TdF Stage 2: Wauters shines on home turf

The Tour de France yellow jersey is one of those prizes that is known and coveted in the sports world for its history and prestige. Like the NHL captain who hoists the Stanley Cup, or the golfer who slides into the green jacket at the Masters, the rider who dons the maillot jaune at the end of the Tour de France has worldwide recognition. Everybody knows that the Postal Service’s Lance Armstrong has pulled that jersey on in Paris each of the past two years, and is one of the favorites to do so again. But in the early stages of the Tour, it’s a whole different breed of rider who chases after

By Byran Jew, VeloNews senior writer

He's golden. Wauters earned the yellow jersey when the Tour came to Belgium

He’s golden. Wauters earned the yellow jersey when the Tour came to Belgium

Photo: Graham Watson

The Tour de France yellow jersey is one of those prizes that is known and coveted in the sports world for its history and prestige. Like the NHL captain who hoists the Stanley Cup, or the golfer who slides into the green jacket at the Masters, the rider who dons the maillot jaune at the end of the Tour de France has worldwide recognition. Everybody knows that the Postal Service’s Lance Armstrong has pulled that jersey on in Paris each of the past two years, and is one of the favorites to do so again. But in the early stages of the Tour, it’s a whole different breed of rider who chases after the leader’s jersey. On Monday’s stage 2, from Calais to Antwerp, Belgium, Rabobank’s Marc Wauters became the second rider to lead the Tour de France this year, but not before a tough fight from Crédit Agricole’s Stuart O’Grady.

The Belgian Wauters began the day in 12th place, just 15 seconds behind race leader Christophe Moreau of Festina. But the two names who most people were looking at to fight for the lead were the Australian O’Grady and Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2R Prevoyance). Those two fit one profile of potential first-week race leaders: savvy sprinters who are willing to battle it out each stage at several intermediate sprint points, where the top three are awarded time bonuses of 6, 4 and 2 seconds, respectively. And they’re also strong enough to be there in the sprint stage finishes, where more bonuses — 20, 12 and 8 seconds — are up for grabs. Both O’Grady and Kirsipuu have gone this route before, with O’Grady wearing the yellow jersey in the first week of the 1998 Tour and Kirsipuu doing likewise in 1999.

The 220.5km stage 2 had three of those intermediate sprints along the route, at 41km, 133km and 184km. But with a strong tailwind on the route east and north into Belgium, there were also other possibilities.

“It could be an interesting day,” said O’Grady’s teammate Jonathan Vaughters at the start. “Good day for a breakaway, with the tailwind.”

But the race held to form for the sprinters at least until the first mid-stage sprint, where Kirsipuu beat O’Grady to the line, edging to within 1 second of the overall lead.

After that, there was a brief breakaway at the 47km mark by nine riders, including Jacky Durand (La Française des Jeux) and Johan Museeuw (Domo-Farm Frites), but they never gained more than 28 seconds.

More significant was a move by nine riders that began at the 90km mark, including initiators Christophe Agnulotto (Ag2R), Eddy Seigneur (Jean Delatour) and Ludovic Auger (Big Mat-Auber 93), who were joined by six others — Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo), Vicente Garcia-Acosta (, Bram De Groot (Rabobank), Stive Vermaut (Lotto-Adecco), Ludo Dierckxsens (Lampre-Daikin) and Fred Rodriguez (Domo-Farm Frites).

At that point, the peloton was flying, rolling along at an average of 50kph on flat Belgian roads that were jammed packed with what seemed like the entire population of the Flanders region of Belgium.

Included on the route was Vermaut’s hometown of Torhout, filled with supporters of the former U.S. Postal rider in his first Tour de France. And the 25-year-old was lucky enough to still be out front at that point, 102.5km into the race, and the breakaway wouldn’t be caught until the 145km mark.

That was fortunate for Vermaut, but the chances of success were slim for the nine riders. “If you look at the odds of a break that far out to stay away, it’s pretty much not possible,” said Rodriguez, the American national champion who was merely marking the move, but not contributing to the effort. “You have to be a dumb rider to ride [hard] in one of those.”

“I felt better today,” added the American, who lost 5:45 after getting caught behind a split in yesterday’s stage. “That was another reason for not going hard in the break, because I didn’t know how I was feeling, so it wasn’t worth my effort to try. Also I played the odds and the odds were against that break staying away.”

However, it stayed away long enough to make the second bonus sprint irrelevant for O’Grady and Kirsipuu, who could only sit back as Tosatto, De Groot and Dierckxsens took the time bonuses up ahead.

While one local hero, Vermaut, got his moment of glory, another, Paul Van Hyfte (Lotto-Adecco) was allowed to have his. The Flemish rider was allowed to break clear with 60km to race, going ahead and waving to the huge Belgian crowds, many of whom were waving the black-on-yellow “Lion of Flanders” flags to greet the Tour de France.

Behind, three riders chased him down: Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole), Matteo Frutti (Lampre-Daikin) and Paris-Roubaix champion Servais Knaven (Domo-Farm Frites). What started as a meet-and-greet excursion had developed into a real threat.

Again, the intermediate points were swallowed up, with Frutti first, Voigt second and Knaven third. However, O’Grady would still have his chance for the yellow jersey.

With 28km to go, a dozen riders went of to chase the four leaders, including Wauters and teammate Erik Dekker, and O’Grady and Credit Agricole teammates Bobby Julich and Christophe Morin. By 20km to go, the final lead group of 16 had come together.

With three teammates — Julich, Morin and Voigt — O’Grady looked like almost a sure thing to take the yellow jersey if he could take one of those time bonuses for the top three.

After a day of narrow roads through small Belgian towns, the stage finished on a straight, wide 3km stretch along the Schelde River. O’Grady’s three teammates went to the front to control the pace, Julich, Morin and Voigt all rotating in formation with O’Grady sitting fourth. But with a kilometer to go, Wauters and Festina’s Arnaud Pretot jumped and O’Grady didn’t respond. The rest of the lead group tried to chase down, but it came down to a two-man sprint, with Wauters easily taking Pretot. O’Grady could manage only fifth.

“Once we got in that move,” said Julich, “I just knew that, man, if we drove it, we’d probably take the jersey. I thought for sure we’d take the jersey and then we got flicked with 800 meters to go. Wauters ended up winning the race and taking the lead, so that was a big disappointment to put in such a big effort and come away with basically nothing. We worked for Stuart, and I’m sure Stuart’s the one that’s most bummed right now.”

Twenty-two seconds behind came the main peloton, led in by Kirsipuu, who had been shut out on in his quest after taking the first sprint of the day. So instead of an Estonian or an Australian celebrating, it was a Belgium who grabbed the treasured yellow jersey, in front of a hugely enthusiastic home crowd.

“At first I thought O’Grady would take the yellow jersey,” said the new leader of the Tour. “Winning the stage is like a dream, and the jersey to boot, is like a godsend.”

It wasn’t a good day for everyone though, as the super high speeds and the nervous energy of the first week made for some treacherous moments. “It was just fast, tailwind, just nervous,” said U.S. Postal’s Christian Vande Velde. “We went on a couple of small roads, that weren’t so fun. These stages can just suck, dangerous at all times. I’m just happy to get through it without any bumps and bruises.”

Vande Velde’s teammate Tyler Hamilton wasn’t as happy, falling in a big crash with 25km to go, along with a couple of riders who have already suffered crashes this week, David Millar (Cofidis) and Daniele Nardello (Mapei-Quick Step). Nardello got back quickly enough, but both Hamilton and Millar would end up losing 6:45 on the day.

The Tour’s three-day stage in Belgium continues tomorrow, with a difficult 198.5km stage from Antwerp to Seraing, which takes the race from Flanders into the hilly Ardennes region of Belgium.


1. WAUTERS Marc (B), Rabobank, 220.5km in 4:35:47;
2. PRETOT Arnaud (F), Festina;
3. HUNTER Robert (RSA), Lampre-Daikin;
4. KNAVEN Servais (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites;
5. O’GRADY Stuart (Aus), Credit Agricole;
6. BRAMATI Davide (I), Mapei;
7. VERBRUGGHE Rik (B), Lotto;
8. BASSO Ivan (I), Fassa Bortolo;
9. MILESI Marco (I), Domo-Farm Frites;
10. DEKKER Erik (Nl), Rabobank;
11. VAN HYFTE Paul (B), Lotto;
12. JULICH Bobby (USA), Credit Agricole;
13. VERSTREPEN Johan (B), Lampre-Daikin, all s.t.;
14. MORIN Anthony (F), Credit Agricole, at 00:03;
15. FRUTTI Matteo (I), Lampre-Daikin;
16. VOIGT Jens (G), Credit Agricole;
17. KIRSIPUU Jaan (Est), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 00:22;
18. CAPELLE Christophe (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
19. TEUTENBERG Sven (G), Festina;
20. PERRAUDEAU Olivier (F), Bonjour;
21. ZABEL Erik (G), Deutsche Telekom;
22. PETACCHI Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo;
23. SVORADA Jan (Cz), Lampre-Daikin;
24. SIMON François (F), Bonjour;
25. GUTIERREZ José Enrique (Sp), Kelme;
26. ODRIOZOLA Jon (Sp), BAN;
27. CASTRESANA Angel (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
28. MATTAN Nico (B), Cofidis;
29. BOUVARD Gilles (F), Jean Delatour;
30. IVANOV SergueiRUSFassa Bortolo;
31. BALDATO Fabio (I), Fassa Bortolo;
32. MIKHAILOV Guennadi (Rus), Lotto;
33. BLAUDZUN Michaël(Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
34. HALGAND Patrice (F), Jean Delatour;
35. BROCHARD Laurent (F), Jean Delatour;
36. WADECKI Piotr (Pol), Domo-Farm Frites;
37. GONZALEZ Aitor (Sp), Kelme;
38. CAPELLE Ludovic (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
39. BENETEAU Walter (F), Bonjour;
40. HUSHOVD Thor (N), Credit Agricole;
41. BOOGERD Michaël (Nl), Rabobank;
42. VERHEYEN Geert (B), Rabobank;
43. CHANTEUR Pascal (F), Festina;
44. VERMAUT Steve (B), Lotto;
45. STEELS Tom (B), Mapei;
46. BRARD Florent (F), Festina;
47. VAINSTEINS Romans (Lat), Domo-Farm Frites;
48. ULLRICH Jan (G), Deutsche Telekom;
49. MOREAU Christophe (F), Festina;
50. LELLI Massimiliano (I), Cofidis;
51. DE JONGH Steven (Nl), Rabobank;
52. RENIER Franck (F), Bonjour;
53. RODRIGUEZ Fred (USA), Domo-Farm Frites;
54. SIVAKOV Alexei (Rus), Big Mat Auber 93;
55. ROUS Didier (F), Bonjour;
56. EKIMOV Vjatceslav (Rus), U. S. Postal;
57. BELLI Wladimir (I), Fassa Bortolo;
58. LIVINGSTON Kevin (USA), Deutsche Telekom;
59. LODA Nicola (I), Fassa Bortolo;
60. BOTERO Santiago (Col), Kelme;
61. CASPER Jimmy (F), La Francaise Des Jeux;
62. ZANINI Stefano (I), Mapei;
63. LOTZ Marc (Nl), Rabobank;
64. TRENTIN Guido (I), Cofidis;
65. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen (Nl), Lotto;
66. HERAS Roberto (Sp), U. S. Postal;
67. HINAULT Sébastien (F), Credit Agricole;
68. CASERO Angel (Sp), Festina;
69. MANCEBO Francisco (Sp), iBanesto. com;
70. CHAURREAU Inigo (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
71. BETTINI Paolo (I), Mapei;
72. GARZELLI Stefano (I), Mapei;
73. DE GROOT Bram (Nl), Rabobank;
74. GARCIA CASAS Félix (Sp), Festina;
75. JAKSCHE Jorg (G), ONCE;
76. FORNACIARI Paolo (I), Mapei;
77. MENGIN Christophe (F), La Francaise Des Jeux;
78. GOUVENOU Thierry (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
79. DEMARBAIX Sébastien (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
80. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA), U. S. Postal;
81. HINCAPIE George (USA), U. S. Postal;
82. KLODEN Andréas (G), Deutsche Telekom;
83. LEYSEN Bart (B), Mapei;
84. BARTOLI Michele (I), Mapei;
85. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier (Sp), Kelme;
86. VANDEVELDE Christian (USA), U. S. Postal;
87. BESSY Frédéric (F), Credit Agricole;
88. MERCKX Axel (B), Domo-Farm Frites;
89. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt (B), Lotto;
90. PRADERA Mikel (Sp), ONCE;
91. SEVILLA Oscar (Sp), Kelme;
93. PENA Victor Hugo (Col), U. S. Postal;
94. ETXEBARRIA David (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
95. BAGUET Serge (B), Lotto;
96. BLANCO Santiago (Sp), iBanesto. com;
97. MUSEEUW Johan (B), Domo-Farm Frites;
98. DIERCKXSENS Ludo (B), Lampre-Daikin;
99. DEL OLMO Txema (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
100. VINOKOUROV Alexandre (Kz), Deutsche Telekom;
101. ORIOL Christophe (F), Jean Delatour;
102. CEREZO Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscalli;
103. TOSATTO Matteo (I), Fassa Bortolo;
104. MC GEE Bradley (Aus), La Francaise Des Jeux;
105. JALABERT Laurent (F), CSC-Tiscalli;
106. NIERMANN Grischa (G), Rabobank;
108. BELOKI Joseba (Sp), ONCE;
109. GUTIERREZ Ivan (Sp), ONCE;
110. KIVILEV Andrei (Kz), Cofidis;
111. GONZALEZ Santos (Sp), ONCE;
112. PEREZ Luis (Sp), Festina;
113. SERRANO Marcos (Sp), ONCE;
114. VIDAL José Angel (Sp), Kelme;
115. VAN HEESWIJK Max (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites;
116. SCHNIDER Daniel (Swi), La Francaise Des Jeux;
117. BOLTS Udo (G), Deutsche Telekom;
118. SASTRE Carlos (Sp), ONCE;
119. LINO Pascal (F), Festina;
120. MONTGOMERY Sven (Swi), La Francaise Des Jeux;
121. HEPPNER Jens (G), Deutsche Telekom;
122. WESEMANN Steffen (G), Deutsche Telekom;
123. JIMENEZ Eladio (Sp), iBanesto. com;
124. AERTS Mario (B), Lotto;
125. RINERO Christophe (F), Cofidis;
126. HEULOT Stéphane (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
127. JALABERT Nicolas (F), CSC-Tiscalli;
128. AUGER Guillaume (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
129. SORENSEN Nicki(Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
130. CARDENAS Félix (Col), Kelme;
131. ROBIN Jean-Cyril (F), Bonjour;
132. BERTOGLIATI Rubens (Swi), Lampre-Daikin;
133. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis (Lat), Lampre-Daikin;
134. PIEPOLI Leonardo (I), iBanesto. com;
135. CASAGRANDE Francesco (I), Fassa Bortolo;
136. TALABARDON Sébastien (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
137. TURPIN Ludovic (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
138. RUBIERA José Luis (Sp), U. S. Postal;
139. PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier (Sp), iBanesto. com;
140. GUESDON Frédéric (F), La Francaise Des Jeux;
141. BROZYNA Thomasz (Pol), iBanesto. com;
142. GOUBERT Stephane (F), Jean Delatour;
143. DEN BAKKER Maarten (Nl), Rabobank;
144. MENCHOV Denis (Rus), iBanesto. com;
145. MONCOUTIE David (F), Cofidis;
146. PINOTTI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin;
147. VAUGHTERS Jonathan (USA), Credit Agricole;
148. POZZI Oscar (I), Fassa Bortolo;
149. SALMON Benoit (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
150. KJAERGAARD Steffen (N), U. S. Postal;
151. ZUBELDIA Haimar (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
152. BOTCHAROV Alexandre (Rus), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
153. LAISEKA Roberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
154. CUESTA Inigo (Sp), Cofidis;
155. VOGONDY Nicolas (F), La Francaise Des Jeux;
156. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
157. LAMOULLER Loïc (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
158. SORENSEN Rolf(Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
159. CASSANI Enrico (I), Domo-Farm Frites;
160. GUERINI Giuseppe (I), Deutsche Telekom;
161. PIIL Jakob(Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
162. MAIGNAN Gilles (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
163. AGNOLUTTO Christophe (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance;
164. AUGER Ludovic (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
165. GARCIA Marcelino (Sp), CSC-Tiscalli;
166. NARDELLO Daniele (I), Mapei;
167. MAGNIEN Emmanuel (F), La Française Des Jeux;
168. LARSEN Nicolay Bo(Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
169. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente (Sp), iBanesto. com;
170. DURAND Jacky (F), La Francaise Des Jeux;
171. CHAVANEL Sylvain (F), Bonjour, all s.t.;
172. BERGES Stéphane (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at01:09;
173. NAZON Damien (F), Bonjour, at 04:02;
174. BOUYER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 06:45;
175. TAULER Antonio (Sp), Kelme;
176. JENNER ChristopherNZLCredit Agricole;
177. HAMILTON Tyler (USA), U. S. Postal;
178. JAN Xavier (F), Big Mat Auber 93;
179. TRASTOUR Olivier (F), Jean Delatour;
180. MILLAR David (GB), Cofidis;
181. ATIENZA Daniel (Sp), Cofidis;
182. BERNARD Jérome (F), Jean Delatour;
183. SERPELLINI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin, all s.t.;
184. SEIGNEUR Eddy (F), Jean Delatour, at 07:45;
185. ROUX Laurent (F), Jean Delatour;
186. DESBIENS Laurent (F), Kelme;
187. ETXEBARRIA UnaiVENEuskatel-Euskadi,all s.t.;
* FLORES Iker (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, Abandoned

Overall after two stages
1. WAUTERS Marc (B), Rabobank, en9h 40:17;
2. O’GRADY Stuart (Aus), Credit Agricole, at 00:12;
3. KNAVEN Servais (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:27;
4. MOREAU Christophe (F), Festina, at 00:27;
5. KIRSIPUU JaanESTAg2R-Prevoyance, at 00:28;
6. VERBRUGGHE Rik (B), Lotto, at 00:28;
7. HUNTER Robert (RSA), Lampre-Daikin, at 00:29;
8. VOIGT Jens (G), Credit Agricole, at 00:30;
9. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor (Sp), ONCE, at 00:30;
10. JULICH Bobby (USA), Credit Agricole, at 00:31;
11. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA), U. S. Postal, at 00:31;
12. ULLRICH Jan (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 00:34;
13. BRARD Florent (F), Festina, at 00:34;
14. MORIN Anthony (F), Credit Agricole, at 00:35;
15. BOTERO Santiago (Col), Kelme, at 00:37;
16. DURAND Jacky (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 00:40;
17. BELOKI Joseba (Sp), ONCE, at 00:40;
18. SASTRE Carlos (Sp), ONCE, at 00:41;
19. PRETOT Arnaud (F), Festina, at 00:42;
20. GUTIERREZ José Enrique (Sp), Kelme, at 00:43;
21. ROUS Didier (F), Bonjour, at 00:43;
22. BROCHARD Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:43;
23. CASERO Angel (Sp), Festina, at 00:43;
24. KJAERGAARD Steffen (N), U. S. Postal, at 00:43;
25. HUSHOVD Thor (N), Credit Agricole, at 00:44;
26. EKIMOV Vjatceslav (Rus), U. S. Postal, at 00:44;
27. GONZALEZ Santos (Sp), ONCE, at 00:44;
28. JAKSCHE Jorg (G), ONCE, at 00:45;
29. HINCAPIE George (USA), U. S. Postal, at 00:46;
30. TOSATTO Matteo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:46;
31. KLODEN Andréas (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 00:46;
32. PENA Victor Hugo (Col), U. S. Postal, at 00:48;
33. VAN HYFTE Paul (B), Lotto, at 00:49;
34. BARTOLI Michele (I), Mapei, at 00:49;
35. BROZYNA ThomaszPOLiBanesto. com, at 00:49;
36. JALABERT Laurent (F), CSC-Tiscali at 00:49;
37. GONZALEZ Aitor (Sp), Kelme, at 00:50;
38. VAINSTEINS Romans (Lat), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:51;
39. DE GROOT Bram (Nl), Rabobank, at 00:51;
40. MATTAN Nico (B), Cofidis, at 00:52;
41. HEULOT Stéphane (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 00:52;
42. GUTIERREZ Ivan (Sp), ONCE, at 00:53;
43. ZABEL Erik (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 00:53;
44. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier (Sp), Kelme, at 00:53;
45. ORIOL Christophe (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:53;
46. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro (Sp), ONCE, at 00:53;
47. NIERMANN Grischa (G), Rabobank, at 00:54;
48. HALGAND Patrice (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:54;
49. SIVAKOV Alexei (Rus), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 00:56;
50. SERRANO Marcos (Sp), ONCE, at 00:56;
51. VOGONDY Nicolas (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 00:56;
52. CHAVANEL Sylvain (F), Bonjour, at 00:57;
53. CUESTA Inigo (Sp), Cofidis, at 00:57;
54. PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier (Sp), iBanesto. com, at 00:57;
55. LELLI Massimiliano (I), Cofidis, at 00:58;
56. VANDEVELDE Christian (USA), U. S. Postal, at 00:58;
57. GARZELLI Stefano (I), Mapei, at 00:58;
58. BASSO Ivan (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:58;
59. MILESI Marco (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:59;
60. MANCEBO Francisco (Sp), iBanesto. com, at 00:59;
61. VINOKOUROV Alexandre (Kz), Deutsche Telekom, at 00:59;
62. CAPELLE Christophe (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 00:59;
63. PEREZ Luis (Sp), Festina, at 01:00;
64. JALABERT Nicolas (F), CSC-Tiscali at 01:00;
65. IVANOV Serguei (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:00;
66. AGNOLUTTO Christophe (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 01:01;
67. VERSTREPEN Johan (B), Lampre-Daikin, at 01:01;
68. ODRIOZOLA Jon (Sp), iBanesto. com, at 01:01;
69. WESEMANN Steffen (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 01:02;
70. BELLI Wladimir (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:03;
71. KIVILEV Andrei (Kz), Cofidis, at 01:03;
72. MAGNIEN Emmanuel (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 01:04;
73. GARCIA CASAS Félix (Sp), Festina, at 01:04;
74. TRENTIN Guido (I), Cofidis, at 01:04;
75. BOOGERD Michaël (Nl), Rabobank, at 01:04;
76. PETACCHI Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:04;
77. AERTS Mario (B), Lotto, at 01:05;
78. SEVILLA Oscar (Sp), Kelme, at 01:05;
79. SCHNIDER Daniel (Swi), La Française Des Jeux, at 01:06;
80. BLAUDZUN Michaël(Dk), CSC-Tiscali at 01:06;
81. MONCOUTIE David (F), Cofidis, at 01:06;
82. PIIL Jakob(Dk), CSC-Tiscali at 01:06;
83. BOUVARD Gilles (F), Jean Delatour, at 01:06;
84. PRADERA Mikel (Sp), ONCE, at 01:06;
85. ZUBELDIA Haimar (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 01:07;
86. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt (B), Lotto, at 01:07;
87. VERHEYEN Geert (B), Rabobank, at 01:07;
88. TEUTENBERG Sven (G), Festina, at 01:07;
89. WADECKI PiotrPOLDomo-Farm Frites, at 01:07;
90. MIKHAILOV Guennadi (Rus), Lotto, at 01:07;
91. DEN BAKKER Maarten (Nl), Rabobank, at 01:07;
92. ZANINI Stefano (I), Mapei, at 01:07;
93. BETTINI Paolo (I), Mapei, at 01:08;
94. BALDATO Fabio (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:08;
95. LINO Pascal (F), Festina, at 01:09;
96. SALMON Benoit (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 01:09;
97. DE JONGH Steven (Nl), Rabobank, at 01:09;
98. CASSANI Enrico (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 01:10;
99. MONTGOMERY Sven (Swi), La Française Des Jeux, at 01:10;
100. BENETEAU Walter (F), Bonjour, at 01:10;
101. LAISEKA Roberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 01:11;
102. BRAMATI Davide (I), Mapei, at 01:11;
103. HEPPNER Jens (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 01:11;
104. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente (Sp), iBanesto. com, at 01:11;
105. CASAGRANDE Francesco (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:12;
106. HERAS Roberto (Sp), U. S. Postal, at 01:12;
107. LOTZ Marc (Nl), Rabobank, at 01:13;
108. MENGIN Christophe (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 01:13;
109. RENIER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 01:13;
110. BLANCO Santiago (Sp), iBanesto. com, at 01:13;
111. SORENSEN Nicki(Dk), CSC-Tiscali at 01:13;
112. GOUVENOU Thierry (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 01:14;
113. SVORADA JanSLOLampre-Daikin, at 01:14;
114. CARDENAS Félix (Col), Kelme, at 01:15;
115. VIDAL José Angel (Sp), Kelme, at 01:15;
116. JIMENEZ Eladio (Sp), iBanesto. com, at 01:15;
117. MUSEEUW Johan (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 01:15;
118. TALABARDON Sébastien (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 01:16;
119. CASPER Jimmy (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 01:16;
120. HINAULT Sébastien (F), Credit Agricole, at 01:16;
121. ROBIN Jean-Cyril (F), Bonjour, at 01:17;
122. ETXEBARRIA David (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 01:17;
123. LIVINGSTON Kevin (USA), Deutsche Telekom, at 01:17;
124. RINERO Christophe (F), Cofidis, at 01:17;
125. BOTCHAROV Alexandrer (Rus), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 01:18;
126. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 01:18;
127. GUESDON Frédéric (F), La Française Des Jeux, at 01:18;
128. BAGUET Serge (B), Lotto, at 01:18;
129. MERCKX Axel (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 01:18;
130. CHAURREAU Inigo (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 01:19;
131. SIMON François (F), Bonjour, at 01:19;
132. BOLTS Udo (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 01:20;
133. CASTRESANA Angel (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 01:20;
134. DEL OLMO Txema (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 01:21;
135. GOUBERT Stephane (F), Jean Delatour, at 01:24;
136. FORNACIARI Paolo (I), Mapei, at 01:24;
137. DEMARBAIX Sébastien (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 01:24;
138. TURPIN Ludovic (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 01:24;
139. LARSEN Nicolay Bo(Dk), CSC-Tiscali at 01:24;
140. AUGER Ludovic (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 01:25;
141. LAMOULLER Loïc (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 01:28;
142. CAPELLE Ludovic (B), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 01:29;
143. POZZI Oscar (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:29;
144. LODA Nicola (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:29;
145. BESSY Frédéric (F), Credit Agricole, at 01:30;
146. CEREZO Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali at 01:30;
147. FRUTTI Matteo (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 01:39;
148. PIEPOLI Leonardo (I), iBanesto. com, at 01:39;
149. PERRAUDEAU Olivier (F), Bonjour, at 01:44;
150. AUGER Guillaume (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 01:45;
151. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen (Nl), Lotto, at 01:58;
152. MC GEE Bradley (Aus), La Française Des Jeux, at 03:35;
153. NAZON Damien (F), Bonjour, at 05:16;
154. DEKKER Erik (Nl), Rabobank, at 06:22;
155. BERTOGLIATI Rubens (Swi), Lampre-Daikin, at 06:36;
156. PINOTTI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 06:36;
157. VAUGHTERS Jonathan (USA), Credit Agricole, at 06:36;
158. DIERCKXSENS Ludo (B), Lampre-Daikin, at 06:38;
159. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis (Lat), Lampre-Daikin, at 06:40;
160. MAIGNAN Gilles (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 06:44;
161. VAN HEESWIJK Max (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 06:51;
162. CHANTEUR Pascal (F), Festina, at 06:52;
163. RODRIGUEZ Fred (USA), Domo-Farm Frites, at 06:54;
164. SORENSEN Rolf(Dk), CSC-Tiscali at 06:54;
165. RUBIERA José Luis (Sp), U. S. Postal, at 06:58;
166. STEELS Tom (B), Mapei, at 07:03;
167. MENCHOV Denis (Rus), iBanesto. com, at 07:04;
168. GUERINI Giuseppe (I), Deutsche Telekom, at 07:10;
169. VERMAUT Steve (B), Lotto, at 07:11;
170. GARCIA Marcelino (Sp), CSC-Tiscali at 07:14;
171. HAMILTON Tyler (USA), U. S. Postal, at 07:16;
172. BERGES Stéphane (F), Ag2R-Prevoyance, at 07:25;
173. JENNER ChristopherNZLCredit Agricole, at 07:25;
174. LEYSEN Bart (B), Mapei, at 07:25;
175. BOUYER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 07:26;
176. TRASTOUR Olivier (F), Jean Delatour, at 07:47;
177. ATIENZA Daniel (Sp), Cofidis, at 07:48;
178. JAN Xavier (F), Big Mat-Aubers :93, at 07:52;
179. SEIGNEUR Eddy (F), Jean Delatour, at 08:15;
180. ETXEBARRIA UnaiVENEuskatel-Euskadi, at 08:22;
181. ROUX Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 08:44;
182. DESBIENS Laurent (F), Kelme, at 08:48;
183. SERPELLINI Marco (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 11:06;
184. TAULER Antonio (Sp), Kelme, at 12:49;
185. NARDELLO Daniele (I), Mapei, at 13:03;
186. MILLAR David (GB), Cofidis, at 13:17;
187. BERNARD Jérome (F), Jean Delatour, at 13:21;