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German fans get Freire-fest instead of hoped-for Zabel win

Monday’s 181km stage 2 of the 2002 Tour de France was supposed tobe an Erik Zabel homecoming party. The script was already written:Zabel, already resplendent in the green jersey, would win the stage afterhard work by his Telekom team to bring the race to a bunch sprint and takethe yellow jersey, all in front of a rowdy German crowd lining the roadsestimated to top one million. As it happens so often in the Tour, though, it didn’t quite turn outthat way. Not only did the Telekom man not win the field sprint, he finishedonly third and he left the yellow jersey in the hands of Lampre's

By Andrew Hood

This is why he has those stripes on his jersey. Freire takes Stage 2

This is why he has those stripes on his jersey. Freire takes Stage 2

Photo: Graham Watson

Monday’s 181km stage 2 of the 2002 Tour de France was supposed tobe an Erik Zabel homecoming party. The script was already written:Zabel, already resplendent in the green jersey, would win the stage afterhard work by his Telekom team to bring the race to a bunch sprint and takethe yellow jersey, all in front of a rowdy German crowd lining the roadsestimated to top one million.

As it happens so often in the Tour, though, it didn’t quite turn outthat way. Not only did the Telekom man not win the field sprint, he finishedonly third and he left the yellow jersey in the hands of Lampre’s Swissphenom’ Rubens Bertogliati.

No Zabel-fest tonight in Saarbrücken.

Instead, world champion Oscar Freire (Mapei) took the sprintafter a hard, hot day in the saddle when temperatures soared into the 90s.Three-time defending champion Lance Armstrong stayed out of trouble toremain three seconds out of the lead in fourth place.

Huge crowds for German stage
Massive crowds lined the course as soon as the peloton crossed theMoselle River and entered Germany, and bright skies pushed the thermometerupwards after a cool start in Luxembourg.

The man they were all hoping to see.

The man they were all hoping to see.

Photo: Graham Watson

Crowds were 10-deep, even on minor, unrated climbs where it seemed morelike a stage in the Pyrenees than the Hunsrück. At St. Wendel, a smalltown that has hosted mountain bike World Cup races and will stage the 2005world cyclo-cross championships, had upwards of  20,000 people jammedinto grandstands on both sides of the road in what looked a finishing straight.

That old-fashioned enthusiasm was just what the Tour needed — unlessyou were one of the 189 racers trying to squeeze through the crowds.

“They were unbelievable, but I wish they wouldn’t stand on the roadsso much,” said Lotto-Adecco’s Robbie McEwen. “Guys were hittingspectators. They were taking photographs and they were not paying attention to what they were doing. It was getting quite dangerous.”

Rowdy German fans rang bells, waved flags and cheered uproariously asthe peloton plowed through the Saar region of southwestern Germany. Theypushed down onto the roads, causing jitters among the already-nervous peloton.

“I saw anything from kids in the road, to tripods laying down on theroad like a log that you had to bunny-hop. It was crazy. Unfortunately,it caused some crashes and I cannot tell you how many near misses therewere,” said Tyler Hamilton, who was relieved that he didn’t crashMonday despite reports that said he did. “But what are you going to do,”he added, “fence off the whole course?”

A 17-strong group went off in the first kilometer, but peloton soonreacted. Then Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel (Bonjour) attacked at 11km.He was joined by Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole)and Frenchman Stéphane Bergès (AG2R), and the trio opened up a gap of 1:25 by 30 km. With 98 km to go, the break had a margin of 5:05 and gobbled up most of the day’s point sprints and mountain points, with Bergès scoring the best climber’s polka-dot jersey for his efforts.

World champ Freire wins stage
With 30 km to go, Hushovd’s legs began cramping so bad he was forcedto pedal with one leg. He rode alongside the second Crédit Agricoleteam car and finished last on the stage, almost 20 minutes back. Bergèsand Chavanel were also gobbled up by a fast-charging peloton hungry toset up the Tour’s first field sprint> The two leaders were first passedby Crédit Agricole’s ambitious German racer Jens Voigt, awinner of a Tour stage last year, who then shot away on his own with hopesof winning in his own country.

Voigt held a 53-second lead with 27km to go. but there was no way Telekomwas going to let him stay out there, and Voigt was reeled in with 11kmto go. Yet another Crédit Agricole rider – this time SébastienHinault – gave it a run, which didn’t last long either.

Telekom controlled the peloton until 500 meters to go. Sitting righton Zabel’s wheel was Australian national champion Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Adecco) and just behind him was world champion Freire (Mapei-Quick Step).

“I was on Zabel’s wheel but the Telekoms were really sitting in so Iwent for it with 200 meters to go. It turned out to be a perfect sprint– for Freire. He came around my right wheel,” said McEwen, who added thathis ailing back was feeling much better. “I was too far from the barriersto close it down.”

Freire was on McEwen’s wheel and came around his right to pip the Aussieat the line. Zabel didn’t have the legs to snatch the win and the two-timeworld champion scored his first Tour stage of his career just three daysinto his first Tour start.

“I didn’t want to come to the Tour because I was racing so hard in thespring classics, but my team insisted I come. I am glad I did now,” Freiresaid. “The most important thing was to be at the front. My team did goodwork for me, which wasn’t the case yesterday.”

Zabel found it hard to smile at the end of the stage. By finishing third,he took an eight-second time bonus, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Bertogliatiin the overall standings. He promises to keep fighting in Tuesday’s stage,which enters France for the first time in this Tour de France.

“What can I say? The others were simply stronger than me today,” saidthe six-time winner of the green jersey. “It’s great to race here in frontof so many wonderful German fans. I would have liked to have won the yellowjersey for my fans today, but I will fight for it tomorrow.”

Armstrong mellow not in yellow
It was another easy day in the saddle for three-time defending championLance Armstrong, if there is such a thing in the Tour de France.

Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team flanked the Texan and kept himout of the numerous spills during the stage. Benoît Joachimcrashed early, but was not seriously injured.

“It was nervous, but quite easy for us,” said Armstrong, who finished61st with the same time as Freire. “The team rode well. I was surprisedby the huge crowds. I was impressed.”

Postal’s directeur sportif Johan Bruyneel said the team will ride aseasy as possible Tuesday to save strength for Wednesday’s team time trial.Armstrong, sitting in fourth overall three seconds back, could bounce backinto the yellow jersey if the team rides strong.

“We haven’t practiced the team time trial, of course, because we couldnot until the team selection was made. We’ve been practicing a little bitduring some of these stages, taking pulls at the front to practice thetechnique,” he said.

Landis and Ekimov

Landis and Ekimov

Photo: Graham Watson

Stage 2, 181 km, Luxembourg to Saarbrücken, Germany
Weather: Sunny and warm, highs in the low 90s, brisk southwestwinds.
Stage winner: Oscar Freire (Sp), Mapei, 4 hours, 19 minutes,51 seconds, 41.793 kph.
Overall leader: Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre-Daikin, retainedthe yellow jersey he won on stage 1.
Points jersey: Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, retained the green jerseyhe took on stage 1.
Climber’s jersey: Stéphane Bergès (France, AG2R)
Best young rider: Bertogliati retained the white jersey he tookon stage 1
Best team: CSC-Tiscali has stayed atop the team standings sincethe prologue.
Peloton: All 189 riders remain.

UCI jury decisions
No jury decisions.

Injury report
Several crashes resulting in injuries: Benoît Joachim (Lux),U.S. Postal Service, superficial cuts to left knee and hand; GianlucaBortolami (I), Tacconi, lower back pain; David Millar (GB), Cofidis, head cuts; Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskad,contusions to right knee and elbow, transferred to the hospital after finishingMonday’s stage; David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel, cuts to rightknee; Daniel Nazon (F), Bonjour, scrapes to the left hand; ThorHushovd (N), Crédit Agricole, severe leg cramps; Bram DeGroot (Nl), Rabobank, cuts to left knee.

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Results

Results – Stage 2

1. Oscar Freire (Spa/MAP), 181km in 4hr 19 min 51sec (average: 41.793
kph),

2. Robbie McEwen (Aus/LOT), at 00:00

3. Erik Zabel (Ger/TEL), 00:00

4. Baden Cooke (Aus/FDJ), 00:00

5. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est/A2R), 00:00

6. Andrej Hauptman (Slo/TAC), 00:00

7. Pedro Horillo (Spa/MAP), 00:00

8. Fred Rodriguez (USA/DFF), 00:00

9. Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita/TEL), 00:00

10. Stuart O’Grady (Aus/C.A), 00:00

11. Danilo Hondo (Ger/TEL), 00:00

12. Jan Svorada (Cze/LAM), 00:00

13. Francois Simon (Fra/BJR), 00:00

14. Paolo Bossoni (Ita/TAC), 00:00

15. Nico Mattan (Bel/COF), 00:00

16. Serguei Ivanov (Rus/FAS), 00:00

17. Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa/KEL), 00:00

18. Martin Hvastija (Slo/ALS), 00:00

19. Luciano Pagliarini (Bra/LAM), 00:00

20. Gerhard Trampusch (Aut/MAP), 00:00

21. Cristian Moreni (Ita/ALS), 00:00

22. Davide Casarotto (Ita/ALS), 00:00

23. Nicola Loda (Ita/FAS), 00:00

24. Aart Vierhouten (Ned/LOT), 00:00

25. Andrea Peron (Ita/CST), 00:00

26. Fabio Baldato (Ita/FAS), 00:00

27. Oscar Sevilla (Spa/KEL), 00:00

28. Alexandre Shefer (Kaz/ALS), 00:00

29. Rubens Bertogliati (Sui/LAM), 00:00

30. Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus/LOT), 00:00

31. Piotr Wadecki (Pol/DFF), 00:00

32. Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa/ONE), 00:00

33. Servais Knaven (Ned/DFF), 00:00

34. Bingen Fernandez (Spa/COF), 00:00

35. Karsten Kroon (Ned/RAB), 00:00

36. Andrea Tafi (Ita/MAP), 00:00

37. Santiago Botero (Col/KEL), 00:00

38. Mikel Pradera (Spa/ONE), 00:00

39. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz/COF), 00:00

40. Francisco Mancebo (Spa/BAN), 00:00

41. Roberto Heras (Spa/USP), 00:00

42. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel/LAM), 00:00

43. Marco Velo (Ita/FAS), 00:00

44. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra/FDJ), 00:00

45. Steffen Wesemann (Ger/TEL), 00:00

46. Stefano Casagranda (Ita/ALS), 00:00

47. Dario Frigo (Ita/TAC), 00:00

48. Serge Baguet (Bel/LOT), 00:00

49. Walter Beneteau (Fra/BJR), 00:00

50. Mario Aerts (Bel/LOT), 00:00

51. Unai Osa (Spa/BAN), 00:00

52. Massimo Apollonio (Ita/TAC), 00:00

53. Rolf Aldag (Ger/TEL), 00:00

54. Grischa Niermann (Ger/RAB), 00:00

55. Laurent Brochard (Fra/DEL), 00:00

56. Floyd Landis (USA/USP), 00:00

57. David Etxebarria (Spa/EUS), 00:00

58. Laurent Jalabert (Fra/CST), 00:00

59. Oscar Pozzi (Ita/FAS), 00:00

60. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa/EUS), 00:00

61. Lance Armstrong (USA/USP), 00:00

62. Levy Leipheimer (USA/RAB), 00:00

63. Michael Boogerd (Ned/RAB), 00:00

64. George Hincapie (USA/USP), 00:00

65. Peter Luttenberger (Aut/TAC), 00:00

66. Tyler Hamilton (USA/CST), 00:00

67. Ivan Basso (Ita/FAS), 00:00

68. Tomas Konecny (Cze/DFF), 00:00

69. Axel Merckx (Bel/DFF), 00:00

70. Cedric Vasseur (Fra/COF), 00:00

71. Patrice Halgand (Fra/DEL), 00:00

72. Laurent Dufaux (Swi/ALS), 00:00

73. Victor Hugo Pena (Col/USP), 00:00

74. Richard Virenque (Fra/DFF), 00:00

75. Christophe Moreau (Fra/C.A), 00:00

76. David Millar (Gbr/COF), 00:00

77. Bobby Julich (USA/TEL), 00:00

78. Didier Rous (Fra/BJR), 00:00

79. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita/BAN), 00:00

80. Mauro Radaelli (Ita/TAC), 00:00

81. Miguel Martinez (Fra/MAP), 00:00

82. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr/FAS), 00:00

83. Denis Menchov (Rus/BAN), 00:00

84. Frederic Guesdon (Fra/FDJ), 00:00

85. Franck Renier (Fra/BJR), 00:00

86. Jens Voigt (Ger/C.A), 00:00

87. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun/MAP), 00:00

88. Hans De Clercq (Bel/LOT), 00:00

89. Abraham Olano (Spa/ONE), 00:00

90. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit/LAM), 00:00

91. Laurent Lefevre (Fra/DEL), 00:00

92. Marc Wauters (Bel/RAB), 00:00

93. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol/BAN), 00:00

94. David Moncoutie (Fra/COF), 00:00

95. Ludovic Turpin (Fra/A2R), 00:00

96. Jorg Jaksche (Ger/ONE), 00:00

97. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita/TAC), 00:00

98. Christophe Mengin (Fra/FDJ), 00:00

99. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus/USP), 00:00

100. Jose Azevedo (Por/ONE), 00:00

101. Marco Serpellini (Ita/LAM), 00:00

102. Dave Bruylandts (Bel/DFF), 00:00

103. Joseba Beloki (Spa/ONE), 00:00

104. Pavel Padrnos (Cze/USP), 00:00

105. Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa/USP), 00:00

106. Udo Bolts (Ger/TEL), 00:00

107. Cyril Dessel (Fra/DEL), 00:00

108. Sebastien Hinault (Fra/C.A), 00:00

109. Jose Angel Vidal (Spa/KEL), 00:00

110. Carlos Sastre (Spa/CST), 00:00

111. Santiago Blanco (Spa/BAN), 00:00

112. Constantino Zaballa (Spa/KEL), 00:00

113. Isidro Nozal (Spa/ONE), 00:00

114. Bradley McGee (Aus/FDJ), 00:00

115. Enrico Cassani (Ita/DFF), 00:00

116. Sandy Casar (Fra/FDJ), 00:00

117. Kevin Livingston (USA/TEL), 00:00

118. Paul Van Hyfte (Bel/CST), 00:00

119. Stephane Goubert (Fra/DEL), 00:00

120. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa/BAN), 00:00

121. Franck Bouyer (Fra/BJR), 00:00

122. Santiago Perez (Spa/KEL), 00:00

123. Christophe Edaleine (Fra/DEL), 00:00

124. Inigo Chaurreau (Spa/A2R), 00:00

125. Daniel Atienza (Spa/COF), 00:00

126. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel/LOT), 00:00

127. Marcos Serrano (Spa/ONE), 00:00

128. Christophe Brandt (Bel/LOT), 00:00

129. Anthony Morin (Fra/C.A), 00:00

130. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus/A2R), 00:00

131. Giuseppe Guerini (Ita/TEL), 00:00

132. Wladimir Belli (Ita/FAS), 00:00

133. Addy Engels (Ned/RAB), 00:00

134. Francisco Cabello (Spa/KEL), 00:00

135. Volodomir Gustov (Ukr/FAS), 00:00

136. Christophe Oriol (Fra/A2R), 00:00

137. Nicki Sorensen (Den/CST), 00:00

138. Stephane Auge (Fra/DEL), 00:00

139. Jerome Pineau (Fra/BJR), 00:00

140. Andrea Brognara (Ita/ALS), 00:00

141. Ivan Gotti (Ita/ALS), 00:00

142. Vicente Garcia-Acosta (Spa/BAN), 00:00

143. Beat Zberg (Sui/RAB), 00:00

144. Robert Hunter (Rsa/MAP), 00:00

145. Inigo Cuesta (Spa/COF), 00:00

146. Massimiliano Lelli (Ita/COF), 00:00

147. Massimo Donati (Ita/TAC), 00:00

148. Frederic Bessy (Fra/C.A), 00:00

149. Jimmy Casper (Fra/FDJ), 00:00

150. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra/FDJ), 00:00

151. Jakob Piil (Den/CST), 00:00

152. Igor Flores (Spa/EUS), 00:00

153. Christophe Agnolutto (Fra/A2R), 00:00

154. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita/TAC), 00:00

155. Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa/ONE), 00:00

156. Thierry Loder (Fra/A2R), 00:00

157. Ruslan Ivanov (Mol/ALS), 00:00

158. Roberto Laiseka (Spa/EUS), 00:00

159. Michael Sandstod (Den/CST), 00:00

160. Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita/LAM), 00:00

161. Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat/LAM), 00:00

162. David Latasa (Spa/BAN), 00:00

163. Leon Van Bon (Ned/DFF), 00:00

164. Antonio Tauler (Spa/KEL), 00:00

165. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Spa/EUS), 00:00

166. Jose Javier Gomez (Spa/KEL), 00:00

167. Anthony Langella (Fra/C.A), 00:00

168. Jerome Bernard (Fra/DEL), 00:00

169. Thierry Marichal (Bel/LOT), 00:00

170. Jonathan Vaughters (USA/C.A), 00:00

171. Iban Mayo (Spa/EUS), 00:00

172. Eddy Seigneur (Fra/DEL), 00:00

173. Jacky Durand (Fra/FDJ), 00:00

174. Benoit Joachim (Lux/USP), 00:00

175. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/BJR), 00:00

176. Andy Flickinger (Fra/A2R), 00:00 — all s.t.



177. Arvis Piziks (Lat/CST), at at 01:32

178. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra/BJR), at 00:00

179. Damien Nazon (Fra/BJR), at 00:00

180. Gorka Gonzalez (Spa/EUS), at 02:38

181. Fabien De Waele (Bel/MAP), at 08:16

182. Marco Pinotti (Ita/LAM), at 08:16

183. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/EUS), at 08:16

184. Erik Dekker (Ned/RAB), at 08:16

185. Tom Steels (Bel/MAP), at 08:16

186. Unai Etxebarria (Ven/EUS), at 08:16

187. Stephane Berges (Fra/A2R), at 08:16

188. Bram De Groot (Ned/RAB), at 09:33

189. Thor Hushovd (Nor/C.A), at 19:22

Overall Standings

1. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi/LAM), 9hr 18min 12sec.

2. Erik Zabel (Ger/TEL), at at 00:02.

3. Laurent Jalabert (Fra/CST), at 00:03.

4. Lance Armstrong (USA/USP), at 00:03.

5. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit/LAM), at 00:06.

6. Santiago Botero (Col/KEL), at 00:07.

7. David Millar (Gbr/COF), at 00:08.

8. Laurent Brochard (Fra/DEL), at 00:09.

9. Oscar Freire (Spa/MAP), at 00:11.

10. Dario Frigo (Ita/TAC), at 00:11.

11. Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa/ONE), at 00:12.

12. Robbie McEwen (Aus/LOT), at 00:14.

13. Joseba Beloki (Spa/ONE), at 00:16.

14. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun/MAP), at 00:16.

15. Bradley McGee (Aus/FDJ), at 00:16.

16. Francisco Mancebo (Spa/BAN), at 00:17.

17. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr/FAS), at 00:18.

18. Tyler Hamilton (USA/CST), at 00:19.

19. Andrea Peron (Ita/CST), at 00:19.

20. Levy Leipheimer (USA/RAB), at 00:19.

21. David Moncoutie (Fra/COF), at 00:20.

22. Roberto Heras (Spa/USP), at 00:21.

23. Mario Aerts (Bel/LOT), at 00:21.

24. Richard Virenque (Fra/DFF), at 00:21.

25. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel/LOT), at 00:22.

26. Stuart O’Grady (Aus/C.A), at 00:22.

27. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus/USP), at 00:22.

28. Francisco Cabello (Spa/KEL), at 00:23.

29. Ivan Basso (Ita/FAS), at 00:23.

30. Baden Cooke (Aus/FDJ), at 00:23.

31. George Hincapie (USA/USP), at 00:24.

32. Jorg Jaksche (Ger/ONE), at 00:24.

33. Pedro Horillo (Spa/MAP), at 00:24.

34. Beat Zberg (Swi/RAB), at 00:24.

35. Sandy Casar (Fra/FDJ), at 00:24.

36. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita/BAN), at 00:25.

37. Laurent Dufaux (Swi/ALS), at 00:25.

38. Carlos Sastre (Spa/CST), at 00:26.

39. Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa/KEL), at 00:26.

40. Danilo Hondo (Ger/TEL), at 00:28.

41. Floyd Landis (USA/USP), at 00:28.

42. Franck Bouyer (Fra/BJR), at 00:29.

43. Michael Boogerd (Ned/RAB), at 00:29.

44. Patrice Halgand (Fra/DEL), at 00:29.

45. Tomas Konecny (Cze/DFF), at 00:30.

46. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa/EUS), at 00:31.

47. Axel Merckx (Bel/DFF), at 00:31.

48. Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa/USP), at 00:31.

49. Laurent Lefevre (Fra/DEL), at 00:31.

50. Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita/LAM), at 00:31.

51. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra/FDJ), at 00:32.

52. Massimiliano Lelli (Ita/COF), at 00:32.

53. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est/A2R), at 00:32.

54. Abraham Olano (Spa/ONE), at 00:34.

55. Alexandre Shefer (Kaz/ALS), at 00:34.

56. Volodomir Gustov (Ukr/FAS), at 00:34.

57. Nicki Sorensen (Den/CST), at 00:35.

58. Oscar Sevilla (Spa/KEL), at 00:36.

59. Peter Luttenberger (Aut/TAC), at 00:37.

60. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz/COF), at 00:37.

61. Ludovic Turpin (Fra/A2R), at 00:38.

62. David Latasa (Spa/BAN), at 00:38.

63. Isidro Nozal (Spa/ONE), at 00:39.

64. Christophe Brandt (Bel/LOT), at 00:39.

65. Inigo Chaurreau (Spa/A2R), at 00:39.

66. Serguei Ivanov (Rus/FAS), at 00:40.

67. Jose Azevedo (Por/ONE), at 00:40.

68. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol/BAN), at 00:40.

69. Christophe Oriol (Fra/A2R), at 00:40.

70. Cristian Moreni (Ita/ALS), at 00:40.

71. Walter Beneteau (Fra/BJR), at 00:41.

72. Bobby Julich (USA/TEL), at 00:41.

73. Franck Renier (Fra/BJR), at 00:41.

74. Fabio Baldato (Ita/FAS), at 00:41.

75. Mikel Pradera (Spa/ONE), at 00:42.

76. Marcos Serrano (Spa/ONE), at 00:42.

77. Jerome Pineau (Fra/BJR), at 00:42.

78. Kevin Livingston (Usa/TEL), at 00:42.

79. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra/FDJ), at 00:43.

80. Francois Simon (Fra/BJR), at 00:43.

81. Grischa Niermann (Ger/RAB), at 00:43.

82. Santiago Perez (Spa/KEL), at 00:44.

83. Denis Menchov (Rus/BAN), at 00:44.

84. Wladimir Belli (Ita/FAS), at 00:44.

85. Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa/ONE), at 00:44.

86. Stephane Goubert (Fra/DEL), at 00:45.

87. Frederic Guesdon (Fra/FDJ), at 00:46.

88. Piotr Wadecki (Pol/DFF), at 00:47.

89. Nico Mattan (Bel/COF), at 00:47.

90. Cedric Vasseur (Fra/COF), at 00:47.

91. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa/BAN), at 00:47.

92. Miguel Martinez (Fra/MAP), at 00:48.

93. Pavel Padrnos (Cze/USP), at 00:51.

94. Ivan Gotti (Ita/ALS), at 00:52.

95. Thierry Loder (Fra/A2R), at 00:53.

96. Daniel Atienza (Spa/COF), at 00:54.

97. Jose Javier Gomez (Spa/KEL), at 00:54.

98. Marc Wauters (Bel/RAB), at 00:54.

99. David Etxebarria (Spa/EUS), at 00:54.

100. Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus/LOT), at 00:55.

101. Gerhard Trampusch (Aut/MAP), at 00:55.

102. Enrico Cassani (Ita/DFF), at 00:56.

103. Marco Velo (Ita/FAS), at 00:57.

104. Andy Flickinger (Fra/A2R), at 00:57.

105. Unai Osa (Spa/BAN), at 00:57.

106. Cyril Dessel (Fra/DEL), at 00:59.

107. Bingen Fernandez (Spa/COF), at 00:59.

108. Dave Bruylandts (Bel/DFF), at 00:59.

109. Serge Baguet (Bel/LOT), at 01:00.

110. Santiago Blanco (Spa/BAN), at 01:01.

111. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus/A2R), at 01:03.

112. Inigo Cuesta (Spa/COF), at 01:03.

113. Didier Rous (Fra/BJR), at 01:04.

114. Oscar Pozzi (Ita/FAS), at 01:04.

115. Benoit Joachim (Lux/USP), at 01:05.

116. Nicola Loda (Ita/FAS), at 01:08.

117. Giuseppe Guerini (Ita/TEL), at 01:09.

118. Addy Engels (Ned/RAB), at 01:09.

119. Massimo Donati (Ita/TAC), at 01:12.

120. Stefano Casagranda (Ita/ALS), at 01:13.

121. Ruslan Ivanov (Mol/ALS), at 01:14.

122. Christophe Edaleine (Fra/DEL), at 01:16.

123. Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita/TEL), at 01:19.

124. Udo Bolts (Ger/TEL), at 01:20.

125. Aart Vierhouten (Ned/LOT), at 01:22.

126. Damien Nazon (Fra/BJR), at 01:22.

127. Jerome Bernard (Fra/DEL), at 01:22..

128. Paolo Bossoni (Ita/TAC), at 01:32.

129. Steffen Wesemann (Ger/TEL), at 01:33.

130. Marco Serpellini (Ita/LAM), at 01:34.

131. Rolf Aldag (Ger/TEL), at 01:46.

132. Andrea Brognara (Ita/ALS), at 01:57.

133. Davide Casarotto (Ita/ALS), at 02:00.

134. Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat/LAM), at 02:04.

135. Christophe Moreau (Fra/C.A), at 03:47.

136. Constantino Zaballa (Spa/KEL), at 03:56.

137. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita/TAC), at 03:58.

138. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/BJR), at 04:03.

139. Andrea Tafi (Ita/MAP), at 04:10.

140. Hans De Clercq (Bel/LOT), at 04:17.

141. Christophe Agnolutto (Fra/A2R), at 04:18.

142. Vicente Garcia-Acosta (Spa/BAN), at 04:24.

143. Mauro Radaelli (Ita/TAC), at 04:28.

144. Fred Rodriguez (USA/DFF), at 04:29.

145. Jimmy Casper (Fra/FDJ), at 04:30.

146. Antonio Tauler (Spa/KEL), at 04:31.

147. Jan Svorada (Cze/LAM), at 04:34.

148. Iban Mayo (Spa/EUS), at 04:40.

149. Jens Voigt (Ger/C.A), at 04:41.

150. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel/LAM), at 04:43.

151. Robert Hunter (Rsa/MAP), at 04:44.

152. Christophe Mengin (Fra/FDJ), at 04:46.

153. Paul Van Hyfte (Bel/CST), at 04:48.

154. Anthony Morin (Fra/C.A), at 04:50.

155. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Spa/EUS), at 04:53.

156. Jakob Piil (Den/CST), at 04:56.

157. Victor Hugo Pena (Col/USP), at 04:59.

158. Eddy Seigneur (Fra/DEL), at 04:59.

159. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita/TAC), at 05:01.

160. Massimo Apollonio (Ita/TAC), at 05:02.

161. Martin Hvastija (Slo/ALS), at 05:04.

162. Andrej Hauptman (Slo/TAC), at 05:04.

163. Roberto Laiseka (Spa/EUS), at 05:06.

164. Frederic Bessy (Fra/C.A), at 05:09.

165. Karsten Kroon (Ned/RAB), at 05:12.

166. Jacky Durand (Fra/FDJ), at 05:13.

167. Jose Angel Vidal (Spa/KEL), at 05:30.

168. Stephane Auge (Fra/DEL), at 05:36.

169. Igor Flores (Spa/EUS), at 05:59.

170. Servais Knaven (Ned/DFF), at 08:00.

171. Leon Van Bon (Ned/DFF), at 09:02.

172. Michael Sandstod (Den/CST), at 09:36.

173. Arvis Piziks (Lat/CST), at 11:21.

174. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra/BJR), at 12:04.

175. Jonathan Vaughters (USA/C.A), at 12:14.

176. Thierry Marichal (Bel/LOT), at 12:22.

177. Sebastien Hinault (Fra/C.A), at 12:36.

178. Unai Etxebarria (Ven/EUS), at 12:58.

179. Samuel Sanchez (Spa/EUS), at 13:00.

180. Marco Pinotti (Ita/LAM), at 13:15.

181. Bram De Groot (Ned/RAB), at 14:14.

182. Gorka Gonzalez (Spa/EUS), at 15:35.

183. Stephane Berges (Fra/A2R), at 16:38.

184. Anthony Langella (Fra/C.A), at 17:07.

185. Luciano Pagliarini (Bra/LAM), at 17:15.

186. Erik Dekker (Ned/RAB), at 20:11.

187. Fabien De Waele (Bel/MAP), at 20:49.

188. Tom Steels (Bel/MAP), at 20:53.

189. Thor Hushovd (Nor/C.A), at 31:30.

Points:

1. Erik Zabel (Ger/TEL), 62 pts

2. Oscar Freire (Spa/MAP), 57

3. Robbie McEwen (Aus/LOT), 56

4. Stuart O’Grady (Aus/C.A), 40

5. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi/LAM), 35

6. Baden Cooke (Aus/FDJ), 29

7. Francois Simon (Fra/BJR), 29

8. Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa/KEL), 26

9. Fabio Baldato (Ita/FAS), 24

10. Laurent Brochard (Fra/DEL), 24

King of Mountains:

1. Stephane Berges (Fra/A2R), 26 pts

2. Christophe Mengin (Fra/FDJ), 23

3. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel/LAM), 15

4. Patrice Halgand (Fra/DEL), 6

5. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/BJR), 6

6. Laurent Lefevre (Fra/DEL), 5

7. Dave Bruylandts (Bel/DFF), 3

8. Richard Virenque (Fra/DFF), 1

9. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel/LOT), 1

10. Ivan Basso (Ita/FAS), 1

Team stage:

1. Telekom 12hr 59min 33sec.

2. Mapei at 00:00.

3. Lotto-Addecco 00:00.

4. Lampre 00:00.

5. Alessio 00:00.

Team overall:

1. CSC-Tiscali 27hr 55min 19sec.

2. Cofidis at 00:03.

3. US Postal 00:03.

4. Kelme 00:05.

5. ONCE 00:09.

6. Lampre 00:14.

7. FDJeux.com 00:20.

8. Jean Delatour 00:26.

9. Mapei 00:28.

10. Rabobank 00:28.

11. Fassa Bortolo 00:32.

12. Lotto-Addecco 00:34.

13. iBanesto.com 00:37.

14. Domo-Farm Frites 00:39.

15. Telekom 00:46.

16. Tacconi Sport 00:49.

17. Alessio 00:50.

18. Bonjour 01:05.

19. AG2R Prevoyance 01:06.

20. Euskaltel 04:57.

21. Credit Agricole 08:17.

Best young riders (stage),

1. Baden Cooke (Aus/FDJ), 4hr 19min 51sec.

2. Luciano Pagliarini (Bra/LAM), at 00:00.

3. Gerhard Trampusch (Aut/MAP), 00:00.

4. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi/LAM), 00:00.

5. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa/EUS), 00:00.

Best young riders (overall),

1. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi/LAM), 9hr 18min 12sec.

2. David Millar (Gbr/COF), at 00:08.

3. Ivan Basso (Ita/FAS), 00:23.

4. Baden Cooke (Aus/FDJ), 00:23.

5. Sandy Casar (Fra/FDJ), 00:24.

6. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa/EUS), 00:31.

7. Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita/LAM), 00:31.

8. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra/FDJ), 00:32.

9. Volodomir Gustov (Ukr/FAS), 00:34.

10. Isidro Nozal (Spa/ONE), 00:39.

Aggressivity (stage),

1. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/BJR), 18 pts

Aggressivity (overall),

1. Stephane Berges (Fra/A2R), 24 pts

2. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/BJR), 18

3. Thor Hushovd (Nor/C.A), 15

4. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel/LAM), 10

5. Christophe Mengin (Fra/FDJ), 9