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Steegmans wins in war of attrition

Crashes and nasty weather are turning the 66th Paris-Nice into a war of attrition as Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) sprinted to his second straight win Tuesday in an exciting, attack-riddled 201km soggy march. The big Belgian didn’t want to wait for the bunch and made easy work of a four-up sprint on a slight rise into Belleville, three seconds ahead of a 44-rider chase group that was missing several GC contenders, among them Fränk Schleck (CSC – 76th at 2:56) and Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel-Euskadi – 53rd at 1:15) and José Angel Gómez Marchante (Saunier Duval – abandon).

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Quick Step’s big Belgian scores another win at Paris-Nice

By Andrew Hood

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Steegmans takes another sprint at Paris-Nice.

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Steegmans takes another sprint at Paris-Nice.

Photo: Graham Watson

Crashes and nasty weather are turning the 66th Paris-Nice into a war of attrition as Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) sprinted to his second straight win Tuesday in an exciting, attack-riddled 201km soggy march.

The big Belgian didn’t want to wait for the bunch and made easy work of a four-up sprint on a slight rise into Belleville, three seconds ahead of a 44-rider chase group that was missing several GC contenders, among them Fränk Schleck (CSC – 76th at 2:56) and Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel-Euskadi – 53rd at 1:15) and José Angel Gómez Marchante (Saunier Duval – abandon).

“I saw (Philippe) Gilbert attack and I realized I couldn’t wait for the sprint because he’s very dangerous if you let him go,” said a happy Steegmans. “It’s true I like these kind of slightly rising finishes. I’m probably the heaviest rider who likes the hills.”

Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) finished second in the sprint ahead of Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) and Michael Albasini (Liquigas) to conserve the race leader’s yellow jersey.

The Norwegian prologue winner went on a daring solo flier on the foggy, cold descent off the day’s fourth and final climb with 20km to go, but hitched his wheel on a three-man counter-attack when he bonked with about 4km to go.

“It was a long and cold day with a lot of rain. I followed an attack on the descent and then I found myself alone,” said Hushovd, who now leads Steegmans by three seconds. “Then I understood I could not stay away alone. Then there were four of us and the best man won. Today was tough enough; tomorrow I’ll be happy just to make it to the finish.”

The stage was marked by cold temperatures and persistent rain, though wind conditions improved greatly from Monday’s tempest that forced organizers to halve the stage.

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Schleck gets caught out in a crash

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Schleck gets caught out in a crash

Photo: Graham Watson

A major crash with about 60km to go KO’d the hopes for several riders, including Schleck and 2005 winner Bobby Julich. Seven out of eight Team CSC riders either crashed or were tangled up in the pileup.

“Our entire team crashed except (Karsten) Kroon. It’s very bad for us,” said Team CSC sport director Kim Andersen. “We’ve dominated this race before, maybe it’s payback now for us. Fränk is hurt and he’s lost too much time. Now we will think about stage wins.”

American Craig Lewis (High Road) crashed in a second spill about 5km later and missed out on the first group to finish 55th at 2:04 back.

“I was feeling good today, but when you crash like that, it kind of takes the fight out of you,” said Lewis, who was drenched and shivering at the line. “The stage was really hard. It was very cold and everyone was fighting for position.”

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Hupond gives it a shot

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Hupond gives it a shot

Photo: Graham Watson

An epic solo breakaway by local rider Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano) nearly worked when the sprinters’ teams almost waited too long to chase after he built up a 15-minute lead.

Quick Step led the chase and attacking riders caught him just 150 meters short of the last of four rated climbs pocking the day’s lumpy profile. The effort, although ultimately unsuccessful, easily earned the Frenchman the climber’s jersey.

Trent Lowe earned Slipstream-Chipotle some quality podium time after taking the best young rider’s jersey away from Andriy Grivko (Milram), who also crashed and finished 74th at 2:56 back.

“I didn’t even know there was a crash until later. I don’t know if (Grivko) crashed or what happened to him. It wouldn’t be nice to take the jersey because he crashed, but Paris-Nice is an important race and it’s nice to be in the jersey,” Lowe said after the podium ceremony. “It was brutal out there. It’s not easy for me to fight these winds. I’ve been chasing the summer between Australia and Europe the past five years. My team really helped me out a lot.”

David Millar (Slipstream-Chipotle) crashed for the second day in a row, going down in the same spill that derailed the Team CSC train, but he safely rejoined the front group along with Lowe and teammate Christian Vande Velde.

“David’s mad and now he’s got bruises on both hips,” said Slipstream-Chipotle manager Jonathan Vaughters. “These stages have been very hard, but we’re satisfied because we have both of our GC guys (Lowe and Millar) still in position. Let’s see if we can get through tomorrow and get to the base of the Ventoux with options.”

Long break home
The 158 remaining riders woke up Tuesday morning to find less extreme conditions after the winter tempest that forced organizers to shorten Monday’s stage had blown through, leaving behind milder temperatures in the 50s, light rain and light westerly breezes.

Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom) abandoned in Monday’s stage and 2006 Tour de France winner Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne), who already lost 13 minutes Monday, didn’t take the start after coming down with symptoms of bronchitis.

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Credit Agricole ramps up the chase

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Credit Agricole ramps up the chase

Photo: Graham Watson

Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) was feeling a little worse from wear and tear after crashing Monday and losing more than two minutes to the front group, but Silence-Lotto sport director Hendrik Redant said the 2007 Tour runner-up would still try to win a stage.

“Cadel crashed in a bad moment (Monday), just when the echelons were forming. It took a big effort for him to get back and that cost him in the final stages of the race. Losing that much time in GC makes it complicated, even for Cadel on Ventoux!” Rendant said before the start of the stage. “(Yaroslav) Popovych just made it to the front group in the final 8km when he bridged across. So now we will ride for him. He’s also feeling good.”

Evans’ problems continued Tuesday. He got tangled up in a crash with about 60km to go when it appeared a rider in the middle of the pack slipped on a white painted traffic line on the road and sent a dozen or more riders skittering to the ground. He eventually chased back on to the main pack going into the day’s final climbs along with Popovych, who now emerges as one of the favorites.

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Hupond takes a lunch break with a big time buffer behind him.

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Hupond takes a lunch break with a big time buffer behind him.

Photo: Graham Watson

It was young Hupond who hogged all the TV time. The 23-year-old from Decines, a small village not too far from the finish, uncorked an attack typical for a “regional,” a local rider who wants to make a show for family and friends.

The Ski-Shimano rider, perhaps extra motivated after the team missed out on the decisive lead group in Monday’s stage, made it tough for the peloton. A French junior time trial champ, he quickly built up a huge lead of more than 14 minutes.

He gobbled up the points in the opening three of the day’s rated climbs to take over the climber’s jersey and still held a five-minute lead at the base of the day’s final Cat. 2 Col du Fut d’Avenas with 25km to go, but soon started pedaling squares.

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Hushovd makes a late charge

Paris-Nice 2008-Stage 3: Hushovd makes a late charge

Photo: Graham Watson

Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) attacked over the top of the Cat. 3 Col de Crie and made a daring bid for the stage and race leader’s jersey. Starting the day 15th at 26 seconds back, the Spanish rider opened up nearly a minute on the 7km climb, but Quick Step upped the pace in another day that looked more spring classics than the Race to the Sun.

Just when Flecha’s chances looked slim, Benat Intxausti (Saunier Duval) peeled out of the pack to bridge up, but the main pack never lost sight of them. Hupond was dying on the final ramps of the climb and was reeled in just 150 meters short of the Avenas summit.

From there, it was absolute treacherous descent through fog down to the final charge to the line in Belleville. It was none other than Hushovd leading the way until Steegmans raised his big, burly head.

Race Notes
? Stage winner: Gert Steegmans (Quick Step), wins second stage in a row

? Race leader: Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole), retains lead at 3sec ahead of Steegmans.
? Best climber: Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano).
? Points: Steegmans leads Hushovd, 69-51
? Best young rider: Trent Lowe (Slipstream-Chipotle)
? Best team: Quick Step
? Peloton: 154 riders remain – DNS: Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne); DNF: Dario Cioni (Silence-Lotto), Benat Albizuri (Euskaltel-Euskadi), José Angel Gómez Marchante and Arkaitz Duran (both Saunier Duval)
? Wednesday’s stage: The 66th edition of Paris-Nice continues Wednesday with the 165.5km third stage from Fleurie to Saint-Etienne. The difficult stage will further reduce the list of would-be winners with a grueling, five-climb course that includes the Cat. 1 Col de la Croix de Chaubouret some 18.5km from the finish.

To see how the race unfolded, click here for our live coverage.

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Results

Results – Stage 2
1. Gert Steegmans (B), Quick Step, 201km in 5:29:47 (36.6kph)
2. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, s.t.
3. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, s.t.
4. Michael Albasini (Swi), Liquigas, s.t.
5. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux, at 0:03
6. Matteo Tosatto (I), Quick Step, at 0:03
7. Mirco Lorenzetto (I), Lampre, at 0:03
8. Enrico Franzoi (I), Liquigas, at 0:03
9. Manuele Mori (I), Saunier Duval, at 0:03
10. Vicente Reynes (Sp), High Road, at 0:03
11. Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr), Liquigas, at 0:03
12. Alexander Efimkin (Rus), Quick Step, at 0:03
13. Karsten Kroon (Nl), CSC, at 0:03
14. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Quick Step, at 0:03
15. Maxime Monfort (B), Cofidis, at 0:03
16. Carlos Barredo (Sp), Quick Step, at 0:03
17. Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz), Credit Agricole, at 0:03
18. Alberto Losada (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:03
19. Niki Terpstra (Nl), Milram, at 0:03
20. Robert Gesink (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:03
21. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Silence-Lotto, at 0:03
22. Simon Gerrans (Aus), Credit Agricole, at 0:03
23. Eduardo Gonzalo (Sp), Agritubel, at 0:03
24. Jerome Pineau (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:03
25. Simon Spilak (Slo), Lampre, at 0:03
26. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:03
27. Luis Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:03
28. Kjell Carlstrom (Fin), Liquigas, at 0:03
29. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp), Rabobank, at 0:03
30. Bram Tankink (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:03
31. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis, at 0:03
32. Marc De Maar (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:03
33. Lilian Jegou (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 0:03
34. Igor Anton (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:03
35. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 0:03
36. Trent Lowe (Aus), Slipstream Chipotle, at 0:03
37. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, at 0:03
38. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:03
39. Christophe Moreau (F), Agritubel, at 0:03
40. David Millar (GBr), Slipstream Chipotle, at 0:03
41. Yann Huguet (F), Cofidis, at 0:03
42. Clement L’Hottelerie (F), Skil-Shimano, at 0:03
43. Cadel Evans (Aus), Silence-Lotto, at 0:03
44. Paolo Bossoni (I), Lampre, at 0:03
45. Gorka Verdugo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:03
46. Nicolas Jalabert (F), Agritubel, at 0:03
47. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 0:03
48. Stefan Schumacher (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:03
49. Damiano Cunego (I), Lampre, at 0:03
50. Juan Jose Cobo (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 0:13
51. Sebastien Minard (F), Cofidis, at 0:13
52. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Ag2r, at 0:15
53. Haimar Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:15
54. Tom Veelers (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 2:04
55. Craig Lewis (USA), High Road, at 2:04
56. Hubert Dupont (F), Ag2r, at 2:04
57. Geoffroy Lequatre (F), Agritubel, at 2:04
58. Johan Van Summeren (B), Silence-Lotto, at 2:04
59. Matthew Lloyd (Aus), Silence-Lotto, at 2:04
60. Benat Intxausti (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 2:04
61. Benoît Vaugrenard (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 2:04
62. Bernhard Eisel (A), High Road, at 2:04
63. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 2:04
64. Peter Velits (Svk), Milram, at 2:04
65. Matteo Carrara (I), Quick Step, at 2:04
66. Morris Possoni (I), High Road, at 2:04
67. Pierre Rolland (F), Credit Agricole, at 2:04
68. Stephane Goubert (F), Ag2r, at 2:04
69. Ivan Santaromita (Swi), Liquigas, at 2:04
70. Laurens Ten Dam (Nl), Rabobank, at 2:04
71. Paolo Tiralongo (I), Lampre, at 2:04
72. David Arroyo (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 2:04
73. Leonardo Bertagnolli (I), Liquigas, at 2:04
74. Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Milram, at 2:56
75. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, at 2:56
76. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, at 2:56
77. Matthieu Sprick (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 2:56
78. Wilfried Cretskens (B), Quick Step, at 2:56
79. Marcel Sieberg (G), High Road, at 2:56
80. Christophe Brandt (B), Silence-Lotto, at 2:56
81. Iouri Trofimov (Rus), Bouygues Telecom, at 2:56
82. David Lopez García (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 2:56
83. Dionisio Galparsoro (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 2:56
84. Christophe Laurent (F), Slipstream Chipotle, at 2:56
85. Servais Knaven (Nl), High Road, at 2:56
86. Tom Stamsnijder (Nl), Gerolsteiner, at 2:56
87. Jose Luis Arrieta (Sp), Ag2r, at 2:56
88. Massimiliano Mori (I), Lampre, at 2:56
89. Kevin Hulsmans (B), Quick Step, at 2:56
90. Jose Alberto Benítez (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 2:56
91. Andrea Moletta (I), Gerolsteiner, at 2:56
92. Andreas Klier (G), High Road, at 2:56
93. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus), CSC, at 4:25
94. Markel Irizar (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 4:25
95. Christian Knees (G), Milram, at 4:25
96. Claudio Corioni (I), Liquigas, at 4:25
97. Johann Tschopp (Swi), Bouygues Telecom, at 4:25
98. Matteo Bono (I), Lampre, at 4:25
99. Chris Anker Sorensen (Dk), CSC, at 4:25
100. Francesco Gavazzi (I), Lampre, at 4:25
101. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, at 4:25
102. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, at 4:25
103. Christophe Rinero (F), Agritubel, at 4:25
104. Xavier Florencio (Sp), Bouygues Telecom, at 4:25
105. Jurgen Van den Broeck (B), Silence-Lotto, at 6:15
106. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Cofidis, at 8:01
107. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 8:01
108. Josep Jufre (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 8:01
109. Lander Aperribai (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 8:01
110. Tyler Farrar (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 8:01
111. Floris Goesinnen (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 8:01
112. Thierry Hupond (F), Skil-Shimano, at 8:01
113. Jelle Vanendert (B), Francaise des Jeux, at 8:01
114. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, at 8:01
115. Aurelien Passeron (F), Saunier Duval, at 8:01
116. Mario Aerts (B), Silence-Lotto, at 8:01
117. Remi Pauriol (F), Credit Agricole, at 8:01
118. William Bonnet (F), Credit Agricole, at 8:01
119. Christophe Le Mevel (F), Credit Agricole, at 8:01
120. Sandy Casar (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 8:01
121. Yoann Le Boulanger (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 8:01
122. Anthony Geslin (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 8:01
123. Nicolas Portal (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 9:01
124. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Agritubel, at 9:01
125. Anthony Charteau (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 9:03
126. Stef Clement (Nl), Bouygues Telecom, at 9:45
127. Carlo Westphal (G), Gerolsteiner, at 9:45
128. Amael Moinard (F), Cofidis, at 13:23
129. Sylvain Calzati (F), Ag2r, at 13:23
130. Albert Timmer (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 14:01
131. Remy Di Gregorio (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 14:01
132. Ralf Grabsch (G), Milram, at 15:05
133. Bjorn Schroder (G), Milram, at 15:05
134. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Milram, at 15:05
135. Mathieu Perget (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 16:31
136. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 16:31
137. Andre Greipel (G), High Road, at 16:31
138. Jason McCartney (USA), CSC, at 19:02
139. Bradley McGee (Aus), CSC, at 19:02
140. Christophe Edaleine (F), Ag2r, at 19:02
141. Cyril Dessel (F), Ag2r, at 19:02
142. Michiel Elijzen (Nl), Rabobank, at 19:02
143. Markus Eichler (G), Milram, at 19:02
144. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Rabobank, at 19:02
145. Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 19:02
146. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 19:02
147. Mickael Cherel (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 19:02
148. Roy Curvers (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 26:20
149. Christophe Edaleine (F), Ag2r, at 26:20
150. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn), Skil-Shimano, at 26:20
151. Robert Wagner (G), Skil-Shimano, at 26:20
152. Aitor Hernandez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 26:20
153. Kevin Ista (B), Agritubel, at 26:20
154. Freddy Bichot (F), Agritubel, at 29:33

Did Not Finish
Arkaitz Duran (Sp), Saunier Duval
Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval
Benat Albizuri (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi
Dario Cioni (I), Silence-Lotto

Overall
1. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, at 7:56:34
2. Gert Steegmans (B), Quick Step, at 0:03
3. Jerome Pineau (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:23
4. Karsten Kroon (Nl), CSC, at 0:23
5. Trent Lowe (Aus), Slipstream Chipotle, at 0:29
6. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis, at 0:30
7. David Millar (GBr), Slipstream Chipotle, at 0:30
8. Matteo Tosatto (I), Quick Step, at 0:32
9. Luis Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:33
10. Niki Terpstra (Nl), Milram, at 0:36
11. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux 0:36
12. Enrico Franzoi (I), Liquigas, at 0:37
13. Simon Gerrans (Aus), Credit Agricole, at 0:37
14. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp), Rabobank 0:37
15. Gorka Verdugo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:38
16. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Quick Step, at 0:39
17. Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr), Liquigas, at 0:41
18. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 0:44
19. Mirco Lorenzetto (I), Lampre, at 0:47
20. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Silence-Lotto, at 0:49
21. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Ag2r, at 0:51
22. Robert Gesink (Nl), Rabobank
23. Bram Tankink (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:55
24. Alexander Efimkin (Rus), Quick Step, at 0:55
25. Vicente Reynes (Sp), High Road, at 0:57
26. Lilian Jegou (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 1:05
27. Marc De Maar (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:20
28. Johan Van Summeren (B), Silence-Lotto, at 2:36
29. Geoffroy Lequatre (F), Agritubel, at 2:50
30. Bernhard Eisel (A), High Road, at 2:54
31. Stefan Schumacher (G), Gerolsteiner, at 2:55
32. Peter Velits (Svk), Milram, at 3:06
33. Cadel Evans (Aus), Silence-Lotto, at 3:07
34. Simon Spilak (Slo), Lampre, at 3:08
35. Carlos Barredo (Sp), Quick Step, at 3:10
36. Maxime Monfort (B), Cofidis, at 3:11
37. Michael Albasini (Swi), Liquigas, at 3:12
38. Igor Anton (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:15
39. Clement L’Hottelerie (F), Skil-Shimano, at 3:16
40. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 3:20
41. Sebastien Minard (F), Cofidis, at 3:20
42. Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Milram, at 3:21
43. Paolo Bossoni (I), Lampre, at 3:21
44. Tom Stamsnijder (Nl), Gerolsteiner, at 3:33
45. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, at 3:47
46. Marcel Sieberg (G), High Road, at 3:47
47. Kjell Carlstrom (Fin), Liquigas, at 3:53
48. Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz), Credit Agricole, at 4:04
49. Nicolas Jalabert (F), Agritubel, at 4:12
50. Wilfried Cretskens (B), Quick Step, at 4:29
51. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 4:31
52. Haimar Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 4:35
53. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 4:57
54. Benoît Vaugrenard (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 5:04
55. Craig Lewis (USA), High Road, at 5:04
56. Christian Knees (G), Milram, at 5:07
57. Laurens Ten Dam (Nl), Rabobank, at 5:19
58. Pierre Rolland (F), Credit Agricole, at 5:21
59. Tom Veelers (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 5:22
60. Matteo Carrara (I), Quick Step, at 5:23
61. Jose Luis Arrieta (Sp), Ag2r, at 5:59
62. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC
63. Servais Knaven (Nl), High Road, at 6:10
64. Dionisio Galparsoro (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 6:25
65. Alberto Losada (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 6:57
66. Roman Kreuziger (Cz), Liquigas
67. Iouri Trofimov (Rus), Bouygues Telecom, at 6:58
68. Christophe Brandt (B), Silence-Lotto, at 7:01
69. Yann Huguet (F), Cofidis, at 7:10
70. Manuele Mori (I), Saunier Duval, at 7:11
71. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole, at 7:13
72. Christophe Moreau (F), Agritubel, at 7:14
73. Markel Irizar (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 7:16
74. Damiano Cunego (I), Lampre, at 7:18
75. Eduardo Gonzalo (Sp), Agritubel, at 7:26
76. Juan Jose Cobo (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 7:30
77. Francesco Gavazzi (I), Lampre, at 7:35
78. Claudio Corioni (I), Liquigas, at 7:40
79. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus), CSC, at 7:46
80. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, at 8:33
81. Matteo Bono (I), Lampre, at 8:39
82. Leonardo Bertagnolli (I), Liquigas, at 8:53
83. William Bonnet (F), Credit Agricole, at 9:07
84. Paolo Tiralongo (I), Lampre, at 9:16
85. Hubert Dupont (F), Ag2r, at 9:21
86. David Arroyo (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 9:26
87. Morris Possoni (I), High Road, at 9:42
88. Matthieu Sprick (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 9:57
89. Kevin Hulsmans (B), Quick Step, at 10:02
90. David Lopez García (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 10:03
91. Christophe Laurent (F), Slipstream Chipotle, at 10:04
92. Andreas Klier (G), High Road, at 10:10
93. Massimiliano Mori (I), Lampre, at 10:31
94. Andrea Moletta (I), Gerolsteiner, at 10:54
95. Ivan Santaromita (Swi), Liquigas, at 11:03
96. Floris Goesinnen (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 11:11
97. Stephane Goubert (F), Ag2r, at 11:13
98. Mario Aerts (B), Silence-Lotto, at 11:17
99. Benat Intxausti (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 11:20
100. Matthew Lloyd (Aus), Silence-Lotto, at 11:21
101. Anthony Geslin (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 11:27
102. Johann Tschopp (Swi), Bouygues Telecom, at 11:37
103. Josep Jufre (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 11:52
104. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 11:52
105. Jose Alberto Benítez (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 12:10
106. Nicolas Portal (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 12:17
107. Xavier Florencio (Sp), Bouygues Telecom, at 13:16
108. Jurgen Van den Broeck (B), Silence-Lotto, at 13:19
109. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, at 13:25
110. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Cofidis, at 13:35
111. Carlo Westphal (G), Gerolsteiner, at 13:48
112. Christophe Rinero (F), Agritubel, at 13:53
113. Tyler Farrar (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 14:01
114. Chris Anker Sorensen (Dk), CSC, at 14:13
115. Sandy Casar (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 14:56
116. Thierry Hupond (F), Skil-Shimano, at 15:01
117. Remi Pauriol (F), Credit Agricole, at 15:03
118. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, at 15:07
119. Christophe Le Mevel (F), Credit Agricole, at 15:11
120. Jelle Vanendert (B), Francaise des Jeux, at 15:25
121. Lander Aperribai (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 15:25
122. Aurelien Passeron (F), Saunier Duval, at 15:25
123. Stef Clement (Nl), Bouygues Telecom, at 16:40
124. Yoann Le Boulanger (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 17:12
125. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Cofidis, at 17:16
126. Sylvain Calzati (F), Ag2r, at 17:44
127. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Agritubel, at 17:51
128. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Milram, at 19:08
129. Ralf Grabsch (G), Milram, at 19:26
130. Andre Greipel (G), High Road, at 19:40
131. Mickael Cherel (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 20:11
132. Amael Moinard (F), Cofidis, at 20:30
133. Albert Timmer (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 21:14
134. Bradley McGee (Aus), CSC, at 21:54
135. Anthony Charteau (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 22:56
136. Michiel Elijzen (Nl), Rabobank, at 22:58
137. Jason McCartney (USA), CSC, at 22:58
138. Cyril Dessel (F), Ag2r, at 23:16
139. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Rabobank, at 23:17
140. Bjorn Schroder (G), Milram, at 24:08
141. Mathieu Perget (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 25:51
142. Markus Eichler (G), Milram, at 25:56
143. Philip Deignan (Irl), Ag2r, at 26:18
144. Remy Di Gregorio (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 27:58
145. Thomas Peterson (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 28:06
146. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream Chipotle, at 28:15
147. Robert Wagner (G), Skil-Shimano, at 29:31
148. Roy Curvers (Nl), Skil-Shimano, at 29:47
149. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn), Skil-Shimano, at 30:26
150. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 30:43
151. Christophe Edaleine (F), Ag2r, at 33:17
152. Aitor Hernandez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 33:35
153. Kevin Ista (B), Agritubel, at 35:23
154. Freddy Bichot (F), Agritubel, at 38:38