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Tour de France Stage 16 Live Coverage
By Andy McGrath
Date: 7/23/2003
Tour de France Stage 16 Live Coverage
Welcome to live coverage of the Tour de France!

Commentary by Andy, Locutus and Jaime Nichols.

Today the peloton visits two more cat 1 climbs, the Col du Soudet and the Col Bagarguy, and then wends its way to the coast.

From the gun, there were several attacks which eventually left the peloton strung out in the gutter, some wishing they hadn't eaten so generously on the rest day.

Finally, after about 40km of cat-and-mouse pursuiting, a break of 15 men went clear including Luz Ardiden braveheart Chavanel, iBanesto young climber Mercado and David Millar (Cofidis), who was wanting to put his health problems behind him and be the first to arrive in Bayonne (which is very near to his home).

On the Col du Soudet, the first category 1 climb of the day, Iban Mayo and Tyler Hamilton attacked at different times. Whilst the Basque's effort was thwarted, nobody chased down 'Hard as Nails' Hamilton and he bridged across to the lead group, helped by teammate Sorensen.

On the horribly steep Cote de Larrau (2.4km at 10.5%), Millar was one of the several escapees dropped.

On the Col de Bagarguy, Tyler Hamilton launched an explosive attack to split up the break - he currently has 1km to climb, with 3'18" lead on the yellow jersey group.

Amongst those in no man's land between Hamilton and the ever-thinning chasing group with Armstrong, Ullrich and Co., are riders like Mercado and Van de Wouwer.

Hamilton reaches the top of the Col de Bagarguy, and swerves to avoid a few Basque flags being waved a bit too near to him by some over-zealous fans.

It's more-or-less downhill from here - not just in the stage - but in the whole Tour! He only has a Cat 3 and a Cat 4 climb now to face today on the road to Bayonne.

Juan Miguel Mercado is over the top now, 2'38" in arrears of Hamilton who absolutely blasted up the climb! The yellow jersey group, led over by Swiss Laurent Dufaux (Alessio) is 4 minutes behind the valiant American.

5:36am PDT. 80km left.. Hamilton looked good, out of the saddle and flying up this climb. He clearly is not feeling that collarbone fracture as much as he was a week ago.

Tyler is on the Col de Burdincurutcheta, the Cat 3 climb. Then it's downhill. Tyler crests, and he still has 79km left, and Tyler is on his own. He's going for the podium.

Fassa Bottolo and Postal look like they are sitting on the front of the peloton. Hamilton's gap is growing. Basso is definitely threatened by Hamilton's attack. So are the Euskatel boys if he has a good time trial!

Hamilton is 4' 20" ahead of the peloton, and well ahead of the other breakaway men.

I'm surprised Euskaltel-Euskadi aren't on the front chasing. Both Mayo and Zubeldia are in danger of losing their places on GC due to Hamilton's attack. Now they are!

George Hincapie is dwarfing one of the little orange climbers over the crest of the col. The riders are flying down the fog and mist that clings to the mountains today.

It's likely that the peloton will catch the remaining chasers on the descent.

Mercado, Sorensen, Turpin, Van de Wouwer and one or two others are still flying down the descent in pursuit of Hamilton. Tyler is on his aerodynamic tuck going all out down the descent....

WOW! The countryside is incredibly beautiful!

Hamilton's teammate Sorensen would be a good ally if this little chase group managed to catch him. CSC, of course, is looking to pad their lead over Euskaltel-Euskadi in the teams competition.

There is a lot of Kermit green of the Kelme squad on the back of the chasing peloton. Unfortunately, that's where the Kelmes have spent a little too much time this Tour.

5:50 am PDT. 67km left. Tyler's got a 67km long time trial ahead of him... he's finally on the flat. He is a tough time triallist, so if anyone can do it...

The road is bumpy for the next 34km, with another Cat 4 climb. Then it is pan flat for the final 33 or so kilometers. That flat section is where Hamilton will really be in danger of being swept up.

US Postal has shown absolutely no interest in chasing down their former mate Hamilton. They have no reason to, strategically, as he is well behind Armstrong on GC. Postal clearly recognized that Hamilton is a bigger threat to the other teams, so if they just sat up and didn't chase, the other teams would have to come to the front and work.

Michael "UltraBrite" Boogerd (Rabobank) is now with that group of five other riders in pursuit of Hamilton. He tried to keep pace with Hamilton on those climbs, but "Nails" dropped him like a bad habit.

5:59 am PDT. 60km left. Hamilton has a 4' 30" gap on the peloton still! He raises his arm for his team car. Hamilton picks up the time bonus as he crosses through the first intermediate sprint of the day. That bonus will help him close the gap on the men in front of him, regardless of what happens with this break.

That was a 6" time bonus Hamilton picked up. That may not sound like much, but he will pick up one more today at least, and he started the day only 54" behind Basso.

Hamilton's teammate Sorensen sits on the back of the six man chase, who are still 4' behind Hamilton.

Armstrong and Ullrich are together on the front of the pack - the big boys are giving each other a break today. Meanwhile, Fassa and Euskaltel riders set the pace on the front. The Posties sit on the back of the Euskaltel riders, grinning that their former mate is giving them a free ride to the finish.

Tyler is on the climb, working hard! He's looking good on the climb, but it's not an easy ride.

He started today only 3' 37" behind 5th place Mayo of Euskaltel. Tyler can really time trial much better than Mayo too, so that top five spot of Mayo is really on the line right now.

Meanwhile, the DP tickering staff are losing any semblance of objectivity as they hop about screaming for Tyler "Nails" Hamilton, he of the fractured collarbone, writing another chapter in his legendary Tour escapades this year!

The final climb has split up both the chasing group and the peloton. Hamilton's gap is growing - he's up to 4'42"! He's on the Cote de Bonetbelchenea...

6:11 am PDT. 51km left. The climb is 1.4km long, and Tyler is giving it everything! I must say, if Tyler wins this stage I will go absolutely batcrap crazy. It's already tough enough to report this as it is.

Hamilton crests the climb, and he's off on his one man time trial to the finish... he's just taken on plenty to drink, he's really working it today. Too bad there aren't time bonuses for the climbs! He will pick up another bonus in Irissary in about 9km at the 2nd intermediate sprint.

4' 54" to the peloton for Hamilton! Turpin is alone, the AG2r rider trying to bridge up to Hamilton. He has about 1km left on the climb though, so he has a huge gap to make up.

Postal has a policeman or two in the front of the field, but they're not chasing. Tyler doesn't threaten their agendas, and there is no doubt in my mind that Lance Armstrong would love to be standing next to Tyler Hamilton on the podium.

Before the stage, Hincapie said the they would chase the attacks of the Euskaltel riders. Sure enough, when Mayo went the Posties went after him. But not Hamilton...he was not a big enough threat, and they let him go with a gleam of joy in their eyes for their tough old friend.

Now a man from Cofidis, Lelli, has flown by the chase group of five men. He has counterattacked from the field. Hamilton is ahead of Turpin by 4'15, the four man chase group is at 4'40" and it's 4'55" to the peloton.

The Euskaltel and Fassa-led peloton still loses time to Hamilton - "Nails" is really putting the wood to his rivals so far today. The gap continues to grow... it's more than five minutes now!

6:16 am PDT. 44km left. Hamilton is nearing the 2nd intermediate sprint. He's FLYING on his solo ride towards Bayonne. He is really inspired today. He still has a long way to go, but he looks good! You know, those climbs might have put the hurt on the sprinters. If they lost touch with the peloton, and they very well might have with the intensity of those Cat 1 climbs they covered earlier, then the sprinters teams won't come to the front to help the chase. We'll have to see where the sprinters are.

Hamilton's lead is 5' 00" at Irissary. Telekom has now come to the front. Telekom is starting to feel a bit concerned about this escape, as Hamilton begins to eat into Vinokourov's lead!

Botero, a man who was a GC favorite before the race, is setting the pace in the peloton. Lelli has met up with Turpin, and the two men are chasing. They are the second group on the road.

Santiago Botero comes to the front with the Euskaltel boys... Botero and two Euskaltel riders share the pacemaking, and the grinning Posties sit on behind them. This is perfect in every way for Postal! Postal is having a very nice day on the road, no doubt about it!

Lelli and Turpin come through the intermediate sprint, but they are not that far in front of the peloton.

Hamilton has photographer motorbikes in front of and behind him, scrambling to get pictures of this epic, heroic attack. A few days ago, Jean Marie Leblanc commented how wonderful he thought it was that Hamilton was carrying on and riding so well after his Stage 1 accident. Tyler's lead on Lelli and Turpin is 4'59" and they are 20" ahead of the peloton.

Telekom is getting serious now! Leblanc was saying this in the face of some ridiculous statements made by certain people in the Tour entourage about Hamilton. Lelli and Turpin are caught.

6:30 am PDT. 40km left. Hamilton's lead is down a bit to 5' 07". All of the other breakaways have been swept up, and only Tyler is off the front. Guerini is on the front of the pack, driving it for Telekom. Botero is off the back now... Eric Zabel is also there with the pack.

Botero has now slipped back in the main field. He has had horrible form this Tour. Zabel, his Telekom teammate, is in the peloton, so the Pinkies will be working to protect Vinokourov's lead and to set up Zabel for the sprint. Tyler is holding steady... 5'08" ahead of the field!

Hamilton is gritting his teeth, grimacing a bit, hammering away in his saddle. This is an all-or-nothing charge towards the podium for the noble little man from Marblehead, Mass. The lead is building!

Meanwhile, in the pack, Armstrong sits behind his Postal train, which sits behind the Telekom/Euskaltel train. The Yellow Jersey will do not a darned thing to chase back his dear friend and former teammate. Hamilton continues to stretch his lead in the face of this chase! AMAZING!

6:40 am PDT. 31km left. Hamilton's lead is still over 5' with only 31 km left! He really has a chance to win the stage! The rest of the stage is pan flat, which will not favor him, but the sprinters' teams (except Telekom) have done nothing to chase yet.

Okay, now that I said that about the course being flat, Hamilton is on an uphill section! There are hordes of screaming fans going absolutely nutty over this man's ride! They know who he is and they know what he's done. Tyler has truly become the darling of this Tour!

The break has come down a bit, to 4'53", but the pack is on the flat, so that's not surprising...Three Telekoms and one Euskaltel set the pace in front of the Postal train in the peloton. The pace is not pulling Hamilton back very much at all.

The screams of "Allez!" for Tyler are deafening from the fans along the side of the road, even over the poor motorbike audio! His gap is 4' 45" as he rides through town. 25km to go, Quickstep has come to the front...

Quickstep must be chasing for Bettini. They must like the Italian Champion's chances to win a sprint from such a tired, diminished peloton.

6:52 am PDT. 21km left. The peloton is still 4' 39" behind Hamilton. His time trialing skills are amazing. Tyler now goes through the 20km banner! Holy cow, it is really starting to look like Hamilton might pull this off. If he does, people around the world will LOSE IT! The peloton is strung out, the pace is high, but Hamilton is just on a mission today.

Bjarne Riis pulls up in the CSC car to shout encouragement. He shouts, "Come on Tyler, come on!" and his shouts are being echoed by the boisterous fans along the road. They can't believe what they are seeing!

Telekom, Euskaltel, and Quickstep set the pace. Quickstep has no reason to chase.

6:53 am PDT. 15km left. Yesterday I had a Tour hangover, I was so emotionally exhausted from that amazing stage on Monday. I thought today would be a chance for me to recover and watch a mellow stage. I was wrong! With only 15km left, Hamilton has a 4' 30" lead, and I am about to go crazy!

Hamilton could be riding his way onto the podium! Or at least the top five! And he is looking better and better for the stage win! Only 13km left, 4' 12" lead! Go!! He grits his teeth, grimacing in pain. It's not just his collarbone, it's his legs too, he's been off the front on the attack for so long. He's still flying along, getting encouragement from the fans and his team car. He is driving it for everything he's worth. 6:58 am PDT. 12 km left. His gap is still 4' 10". Hamilton will very likely win the stage! Telekom and Quickstep are keeping the pressure on, and Postal is nowhere. Free ride day for the boys in blue! But how much time will Hamilton take from his GC rivals? How many places will he move up GC? Those are the bigger questions.

Bjarne Riis is pounding on the door of the CSC car, shouting encouragement to Tyler as he hammers on...

Tyler is inside 10km with a lead of 4'07". This time trial on Saturday is going to be INSANE.

7:05 am PDT. 9km left. Telekom has three men just driving it on the front of the peloton. They know that Vinokourov's podium position is under serious threat. This will really throw a wrench into the time trial, as the whole podium will be up for grabs if he holds this lead.

Tyler is in pain, his head is down and he is DRIVING IT. Amazing! Hamilton has ridden this entire breakaway virtually alone, drilling it in his time trial mode up the hills past the earlier break, and now on the flats in defiance of the flying peloton. This is an epic ride, and what could be more fitting in a Tour like this???

7km left. 3' 45" is the gap. You have to question what the heck Quickstep thinks they are up to chasing this down. Their best rider is Reeechard, and he is 22' back. They're not there anymore. It's only Telekom chasing now.

6km left.

Tyler has it. It's a completely flat run in to the finish...He's under the 5km to go marker. The lead is about 3' 30" still. He has it - he's going to win. But by how much?

Telekom is the only team chasing now. Everyone else has sat up, realizing that Hamilton will win the stage. Only the men racing for the Green Jersey are still worried, lining up behind the Telekom train.

3km left. 3' 09" is the lead of Hamilton. Tyler will be driving it all the way to the line... he is looking for as much time as he can get. The crowd on the roadside is yelling GO, TYLER! He's riding along a river on a flat section of the course. People are shouting his name on the roadsides! Everyone along the roadside knows what this means!!

The peloton has to navigate some traffic furniture. This will benefit Hamilton. 2 km to go.

Hamilton is inside the barriers! He still has a healthy gap!

Final Kilometer. Hamilton is riding through huge, monstrous crowds! This is one of the greatest breakaways in years! This is absolutely incredible, and the fans along the road and around the world are going absolutely, positively batcrap crazy! Tyler gets the thumbs up from the team car.

Tyler looks over his shoulder, and nobody is there! He shakes the hand of Riis! Then he puts the pressure on to gain the seconds, driving it to the line.

He claps and raises his hands across the line. Holy cow, Tyler Hamilton has won the stage! Can you believe it? A storied, epic Tour has just gotten that much greater.

Vinokourov is on the front driving it to the line in the peloton, as he is leading out Zabel and trying to save his lead!

The peloton crosses 1' 55" behind. Zabel wins the run-in for 2nd.

The peloton really ate into Tyler's lead over the last 5km, but Hamilton will still be about only 1" out of the top five. This is CSC's third stage win. What a brilliant Tour for them.

Zabel was the only big-named sprinter other than O'Grady to finish with the peloton.

This is Hamilton's first Tour stage win. Bjarne Riis is ecstatic. He hugs Tyler gently (Tyler does have a fractured collarbone still), and they are all big happy smiles.

Lance just hugged Tyler! Tyler's wife give him big kisses and hugs! Lance hugs Tyler's wife and smiles, shaking Tyler's hand with gusto! He is so happy for his friend!

Tyler can only lift his left arm! The crowd gives him a HUGE ovation on the podium. He shakes hands with the dignitaries using his left hand. Hinault has a big smile of congratulations for the American.

Armstrong also gets a big round of applause from the crowd when he comes out to get his Yellow Jersey.

1. Hamilton @ 4h 59' 41"
2. Zabel 1' 55"
3. Krivtsov @ ST
4. Paolini @ ST
5. Glomser @ ST
6. de Groot @ ST
7. Zberg @ ST
8. Casar @ ST
9. Guidi @ ST
10. O'Grady @ ST.

This concludes our live coverage for today, but please join us again tomorrow. Also check the DP homepage for two great after-race interviews with Hamilton and Armstrong. Thanks for joining us today! Results below.

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Stage 16 Results (Full)

1 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 4h 59' 41"
2 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 01' 55"
5 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE s.t.
6 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB s.t.
7 ZBERG Marcus SUI GST s.t.
8 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ s.t.
9 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI s.t.
10 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A s.t.
11 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ s.t.
13 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE s.t.
14 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R s.t.
15 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT s.t.
16 RENIER Franck FRA BLB s.t.
18 BRANDT Christophe BEL LOT s.t.
19 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL s.t.
20 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC s.t.
21 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R s.t.
22 HINCAPIE George USA USP s.t.
23 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF s.t.
25 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE s.t.
26 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP s.t.
27 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS s.t.
28 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD s.t.
29 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS s.t.
30 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB s.t.
31 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS s.t.
33 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS s.t.
34 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A s.t.
35 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC s.t.
36 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP s.t.
37 MAYO Iban ESP EUS s.t.
38 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R s.t.
40 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN s.t.
41 ROUS Didier FRA BLB s.t.
42 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE s.t.
45 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB s.t.
46 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE s.t.
49 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R s.t.
50 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL s.t.
51 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB s.t.
52 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF s.t.
53 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL s.t.
54 LANDIS Floyd USA USP s.t.
55 BÖLTS Udo GER GST s.t.
56 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC s.t.
57 CANADA David ESP QSD s.t.
58 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP s.t.
59 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD s.t.
60 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB s.t.
61 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP s.t.
62 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE s.t.
63 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB s.t.
64 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL s.t.
65 AZEVEDO José POR ONE s.t.
67 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R s.t.
68 PARRA Ivan COL KEL s.t.
69 LATASA David ESP KEL s.t.
70 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN s.t.
72 PLAZA David ESP TBI s.t.
73 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS s.t.
74 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL s.t.
75 CASERO Angel ESP TBI 02' 07"
76 CIONI Dario  ITA FAS 02' 10"
77 HERAS Roberto ESP USP s.t.
78 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN s.t.
79 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS s.t.
80 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R s.t.
81 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN s.t.
82 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE 02' 17"
83 NOE Andrea ITA ALS 02' 17"
84 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 02' 25"
85 PERON Andrea ITA CSC 02' 25"
86 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 02' 28"
87 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL 02' 37"
88 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 02' 37"
89 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 02' 38"
90 AERTS Mario BEL TEL 02' 43"
91 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS 04' 10"
92 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 18' 53"
94 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD s.t.
95 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF s.t.
98 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL s.t.
99 ORIOL Christophe FRA A2R s.t.
100 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL s.t.
101 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB s.t.
102 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN s.t.
103 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS s.t.
104 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN s.t.
105 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE s.t.
106 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB s.t.
107 ANDRLE René CZE ONE s.t.
108 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP s.t.
109 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN s.t.
110 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL s.t.
111 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL 28' 38"
112 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF s.t.
113 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE s.t.
114 LIESE Thomas GER TBI s.t.
115 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS s.t.
116 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL s.t.
117 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL s.t.
118 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF s.t.
119 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A 32' 20"
120 BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA ALS s.t.
121 KNAVEN Servais NED QSD s.t.
122 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT s.t.
123 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF s.t.
124 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN s.t.
125 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC s.t.
126 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL s.t.
127 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT s.t.
128 VAN BON Leon NED LOT s.t.
129 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL s.t.
130 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A s.t.
131 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ s.t.
132 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ s.t.
133 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
134 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A s.t.
135 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD s.t.
136 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA CAL s.t.
137 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN s.t.
138 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ s.t.
140 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE s.t.
141 USANO Julian ESP KEL s.t.
142 VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
143 MUNOZ David ESP KEL s.t.
144 HARY Maryan FRA BLB s.t.
145 MILLAR David GBR COF s.t.
146 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB s.t.
147 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 32' 49"
148 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL s.t
149 BECKE Daniel GER TBI 45' 48"
  GATES Nick AUS LOT Abandon
  WIELINGA Remmert NED RAB Abandon

General Classfication after Stage 16 (Top 50)

1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 70h 37' 59"
2 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 01' 07"
3 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 02' 45"
4 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 05' 16"
5 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 05' 25"
6 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 06' 35"
7 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 08' 08"
8 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 11' 12"
9 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 16' 05"
10 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 16' 12"
11 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 17' 09"
12 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 18' 52"
13 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 19' 34"
14 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 22' 00"
15 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 24' 34"
16 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 24' 59"
17 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 26' 50"
19 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 27' 29"
20 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 28' 57"
21 PLAZA David ESP TBI 40' 57"
22 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI 42' 48"
23 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 45' 34"
24 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 45' 48"
25 AZEVEDO José POR ONE 49' 32"
26 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB 58' 29"
27 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 59' 42"
28 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL 1h 00' 50"
29 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R 1h 01' 17"
30 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB 1h 04' 14"
31 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 1h 07' 28"
32 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 1h 08' 13"
33 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 1h 12' 34"
34 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL 1h 14' 19"
35 PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier ESP KEL 1h 15' 40"
36 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 1h 17' 47"
37 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE 1h 21' 52"
38 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 1h 24' 16"
39 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL 1h 25' 33"
40 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL 1h 32' 52"
41 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF 1h 34' 03"
42 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 1h 36' 15"
43 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC 1h 37' 54"
44 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC 1h 39' 25"
45 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 1h 41' 32"
46 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 1h 42' 53"
47 HINCAPIE George USA USP 1h 43' 15"
48 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 1h 45' 19"
49 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN 1h 45' 41"
50 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 1h 49' 23"

Points after Stage 16 (Top 25)

1 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 156 pts
2 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 148 pts
3 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 143 pts
4 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 134 pts
5 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 128 pts
6 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 119 pts
7 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 111 pts
8 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 98 pts
9 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 91 pts
10 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 83 pts
11 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 83 pts
12 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 82 pts
13 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 81 pts
14 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 79 pts
15 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 76 pts
16 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 75 pts
17 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 73 pts
18 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 73 pts
19 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 72 pts
20 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 69 pts
21 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 51 pts
22 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 44 pts
23 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 43 pts
24 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 43 pts
25 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 42 pts

KOM after Stage 16 (Top 25)

1 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 324 pts
2 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 187 pts
3 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 168 pts
4 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 133 pts
5 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 132 pts
6 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 130 pts
7 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 125 pts
8 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 124 pts
9 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 116 pts
10 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 100 pts
11 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 97 pts
12 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 95 pts
13 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 91 pts
14 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 80 pts
15 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 77 pts
16 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 72 pts
17 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 71 pts
18 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL QSD 67 pts
19 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE 64 pts
20 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 62 pts
21 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 62 pts
22 GARMENDIA Aitor ESP TBI 62 pts
23 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 61 pts
24 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 58 pts
25 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS 54 pts

Youth Classification after Stage 16

1 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 70h 55' 08"
2 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 42' 33"
3 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 1h 00' 38"
4 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 1h 07' 07"
5 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 1h 19' 06"
6 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 1h 24' 23"
7 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 1h 32' 14"
8 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 1h 33' 14"
9 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 1h 51' 41"
10 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 2h 00' 08"
11 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 2h 05' 36"
12 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 2h 15' 05"
13 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 2h 16' 46"
14 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 2h 37' 14"
15 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 2h 58' 30"
16 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 2h 59' 18"
17 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 3h 06' 22"
18 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 3h 18' 56"
19 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 3h 23' 18"
20 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 3h 29' 19"
21 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 3h 38' 53"
22 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL 3h 39' 40"
23 MUNOZ David ESP KEL 3h 40' 03"
24 BECKE Daniel GER TBI 3h 59' 41"

Teams Classification after Stage 16

1 TEAM CSC  CSC 209h 36' 55"
5 TEAM BIANCHI  TBI 1h 01' 08"
6 TEAM TELEKOM  TEL 1h 26' 51"
8 AG2R PREVOYANCE  A2R 1h 56' 40"
9 ONCE - EROSKI  ONE 2h 00' 26"
12 ALESSIO  ALS 2h 59' 18"
14 KELME - COSTA BLANCA  KEL 3h 14' 46"
15 GEROLSTEINER  GST 3h 15' 49"
16 JEAN DELATOUR  DEL 3h 15' 57"
17 RABOBANK  RAB 3h 37' 41"
18 FASSA BORTOLO  FAS 3h 48' 07"
19 CREDIT AGRICOLE  C.A 5h 07' 26"
20 LOTTO - DOMO  LOT 5h 50' 46"
21 FDJEUX.COM  FDJ 6h 45' 23"
22 CALDIROLA - SO.DI  CAL 7h 44' 10"

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