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Vinokourov wins one for Andrei

An emotional Alexandre Vinokourov rode to victory atop Mont Faron Friday to take the overall lead of the 61st Paris-Nice, a race he now vows to win in the name of his fallen friend Andrei Kivilev. It was another tumultuous and exciting stage in the “Race to the Sun,” with race leader Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) not starting after team officials said he came down with a sudden attack of stomach flu overnight. With Frigo gone, the second-placed Vinokourov became the leader, but he declined to wear the maillot jaune in the Italian’s absence. He started the difficult 152.5km from Aix en

By Andrew Hood

Vino' makes his move

Vino’ makes his move

Photo: Graham Watson

An emotional Alexandre Vinokourov rode to victory atop Mont Faron Friday to take the overall lead of the 61st Paris-Nice, a race he now vows to win in the name of his fallen friend Andrei Kivilev.

It was another tumultuous and exciting stage in the “Race to the Sun,” with race leader Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) not starting after team officials said he came down with a sudden attack of stomach flu overnight.

With Frigo gone, the second-placed Vinokourov became the leader, but he declined to wear the maillot jaune in the Italian’s absence. He started the difficult 152.5km from Aix en Provence to the top of Mont Faron wearig the green points jersey. The yellow he wanted to earn, for him and for Kivilev, who died after crashing in Tuesday’s stage.

Photo: Graham Watson

“If I am going to win this race, I wanted to win the stage to show that I am the strongest,” Vinokourov said after a tearful podium ceremony. “I want to win this race for my friend, Andrei.”

Frigo DNS
News came early Friday morning in sunny Aix en Provence that Frigo would not be starting just a day after winning Thursday’s time trial and taking the overall lead. Word also spread that Fassa Bortolo was among four teams that were blood tested that morning by the UCI. Immediately, the tongues started wagging.

Journalists were crunching numbers when the blood test report came back, revealing 31 riders from four teams were tested and all were deemed fit to start. The problem was, there was a rider missing. All eight riders from each team tested – Fassa Bortolo, Quick Step-Davitamon, Brioche La Boulangere and Milaneza-MSS – remained in the race, meaning one rider wasn’t tested.

That immediately raised eye-brows, but UCI commissaire Marc Vandeyvere told Belgian journalists that Frigo had been among the riders tested and that one of the Milaneza-MSS riders accounted for the missing test.

With Frigo gone, the door was wide open for Vinokourov and he wasted no time slamming it shut on his rivals.

Telekom, Cofidis drive it home
Friday’s stage started in sunny Aix en Provence and featured six rated climbs, good hunting ground for would-be escapees. Just 25km into the stage, Frank Vandenbroucke (Quick Step) and Santiago Perez (Phonak) pulled away and opened a gap north of three minutes.

Cooperation between Cofidis and Telekom checked the pair’s progress. Cofidis wanted a chance to win the stage with David Moncoutie and Telekom had obvious interests in controlling the stage for Vinokourov. American Bobby Julich pedaled hard at the front, driving the peloton over the final three rated climbs leading to the base of Mont Faron.

VDB and Perez were finally caught with 20 to go

VDB and Perez were finally caught with 20 to go

Photo: Graham Watson

With 21km to go, the break was reeled in and U.S. Postal’s Mathew White was among four riders who went down in a traffic circle without serious injuries. Also touching pavement was Cofidis’ Marek Rutkiewicz, the Polish rider who also crashed in Kivilev’s fatal spill Tuesday.

Alexandre Moos (Phonak) attacked off the lead group going up the Category 2 Cote de Ste Anne d’Evenos with 20km to go. Joining the Swiss champion were Milaneza’s Rui Miguel Sousa Barbosa, AG2R’s Laurent Brochard and fdjeux.com’s Sandy Casar, second overall last year.

The four drove the base of Mont Faron with a 20-second gap on the lead bunch.

Up Mont Faron
Mont Faron is a spectacular mountain towering high above the bustling port city of Toulon along France’s Cote d’Azur. Covered in pine trees with narrow, twisting roads serve up stunning views of the Mediterranean Coast, Mont Faron is a serious chunk of geology. Riders had no time to take in the panorama, however.

Sousa Barbosa was the first to attack off the break, but Brochard quickly answered. Moos dropped out of contention and Casar hung on as best he could. The main group behind them had already been trimmed to about 40 riders as it hit the steep, 5km climb to the Category 1 summit, with ramps as steep as 11 percent.

With two kilometers to go, Brochard was still hanging alone about 13 seconds off the front and it looked like he might have the legs to win. That’s when Vinokourov made his move. The Kazakh stood out of the pedals and dropped CSC’s Tyler Hamilton, Gerolsteiner’s David Rebellin and Euskaltel’s Samuel Sanchez.

With one kilometer to go, an inspired Vinokourov – decked out in the green points jersey – blew past a dejected Casar and then Brochard, who still has his mullet, by the way. Behind him, CSC’s Carlos Sastre was finding his own inspiration and the lithe Spanish rider made a run for the stage-win.

Photo: Graham Watson

“When someone is going that strong, there’s no catching him,” Sastre said. “It’s true that what happened to Kivilev is very sad for everyone. But Vinokourov, he’s a close friend to Kivilev and he’s going stronger for that to win something for his friend.”

Vinokourov came across for the win 3 hours, 46 minutes and 22 seconds (40.421 kph), pointing to the heavens a la Lance Armstrong in an poignant victory for the stoic Kazahk. Saeco’s Gilberto Simoni showed some good early season legs to come across second at 7 seconds back while Moncoutie took third ahead of Sastre.

A tearful Vinokourov stood atop the winner’s podium, vowing to win the race for his comrade.

“I am giving everything to win this race for Andrei,” said an emotionally charged Vinokourov. “I want to win this race for him, his wife and baby. I hope to keep the jersey until Nice. It’s like I am racing with Andrei now. It is very powerful.”

The 61st Paris-Nice continues Saturday with the 194km Toulon to Cannes, with six rated climbs, including a Category 2 climb 23 kilometers from the finish. If you want to see how the final kilometers of the stage unfolded, just click here to pullup today’s “live” update window.

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Results

1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, at 3:46:22

2. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saeco, at 00:07

3. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 00:07

4. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, at 00:07

5. Laurent Brochard (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 00:11

6. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 00:11

7. David Bernabeu (Sp), MIL, at 00:13

8. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 00:19

9. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 00:19

10. Ivan Parra (Col), Kelme, at 00:21

11. Fabian Jeker (Swi), MIL, at 00:21

12. Michael Moller Claus (Dk), MIL, at 00:21

13. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Sp), Phonak, at 00:21

14. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 00:21

15. Jorg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski, at 00:26

16. Laurent Lefevre (F), Jean Delatour, at 00:26

17. Rui Lavarhinas (P), MIL, at 00:26

18. Oscar Camenzind (Swi), Phonak, at 00:30

19. Tyler Hamilton (USA), CSC, at 00:32

20. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor), Fakta, at 00:32

21. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 00:35

22. Cédric Fragniere (Swi), Credit Agricole, at 00:40

23. Sandy Casar (F), FDJeux.com, at 00:48

24. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 00:51

25. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 00:51

26. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 00:51

27. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:51

28. Volodomir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 00:53

29. Bo Petersen Jorgen (Dk), Fakta, at 00:53

30. Jean-Cyril Robin (F), FDJeux.com, at 01:16

31. Fabrice Gougot (F), Phonak, at 01:16

32. Ludovic Martin (F), Jean Delatour, at 01:16

33. Walter Beneteau (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 01:16

34. Didier Rous (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 01:16

35. Jérôme Pineau (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 01:16

36. Mirko Celestino (I), Saeco, at 01:22

37. Axel Merckx (B), Lotto-Domo, at 01:36

38. Richard Virenque (F), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 01:36

39. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:36

40. Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 01:36

41. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme, at 01:36

42. Miguel Sousa Barbosa Rui (P), MIL, at 01:36

43. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 01:48

44. Pedro Cardoso (P), MIL, at 01:51

45. Stephane Goubert (F), Jean Delatour, at 01:53

46. Benoit Salmon (F), Phonak, at 01:53

47. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service, at 01:53

48. Marco Velo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 02:05

49. Angel Castresana (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 02:05

50. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 02:05

51. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean Delatour, at 02:14

52. Joaquim Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 02:17

53. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, at 02:17

54. Sébastien Joly (F), Jean Delatour, at 02:25

55. Benoit Poilvet (F), Credit Agricole, at 02:27

56. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, at 02:27

57. Cédric Vasseur (F), Cofidis, at 02:36

58. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Kelme, at 02:45

59. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak, at 03:14

60. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 03:21

61. Udo B Lts (G), Gerolsteiner, at 03:21

62. René Joergensen (Dk), Fakta, at 03:21

63. Franck Renier (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 03:47

64. Andy Flickinger (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 04:23

65. Nicolas Portal (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 04:23

66. Emmanuel Magnien (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 04:56

67. Franck Bouyer (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 04:56

68. Thomas Voeckler (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 04:56

69. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 04:56

70. Ronny Scholz (G), Gerolsteiner, at 04:56

71. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC, at 04:56

72. Christophe Mengin (F), FDJeux.com, at 04:56

73. Nicolas Vogondy (F), FDJeux.com, at 04:56

74. Volker Ordowski (G), Gerolsteiner, at 04:56

75. Matthias Kessler (G), Telekom, at 04:56

76. Wilfried Cretskens (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 05:48

77. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 05:48

78. Alexis Rodriguez (Sp), Kelme, at 05:52

79. Thomas Eriksen (Dk), CSC, at 05:52

80. Unai Etxebarria (VEN), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 06:14

81. Alberto Martinez Jos (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 06:54

82. Inigo Chaurreau (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 06:54

83. Anthony Morin (F), Credit Agricole, at 06:54

84. Antonio Cruz (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 06:54

85. Lennie Kristensen (Dk), CSC, at 06:54

86. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole, at 06:54

87. Lizuarte Martins (P), MIL, at 06:54

88. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo, at 06:54

89. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, at 06:54

90. Alberto Lopez De Munain (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 06:54

91. Josu Silloniz (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 06:54

92. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 06:54

93. Bradley Wiggins (GB), FDJeux.com, at 07:25

94. Rene Haselbacher (A), Gerolsteiner, at 09:15

95. Nico Mattan (B), Cofidis, at 09:52

96. Médéric Clain (F), Cofidis, at 09:52

97. Frédéric Bessy (F), Cofidis, at 09:52

98. Aart Vierhouten (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 09:52

99. Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol), Cofidis, at 09:52

100. Nicola Loda (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 09:52

101. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr), Jean Delatour, at 09:52

102. Christophe Brandt (B), Lotto-Domo, at 09:52

103. Stefan Van Dijk (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 09:52

104. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom, at 09:52

105. Jens Voigt (G), Credit Agricole, at 09:52

106. Julian Winn (GB), Fakta, at 09:52

107. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Saeco, at 09:52

108. Leon Van Bon (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 09:52

109. Baden Cooke (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 09:52

110. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, at 09:52

111. David Canada (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 09:52

112. Sebastian Lang (G), Gerolsteiner, at 09:52

113. Alessio Galletti (I), Saeco, at 09:52

114. Paulo Barroso (P), MIL, at 09:52

115. Aurélien Clerc (Swi), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 09:52

116. Marius Sabaliauskas (LTU), Saeco, at 09:52

117. Franck Vandenbroucke (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 09:52

118. Christopher Jenner (NZl), Credit Agricole, at 09:52

119. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 09:52

120. Frank Hoj (Dk), Fakta, at 09:52

121. Giosuè Bonomi (I), Saeco, at 09:52

122. Steffen Weigold (G), Gerolsteiner, at 09:52

123. Pavel Padrnos (Cz), U.S. Postal Service, at 09:52

124. Miguel Martinez (F), Phonak, at 09:52

125. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, at 09:52

126. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak, at 09:52

127. Lars Bak (Dk), Fakta, at 09:52

128. Christophe Oriol (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 09:52

129. Werner Riebenbauer (A), Fakta, at 09:52

130. Damon Kluck (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 09:52

131. Matthew White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service, at 09:52

132. Tristan Hoffman (NED), CSC, at 09:52

133. Max Van Heeswijk (NED), U.S. Postal Service, at 09:52

134. Michael Skelde (Dk), Fakta, at 09:52

135. Mickael Pichon (F), FDJeux.com, at 09:52

136. Torsten Schmidt (G), Gerolsteiner, at 09:52

137. Eddy Seigneur (F), Jean Delatour, at 09:52

138. Isaac Galvez (Sp), Kelme, at 09:52

139. Jordi Riera (Sp), Kelme, at 09:52

140. Danilo Hondo (G), Telekom, at 10:36

141. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Domo, at 12:31

142. Jorg Ludewig (G), Saeco, at 12:31

143. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 14:51

144. Philippe Gaumont (F), Cofidis, at 15:03

145. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom, at 15:03

146. David Arroyo (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 15:03

147. Matthew Wilson (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 15:08

DNF Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus), U.S. Postal Service

DNF Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole

DNS Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo

Overall after Stage 5

1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, at 14:26:10

2. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 00:43

3. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 00:54

4. Jorg Jaksche (G), ONCE – Eroski, at 00:55

5. Michael Moller Claus (Dk), MIL, at 01:31

6. Volodomir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 01:41

7. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 01:47

8. David Bernabeu (Sp), MIL, at 01:51

9. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Sp), Phonak, at 02:04

10. Samuel Sanchez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 02:11

11. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saeco, at 02:19

12. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor), Fakta, at 02:23

13. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 02:24

14. Marcos Serrano (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 02:34

15. Bo Petersen Jorgen (Dk), Fakta, at 02:34

16. Didier Rous (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 02:40

17. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Fassa Bortolo, at 02:45

18. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 02:45

19. Ivan Parra (Col), Kelme, at 02:48

20. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 02:53

21. Cédric Fragniere (Swi), Credit Agricole, at 02:54

22. David Latasa (Sp), Kelme, at 03:16

23. Laurent Lefevre (F), Jean Delatour, at 03:33

24. Oscar Camenzind (Swi), Phonak, at 03:42

25. Axel Merckx (B), Lotto-Domo, at 03:53

26. Jean-Cyril Robin (F), FDJeux.com, at 04:09

27. Joaquim Rodriguez (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 04:10

28. Jérôme Pineau (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 04:56

29. Benoit Salmon (F), Phonak, at 05:07

30. Fabian Jeker (Swi), MIL, at 05:08

31. Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 05:18

32. Marco Velo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 05:18

33. Miguel Sousa Barbosa Rui (P), MIL, at 05:36

34. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, at 05:39

35. Mirko Celestino (I), Saeco, at 05:44

36. Laurent Brochard (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 05:47

37. Pedro Cardoso (P), MIL, at 05:55

38. Richard Virenque (F), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 05:55

39. Stephane Goubert (F), Jean Delatour, at 05:57

40. Sébastien Joly (F), Jean Delatour, at 06:06

41. Sandy Casar (F), FDJeux.com, at 06:11

42. Walter Beneteau (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 06:30

43. Tyler Hamilton (USA), CSC, at 07:28

44. Gorka Gonzalez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 07:33

45. René Joergensen (Dk), Fakta, at 07:55

46. Emmanuel Magnien (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 07:57

47. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 08:18

48. Udo B Lts (G), Gerolsteiner, at 08:45

49. Franck Renier (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 09:45

50. Fabrice Gougot (F), Phonak, at 10:05

51. Matthias Kessler (G), Telekom, at 10:36

52. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service, at 10:52

53. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole, at 11:01

54. Frank Schleck (Lux), CSC, at 11:48

55. Franck Vandenbroucke (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 12:00

56. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 12:25

57. Unai Etxebarria (VEN), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 12:33

58. Max Van Heeswijk (NED), U.S. Postal Service, at 13:32

59. Santiago Perez (Sp), Phonak, at 13:44

60. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Saeco, at 14:12

61. Nico Mattan (B), Cofidis, at 14:21

62. Franck Bouyer (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 14:21

63. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, at 14:37

64. Thomas Voeckler (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 14:58

65. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 15:06

66. Alexis Rodriguez (Sp), Kelme, at 15:25

67. Frédéric Bessy (F), Cofidis, at 15:37

68. Christophe Brandt (B), Lotto-Domo, at 16:36

69. Jordi Riera (Sp), Kelme, at 16:56

70. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 17:03

71. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Kelme, at 17:37

72. Rui Lavarhinas (P), MIL, at 18:03

73. Pavel Padrnos (Cz), U.S. Postal Service, at 18:07

74. Jens Voigt (G), Credit Agricole, at 18:10

75. Angel Castresana (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 18:11

76. Mikel Pradera (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 18:14

77. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean Delatour, at 18:15

78. Ludovic Martin (F), Jean Delatour, at 18:15

79. Bobby Julich (USA), Telekom, at 18:33

80. Benoit Poilvet (F), Credit Agricole, at 18:36

81. Cédric Vasseur (F), Cofidis, at 18:41

82. Alberto Martinez Jos (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 19:05

83. Christophe Oriol (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 19:13

84. Lennie Kristensen (Dk), CSC, at 19:19

85. Inigo Chaurreau (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 19:22

86. Médéric Clain (F), Cofidis, at 19:38

87. Tom Boonen (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 19:56

88. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak, at 20:14

89. Josu Silloniz (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 20:22

90. Andy Flickinger (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 20:44

91. Christophe Mengin (F), FDJeux.com, at 21:21

92. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC, at 21:26

93. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, at 21:30

94. Volker Ordowski (G), Gerolsteiner, at 21:42

95. Wilfried Cretskens (B), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 21:48

96. Ronny Scholz (G), Gerolsteiner, at 21:49

97. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 22:38

98. Anthony Morin (F), Credit Agricole, at 22:44

99. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 23:01

100. David Arroyo (Sp), ONCE – Eroski, at 23:23

101. Alberto Lopez De Munain (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 23:41

102. Guido Trenti (USA), Fassa Bortolo, at 23:48

103. Nicolas Vogondy (F), FDJeux.com, at 23:50

104. Antonio Cruz (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 24:22

105. Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol), Cofidis, at 24:54

106. David Canada (Sp), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 24:58

107. Torsten Schmidt (G), Gerolsteiner, at 25:14

108. Marius Sabaliauskas (LTU), Saeco, at 25:24

109. Nicolas Portal (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 25:46

110. Matthew Wilson (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 25:49

111. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, at 25:49

112. Leon Van Bon (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 26:03

113. Frank Hoj (Dk), Fakta, at 26:05

114. Nicola Loda (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 26:27

115. Christopher Jenner (NZl), Credit Agricole, at 26:31

116. Paulo Barroso (P), MIL, at 26:31

117. Lars Bak (Dk), Fakta, at 26:33

118. Isaac Galvez (Sp), Kelme, at 26:39

119. Tristan Hoffman (NED), CSC, at 26:40

120. Werner Riebenbauer (A), Fakta, at 26:49

121. Rene Haselbacher (A), Gerolsteiner, at 27:03

122. Stefan Van Dijk (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 27:03

123. Aurélien Clerc (Swi), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 27:08

124. Aart Vierhouten (NED), Lotto-Domo, at 27:09

125. Miguel Martinez (F), Phonak, at 27:14

126. Danilo Hondo (G), Telekom, at 27:23

127. Thomas Eriksen (Dk), CSC, at 27:35

128. Bradley Wiggins (GB), FDJeux.com, at 27:47

129. Michael Skelde (Dk), Fakta, at 27:49

130. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr), Jean Delatour, at 28:08

131. Eddy Seigneur (F), Jean Delatour, at 28:12

132. Lizuarte Martins (P), MIL, at 29:08

133. Jorg Ludewig (G), Saeco, at 29:10

134. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 30:12

135. Sebastian Lang (G), Gerolsteiner, at 30:24

136. Philippe Gaumont (F), Cofidis, at 30:49

137. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Domo, at 31:06

138. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC, at 31:15

139. Alessio Galletti (I), Saeco, at 31:20

140. Mickael Pichon (F), FDJeux.com, at 31:43

141. Giosuè Bonomi (I), Saeco, at 32:31

142. Steffen Weigold (G), Gerolsteiner, at 32:31

143. Damon Kluck (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 32:37

144. Baden Cooke (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 32:59

145. Matthew White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service, at 33:32

146. Julian Winn (GB), Fakta, at 37:53

147. Mario Aerts (B), Telekom, at 38:45