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Horner takes tough stage at Swiss Tour

With a veteran’s tactics and the heart of a rookie, American underdog Chris Horner (Saunier Duval – Prodir) picked up his first major European victory Thursday, crushing the competition in the mountainous sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland. “I’m sorry I don’t know the names,” Horner said when an Italian reporter asked about the several riders he had dropped on the final climb. “This is only my eighth - wait, my fifth - race in Europe.” Michael Rogers of QuickStep took the yellow jersey away from T-Mobile’s Jan Ullrich, and now has a 20-second lead over the German in the general

By Nate Vinton, VeloNews staff writer

Photo: AFP

With a veteran’s tactics and the heart of a rookie, American underdog Chris Horner (Saunier Duval – Prodir) picked up his first major European victory Thursday, crushing the competition in the mountainous sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland.

“I’m sorry I don’t know the names,” Horner said when an Italian reporter asked about the several riders he had dropped on the final climb. “This is only my eighth – wait, my fifth – race in Europe.”

Michael Rogers of QuickStep took the yellow jersey away from T-Mobile’s Jan Ullrich, and now has a 20-second lead over the German in the general classification. But even that change in the overall couldn’t distract from the storybook ending that Horner provided.RESULTS ARE POSTED

At age 33, Horner is a case study in patient determination. For the better part of the last decade he has been one of the top stars of the U.S. scene, but Thursday’s win represents a whole new level for the man from Bend, Oregon.

“You can’t understand what this means,” Horner told VeloNews just before climbing the podium. “I could finish my career now and say ‘I won a big race over there.’”

Horner says he’s still not sure whether his team will have a place for him in the Tour de France. “It’s the first time I’ve had multiple days of hard racing,” he admitted. “I think at any moment the form could go away for a day. But I think at the moment I could have very, very good form at the Tour de France.”

The decisive moment of the stage came with nine kilometers as Horner shared a healthy lead with Italian neopro Vincenzo Nibali of Fassa Bortolo.

After having attacked at the base of the day’s final climb to the finish, the pair enjoyed a 90-second advantage over what was left of the peloton (twenty or so riders, including Rogers and Ullrich).

Looking back over his shoulder at Nibali, Horner splayed two fingers in an upside-down peace sign and then pointed them up the mountain, indicating that it was the young Italian’s turn to take the lead. Nibali didn’t respond.

“I said many things to him, some of them not so nice,” Horner later joked. “I don’t know the riders by face, and I don’t know what their abilities are…When [Nibali] attacked us, he looked very strong. When I finally caught him, he wasn’t working so much, and I thought he was holding back.

Finally Horner sat up on his saddle and swung his arm in an exaggerated “get-up-here” motion. This time Nibali rose out from his saddle and tried to get in front.

Ullrich slipped out of the jersey, but looks fit for the Tour

Ullrich slipped out of the jersey, but looks fit for the Tour

Photo: AFP

That was when Horner attacked, pulling 20 meters out in front in just a blink of an eye. Before rounding the next blind turn, he looked over his shoulder one last time to see a defeated Nibali, apparently struggling with his cleats.

For the next nine kilometers, Horner rode alone through a pine forest, unable to keep the grin off his face as fans cheered for a rider that most didn’t recognize. It had been six years since Horner’s first attempt at European professional cycling – a three-year stint (1997-’99) at La Francaise des Jeux – ended without distinction.

Horner found his legs back in the U.S., dominating the domestic scene as he resumed racing at home, first with Mercury in 2000, Prime Alliance in 2002, Saturn in 2003 and most recently, the Webcor team. Horner said he always enjoyed those victories at home – but nothing like this.

Horner takes tough stage at Swiss Tour

Horner takes tough stage at Swiss Tour

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“It was all tactics,” said Horner, who began the day three-minutes behind in the general classification. “I knew my form was probably the best of the riders who were three minutes down. Unfortunately I’m not three minutes down anymore, so it will be more difficult to ride away…but today I knew that the top-10 riders weren’t going to chase me.”

Thousands of fans cheered as the American entered the final kilometer, a full circuit around a high alpine lake. 100 meters before the finish he started waving his arms in celebration.

Meanwhile Ullrich was 1 minute, 48 seconds behind. At the 4-km mark, he had let Rogers get away, and Rogers built that attack into a 34-second advantage. For the first time in four days, Ullrich will start without the leader’s jersey.

“I think he would have been behind me if he had the legs,” said Rogers later. “But I think Jan is in really good condition, and he’ll be very good in the Tour de France.”

The German stayed focused on his own rhythm, but lost 34 seconds in the process, effectively handing the lead to Rogers.

“The yellow jersey was my objective at the start,” said Rogers, who is considered a future contender for the Tour’s yellow jersey. “It was a difficult stage but I just tried to stay at the front. I attacked near the end and managed to do enough to get the jersey.

“I tried to concentrate on my own race, I wasn’t constantly watching Ullrich. I think if he’d had the legs to follow me today he would have done so.”

Ullrich, who is using the race as a warm-up for the Tour de France (July 2-24), finished in a group over half a minute behind. And his inability to follow Rogers’ group as they raced to the summit will no doubt be seized upon by anyone who is watching the German’s progress as he prepares to challenge Lance Armstrong on the Tour next month.

The 25-year-old Australian said he feels like he is far more fit than last year, and will be a threat at the Tour.

“I’ve done a lot more training in the mountains compared to last year and I’m feeling good,” Rogers said. “I’m definitely in a lot better condition than I was at this time last year.”

The 158km course was one of the most difficult in the nine-day stage race, taking the peloton over two difficult climbs: the hors-categorie Oberalp Pass (at 50 km) and the 30km, Category 1 climb to the finish.

Friday’s stage offers a slightly mellower 192 kilometers from Einsiedeln to Lenk, including a pair of moderate climbs (a Category 3 and a Cat. 4), as the Tour winds its way southwest through central Switzerland.

Horner takes it all in stride

Horner takes it all in stride

Photo: AFP

Results- Stage 6
1. Chris Horner (USA) Saunier-Duval, 158km in 4:24:43 (35.993kph)
2. Vincenzo Nibali (I) Fassa Bortolo, at 1:12
3. Michael Rogers (Aus), Quickstep, 1:14
4. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC
5. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), Liberty Seguros
6. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Phonak
7. Leonardo Piepoli (I), Saunier Duval
8. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi
9. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Saunier Duval
10. Jan Ullrich (G), T-Mobile, 1:48
FULLRESULTS

Overall
1. Michael Rogers (Aus), QuickStep, 21:28:40
2. Jan Ullrich (G), T-Mobile, at 0:20
3. Bradley Mc Gee (Aus), Francaise des Jeux, 0:22
4. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Saunier Duval, 1:11
5. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 1:27
6. Kris Horner (USA), Saunier Duval, 1:31
7. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:38
8. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Phonak, 1:39
9. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 1:42
10. Beat Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, 1:57
FULLRESULTS


Results are posted Check back soon for a stage report from VeloNews’s Nate Vinton and more photos from AFP.

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Results- Stage 6
1. Chris Horner (USA) Saunier-Duval, 158km in 4:24:43 (35.993kph)
2. Vincenzo Nibali (I) Fassa Bortolo, at 1:12
3. Michael Rogers (Aus), Quickstep, 1:14

4. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC

5. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), Liberty Seguros

6. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Phonak

7. Leonardo Piepoli (I), Saunier Duval

8. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

9. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Saunier Duval

10. Jan Ullrich (G), T-Mobile, 1:48

11. Bradley Mc Gee (Aus), Francaise des Jeux

12. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quickstep

13. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Fassa Bortolo

14. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak

15. Cadel Evans (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto

16. Francesco Bellotti (I), Credit Agricole, 2:11

17. Georg Totschnig (A), Gerolsteiner

18. Beat Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner

19. Jens Voigt (G), CSC

20. Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Sp), Illes Balears, 2:32

21. Martin Elmiger (Swi), Phonak

22. Giuseppe Guerini (I), T-Mobile

23. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol), Liberty Seguros, 2:35

24. Mirko Celestino (I), Domina Vacanze

25. Jesus Hernandez (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 2:40

26. Michael Barry (CAN), Discovery Channel

27. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Gerolsteiner, 3:13

28. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

29. Vladimir Gusev (Rus), CSC

30. Jose Luis Arrieta (Sp), Illes Balears

31. Daniel Schnider (Swi), Phonak, 3:22

32. Laurent Brochard (F), Bouygues Telecom

33. Joerg Ludewig (G), Domina Vacanze

34. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis

35. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis

36. Gerrit Glomser (A), Lampre

37. Joseba Beloki (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 4:00

38. Marco Marzano (I), Lampre

39. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC

40. Grischa Niermann (G), Rabobank

41. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

42. Yannick Talabardon (F), Credit Agricole

43. Jonath Gonzalez Rios (Sp), Illes Balears, 4:40

44. Linus Gerdemann (G), CSC, 4:53

45. Daniele Nardello (I), T-Mobile, 5:48

46. Stephan Schreck (G), T-Mobile

47. Xabi Vila Errandonea (Sp), Lampre

48. Jurge Van Den Broeck (B), Discovery Channel, 5:52

49. Pablo Lastras (Sp), Illes Balears, 6:46

50. Kjell Carlstrim (FIN), Liquigas-Bianchi

51. Anton Luengo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 7:46

52. Saul Raisin (USA), Credit Agricole, 8:24

53. Joan Horrach (Sp), Illes Balears

54. Cedric Vasseur (F), Cofidis, 9:35

55. Matthieu Sprick (F), Bouygues Telecom, 9:49

56. Walter Beneteau (F), Bouygues Telecom

57. Ronny Scholz (G), Gerolsteiner, 14:50

58. Thorwald Veneberg (Nl), Rabobank, 16:55

59. Rolf Aldag (G), T-Mobile

60. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak

61. Jason Mc Cartney (USA), Discovery Channel

62. Javier Ramirez (Sp), Liberty Seguros

63. Iban Mayo Diez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

64. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

65. Unai Yus Kerejeta (Sp), Bouygues Telecom

66. David Etxebarria (Sp), Liberty Seguros

67. Lorenzo Bernucci (I), Fassa Bortolo

68. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo

69. Andrea Peron (I), CSC

70. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Domina Vacanze

71. Angel Gomez (Sp), Saunier Duval

72. Salvatore Commesso (I), Lampre

73. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre

74. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Credit Agricole, 20:14

75. Wim Vansevenant (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 21:34

76. Leif Hoste (B), Discovery Channel

77. Bart Dockx (B), Davitamon-Lotto

78. Tom Boonen (B), Quickstep

79. Bernhard Eisel (A), Francaise des Jeux

80. Marcus Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner

81. Roger Hammond (GB), Discovery Channel

82. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Fassa Bortolo

83. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus), Rabobank

84. Peter Farazijn (B), Cofidis

85. Baden Cooke (Aus), Francaise des Jeux

86. Marco Pinotti (I), Saunier Duval

87. Paolo Valoti (I), Domina Vacanze

88. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

89. Arnaud Coyot (F), Cofidis

90. Freddy Bichot (F), Francaise des Jeux

91. Michael Albasini (Swi), Liquigas-Bianchi

92. Gregory Rast (Swi), Phonak

93. Egoi Martinez De Est (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

94. Daniele Colli (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

95. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), T-Mobile

96. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank

97. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank

98. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo

99. Sascha Urweider (Swi), Phonak

100. Maarten Den Bakker (Nl), Rabobank

101. Allan Johansen (Dk), CSC

102. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bouygues Telecom

103. Cristian Moreni (I), Quickstep

104. Giampaolo Caruso (I), Liberty Seguros

105. Fabian Wegmann (G), Gerolsteiner

106. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre

107. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux

108. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner

109. Aurelien Clerc (Swi), Phonak, 22:30

110. Franck Renier (F), Bouygues Telecom, 30:33:00

111. Angelo Furlan (I), Domina Vacanze

112. Servais Knaven (Nl), Quickstep

113. Marco Zanotti (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

114. Sebastien Hinault (F), Credit Agricole

115. Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe), Fassa Bortolo

116. Luciano Pagliarini (BRA), Liquigas-Bianchi

117. Staf Scheirlinckx (B), Cofidis

118. Arnaud Gerard (F), Francaise des Jeux

119. Geoffroy Lequatre (F), Credit Agricole

120. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Davitamon-Lotto

121. Nick Gates (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto

122. Robbie Mcewen (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto

123. Guido Trenti (USA), Quickstep

124. Ludovic Auger (F), Francaise des Jeux

125. Rene Haselbacher (A), Gerolsteiner

126. Joseba Albizu (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

127. Steffen Wesemann (G), T-Mobile

128. Frederic Mainguenaud (F), Bouygues Telecom

129. Matej Mugerli (SLO), Liquigas-Bianchi

130. Gert Steegmans (B), Davitamon-Lotto

131. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), Discovery Channel

132. Frederic Guesdon (F), Francaise des Jeux

133. Nicolas Inaudi (F), Cofidis

134. Kevin Hulsmans (B), Quickstep

135. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Saunier Duval

136. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank

137. David De La Fuente (Sp), Saunier Duval, 35:49:00

138. Carlos Barredo (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 40:06:00

Tobias Steinhauser (G), T-Mobile

Nico Mattan (B), Davitamon-Lotto

Andrej Hauptman (SLO), Fassa Bortolo

Juan Carlo Dominguez (Sp), Saunier Duval

Cedric Herve (F), Credit Agricole

Charles Wegelius (GB), Liquigas-Bianchi

Leonardo Bertagnolli (I), Cofidis

Christophe Kern (F), Bouygues Telecom

Oscar Freire Gomez (Sp), Rabobank

Overall
1. Michael Rogers (Aus), QuickStep, 21:28:40
2. Jan Ullrich (G), T-Mobile, at 0:20
3. Bradley Mc Gee (Aus), Francaise des Jeux, 0:22

4. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Saunier Duval, 1:11

5. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, 1:27

6. Chris Horner (USA), Saunier Duval, 1:31

7. Aitor Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 1:38

8. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Phonak, 1:39

9. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 1:42

10. Beat Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, 1:57

11. Patrick Sinkewitz (G), Quickstep, 2:07

12. Georg Totschnig (A), Gerolsteiner, 2:14

13. Cadel Evans (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, 2:22

14. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Fassa Bortolo, 2:28

15. Vincenzo Nibali (I), Fassa Bortolo, 2:55

16. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak, 2:57

17. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, 3:03

18. Francesco Bellotti (I), Credit Agricole, 3:31

19. Daniel Schnider (Swi), Phonak, 4:06

20. Giuseppe Guerini (I), T-Mobile, 4:08

21. Vladimir Gusev (Rus), CSC, 4:14

22. Mirko Celestino (I), Domina Vacanze, 4:25

23. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Gerolsteiner, 4:36

24. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol), Liberty Seguros, 5:10

25. Leonardo Piepoli (I), Saunier Duval, 5:39

26. Jose Luis Arrieta (Sp), Illes Balears, 5:40

27. Martin Elmiger (Swi), Phonak

28. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, 6:06

29. Michael Barry (CAN), Discovery Channel, 6:09

30. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 6:36

31. Laurent Brochard (F), Bouygues Telecom, 7:17

32. Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Sp), Illes Balears, 7:19

33. Jonath Gonzalez Rios (Sp), Illes Balears, 8:17

34. Joerg Ludewig (G), Domina Vacanze, 8:37

35. Iker Flores (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 8:39

36. Jesus Hernandez (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 8:50

37. Yannick Talabardon (F), Credit Agricole, 9:02

38. Marco Marzano (I), Lampre, 9:25

39. Grischa Niermann (G), Rabobank, 9:58

40. Pablo Lastras (Sp), Illes Balears, 10:10

41. Xabi Vila Errandonea (Sp), Lampre, 10:24

42. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 10:28

43. Luis Perez (Sp), Cofidis, 10:36

44. Joseba Beloki (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 11:07

45. Linus Gerdemann (G), CSC, 13:14

46. Daniele Nardello (I), T-Mobile, 13:21

47. Kjell Carlstrim (FIN), Liquigas-Bianchi, 13:58

48. Jurge Van Den Broeck (B), Discovery Channel, 14:08

49. Walter Beneteau (F), Bouygues Telecom, 14:21

50. Saul Raisin (USA), Credit Agricole, 14:37

51. Cedric Vasseur (F), Cofidis, 14:49

52. Matthieu Sprick (F), Bouygues Telecom, 15:21

53. Stephan Schreck (G), T-Mobile, 15:28

54. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, 16:39

55. Iban Mayo Diez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 18:21

56. Joan Horrach (Sp), Illes Balears, 18:25

57. Roberto Laiseka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 19:44

58. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre, 20:20

59. Anton Luengo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 21:01

60. Gerrit Glomser (A), Lampre, 22:18

61. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Credit Agricole, 23:08

62. Lorenzo Bernucci (I), Fassa Bortolo, 23:15

63. Ronny Scholz (G), Gerolsteiner, 23:23

64. Fabian Wegmann (G), Gerolsteiner, 24:04:00

65. Marco Pinotti (I), Saunier Duval, 24:40:00

66. Javier Ramirez (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 25:13:00

67. David Etxebarria (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 25:22:00

68. Thorwald Veneberg (Nl), Rabobank, 25:48:00

69. Angel Gomez (Sp), Saunier Duval

70. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner, 26:38:00

71. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus), Rabobank, 28:02:00

72. Salvatore Commesso (I), Lampre, 28:09:00

73. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 28:43:00

74. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak, 28:52:00

75. Maarten Den Bakker (Nl), Rabobank, 29:16:00

76. Andrea Peron (I), CSC, 29:18:00

77. Allan Johansen (Dk), CSC

78. Cristian Moreni (I), Quickstep, 29:36:00

79. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank, 29:56:00

80. Giampaolo Caruso (I), Liberty Seguros, 30:05:00

81. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux, 30:41:00

82. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Domina Vacanze

83. Egoi Martinez De Est (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 31:14:00

84. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, 31:57:00

85. Wim Vansevenant (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 32:38:00

86. Rolf Aldag (G), T-Mobile, 32:54:00

87. Sascha Urweider (Swi), Phonak, 33:29:00

88. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre, 33:41:00

89. Baden Cooke (Aus), Francaise des Jeux, 34:01:00

90. Peter Farazijn (B), Cofidis, 34:08:00

91. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Saunier Duval, 34:19:00

92. Tom Boonen (B), Quickstep, 34:56:00

93. Bernhard Eisel (A), Francaise des Jeux, 35:18:00

94. Daniele Colli (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 35:21:00

95. Michael Albasini (Swi), Liquigas-Bianchi, 35:28:00

96. Roger Hammond (GB), Discovery Channel, 35:45:00

97. Marcus Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, 35:53:00

98. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bouygues Telecom, 35:55:00

99. Unai Yus Kerejeta (Sp), Bouygues Telecom, 35:58:00

100. Arnaud Coyot (F), Cofidis, 36:13:00

101. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, 36:43:00

102. Bart Dockx (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 36:44:00

103. Joseba Albizu (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

104. Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe), Fassa Bortolo, 37:03:00

105. Aurelien Clerc (Swi), Phonak, 37:16:00

106. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), T-Mobile, 37:24:00

107. Gregory Rast (Swi), Phonak, 38:09:00

108. Staf Scheirlinckx (B), Cofidis, 39:30:00

109. Robbie Mcewen (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, 40:39:00

110. Matej Mugerli (SLO), Liquigas-Bianchi, 41:52:00

111. Franck Renier (F), Bouygues Telecom, 42:11:00

112. Sebastien Hinault (F), Credit Agricole

113. Freddy Bichot (F), Francaise des Jeux, 42:54:00

114. Arnaud Gerard (F), Francaise des Jeux, 43:29:00

115. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Davitamon-Lotto, 43:44:00

116. Rene Haselbacher (A), Gerolsteiner, 43:58:00

117. Steffen Wesemann (G), T-Mobile, 43:59:00

118. Geoffroy Lequatre (F), Credit Agricole, 44:39:00

119. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 44:42:00

120. Frederic Mainguenaud (F), Bouygues Telecom, 45:17:00

121. Frederic Guesdon (F), Francaise des Jeux, 45:29:00

122. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), Discovery Channel, 45:46:00

123. Ludovic Auger (F), Francaise des Jeux, 46:19:00

124. Carlos Barredo (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 46:43:00

125. Guido Trenti (USA), Quickstep, 46:45:00

126. Karsten Kroon (Nl), Rabobank, 46:49:00

127. Leif Hoste (B), Discovery Channel, 46:53:00

128. David De La Fuente (Sp), Saunier Duval, 47:36:00

129. Jason Mc Cartney (USA), Discovery Channel, 48:13:00

130. Paolo Valoti (I), Domina Vacanze, 48:15:00

131. Marco Zanotti (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 48:30:00

132. Nicolas Inaudi (F), Cofidis, 48:48:00

133. Angelo Furlan (I), Domina Vacanze, 49:09:00

134. Luciano Pagliarini (BRA), Liquigas-Bianchi, 49:26:00

135. Nick Gates (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, 49:30:00

136. Gert Steegmans (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 52:04:00

137. Kevin Hulsmans (B), Quickstep, 53:47:00

138. Servais Knaven (Nl), Quickstep, 55:04:00