Stage 14: Carsassonne - Nimes, 192.5 km
After a breath-taking stage yesterday in the Pyrenees, the riders now head to Nimes for another day of rest. But first they have to cross the 192,5 km from Carcassonne to Nimes.
Follow the stage here, please press F5 for regular updates. Commentary by Anita van Crey, Andy McDobbin and podofdonny.
As we join the race there is a break of twelve riders trying to stay clear of the claws of the peloton. The gap to the bunch is 20 seconds, so much work has to be done.
In the break there are present: O'Grady, Dekker, Aldag, Tossato, Dean, Sorensen, Da Cruz, Hruska, Merckx, Commesso, Garcia Acosta and Auger.
In the feedzone two riders of Ag2R were down on the ground. Both Auger and Nazon now ride themselves back to the back of the pack behind the team car. The gap of the break now is down to 15 seconds again. The twelve in the lead do not seem to have found the best cooperation yet to try and stay ahead.
14.46 CET. At the back of the pack, again echelons are formed, all due to the wind blowing in this Mediterranean stage. Gap now up to 17 seconds, seems to be some good rubberish elastic bond between break and bunch. Quickstep is trying to form a hunt-down group to retrieve the 12 in the lead.
Voigt has gotten his front wheel changed and is heading back to the bunch. The gap of the leaders now is up to 23 seconds. They are still in the bunch's sight. Lotto-Domo won't want this one to get too far, as O'Grady is still in the hunt for the points jersey, and is only 24 points behind McEwen.
At 600 metres before today's finish, the riders have to do a round-about for 3/4 of a turn, so that's one more obstacle for the sprinters. That depends, of course, on whether the break is gone or not. They may take it more cautiously if the higher places are out of reach.
Dekker has dropped back to the bunch, it seems. Hruska lets himself drop back to the bunch as well. Of the breakway, Axel Merckx is highest-placed overall at 27th, 20'13" down on Voeckler.
There's only half the stage left, and a breakaway hasn't established a lead of any size yet. Currently there are 5 men in the lead. Sorensen, O'Grady and Merckx are there. Meanwhile, Bernard Eisel checks in with the Tour doctor in the car behind the peloton.
Nardello makes the jump to the five, making it six. Two others are on their way. Hard to tell from this distance but it seems to be Flecha and a Credit Agricole rider.
15.00 CET. 92 km to go, one break attempt after another. The gap now is 10 seconds; the men in the lead do not seem to collaborate that well.
At the back of the pack it is Servais Knaven paying dues for his hard work in recent days...It is Nicolas Jalabert setting up an attempt to get away.
Knaven has been one of the hardest workers for Tom Boonen so far this Tour. The Paris-Roubaix winner has chased down breaks tirelessly. Knaven now has to let the bunch go. He has his work cut out to be within the time limit at Nimes.
There appear to be nine in the lead group now, but the lead is still tenuous. Landaluze, Gonzales de Galdeano and Botero joined Le Petit Jalabert in his effort to reach the ones in the lead. It seems that DSes all told their troops to be sure one of them was present in any breakaway. Now Lotz has joined the wanna-be-in-the-fronts, while Mayo is at the back of the pack again.
FdJeux.com has Mengin present, the gap seems to be growing now, to 40 seconds. Also Fedrigo is in the break.
The gap now grows fast, up to 55 seconds, while everyone wants to be in the break that goes...it's just a case of picking a break and hoping that's the one. But with the chase so fierce from the peloton, will a break actually go today?
Another man in the break is the one to provide the water, Peter Wrolich of the Gerolsteiner team. It seems the bunch has decided to let the break go. It is harder now to jump from the front of the bunch to the back of breakaway group.
Inigo Landaluze will be one especially hoping for this break to stick: he and Filippo Simeoni spent over 120km in the attack in Stage 9, and then were cruelly swept up within 50m of the finish line in Gueret.
15.13 CET 81 km to go. Landaluze and his fluorescent orange teammates didn't have much fun yesterday, watching the mental capitulation of captain Iban Mayo unfold, as he came to the brink of abandoning. With Gerolsteiner so present in this tour, it could well turn out to be a War of Waters between the German water bottler and the main supplier of the Tour, Aquarel.
At the press conference prior to the Tour, Gerolsteiner's DS Hans Holczer excused himself, having to be at a DS meet, and then off to listen to a PR-talk about...Aquarel, which really cut down his time to get back to the hotel.
But with these temperatures though, today is very hot in the south of France, water will be welcomed, so: HydroPower!
So, to recap, the riders in the breakaway are: Marc Lotz (Rabobank), Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Fassa Bortolo), Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Santiago Botero (T-Mobile), Nicolas Jalabert (Phonak), Egoi Martinez de Esteban (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Pierrick Fedrigo (Crédit Agricole), Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Liberty Seguros) and Christophe Mengin (Fdjeux.com). They have about three minutes' lead now.
Sevilla also checks in with Gerard Porte. He earlier hurt his wrist in a crash. Tour doctor Porte helps him the best he can.
The Baker Boys once again enjoy their time in the front lines of the bunch. They have had a better Tour than they could have imagined in their wildest dreams.
Gerard Porte joined the Tour medical service in 1972 alongside veteran doctor Pierre Dumas, then took over the main role in 1982 and is in his 22nd year in that capacity.
Escapee Mengin won in 1997 the Tour stage to Freiburg. In 2002 and 2003 he wore the polka dot jersey in the first week, but hasn't gotten near it this time round.
Piil had his back adjusted again by a physiotherapist yesterday after the stage. He has been hard-working and hard-falling this Tour so far, which makes his back and body blocked, and not in the right position...
This is similar to Tyler Hamilton, who had to quit the race yesterday. He told the press it was not so much the pain in his back that made him quit, just the tumble-bruised-black and blue hurting back blocked his body from providing the power he needed.
The lead for the breakaway is four minutes. Egoi Martinez, the Tour de l'Avenir 2003 winner, is the best-placed at 43rd, but he's still over 37 minutes down on Voeckler.
Seems to be a cooking show in the front lines, more than a serious attempt to hunt down the breakaway. Though there still is some time to catch them, the bunch sure knows they have to make moves rapidly or else the ones in the lead will decide amongst themselves who will take the kisses from the misses today...
One of the breakaways, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, not only wore the yellow jersey for a week in 2002 but also won the fastest road stage on record.
In the 2001 Vuelta, the peloton was battered by tailwinds, and he streaked off the front late on and held off the sprinters by a few metres to win in Zaragoza. And the average speed? 55.176kph!
15.30 CET. 69 km to go. Five and a half minutes the gap.
Titi Voeckler has five well-cooked teammates keep him company controlling yet another day in yellow.
To recap, the riders in the breakaway are: Marc Lotz (Rabobank), Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Fassa Bortolo), Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Santiago Botero (T-Mobile), Nicolas Jalabert (Phonak), Egoi Martinez de Esteban (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Pierrick Fedrigo (Crédit Agricole), Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Liberty Seguros) and Christophe Mengin (Fdjeux.com).
A wish one could have is a live ad for Brioches La Boulangere along the roads of France.....I bet they are secretly working on a new, nice looking yellow bread, sweet and full of extra powers to help one through even the hardest days...and now, according to the French press, I am reading that Voeckler is nicknamed "Ti Blanc."
One of the escapees, Santiago Botero, is probably more clever than the 'average pro cyclist'. The man from Medellin has a university degree in business and hopes to build a career out of it when he retires (which may be at the end of this year).
He's had a hell of a life too. In 1993, Botero survived a double bomb-blast which pretty much collapsed one side of his half of his home. Miraculously, his family was on the other side, and all were unscathed.
15.40 CET. 62 km to go. The break is pushing toward 8 minutes - 7'46".
The break 8'01 - the pack doesn't want to catch Lotz of the orange socks...Voeckler in yellow, and enjoying himself.
The gap 8'50", 57 kilometers to go.
The back of the bunch is getting bigger and bigger; lots of lost dropouts find their way back to the comforts of their teammates and opponents.
Ljungquist of Alessio tangles and falls. He's back up and continuing, checking for damage. The gap is up to a massive 9.32.
Now there looks like something about a thunderstorm...the clouds are coming in. 51km to go, the gap is now 10 minutes.
Aitor Gonzalez, in the break, really has fallen from grace since attacking teammate Sevilla on the Angliru and winning the Vuelta that year, in 2002. He talked the talk after that about Armstrong being beatable, but he hasn't got near to that Vuelta-winning form recently.
Meanwhile, Voeckler will have worn the yellow jersey longer than any Frenchman since Hinault in '85 if he finishes in yellow today - quite an achievement for the youngster.
16.00 CET. 47 km to go, the gap to the ten is 10'30". The peloton are content to amble along at a reasonable speed now, and let one of the ten in front have their day.
Nicholas Jalabert drops back for water from the leading group; he has had a season interrupted by injury this year and could do with a nice result today to save his season.
The breakaway, now at eleven minutes ahead, is working very well together. Aitor Gonzalez is another rider who could do with a good result - he would presumably attack from a fairly long way out.
Just a reminder that Monday is the final rest day for the riders, so there will be no racing. On Tuesday the riders will face Stage 15, Valreas - Villard-de-Lans, 180.5 km. This is another very serious climbing day, with seven Cat 2 and 3 climbs. Then Wednesday is the much-anticipated Alpe d'Huez uphill time trial.
I wouldn't put it past Botero, Gonzalez or Gonzalez de Galdeano to just nip off the front with 5 to 10kms to go and time-trial away.
Voeckler is doing some stretching on the bike; seems his legs are still a bit hurty after yesterday's epic fight.
He must have won a good female French fanbase in the past week with his boyish good luck. Though personally I think the earring is a fashion no-no, I reckon the French girls would say yes-yes to him.
16.14 CET 38 km to go, the men in the break are considering their best opportunity to win this stage. They will not be caught, barring incident, so it will be one of these ten. Fedrigo checks with his DS.
Nazon in the wars again - he has not had much luck this race. He went down, but is back on the bike again.
Gap is over 12 minutes now, gives the people siding the road more than a swift five seconds look at the Tour....though normally they are more interested in the publicity caravan ahead of the race than they are in the hardworking men in lycra...
Nazon distributes drinks to his teammates as the peloton goes around the biggest roundabout in France.
There is some cloud cover over the riders now, but the temperature are warm, and the riders still cast shadows. The peloton is rather stretched out along the road, at a decent pace. Just under 31 kilometers to the finish, the gap of the ten leaders at 12'13".
As the commentators consider who they would like to see for the win today, Anita says that at the Tour Presentation in Liege, Lotz confided he was feeling great, that he had to do more days in the Tour than he did last year, and that he for sure would have his chances on a nice stage. Lotz won Haut Var, which is a great race. But Anita would also be over the moon if Egoi won...
The break is now coming up to the final sprint of the day at Villevielle. 200 meters to the sprint.
Actually, Gonzalez and Botero would be a good duo to try for a long break - at the 20 km sign. And Lotz tried to secure some water in talking to Peter Wrolich of Gerolsteiner. Wrolich led through the sprint, ahead of Mengin and Fedrigo. 23 km to go.
Now Botero gets some advice from his team car - all the riders in the break will be very nervous now - the next few minutes could make their season or not. A great crowd all along the route today - hopefully they will not be a problem at the finish. Brioches leads the pack over 13 minutes back of the leaders, who now roll under the 20km to go banner.
Only four teams intact after yesterday: Quickstep-Davitamon, Team CSC, Rabobank of the orange socks, and US Postal.
The finishing run up in Nimes looks a bit choatic with the huge crowds. Tomorrow the riders will not have a transfer to another part of France, which will make it easier for them to get their riding hours in to keep their legs fresh. Just under 16 km to go.
The beaches must be empty, with all those people moved to the roadsides to cheer them riders on. It sure is one huge pack of people come to watch the Tour today. T Mobile moving towards the front of the peloton, as well as Postal, who wish to keep safe at the front. The break's lead is 13'19".
The break still working well together, at a fairly fast pace. Wonder if the slight cloud cover has increased the heat and humidity for the riders. The leaders are 11 km from the finish now, still together. Cries of Aupa! from the roadside.
It's a waiting game for the break now - until someone discreetly turns up a gear and rockets out. Hard to believe they'll let it go to a sprint without even trying to attack, though.
Gonzalez de Galdeano attacks, now he's back. Now Aitor Gonzales is next. Orange following him. The Spaniards are not likely to give it away to another Spaniard or Basque.
Fedrigo is attacking. Pulled back. Split in the group - Aitor Gonzalez misses the break. Now all back together.
Another attack by Aitor; Mengin and Lotz trying to catch him. Gonzalez has a gap. He will take some catching. Gonzalez riding perfectly, not looking back. The others are chasing hard. Just over 5 to go.
Aitor under the five to go banner. Perfect style, as strong as a Terminaitor. Euskaltel is trying to close the gap - he has 12 seconds.
Now Gonzalez de Galdeano takes up the chase. 14 seconds the gap. Fedrigo with IGG trying to reach Aitor.
Fedrigo leaves Igor Gonzales behind, trying to be second. Now Mengin attacks from the group, Jalabert tries to bridge up. Meanwhile Aitor under the 2k to go banner.
Number 45, Aitor Gonzalez, is looking for his number 1 win in the Tour de France. He is flying - and the chasers are not in sight.
Aitor Gonzalez wins his first Tour stage! Now the sprint for second... Mengin and Jalabert battle it out for the runner up spot.
Jalabert wins over Mengin - then Fedrigo, Wrolich, Lotz.
The two Euskaltel men finishing last of the breakaway group. So we see Fassa Bortolo wins in a Tour that should have belonged to Sprinter King Alessandro Petacchi. Were Pettachi still in the race, such a finish would not have happened, all would have worked for Alessandro.
Lotz: "I was in an earlier break, with Dekker, but USPS let not be. Later on in the break with Dekker, Lotto closed the gap. At the feedzone I went away, we stayed away. I gambled that Landaluze would do the trick today, so I kept an eye on him.
"I had hoped the Spaniards would get their own escapees back. Today was one of our last chances on winning a stage. I am disappointed."
The peloton is still riding for the finish, to battle for the next places. The Lottos are at the front of the pack.
One might wonder how much work the pack will do for 11th place. But the big boys are all lining up as they are getting very close to the finish. Still, another day in Jaune for Ti-Blanc!
Results of the breakaway:
1 Gonzalez Aitor ESP FAS in 4h 18' 32"
2 Jalabert Nicolas FRA PHO at 00' 25"
3 Mengin Christophe FRA FDJ at 00' 25"
4 Fedrigo Pierrick FRA C.A at 00' 29"
5 Wrolich Peter AUT GST at 00' 31"
6 Lotz Marc NED RAB at 00' 31"
7 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor ESP LST at 00' 31"
8 Botero Santiago COL TMO at 00' 37"
9 Landaluze Inigo ESP EUS at 00' 41"
10 Martinez Egoi ESP EUS at 00' 43"
This fast run in could be dangerous.
Lotto on the front.
A mad battle for the front, McEwen comes through first, then Hushovd, then Hondo. The pack has finished starting at oover 14 minutes back.
Winner Aitor Gonzalez: "I needed this win, it's the best this season. This break went away. I tested myself in the jump, I saw what happened and I knew enough, I knew I could win."
Dekker: "We had the plan to be present in every break. At the time the four went away without one of us, Breukink (our DS) told us to close the gap. I did not have to do the work, I made the jump later on.
It took quite awhile after we were caught for a new break. Lotz by that time was a bit recovered, he sure had some poor legs in the break due to the hunt we did on the four. In the break there were some riders who had not worked that much before."
Now Thomas Voeckler climbs the podium for his 10th yellow jersey in this Tour. Allez Ti-Blanc!
1 Veockler Thomas FRA BLB in 62h 33' 11"
2 Armstrong Lance USA USP at 00' 22"
3 Basso Ivan ITA CSC at 01' 39"
4 Kloden Andréas GER TMO at 03' 18"
5 Mancebo Francisco ESP IBB at 03' 28"
So tomorrow we will take a rest from the amazing events of the past several days - most of all the riders, who face hard climbing again on Tuesday, and the uphill time trial on Wednesday.
Please join us again Tuesday, but in the meantime stay tuned for reports from France from Locutus, who has thrown over his live report commentary duty for following the Tour in person - but don't despair, he will continue to send in his Jambon Reports, and our daily live race reports will also continue. Thanks for joining us today - full results and classifications to come.
1 Gonzalez Aitor Esp Fas 4h 18' 32"
2 Jalabert Nicolas Fra Pho 00' 25"
3 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj m.t.
4 Fedrigo Pierrick Fra C.a 00' 29"
5 Wrolich Peter Aut Gst 00' 31"
6 Lotz Marc Ned Rab m.t.
7 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor Esp Lst m.t.
8 Botero Santiago Col Tmo 00' 37"
9 Landaluze Inigo Esp Eus 00' 41"
10 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus 00' 43"
11 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 14' 12"
12 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a m.t.
13 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst m.t.
14 O'Grady Stuart Aus Cof m.t.
15 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo m.t.
16 Tombak Janeck Est Cof m.t.
17 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r m.t.
18 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst m.t.
19 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb m.t.
20 Aldag Rolf Ger Tmo m.t.
21 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo m.t.
22 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo m.t.
23 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a m.t.
24 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb m.t.
25 Ivanov Serguei Rus Tmo m.t.
26 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst m.t.
27 Gutierrez José Enrique Esp Pho m.t.
28 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho m.t.
29 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc m.t.
30 Peron Andrea Ita Csc m.t.
31 Basso Ivan Ita Csc m.t.
32 Davis Allan Aus Lst m.t.
33 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae m.t.
34 Hincapie George Usa Usp m.t.
35 Dean Julian Nzl C.a m.t.
36 Da Cruz Carlos Fra Fdj m.t.
37 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb m.t.
38 Ekimov Viatceslav Rus Usp m.t.
39 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp m.t.
40 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb m.t.
41 Ludewig Jorg Ger Sae m.t.
42 Sevilla Oscar Esp Pho m.t.
43 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r m.t.
44 Halgand Patrice Fra C.a m.t.
45 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj m.t.
46 Guesdon Frédéric Fra Fdj m.t.
47 Auger Guillaume Fra Rag m.t.
48 Sorensen Nicki Den Csc m.t.
49 Voigt Jens Ger Csc m.t.
50 Niermann Grischa Ger Rab m.t.
51 Osa Aitor Esp Ibb m.t.
52 Laurent Christophe Fra Rag m.t.
53 Goubert Stephane Fra A2r m.t.
54 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Alb m.t.
55 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas m.t.
56 Nardello Daniele Ita Tmo m.t.
57 Commesso Salvatore Ita Sae m.t.
58 Azevedo José Por Usp m.t.
59 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof m.t.
60 Grabsch Bert Ger Pho m.t.
61 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve m.t.
62 Leipheimer Levi Usa Rab m.t.
63 Farazijn Peter Bel Cof m.t.
64 Petrov Evgeni Rus Sae m.t.
65 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb m.t.
66 Landis Floyd Usa Usp m.t.
67 Beltran Manuel Esp Usp m.t.
68 Padrnos Pavel Cze Usp m.t.
69 Giunti Massimo Ita Dve m.t.
70 Rubiera José Luis Esp Usp m.t.
71 Sunderland Scott Aus Alb m.t.
72 Salmon Benoit Fra C.a m.t.
73 Gutierrez José Ivan Esp Ibb m.t.
74 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp m.t.
75 Bartoli Michele Ita Csc m.t.
76 Becke Daniel Ger Ibb m.t.
77 Merckx Axel Bel Lot m.t.
78 Moller Claus Michael Den Alb m.t.
79 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab m.t.
80 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd m.t.
81 Scholz Ronny Ger Gst m.t.
82 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof m.t.
83 Vandevelde Christian Usa Lst m.t.
84 Simeoni Filippo Ita Dve m.t.
85 Nozal Isidro Esp Lst m.t.
86 Camano Iker Esp Eus m.t.
87 Baldato Fabio Ita Alb m.t.
88 Loosli David Sui Sae m.t.
89 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb m.t.
90 Wauters Marc Bel Rab m.t.
91 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r m.t.
92 Hruska Jan Cze Lst m.t.
93 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb m.t.
94 Robin Jean-Cyril Fra Fdj m.t.
95 Rinero Christophe Fra Rag m.t.
96 Elmiger Martin Sui Pho m.t.
97 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd m.t.
98 Botcharov Alexandre Rus C.a m.t.
99 Boogerd Michael Ned Rab m.t.
100 Serrano Marcos Esp Lst m.t.
101 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc m.t.
102 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot m.t.
103 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas m.t.
104 Etxebarria David Esp Eus m.t.
105 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r m.t.
106 Zandio Xabier Esp Ibb m.t.
107 Rous Didier Fra Blb m.t.
108 Heras Roberto Esp Lst m.t.
109 Mayo Iban Esp Eus m.t.
110 Etxebarria Unai Ven Eus m.t.
111 Verbrugghe Rik Bel Lot m.t.
112 Fofonov Dmitriy Kaz Cof m.t.
113 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas m.t.
114 Beneteau Walter Fra Blb m.t.
115 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo m.t.
116 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae m.t.
117 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb m.t.
118 Vansevenant Wim Bel Lot 14' 38"
119 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho 15' 04"
120 Knaven Servais Ned Qsd 15' 10"
121 Kroon Karsten Ned Rab m.t.
122 Bramati Davide Ita Qsd m.t.
123 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 15' 22"
124 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas m.t.
125 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r m.t.
126 Moncoutie David Fra Cof m.t.
127 Flores Iker Esp Eus m.t.
128 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd m.t.
129 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd m.t.
130 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve m.t.
131 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd m.t.
132 Zanini Stefano Ita Qsd m.t.
133 Peschel Uwe Ger Gst m.t.
134 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Lst m.t.
135 Bourquenoud Pierre Sui Rag m.t.
136 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof m.t.
137 Garcia Acosta Vicente Esp Ibb m.t.
138 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 15' 36"
139 Flecha Juan Antonio Esp Fas m.t.
140 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot m.t.
141 Mori Massimiliano Ita Dve m.t.
142 Perez Santiago Esp Pho m.t.
143 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a m.t.
144 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb m.t.
145 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj m.t.
146 Renier Franck Fra Blb m.t.
147 Lefevre Laurent Fra Blb m.t.
148 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj m.t.
149 De Groot Bram Ned Rab m.t.
150 Julich Bobby Usa Csc m.t.
151 Martin Ludovic Fra Rag m.t.
152 Finot Frédéric Fra Rag m.t.
153 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag m.t.
154 Bouvard Gilles Fra Rag m.t.
155 Dekker Erik Ned Rab m.t.
156 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj m.t.
157 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r m.t.
158 Valoti Paolo Ita Dve 15' 45"
159 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot m.t.
160 Piil Jakob Den Csc 16' 28"
General Classification after Stage 14
1 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 62h 33' 11"
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 Rubiera José Luis Esp Usp 13' 57"
20 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 14' 05"
21 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 14' 16"
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 Gutierrez José Enrique Esp Pho 22' 17"
30 Moncoutie David Fra Cof 23' 02"
31 Martinez Egoi Esp Eus 24' 10"
32 Gonzalez Aitor Esp Fas 24' 56"
33 Halgand Patrice Fra C.a 25' 19"
34 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo 25' 32"
35 Heras Roberto Esp Lst 27' 35"
36 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho 27' 50"
37 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor Esp Lst 28' 59"
38 Hincapie George Usa Usp 30' 39"
39 Petrov Evgeni Rus Sae 31' 06"
40 Landis Floyd Usa Usp 31' 25"
41 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd 33' 45"
42 Bartoli Michele Ita Csc 34' 36"
43 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 36' 22"
44 Botcharov Alexandre Rus C.a 37' 02"
45 Piil Jakob Den Csc 38' 47"
46 Perez Santiago Esp Pho 42' 22"
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' 34"
51 Osa Aitor Esp Ibb 46' 18"
52 O'grady Stuart Aus Cof 47' 07"
53 Verbrugghe Rik Bel Lot 47' 50"
54 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd 48' 02"
55 Julich Bobby Usa Csc 48' 13"
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 Landaluze Inigo Esp Eus 54' 33"
61 Nozal Isidro Esp Lst 54' 53"
62 Moller Claus Michael Den Alb 55' 09"
63 Serrano Marcos Esp Lst 56' 19"
64 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 56' 32"
65 Flores Iker Esp Eus 57' 00"
66 Boogerd Michael Ned Rab 57' 18"
67 Zabel Erik Ger Tmo 58' 41"
68 Ludewig Jorg Ger Sae 59' 15"
69 Mengin Christophe Fra Fdj 1h 00' 24"
70 Scholz Ronny Ger Gst 1h 00' 33"
71 Botero Santiago Col Tmo 1h 00' 38"
72 Salmon Benoit Fra C.a 1h 04' 11"
73 Niermann Grischa Ger Rab 1h 04' 14"
74 Vandevelde Christian Usa Lst 1h 05' 16"
75 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 1h 05' 57"
76 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 1h 07' 15"
77 Fedrigo Pierrick Fra C.a 1h 08' 42"
78 Jalabert Nicolas Fra Pho 1h 08' 55"
79 Ivanov Serguei Rus Tmo 1h 09' 14"
80 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb 1h 12' 11"
81 Sorensen Nicki Den Csc 1h 12' 21"
82 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst 1h 12' 38"
83 Lotz Marc Ned Rab 1h 12' 43"
84 Peron Andrea Ita Csc 1h 13' 00"
85 Rous Didier Fra Blb 1h 13' 23"
86 Ekimov Viatceslav Rus Usp 1h 14' 19"
87 Becke Daniel Ger Ibb 1h 14' 48"
88 Davis Allan Aus Lst 1h 15' 41"
89 Lefevre Laurent Fra Blb 1h 16' 08"
90 Etxebarria David Esp Eus 1h 16' 15"
91 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 1h 17' 03"
92 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Lst 1h 17' 25"
93 Padrnos Pavel Cze Usp 1h 18' 05"
94 Flecha Juan Antonio Esp Fas 1h 18' 06"
95 Grabsch Bert Ger Pho 1h 18' 25"
96 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 1h 19' 59"
97 Farazijn Peter Bel Cof 1h 20' 22"
98 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 1h 20' 51"
99 Garcia Acosta Vicente Esp Ibb 1h 21' 14"
100 Wrolich Peter Aut Gst 1h 21' 35"
101 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot 1h 22' 20"
102 Sunderland Scott Aus Alb 1h 22' 20"
103 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot 1h 23' 01"
104 Loosli David Sui Sae 1h 24' 35"
105 Beneteau Walter Fra Blb 1h 25' 03"
106 Da Cruz Carlos Fra Fdj 1h 25' 03"
107 Hondo Danilo Ger Gst 1h 26' 24"
108 Valoti Paolo Ita Dve 1h 26' 37"
109 Giunti Massimo Ita Dve 1h 27' 23"
110 De Groot Bram Ned Rab 1h 27' 23"
111 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 1h 28' 55"
112 Fofonov Dmitriy Kaz Cof 1h 29' 01"
113 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 1h 29' 12"
114 Rinero Christophe Fra Rag 1h 29' 17"
115 Aldag Rolf Ger Tmo 1h 29' 23"
116 Hushovd Thor Nor C.a 1h 29' 27"
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 Mori Massimiliano Ita Dve 1h 30' 58"
122 Commesso Salvatore Ita Sae 1h 31' 38"
123 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 1h 31' 59"
124 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 1h 32' 04"
125 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 1h 32' 14"
126 Dean Julian Nzl C.a 1h 33' 17"
127 Kroon Karsten Ned Rab 1h 33' 29"
128 Zandio Xabier Esp Ibb 1h 33' 38"
129 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot 1h 34' 03"
130 Guesdon Frédéric Fra Fdj 1h 34' 07"
131 Bouvard Gilles Fra Rag 1h 34' 08"
132 Zanini Stefano Ita Qsd 1h 34' 13"
133 Simeoni Filippo Ita Dve 1h 35' 57"
134 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 1h 37' 14"
135 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 1h 37' 43"
136 Baldato Fabio Ita Alb 1h 38' 09"
137 Laurent Christophe Fra Rag 1h 40' 03"
138 Hruska Jan Cze Lst 1h 40' 08"
139 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra A2r 1h 41' 27"
140 Tombak Janeck Est Cof 1h 41' 28"
141 Bourquenoud Pierre Sui Rag 1h 41' 34"
142 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb 1h 41' 57"
143 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb 1h 42' 00"
144 Renier Franck Fra Blb 1h 42' 40"
145 Auger Guillaume Fra Rag 1h 42' 51"
146 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor Csc 1h 44' 19"
147 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 1h 45' 23"
148 Cooke Baden Aus Fdj 1h 46' 37"
149 Peschel Uwe Ger Gst 1h 46' 41"
150 Dekker Erik Ned Rab 1h 49' 16"
151 Martin Ludovic Fra Rag 1h 50' 19"
152 Knaven Servais Ned Qsd 1h 53' 10"
153 Vansevenant Wim Bel Lot 1h 55' 07"
154 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve 1h 57' 00"
155 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 1h 57' 07"
156 Bramati Davide Ita Qsd 1h 58' 16"
157 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj 2h 03' 27"
158 Finot Frédéric Fra Rag 2h 12' 39"
159 Casper Jimmy Fra Cof 2h 20' 35"
160 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 2h 26' 32"
Points Classification after Stage 14 - Top 25
1 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus 225 Pts
2 Zabel Erik Ger 212 Pts
3 Hushovd Thor Nor 209 Pts
4 O'Grady Stuart Aus 198 Pts
5 Hondo Danilo Ger 189 Pts
6 Boonen Tom Bel 128 Pts
7 Nazon Jean-Patrick Fra 116 Pts
8 Brochard Laurent Fra 111 Pts
9 Kirchen Kim Lux 88 Pts
10 Mancebo Francisco Esp 85 Pts
11 Klöden Andréas Ger 81 Pts
12 Pineau Jérôme Fra 79 Pts
13 Cooke Baden Aus 77 Pts
14 Armstrong Lance Usa 73 Pts
15 Tombak Janeck Est 72 Pts
16 Scarponi Michele Ita 70 Pts
17 Davis Allan Aus 65 Pts
18 Voeckler Thomas Fra 58 Pts
19 Landaluze Inigo Esp 55 Pts
20 Totschnig Georg Aut 54 Pts
21 Piil Jakob Den 52 Pts
22 Pozzato Filippo Ita 50 Pts
23 Wrolich Peter Aut 50 Pts
24 Cancellara Fabian Sui 47 Pts
25 Ullrich Jan Ger 46 Pts
Mountains Classification after Stage 14 - 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 14
1 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 62h 33' 11"
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 17' 03"
14 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 1h 19' 59"
15 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 1h 20' 51"
16 Loosli David Sui Sae 1h 24' 35"
17 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 1h 28' 55"
18 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 1h 29' 12"
19 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 1h 31' 59"
20 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 1h 32' 04"
21 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 1h 37' 14"
22 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 1h 37' 43"
23 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 1h 45' 23"
24 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 1h 57' 07"
25 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 2h 26' 32"
Teams Classification after Stage 14
1 T-Mobile Team Tmo 185h 25' 00"
2 Team CSC Csc 05' 28"
3 US Postal - Berry Floor Usp 11' 20"
4 Phonak Hearing Systems Pho 15' 01"
5 Brioches La Boulangere Blb 17' 21"
6 Illes Balears - B. Santander Ibb 28' 36"
7 Quick Step - Davitamon Qsd 32' 23"
8 Euskaltel - Euskadi Eus 34' 21"
9 Credit Agricole C.a 40' 27"
10 Rabobank Rab 51' 55"
11 Saeco Sae 1h 02' 04"
12 AG2R Prevoyance A2r 1h 03' 42"
13 Liberty Seguros Lst 1h 12' 24"
14 Alessio - Bianchi Alb 1h 33' 55"
15 Lotto - Domo Lot 1h 37' 13"
16 Gerolsteiner Gst 1h 37' 44"
17 Fdjeux.Com Fdj 1h 38' 33"
18 Fassa Bortolo Fas 1h 55' 59"
19 Domina Vacanze Dve 2h 02' 36"
20 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone Cof 2h 09' 26"
21 R.A.G.T. Semences - MG Rover Rag 3h 50' 43"