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2005 Tour de France

The 2005 Tour de France was the 92nd Tour de France, taking place from July 2 to July 24, 2005. It comprised 21 stages over 3607 km, ridden at an average speed of 41.654 km/h. The first stages were held in the département of the Vendée, for the third time in 12 years. The 2005 Tour was announced on October 28, 2004. It was a clockwise route, visiting the Alps before the Pyrenees.

The traditional prologue on the first day was replaced by an individual time trial of more than twice the length of a standard prologue. This stage crossed from the mainland of France to the Île de Noirmoutier. The most famous route to this island is the Passage du Gois, a road that is under water at high tide. This road was included in the 1999 Tour. Several of the favorites crashed there that year, and ended that stage 7 minutes behind the peloton. Fortunately, this year they took the bridge to the island.

Later in the race, there was one more time trial, on the penultimate day. Also, there were just three uphill finishes (Courchevel, Ax-3 Domaines and Pla d'Adet), a lower number than in previous years. The finish line of the last stage was, as has been since 1975, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

The Tour commemorated the death of Fabio Casartelli. During the 15th stage the riders passed the Col du Portet d'Aspet, where Casartelli died exactly 10 years earlier. The Tour also commemorated the first time there was an official mountain climb in the Tour, the Ballon d'Alsace. During the 9th stage this mountain was passed again, exactly 100 years after the first ascent in the Tour.

The race jury invoked the 'rain rule' for the Champs-Elysees, meaning that Lance Armstrong became the winner of the General classification the first time the race passed the finish line, rather than the eighth time as normal.

Stages

Stage

Route

Distance

Type

Date

1

Fromentine - Noirmoutier en l'Île

19 km (12 mi)

Individual time trial

Saturday, July 2

2

Challans - Les Essarts

181.5 km (112.5 mi)

Sunday, July 3

3

La Châtaigneraie - Tours

212.5 km (132 mi)

Monday, July 4

4

Tours - Blois

67.5 km (42 mi)

Team time trial

Tuesday, July 5

5

Chambord - Montargis

183 km (113.7 mi)

Wednesday, July 6

6

Troyes - Nancy

199 km (123.7 mi)

Thursday, July 7

7

Lunéville - Karlsruhe (Germany)

228.5 km (142 mi)

Friday, July 8

8

Pforzheim (Germany) - Gérardmer

231.5 km (143.8 mi)

Saturday, July 9

9

Gérardmer - Mulhouse

170 km (105.6 mi)

Mountain stage

Sunday, July 10

Rest day

Monday, July 11

10

Grenoble - Courchevel

192.5 km (119.6 mi)

Mountain stage

Tuesday, July 12

11

Courchevel - Briançon

173 km (107 mi)

Mountain stage

Wednesday, July 13

12

Briançon - Digne-les-Bains

187 km (116 mi)

Mountain stage

Thursday, July 14

13

Miramas - Montpellier

173.5 km (107.8 mi)

Friday, July 15

14

Agde - Ax-3 Domaines

220.5 km (137 mi)

Mountain stage

Saturday, July 16

15

Lézat-sur-Lèze - Saint-Lary Soulan (Pla d'Adet)

205.5 km (127 mi)

Mountain stage

Sunday, July 17

Rest day

Monday, July 18

16

Mourenx - Pau

180.5 km (112.2 mi)

Mountain stage

Tuesday, July 19

17

Pau - Revel

239.5 km (148 mi)

Wednesday, July 20

18

Albi - Mende

189 km (117 mi)

Thursday, July 21

19

Issoire - Le Puy-en-Velay

153.5 km (95 mi)

Friday, July 22

20

Saint-Étienne - Saint-Étienne

55 km (34 mi)

Individual time trial

Saturday, July 23

21

Corbeil-Essonnes - Paris Champs-Élysées

144 km (89.5 mi)

Sunday, July 24

Total

3606 km (2240.7 mi)

Teams and riders

189 riders in 21 teams commenced the 2005 Tour de France, 155 riders finished.

Final standings

Rank

Name

Country

Team

Time
(Ave. Speed)

1

Lance Armstrong

 United States

Discovery Channel

86h 15' 02"
(41.654km/h)

2

Ivan Basso

 Italy

Team CSC

4' 40"

3

Jan Ullrich

 Germany

T-Mobile

6' 21"

4

Francisco Mancebo

 Spain

Illes Balears

9' 59"

5

Alexander Vinokourov

 Kazakhstan

T-Mobile

11' 01"

6

Levi Leipheimer

 United States

Gerolsteiner

11' 21"

7

Michael Rasmussen

 Denmark

Rabobank

11' 33"

8

Cadel Evans

 Australia

Davitamon-Lotto

11' 55"

9

Floyd Landis

 United States

Phonak

12' 44"

10

Oscar Pereiro Sio

 Spain

Phonak

16' 04"

11

Christophe Moreau

 France

Crédit Agricole

16' 26"

12

Yaroslav Popovych

 Ukraine

Discovery Channel

19' 02"

13

Eddy Mazzoleni

 Italy

Lampre-Caffita

21' 06"

14

George Hincapie

 United States

Discovery Channel

23' 40"

15

Haimar Zubeldia

 Spain

Euskaltel

23' 43"

16

Jörg Jaksche

 Germany

Liberty Seguros

24' 07"

17

Bobby Julich

 United States

Team CSC

24' 08"

18

Oscar Sevilla

 Spain

T-Mobile

27' 45"

19

Andrey Kashechkin

 Kazakhstan

Crédit Agricole

28' 04"

20

Giuseppe Guerini

 Italy

T-Mobile

33' 02"

21

Carlos Sastre

 Spain

Team CSC

34' 24"

22

Xabier Zandio

 Spain

Illes Balears

36' 20"

23

Leonardo Piepoli

 Italy

Saunier Duval-Prodir

36' 20"

24

Michael Boogerd

 Netherlands

Rabobank

38' 29"

25

Paolo Savoldelli

 Italy

Discovery Channel

44' 30"

26

Georg Totschnig

 Austria

Gerolsteiner

49' 14"

27

Mikel Astarloza

 Spain

AG2R Prévoyance

54' 03"

28

Laurent Brochard

 France

Bouygues Telecom

55' 29"

29

Sandy Casar

 France

Francaise des Jeux

56' 47"

30

José Azevedo

 Portugal

Discovery Channel

59' 48"

Rider's jerseys progress chart

Retirement/Withdrawals

189 riders started the 2005 Tour de France, 34 did not complete the event.

  1. Constantino Zaballa, Saunier Duval - Prodir (SDV) – Withdrawal, Stage 5

  2. Claudio Corioni, Fassa Bortolo (FAS) – Withdrawal, Stage 6

  3. Steve Zampieri, Phonak (PHO) – Withdrawal, Stage 7

  4. Alessandro Spezialetti, Lampre-Caffita (LAM) – Withdrawal, Stage 7

  5. Christophe Mengin, Française des Jeux (FDJ) – Did Not Start, Stage 8

  6. Serhiy Honchar, Domina Vacanze (DOM) – Did Not Start, Stage 8

  7. Sylvain Calzati, AG2R Prévoyance (A2R) – Withdrawal, Stage 8

  8. Isaac Gálvez, Illes Balears (IBA) – Withdrawal, Stage 8

  9. Leon van Bon, Davitamon-Lotto (DVL) – Withdrawal, Stage 8

  10. Luciano Pagliarini, Liquigas-Bianchi (LIQ) – Withdrawal, Stage 9

  11. Jaan Kirsipuu, Crédit Agricole (C.A) – Withdrawal, Stage 9

  12. Igor González Galdeano, Liberty Seguros team (LSW) – Withdrawal, Stage 9

  13. Jose Angel Gómez Marchante, Saunier Duval - Prodir (SDV) – Withdrawal, Stage 9

  14. David Zabriskie, Team CSC (CSC) – Withdrawal, Stage 9

  15. Gerrit Glomser, Lampre-Caffita (LAM) – Withdrawal, Stage 10

  16. Jevgeni Petrov, Lampre-Caffita (LAM) – Excluded (Did not pass blood test after 10th stage), Stage 10

  17. Dario Frigo, Fassa Bortolo (FAS) – Excluded (due to finding of doping products in his wife's car before 11th stage), Stage 11

  18. Kim Kirchen, Fassa Bortolo (FAS) – Withdrawal, Stage 11

  19. Stefano Zanini, Quick-Step (QST) – Withdrawal, Stage 11

  20. Jean-Patrick Nazon, AG2R Prévoyance (A2R) – Withdrawal, Stage 11

  21. Jens Voigt, Team CSC (CSC) – Eliminated on time, Stage 11

  22. Kevin Hulsmans, Quick-Step (QST) – Eliminated on time, Stage 11

  23. Tom Boonen, Quick-Step (QST) – Did Not Start, Stage 12

  24. Manuel Beltran, Discovery Channel (DSC) – Withdrawal, Stage 12

  25. Robert Hunter, Phonak Hearing Systems (PHO) – Withdrawal, Stage 12

  26. Nicolas Fritsch, Saunier Duval - Prodir (SDV) – Withdrawal, Stage 12

  27. Angelo Furlan, Domina Vacanze (DOM) – Withdrawal, Stage 12

  28. Alejandro Valverde, Illes Balears (IBA) – Withdrawal, Stage 13

  29. Gerben Löwik, Rabobank (RAB) – Did Not Start, Stage 14

  30. David Herrero, Euskaltel-Euskadi (EUS) – Withdrawal, Stage 15

  31. Wilfried Cretskens, Quick-Step (QST) – Withdrawal, Stage 15

  32. Magnus Backstedt, Liquigas-Bianchi (LIQ) – Did Not Start, Stage 16

  33. Gianluca Bortolami, Lampre-Caffita (LAM) – Did Not Start, Stage 16

  34. Andreas Klöden, T-Mobile Team (TMO) – Withdrawal, Stage 17

Riders' physical statistics

Of the competitors in the 2005 Tour, the tallest rider was Johan van Summeren at 1.98 metres and the shortest was Samuel Dumoulin at 1.58 metres. The heaviest rider was Magnus Backstedt at 95 kg, the lightest was Leonardo Piepoli at 57 kg. Christopher Horner and Laurent Lefevre shared the lowest resting heart rate, 35 beats per minute. The "average" rider in 2005 was 1.79 metres tall, weighed 71 kg, and had a resting heart rate of 50 beats per minute.


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