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Botero wins mountain stage as Landaluze clings to lead in Dauphiné

The hardest stage of the 57th Dauphiné Libéré turned into a proving ground with a month to go to the Tour de France. The difficult, five-climb sixth stage capped by the hors categorie Joux-Plane climb high in the French Alps revealed three key points: Lance Armstrong is right on track for the Tour; Santiago Botero will be a man to reckon with come July; and Iñigo Landaluze might have just enough gas in the tank to take the overall victory. Results are posted Botero won his second stage in four days after reeling in the day’s main breakaway in the 155km march across the French Alps and then

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By Andrew Hood

Botero takes his second win of the Dauphiné

Photo: AFP

The hardest stage of the 57th Dauphiné Libéré turned into a proving ground with a month to go to the Tour de France.

The difficult, five-climb sixth stage capped by the hors categorie Joux-Plane climb high in the French Alps revealed three key points: Lance Armstrong is right on track for the Tour; Santiago Botero will be a man to reckon with come July; and Iñigo Landaluze might have just enough gas in the tank to take the overall victory.

Results are posted

Botero won his second stage in four days after reeling in the day’s main breakaway in the 155km march across the French Alps and then dropping David Moncoutie (Cofidis) on the vertiginous descent to Morzine.

“This race was an important test for me to confirm myself before the Tour,” said the Colombian, now second overall, just 49 seconds behind the resilient Landaluze. “I knew Moncoutie was a little nervous on the descents, so that’s why I didn’t try to attack him on the climb up Joux-Plane.”

Landaluze retained the leader’s jersey against a stellar cast of Tour heavyweights, with Armstrong, Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) and Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) doing their best to eliminate the scrappy Basque bomber.

“I knew I couldn’t follow the strongest climbers; that’s just not my strength. I went at my own rhythm and I still hold the jersey,” said the Euskaltel-Euskadi rider. “Tomorrow is a better day for me because the circuit climb better suits my style of racing.”

Armstrong, meanwhile, added some spark in the late going up the 1691m Joux-Plane, reeling in an attacking Vinokourov and dropping Floyd Landis (Phonak) with 3km to go on the climb.

“I’ll leave here knowing I still have some work to do, but I still have some time,” said Armstrong, now fourth at 1:37 back. “I lack a little punch on the climbs, but I haven’t been racing any big mountains for a while. The Tour is long, and what counts is July 24.”

Over the hills and far away

A beautiful afternoon in the Alps

A beautiful afternoon in the Alps

Photo: Graham Watson

With three Category 1 climbs, the hors categorie Joux-Plane and a Cat.4 thrown in for good measure, the stage had epic written all over it.

“This race has been really hard,” Armstrong said. “I think someone was in a bad mood when they designed the course.”

Some 141 riders signed in for the start in sunny Albertville, host of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games. But Enrico Franzoi (Lampre-Caffita) didn’t start, and others wouldn’t last for long.

Christian Vande Velde (CSC) said he was headed for an early exit. Fresh off finishing the Giro d’Italia, Vande Velde said his Dauphiné would soon be over in favor of a welcome break after a strong spring campaign.

“I’m going home and lick the wounds,” said Vande Velde, who won’t be racing the Tour de France. “I want to get healthy and go fast in the Vuelta.”

Vande Velde was among 10 riders who didn’t make it to the finish in Morzine. Others to abandon included stage winner Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) and Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros), who suffered a horrible crash that left him with more than 20 stitches in his right hand.

The promising young Spanish rider, already a winner of five races this season, nearly saw his right ring finger ripped off when his hand got caught in the spokes trying to adjust his computer sensor. (In other Liberty news; Isidro Nozal, the 2003 Vuelta runner-up who tested high for hematocrit before the start of the Dauphiné, was hit by a car while training in Spain. He was taken to a local hospital, but didn’t suffer serious injuries).

Mercado leads the escape

Mercado leads the escape

Photo: Graham Watson

Eight riders tore away right out of the gate, including Ivan Gutierrez (Illes Balears), Juan Miguel Mercado (Quick Step), Remy Di Grégorio (Française des Jeux), Joost Posthuma (Rabobank), Massimo Giunti (Fassa Bortolo), Enrico Gasparotto (Liquigas-Bianchi) and Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r).

Gutierrez was first over the Cat. 1 Col de La Forclaz at 30km and the main peloton was already more than 10 minutes adrift on a glorious summer afternoon.

A chase group peeled away from the main bunch on the Cat. 1 Col de la Croix-Fry at 62km. Giving chase were nine riders, including Christophe Moreau (Crédit Agricole), David Arroyo (Illes Balears), Botero and Oscar Pereiro (both Phonak), Moncoutie, Pieter Weening (Rabobank), Marzio Bruseghin and Juan Antonio Flecha (both Fassa Bortolo) and Mikel Astarloza (Ag2R Prevoyance).

Hary was hospitalized after a high-speed crash

Hary was hospitalized after a high-speed crash

Photo: Graham Watson

The difference between the leaders and the Botero chase group was trimmed to two minutes on the Cat. 1 Col de la Colombiere at 88km. Maryan Hary (Bouygues Telecom) crashed on the fast descent and earned a trip to the hospital with injured vertebrae.

Riders were scattered coming over the Cat. 4 Côte de Châtillon at 116km, with the Botero group closing down on the lingering attackers while there was the first hint of what was to come on the Joux-Plane.

Up the Joux-Plane

The dead wood began to scatter on the lower ramps of the beautiful Joux-Plane climb, a 11.5km ascent at a brisk 10 percent grade. In the group chasing Botero were Leipheimer, Armstrong, Jose Azevedo, Landis, Vinokourov, Kashechkin (Crédit Agricole) and Bruzeghin with Landaluze already having trouble hanging on at 30 seconds back.

Botero and Moncoutie

Botero and Moncoutie

Photo: Graham Watson

“I knew I had to ride at my own rhythm or I would risk losing everything,” said Landaluze. “I’m better on shorter climbs and don’t often race on this big climbs of the Alps. I knew I couldn’t afford to panic.”

Up ahead, the Botero group caught up with the leaders and it soon was Botero alone with Moncoutie trying to stay close. About 30 seconds back were Moreau, Mancebo and Arroyo, while the group containing the favorites was 2:45 back.

“We were going for the stage win today, plus to sew up the team classification,” Botero said. “I wanted to attack from very far away, that’s what I do best. I’m not an explosive rider, but rather a steady one.”

The long, grinding climb was taking its toll. Pereiro fell out of the lead group, and Moreau couldn’t stay with the crook-backed Mancebo. Vinokourov attacked, with Landis marking the move.

Armstrong and Leipheimer didn’t react, letting the duo slip up the road, but not for long. Vinokourov punched the accelerator again to lose Landis, who dropped back to join Armstrong, Leipheimer and Kashechkin.

“Right now, it’s better to find a rhythm, be a little conservative, and stay within your zone. You have to realize it’s 11-12km to the summit,” Armstrong said. “It’s been a very strange race, very open. Levi is riding the strongest right now, but Gerolsteiner didn’t bring a complete team. Maybe they didn’t realize he had the form right now.”

Armstrong, Vino' and Gomez

Armstrong, Vino’ and Gomez

Photo: Graham Watson

Vinokourov quickly bridged up to Marchante while Kashechkin fell off the pace, leaving the three Americans riding together. That didn’t last long – Armstrong took over and drove hard to put the screws to Landis, who struggled to match the pace of his former boss. “Maybe it was a mistake to go with Vino’ when he should have waited until the end of the climb, but we’re still three weeks from the Tour and we’re not worried about this,” said Phonak team manager John Lelangue.

Landis couldn’t stay with Armstrong and Leipheimer, but rode well to limit his losses. He later crashed coming too fast into a corner off the Joux-Plane, which cost him a little time, but luckily wasn’t seriously injured. He did bend his handlebars and crossed the line 12th at 4:02 to move to seventh at 3:13 back.

Armstrong bridged up to Vinokourov and Marchante, with Leipheimer dangling just off the back, measuring his efforts, careful not to blow up. Armstrong eased the pace to let his training partner come back on.

Up the road with 1km to go, Botero was still doing all the work with Moncoutie glued on his wheel. The Frenchman had hardly taken a pull the entire way up.

Meanwhile, the Armstrong-Leipheimer group topped out 2:19 back, while Landaluze crossed the summit another 1:50 back.

Botero takes the win

Landaluze, too, had to measure his efforts

Landaluze, too, had to measure his efforts

Photo: Graham Watson

Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, Botero is no stranger to treacherous descents. The smooth French tarmac is nothing compared to the dodgy roads he plies high in the Colombian Andes.

Knowing that Moncoutie is a little nervous on the descents, the blond-haired, blue-eyed Colombian dropped like a rock to win the stage 23 seconds ahead of the Frenchman.

With an impressive stage victory in the 47km time trial and another in the hardest climbing stage of this very demanding Dauphiné, Botero confirms that he will be among the front-line contenders for the Tour. But is he peaking too soon, as Armstrong suggested to some journalists? Botero says he hopes not.

“Lance has won the Dauphiné before and been strong in the Tour. Every rider is like their own planet. I don’t know if I can maintain my form until July, but let’s hope I can and prove him wrong,” said Botero.

Botero is careful not to get too bold in his pre-Tour statements, a practice that’s come back to haunt other would-be challengers to Armstrong. But Botero is gaining confidence after two years struggling without results at T-Mobile, insisting he’s stronger in the mountains without losing his prowess in the time trials.

“If Lance is as strong as the previous year, it will be difficult to beat him,” Botero said. “It’s our last chance against him, so we’re going to try. The only way is to risk everything, to try to win. Maybe you lose everything, but if you don’t, you’ll never do anything anyway.”

But this is the Dauphiné, not the Tour. And now that he sits second overall, Botero concedes that it might have been a mistake to let Landaluze get into that breakaway in stage 5.

“That was an error. We should have had someone in the breakaway or worked harder to limit the time,” Botero admitted. “We didn’t trust him that he would be strong enough on the climb, and now he’s demonstrated he’s strong. He surprised us and now he has the jersey.”

Landaluze holds steady

Landaluze crossed the line 13th at 4:17 back, good enough to keep that jersey going into Sunday’s 128km finale at Sallanches. With 49 seconds to Botero and 1:16 to Leipheimer and 1:37 to Armstrong, he’s sounding more confident as well.

After surviving the Joux-Plane, Landaluze knows the ball’s in his court going into the finale, which features 10 passes up the short, steep Cote de Domancy on the finishing circuit in Sallanches.

“We’ll try to give everything to win. I’m better on the shorter climbs than these long ones,” said Landaluze, who was docked with a 10-second penalty for illegal pushes during the stage, a difference that could prove decisive Sunday. “They have to attack me, I only have to defend.”

Landaluze is a sturdy gregario who quietly does his work for others, a task he’ll resume at the Tour when he’ll be working for team captain Iban Mayo. But he knows that he has the chance of a lifetime to win the Dauphiné.

“A lot of people have said that during my career I haven’t believed enough in myself,” he said, adding that a big group of rowdy Basque fans drove overnight from Spain to be on hand to cheer him on. “If I can manage to win a race with this much prestige, maybe I will have to believe them.”

Even Armstrong tipped his hat to the Basque rider, whom many expected to crumble in the big cols.

“Landaluze rode a smart race,” Armstrong said. “He did a good job on the climb to keep the jersey.”

Top 10

1. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak, 4:30:54 :00
2. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 0:23
3. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), Illes Balears, at 0:53
4. Christophe Moreau (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:58
5. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:27
6. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile, at 2:50
7. Lance Armstrong (USA), Discovery Channel, at 2:52
8. David Arroyo (Sp), Illes Balears, same time
9. Jose Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval, s.t.
10. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner, s.t.

1. Inigo Landaluze (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 25:16:26
2. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak, at 0:59
3. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner, at 1:26
4. Lance Armstrong (USA), Discovery Channel, at 1:47

5. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile, at 1:50
6. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 2:427. Floyd Landis (USA), Phonak, at 3:23
8. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 4:0810. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Crédit Agricole, at 4:17

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Stage 6 Results

1. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak, 4:30:54

2. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, 0:23

3. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), Illes Balears, 0:53

4. Christophe Moreau (F), Credit Agricole, 0:58

5. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo, 2:27

6. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile, 2:50

7. Lance Armstrong (USA), Discovery Channel, 2:52

8. David Arroyo (Sp), Illes Balears

9. Jose Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval

10. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner

11. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Credit Agricole, 3:43

12. Floyd Landis (USA), Phonak, 4:02

13. Inigo Landaluze (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 4:17

14. Wim Van Huffel (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 4:39

15. Manuel Beltran (Sp), Discovery Channel

16. Pieter Weening (Nl), Rabobank, 4:51

17. Nicolas Fritsch (F), Saunier Duval

18. Stephane Goubert (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 5:19

19. Joost Posthuma (Nl), Rabobank, 5:48

20. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance, 6:54

21. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel

22. Jose Azevedo (P), Discovery Channel

23. Massimo Giunti (I), Fassa Bortolo

24. Pierrick Fedrigo (F), Bouygues Telecom

25. Jorg Jaksche (G), LSW

26. David Canada (Sp), Saunier Duval, 7:04

27. Bernhard Kohl (A), T-Mobile, 7:06

28. Ivan Gutierrez (Sp), Illes Balears, 7:39

29. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak

30. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC, 8:15

31. Jose Gutierrez (Sp), Phonak, 8:35

32. Axel Merckx (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 8:45

33. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Davitamon-Lotto, 9:24

34. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, 9:40

35. Andreas Kloden (G), T-Mobile

36. Sylvain Calzati (F), Ag2r Prevoyance

37. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 10:16

38. Remy Di Gregorio (F), Francaise des Jeux, 10:30

39. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 10:58

40. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, 11:25

41. Massimo Codol (I), Fassa Bortolo

42. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC

43. Rik Verbrugghe (B), Quickstep

44. Jose Pecharroman (Sp), Quickstep

45. Luis Rubiera Jose (Sp), Discovery Channel

46. Antonio Flecha Juan (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 12:42

47. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp), Quickstep

48. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Domina Vacanze, 12:53

49. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, 13:09

50. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quickstep, 13:20

51. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 15:09

52. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe), Francaise des Jeux, 16:41

53. Roberto Heras (Sp), LSW

54. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak

55. Francisco Lara Ruiz (Sp), T-Mobile

56. Pierre Drancourt (F), Bouygues Telecom, 19:35

57. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), Cofidis, 20:44

58. Sebastian Lang (G), Gerolsteiner

59. Didier Rous (F), Bouygues Telecom

60. Anthony Geslin (F), Bouygues Telecom

61. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), T-Mobile

62. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel

63. Rafael Casero (Sp), Saunier Duval

64. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Saunier Duval

65. Benjamin Noval (Sp), Discovery Channel

66. Stijn Devolder (B), Discovery Channel

67. Mauro Facci (I), Fassa Bortolo

68. Christophe Edaleine (F), Cofidis

69. Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Domina Vacanze

70. Serge Baguet (B), Davitamon-Lotto

71. Angel Edo (Sp), Saunier Duval

72. Mario Aerts (B), Davitamon-Lotto

73. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Lampre

74. Gerben Lowik (Nl), Rabobank

75. Oscar Mason (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

76. Manuel Quinziato (I), Saunier Duval

77. Johan Vansummeren (B), Davitamon-Lotto

78. Marcos Serrano (Sp), LSW

79. Alessand Spezialetti (I), Lampre

80. Gonzalez De Gal Igor (Sp), LSW

81. Erik Dekker (Nl), Rabobank

82. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 20:56

83. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Lampre, 22:45

84. Alessandr Cortinovis (I), Domina Vacanze, 25:38:00

85. Paolo Bossoni (I), Fassa Bortolo

86. Koldo Fernandez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

87. Heinrich Haussler (G), Gerolsteiner

88. Daniele Becke (G), Illes Balears, 26:07:00

89. Xabie Zandio Echaide (Sp), Illes Balears

90. Nick Nuyens (B), Quickstep, 26:37:00

91. Preben Van Hecke (B), Davitamon-Lotto

92. Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr), Lampre

93. Sebastien Joly (F), Credit Agricole

94. Janek Tombak (Est), Cofidis, 30:33:00

95. Jimmy Engoulvent (F), Cofidis

96. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quickstep

97. Torsten Schmidt (G), Gerolsteiner

98. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux

99. Mauro Gerosa (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

100. Joseba Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

101. Luke Roberts (Aus), CSC

102. Christophe Mengin (F), Francaise des Jeux

103. Michael Boogerd (Nl), Rabobank

104. Jose Cayetano Julia (Sp), Illes Balears

105. Nicolas Portal (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 30:37:00

106. Allan Davis (Aus), LSW

107. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Credit Agricole

108. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Domina Vacanze

109. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance

110. Frederic Bessy (F), Cofidis

111. Nicolas Jalabert (F), Phonak

112. Jose Acosta Garcia (Sp), Illes Balears

113. Inigo Chaurreau (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance, 33:25:00

114. Mickael Delage (F), Francaise des Jeux

115. Marc Wauters (B), Rabobank

116. Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe), Liquigas-Bianchi

117. Devis Miorin (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

118. Arvesen Kurt-Asle (Nor), CSC

119. Marco Serpellini (I), Gerolsteiner

120. Uwe Peschel (G), Gerolsteiner

121. Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz), T-Mobile

122. Aitor Silloniz (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

123. Robert Hunter (RSA), Phonak

124. Matej Jurco (SVK), Domina Vacanze

125. Rafael Nuritdinov (UZB), Domina Vacanze

126. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner

127. Gianluca Sironi (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

128. Benoit Vaugrenard (F), Francaise des Jeux

129. Frederic Finot (F), Francaise des Jeux, 33:32:00

130. Francis Mourey (F), Francaise des Jeux

131. Damien Nazon (F), Credit Agricole

Overall Standings

1. Inigo Landaluze (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 25:16:36

2. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak, 0:49

3. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner, 1:16

4. Lance Armstrong (USA), Discovery Channel, 1:37

5. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile, 1:40

6. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, 2:32

7. Floyd Landis (USA), Phonak, 3:13

8. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo, 3:58

9. Christophe Moreau (F), Credit Agricole, 4:01

10. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Credit Agricole, 4:07

11. Jose Gomez (Sp), Saunier Duval, 4:09

12. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), Illes Balears, 6:21

13. Axel Merckx (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 6:50

14. Wim Van Huffel (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 8:28

15. Nicolas Fritsch (F), Saunier Duval, 8:40

16. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak, 9:19

17. David Arroyo (Sp), Illes Balears, 10:01

18. Manuel Beltran (Sp), Discovery Channel, 11:58

19. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance, 12:05

20. Massimo Giunti (I), Fassa Bortolo, 12:39

21. Stephane Goubert (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 12:40

22. Pieter Weening (Nl), Rabobank, 12:45

23. Jorg Jaksche (G), LSW, 14:26

24. David Canada (Sp), Saunier Duval, 14:46

25. Jose Azevedo (P), Discovery Channel, 16:02

26. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, 16:41

27. Bernhard Kohl (A), T-Mobile, 16:47

28. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel, 17:14

29. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC, 17:23

30. Ivan Gutierrez (Sp), Illes Balears, 19:11

31. Jose Gutierrez (Sp), Phonak, 20:03

32. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, 20:43

33. Pierrick Fedrigo (F), Bouygues Telecom, 21:31

34. Remy Di Gregorio (F), Francaise des Jeux, 22:48

35. Jose Pecharroman (Sp), Quickstep, 23:00

36. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, 23:41

37. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quickstep, 24:06:00

38. Sylvain Calzati (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 24:17:00

39. Joost Posthuma (Nl), Rabobank, 24:46:00

40. Massimo Codol (I), Fassa Bortolo, 25:31:00

41. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 25:35:00

42. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Davitamon-Lotto, 27:11:00

43. Didier Rous (F), Bouygues Telecom, 27:28:00

44. Igor De Gal Gonzalez (Sp), LSW, 28:23:00

45. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, 29:14:00

46. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, 29:31:00

47. Luis Rubiera Jose (Sp), Discovery Channel, 30:12:00

48. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 31:10:00

49. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), T-Mobile, 31:36:00

50. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Saunier Duval, 32:48:00

51. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 33:20:00

52. Roberto Heras (Sp), LSW, 33:29:00

53. Antonio Flecha Juan (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 33:40:00

54. Andreas Kloden (G), T-Mobile, 33:41:00

55. Rafael Casero (Sp), Saunier Duval, 33:47:00

56. Rik Verbrugghe (B), Quickstep, 35:10:00

57. Paolo Bossoni (I), Fassa Bortolo, 35:50:00

58. Juan Fuentes (Sp), Lampre, 36:36:00

59. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Domina Vacanze, 36:37:00

60. Manuel Quinziato (I), Saunier Duval, 36:54:00

61. Christophe Edaleine (F), Cofidis, 37:23:00

62. Mario Aerts (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 37:30:00

63. Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Domina Vacanze, 37:49:00

64. Francisco Lara Ruiz (Sp), T-Mobile, 39:00:00

65. Anthony Geslin (F), Bouygues Telecom, 39:19:00

66. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Lampre, 39:33:00

67. Gerben Lowik (Nl), Rabobank, 39:38:00

68. Marcos Serrano (Sp), LSW, 39:46:00

69. Xabie Zandio Echaide (Sp), Illes Balears, 39:51:00

70. Serge Baguet (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 40:21:00

71. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe), Francaise des Jeux, 40:30:00

72. Johan Vansummeren (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 40:44:00

73. Sebastian Lang (G), Gerolsteiner, 40:51:00

74. Benjamin Noval (Sp), Discovery Channel, 40:56:00

75. Francis Mourey (F), Francaise des Jeux, 42:02:00

76. Miguel Mercado Juan (Sp), Quickstep, 42:26:00

77. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak, 43:27:00

78. Frederic Bessy (F), Cofidis, 43:30:00

79. Alessandr Cortinovis (I), Domina Vacanze, 45:05:00

80. Inigo Chaurreau (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance, 45:47:00

81. Allan Davis (Aus), LSW, 46:55:00

82. Daniele Becke (G), Illes Balears, 48:23:00

83. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 49:04:00

84. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux

85. Sebastien Joly (F), Credit Agricole, 49:45:00

86. Stijn Devolder (B), Discovery Channel, 50:14:00

87. Nick Nuyens (B), Quickstep, 50:19:00

88. Oscar Mason (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 50:26:00

89. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), Cofidis, 50:34:00

90. Pierre Drancourt (F), Bouygues Telecom, 51:22:00

91. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Credit Agricole, 52:06:00

92. Angel Edo (Sp), Saunier Duval, 52:40:00

93. Cayetano Jose Julia (Sp), Illes Balears, 52:57:00

94. Mauro Gerosa (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 53:43:00

95. Erik Dekker (Nl), Rabobank, 54:28:00

96. Nicolas Jalabert (F), Phonak, 55:44:00

97. Alessand Spezialetti (I), Lampre, 56:20:00

98. Preben Van Hecke (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 56:32:00

99. Nicolas Portal (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 56:44:00

100. Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz), T-Mobile, 56:46:00

101. Christophe Mengin (F), Francaise des Jeux, 57:16:00

102. Mauro Facci (I), Fassa Bortolo, 58:35:00

103. Michael Boogerd (Nl), Rabobank, 58:40:00

104. Luke Roberts (Aus), CSC, 59:38:00

105. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quickstep, 1:01:30

106. Robert Hunter (RSA), Phonak, 1:02:25

107. Gianluca Sironi (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 1:03:48

108. Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe), Liquigas-Bianchi, 1:04:03

109. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 1:04:12

110. Koldo Fernandez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:05:00

111. Heinrich Haussler (G), Gerolsteiner, 1:05:10

112. Devis Miorin (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 1:05:14

113. Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr), Lampre, 1:05:27

114. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Domina Vacanze, 1:05:53

115. Jimmy Engoulvent (F), Cofidis, 1:06:02

116. Jose Garcia Acosta (Sp), Illes Balears, 1:06:48

117. Arvesen Kurt-Asle (Nor), CSC, 1:07:27

118. Rafael Nuritdinov (UZB), Domina Vacanze, 1:08:18

119. Janek Tombak (Est), Cofidis, 1:08:22

120. Matej Jurco (SVK), Domina Vacanze, 1:08:48

121. Frederic Finot (F), Francaise des Jeux, 1:09:10

122. Uwe Peschel (G), Gerolsteiner, 1:10:23

123. Mickael Delage (F), Francaise des Jeux, 1:11:36

124. Joseba Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:11:57

125. Benoit Vaugrenard (F), Francaise des Jeux, 1:12:07

126. Damien Nazon (F), Credit Agricole, 1:12:37

127. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, 1:14:17

128. Torsten Schmidt (G), Gerolsteiner, 1:15:46

129. Marc Wauters (B), Rabobank, 1:20:35

130. Marco Serpellini (I), Gerolsteiner, 1:20:44

131. Aitor Silloniz (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:21:06