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Tour de France - Stage 8 Live Coverage
By Anita van Crey
Date: 7/13/2003
Tour de France - Stage 8 Live Coverage

At the parking of the movie-theater in Sallanches the riders will reassemble for their ride over four mountains to finish all the way up on the top of Alpe d'Huez (1850 metres). In those 219 km. they will climb the third category Côte de Megeve and Côte des Rafforts (respectively after 10 and 30 km. from the start). At 133,5 km the 1566 metres high Col du Télégraphe awaits. That second category Alp-giant will lead smoothly over to the Hors Category Col du Galibier (2645 metres). After a descent to Bourg d'Oisans the 21 curves towards the finish line in Alpe d'Huez follow. Follow the action here in Daily Peloton's live ticker (press F5 for regular updates).

11.10 CET
Virenque will have it quite hot today, whilst he collected yesterday about all the jerseys. He will start in yellow though, have his companinion and big surprise of yesterdays stage Rolf Aldag wear the polka dots. Virenque, hero to the end in France, fixes up his yellow helmet. In 1964 Sallanches hosted the Worldchampionships. In that year Merckx won the title in the amateur-championships, while Dutchman Jan Jansen took home the rainbowjersey in the professionals race. Some years later, in 1980 Hinault won the world title.

11.15 CET
The 187 riders are off, Virenque enjoying his ride through Sallanches. The Scorpions outfit is adjusted to his jersey, yellow is present all the way. Nonstarters are Montgomery, Gonzales and Gustov, all from Fassa Bortolo.

Saeco got fined for wearing their white jerseys yesterday, as a protest Simoni could not use his light bike. All riders has to pay 200 Swiss francs, the team has to pay 4500 Swiss francs too. Simoni and his compatriots are wearing their red colors again. This year's Giro d'Italia winner still feeling sick.
Right after the start the riders have to conquer the Côte de Megeve, towards winter sport village Megeve. Loda (fassa Bortolo) already has to let the bunch go. It looks like some nasty bug has hit the silver team of Signore Feretti.

11.30 CET
Former wearer of the yellow, Bradley McGee, yesterday lost 32 minutes to Virenque, due to a lack or an over amount of sugars. He finished just two minutes ahead of lanterne rouge yesterday, Hans De Clercq. Alberto Volpi (team director of Fassa Bortolo) tells his riders yesterday all suffered fever. Tour doctor Gerard Porte visited them, but could not cure them. Alessandro Petacchi yesterday told reporters he did not suffer from the same fever Marco Velo did, he "only was 'sick' in the head" and therefore quit the race. He could not force himself to go on.

First attack of the day, Alberto Lopez de Munain of Euskaltel takes of, three and a half k. to the top of the Côte. Vini Calderola's Steve Zampieri tries to join him. Lopez de Munain gets more company, even the bunch comes closer.

11.41 CET
Bettini sets the pace real high on the climb. At the back of the pack Angelo Furlan (Alessio) has to let go. Virenque sprints towards the points for the King of the Mountains jersey. At the rear end of the bunch Ozzies help of McEwen, Nick Gates, too has to let go.

The compact bunch slides along a rond point. In the lead Angel Casero (winner of the Vuelta in 2001) shows the Bianchi colors. He is married to a nurse and has allready puts his money in a elderly home. He is joined by his countryman Juan Antonio Flecha (iBanesto), whose childhood dream was to ride and finish the Tour de Flanders. A dream he already accomplished.

Voigt (Credit Agricole) joins the duo in the lead, at the back of the pack Wielenga (Rabobank) and Fornaciari (Saeco) has to let the bunch go.

11.51 CET
As it was already in lots of stages, today the pace is high again. The three in the lead will soon get some company. Nicolas Jalabert, David Moncoutie and Sylvain Chavanel have joined them near the next climb. The sun is burning in the very blue sky. The second bunch already has a gap to the lead of 50 seconds. Simoni is not doing well, he rides in the tail end of the second bunch. And so is Santiago Botero and Axel Merckx. The tall Belgian suffers some knee problems.

The peloton squizes itself through the hairpins. Didier Rous sets pace in the front of the bunch. Rous makes his way towards the leaders. At 25 k. in the stage David Millar tries to work his way from the second group towards the first peloton. Alessio's Miholjevic aims towards the leaders too.

In the lead there are now Mikel Artetxe (Euskaltel), Didier Rous (Brioches) and Nicolas Portal (Ag2R). Miholjevic works his way to them, soon getting company from Team Telekoms Guiseppe Guerini. Polka dot Aldag has to let go the bunch.

It already is a big battle going on. The Laiseka group finds itself at 50 seconds when it throws itself into the downhill towards Albertville, Olympic city in 1992. McGee takes the lead in the compact bunch.

12.13 CET
34 km. cruised, Botero back in group 1. Portal for sure must have good legs, second attempt of the day to get away. He gained himself 32 seconds.
Baden Cooke in green is working his way to Portal. He is aiming for the bonussprint in Albertville. The next sprint will be at the foot of the Col du Telegraphe. Cooke now narrowed the gap to Portal to 20 seconds.

12.24 CET
At this day before the French national holiday Le Quatorze Juillet, Frenchman Portal has a lead to the bunch of 30 seconds. The peloton has caught Cooke.

Loda has quit the race too, the bug seems to be very severe. Portal, Hushovd and Cooke grab the bonus points for the green jersey. Another bigger group rejoins the major bunch in the front. Andy Flickinger and Pierrick Fedrigo, accompanied by Garcia Acosta, do their best to catch Portal. The riders have ridden about 60 k. so far. In the valley lots of rider manage their way back to groups riding in front of them. Merckx now too is in the lead, has joined Fedrigo, Portal and Renier.

12.49 CET
Green Jersey, current standings:
1. Cooke 120 points
2. McEwen 110
3. Hushovd 104
Quickstep is controlling the stage by Davide Bramati. Flecha has his eye on the lead to and escapes the bunch. The attacks makes the bunch not able to regain its peace and quiet towards the Telegraph. It seems that the Fassa team is suffering from some food poisoning, causing about all their riders to go home.

12.56 CET
60 k. before the next climb, 150 k. to the finish line. The fast pace does not allow for instance Hans de Clercq and Nick Gates (earlier dropped) to get back to the main bunch. Quickstep - er keeping up a quickstep - the pace must be high the peloton one long ribbon. Jan Ullrich stays quiet in the group.
Nicolas Portal (AG2R), Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo), Franck Renier (Brioches La Boulangére) and Pierrick Fedrigo (Credit Agricole) now have 1'20 after 68 km. Best climber is probably Merckx in that group, although Fedrigo could surprise. The group is now heading towards the feedzone.

13.05 CET
The Bianchi camp is happy with Ullrich's performance yesterday: “Even this first mountain leg" – pointed out the D.S. Alain Gallopin – "has confirmed that the German champion Jan Ullrich and his team-mate, the Spanish Angel Casero, did not break down, as happened to many of other top racers. We wait with confidence the eight stage which is very tough, especially the finishing climb on Alpe d'Huez where Lance Armstrong is supposed to launch his attack and Jan Ullrich and Angel Casero will fight back,” said Gallopin. The four in the lead have a gap of 2 minutes.

Former champion Felice Gimondi said about yesterday's stage - “Virenque was great, but his team-mate Bettini was too generous. “He took the burden of this extremely long escape by starting it and then Virenque stepped in only on the first climb, the Col de Portes, 50 Km away from the start. I feel sad because a racer like ‘Gibo’ in the highest positions of the ranking would give spice to the race." Gimondi concluded: "In my opinion, the most tactful racer today has been Lance Armstrong who has not forced the pace and did not asked his team-mates to do so. They spared energies for the tough stage of tomorrow. Wise choice also for Ullrich, who stayed next to Armstrong."

In the valley now the leaders have a 2 minutes and 40 seconds lead. The last time a rider wore both the polka-dot jersey and the yellow jersey in the same year was in 1986. Bernard Hinault won the mountains classification (and finished 2nd overall behind Lemond). After his efforts yesterday, Richard Virenque is the first rider since 1986 to lead both the climbing classification and the overall classification in the same year.

19 k. to go to the foot of the next climb, the Col du Telegraphe. For the first time this mountain was present in the Tour of 1911.
After yesterday's stage Tyler Hamilton said: “I am very pleased with the way the stage developed. There was a constant pace in the group of favourites and that really suits me in my current condition. It still hurts, when I have to stand up in the pedals in order to accelerate. However, as strangely as this may sound, I am actually starting to get used to the pain. I have maintained all along that I only want to stay in the race, if I can play a role and that was exactly what I – and the team - was able to do on today’s stage. Tomorrow will be much tougher and that will be a very important test for us all”.

13.49 CET
The stage is half way through, the gap of the leaders still is around 3.30". Beloki, the podium specialist, faces a tough test - "I never started a Tour de France thinking I couldn't win, and this year is no different," Beloki said. "One day, Armstrong will lose his crown, and I am ready to inherit it." He will have to turn such words into actions today.

Fassa Bortolo riders Aitor Gonzalez, Volodymir Gustov, Nicola Loda and Sven Montgomery have all abandoned the race. the Italian team only have three riders left; Ivan Basso, Marzio Bruseghin and Dario Cioni.

After the bonus sprint, the real action now is going to start with those three Alp giants. 133.5 k. to go - top of the Telegraphe is just over 11 k. away. The first kilometre of this climb is not so tough yet, it will get harder once the climb commences. The gap is now 3.57". The climb is 12,8 km, the average is 6,8%.

One after another is losing the contact to the pack. O'Grady and Casar and Hushovd too have to let go the bunch. Another one is having difficulties, Raffaele Ferrara. Saeco's Glomser is showing his climbing legs and taking off. He maybe can let the coffee-team forget the lesser days of Simoni. Quickstep is setting the pace in the bunch.

Rebellin and Verbrugghe can't follow the peloton's pace either. Botero is struggling gamely on, trying to survive at the back of the pack. Portal leaves Merckx behind in the lead. Fedrigo is edging away from Franck Renier on this tough ascent. It's much more than a prelude to the Galibier, seemingly. Still 92 km to go, of which 40 kilometres is climbing.

14.26 CET
The man currently leading this stage, Pierrick Fedrigo, is 24 years old. He's been a pro since 2000 and has been with Crédit Agricole since then. He's won three times so far, including a stage in the Tour of Limousin and Paris-Correze, both last year.

Glomser passed by Merckx, who now tries to find his own pace to get to the summit. The 6.9% average gradient is really starting to get to some of these riders, as Quick-Step force the pace on the diminishing lead group. Glomser now has Portal in sight.

Ironically, Glomser is as good a climber as he is a sprinter. The Austrian, recent winner of his home Tour, currently lies 11th on the Points Classification with 49 points.

It looks as if Axel Merckx has been caught by the leading group - he will now face a very tortuous next 90km or so till Alpe d'Huez. Portal has been caught too.

14.40 CET
Fedrigo has one k. to go to the top of the Col du Telegraphe. At the rear end of the bunch Angel Casero is collecting drinking bottles for his teammates. Quick Step are setting a strong pace in the leading group: I suspect they want to reel in as many lone escapees as possible so that Virenque can gain some mountain points - if not on the Telegraphe, then definitely on the Col du Galibier.

Not one of the major favorites is considering an attack so far. Fedrigo gains 20 points for the polka dot on top of the Telegraphe. Glomser is really going hell-for-leather up this Cat 2 climb! He's approaching Franck Renier as he nears the summit. Glomser at 1.10", second on the top.

Bettini and Paolini guiding Virenque to the summit. Garzelli joins him. Renier waits for the bunch.

Desrange liked the Galibier the most out of all the other climbs. He declared next to the Galibier that climbs such as the Tourmalet or the Bayard are like 'colourless, common-or-garden gnat's piss.' As his favourite climb, the Henri Desgrange prize is awarded to the first rider to reach the summit. The prize is 5000 Euros.

14.53 CET
Armstrong crosses the summit of the Telegraphe in tenth, just behind his teammate Landis. Meanwhile, Renier took third on the Telegraphe.

Big Mig Indurain constantly referred to the Galibier as the "worst climb in France". The road is narrow and steep, the wind batters you and the road is packed with fans. Welcome to Flavour Country, gentlemen!

15.00 CET
The bunch currently is led by the Postal-train, with Padrnos as locomotive. The head of the bunch is looking blue. Bettini and Paolini join each other at the tail of the bunch. The last time we saw Gibo, he was in the second bunch. Can't believe Paolini is up there - he's a sprinter. Glomser now has Fedrigo in sight.

Simoni has to let go again, together with Bertagnolli and Padrnos. So has Casero. Michael Rogers, having been helping Virenque on the Telegraphe and briefly on the Galibier, has dropped back. Glomser has caught Fedrigo - he's climbing like a man possessed! If he keeps up this pace (although it's unlikely as the Postal Climbing Squad crank up the chase), the Henri Desgrange prize could be his.

He's still firing on all cylinders - Glomser has dropped Fedrigo and is driving away from him. Landaluze of Euskaltel loses contact, four of his teammates manage to stay with Lance Armstrong. Simoni manages his way back to the back of the pack, looks like he is recovering a bit. The bunch now is 38" behind Glomser. Still about seven k. to climb.

15.15 CET
Pierrick Fedrigo, after a brave effort, has been caught by the pack and is already struggling to keep up with the Postie pace. Hamilton and Boogerd stay put in the Postal-grupetto. Millar loses contact with the bunch. They now are getting really close to Glomser.

Millar and Simoni getting back (again) to the pack. 69 k. to go, with a long long descent, before the 21 curves of the Dutch mountain await. Glomser manages to stay put, as does his number 1 teammate Simoni. Hincapie and his teammates looking slick on top of the bunch. David Millar is in trouble, struggling to keep up.

15.23 CET
Less than 6 k. to go to the summit, Glomser loses contact with the main group. The leading group is thinning, with about 30 riders in there currently. The yellow jersey and one of the last battlers of Fassa Bortolo do not let the 4 time winner of the Tour go. Basso will be feeling a bit lonely in the rest of this race though, with almost all his teammates forced to go home.

Big Hinc is looking smooth again as he sets the pace of the bunch. He is accompanied by Triki Beltran. The tiny Spaniard was scheduled to ride with Ullrich, but after the money probs of Coast he decided to change to the Postal ranks. Bettini has now changed from director of the bunch (via waiter) to driver of the bus of riders who just could not follow the demanding pace of the Postal Train.

3.8 kilometres to the summit, Postal at the head of affairs, pushing a hard pace to eliminate the weak and the sick. Ullrich looking cool and composed behind them, behind him Beloki. The ladies' favourite, George Hincapie, is still up there, helping to force a tough pace. Simoni once again has to let go. The peloton is reduced to around 35 riders, while Simoni, suffering from sickness, struggles on alone.

Hincapie has done his job, he loses now the contact with his leader. Triki Beltran takes over the pace-setting - Hincapie and Landis both, job done, slip out the back. Beltran, Heras and Armstrong - the Spanish-USA alliance -push the pace.

15.43 CET
About a kilometre left for the leaders to climb. Garzelli and Mancebo battling the points. Garzelli crosses the summit first. Stefano Garzelli, second in this year's Giro, wins the Henri Desgrange prize. Moreau third over the climb. Virenque fourth on the top, doing great business for the polka dots. Simoni over the top 1 minute later.

Guerini, a former winner on the Alpes, still with the leaders; can he cause a surprise on the Dutch mountain this afternoon? A long period of downhill now, allowing some riders off the back to regain the pack. Euskaltel's talented Mayo still in the leading group, over the top as 11th.

As the riders begin to regroup on the descent, it was surprising in a way to see the Postal team take up the work on the Galibier. Presumably they are expecting Armstrong to launch a killer attack near the foot of Alpe d'Huez. If not, it would have made more sense to save energy for the last climb of the day. Astarloza (AG2R) attacks downhill.

KOM Standings so far:
1. Virenque 134 points
2. Aldag 61
3. Poilvet 51
4. Garzelli 48
5. Bettini 47

15.56 CET
The "bus" comes over the Galibier around 11 minutes down - as Didier Rous, French Champion, crosses at the front of the race to reach Mikel Astarloza.

16.07 CET
Mikel Astarloza (Ag2r) and Didier Rous (Brioches la Boulangere) have built a lead of around 1 minute 10 seconds while behind them the general regroupment goes on. Millar, Boogerd, Simoni all reach the tail of the yellow jersey group. 22 minutes later the final large group of riders containing people like Zabel and O'Grady cross the summit of the Galibier.

Mikel Astarloza, setting the pace at the front of the race, won the Tour Down Under earlier on in the year. Although from Guipuzcoa, Spain, he has only ever ridden for the AG2R team. With him, the man from Mountanban, Didier Rous, is also having a good season, being French national champion and he also won the Trophée des Grimpeurs.

Floyd Landis leads the peloton, with Hincapie also taking his turn to keep the pace high. 6 Postal riders at the front of the peloton, behind them Boogerd, Virenque and Ullrich. 30 kilometres to go. Rous and Mikel Astarloza have 1'30'' - Postal pushing the pace of the drastically thinned peloton.

33.30 minutes after Garzelli, Jimmy Casper struggles over the top of the Galibier. Heras has a mechanical problem on the descent. It sends the peloton into confusion for a little while; he should rejoin the peloton without too much difficulty. Mmmm, did Armstrong change bikes? He may have had a mechanical. Still, they are all back together now.

16.30 CET
Rous, Astarloza now have a lead of 2'20 - US Postal have regained order at the front of the peloton after Armstrong and Heras touched wheels.

Rous, Astarloza now have a lead of 2'20 - US Postal have regained order at the front of the peloton after Armstrong and Heras touched wheels. Hincapie leads the peloton - it is another display of strength in numbers by the Postal team. Grische Niermann (Rabobank) is working hard fetching drinks up for Boogerd at the back of the peloton.

Rous and Mikel Astarloza will need at least 5 minutes to keep the favourites at bay when they start the final climb - they will not gain enough advantage.

Meanwhile still in contention are: Armstrong, Moreau, Ullrich, Virenque, Hamilton, Sastre, Luttenberger, Dufaux, Totschnig, Beloki, Heras, Beltran, Mancebo, Garzelli, Mercado, Azevedo, Jaksche, Basso, Mayo, Vinokourov, Boogerd, Simoni, Laiseka, Guerini, Rogers, Zubeldia. So the majority of the usual suspects are still there or thereabouts - Rous and Astarloza are under the 15 kilometre banner and take their helmets off.  As they start the climb, they have 2'32'' advantage.

The crowds are absolutely enormous. 13.89 kilometres of climbing Rous and Astarloza start the ascent. Astarloza leads the way as the Blue Train set an extremely high pace at the foot of the climb. Virenque is dropped! Heras leads Armstrong! Armstrong looks back to see the damage, Moreau is still there. Hamilton is still there as the Postal pile on the pressure. Virenque tries to hold on.

The peloton has exploded - Armstrong, Heras, Alexandre Vinokourov, Hamilton and Mayo at the front. ONCE have dropped off the pace. Heras forcing the pace, Garzelli and Ullrich some way back. Joseba Beloki is there! With a Euskaltel on his wheel - he's connecting to Vinokourov!

Heras, Arnmstrong, Hamilton, Vino, Mayo, Beloki, Mancebo, Basso. Moreau is about 50m behind, Vinokourov has to let the main go. 10 kilometres to go BELOKI ATTACKS! Rous and Astarloza pass under the 10km to go banner!

He promised he would do that - he vowed to attack! And he's done so!!!! He has made the gap! Beloki reached Rous and Astarloza. Heras still pacing Armstrong, who looks back again as Beloki passes Rous and Astarloza. HE CATCHES THE TWO LEADERS!!!! He drops the two leaders!!!!! Hamilton follows Armstrong as if he had never been doing anything else. What if he had never cracked his collarbone. Heras still pacing Armstrong, Hamilton hanging on.

Is that Laiseka??? A Euskaltel - another one - has bridged to the Armstrong leading group!!!! Now Armstrong attacks! Virenque stays with his true compatriot Rogers. Hamilton on his wheel like a magnet. 12" gap for Beloki. Beloki dancing on the pedals, Armstrong chasing hard. Armstrong closing in. Hamilton and Mayo folling at easy pace, as far that is possible on this climb. Mayo attacks!!!

Iban Mayo has flown the coop! The 25 year old Basque looks determined to do well. Hamilton comes to the front!!! Beloki counterattacks.Laiseka has worked his way back to the front group with Armstrong, Hamilton and Beloki! Wow! Hamilton accelerates. Beloki marks him down - its not Laiseka, it is Zubeldia.

Mayo is sprinting up this mountain, putting in a huge effort. Mayo is in superb rhythm, he seems to smile at something a spectator says. 35'' advantage. Beloki tries again. Armstrong responds. Virenque at 3 minutes behind Mayo. Vinokourov on the wheel of Heras - he's been towed back by Lance's climb-domestique, seemingly! Heras and Vinokourov come back to the Armstrong group, Mayo now is 44 seconds ahead.

Heras returns to help Armstrong. Heras takes the pace - Beloki is still hanging on, surely he'll be dropped soon? Mancebo looks like he is not enjoying himself, trying to adjust his legs to a big gear. Laiseka now is the third Basque in front of the race. Euskaltel doing great!! Rogers stays put with Virenque, at 3.45". Mayo now has a lead of 1 minute. Heras still forcing the pace while Mayo ploughs on.

Vinokourov attacks with 5km to go. Beloki douses himself in liquid from his bidon.... how much longer can he hang on? Mayo 1.17"ahead. Heras, Armstrong, Beloki, Hamilton, Zubeldia, Laiseka Mancebo try to respond to Vino's attack.

Basso comes back to the Armstrong group. Still Heras forcing the pace, but Mayo and Vino are further up the hill. It looks they are not able to set the pace high enough to make sure not many come back. Less than 4 k. to climb for the curlyheaded Basque. In his team, he has a look a like in the person of Inigo Landaluze. The climbing skills of this youngster though, so far do not resemble the one Mayo has.

Still Heras setting the pace, Beloki on his wheel, 5 km for Mayo. Hamilton attacks. Now Zubeldia attacks too. Armstrong does not respond. Mayo has a gap of 1.1" to Vinokourov. Beloki is on his way to Hamilton. 1.17". Beloki attacks but Armstrong gets his wheel while Basso clings on. Basso is on Lance's wheel! The trio chase Vino. 500.000 people came to see this Basque do his trick.

Armstrong at 1.47 " behind Mayo. Armstrong, Beloki, Hamilton, Zubeldia, Basso together but Beloki attacks again. Now Beloki digs deep trying to lose Armsrtrong from his wheel. Bruyneel now must be telling Armstrong that the only thing he now has to follow his one competitor left in the overall classification: Beloki Mayo 3 kilometres to the top. Mayo now at .40" ahead.

Ullrichs coming back! As Beloki tries again!!! Mayo 2 kilometres to go. Zubeldia cannot attack of course but must follow the wheels. Armstrong group at 2. 01" as Beloki again tries to lose Armstrong. Ullrich at 3.17". Mayo into the ski resort. Together with Caucchioli. One K. to go for Mayo, OHH LALA Moreau fighting back too! But the battle is raging behind!!! Mayo is enjoying himself in his last metres.

Mayo -under the flamme rouge, orange shirt, orange bike - he zips his shirt up, hands aloft - smiles and cheers - HE WINS!!! Vinokourov with 1km to go! Brilliant stuff, marvellous! Alexandre Vinokourov 1'45'' behind is second. Armstrong outsprints Zubeldia and Beloki and finished third. 2'12" down!!!!! Moreau follows Ullrich and Caucchioli to the finish line. They literally catch an exhausted Heras on the line, about 3'35". Menchov in white at 4.15". Superb ride from the young Russian.

Sorry for the server difficulties we experienced. Here are the concluding remarks.

Armstrong is in Yellow!

Mayo says, "I'm always saying I wanted to win a stage - I didn't say it today. I did something great here, today."

Armstrong says: The attacks of Beloki were hard. The attack of Beloki did not matter that much to me, because he is way behind in general and his timetrial is not so good either. It is good we have made the difference to Ullrich."

When Mayo served his time in the army (civilian) he suffered a severe car crash, sat in a wheel chair for sixth months. He had to learn how to walk again.

Thanks for joining us today for this most amazing stage. Tomorrow the riders have no rest with the HC Category Col d'Izoard preceded by the Category 1 Col du Lautaret. So join us then, and watch for commentary on today's stage a bit later.

Stage 8 Results

1 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 5h 57' 30"
2 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 01' 45"
3 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 02' 12"
4 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 02' 12"
5 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 02' 12"
6 BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE 02' 12"
7 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 02' 12"
8 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 02' 12"
9 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 02' 12"
10 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALS 03' 36"
11 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 03' 36"
12 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 03' 36"
13 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 03' 36"
14 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 04' 15"
15 GARZELLI Stefano ITA CAL 04' 46"
16 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 04' 46"
17 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 04' 46"
18 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 04' 46"
19 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB 04' 59"
20 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 05' 26"
21 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 06' 04"
22 MILLAR David GBR COF 06' 09"
24 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 06' 52"
25 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 06' 52"
26 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF 06' 52"
27 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 07' 46"
28 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 07' 46"
29 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 07' 51"
30 PLAZA David ESP TBI 07' 51"
31 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 08' 11"
32 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 08' 39"
33 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 09' 01"
34 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 09' 29"
35 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 09' 29"
36 AZEVEDO José POR ONE 09' 29"
37 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 09' 29"
38 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI 10' 31"
39 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL 10' 31"
40 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 10' 31"
41 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE 10' 31"
42 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB 11' 10"
43 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL 11' 59"
44 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE 12' 42"
45 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE 12' 42"
46 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 12' 42"
47 ETXEBARRIA David ESP EUS 14' 15"
48 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL 16' 15"
49 GARMENDIA Aitor ESP TBI 17' 15"
51 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF 18' 18"
52 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC 18' 50"
53 LANDIS Floyd USA USP 19' 03"
54 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS 19' 03"
55 HINCAPIE George USA USP 19' 03"
56 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL 20' 17"
57 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL 20' 17"
58 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT 20' 17"
59 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 21' 15"
60 BÖLTS Udo GER GST 22' 24"
61 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 22' 31"
62 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R 22' 31"
63 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 22' 51"
64 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 23' 35"
65 ZBERG Marcus SUI GST 24' 31"
66 ANDRLE René CZE ONE 25' 12"
67 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE 31' 41"
68 NOE Andrea ITA ALS 31' 41"
69 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 31' 41"
71 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS 31' 41"
72 AERTS Mario BEL TEL 31' 41"
73 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC 31' 41"
74 BRANDT Christophe BEL LOT 31' 41"
75 REBELLIN Davide ITA GST 31' 41"
76 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 31' 41"
77 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE 31' 41"
78 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE 31' 41"
79 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL QSD 31' 41"
80 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE 31' 41"
81 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS 31' 41"
82 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP 31' 41"
83 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP 31' 41"
84 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 31' 41"
85 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS 31' 41"
86 CASERO Angel ESP TBI 31' 41"
87 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL 31' 41"
88 ORIOL Christophe FRA A2R 31' 41"
89 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 31' 41"
90 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS 31' 41"
91 LATASA David ESP KEL 31' 41"
92 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 31' 41"
93 PERON Andrea ITA CSC 31' 41"
94 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP 31' 41"
95 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN 31' 41"
96 CANADA David ESP QSD 31' 41"
97 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT 31' 41"
98 RENIER Franck FRA BLB 31' 41"
99 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 31' 41"
100 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 31' 41"
101 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE 31' 41"
102 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 31' 41"
103 VAN BON Leon NED LOT 31' 41"
104 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 31' 41"
105 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 32' 18"
106 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 32' 33"
107 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 32' 33"
108 STEINHAUSER Tobias GER TBI 32' 51"
109 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R 33' 28"
110 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 34' 13"
111 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 35' 11"
112 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 35' 11"
113 HAUPTMAN Andrej SLO CAL 35' 11"
114 ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN EUS 36' 16"
115 ZANINI Stefano ITA SAE 42' 19"
116 MILESI Marco ITA CAL 42' 19"
117 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 42' 19"
118 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA CAL 42' 19"
119 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 42' 19"
120 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 42' 19"
121 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE 42' 19"
122 LIESE Thomas GER TBI 42' 19"
123 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 42' 19"
124 KNAVEN Servais NED QSD 42' 19"
125 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF 42' 19"
126 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 42' 19"
127 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL 42' 19"
128 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN 42' 19"
129 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN 42' 19"
130 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC 42' 19"
131 PESCHEL Uwe GER GST 42' 19"
132 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A 42' 19"
133 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL 42' 19"
134 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 42' 19"
135 AUGE Stéphane FRA C.A 42' 19"
136 MAZZOLENI Eddy ITA CAL 42' 19"
137 CHRISTENSEN Bekim DEN CSC 42' 19"
138 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD 42' 19"
139 MUNOZ David ESP KEL 42' 19"
140 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 42' 19"
141 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A 42' 19"
142 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN 42' 19"
143 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 42' 19"
144 USANO Julian ESP KEL 42' 19"
146 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 42' 19"
147 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL 42' 19"
148 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF 42' 19"
149 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 42' 19"
150 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA CAL 42' 19"
151 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF 42' 19"
152 VOIGT Jens GER C.A 42' 19"
153 VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ 42' 19"
154 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF 42' 19"
155 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 42' 19"
156 DI LUCA Danilo ITA SAE 42' 19"
157 MERCKX Axel BEL LOT 42' 19"
158 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 42' 19"
159 KLÖDEN Andréas GER TEL 42' 19"
160 BECKE Daniel GER TBI 42' 19"
161 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 42' 19"
162 SCHMIDT Torsten GER GST 42' 19"
163 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB 42' 19"
164 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB 42' 19"
165 WILSON Matthew AUS FDJ 42' 19"
166 FERRARA Raffaele ITA ALS 42' 19"
167 GATES Nick AUS LOT 42' 19"
168 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 42' 19"
169 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 42' 19"
170 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 42' 19"
171 HASELBACHER Rene AUT GST 42' 19"
172 BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA ALS 42' 51"
173 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 43' 53"
174 CIONI Dario  ITA FAS 45' 08"
175 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 45' 23"
176 WIELINGA Remmert NED RAB 45' 31"
177 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT 49' 13"
178 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 50' 29"
179 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 51' 48"
  TAULER Antonio ESP KEL Abandon
  GUTIERREZ Ignacio ESP KEL Abandon
  LODA Nicola ITA FAS Abandon
  SANCHEZ Samuel ESP EUS Outside Time

General Classification after Stage 8

1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 35h 12' 50"
2 BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE 00' 40"
3 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 01' 10"
4 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 01' 17"
5 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 01' 37"
6 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 01' 52"
7 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 01' 58"
8 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 02' 10"
9 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 02' 25"
10 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 03' 19"
11 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 03' 20"
12 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 03' 25"
13 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 03' 29"
14 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 03' 34"
15 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 04' 03"
16 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALS 04' 06"
17 GARZELLI Stefano ITA CAL 04' 44"
18 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 04' 48"
19 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 04' 58"
20 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 05' 29"
21 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 05' 43"
22 MILLAR David GBR COF 06' 04"
23 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 06' 04"
25 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF 07' 24"
26 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB 07' 42"
27 PLAZA David ESP TBI 07' 59"
28 AZEVEDO José POR ONE 08' 25"
29 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 08' 29"
30 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 08' 33"
31 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 08' 48"
32 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 08' 51"
33 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 09' 17"
34 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 09' 18"
35 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE 09' 30"
36 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI 09' 41"
37 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 11' 58"
38 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB 12' 10"
39 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 13' 34"
40 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 14' 04"
41 ETXEBARRIA David ESP EUS 16' 05"
42 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL 16' 25"
43 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL 16' 52"
44 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 18' 37"
45 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF 18' 46"
47 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE 20' 01"
48 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R 22' 21"
49 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 23' 48"
50 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL 23' 52"
51 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 25' 12"
52 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL 27' 01"
53 HINCAPIE George USA USP 27' 29"
54 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC 29' 29"
55 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 29' 30"
56 CANADA David ESP QSD 31' 13"
57 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL QSD 31' 21"
58 BÖLTS Udo GER GST 33' 07"
59 REBELLIN Davide ITA GST 33' 25"
60 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE 34' 52"
61 CASERO Angel ESP TBI 35' 06"
62 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 35' 07"
63 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 35' 19"
64 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN 36' 05"
65 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC 36' 09"
66 STEINHAUSER Tobias GER TBI 36' 09"
67 NOE Andrea ITA ALS 36' 52"
68 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE 36' 59"
69 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 37' 18"
70 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 37' 31"
71 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 37' 54"
72 LANDIS Floyd USA USP 38' 16"
73 LATASA David ESP KEL 38' 29"
74 GARMENDIA Aitor ESP TBI 39' 21"
75 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL 40' 11"
76 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 40' 26"
77 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS 40' 34"
78 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE 41' 00"
79 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 41' 07"
80 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 42' 39"
81 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 42' 47"
82 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE 43' 25"
83 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE 43' 34"
84 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 43' 59"
85 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 44' 03"
86 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A 44' 34"
88 RENIER Franck FRA BLB 45' 12"
89 BRANDT Christophe BEL LOT 45' 29"
90 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS 45' 31"
91 ZBERG Marcus SUI GST 45' 31"
92 VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ 45' 41"
93 ANDRLE René CZE ONE 46' 12"
94 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL 47' 22"
95 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 47' 40"
96 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN 47' 53"
97 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL 48' 02"
98 PERON Andrea ITA CSC 49' 29"
99 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS 49' 42"
100 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP 50' 26"
101 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP 50' 31"
102 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 50' 33"
103 ORIOL Christophe FRA A2R 50' 37"
104 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP 50' 53"
105 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 51' 24"
106 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 51' 52"
107 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE 52' 10"
108 AERTS Mario BEL TEL 52' 37"
109 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS 52' 43"
110 CHRISTENSEN Bekim DEN CSC 52' 49"
111 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 52' 56"
112 MAZZOLENI Eddy ITA CAL 53' 41"
113 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 53' 42"
114 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF 53' 43"
115 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 54' 12"
116 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 55' 34"
117 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R 55' 36"
118 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS 56' 04"
119 VAN BON Leon NED LOT 56' 36"
120 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 56' 46"
121 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT 57' 31"
122 ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN EUS 58' 38"
123 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN 1h 00' 42"
124 VOIGT Jens GER C.A 1h 00' 52"
125 MERCKX Axel BEL LOT 1h 01' 07"
126 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF 1h 02' 04"
127 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 1h 02' 32"
128 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 1h 02' 39"
129 KNAVEN Servais NED QSD 1h 02' 44"
130 KLÖDEN Andréas GER TEL 1h 02' 52"
131 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA CAL 1h 02' 55"
132 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL 1h 03' 07"
133 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF 1h 03' 22"
134 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A 1h 03' 46"
135 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB 1h 03' 55"
136 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 1h 04' 05"
137 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB 1h 04' 06"
138 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 1h 04' 08"
139 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD 1h 04' 17"
140 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 1h 05' 05"
141 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 1h 05' 12"
142 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 1h 05' 23"
143 MUNOZ David ESP KEL 1h 05' 27"
144 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 1h 05' 29"
145 ZANINI Stefano ITA SAE 1h 05' 55"
146 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF 1h 06' 50"
147 USANO Julian ESP KEL 1h 06' 53"
148 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT 1h 07' 09"
149 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 1h 07' 18"
150 GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro ESP ONE 1h 07' 48"
151 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 1h 07' 49"
152 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN 1h 08' 32"
153 PESCHEL Uwe GER GST 1h 08' 51"
154 AUGE Stéphane FRA C.A 1h 08' 52"
155 LIESE Thomas GER TBI 1h 09' 11"
156 HAUPTMAN Andrej SLO CAL 1h 09' 16"
157 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL 1h 09' 43"
158 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 1h 10' 02"
159 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 1h 10' 16"
160 WIELINGA Remmert NED RAB 1h 11' 35"
161 BECKE Daniel GER TBI 1h 11' 40"
162 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 1h 11' 50"
163 HASELBACHER Rene AUT GST 1h 13' 40"
164 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC 1h 15' 22"
165 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA CAL 1h 17' 37"
166 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 1h 18' 44"
167 GATES Nick AUS LOT 1h 18' 54"
168 MILESI Marco ITA CAL 1h 18' 55"
169 SCHMIDT Torsten GER GST 1h 19' 00"
170 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE 1h 19' 59"
171 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 1h 20' 23"
172 CIONI Dario  ITA FAS 1h 22' 07"
173 DI LUCA Danilo ITA SAE 1h 22' 39"
174 BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA ALS 1h 24' 08"
175 WILSON Matthew AUS FDJ 1h 24' 16"
176 FERRARA Raffaele ITA ALS 1h 29' 20"
177 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 1h 33' 55"
178 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT 1h 46' 05"
179 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 1h 57' 41

Points after Stage 8

1 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 120 pts
2 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 110 pts
3 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 104 pts
4 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 98 pts
5 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 91 pts
6 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 88 pts
7 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 87 pts
8 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 83 pts
9 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 81 pts
10 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 55 pts
11 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA CAL 47 pts
12 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 46 pts
13 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 45 pts
14 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 44 pts
15 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE 43 pts
16 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 42 pts
17 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 31 pts
18 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 31 pts
19 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A 30 pts
20 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 28 pts
21 BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE 25 pts
22 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 25 pts
23 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 23 pts
24 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 22 pts
25 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 22 pts
26 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 21 pts
27 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 21 pts
28 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 20 pts
29 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 20 pts
30 MILLAR David GBR COF 20 pts
31 VOIGT Jens GER C.A 20 pts
32 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 19 pts
33 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 19 pts
34 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 18 pts
35 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 18 pts
36 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB 18 pts
37 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 18 pts
38 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS 16 pts
39 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 15 pts
41 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 14 pts
42 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN 14 pts
43 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 13 pts
44 GARZELLI Stefano ITA CAL 13 pts
45 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 13 pts
46 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE 13 pts
47 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 12 pts
48 RENIER Franck FRA BLB 12 pts
49 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL 12 pts
50 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 12 pts
51 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 11 pts
52 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 9 pts
53 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 9 pts
55 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 8 pts
56 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 8 pts
57 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 7 pts
58 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF 7 pts
59 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 6 pts
60 MERCKX Axel BEL LOT 6 pts
61 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALS 6 pts
62 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 6 pts
63 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP 6 pts
64 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 6 pts
65 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 5 pts
66 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 4 pts
67 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 4 pts
68 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF 4 pts
69 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 4 pts
71 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL 3 pts
72 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A 2 pts
73 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS 2 pts
74 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL 2 pts
75 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R 2 pts
76 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT 2 pts
77 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF 2 pts
78 PERON Andrea ITA CSC 1 pts
79 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP 1 pts
80 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB -2 pts
81 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB -5 pts
82 PARRA Ivan COL KEL -5 pts
83 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL -5 pts
84 SCHMIDT Torsten GER GST -5 pts
85 DI LUCA Danilo ITA SAE -5 pts

KOM after Stage 8

1 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 134 pts
2 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 63 pts
3 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 61 pts
4 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 61 pts
5 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 54 pts
6 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A 51 pts
7 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 50 pts
8 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 49 pts
9 GARZELLI Stefano ITA CAL 49 pts
10 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 44 pts
11 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 37 pts
12 BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE 34 pts
13 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 24 pts
14 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 23 pts
15 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 21 pts
16 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 20 pts
17 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 20 pts
18 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 20 pts
19 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 20 pts
20 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF 19 pts
21 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 18 pts
22 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 18 pts
23 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 15 pts
24 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL 15 pts
25 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 15 pts
26 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 14 pts
27 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 14 pts
28 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 12 pts
29 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 12 pts
30 RENIER Franck FRA BLB 12 pts
31 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALS 10 pts
32 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 10 pts
33 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 8 pts
34 HINCAPIE George USA USP 7 pts
36 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 6 pts
37 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 5 pts
38 LANDIS Floyd USA USP 4 pts
39 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP 4 pts
40 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 4 pts
41 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD 4 pts
42 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 3 pts
43 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS 3 pts
44 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE 3 pts
45 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP 3 pts
47 VOIGT Jens GER C.A 3 pts
48 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 2 pts
49 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 1 pts
50 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL 1 pts
51 CASERO Angel ESP TBI 1 pts
52 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 1 pts
53 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS 1 pts

Youth Classification after Stage 8

1 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 35h 16' 19"
2 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 02' 14"
3 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 05' 04"
4 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 05' 19"
5 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 05' 22"
6 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 08' 29"
7 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 20' 19"
8 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 31' 38"
9 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 31' 50"
10 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 34' 02"
11 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 34' 25"
12 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 37' 38"
13 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 39' 10"
14 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE 39' 56"
15 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 40' 34"
16 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 49' 27"
17 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 50' 13"
18 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 50' 43"
19 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 53' 17"
20 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 59' 10"
21 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 1h 00' 36"
22 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 1h 01' 36"
23 MUNOZ David ESP KEL 1h 01' 58"
24 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 1h 04' 20"
25 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL 1h 06' 14"
26 WIELINGA Remmert NED RAB 1h 08' 06"
27 BECKE Daniel GER TBI 1h 08' 11"
28 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 1h 54' 12"

Teams Classification after Stage 8

1 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI  EUS in 103h 03' 31"
3 IBANESTO.COM  BAN at 06' 50"
4 TEAM CSC  CSC at 08' 33"
5 ONCE - EROSKI  ONE at 09' 12"
6 TEAM BIANCHI  TBI at 14' 45"
8 TEAM TELEKOM  TEL at 18' 25"
10 AG2R PREVOYANCE  A2R at 36' 29"
12 KELME - COSTA BLANCA  KEL at 41' 36"
13 ALESSIO  ALS at 43' 56"
15 RABOBANK  RAB at 54' 53"
16 GEROLSTEINER  GST at 57' 52"
17 JEAN DELATOUR  DEL at 58' 07"
18 FASSA BORTOLO  FAS at 1h 18' 14"
19 CALDIROLA - SO.DI  CAL at 1h 20' 48"
20 CREDIT AGRICOLE  C.A at 1h 33' 14"
21 FDJEUX.COM  FDJ at 1h 38' 11"
22 LOTTO - DOMO  LOT at 1h 51' 52"

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