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2008 Tour de France

July 5 - July 27

Results, map, stages with running GC, photos and startlist with backnumbers

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2008 Tour Quick Facts

180 riders started with 145 classified finishers.

3,559.5 km raced at an average speed of 40.504 km/hr

No time bonuses were awarded for the intermediate sprints nor for top three placings in each stage. There was no prologue time trial in the 2008 Tour.

The Tour chose to exclude Astana because of its dope problems in previous years, meaning 2007 winner Alberto Contador and thrid place Levi Leipheimer could not participate.

Carlos Sastre won the Tour with a solo break in stage 17 where he escaped on L'Alpe d'Huez.

After the Tour, third place and mountains classification winner Bernhard Kohl tested positive for a form of EPO and stripped of his titles.


Final 2008 Tour de France General Classification

Complete 2008 Tour de France final General Classification

1. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 87hr 52min 52sec
2. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 58sec
3. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 13sec
4. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min 10sec
5. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 3min 5sec
6. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 4min 28sec
7. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 6min 25sec
8. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 6min 55sec
9. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 7min 12sec
10. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) @ 9min 5sec
11. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 9min 55sec
12. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 11min 32sec
13. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 12min 59sec
14. Sandy Casar (FDJ) @ 19min 23sec
15. Amael Moinard (Cofidis) @ 23min 31sec
16. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 23min 40sec
17. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Columbia) @ 24min 55sec
18. Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole) @ 27min 11sec
19. Dmitriy Fofonov (Credit Agricole) @ 28min 31sec
20. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 28min 33sec

Climber

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 128 points (later stripped of title for doping)
2. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 80
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 80

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 270 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 220
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) 217

Young Rider

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 88hr 4min 24sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 1min 27sec
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 17min 1sec

Team GC

1. CSC-Saxo: 263hr 29min 57sec
2. Ag2R @ 15min 35sec
3. Rabobank @ 1hr 5min 26sec

The stages:

Friday, July 4: The team presentation ceremony kicked off the Tour. Here's Garmin-Chipotle (formerly Slipstream) in their new kit. More team presentation photos.


Saturday, July 5: Stage 1, Brest - Plumelec, 197.5 km

Rated climbs in Stage 1:

Km 29.5: Côte de Ty-Jopic (Pont-de-Buis-les-Quuimerch), 3.7 km long @ 3.3% average gradient- Category 4
Km 48.5: Côte de Kerivarc'h,1.5 km @ 3.2% - Category 4
Km 85.5: Col de Toullaëron, 1.8 km @ 5.6% - Category 4
Km 146.5: Côte de Guenervé, 2.1 km @ 3.3% - Category 4

More Tour Stage 1 photos.

Results:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) 4hr 36min 7sec
2. Philippe Gilbert (FDJ) @ 1sec
3. Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.
4. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) s.t.
5. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) s.t.
6. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
7. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
8. Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) s.t.
9. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
10. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.

GC after Stage 1. The same as the stage results because time bonuses have been eliminated in this edition of the Tour.

1. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) 4hr 36min 7sec
2. Philippe Gilbert (FDJ) @ 1sec
3. Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.
4. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) s.t.
5. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) s.t.
6. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
7. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
8. Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) s.t.
9. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
10. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.

Climber:

1. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom): 8 points
2. Bjorn Schroder (Milram: 8
3. David De La Fuente (Saunier Duval): 4

Points

1. Alejandro Valverde (CAisse d'Epargne): 35 points
2. Philippe gilberrt (FDJ): 30
3. Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom): 26

Young Rider:

1. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval): 4hr 36min 8sec
2. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 6sec
3. Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.

Team GC:

1. Caisse d'Epargne: 13hr 0min 48sec
2. CSC-Saxo @ 7sec
3. Columbia s.t.
4. Garmin-Chipotle s.t.

The day's withdrawals:

Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Cofidis)

Tour de France stage 1 elevation guide.


Stage 2, Sunday, July 6: Auray - Saint Brieuc, 164.5 km

Stage 2 rated climbs:

Km 23.5: Côte de Bieuzy-Lanvaux, 1.9 km @ 4.1% average gradient- Category 4
Km 43.0: Côte de Kergroix, 3.0 km @ 4% - Category 4
Km 92.0: Côte de Mûr-de-Bretagne, 1.5 km @ 8.7% - Category 3
Km 96.0: Côte de Saint-Mayeux, 1.3 km @ 5.5% - Category 4

Weather: At the start of the stage it was 17C (63F), with drops of rain and a 30 km/hr wind from the west.

More stage 2 photos.

Results:

1. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 3hr 45min 13sec
2. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) s.t.
3. Gerald Ciolek (Columbia) s.t.
4. Robert Hunter (Barloworld) s.t.
5. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
6. Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.
7. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
8. Jimmy Casper (Agritubel) s.t.
9. Martin Elinger (Ag2R) s.t.
10. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
12. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) 8hr 21min 20sec
2. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 1sec
3. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
4. Joan Jose Cobo (Saunier Duval) s.t.
5. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
6. Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.
7. David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
8. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) s.t.
9. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
10. Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) s.t.

Climber:

1. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom): 19 points
2. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis): 11
3. Bjorn Schroder (Milram): 9
4. David De La Fuente (Saunier Duval): 4

Points

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia): 54 points
2. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne): 49
3. Oscar Freire (Rabobank): 46

Young Rider:

1. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval): 8hr 21min 21sec
2. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 6sec
3. Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.

Team GC:

1. Caisse d'Epargne: 25hr 4min 8sec
2. Columbia @ 7swec
3. CSC-Saxo s.t.

The day's withdrawals:

No withdrawals listed for today

Stage 2 elevation guide.


Stage 3, Monday, July 7: Saint-Malo - Nantes, 208 km

Weather: As the stage began it was pouring rain in Nantes, the finish city. Early in the race there has been some rain falling on the peloton. The wind is 25kph from the southwest. It was 19C (66F) at the start.

More Stage 3 photos.

Results:

1. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) 5hr 5min 27sec
2. William Frischkorn (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
3. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) s.t.
4. Paolo Longo Borghini (Barloworld) @ 14sec
5. Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) @ 2min 3sec
6. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
7. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
8. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.
9. Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
10. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) s.t.
39. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
46. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) s.t.
68. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
92. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min 41sec
94. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

1. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) 13hr 27min 5sec
2. Paolo Longo Borghini (Barloworld) @ 35sec
3. William Frischkorn (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 1min 42sec
4. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse'Epargne) @ 1min 45sec
5. Kim kirchen (Columbia) @ 1min 46sec
6. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
7. Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.
8. Daid Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
9. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
10. Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) s.t.

Climber:

1. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom): 19 points
2. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis): 11
3. Bjorn Schroder (Milram): 9
4. David De La Fuente (Saunier Duval): 4

Points

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia): 69 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole): 64
3. Oscar Freire (Rabobank): 55

Young Rider:

1. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) 13hr 27min 5sec
2. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 52sec
3. Yury Trofimov (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.

Team GC:

1. Garmin-Chipotle 40hr 24min 42sec
2. Cofidis @ 41sec
3. Barloworld @ 1min 16sec

Withdrawals: Angel Gomez (Saunier Duval)

Stage 3 elevation guide.


Stage 4, Tuesday, July 8: Cholet 29.5 km Individual time-trial

Weather: Wind blowing from the southeast at 20 km/hr. Magnus Backstedt, who has already finished the course, says the return leg with a tailwind and downhill is very fast (82-83 km/hr). He said a 54 x 11 wasn't enough! There are a few drops falling at the start but the roads are dry. It's 19C (66F).

More stage 4 photos.

Results:

1. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) 35min 44sec
2. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 18sec
3. David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
4. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 27sec
5. Fabian Cancellara (CSC-Saxo) @ 33sec
6. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 34sec
7. Jens Voigt (CSC-Saxo) @ 35sec
8. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 37sec
9. George Hincapie (Columbia) @ 41sec
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 47sec
17. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) @ 1min 26sec
20. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 29sec
23. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 34sec
115. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) @ 3min 36sec
169. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) @ 4min 59sec

GC after Stage 4:

1. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) 14hr 4min 41sec
2. Kim kirchen (Columbia) @ 12sec
3. David Millar (Garmin-Shipotle) s.t.
4. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 21sec
5. Fabian Cancellara (CSC-Saxo) @ 33sec
6. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 37sec
7. George Hincapie (Columbia) @ 41sec
8. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) s.t.
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 58sec
10. Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 1sec
11. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 12sec
16. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) @ 1min 26sec
17. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse'Epargne) @ 1min 27sec
18. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 29sec
23. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 43sec
41. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) @ 3min 7sec
59. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) @ 4min 8sec

Climber:

1. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom): 19 points
2. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis): 11
3. Bjorn Schroder (Milram): 9
4. David De La Fuente (Saunier Duval): 4

Points

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia): 81 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole): 64
3. Oscar Freire (Rabobank): 55

Young Rider:

1. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) 14hr 5min 28sec
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 11sec
3. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 37sec
4. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 42sec

Team GC:

1. Garmin-Chipotle 42hr 13min 59sec
2. Columbia @ 1min 44sec
3. CSC-Saxo @ 2min 35sec

Stage 4 time trial elevation guide.


Stage 5, Wednesday July 9: Cholet - Châteauroux, 232 km. This is the longest stage of the 2008 Tour.

Weather: At the start: wind, 15 km/hr from the southeast. Bright sun with some clouds in the sky. 21C (70F)

More stage 5 photos

Results:

1. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) 5hr 27min 52sec
2. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
4. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.
5. Baden Cooke (Barloworld) s.t.
6. Robert Hunter (Barloworld) s.t.
7. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
8. Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
9. Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) s.t.
10. Julian Dean (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

1. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) 19hr 32min 33sec
2. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 12sec
3. David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
4. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 21sec
5. Fabian Cancellara (CSC-Saxo) @ 33sec
6. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 37sec
7. George Hincapie (Columbia) @ 41sec
8. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) @ 47sec
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 58sec
10. Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 1sec
11. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 12sec
16. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) @ 1min 26sec
17. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 27sec
18. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 29sec
23. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 43sec

Climber:

1. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom): 19 points
2. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis): 11
3. Bjorn Schroder (Milram): 9
4. David De La Fuente (Saunier Duval): 4

Points

1. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 88 points
2. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 85
3. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 81
4. Erik Zabel (Milram) 72

Young Rider:

1. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) 19hr 33min 20sec
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 11sec
3. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 37sec
4. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 42sec

Team GC:

1. Garmin-Chipotle 58hr 37min 35sec
2. Columbia @ 1min 44sec
3. CSC-Saxo @ 2min 35sec

Km 41: Before the other web sites begin their live updates, here's the situation: Juan Mauricio Soler, last year's winner of the Mountains classification crashed in stage one and broke a small bone in his wrist. He continued but this morning he crashed again, in the neutral zone. Soler was forced to abandon, leaving 177 riders in the Tour.

There is a break of 3. Lilian Jegou (FDJ), Nicolas Vogondy (Ag2R) and Florent Brard (Cofidis). They have a lead of 5min 35sec. The best placed of the trio is Lilian Jegou. He is 94th overall, at 5min 45sec.

Stage 5 elevation guide. No rated climbs today.


Stage 6, Thursday July 10: Aigurande - Super Besse, 195.5 km. This is the 2008 Tour's first hilltop finish. There should be some real changes in the GC.

The day's rated climbs

Km 70.0: Côte de L'Armelle, 2.3 km @ 4.7% average gradient - Category 4
Km 89.0: Côte de Crocq, 1.6 km @ 6% - Category 4
Km 158.0: Col de la Croix-Morand, 8.0 km @ 5.2% - Categoy 2
Km 195.5: Super-Besse - 11.0 km @ 4.7% - Category 2

Weather: At the start it's sunny, wind 15 km/hr from the southwest, 27C (81F).

More stage 6 photos

Results:

1. Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval) 4hr 57min 52sec
2. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1sec
3. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
4. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 4sec
5. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) s.t.
6. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 7sec
7. Moises Duenas Nevado (Barloworld) s.t.
8. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
9. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) s.t.
10. Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) s.t.
25. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) @ 32sec
29. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 24hr 30min 41sec
2. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 6sec
3. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) @ 16sec
4. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 44sec
5. David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 47sec
6. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) @ 54sec
7. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 3sec
8. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 12sec
9. Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) @ 1min 21sec
10. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.

Climber:

1. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) 27 points
2. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) 27
3. Riccardo Ricco(Saunier Duval) 20

Points

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 97 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 88
3. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 85
4. Erik Zabel (Milram) 72

Young Rider:

1. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) 24hr 31min 35sec
2. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 43sec
4. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 8sec

Team GC:

1. Garmin-Chipotle 73hr 34min 10sec
2. CSC-Saxo @ 19sec
3. Columbia @ 20sec

The Race: At km 36, the trio's lead has grown to 3min 40sec.

Here's the situation at km 28, before the other web sites begin their live updates. There is a break of 3 riders with a lead of 2 minutes: Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), Benoit Vaugrenard (FDJ) and Freddy Bichot (Ag2R). Chavanel is the best placed of the 3 at 29th place, 2min 10sec behind Stefan Schumacher in the GC. Alejandro Valverede was caught in a crash yesterday and is covered in bandages. He's riding towards the back of the peloton.

Stage 6 elevation guide.


Friday, July 11: Oh hell! Manuel Beltran of the Liquigas team has tested postive for EPO in stage 1 of this year's Tour de France. The French police took Beltran away for questioning today. His Tour is over. The team remains in the race so far. Beltran was in 26th place, 3min 20sec down. This isn't the first time EPO and Beltran have been linked. When the famous retest of 1999 urine samples was performed and L'Equipe wrote that several samples were postive for EPO, Lance Armstrong wasn't the only rider accused by the French sports paper. Beltran's sample was also said to be postive for EPO.


Stage 7, Friday, July 11: Brioude - Aurillac, 159 km.

The day's rated climbs:

Km 11.0: Côte de Fraisse, 4.5 km @ 4.4% average gradient - Category 3
Km 52.0: Côte de Villedieu, 3.4 km @ 4.4% - Category 4
Km 101.5: Col d'Entremont, 6.5 km @ 4.7% - Category 2
Km 117.0: Pas de Peyrol (Puy Mary), 7.8 km @ 6.2% - Category 2
Km 150.0: Côte de Saint-Jean-de-Donne, 1.7 km @ 9.9% - Category 3

Weather: At the start it's a bit overcast and 25C (77F) with a 5 km/hr breeze from the south. It could become unpleasant later in the stage with a possibility of rain and even a chance of hail.

Sanchez takes the stage with with lots of time to celebrate.

Stefan Schumacher (in blue) leads the thundering herd in 6 second later.

Results:

1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) 3hr 52min 53sec
2. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) @ 6sec
3. Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) s.t.
4. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) s.t.
5. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
6. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
7. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) s.t.
8. Josep Jufre (Saunier Duval) s.t.
9. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
10. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
12. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
15. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 28hr 23min 40sec
2. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 6sec
3. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) @ 16sec
4. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 44sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 3sec
6. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 12sec
7. David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 1min 16sec
8. Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) @ 1min 21sec
9. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
10. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) s.t.

Climber:

1. David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) 28 points
2. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) 27
3. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) 27

Points

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 119 points
2. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 91
3. thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 90

Young Rider:

1. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) 28hr 51min 1sec
2. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 37sec
3. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 46sec

Team GC:

1. Garmin-Chipotle 73hr 34min 10sec
2. CSC-Saxo @ 19sec
3. Columbia @ 20sec

Stage 7 elevation guide.


Stage 8, Saturday, July 12: Figeac - Toulouse, 172.5 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 9.0: Côte de Loupiac, 2.7 km @ 6% average gradient - Category 4
Km 36.5: Côte de Macarou, 4.2 km @ 6.1% - Category 3
Km 52.5: Côte de la Guionie, 1.5 km @ 5.5% - Category 4
Km 70.5: Côte du Port de la Besse, 4.1 km @ 4.5% - Category 3

Weather: 16C (61F), 15 km/hr wind from the west. At the start the roads are wet and it's raining in Toulouse, the finish city.

More stage 8 photos

Results:

1. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) 4hr 2min 54sec
2. Gerald Ciolek (Columbia) s.t
3. Jimmy Casper (Agritubel) s.t.
4. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
5. Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
6. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
7. Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) s.t.
8. Sebastien Chavanel (FDJ) s.t.
9. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.
10. Robert Hunter (Barloworld) s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 32hr 26min 34sec
2. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 6sec
3. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) @ 16sec
4. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 44sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 3sec
6. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 12sec
7. David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 1min 16sec
8. Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) @ 1min 21sec
9. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
10. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) s.t.

Climber:

1. David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) 34 points
2. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) 27
3. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) 27

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 119 points
2. Kim kirchen (Columbia) 119
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 105

Young Rider:

1. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) 32hr 27min 55sec
2. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 37sec
3. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 46sec

Team GC:

1. CSC-Saxo: 97hr 22min 8sec
2. Columbia @ 2min 52sec
3. Caisse d'Epargne @ 3min 29sec

Stage 8 elevation guide.


Stage 9, Sunday, July 13: Toulouse - Bagnères de Bigorre, 224 km. This is the first stage with Category 1 climbs.

The day's rated climbs:

Km 42.0: Côte de Saint-Pey, 1.7 km @ 4.7% average gradient- Category 4
Km 46.0: Côte de Sainte-Quitterie, 1.5 km @ 5.7% - Category 4
Km 91.0: Côte de Mane, 2.0 km @ 5.6% - Category 4
Km 113.5: Col de Buret, 4.6 km @ 3.2% - Category 4
Km 123.5: Col des Ares, 6.0 km @ 4.9% - Category 3
Km 166.5: Col de Peyresourde, 13.2 km @ 7.1% - Category 1
Km 198.0: Col d'Aspin, 12.3 km @ 6.5% - Category 1

Weather: At the start there is a 15 km/hr wind from the west-northwest. It's 17C (63C).The forecast is for mild temperatures and overcast conditions with a chance of showers.

More stage 9 photos

Results:

1. Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval) 5hr 39min 28sec
2. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 1min 4sec
3. Cyril Dessel (Ag2R) @ 1min 17sec
4. Dmitriy Fofonov (Credit Agricole) s.t.
5. Christian Knees (Milram) s.t.
6. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) s.t.
7. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
8. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) s.y.
9. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) s.t.
10. Yaroslav Popovych (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
12. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) s.t.
28. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 38hr 7min 19sec
2. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 6sec
3. Christian Vande Velde (Garmoin-Chipotle) @ 44sec
4. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) @ 56sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 3sec
6. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1min 12sec
7. Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) s.t.
8. Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
9. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 1min 27sec
10. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 34sec

Climber:

1. David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) 62 points
2. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 57
3. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) 50

Points

1. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 123 points
2. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 119
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 105

Young Rider:

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 38hr 9min 17sec
2. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 9sec
3. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 22sec

Team GC:

1. CSC-Saxo: 114hr 24min 23sec
2. Caisse d'Epargne @ 3min 29sec
3. Saunier Duval @ 4min 47sec

Stage 9 elevation guide. With the finish line 26 kilometers from the crest of the Aspin, I think it unlikely the Tour will be won today. But it sure might be lost.


Stage 10, Monday, July 14: Pau - Hautacam, 156 km. The first stage of the 2008 Tour with HC climbs. It'll be a hilltop finish so there should be some real GC changes.

The day's rated climbs:

Km 38.5: Côte de Benejacq, 2.6 km @ 6.9% average gradient - Category 3
Km 67.0: Loucrup, 2.0 km @ 6.9% - Category 3
Km 106.0: Col du Tourmalet, 17.7 km @ 7.5% - Hors Category
Km 156.0: Hautacam, 14.4 km @ 7.2% - Hors Category

Weather: Sunny, wind 5 km/hr from the north.21C (70F).

Results:

1. Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) 4hr 19min 27sec
2. Juan Jose Cobo (Saunier Duval) s.t.
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 28sec
4. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 6sec
5. Vlaidmir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 2min 5sec
6. Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval) @ 2min 17sec
7. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
8. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
9. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) s.t.
10. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
15. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 4min 19sec

GC after Stage 10:

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) 42hr 29min 9sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1sec
3. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 38sec
4. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 40sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 57sec
6. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 28sec
7. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 1min 56sec
8. Juan Jose Cobo (Saunier Duval) @ 2min 10sec
9. Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval) @ 2min 29sec
10. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 2min 32sec
14. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 4min 41sec

Climber:

1. Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval) 77points
2. David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) 65
3. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 57

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 131 points
2. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 124
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 105

Young Rider:

1. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) 42hr 31min 38sec
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 1min 40sec
3. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 4min 18sec

Stage 10 elevation guide.

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Rest Day, Tuesday July 15: Pau


Wednesday, July 16: Some news. Barloworld's Moises Duenas Nevado has been withdrawn from the Tour after he tested positive for EPO in the stage 4 time trial.

The Pro Tour is dead. [2012 note: I was sure wrong about that!] During the rest day in Pau, 17 teams announced that they would not buy Pro Tour licenses for the 2009 season. This puts an end to the UCI's attempt to turn cycling into another Formula 1 and its bald grab for power and money (such as television licensing fees). Good riddance. Several smaller important races died because of the Pro Tour.


Stage 11, Wednesday, July 16: Lannemezan - Foix, 167.5 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 49.5: Col de Larrieu, 5.4 km @ 3.8% average gradient - Category 3
Km 110.0: Col de Portel, 12.6 km @ 6.8% - Category 1
Km 145.0: Col del Bouich, 5.2 km @ 3.8% - Category 3

Weather: Overcast to sunny, wind 15 km/hr from the northeast (sort of a cross/headwind). At the start 21C (70F). The temperature is predicted to climb to 27C (81F).

More stage 11 photos

Results:

1. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (CSC-Saxo) 3hr 58min 13sec
2. Martin Elmiger (Ag2R) s.t.
3. Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) s.t.
4. Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank) @ 2sec
5. Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole) @ 11sec
6. Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom) @ 14sec
7. Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) s.t.
8. Benoit Vaugrenard (FDJ) s.t.
9. Fabian Wegman (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
10. Marco Velo (Milram) s.t.
11. Dmitriy Fofonov (Cofidis) @ s.t.
12. Amael Moinard (Cofidis) @ 29sec
13. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole). Led in the field @ 14min 51sec

GC after Stage 11:

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) 46hr 42min 13sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1sec
3. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 38sec
4. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 46sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 57sec
6. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 28sec
7. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 1min 56sec
8. Juan Jose Cobo (Saunier Duval) @ 2min 10sec
9. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) @ 2min 29sec
10. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 2min 32sec

Climber:

1. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) 77points
2. David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) 65
3. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 57

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 138 points
2. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 128
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 117

Young Rider:

1. Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) 46hr 44min 42sec
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 1min 40sec
3. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 4min 18sec

Team GC

1. CSC-Saxo: 139hr 58min 49sec
2. Ag2R @ 4min 49sec
3. Saunier Duval @ 10min 11sec

Stage 11 elevation guide.


Thursday, July 17: According to the L'Equipe web site, Saunier Duval rider Riccardo Riccò has tested postive for EPO (CERA -Continuous Erythropietin Receptor Activator) for July 3 and July 4. Riccò was sitting in ninth place at 2 minutes, 29 seconds behind Cadel Evans. Riccò, who has been taken into police custody, is out of the Tour as is his entire Saunier Duval team.

Instead of being a young, brash rider, he turns out to be a loudmouthed cheat. This is the third rider to be caught doping in this year's Tour and all have Spanish connections (either Spanish riders or riders for Spanish teams). Hey, Spanish federation and judges, time to stop protecting the cheaters and start cleaning things up.


Stage 12, Thursday, July 17: Lavelanet - Narbonne, 168.5 km

The day's rated climb:

Km 57.5: Col du Camperié, 3.1 km @ 3.7% average gradient - Category 4

Weather: Overcast, wind 20 km/hr from the northwest. Temperature at the start is 20C (68F).

More stage 12 photos

Results:

1. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) 3hr 40min 52sec
2. Sebastien Chavanel (FDJ) s.t.
3. Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) s.t.
4. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
5. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
6. Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) s.t.
7. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.
8. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
9. Julian Dean (Garmon-Chipotle) s.t.
10. Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner) s.t.

GC after Stage 11. No change to the to the GC except for the exit of the Saunier Duval riders.

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) 50hr 23min 5sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1sec
3. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 38sec
4. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 46sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 57sec
6. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 28sec
7. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 1min 56sec
8. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 2min 32sec
9. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 3min 51sec
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 4min 18sec

Climber:

1. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 58 points
2. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 56
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 45

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 162 points
2. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) 138
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 136
4. Erik Zabel (Milram) 123
5. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) 121

Young Rider:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) 50hr 27min 23sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 2min 42sec
3. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 2min 49sec

Team GC

1. CSC-Saxo: 151hr 1min 25sec
2. Ag2R @ 4min 49sec
3. Gerolsteiner @ 15min 23sec

Stage 12 elevation guide.


Friday, July 18: La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Saunier Duval team has fired Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli for violating the team's code of ethics (I would guess that would be doping). There are rumors of another doping postive and speculation is centering on Piepoli who has gone to his home in Monaco. Saunier Duval is said to be considering withdrawing its sponsorship, thereby killing the team. Ricco insists that he is innocent ("Non mi sono dopato.").


Stage 13, Friday, July 18: Narbonne - Nîmes, 182 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 62.0: Côte de la Resclauze, 2.7 km @ 4.4% average gradient- Category 4
Km 105.5: Côte de Puéchabon, 2.5 km @ 5.2% - Category 4
Km 126.0: Pic Saint-Loup, 1.2 km @ 4.7% - Category 4

Weather: Sunny with wind blowing gusts as strong as 40 km/hr from the west. The race goes north east today so there may be some real tailwinds. 27C (81F).

Results:

1. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) 4hr 25min 42sec
2. Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
3. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) s.t.
4. Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
5. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
6. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.
7. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
8. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
9. Julian Dean (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
10. Sebastien Chavanel (FDJ) s.t.

GC after Stage 13.

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) 54hr 48min 47sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1sec
3. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 38sec
4. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 46sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 57sec
6. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 28sec
7. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 1min 56sec
8. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 2min 32sec
9. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 3min 51sec
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 4min 18sec

Climber:

1. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 60 points
2. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 57
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 46

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 162 points
2. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) 156
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 156
4. Erik Zabel (Milram) 141

Young Rider:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) 53hr 54min 5sec
2. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 2min 49sec
3. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 2min 53sec

Team GC

1. CSC-Saxo: 164hr 18min 31sec
2. Ag2R @ 4min 49sec
3. Gerolsteiner @ 15min 23sec

Stage 13 elevation guide.


Stage 14, Saturday, July 19: Nîmes - Digne les Bains, 194.5 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 128.5: Côte de Mane, 1.1 km @ 4.6% average gradient- Category 4
Km 185.0: Col de L'Orme, 2.4 km @ 4.9% - Category 4

Weather: Today it's sunny and hot. At the start it was 30C (86F) with the wind 10 km/hr from the southwest. Today the race heads east and then north.

Results:

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 4hr 13min 8sec
2. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
4. Julian Dean (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
5. Steven De Jongh (Quick Step) s.t.
6. Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) s.t.
7. Ruben Perez (Euskaltel) s.t.
8. Jerome Pineau (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.
9. Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step) s.t.
10. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.

GC after Stage 14.

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) 59hr 1min 55sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1sec
3. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 38sec
4. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 46sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 57sec
6. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 28sec
7. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 1min 56sec
8. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 2min 32sec
9. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 3min 51sec
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 4min 18sec

Climber:

1. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 60 points
2. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 59
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 46

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 219 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 172
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) 167
4. Mark Cavendish (Columbia) 156

Young Rider:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) 59hr 6min 13sec
2. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 2min 49sec
3. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 2min 53sec

Team GC

1. CSC-Saxo: 176hr 57min 55sec
2. Ag2R @ 4min 40sec
3. Gerolsteiner @ 15min 23sec

Stage 14 elevation guide.


Stage 15, Sunday, July 20: Embrun - Prato Nevoso, 183 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 58.0: Col Agnel, 20.5 km @ 6.6% average gradient- Hors Category
Km 157.0: Colle del Morte, 1.7 km @ 7.2% - Category 3
Km 183.0: Prato Nevoso, 11.4 km @ 6.9% - Category 1

Weather: At the start of the race it's 18C (64F). It's raining and the forecast is for for the entire stage to be raced on wet roads. Wind is 15 km/hr from the southwest. The race is heading in an east-south-east direction.

More stage 15 photos.

Results:

1. Simon Gerrans (Credit Agricole) 4hr 50min 44sec
2. Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) @ 3sec
3. Danny Pate (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 10sec
4. Jose Luis Arrieta (Ag2R) @ 4min 3sec
5. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 4min 3sec
6. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
7. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 4min 12sec
8. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 4min 23sec
9. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 4min 41sec
10. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 4min 43sec
11. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 4min 46sec
12. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 4min 50sec
13. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
14. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 4min 58sec
15. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 5min 34sec

GC after Stage 15.

1. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 63hr 57min 21sec
2. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 7sec
3. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 8sec
4. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 38sec
5. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 39sec
6. Carlos Sastre (CSC- Saxo) @ 49sec
7. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 2min 48sec
8. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 3min 36sec
9. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 4min 11sec
10. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 4min 34sec

Climber:

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 85 points
2. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 60
3. Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) 50

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 219 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 172
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) 167

Young Rider:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) 64hr 2min 43sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 1min 53sec
2. Maxime Monfort (Cofidis) @ 3min 12sec

Team GC

1. CSC-Saxo: 191hrs 43min 49sec
2. Ag2R @ 3min 32sec
3. Rabobank @ 28min 13sec
 

Stage 15 elevation guide.


Rest Day, Monday, July 21: Cuneo


Stage 16, Tuesday, July 22: Cuneo - Jausiers, 157 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 72.5: Col de la Lombarde, 21.5 km @ 6.9% average gradient- Hors Category
Km 133.5: Cime de la Bonette-Restefond, 25.5 km @ 6.5% - Hors Category

Weather: Sunny 25C (77F) at the start and it may climb to 30C (86F). Wind is 10 km/hr from the northeast.

More stage 16 photos

Results:

1. Cyril Dessel (Ag2R) 4hr 31min 27sec
2. Sandy Casar (FDJ) s.t.
3. David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
4. Yaroslav Popovych (Silence-Lotto) @ 3sec
5. George Hincapie (Columbia) @ 24sec
6. Nicolas Portal (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
7. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) s.t.
8. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 3sec
9. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 28sec
10. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
11. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
12. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
13. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
14. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) s.t.
15. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
21. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min 3sec
26. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 4min 4sec

GC after Stage 16.

1. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 68hr 30min 16sec
2. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 7sec
3. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 8sec
4. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 49sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 13sec
6. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 3min 15sec
7. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 3min 23sec
8. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 4min 41sec
9. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 4min 38sec
10. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) @ 5min 23sec

Climber:

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 85 points
2. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 60
3. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) 55

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 219 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 172
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) 167

Young Rider:

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 68hr 39min 17sec
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 6sec
3. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 50sec

Team GC:

1. CSC-Saxo: 205hr 22min 34sec
2. Ag2R @ 4min 2sec
3. Rabobank @ 43min 28sec

Stage 16 elevation guide.


Stage 17, Wednesday, July 23: Embrun - L'Alpe-d'Huez, 210.5 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 31.0: Côte de Sainte-Marguerite, 3.5 km @ 6% average gradient- Category 3
Km 79.0: Col du Galibier, 20.9 km @ 5.6% - Hors Category
Km 156.0: Col de la Croix de Fer, 29.0 km @ 5.2% - Hors Category
Km 210.5: L'Alpe d'Huez, 13.8 km @ 7.9% - Hors Category

Weather: At the start it's sunny, 18C (65F) and is expected to get warmer. There is a 10 km/hr breeze from the southeast.

More stage 17 photos

Results:

1. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 6hr 7min 58sec
2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 2min 3sec
3. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
4. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 2min 13sec
5. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
6. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 2min 15sec
7. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
8. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) s.t.
9. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
10. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) s.t.

GC after Stage 17.

1. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 74hr 39min 3sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 24sec
3. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 33sec
4. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 1min 34sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min 39sec
6. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 4min 41sec
7. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 5min 35sec
8. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 5min 52sec
9. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) @ 8min 10sec
10. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 8min 24sec

Climber:

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 125 points
2. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 80
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 80

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 219 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 172
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) 167

Young Rider:

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 74hr 49min 18sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 1min 58sec
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 15min 24sec

Stage 17 elevation guide


Stage 18, Thursday, July 24: Bourg d'Oisans - Saint-Étienne, 196.5 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 78.0: Col de Parmenie, 5.3 km @ 7% average gradient- Category 3
Km 163.0: Croix de Montvieux, 13.7 km @ 4.7% - Category 2
Km 188.0: Côte de Sorbiers, 4.3 km @ 3.2% - Category 4

Weather: Sunny and hot today. Almost windless and 27C (81F) at the start.

More stage 18 photos

Results:

1. Marcus Burghardt (Columbia) 4hr 30min 21sec
2. Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) s.t.
3. Romain Feillu (Agritubel) @ 3min 33sec
4. Christophe Le Mevel (Credit Agricole) s.t.
5. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 3min 35sec
6. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) @ 6min 39sec
7. Cyril Dessel (Ag2R) s.t.
8. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) s.t.
9. Leif Hoste (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
10. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
22. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 6min 50sec
31. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
34. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) s.t.
36. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
37. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) s.t.
42. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) s.t.

GC after Stage 18.

1. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 79hr 16min 14sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 24sec
3. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 33sec
4. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 1min 34sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min 39sec
6. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 4min 41sec
7. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 5min 35sec
8. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 5min 52sec
9. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) @ 8min 10sec
10. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 8min 24sec

Climber:

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 125 points
2. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 80
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 80

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 229 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 180
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) 176

Young Rider:

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 79hr 26min 18sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 1min 58sec
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 15min 35sec

Team GC:

1. CSC-Saxo: 237hr 42min 6sec
2. Ag2R @ 9min 27sec
3. Rabobank @ 1hr 1min 17sec

Stage 18 elevation guide.


Stage 19, Friday, July 25: Roanne - Montluçon, 165.5 km

The day's rated climbs:

Km 17.5: La Croix-du-Sud, 11.0 km @ 3.5% average gradient- Category 3
Km 42.0: Côte de la Croix-Rouge, 1.4 km @ 6.4% - Category 4

Weather: Sunny with some clouds. Wind is 15 km/hr from the northwest (head or sidewind). 24C (75F) at the start.

Results:

1. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) 3hr 37min 9sec
2. Jeremy Roy (FDJ) s.t.
3. Gerald Ciolek (Columbis) @ 1min 13sec
4. Erik Zabel (Milram) s.t.
5. Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
6. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
7. Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) s.t.
8. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.
9. Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
10. Julian Dean (Garmin Chipotle) s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

1. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 82hr 54min 36sec
2. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 1min 24sec
3. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 33sec
4. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 1min 34sec
5. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min 39sec
6. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 4min 41sec
7. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 5min 35sec
8. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 5min 52sec
9. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) @ 8min 10sec
10. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 8min 24sec

Climber:

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 125 points
2. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 80
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 80

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 229 points
2. Erik Zabel (Milram) 202
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 198

Young Rider:

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 83hr 4min 40sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 1min 58sec
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 15min 35sec

Stage 19 elevation guide.


Stage 20, Saturday, July 26: Cérilly - Saint Amand Montrond 53 km individual time trial

Weather: At the start the wind is 10 km/hr from the west-northwest. That is a headwind for a lot of the route. The streets are wet, but it is not raining. Temperature is 22C (72F).

More stage 20 photos

Results:

1. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) 1hr 3min 50sec
2. Fabian Cancellara (CSC-Saxo) @ 21sec
3. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 1min 1sec
4. Christian Vandevelde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 1min 5sec
5. David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 1min 37sec
6. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 1min 55sec
7. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 2min 5sec
8. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) @ 2min 19sec
9. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 2min 21sec
10. George Hincapie (Columbia) @ 2min 28sec
11. Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) @ 2min 29sec
12. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 2min 34sec
30. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 4min 2sec
36. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 4min 25sec
54. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 5min 38sec

GC after Stage 20:

1. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 84hr 1min 0sec
2. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 1min 5sec
3. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 20sec
4. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min
5. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 3min 12sec
6. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 4min 28sec
7. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 6min 32sec
8. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 7min 2sec
9. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 7min 26sec
10. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) @ 9min 12sec

Climber:

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 125 points
2. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 80
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 80

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 229 points
2. Erik Zabel (Milram) 202
3. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 198

Young Rider:

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 84hr 12min 32sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 1min 17sec
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 17min 1sec

Team GC:

1. CSC-Saxo: 251hr 54min 35sec
2. Ag2R @ 15min 49sec
3. Rabobank @ 1hr 5min 33sec

Extrapolating the stage 4 time-trial results, my arithmetic shows Cadel Evans gaining around 2.5 seconds per kilometer over Carlos Sastre. One would expect Evans to beat Sastre today by around 2 minutes. That would erase the 1min 34sec deficit and give Evans the Tour win. I don't think one can put this fine an edge to today. The riders are all tired and I think it will come down to who is the freshest. Sastre has been Casper the Friendly Ghost the entire tour until L'Alpe d'Huez. He hasn't burned a needless watt. I think it will be like 1989, a matter of a few seconds either way and impossible to predict.

Stage 20 elevation guide.


Stage 21, Final Stage. Sunday, July 27: Étampes - Paris/ Champs Élysées, 143 km

Weather: Sunny, 28C (83F), 10 km/hr wind from the north.

More stage 21 photos.

Results:

1. Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) 3hr 51min 38sec
2. Gerald Ciolek (Columbia) s.t.
3. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) s.t.
4. Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) s.t.
5. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.
6. Julian Dean (Garmin-Chipotle) s.t.
7. Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
8. Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
9. Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) s.t.
10. Robert Hunter (Barloworld) s.t.
62. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) @ 14sec

Final GC after Stage 21:

Complete final 2008 Tour de France General Classification

1. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 87hr 52min 52sec
2. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) @ 58sec
3. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 13sec
4. Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 2min 10sec
5. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) @ 3min 5sec
6. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 4min 28sec
7. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 6min 25sec
8. Kim Kirchen (Columbia) @ 6min 55sec
9. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 7min 12sec
10. Tadej Valjavec (Ag2R) @ 9min 5sec
11. Vladimir Efimkin (Ag2R) @ 9min 55sec
12. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) @ 11min 32sec
13. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 12min 59sec
14. Sandy Casar (FDJ) @ 19min 23sec
15. Amael Moinard (Cofidis) @ 23min 31sec
16. Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel) @ 23min 40sec
17. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Columbia) @ 24min 55sec
18. Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole) @ 27min 11sec
19. Dmitriy Fofonov (Credit Agricole) @ 28min 31sec
20. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 28min 33sec

Climber:

1. Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) 128 points
2. Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo) 80
3. Frank Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 80

Points

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 270 points
2. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 220
3. Erik Zabel (Milram) 217

Young Rider:

1. Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo) 88hr 4min 24sec
2. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) @ 1min 27sec
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) @ 17min 1sec

Team GC:

1. CSC-Saxo: 263hr 29min 57sec
2. Ag2R @ 15min 35sec
3. Rabobank @ 1hr 5min 26sec

The day's rated climbs:

Km 48.0: Côte de Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse, 1.1 km @ 6.3% average gradient - Category 4
Km 51.5: Côte de Châteaufort, 0.9 km @ 5.6% - Category 4

Stage 21 elevation guide.


Race details and look at important contenders

Thursday, October 24: The Tour de France revealed the 2008 route. Running from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2008, the 95th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,500 kilometers.

The time-trialing is reduced and there will be no prologue time trial to start the Tour.

These 21 stages have the following profiles:

10 flat stages,
5 mountain stages,
4 medium mountain stages,
2 individual time-trial stages.

Distinctive aspects of the race

4 mountain finishes,
2 rest days,
82 kilometers of individual time-trials,
19 Category 1, Category 2 and Hors Category passes will be climbed.

Friday, July 4: The Tour de France starts tomorrow with a road stage instead of a prologue time trial. I think this is going to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable Tours in years. Here's how I see the major GC players:

1. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto). Evans doesn't do anything badly. He can climb with all but the most gifted specialist climbers. His time-trialing is excellent. The net effect is a rider who doesn't bleed drips and drabs of time all over France. His fans get frustrated because he isn't flashy. He rides like a skilled stage racer who knows the race is 3 weeks long. He doesn't needlessly burn his matches. His 2008 second place at only 23 seconds behind Contador speaks volumes about his horsepower and tactical savvy. His Achilles heel could be his team. How hard will they work for Robby McEwen stage wins rather than saving their watts for Cadel in the final week? He's my pick for Yellow in Paris.

2. Denis Menchov. Menchov seems to be like Jan Ullrich. He needs a lot of hard racing to come to form. His 2 Vuelta wins (admittedly his 2005 victory came when Roberto Heras was disqualified for doping) show that it takes a lot of work to get this Russian machine to fire on all cylinders. Like Evans, he races carefully and uses his time trialing to seal the deal. He's my pick for second place.

3. Damiano Cunego. The Little Prince might have been the supremely gifted racer of our time if he hadn't been felled by mononucleosis. His return to the masterful form he exhibited in 2004 when his seemed to win the Giro almost by accident has been slow. If he's back (he won Amstel Gold this year), he'll be formidable. My pick for 3rd.

4. Alejandro Valverde. He's a brilliant rider who doesn't seem to be able to sustain the rigors of the third week of a Grand Tour. He seems to peak too early. This year he won Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Dauphiné. I don't think he can sustain that level of form all the way through July. The other Tour contenders will kill him in the stage 20 time trial if he comes out of the mountains alive. I see him in the top 5 in Paris if he's lucky.

5. Andy Schleck. Great rider. Second in the 2007 Giro shows his promise. Needs more time to get to Tour winning level. But who knows? His CSC team is scary-strong.

6. Carlos Sastre. What a fine rider. I want him to do well but even though he was third in 2006, I don't see him riding on Evans' level. He is willing to take terrific chances in the mountains. I see him in the top 5 and if Cunego and Valverde do a melt-down, he'll make another trip to the podium.


Participating teams with rider backnumbers and directors:

SILENCE - LOTTO Directeur sportif: Herman FRISON

001 EVANS Cadel
002 AERTS Mario
003 BRANDT Christophe
004 CIONI Dario
005 HOSTE Leif
006 MC EWEN Robbie
007 POPOVYCH Yaroslav
008 VAN SUMMEREN Johan
009 VANSEVENANT Wim

CSC SAXO BANK Directeur sportif: Kim ANDERSEN

011 SASTRE Carlos
012 ARVESEN Kurt-Asle
013 CANCELLARA Fabian
014 GUSTOV Volodymir
015 O'GRADY Stuart
016 SCHLECK Andy
017 SCHLECK Frank
018 SORENSEN Nicki
019 VOIGT Jens

EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI Directeur sportif: Gorka GERRIKAGOITIA

021 ZUBELDIA Haimar
022 ASTARLOZA Mikel
023 ISASI Inaki
024 MARTINEZ Egoi
025 OROZ Juan José
026 PEREZ Ruben
027 SANCHEZ Samuel
028 TXURRUKA Amets
029 VERDUGO Gorka

CAISSE D'EPARGNE Directeur sportif: Jose-Luis JAIMERENA

031 VALVERDE Alejandro
032 ARROYO David
033 COYOT Arnaud
034 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente
035 GUTIERREZ José Ivan
036 LOPEZ GARCIA David
037 PEREIRO SIO Oscar
038 PORTAL Nicolas
039 SANCHEZ Luis-Leon

TEAM COLUMBIA (formerly Team High Road) Directeur sportif: Brian HOLM

041 KIRCHEN Kim
042 BURGHARDT Marcus
043 CAVENDISH Mark
044 CIOLEK Gerald
045 EISEL Bernhard
046 HANSEN Adam
047 HINCAPIE George
048 LÖVKVIST Thomas
049 SIUTSOU Konstantsin

BARLOWORLD Directeur sportif: Valerio TEBALDI

051 SOLER HERNANDEZ Juan Mauricio
052 AUGUSTYN John-Lee
053 CARDENAS Félix
054 CHEULA Gianpaolo
055 COOKE Baden
056 DUENAS NEVADO Moises
057 FROOME Christopher
058 HUNTER Robert
059 LONGO BORGHINI Paolo

LIQUIGAS Directeur sportif: Stefano ZANATTA

061 POZZATO Filippo
062 BELTRAN Manuel
063 CHICCHI Francesco
064 FISCHER Murilo Antoniobil
065 KREUZIGER Roman
066 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr
067 NIBALI Vincenzo
068 QUINZIATO Manuel
069 WILLEMS Frederik

LAMPRE Directeur sportif: Maurizio PIOVANI

071 CUNEGO Damiano
072 BALLAN Alessandro
073 BONO Matteo
074 BRUSEGHIN Marzio
075 MARZANO Marco
076 MORI Massimiliano
077 RIGHI Daniele
078 SZMYD Sylvester
079 TIRALONGO Paolo

CREDIT AGRICOLE Directeur sportif: Serge BEUCHERIE

081 HUSHOVD Thor
082 BONNET William
083 BOTCHAROV Alexandre
084 ENGOULVENT Jimmy
085 FOFONOV Dmitriy
086 GERRANS Simon
087 LE MEVEL Christophe
088 PAURIOL Rémi
089 RENSHAW Mark

QUICK STEP Directeur sportif: Wilfried PEETERS

091 DEVOLDER Stijn
092 BARREDO Carlos
093 CARRARA Matteo
094 DE JONGH Steven
095 FACCI Mauro
096 ROSSELER Sébastien
097 STEEGMANS Gert
098 TOSATTO Matteo
099 VAN DE WALLE Jurgen

AG2R-LA MONDIALE Directeur sportif: Vincent LAVENU

101 DESSEL Cyril
102 ARRIETA Jose Luis
103 DUPONT Hubert
104 EFIMKIN Vladimir
105 ELMIGER Martin
106 GADRET John
107 GOUBERT Stephane
108 RIBLON Christophe
109 VALJAVEC Tadej

GEROLSTEINER Directeur sportif: Hans-Michael HOLCZAR

111 SCHUMACHER Stefan
112 FÖRSTER Robert
113 FOTHEN Markus
114 HAUSSLER Heinrich
115 KOHL Bernhard
116 KRAUSS Sven
117 LANG Sebastian
118 SCHOLZ Ronny
119 WEGMANN Fabian

AGRITUBEL Directeur sportif: Denis LEPROUX

121 MOREAU Christophe
122 BICHOT Freddy
123 CASPER Jimmy
124 FEILLU Romain
125 GONZALO RAMIREZ Eduardo
126 JALABERT Nicolas
127 LELAY David
128 LEQUATRE Geoffroy
129 VOGONDY Nicolas

RABOBANK Directeur sportif: Erik BREUKINK

131 MENCHOV Denis
132 FLECHA Juan Antonio
133 FREIRE Oscar
134 LANGEVELD Sebastian
135 MOERENHOUT Koos
136 POSTHUMA Joost
137 TANKINK Bram
138 TEN DAM Laurens
139 WEENING Pieter

BOUYGUES TELECOM Directeur sportif: Jean-François RODRIGUEZ

141 FEDRIGO Pierrick
142 CLEMENT Stef
143 FLORENCIO Xavier
144 LEFEVRE Laurent
145 PINEAU Jérôme
146 SPRICK Matthieu
147 TROFIMOV Yury
148 TSCHOPP Johann
149 VOECKLER Thomas

MILRAM Directeur sportif: Vittorio ALGERI

151 ZABEL Erik
152 GRABSCH Ralf
153 KNEES Christian
154 LANCASTER Brett Daniel
155 MÜLLER Martin
156 SCHRÖDER Björn
157 TERPSTRA Niki
158 VELITS Peter
159 VELO Marco

FRANCAISE DES JEUX (FDJ) Directeur sportif: Marc MADIOT

161 CASAR Sandy
162 CHAVANEL Sébastien
163 DI GREGORIO Rémy
164 GERARD Arnaud
165 GILBERT Philippe
166 JEGOU Lilian
167 LE BOULANGER Yoann
168 ROY Jérémy
169 VAUGRENARD Benoît

SAUNIER DUVAL - SCOTT Directeur sportif: Joxean FERNANDEZ

171 RICCO Riccardo
172 BERTOGLIATI Rubens
173 COBO ACEBO Juan Jose
174 DE LA FUENTE David
175 DEL NERO Jesus
176 GOMEZ Angel
177 JUFRE POU Josep
178 PASSERON Aurélien
179 PIEPOLI Leonardo

COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE Directeur sportif: Francis VAN LONDERSELE

181 CHAVANEL Sylvain
182 AUGE Stéphane
183 BRARD Florent
184 DUCLOS-LASSALLE Hervé
185 DUMOULIN Samuel
186 DUQUE Leonardo
187 MOINARD Amaël
188 MONCOUTIE David
189 MONFORT Maxime

GARMIN CHIPOTLE (formerly Slipstream) Directeur sportif :Mathew WHITE

191 VANDEVELDE Christian
192 BACKSTEDT Magnus
193 DEAN Julian
194 FRISCHKORN William
195 HESJEDAL Ryder
196 LOWE Trent
197 MAASKANT Martijn
198 MILLAR David
199 PATE Danny