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2004 Tour de France Prologue - Live Report
By Staff
Date: 7/3/2004
2004 Tour de France Prologue - Live Report

Prologue: Liège-Liège, 6.1 km (Time Trial)

This year's Tour begins in Belgium, in the town of Liège, with a 6.1 kilometer Individual Time Trial. The intermediate time check is at 3.1 kilometers, at the Quai de la Goffe.

The "favorite" riders will of course be taking the course last; here is the countdown of the final starters today (with their start times, Central European time):
Cipollini Mario (ITA, DVE) 18:49:00
Merckx Axel (BEL, LOT) 18:50:00
Simoni Gilberto (ITA, SAE) 18:51:00
McGee Bradley (AUS, FDJ) 18:52:00
Leipheimer Levi (USA, RAB) 18:53:00
Brochard Laurent (FRA, A2R) 18:54:00
Backstedt Magnus (SWE, ALB) 18:55:00
Chavanel Sylvain (FRA, BLB) 18:56:00
Heras Roberto (ESP, LST) 18:57:00
Boonen Tom (BEL, QSD) 18:58:00
O'Grady Stuart (AUS, COF) 18:59:00
Totschnig Georg (AUT, GST) 19:00:00
Mancebo Francisco (ESP, IBB) 19:01:00
Basso Ivan (ITA, CSC) 19:02:00
Moreau Christophe (FRA, C.A) 19:03:00
Petacchi Alessandro (ITA, FAS) 19:04:00
Mayo Iban (ESP, EUS) 19:05:00
Hamilton Tyler (USA, PHO) 19:06:00
Ullrich Jan (GER, TMO) 19:07:00
Armstrong Lance (USA, USP) 19:08:00

Our live coverage will start in a little while, but in the meantime we will post early information.

The first riders have started and Erik Dekker has put in the best time - the leader board at the moment is:

1- 154 Dekker 00:07:19.430
2- 172 Casagrande at 15"
3- 186 Moerenhoutat 16"
4- 169 Wilson at 27"
5- 197 Secchiari at 28"

Now Scanlon has finished with the same time as Dekker.

1. Scanlon
2. Dekker s.t.
3. Knaven 05"

Live Coverage
Our commentary today by Jan Janssens, Andy McDobbin and Locutus.

Twenty-five riders have been on the course so far - Sebastien Lang has new best time with 7.13.94. Scanlon is down 4 seconds but Padrnos has the best time at the intermediate check, a second ahead of Lang.

1. Lang
2. Krivtsov +4
3. Scanlon +5
4. Dekker +6
5. Botero +6

Karpets of Iles Baleares now flying around Liege, his long hair billowing behind - I think this young Russian took the white jersey after last year's prologue time-trial, though I may be mistaken. He has the 3rd best intermediate time behind Hruska and Padrnos. Hruska crosses the line into second place, a mere 2 seconds down on Lang.

Iles Baleares using their "Magic Karpets" - he takes the lead with 7.12.56. Erik Zabel just took off, we can expect him to ride a decent prologue in order to maybe get into yellow.

Peron immediately sharpens Karpets' time with a few seconds...Peron leading now! He's part of the CSC team which seems to be a collection of strong time-triallers...they're expected to make a superb showing in the team time trial.

Apparently Cofidis rider Matthew White is being replaced by Peter Farazijn, who is currently being escorted to Liège by the police! Hopefully he gets there in time! Farazijn was watching a rally race...but White was injured yesterday and apparently could not take the start today - when we know more we will let you know.

Departure of Rik Verbrugghe, former Giro prologue winner and home rider. Olympic time-trial champ and veteran Viatcheslav Ekimov now on the course, he'll be looking to post a fast time.

It's amazing that he's still riding at this level in his 38th year...he even retired for a while and tried to found the infamous Itera-team, but he kinda became the victim of a he went back to riding

'Ete' Zabel crosses the line with 7.16.15 - 5th on the road, and a very good time for the T-Mobile man. But Eki takes the best time now, 7.09.05, one hundredth better than Peron.

We're riding on a sunny afternoon at the moment, so everything is (still) dry...the early starters were unluckly though, they still had to deal with a bit of rain.

No go for Verbrugghe, 7th place at 7.17.04. Not a great time for the former Giro prologue winner. He's had two horrible years, and if he's thinking of getting a new contract at Lotto (or its successor) he should show something in this Tour...

A LOT of people at the prologue here, the entire course is surrounded by people! One thing Leblanc can be sure of when the Tour comes to Belgium is that there won't be lack of a crowd!

Sven Montgomery leaves the start gate - he had a good Giro until a crash in the time trial which scuppered his chances. With, Montgomery led over the Galibier in 2002. Having said that, his teammate Guesdon has just crossed the line after a crash on his left side...he looks relatively okay though.

After 3 kms Vicioso is 5(!) seconds faster than Hruska...impressive!

Portal (Ag2r Prevoyance) crosses the line with 7.25.26, putting him 19th currently.

Vicioso is of course an ONCE product, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he sets a solid time here. Liberty-Seguros' Angel Vicioso takes 4 seconds off Eki's time, 7.05.03! Superb by Vicioso, who can sprint and climb a bit too.

Together with Davis he makes for Liberty's sprinting forces, which is remarkable: a Spanish team with a (capable) sprinter! Haven't seen that in a long time.

Engoulvent takes sixth with 7'14. He was really hurting in the last 250m, but it's a good time for the Cofidis rider.

In a post-prologue interview Verbrugghe says that there's a lot of wind...that should give an advantage to the heavier riders like McGee and Ullrich.

Montgomery is way back with 7.38.88. Arvesen, second in the Norwegian time-trial champs, takes second behind Vicioso with 7'06 11.

Arvesen is a sprinter-turned-powerhouse, and well, when you're at Riis' team you learn to TT or you can take a hike... Pozzato is also storming around Liege, taking second at the intermediate checkpoint.

Now Pereiro of Phonak takes second at the 3.1km intermediate check point.... the Phonak man won the Classic of the Alps so is known more a climber - but this is surprising.

Pozzato, wet dream of many an Italian teenage girl (and boys, maybe) seems to have blown his engine in the end - clocking 7'21'48 for 18th.

Landaluze takes seventh at the finish. Pereiro positively destroys Vicioso's time!! He takes 4 seconds off it, with an average of 52.160 km/h. And another pupil of Johan Bruyneel - new signing for 2004 Benjamin Noval - is third at the first checkpoint; good stuff from the climber.

Ye olde Rolf Aldag sets a very, very decent time! 6th place for now with 7'12'30". He held it together well in the last half of the course. J-P Nazon is now on the course, the last stage winner in the Tour.

Laurent Lefevre looks nervous as he's about to leave the start gate, although he should be more concerned about the fashion monstrosity of a time-trial helmet on his head.

The sun is hiding behind the clouds right now, and there's more wind predicted...let's hope it stays dry!

Casper starts his 2004 Tour - he may be remembered for last year's valiant effort, after he came down in the crash in the final straight in Meaux, and wore a neck brace for the next few days.

Farazijn, White's replacement, will still have to pass the medicals, but it's safe to say that will be a fast-fast business. Last year's white jersey Denis Menchov looks contemplative as he leaves the starting gate.

Laurent Dufaux crosses the line 28th in 7'23'46" - he was second in the King of the Mountains last year, behind now-teammate and good friend Richard Virenque.

Departure of Guerini...who only really made the T-mobile Tour team because of his superb performance in the Tour of Switzerland. Don't underestimate Guerini's TT capacities; he looks like a climber but he can TT very well. I don't think anyone will ever forget when Guerini was felled by a young spectator whilst he held a tenuous lead on the chasers on Alpe d'Huez a few years back. To his credit, he got back up, actually got a push from the spectator, and won nonetheless!

Denis Menchov, former white jersey, arrives in an average time on 19 seconds from the leader.

Velo, Petacchi's leadout man and TT specialist is bearing the marks of a crash on his elbow! He loses a good 40 seconds because of that crash too. 63rd yes - considering he crashed, that's not too bad. His sole aim in this Tour will be to help Petacchi as a member of his Fassa leadout train.

This year Guerini will help Jan "U-Boat" Ullrich drag his aft side up climbs.

Another good time for a Phonak rider: Bert Grabsch takes 8th place at some 10 seconds from teammate Pereiro.

Another lead-out man, Gian Matteo Fagnini, leaves the starting gate - he'll be one of only two riders selected in the Domina Vacanze team to help Cipollini in the sprints.

Belgian time-trial champion Wauters takes off now. "The soldier" will work for Boogerd, Rasmussen, Dekker and Leipheimer this year. Rabo has a "fun" team, which should make for fireworks in the mountains! 7'39 for 'Triki' Beltran.

Kirsipuu leaving now, who has an impressive palmares of 12 Tour participations, and 12 premature abandons...Well, you know what they say - Thirteenth time's the charm!

Kirsipuu is 51st after the first time check - he may have won the Estonian national time trial, but the competition here may be a tad tougher.

There's a fun anecdote about Jan Kirsipuu that was told by his former teammate and good friend Capelle: when Capelle and his girlfriend were on holiday at Kirsipuu's home in Estonia, Kirsipuu crawled naked and completely drunk in bed between Capelle and his girlfriend, after a night out.

Wauters sets a good time, 6th place at 8 seconds!

Hondo is a former track rider, and it is traditional for track riders to do well in prologues, it's no surprise that the Oz guys with their track histories make such good prologue riders.

Kim Kirchen leaves the start gate, looking rather dashing in his Luxembourg national jersey.

Egoi Martinez, Tour de l'Avenir winner last year, starts his Tour. In that Euskaltel jersey, you could probably spot him from miles away in the dark - it looks even brighter than usual.

7:09:13 for Hondo. That's 6th so far. The puts him in good position to challenge for Yellow during the first week.

As George Hincapie leaves, a million American women scream girlishly in a million American homes - the US counterpart to the French housewives' favorite, Virenque. There is no denying in the esthetic value of his TT-style though!

Hincapie won the Three Days of de Panne with a great performance in the final time trial. He can really put in a good time when he wants.

Hincapie third at the 3.1km time check, although he took that last roundabout a bit crooked.

Nicolas Jalabert, Tyler Hamilton's right-hand man, stops the clock at 7'14'41" to take 13th - good from the Frenchman.

George sticks his tongue out... he's really lapping at the air, putting in a big effort. 2nd for Hincapie! 7'02'89.

Maybe one of the Lotto riders will want to do a great ride for former colleague Stive Vermaut, who died from a heart attack after a few days in coma...Stive was 28 and left behind a pregnant wife and a whole lot of friends. We'll miss you Stive.

Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros) starts, looking scholarly in his glasses. Having been under the wing of Manolo Saiz for quite a few years now, Serrano is a good time-trialist.

Paolo Bettini at the startline, he looks strange without his nice Italian champ jersey on! Bettini wrinkles his nose as he leaves the gate, perhaps miffed that he doesn't have the Italian Champion's jersey anymore.

Farazijn made it! He's taking off! Straight out of 'holiday' into the Tour, must feel strange! He got a phone call 2-3 hours ago... it's pure luck that he was in his home country for the Tour!

Tour of Flanders winner Steffen Wesemann has reportedly been hit by a car and broken his left jawbone - on a training ride - he's not in the Tour obviously.

"Petite" Paolo Bettini doesn't look to be giving a big effort in the Prologue... just rolling through, waiting for when he can attack on the open roads. The Liege crowd are really screaming their support as Paolo Bettini tears around the course - he's riding for a Belgian team before and, of course, has won the World Cup race ending in Liege before, so he's as good as Belgian! And there's a large Italian community in Liège too.

Bobby Julich is going fast over the track.

Daniel Becke goes through the first time point 4" down, in second! Last year, Eurosport covered the Bianchi team throughout the Tour, and he dug so deep, physically and emotionally, to stay in the race till the finish.

Julich is now second after the first check at 3.1km, just 2 seconds behind!!!! He lost a bit in the corner. Julich hit a corner too fast, wobbled a bit, and lost his momentum.

Flecha is third-equal after 3.1km, 4 seconds behind. They're all going for it now...

7:02:84 for Julich - Julich is 2nd - equal with compatriot Hincapie! If he hadn't had that problem in the corner, he'd be maillot jaune on the road instead of 2nd best so far.

A nice tidbit is that illusionist Jan Bardi (kinda the Belgian Uri Geller) predicted the final top 10 of the Tour! To keep it exciting they didn't say what his prediction was yet, had a few famous people sign the paper, stuffed it in a bottle, stuck the bottle on a bike and hung the bike on the TV station's sending post, so nobody could switch it! We'll see in three weeks if he was right or way off.

Jose Enrique Gutierrez Catalunya - a real mouthful - of Phonak, takes third through the first split, 3 seconds down on Hruska.

McEwen starts his Tour... and that grey helmet! It's just ghastly - what's he hiding under there? McEwen looks like his head is being eaten by a big black beetle.

Salvatoreo Commesso takes off...he was said to start with an electronic gear-shifting device developed by Campagnolo, but he's apparently using a regular one.

Fourth for Jose Enrique Gutierrez - 7'04'98". Phonak are really flying today, and Hamilton hasn't even started!

Landis is doing a good time now near the finish. 7:08:08, 7th so far for "Pretty Boy" Floyd.

Bernard Eisel has started, and we're expecting a lot from him...he's still young and majorly talented. Cooke was noted saying that Eisel is going to be his future lead-out man.

7'23'94 for McEwen and his headgear, for 54th.

Michael Rogers starts his prologue, and there's much expected of him this year.

Voeckler of the Bun Boys (Brioches la Boulangere) looks nifty in his French Champion kit. He's flying too.

Voigt lining up!! He's one of the favorites for this prologue. Voight for CSC is a strong man.

Rogers crashed in that corner!! He seems to be ok, but this prologue is lost...he was 19th 7 seconds down after 3.1km.

Around the roundabout, he lost the back wheel - handily with about 30 odd photographers right there. Ho! He did a full circle on the pavement. His feet were clipped in so hard, they never came out. His tires just washed out in the corner.

Another favourite, Fabien Cancellara, prepares to set off.

7'34", way down for Rogers. In the end, he was just happy to get round. Rogers' left foot hit the ground... he tried to pedal through the corner, but he was at a steep angle and his foot hit the pavement, causing him to lose it.

Voigt is third, 3 seconds down on Vicioso at the first check. A good first half for the German.

Rogers crossed in 74 so far, a major letdown for the young GC hopeful.

Andreas Kloden, clad in the German national jersey, begins his Tour. You never know with Kloden, but his recent form suggests he could put in a good time.

Cancellara is flying!! He's taken the best time on the 3.1km halfway point check!

By the way, Voigt's name is often mispronounced...the "i" serves to make the "o" longer, so it is "Voogt" and not "Voigt."

Voigt storming to the line!! Only just barely second! Voigt second by two hundredths of a second!!!!

Cancellara goes under the Flamme Rouge - could he take the lead?

Cancellara has smashed the best time - 11 seconds off Pereiro's time - 6'50'93!!!! And Ferretti just said that Petacchi was their only objective! Time to reassess, perhaps...

It will be interesting to see what men like Mario Cipollini (Domina Vacanze) and Gilberto Simoni (Saeco), who haven't done much racing since the Giro, can do in this early test. They'll be up soon.

Cooke at the starting line now. Last year's green jersey winner has had a very bleak season so far, but still plays him as a team leader.

7'16'33" for baby-faced Oscar Sevilla (Phonak), who should be more of a force in the mountains. Great time though...good going, Sevilla!

Jose Azevedo (US Postal) comes to the line in 7:14:23, 22nd so far. He's a decent time trialist on the longer courses.

1 - CANCELLARA (SUI, FAS) 00:06:50.940
2- PEREIRO SIO (ESP, PHO) at 10"
3- VOIGT (GER, CSC) at 10"
4- JULICH (USA, CSC) at 11"
5- HINCAPIE (USA, USP) at 11"

Scarponi of Domina Vacanze is flying around the course. He's having a great season, and is a strong climber... I think he could be a top ten finisher if he's on form, with this Tour course. Scarponi crosses the line exhausted, 25th at 7'14'58, but don't forget that Scarponi is a contender for the white jersey.

Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano starts his prologue - he likes the longer time-trials, and wore the maillot jaune in 2002 after a good performance in one of them. And now King Richard, Richard Virenque, is departing.

Ullrich is warming up next to the team car, looking mighty fine!

7'21'74 and 53rd for Baden Cooke - a good time, and much better than Australian rival and fellow points jersey contender Robbie McEwen.

Now we're slowly getting the specialists and the GC contenders starting their prologue! Uwe Peschel now!

Michael "Jaws" Boogerd comes across in 36th, 7:17:36.

Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano is 31st through the first check - he should do better, even for a man who likes his time-trials long and undulating.

The Thunder God, Thor "Norske" Hushovd, looks very Norwegian as he leaves the gate. Hushovd of Credit Agricole is a former Tour stage winner and World champ TT at the espoirs, plus double national champion. Nice necklace, Thor.

Cipo in a Tron uniform!!! Cipollini is looking very digital. Locutus likes it...

Gonzalez de Galdeano finishes 16th at 0'21".

And Virenque finishes 50 seconds down in 143rd place.

Virenque spots his rivals some time, showing his confidence. Or something.

Hushovd is second on the first check, just three seconds down on Cancellara. However, the Swiss unleashed something special in the second half - can the Norwegian do the same?

In an interview Cancellara says that he especially fears McGee, of course. Winning a stage is one of his goals in this Tour, and riding it out is the second.

Armstrong, warming up and sweating tremendously behind the scenes, is rocking out with his iPod, shutting out the world for now.

6'58'41 for Ivan Gutierrez - the second man to break the 7 minutes barrier today, and second on the road!

7'05'44 and 9th for CSC's Carlos Sastre. That's very good, as he's considered a climber more than anything else.

Cipo, Il Magnifico, was 4th in the Giro prologue this year, so he should be able to do fine here too! Looking good in his suit, even if it's slightly cut now - someone "adjusted" parts of his suit, cutting it off the above the knee, turning it into shorts. It was full body.

Hushovd has to settle for third, and a narrow miss on the seven minutes front - 7'00'97. Hushovd really does take the lead amongst the sprinters in the chase for the Yellow Jersey over the next few days.

Zubeldia with a disappointing time - clocking 7'17'67 and 43rd place.

"Mad" Bradley McGee ( trying to defend his Prologue victory of last year, hits the road. Simoni, who is on the road, better watch out, he might get caught!

Now American hopeful Leipheimer (Rabobank) hits the road. The big leaders are on now. Levi Leipheimer is wearing a very menacing facial expression; he clearly means business.

And now it's the Mullet Man - Laurent Brochard starts his prologue.

It's started raining!! That's not good for the GC contenders!

Big Magnus Backstedt leaves the start house - he's the heaviest rider in this year's Tour, and one of the tallest too.

McGee is showing some serious power here, but that corner marking the halfway point is nast-y.

Cipo in a very good time for a sprinter, 7.13! 26th place!

That's excellent from Cipollini, and puts him in a strong position to challenge for the maillot jaune in the coming days.

The only three sprinters left, Boonen, O'Grady and Petacchi will have a serious handicap now. McGee was the favourite - but at the first check, he's 5th, seven seconds down on Cancellara.

The "Spanish Fly" Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros) hits the road.

The wet cobbles could prove to be very tricky - I wouldn't be surprised if some contenders took their feet off the gas and just got round without any trouble.

Now Tommy boy Boonen is starting! Winner of the prologue in the Ster Elektro Tour a few weeks ago.

The crowd lets out a huge cheer for Boonen. Oh, Simoni! 7.32!

McGee won't win this prologue!! Third place at 6'59'89 for McGee - good, but not good enough. Cancellara was clearly rocketing! O'Grady is now on the course, he should be able to make a good performance!

Liepheimer, not bad at 7:05:40 for 11th. He's better at the longer TTs. A solid ride, if not spectacular.

Brochard isn't getting any younger...50th place so far. Basso starts...according to insiders, Basso is the man with most potential of the new generation.

26th at 11 seconds for Boonen at the halfway point - good so far, but can young Tom hold it?

Christophe "Le Bug Taster" Moreau (Credit Agricole) will be vying for top Frenchman and a top ten finish again this year.

Petacchi starts.

Heras is way too light for this wind, loses 36 seconds to Cancellara. 93rd at 7'27 for the ex-Postal man.

"Miracle Whip" Mayo (Euskaltel Euskadi), in that unmistakable orange uniform, will now try to give us some insight as to his form, and his ability against the clock in an elite field.

"Nails" Hamilton is on it now. Big hopes are on his shoulders, but Tyler, dude, the roads are wet... be careful!

Lance is riding relaxed to the start.

Jan "U-Boat" Ullrich (T-Mobile) looks like steel. A whole lot of cheers for Der Jan!!

Lance "The Legend" Armstrong starts his attempt for a 6th Tour. It's all started now! Everyone on the road.

Mayo is 49th at 0'13" at the first check, but all eyes are on the more reputed time-trialists behind him.

Moreau now, with a very strong time, 7the place at 7.02. Moreau won the time trial a couple of years back, but not this year.

Now when Petacchi comes in, we can say who of the sprinters holds the best cards for the yellow jersey!

Hamilton is only 22nd at the 3.1km check - this is not looking to be a very special ride from the Phonak man. Armstrong is going strong! Armstrong is out of the saddle going crazy! He's hammering away. Hamilton and Ullrich are same time at midway.

But Ullrich is also 22nd at that check, 10 seconds down! It's all going to be down to the final 3km!

Petacchi at 7.18 at the finish line! Armstrong is 2nd, just 2 seconds behind Cancellara at the first check! He's eight seconds ahead of Ullrich and Hamilton - already! Armstrong picks carefully through the corner that took out Rogers.

I think it's going to be Armstrong vs. Cancellara for the first maillot jaune; shades of 2001 when David Millar won the prologue in his first Tour. 16th at 7'08 for Hamilton. He may have been looking for a bit better than that, beaten by some of his teammates in this prologue.

Ullrich going towards the finish line...15th at 7.07!

Will Armstrong deal a psychological blow today?! 6'52'58 and second place for Armstrong. Cancellara is crying on the stairs of the Fassa camper.

I bet Fassa Bortolo didn't expect to be defending a yellow jersey until later in the week, if Petacchi got one! Armstrong really opened up some whupass on his GC rivals, and it's only the first day. But it wasn't enough to beat Cancellara, an amazing ride.

Kudos to Ivan Gutierrez too, who took third largely unnoticed. He was the man who beat Armstrong in a Tour of Murcia time-trial earlier this year.

1) Hushovd, 2) Hondo, 3) Boonen, 4) Cipollini, 5)Petacchi - that is the sprinter ranking for the fight for the yellow jersey tomorrow...and you never know about Vicioso, he might just pop up.

Speaking in Italian, Cancellara said, "This is a great day for Fassa Bortolo too - it was one of our aims."

So Swissman Fabian Cancellara is the first maillot jeune of the 2004 Tour de France.

Thanks for being with us today, and please join us for live coverage of Stage One tomorrow - here is the profile for a nice long first stage.

Prologue Results

1 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 06' 50"
2 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp 00' 02"
3 Gutierrez José Ivan Esp Ibb 00' 08"
4 Mc Gee Bradley Aus Fdj 00' 09"
5 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a 00' 10"
6 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho 00' 11"
7 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 00' 11"
8 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a 00' 12"
9 Julich Bobby Usa Csc 00' 12"
10 Hincapie George Usa Usp 00' 12"
11 Gutierrez José Enrique Esp Pho 00' 14"
12 Vicioso Angel Esp Lst 00' 15"
13 Leipheimer Levi Usa Rab 00' 15"
14 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc 00' 15"
15 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc 00' 16"
16 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo 00' 17"
17 Landis Floyd Usa Usp 00' 18"
18 Hamilton Tyler Usa Pho 00' 18"
19 Ekimov Viatceslav Rus Usp 00' 19"
20 Peron Andrea Ita Csc 00' 19"
21 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst 00' 19"
22 Wauters Marc Bel Rab 00' 19"
23 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho 00' 19"
24 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo 00' 19"
25 Becke Daniel Ger Ibb 00' 20"
26 Mayo Iban Esp Eus 00' 21"
27 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor Esp Lst 00' 21"
28 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 00' 21"
29 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 00' 22"
30 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 00' 22"
31 Grabsch Bert Ger Pho 00' 23"
32 O'grady Stuart Aus Cof 00' 23"
33 Gonzalez Aitor Esp Fas 00' 23"
34 Flecha Juan Antonio Esp Fas 00' 23"
35 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve 00' 23"
36 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst 00' 23"
37 De Groot Bram Ned Rab 00' 24"
38 Azevedo José Por Usp 00' 24"
39 Landaluze Inigo Esp Eus 00' 24"
40 Jalabert Nicolas Fra Pho 00' 24"
41 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 00' 24"
42 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 00' 24"
43 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 00' 24"
44 Lefevre Laurent Fra Blb 00' 25"
45 Hruska Jan Cze Lst 00' 25"
46 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo 00' 26"
47 Rubiera José Luis Esp Usp 00' 26"
48 Sevilla Oscar Esp Pho 00' 26"
49 Aldag Rolf Ger Tmo 00' 26"
50 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae 00' 26"
51 Verbrugghe Rik Bel Lot 00' 27"
52 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 00' 27"
53 Pradera Mikel Esp Ibb 00' 27"
54 Boogerd Michael Ned Rab 00' 27"
55 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 00' 27"
56 Zubeldia Haimar Esp Eus 00' 27"
57 Peschel Uwe Ger Gst 00' 27"
58 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r 00' 27"
59 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 00' 28"
60 Moncoutie David Fra Cof 00' 28"
61 Fofonov Dmitriy Kaz Cof 00' 28"
62 Backstedt Magnus Swe Alb 00' 28"
63 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 00' 28"
64 Seigneur Eddy Fra Rag 00' 29"
65 Simeoni Filippo Ita Dve 00' 29"
66 Camano Iker Esp Eus 00' 29"
67 Niermann Grischa Ger Rab 00' 29"
68 Bartoli Michele Ita Csc 00' 29"
69 Dekker Erik Ned Rab 00' 29"
70 Basso Ivan Ita Csc 00' 29"
71 Botero Santiago Col Tmo 00' 29"
72 Dean Julian Nzl C.a 00' 30"
73 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 00' 30"
74 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas 00' 30"
75 Padrnos Pavel Cze Usp 00' 30"
76 Etxebarria Unai Ven Eus 00' 30"
77 Menchov Denis Rus Ibb 00' 30"
78 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r 00' 31"
79 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 00' 31"
80 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 00' 31"
81 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj 00' 31"
81 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 00' 31"
83 Piil Jakob Den Csc 00' 31"
84 Rous Didier Fra Blb 00' 32"
84 Halgand Patrice Fra C.a 00' 32"
86 Petrov Evgeni Rus Sae 00' 32"
87 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 00' 32"
88 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Lst 00' 32"
89 Vandevelde Christian Usa Lst 00' 32"
90 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 00' 32"
91 Nardello Daniele Ita Tmo 00' 33"
92 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb 00' 33"
93 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd 00' 33"
94 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb 00' 33"
95 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r 00' 33"
96 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 00' 33"
97 Sorensen Nicki Den Csc 00' 34"
98 Knaven Servais Ned Qsd 00' 34"
99 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 00' 35"
100 Finot Frédéric Fra Rag 00' 35"
101 Beneteau Walter Fra Blb 00' 36"
102 Kessler Matthias Ger Tmo 00' 36"
103 Zandio Xabier Esp Ibb 00' 36"
104 Heras Roberto Esp Lst 00' 37"
105 Scholz Ronny Sui Gst 00' 37"
106 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot 00' 37"
106 Haselbacher Rene Aut Gst 00' 37"
108 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof 00' 37"
109 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Alb 00' 37"
110 Da Cruz Carlos Fra Fdj 00' 37"
111 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb 00' 37"
112 Tombak Janeck Est Cof 00' 38"
113 Hvastija Martin Slo Alb 00' 38"
114 Davis Allan Aus Lst 00' 38"
115 Marinangeli Sergio Ita Dve 00' 38"
116 Nozal Isidro Esp Lst 00' 38"
117 Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst 00' 39"
118 Commesso Salvatore Ita Sae 00' 39"
119 Lotz Marc Ned Rab 00' 39"
120 Merckx Axel Bel Lot 00' 39"
121 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd 00' 40"
122 Ivanov Serguei Rus Tmo 00' 40"
123 Hary Maryan Fra Blb 00' 40"
124 Auger Guillaume Fra Rag 00' 40"
125 Elmiger Martin Sui Pho 00' 40"
126 Glomser Gerrit Aut Sae 00' 41"
127 Serrano Marcos Esp Lst 00' 41"
128 Goubert Stephane Fra A2r 00' 41"
128 Osa Aitor Esp Ibb 00' 41"
130 Laurent Christophe Fra Rag 00' 41"
130 Baldato Fabio Ita Alb 00' 41"
132 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 00' 41"
133 Loosli David Sui Sae 00' 41"
134 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 00' 41"
135 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb 00' 41"
136 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 00' 41"
137 Ludewig Jorg Ger Sae 00' 41"
138 Perez Santiago Esp Pho 00' 41"
139 Zanini Stefano Ita Qsd 00' 41"
140 Renier Franck Fra Blb 00' 42"
141 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 00' 42"
142 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas 00' 42"
143 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 00' 42"
144 Dumoulin Samuel Fra A2r 00' 42"
144 Hinault Sébastien Fra C.a 00' 42"
146 Bessy Frédéric Fra Cof 00' 42"
147 Sunderland Scott Aus Alb 00' 42"
148 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 00' 42"
149 Fedrigo Pierrick Fra C.a 00' 43"
150 Flores Iker Esp Eus 00' 43"
151 Vansevenant Wim Bel Lot 00' 43"
152 Bramati Davide Ita Qsd 00' 43"
153 Kirsipuu Jaan Est A2r 00' 44"
154 Bouvard Gilles Fra Rag 00' 44"
155 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj 00' 44"
156 Casagranda Stefano Ita Sae 00' 44"
157 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab 00' 44"
158 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo 00' 44"
159 Giunti Massimo Ita Dve 00' 45"
160 Kroon Karsten Ned Rab 00' 45"
161 Brandt Christophe Bel Lot 00' 45"
162 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot 00' 45"
163 Moller Claus Michael Den Alb 00' 45"
164 Celestino Mirko Ita Sae 00' 47"
165 Valoti Paolo Ita Dve 00' 48"
166 Montgomery Sven Sui Gst 00' 48"
167 Beltran Manuel Esp Usp 00' 49"
168 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd 00' 49"
169 Robin Jean-Cyril Fra Fdj 00' 49"
170 Martin Ludovic Fra Rag 00' 49"
171 Velo Marco Ita Fas 00' 50"
172 Garcia Acosta Vicente Esp Ibb 00' 50"
173 Rinero Christophe Fra Rag 00' 51"
174 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 00' 51"
175 Mori Massimiliano Ita Dve 00' 52"
176 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus 00' 53"
177 Salmon Benoit Fra C.a 00' 54"
178 Wrolich Peter Aut Gst 00' 55"
179 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot 00' 56"
180 Gates Nick Aus Lot 00' 57"
181 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj 00' 57"
182 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve 00' 57"
183 Botcharov Alexandre Rus C.a 00' 59"
184 Fagnini Gian Matteo Ita Dve 01' 01"
185 Farazijn Peter Bel Cof 01' 01"
186 Bourquenoud Pierre Sui Rag 01' 03"
187 Etxebarria David Esp Eus 01' 04"
188 Guesdon Frédéric Fra Fdj 01' 27"

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