Source: TDU Website
By Paul Verkuylen & Greg Johnson, in Hahndorf

In a virtual repeat of yesterday, an audacious and ambitious attack was snuffed out by the sprinters’ teams who set up the finish in typical style, with very little kilometers remaining, for their big guns to fire. Despite many counter attacks in the final 30km it was all together for the final bunch kick and barrelling into Hahndorf was the German powerhouse on Team High Road, Andre Greipel, who took out the stage, followed by Rabobank’s Graeme Brown in second place, and UniSA’s Allan Davis in third.

Greipel, who was discovered by the same coach as 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, once again started his sprint from a long way out to hold off Australian’s, Brown, and Allan Davis to take his second victory this season after he also won Sundays opening criterium in Glenelg.

“I feel good and I am in good shape,” Greipel explained.

“Last year I was strong as well, but I wasn’t able to do well in some races because I had to work for the other sprinters other times I was just not in the right position.”

“Now I try for myself and I have the support of my team,” which has obviously paid divedends for the squad who are still on the look out for a new sponsor after losing T-Mobile last year.

Greipel’s win took place, ironically in a town first settled by Germans in 1839. “I feel like I am in Germany here. Before the race I thought it would be nice to win here because it is a German city.

“I think the people from Harndorf are also proud of me,” Greipel added.

After placing second today and third yesterday, Brown, who is on equal time with both Renshaw and Greipel, was awarded the overall leaders jersey. After a count back reveled that he has placed consistently higher than Renshaw and Greipel. Brown was initially disappointed with his second place, but having the jersey takes some of that disappointment away.

“I am pretty happy; leading a ProTour event is a pretty big thing. I would have preferred to win, but this is not a bad consolation,” Brown explained shortly after stepping down off the podium in his new Ochre colored jersey.

“I got third yesterday, second today. I was coming quickly at the end, but I was just a bit late. I am a bit disappointed but they say that the jersey gives you a few more percent so hopefully its good enough for tomorrow.

“I am very happy to be leading this race, I am sure that we will see a lot of orange riding on the front tomorrow, like a team should when they have the leader’s jersey.”

We have a strong team, also for the overall. We will work hard for it.” He said of his chances to take another stage, although he would not give away who the team’s overall hope was. “We wont say,” said.

Just five kilometres from the start, Yoann Offredo (Fra) from Francaise Des Jeux attacked the main field to quickly build up a thirty second lead. Shortly afterwards, two other French riders, Stephane Poulhies (Fra) of Ag2R-La Mondiale and Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) of Bouygues Telecom also broke free of the peloton.

After spending 15km away on his own, Offredo wisely sat up and allowed his two chasers to catch him. Worked well together they managed to stay clear until 118km into the stage, but the peloton was keen to bring it all back and it was set up for another sprint finish.
How it unfolded

The ProTour was welcomed to the South Australian town of Stirling by clear conditions that were obviously going to see temperatures rise above those experienced in yesterday’s opening stage. The majority of the 132 riders at the start were predicting the day’s stage would end in a stage sprint, while the balance anticipated a small group getting away in the early phases and not coming back.

As the peloton rolled out of Stirling Yoann Offredo (Francaise des Jeux) quickly made it clear it was the latter option he was chasing. The French rider quickly pulled out a minute gap over the peloton in the 148 kilometre stage’s opening kilometres.

Offredo stretched out the lead to 2.10 minutes in no time at all, as Nicolas Crosbie (Bouygues Telecom) and Stephane Poulhies (Ag2r-La Mondiale) gave chase. The French trio continued to pull time out over the peloton as the gap between Offredo and his compatriots slowly but surely narrowed.

As the Tour Down Under’s second stage entered its 18th kilometre, Offredo had pulled a 6.10 minute margin over the 129-strong peloton, while his chasers were just 1.18 minutes behind. With the day’s first sprint points fast approaching, Crosbie and Poulhies closed the gap down to just 200 metres before finally catching Offredo.

Back in the peloton Credit Agricole had taken control to ensure the margin to the trio stayed at a reasonable length as it sought to keep Stage 1 winner Mark Renshaw in the leader’s jersey. Despite spending the first 15 kilometres off the front alone, Offredo mustered the energy to out sprint Crosbie and Poulhies for the first sprint points.

With the day’s first sprint done and dusted the three riders turned their attention to the day’s only King of the Mountain climb. As the peloton hovered at around five minutes behind the lead group.

As thousands of people lined the day’s big climb, while hundreds more rode the course ahead of the professionals, Poulhies made it to the top first to take full points from Offredo and Crosbie, who was several metres behind the pair. The peloton, which was strung out from the moderate climb, came across the line some five minutes later.

Despite the peloton pulling back over a minute from the French trio’s lead, any hope of it chasing down the bunch early were dashed as it let the riders slip back out to nearly five minutes again. Meanwhile Crosbie took his share of the day’s spoils at the second sprint, claiming the top spot from Offredo and Poulhies.

As Italian Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas) called no joy and abandoned the race, out the front Rabobank and Credit Agricole’s riders ramped up the pace on the finishing circuits to bring the leaders back. The gap quickly receded, with the peloton taking back nearly one minute in the next 10 kilometres and then nearly another minute over the following 10 kilometres.

With the peloton rapidly approaching the penultimate lap of the finishing circuit in Hahndorf it finally recaptured the three escapees, ending the trio’s 120 kilometre escape. Despite catching the three Frenchman the riders hadn’t yet settled on a sprint finish, with Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jeremy Roy (Francaise des Jeux) and Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Team CSC) pulling a 500 metre gap by the time they reached the finish line. Having spent the past 40 kilometres chasing down the previous three man break the peloton was in no mood to let another go this close to the finish line and so Dmytro Grabovskyy (Quick Step) and Bernhard Eisel (Team High Road) launched a scathing push by the peloton that would see the attack naturalized.

France’s Pierre Rolland (Credit Agricole) decided the French riders wanted one last crack at the stage victory and launched an ill-fated attack on the final lap. As the peloton entered the long finishing straight Rolland’s attack was swamped as the peloton’s top sprinters jumped for a long run to the line.

The furious sprint saw several riders burn out early leaving one man, Sunday night’s Down Under Classic winner Andre Gripel (Team High Road), claim his first ProTour stage victory. Gripel proved too quick for Rabobank’s repeated runner-up Graeme Brown who settled for second place and the leader’s jersey, while Allan Davis (Unisa – Australia) took the podium’s final spot for the second consecutive day.

Stage 2 Results
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road 3.46.55
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa – Australia
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
5 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana
6 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
7 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole
8 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom
9 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott
10 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre
11 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram
12 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Csc
13 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
14 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Astana
15 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana
16 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner
17 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale
18 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
19 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
20 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom
21 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
22 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
23 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux
24 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Csc
25 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank
26 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
27 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
28 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto
29 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road
30 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
31 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
32 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas
33 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas
34 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
35 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
36 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto
37 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step
38 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre
39 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
40 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road
41 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
42 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner
43 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom
44 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana
45 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
46 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
47 Pablo Lastras Garci (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
48 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
49 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa – Australia
50 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
51 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
52 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram
53 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
54 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
55 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
56 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa – Australia
57 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Credit Agricole
58 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse D’Epargne
59 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas
60 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step
61 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
62 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Credit Agricole
63 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unisa – Australia
64 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc
65 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
66 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram
67 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
68 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
69 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank
70 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux
71 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas
72 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas
73 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner
74 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R-La Mondiale
75 Christian Murro (Ita) Lampre
76 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa – Australia
77 Luke Roberts (Aus) Unisa – Australia
78 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre
79 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole
80 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D’Epargne
81 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Csc
82 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Csc
83 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
84 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre
85 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre
86 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Csc
87 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
88 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road
89 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step
90 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
91 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner
92 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana
93 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Silence-Lotto
94 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
95 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
96 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas
97 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
98 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
99 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
100 Theo Elltink (Ned) Rabobank
101 Sebastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
102 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto
103 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana
104 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana
105 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc
106 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole
107 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram
108 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
109 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole
110 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram
111 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step
112 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road
113 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
114 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
115 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
116 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
117 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
118 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road 0.15
119 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 0.20
120 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
121 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre 0.53
122 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unisa – Australia
123 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram 1.34
124 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole 1.56
125 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram 1.59
126 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road
127 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence-Lotto
128 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux
129 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
130 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 7.45
131 Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom 10.16
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas

Points
Sprint 1 Adelaide Road, Echunga at Institute – 15.4 km
1 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 6 pts
2 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 4
3 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 1
Sprint 2 Onkaparinga Valley Road, near James Street, Balhannah – 64.1 km
1 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 6 pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 4
3 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 2
Finish Arch – Main Street, Hahndorf at Visitor Information Centre – 148.0 km
1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road 8 pts
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 6
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa – Australia 4

Mountains
Church Hill Rd, Echunga – 44.9 km
1 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 16 pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 12
3 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 8
4 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone 6
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux 4

Teams
1 Astana 11.20.45
2 Bouygues Telecom
3 Saunier Duval-Scott
4 Francaise Des Jeux
5 Caisse D’epargne
6 Team High Road
7 Rabobank
8 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
9 Euskaltel – Euskadi
10 Silence-Lotto
11 Team CSC
12 UniSA – Australia
13 Lampre
14 Liquigas
15 Credit Agricole
16 Gerolsteiner
17 Team Milram
18 Ag2R-La Mondiale
19 Quick Step

General Classification after Stage 2

1 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 7.00.18
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole
3 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne 0.04
5 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
6 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 0.05
7 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa – Australia 0.06
8 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
9 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa – Australia 0.08
10 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Csc 0.10
11 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom
12 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott
13 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale
14 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom
15 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
16 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
17 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux
18 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Astana
19 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre
20 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas
21 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana
22 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
23 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
24 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
25 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto
26 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step
27 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
28 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
29 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
30 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
31 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
32 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner
33 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank
34 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas
35 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
36 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
37 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
38 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto
39 Erki Putsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom
40 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step
41 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
42 Igor Astarloa Ascasibar (Spa) Team Milram
43 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Csc
44 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
45 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram
46 Koen De Kort (Ned) Astana
47 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner
48 Scott Davis (Aus) Team High Road
49 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team High Road
50 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
51 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
52 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
53 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Csc
54 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Credit Agricole
55 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas
56 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa – Australia
57 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa – Australia
58 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas
59 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unisa – Australia
60 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
61 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Lampre
62 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
63 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
64 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux
65 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse D’Epargne
66 Jan Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
67 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
68 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole
69 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre
70 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
71 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank
72 Luke Roberts (Aus) Unisa – Australia
73 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Silence-Lotto
74 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
75 Pablo Lastras Garci (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
76 Thomas Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner
77 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana
78 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R-La Mondiale
79 Jesus Del Nero Montes (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
80 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team High Road
81 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner
82 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Credit Agricole
83 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence-Lotto
84 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
85 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana
86 Theo Elltink (Ned) Rabobank
87 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
88 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
89 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step
90 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
91 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale
92 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc
93 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
94 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas
95 Allan Johansen (Den) Team Csc
96 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
97 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre
98 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Csc
99 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas
100 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole
101 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D’Epargne
102 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Csc
103 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
104 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole
105 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre
106 Sebastien Portal (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
107 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
108 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram
109 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana
110 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step
111 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Astana
112 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
113 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
114 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
115 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team High Road 0.29
116 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 0.30
117 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram 0.34
118 Christian Murro (Ita) Lampre 0.47
119 Martin Muller (Ger) Team Milram 1.11
120 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road 1.14
121 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram 1.44
122 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre 2.04
123 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole 2.06
124 Nick Gates (Aus) Silence-Lotto 2.09
125 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram
126 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux
127 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 2.51
128 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team High Road 3.36
129 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 7.50
130 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unisa – Australia 8.50
131 Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom 11.03

Points classification
1 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone 12 pts
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 10
3 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 10
4 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 10
5 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole 8
6 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road 8
7 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 8
8 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne 6
9 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa – Australia 4
10 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 4
11 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa – Australia 4

Mountains classification
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux 20 pts
2 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 16
3 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 12
4 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 12
5 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 8
6 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Team High Road 8
7 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone 6
8 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone 6
9 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 4

Under 25 Classification
1 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne 7.00.22
2 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 0.01
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Unisa – Australia 0.04
4 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0.06
5 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step
6 Heinrich Friederich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner
7 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank
8 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
9 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
10 Carlo Westphal (Ger) Gerolsteiner
11 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott
12 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Unisa – Australia
13 Simon Clarke (Aus) Unisa – Australia
14 Ivan Santaromita Villa (Ita) Liquigas
15 Javier Aramendia Lorenti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
16 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Francaise Des Jeux
17 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
18 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
19 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team Csc
20 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre
21 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D’Epargne
22 Andoni Lafuente (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
23 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) Quick Step
24 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 0.26
25 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole 2.02
26 Stephane Poulhies (Fra) Ag2R-La Mondiale 2.47
27 Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom 10.59

Teams Classification
1 Astana 21.01.24
2 Ag2R-La Mondiale
3 Bouygues Telecom
4 Rabobank
5 Saunier Duval-Scott
6 Gerolsteiner
7 Caisse D’epargne
8 Francaise Des Jeux
9 Euskaltel – Euskadi
10 Team High Road
11 Quick Step
12 Liquigas
13 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
14 Silence-Lotto
15 Team CSC
16 UniSA – Australia
17 Credit Agricole
18 Lampre
19 Team Milram

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