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Tour de France Stage 12 Live Coverage
By Locutus
Date: 7/18/2003
Tour de France Stage 12 Live Coverage
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Today's all-important time trial is a 47km ride from Gaillac to Cap Decouverte. While the profile of the stage doesn't look that difficult, the roads are somewhat narrow and the profile is largely on an uphill incline.

There is a small climb near the end up the Cote de Bascoul that should be extremely important. The outcome of today's stage will dictate the tactics of the Pyrenees to come.

Of the early riders to go, a number of men should set some good times. Santiago Botero (Telekom) won the first time trial last year, and should set a good benchmark for the later riders when he goes 63 men before Armstrong today. Bradley McGee (, Laszlo Bodrogi and Michael Rogers (Quickstep-Davitamon), and Uwe Peschel (Gerolsteiner) are other men to watch before the big guns fire at the end of the day.

Uwe Peschel has flown around the course!

Current Top Five - Finish, Cap’ Decouverte (47.0km)
1st Uwe Peschel (Gerolsteiner) 1h 1m 58s
2nd Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick Step-Davitamon) at 1’58”
3rd Victor Hugo Pena (US Postal-Berry Floor) at 2’46”
4th Marc Wauters (Rabobank) at 2’54”
5th Yuriy Krivtsov (Jean Delatour) at 3’13”

Bradley McGee had an anonymous 61st nearly 7 minutes down on Peschel at the finish.  He must be saving himself for the Green Jersey battle, where he will work for his teammate Cooke.

Uwe Peschel, who started early this morning, has clearly been planning this ride watching the wheels on the "bus" (the last group) go round and round. With the wind forecast to become gustier, I feel he could podium with that time.

Santiago Botero came through the first time check at 13km 4th on Peschel, 17" down... and he's just come through the second one at Salles (33.0km) - second to Peschel at 52".

Interestingly, Armstrong (US Postal), Ullrich (Bianchi), and Hamilton (CSC) are the favorites for victory today, but each also has a question mark as well. Today should provide some very interesting answers.

The highest postie is Victor Hugo Pena, who became the first Colombian in yellow after the TTT. He was third behind Peschel and Bodrogi, nearly 2'46" down on the Gerolsteiner man.

There are a lot of men on the road today who will just be trying to get inside the time cut off. They will be saving their legs for the four fierce days in the Pyrenees that start tomorrow.

At the third time check 5km from the finish, Botero is second but he's lost more time on Peschel! Now the World TT champion is 1'11 down!

Botero is wearing the Rainbow Jersey of the reigning World Time Trial Champion. Botero is behind Peschel on time right now, but he has passed a few men on the course. Botero comes in under Peschel... 1:03:32.

Botero is now in 2nd of the men who have finished so far.

Rogers has come through the first check - 13km out - in third! He's 12" down on Peschel, but will be hard-pressed to keep up this pace. Rogers started the day in 41st on GC, 23' 34" behind Armstrong.

The course has some twists and turns that look a bit tight. That last little climb looks like a nasty one too...the riders really seem to be struggling up it.

George Hincapie is doing well! The Hinkster went through the second time check (with 13km to go), 6th 2'06" behind the leader Peschel.

Armstrong has said that today is the most important time trial he's ridden, due to the fact that it is the first time trial and it has come after the first mountains, not before, as it usually does.

Jose Luis Rubiera (US Postal) now rolls down the start ramp. He will ride tempo, glass-cranking it to save his legs for the big climbs to come.

Johan Bruyneel tips 4 men for the stage today - Armstrong of course, alongside Ullrich, Hamilton and Euskatel Euskadi's Haimar Zubeldia...

Bruyneel feels that each of these men is a threat to Lance for the top spot in Paris.

Zubeldia came in 2nd in the 2000 Dauphine Libere to then-Postie Tyler Hamilton by 31". Armstrong was 3rd that year, so Bruyneel and Armstrong have a lot of respect for the Spanish rider.

Inigo Chaurreau - wow! The Ag2r Prevoyance man, who came second in the Spanish TT championships, is second at the second intermediate check... by one measly second ahead of Botero. Still, very impressive by the Basque.

Laurent Dufaux, the leader of Alessio, is now rolling onto the course. He has had a quiet Tour, but he is really a threat for a stage win before Paris. Not today, though.

Karpets ( comes across in 1h 05' 30". He's in 8th at the moment. A good ride for the former White Jersey wearer.

Tyler Hamilton has been gaining a lot of media attention due to his brave ride, as he is threatening in the GC with a fractured clavicle. Of course this has made him a magnet for scorn from a number of people too, such as Telekom team director Walter Godefroot, former Tour winner Stephen Roche, and now Rabobank's Michael Boogerd.

Michael Boogerd now on the course.

Hamilton's team director Bjarne Riis, a former Tour winner himself, has taken exception to the negative comments directed at his rider. He has walked around at the start with x-rays to show any doubters the extent of Hamilton's injuries.

Hamilton says that the other riders have treated him with respect. AG2r rider Laurent Brochard has also had strong words in favor of Hamilton, citing his courage as an example of what the peloton is all about.

Indeed, long-haired 'Lolo' Brouchard just sped through the second check 14th at 2'43". Not too bad..

Didier Rous (Brioches La Boulangere) rides on course in his French Road Champion's Jersey. He is a very strong rider, but he sticks his tongue out in a very strange manner during the time trials. The same can be said of his compatriot, Christophe "the Bug Taster" Moreau of Credit Agricole.

George! Finishing well! Currently 4th!

The Big Rig comes across in 1h 04' 43". A great ride for Hincapie, the big domestique for US Postal. Hincapie beat his teammate Pena into ffith by one second - good planning George!

Chaurreau is lighting up the road! He is second at the intermediate check 5km out. David Millar takes the start.

6:43 am PDT.. Rogers goes through through the 33km mark with a time of 43' 33", 5th best right now. Now Jorg Jaksche (ONCE) is on the road. He has had truly great form so far, and could put in a good performance today!

Chaurreau comes across the finish in 1h 2' 33", 2nd best time so far. Jaksche lost around 4 minutes waiting for Beloki when he crashed... If not for that, he'd be riding in the top ten today.

Italian champ Paolo 'Il Grillo' Bettini finishes fourth 2'34" down on Peschel, edging Hincapie into fifth by 11".

'Chaurreau of Fire' was actually gaining time on the big German time trialist Peschel - he finished 35" down. A great ride for him and Ag2r Prevoyance!

Current top five:
1. Peschal 1h 1' 58"
2. Chaurreau @ 35"
3. Botero @ 1' 33"
4. Bodrogi @ 1' 58"
5. Bettini @ 2' 34"

With Michael Rogers coming into the finish soon, Quick Step should have a good day contre la montre.

Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) had a terrible Prologue, but he has ridden well in the mountains so far. He will be setting off soon. Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner) rolls onto the course. He was 5th in the Giro this year, and has been steady in the Tour so far. He's now 14th on GC at 4' 58", and can ride a decent time trial.

Gerolsteiner haven't had a good Tour so far - their first - but hopefully things will turn around after today, if Totschnig limits his losses.

Manuel Beltran is off.

Brochard comes across the finish in 1h 6' 06", just enough for the top twenty so far. Boogerd is on course, and looks not that good. He's struggling up a small climb.

Now Moreau hits the road with the hopes of France on his back. He's doing much better this year carrying that load. Last year, he crashed several times before finally abandoning.

Rogers is fifth through the penultimate time check, 2'10" down on Peschel and 33" down on teammate Bodrogi.

6:58 am PDT. The big guns will hit the road soon. Moreau is 12th on GC at 4' 04", and the men in the top ten will be up momentarily. Millar is near to the first time check at Cahuzac-Sur-Vere, 13km from the start.

Millar has set the best time with 16' 45" at the 13km mark - he's murdered Peschel's time! Absolutely slaughtered it! He's 29 seconds quicker than Peschel at the 13km mark...

Millar has had good legs, and now he's really getting the chance to show it again. That is a likely marker of what men like Ullrich and Armstrong will aim for.

He's started fast, but if he keeps a good rhythm then Peschel will be beaten. After the oh-so-unfortunate chain incident in the prologue, a win here would be very deserved (and ironic).

Now Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel Euskadi) hits the road. Postal director Bruyneel thinks he is a big threat.

Michael Rogers comes across in 1h 4" 38", 6th best at the finish so far.

Jorg Jaksche was a solid 13th, 57" behind Millar through the first check. Roberto "Tinkerbell" Heras is in the start house... he's got a bandaged-up arm...he sets out but he will likely not be going for it today. He's got some bigger fish to fry tomorrow. Heras is currently in 8th place, 2'20" down on his team leader.

Jose Azevedo (ONCE) comes through the 42km point in 6th at 43' 59".

David Millar has flown past Luttenberger (CSC) on the course.

Now Big Jan Ullrich is ready in the starthouse. The "Diesel" should light up this course, as it suits his powerful style of riding.

Egveni Petrov is bucking the trend of pure climbers at iBanesto, as he is 10th across the second check at 2'02". With his two other team compatriots 'Hairy' Karpets and Denis Menchov (current wearer of the young rider's jersey), it's likely they will start a Russian cycling revolution.

Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) took off before Ullrich...that will be motivation, knowing that the big German is on his tail. It's sink or swim for the shaven-headed Basso. If he has a poor trial, he won't be receiving much team support or comfort as Fassa Bortolo only have half-Brit Cioni and Bruseghin still in the race! Talk about a lonely dinner...

Tyler Hamilton (CSC) faces the countdown...he is now on the course. The little American is looking to give a big "shut-the-hell-up" to his critics.

Totschnig goes through the first time check 15th at 1'00 exactly - a very solid start for the Austrian champ.

Peter Luttenberger is keeping Millar in his sites... Miller winds through a corner uphill, taking a drink and gets ready to drop Luttenberger now that the little climb is over.

Iban Mayo (Euskaltel Euskadi) now takes the road to try and shore up his podium ambitions. Moreau - the French hope - comes through the first time check 8th at 44".

Only Vinokourov (Telekom) and Armstrong are left to start.

Vinokourov is capable of a good time trial on occasion. Now he hits the road.

Hamilton looks smooth on his bike. His shoulders aren't swinging much. He will try to stay in the saddle, as this is easier on his injury.

Meanwhile, Basso's team manager screams "Avanti!" from the team car, followed by a string of words I didn't quite catch.

Flamboyant, eccentric Basque climber Laiseka passes through Check 1 30th at 1'14".

Lance looks deadly serious as he hits the road. Anything less than a win will be considered as a sign of weakness from "Big Tex" Armstrong.

Armstrong's pedal-stroke coming out of the start house is smooth and powerful... He is looking good.

Chavanel (Brioches la Boulangere) is dropping off the pace, coming in about 40th at the 33km mark.

Menchov has really zipped through the first check, 9th at 45". Impressive from the current Young Riders leader: with a solid performance here, he can strengthen his hold on that competition.

7:21 am PDT. Zubeldia comes through the first check second, just 7" behind Millar! Veteran Massimiliano Lelli - one of Millar's best friends and most dilligent teammates at Cofidis - has just come home fifth, 2'33" shy of Peschel.

Big Jan Ullrich is being cheered on by the huge crowds along the road. The big German hammer is powering up the incline headed towards the first time check.

Millar comes through the 33km mark at 42' 27", just barely in 2nd to Peschel. But Millar loses half a second to Peschel - has he started too fast? Or will he return - Peschel's last few kilometres weren't great as Chaurreau showed us...

Basso comes through the first check, 13th at 48" - the rhythmic cries of 'Avanti' from Giancarlo Ferretti and Co. must be helping him.

7:26 am PDT. Ullrich comes through 13km at 16' 26", best so far. He took 19" out of Millar in the first 13km, no mean feat, that. It looks likely he'll take time out of his countryman Peschel as well as Millar. What can Tyler muster though?

At the finish Azevedo takes fifth, 2'06" shy of Peschel. The Portuguese super-domestique may win a Pyrennean stage now that he has no team responsibilites.

Hamilton is fourth at 35"!!!! He comes through 13km in 17' 01". Not bad, but he will want to do better. Perhaps he is saving himself for a big effort in the second half.

Jan Ullrich, meanwhile, is driving is hard!

Mancebo is 13th at 1'04" at the first check - solid, but he'll still lose more time.

Ullrich is now catching Basso! The Italian must be stunned at the pace of big Jan! Ullrich catches and passes Basso like he's standing still!

Iban Mayo is coming in over a minute down on Ullrich at the first time check... Mayo is 10th, at 1'02". At this rate, he'll lose about 3 minutes by the finish but we'll see if he can limit any more damage along the route.

Current standings at 13km:
1. Ullrich at 16' 26", 2. Millar at 19", 3. Vinokourov at 19".

Just two more to go now, as Vinokourov puts his head down and turns the pedals.

7:35 am PDT. Vinokourov is really putting in a great ride, but he looks to be struggling up the false flat. He gets out of the saddle and wavers a bit along the road.

Lance and the "Coffee Grinder" pedal technique turn at a huge rate of knots. If that bike was connected to a coffee maker, we'd all be drinking moka lattes in seconds.

Now Armstrong comes up to the 13km mark. He's chasing Ullrich, and will at least want to put some time in on Vino. He gets out of the saddle, in the same time as Ullrich!! Armstrong is behind Ullrich by a fraction of a second.

The old rivalry is sparked off once more - it seems the victory time difference will not be much at all. Armstrong already has put a 2' 10" lead on Ullrich, so he will likely be satisfied today just neutralizing the German but taking time out of his other rivals.

Millar is approaching the third time check, 5km from the finish - what can he do?

Totschnig takes 9th at the second check, 1'42" down on Peschel. Good work by the Austrian! Millar is losing speed slightly.... 26" down on Uwe Peschel with 5km to go.

Rous comes through the finish in 1h 4' 59", in 14th place. He has passed Boogerd just before the finish.

Lance is flying along now. He has his tuck on, spinning a high gear and keeping himself steady in a perfect position.

Moreau goes through the second check, with 14km still to ride, 9th at 1'33". Not good for the boy from Belfort...

Meanwhile, Ullrich, having already passed his 2' man Basso, puts his sights on his poor 4' man, little Roberto Heras. He passes Heras like the little Spaniard has lead in his shorts.

Sylvain Chavanel finishes in 85th at 6'09" - clearly 'Mimo' had un jour sans - a bad day.

Now Millar comes into the finishing straight. He'll be 2nd across the line. 1h 2' 27". He lost a lot of time on the last half of the course.

Zubeldia takes the lead by 7" At the 33km time check! Haimar is Hammering it!!!! 42'20" for the Basque: impressive, though I expect Der Jan and Armstrong will beat that.

Now Millar comes into the finishing straight. He'll be 2nd across the line. 1h 2' 27". He lost a lot of time on the last half of the course.

Zubeldia takes the lead by 7" At the 33km time check! Haimar is Hammering it!!!! 42'20" for the Basque: impressive, though I expect Der Jan and Armstrong will beat that.

Vinkourov keeps getting out of the saddle to accelerate. He wastes a lot of energy that way, but it's working as he's doing a good ride.

7:44 am PDT. Ullrich now goes through the 33km checkpoint at 40' 28"!! Ullrich is leaving a trail of fire on the road! He has taken well over a minute on Zubeldia! Heras is 4 minutes under Ullrich.

The French TV shows a closeup of Lance's flexing hams. He is really flying as well. What a classic battle he is having with his rivals today! Armstrong's shorts have split on the seam... his muscles are impossible to contain!

Zubeldia is flying along, now passing his teammate Roberto Laiseka, who probably doesn't care...Laiseka is waiting for the mountains. Through the time check at 33km, Basso is 14th at 3'42"

It's just occurred to me - Lance is the Incredible Hulk!

Hamilton comes through at 33km at 42' 16"! That is 2nd best so far! But 1'48 down on Ullrich! Ullrich is riding like superman today! He has lost time to big Jan Ullrich, but he has taken time out of many of his other big rivals! It will be interesting now to see the times of Vinokourov and Armstrong.

I can't see how Vinokourov can keep up within a minute of that pace by even the 33km point. It'll be Lance v Jan all the way to the line - what an epic!

At the penultimate check with 5km to go, Moreau is 8th 1'59" down on Peschel. Totschnig comes across the finish in 1h 3' 38", good for 6th so far. A good ride for the man from Gerolsteiner. Virenque cruises in like he's out on a Sunday ride.

7:52 am PDT. Vinokourov is catching Mayo on the course! Vino flies by him. Mayo will lose big time today. Vino drops Mayo like a bad habit before the first time check. Vinokourov comes through the 33km mark at 41' 30", 2nd best so far. Mancebo passes through the 33km check, 11th at 3'25". 1'02" down on Ullrich - this is a great ride by the blonde Kazakh. Vino also took 46" from Hamilton! That is a great ride...

The climbers Basso, Mayo and Mancebo are going to lose major seconds to Ullrich, Armstrong and - to a lesser extent - Vinokourov. I don't know how Der Kaiser is doing this. This is amazing!

Lance is second to Ullrich at the first timecheck! He crosses the 33km checkpoint in 41' 05".

2nd best, losing time to Ullrich! Lance is very happy now that he dropped Ullrich on Alpe d'Huez! I think it is - Jan has pumped nearly 40 seconds into 'the' Lance Armstrong.

Moreau now comes across in 1h 3' 59", 8th so far at the finish.

The time Armstrong gained over Ullrich on the Alpe D'Huez is looking more and more clever. Might Jan have been saving energy for this assault? I doubt it, but he's still charging around like there's a rocket booster up his butt.

Moreau is all teeth and tongue coming over the line.

Menchov, pretty in...white, has been through the 42km check in an impressive 9th, 2'26" down ahead of the likes of Moreau and Rogers.

8:00am PDT. Zubeldia takes the best time at the finish. He comes across in 1h 1' 12". Bruyneel was right - he is a threat.

Menchov comes across the finish in 1h 3' 47", 8th place. Looks like he won't relinquish the 'maillot blanc' any time soon!

Lance looks steady, he's riding well, Ullrich has just taken out his big stick and is whacking everybody with it today. At the 41.5 km point, Ullrich has best time again by over 2'. He is powering along. Jan Ullrich is amazing!

Ullrich comes across the finish in 58' 32"!! Holy cow, what a thrashing he has given the field!!

Armstrong is now on that final climb, out of the saddle flying to the cheers of the crowd! Vinokourov is dying a thousand deaths on that same climb!

Vino looks like he's cracking. Vino better watch it, Lance will catch him!

Iban Mayo is on that same climb! Fortunately for him, he's a good climber! Mancebo passes through the penultimate check, 9th and 4'20" down on Ullrich - he's done ok so far.

Basso crosses in 1h 4' 32", 15th so far. That's a decent ride! Hamilton comes across the finish in 1h 1' 15", 3rd so far. Hamilton just drops a couple of seconds to Zubeldia, who really has emerged as a GC threat, fulfilling Bruyneel's predictions!

Mayo 11th on that third check, 11th at 4'32"! The climbers are battling too! Vinokourov has 53'42" on the penultimate check! 1'46" down on Superman Jan!

What can Lance manage? Can he claw back any time? It doesn't look like Ullrich is going to allow him any leeway...

Lance is getting a hiding from Ullrich today. Incredible! Armstrong is second at the check at 1'09"! He started the day 2' 10" ahead of Ullrich, so he will keep Yellow.

Vinokourov is 'only' 37" behind on that check! Heras comes home, 41st and 7'32" behind Ullrich.

Now Vinokourov is in the final sections. He is really looking labored, but he is a grinding rider so it is hard to tell how he is really feeling. Mancebo finishes in 1h 3' 32", 9th for the little climber!

That is a great ride for Mancebo, who finished with the "Venga!" shouts of his team director still ringing in his ears.

Vino jumps Hamilton! Vinokourov now finishes in 2nd place, 1h 00' 38"! That's got to be the time trial of his life!

Now here comes Lance!! He is 2nd in 1h 00' 08"! He is in Yellow, but drops a big chunk of time to Ullrich. He does manage to put 30" on Vinokourov. This Tour just keeps getting better and better! This GC race is still wiiiiiidde open heading into the mountains.

1. Ullrich, 2. Armstrong @ 1' 36", 3. Vinokourov @ 2' 06", 4. Zubeldia @ 2' 40", 5. Hamilton @ 2' 43".

GC standings after Stage 12:
1. Armstrong, 2. Ullrich @ 34", 3. Vinkourov at 51", 4. Hamilton @ 2' 59".

Tyler Hamilton will have to attack in the mountains if he wants a podium finish. He mentioned before the Tour that he would want to win a stage in the Pyrenees, and that the race will be decided over these next four days.

Stage 12 Time Trial Results

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

Note: There were two disqualifications not reflected in these results; please see today's Tour Newroundup for further information.

General Classification after Stage 12 (Top 50)

1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 50h 16' 45"
2 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 00' 34"
3 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 00' 51"
4 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 02' 59"
5 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 04' 29"
6 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 04' 29"
7 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 05' 01"
8 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 06' 49"
9 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 07' 24"
10 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 07' 55"
11 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 08' 24"
12 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 08' 28"
13 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 09' 10"
14 MILLAR David GBR COF 09' 34"
15 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 09' 43"
16 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 10' 15"
17 PLAZA David ESP TBI 11' 30"
18 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 11' 47"
19 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 12' 08"
21 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALS 13' 10"
22 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 13' 36"
23 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 14' 22"
24 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB 15' 45"
25 AZEVEDO José POR ONE 16' 11"
26 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 17' 05"
27 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI 17' 13"
28 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 17' 35"
29 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 17' 43"
30 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB 18' 17"
31 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 18' 41"
32 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 19' 08"
33 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 21' 54"
34 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 22' 51"
35 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL 23' 17"
36 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 24' 45"
38 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 28' 04"
39 ETXEBARRIA David ESP EUS 30' 02"
40 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE 30' 10"
41 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL 31' 33"
42 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF 34' 17"
43 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 34' 32"
44 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R 35' 17"
45 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE 35' 32"
46 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL 35' 47"
47 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 36' 39"
48 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL 37' 12"
49 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF 39' 03"
50 REBELLIN Davide ITA GST 41' 13"

Points after Stage 12 (Top 50)

1 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 156 pts
2 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 148 pts
3 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 126 pts
4 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 122 pts
5 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 120 pts
6 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 111 pts
7 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 106 pts
8 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 83 pts
9 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 82 pts
10 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 81 pts
11 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 72 pts
12 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 72 pts
13 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA CAL 69 pts
14 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 63 pts
15 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 62 pts
16 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 62 pts
17 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 61 pts
18 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 48 pts
19 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 45 pts
20 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 43 pts
21 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE 43 pts
22 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 38 pts
23 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 37 pts
25 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 35 pts
26 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC 35 pts
27 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN 35 pts
28 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE 32 pts
29 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A 32 pts
30 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 28 pts
31 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE 28 pts
32 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 26 pts
33 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 25 pts
34 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 25 pts
35 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 24 pts
36 MILLAR David GBR COF 24 pts
37 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF 24 pts
38 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 22 pts
39 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 22 pts
40 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 22 pts
41 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF 22 pts
42 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 21 pts
43 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 21 pts
44 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT 21 pts
45 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 21 pts
46 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 18 pts
47 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 18 pts
48 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 18 pts
49 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN 18 pts
50 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB 18 pts

KOM after Stage 12 (Top 25)

1 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 135 pts
2 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 75 pts
3 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 74 pts
4 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 71 pts
5 GARMENDIA Aitor ESP TBI 62 pts
6 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 61 pts
7 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 61 pts
8 DI LUCA Danilo ITA SAE 56 pts
9 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 54 pts
10 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 53 pts
11 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A 51 pts
12 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 50 pts
13 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 49 pts
14 CASERO Angel ESP TBI 47 pts
15 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 47 pts
16 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 37 pts
17 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 36 pts
18 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS 33 pts
19 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 24 pts
20 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 21 pts
21 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 21 pts
22 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 20 pts
23 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 20 pts
24 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 20 pts
25 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF 19 pts

Youth Classification after Stage 12 (Top 20)

1 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 50h 24' 09"
2 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 10' 19"
3 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 11' 17"
4 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 15' 27"
5 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 17' 21"
6 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 20' 40"
7 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 44' 14"
8 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 46' 10"
9 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 48' 19"
10 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 50' 21"
11 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 53' 21"
12 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE 54' 51"
13 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 55' 52"
14 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 1h 01' 43"
15 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 1h 12' 11"
16 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 1h 19' 07"
17 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 1h 23' 56"
18 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 1h 24' 47"
19 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 1h 25' 42"
20 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 1h 29' 57"

Teams Classification after Stage 12

1 TEAM CSC  CSC 148h 14' 09"
8 ONCE - EROSKI  ONE 44' 00"
12 AG2R PREVOYANCE  A2R 1h 01' 24"
13 GEROLSTEINER  GST 1h 02' 22"
14 ALESSIO  ALS 1h 12' 27"
16 RABOBANK  RAB 1h 25' 19"
17 JEAN DELATOUR  DEL 1h 38' 08"
18 FASSA BORTOLO  FAS 2h 07' 22"
19 CREDIT AGRICOLE  C.A 2h 20' 43"
20 LOTTO - DOMO  LOT 2h 33' 04"
21 CALDIROLA - SO.DI  CAL 2h 52' 25"
22 FDJEUX.COM  FDJ 2h 53' 47"

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