Bettini wins stage 6 of the Vuelta, Leipheimer hands the lead to Chavanel

How happy was Paolo Bettini after ripping across the finish ahead of Philippe Gilbert (FDJeux) victorious in Thursday's sixth stage at the Vuelta a España? The two-time reigning world champion pumped both arms in the air, then his fist and before yelling something very Italian that might not be printable, even on the Web. Ever since 2005, Bettini's used the Vuelta as a trampoline for success at the world championships. He's won at least one stage in each Vuelta since then and won back-to-back rainbow jerseys in 2006-07.

By Andrew Hood

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Bettini snags the win.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Bettini snags the win.

Photo: Graham Watson

How happy was Paolo Bettini after ripping across the finish ahead of Philippe Gilbert (FDJeux) victorious in Thursday’s sixth stage at the Vuelta a España?

The two-time reigning world champion pumped both arms in the air, then his fist and before yelling something very Italian that might not be printable, even on the Web.

Ever since 2005, Bettini’s used the Vuelta as a trampoline for success at the world championships. He’s won at least one stage in each Vuelta since then and won back-to-back rainbow jerseys in 2006-07.

Just weeks away from a shot at a record third-straight world title, Bettini is hopeful the good luck will rub off one more time.

“The Vuelta has served me good fortune, so I am glad to win again at the Vuelta this year,” Bettini said. “I will probably pull out of the Vuelta in Valladolid (stage 17) to have everything perfect for the worlds. This win gives me even more confident for Varese.”

While Bettini was celebrating his third victory in 2008, Levi Leipheimer (Astana) let Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) win two intermediate sprints in the 150.1km march from Cuidad Real to Toledo to slip into the Vuelta’s leader’s jersey.

The hard work by Cofidis paid off as Chavanel held up his end of the bargain in the short but nervous stage. Leipheimer didn’t challenge as Cofidis led three men across the line in both sprints to assure the time bonuses.

63rd Vuelta a España
Stage 6, Cuidad Real to Toledo, 151.1km

Winner: Paolo Bettini (Quick Step)
Leader: Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) won two intermediate sprints to take the leader’s jersey from Levi Leipheimer (Astana), turning a two-second deficit into a 10-second lead.
Points: Daniele Bennati (Liquigas)
KOM: Jesús Rosendo Prado (Andalucía-CajaSur) took fourth-place points over the day’s lone third category climb to retain the jersey he’s worn since the second stage.
Combined: Bettini
Team: Astana stayed atop the team GC
Peloton: No abandons, 167 riders remain

Chavanel won 12 seconds in bonuses and moved 10 seconds ahead of Leipheimer, who won Wednesday’s time trial to take a grand tour leader’s jersey for the first time of his career.

A tough finishing circuit around the historic jewel of Toledo opened gaps in the main pack as the weary peloton capped an exciting first week of racing in the Vuelta.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Iganatiev, Mayoz (ESP), and Diudia (Milram) were caught before the first sprint.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Iganatiev, Mayoz (ESP), and Diudia (Milram) were caught before the first sprint.

Photo: Graham Watson

When the remaining 167 riders split among several group for the blast into Toledo,

The Cricket showed no signs of losing his kick.

The survivors take a breather Friday in the first of two rest days ahead of the first of four summit finishes with a long, potentially explosive stage into Andorra on Saturday.

Chavanel takes gold

The chance to grab the jersey was too tempting for Chavanel, who clawed within two seconds of Leipheimer following the 42.5km time trial.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Cofidis set up Chavanel to take both intermediate sprints.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Cofidis set up Chavanel to take both intermediate sprints.

Photo: Graham Watson

The three-time French national time trial champion grabbed the bonuses and became the first French rider since Laurent Jalabert to don the Vuelta’s leader’s jersey.

“I came here hoping to win a stage, so taking the jersey is somewhat of a surprise,” Chavanel said. “Winning a stage this year in the Tour was probably more important, but taking the jersey in a grand tour is also something significant.”

Chavanel was in a similar situation in this year’s Paris-Nice, when he held a small lead going into the decisive climbing stage at Mont Ventoux.

He wilted against an attack by Robert Gesink (Rabobank), the young Dutch climber who took the jersey that day back in March and is now making his grand tour debut here at the Vuelta.

Chavanel, who moves to Quick Step in 2009, says he’ll do his best against the Spanish mountain goats in the summit finish Saturday in Andorra.

“I will honor the jersey on Saturday and ride to defend it, but the differences are small between the favorites, so it might be difficult to keep it,” he said.

“My grandfather was from Barcelona, so to have the leader’s jersey in the Spanish tour is an added honor for me.”

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Leipheimer enjoyed just one day in the lead.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Leipheimer enjoyed just one day in the lead.

Photo: Graham Watson

Chavanel became the fifth rider in six stages to wear the leader’s jersey, a stat that underscores what everyone agrees has been a wild and exciting start to the 63rd edition of the Spanish tour.

Exciting first week

Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank) is breathing a sigh of relief.

After brushing off a crash in stage 4 and staying within 40 seconds to Contador in Wednesday’s time trial, Sastre says he’s ready for the showdown in the Pyrénées.

He nudged into fifth overall at 1:37 back after the pack split in the final kilometers, after Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Jurgen Van Goolen (CSC-Saxo) both fell back.

“It hasn’t been an easy start to the Vuelta,” Sastre said. “I am relieved after the time trial. I didn’t have a great start, but I later found my rhythm to limit my losses to my rivals. More than anything, the time trial was a positive test of my form. Now I head into the mountains with a more optimistic frame of mind.”

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) sprinted to third in the stage after brushing off a pileup in the day’s feed zone and stayed in third to move within 27 seconds of regaining the race leader’s jersey.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6:  Valverde got caught in a crash, but still finished third.

Vuelta 2008, stage 6: Valverde got caught in a crash, but still finished third.

Photo: Graham Watson

Despite the strong position, Valverde, who won the second stage into Jaén and wore the leader’s jersey for one day, remains uncommitted about his chances to fend off Sastre and Astana’s Alberto Contador.

“The bunch broke in different parts in the final and I gained some seconds compared with the favorites but those seconds will not be important in the next stages even if it is of course always better to gain some than lose them,” he said. “I tried to go for the stage win and when I saw the finishing line, I attacked but it was already too late.”

All eyes will be on Contador as the race turns into the mountains.

After a superb time trial that pushed him into fourth place overall at 57 seconds back, Contador is in the driver’s seat going into the Pyrénées.

With the support of Leipheimer and a motivated Astana, fueled by their snub at this year’s Tour de France, Contador will be trying to become the fifth man to win all three grand tours.

That’s heady stuff, but first he’ll have to get around Sastre, Valverde and some young guns ready to prove their place in the bigs.

If the first week is any indication, the rest of the Vuelta should be one of the best clashes the Spanish tour has seen in years.

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Results

Stage Results | (GC Standings )| (KOM Standings )| (Points Standings)

1 Paolo Bettini, (ITA) Quick Step
2 Philippe Gilbert, (BEL) Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
3 Alejandro Valverde, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
4 Óscar Freire, (ESP) Rabobank at s.t.
5 Daniele Bennati, (ITA) Liquigas at s.t.
6 Davide Rebellin, (ITA) Gerolsteiner at s.t.
7 Sébastien Hinault, (FRA) Credit Agricole at s.t.
8 Greg Van Avermaet, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at s.t.
9 Karsten Kroon, (NED) CSC at s.t.
10 Matti Breschel, (DEN) CSC at s.t.
11 Alessandro Ballan, (ITA) Lampre at s.t.
12 Xavier Florencio, (ESP) Bouygues Telecom at s.t.
13 Filippo Pozzato, (ITA) Liquigas at s.t.
14 Daniel Moreno FernÁndez, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
15 Alberto Contador, (ESP) Astana at 6
16 Oliver Zaugg, (SUI) Gerolsteiner at 6
17 Nikita Eskov, (RUS) Tinkoff at 6
18 Andreas KlÖden, (GER) Astana at 6
19 Rinaldo Nocentini, (ITA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 6
20 Levi Leipheimer, (USA) Astana at 6
21 Igor Anton, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 6
22 David GarcÍa Dapena, (ESP) at 6
23 Erik Zabel, (GER) Milram at 6
24 Robert Gesink, (NED) Rabobank at 6
25 David Arroyo, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 6
26 Marzio Bruseghin, (ITA) Lampre at 6
27 Julien Loubet, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 6
28 Joaquín RodrÍguez Oliver, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 6
29 Antonio Flecha, Juan (ESP) Rabobank at 6
30 Egoi MartÍnez, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 6
31 Manuel Garate, Juan (ESP) Quick Step at 6
32 Carlos Sastre, (ESP) CSC at 6
33 Alberto Losada, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 6
34 Patrice Halgand, (FRA) Credit Agricole at 6
35 Alexandr Kolobnev, (RUS) CSC at 6
36 Ezequiel Mosquera, (ESP) at 6
37 Damiano Cunego, (ITA) Lampre at 6
38 Sandy Casar, (FRA) Francaise des Jeux at 6
39 Evgeni Petrov, (RUS) Tinkoff at 6
40 Ivan Velasco, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 6
41 Gustavo CÉsar Veloso, (ESP) at 6
42 Sylvain Chavanel, (FRA) Cofidis at 6
43 Jeremy Hunt, (GBR) Credit Agricole at 6
44 David Moncoutie, (FRA) Cofidis at 6
45 Nicolas Roche, (IRL) Credit Agricole at 6
46 Javier Moreno BazÁn, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 6
47 Davide Vigano, (ITA) Quick Step at 14
48 Luis Pasamontes, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 14
49 Volodymir Gustov, (UKR) CSC at 14
50 Stefan Schumacher, (GER) Gerolsteiner at 14
51 Andriy Grivko, (UKR) Milram at 14
52 John Gadret, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 14
53 Matej Jurco, (SVK) Milram at 14
54 Dominique Cornu, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 14
55 Luis Rubiera, José (ESP) Astana at 14
56 Vasili Kiryienka, (BLR) Tinkoff at 14
57 Gustavo DomÍnguez Lemos, (ESP) at 14
58 Leonardo Duque, (COL) Cofidis at 14
59 Dmitry Kozontchuk, (RUS) Rabobank at 14
60 Eduard Vorganov, (RUS) at 14
61 Hubert Dupont, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 14
62 Grischa Niermann, (GER) Rabobank at 14
63 Maarten Tjallingii, (NED) Silence-Lotto at 14
64 Olivier Bonnaire, (FRA) Bouygues Telecom at 14
65 Imanol Erviti, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 14
66 Vincent Jerome, (FRA) Bouygues Telecom at 14
67 Matthew Lloyd, (AUS) Silence-Lotto at 14
68 Iñigo Cuesta, (ESP) CSC at 20
69 Mauricio Ardila, (COL) Rabobank at 20
70 Mikel Astarloza, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 24
71 Michael Blaudzun, (DEN) CSC at 24
72 Larrea, Koldo Fdez De (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 24
73 Paolo Tiralongo, (ITA) Lampre at 24
74 Rémy Di Gregorio, (FRA) Francaise des Jeux at 24
75 Matteo Tosatto, (ITA) Quick Step at 24
76 Andrea Tonti, (ITA) Quick Step at 24
77 Pavel Brutt, (RUS) Tinkoff at 24
78 Marco Marzano, (ITA) Lampre at 24
79 José Luis Carrasco GÁmiz, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 24
80 Manuel Quinziato, (ITA) Liquigas at 27
81 Gianni Meersman, (BEL) Francaise des Jeux at 27
82 Bart Dockx, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 27
83 Lloyd Mondory, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 32
84 David Herrero, (ESP) at 32
85 Christian Kux, (GER) Milram at 32
86 Sergio Paulinho, (POR) Astana at 32
87 Rubén PÉrez Moreno, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 32
88 Tomas Vaitkus, (LTU) Astana at 32
89 Benjamín Noval, (ESP) Astana at 39
90 Martin Velits, (SVK) Milram at 39
91 Xabier Zandio, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 39
92 Sebastian Schwager, (GER) Milram at 44
93 Manuel Ortega, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 1:02
94 J.antoni Carrasco RamÍrez, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 1:06
95 Roy Sentjens, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 1:25
96 Olivier Kaisen, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 1:25
97 Gabriel Rasch, (NOR) Credit Agricole at 1:25
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GC Standings | (Stage Results) | (KOM Standings )| (Points Standings)

1 Sylvain Chavanel, (FRA) Cofidis
2 Levi Leipheimer, (USA) Astana at 10
3 Alejandro Valverde, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 26
4 Alberto Contador, (ESP) Astana at 57
5 Carlos Sastre, (ESP) CSC at 1:37
6 Daniele Bennati, (ITA) Liquigas at 1:42
7 Antonio Flecha, Juan (ESP) Rabobank at 2:01
8 Dominique Cornu, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 2:06
9 Daniel Moreno FernÁndez, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 2:20
10 Igor Anton, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 2:27
11 Ezequiel Mosquera, (ESP) at 2:29
12 Alessandro Ballan, (ITA) Lampre at 2:30
13 Erik Zabel, (GER) Milram at 2:35
14 Andriy Grivko, (UKR) Milram at 2:37
15 Grischa Niermann, (GER) Rabobank at 2:39
16 Marzio Bruseghin, (ITA) Lampre at 2:40
17 Robert Gesink, (NED) Rabobank at 2:40
18 Davide Rebellin, (ITA) Gerolsteiner at 2:43
19 Vasili Kiryienka, (BLR) Tinkoff at 2:43
20 Evgeni Petrov, (RUS) Tinkoff at 2:53
21 Mikel Astarloza, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 2:54
22 Nikita Eskov, (RUS) Tinkoff at 2:58
23 Rinaldo Nocentini, (ITA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 3:01
24 Alexandr Kolobnev, (RUS) CSC at 3:02
25 Yaroslav Popovych, (UKR) Silence-Lotto at 3:04
26 David Arroyo, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 3:04
27 Gustavo CÉsar Veloso, (ESP) at 3:06
28 Sandy Casar, (FRA) Francaise des Jeux at 3:06
29 David GarcÍa Dapena, (ESP) at 3:17
30 Manuel Garate, Juan (ESP) Quick Step at 3:21
31 Nicolas Roche, (IRL) Credit Agricole at 3:26
32 Egoi MartÍnez, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 3:37
33 Luis Rubiera, José (ESP) Astana at 3:52
34 Luis Pasamontes, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 3:55
35 Iñigo Cuesta, (ESP) CSC at 4:01
36 David Moncoutie, (FRA) Cofidis at 4:02
37 Joaquín RodrÍguez Oliver, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 4:03
38 Dmitry Kozontchuk, (RUS) Rabobank at 4:08
39 Maarten Tjallingii, (NED) Silence-Lotto at 4:21
40 Greg Van Avermaet, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 4:39
41 Paolo Bettini, (ITA) Quick Step at 4:49
42 David Herrero, (ESP) at 4:53
43 Alberto Losada, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 4:55
44 Xavier Florencio, (ESP) Bouygues Telecom at 4:55
45 Filippo Pozzato, (ITA) Liquigas at 4:58
46 Gustavo DomÍnguez Lemos, (ESP) at 5:01
47 Benjamín Noval, (ESP) Astana at 5:07
48 Julien Loubet, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 5:10
49 Volodymir Gustov, (UKR) CSC at 5:14
50 Mauricio Ardila, (COL) Rabobank at 5:20
51 Vincent Jerome, (FRA) Bouygues Telecom at 5:22
52 Andreas KlÖden, (GER) Astana at 5:27
53 Eduard Vorganov, (RUS) at 5:33
54 Hubert Dupont, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 5:39
55 Óscar Freire, (ESP) Rabobank at 5:54
56 Oliver Zaugg, (SUI) Gerolsteiner at 5:56
57 Stefan Schumacher, (GER) Gerolsteiner at 6:00
58 Matthew Lloyd, (AUS) Silence-Lotto at 6:01
59 Ivan Rovny, (RUS) Tinkoff at 6:02
60 Damiano Cunego, (ITA) Lampre at 6:04
61 Karsten Kroon, (NED) CSC at 6:32
62 Xabier Zandio, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 6:37
63 John Gadret, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 6:51
64 Patrice Halgand, (FRA) Credit Agricole at 7:00
65 Larrea, Koldo Fdez De (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 7:04
66 Marco Marzano, (ITA) Lampre at 7:09
67 Paolo Tiralongo, (ITA) Lampre at 7:21
68 Tom Stamsnijder, (NED) Gerolsteiner at 7:44
69 Javier Moreno BazÁn, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 7:49
70 Philippe Gilbert, (BEL) Francaise des Jeux at 7:53
71 Alan PÉrez, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 8:02
72 Sergio Paulinho, (POR) Astana at 8:06
73 Andrea Tonti, (ITA) Quick Step at 8:21
74 Carlos CastaÑo, (ESP) at 8:21
75 Sébastien Hinault, (FRA) Credit Agricole at 8:24
76 Ivan Velasco, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 8:45
77 Gabriel Rasch, (NOR) Credit Agricole at 8:49
78 Matteo Tosatto, (ITA) Quick Step at 8:52
79 Luis Arrieta, José (ESP) Ag2r La Mondiale at 8:55
80 Roy Sentjens, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 8:57
81 Yannick Talabardon, (FRA) Credit Agricole at 9:14
82 Manuel Ortega, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 9:14
83 Carlos Barredo, (ESP) Quick Step at 9:20
84 Olivier Bonnaire, (FRA) Bouygues Telecom at 9:28
85 Iñigo Landaluze, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 9:43
86 Sébastien Minard, (FRA) Cofidis at 9:45
87 Pieter Jacobs, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 10:06
88 Serafín MartÍnez Acevedo, (ESP) at 10:36
89 Leonardo Duque, (COL) Cofidis at 10:37
90 Rubén PÉrez Moreno, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 11:02
91 Anthony Geslin, (FRA) Bouygues Telecom at 12:02
92 Heinrich Haussler, (GER) Gerolsteiner at 12:23
93 Iban Mayoz, (ESP) at 12:28
94 Amets Txurruka, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 12:36
95 J.antonio Carrasco RamÍrez, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 12:43
96 Matej Jurco, (SVK) Milram at 12:54
97 Alessandro Vanotti, (ITA) Liquigas at 12:55
98 Bingen FernÁndez, (ESP) Cofidis at 13:08
99 Nick Nuyens, (BEL) Cofidis at 13:16
100 Michael Blaudzun, (DEN) CSC at 13:22
101 Renaud Dion, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 13:24
102 Imanol Erviti, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 13:42
103 Lloyd Mondory, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 14:11
104 Davide Vigano, (ITA) Quick Step at 14:34
105 Fernando Pedraza, Walter (COL) Tinkoff at 14:49
106 Matti Breschel, (DEN) CSC at 14:54
107 Theo Eltink, (NED) Rabobank at 14:59
108 Christian Kux, (GER) Milram at 15:17
109 José Luis Carrasco GÁmiz, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 15:25
110 Manuel Quinziato, (ITA) Liquigas at 15:26
111 Sebastian Lang, (GER) Gerolsteiner at 15:46
112 Francis Mourey, (FRA) Francaise des Jeux at 16:04
113 Claudio Corioni, (ITA) Liquigas at 16:46
114 Matthieu Ladagnous, (FRA) Francaise des Jeux at 16:53
115 Martin Velits, (SVK) Milram at 18:02
116 Rémy Di Gregorio, (FRA) Francaise des Jeux at 18:26
117 Valerio Agnoli, (ITA) Liquigas at 18:28
118 Gianni Meersman, (BEL) Francaise des Jeux at 18:28
119 Tomas Vaitkus, (LTU) Astana at 19:05
120 Stephan Schreck, (GER) Gerolsteiner at 19:28
121 Olivier Kaisen, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 20:11
122 Jeremy Hunt, (GBR) Credit Agricole at 20:24
123 Mickael Delage, (FRA) Francaise des Jeux at 22:18
124 Dimitri Champion, (FRA) Bouygues Telecom at 22:27
125 Pedro Horrillo, (ESP) Rabobank at 22:41
126 Danilo Napolitano, (ITA) Lampre at 22:41
127 J. Vicente GarcÍa Acosta, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne at 22:46
128 Mathias Frank, (SUI) Gerolsteiner at 23:07
129 Bart Dockx, (BEL) Silence-Lotto at 23:10
130 Alexandre Usov, (BLR) Ag2r La Mondiale at 24:17
131 Sebastian Schwager, (GER) Milram at 25:13
132 Fabio Sabatini, (ITA) Milram at 26:30
133 Pavel Brutt, (RUS) Tinkoff at 26:32
134 Enrico Franzoi, (ITA) Liquigas at 26:46

135 Massimiliano Mori, (ITA) Lampre at 26:52
136 Stéphane Poulhies, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale at 26:54
137 Assan Bazayev, (KAZ) Astana at 27:19
138 José Haedo, Juan (ARG) CSC at 28:10
139 Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 28:46
140 Jesús Rosendo Prado, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 28:59
141 Volodymyr Diudia, (UKR) Milram at 29:31
142 Wouter Weylandt, (BEL) Quick Step at 30:20
143 Emanuele Bindi, (ITA) Lampre at 30:51
144 J. Antonio LÓpez Gil, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 31:06
145 Cyril Lemoine, (FRA) Credit Agricole at 31:24
146 Kevin Van Impe, (BEL) Quick Step at 31:30
147 Fco. José Martinez PÉrez, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur at 32:07
148 Oscar Gatto, (ITA) Gerolsteiner at 36:14


KOM Standings | (Stage Results) | (GC Standings )| (Points Standings)

1 Jesús Rosendo Prado, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur 17
2 Manuel Ortega, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur 7
3 Fernando Pedraza, Walter (COL) Tinkoff 7
4 Iban Mayoz, (ESP) 6
5 J. Antonio LÓpez Gil, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur 6
6 Mikhail Ignatiev, (RUS) Tinkoff 6
7 Paolo Bettini, (ITA) Quick Step 4
8 Cyril Lemoine, (FRA) Credit Agricole 4
9 Fco. José Martinez PÉrez, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur 4
10 Egoi MartÍnez, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2
11 Serafín MartÍnez Acevedo, (ESP) 2

Points Standings | (KOM Standings) | (Stage Results) | (GC Standings)

1 Daniele Bennati, (ITA) Liquigas 63
2 Alejandro Valverde, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 54
3 Tom Boonen, (BEL) Quick Step 48
4 Greg Van Avermaet, (BEL) Silence-Lotto 42
5 Erik Zabel, (GER) Milram 37
6 Sylvain Chavanel, (FRA) Cofidis 34
7 Paolo Bettini, (ITA) Quick Step 33
8 Davide Rebellin, (ITA) Gerolsteiner 30
9 Larrea, Koldo Fdez De (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi 30
10 Philippe Gilbert, (BEL) Francaise des Jeux 27
11 Levi Leipheimer, (USA) Astana 25
12 Alessandro Ballan, (ITA) Lampre 25
13 Nicolas Roche, (IRL) Credit Agricole 24
14 Sébastien Hinault, (FRA) Credit Agricole 17
15 Manuel Quinziato, (ITA) Liquigas 17
16 Alberto Contador, (ESP) Astana 16
17 Leonardo Duque, (COL) Cofidis 16
18 Filippo Pozzato, (ITA) Liquigas 15
19 Xavier Florencio, (ESP) Bouygues Telecom 14
20 Óscar Freire, (ESP) Rabobank 14
21 Danilo Napolitano, (ITA) Lampre 14
22 Matti Breschel, (DEN) CSC 11
23 Jurgen Van Goolen, (BEL) CSC 10
24 Rinaldo Nocentini, (ITA) Ag2r La Mondiale 10
25 Stefan Schumacher, (GER) Gerolsteiner 9
26 Michael Blaudzun, (DEN) CSC 9
27 Wouter Weylandt, (BEL) Quick Step 9
28 Manuel Ortega, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur 8
29 J. Antonio LÓpez Gil, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur 8
30 Davide Vigano, (ITA) Quick Step 8
31 Martin Velits, (SVK) Milram 8
32 Dominique Cornu, (BEL) Silence-Lotto 7
33 Karsten Kroon, (NED) CSC 7
34 Tom Stamsnijder, (NED) Gerolsteiner 7
35 Lloyd Mondory, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale 6
36 Sebastian Lang, (GER) Gerolsteiner 6
37 Renaud Dion, (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale 5
38 Egoi MartÍnez, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4
39 Mauricio Ardila, (COL) Rabobank 4
40 Andreas KlÖden, (GER) Astana 4
41 Alexandre Usov, (BLR) Ag2r La Mondiale 4
42 Gianni Meersman, (BEL) Francaise des Jeux 3
43 Antonio Flecha, Juan (ESP) Rabobank 2
44 Daniel Moreno FernÁndez, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 2
45 David GarcÍa Dapena, (ESP) 2
46 Dmitry Kozontchuk, (RUS) Rabobank 2
47 Xabier Zandio, (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 2
48 Marco Marzano, (ITA) Lampre 2
49 Dimitri Champion, (FRA) Bouygues Telecom 2
50 Jesús Rosendo Prado, (ESP) Andalucia-Cajasur 2
51 Mikhail Ignatiev, (RUS) Tinkoff 1

52 Carlos Sastre, (ESP) CSC 1
53 Nikita Eskov, (RUS) Tinkoff 1
54 Matthew Lloyd, (AUS) Silence-Lotto 1
55 Iñigo Landaluze, (ESP) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1
56 Sébastien Minard, (FRA) Cofidis 1
57 Nick Nuyens, (BEL) Cofidis 1