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Tour de France Stage 5 Live Coverage
 
By Locutus
Date: 7/8/2004
Tour de France Stage 5 Live Coverage
 

Welcome to live coverage of Stage 5 of the 2004 Tour de France!

Today, the riders roll 200.5km from Amiens to Chartres over slightly undulating roads in pretty bad weather. It should be a day for the sprinters, but who knows with these conditions.

Stage 5: Amiens - Chartres, 200.5 km

Our commentary today by Jaime Nichols, Nick Bull and Locutus. Please refresh this page to view the latest information.

Already, Sastre (CSC) and Aldag (T-Mobile) had a pretty nasty crash earlier. These two veterans remounted, but were pretty banged up.

Five men on a break: Sandy Casar (FDJeux.com), Thomas Voeckler (Brioches la Boulangere), Magnus Backstedt (Alessio-Bianchi), Jakob Piil (CSC), and Stuart "Red Thunder from Down Under" O'Grady (Cofidis). They have a massive lead of 15' 24". The crosswinds have split the peloton already, and will likely wreak havoc all day.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the peloton, Bradley McGee has been dropped. What a tough tour he's having! That's what moving will do to you... (he hurt his lower back/hip doing heavy lifting while moving before the Tour, and hasn't recovered yet).

6:10am PDT. 100km to go. You know, this break just might work. These conditions are so atrocious, and US Postal so doesn't care about this break, that Voeckler, the French Champion, could find himself in Yellow tonight. The peloton has been split by the wind, and by the fact that Lotto has their horses on the front for McEwen. The split in the peloton is at about 50 meters. The echelons are coming because of winds from the riders' left.

The riders streak past flat golden fields under bleak skies. The peloton is all over the road - there's a big split, and the chasers are strung out in a long, thin line.

The two pelotons are almost back together. But this probably isn't the last time this split will happen. It will be rough going all day. McGee is still way off the back. It doesn't look good for the classy Aussie rider.

Gerolsteiner, Fassa Bortolo, and Lotto have put men on the front to chase. The US Postal men are right behind the four or so men leading the chase.

6:22 am PDT. 93km left . The peloton is really flying now, under the pressure from the sprinters' teams. Most of the riders are in rain gear today, their jackets flapping all over in the strong wind. The men at the back of the peloton are struggling to keep the splits from reopening.

Quick Step now has a man on the front. Phonak also has several men near the front keeping Tyler Hamilton out of trouble. There is now another big split in the peloton.

Strange, the men at the front of the peloton are all bunched up, not stretched out. Looks like there isn't a lot of pressure on at the moment. McGee has now gotten onto the back of the group that has split off the back of the peloton. That's good news for Bradley!

Crash!!! A dozen riders, it looks like - Rubiera and Beltran involved in the crash, I believe, Petacchi was involved. It was in a corner, a left-hander. Michael Boogerd is on the deck, along with a couple of Posties. They are up and back on their bikes....Fofonov and Heras was involved too.

Postal will sit up and wait. They will need these little climbers in the mountains. The pressure is off at the front of the peloton. The break's lead is back up to 15' 20".

Petacchi is chasing back on with Tosatto and a Gerolsteiner man. Petacchi must have been delayed by that crash, but I don't think he went down. Interesting, a Domina Vacanze rider stopped when he saw a Fassa rider laying down on the deck. The Domina rider put his hand on the Fassa man and chatted with him a moment to make sure he was okay before heading on. Must be friends, a very nice gesture.

With no overall favourites in the leading group, one wonders if the US Postal team will let one of them take the Yellow Jersey. This means that the Posties can save their efforts for the fast-approaching mountain stages.

There was an earlier crash today - Aldag and Sastre were attemping to work their way around a Traffic Island on an approach to a roundabout. Aldag, who was on Sastre's right, was trying to travel past the island on its left hand side. Sastre, however, was trying to travel on the right hand side, so a coming together was inevitable.

6:36am PDT. 82km left. Rubiera is back at the medical car - it looks like he's taken a pedal to the ankle...Bad news for Postal - Chechu is essential.

Moreau is off the back of the Peloton. This group is fairly large, consisting of many Fassa riders, trying to get their leader Petacchi up to the peloton. Lots of riders are back in the cars, including Boogerd (Rabobank) and Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole). Meanwhile, the gap of the five leaders is back up to 16'.

Postal has three men in front of Lance at the front of the peloton. They are clearly glass-cranking it with Chechu back at the doctor's car.

If the peloton doesn't regroup and start chasing again soon, this break will succeed. What a day this will be for Voeckler if that happens!

O'Grady, veteran that he is, shows his smarts by getting in line behind the immense Magnus Backstedt in the break. Backstedt is the biggest man in the entire race, and cuts a monstrous hole through the air. O'Grady is just tucking himself in that big slipstream instead of getting into line behind a smaller man like Voeckler.

6:46am PDT. 76km left. The peloton is pushing into the headwind. They still are really not interested in chasing. The Posties, led by Benjamin Noval, are on the front, still just setting an easy tempo in the peloton. All the Posties are back at the front of the race in a long line in front of "El Jefe" Armstrong.

It's nice to see Noval on the front - he was in tears yesterday at the end of the Team Time Trial, but his whole team gave him nothing but encouragement, even Armstrong was patting him on the back, trying to make him feel better. He has had a very hard start to his first Tour.

Noval was involved in that crash, as well. It's a baptism by fire for the young Spaniard. Now Tyler had a mechanical. He's back in the cars, being towed by his teammates.

More road furniture splits the peloton down the middle. Meanwhile, Voeckler takes his turn pulling at the front of the break in his French Champion's jersey.

6:55am PDT. The break now has a lead of 17'. It's looking good for Voeckler in Yellow. But who will win the stage?

7:00am PDT. 69km left. Backstedt, O'Grady, Casar, Voeckler, and Piil push on with over 17' on the peloton. Piil has been in a break on three of the four road stages, and it looks like this one just might pay off for him.

A report in the Spanish press today that Santiago Botero will retire after this season due to physical difficulties. If true, how unfortunate.

Brad McGee has abandoned, and Cipo has a flat tire. "Pretty Boy" Floyd Landis is on the front of the peloton setting the pace now. Cipo has a puncture at the back. A tough day!

So after kicking butt in the Giro, McGee's injury prevented him from repeating that performance in the Tour. A sad day for McGee, but he'll now try to heal and focus on the Olympics. But I think McGee is going to be a force to be reckoned with next season. His ride in the Giro gave him serious reason to hope that he can contend the GC. Brad is the third Australian to retire from this Tour.

So with McEwen in Green and O'Grady in the break, this is a mixed day for the Aussies. It seems to be all or nothing.

Some men are struggling at the back of the peloton. The pressure seems to have kicked up a bit, though the gap is now 17' 21" for the break. And rain has started falling at the finish again. Voeckler's chain needs a little oil... he's getting a bit of service up in the break.

Crash! Bouvard (RAGT) and Guitierrez (Phonak). They're saddled back up, trying to catch on.

Voeckler will be happy with Yellow, but who will win the stage? Backstedt and O'Grady both have good sprints, but Piil is a very strong man with a lot of smarts. Casar is the man who appears overmatched if it comes to a sprint. He'll have to try to jump away. Phonak's doing a lot of chasing back on these days, it seems.

7:14am PDT. 60km left.Phonak's Gutierrez has had a problem with his bike - broken handlebars. That the second set of broken handlebars for Phonak in two days. But he has gotten a new bike and is back in.

The rain is coming down again now.

O'Grady wins a strangely contested/uncontested "sprint" at the intermediate point. It was O'Grady, Voeckler, Backstedt.

Postal has the peloton strung out now. They are hammering, trying to keep the gap from getting too big. The gap is down to 16' 10" again. Backstedt got 2nd in that sprint, Voeckler 3rd.

7:22am PDT. 56km to go. The rain is pouring off the chins of the men in the break - it's rough weather out there.

All the Posties are on the front still. Hincapie smiles and shakes his head, joking with the man dropping to the back of the Postal train. The gap is down to 15' 54", but the break still looks good. Hincapie is probably the only man smiling in these miserable conditions. The rain jackets are back out in the peloton.

Petacchi is suffering near the back of the peloton. The sprinters will have to wait another day to get their sprints on. Postal is on the front working, but that won't bother them too much... they'll be giving Yellow to Voeckler, and Brioches la Boulangere will have to do all the work the next few days to set the pace in the peloton.

7:30am PDT. 51km left. Chechu Rubiera has a bandaged leg, but he's back up in the front pacemaking with the rest of the boys in blue. This has been a great few weeks for Voeckler. He wins the French Championship in a surprise, and now he'll get the Yellow Jersey. It doesn't get any better for a Frenchman.

Former World time trial champion Santiago Botero has not been doing well for some time, since the Vuelta a Asturias 2003. He told El Pais this week that he will likely give up pro cycling after this year. He says he picked up some kind of virus at last year's Tour, which has continued to affect him.

Then, he says, there was word of a non-negative control which completely demoralized him. "So, insulted and demoralized, I left for Colombia. I was off my bike for August, September and part of October."

"My sporting life has been miserable since June of 2003. Racing is suffering, and it's good if you suffer and win. But it doesn't make sense to suffer just to keep the rhythm of the peloton."

Botero also says that his wife Catalina is expecting a son, and he is very much a family man. So he plans to return to Colombia to use his graduate degree in business administration.

As for his physical condition, he says his doctors cannot find anything wrong with him, and say it's all in his head. But he says, "I don't recover one day to the next, I am left without strength, and that is not mental. God willing it was a mental problem." In the meantime though, he will work for his Tour team leader Ullrich.

Now the crosswinds are back. This could do some damage in the peloton. The gap to the leaders is now under 15', but they still have more than enough time to stay away.

7:37 am PDT. 46km left. O'Grady is still sticking behind the big Backstedt, getting the best draft in the break. Smart man, Stuey. Ullrich and Heras are nearby as well at the back of the Postal train. Backstedt rides his beautiful Bianchi, produced by one of his team's primary sponsors. The leaders are beginning to look tired; not surprising when you consider the weather and the length of their breakaway. The weather is getting worse near the finish, where the rain is harder.

Euskaltel and Saeco have little trains going on the flanks of the front of the peloton, keeping Mayo and Simoni (respectively) out of trouble.

7:47am PDT. 39km left. The race is a bit mundane right now, with the five leaders 14' 30" ahead of the peloton. Very little protection for the breakaway riders at the moment, as they make their way through French countryside. The sky is blue black and the fields are bright gold - what a contrast. The roads are narrow and don't look that great. The rain has let up, but the roads are still wet.

7:53am PDT. 36km to go. Piil, Backstedt, Casar, O'Grady, and Voeckler continue to push into that headwind. I wouldn't be surprised to see them start to attack each other a bit in the last 25km. Spectators cheer the riders of the break. Piil will have to attack if he wants this victory, and I'm sure he does.

Interesting that Brioches la Boulangere will likely hold the Yellow Jersey tomorrow, despite their split with Beloki.

Jakob Pill has disappeared from view, but he is still in the lead group.

8:03am PDT. 31km left. Ullrich is behind Armstrong in the peloton. Hamilton sits on Ullrich's wheel. The Posties continue to set a mild but not lolligagging pace. The gap to the leaders is 15' 26".

All nine Posties on the front still, with Armstrong as the caboose. Azevedo sets the pace. Landis rolls up to chat with him, and they both chuckle. Postal seems to be in good spirits today, in spite of the awful weather and crash. They have every reason to be happy, since they are sitting firmly in pole postion.

Piil is back in the group of five leaders.

27km left. The five leaders will start to look at each other a bit now. The break will clearly stay away, so now they will start to jockey for the win.

8:13am PDT. 23km left. Now it's Slava "The Pensioner" Ekimov setting the pace on the front. Soon the sprinters teams will come to the front to help, if only to set up their men for getting those Green Jersey points.

He and Big George Hincapie are roomates on this tour, and I think they should jusy call that "The Engine Room."

Scanlon has a puncture, Piil has some kind of mechanical again. Getting oil on his chain? 14'49 is the gap to the peloton.

Voeckler sits in last wheel - he'll be happy with last place in this sprint...O'Grady has been on the ground a lot in this Tour. It's good to see him rebound like this and get into a successful break. There's a little hill just before the finish; it could be a good spot for Piil to make his move. Floyd Landis leads the Postmen.

O'Grady was involved in a breakaway in the Dauphine, and beat Sandy Casar in a sprint finish. Landis has his arms in time trial position, steering with his forearms. I could never do that.

Another crash! McEwen hit the deck. Bettini and Kessler too. Two Lottos. Boy, it was just a slick corner. It was just a matter of their wheels going out from under them. About a half dozen men went down. IGG on the ground as well in that crash.

Meanwhile, O'Grady gets the final intermediate sprint.

The riders who fell are picking their way through the cars now, trying to regain the back of the peloton.

Rumour has it that Petacchi injured his shoulder in his fall and Fassa will make an announcement tonight.

What a long stage this is turning out to be. The riders are dragging their butts through the bad weather. The five leaders are still pushing along, not attacking each other. Yet.

8:25am PDT. 17km left. McEwen is having another mechanical. He's off the back. The peloton just rolls under the 25km banner. They won't catch the break. The lead is still over 14'.

Moreau (Credit Agricole) and Mancebo (Illes Balears-Banesto) are near right near the front of the peloton. So is Mayo and his orange bodyguards.

15km to the finish for the leaders. The group contains three previous stage winners, two of them (OGrady and Backstedt) won stages in 1998 for the Gan team. Both these riders are strong in sprints- their breakaway companions will not want to take them to the finish Looks like the leaders are about to hit the rain again. The skies look very dark ahead of them. All nine Posties still set the pace in the peloton.

Casar and Piil will start attacking any minute now. They'll have to if they want to win.

In 2001, the Postal team did not seem bothered about the group that gained over thirty minutes on the Peloton. Are they planning a similiar strategy to that year- taking over the yellow jersey towards the end of the race. Last year, they held yellow for 2 and a half weeks. They are keeping the gap down this year, but it seems to be the same strategy.

8:32am PDT. 11km left. There's a storm blowing into the finishline, and I don't mean the epic battle of the breakways boys. It's raining hard. Meanwhile, back in the pack, Postal is lined up like good soldiers on the front. Still no attacks in the break. They are still taking turns, playing nice.

Beltran is getting some attention from the race doctor. It's his elbow.

Rubiera on the front now. Wow, the trees on the side of the road are writhing in the wind. The peloton, led by Rubiera, is pushing through his gale. Backstedt attacks! Piil nails him back. Here comes a counter by Voeckler!

8:38am PDT. 9km left. They're all back together... but the truce will be brief. O'Grady has dropped back to the rear of the break where he can mark the attacks and see them coming. But now he attacks. O'Grady looks confident.

Piil is now the passenger, but he goes now! They have him. Voeckler leads the chase back. He's just going to do whatever he can to keep it together.

Voeckler is not going down without a fight. It looks like everyone's a little concerned about O'Grady's sprint. Voeckler attacks from the front. Now O'Grady lifts the pace at the front. They're all together still, nothing has stuck, but the attacks are coming like crazy.

7km left. The tomfoolery and jockeying for position is coming to naught so far, and it looks like energy conservation may become the order of the day. Casar is the only one not to attack so far. He's sitting near the back of the group.

Casar is the only one not to attack so far. He's sitting near the back of the group. That's good for Stuey "the Freckle" O'Grady. Voeckler goes again. It's a good attack. Backstedt leads the chase back.

Backstedt pulls ahead of the French champion, and Voeckler goes again! Piil is after him, along with all the others. Voeckler won't be happy with yellow, he wants the stage, too!

5km left. This is really getting interesting in the break. The peloton is taking a nap. O'Grady is still keeping an eagle eye on these boys. Voeckler is off again!!

Voeckler is becoming a big French hereo with every attack. Backstedt chases him back again, and now Piil counters with O'Grady on his wheel.

Massive crash in the pack.

A Gerolsteiner rider is getting his bike fixed. O'Grady is off! He has a big gap! Piil and Voeckler may be pegged. Piil and Voeckler are working together to try to get O'Grady back, but it may be too late.

3km left. O'Grady is driving it. O'Grady hammers on! He's looking for a change of luck today! Voeckler attacks Piil! Piil and Voeckler are dilling it in pursuit. Voeckler is catching him! Piil marks Voeckler, and they might come back together, the lead trio.

2km left. Casar and Backstedt are long gone now.

O'Grady is waiting for Piil and Voeckler now. Voeckler's gone again! O'Grady leads the chase! Piil is forcing O'Grady to do the work.

Final Kilometer. The lead trio is back together in the final Kilometer. Casar and Backstedt have regained! Backstedt is dropped again as Piil attacks.

Now Piil is in 1st position, as the sprint starts to take shape. Backstedt comes back and tries to jump them, to no avail.

Backstedt comes back and tries to jump them, to no avail. Backstedt leads out O'Grady. O'Grady wins it! Piil 2nd. Stuey will owe Backstedt a few pints for that amazing leadout that his friend and former teammate gave him.

What a great win for O'Grady, after crashing in three of the last four stages. Casar 3rd, Voeckler 4th, Backstedt 5th.

O'Grady really pumps boths arms in the air with that victory. It must be very satisfying and cathartic for him. Voeckler, meanwhile, will change his French Champion's Jersey for the Yellow Jersey. How cool is that for a Frenchman? He'll be the toast of France tonight, especially after all those hard attacks in the finale.

Meanwhile, Postal sits on the front of the thoroughly demoralized peloton. These riders are just thinking about some hot tea and a massage at this point.

McEwen would have been interested in the points still on offer for 6th, but his crash (and Petacchi's) will take the sting out of the impetus for their teams to push things now. The peloton has quite a way to go still.

The break will gain about 12' on the peloton today. Postal will be happy about that. They'll crush those guys in the mountains. Now some of the AG2r riders are getting active on the front. Nazon, their sprinter, is only 8 points behind McEwen.

Kirsipuu, their other sprinter, is in 3rd in the Green Jersey competition, 19 points behind McEwen. Here comes the sprint. McEwen and Nazon and Hushovd were all right there in the sprint for 6th. McEwen will keep Green regardless of the result, as he will be high up enough to protect his lead.

Voeckler is the new Yellow Jersey - a fitting honor for the French Champion, O'Grady in second at 3'13". The brief General Classification:
3. Sandy Casar (FDJ) at 4'06"
4. Magnus Backstedt (ALB) at 6'03"
5. Jakob Piil (CSC) at 6'58"
6. Lance Armstrong (USP) at 9'35"
7. George Hincapie (USP) at 9'45"

Results

1 O'Grady Stuart Aus Cof 5h 05' 58"
2 Piil Jakob Den Csc m.t.
3 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj m.t.
4 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb m.t.
5 Backstedt Magnus Swe Alb 00' 03"
6 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 12' 33"
7 Tombak Janeck Est Cof m.t.
8 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a m.t.
9 Haselbacher Rene Aut Gst m.t.
10 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r m.t.
11 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo m.t.
12 Kirsipuu Jaan Est A2r m.t.
13 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst m.t.
14 Davis Allan Aus Lst m.t.
15 Glomser Gerrit Aut Sae m.t.
16 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r m.t.
17 Hinault Sébastien Fra C.a m.t.
18 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo m.t.
19 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve m.t.
20 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo m.t.
21 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb m.t.
22 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot m.t.
23 Hincapie George Usa Usp m.t.
24 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp m.t.
25 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst m.t.
26 De Groot Bram Ned Rab m.t.
27 Commesso Salvatore Ita Sae m.t.
28 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae m.t.
29 Laurent Christophe Fra Rag m.t.
30 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas m.t.
31 Gutierrez José Ivan Esp Ibb m.t.
32 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Lst m.t.
33 Casagranda Stefano Ita Sae m.t.
34 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc m.t.
35 Azevedo José Por Usp m.t.
36 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho m.t.
37 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb m.t.
38 Grabsch Bert Ger Pho m.t.
39 Auger Guillaume Fra Rag m.t.
40 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc m.t.
41 Ivanov Serguei Rus Tmo m.t.
42 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor Esp Lst m.t.
43 Dumoulin Samuel Fra A2r m.t.
44 Julich Bobby Usa Csc m.t.
45 Elmiger Martin Sui Pho m.t.
46 Hamilton Tyler Usa Pho m.t.
47 Gutierrez José Enrique Esp Pho m.t.
48 Sevilla Oscar Esp Pho m.t.
49 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Alb m.t.
50 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve m.t.
51 Leipheimer Levi Usa Rab m.t.
52 Wrolich Peter Aut Gst m.t.
53 Brandt Christophe Bel Lot m.t.
54 Becke Daniel Ger Ibb m.t.
55 Vansevenant Wim Bel Lot m.t.
56 Gonzalez Aitor Esp Fas m.t.
57 Sorensen Nicki Den Csc m.t.
58 Lotz Marc Ned Rab m.t.
59 Jalabert Nicolas Fra Pho m.t.
60 Basso Ivan Ita Csc m.t.
61 Ludewig Jorg Ger Sae m.t.
62 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd m.t.
63 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof m.t.
64 Ekimov Viatceslav Rus Usp m.t.
65 Nardello Daniele Ita Tmo m.t.
66 Menchov Denis Rus Ibb m.t.
67 Bartoli Michele Ita Csc m.t.
68 Padrnos Pavel Cze Usp m.t.
69 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab m.t.
70 Niermann Grischa Ger Rab m.t.
71 Zubeldia Haimar Esp Eus m.t.
72 Mayo Iban Esp Eus m.t.
73 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb m.t.
74 Farazijn Peter Bel Cof m.t.
75 Zanini Stefano Ita Qsd m.t.
76 Flores Iker Esp Eus m.t.
77 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd m.t.
78 Guesdon Frédéric Fra Fdj m.t.
79 Camano Iker Esp Eus m.t.
80 Hvastija Martin Slo Alb m.t.
81 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r m.t.
82 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae m.t.
83 Loosli David Sui Sae m.t.
84 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj m.t.
85 Rinero Christophe Fra Rag m.t.
86 Merckx Axel Bel Lot m.t.
87 Petrov Evgeni Rus Sae m.t.
88 Rubiera José Luis Esp Usp m.t.
89 Hruska Jan Cze Lst m.t.
90 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus m.t.
91 Vandevelde Christian Usa Lst m.t.
92 Etxebarria David Esp Eus m.t.
93 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb m.t.
94 Heras Roberto Esp Lst m.t.
95 Rous Didier Fra Blb m.t.
96 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a m.t.
97 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp m.t.
98 Pradera Mikel Esp Ibb m.t.
99 Serrano Marcos Esp Lst m.t.
100 Osa Aitor Esp Ibb m.t.
101 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb m.t.
102 Landis Floyd Usa Usp m.t.
103 Goubert Stephane Fra A2r m.t.
104 Peron Andrea Ita Csc m.t.
105 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst m.t.
106 Garcia Acosta Vicente Esp Ibb m.t.
107 Robin Jean-Cyril Fra Fdj m.t.
108 Verbrugghe Rik Bel Lot m.t.
109 Beltran Manuel Esp Usp m.t.
110 Moller Claus Michael Den Alb m.t.
111 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo m.t.
112 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho m.t.
113 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb m.t.
114 Wauters Marc Bel Rab m.t.
115 Marinangeli Sergio Ita Dve m.t.
116 Beneteau Walter Fra Blb m.t.
117 Knaven Servais Ned Qsd m.t.
118 Bouvard Gilles Fra Rag m.t.
119 Salmon Benoit Fra C.a m.t.
120 Scholz Ronny Sui Gst m.t.
121 Mori Massimiliano Ita Dve m.t.
122 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas m.t.
123 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb m.t.
124 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd m.t.
125 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas m.t.
126 Bourquenoud Pierre Sui Rag m.t.
127 Simeoni Filippo Ita Dve m.t.
128 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r m.t.
129 Zandio Xabier Esp Ibb m.t.
130 Fedrigo Pierrick Fra C.a m.t.
131 Valoti Paolo Ita Dve m.t.
132 Landaluze Inigo Esp Eus m.t.
133 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot m.t.
134 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd m.t.
135 Nozal Isidro Esp Lst m.t.
136 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb m.t.
137 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd m.t.
138 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas m.t.
139 Sunderland Scott Aus Alb m.t.
140 Lefevre Laurent Fra Blb m.t.
141 Botcharov Alexandre Rus C.a m.t.
142 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas m.t.
143 Renier Franck Fra Blb m.t.
144 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r m.t.
145 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj m.t.
146 Bramati Davide Ita Qsd m.t.
147 Da Cruz Carlos Fra Fdj m.t.
148 Kroon Karsten Ned Rab m.t.
149 Perez Santiago Esp Pho m.t.
150 Botero Santiago Col Tmo m.t.
151 Fofonov Dmitriy Kaz Cof m.t.
152 Kessler Matthias Ger Tmo m.t.
153 Vicioso Angel Esp Lst m.t.
154 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd m.t.
155 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag m.t.
156 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot m.t.
157 Halgand Patrice Fra C.a m.t.
158 Dean Julian Nzl C.a m.t.
159 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve m.t.
160 Aldag Rolf Ger Tmo m.t.
161 Flecha Juan Antonio Esp Fas m.t.
162 Voigt Jens Ger Csc m.t.
163 Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst m.t.
164 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a m.t.
165 Moncoutie David Fra Cof m.t.
166 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof m.t.
167 Peschel Uwe Ger Gst m.t.
168 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj m.t.
169 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 13' 10"
170 Martin Ludovic Fra Rag m.t.
171 Dekker Erik Ned Rab 13' 22"
172 Etxebarria Unai Ven Eus m.t.
173 Boogerd Michael Ned Rab m.t.
174 Baldato Fabio Ita Alb m.t.
175 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj m.t.
176 Giunti Massimo Ita Dve 13' 28"
177 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 13' 30"
178 Celestino Mirko Ita Sae m.t.
179 Finot Frédéric Fra Rag m.t.
180 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof m.t.
181 Montgomery Sven Sui Gst 19' 00"
Mc Gee Bradley Aus Fdj Abandon
Hary Maryan Fra Blb H.Delais

General Classification after Stage 5

1 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 20h 03' 49"
2 O'Grady Stuart Aus Cof 03' 13"
3 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 04' 06"
4 Backstedt Magnus Swe Alb 06' 06"
5 Piil Jakob Den Csc 06' 58"
6 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp 09' 35"
7 Hincapie George Usa Usp 09' 45"
8 Landis Floyd Usa Usp 09' 51"
9 Azevedo José Por Usp 09' 57"
10 Rubiera José Luis Esp Usp 09' 59"
11 Gutierrez José Enrique Esp Pho 10' 02"
12 Ekimov Viatceslav Rus Usp 10' 05"
13 Hamilton Tyler Usa Pho 10' 11"
14 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho 10' 12"
15 Grabsch Bert Ger Pho 10' 16"
16 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 10' 18"
17 Sevilla Oscar Esp Pho 10' 19"
18 Beltran Manuel Esp Usp 10' 22"
19 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo 10' 22"
20 Pradera Mikel Esp Ibb 10' 30"
21 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo 10' 30"
22 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo 10' 32"
23 Julich Bobby Usa Csc 10' 35"
24 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb 10' 36"
25 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc 10' 39"
26 Leipheimer Levi Usa Rab 10' 43"
27 Nardello Daniele Ita Tmo 10' 46"
28 Kessler Matthias Ger Tmo 10' 49"
29 De Groot Bram Ned Rab 10' 49"
30 Bartoli Michele Ita Csc 10' 52"
31 Basso Ivan Ita Csc 10' 52"
32 Vicioso Angel Esp Lst 10' 58"
33 Niermann Grischa Ger Rab 11' 02"
34 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor Esp Lst 11' 04"
35 Lotz Marc Ned Rab 11' 12"
36 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Lst 11' 15"
37 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab 11' 17"
38 Heras Roberto Esp Lst 11' 20"
39 Petrov Evgeni Rus Sae 11' 35"
40 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc 11' 37"
41 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 11' 37"
42 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r 11' 41"
43 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb 11' 45"
44 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Alb 11' 50"
45 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb 11' 54"
46 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd 11' 56"
47 Sorensen Nicki Den Csc 11' 58"
48 Boogerd Michael Ned Rab 11' 59"
49 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 12' 00"
50 Garcia Acosta Vicente Esp Ibb 12' 01"
51 Kirsipuu Jaan Est A2r 12' 02"
52 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 12' 04"
53 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 12' 05"
54 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r 12' 05"
55 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r 12' 14"
56 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 12' 14"
57 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 12' 14"
58 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst 12' 16"
59 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 12' 20"
60 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 12' 22"
61 Goubert Stephane Fra A2r 12' 24"
62 Rous Didier Fra Blb 12' 25"
63 Gonzalez Aitor Esp Fas 12' 34"
64 Flecha Juan Antonio Esp Fas 12' 36"
65 Nozal Isidro Esp Lst 12' 40"
66 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas 12' 43"
67 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 12' 44"
68 Haselbacher Rene Aut Gst 12' 45"
69 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 12' 49"
70 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas 12' 50"
71 Valoti Paolo Ita Dve 12' 51"
72 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 12' 57"
73 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 12' 57"
74 Merckx Axel Bel Lot 12' 57"
75 Brandt Christophe Bel Lot 13' 03"
76 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 13' 10"
77 Bouvard Gilles Fra Rag 13' 12"
78 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot 13' 14"
79 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj 13' 17"
80 Robin Jean-Cyril Fra Fdj 13' 22"
81 Farazijn Peter Bel Cof 13' 24"
82 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho 13' 28"
83 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 13' 38"
84 Padrnos Pavel Cze Usp 13' 51"
85 Vansevenant Wim Bel Lot 13' 58"
86 Gutierrez José Ivan Esp Ibb 13' 59"
87 Guesdon Frédéric Fra Fdj 14' 00"
88 Becke Daniel Ger Ibb 14' 11"
89 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 14' 13"
90 Menchov Denis Rus Ibb 14' 21"
91 Aldag Rolf Ger Tmo 14' 27"
92 Botero Santiago Col Tmo 14' 30"
93 Osa Aitor Esp Ibb 14' 32"
94 Wauters Marc Bel Rab 14' 40"
95 Mayo Iban Esp Eus 15' 02"
96 Vandevelde Christian Usa Lst 15' 03"
97 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a 15' 03"
98 Zubeldia Haimar Esp Eus 15' 08"
99 Davis Allan Aus Lst 15' 09"
100 Camano Iker Esp Eus 15' 10"
101 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst 15' 10"
102 Ivanov Serguei Rus Tmo 15' 15"
103 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae 15' 17"
104 Mori Massimiliano Ita Dve 15' 20"
105 Wrolich Peter Aut Gst 15' 24"
106 Peron Andrea Ita Csc 15' 29"
107 Commesso Salvatore Ita Sae 15' 30"
108 Ludewig Jorg Ger Sae 15' 32"
109 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a 15' 33"
110 Dekker Erik Ned Rab 15' 39"
111 Sunderland Scott Aus Alb 15' 43"
112 Moller Claus Michael Den Alb 15' 46"
113 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd 15' 51"
114 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 15' 52"
115 Etxebarria Unai Ven Eus 16' 00"
116 Hinault Sébastien Fra C.a 16' 03"
117 Lefevre Laurent Fra Blb 16' 06"
118 Kroon Karsten Ned Rab 16' 07"
119 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve 16' 14"
120 Beneteau Walter Fra Blb 16' 17"
121 Zanini Stefano Ita Qsd 16' 19"
122 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 16' 22"
123 Marinangeli Sergio Ita Dve 16' 29"
124 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 16' 31"
125 Verbrugghe Rik Bel Lot 16' 33"
126 Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst 16' 35"
127 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 16' 35"
128 Loosli David Sui Sae 16' 39"
129 Moncoutie David Fra Cof 16' 39"
130 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 16' 39"
131 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 16' 43"
132 Tombak Janeck Est Cof 16' 47"
133 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot 16' 51"
134 Laurent Christophe Fra Rag 16' 57"
135 Da Cruz Carlos Fra Fdj 16' 58"
136 Rinero Christophe Fra Rag 17' 07"
137 Halgand Patrice Fra C.a 17' 27"
138 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof 17' 45"
139 Dean Julian Nzl C.a 17' 48"
140 Dumoulin Samuel Fra A2r 18' 16"
141 Hvastija Martin Slo Alb 18' 28"
142 Knaven Servais Ned Qsd 18' 59"
143 Baldato Fabio Ita Alb 19' 15"
144 Celestino Mirko Ita Sae 19' 46"
145 Landaluze Inigo Esp Eus 20' 18"
146 Hruska Jan Cze Lst 20' 36"
147 Jalabert Nicolas Fra Pho 20' 37"
148 Renier Franck Fra Blb 20' 41"
149 Serrano Marcos Esp Lst 20' 52"
150 Etxebarria David Esp Eus 20' 58"
151 Fedrigo Pierrick Fra C.a 21' 17"
152 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot 21' 19"
153 Botcharov Alexandre Rus C.a 21' 33"
154 Scholz Ronny Sui Gst 21' 46"
155 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo 21' 49"
156 Fofonov Dmitriy Kaz Cof 21' 52"
157 Perez Santiago Esp Pho 21' 54"
158 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve 22' 01"
159 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj 22' 05"
160 Auger Guillaume Fra Rag 22' 09"
161 Elmiger Martin Sui Pho 22' 15"
162 Bourquenoud Pierre Sui Rag 22' 32"
163 Martin Ludovic Fra Rag 22' 55"
164 Finot Frédéric Fra Rag 23' 01"
165 Salmon Benoit Fra C.a 23' 02"
166 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb 23' 10"
167 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 23' 34"
168 Peschel Uwe Ger Gst 23' 52"
169 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj 24' 12"
170 Giunti Massimo Ita Dve 25' 10"
171 Zandio Xabier Esp Ibb 26' 04"
172 Casagranda Stefano Ita Sae 26' 09"
173 Flores Iker Esp Eus 26' 44"
174 Glomser Gerrit Aut Sae 26' 52"
175 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus 26' 54"
176 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd 27' 20"
177 Simeoni Filippo Ita Dve 27' 40"
178 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 32' 12"
179 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 34' 38"
180 Montgomery Sven Sui Gst 36' 24"
181 Bramati Davide Ita Qsd 37' 26"

Points Classification after Stage 5 (Green Jersey, Maillot Verte)

1 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 113 Pts
2 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r 101 Pts
3 Kirsipuu Jaan Est A2r 88 Pts
4 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a 88 Pts
5 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst 87 Pts
6 O'Grady Stuart Aus Cof 85 Pts
7 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo 81 Pts
8 Piil Jakob Den Csc 42 Pts
9 Backstedt Magnus Swe Alb 40 Pts
10 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 40 Pts
11 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 36 Pts
12 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 36 Pts
13 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 35 Pts
14 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r 35 Pts
15 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj 31 Pts
16 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 30 Pts
17 Davis Allan Aus Lst 28 Pts
18 Glomser Gerrit Aut Sae 28 Pts
19 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 23 Pts
20 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 23 Pts
21 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc 23 Pts
22 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 23 Pts
23 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 22 Pts
24 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas 22 Pts
25 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot 22 Pts

Mountains Classification after Stage 5 (Polka Dot Jersey, Maillot a Pois)

1 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 19 Pts
2 Tombak Janeck Est Cof 14 Pts
3 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 9 Pts
4 De Groot Bram Ned Rab 7 Pts
5 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 3 Pts
6 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 3 Pts
7 Renier Franck Fra Blb 3 Pts
8 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 2 Pts
9 Piil Jakob Den Csc 2 Pts
10 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 2 Pts
11 Backstedt Magnus Swe Alb 1 Pts
12 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 1 Pts
13 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj 1 Pts
14 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof 1 Pts

Best Young Rider after Stage 5 (White Jersey, Maillot Blanc)

1 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 20h 03' 49"
2 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 04' 06"
3 Kessler Matthias Ger Tmo 10' 49"
4 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 11' 37"
5 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 12' 00"
6 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 12' 05"
7 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r 12' 14"
8 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 12' 14"
9 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 12' 20"
10 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 12' 22"
11 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 12' 57"
12 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 13' 10"
13 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 14' 13"
14 Davis Allan Aus Lst 15' 09"
15 Camano Iker Esp Eus 15' 10"
16 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst 15' 10"
17 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd 15' 51"
18 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 16' 22"
19 Marinangeli Sergio Ita Dve 16' 29"
20 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 16' 31"
21 Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst 16' 35"
22 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 16' 35"
23 Loosli David Sui Sae 16' 39"
24 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 16' 39"
25 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 16' 43"
26 Dumoulin Samuel Fra A2r 18' 16"
27 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 23' 34"
28 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 32' 12"
29 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 34' 38"

Teams Classification after Stage 5

1 Team CSC  Csc 58h 05' 51"
2 Alessio - Bianchi  Alb 02' 04"
3 Brioches La Boulangere  Blb 03' 16"
4 Fdjeux.Com  Fdj 06' 12"
5 US Postal - Berry Floor  Usp 10' 41"
6 Phonak Hearing Systems  Pho 11' 54"
7 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone  Cof 12' 01"
8 T-Mobile Team  Tmo 12' 25"
9 Illes Balears - B. Santander  Ibb 12' 35"
10 Rabobank  Rab 12' 55"
11 Liberty Seguros  Lst 13' 35"
12 Quick Step - Davitamon  Qsd 15' 01"
13 AG2R Prevoyance  A2r 15' 21"
14 Fassa Bortolo  Fas 15' 37"
15 Gerolsteiner  Gst 15' 49"
16 Domina Vacanze  Dve 15' 53"
17 Lotto - Domo  Lot 17' 00"
18 Saeco  Sae 18' 10"
19 R.a.G.T. Semences - Mg Rover  Rag 21' 18"
20 Euskaltel - Euskadi  Eus 25' 20"
21 Credit Agricole  C.a 25' 57"


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