Zabel gets his second win; O’Grady takes over yellow jersey

After two days of chasing time-bonus sprints to try to get his hands on the leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France, Australia's Stuart O'Grady did it the old-fashioned way on Tuesday -- by finishing in the lead group of stage 3. Meanwhile the race leader at the start of the day, Rabobank's Marc Wauters, fell far behind on the difficult climbs in the Ardennes region of Belgium. At the finish line in Seraing, Telekom's Erik Zabel took his second stage win of the week, thanks to the smooth teamwork of his Telekom team, while O'Grady finished in the pack, but took the race lead by 17

By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer

O'Grady: 31st in the stage, but a great jersey to pull on

O’Grady: 31st in the stage, but a great jersey to pull on

Photo: Graham Watson

After two days of chasing time-bonus sprints to try to get his hands on the leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour de France, Australia’s Stuart O’Grady did it the old-fashioned way on Tuesday — by finishing in the lead group of stage 3.

Meanwhile the race leader at the start of the day, Rabobank’s Marc Wauters, fell far behind on the difficult climbs in the Ardennes region of Belgium.

At the finish line in Seraing, Telekom’s Erik Zabel took his second stage win of the week, thanks to the smooth teamwork of his Telekom team, while O’Grady finished in the pack, but took the race lead by 17 seconds over France’s Christophe Moreau (Festina).

Zabel does it again

Zabel does it again

Photo: Graham Watson

The day began as a dream for the Belgian Wauters, who took over the race lead on Monday in Antwerp, just about 60km from his hometown of Lummen. As fate would have it, Lummen was part of the 198.5km route for stage 3, and Wauters’s friends, family and fans were all out in force, many wearing freshly minted yellow T-shirts that proudly stated: “Wauters supporter.”

The mass of people spilled out into the street as the race entered town, and the entire peloton rolled to a momentary halt as Wauters was allowed to enjoy an incredible moment in his hometown.

But while the day would provide that early, improbable moment for Wauters, the second half of the day would see him suffering off the back, to the benefit of O’Grady. For the Australian, taking over the yellow jersey signaled redemption after a devastating finish to stage 2, when he missed out on a golden opportunity to take the yellow jersey for himself. O’Grady was part of a 16-man breakaway on Monday, along with three other teammates, and only 11 seconds behind the overall leader.

Staying away in the breakaway and placing top 3 would have almost guaranteed him the yellow jersey on Monday. But unaware of the threat that Wauters posed, just four seconds behind him in the standings, O’Grady let his chance slip away, finishing only fifth on the stage.

“Yesterday was probably the most disappointing day of my life,” O’Grady said Tuesday evening. “I was very very upset after all the work the team did yesterday. I didn’t realize yesterday that Wauters was so dangerous. It was devastating.”

On Tuesday, however, O’Grady got one of those rare second chances. The day’s route was a difficult one, beginning in the flat roads and crosswinds around Antwerp, and then making its way into the lush hills of the Ardennes region of Belgium, home to the spring classics Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne.

The first 125km were flat out and hard because of the winds, and the final 75km gave the riders their first taste of climbing in this year’s Tour de France.

Nicolas Jalabert and Frédéric Guesdon made the field suffer with their breakaway

Photo: Graham Watson

There were several breakaways in the early hours of the race, and behind, the pack was strung out in the wind. But things finally settled down when the peloton let Nicolas Jalabert (CSC-World Online) and Frédéric Guesdon (La Française des Jeux) escape shortly after the mid-race feed zone.

Those two would stay away for about the next 70km, but as the climbs began, the lead began to dwindle. The two leaders labored up the Côte de Mont-Theux, while behind Paolo Bettini (Mapei-Quick Step) and Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco) began to chase them down, bringing the lead down to under 20 seconds over the top of that Cat. 3 climb.

After a brief attack by Kelme’s José Gutierrez, the overall race favorites really emerged for the first time on the Côte des Forges, 174km into the race. About a dozen riders broke clear, including last year’s top four overall — Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal Service), Jan Ullrich (Telekom), Joseba Beloki (ONCE-Eroski) and Christophe Moreau (Festina). The break was short-lived, but in the closing kilometers, most of those faces would all be present right at the front.

By that point in the race, Wauters was already struggling, as several groups had fallen off the back. His stay in yellow was glorious, but brief, and he would end the stage 6:36 behind the lead group. Up ahead, only about 100 of the day’s 187 starters were in the main group, including O’Grady who began the day in second place.

Attacks of one and two riders continued on the final classified climb of the day, the 4km Sart-Tilman, whose summit was just 12km from the uphill finish in Seraing. But over the top, on the long downhill stretch into Seraing, Zabel’s Telekom team took over. The squad sent all of its riders to the front, eyeing a stage win for its sprinter. At the same time, though, the tactic would help protect team leader Ullrich.

“The goal was to set up Zabel,” said Telekom’s Kevin Livingston, “but in that way you also protect Jan. So it worked out really well.

“It’s just the team working together. Sometimes in these finishes you think the team’s working and in a way it might look like it’ll tire you out faster, but really you’re staying out of trouble. It’s safer in the front.”

Meanwhile, Armstrong and his Postal teammates who remained in the front group were working hard to stay right up beside the Telekom train. Was the defending champion looking to possibly take an opportunity to grab a few seconds on a difficult early stage?

“No no no no,” replied Armstrong. “Dangerous day, but no opportunity.”

Postal team director Johan Bruyneel elaborated, “The main thing was to try and stay up front, and not have any attacks by so many of the favorites.

“We also didn’t know exactly how steep the final was, so it was also important to be up front there,” he added.

The final kilometers were difficult ones, with a sharp, curvy descent right before the uphill finish. Telekom kept things together until the final kilometer, where both Armstrong and Ullrich were sitting in the top 6 until the last 200 meters. But at the finish, it was Zabel bursting through for the win ahead of Française des Jeux’s Emmanuel Magnien and Mapei’s Stefano Garzelli. Armstrong would finish 10th, with Moreau, Ullrich and Beloki all right behind him.

But it was the man in 31st place, O’Grady, who would step into the spotlight after the stage was over. With Wauters losing more than six minutes, the Australian gained the yellow jersey — and unexpected redemption.

“After letting yesterday’s jersey escape, I have to admit I kind of didn’t think it’d be possible. I kind of thought Wauters would be strong enough to stay there, so I always knew it would be very difficult. But in the last few kilometers, hearing that he’d been dropped, I just tried to maintain focus to say in the group. To have the yellow jersey for the second time … it’s an amazing feeling.”

A look at the overall standings and things look even better for O’Grady’s Credit Agricole team, which also has Jens Voigt in fourth place, and it’s top general classification threat, American Bobby Julich, all the way up to sixth place overall.

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Results

Stage 3: Antwerp-Seraing
(Click for overall standings after Stage 3)

1. ZABEL Erik GER TEL 198.5km in 4:34:32;
2. MAGNIEN Emmanuel FRA FDJ;
3. GARZELLI Stefano ITA MAP;
4. BALDATO Fabio ITA FAS;
5. SIMON François FRA BJR;
6. MIKHAILOV Guennadi RUS LOT;
7. CAPELLE Christophe FRA BIG;
8. BOUYER Franck FRA BJR;
9. BAGUET Serge BEL LOT;
10. ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP;
11. MOREAU Christophe FRA FES;
12. GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL;
13. ULLRICH Jan GER TEL;
14. BELOKI Joseba ESP ONC;
15. BOOGERD Michaël NED RAB;
16. KIVILEV Andrei KAZ COF;
17. MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN;
18. SEVILLA Oscar ESP KEL;
19. ROUS Didier FRA BJR;
20. ROUX Laurent FRA DEL;
21. MERCKX Axel BEL DFF;
22. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor ESP ONC;
23. BELLI Wladimir ITA FAS;
24. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL LOT;
25. VOIGT Jens GER C.A;
26. TRENTIN Guido ITA COF;
27. JULICH Bobby USA C.A;
28. BOTERO Santiago COL KEL;
29. MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN;
30. BROCHARD Laurent FRA DEL;
31. O’GRADY Stuart AUS C.A;
32. MONCOUTIE David FRA COF;
33. SERRANO Marcos ESP ONC;
34. BLANCO Santiago ESP BAN;
35. JALABERT Laurent FRA CST;
36. HERAS Roberto ESP USP;
37. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier ESP KEL;
38. VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL;
39. HEULOT Stéphane FRA BIG;
40. MONTGOMERY Sven SUI FDJ;
41. BENETEAU Walter FRA BJR;
42. SASTRE Carlos ESP ONC;
43. CHAURREAU Inigo ESP EUS;
44. HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL;
45. MATTAN Nico BEL COF;
46. BARTOLI Michele ITA MAP;
47. BOUVARD Gilles FRA DEL;
48. BETTINI Paolo ITA MAP;
49. CHANTEUR Pascal FRA FES;
50. PIEPOLI Leonardo ITA BAN;
51. ETXEBARRIA David ESP EUS;
52. DEL OLMO Txema ESP EUS;
53. SALMON Benoit FRA A2R;
54. WADECKI Piotr POL DFF;
55. LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF;
56. LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS;
57. SCHNIDER Daniel SUI FDJ;
58. RINERO Christophe FRA COF;
59. PIIL Jakob DEN CST;
60. CASERO Angel ESP FES;
61. BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R;
62. ROBIN Jean-Cyril FRA BJR;
63. GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL;
64. VERMAUT Steve BEL LOT;
65. BRARD Florent FRA FES;
66. BROZYNA Thomasz POL BAN;
67. JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONC;
68. PENA Victor Hugo COL USP;
69. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis LAT LAM;
70. VERBRUGGHE Rik BEL LOT;
71. BASSO Ivan ITA FAS;
72. CUESTA Inigo ESP COF;
73. VAUGHTERS Jonathan USA C.A;
74. PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier ESP BAN;
75. ATIENZA Daniel ESP COF;
76. DEMARBAIX Sébastien BEL A2R;
77. JIMENEZ Eladio ESP BAN;
78. ODRIOZOLA Jon ESP BAN;
79. PRADERA Mikel ESP ONC;
80. AERTS Mario BEL LOT;
81. ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS;
82. HAMILTON Tyler USA USP;
83. GONZALEZ Aitor ESP KEL;
84. GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP FES;
85. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS;
86. VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ;
87. GONZALEZ Santos ESP ONC;
88. PEREZ Luis ESP FES;
89. VIDAL José Angel ESP KEL;
90. LINO Pascal FRA FES;
91. NARDELLO Daniele ITA MAP;
92. TAULER Antonio ESP KEL;
93. ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN EUS;
94. LIVINGSTON Kevin USA TEL;
95. BESSY Frédéric FRA C.A;
96. GUTIERREZ Ivan ESP ONC;
97. TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R;
98. JAN Xavier FRA BIG;
99. BERNARD Jérome FRA DEL;
100. KLODEN Andréas GER TEL;
101. CEREZO Francisco ESP CST;
102. TOSATTO Matteo ITA FAS, all s.t.;
103. GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL @ 00:45;
104. LAMOULLER Loïc FRA BIG @ 00:45;
105. HEPPNER Jens GER TEL @ 00:45;
106. CASTRESANA Angel ESP EUS @ 00:57;
107. JENNER Christopher NZL C.A @ 01:44;
108. BOLTS Udo GER TEL @ 01:48;
109. WESEMANN Steffen GER TEL @ 01:48;
110. KJAERGAARD Steffen NOR USP @ 02:49;
111. HINCAPIE George USA USP @ 02:49;
112. SIVAKOV Alexei RUS BIG @ 04:19;
113. KNAVEN Servais NED DFF @ 04:19;
114. BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CST @ 04:54;
115. TALABARDON Sébastien FRA BIG @ 04:54;
116. RENIER Franck FRA BJR @ 04:54;
117. SVORADA Jan SLO LAM @ 04:54;
118. LODA Nicola ITA FAS @ 04:54;
119. CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA FAS @ 04:54;
120. PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS @ 04:54;
121. MUSEEUW Johan BEL DFF @ 04:54;
122. HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A @ 04:54;
123. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN @ 04:54;
124. MORIN Anthony FRA C.A @ 04:54;
125. MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ @ 04:54;
126. VANDEVELDE Christian USA USP @ 04:54;
127. CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BJR @ 04:54;
128. CARDENAS Félix COL KEL @ 04:54;
129. TEUTENBERG Sven GER FES @ 04:54;
130. NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB @ 05:16;
131. TRASTOUR Olivier FRA DEL @ 05:16;
132. HUNTER Robert RSA LAM @ 06:36;
133. FRUTTI Matteo ITA LAM @ 06:36;
134. VAN HYFTE Paul BEL LOT @ 06:36;
135. POZZI Oscar ITA FAS @ 06:36;
136. PERRAUDEAU Olivier FRA BJR @ 06:36;
137. PINOTTI Marco ITA LAM @ 06:36;
138. VERHEYEN Geert BEL RAB @ 06:36;
139. MAIGNAN Gilles FRA A2R @ 06:36;
140. SEIGNEUR Eddy FRA DEL @ 06:36;
141. ORIOL Christophe FRA DEL @ 06:36;
142. MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ @ 06:36;
143. IVANOV Serguei RUS FAS @ 06:36;
144. SORENSEN Nicki DEN CST @ 06:36;
145. CAPELLE Ludovic BEL A2R @ 06:36;
146. KIRSIPUU Jaan EST A2R @ 06:36;
147. RODRIGUEZ Fred USA DFF @ 06:36;
148. DEN BAKKER Maarten NED RAB @ 06:36;
149. VAINSTEINS Romans LAT DFF @ 06:36;
150. RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP @ 06:36;
151. VERSTREPEN Johan BEL LAM @ 06:36;
152. WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB @ 06:36;
153. GUESDON Frédéric FRA FDJ @ 06:36;
154. MILLAR David GBR COF @ 10:58;
155. JALABERT Nicolas FRA CST @ 10:58;
156. DURAND Jacky FRA FDJ @ 11:10;
157. AGNOLUTTO Christophe FRA A2R @ 11:10;
158. PRETOT Arnaud FRA FES @ 11:10;
159. GOUVENOU Thierry FRA BIG @ 11:10;
160. AUGER Guillaume FRA BIG @ 11:10;
161. LOTZ Marc NED RAB @ 11:10;
162. DIERCKXSENS Ludo BEL LAM @ 11:10;
163. LARSEN Nicolay Bo DEN CST @ 11:10;
164. HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A @ 11:10;
165. NAZON Damien FRA BJR @ 11:10;
166. BERTOGLIATI Rubens SUI LAM @ 11:10;
167. SORENSEN Rolf DEN CST @ 11:10;
168. EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP @ 11:10;
169. BERGES Stéphane FRA A2R @ 11:10;
170. GARCIA Marcelino ESP CST @ 11:10;
171. MILESI Marco ITA DFF @ 11:10;
172. SERPELLINI Marco ITA LAM @ 11:10;
173. CASSANI Enrico ITA DFF @ 11:10;
174. DE GROOT Bram NED RAB @ 11:10;
175. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro ESP ONC @ 11:10;
176. AUGER Ludovic FRA BIG @ 11:10;
177. ZANINI Stefano ITA MAP @ 11:10;
178. LEYSEN Bart BEL MAP @ 14:46;
179. FORNACIARI Paolo ITA MAP @ 14:46;
180. CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ @ 14:46;
181. DE JONGH Steven NED RAB @ 14:46;
182. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen NED LOT @ 14:46;
183. STEELS Tom BEL MAP @ 14:46;
184. BRAMATI Davide ITA MAP @ 14:46;
185. VAN HEESWIJK Max NED DFF @ 14:46;
186. DEKKER Erik NED RAB @ 14:46;

Overall after three stages

1. O’GRADY Stuart AUS C.A in 14:14:59;
2. MOREAU Christophe FRA FES @ 00:17;
3. VERBRUGGHE Rik BEL LOT @ 00:18;
4. VOIGT Jens GER C.A @ 00:20;
5. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor ESP ONC @ 00:20;
6. JULICH Bobby USA C.A @ 00:21;
7. ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP @ 00:21;
8. ZABEL Erik GER TEL @ 00:23;
9. ULLRICH Jan GER TEL @ 00:24;
10. BRARD Florent FRA FES @ 00:24;
11. BOTERO Santiago COL KEL @ 00:27;
12. BELOKI Joseba ESP ONC @ 00:30;
13. SASTRE Carlos ESP ONC @ 00:31;
14. GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL @ 00:33;
15. ROUS Didier FRA BJR @ 00:33;
16. BROCHARD Laurent FRA DEL @ 00:33;
17. CASERO Angel ESP FES @ 00:33;
18. GONZALEZ Santos ESP ONC @ 00:34;
19. JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONC @ 00:35;
20. TOSATTO Matteo ITA FAS @ 00:36;
21. KLODEN Andréas GER TEL @ 00:36;
22. PENA Victor Hugo COL USP @ 00:38;
23. BARTOLI Michele ITA MAP @ 00:39;
24. BROZYNA Thomasz POL BAN @ 00:39;
25. JALABERT Laurent FRA CST @ 00:39;
26. GONZALEZ Aitor ESP KEL @ 00:40;
27. GARZELLI Stefano ITA MAP @ 00:40;
28. MAGNIEN Emmanuel FRA FDJ @ 00:42;
29. MATTAN Nico BEL COF @ 00:42;
30. HEULOT Stéphane FRA BIG @ 00:42;
31. GUTIERREZ Ivan ESP ONC @ 00:43;
32. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier ESP KEL @ 00:43;
33. HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL @ 00:44;
34. SERRANO Marcos ESP ONC @ 00:46;
35. VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ @ 00:46;
36. CUESTA Inigo ESP COF @ 00:47;
37. PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier ESP BAN @ 00:47;
38. LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF @ 00:48;
39. BASSO Ivan ITA FAS @ 00:48;
40. MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN @ 00:49;
41. VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL @ 00:49;
42. CAPELLE Christophe FRA BIG @ 00:49;
43. PEREZ Luis ESP FES @ 00:50;
44. ODRIOZOLA Jon ESP BAN @ 00:51;
45. BELLI Wladimir ITA FAS @ 00:53;
46. KIVILEV Andrei KAZ COF @ 00:53;
47. GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP FES @ 00:54;
48. TRENTIN Guido ITA COF @ 00:54;
49. BOOGERD Michaël NED RAB @ 00:54;
50. AERTS Mario BEL LOT @ 00:55;
51. SEVILLA Oscar ESP KEL @ 00:55;
52. SCHNIDER Daniel SUI FDJ @ 00:56;
53. MONCOUTIE David FRA COF @ 00:56;
54. PIIL Jakob DEN CST @ 00:56;
55. BOUVARD Gilles FRA DEL @ 00:56;
56. PRADERA Mikel ESP ONC @ 00:56;
57. ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS @ 00:57;
58. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL LOT @ 00:57;
59. WADECKI Piotr POL DFF @ 00:57;
60. MIKHAILOV Guennadi RUS LOT @ 00:57;
61. BETTINI Paolo ITA MAP @ 00:58;
62. BALDATO Fabio ITA FAS @ 00:58;
63. LINO Pascal FRA FES @ 00:59;
64. SALMON Benoit FRA A2R @ 00:59;
65. BENETEAU Walter FRA BJR @ 01:00;
66. LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS @ 01:01;
67. HERAS Roberto ESP USP @ 01:02;
68. BLANCO Santiago ESP BAN @ 01:03;
69. VIDAL José Angel ESP KEL @ 01:05;
70. JIMENEZ Eladio ESP BAN @ 01:05;
71. ROBIN Jean-Cyril FRA BJR @ 01:07;
72. ETXEBARRIA David ESP EUS @ 01:07;
73. LIVINGSTON Kevin USA TEL @ 01:07;
74. RINERO Christophe FRA COF @ 01:07;
75. BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R @ 01:08;
76. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS @ 01:08;
77. BAGUET Serge BEL LOT @ 01:08;
78. MERCKX Axel BEL DFF @ 01:08;
79. CHAURREAU Inigo ESP EUS @ 01:09;
80. SIMON François FRA BJR @ 01:09;
81. MONTGOMERY Sven SUI FDJ @ 01:10;
82. DEL OLMO Txema ESP EUS @ 01:11;
83. GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL @ 01:14;
84. DEMARBAIX Sébastien BEL A2R @ 01:14;
85. TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R @ 01:14;
86. BESSY Frédéric FRA C.A @ 01:20;
87. CEREZO Francisco ESP CST @ 01:20;
88. PIEPOLI Leonardo ITA BAN @ 01:29;
89. HEPPNER Jens GER TEL @ 01:46;
90. LAMOULLER Loïc FRA BIG @ 02:03;
91. CASTRESANA Angel ESP EUS @ 02:07;
92. WESEMANN Steffen GER TEL @ 02:40;
93. BOLTS Udo GER TEL @ 02:58;
94. KJAERGAARD Steffen NOR USP @ 03:22;
95. HINCAPIE George USA USP @ 03:25;
96. KNAVEN Servais NED DFF @ 04:36;
97. SIVAKOV Alexei RUS BIG @ 05:05;
98. MORIN Anthony FRA C.A @ 05:19;
99. CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BJR @ 05:41;
100. PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS @ 05:42;
101. VANDEVELDE Christian USA USP @ 05:42;
102. BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CST @ 05:50;
103. TEUTENBERG Sven GER FES @ 05:51;
104. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN @ 05:55;
105. CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA FAS @ 05:56;
106. MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ @ 05:57;
107. RENIER Franck FRA BJR @ 05:57;
108. SVORADA Jan SLO LAM @ 05:58;
109. CARDENAS Félix COL KEL @ 05:59;
110. MUSEEUW Johan BEL DFF @ 05:59;
111. TALABARDON Sébastien FRA BIG @ 06:00;
112. HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A @ 06:00;
113. NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB @ 06:00;
114. LODA Nicola ITA FAS @ 06:13;
115. WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB @ 06:26;
116. VAUGHTERS Jonathan USA C.A @ 06:26;
117. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis LAT LAM @ 06:30;
118. CHANTEUR Pascal FRA FES @ 06:42;
119. HUNTER Robert RSA LAM @ 06:51;
120. KIRSIPUU Jaan EST A2R @ 06:52;
121. MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN @ 06:54;
122. VERMAUT Steve BEL LOT @ 07:01;
123. HAMILTON Tyler USA USP @ 07:06;
124. VAN HYFTE Paul BEL LOT @ 07:15;
125. BOUYER Franck FRA BJR @ 07:16;
126. VAINSTEINS Romans LAT DFF @ 07:17;
127. ORIOL Christophe FRA DEL @ 07:19;
128. IVANOV Serguei RUS FAS @ 07:26;
129. VERSTREPEN Johan BEL LAM @ 07:27;
130. VERHEYEN Geert BEL RAB @ 07:33;
131. DEN BAKKER Maarten NED RAB @ 07:33;
132. GUESDON Frédéric FRA FDJ @ 07:34;
133. ATIENZA Daniel ESP COF @ 07:38;
134. SORENSEN Nicki DEN CST @ 07:39;
135. JAN Xavier FRA BIG @ 07:42;
136. GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL @ 07:45;
137. CAPELLE Ludovic BEL A2R @ 07:55;
138. POZZI Oscar ITA FAS @ 07:55;
139. FRUTTI Matteo ITA LAM @ 08:05;
140. PERRAUDEAU Olivier FRA BJR @ 08:10;
141. ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN EUS @ 08:12;
142. ROUX Laurent FRA DEL @ 08:34;
143. JENNER Christopher NZL C.A @ 08:59;
144. MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ @ 10:01;
145. JALABERT Nicolas FRA CST @ 11:38;
146. DURAND Jacky FRA FDJ @ 11:40;
147. PRETOT Arnaud FRA FES @ 11:42;
148. HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A @ 11:44;
149. EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP @ 11:44;
150. DE GROOT Bram NED RAB @ 11:51;
151. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro ESP ONC @ 11:53;
152. MILESI Marco ITA DFF @ 11:59;
153. AGNOLUTTO Christophe FRA A2R @ 12:01;
154. ZANINI Stefano ITA MAP @ 12:07;
155. CASSANI Enrico ITA DFF @ 12:10;
156. LOTZ Marc NED RAB @ 12:13;
157. GOUVENOU Thierry FRA BIG @ 12:14;
158. LARSEN Nicolay Bo DEN CST @ 12:24;
159. AUGER Ludovic FRA BIG @ 12:25;
160. TAULER Antonio ESP KEL @ 12:39;
161. AUGER Guillaume FRA BIG @ 12:45;
162. NARDELLO Daniele ITA MAP @ 12:53;
163. TRASTOUR Olivier FRA DEL @ 12:53;
164. PINOTTI Marco ITA LAM @ 13:02;
165. MAIGNAN Gilles FRA A2R @ 13:10;
166. BERNARD Jérome FRA DEL @ 13:11;
167. RODRIGUEZ Fred USA DFF @ 13:20;
168. RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP @ 13:24;
169. SEIGNEUR Eddy FRA DEL @ 14:41;
170. DE JONGH Steven NED RAB @ 15:43;
171. BRAMATI Davide ITA MAP @ 15:47;
172. CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ @ 15:52;
173. FORNACIARI Paolo ITA MAP @ 16:00;
174. NAZON Damien FRA BJR @ 16:16;
175. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen NED LOT @ 16:34;
176. BERTOGLIATI Rubens SUI LAM @ 17:36;
177. DIERCKXSENS Ludo BEL LAM @ 17:38;
178. SORENSEN Rolf DEN CST @ 17:54;
179. GARCIA Marcelino ESP CST @ 18:14;
180. BERGES Stéphane FRA A2R @ 18:25;
181. DEKKER Erik NED RAB @ 20:58;
182. VAN HEESWIJK Max NED DFF @ 21:27;
183. STEELS Tom BEL MAP @ 21:39;
184. LEYSEN Bart BEL MAP @ 22:01;
185. SERPELLINI Marco ITA LAM @ 22:06;
186. MILLAR David GBR COF @ 24:05;

Abandon DESBIENS Laurent FRA KEL