Stage 21: Corbeil-Essonnes-Paris Champs-Élysées, 160 km
Welcome to coverage of Stage 21 of this 92nd Tour de France!
The riders face the traditional 144.5 km roll into Paris. They'll do several laps around the Champs-Elysees, which is a cobbled road that is a false flat downhill in one direction and uphill in the other. It's actually quite a hard little circuit, especially when the gas really goes down in the pack.
It's been raining, so those cobbles and the road into Paris will be very tricky.
Alexander "Bullwinkle" Moos and Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak) had a little crash already. Lucky for them the peloton is just crawling along, so it wasn't that bad. They get to sleep in all day tomorrow, so I'm sure they'll get over it.
The race has already seen a lot of the traditional horsing around: Lance rode at the front of the peloton chatting with Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) for a while... wish I knew what they were talking about... and they were very smiling and animated. They shook hands while riding to pose for the cameras and all. Vinokourov, not to be outdone by Ullrich, counter-attacked and came up to shake Lance's hand for the cameras as well.
Vinokourov, of course, has seemed out of sync with his T-Mobile team in this Tour... attacking at strange moments, not working well with the plan. He announced that he's leaving the team after this season, so I guess that's not surprising. No definite word yet on where he's going, though there are lots of rumors.
1504 CEST - 105 km left. I wouldn't be surprised to see Vino attack today at one of the intermediate sprints... he's only 2" behind Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) for the 5th spot on GC, so a time bonus would actually move him up.
The sprinters of course will be racing for those points too... this is their last shot (and the first time in a while they'll get to be a factor in the race). Hushovd (Credit Agricole) has the lead in the Green Jersey race, but he could be overtaken today by O'Grady (Cofidis) or McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto).
Of course, McEwen is the favorite to win the stage today. He's won on the Champs-Elysees twice before, and he's clearly the fastest sprinter left in the race. He's already won three stages in this very sprinter-unfriendly Tour.
Earlier Armstrong got the traditional champagne from the team car, and dropped back to greet all of the other team managers in their cars. CSC leads this peloton as they creep carefully through some wet roundabouts. This is going to be a very hairy day of racing, once they decide to start.
Basso (CSC), 2nd on GC, is on point in the peloton, showing himself for the cameras. He's clearly the man to beat next year, though Ullrich and a few others will have something to say about that. Valverde (Illes Balears) and Cunego (Lampre-Caffita) are two young riders expected to challenge for the top spot in the Tour over the next few years. Popovych (Discovery Channel) will also give it a go, I'm sure.
So the official Tour site and several commentators have noted that this year's Lanterne Rouge, or the man who is finishing last in this Tour, was also the Lanterne Rouge in 2002. Unfortunately, they are all wrong.
The Lanterne Rouge this year is Iker Flores (Euskaltel-Euskadi); the Lanterne Rouge in 2002 was his older brother, Igor Flores (Euskaltel-Euskadi). I know this because Igor was my tour guide on the Yellow Jersey Tours trip to the Tour de France that I went on last year... and I also got to meet his brother. Not the same guy.
Armstrong is at the front of the race, now chatting with Basso. Still no pressure on in the race. Maybe Lance is talking about the difference between Igor and Iker Flores...
Funny story: apparently in 2002, Igor was getting a fair amount of publicity for being the Lanterne Rouge. Then, on the last day of the Tour on the laps around the Champs, the man just ahead of Igor on GC, Arvis Piziks of CSC, dropped back behind the race because of a mechanical. Igor, thinking that he was being "attacked" in the "race" for the Lanterne Rouge, immediately dropped off the back of the race to mark Piziks. Apparently it was quite the spectacle: two men off the back in a duel to be Lanterne Rouge. Of course, Piziks wasn't "attacking" Igor, but the fact that Igor marked him has been a source of teasing by Igor's friends ever since.
1534 CEST - 87 km left. The peloton is crawling over the Cat 4 climb on the route. Armstrong leads out and goes across the line first. Of course, nobody was challenging, and Lance himself is just tooling along chatting with Basso. Maybe he's trying to convince him to join Discovery and ditch CSC.
Before the stage, Armstrong commented that he will continue to do local 10k runs and triathlons. He was a champion triathlete before he gave it up to focus exclusively on cycling. Chann McRae, Lance's childhood friend and former teammate, went back to competitive triathlon after retiring from pro cycling. The strategy for racing against Lance in triathlons these days? Take big time out of him in the swimming and running sections.
That kind of activity will keep the beer belly at bay, at least.
Well, it still drizzling out there. If it is raining at the finish on the Champs, the race officials take the final time at the first trip across the finish line. Then the remaining laps are just for the stage win and the Green Jersey, as the GC is finalized.
And Lance, ever the master of understatement, also said in that interview, "I will find something to do."
1546 CEST - 81 km left. Commesso (Lampre-Caffita) is chatting with Sevilla (T-Mobile) at the front of the pack. Commesso actually has a shirt with some sleeves today.
Crash... Luke Roberts (CSC) went down with an Illes Balears rider. The Illes Balears rider is back up and riding... the doctors are checking Roberts, but it doesn't look bad. He's now back up and riding... should have no problem catching on. Roberts is hurting a bit, though. Hang in there, dude!
About 10 km to go to the first intermediate sprint. I notice that there are several Gerolsteiner riders near the front of the pack. I'm guessing they are there to keep on eye out and make sure Vinokourov doesn't attack for those bonus seconds.
For you American cycling fans, this isn't a dark day: of course nobody can replace somebody like Lance, but there are several talented young (and not so young) riders to root for who will do well in the Tour for years to come.
There is the young Tom Danielson of Discovery Channel, who will likely ride the Vuelta this year. David Zabriskie (CSC) gave us a lot to cheer about, winning the opening time trial and taking the Yellow Jersey for a few days before his unfortunate crash in the team time trial.
Of course, we'll still have George Hincapie (Discovery Channel), Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), and Floyd Landis (Phonak), all veterans who have a had a good Tour this year.
Chris Horner (Saunier Duval-Prodir) also had a good Tour, though it didn't lead to a stage win (he fell just short remember?)... but he's 33rd on GC in his first Tour. Not bad.
The Gerolsteiner boys are really all over the front of the still-crawling pack. They are being vigilant. They are keeping a close eye on Vinokourov.
Hincapie won the biggest mountain stage of the Tour, Leipheimer is 5th on GC and Landis is 9th on GC. For those of you who remember the mid-1990s, this would have been a bonanza of success for American riders back then.
Of course, now that we've had a man in Yellow for seven years in a row, we're just a tad spoiled. Just a little.
Davitamon-Lotto also has a couple of men up on the front... will the sprinters have a go at this sprint? Vino attacks!!
Vino has a Gerolsteiner rider on his wheel... here comes more Gerolsteiner riders. The whole team is chasing him... all of the Gerolsteiners are after him. Vino attacks again, and Leipheimer is on his wheel.
Everybody could see this coming... Where are the sprinters' teams? Vino is leading out the sprint... Levi will try to come around... Vino gets it!
Levi is 2nd in the sprint... so it will come down to fractions of a second. Levi was 2" up on him, and Vino gets a 6" bonus to Leipheimer's 4" bonus.
Leipheimer still has the lead by a few hundreths of a second. Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner) has now attacked the peloton to try to take the next bonus sprint solo. Will T-Mobile work to help Vino? He did that last sprint on his own...
1605 CEST - 67 km left. Scholz has about 25" on Vinokourov and Leipheimer. Then the peloton is about 5" behind Vino and Levi.
Vino and Leipheimer get caught by the peloton. Leipheimer was just sitting on Vinokourov.
Wegmann of Gerolsteiner was 3rd in that bonus sprint, for what it's worth.
Now Philippe Gilbert (FDJeux.com) has a go off the front. Hmm... there is a counter-attack now that includes Armstrong! So Scholz and Gilbert are both back in the peloton. Crash!!!
A few Discovery riders crashed in a wet corner... Armstrong stayed up and made it through the corner, but Hincapie, Popovych, and another Discovery rider hit the deck.
Popovych looks to have gone back-first into the curb... Armstrong had to clip out and take it easy... He actually bumped into a bike on the ground. The peloton is sitting up, waiting now. Whoa, that'll wake you up!
The Discovery riders have yellow sleeves on the right side in honor of Armstrong's position. They are regrouping near the front of the pack. Popo took what looked like a very painful slam into the curb. He'll be bruised up for sure.
Ullrich, Basso, and Armstrong are now chatting animatedly at the front of the peloton. Armstrong is shaking his head and making an unhappy face, and Basso seems concerned about the crash. Basso has his left hand off the handlebars, his palm upward and fingers together, making a very familiar gesture with his hand for emphasis. Now that's Italiano.
The race referees announce now that the final laps on the Champs will be neutralized as far as the GC is concerned. The official time check at the first crossing of the finish line will be the final time check for the race.
1621 CEST - 55 km left. No word yet on Armstrong's teammates and any injuries.
Now it's through the tunnel, and the Discovery boys are leading the way on the Champs Elysees. Popovych is 2nd wheel, so he must be okay. So it's only 1km to the first crossing of the finish line. After he crosses that line, Lance will officially have won the Tour de France.
Hincapie is out of the saddle leading the way. He looks fine too.
Hushovd is right on the shoulder of Armstrong... he and his boys will be looking to defend the Green Jersey over the last eight laps of the Champs.
The camera lenses are blurred by the falling rain. Armstrong comes to the front to roll through this big corner at the end of the Champs, right near the Arch of Triumph. I'm not going to try to spell the French name... last year I got to do several laps on the Champs with Ray, Rusty, and Reed from my Yellow Jersey Tours group. It's pretty fun! Of course, it wasn't raining.
1630 CEST - So all time bonuses have now been neutralized for the bonus sprints as well... this means that it's official: Leipheimer takes 5th by fractions of a second over Vinokourov.
1633 CEST - 48 km left. So it's just down to the Green Jersey competition and the sprinters for the next several laps. The GC race is over, so it's just cruising along for the GC men.
Mancebo asking doctor's assistance after that crash at the start. Now that Armstrong has officially won the Tour de France, putting a lucky "7" up on the big record board, he and his boys pull back a bit and now the peloton is just cruising along. It's very dangerous, so the riders don't look to be racing yet.
Okay, finally, Carlos Da Cruz (FDJeux.com) is on the attack. He's marked easily by several men.
Nicolas Jalabert (Phonak) now counters and goes off the front. The peloton is stringing out a bit, and about eight men have a gap.
Vinokourov goes on the attack again. He doesn't care about the lack of time bonuses... he just wants to attack. He must get bored easily or something. So now there are four men on the front... there was a crash. There were eight men off the front... but Wegmann, Da Cruz, and a couple of others in this little break went down.
So off the front: Grivko (Domina Vacanze) and Albasini (Liquigas-Bianchi). There are several other small groups trying to bridge up.
One is led by Jalabert (Phonak) and Vasseur (Cofidis). They have a small gap on the peloton. Really, though, men are spread out all over the road right now.
1646 CEST - 37 km left. Albasini is now alone off the front by about 12". Everyone else has been brought back to the peloton. The peloton is strung way, way out. Armstrong is nowhere near the front.
Albasini is now caught and passed by Knaven (Quick Step-Davitamon). Without Boonen in the race, Knaven has to take his chances... no sprinter for the finish. Albasini is chasing him, with a Saunier Duval rider on his wheel. So it's Knaven, Albasini, and a Saunier Duval man off the front. They have about 10".
The Saunier Duval rider off the front with Knaven and Albasini is Manuel Quinziato.
So Albasini was caught earlier, and it's his teammate Kjell Carlstrom of Finland in this three-man break off the front. Geez, how many Scandinavians are there in this race, anyways? They're everywhere...
1656 CEST - 30 km left. Now there are ten men off the front: Quinziato, Knaven, and Carlstrom have been joined by Brandt (Davitamon-Lotto), Portal (AG2r-Prevoyance), Pineau (Bouygues Telecom), Righi (Lampre-Caffita), Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), Bernucci (Fassa Bortolo), and Cortinovis (Domina Vacanze).
Brandt is just marking the break. His teammates are chasing in the peloton behind. So it's Cadel Evans who leads the Davitamon-Lotto boys in the chase at the front of the peloton. Evans has had an outstanding last week of the Tour, climbing up into 8th on GC.
The group of ten riders had a 25" gap, but that's down to under 15" now.
Before the Tour, I picked Evans to finish 9th on GC in Paris... I wasn't far off on that one. My not-so-good picks? Well, I said Botero (Phonak) would be 4th and Mayo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) would be 8th. Doh! Both riders have suffered mightily in this Tour, usually off the back.
1702 CEST - 23 km left. Well, the break gets brought back under the impetus of Davitamon-Lotto. Some more attacks go, but they haven't got much of a gap. Now Chris Horner (Saunier Duval-Prodir) attacks! He is up there with Tankink (Quick Step).
It's very, very hard to make a break stick on this circuit. Only one American has ever won the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees. Horner is pushing up the gap... he and Tankink are really committed. They have about 15".
Cofidis is now leading the peloton in pursuit of the crazy American, Chris Horner and his breakaway mate Tankink.
Back in 1987, Jeff Pierce won in a solo break for the legendary 7-Eleven team on the Champs Elysees.
1708 CEST - 17.5 km left. Tankink and Horner are flying! With all his races in the United States over the years, Horner certainly knows how to ride a hard circuit race like this.
Criterium racing is very big in the States, and Horner has ridden more than a few of those in his day. That's what this is now: a fancy crit.
The rain has gone away for now and the roads have dried a bit. That's good news. The gap for Horner and Tankink is growing... the chase in the peloton seems to have slacked off. You know, these guys who don't know Horner could be making a big mistake. If they knew Chris, they wouldn't be letting him go like this.
Now Davitamon-Lotto and Cofidis come back to the front in force to chase. The gap is down to 13" with 13 km left. Fred Rodriguez, the leadout man for McEwen on Davitamon-Lotto, knows Horner very well... I'm sure he'll make sure his team chases down Horner.
1716 CEST - 12 km left. The gap is back up to 15". Horner and Tankink are still driving it... but it doesn't look good now that the peloton is organized. Now there is a counter-attack from the field by a Domina Vacanze rider.
11 km left. The gap is down to 10" and falling. A brave try by Horner and Tankink, but it's almost over. FDJeux.com is now helping in the chase. A CSC rider tries an attack, one that goes nowhere fast. Well, Horner and Tankink are still away.
The counter-attacks have failed to get away from the organized chase of the sprinters' teams, but Horner and Tankink still hold a slim advantage on the field. Well, now it's all back together.
7 km left. The bell rings for the last trip around the Champs Elysees. The hammer is down with Davitamon-Lotto bringing the pain at the front.
Sheryl Crow sits with one of Armstrong's twin daughters near the finish line. Now Vasseur (Cofidis) attacks!
A Saunier Duval-Prodir rider counters... and goes over him! Vasseur is gone, and it looks like former Yellow Jersey wearer Bertogliati off the front.
Bertogliati has a Fassa Bortolo and Liberty Seguros rider on his wheel, but they are being chased back now.
1724 CEST - 4 km left. So the Fassa Bortolo rider is Flecha... but he's caught. All together heading into the leadout for the final sprint. Wait, Le Mullet has attacked! Brochard (Bouygues Telecom) is gone with Vinokourov on his wheel.
Now it's Vino taking turns with an AG2r rider about 50 meters off the front... but the gap is closing. Into the tunnel one final time... and the sprinters are ready for the big leadout.
1.5 km left. Three men are now off the front... Vinokourov and a FDJeux.com rider are attacking again! Is it McGee? The sprinters are desperate trying to catch up... So Vino and McGee are clear with the sprinters chasing like mad... Vinokourov jumps! And Vinokourov wins it!
Holy cow, can you believe that? No bonus seconds, so Vino will stay in 6th on GC, but he has won the coveted stage on the Champs Elysees and cheated the sprinters! McGee was a valiant 2nd.
Vinokourov jumped with a bit over 2 km left. He jumped onto the attack of Brochard, and when the Frenchman faded Vino kept it going. An AG2r rider bridged up to Vino, and they swapped a few turns. Then McGee jumped from the field, and as he blew by up the right side of the road, Vino jumped across to catch his wheel.
The two riders had the gap heading into the tunnel, and then in the final straightaway, Vinokourov attacked McGee to take the win by a good margin. Amazing.
1. Vinokourov (T-Mobile)
2. McGee (FDJeux.com) @ st
3. Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) @ st
4. McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) @ st
5. O'Grady (Cofidis) @ st
6. Davis (Liberty Seguros) @ st
7. Hushovd (Credit Agricole) @ st
8. Cooke (FDJeux.com) @ st
9. Eisel (FDJeux.com) @ st
10. Forster (Gerolsteiner) @ st
So it was McEwen who got robbed of his stage win by Vino... McEwen won the sprint home. Hushovd, with his 7th place finish, is the winner of the Green Jersey competition. Good on ya, Norskie!
Rasmussen (Rabobank) is of course the winner of the Polka Dot Jersey for best climber, and Popovych won the White Jersey for best young rider.
Armstrong is now stepping off his bike and into legend. His dominance has been unprecidented, and has transformed the sport. Love him or hate him, he is the greatest Tour de France rider of all time. Deal with it.
Well hey now, the official Tour communication is that Vinokourov has received a 20" time bonus for the victory. This puts him into 5th on GC, knocking Levi Leipheimer into 6th. Here are the provisional results, sure to be reviewed, for the GC.
General Classification - provisional
1. Armstrong (Discovery Channel) 86h 15' 02"
2. Basso (CSC) @ 4' 40"
3. Ullrich (T-Mobile) @ 6' 21"
4. Mancebo (Illes Balears) @ 9' 59"
5. Vinokourov (T-Mobile) @ 11' 01
6. Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 11' 21"
7. Rasmussen (Rabobank) @ 11' 33"
8. Evans (Davitamon-Lotto) @ 11' 55"
9. Landis (Phonak) @ 12' 44"
10. Pereiro (Phonak) @ 16' 04".
Vinokourov takes the stage for his trophies as winner of the stage. Whether or not he really is in 5th on GC (given that all time bonuses were supposed to be neutralized because of the rain) is yet to be finalized.
Now Hushovd, the big blond giant, takes to the stage to accept his Green Jersey. He is very, very stoked.
Now Hushovd's underfed fellow Scandinavian, Michael Rasmussen, steps up to take the Polka Dot Jersey. He really won the hell out of that Polka Dot Jersey. Great climber, that Rasmussen.
"Jiffy Pop" Popovych steps up to don his White Jersey, a great achievement by a guy who was riding in the service of Armstrong.
Pereiro has won the prize for the most aggressive rider. Good choice, that.
The Arch of Triumph is in the background. Lance is talking to Ullrich beside the podium. Lance has Luke, Grace, and Isabelle with him. They are all looking very cute.
Armstrong leads his kids up onto the stage... Luke needs some extra encouragement. When you win seven Tours, you can do whatever the heck you want up on that stage... because you own it, basically. Fortunately, Armstrong has only chosen to bring his kids up here. Lance gets his trophies, the final Yellow Jersey, and some kisses from the podium models.
The twins are in little yellow sundresses. Precious. Luke is jabbering away at his dad too. The girls are happy, they get the flowers and the Credit Lyonnaise stuffed lion. (The kids have a separate wing of the house for those lions...)
Ullrich gives Armstrong a big hug as the top three come onto the podium.
Basso has his kid with him on the podium. Basso and Ullrich are chatting... and Ullrich is talking to Basso's kid. How cute.
Next year, these two will be the big favorites for the victory in Armstrong's absence. And it's hats off for the national anthem of the U.S. The French band must be getting tired of playing that one by now. Oh well, life is hard sometimes.
Armstrong is now talking on the podium... he is giving credit to Ullrich, honoring the challenges Ullrich has presented him over the years. Armstrong calls Basso "the future of the Tour de France," but says that the top step is perhaps for Ullrich... he looks at them both and says, "It's up to you guys."
Armstrong ends his comments by saying that he is a fan of the Tour de France. Armstrong ends his comments by saying that he is a fan of the Tour de France. And "Vive la Tour."
Well, it's final now: Vinokourov is 5th, Leipheimer 6th. I'm sure there will be some angry complaints about that one.
But the celebration is on for the Yellow Jersey, Lance taking home the big seven. Who can beat that? Probably nobody. It's great to see three guys on the podium giving each other so much respect, though.
Well then. Another epic Tour de France is done, and a chapter of cycling history closed with the retirement of seven time winner Lance Armstrong. We thank you very much for being with us the past three weeks, and we would also like to thank all of the terrific competitors who have given us such sport the past three weeks. Thank you all!
Stage 21 Results
1 Vinokourov Alexandre Tmo Kaz 3h 40' 57"
2 Mc Gee Bradley Fdj Aus (all same time)
3 Cancellara Fabian Fas Sui
4 Mc Ewen Robbie Dvl Aus
5 O’Grady Stuart Cof Aus
6 Davis Allan Lsw Aus
7 Hushovd Thor C.a Nor
8 Cooke Baden Fdj Aus
9 Eisel Bernhard Fdj Aut
10 Förster Robert Gst Ger
11 Roberts Luke Csc Aus
12 Rodriguez Fred Dvl Usa
13 Trenti Guido Qst Usa
14 Gerosa Mauro Liq Ita
15 Isasi Inaki Eus Esp
16 Jalabert Nicolas Pho Fra
17 Ljungqvist Marcus Liq Swe
18 Geslin Anthony Btl Fra
19 Loosli David Lam Sui
20 Brochard Laurent Btl Fra
21 Nuritdinov Rafael Dom Uzb
22 Horner Christopher Sdv Usa
23 Krivtsov Yuriy A2r Ukr
24 Bertolini Alessandro Dom Ita
25 Becke Daniel Iba Ger
26 Moreau Christophe C.a Fra
27 Kroon Karsten Rab Ned
28 Stangelj Gorazd Lam Slo
29 Giunti Massimo Fas Ita
30 Flecha Juan Antonio Fas Esp
31 Canada David Sdv Esp
32 Dumoulin Samuel A2r Fra
33 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Csc Nor
34 Weening Pieter Rab Ned
35 Ludewig Jorg Dom Ger
36 Grivko Andriy Dom Ukr
37 Gilbert Philippe Fdj Bel
38 Pineau Jérôme Btl Fra
39 Halgand Patrice C.a Fra
40 Casar Sandy Fdj Fra
41 Astarloza Mikel A2r Esp
42 Camano Iker Eus Esp
43 Popovych Yaroslav Dsc Ukr
44 Dekker Erik Rab Ned 00' 20"
45 Bodrogi Laszlo C.a Hun
46 Carlström Kjell Liq Fin
47 Sorensen Nicki Csc Den
48 Albasini Michael Liq Sui
49 Gerrans Simons A2r Aus
50 Da Cruz Carlos Fdj Fra
51 Sinkewitz Patrik Qst Ger
52 Pereiro Sio Oscar Pho Esp
53 Mazzoleni Eddy Lam Ita
54 Boogerd Michael Rab Ned
55 Totschnig Georg Gst Aut
56 Vicioso Angel Lsw Esp
57 Commesso Salvatore Lam Ita
58 Ullrich Jan Tmo Ger
59 Pellizotti Franco Liq Ita
60 Cortinovis Alessandro Dom Ita
61 Portal Nicolas A2r Fra
62 Bernucci Lorenzo Fas Ita
63 Kashechkin Andrey C.a Kaz
64 Kessler Matthias Tmo Ger
65 Knaven Servais Qst Ned
66 Lövkvist Thomas Fdj Swe
67 Righi Daniele Lam Ita
68 Rogers Michael Qst Aus
69 Evans Cadel Dvl Aus
70 Arrieta Jose Luis Iba Esp
71 Grabsch Bert Pho Ger
72 Voeckler Thomas Btl Fra
73 Serrano Marcos Lsw Esp
74 Joly Sébastien C.a Fra
75 Moos Alexandre Pho Sui
76 Gutierrez José Enrique Pho Esp
77 Lefevre Laurent Btl Fra
78 Turpin Ludovic A2r Fra
79 Chavanel Sylvain Cof Fra
80 Tombak Janeck Cof Est
81 Zubeldia Haimar Eus Esp
82 Contador Alberto Lsw Esp
83 White Matthew Cof Aus
84 Garate Juan Manuel Sdv Esp
85 Marichal Thierry Cof Bel
86 Leipheimer Levi Gst Usa
87 Brandt Christophe Dvl Bel
88 Beneteau Walter Btl Fra
89 Heras Roberto Lsw Esp
90 Rous Didier Btl Fra
91 Landis Floyd Pho Usa
92 Etxebarria Unai Eus Ven
93 Martinez Egoi Eus Esp
94 Merckx Axel Dvl Bel
95 Fedrigo Pierrick Btl Fra
96 Sevilla Oscar Tmo Esp
97 Schreck Stephan Tmo Ger
98 Goubert Stephane A2r Fra
99 Nardello Daniele Tmo Ita
100 Quinziato Manuel Sdv Ita
101 Bessy Frédéric Cof Fra
102 Mancebo Francisco Iba Esp
103 Scholz Ronny Gst Ger
104 Gustov Volodymir Fas Ukr
105 Karpets Vladimir Iba Rus
106 Botero Santiago Pho Col
107 Sanchez Luis Lsw Esp
108 Garzelli Stefano Liq Ita
109 Cioni Dario Liq Ita
110 Mayo Iban Eus Esp
111 Vasseur Cédric Cof Fra
112 Bertogliati Rubens Sdv Sui
113 Beloki Joseba Lsw Esp
114 Iglinskiy Maxim Dom Kaz 00' 18"
115 Lombardi Giovanni Csc Ita
116 Basso Ivan Csc Ita
117 Julich Bobby Csc Usa
118 Armstrong Lance Dsc Usa
119 Rubiera José Luis Dsc Esp
120 Noval Gonzalez Benjamin Dsc Esp
121 Landaluze Inigo Eus Esp
122 Azevedo José Dsc Por
123 Savoldelli Paolo Dsc Ita
124 Padrnos Pavel Dsc Cze
125 Hincapie George Dsc Usa
126 Hinault Sébastien C.a Fra
127 Wrolich Peter Gst Aut
128 Tankink Bram Qst Ned
129 Sastre Carlos Csc Esp
130 Van Summeren Johan Dvl Bel
131 Vanotti Alessandro Dom Ita
132 Lang Sebastian Gst Ger
133 Menchov Denis Rab Rus
134 Rasmussen Mickael Rab Den
135 Zandio Xabier Iba Esp
136 Garcia Acosta Vicente Iba Esp
137 Mourey Francis Fdj Fra
138 Zberg Beat Gst Sui
139 Rich Michael Gst Ger
140 Steinhauser Tobias Tmo Ger
141 Guerini Giuseppe Tmo Ita
142 Jaksche Jorg Lsw Ger
143 Sprick Matthieu Btl Fra
144 Flores Iker Eus Esp
145 Auge Stéphane Cof Fra
146 Vansevenant Wim Dvl Bel
147 Aerts Mario Dvl Bel
148 Caucchioli Pietro C.a Ita
149 Wauters Marc Rab Bel
150 Moncoutie David Cof Fra
151 Posthuma Joost Rab Ned
152 Facci Mauro Fas Ita
153 Piepoli Leonardo Sdv Ita
154 Arroyo David Iba Esp
155 Wegmann Fabian Gst Ger
Final classifications in separate articles.