Armstrong rockets to prologue win

Lance Armstrong went like a rocket Saturday to win the opening prologueof the 2002 Tour de France and pick up exactly where he left off in Parislast summer. The three-time defending champion roared over the twisting, technicallydifficult 7.3-km course in downtown Luxembourg, edging Frenchman LaurentJalabert (CSC-Tiscali) by two seconds to win his 12th career Tour stage(prologues, time trials and road stages) and take the first yellow jerseyof the 89th Tour. “I was lucky. When I got out there, the course was dry. It is a surprise(to win) and a good surprise. I am happier than you think,”

By Andrew Hood

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Lance Armstrong went like a rocket Saturday to win the opening prologueof the 2002 Tour de France and pick up exactly where he left off in Parislast summer.

The three-time defending champion roared over the twisting, technicallydifficult 7.3-km course in downtown Luxembourg, edging Frenchman LaurentJalabert (CSC-Tiscali) by two seconds to win his 12th career Tour stage(prologues, time trials and road stages) and take the first yellow jerseyof the 89th Tour.

“I was lucky. When I got out there, the course was dry. It is a surprise(to win) and a good surprise. I am happier than you think,” saidArmstrong, after covering the course in 9 minutes, 8 seconds with an averagespeed of 45.985 kph.

Kelme-Costa Blanca’s Santiago Botero posted the early fastesttime of 9:12, a time that Armstrong said impressed him when he saw it.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I cannot do this.’ I won’t kill myself. I won’ttake any risks,” said Armstrong, who won the prologue in 1999 en routeto his first Tour victory.

Well, anyone that’s been watching Armstrong during his 10-year careerknows that when the battle is on, Armstrong kicks it up a notch. The 30-year-old said he ignored time splits once he realized that the last half of the course, which featured a steep steady rise to the finish, was becomingthe decisive part of the race.

“The race was won in the last half. The last kilometer-anda-half werereally hard,” Armstrong said. “It felt like a harder climb. Personally,I was cross-eyed.”

Jalabert posted the fastest time at the halfway mark, 4 seconds fasterthan Armstrong.

“I am at the same time satisfied and disappointed,” said Jalabert, awinner of two stages and the best climber’s jersey last year. “I knew Ihad very good sensations on this course when I saw it for the first time.Unfortunately, there was Mr. Armstrong. He went like a rocket.”

Armstrong turned on the after-burners up the final stretch to send avery strong message to his foes: the Texan won’t be relaxing as he triesto win a fourth consecutive Tour de France.

“If L’Equipe makes me a five-star favorite or everyone says I’mgoing to win and says it’s a race for second-place, it makes me nervousand it scares me,” Armstrong said. “When someone puts you on a pedestal,that’s when you’re fragile. I have a lot of respect for all the ridershere, the wind, flat tires, rain, a lot of things can happen.”

Armstrong also bucked tradition by not wearing the yellow jersey ofthe defending champion. Instead, he preferred the U.S. Postal Service teamkit he wore at the Midi Libre and Dauphine Libere races he both won.

“I’d rather look down and see a team jersey and say the yellow jerseyis out there and you have to earn that,” he said.

NUMBER ONE FAN - Luke wishes his dad good luck

NUMBER ONE FAN – Luke wishes his dad good luck

Photo: AFP

Armstrong was relaxed during his prologue warm-up, quietly chattingwith teammates and other U.S. Postal Service personnel. A huge crowd offans and media surrounded the team bus. His wife, Kristin, and their threechildren watched as a fit-looking Armstrong rode the rollers. His son,Luke, fetched water bottles for cycling’s man of the moment. Armstrongcertainly was that man on Saturday.

Pre-race favorites such as last year’s prologue winner ChristopheMoreau (40th, 24 seconds slower) and David Millar, winner ofthe 2000 prologue, were no match for Armstrong’s smooth-pedaling style.

“I felt good and I am happy. I just wanted a jersey,” said Millar, whofinished fifth, five seconds back, but took the white under-25 jersey.“I’m on the podium in the Tour and that’s always very good.”

Lampre-Daikin’s Raimondas Rumsas rode brilliantly, riding evenfaster than Armstrong in the prologue’s second half, to finish third threeseconds slower. The ONCE-Eroski team leaders, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeanoand Joseba Beloki, finished eighth and ninth, respectively nine and 13seconds back.

Americans in the mix
Talk of an all-American podium at the Tour de France has been quietlymaking the rounds and Tyler Hamilton (CSC-Tiscali) and Levi Leipheimer(Rabobank) showed they might just be up to the task.

The pair finished with the same time, 16 seconds slower than Armstrong,with Hamilton in 16th and Leipheimer 18th. Hamilton said he previewed theprologue course four times, but admitted he rode it conservatively.

“I didn’t want to take any chances on the opening day of the Tour deFrance,” said Hamilton, who crashed in the opening prologue of this year’sGiro and didn’t want to repeat the mistake. “The opening prologue can bedangerous so I just wanted to finish it safely. I’m feeling good, but forsure I am missing some days to let my shoulder heal. I think I will beable to ride into my form.”

The Tour is Hamilton’s first race back since finishing second overallat the 2002 Giro d’Italia. Hamilton was forced to wear a shoulder bracefor 10 days after it was revealed he broke his shoulder during the three-weekGiro. He retreated to Colorado for two weeks in June for high-altitudetraining.

“I’m feeling good. I will notice not racing for a month in these firstfew stages because training is not the same as racing,” said Hamilton,who will share team leadership duties at CSC-Tiscali with Jalabert andCarlos Sastre. “My shoulder is good. At least I can stand out of the saddlenow and pedal.”

Leipheimer was also steady during the time trial and said he was satisfiedwith his Tour de France debut.

“People talk about an all-American podium, it’s a small possibility,but it’s nice that people are even considering it,” Leipheimer said. “Irode a solid race today.”

George Hincapie (U.S. Postal Service) also rode a strong prologue,finishing 29th at 21 seconds. Floyd Landis (U.S. Postal Service)was 42nd 25 seconds slower while Bobby Julich (Telekom) came inat 94th at 38 seconds slower. Kevin Livingston (Telekom) was 101st39 seconds slower, while Jonathan Vaughters (Credit Agricole) was123rd at 45 seconds and Fred Rodriguez (Domo) was 127th at 47 seconds.

Rainbow coalition
The Tour de France continues to go worldwide. There are 30 nationsrepresented among the 189 racers starting the 89th Tour. France leads thetally with 41 racers, followed by Spain with 38 and Italy with 28. TheU.S., with nine riders on six teams, comes in fifth while 11 nations –South Africa, Brazil, Estonia, Great Britain, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg,Moldova, Norway, Portugal and Venezuela – have just one.

Young man’s game
There are 28 riders in the 25-and-under young rider’s competition inthe 89th Tour de France. Last year’s winner of the under-25 white jerseycategory, Oscar Sevilla, is too old to qualify. There are no Americansamong the group, but Great Britain’s David Millar will be in themix. Top riders to watch include Denis Menchov (Russia,,Ivan Basso (Italy, Fassa Bortolo) and Iban Mayo (Spain, Euskaltel).The young rider’s classification was introduced in 1975 and such ridersas Greg LeMond, Andy Hampsten, Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrichhave won. The category lost its jersey in 1988 because there wasn’ta sponsor until 2000. Only Laurent Fignon in 1983 and Ullrich in 1997 havewon the overall Tour as well as the young rider’s category in the sameyear.

Ullrich tells all over doping incident
Instead of starting the Tour de France on Saturday, Armstrong’s archrivalJan Ullrich held a press conference in Germany where he admittedtaking pills that resulted in a positive test last month.

The 28-year-old German, twice second behind Armstrong in the Tour, failedan out-of-competition doping test June 12 that revealed traces of amphetamines,a banned stimulant.

Ullrich, a Tour winner in 1997, hasn’t raced since the Tour of Qatarin January and wasn’t scheduled to start the Tour because of a knee injury.In a press conference broadcast live on German television, Ullrich fessedup to taking two pills during a wild night in Bad Wiessee in Germany’sBavaria region.

“I was stupid. I was completely depressed. I was in a life crisis. Itook the pills because someone told me they would make me feel better,”Ullrich said. “I was very naïve and I never thought about it as cheating.I haven’t raced in a long time.”

Ullrich announced in May that he would not start the 2002 Tour to battleArmstrong and instead went under the knife to repair injured ligamentsMay 28. He said he was depressed because his knee was still causing himpain despite the surgery and drank heavily and took pills to forget hiswoes.

The next morning, officials from Germany’s anti-doping agency administereda scheduled, but unannounced doping test. The German cycling federationwill now decide whether or not Ullrich will be sanctioned.

Ullrich’s team, sponsored by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, has a policyof immediate termination of any rider that fails a doping test. Becauseof Ullrich’s public admission of guilt, however, the team likely will notfire its troubled star.

“We will work with Ullrich the human being to help him,” said Telekomteam spokesman Olaf Ludwig. “Of course, it is disappointing, but we believewhat Jan is telling.”

Armstrong tipped his hat to Ullrich for publicly admitting his mistake.
“Ullrich accepted responsibility and I am proud of him,” Armstrongsaid. “It was a stupid mistake but he acted like a real gentleman. I thoughthe was incredibly brave and honest.

He said, ‘I made a mistake,’ and that’s what a man does.”

It’s been a horrible year for Ullrich, winner of the Olympic gold medalin 2000. Plagued by injuries since the spring, Ullrich crashed his Porscheinto a bike rack and drove away after another night on the town back inApril. He lost his German driver’s license for one year and he was fined 70 days of annual salary, a penalty estimated to be more than $385,000.

“I will not finish my career like this. I vow to come back to the top.What I did was stupid, not cheating,” Ullrich said.

Prologue, Saturday, July 6, Luxembourg, individual time trial,7 km
Weather: Cloudy, humid early on, with a light rain shower, temperaturesin the upper 60s F, with slight breeze.
Stage winner: Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal Service), 9 minutes,8 seconds with an average speed of 45.985 km/h
Overall leader: Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal Service)
Points jersey: Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal Service) – LaurentJalabert, second to Armstrong, will wear the jersey in Sunday’s stage.
Climber’s jersey: — not awarded yet.
Best young rider: David Millar (Cofidis)
Best team: CSC-Tiscali
Peloton: All 189 riders remain.

UCI jury decisions: No decisions.

Injury report: Jerome Bernard (F, Jean Delatour) suffered a woundto his scalp, but stayed in the race, three others crashed – Didier Rous(F, Bonjour), Benoit Joachim (Lux, U.S. Postal Service) and Miguel Martinez(F, Mapei) – without serious injuries.

Up next: Sunday’s 192.5-kmcircuit course is rolling up and down affair in the tradition of thespring classics featuring four rated climbs: Cote de Hoscheid, cat. 3,69.5 km; Cote de Vianden, cat. 4, 87 km; Cote de Wormeldange, cat. 3, 148.5km; Cote de Hostert, cat. 4, 182 km.

Photo Gallery


1. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA), U.S. Postal, 7.3km in 9:08

2. JALABERT Laurent (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 00:02

3. RUMSAS Raimondas (Lit), Lampre, at 00:03

4. BOTERO Santiago (Col), Kelme, at 00:04

5. MILLAR David (GB), Cofidis, at 00:05

6. BROCHARD Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:06

7. FRIGO Dario (I), Taconi Sport, at 00:08

8. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor (Sp), ONCE, at 00:09

9. BELOKI Joseba (Sp), ONCE, at 00:13

10. BODROGI Laszlo (H), Mapei, at 00:13

11. MC GEE Bradley (Aus),, at 00:13

12. MANCEBO Francisco (Sp),, at 00:14

13. TAULER Antonio (Sp), Kelme, at 00:15

14. CUESTA Inigo (Sp), Cofidis, at 00:15

15. GONTCHAR Sergei (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:15

16. HAMILTON Tyler (USA), CSC-Tiscali, at 00:16

17. PERON Andrea (I), CSC-Tiscali, at 00:16

18. LEIPHEIMER Levy (USA), Rabobank, at 00:16

19. BERTOGLIATI Rubens (Swi), Lampre, at 00:17

20. MONCOUTIE David (F), Cofidis, at 00:17

21. HERAS Roberto (Sp), U.S. Postal, at 00:18

22. AERTS Mario (B), Lotto, at 00:18

23. VIRENQUE Richard (F), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:18

24. VERBRUGGHE Rik (B), Lotto, at 00:19

25. EKIMOV Vjatceslav (Rus), U.S. Postal, at 00:19

26. CABELLO Francisco (Sp), Kelme, at 00:20

27. BASSO Ivan (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:20

28. COOKE Baden (Aus),, at 00:20

29. HINCAPIE George (USA), U.S. Postal, at 00:21

30. JAKSCHE Jorg (G), ONCE, at 00:21

31. HORILLO Pedro (Sp), Mapei, at 00:21

32. ZBERG Beat (Swi), Rabobank, at 00:21

33. CASAR Sandy (F),, at 00:21

34. BRUSEGHIN Marzio (I),, at 00:22

35. DUFAUX Laurent (Swi), Alessio, at 00:22

36. SASTRE Carlos (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 00:23

37. O’GRADY Stuart (Aus), Credit Agricole, at 00:23

38. GUTIERREZ Jose Enrique (Sp), Kelme, at 00:23

39. MAYO Iban (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:24

40. MOREAU Christophe (F), Credit Agricole, at 00:24

41. HONDO Danilo (G), Telekom, at 00:25

42. LANDIS Floyd (USA), U.S. Postal, at 00:25

43. ZABEL Erik (G), Telekom, at 00:25

44. DE GROOT Bram (Nl), Rabobank, at 00:25

45. BOUYER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 00:26

46. ETXEBARRIA Unai (Vz), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:26

47. DEKKER Erik (Nl), Rabobank, at 00:26

48. BOOGERD Michael (Nl), Rabobank, at 00:26

49. HALGAND Patrice (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:26

50. KONECNY Tomas (Cz), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:27

51. VAN BON Leon (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:28

52. ZUBELDIA Haimar (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:28

53. SANCHEZ Samuel (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:28

54. FREIRE Oscar (Sp), Mapei, at 00:28

55. MERCKX Axel (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:28

56. RUBIERA Jose Luis (Sp), U.S. Postal, at 00:28

57. LEFEVRE Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:28

58. HUNTER Robert (SA), Mapei, at 00:28

59. CORTINOVIS Alessandro (I), Lampre, at 00:28

60. VOGONDY Nicolas (F),, at 00:29

61. LELLI Massimiliano (I), Cofidis, at 00:29

62. KIRSIPUU Jaan (Est), Ag2R, at 00:29

63. WESEMANN Steffen (G), Telekom, at 00:30

64. OLANO Abraham (Sp), ONCE, at 00:31

65. SHEFER Alexandr (Kz), Alessio, at 00:31

66. IVANOV Ruslan (Mda), Alessio, at 00:31

67. GUSTOV Volodomir (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:31

68. VOIGT Jens (G), Credit Agricole, at 00:31

69. MC EWEN Robbie (Aus), Lotto, at 00:31

70. VAN HYFTE Paul (B), CSC-Tiscali, at 00:32

71. KNAVEN Servais (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:32

72. SORENSEN Nicki (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 00:32

73. SEVILLA Oscar (Sp), Kelme, at 00:33

74. DIERCKXSENS Ludo (B), Lampre, at 00:33

75. ZABALLA Constantino (Sp), Kelme, at 00:33

76. LUTTENBERGER Peter (A), Taconi Sport, at 00:34

77. MENGIN Christophe (F),, at 00:34

78. KIVILEV Andrei (Kz), Cofidis, at 00:34

79. MORIN Anthony (F), Credit Agricole, at 00:34

80. TURPIN Ludovic (F), Ag2R, at 00:35

81. MAGNIEN Emmanuel (F), Bonjour, at 00:35

82. LATASA David (Sp),, at 00:35

83. NOZAL Isidro (Sp), ONCE, at 00:36

84. BRANDT Christophe (B), Lotto, at 00:36

85. CHAURREAU Inigo (Sp), Ag2R, at 00:36

86. IVANOV Serguei (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:37

86. AZEVEDO Jose (P), ONCE, at 00:37

88. BARANOWSKI Dariusz (Pol),, at 00:37

89. ORIOL Christophe (F), Ag2R, at 00:37

90. MORENI Cristian (I), Alessio, at 00:37

91. BOLTS Udo (G), Telekom, at 00:37

92. ARRIZABALAGA Gorka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:37

93. BENETEAU Walter (F), Bonjour, at 00:38

94. JULICH Bobby (USA), Telekom, at 00:38

95. RENIER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 00:38

96. BALDATO Fabio (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:38

97. PRADERA Mikel (Sp), ONCE, at 00:39

98. GUERINI Giuseppe (I), Telekom, at 00:39

99. SERRANO Marcos (Sp), ONCE, at 00:39

100. PINEAU Jerome (F), Bonjour, at 00:39

101. LIVINGSTON Kevin (USA), Telekom, at 00:39

102. ROBIN Jean-Cyril (F),, at 00:40

103. SIMON Francois (F), Bonjour, at 00:40

104. PIIL Jakob (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 00:40

105. NIERMANN Grischa (G), Rabobank, at 00:40

106. BORTOLAMI Gianluca (I), Taconi Sport, at 00:41

107. PEREZ Santiago (Sp), Kelme, at 00:41

108. MENCHOV Denis (Rus),, at 00:41

109. BELLI Wladimir (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:41

110. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro (Sp), ONCE, at 00:41

111. GOUBERT Stephane (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:42

112. ALDAG Rolf (G), Telekom, at 00:43

113. GUESDON Frederic (F),, at 00:43

114. PINOTTI Marco (I), Lampre, at 00:43

115. PENA Victor Hugo (Col), U.S. Postal, at 00:43

116. SEIGNEUR Eddy (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:43

117. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis (Lat), Lampre, at 00:44

118. MATTAN Nico (B), Cofidis, at 00:44

119. VASSEUR Cedric (F), Cofidis, at 00:44

120. PASCUAL Javier (Sp),, at 00:44

121. MAZZOLENI Eddy (I), Taconi Sport, at 00:45

122. MARTINEZ Miguel (F), Mapei, at 00:45

123. VAUGHTERS Jonathan (USA), Credit Agricole, at 00:45

124. HUSHOVD Thor NOR Credit Agricole, at 00:45

125. APOLLONIO Massimo (I), Taconi Sport, at 00:46

126. EDALEINE Christophe (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:46

127. RODRIGUEZ Fred (USA), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:47

128. TAFI Andrea (I), Mapei, at 00:47

129. WADECKI Piotr (Pol), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:48

130. CASPER Jimmy (F),, at 00:48

131. PADRNOS Pavel (Cz), U.S. Postal, at 00:48

132. HVASTIJA Martin (Slo), Alessio, at 00:48

133. HAUPTMAN Andrej (Slo), Taconi Sport, at 00:48

134. GOTTI Ivan (I), Alessio, at 00:49

135. LODER Thierry (F), Ag2R, at 00:50

136. LAISEKA Roberto (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:50

137. ATIENZA Daniel (Sp), Cofidis, at 00:51

138. SERPELLINI Marco (I), Lampre, at 00:51

139. GOMEZ Jose-Javier (Sp), Kelme, at 00:51

140. WAUTERS Marc (B), Rabobank, at 00:51

141. ETXEBARRIA David (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:51

142. MIKHAILOV Guennadi (Rus), Lotto, at 00:52

143. TRAMPUSCH Gerhard (A), Mapei, at 00:52

144. SVORADA Jan (Slo), Lampre, at 00:52

145. CASSANI Enrico (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:53

146. BESSY Frederic (F), Credit Agricole, at 00:53

147. MARICHAL Thierry (B), Lotto, at 00:53

148. VELO Marco (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:54

149. FLICKINGER Andy (F), Ag2R, at 00:54

150. OSA Unai (Sp),, at 00:54

151. DE CLERCQ Hans (B), Lotto, at 00:54

152. AGNOLUTTO Christophe (F), Ag2R, at 00:55

153. KROON Karsten (Nl), Rabobank, at 00:56

154. DESSEL Cyril (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:56

155. FERNANDEZ Bingen (Sp), Cofidis, at 00:56

156. BRUYLANDTS Dave (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:56

157. CHAVANEL Sylvain (F), Bonjour, at 00:56

158. BAGUET Serge (B), Lotto, at 00:57

159. FAGNINI Gian Matteo (I), Telekom, at 00:57

160. BLANCO Santiago (Sp),, at 00:58

161. DURAND Jacky (F),, at 00:59

162. BOTCHAROV Alexandre (Rus), Ag2R, at 01:00

163. ROUS Didier (F), Bonjour, at 01:01

164. GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente (Sp),, at 01:01

165. POZZI Oscar (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:01

166. SANDSTOD Michael (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 01:02

167. JOACHIM Benoit LUX U.S. Postal, at 01:02

168. DE WAELE Fabien (B), Mapei, at 01:04

169. BERGES Stephane (F), Ag2R, at 01:04

170. RADAELLI Mauro (I), Taconi Sport, at 01:05

171. LODA Nicola (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:05

172. ENGELS Addy (Nl), Rabobank, at 01:06

173. HINAULT Sebastien (F), Credit Agricole, at 01:07

174. STEELS Tom (B), Mapei, at 01:08

175. DONATI Massimo (I), Taconi Sport, at 01:09

176. CASAGRANDA Stefano (I), Alessio, at 01:10

177. VIDAL Jose Angel (Sp), Kelme, at 01:14

178. PIZIKS Arvis (Lit), CSC-Tiscali, at 01:15

179. LANGELLA Anthony (F), Credit Agricole, at 01:15

180. CASAROTTO Davide (I), Alessio, at 01:17

181. VIERHOUTEN Aart (Nl), Lotto, at 01:19

181. NAZON Damien (F), Bonjour, at 01:19

183. BERNARD Jerome (F), Jean Delatour, at 01:19

184. AUGE Stephane (F), Jean Delatour, at 01:20

185. PAGLIARINI Luciano BRA Lampre, at 01:23

186. BROGNARA Andrea (I), Alessio, at 01:27

187. GONZALEZ Gorka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:28

188. BOSSONI Paolo (I), Taconi Sport, at 01:29

189. FLORES Igor (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:43



2. JALABERT Laurent, CSC TISCALI, 12 pts

3. RUMSAS Raimondas, LAMPRE – DAIKIN, 10 pts

4. BOTERO Santiago, KELME – COSTA BLANCA, 8 pts

5. MILLAR David, COFIDIS, 6 pts


7. FRIGO Dario, TACCONI SPORT, 4 pts


9. BELOKI Joseba, ONCE, 2 pts

10. BODROGI Laszlo, MAPEI, 1 pts


Team Standings:

1. TEAM CSC TISCALI in 27:58.


3. US POSTAL SERVICE , at 00:03.

4. KELME – COSTA BLANCA , at 00:05.

5. ONCE – EROSKI , at 00:09.

6. LAMPRE – DAIKIN , at 00:14.

7. , at 00:20.

8. JEAN DELATOUR , at 00:26.

9. RABOBANK , at 00:28.

10. MAPEI – QUICK STEP , at 00:28.

11. FASSA BORTOLO , at 00:32.

12. LOTTO – ADECCO , at 00:34.

13. IBANESTO.COM , at 00:37.

14. DOMO – FARM FRITES , at 00:39.

15. EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI , at 00:44.

16. CREDIT AGRICOLE , at 00:44.

17. TEAM TELEKOM , at 00:46.

18. TACCONI SPORT , at 00:49.

19. ALESSIO , at 00:50.

20. BONJOUR , at 01:05.

21. AG2R PREVOYANCE , at 01:06.