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65th Paris-Nice - ProTour

France, March 11-18, 2007

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Prologue - March 11: Issy-les-Moulineaux - Issy-les-Moulineaux, 4.7 km

A new beginning for avowed anti-doper Millar

By Jean-François Quénet in Issy-les-Moulineaux

David Millar (Saunier Duval-Prodir)
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David Millar (Saunier Duval-Prodir) won the prologue of Paris-Nice only a few kilometers away from Nanterre where he appeared in court four months ago regarding doping charges. Millar's victory also came just days after the presentation of the new UCI anti-doping program. He beat young Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) who is not yet 20 years old.

Although Millar won a time trial in the Tour of Spain last year, he made clear this win marks the real new beginning to his second career. He has given himself five years in which he wants to become the world's best rider. In the meantime, he bears the flag of the anti-doping campaign.

Bobby Julich (Team CSC), the winner of last year's prologue of Paris-Nice, clocked exactly the same time as last year, but that put him in 11th position, six seconds behind the Scot on a course that was the same except for it being 100 metres shorter. Weather conditions also differed this year with nice, warm temperatures today. Team CSC did not fare as well as previous years; race favorite Fränk Schleck finished in 75th position.


Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel)
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"Now it'll be up to Schleck, (Alberto) Contador, and Co to attack me,"Millar said. "It's not going to be easy for them. Saunier Duval is one of the strongest teams here even if some names aren't very well known. We intend to defend the yellow jersey 'til Nice."

Saunier Duval was the most efficient team in the prologue, indeed. With Francisco Ventoso and Reimert Wielinga also in the top eight, they lead the team classification ahead of Française des Jeux, who had a nice surprise with Sébastien Joly finishing third.

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas
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The most unexpected ride was the one of Kreuziger. The former junior world champion had the best time until Millar crossed the line. "For sure I came here to do well," the Liquigas rider said. "But honestly, I didn't expect to come second. There were people like (Levi) Leipheimer and (David) Zabriskie who are top specialists. I gave everything, so I have no regret about finishing second. The strongest has won, and he deserves it.

"I'm in a process of discovering everything. Paris-Nice is my first race at such a high level. Last year, for my debut as a professional, I had a very light program of no more than 40 races. Now, I feel in good condition, and I target the white jersey in Paris-Nice, at least. If it goes well, I'll try and go in breakaways but I definitely want to be the best young rider in Nice."

Millar might give him some advice on the way. He knows what it is to be a natural super talent and he wants young riders to avoid his mistakes. "I have new responsibilities in the fight against doping," Millar said. "I'm very, very happy with my result today. I'm not exactly at my top physically because I had a big crash at the beginning of January in training. This prologue was my first goal for this season. I went on the course 14 times, and I did the last corner eight times. I feel like myself again."


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1 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       6.01 (46.869 km/h)
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                                0.01
3 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux                       0.02
4 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel                          
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel                       0.03
7 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir             0.04
8 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       
9 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Française Des Jeux                          
10 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                0.05
11 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                  0.06
12 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
13 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                            
14 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                 
15 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                           0.07
16 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                        
17 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                            0.08
18 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                        
19 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               
20 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
21 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                  0.09
22 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis                                   
23 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
24 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                             
25 Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                      
26 Francisco Pérez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                           
27 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                        0.10
28 Aitor Pérez Arrieta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       
29 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis                                     
30 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
31 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                             
32 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                            
33 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Milram                                       
34 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         
35 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
36 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                                0.11
37 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
38 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prévoyance                              
39 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel                           
40 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                   
41 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                        
42 Andoni Aranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                           
43 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel                            
44 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel                        
45 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                0.12
46 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                      
47 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                        
48 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Milram                                    
49 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Milram                                     
50 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                               
51 Patxi Vila (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                             0.13
52 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) T-Mobile                                  
53 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Discovery Channel                          
54 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis                                   0.14
55 Markel Irizar (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
56 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                            
57 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas                                
58 José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                   0.15
59 Rubén Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
60 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r Prévoyance                             
61 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                            
62 Gregory Henderson (NZl) T-Mobile                                 
63 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                  
64 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux                       
65 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                         0.16
66 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
67 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis                                      
68 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
69 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                                    
70 Chris Horner (USA) Predictor-Lotto                               
71 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.17
72 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
73 Josep Jufré (Spa) Predictor-Lotto                                
74 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team CSC                             
75 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                     
76 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                    
77 Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                   
78 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Crédit Agricole                            
79 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Milram                                   
80 Iker Camaño (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                       0.18
81 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
82 Alberto Fernández De La Puebla (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir        
83 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel                                 
84 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                    
84 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                          
86 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                         
87 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                    0.19
88 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                            
89 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                                  
90 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Rabobank                               
91 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crédit Agricole                      0.20
92 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Fondital                               
93 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                         
94 Bert Roesems (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                           0.21
95 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                     
96 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep-Innergetic                       
97 David López García (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                        
98 Björn Schröder (Ger) Milram                                      
99 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                     0.22
100 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             
101 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                    
102 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       
103 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel                             
104 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile                                    
105 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                  
106 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Milram                                   
107 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                             
108 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                                 0.23
109 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC                                
110 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile                                     
111 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Cofidis                                    
112 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                             0.24
113 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis                                    
114 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                        
115 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis                                     
116 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                 0.25
117 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                           
118 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
119 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis                             
120 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance                         0.26
121 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                           
122 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                             
123 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            
124 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          
125 Axel Merckx (Bel) T-Mobile                                      
126 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel                           
127 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                               0.27
128 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
129 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Astana                                 
130 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Astana                                     
131 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                             
132 Jakob Piil (Den) T-Mobile                                       
133 José Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana                           0.28
134 Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel                      
135 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                               
136 Michael Barry (Can) T-Mobile                                    
137 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
138 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile                                 
139 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                    0.29
140 Iban Mayo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
141 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                                
142 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Française Des Jeux                   0.31
143 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux                      
144 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              
145 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                              
146 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic                   
147 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Ag2r Prévoyance                         
148 Martin Müller (Swi) Milram                                      
148 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                     
150 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                     0.32
151 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saunier Duval-Prodir                    
152 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                 
153 Kasper Klostergård (Den) Team CSC                           0.33
154 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                
155 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Française Des Jeux               0.34
156 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                 
157 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Astana                                 0.37
158 Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    
159 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Milram                                   0.38
160 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                               0.46
Young rider
1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                                6.02
2 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                      0.01
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel                          
4 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir             0.03
5 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Française Des Jeux                          
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                     0.07
7 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
8 Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                   0.08
9 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis                                  0.09
10 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
11 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                  0.11
12 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis                                   0.13
13 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                        0.14
14 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux                       
15 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                         0.15
16 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis                                      
17 Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank                                      0.16
18 Alan Pérez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
19 Alberto Fernández De La Puebla (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir    0.17
20 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                    
21 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                         
22 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                     0.23
23 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             0.24
24 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                        0.25
25 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             
26 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             0.26
27 José Antonio Redondo (Spa) Astana                            0.27
28 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile                                  
29 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux                   0.30
30 Kasper Klostergård (Den) Team CSC                            0.32
31 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                 
32 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                              0.33
1 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                         18.11
2 Française Des Jeux                                            0.06
3 Discovery Channel                                             0.08
4 Liquigas                                                      0.10
5 Caisse d'Epargne                                              0.13
6 Bouygues Telecom                                              0.16
7 Team CSC                                                      0.18
8 Lampre-Fondital                                               0.20
9 Quickstep-Innergetic                                          0.22
10 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                            0.23
11 Cofidis                                                      0.25
12 Predictor-Lotto                                                  
13 Ag2r Prévoyance                                                  
14 Milram                                                       0.26
15 Crédit Agricole                                              0.28
16 Rabobank                                                     0.31
17 T-Mobile                                                     0.42
18 Agritubel                                                    0.43
19 Gerolsteiner                                                 0.48
20 Astana                                                       0.49

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