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Tour de France Stage 16 - Uphill TT Live Coverage
By Jaime Nichols
Date: 7/21/2004
Tour de France Stage 16 - Uphill TT Live Coverage
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Stage 16 of the Tour de France!

Stage 16: Bourg-d'Oisans - L'Alpe d'Huez

Uphill time trials are not new to the Tour de France, though they are not included every year and this is the first instance of an uphill time trial at Alpe d'Huez. The last time the Tour de France had an uphill time trial was in 2001 - the distance was just over double and per Armstrong himself last fall: "Chamrousse is fairly easy compared to Alpe d'Huez, so it's going to be a critical day. It's probably a day that will decide the Tour."

Please refresh this page to view the latest information. Our commentary today by Jaime Nichols and Janna Trevisanut. Additional commentary by Andy McGrath and Jan Janssens - thanks, guys!

Lance Armstrong said yesterday, in a post-race interview: "The Alpe d"Huez is relentless." And his coach Chris Carmichael said this morning that he thinks Lance would be disappointed to lose today. Indeed.

Lance has ridden this 15.5 kilometers many times - in fact, how many seems to be the question of the day, but what is not in doubt is that he has prepared. In his interview yesterday, he said that he looks at the route roughly in thirds - he has chosen markers along the way to gauge his progress - a church here, a village and church there.

Here's an early time check, at km 1.5 - La Ferrière - where the road goes up.
1- 058 JOLY (FRA, C.A) 00:01:52
2- 165 EISEL (AUT, FDJ) 00:02:02 at 10"
3- 202 AUGER (FRA, RAG) 00:02:05 at 13"
3- 109 ZANINI (ITA, QSD) 00:02:05 at 13"
5- 106 KNAVEN (NED, QSD) 00:02:07 at 15

At the second time check at Huez-en-Oisans - km 9.5, it's:
1- 058 JOLY (FRA, C.A) 00:28:13
2- 206 FINOT (FRA, RAG) 00:28:24 at 11"
3- 093 CASPER (FRA, COF) 00:29:43 at 01' 30"

Fabian Cancellara is on the road... just through the first timecheck. And not exactly burning up the roads, either. However, we have a helmet-free TT! And now Tosatto is also on the road.

Joly has set the best time so far, 00:40:15, with just over four dozen riders having set off on the course.

The crowds are gigantic, even in the first flattish kilometers! And it is a beautiful day as well, blue blue skies with puffy white clouds floating overhead, enjoying the best view of all.

Juan Antonio Flecha looks serious in the start house... and he's off. Pozzato is on the road, too... all the Fassa Bortolo boys are on the road.

The first times are up, it seems... and they aren't exactly blistering markers! We have a new leader, though:
1 MARTIN (FRA, RAG) 00:37:32
2 TOMBAK (EST, COF) at 01' 59"
3 SECCHIARI (ITA, DVE) at 02' 28"
4 JOLY (FRA, C.A) at 02' 43"
4 VANSEVENANT (BEL, LOT) at 02' 43"
6 LJUNGQVIST (SWE, ALB) at 02' 58"

Pantani set the record up Alpe d'Huez with a time of 37'35". That was in 1997. His record should be shattered this afternoon, with all these men starting with fresh legs at the foot of the hill.

Robbie McEwen is on the road, and he's got to ride this stage flat out. If he's too slow, he risks elimination today. He looks very serious indeed.

The lower slopes of the course today are not barriered, and the spectators are pretty thick on the road. But the finishing stretch is barriered, in order to keep the massive crowds out of the riders' way as they race the clock. At the finish, it looks like the spectators are at least six thick behind the barriers - and we see many, many yellow and polka dot caps.

Simeoni crosses the line in second best - 46:16...

Thor Hushovd is on the road now, in his Norwegian Champion's kit...Thor doesn't exactly look like he's loving it out there... this is a tough day for the non-climbers.

Sorry, the last time checks given were at the 12.5 km mark, not the finish. The current best finishing times so far are:

1 MARTIN (FRA, RAG) 00:43:52.590
2 SIMEONI (ITA, DVE) at 02' 24"
3 TOMBAK (EST, COF) at 02' 33"
4 SECCHIARI (ITA, DVE) at 02' 49"
5 JOLY (FRA, C.A) at 03' 14"

Organizers estimated that there would be 1,000,000 spectators today on the Alpe. I have no idea how they're cramming 1,000,000 people on that mountain.

Viatcheslav Ekimov is off... he looks like a really tough guy today!

Twenty seven riders have finished so far, and remember that the riders are taking off in reverse order of the General Classification - the riders with the worst times so far in the race start first, while the leader of the race starts last.

Thor Hushovd carries on, as does Mark Lotz...and Santiago Botero is in the starthouse.

Botero is a former world TT champion, and has won a dramatic mountain stage in 2002. He could do a good time today, but his form has been off in recent years. He has said that since the Tour last year, he has suffered from some as yet undiagnosed bug or illness that has seriously affected his strength and recovery.

Botero has a good reason to go hard today - T-Mobile is just 55 seconds off CSC for the team prize today. HE IS!

Robbie McEwen is hammering on...he finishes in good time, 18th, and he's popped a wheelie over the line!

Botero is making his way through the thick crowds on the lower slopes.

Cancellara finishes, he had good times at the intermediate check points. He is currently second with a time of 00:45:35.950, down 01' 43" on Martin. We are fondly reminded of his prologue victory, though...

Hushovd has been caught by LeFevre, and Andrea Peron has just started.

The Swiss rider Cancellara is a strong man against the clock, but he's no climber. Even so, he steadily gained all the way up the road today. So not a bad ride for him at all.

Didier Rous rides over a French Flag painted on the road...He's looking concentrated.

Sections of the road are almost completely covered with writing and painting - where Rous has just ridden, another barriered section, the roadside is full of polka dot umbrellas and stands - making it look very much like a carnival. It's really an amazing atmosphere for the fans.

Our current leader board with 45 riders home:

1 MARTIN (FRA, RAG) 00:43:52.590
2 CHARTEAU (FRA, BLB) at 06"
3 KRIVTSOV (UKR, A2R) at 25"
4 CANCELLARA (SUI, FAS) at 01' 43"
5 HONDO (GER, GST) at 01' 43"

Christian Vandevelde is just off the ramp - he showed us some strength yesterday, but it's been a rough tour for Liberty Seguros. It should be interesting to see what Roberto Heras has for this climb. In the weeks before the tour began, he was picked as a potential winner here.

Laurent Dufaux is on his way up... As is Andrea Peron... it's hot weather today - lots of riders zipping down their jerseys to let a little air in.

Stuey O'Grady is just out of the box.

Laurent LeFevre comes over immediately behind Flecha - he almost had his minute man. Martin is still the leader, and still holds the best time at each of the checkpoints but the first one.

Eric Zabel is on the road now... as Thor Hushovd comes over the line - he's got 47:39... it's not exactly a huge ride, but he won't be eliminated.

George Hincapie is warming up by the Postal bus. He looks cheerful - and will be on the road soon.

Triki Beltran is just out of the start house now.

Paolo Bettini is on the road, looking a little bald! The crowds are all over the road - it's a little scary. So is Michael Boogerd, and the fans are screaming encouragement at him.

Didier Rous will take the 5th best time thus far. Bobby Julich looking good in the start house... This should be a good ride.

Boogerd passes a Dutch flag on the road - there's someone out here for everyone! Bettini grinds on, meanwhile.

The current leader board, finishing times:

1 MARTIN (FRA, RAG) 00:43:52.590
2 CHARTEAU (FRA, BLB) at 06"
3 KRIVTSOV (UKR, A2R) at 25"
4 LEFEVRE (FRA, BLB) at 45"
5 ETXEBARRIA (VEN, EUS) at 01' 14"

Juan Miguel Mercado is on the road...while near the startline, the officials are weighing Armstrong's bike... there's a little bit of discussion about that, it seems. Is it too light?

David Extebarria, who is currently in fifth, had the fastest 9.5 km intermediate time check.

Roberto Heras is starting now. He looks a bit glum, really. He's off! Go Roberto!

The official word is that there are 900,000 spectators crammed into 9 miles on the Alpe d'Huez. Doing a little bit of (dodgy) math, that equates to about one hundred thousand fans per mile of this windy little road...

Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano is on the ramp, and he's underway. Jens Voigt is getting ready to rumble. Ekimov has taken it easy up the climb, his time will be 45:56. Jens is off!

So far, 119 riders have started, and 93 have finished. Mikel Astarloza looks like the road is killing him, but he's taking the second best time at the second timecheck.

Botero will take fourth thus far, with a time of 44:29.

Guerini is next. And Big George is just behind him, ready to start. By the way, George Hincapie is working some MAJOR sunglasses today - all silver.

George is on the road, as David Extebarria slips just under Ludovic Martin's time, for second place so far. We don't have updated times yet...

Mercado takes the new best time at the second time check. Benjamin Noval is off and running, and he's put in the 5th best time at the 9.5 km intermediate check.

Here is the current leader board, Martin still in first place with 80 riders home:

1 MARTIN (FRA, RAG) 00:43:52.590
3 CHARTEAU (FRA, BLB) at 06"
4 FEDRIGO (FRA, C.A) at 08"

Landaluze is steady, but not burning it up the road, and Sylvain Chavanel starts. Armstrong has kitted up - he'll be starting soon. Sheryl Crow is with him there. And Scarponi, the young gun who has had big aspirations for this tour, is ready to start. He is strong - this will be an interesting ride.

Scarponi is one of the strongest young riders in the peloton - and the winner of this year's Peace Race. Oscar Sevilla hits the road, and Floyd Landis is on the course, too.

Noval finishes in fifth so far - 44:01.840 at 09". Armstrong's in the process of warming up, rocking along on his i-Pod. His start time is about a half hour away.

And we can't fail to notice that Paolo Bettini has a GIGANTIC necklace.

Mikel Astarloza of AG2R will put in a new best's 43:06! He's the strongest so far. Meanwhile, Chavanel grinds on...

Egoi Martinez and Michele Scarponi are on their way up the Alpes, as Kim Kirchen, the champion of Luxembourg crosses the line with Stuey O'Grady right behind him. Kirchen sets the 7th best time.

Current standings:

1 ASTARLOZA (ESP, A2R) 00:43:06.360
2 MARTIN (FRA, RAG) at 46"
4 CHARTEAU (FRA, BLB) at 53"
5 FEDRIGO (FRA, C.A) at 55"

Vandevelde came in at 46:12.830, Hushovd at 47:38.990.

Ninety-five riders home now. As the big dogs start, the start times are lengthened to 1 minute between riders to prevent the strongest guys in the race from catching each other.

Make that two minute intervals, rather than one minute intervals.

Mercado is burning it up... he has the second best time, just 100ths of a second behind Astarloza - 43:06:36!

...and Mr. Polka Dots is in the start house. Richard Virenque is off.

Santos Gonzalez of Phonak has the best final intermediate time check, while Guerini sets the second best time now... behind the new best time, Marcos Serrano. And Triki Beltran passes Landaluze, and he's put in a solid ride - 12th best.

Christophe Moreau is on the road too. Virenque is prancing up the mountain now, looking strong and fashionable in polka dots. There are many many polka dot representations along the course today to celebrate Virenque in general, no doubt.

Michael Rasmussen is off now. The really interesting crew is lining up to start...Moncoutié has extended his advantage at the second check, to 42" over Serrano - he's flying up the Alpe! Virenque parts the crowds, who are going wild for him... but on the road, David Moncoutie is driving it like mad.

Current leader board:

1 SERRANO (ESP, LST) 00:42:50.080
2 ASTARLOZA (ESP, A2R) at 16"
3 MERCADO (ESP, QSD) at 16"
4 MARTIN (FRA, RAG) 01' 02"
5 ETXEBARRIA (ESP, EUS) at 01' 06"

Big George Hincapie's face is absolutely impassive... he's coming closer to the finish...Rogers comes through second at the 9.5km check, about 15 seconds behind Gonzalez - he looks a bit peeved at the Australian flag-wearing fan who just ran alongside him.

Now Moncoutié takes the lead at the finish with 42'04", 46 seconds ahead of Serrano. A great ride from the Cofidis man, who has already taken a stage this year.

Heras crosses the line, a shadow of the man who won the Vuelta last year with a superb mountain time-trial performance. He took 24th, 3'15" down on Moncoutié, down the leaderboard with the sprinters today!

Tenth place Leipheimer starts...

At the 12.7km mark, Guerini - who won on the Alpe in 1999 despite that famous collision with a camera-wielding photographer - has actually taken the lead.

Little Tommy Voeckler is getting ready to go... He's all in white today! Ti-Blanc!

2002 Tour de l'Avenir winner Evgueni Petrov crosses the line in 16th, with Michele Bartoli (CSC) and smallest man in the race Botcharov of Crédit Agricole following close behind him. Sevilla is looking good on the road, riding a good pace.

At the finish, Santos Gonzalez has taken the lead, 12 seconds ahead of Moncoutié.

Guerini is in, down by .5 of a second on the leader!

Vladimir Karpets, the young Russian threatening in the young riders jersey, has set the best mark in Huez, after 9.5km! The long-haired Iles Balares man clocked 24'56, 9 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. He may be Voeckler's toughest challenger for the Maillot Blanc.

The crowd is so dense! Now the starters are going at two minute intervals - and we are at the last five riders to start!

The crowd is so dense! Now the starters are going at two minute intervals - and we are at the last five riders to start!

The current leader board, as the top five riders are ready to start:

1 GONZALEZ (ESP, PHO) 00:41:52.320
2 GUERINI (ITA, TMO) 00:41:52.750 at 00"
3 MONCOUTIE (FRA, COF) 00:42:04.120 at 11"
4 SERRANO (ESP, LST) 00:42:50.080 at 57"
5 ASTARLOZA (ESP, A2R) 00:43:06.360 at 01' 14"

Jan Ullrich sucks in air in the starthouse...He looks so focused, peering out at the road ahead. Ullrich is going to have to ride like a bat outta hell over the next few days if he's going to climb out of his fifth place hole...

Axel Merckx and Patrice Halgand finish together. Merckx finishes 9th, 1'30" down on Gonzalez, and passes two-minute-man Halgand as he crosses the line.

Here's George! He's home in 27th place.

Looking at this epic day, we remind of the first man to conquer the Alpe d'Huez - the legendary Fausto Coppi - and it's been a fixture in the race ever since... but this is the first Time Trial up that beast in the Tour de France.

Andreas Kloeden is on the road, and now the only two men left to start are Ivan Basso and Lance Armstrong... the real battle is ahead. Basso is underway - he's got a tough row to hoe, starting just two minutes ahead of THE LANCE.

Armstrong looks pretty concentrated....HE IS OFF. It's all on the road now!

Armstrong is drilling down the center of the road, and all the thrills will be coming on hard in the next 40 minutes or so.

Stephane Goubert sets the fourth best time. There is a bit of overcast now as the fans are going absolutely mad on the road.

Armstrong, in yellow, is thronged by spectators... he is in 9th place at the first time check.

Vladimir Karpets is third over the line 41:36. He is third in the running for the Maillot Blanc, behins Casar and Voeckler.

The fans are crazy, and in some cases, actually blocking Armstrong on the road. The crowd's going NUTS. It's like the parting of the Red Sea as the race giants push on up.

The big German is steaming up this climb.

Armstrong looks smooth and controlled on the bike. He is being cheered wildly by the fans. Armstrong's pedalling cadence is so quick, compared to Ullrich. Basso is running the gauntlet now, and Mancebo is out on the road as well.

Basso is riding hard - he would hate to be overtaken by Armstrong! He has to pound it today!

Ullrich's fans look like they are having heart attacks as he passes them by...

At this point, in a virtual time check from the GPS system, Armstrong is just a little bit faster than Basso at this point, but there's no official time check now.

Ullrich is the only man using aerobars today... and he has the heaviest bike in the race, with the longest cranks.

Ullrich's frame is made in one "big" carbon piece, too. It isn't adjustable.

The sheek Virenque crosses the line in the race of truth. His time is unimpressive - 24th at 44:10. He's saving himself for the mountains to come.

Looking back down the road at Ullrich, he can hardly be seen amidst arms and flags and heads on the road....

Jose Azevedo, though, is the best time at the second time check by a full minute.

Ullrich, meanwhile is DRILLING IT. He will be nearly a FULL MINUTE faster than Azevedo! Ullrich destroys Azevedo's time now! He goes through the time check at 24:07!

Armstrong is pounding it, too. He LOOKS fast! Come on timechecks! Armstrong still working the same insane pedalling tempo that we're used to from him...there's no one else in the peloton who comes near his tempo. But Ullrich is making his intentions known: he's still in this race!

Yeah, what humungous power he the saddle, on a big gear, on L'Alpe. Most people wouldn't even get to the first turn of L'Alpe like that.

Mancebo has now already lost his fourth place to Der Jan..let's see if Jan can take Klöden's place too.

Pereiro has caught Rasmussen... Pereiro is 42:47, Rasmussen behind him, so he lost some time. Mancebo comes to the intermediate time check - he'll go through 18th, at 25:48. Kloeden will be next to that time check. Kloeden is on Mancebo's heels, and Kloeden is second best! Only 27 seconds off Der Kaiser's pace!

Simoni is 15th at the finish.

Only two riders left to pass the the first time check - Basso and Armstrong. Ivan Basso's face is full of the effort - he's coming to that time check, and he will just go through 4th fastest, but Lance Armstrong is RIGHT ON HIS HEELS! Armstrong is going to improve Jan's time at the first check, by about 30 seconds, oh la la!!!!

Amazing - he's already put a minute into Ivan Basso! Armstrong hammers on - he's a fine-tuned machine, and his face is 100% intensity. The crowds are absolutely deafening as Lance climbs past them.

Ullrich is 40 seconds behind. Ullrich's mouth is wide open, and he is gulping air. He is turning over his huge gears and driving it hard!

Apologies for the interruption in our coverage. Here is the remainder of our live report.

Basso is grinding on, but Lance Armstrong is not far off...

Their styles are so different...Armstrong and Ullrich - Armstrong is out of the saddle, dancing around with his fast pedalling frequency, Ullrich always sitting and pushing a huge gear...

Up above, dozens of gendarmes line the route coming up on the final barriered section.

Ullrich has set the best time at the third timecheck, but what's going on behind him? Half of Europe will be hoarse by this evening, and these final riders must already be deaf...

Basso just doesn't look like he's going all that fast - and there's trouble behind him - Armstrong already with a 3 minute lead over Basso now...

Ullrich's teeth are gritted together when his mouth isn't open as wide as possible. He's on the flatter part of the climb, and fighting for every minute.

Armstrong has Basso in his sights!!! There's only 100 meters between them! This might be symbolic, the green Basso overtaken by the Boss.

Totschnig in at 42.54, 11th best. But Azevedo is setting a huge time at the finish! He will be the best! His time at the finish is 41:26! Incredible time, considering his work for Armstrong.

Oh my, the noise of the crowds as Voeckler is simply awe-inspiring! Poor Little Tommy Voeckler! HE looks like he's suffering! He's in 80th place, but the crowds love him.

Ullrich sets the best time now! He's killing at 40:42 - he throws his bike over the line for every second like a sprinter!

Armstrong is on Basso's shoulder. They are side by side. Basso looks over at Armstrong, but Armstrong is 100% concentration, and he simply pulls ahead! He drops Basso in his customary fashion!!!

Basso tries to lift his pace, but Armstrong is pulling away fast, with an unbelievable acceleration around the corner! Basso struggles on behind... he's giving it everything.

Armstrong is reportedly 52 seconds faster than Ullrich at the moment...looks like everything is over. Armstrong simply disappears up the road.

Armstrong's face is pure effort, pure presence. He is chopping down this mountain with his legs right now. And from above, the road looks like a child's playground, literally covered with slogans and colors.

Andreas Kloeden is approaching the summit. He's looking good!

Kloeden is going to be second... he has caught Mancebo. Kloeden is 40 seconds behind Ullrich's high water mark. 1 km to go for Armstrong. He is out of the saddle and driving on! Armstrong is coming in for the finish, the undisputed king of Le Tour.

He will wipe Ullrich away by a huge margin! And everyone else, for that matter.

The only man to go under 40 minutes!!! His time is 39:41! 15 mph up the slopes of the Alpe d'Huez! Lance Armstrong has ridden a stunning time trial. Armstrong ate that mountain alive.

Armstrong gets off the bike and adjusts his back. He doesn't even look all that spent. He looks like he enjoyed that ride. Ha! And he beat Ullrich by 61 seconds.

It's Armstrong's 19th stage win in the Tour de France. At this point, disaster will have to strike for him to lose his 6th tour. If anyone ever harboured any doubts, they've been refuted here today.

If Kloden can stay with Basso for the next two days, second on the podium could be his, as it's likely he'll do better than the CSC climber in the Besancon ITT.

But I can't help thinking that if Ullrich were in shape on time, that Armstrong would have had his hands full with him.

Armstrong: "I wanted it bad. I wanted it for the history on the mountain, and it's important to the race."

"I enjoyed my day, but I think it's a mistake to put a time trial on this mountain... in some of those sections, it was pretty dangerous." He says the roads get closed days before, the fans are stuck up there, they've been drinking and so on. He says it got a little close a few times today. But he's taken another step towards Paris, and "that's all that matters."

The excitement continues tomorrow with a nasty day of climbing for the Tour riders - including three Category 1 climbs, one Category 2 and one Hors Category climb. So be sure to tune in again tomorrow. Thanks for joining us today!


1 Armstrong Lance (Usa, Usp) 00:39:41.450
2 Ullrich Jan (Ger, Tmo) at 01' 01"
3 Klöden Andréas (Ger, Tmo) at 01' 41"
4 Azevedo José (Por, Usp) at 01' 45"
5 Gonzalez Santos (Esp, Pho) at 02' 10"
6 Guerini Giuseppe (Ita, Tmo) at 02' 11"
7 Karpets Vladimir (Rus, Ibb) at 02' 14"
8 Basso Ivan (Ita, Csc) at 02' 22"
9 Moncoutie David (Fra, Cof) at 02' 22"
10 Sastre Carlos (Esp, Csc) at 02' 27"
11 Goubert Stephane (Fra, A2r) at 02' 33"
12 Rogers Michael (Aus, Qsd) at 02' 33"
13 Gutierrez José Enrique (Esp, Pho) at 03' 04"
14 Pereiro Sio Oscar (Esp, Pho) at 03' 05"
15 Serrano Marcos (Esp, Lst) at 03' 08"
16 Totschnig Georg (Aut, Gst) at 03' 14"
17 Casar Sandy (Fra, Fdj) at 03' 19"
18 Astarloza Mikel (Esp, A2r) at 03' 24"
19 Mercado Juan Miguel (Esp, Qsd) at 03' 24"
20 Moreau Christophe (Fra, C.a) at 03' 25"
21 Landis Floyd (Usa, Usp) at 03' 34"
22 Merckx Axel (Bel, Lot) at 03' 40"
23 Simoni Gilberto (Ita, Sae) at 03' 40"
24 Mancebo Francisco (Esp, Ibb) at 03' 40"
25 Chavanel Sylvain (Fra, Blb) at 03' 42"
26 Scarponi Michele (Ita, Dve) at 03' 53"
27 Caucchioli Pietro (Ita, Alb) at 03' 58"
28 Brochard Laurent (Fra, A2r) at 04' 03"
29 Leipheimer Levi (Usa, Rab) at 04' 05"
30 Martin Ludovic (Fra, Rag) at 04' 11"
31 Etxebarria David (Esp, Eus) at 04' 15"
32 Perez Santiago (Esp, Pho) at 04' 16"
33 Charteau Anthony (Fra, Blb) at 04' 17"
34 Fedrigo Pierrick (Fra, C.a) at 04' 20"
35 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin (Esp, Usp) at 04' 20"
36 Kirchen Kim (Lux, Fas) at 04' 26"
37 Bruseghin Marzio (Ita, Fas) at 04' 28"
38 Virenque Richard (Fra, Qsd) at 04' 29"
39 Sabaliauskas Marius (Ltu, Sae) at 04' 33"
40 Krivtsov Yuriy (Ukr, A2r) at 04' 36"
41 Sevilla Oscar (Esp, Pho) at 04' 40"
42 Julich Bobby (Usa, Csc) at 04' 41"
43 Pineau Jérôme (Fra, Blb) at 04' 42"
44 Gonzalez Galdeano Igor (Esp, Lst) at 04' 43"
45 Botero Santiago (Col, Tmo) at 04' 45"
46 Camano Iker (Esp, Eus) at 04' 46"
47 Petrov Evgeni (Rus, Sae) at 04' 51"
48 Beltran Manuel (Esp, Usp) at 04' 53"
49 Flores Iker (Esp, Eus) at 04' 53"
50 Lefevre Laurent (Fra, Blb) at 04' 56"
51 Rous Didier (Fra, Blb) at 04' 57"
52 Hincapie George (Usa, Usp) at 05' 02"
53 Rasmussen Mickael (Den, Rab) at 05' 07"
54 Rubiera José Luis (Esp, Usp) at 05' 12"
55 Bettini Paolo (Ita, Qsd) at 05' 14"
56 Gutierrez José Ivan (Esp, Ibb) at 05' 17"
57 Osa Aitor (Esp, Ibb) at 05' 19"
58 Etxebarria Unai (Ven, Eus) at 05' 25"
59 Scholz Ronny (Ger, Gst) at 05' 28"
60 Voigt Jens (Ger, Csc) at 05' 33"
61 Heras Roberto (Esp, Lst) at 05' 37"
62 Noe' Andrea (Ita, Alb) at 05' 37"
63 O'Grady Stuart (Aus, Cof) at 05' 38"
64 Dufaux Laurent (Sui, Qsd) at 05' 45"
65 Scanlon Mark (Irl, A2r) at 05' 46"
66 Landaluze Inigo (Esp, Eus) at 05' 51"
67 Boogerd Michael (Ned, Rab) at 05' 52"
68 Cancellara Fabian (Sui, Fas) at 05' 54"
69 Hondo Danilo (Ger, Gst) at 05' 54"
70 Robin Jean-Cyril (Fra, Fdj) at 05' 54"
71 Bartoli Michele (Ita, Csc) at 05' 55"
72 Zabel Erik (Ger, Tmo) at 06' 09"
73 Nardello Daniele (Ita, Tmo) at 06' 09"
74 Verbrugghe Rik (Bel, Lot) at 06' 11"
75 Gonzalez Aitor (Esp, Fas) at 06' 13"
76 Ekimov Viatceslav (Rus, Usp) at 06' 14"
77 Martinez Egoi (Esp, Eus) at 06' 15"
78 Aldag Rolf (Ger, Tmo) at 06' 15"
79 Elmiger Martin (Sui, Pho) at 06' 23"
80 Becke Daniel (Ger, Ibb) at 06' 23"
81 Ludewig Jorg (Ger, Sae) at 06' 27"
82 Ivanov Serguei (Rus, Tmo) at 06' 30"
83 Salmon Benoit (Fra, C.a) at 06' 30"
84 Vandevelde Christian (Usa, Lst) at 06' 31"
85 Portal Nicolas (Fra, A2r) at 06' 33"
86 Baranowski Dariusz (Pol, Lst) at 06' 34"
87 Simeoni Filippo (Ita, Dve) at 06' 35"
88 Voeckler Thomas (Fra, Blb) at 06' 36"
89 Grabsch Bert (Ger, Pho) at 06' 37"
90 Wauters Marc (Bel, Rab) at 06' 39"
91 Halgand Patrice (Fra, C.a) at 06' 40"
92 Moerenhout Koos (Ned, Lot) at 06' 43"
93 Tombak Janeck (Est, Cof) at 06' 44"
94 Nozal Isidro (Esp, Lst) at 06' 50"
95 Farazijn Peter (Bel, Cof) at 06' 54"
96 Kroon Karsten (Ned, Rab) at 06' 56"
97 Botcharov Alexandre (Rus, C.a) at 06' 56"
98 Padrnos Pavel (Cze, Usp) at 06' 57"
99 De Groot Bram (Ned, Rab) at 06' 58"
100 Peron Andrea (Ita, Csc) at 06' 59"
101 Secchiari Francesco (Ita, Dve) at 07' 00"
102 Lang Sebastian (Ger, Gst) at 07' 04"
103 Mengin Christophe (Fra, Fdj) at 07' 04"
104 Tosatto Matteo (Ita, Fas) at 07' 05"
105 Beneteau Walter (Fra, Blb) at 07' 12"
106 Fofonov Dmitriy (Kaz, Cof) at 07' 13"
107 Flecha Juan Antonio (Esp, Fas) at 07' 13"
108 Sunderland Scott (Aus, Alb) at 07' 18"
109 Zandio Xabier (Esp, Ibb) at 07' 22"
110 Marichal Thierry (Bel, Lot) at 07' 24"
111 Joly Sébastien (Fra, C.a) at 07' 26"
112 Da Cruz Carlos (Fra, Fdj) at 07' 26"
113 Vansevenant Wim (Bel, Lot) at 07' 26"
114 Moller Claus Michael (Den, Alb) at 07' 32"
115 Rinero Christophe (Fra, Rag) at 07' 32"
116 Loosli David (Sui, Sae) at 07' 38"
117 Garcia Acosta Vicente (Esp, Ibb) at 07' 39"
118 Dekker Erik (Ned, Rab) at 07' 41"
119 Niermann Grischa (Ger, Rab) at 07' 41"
120 Mori Massimiliano (Ita, Dve) at 07' 43"
121 Ljungqvist Marcus (Swe, Alb) at 07' 45"
122 Jalabert Nicolas (Fra, Pho) at 07' 47"
123 Edaleine Christophe (Fra, Cof) at 07' 47"
124 Boonen Tom (Bel, Qsd) at 07' 48"
125 Peschel Uwe (Ger, Gst) at 07' 49"
126 Lotz Marc (Ned, Rab) at 07' 55"
127 Hushovd Thor (Nor, C.a) at 07' 57"
128 Guesdon Frédéric (Fra, Fdj) at 08' 00"
129 Commesso Salvatore (Ita, Sae) at 08' 04"
130 Sorensen Nicki (Den, Csc) at 08' 04"
131 Renier Franck (Fra, Blb) at 08' 06"
132 Bouvard Gilles (Fra, Rag) at 08' 08"
133 Arvesen Kurt-Asle (Nor, Csc) at 08' 10"
134 Finot Frédéric (Fra, Rag) at 08' 11"
135 Zanini Stefano (Ita, Qsd) at 08' 13"
136 Pozzato Filippo (Ita, Fas) at 08' 18"
137 Giunti Massimo (Ita, Dve) at 08' 25"
138 Mc Ewen Robbie (Aus, Lot) at 08' 28"
139 Dean Julian (Nzl, C.a) at 08' 32"
140 Knaven Servais (Ned, Qsd) at 08' 38"
141 Cooke Baden (Aus, Fdj) at 08' 47"
142 Eisel Bernhard (Aut, Fdj) at 08' 47"
143 Davis Allan (Aus, Lst) at 08' 51"
144 Calzati Sylvain (Fra, Rag) at 08' 53"
145 Hruska Jan (Cze, Lst) at 08' 57"
146 Laurent Christophe (Fra, Rag) at 08' 58"
147 Bourquenoud Pierre (Sui, Rag) at 09' 04"
148 Engoulvent Jimmy (Fra, Cof) at 09' 24"
149 Auger Guillaume (Fra, Rag) at 10' 01"
150 Casper Jimmy (Fra, Cof) at 10' 05"
151 Wrolich Peter (Aut, Gst) at 10' 05"
152 Baldato Fabio (Ita, Alb) at 10' 09"
153 Bertolini Alessandro (Ita, Alb) at 10' 10"
154 Nazon Jean-Patrick (Fra, A2r) at 10' 18"
155 Wilson Matthew (Aus, Fdj) at 11' 32"
Vierhouten Aart (Ned, Lot) Hors Delais
Bramati Davide (Ita, Qsd) Hors Delais

General Classification after Stage 16

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

Points Classification - unchanged from yesterday

Mountains Classification after Stage 16 - Top 25

1 Virenque Richard Fra Qsd 177 Pts
2 Armstrong Lance Usa Usp 142 Pts
3 Basso Ivan Ita Csc 101 Pts
4 Klöden Andréas Ger Tmo 96 Pts
5 Rasmussen Mickael Den Rab 95 Pts
6 Ullrich Jan Ger Tmo 93 Pts
7 Moreau Christophe Fra C.a 78 Pts
8 Mancebo Francisco Esp Ibb 77 Pts
9 Voigt Jens Ger Csc 71 Pts
10 Merckx Axel Bel Lot 65 Pts
11 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 53 Pts
12 Azevedo José Por Usp 53 Pts
13 Bettini Paolo Ita Qsd 42 Pts
14 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 41 Pts
15 Moncoutie David Fra Cof 36 Pts
16 Sastre Carlos Esp Csc 36 Pts
17 Gonzalez Santos Esp Pho 31 Pts
18 Guerini Giuseppe Ita Tmo 24 Pts
19 Landis Floyd Usa Usp 24 Pts
20 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 21 Pts
21 Brochard Laurent Fra A2r 20 Pts
22 Mercado Juan Miguel Esp Qsd 18 Pts
23 Dufaux Laurent Sui Qsd 17 Pts
24 Tombak Janeck Est Cof 14 Pts
25 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp Pho 14 Pts

Youth Classification after Stage 16

1 Voeckler Thomas Fra Blb 68h 09' 28"
2 Karpets Vladimir Rus Ibb 03' 33"
3 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 04' 24"
4 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 11' 01"
5 Chavanel Sylvain Fra Blb 11' 28"
6 Camano Iker Esp Eus 11' 36"
7 Pineau Jérôme Fra Blb 12' 55"
8 Rogers Michael Aus Qsd 13' 18"
9 Astarloza Mikel Esp A2r 1h 00' 23"
10 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Esp Usp 1h 14' 30"
11 Lang Sebastian Ger Gst 1h 19' 50"
12 Calzati Sylvain Fra Rag 1h 21' 28"
13 Portal Nicolas Fra A2r 1h 31' 20"
14 Scanlon Mark Irl A2r 1h 34' 20"
15 Davis Allan Aus Lst 1h 41' 04"
16 Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr A2r 1h 44' 18"
17 Charteau Anthony Fra Blb 1h 47' 09"
18 Loosli David Sui Sae 1h 48' 45"
19 Cancellara Fabian Sui Fas 1h 51' 37"
20 Pozzato Filippo Ita Fas 1h 53' 45"
21 Boonen Tom Bel Qsd 1h 56' 24"
22 Engoulvent Jimmy Fra Cof 2h 05' 58"
23 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 2h 10' 42"
24 Edaleine Christophe Fra Cof 2h 21' 26"
25 Joly Sébastien Fra C.a 2h 50' 29"

Teams Classification after Stage 16

1 T-Mobile Team  Tmo 201h 39' 17"
2 Team CSC  Csc 03' 44"
3 US Postal - Berry Floor  Usp 06' 13"
4 Phonak Hearing Systems  Pho 29' 12"
5 Illes Balears - B. Santander  Ibb 41' 21"
6 Brioches La Boulangere  Blb 44' 03"
7 Quick Step - Davitamon  Qsd 47' 51"
8 Euskaltel - Euskadi  Eus 54' 22"
9 Credit Agricole  C.a 1h 00' 34"
10 Rabobank  Rab 1h 03' 39"
11 Saeco  Sae 1h 14' 53"
12 Ag2r Prevoyance  A2r 1h 31' 26"
13 Liberty Seguros  Lst 1h 33' 52"
14 Gerolsteiner  Gst 2h 05' 48"
15 Lotto - Domo  Lot 2h 21' 17"
16  Fdj 2h 23' 23"
17 Alessio - Bianchi  Alb 2h 35' 45"
18 Fassa Bortolo  Fas 2h 40' 15"
19 Domina Vacanze  Dve 3h 20' 27"
20 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone  Cof 3h 21' 55"
21 R.A.G.T. Semences - MG Rover  Rag 4h 38' 03"

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