|Welcome to the Daily Peloton's Coverage of Stage 18 of this year's Tour de France, which starts in Bordeaux and concludes in Saint-Maixent-L'Ecole. The distance today is 203.5km. Riders will have to be strong to last the distance, even in the main pack to let a group of riders escape.
Commentary by Nick Bull and Jaime Nichols.
Overnight Abandons: Telekom rider Santiago Botero did not start today's stage. There are 148 riders left in the race.
Today's stage started at approximately 11.50 am (CET). The air temperature at the start was 25 degrees Celsius, though the conditions were mild.
The riders passed through the long neutral zone of 12km, before reaching the official start on the outskirts of Bordeaux at 12:10.
KM 1, 12:10 CET: An aggressive start sees Brad McGee, Fabrizio Guidi and Leon Van Bon attack. The Brioche la Boulangere team are leading the peloton.
KM 3: The three riders have been caught and are back in the Peloton.
KM 12: More riders are trying the attack the Pack. This does not succeed.
KM 26, 12:38 CET: A group of 30 Riders have attacked. They are Beltran, Landis (USPS), Gonzalez de Galdeano, Jaksche, Pradera (ONCE), Petrov (iBanesto.com), Wauters (Rabobank), Sacchi (Saeco), Millar, Moncoutie, Vasseur (Cofidis), Blaudzun, Piil (CSC),, McGee, Vogondy (FDJeux.com), Bettini, Bramati, Paolini (Quick Step), Cioni (Fassa), Moreau, Poilvet (CA), Garmendia, De Clercq (Lotto Domo), Brochard, Flickinger, Oriol (Ag2r), Vainsteins (Vini Caldirola), Mayo, Zubeldia (Euskatel), Chavanel, Dumoulin, Edalaine, Pineau and Jean-Patrick Nazon.(Brioche)
KM 33, 12:45 CET: McGee, Bettini, Flickinger and Dumoulin are the only riders yet to be caught by the peloton. The original group included the riders Zubeldia and Iban Mayo, who were 4th and 5th overall this morning. It was no surprise to see the US Postal team close down the break.
KM 34, 12:47 CET: The leading pack now consists of five riders: Brad McGee (FDJ), Paolo Bettini (QSD), Leon Van Bon (LOT), Flickinger (AG2) and Samuel Dumoulin (DEL). Van Bon just attacked the Peloton and joined up with the leaders.
KM 36, 12:51 CET: The Escapees lead the US Postal/Credit Agricole led peloton by 15 seconds.
KM 41, 12:55 CET: The breakaway group was caught by the peloton 41km into the stage.
KM 44, 13:02 CET: Three riders from the Lotto-Domo team are on the attack. The first Sprint of the day is getting nearer. However, they have been caught.
KM 50, 13:06CET: Results Of The Montendre Sprint:
1. Robbie McEwen (LOT) 6pts
2. Jan Ullrich (TBI) 4pts
3. Lance Armstrong (USP) 2pts
It is not surprising to see Ullrich challenging for time bonuses: he promised to attack Armstrong all the way to Paris. Ullrich is now only 1'05" behind Armstrong in GC.
McEwen is now on equal points with Baden Cooke in the green jersey competition. They each have 169 Points.
KM 53, 13:09CET: Marzio Bruseghin has attacked.
KM 54, 13:11CET: The very active peloton has caught the breakaway rider.
KM 55, 13:12 CET: Quick Step rider Paolo Bettini has attacked the group. His team are having a brilliant race this year, but surely they cannot possibly win another stage today?
KM 60, 13:17CET: Bettini is caught by the Peloton. The speed at which the stage is being contested in unbelievable, it could even be the fastest stage ever in the Tour de France.
KM 61, 13:20CET: Another breakaway group, consisting of Pradera, Nardello, Lastras, Fornaciari, Lelli, Peron, Cioni, Da Cruz, Pascual Llorente, Bramati, Canada, Guidi, Brandt, Flickinger, Voeckler and Miholjevic have attacked and now lead the pack by 30".
Many of these riders were in the first breakaway group to go away in the stage. Obviously they are desperate to win a stage in the Centenary Tour.
KM 62, 13:21CET: This breakaway group are gaining time on the peloton very quickly. It appears that the pack are not bothered about the riders in this lead bunch, so it seems that today's stage will be won by a rider in this group. Their lead is 40".
If the group remains together to the finish in Saint-Maixent-L'Ecole, surely the Bianchi rider Guidi will be one of the favourites for the victory. He is a very fast sprinter.
French hopes will lie with Andy Flickinger. The Ag2r rider is improving every year and could be a surprise winner today. Of course the riders will hope to be victorious in the religious city which lies half-way between La Rochelle and Futuroscope.
The only team to have two riders in the lead group are Quick Step. Their performance in this tour has been exceptional, especially as they are more suited to the Spring Classics. Davide Bramati and David Canada are their representatives.
12:25 CET: Lance Armstrong's US Postal team lead the peloton. They are 1'40" behind the group of 16 riders who escaped ten minutes ago.
Seven riders in the lead group of sixteen (Nardello, Fornaciari, Lelli, Peron, Cioni, Bramati and Guidi) are Italians. The stage could be dominated by the country who already have five stage wins in this year's Tour to their name.
KM 70, 13:31CET: The peloton is 2'40" behind the 16-man escape group after 70 kilometers of this stage. The distance today is 203.5km, so there is still a long way to race.
13:36CET: The 16-man escape group lead by 3'40".
Escape Group: Pradera (ONE), Nardello (TEL), Lastras (BAN), Fornaciari (SAE), Lelli (COF), Peron (CSC), Cioni (FAS), Da Cruz (FDJ), Pascual Llorente (KEL), Bramati & Canada (QSD), Guidi (TBI), Brandt (LOT), Flickinger (AG2), Voeckler (BLB) and Miholjevic (ALS).
KM 76, 13:39CET: The lead of the 16 man lead group is 4'20" at the 76Kilometer mark. Obviously the Peloton are not concerned about today's leaders, and are happy to ride at a relatively slow pace, though the average speed so far today is 50.6Km/h. This is very fast!
13:43CET: Daniele Nardello is the only rider in the lead group who has won a stage in the Tour de France. The victory came in 1998, when the Italian rode for the Mapei team.
The lead for this group is now 5 minutes and 20 seconds.
One team who will be happy to see this breakaway group stay away are the FDJeux.com team. Baden Cooke, who looked very tired at the end of yesterday's stage is now level on points with Robbie McEwen in the Green Jersey competition. If the group stay away, the major points will have gone to these riders, and now Cooke's rivals.
13:46CET: The ever-growing time advantage for the 16-man escape group is now up to 5'50".
83 KM, 13:52CET: As the main pack passed the 83km mark, the lead of the escape group on the peloton was 6'50. The main pack is being led by two riders from the US Postal team. One of the reasons why the Postals don't seem concerned about the lead group is that the best-placed overall riders is Massimiliano Lelli. He is in 24th place overall, 45'48" behind Armstrong.
13:54CET: The "ever-growing" lead for the Escape Group is now up to 7'15".
14:03CET: All nine riders from the US Postal team are now leading the peloton. They are 7'40" behind the Lead Group. It seems that the race will be rather quiet for the succeeding kilometers- a complete contrast to the start of the stage.
14:08CET: As the peloton make their way through the feedzone, Franck Renier is involved in a crash. It is not clear if he is injured.
The gap from the lead group to the field was 11 Minutes exactly as the peloton passed through the feedzone, where Renier fell.
100 KM, 14:15CET: The crash at the feedstation occured when Renier's bike got tangled up with his musette. He is back racing and is trying to rejoin the peloton.
14:19CET With the lead for the escape group nearly twelve minutes, it seems certain that the leaders will remain clear. However, the teams who have riders high up in the GC will be keen to make sure that the lead group does not gain too much time on the peloton today, as some riders could move up several places in the Overall Standings.
Yesterday, some teams chased the leading group for several kilometers near the stage finish to prevent Peter Luttenburger, who was in the break, from gaining too much time and therefore displacing some of their team leaders from their overall positions.
KM 101, 14:22CET: The group of sixteen riders lead the main pack by 12'05". The peloton are clearly not interested in chasing down the leaders.
14:25CET: Strangely, two Saeco riders are at the head of the Peloton. The Italian team are represented in the lead group. Fornaciari is their rider in the escape group.
Halfway into the stage, here is a summary of the main action:
Jan Ullrich came second at the first Intermediate Sprint, gaining two seconds on Armstrong, who finished third. The Bianchi rider is only 1'05 behind the Texan.
At the same sprint, Robbie McEwen became level on points with fellow Aussie Baden Cooke in the Sprint Competition. McEwen took maximum points at the Sprint at Montendre.
A breakaway group of 16 riders attacked at 61KM into the stage. They have led the race since then. Their lead is now up to 13'40". However, before they succeeded, many other riders were trying to break out of the Peloton, but failed.
The leaders are Pradera (ONE), Nardello (TEL), Lastras (BAN), Fornaciari (SAE), Lelli (COF), Peron (CSC), Cioni (FAS), Da Cruz (FDJ), Pascual Llorente (KEL), Bramati & Canada (QSD), Guidi (TBI), Brandt (LOT), Flickinger (AG2), Voeckler (BLB) and Miholjevic (ALS).
The pace of the stage has been so high the the Record Average speed of a stage might be set today: the current record is 50.355kph, set by Mario Cipollini who won the 194.5km stage from Laval to Blois in the 1999 Tour. That day, a breakaway group led for many kilometers. They were a factor in the record being broken.
We have a similar situation today, with the 16 man group out in front.
14:39CET: The US Postal team are leading the peloton. The weather is still quite bleak, but the sun is trying to come out of the clouds. Recently, the weather in the race has been quite overcast - very different to the first two weeks of the Tour. The leading group of riders have extended their lead to 14'48".
With the breakaway group in the lead, it is a perfect chance for Armstrong, Ullrich and Co. to ride at a comfortable speed. This is what they need before the important Time Trial tomorrow.
14:43CET: With the Postal team still leading the Peloton, the breakaway group are still riding away from them. Their lead is now fifteen and a half minutes.
120KM, 14:47: As the peloton pass the 120km mark, the time gap to the leaders is still rising. It is now up to 15'50".
With 83.5KM remaining, the riders in the lead must be thinking how to win today's stage. Such a victory will rank in a rider's Palmares as one of their best wins in their career. As mentioned earlier, of the escapees, only Nardello from the Telekom team has won a stage in the Tour before.
Today's stage finish is in Saint-Maixent-L'Ecole: it is the first time the Tour de France has visited the town, which is home to just 8,300 people. It is the French capital of children’s folklore.
14:59 CET: The Peloton is still being lead by Armstrong's US Postal team. The weather where the lead group are is not looking too promising; grey clouds are emerging. It has started raining at the Stage Finish, so the Tour could see some wet weather today. No stage of this year's race has finished in wet conditions thus far. The peloton are now riding on wet roads.
The roads on which the lead group are riding are dry.
The gap is now 19'11". Viatcheslav Ekimov is in the cars talking to the race doctor - his lip is really swollen.... it looks like he may have been stung by a bee.
15.09 CET: The time gap is huge, and contains no threats to the leaderboard. There are 52km to ride and the time gap is 19'18".
Postal leads the peloton. In the break, Fabrizio Guidi of Team Bianchi and Carlos Da Cruz of FDJeux.com are good sprinters...The update on Viatcheslav Ekimov is that he has in fact been stung by a wasp.
15.17 CET: The peloton is rolling fast - 68 to 70kph... we are still on course for a record speed today.
15.24 CET: The peloton is led by the Postal crew, and is spread out across the road. The break continues on - the latest time gap is 22". Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen are in a dead heat for the green jersey. The breakaway is nearing the final sprint point, but none of the 16 riders in the break will benefit from the points or time bonus.
Massimiliano Lelli has the most to gain of any rider in this break. If the current time time gap holds he will move up into about 14th place and score his best finish ever in the Tour de France.
The break has just gone through the final sprint point...
The intermediate sprint was contested, but not with much gusto - Flickinger won it over Bramati and Voeckler.
This morning, at the start of the stage, George Hincapie (US Postal) said that today being a flat stage they were hoping for a good break and not much wind, but the team feels good, and they are ready for anything.
What if the final day comes down to just a few seconds difference between Armstrong and Ullrich? "I don't think that's gonna happen," says George. With a smile, by the way.
15.33 CET: The average speed today is 51 kph.
Both USPS and Bianchi have twin trains leading out the peloton. UIllrich has made it clear that he will fight for the very last second on the Champs Elysees if he must. He wants to win this tour.
Ullrich's close battle with Armstrong has all of Germany riveted to the tour. Last Sunday's stage had record number of viewers: 8.1 million viewers. Saturday's decisive Time Trail is expected to break all records for viewership of cycling coverage on German television.
15.43 CET, 30 km to go. The break sweeps around a traffic circle... there are still sixteen riders together, but none of these riders will want to finish all together... the attacks should come soon. Dario Cioni heads back to his team car to get his drink on.
In transfer and contract news, both Moreau and Simoni have extended their contracts with their existing teams, Credit Agricole and Saeco. Both are re-committing to their current teams for the next two seasons.
Simoni's teammate Dario Pieri joins him in a new two year contract, and for Credit Agricole, they add Benoit Salmon who comes from the Phonak team.
The current break is 22'27". Viacheslav Ekimov's face is horribly swollen... his lip and cheek are HUGE. He is up at the front of the pack, riding right behind Lance Armstrong, and he looks terrible. Hopefully this will not be another Jonathan Vaughters situation!
It's a point of honor to finish with a full complement of 9 riders in Paris, but if Eki were to be lost, he will at least have done his job for this tour - if Postal is to lose him, it's a good thing it's now and not earlier!
The break is staring to horse around - thinking more about victory than a smooth fast ride.
There are a few riders who are starting to just be passengers in the break...Now there's an attack - Thomas Voeckler from Brioches de Boulangere attacks with 20 km to race. He's got a bit of a gap, and the break is looking at each other... who's gonna chase?
Fabrizio Guidi is near the front but they're looking around... Carlos da Cruz takes action...
Guidi leads the chase, and they are closing in. They have Voeckler, and Lelli launches!
Andy Flickinger and Daniele Nardello are closing the gap to Lelli, but there is a big split in the break - about half and half...
Da Cruz, Flickinger, Lelli, Lastras, Voeckler, Bramati and Canada have made the front split.
15.59 CET: The gap is 22'08". Bramati may have been dropped from the front group...There's only one Quickstep rider in the front split - and it's David Canada. The chasers are riding hard - there are eight leaders up the road.
Less than 15km left to race. Lelli, Flickinger, Nardello, Voeckler, Canada, Lastras, Da Cruz and Fornaciari have a lead on the chasers of about 30".
Vladimir Miholjevic is chasing between the two groups... he has about 10" on the chasers.
16.04 CET: David Canada has gone off the front! Quickstep is looking for the second victory in as many days! Canada has a good gap, and this is looking like a deja vu of yesterday's break by Knaven.
Canada is hammering hard - he's making a huge effort. The gap is small... and the chasers are splitting up...He's got about 20 meters. The group has split again - Da Cruz, Lastras and Bardello have split off the front in that chase after Canada, who is still free and driving it.
Carlos Da Cruz is the best sprinter here, he will fight to make it to the line...
There are 4km to the finish for the Canada... he is in sight of the chasers, they are only 8 seconds behind. The remnants of this group are 35" behind.
Da Cruz is working hard... he is making it hard for Nardello and Lastras to work from him. Canada is making a huge effort, there is pain all over his face. He is drilling it hard!
Da Cruz and his two break-mates are really horsing around... no one wants to work too hard... and Canada hammers on. He is going to hang on - it's a long straight run in for him now, and he has a hair of a lead - only 5".
Canada is under the Flamme Rouge - and he's gotten a huge burst of energy...it's so close. Da Cruz makes a last desperate effort! Da Cruz has him!
Da Cruz is fading, and all of them are together! Lastras takes Da Cruz on the line! Amazing!
Fabrizio Guidi takes the sprint in the chasing group...
The peloton is still about 20 minutes out...
Pablo Lastras (iBanesto): "It's my greatest victory. We all worked well together. I didn't know if i needed to attack near the finish line."
1. Lastras, 2. Da Cruz, 3. Nardello, 4. Canada, 5. Lelli, 6. Flickinger.
The peloton rides on through corn fields... led by Gerolsteiner with Postal and Bianchi right behind them.
16.21 CET: The peloton's just passing under the 15 km mark. The green jersey battle rages on, with Cooke and McEwen currently tied for first in that competition.
Robbie McEwen said this morning that he is feeling more confident that he has his legs back after the Pyrenees... He is hoping to gain whatever advantage he can, but thinks it will come down to the Champs Elysees.
There could be A LOT of agendas shaping up on that final day after the tomorrow's time trial...If it's a close one, there could be a battle for more than the green jersey on the final day.
The average speed of today is just second to the all time record set by Mario Cipollini in 1999.
16.28 CET: The peloton is gearing up for a big finish. It's now nearly 15 minutes since Lastras' victory.
Gerolstiener still leads - the sprint will be for 17th place on the day.
16.32 CET: The peloton is under the 4km banner... 20 minutes down on the leaders now. Lotto-Domo riders are coming to the front, as is Australian National Champion Stuey O'Grady. 3 km to go....
Postal has faded back in the peloton - Gerolsteiner still leading them home... Brad McGee is up there for his teammate Baden Cooke in green...McEwen is right there.
Ullrich is in second position - Armstrong is near the front as well, Vinokourov is right on his wheel. Ullrich is right up there, is he planning to contest the sprint?? No, he's sliding back...he doesn't want to take risks with the sprinters.
O'Grady is in the lead - Nazon is there... McEwen, Hushovd... Zabel...McEwen takes it! He will take over the green jersey.
Zabel and Cooke were close, but not close enough to the Lotto Domo rider. It was McEwen, Zabel and then Cooke.
McEwen has 178 points to Cooke's 176 in the fight for green. Everything is so close this year! Tomorrow it's mano a mano in the race of truth for Armstrong and Ullrich, and McEwen and Cooke will do battle on the final day for Green. Never a dull moment in this Tour de France!
Lance Armstrong, in the yellow leader's jersey: "For tomorrow, I feel ready to go...The bottom line is that I don't want to look my teammates in the eye and tell them I lost the Tour de France in a time trial... so I'm gonna go fast."
Armstrong gives the gendarmes his autograph...
Stage 18 Results
1 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN 4h 03' 18"
2 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ s.t.
3 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL s.t.
4 CANADA David ESP QSD 00' 04"
5 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 00' 19"
6 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R s.t."
7 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB s.t."
8 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE s.t."
9 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 00' 35"
10 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS s.t.
11 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD s.t.
12 PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier ESP KEL s.t.
13 BRANDT Christophe BEL LOT s.t.
14 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE s.t.
15 CIONI Dario ITA FAS s.t.
16 PERON Andrea ITA CSC s.t.
17 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 24' 05"
18 ZABEL Erik GER TEL s.t.
19 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ s.t.
20 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD s.t.
21 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A s.t.
22 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL s.t.
23 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A s.t.
24 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI s.t.
25 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
26 CHRISTENSEN Bekim DEN CSC s.t.
27 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A s.t.
28 ZBERG Marcus SUI GST s.t.
29 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC s.t.
30 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC s.t.
31 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL s.t.
32 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS s.t.
33 CASERO Angel ESP TBI s.t.
34 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST s.t.
35 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL s.t.
36 MUNOZ David ESP KEL s.t.
37 LANDIS Floyd USA USP s.t.
38 LÜTTENBERGER Peter AUT CSC s.t.
39 MAYO Iban ESP EUS s.t.
40 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP s.t.
41 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE s.t.
42 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ s.t.
43 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ s.t.
44 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R s.t.
45 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP s.t.
46 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL s.t.
47 BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA ALS s.t.
48 HINCAPIE George USA USP s.t.
49 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP s.t.
50 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB s.t.
51 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC s.t.
52 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD s.t.
53 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS s.t.
54 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A s.t.
55 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP s.t.
56 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP s.t.
57 BECKE Daniel GER TBI s.t.
58 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI s.t.
59 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R s.t.
60 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE s.t.
61 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN s.t.
62 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB s.t.
63 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE s.t.
64 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS s.t.
65 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB s.t.
66 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R s.t.
67 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT s.t.
68 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A s.t.
69 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL s.t.
70 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE s.t.
71 PLAZA David ESP TBI s.t.
72 AERTS Mario BEL TEL s.t.
73 GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro ESP ONE s.t.
74 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT s.t.
75 KNAVEN Servais NED QSD s.t.
76 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB s.t.
77 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS s.t.
78 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC s.t.
79 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB s.t.
80 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN s.t.
81 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE s.t.
82 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL s.t.
83 BÖLTS Udo GER GST s.t.
84 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF s.t.
85 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD s.t.
86 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE s.t.
87 ROUS Didier FRA BLB s.t.
88 PARRA Ivan COL KEL s.t.
89 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL QSD s.t.
90 AZEVEDO José POR ONE s.t.
91 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF s.t.
92 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP s.t.
93 VAN BON Leon NED LOT s.t.
94 ANDRLE René CZE ONE s.t.
95 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL s.t.
96 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS s.t.
97 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT s.t.
98 NOE Andrea ITA ALS s.t.
99 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R s.t.
100 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB s.t.
101 PESCHEL Uwe GER GST s.t.
102 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL s.t.
103 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD s.t.
104 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL s.t.
105 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB s.t.
106 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL s.t.
107 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB s.t.
108 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE s.t.
109 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS s.t.
110 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R s.t.
111 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL s.t.
112 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN s.t.
113 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL s.t.
114 USANO Julian ESP KEL s.t.
115 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE s.t.
116 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R s.t.
117 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL s.t.
118 ORIOL Christophe FRA A2R s.t.
119 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL s.t.
120 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA CAL s.t.
121 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC s.t.
122 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF s.t.
123 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF s.t.
124 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF s.t.
125 LATASA David ESP KEL s.t.
126 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF s.t.
127 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN s.t.
128 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC s.t.
129 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN s.t.
130 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL s.t.
131 LIESE Thomas GER TBI s.t.
132 VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
133 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS s.t.
134 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL s.t.
135 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN s.t.
136 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS s.t.
137 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ s.t.
138 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN s.t.
139 NAZON Damien FRA BLB s.t.
140 HERAS Roberto ESP USP s.t.
141 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB s.t.
142 RENIER Franck FRA BLB s.t.
143 HARY Maryan FRA BLB s.t.
144 GARMENDIA Aitor ESP TBI s.t.
145 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS s.t.
146 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD s.t.
147 MILLAR David GBR COF s.t.
148 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN s.t.
BOTERO Santiago COL TEL Did Not Start
General Classification after Stage 18 (Top 25)
1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 79h 07' 49"
2 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 01' 05"
3 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 02' 47"
4 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 05' 18"
5 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 05' 27"
6 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 06' 37"
7 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 08' 10"
8 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 11' 14"
9 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 16' 07"
10 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 16' 14"
11 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 17' 11"
12 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 18' 54"
13 LÜTTENBERGER Peter AUT CSC 19' 05"
14 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 19' 36"
15 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 22' 02"
16 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 22' 04"
17 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 24' 36"
18 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 25' 01"
19 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 26' 52"
20 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 27' 31"
21 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 28' 59"
22 PLAZA David ESP TBI 40' 59"
23 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI 42' 50"
24 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 45' 36"
25 AZEVEDO José POR ONE 49' 34"
Points after Stage 18 (Top 25)
1 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 178 pts
2 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 176 pts
3 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 165 pts
4 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 151 pts
5 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 133 pts
6 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 132 pts
7 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 119 pts
8 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 107 pts
9 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 104 pts
10 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 99 pts
11 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 91 pts
12 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 91 pts
13 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 85 pts
14 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 85 pts
15 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 83 pts
16 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 81 pts
17 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 81 pts
18 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 76 pts
19 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 73 pts
20 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 73 pts
21 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 69 pts
22 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE 63 pts
23 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN 49 pts
24 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 49 pts
25 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 47 pts
King of the Mountain after Stage 18 (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
Young Rider Classification after Stage 18
1 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 79h 25' 00"
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 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 1h 08' 22"
6 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 1h 19' 06"
7 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 1h 24' 23"
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 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 3h 05' 31"
18 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 3h 06' 22"
19 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 3h 18' 56"
20 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 3h 23' 18"
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 18
1 TEAM CSC CSC 234h 35' 12"
2 IBANESTO.COM BAN 18' 18"
3 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI EUS 40' 27"
4 US POSTAL - BERRY FLOOR USP 47' 22"
5 TEAM BIANCHI TBI 1h 08' 57"
6 TEAM TELEKOM TEL 1h 34' 05"
7 BRIOCHES LA BOULANGERE BLB 1h 59' 31"
8 QUICK STEP - DAVITAMON QSD 2h 02' 24"
9 AG2R PREVOYANCE A2R 2h 04' 13"
10 COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE COF 2h 07' 11"
11 ONCE - EROSKI ONE 2h 08' 15"
12 ALESSIO ALS 3h 07' 07"
13 SAECO - MACCHINE PER CAFFE SAE 3h 08' 45"
14 KELME - COSTA BLANCA KEL 3h 16' 24"
15 GEROLSTEINER GST 3h 47' 08"
16 JEAN DELATOUR DEL 3h 47' 16"
17 FASSA BORTOLO FAS 3h 55' 56"
18 RABOBANK RAB 4h 01' 11"
19 CREDIT AGRICOLE C.A 5h 38' 45"
20 LOTTO - DOMO LOT 5h 50' 46"
21 FDJEUX.COM FDJ 6h 44' 48"
22 CALDIROLA - SO.DI CAL 8h 07' 40"