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101st Giro di Lombardia - ProT

Italy, October 20, 2007

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Cunego caps season with Classic

Il Veronese tops Riccò in a two-up sprint in the "Race of the falling leaves"

By Gregor Brown in Como

Damiano Cunego (Lampre - Fondital)
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Damiano Cunego has returned to win in the Giro di Lombardia three years after his first. The 26 year-old rider from Verona broke free with Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Prodir) over the top of San Fermo, and then bettered his Italian compatriot in a two-man sprint along the lake in Como to win one of cycling's five Monuments. Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) led the chase only seconds behind the winning duo, finishing ahead of Andy Schleck (Team CSC) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner).

"I want to thank my team, my sponsors and those who said that Cunego can't win any more," an exhausted Cunego said at the finish."To win this Lombardia you had to have been the strongest, especially on the penultimate climb," remarked 24 year-old Riccò. "I thought it was going to be a great race, with the attacks of Schleck. Unfortunately, at the end, Cunego was just a mark above me."

It has been three years since the magical season that put 'Il Piccolo Principe' in the spotlight - the year he won the Giro d'Italia with four stages along the way. He finished the year at the top of the UCI rankings thanks to his eight other wins, which included clinching the 2004 Lombardia over Michael Boogerd and Ivan Basso.

"I started my sprint in a very agile gear," Cunego recalled. "After that many kilometres it is always hard to sprint. I shifted to a faster gear as we neared the line."

He was impressed with Riccò. "His attacks on the San Fermo were really strong. We held six to eight seconds on the descent, looking back you could always see the chase. I managed the situation the best I could - I had to give it everything because he is very strong, also in the sprint."

However, today the little prince seemed to have the magic back in his stride. Thanks to the confidence gained from his win in the GP Beghelli he kept cool over the Madonna del Ghisallo (44.3 kilometres to go) while Team CSC mounted the chase of the early escape. The Danish team had Karsten Kroon, Alexandr Kolobnev and Andy Schleck ready to set up Fränk Schleck.

Kroon led the chase as the race started the Civiglio (15.7 kilometres to go). Russian Kolobnev followed his team-mate's actions with an attack that prepared the move of Luxemburger Fränk Schleck. Riccò and Cunego marked the recent winner of the Giro dell'Emilia with Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) and Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) coming to terms on the 2.5-kilometre climb. 27 year-old Schleck hit the throttle again when he saw the Dutch and Aussie duo clawing back, successfully ditching the former.

Cunego gapped his companions on the descent of the narrow streets leading to the silk-producing town of Como. Riccò and Schleck worked well to keep the firing rider in sight while Evans struggled to control his machine, having his rear wheel slid-out on a couple of tight turns. The four were caught as the race neared Como for the start of the day's final climb, the 2.85-kilometre San Fermo della Battaglia.

Sánchez put on a splendid display of descending skills through the Italian villages to bridge with Vladimir Gusev (Discovery Channel). As the Spanish and Russian duo caught on so did Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Kolobnev, Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) and Luca Mazzanti (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare). On the last bit of flat heading towards the shores of Lago di Como and the punch of San Fermo, Schleck hooked wheels with Gusev in a moment of inattention. He was sent sprawling over the pavement as the race rode away from him.

"It was too bad," said his brother Andy after the race. Fränk gave Andy a hug, while looking down at his right elbow, disappointed. "I was very close," said Fränk. "We were going well; I felt good, but oh well."

Riccò and Cunego had the same idea on the San Fermo: turn off the lights of their competitors. The duo attacked simultaneously on separate sides of the road. Evans, showing brilliant form in his ProTour leader's top, led the re-grouping. Dekker and Rebellin also came to terms, but the Italian duo was not prepared to have company by the 397-metre summit.

Cadel Evans (Predictor - Lotto) wears the ProTour leaders jersey
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The power from the young and nimble legs of Riccò and Cunego was too much for their rivals. Producing magical Lombardia memories, they rode clear of a fan-lined road to take the right-hander at the top with ten seconds. It was going to be touch and go for the final five kilometres, an elevation drop of 195 metres.

Harmony was easily achieved from the two who had both learned their trade under the guidance of Gilberto Simoni - Riccò is a current team-mate while Cunego road with the two-time Giro champion before they had their falling-out. Riccò led under the red triangle of the final kilometre with six seconds on the chase. He continued to lead through the final left-hander at 600 metres to go - it would be the last time he would see the front.

As the chase seemed to be closing on the final straight of Viale Rosselli, Cunego mounted his charge at 75 metres. He easily came around Riccò and had the race won when his younger rival sat up at 25 metres remaining.

At 10 seconds back, Evans held off Mazzanti and Dekker to take sixth. The points scored will put him as the out-right ProTour jersey winner. The 30 year-old was at a 15-point deficit to Danilo Di Luca who was not allowed to start the race due to to his suspension by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

While Di Luca is appealing his disqualification from the competition by the UCI, Evans' sixth place ensured that even if the Italian is later reinstated into the ProTour rankings by CAS, he still finishes five points clear of Di Luca in the standings."

How it unfolded

The peloton
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The race started this morning at 10:40 in Varese, city of the 2008 Worlds, after one minute of silence in memory of the deceased Italian champion Vito Taccone. It was a fast start by the 179 riders, and Ivan Degasperi (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia) was the first to go on the offensive, attacking 25 kilometres into the day's race. His advantage was small, and was whipped out before the first hour, done at 45.7 kilometres an hour.

At kilometre 12 there was a crash that involved Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre-Fondital), Javier Mejías (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Paolo Bailetti (Team LPR) and Daniele Contrini (Tinkoff Credit Systems). The fast pace of the race made it difficult for the riders to rejoin. Cyclingnews spotted riders abandoning only after the first 25 kilometres, when the race paced through Como.

Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner), Matteo Tosatto (Quick.Step - Innergetic), Morris Possoni (Lampre-Fondital), Alberto Losada (Caisse d'Epargne) and Niklas Axelsson (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia) got a small margin after a fast first hour of racing.

After two hours the group had reformed to seven, taking a grand 10'50". Kohl, Losada, Tosatto and Possoni were joined by Alan Pérez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jesús Del Nero (Saunier Duval-Prodir) and Pablo Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne). The group counted four Spaniards, two from Caisse d'Epargne.

Halfway through the course, at kilometre 121, the group had an advantage of 7'25". But under the pressure of the peloton, the gap was reduced to about three minutes as the race hit the Madonna di Ghisallo climb, which saw the bunch as well as the front group disintegrate.

Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) leads Damiano Cunego (Lampre - Fondital)
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The breakaway was reduced to four riders: Matteo Tosatto (Quick.Step-Innergetic), Morris Possoni (Lampre), Alan Perez Lezaun (Euskaltel) and Alberto Losada (Caisse d'Epargne) remained in front. They were chased at three minutes by a group of 18 riders including most favourites (World Champion Paolo Bettini, the Schleck brothers).

Meanwhile Tosatto left his breakaway companions behind and took off on an impressive solo ride. Even on the descent of the Ghisallo, his three chasers couldn't rejoin him. The second chase group of 18 riders was 1'40" behind Tosatto.

Vladimir Gusev (Discovery) and Chris Horner (Davitamon) tried to break out of the chase group, but didn't succeed as three CSC riders worked at the front to keep the pace as high as possible, and then Karsten Kroon attacked as the remainder of the front group was caught.

Kroon quickly drove up to the dangling Tosatto on the Civiglio climb with 15 kilometres to go, dragging the favourites' group behind him. Damiano Cunego (Lampre), Fränk Schleck (CSC), Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Prodir) and Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) were the strongest at this point and led the pack up the climb, but Bettini could not follow anymore.

Damiano Cunego (Lampre - Fondital) climbs
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In the descent, Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Vladimir Gusev (Discovery) managed to come back to the front. But once the riders got down to Como, Fränk Schleck crashed and saw his chances of victory destroyed as the others hit the ultimate climb, the San Fermo with six kilometres to go.

A chase group including Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) and Alexandr Kolobnev (CSC) reached the front group at the foot of the climb. Cunego and Riccò were the most active, attacking and countering over and over, until they were alone in front. The two Italians went over the top together and collaborated well in the descent and during the flat final kilometres into Como.

The chasers could not catch them again even though in the final straight, Riccò and Cunego were just within reach. The Saunier Duval rider was leading out as Cunego launched the sprint with 100 metres to go and came around him easily to take his first Giro di Lombardia and save his 2007 season.


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Results - 242 km

1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               5.52.48 (41.16 km/h)
2 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                 
3 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       0.10
4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                               
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                        
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                                         
7 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                             
8 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                              
9 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                          0.16
10 Christopher Horner (USA) Predictor-Lotto                                 
11 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC                                         
12 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         0.19
13 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                         0.25
14 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    0.46
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                             
16 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia         
17 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                                1.12
18 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team LPR                                      1.34
19 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                                       1.36
20 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                          
21 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Liquigas                                             
22 John Gadret (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                        
23 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quickstep-Innergetic                                 
24 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               
25 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                             
26 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                 1.48
27 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Tenax-Menikini                                   1.51
28 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel                               2.41
29 Pedro Arreitunandia Quintero (Spa) Barloworld                            
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                   2.50
31 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                              3.39
32 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  4.12
33 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                4.38
34 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                       4.51
35 Leonardo Moser (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia      5.17
36 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia    
37 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Liquigas                                   
38 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                
39 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Predictor-Lotto                                7.38
40 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                                 8.13
41 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                              8.20
42 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                  
43 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                              
44 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                     
45 Hugo Sabido (Por) Barloworld                                             
46 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                    
47 Dionisio Galparsoro Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     
48 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                   
49 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                        
50 Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                 
51 Chris Sörensen (Den) Team CSC                                            
52 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                         
53 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                   
54 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                                  
55 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Tenax-Menikini                                   
56 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
57 Wim Vanhuffel (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                                      
58 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank                                           
59 Micula De Matteis (Ita) Tenax-Menikini                                   
60 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quickstep-Innergetic                                
61 Alessandro Bertuola (Ita) Tenax-Menikini                                 
62 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                                      
63 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                           
64 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia      
65 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Predictor-Lotto                                      
66 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                      
67 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Predictor-Lotto                                  
68 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram                                        12.31
69 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                     
70 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux                                
71 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux                                      
72 Steffen Weigold (Ger) Tinkoff Credit System                              
73 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                         
74 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                                        
75 Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            
76 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                       
77 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                    
78 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Team Milram                                          
79 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
80 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
81 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                  
82 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                                 
83 Jure Golcer (Slo) Tenax-Menikini                                    12.34
84 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Tenax-Menikini                                    
85 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                     
86 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                12.37
87 Felix Rafael Cardenas Ravalo (Col) Barloworld                            
88 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          
89 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                         
90 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                              
91 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                               
92 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
93 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                      
94 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                          
95 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                     
96 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
97 Steven Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel                                  
98 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Team LPR                                         
99 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas                                        
100 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          
101 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                          12.49
102 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                                 
103 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic                                
104 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                     
DNF Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quickstep-Innergetic                    
DNF Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                     
DNF Stefano Cavallari (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                    
DNF Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                        
DNF Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                
DNF Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                   
DNF Andrea Rossi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                         
DNF Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2r Prévoyance                                 
DNF Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                   
DNF Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                           
DNF Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                       
DNF Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Barloworld                                      
DNF Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld                                   
DNF Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Barloworld                                    
DNF Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
DNF Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
DNF Erki Pütsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                                      
DNF Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
DNF Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                     
DNF Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                   
DNF Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         
DNF Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                    
DNF Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
DNF Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
DNF Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                       
DNF Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                     
DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Crédit Agricole                                   
DNF Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                   
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                   
DNF Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
DNF Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
DNF Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                                
DNF Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel                                   
DNF Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel                                   
DNF Brian Bach Vandborg (Den) Discovery Channel                             
DNF Unai Uribarri Artabe (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
DNF Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       
DNF Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  
DNF Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                              
DNF Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
DNF Tim Klinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          
DNF Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                       
DNF Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                            
DNF Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Predictor-Lotto                             
DNF Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor-Lotto                                    
DNF Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                       
DNF Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                             
DNF Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                           
DNF Javier Mejias Leal (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           
DNF Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
DNF Jesus Del Nero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               
DNF Santo Anza (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia             
DNF Ivan Degasperi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia         
DNF Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia      
DNF Mattia Turrina (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni- Selle Italia         
DNF Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                     
DNF Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                         
DNF Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Team LPR                                           
DNF Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Team LPR                                       
DNF Luca Celli (Ita) Team LPR                                               
DNF Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Team LPR                                         
DNF Marco Marcato (Ita) Team LPR                                            
DNF Luca Solari (Ita) Team LPR                                              
DNF Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                    
DNF Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                        
DNF Marco Corsini (Ita) Tenax-Menikini                                      
DNF Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Tenax-Menikini                                
DNF Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                            
DNF Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                               
DNF Anton Mindlin (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                               
DNF Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit System                            
DNF Ilya Chernetskiy (Rus) Tinkoff Credit System                            
DNF Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit System                                

Final ProTour standings

1 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                        247 pts
2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                         197
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          191
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                         190
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                          182
6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                               172
7 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                     165
8 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                            165
9 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          159
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                   145
11 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                 135
12 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                       127
13 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                     120
14 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  118
15 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                               111
16 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                               111
17 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                              101
18 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                               95
19 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                    88
20 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                      88
21 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                                    87
22 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                                 82
23 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                              79
24 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       78
25 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                                  78
26 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram                                               73
27 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                               71
28 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                  71
29 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                                        70
30 Leif Hoste (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                         70
31 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                         70
32 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana                                                67
33 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                              66
34 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                    65
35 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                    65
36 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                          64
37 Allan Davis (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                       64
38 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                               62
39 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                                             57
40 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        56
41 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                 54
42 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                        54
43 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre - Fondital                                     54
44 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           53
45 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                           52
46 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    48
47 Roger Hammond (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                          45
48 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        45
49 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 45
50 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir                                  43
51 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Liquigas                                     43
52 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     42
53 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank                                42
54 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                         42
55 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                               42
56 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       41
57 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Unibet.com                                            41
58 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                              41
59 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quickstep - Innergetic                               40
60 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                  40
61 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    39
62 Chris Horner (USA) Predictor - Lotto                                       39
63 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC                                             38
64 Luca Paolini (Ita) Liquigas                                                36
65 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas                                             36
66 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quickstep - Innergetic                     36
67 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                          34
68 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                   34
69 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas                                           32
70 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                           32
71 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                              31
72 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                     31
73 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                  31
74 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                   31
75 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quickstep - Innergetic                            30
76 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          30
77 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                                            30
78 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                    30
79 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                               30
80 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas                                             30
81 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   29
82 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                     29
83 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                23
84 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                22
85 Chris Sörensen (Den) Team CSC                                              22
86 John Gadret (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                          20
87 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                                19
88 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2r Prévoyance                                    18
89 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                        18
90 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                            18
91 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                              16
92 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          16
93 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                                 15
94 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quickstep - Innergetic                                  15
95 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com                                           15
96 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                                15
97 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux                                       15
98 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Quickstep - Innergetic                                15
99 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                     14
100 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone           13
101 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance                                      12
102 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                    12
103 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    11
104 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                            11
105 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                               11
106 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile Team                                        11
107 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                               10
108 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                          10
109 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                           10
110 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                               10
111 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana                                             10
112 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                    10
113 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     10
114 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC                                       10
115 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  10
116 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       10
117 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                            9
118 Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre - Fondital                       9
119 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole                                       9
120 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Unibet.com                                            8
121 Andry Grivko (Ukr) Team Milram                                             8
122 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                             8
123 Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                          8
124 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                            8
125 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                         8
126 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram                                    8
127 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                          8
128 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                                          8
129 Bert Grabsch (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                           8
130 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Milram                                           8
131 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                           8
132 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   8
133 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                           8
134 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                          8
135 Martin Müller (Ger) Team Milram                                            8
136 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Rabobank                                            7
137 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          7
138 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                  7
139 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                               7
140 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre - Fondital                                    7
141 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   7
142 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC                                           7
143 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                            7
144 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team    7
145 Steven Cummings (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   7
146 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team           7
147 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                                  7
148 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                               7
149 Fuyu Li (Chn) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                           7
150 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                             6
151 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas                                              6
152 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas                                        6
153 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas                                              6
154 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas                                            6
155 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                            6
156 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas                                            6
157 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                        6
158 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                                       5
159 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                              5
160 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                 5
161 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                                5
162 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                               5
163 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic                            5
164 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quickstep - Innergetic                             5
165 Axel Merckx (Bel) T-Mobile Team                                            5
166 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                      5
167 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                       5
168 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                                5
169 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    4
170 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                        4
171 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                  4
172 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Française des Jeux                                   4
173 Alexei Markov (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne                                       4
174 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                       4
175 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                      4
176 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner                                         4
177 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                         4
178 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                                  3
179 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                           3
180 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                      3
181 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                               3
182 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Astana                                             3
183 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                              3
184 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2r Prévoyance                                       3
185 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                           3
186 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Prodir             3
187 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana                                                3
188 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                            3
189 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                    3
190 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                       3
191 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  3
192 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                       3
193 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                     3
194 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    3
195 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    3
196 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       3
197 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                              3
198 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                     3
199 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                   3
200 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                              2
201 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                      2
202 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                                  2
203 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                              2
204 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                                   2
205 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                    2
206 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                       2
207 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                       2
208 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                      2
209 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                2
210 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                        2
211 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                     2
212 Bert Roesems (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                       2
213 Tom Steels (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                         2
214 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux                                        2
215 Nick Ingels (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                        2
216 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                         2
217 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                     2
218 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                    2
219 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram                                        2
220 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana                                                 2
221 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                        2
222 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Predictor - Lotto                                     2
223 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                     1
224 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       1
225 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux                                    1
226 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    1
227 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                         1
228 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  1
229 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2r Prévoyance                           1
230 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                        1
231 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                           1
232 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                             1
233 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                      1
234 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                               1
235 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                     1
236 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                                 1
237 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2r Prévoyance                                       1
238 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                                      1
239 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                         1
240 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                     1