Stage 13: Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille, 205.5 km
The thirteenth stage takes the riders over a lot of climbs to the uphill finish at Plateau de Beille. Follow the action here, press F5 for regular updates. Commentary by Anita van Crey and podofdonny.
As we join the race there are three men in the lead: Sylvain Chavanel, Jens Voigt and Michael Rasmussen. The bunch and the trio in the lead are descending the Portet d'Aspet, the peloton about three minutes behind the trio. In the back, already some major names quit the race - Menchov, Zubeldia and Glomser, amongst others that stepped into their team cars.
Hamilton to seems to be in not good spirits, he rides in between the cars of the DS's behind the main bunch.
Climbs still to come today are the Col de la Core, Col de Latrape, Col d'Agnes, Port de Lers and de Plateau de Beille.
Just over 126 km to do, a gap of 3.57" the trio in the lead defend. At the back of the pack the grupetto seems to be forming itself.
In the front of the bunch it seems a blue meeting of Posties all over again, directing the race from their saddles. All the main favorites, that got beaten yesterday, said this morning they for sure would try and attack the Texan. The bunch still is consisting of many riders, on their way to the third climb of the day, the Col de la Core.
It seems to have calmed down a bit in the race, riders losing some body fluids, eating their lunch in the nice warm south of France. Seems to be the description of a nice picnic, except these guys have to be constantly peddling their bikes in order to get to the finish the way they want to...
The bunch is getting bigger and bigger, the main favorites hide in its belly. The trio is over five minutes ahead of the peloton. Yellow jersey Thomas Voeckler fought bravely but has to let go his epic battle in the leader's tricot. The riders have collected their bags with jam-bread thingies. Tyler Hamilton quits the race, seems to be suffering to much from his back problems.
The trio in the lead did not notice one of the main contenders of Lance Armstrong quitting. It seems that in the bunch Armstrong and Leipheimer discussed the Phonak man quitting. But le Tour waits for no one, when one has bad legs of bad bodies, the competition does cycle on if one has none of the above. Rasmussen and his companions keep the pace nicely high.
At the back end of the pack it is German champion Andreas Klöden picking some energybars to take along on his ride. It is stagewinner Tom Boonen who tumbled down. He gets a new bike and goes along. His former bike is junk now. Boonen is well known to kill some bikes along his riding, he is a sure threat to metal, carbon and whatever material bikes are made of....
While the tour doctor is cleaning up Boonen's wounds, it said that Hamilton did quit the Tour because of the back problems he is having and that Menchov had to stop while he is still suffering too much from the ouches he has encountered in the big pile up earlier this Tour.
13.18 CET Former Tour fourth Christophe Rinero to has to let the back of the pack go on the climb to the summit of the De la Core. This climb seems to be not as steep and difficult as the previous one and for all as the ones to come. The trio now is 5.15" ahead of their opponents.
The CSC man Voigt seems to be in good spirits, has to set the pace a bit higher now and than to keep up with the other two. At the back of the pack Guillaume Auge too has to let go once Padrnos and co set the bunchpace a bit to high for less climbers. Fabian Wegmann of Gerolsteiner looses contact as well.
Today's stage is half way through, the bunch still is more or less dotpointshaped...The trio in the lead still gives its best, Voigt being the lesser one of them.
Temps for climbing seeming to be ok, not to hot, not to bad. Baldato and Pozzato to has the pack go.
Voeckler is holding on to the back of the pack as he has grown comforted to. The bunch is now 5.15" behind the leaders, having them in their actidaius to hail them in before the finishline is reached. Postal Blue is pulling the strings. Next one out of the race is Wegmann. One Km to the summit for the three in the lead. Rubiera is getting refreshments for his team.
Chavanel takes the points in the King of the Mountains sprint. The lead stays around five minutes. The three leaders descend along car lined roads and sunny skies. 5'11 their lead on the peloton which is toujours Postal-led.
The bunch now is over the summit as well, Virenque battling himself into the points of the KOM.
Voeckler continues to grab the yellow jersey with both hands and feet and everything else he has in his powers, to stay as high in the classification as he can be - but courage cannot replace tired legs forever.
It is Virenque saying sorry to the men behind him for being such a fanatic in achieving his goal to win the KOM jersey one more time. Virenque and Moreau next over the climb. Virenque looking for mountain records, the two men have a chat and look and wait for the Postal train.
Sticky tarmac on the winding descent - danger for the riders as poor ol' Beloki will testify.
Long descent, the pace is smooth. The three in the lead choose each others companionship to get to the next mountain.
13.56 CET Rasmussen in the leading trio adjusts his shoe - or is he embarassed at the silly orange socks the Rabo team wear? I think it is sock embarassment, personally...which is why he is at the front - to avoid sly looks fom the rest of the peloton.
In his MTB days he practiced a lot in downhilling. Roads in the Pyrenees though are not as good as they are in the Alpes, the tartan is much more worn out.
Postal meantime still dominating the front of the peloton with 93 kilometres to go. The bunch now is in the lower part of the descent of the Col de la Core. In 21 km the riders have to conquer the next obstacle, the Col d'Agnes.
The canoe-based fans from the river cheer on the peloton.
5'12 the gap, sunshine and mountains and many kilometres - or should that be killer kilometres?
Heras chute - Heras down. With an Illes rider. He's back up. He is suffering a long bike change, too...he seems to be a slightly bruised. It was tour doctor Gerard Porte present at the spot, assuring him he could ride on.
5'14 the gap - still Postal chase the orange-socked lead trio. Heras being led back to the peloton by his team mates - this will make it difficult for him; he has about 40 seconds to catch back up. More Liberty men drop back to help unlucky Heras...
The three men at the front still rolling very nicely together. All the Postal men look like they have been drinking double rations of bovine supplements - the team looks super strong today.
14.12 CET 84 kilometres to go. It seems Christian Vandevelde has a day's supply of water bottles hidden in his jersey when he heads back to the bunch. It's a gutsy performance from the man from Schittigheim - his teammates pace him towards the peloton.
After last year's disastrous attempt by Postal trying desperately to disguise themselves as Champs Elysee pavé, they now agin choose their blue look....a bit too dark though to disguise themselves and hide into the blue Pyrenees skies...though they now try to be more or less incognito and put their sunglasses on, like no one can tell a five times Tour winner from afar...
They're all wearing masks - it is Indurain's Banesto boys in disguise - Indurain never retired, he just wears an Armstrong mask...and gets Armstrong to do the interviews.
Heading onto his part of Spanish territory, Mayo unfortunately seems not to be in the best form to make his orange country people go overboard with joy. The three in the lead, meanwhile, keep up the pace as it suits them best and are allowed to stay ahead.
On that fashion note, outside of Rabo's orange socks - there seems to be a large number of young ladies who are dressing up to watch the race go by - like Royal Ascot in the mountains.
14.25 CET 78 kilometres to go, still Chavanel, Voigt and Rasmussen in the lead as Mimo Chavanel takes a bidon from his car. No prizes for guessing who is leading the peloton - it is the masked men of Postal.
The Pyrenees valleys do provide the riders some shadow along their ride to the Plateau de Beille. I bet the ones competing are glad it's not as a baking-oven as it can be over there some times. At times like this though they most of the time are glad people along the roadsides are providing them with water bottles as well.
Riis was saying last night on the TV he hopes his team will make the race exciting today, so look out for more attacks from Sastre and Basso.
Mayo in all sorts of problems; his teammates come back to help.
Too bad for all the Basques in orange, awaiting their man to conquer the man from Texas. The whole Euskaltel team is working to get him back to the pack. Poor old Mayo removes the earpiece - the last thing he needs is his DS telling him what to do now.
If Mayo chooses to abandon, that is if he cannot go any further, he will choose another stage than the one in which the whole Basque country and Spain expected him to do best.
Kloeden looks cool just behind the Postal-led peloton. At the back of the pack Erik Dekker is minding his business, trying to the first to start the mountain time trial at L'Alpe d'Huez.
The three in the lead have 75 km to go and are 5 minutes and 48 seconds ahead.
Voeckler battles on - the French Resistance has not given up quite yet. Rubiera is back at the back of the pack again, looks like Chechu needs a drink again. Heras back in the bunch, Voeckler digging deep and gets back on. Allez Thomas!
Here is the summit of the Col de la Trappe. Oh la la - the descent is technical and dangerous. Rasmusssen almost loses it on a corner - uses his feet to pull him back on the road.
Mayo has lost one minute to the main bunch already... looking like a man riding to the edge of despair, while Euskaltel is copying the all blue in front of the bunch, but unfortunately for them they are way behind the best in today's stage...
Voeckler struggles on and on and on and on and on...
Virenque moves again to the front - the Scorpion wants to pinch some more KOM points. Simoni is heading back into his best self, having his Saeco teammates join him in the front part of the bunch. Bettini picks up the pace for Tricky Dicky. Virenque gets the remaining points.
Mayo will have a day in pain in the Pyrennees - bike racing is a cruel sport. Though at least he does not have to wear orange socks.
Col d'Agnes could well see the end of Voeckler's reign in Yellow - but he has been herioc. And Ullrich may well have been affected by the rain yesterday - the cold and wet can hurt your legs.
Chavanel starts to find the going difficult on the climb. He has to let the others go, suffering the agony of seing his partners disappear up the road.
14.52 CET Chavanel's candle is blowing out itself on this climb; he is having the hardest time to cover it, metre by metre. Chavanel at the front struggling - Voeckler at the back struggling - it looks like the Baker boys' days are numbered. Meanwhile 66 kilometres to go as Voigt and Ramussen are still making the running at the front.
Voeckler empties a whole bottle of eau minerale - one litre - over his head.
Ekimov and Padrnos have stepped out the blue train. Ullrich is at the front of the peloton in Armstrong's shadow. Jan is for sure trying to stick with Armstrong, as well as Santos Gonzalez. Leipheimer too is holding on. Leipheimer takes over Armstrong's spot in the US Olympic team.
Euskaltel all together are struggling their way up the mountain, trying to help Mayo every bit they can. Thomas Voeckler seems to have found yet another pair of legs on the side of the road and gets into a better pace again.
Mayo stops in the road...it seems his DS Julian Gorrospe is making Mayo to go on. He has changed his bike - he is looking like a man at the end of his tether - he is really suffering. He could damage himself if he rides hurt...he gets going again. He also gets a push uphill from Garcia Acosta from the Illes Balears team.
Moncoutie now feeling the pace of the Postal train. Sevilla has to let the main bunch go as well. Simoni and Scarponi are present still though, so it's not all favorites for the podium having a very bad day. To be fair, Voeckler is still in sight of the peloton.
Voeckler now is accompanied by Noval, still limiting his losses - he seems to have recovered a bit - it is true heroics from the Frenchman.
Voigt still struggling to stay ahead together with Rasmussen. The peloton is down to what, 50 riders at the most, as Mancebo makes a move. He is 1 '19 down on Armstrong but Postal do not react. Heras is dropped.
Brochard and Halgand have to let go as well, as well as Sandy Casar. Simoni as well is still holding on to the main bunch. Postal ups the tempo - and the group slims out faster than Ullrich in May.
15.12 CET 40 seconds the gap from the yellow to the bunch. Landis and Hincapie setting the best pace for that man from Texas. Rasmussen - face determined - is looking very concentrated and focused on these cruel slopes.
Voeckler - shirt open - looks like a yellow caped crusader as he tries to fight back on. Mayo over 11 minutes back.
59 kilometers to go. 25 riders in the Armstrong group - Virenque, Ullrich, still there, Kloeden as well. Over the top of the climb.
Kloeden still looking cool on Armstrong's shoulder... Simoni, Leipheimer. Landis pumps out the pace as Virenque and Moreau again fight it out. 3'47 the gap to the two leaders.
Mayo seems to be peddling a bit easier now, on and off a bit.
A long descent and a long work-your-legs-to-the-best-ride to the beginning of today's main course, the Plateau de Beille climb. All this hard work is just an appetizer for the big clash today.
51 kilometres to go and the peloton is strung out across northern Spain. Mayo and his group now 14.05 back.
Lotz is in the Mayo group as Rasmussen and Voigt battle on at the front - this could be another tactical day for CSC - Postal dominance versus CSC cunning.
Mimo Chavanel is also battling on; he may well be able to help Voeckler later on. Voeckler is actually gaining back some ground on the US Postal-led peloton. Chavanel will now probably wait for Voeckler on the descent. While Scarponi, nuts as he is in life, is concentrating in this stage to stay as close to the Postal train as he can. So much for being silly....
The same strategy with Voigt for CSC and Rasmussen for Leipheimer. 46 kilometres to go for the leading duo as they swoop through the trees.
15.37 CET Chavanel has something to eat and shakes his legs. Virenque now on 128 points, but Rasmussen on 72 is gradually catching him. Hehe, they can't shake Voeckler off.
The Postals are taking the descent fairly cautiously - they have no reason to take chances - but Ullrich has Kloeden and Guerini with him. These are two excellent riders who could lead a final chance. Guerini rode excellently for Ullrich yesterday - great teamwork from the Italian climbing specialist- who obviously does not like camera men. The memorable day that Guerini won, he was knocked off his bike by one.
Chavanel is caught by Postal and will now help Voeckler. Armstrong punctures! Back on his bike again.
Virenque controls the peloton to keep it in order. Voeckler is still present near Leipheimer and Virenque. Virenque has ridden as a patron this tour. Are they all awaiting Lance Armstrong to get back with them? He is back on.
15.48 CET 35km to go. Voeckler checks back to see where Armstrong is - it gives Casar a chance to get back on too. The situation returns to normal - Postal back at the front. The duo in the lead will start the last climb of the day, the 16 km of Plateau de Beille, with a nice gap. They still have a lead of about 4 minutes. Basso is looking very relaxed he gets some water.
He and Sastre share the drinks and prepare for their inevitable attack on the postal charge. Ullrich has a carton of orange - which is as safe as EPO according to some trainers. Rasmussen, still embarassed by orange socks, rides hard at the front to avoid the sly remarks of the peloton.
Rasmussen is performing like hell today, Voigt is just happy he can stick with the Dane. The Dane does not wear, as the rest of the bunch is doing so, the yellow bracelet to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation, just because he wants the least weight possible to carry along with him as he drives his bike up to a possible win. For the same reason he shaves his head...
4' the gap. In spite of hours of pressure from the US Postal team, Voeckler still hangs on. He is sitting right behind the Postal train - he obviously has not read those who wrote him off - a very brave ride. Pereiro, Moreau, Sastre, Karpets, Moncoutie, Virenque, Brochard, Caucchioli, Casas, Simoni, Merckx, Marichal, Armstrong, Azevedo, just some names of the main group.
16.02 CET 25 km to go, gap down to 3.47". "TiTi" Voeckler and Mimo have a hard job ahead - the over 16 km climb, over 7% average, difficult corners, not really a piece a cake awaiting any of the riders...
The peloton one long line as the Postals wind it up. Goubert joins the 31 men in the first group. Moncoutie has also rejoined the peloton as the leader rides under the 20 km to go banner. The gap is down to 3.24".
CSC looking ominous behind Postal; Voeckler and the Baker boys still fighting - an incredible performance.
Rasmussen still charging on - trying to lose the curse of the orange socks... the Postal train is now riding alongside a real train line - hope they don't get confused...
Armstrong has a check on his shirt - no, it's not yellow yet. Voeckler still is wearing it and doesn't seem to want to give it up. 15 killer kilometres to go for the leading duo. Two and a half minutes the gap of the two leaders.
Rasmussen takes his helmet off - or has he - hard to tell with that shiny head. But Rasmussen and Voigt keep in each other's company, they sure have bonded over this break. Still Postal lead the charge. Hincapie makes his final effort.
In the main group, Moreau is there. Still no word of the sufferers in the background, not to say where the orange boys are, supporting their main man Mayo. Virenque drops, earlier than expected by most. Voeckler battling on, he refuses to be dropped. Kloeden looking cool. Moreau has no luck - punctures.
After the stage, selected by blind drawing, Rasmussen, Virenque, Totschnig and Klöden have to go to the doping control. Just hope they have enough body fluids left to pee....otherwise they have to stick to the old method of drinking beer...
Landis dropped. Botcharov gives Moreau his wheel and pushes him into pace again. 13 to go. Simoni hanging on. Titi Voeckler sticks bravely with the blue train. Goubert tries for AG2R. Voeckler in trouble, Simoni in trouble...
Ruberia killing the field, as well as Axel Merckx, one of Lance Armstrong's best friends, does. 11 riders left in the 1st group. Voeckler does not give in, tries yet another time to come back. Halgand tries his wits to bring Moreau back as well.
Scarponi in trouble while Moreau tries desperately. Sastre in trouble, Guerini too. 56 seconds the gap now.
The orange clad Basques fans not too happy. Azevedo, Rubiera, Leipheimer, Totschnig, Armstrong, Basso in the front group, also Pereiro, Kloeden, Ullrich, Mancebo. Rubiera has his shirt zipped all open, keeping as cool as he can be. Moreau is doing a great ride following his puncture and Voeckler tags along. Not for long though, Voeckler is struggling. The group of the yellow jersey is about one and a half minute behind the two in the lead.
Ullrich is dropping back - he has been left!! With 11 km to go the gap is down to half a minute. Leiphemer having troubles - 10 to go.
Leipheimer desperately hanging on. His teammate Rasmussen leaves Voigt behind. Totschnig and Basso are the only ones able to follow the big Texan. Ullrich all eyebrows and concerns - it looks like a bad day in the office. They catch Rasmussen.
Armstrong, Azevedo, Basso and Totschnig ride along the Dane like he ain't there. Ullrich looks like he has dead legs. Totschnig has to let go now as well - Basso is the only challenge left.
Kloeden looks defeated too. Rasmussen has found himself a big parking lot, the Plateau de Beille...he seems to be standing still and gets passed by all of them. Basso, who was once called the future of the Tour, now has the future in his own hands. Only the Italian can end the Armerivans domination of the Tour.
Azevedo is still setting the pace, he slipstreams Armstrong uphill. Ullrich already 40 seconds down to Armstrong. Pereiro, Leipheimer and Goubert join the German.
Voeckler battling on - he is racing against the clock too, he has 5 '20. Rubiera rolls uphill nicely, has done his superb job and sees Titi pass by. Basso must deliver a killer punch today - he is outnumbered by Postal but has not worked all day...
Armstrong pedalling a smooth low gear - Azevedo pushing the pace - Basso Italian cool in the Spanish heat. Totschnig still has the trio in sight. Voeckler keeps tailing Karpets.
Karpets looking like a 70's rock star is with him, probably singing Stairway to Heaven. Ullrich solo - it seems Jan has refound his own pace. Azevedo rocking slightly - Armstrong and Basso rock steady, looking like a how to ride a bike uphill video.
Them Basques along the roadside, lacking their own rockstar Igan for some minutes, now starting to cheer on Ullrich, hoping he can defeat Armstrong (who did not make himself popular with forcing the pace when Mayo was down on the cobbles...)
Armstrong goes, Basso follows. Totschnig at 10, Mancebo at 30 seconds. Le Maillot Jaune now is at two and a half minutes. Armstrong looking to out-pace Basso.
Austrian Totschnig works his way up the mountain. Basso refuses to be dropped; he follows the Texan's wheel smoothly. Titi suffers but does not want to give up his maillot jaune. Voeckler being helped by Chavanel - good tactics by Brioches today.
Mancebo is joined by Klöden. Klöden is ahead of Ullrich currently. Ullrich a minute ten behind the leaders. Azevedo does like their companionship and joins them for a while.
Great ride by Totschnig. Totschnig searches to the bottom of his powers. Ullrich is at 1.31", Voeckler is at 3 minutes...
The man with the hammer comes down - and Ullrich looks like he has been battered by a hammer. Basso takes over the pace-setting - he could be on the window ledge of history.
5 km of climbing to go. Titi at 3.08". Ullrich in desperate straits.
Basso takes up the lead - has he enough to make an attack?
45" for Totschnig, 1.52" for Ullrich, too big the gaps to close in the remaining distance. Mancebo passes Totschnig. Seems Totschnig has found the same parking lot Rasmussen did earlier...
4 km to go - Armstrong and Basso private duel.
The Plateau de Beille is packed with campers. Jan is riding through orange walls while the yellow jersey looks to be near 4 minutes gap. Voeckler at 5 km - he refuses to give up that shirt. Ullrich overtakes Azevedo, but he can not drop him so far.
The Basque fans give Voeckler a huge cheer as he passes.
3km to go, now is Basso's chance to attack. Voeckler 4 km to go.
Armstrong and Basso are in their own Spaghetti Western - who will win there shootout for the stage? They have a word.
The road an absolute wall of people and orange. Totschnig struggles his way back to be closer to the American and Italian again. Titi 4.09" down. It will be close. Flamme Rouge for the two. Basso picks up the pace - they talk again, in contrast to yesterday.
Totschnig under the flamme rouge. Basso leads the dance. Armstrong zips his jersey - he will go for it. Two at the finish, next will be Totschnig. Armstrong accelerates around Basso and wins the stage.
Ullrich under the flamme rouge at 34 seconds, Totschnig come in at 1.05". Just hope Voeckler can hang on...
Ullrich in at 2 41, now the yellow jersey against the clock, will he make it???? He finds some more and starts flying!
His face a mask of pain - Voeckler comes in at 4'20", saving his yellow jersey by a full minute. Now a smile as the mountainide erupts in joy for Voeckler and his brave Bakers. He has really really gone deep. He gets off his bike and walks to a quieter place to rest his sore legs.
Axel and Karpets finish, Karpets the rock star, at 6.05.
Sastre and Chavanel next at about six and a half minutes. Chavanel - what a great day he has had.
Leipheimer at 6.40. Casar at the finish, at 7.24.
Titi still in the yellow jersey by 22 seconds. Now Brochard, Rogers, Marichal and Verbrughhe at the finish line.
Armstrong talking, says that he and Basso agreed to work today, that Basso was strong and he couldn't shake him. Now he says that the main contenders are Basso and Kloden. He also said it is never good when the race loses riders, as it did today - he says it is always better to have the riders in the race.
More finishers: the first Orange, Camano and Guerrini. The first bigger group is in, as well as Voigt, at 12 minutes.
Armstrong on the podium for his 17th Tour win. And Voeckler receives a new yellow jersey...he sure likes yellow. We are looking for Mayo...
Armstrong has more comments - though there are no serious climbs tomorrow, all those windmills are there for a reason. It can be dangerous there.
He also says that Basso is a fighter - Basso was suffering but he could not shake him. Armstrong says he himself did not have enough to go, so they kept on.
Down to 36th place, and still no Mayo...
Tyler Hamilton talked just before climbing into his team car earlier today: "I was the leader here, I had the perfect team. I have no excuses. I had the accident...on the flats it was okay, but when I got to the mountains...
"I wasn't feeling good this morning...I tried, but I was just empty."
1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP in 6h 04' 38"
2 BASSO Ivan ITA CSC at 00' 00"
3 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST at 01' 05"
4 KLÖDEN Andréas GER TMO at 01' 27"
5 MANCEBO Francisco ESP IBB at 01' 27"
6 ULLRICH Jan GER TMO at 02' 42"
7 AZEVEDO José POR USP at 02' 50"
8 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A at 02' 51"
9 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALB at 02' 51"
10 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE at 03' 43"
Top Ten General Classification:
1 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB in 58h 00' 27"
2 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP at 00' 22"
3 BASSO Ivan ITA CSC at 01' 39"
4 KLÖDEN Andréas GER TMO at 03' 18"
5 MANCEBO Francisco ESP IBB at 03' 28"
6 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST at 06' 08"
7 AZEVEDO José POR USP at 06' 43"
8 ULLRICH Jan GER TMO at 07' 01"
9 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALB at 07' 59"
10 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ at 08' 29"
Heras came in 21 minutes down...and as we leave you, the riders finishing times are past 26 and a half minutes...
Full results and classifications to come - thanks so much for joining us today. Tomorrow is an anti-climax for fans, a long and rolling stage where the riders can lick their wounds and re-assess their Tour. Then on Monday the peloton has its last rest day. So please join us again tomorrow - Allez!
1 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp 6h 04' 38"
2 Basso Ivan Ita Csc m.t.
3 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 01' 05"
4 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo 01' 27"
5 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb m.t.
6 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo 02' 42"
7 Azevedo José Por Usp 02' 50"
8 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a 02' 51"
9 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Alb m.t.
10 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 03' 43"
11 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho 04' 29"
12 Goubert Stephane Fra A2r 04' 29"
13 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 04' 42"
14 Merckx Axel Bel Lot 05' 56"
15 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 06' 06"
16 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc 06' 34"
17 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb m.t.
18 Sevilla Oscar Esp Pho 06' 39"
19 Leipheimer Levi Usa Rab m.t.
20 Moncoutie David Fra Cof m.t.
21 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 07' 21"
22 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab 07' 33"
23 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 07' 44"
24 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r 08' 21"
25 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot m.t.
26 Verbrugghe Rik Bel Lot m.t.
27 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd m.t.
28 Camano Iker Esp Eus 08' 49"
29 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo 08' 49"
30 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 09' 39"
31 Rubiera José Luis Esp Usp 09' 41"
32 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd 09' 52"
33 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 11' 28"
34 Botcharov Alexandre Rus C.a 12' 30"
35 Halgand Patrice Fra C.a m.t.
36 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 12' 52"
37 Gutierrez José Enrique Esp Pho 18' 08"
38 Landis Floyd Usa Usp 18' 46"
39 Hincapie George Usa Usp 18' 46"
40 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus 19' 29"
41 Flores Iker Esp Eus 19' 29"
42 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r 20' 17"
43 Robin Jean-Cyril Fra Fdj 20' 33"
44 Ludewig Jorg Ger Sae m.t.
45 Beltran Manuel Esp Usp m.t.
46 Fedrigo Pierrick Fra C.a 20' 39"
47 Moller Claus Michael Den Alb 21' 18"
48 Osa Aitor Esp Ibb 21' 35"
49 Heras Roberto Esp Lst 21' 35"
50 Gutierrez José Ivan Esp Ibb 21' 35"
51 Boogerd Michael Ned Rab 22' 14"
52 Nardello Daniele Ita Tmo 23' 54"
53 Niermann Grischa Ger Rab m.t.
54 Petrov Evgeni Rus Sae m.t.
55 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas m.t.
56 Perez Santiago Esp Pho m.t.
57 Jalabert Nicolas Fra Pho 24' 03"
58 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 24' 09"
59 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho 24' 23"
60 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 25' 09"
61 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 26' 58"
62 Peron Andrea Ita Csc m.t.
63 Padrnos Pavel Cze Usp m.t.
64 Ekimov Viatceslav Rus Usp m.t.
65 Vandevelde Christian Usa Lst m.t.
66 Bartoli Michele Ita Csc m.t.
67 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo 31' 14"
68 Scholz Ronny Ger Gst m.t.
69 Salmon Benoit Fra C.a m.t.
70 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r m.t.
71 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd m.t.
72 Sorensen Nicki Den Csc m.t.
73 Serrano Marcos Esp Lst m.t.
74 Botero Santiago Col Tmo m.t.
75 Davis Allan Aus Lst m.t.
76 Flecha Juan Antonio Esp Fas m.t.
77 Giunti Massimo Ita Dve m.t.
78 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r m.t.
79 Martin Ludovic Fra Rag m.t.
80 Grabsch Bert Ger Pho m.t.
81 Becke Daniel Ger Ibb m.t.
82 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot m.t.
83 De Groot Bram Ned Rab m.t.
84 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj m.t.
85 Ivanov Serguei Rus Tmo m.t.
86 Beneteau Walter Fra Blb m.t.
87 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst m.t.
88 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae m.t.
89 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 33' 49"
90 Gonzalez Aitor Esp Fas 33' 49"
91 Piil Jakob Den Csc 34' 20"
92 Renier Franck Fra Blb 37' 40"
93 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve m.t.
94 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj m.t.
95 Da Cruz Carlos Fra Fdj m.t.
96 Sunderland Scott Aus Alb m.t.
97 O'Grady Stuart Aus Cof m.t.
98 Mori Massimiliano Ita Dve m.t.
99 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a m.t.
100 Farazijn Peter Bel Cof m.t.
101 Zanini Stefano Ita Qsd m.t.
102 Dean Julian Nzl C.a m.t.
103 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor Esp Lst m.t.
104 Nozal Isidro Esp Lst m.t.
105 Aldag Rolf Ger Tmo m.t.
106 Bourquenoud Pierre Sui Rag m.t.
107 Commesso Salvatore Ita Sae m.t.
108 Kroon Karsten Ned Rab m.t.
109 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas m.t.
110 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst m.t.
111 Elmiger Martin Sui Pho m.t.
112 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb m.t.
113 Lotz Marc Ned Rab m.t.
114 Vansevenant Wim Bel Lot m.t.
115 Mayo Iban Esp Eus m.t.
116 Etxebarria David Esp Eus m.t.
117 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas m.t.
118 Etxebarria Unai Ven Eus m.t.
119 Landaluze Inigo Esp Eus m.t.
120 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas m.t.
121 Lefevre Laurent Fra Blb m.t.
122 Peschel Uwe Ger Gst m.t.
123 Wauters Marc Bel Rab m.t.
124 Dekker Erik Ned Rab m.t.
125 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb m.t.
126 Zandio Xabier Esp Ibb m.t.
127 Garcia Acosta Vicente Esp Ibb m.t.
128 Baldato Fabio Ita Alb m.t.
129 Guesdon Frédéric Fra Fdj 42' 20"
130 Tombak Janeck Est Cof m.t.
131 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb m.t.
132 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot m.t.
133 Rous Didier Fra Blb m.t.
134 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r m.t.
135 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd m.t.
136 Wrolich Peter Aut Gst m.t.
137 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb m.t.
138 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Lst m.t.
139 Hruska Jan Cze Lst m.t.
140 Fofonov Dmitriy Kaz Cof m.t.
141 Bramati Davide Ita Qsd m.t.
142 Auger Guillaume Fra Rag m.t.
143 Bouvard Gilles Fra Rag m.t.
144 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot m.t.
145 Laurent Christophe Fra Rag m.t.
146 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag m.t.
147 Simeoni Filippo Ita Dve m.t.
148 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc m.t.
149 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof m.t.
150 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof m.t.
151 Valoti Paolo Ita Dve m.t.
152 Loosli David Sui Sae m.t.
153 Knaven Servais Ned Qsd m.t.
154 Rinero Christophe Fra Rag m.t.
155 Julich Bobby Usa Csc m.t.
156 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj m.t.
157 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj m.t.
158 Finot Frédéric Fra Rag m.t.
159 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a m.t.
160 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof 47' 55"
Glomser Gerrit Aut Sae Abandon
Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst Abandon
Menchov Denis Rus Ibb Abandon
Zubeldia Haimar Esp Eus Abandon
Hamilton Tyler Usa Pho Abandon
Marinangeli Sergio Ita Dve Non Partant
General Classification after Stage 13
1 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 58h 00' 27"
2 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp 00' 22"
3 Basso Ivan Ita Csc 01' 39"
4 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo 03' 18"
5 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb 03' 28"
6 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 06' 08"
7 Azevedo José Por Usp 06' 43"
8 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo 07' 01"
9 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Alb 07' 59"
10 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 08' 29"
11 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 09' 50"
12 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc 10' 03"
13 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho 10' 13"
14 Leipheimer Levi Usa Rab 10' 47"
15 Sevilla Oscar Esp Pho 10' 54"
16 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a 11' 49"
17 Goubert Stephane Fra A2r 12' 44"
18 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab 13' 03"
19 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 13' 06"
20 Rubiera José Luis Esp Usp 13' 57"
21 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 14' 05"
22 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 14' 22"
23 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r 14' 29"
24 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 14' 48"
25 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 15' 09"
26 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd 18' 08"
27 Merckx Axel Bel Lot 20' 13"
28 Camano Iker Esp Eus 20' 31"
29 Moncoutie David Fra Cof 21' 52"
30 Gutierrez José Enrique Esp Pho 22' 17"
31 Halgand Patrice Fra C.a 25' 19"
32 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo 25' 32"
33 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho 27' 04"
34 Heras Roberto Esp Lst 27' 35"
35 Hincapie George Usa Usp 30' 39"
36 Petrov Evgeni Rus Sae 31' 06"
37 Landis Floyd Usa Usp 31' 25"
38 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd 32' 35"
39 Bartoli Michele Ita Csc 34' 36"
40 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 36' 22"
41 Piil Jakob Den Csc 36' 31"
42 Botcharov Alexandre Rus C.a 37' 02"
43 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus 37' 39"
44 Gonzalez Aitor Esp Fas 39' 28"
45 Perez Santiago Esp Pho 40' 58"
46 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor Esp Lst 42' 40"
47 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae 44' 31"
48 Nardello Daniele Ita Tmo 44' 51"
49 Mayo Iban Esp Eus 45' 04"
50 Robin Jean-Cyril Fra Fdj 45' 38"
51 Osa Aitor Esp Ibb 46' 18"
52 Julich Bobby Usa Csc 46' 49"
53 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd 46' 52"
54 O'Grady Stuart Aus Cof 47' 07"
55 Verbrugghe Rik Bel Lot 47' 50"
56 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r 49' 15"
57 Gutierrez José Ivan Esp Ibb 51' 55"
58 Beltran Manuel Esp Usp 53' 44"
59 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas 54' 12"
60 Nozal Isidro Esp Lst 54' 53"
61 Moller Claus Michael Den Alb 55' 09"
62 Flores Iker Esp Eus 55' 50"
63 Serrano Marcos Esp Lst 56' 19"
64 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 56' 32"
65 Boogerd Michael Ned Rab 57' 18"
66 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo 58' 41"
67 Ludewig Jorg Ger Sae 59' 15"
68 Scholz Ronny Ger Gst 1h 00' 33"
69 Salmon Benoit Fra C.a 1h 04' 11"
70 Niermann Grischa Ger Rab 1h 04' 14"
71 Vandevelde Christian Usa Lst 1h 05' 16"
72 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 1h 05' 57"
73 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 1h 07' 15"
74 Landaluze Inigo Esp Eus 1h 08' 04"
75 Ivanov Serguei Rus Tmo 1h 09' 14"
76 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb 1h 12' 11"
77 Sorensen Nicki Den Csc 1h 12' 21"
78 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst 1h 12' 38"
79 Peron Andrea Ita Csc 1h 13' 00"
80 Rous Didier Fra Blb 1h 13' 23"
81 Botero Santiago Col Tmo 1h 14' 13"
82 Ekimov Viatceslav Rus Usp 1h 14' 19"
83 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj 1h 14' 23"
84 Lefevre Laurent Fra Blb 1h 14' 44"
85 Becke Daniel Ger Ibb 1h 14' 48"
86 Davis Allan Aus Lst 1h 15' 41"
87 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 1h 15' 53"
88 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Lst 1h 16' 15"
89 Etxebarria David Esp Eus 1h 16' 15"
90 Flecha Juan Antonio Esp Fas 1h 16' 44"
91 Padrnos Pavel Cze Usp 1h 18' 05"
92 Grabsch Bert Ger Pho 1h 18' 25"
93 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 1h 18' 35"
94 Garcia Acosta Vicente Esp Ibb 1h 20' 04"
95 Farazijn Peter Bel Cof 1h 20' 22"
96 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot 1h 20' 47"
97 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 1h 20' 51"
98 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot 1h 21' 37"
99 Sunderland Scott Aus Alb 1h 22' 20"
100 Fedrigo Pierrick Fra C.a 1h 22' 27"
101 Jalabert Nicolas Fra Pho 1h 22' 54"
102 Loosli David Sui Sae 1h 24' 35"
103 Beneteau Walter Fra Blb 1h 25' 03"
104 Da Cruz Carlos Fra Fdj 1h 25' 03"
105 Valoti Paolo Ita Dve 1h 25' 04"
106 De Groot Bram Ned Rab 1h 25' 59"
107 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst 1h 26' 24"
108 Lotz Marc Ned Rab 1h 26' 24"
109 Giunti Massimo Ita Dve 1h 27' 23"
110 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 1h 27' 45"
111 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 1h 27' 48"
112 Fofonov Dmitriy Kaz Cof 1h 29' 01"
113 Rinero Christophe Fra Rag 1h 29' 17"
114 Aldag Rolf Ger Tmo 1h 29' 23"
115 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a 1h 29' 27"
116 Mori Massimiliano Ita Dve 1h 29' 34"
117 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas 1h 29' 53"
118 Elmiger Martin Sui Pho 1h 30' 07"
119 Etxebarria Unai Ven Eus 1h 30' 26"
120 Wauters Marc Bel Rab 1h 30' 30"
121 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 1h 30' 54"
122 Commesso Salvatore Ita Sae 1h 31' 38"
123 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 1h 31' 59"
124 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 1h 32' 14"
125 Kroon Karsten Ned Rab 1h 32' 31"
126 Bouvard Gilles Fra Rag 1h 32' 44"
127 Zanini Stefano Ita Qsd 1h 33' 03"
128 Dean Julian Nzl C.a 1h 33' 17"
129 Zandio Xabier Esp Ibb 1h 33' 38"
130 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot 1h 34' 03"
131 Guesdon Frédéric Fra Fdj 1h 34' 07"
132 Wrolich Peter Aut Gst 1h 35' 22"
133 Simeoni Filippo Ita Dve 1h 35' 57"
134 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 1h 36' 19"
135 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 1h 37' 14"
136 Baldato Fabio Ita Alb 1h 38' 09"
137 Laurent Christophe Fra Rag 1h 39' 53"
138 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r 1h 40' 03"
139 Hruska Jan Cze Lst 1h 40' 08"
140 Bourquenoud Pierre Sui Rag 1h 40' 24"
141 Renier Franck Fra Blb 1h 41' 16"
142 Tombak Janeck Est Cof 1h 41' 28"
143 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb 1h 41' 57"
144 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb 1h 42' 00"
145 Auger Guillaume Fra Rag 1h 42' 51"
146 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 1h 43' 59"
147 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc 1h 44' 19"
148 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj 1h 45' 13"
149 Peschel Uwe Ger Gst 1h 45' 31"
150 Dekker Erik Ned Rab 1h 47' 52"
151 Martin Ludovic Fra Rag 1h 48' 55"
152 Knaven Servais Ned Qsd 1h 52' 12"
153 Vansevenant Wim Bel Lot 1h 54' 41"
154 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve 1h 55' 50"
155 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 1h 55' 57"
156 Bramati Davide Ita Qsd 1h 57' 18"
157 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj 2h 02' 03"
158 Finot Frédéric Fra Rag 2h 11' 15"
159 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof 2h 20' 35"
160 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 2h 25' 08"
Points Classification after Stage 13 - Top 25
1 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus 210 Pts
2 Zabel Erik Ger 201 Pts
3 Hushovd Thor Nor 195 Pts
4 O'Grady Stuart Aus 186 Pts
5 Hondo Danilo Ger 176 Pts
6 Boonen Tom Bel 128 Pts
7 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra 116 Pts
8 Brochard Laurent Fra 102 Pts
9 Kirchen Kim Lux 88 Pts
10 Mancebo Francisco Esp 83 Pts
11 Klöden Andréas Ger 77 Pts
12 Cooke Baden Aus 77 Pts
13 Armstrong Lance Usa 73 Pts
14 Pineau Jérôme Fra 72 Pts
15 Scarponi Michele Ita 70 Pts
16 Davis Allan Aus 65 Pts
17 Tombak Janeck Est 62 Pts
18 Voeckler Thomas Fra 58 Pts
19 Totschnig Georg Aut 54 Pts
20 Piil Jakob Den 52 Pts
21 Pozzato Filippo Ita 50 Pts
22 Cancellara Fabian Sui 47 Pts
23 Ullrich Jan Ger 41 Pts
24 Basso Ivan Ita 40 Pts
25 Sunderland Scott Aus 39 Pts
Mountains Classification after Stage 13 - Top 25
1 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 128 Pts
2 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a 78 Pts
3 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb 77 Pts
4 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp 76 Pts
5 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab 72 Pts
6 Basso Ivan Ita Csc 66 Pts
7 Merckx Axel Bel Lot 57 Pts
8 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 56 Pts
9 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 53 Pts
10 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo 50 Pts
11 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 42 Pts
12 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 41 Pts
13 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo 27 Pts
14 Landis Floyd Usa Usp 24 Pts
15 Moncoutie David Fra Cof 22 Pts
16 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd 18 Pts
17 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd 17 Pts
18 Azevedo José Por Usp 16 Pts
19 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc 16 Pts
20 Tombak Janeck Est Cof 14 Pts
21 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho 14 Pts
22 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus 14 Pts
23 Scholz Ronny Ger Gst 12 Pts
24 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Alb 12 Pts
25 Hincapie George Usa Usp 12 Pts
Youth Classification after Stage 13
1 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 58h 00' 27"
2 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 08' 29"
3 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 14' 05"
4 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 14' 22"
5 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 14' 48"
6 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 15' 09"
7 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd 18' 08"
8 Camano Iker Esp Eus 20' 31"
9 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r 49' 15"
10 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 1h 07' 15"
11 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst 1h 12' 38"
12 Davis Allan Aus Lst 1h 15' 41"
13 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 1h 15' 53"
14 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 1h 18' 35"
15 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 1h 20' 51"
16 Loosli David Sui Sae 1h 24' 35"
17 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 1h 27' 45"
18 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 1h 27' 48"
19 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 1h 30' 54"
20 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 1h 31' 59"
21 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 1h 36' 19"
22 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 1h 37' 14"
23 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 1h 43' 59"
24 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 1h 55' 57"
25 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 2h 25' 08"
Teams Classification after Stage 13
1 Team CSC Csc 171h 52' 16"
2 US Postal - Berry Floor Usp 05' 52"
3 T-Mobile Team Tmo 08' 07"
4 Brioches La Boulangere Blb 11' 53"
5 Illes Balears - B. Santander Ibb 23' 08"
6 Phonak Hearing Systems Pho 23' 20"
7 Quick Step - Davitamon Qsd 25' 57"
8 Credit Agricole C.a 48' 42"
9 Euskaltel - Euskadi Eus 55' 53"
10 Saeco Sae 56' 36"
11 AG2R Prevoyance A2r 58' 14"
12 Rabobank Rab 1h 00' 08"
13 Liberty Seguros Lst 1h 20' 37"
14 Alessio - Bianchi Alb 1h 28' 27"
15 Lotto - Domo Lot 1h 31' 45"
16 Gerolsteiner Gst 1h 45' 57"
17 Fdjeux.Com Fdj 1h 46' 52"
18 Domina Vacanze Dve 1h 57' 08"
19 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone Cof 2h 03' 58"
20 Fassa Bortolo Fas 2h 04' 43"
21 R.A.G.T. Semences - MG Rover Rag 3h 45' 05"