Jalabert wins on Bastille day.

For the Crédit Agricole team, the biggest player so far this year in the Tour de France, everything is going according to plan. For Laurent Jalabert, it’s almost as if he has no plan, taking everything day-to-day. Both approaches worked just fine on Saturday, as the Frenchman Jalabert won his second stage of this year’s Tour, while Crédit Agricole saw the leader’s yellow jersey change hands within the squad, going from Australian Stuart O’Grady to German Jens Voigt. Jalabert’s win was the second time in his career that he has won a Tour stage on the French national holiday Bastille Day, the

Crédit Agricole keeps yellow jersey, but it moves to Voigt

By Bryan Jew, VeloNews senior writer

Jalabert made all of France cheer

Jalabert made all of France cheer

Photo: Graham Watson

For the Crédit Agricole team, the biggest player so far this year in the Tour de France, everything is going according to plan. For Laurent Jalabert, it’s almost as if he has no plan, taking everything day-to-day. Both approaches worked just fine on Saturday, as the Frenchman Jalabert won his second stage of this year’s Tour, while Crédit Agricole saw the leader’s yellow jersey change hands within the squad, going from Australian Stuart O’Grady to German Jens Voigt.

Jalabert’s win was the second time in his career that he has won a Tour stage on the French national holiday Bastille Day, the first coming in the 1995 Tour. This year, he did it in grand style, arriving to the line all alone in front of a huge crowd in the town of Colmar.

The day's big winner has to be Voigt - now six minutes up on Armstrong and Ullrich.

The day’s big winner has to be Voigt – now six minutes up on Armstrong and Ullrich.

Photo: Graham Watson

Although it was Bastille day, the huge crowds along the roads were almost as much German as they were French, as the race went from Strasbourg to Colmar, very close to the German border in the Alsace region of northern France. But that didn’t stop a parade of French riders from trying their hand in the early breakaways, hoping to get something rolling on the national holiday.

For the Crédit Agricole squad, which began the day with O’Grady in first, Voigt in second and American Bobby Julich in third overall, a strong breakaway would play right into their strategy. “It was the tactic for the day to put Jens in the break, and hopefully we take the jersey,” said O’Grady, who wasn’t expected to be able to get over Stage 7’s tough climbs well enough to hold onto the lead for himself.

The route for the day contained five climbs in the densely forested Vosges Mountains, and the lush, green hills were packed with fans who braved the cool, wet weather to see the Tour go by. Overnight showers and intermittent rain throughout the day made for some dangerous moments on the road, and one rider who fell victim was the U.S. Postal Service’s Christian Vande Velde. The 25-year-old crashed early in the day, hitting a steel pole on the side of the rode. Vande Velde was down for several minutes, but re-mounted his bike and rode about 3km before finally abandoning the race. He was taken to a nearby hospital and diagnosed with a fractured left arm and bruised neck and shoulders.

“Anybody you have to lose in the beginning of the Tour is a problem,” said team director Johan Bruyneel. “I counted on him to be our guy until the climbers had to come. It’s a shame, but that’s the risks of the race, and it can happen to everybody.”

“Obviously it’s bad,” said Vande Velde’s teammate George Hincapie. “You never want to lose a rider, especially someone like Christian. It’s bad luck, so we’re disappointed about that, but we’re gonna keep on fighting and we expect the best.”

Despite the conditions, Jalabert was particularly aggressive, and his second attack of the day came on the winding descent after the day’s first climb, the Category 3 Col de Kreuzweg. That move didn’t last long, but it was becoming clear early that Jalabert was going to be going after the win on Saturday.

The attacks continued over the next climb, the Col de Fouchy, but it wasn’t until the 75km mark that a real threat emerged, when Italian Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) and another Frenchman, Laurent Roux (Jean Delatour) attacked just after the third bonus sprint of the day, and just before the third climb of the day, the 9.7km-long Col d’Adelspach. Onto the climb, the two leaders were joined by three more: Jalabert, Voigt and Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis).

For Voigt and Crédit Agricole, it was the moment they had planned for. “What we wanted to have him do was kind of counterattack off of me,” said Julich, “but it didn’t even really work that way. He just kind of got up into the group and then it looked like he was gonna get dropped. I just kind of yelled into the microphone, ‘Jens, if you want the yellow you’ve got to stay in that group.’ And Jens just dug deep like he always does and stayed in that group.”

Two more riders, Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Stive Vermaut (Lotto-Adecco) would attempt to chase down the leaders, but they would dangle in between the leaders and the peloton for nearly an hour before finally giving up the chase.

Behind, Postal had to regroup from its early loss, and the team took up the chase for Lance Armstrong. Among those putting forth a strong effort for Armstrong were several riders recovering from a tough first week: George Hincapie, who had cut his right hand badly before the Tour started, and only last night had the stitches removed; José Luis Rubiera, who had knee problems in June and didn’t look 100 percent in the first week, but showed the first indications that he’s ready to ride well in the mountains; and Roberto Heras, who crashed in the team time trial. Still recovering from a tough first week, though, was Tyler Hamilton, who finished the day in the second group, 6:22 behind the first peloton.

Finishing in that same group was American Fred Rodriguez, who fell off the pace like many of the other sprinters in the field, including riders like Ludovic Capelle (Ag2R), yesterday’s stage winner Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2R), Max Van Heeswijk (Domo-Farm Frites), Jimmy Casper (La Francaise des Jeux) and Erik Zabel (Telekom).

Postal worked to limited the gap -- and the damage.

Postal worked to limited the gap — and the damage.

Photo: Graham Watson

“Going up the hill [yesterday] was hard,” said Rodriguez the morning of Stage 7, “but it wasn’t super hard. But today will be a whole different ballgame.”

Surprisingly, one of the riders who wasn’t dropped was O’Grady, who managed to get over all of the climbs with the front group, but still happily turned the yellow jersey over to Voigt.

“It’s probably the best day I’ve climbed,” he said. “With the jersey on my back, it helped me get over the mountains with the front group, so it was a perfect day.”

Julich, too, gained confidence on the first real day in the mountains. “I felt really good toady. My legs were going around pretty easily, they were pretty light. So today was good for the confidence, for sure.”

Up ahead, the five leaders built their lead up to more than five minutes, and held onto most of that lead over the final two climbs, the back-to-back Col du Calvaire (Category 2) and Collet du Linge (Category 3).

All that was left after that was another fast, dangerous descent, and the final entry into Colmar.

With 10km to go, Jalabert made his move, just as Basso was crashing on a sweeping right-hand bend. Much like Vande Velde had done in the team time trial two days earlier, the Italian had his tire slip out from under him when he rolled over a rain-slickened painted lane line in the middle of the road.

That moment of confusion allowed Jalabert to slip clear from Voigt, Roux and Cuesta, and he held onto his slim lead all the way into town, where he began a fist-pumping celebration several hundred meters before the line.

“I feel like a little boy,” said Jalabert in his post-race press conference. “This reminds me of my first victory as a teenager.”

Jalabert had a rough spring before the Tour. He fractured his neck when he fell off a ladder changing a light bulb, making for a slow early season. But he has arrived at the Tour with good form, and a new approach toward the Tour. Always a disappointment as an overall contender, Jalabert said he no longer even thinks about the overall victory, even though his performance so far has moved him into second place, 2:34 behind Voigt.

“I don’t even dream to win the overall,” he said. “It’s not pessimism, I’m just being realistic. I know I can’t win, so I’d rather attack everyday and win a few stages.”

And he took a very big one on Saturday, Bastille Day. “Two years ago, journalists said that I feel more Spanish then French,” said Jalabert, who until this year rode for the Spanish ONCE team. “That just isn’t true. And today, all the French riders wanted to attack. I felt very motivated today.”

Photo Gallery


Stage : Strasbourg — Colmar
(Click for overall standings after Stage 6)

1. JALABERT Laurent (F), CSC-Tiscali, 162.5km in 4:06:04;
2. VOIGT Jens (G), Credit Agricole, at 00:11 ;
3. ROUX Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:11;
4. CUESTA Inigo (Sp), Cofidis, at 00:13;
5. BASSO Ivan (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:36;
6. ETXEBARRIA David (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 04:28;
7. VINOKOUROV Alexandre (Kz), Deutsche Telekom;
8. BROCHARD Laurent (F), Jean Delatour;
9. TOSATTO Matteo (I), Fassa Bortolo;
10. BOUYER Franck (F), Bonjour;
11. O’GRADY Stuart (Aus), Credit Agricole;
12. BETTINI Paolo (I), Mapei;
13. SIMON François (F), Bonjour;
14. GUTIERREZ José Enrique (Sp), Kelme;
15. MIKHAILOV Guennadi (Rus), Lotto;
16. BALDATO Fabio (I), Fassa Bortolo;
17. BOTCHAROV Alexandre (Rus), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
18. WADECKI Piotr (Pol), Domo-Farm Frites;
19. BOUVARD Gilles (F), Jean Delatour;
20. VERHEYEN Geert (B), Rabobank;
21. BENETEAU Walter (F), Bonjour;
22. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt (B), Lotto;
23. SORENSEN Nicki (Dk), CSC-Tiscali;
24. ULLRICH Jan (G), Deutsche Telekom;
25. MANCEBO Francisco (Sp),;
26. PINOTTI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin;
27. JULICH Bobby (USA), Credit Agricole;
28. ODRIOZOLA Jon (Sp),;
30. TRENTIN Guido (I), Cofidis;
31. MOREAU Christophe (F), Festina;
32. JAKSCHE Jorg (G), ONCE ;
33. BELOKI Joseba (Sp), ONCE;
34. GUTIERREZ Ivan (Sp), ONCE;
35. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA), U.S. Postal;
36. AERTS Mario (B), Lotto;
38. PRADERA Mikel (Sp), ONCE;
39. KIVILEV Andrei (Kz), Cofidis;
40. BOOGERD Michaël (Nl), Rabobank;
41. BROZYNA Thomasz (Pol),;
42. KLODEN Andréas (G), Deutsche Telekom;
43. SEVILLA Oscar (Sp), Kelme;
44. LAMOULLER Loïc (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
45. GARZELLI Stefano (I), Mapei;
46. BOTERO Santiago (Col), Kelme;
47. GARCIA CASAS Félix (Sp), Festina;
48. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier (Sp), Kelme;
49. ROUS Didier (F), Bonjour;
50. CASERO Angel (Sp), Festina;
51. SALMON Benoit (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
52. GOUBERT Stephane (F), Jean Delatour;
53. BARTOLI Michele (I), Mapei;
54. MERCKX Axel (B), Domo-Farm Frites;
55. CHAURREAU Inigo (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
56. HERAS Roberto (Sp), U.S. Postal;
57. HALGAND Patrice (F), Jean Delatour ;
58. SERRANO Marcos (Sp), ONCE;
59. HEULOT Stéphane (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
60. MONTGOMERY Sven (Swi), La Française Des Jeux;
61. JAN Xavier (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
62. ATIENZA Daniel (Sp), Cofidis;
63. HINCAPIE George (USA), U.S. Postal;
64. VAUGHTERS Jonathan (USA), Credit Agricole;
65. BELLI Wladimir (I), Fassa Bortolo;
66. PEREZ Luis (Sp), Festina;
67. BOLTS Udo (G), Deutsche Telekom;
68. SASTRE Carlos (Sp), ONCE;
69. GUERINI Giuseppe (I), Deutsche Telekom;
70. HEPPNER Jens (G), Deutsche Telekom;
71. BLANCO Santiago (Sp),;
72. ROBIN Jean-Cyril (F), Bonjour;
73. NARDELLO Daniele (I), Mapei;
74. PIEPOLI Leonardo (I),;
75. LAISEKA Roberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, all s.t.;
76. RUBIERA José Luis (Sp), U.S. Postal, at 04:39;
77. LELLI Massimiliano (I), Cofidis, at 09:03;
78. DEN BAKKER Maarten (Nl), Rabobank, at 10:50;
79. PIIL Jakob (Dk), CSC-Tiscali;
80. GARCIA Marcelino (Sp), CSC-Tiscali;
81. BLAUDZUN Michaël (Dk), CSC-Tiscali;
82. MENGIN Christophe (F), La Française Des Jeux;
83. LODA Nicola (I), Fassa Bortolo;
84. JALABERT Nicolas (F), CSC-Tiscali;
85. HUNTER Robert (RSA), Lampre-Daikin;
86. DIERCKXSENS Ludo (B), Lampre-Daikin;
87. LARSEN Nicolay Bo (Dk), CSC-Tiscali;
88. EKIMOV Vjatceslav (Rus), U.S. Postal;
89. MAIGNAN Gilles (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
90. HAMILTON Tyler (USA), U.S. Postal;
91. PETACCHI Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo;
92. ZABEL Erik (G), Deutsche Telekom ;
93. VOGONDY Nicolas (F), La Française Des Jeux;
94. MORIN Anthony (F), Credit Agricole;
95. SCHNIDER Daniel (Swi), La Française Des Jeux;
96. MAGNIEN Emmanuel (F), La Française Des Jeux;
97. WESEMANN Steffen (G), Deutsche Telekom;
98. NIERMANN Grischa (G), Rabobank;
99. CHANTEUR Pascal (F), Festina;
100. LINO Pascal (F), Festina;
101. BRARD Florent (F), Festina;
102. VERMAUT Steve (B), Lotto;
103. ZUBELDIA Haimar (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
104. LOTZ Marc (Nl), Rabobank;
105. SIVAKOV Alexei (Rus), Bigmat Auber 93;
106. MATTAN Nico (B), Cofidis;
107. WAUTERS Marc (B), Rabobank;
108. LIVINGSTON Kevin (USA), Deutsche Telekom;
109. MONCOUTIE David (F), Cofidis;
110. AGNOLUTTO Christophe (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
111. RODRIGUEZ Fred (USA), Domo-Farm Frites;
112. VAN HYFTE Paul (B), Lotto;
113. DE GROOT Bram (Nl), Rabobank;
114. BAGUET Serge (B), Lotto;
115. TAULER Antonio (Sp), Kelme;
116. MENCHOV Denis (Rus),;
117. VIDAL José Angel (Sp), Kelme;
118. CARDENAS Félix (Col), Kelme;
119. TURPIN Ludovic (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
120. RENIER Franck (F), Bonjour;
121. KJAERGAARD Steffen (Nor), U.S. Postal;
122. IVANOV Serguei (Rus), Fassa Bortolo;
123. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente (Sp),;
125. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
126. POZZI Oscar (I), Fassa Bortolo;
127. SEIGNEUR Eddy (F), Jean Delatour;
128. BERNARD Jérome (F), Jean Delatour;
129. PENA Victor Hugo (Col), U.S. Postal;
130. ETXEBARRIA Unai (Ven), Euskatel-Euskadi;
131. JIMENEZ Eladio (Sp),, all s.t.;
132. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis (Lat), Lampre-Daikin, at 18:41;
133. NAZON Damien (F), Bonjour;
134. BERTOGLIATI Rubens (Swi), Lampre-Daikin;
135. FRUTTI Matteo (I), Lampre-Daikin;
136. KNAVEN Servais (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites;
137. MUSEEUW Johan (B), Domo-Farm Frites;
138. SERPELLINI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin;
139. CAPELLE Christophe (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
140. HUSHOVD Thor (Nor), Credit Agricole;
141. SVORADA Jan (Cz), Lampre-Daikin;
142. STEELS Tom (B), Mapei;
143. VERSTREPEN Johan (B), Lampre-Daikin;
144. GOUVENOU Thierry (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
145. MILESI Marco (I), Domo-Farm Frites;
146. DEKKER Erik (Nl), Rabobank;
147. MC GEE Bradley (Aus), La Française Des Jeux;
148. GONZALEZ Aitor (Sp), Kelme;
149. CHAVANEL Sylvain (F), Bonjour, all .st.;
150. FORNACIARI Paolo (I), Mapei, at 24:50;
151. VERBRUGGHE Rik (B), Lotto;
152. HINAULT Sébastien (F), Credit Agricole;
153. DURAND Jacky (F), La Française Des Jeux;
154. AUGER Guillaume (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
155. LEYSEN Bart (B), Mapei;
156. DEMARBAIX Sébastien (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
157. BESSY Frédéric (F), Credit Agricole;
158. BRAMATI Davide (I), Mapei;
159. SORENSEN Rolf (Dk), CSC-Tiscali;
160. CEREZO Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali;
161. TALABARDON Sébastien (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
162. VAN HEESWIJK Max (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites;
163. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen (Nl), Lotto;
164. PERRAUDEAU Olivier (F), Bonjour;
165. MILLAR David (GB), Cofidis;
166. JENNER Christopher (NZ), Credit Agricole;
167. ORIOL Christophe (F), Jean Delatour;
168. CASSANI Enrico (I), Domo-Farm Frites;
169. CASTRESANA Angel (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
170. TEUTENBERG Sven (G), Festina;
171. CAPELLE Ludovic (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
172. BERGES Stéphane (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
173. KIRSIPUU Jaan (Est), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
174. GUESDON Frédéric (F), La Française Des Jeux;
175. AUGER Ludovic (F), Bigmat Auber 93;
176. VAINSTEINS Romans (Lat), Domo-Farm Frites,all s.t.;
177. CASPER Jimmy (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 26:28;
. ZANINI Stefano (I), Mapei, Abandon;
. RINERO Christophe (F), Cofidis, Abandon;
. DE JONGH Steven (Nl), Rabobank, Abandon;
. PRETOT Arnaud (F), Festina, Abandon;
. VANDEVELDE Christian (USA), U.S. Postal, Abandon;
. DEL OLMO Txema (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, Did not start.

Overall after seven stages

1. VOIGT Jens (G), Credit Agricole, 29:51:29 ;;
2. JALABERT Laurent (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 02:34;
3. O’GRADY Stuart (Aus), Credit Agricole, at 04:03;
4. JULICH Bobby (USA), Credit Agricole, at 04:26;
5. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor (Sp), ONCE, at 05:00;
6. BELOKI Joseba (Sp), ONCE, at 05:10;
7. SASTRE Carlos (Sp), ONCE, at 05:11;
8. JAKSCHE Jorg (G), ONCE, at 05:15;
9. MOREAU Christophe (F), Festina, at 05:20;
10. GUTIERREZ Ivan (Sp), ONCE, at 05:23;
11. SERRANO Marcos (Sp), ONCE, at 05:26;
12. CASERO Angel (Sp), Festina, at 05:36;
13. PRADERA Mikel (Sp), ONCE, at 05:45;
14. PEREZ Luis (Sp), Festina, at 05:53;
15. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA), U.S. Postal, at 05:56;
16. BASSO Ivan (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 06:00;
17. BOTERO Santiago (Col), Kelme, at 06:14;
18. GUTIERREZ José Enrique (Sp), Kelme, at 06:20;
19. ULLRICH Jan (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 06:23;
20. KLODEN Andréas (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 06:35;
21. HERAS Roberto (Sp), U.S. Postal, at 06:37;
22. SEVILLA Oscar (Sp), Kelme, at 06:42;
23. VINOKOUROV Alexandre (Kz), Deutsche Telekom, at 06:48;
24. BOOGERD Michaël (Nl), Rabobank, at 06:50;
25. BARTOLI Michele (I), Mapei, at 07:36;
26. HEULOT Stéphane (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 07:47;
27. GARZELLI Stefano (I), Mapei, at 07:47;
28. ROUS Didier (F), Bonjour, at 07:51;
29. BENETEAU Walter (F), Bonjour, at 08:18;
30. ROBIN Jean-Cyril (F), Bonjour, at 08:25;
31. SIMON François (F), Bonjour, at 08:27;
32. BROZYNA Thomasz (Pol),, at 08:33;
33. PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier (Sp),, at 08:41;
34. MANCEBO Francisco (Sp),, at 08:43;
35. ODRIOZOLA Jon (Sp),, at 08:45;
36. TOSATTO Matteo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 08:46;
37. WADECKI Piotr (Pol), Domo-Farm Frites, at 08:54;
38. BROCHARD Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 08:56;
39. BOLTS Udo (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 08:57;
40. BLANCO Santiago (Sp),, at 08:57;
41. MERCKX Axel (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 08:59;
42. HINCAPIE George (USA), U.S. Postal, at 09:00;
43. BELLI Wladimir (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 09:03;
44. HALGAND Patrice (F), Jean Delatour, at 09:11;
45. SALMON Benoit (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 10:00;
46. CHAURREAU Inigo (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 10:03;
47. MONTGOMERY Sven (Swi), La Française Des Jeux, at 10:17;
48. AERTS Mario (B), Lotto, at 10:18;
49. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt (B), Lotto, at 10:20;
50. HEPPNER Jens (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 10:32;
51. BRARD Florent (F), Festina, at 11:49;
52. PENA Victor Hugo (Col), U.S. Postal, at 12:35;
53. GUERINI Giuseppe (I), Deutsche Telekom, at 13:44;
54. VIDAL José Angel (Sp), Kelme, at 14:02;
55. SORENSEN Nicki (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 14:49;
56. WESEMANN Steffen (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 15:09;
57. BOUYER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 15:28;
58. LIVINGSTON Kevin (USA), Deutsche Telekom, at 16:39;
59. BAGUET Serge (B), Lotto, at 16:47;
60. PETACCHI Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 20:14;
61. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente (Sp),, at 21:04;
62. TRENTIN Guido (I), Cofidis, at 21:23;
63. MENGIN Christophe (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 21:35;
64. CUESTA Inigo (Sp), Cofidis, at 21:35;
65. VAN HYFTE Paul (B), Lotto, at 23:00;
66. HUNTER Robert (RSA), Lampre-Daikin, at 23:20;
67. LAMOULLER Loïc (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 23:22;
68. BOUVARD Gilles (F), Jean Delatour, at 23:41;
69. HAMILTON Tyler (USA), U.S. Postal, at 23:48;
70. GARCIA CASAS Félix (Sp), Festina, at 23:59;
71. POZZI Oscar (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 24:04;
72. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier (Sp), Kelme, at 24:31;
73. LOTZ Marc (Nl), Rabobank, at 24:47;
74. TAULER Antonio (Sp), Kelme, at 24:48;
75. EKIMOV Vjatceslav (Rus), U.S. Postal, at 25:01;
76. DE GROOT Bram (Nl), Rabobank, at 25:15;
77. KIVILEV Andrei (Kz), Cofidis, at 25:58;
78. BETTINI Paolo (I), Mapei, at 26:06;
79. BALDATO Fabio (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 27:09;
80. PIEPOLI Leonardo (I),, at 27:36;
81. RODRIGUEZ Fred (USA), Domo-Farm Frites, at 27:39;
82. GOUBERT Stephane (F), Jean Delatour, at 27:46;
83. LAISEKA Roberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 27:56;
84. ETXEBARRIA David (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 28:02;
85. BOTCHAROV Alexandre (Rus), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 28:10;
86. MIKHAILOV Guennadi (Rus), Lotto, at 28:21;
87. MONCOUTIE David (F), Cofidis, at 28:36;
88. VAUGHTERS Jonathan (USA), Credit Agricole, at 28:36;
89. KJAERGAARD Steffen NOR U.S. Postal, at 28:53;
90. JAN Xavier (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 29:01;
91. LELLI Massimiliano (I), Cofidis, at 30:28;
92. ROUX Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 30:37;
93. LINO Pascal (F), Festina, at 31:01;
94. TEUTENBERG Sven (G), Festina, at 31:16;
95. VERHEYEN Geert (B), Rabobank, at 31:30;
96. PIIL Jakob (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 32:25;
97. ATIENZA Daniel (Sp), Cofidis, at 32:43;
98. MATTAN Nico (B), Cofidis, at 32:44;
99. CHAVANEL Sylvain (F), Bonjour, at 33:03;
100. LARSEN Nicolay Bo (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 33:04;
101. ZABEL Erik (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 33:32;
102. DIERCKXSENS Ludo (B), Lampre-Daikin, at 33:48;
103. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro (Sp), ONCE, at 34:03;
104. ZUBELDIA Haimar (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 34:14;
105. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 34:19;
106. VOGONDY Nicolas (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 34:20;
107. SCHNIDER Daniel (Swi), La Française Des Jeux, at 34:26;
108. TURPIN Ludovic (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 34:38;
109. MAGNIEN Emmanuel (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 36:14;
110. SIVAKOV Alexei (Rus), Bigmat Auber 93, at 36:33;
111. NIERMANN Grischa (G), Rabobank, at 36:40;
112. WAUTERS Marc (B), Rabobank, at 36:45;
113. CHANTEUR Pascal (F), Festina, at 36:45;
114. RUBIERA José Luis (Sp), U.S. Postal, at 37:11;
115. BLAUDZUN Michaël (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 37:23;
116. TALABARDON Sébastien (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 37:31;
117. DEN BAKKER Maarten (Nl), Rabobank, at 37:52;
118. NARDELLO Daniele (I), Mapei, at 38:01;
119. RENIER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 38:21;
120. NAZON Damien (F), Bonjour, at 38:22;
121. GONZALEZ Aitor (Sp), Kelme, at 38:41;
122. LODA Nicola (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 38:46;
123. JIMENEZ Eladio (Sp),, at 38:52;
124. IVANOV Serguei (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 39:59;
125. MORIN Anthony (F), Credit Agricole, at 40:47;
126. VERMAUT Steve (B), Lotto, at 40:47;
127. CAPELLE Christophe (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 40:47;
128. ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN Euskatel-Euskadi, at 41:29;
129. CARDENAS Félix (Col), Kelme, at 41:39;
130. AGNOLUTTO Christophe (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 42:10;
131. PINOTTI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 42:34;
132. JALABERT Nicolas (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 43:09;
133. CEREZO Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 43:10;
134. BESSY Frédéric (F), Credit Agricole, at 44:06;
135. GUESDON Frédéric (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 44:35;
136. KNAVEN Servais (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 44:47;
137. MENCHOV Denis (Rus),, at 45:02;
138. BERNARD Jérome (F), Jean Delatour, at 46:05;
139. MUSEEUW Johan (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 46:36;
140. HUSHOVD Thor NOR Credit Agricole, at 48:05;
141. SVORADA Jan (Cz), Lampre-Daikin, at 48:11;
142. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis LAT Lampre-Daikin, at 48:51;
143. CASTRESANA Angel (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 49:24;
144. VERSTREPEN Johan (B), Lampre-Daikin, at 49:46;
145. SEIGNEUR Eddy (F), Jean Delatour, at 50:07;
146. VERBRUGGHE Rik (B), Lotto, at 50:09;
147. MC GEE Bradley (Aus), La Française Des Jeux, at 52:03;
148. GOUVENOU Thierry (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 52:11;
149. FRUTTI Matteo (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 52:16;
150. MAIGNAN Gilles (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 52:40;
151. MILESI Marco (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 52:43;
152. KIRSIPUU Jaan EST Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 53:56;
153. VAINSTEINS Romans LAT Domo-Farm Frites, at 54:17;
154. HINAULT Sébastien (F), Credit Agricole, at 55:03;
155. CAPELLE Ludovic (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 55:19;
156. DEMARBAIX Sébastien (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 56:08;
157. PERRAUDEAU Olivier (F), Bonjour, at 57:01;
158. GARCIA Marcelino (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 57:58;
159. AUGER Guillaume (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 58:13;
160. CASSANI Enrico (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 58:30;
161. DEKKER Erik (Nl), Rabobank, at 59:08;
162. BERTOGLIATI Rubens (Swi), Lampre-Daikin, at 1:01:31;
163. AUGER Ludovic (F), Bigmat Auber 93, at 1:01:57;
164. BRAMATI Davide (I), Mapei, at 1:02:13;
165. ORIOL Christophe (F), Jean Delatour, at 1:02:15;
166. STEELS Tom (B), Mapei, at 1:02:45;
167. FORNACIARI Paolo (I), Mapei, at 1:03:15;
168. SORENSEN Rolf (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 1:03:40;
169. JENNER Christopher (NZ), Credit Agricole, at 1:04:01;
170. SERPELLINI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 1:04:27;
171. DURAND Jacky (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 1:04:34;
172. CASPER Jimmy (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 1:05:03;
173. BERGES Stéphane (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 1:06:13;
174. VAN HEESWIJK Max (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 1:08:50;
175. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen (Nl), Lotto, at 1:17:55;
176. LEYSEN Bart (B), Mapei, at 1:25:51;
177. MILLAR David (GB), Cofidis, at 1:28:02;