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Contador wins Paris-Nice with last-stage assault

[nid:37799]The future is now for Alberto Contador after the Spanish climber pulled the double at Paris-Nice on Sunday to win the final stage and claim the overall prize that positions him as Spain’s next great hope. The 24-year-old Discovery Channel rider uncorked a searing attack on the Cat. 1 Col d’Eze to gap overnight leader Davide Rebellin and drove home a stirring victory on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais to turn a six-second deficit into a 26-second winning margin.

By Andrew Hood

Contador takes the stage and the overall

Contador takes the stage and the overall

Photo: Graham Watson

Contador claims the mantle as next big Spanish hope

Contador claims the mantle as next big Spanish hope

Photo: Graham Watson

The future is now for Alberto Contador after the Spanish climber pulled the double at Paris-Nice on Sunday to win the final stage and claim the overall prize that positions him as Spain’s next great hope.

The 24-year-old Discovery Channel rider uncorked a searing attack on the Cat. 1 Col d’Eze to gap overnight leader Davide Rebellin and drove home a stirring victory on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais to turn a six-second deficit into a 26-second winning margin.

“This is my biggest win of my career,” Contador said. “I came here with the idea of winning and, even though it took a while, I’m very happy to have been able to win.”

Contador was haunted by the 17 seconds he forfeited Tuesday when the peloton split on the tricky finish into Limoges in stage two. Contador won Thursday’s summit finish to Mende, but the cagey Rebellin – who did finish safely with the front group at Limoges – snuck into the yellow jersey by six seconds.

“We made a big mistake there,” said Discovery sport director Dirk Demol. “I was really angry with the boys. I told them those seconds could prove very expensive.”

Contador’s raid into Cannes yesterday failed to dislodge Rebellin, but Discovery Channel was determined to shake the Italian in Sunday’s four-climb, 129.5km finale over the narrow mountain roads above the Cote d’Azur.

Rebellin could only count on three inexperienced teammates while Discovery Channel clearly had superior firepower.

Discovery demonstrated its intentions when it put its six riders at the front over the day’s main hurdle at the Cat. 1 Col de la Porte in the opening 60km. Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer and Yaroslav Popovych later took damaging pulls on Col d’Eze before Contador attacked.

“We wanted to ride today like we held the leader’s jersey,” said Discovery’s Leipheimer. “We wanted to put the team on the front and kind of intimidate everyone. That can really make a difference.”

Rebellin was finding allies in the peloton all week to help him hold his slender lead, but in the mano-a-mano battle on Col d’Eze, it was every man for himself as the acceleration whittled the lead group down to the 10 strongest riders.

Contador gapped Rebellin by 37 seconds over the Eze summit. Rebellin showed signs of life after trimming that difference to 17 seconds with two kilometers to go, but this time he wasn’t getting any help on the chase. Only Team CSC’s Frank Schleck took pulls for Rebellin in the final kilometers to the finish.

Rebellin had a feeling this was gonna happen

Rebellin had a feeling this was gonna happen

Photo: Graham Watson

Contador soared across the line, celebrating his double, while Rebellin – who finished second to Jorg Jaksche in 2004 — had already resigned himself to his fate.

“I knew starting today it would be hard to win and I was ready to accept that I might lose. Contador showed again today he’s the strongest on the climbs,” Rebellin said. “I couldn’t do anything to follow him up the final climb. Their entire team was very strong.”

Contador’s success gives Discovery Channel its second big win of the season following Leipheimer’s Tour of California victory.

Discovery Channel eagerly picked up Contador following the collapse of Liberty Seguros last year in the wake of the Operación Puerto investigation. Contador was later cleared of any connection to the alleged blood-doping ring to pave the way for his arrival at the American team.

Contador is already being hailed as Spain’s next great stage-race contender, but he nearly died in 2004 when he suffered a cerebral aneurysm that caused him to crash during the Vuelta a Asturias in Spain. Quick action from a race doctor kept him from choking on his own tongue and an emergency surgery left him with 60 stitches in his head.

A natural-born climber, Contador returned to the winner’s circle with a stage at the 2005 Tour Down Under. Last year, he won stages at the Tour of Romandie and the Tour du Suisse.

He won a stage ahead of Spain’s reigning star, Alejandro Valverde, in last month’s Vuelta a Valencia in Spain, but a spill earlier in the week cheated him of overall victory.

Paulinho in the escape

Paulinho in the escape

Photo: Graham Watson

No hard feelings
Sunday’s finale wasn’t going to be one of those ceremonial parades. The 129.5km seventh and final stage started and finished in sunny Nice. With four rated climbs, capped by the spectacular Cat. 1 climb up Col d’Eze towering above the sparkling Mediterranean Coast, the stage was set for an explosive finale.

With a baker’s dozen still within a minute of Rebellin’s lead, fans could count on some aggressive racing. Before the hostilities began, however, it was time for some reunions ahead of the start along Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. Several riders who live along the Cote d’Azur enjoyed some family time. Team CSC’s Bobby Julich and T-Mobile’s Michael Barry were seen snuggling loved ones before the start.

Also spotted hugging were Contador and Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d’Epargne). The buddies found themselves as adversaries at the end of Saturday’s stage. León Sánchez attacked Contador with about 4km to go to win the stage and vault from 16th to third overall.

There were no hard feelings as the pair discussed the previous day’s action.

“Alberto understands that I had to ride for my team’s interest (Saturday),” León Sánchez told VeloNews. “Maybe we could have collaborated if I was a minute or more behind in the GC, but I was less than one minute and I still had my options for the podium. We’re still friends, but during the race, it’s like that.”

Contador attacks

Contador attacks

Photo: Graham Watson

Rebellin, meanwhile, knew that he would be under fire all day long. He could only count on three friendly teammates (Bernhard Kohl, Matthias Russ and Thomas Fothen) after four team members abandoned in Saturday’s heavy fire.

“We have a young team and we’re paying for it now,” Gerolsteiner sport director Udo Bolts told VeloNews. “It was just too hard for those young guys yesterday. When Contador attacked, Rebellin was at the limit and he couldn’t follow. We’ve been finding some help from other teams like CSC, Lampre, Predictor-Lotto – that’s really helped us a lot.”

Voeckler on the march
With so much on the line, it didn’t take long for the day’s main breakaway to form.

All the major teams were keen to have their jerseys represented. Among the riders in the first break were: Francisco Perez Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne), Sandy Casar (FDJ), Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom), Roman Kreuzinger (Liquigas), Andy Schleck (CSC), Dmitry Fofonov (Credit Agricole) and Sergio Paulinho (Discovery Channel). Also bridging out were Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel), Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel) and Patxi Vila (Lampre), who finished second last year to Floyd Landis.

Chavanel popped out to win the day’s first sprint at 15.5km and the time bonuses popped him ahead of compatriot Jerome Pineau into the top 10. Voeckler – who started the day in the best climber’s jersey – was keen to consolidate his hold on the polka-dot tunic and charged over the Cat. 2 Cote de Duranus (2.4km at 6.4 percent) at 25.5km and then led the way up the day’s main hurdle at the Cat. 1 Col de la Porte (7.2km at 7.2 percent) at 52km.

Discovery Channel didn’t like the look of the big group’s gap of nearly one minute and sent Yaroslav Popovych, Levi Leipheimer and Tom Danielson to the front. The breakaway was reeled in on the upper flanks of Porte while Voekler – who started the stage at 33rd at 6:08 back – was kept within range off the front with Danielson was second and Leipheimer third for the mountain points.

Sanchez chases

Sanchez chases

Photo: Graham Watson

Voeckler – who’s best remembered for his heroic defense of the yellow jersey in the 2005 Tour de France – buried himself to widen his gap to 1:45 coming to the base of the day’s third climb at the La Turbie (7.6km at 4.8 percent).

Discovery Channel proved too much and drilled it up the Turbie to reel in Voeckler and force Rebellin’s remaining teammates off the back. Danielson and Leipheimer set the pace over the top with Rebellin in damage control.

Four riders – Francisco Perez Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne), Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole), Marcus Burghardt (T-Mobile) and Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) – peeled off the front on the backside of Turbie to hold a 37-second margin with 33km to go.

Four Disco jerseys still protected Contador’s flank (Danielson, Leipheimer, Popovych and Devolder) as the bunch broiled toward the Col d’Eze finale.

Fireworks up Col d’Eze
The towering Col d’Eze (7.8km at 6.1 percent) is one of cycling’s most glamorous climbs. The steep road winds out of Nice to tower above the Cote d’Azur with spectacular views of Cap Ferrat and Monte Carlo below.

The final podium

The final podium

Photo: Graham Watson

The leading quartet swing through the base of the climb nursing a 34-second lead on the main bunch, but against the Discovery Channel train, no one expected that to last very long. Danielson once again buried himself for the team to set a brutal pace on the lower flanks.

Several big names such as prologue winner David Millar (Saunier Duval) couldn’t match the pace as the lead bunch quickly fractured. Danielson and Leipheimer pulled off and Popovych took a pull before Contador accelerated away.

Riding in the big ring, Contador exploded the main pack and quickly left Rebellin gapsing in a chase group that included Evans, Schleck, Valjavec and Pellizotti. Giving chase were David Garcia Lopez (Caisse d’Epargne) and Valjavec with Rebellin trying to limit the bleeding.

“Contador is one of the most explosive climbers in the peloton,” said Demol. “He can quickly open a gap and he’s strong enough to hold it.”

There was some counter-attacking, but no one could follow the Spanish climber, who held a 40-second gap over the summit. Rebellin chased hard on the descent and clawed within 17 seconds with 2km to go, but fate was turning Contador’s way.

He held on to win the stage by 19 seconds and become the first Spanish rider since Miguel Indurain to win in one of the most exciting finishes in recent memory.

Final jerseys
Winner – Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel); points – Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas); climber – Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom); best young – Contador; best team – Caisse d’Epargne

Americans
23. Bobby Julich (CSC), +3:41; 24. Chris Horner (Predictor-Lotto), +4:02; 26. Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel), +5:52; 39. Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel), +14:22

Medical report
Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval), crash at 1.5km, cuts and scrapes, stitches in left elbow; Gerbin Lowik (Rabobank), crash at 1.5km, cuts and scrapes

Peloton
Forty-seven riders did not finish or abandoned; leaving 81 official finishers. Christian Vande Velde, Dave Zabriskie (both CSC) were among the abandons.

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Click here to open our Live Update Window.Paris-Nice — final stage
1. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 129.5km in 3:15:47 (39.686 km/h)
2. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:19
3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, same time
4. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:22
5. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Crédit Agricole, s.t.
6. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, s.t.
7. Tadej Valjavec (Slo), Lampre, s.t.
8. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
9. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, s.t.
10. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, s.t.

Overall
1. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel
2. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 00:26
3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, 00:42
4. Tadej Valjavec (Slo), Lampre, 00:49
5. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, 00:57
6. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, 01:00
7. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 01:01
8. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 01:08
9. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 01:12
10. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, 01:22

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Results

Results – Stage 7, Paris-Nice
1. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 129.5km in 3:15:47 (39.686kph)

2. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 00:19

3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 00:19

4. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 00:22

5. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, 00:22

6. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, 00:22

7. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Lampre, 00:22

8. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 00:22

9. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 00:22

10. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 00:22

11. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 00:22

12. Jérôme Pineau (F), Bouygues Telecom, 01:00

13. Sébastien Joly (F), Francaise des Jeux, 01:00

14. Andy Schleck (Lux), CSC, 01:00

15. David Millar (GB), Saunier Duval, 01:00

16. Sébastien Rosseler (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 01:00

17. Patxi Vila Errandonea (Sp), Lampre, 01:00

18. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 01:00

19. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel, 01:00

20. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, 01:00

21. Pierrick Fedrigo (F), Bouygues Telecom, 01:05

22. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, 01:45

23. Roman Kreuzinger (Cz), Liquigas, 01:45

24. Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, 01:45

25. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Milram, 01:45

26. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Astana, 01:45

27. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Credit Agricole, 01:45

28. Jesus Del Nero (Sp), Saunier Duval, 01:45

29. Marcus Burghardt (G), T-Mobile, 01:45

30. Rémi Pauriol (F), Credit Agricole, 01:45

31. Maxime Monfort (B), Cofidis, 01:45

32. Amael Moinard (F), Cofidis, 01:45

33. Sandy Casar (F), Francaise des Jeux, 01:45

34. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 01:45

35. Francisco Perez Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 01:45

36. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), T-Mobile, 01:45

37. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 02:51

38. Iker Camano (Sp), Saunier Duval, 02:51

39. Jose-Luis Arrieta (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance, 02:51

40. Hubert Dupont (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 02:51

41. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Predictor-Lotto, 02:51

42. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Cofidis, 02:51

43. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre, 02:51

44. Kévin Van Impe (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 02:51

45. Pieter Weening (Nl), Rabobank, 02:51

46. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 04:32

47. Benoít Joachim (Lux), Astana, 04:32

48. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux, 04:32

49. Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr), Liquigas, 04:32

50. Markel Irizar (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 04:32

51. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Liquigas, 04:32

52. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp), Rabobank, 04:32

53. Joost Posthuma (Nl), Rabobank, 10:28

54. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, 10:28

55. Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz), Astana, 10:28

56. Mario Aerts (B), Predictor-Lotto, 10:28

57. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr), Ag2r Prevoyance, 13:33

58. Matthieu Ladagnous (F), Francaise des Jeux, 13:33

59. Cyril Dessel (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 13:33

60. Christophe Laurent (F), Credit Agricole, 13:33

61. Alberto Ongarato (I), Milram, 13:33

62. Bert Roesems (B), Predictor-Lotto, 13:33

63. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Predictor-Lotto, 13:33

64. Gorka Verdugo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 13:33

65. Stijn Devolder (B), Discovery Channel, 13:33

66. Roger Hammond (GB), T-Mobile, 13:33

67. Christophe Rinero (F), Saunier Duval, 13:33

68. Frédéric Bessy (F), Cofidis, 13:33

69. Freddy Bichot (F), Agritubel, 13:33

70. Benoit Salmon (F), Agritubel, 13:33

71. Ruben Perez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 13:33

72. Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 13:33

73. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Agritubel, 13:33

74. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bouygues Telecom, 13:33

75. Wilfried Cretskens (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 17:08

76. Ralf Grabsch (G), Milram, 17:08

77. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 17:08

78. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Quick Step-Innergetic, 17:08

79. Thomas Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, 17:08

80. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, 17:08

81. Alan Perez-Lezaun (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 17:08

Did Not Finish
Jose Antonio Redondo (Sp), Astana

Matej Mugerli (SLO), Liquigas

Fischer Murilo-Antonio (BRA), Liquigas

Luca Paolini (I), Liquigas

Yoann Le Boulanger (F), Bouygues Telecom

Jurgen Van De Walle (B), Quick Step-Innergetic

Matteo Tosatto (I), Quick Step-Innergetic

Gert Steegmans (B), Quick Step-Innergetic

Alberto Fernandez De La Puebla Ramos (Sp), Saunier Duval

Iban Mayo (Sp), Saunier Duval

Romain Feillu (F), Agritubel

Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus), Astana

Aaron Kemps (Aus), Astana

Thomas Frei (Swi), Astana

Björn Schröder (G), Milram

Martin Müller (Swi), Milram

Mirco Lorenzetto (I), Milram

Brett Lancaster (Aus), Milram

Nicolas Jalabert (F), Agritubel

Duclos-Lassalle Hervé (F), Cofidis

Stéphane Auge (F), Cofidis

Jakob Piil (Dk), T-Mobile

David Zabriskie (USA), CSC

Christian Vande Velde (USA), CSC

Luke Roberts (Aus), CSC

Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus), CSC

Kasper Klostergaard (Dk), CSC

Nicolas Portal (F), Caisse d'Epargne

Aitor Perez Arrieta (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne

Vicente Garcia Acosta (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne

Daniele Righi (I), Lampre

Sergio Paulinho (P), Discovery Channel

Tomas Vaitkus (Lit), Discovery Channel

Axel Merckx (B), T-Mobile

Gregory Henderson (NZl), T-Mobile

Bert Grabsch (G), T-Mobile

Lövkvist Thomas (Swe), Francaise des Jeux

Roy Sentjens (B), Predictor-Lotto

William Bonnet (F), Credit Agricole

Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Rabobank

Löwik Gerben (Nl), Rabobank

Matthew White (Aus), Discovery Channel

Claudio Corioni (I), Lampre

Did Not Start
Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Innergetic

Siedler Sébastien (G), Milram, 188 Pts.

Final Overall Standings
1. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 29:55:22 (42.107kph)

2. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 00:26

3. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 00:42

4. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Lampre, 00:49

5. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, 00:57

6. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 01:00

7. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 01:01

8. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 01:08

9. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 01:12

10. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 01:22

11. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, 01:29

12. Sébastien Joly (F), Francaise des Jeux, 01:36

13. David Millar (GB), Saunier Duval, 01:46

14. Jérôme Pineau (F), Bouygues Telecom, 01:46

15. Patxi Vila Errandonea (Sp), Lampre, 02:10

16. Andy Schleck (Lux), CSC, 02:20

17. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, 02:29

18. Pierrick Fedrigo (F), Bouygues Telecom, 02:35

19. Roman Kreuzinger (Cz), Liquigas, 02:41

20. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel, 02:55

21. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Astana, 03:02

22. Maxime Monfort (B), Cofidis, 03:26

23. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 03:41

24. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, 04:02

25. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Predictor-Lotto, 04:15

26. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 05:52

27. Sandy Casar (F), Francaise des Jeux, 07:04

28. Jesus Del Nero (Sp), Saunier Duval, 07:27

29. Francisco Perez Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 08:48

30. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 09:55

31. Hubert Dupont (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 10:04

32. Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz), Credit Agricole, 10:53

33. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), T-Mobile, 11:06

34. Marcus Burghardt (G), T-Mobile, 11:41

35. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Liquigas, 11:56

36. Joost Posthuma (Nl), Rabobank, 12:20

37. Jose-Luis Arrieta (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance, 12:45

38. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 12:55

39. Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, 14:22

40. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, 17:16

41. Gorka Verdugo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 19:40

42. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bouygues Telecom, 19:45

43. Benoít Joachim (Lux), Astana, 19:49

44. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr), Ag2r Prevoyance, 22:18

45. Sébastien Rosseler (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 22:44

46. Amael Moinard (F), Cofidis, 23:04

47. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Cofidis, 24:18

48. Roger Hammond (GB), T-Mobile, 24:33

49. Markel Irizar (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 25:24

50. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux, 26:43

51. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Milram, 26:50

52. Frédéric Bessy (F), Cofidis, 29:51

53. Stijn Devolder (B), Discovery Channel, 29:57

54. Rémi Pauriol (F), Credit Agricole, 29:58

55. Alberto Ongarato (I), Milram, 30:18

56. Christophe Rinero (F), Saunier Duval, 30:45

57. Mario Aerts (B), Predictor-Lotto, 32:11

58. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Predictor-Lotto, 33:21

59. Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr), Liquigas, 33:28

60. Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz), Astana, 33:30

61. Pieter Weening (Nl), Rabobank, 33:37

62. Iker Camano (Sp), Saunier Duval, 33:57

63. Bert Roesems (B), Predictor-Lotto, 34:08

64. Christophe Laurent (F), Credit Agricole, 34:17

65. Kévin Van Impe (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 35:43

66. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre, 36:00

67. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp), Rabobank, 39:06

68. Freddy Bichot (F), Agritubel, 40:11

69. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, 42:09

70. Benoit Salmon (F), Agritubel, 43:56

71. Alan Perez-Lezaun (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 46:40

72. Matthieu Ladagnous (F), Francaise des Jeux, 47:28

73. Ruben Perez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 48:27

74. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Agritubel, 52:07

75. Cyril Dessel (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 52:07

76. Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 54:32

77. Steven De Jongh (Nl), Quick Step-Innergetic, 55:44

78. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 56:30

79. Ralf Grabsch (G), Milram, 56:35

80. Wilfried Cretskens (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 57:32

81. Thomas Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, 58:51

Points
1. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, 90 Pts.

2. Jérôme Pineau (F), Bouygues Telecom, 81 Pts.

3. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 80 Pts.

4. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 74 Pts.

5. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 66 Pts.

6. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 60 Pts.

7. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 59 Pts.

8. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Lampre, 51 Pts.

9. Sébastien Joly (F), Francaise des Jeux, 51 Pts.

10. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 48 Pts.

11. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 46 Pts.

12. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, 45 Pts.

13. David Millar (GB), Saunier Duval, 40 Pts.

14. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 38 Pts.

15. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 38 Pts.

16. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 36 Pts.

17. Roman Kreuzinger (Cz), Liquigas, 34 Pts.

18. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel, 33 Pts.

19. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 33 Pts.

20. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bouygues Telecom, 30 Pts.

21. Patxi Vila Errandonea (Sp), Lampre, 25 Pts.

22. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Milram, 23 Pts.

23. Andy Schleck (Lux), CSC, 19 Pts.

24. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Astana, 19 Pts.

25. Joost Posthuma (Nl), Rabobank, 19 Pts.

26. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, 17 Pts.

27. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Liquigas, 16 Pts.

28. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Predictor-Lotto, 12 Pts.

29. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 11 Pts.

30. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Predictor-Lotto, 11 Pts.

31. Alan Perez-Lezaun (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 11 Pts.

32. Sandy Casar (F), Francaise des Jeux, 7 Pts.

33. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux, 7 Pts.

34. Pierrick Fedrigo (F), Bouygues Telecom, 7 Pts.

35. Rémi Pauriol (F), Credit Agricole, 6 Pts.

36. Freddy Bichot (F), Agritubel, 6 Pts.

37. Sébastien Rosseler (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, 5 Pts.

38. Thomas Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, 5 Pts.

39. Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz), Astana, 4 Pts.

40. Maxime Monfort (B), Cofidis, 4 Pts.

41. Jesus Del Nero (Sp), Saunier Duval, 4 Pts.

42. Alberto Ongarato (I), Milram, 4 Pts.

43. Marcus Burghardt (G), T-Mobile, 3 Pts.

44. Amael Moinard (F), Cofidis, 3 Pts.

45. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Agritubel, 3 Pts.

46. Roger Hammond (GB), T-Mobile, 2 Pts.

47. Christophe Laurent (F), Credit Agricole, 2 Pts.

48. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, 1 Pts.

KOM
1. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bouygues Telecom, 65 Pts.

2. Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, 42 Pts.

3. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 36 Pts.

4. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 29 Pts.

5. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel, 25 Pts.

6. Sandy Casar (F), Francaise des Jeux, 22 Pts.

7. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 20 Pts.

8. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, 20 Pts.

9. Amael Moinard (F), Cofidis, 17 Pts.

10. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 15 Pts.

11. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 13 Pts.

12. Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz), Astana, 11 Pts.

13. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Lampre, 10 Pts.

14. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 10 Pts.

15. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Agritubel, 8 Pts.

16. Gorka Verdugo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 7 Pts.

17. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, 7 Pts.

18. Joaquin Rodriguez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 5 Pts.

19. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre, 5 Pts.

20. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), T-Mobile, 4 Pts.

21. Roman Kreuzinger (Cz), Liquigas, 4 Pts.

22. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, 1 Pts.

23. Sébastien Joly (F), Francaise des Jeux, 1 Pts.

24. Joost Posthuma (Nl), Rabobank, 1 Pts.

25. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux, 1 Pts.

26. Rémi Pauriol (F), Credit Agricole, 1 Pts.

27. Christophe Laurent (F), Credit Agricole, 1 Pts.

28. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, 1 Pts.

Best Young Rider
1. Alberto Contador (Sp), Discovery Channel, 29:55:22

2. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d'Epargne, 00:42

3. Andy Schleck (Lux), CSC, 02:20

4. Roman Kreuzinger (Cz), Liquigas, 02:41

5. Maxime Monfort (B), Cofidis, 03:26

6. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Predictor-Lotto, 04:15

7. Jesus Del Nero (Sp), Saunier Duval, 07:27

8. Marcus Burghardt (G), T-Mobile, 11:41

9. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, 17:16

10. Amael Moinard (F), Cofidis, 23:04

11. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux, 26:43

12. Rémi Pauriol (F), Credit Agricole, 29:58

13. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, 42:09

14. Alan Perez-Lezaun (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 46:40

15. Matthieu Ladagnous (F), Francaise des Jeux, 47:28

16. Thomas Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, 58:51

Team Standings
1. Caisse D’epargne

2. CSC, 03:50

3. Predictor – Lotto, 05:26

4. Discovery Channel Team, 05:30

5. Saunier Duval – Prodir, 09:41

6. Cofidis Credit Par Telephone, 10:44

7. Francaise Des Jeux, 11:10

8. Liquigas, 12:38

9. Euskaltel – Euskadi, 21:04

10. Bouygues Telecom, 21:07

11. Lampre-Fondital, 22:24

12. Ag2r Prevoyance, 22:42

13. Credit Agricole, 28:22

14. Astana, 30:57

15. T-Mobile Team, 38:50

16. Gerolsteiner, 56:29

17. Quick Step – Innergetic, 1:02:37

18. Rabobank, 1:07:55

19. Team Milram, 1:18:43

20. Agritubel, 1:35:55