellin and young riders. They set the fastest time of 35'10" until the second squad, Predictor-Lotto powered through the finish line with 35'06".

Euskaltel-Euskadi was on a good ride until a crash on one of the tight turns with 750 metres to go slowed the Basque boys. They ended losing about a minute waiting for their fifth man and finished in next to last place overall.

After setting the fastest intermediate time of 21'53", proudly led by World TT Champ Fabien Cancellara and followed by the stars and stripes of USA TT Champ Dave Zabriskie, CSC blasted across the line in La Maddalena to set the new fast time of 34'08", almost a minute ahead of Predictor-Lotto's 35'06", at the superb average speed of 45 km/h that would eventually bring them third on the day.

Team CSC
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Then it was the turn of Team Milram, who was led in by their leader, sprinter Ale-Jet Petacchi with a good time that eventually got them 14th place, just behind Predictor-Lotto, and still over the 35 minute mark. Then the orange crush of Rabobank finished with a decent time for an eventual 17th place.

After a strong ride on the windy climb, Saunier Duval-Prodir powered across the line with led by Riccardo Riccò with a surprisingly fast 35'03", moving it into second overall and eventually 11th place. Out on the course, the word was that Acqua e Sapone was on a good ride as T-Mobile crossed the finish line with a respectable time of 35'23". The soap and water boys of Acqua e Sapone were next across the line in La Maddalena and powered into second place, under the 35 minute mark, with a speedy 34'38". The time was good for an eventual fifth overall.

Riding standard road bikes, French squad Ag2r Prévoyance came across the line with the slowest time so far, while Ceramiche Panaria, also on standard road bikes came in just a few seconds ahead of the French squad. Next, the Lampre-Fondital squad of Damiano Cunego was going all out with good times at the intermediate time checks and great riding by Marzio Bruseghin. The fuchsia and blue team rode home with 34'20", and an eventual fourth overall.

Tinkoff Credit Systems, who also came home under 35 minutes, in 34'42", had an excellent time for a young Russian squad.

Astana rode brilliantly
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Astana's aqua-coloured boys cruised the final curves into La Maddalena with five riders. The Swiss-Kazakh squad was close to CSC as the finish approached. Super descender Paolo Savoldelli took things in hand over the final twisting kilometres and the team surprisingly unseated CSC with the brilliant time of 33'51" to move into the lead of Stage 1.

Next to finish was the Red guard of French squad Cofidis led by Colombian Ivan Parra. It rode through a slow time, with Caisse d'Epargne quickly following. Another French team, Bouygues Telecom, soft pedalled in for a slow finish. It was followed by the Quickstep-Innergetic squad of Paolo Bettini, cruising through the finish line with a decent time of 35'03".

Out on the course, Discovery Channel with Vandborg, Hincapie and Popovych pumping hard were off to a fast start, because starting just behind them were the motivated acid green and blue train of Liquigas, who had the fastest time yet at the first time check. Discovery Channel was still riding fast at the second time check after 16 kilometres, one second ahead of CSC's time and just a few seconds off Astana's pace. But it was the Liquigas boys, still with seven riders who were in charge of the situation. They blasted through the second time check after 16 kilometres with 21'36, seconds faster than Astana and they looked like winners the closer they got to La Maddalena.

Disaster struck Discovery Channel in the final kilometre when team leader Yaroslav Popovych crashed on a tight right-hand bend with 800 metres to go. As the Disco boys had only five riders, they had to wait for 'Popo' and ended up losing perhaps 30". Discovery Channel finished fifth in 34'27" but might have gotten past CSC's 34'08" for third if Popovych had not crashed.

George Hincapie
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As Discovery Channel had their drama, it was Liquigas that were headed for victory in La Maddalena. Liquigas was led across the finish line in 33'35" by former Italian Champion Enrico Gasparotto, who became the first Maglia Rosa in the 90th Giro d'Italia, while the eight men of Française des Jeux wrapped up the race last with a super-slow, non-competitive time of 36'28".

It was Liquigas first, a surprisingly plucky Astana second and CSC third, with a solid ride for fourth by Cunego's Lampre squad. Stage one's big winner among the contenders at this years Giro must be Liquigas leader Di Luca, who gained 13" on his rival Paolo Savoldelli (Astana), 42" on Damiano Cunego (Lampre) and 52" on Yaroslav Popovych (Discovery Channel), while Saunier Duval's Gilberto Simoni and Riccardo Riccò lost 1'25".

Tomorrow's stage 2, starting in the small northern Sardinian town of Tempio Pausania, heads east along the Gulf of Asinara, then through Sassari, south over the Villanova Monteleone climb and then descends to the finish in Bosa. Milram's Ale-Jet Petacchi will be looking for the sprint win, but he'll have to get past CSC's emerging fast man JJ Haedo and fend off Predictor's Rockin' Robbie McEwen and new Maglia Rosa Gasparotto.


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Provisional Results

1 Liquigas                                                            33.38 (45.668 km/h)
2 Astana                                                               0.13
3 Team CSC                                                             0.30
4 Lampre-Fondital                                                      0.42
5 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                                   0.49
6 Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                                         1.02
7 Tinkoff Credit System                                                1.04
8 Crédit Agricole                                                      1.13
9 Caisse d'Epargne                                                     1.23
10 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                1.25
11 Quickstep-Innergetic                                                1.26
12 Predictor-Lotto                                                     1.28
13 Gerolsteiner                                                        1.32
14 Team Milram                                                         1.33
15 Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                                     1.38
16 Rabobank                                                            1.47
17 T-Mobile Team                                                       1.49
18 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                           2.01
19 Bouygues Telecom                                                    2.07
20 AG2r Prévoyance                                                     2.17
21 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                   2.38
22 Française des Jeux                                                  2.50

General classification after stage 1

1 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                    33.38
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                            
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                           
4 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                         
5 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas                                               
6 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                                          
7 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas                                    0.02
8 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                        0.13
9 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                                              
10 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Astana                                            
11 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                                           
12 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana                                           
13 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                    0.30
14 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                          
15 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                             
16 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                        
17 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                         
18 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                              0.42
19 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre - Fondital                
20 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                
21 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                 
22 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                   
23 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre - Fondital                                 
24 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    0.49
25 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               
26 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                
27 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
28 Steven Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                
29 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo               1.02
30 Andrei Kunitski (Blr) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo                    
31 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo                    
32 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo                   
33 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo                      
34 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo                   
35 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo                 
36 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                           1.04
37 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                                  
38 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                                 
39 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit System                            
40 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                            
41 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Crédit Agricole                            1.13
42 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                       
43 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole                                    
44 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                    
45 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                 
46 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                   
47 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         1.23
48 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                               
49 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          
50 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                              
51 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                             
52 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                     
53 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         1.25
54 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                             
55 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                           
56 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                            
57 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         
58 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                          1.26
59 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                               
60 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                         
61 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                        
62 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quickstep - Innergetic                              
63 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                               1.28
64 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                           
65 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Predictor - Lotto                               
66 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Predictor - Lotto                                 
67 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                   
68 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                  
69 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                          
70 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    1.31
71 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   1.32
72 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                         
73 Tim Klinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          
74 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
75 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                      
76 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                1.33
77 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                      
78 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                      
79 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                       
80 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram                                 
81 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                                       
82 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                   
83 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                        
84 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              1.38
85 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone         
86 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                
87 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   
88 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  
89 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone       
90 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                 1.43
91 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre - Fondital                             1.45
92 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank                                       1.47
93 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                             
94 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank                                     
95 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                          
96 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                                         
97 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                        
98 Gregory Henderson (NZl) T-Mobile Team                               1.49
99 Axel Merckx (Bel) T-Mobile Team                                         
100 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile Team                                    
101 Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                      
102 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
103 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas                              1.51
104 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas                                     
105 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          1.52
106 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      1.53
107 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                   2.01
108 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare          
109 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                        
110 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                   
111 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare           
112 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                              2.05
113 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            2.07
114 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
115 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
116 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
117 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
118 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                2.17
119 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                    
120 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2r Prévoyance                                   
121 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2r Prévoyance                                
122 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                    
123 Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                       
124 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                
125 Martin Müller (Ger) Team Milram                                    2.19
126 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             2.21
127 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                    2.23
128 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                2.38
129 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                       
130 Aketza Pena Iza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                              
131 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                      
132 Anton Luengo Celaya (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          
133 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                          2.41
134 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                    
135 Andrea Pagoto (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                        
136 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                    2.43
137 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux                             2.50
138 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Française des Jeux                              
139 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux                               
140 Ian McLeod (RSA) Française des Jeux                                    
141 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française des Jeux                                
142 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  
143 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                             
144 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                           3.02
145 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                        3.03
146 Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep - Innergetic                               
147 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval - Prodir                   3.09
148 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                               
149 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux                           3.16
150 Joseba Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   3.22
151 Mathieu Heijboer (Ned) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone           3.32
152 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                     3.37
153 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         
154 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
155 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo             3.39
156 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo                
157 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana                                             
158 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 3.41
159 Adam Hansen (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                        
160 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Tinkoff Credit System                     3.43
161 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit System                               
162 Nikolai Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                             
163 Ricardo Serrano Gonzalez (Spa) Tinkoff Credit System                   
164 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                3.44
165 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
166 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
167 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                               4.01
168 Eric Berthou (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                    
169 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                     
170 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
171 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                      4.07
172 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                         
173 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC                                       
174 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana                                          4.09
175 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                        4.11
176 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                            
177 Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                 4.21
178 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor - Lotto                                 
179 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             4.24
180 Brian Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                
181 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             
182 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 
183 Michael Barry (Can) T-Mobile Team                                  4.25
184 Aaron Olson (USA) T-Mobile Team                                        
185 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance                               4.26
186 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          4.38
187 Iban Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                 
188 Dionisio Galparsoro Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 
189 Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            4.48
190 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     
191 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                                        4.58
192 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                            
193 Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus) Rabobank                                      
194 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                  
195 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                               5.20
196 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone      5.45
197 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 7.38
DNS Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française Des Jeux
Trofeo Super Team
1 Liquigas                                                               20 pts
2 Astana                                                                 19
3 Team CSC                                                               18
4 Lampre-Fondital                                                        17
5 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                                     16
6 Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                                           15
7 Tinkoff Credit System                                                  14
8 Crédit Agricole                                                        13
9 Caisse d'Epargne                                                       12
10 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                                  11
11 Quickstep-Innergetic                                                  10
12 Predictor-Lotto                                                        9
13 Gerolsteiner                                                           8
14 Team Milram                                                            7
15 Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                                        6
16 Rabobank                                                               5
17 T-Mobile Team                                                          4
18 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                              3
19 Bouygues Telecom                                                       2
20 AG2r Prévoyance                                                        1
21 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                                       
22 Française des Jeux                                                      

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