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2006 Tour de France Final Standings and Results

The 2006 Tour de France was the 93rd Tour de France, taking place from July 1 to July 23, 2006. It was won by American Floyd Landis in the closest three-way finish in the race's history. Because of a positive test result on Floyd Landis for testosterone, the race results may be altered (i.e. his win expunged) pending the result of his B test and, if necessary, an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.The Tour began with a prologue in Strasbourg, on the French-German border, and ended Sunday July 23 in Paris. The distance of the course (run counterclockwise around France) was 3657 km (2211 miles). The race was the third fastest in average speed. Along the way, the cyclists passed through six different countries including France, The Netherlands (a stop at Valkenburg in Stage 3), Belgium (at Huy, Stages 3 and 4), Luxembourg (at Esch-sur-Alzette, Stages 2 and 3), Germany (though not stopping there, Stage 1) and Spain (Pla-de-Beret, Stage 11). The presentation of the course was made by the new director of Le Tour, Christian Prudhomme.

For the first time since the 1999 edition, there was no team time trial.

In the most controversial scandal since the 1998 tour, thirteen riders were expelled from the tour stemming from a Spanish doping scandal on the eve of Strasbourg prologue to the 93rd edition. Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, two favourites to win the race, were among those excluded from the Tour along with podium candidate Francisco Mancebo. Alexandre Vinokourov, another race favourite, was not linked to the doping scandal, but was forced to withdraw when the eligible riders on his Astana-Würth Team fell below the minimum starting requirement of six. Because of this and the retirement of seven-time consecutive winner Lance Armstrong, this year's Tour started without the top five riders from the 2005 edition. It was also the first Tour since 1999 that did not contain a past champion.

While Floyd Landis was a leading favourite even before the Spanish doping scandal came to light[1], in an epic eight minute loss of performance in Stage 16, it appeared he had lost all hope to finish on the podium, much less win. But the following day, during Stage 17, Landis set such a high pace on the first climb of the day that no one chose to follow. He caught a breakaway group that had escaped earlier, passed them, and continued to the finish line, making up almost all of his deficit, ending up 30 seconds behind yellow jersey wearer Oscar Pereiro Sio, which he made up with an extra minute in the final Stage 19 time trial.

Landis could, however, be disqualified for a positive drugs test, as he returned a positive A sample following his win on Stage 17. The results of the B sample are not yet ready. A disqualification for Landis would result in Oscar Pereiro Sio becoming the official winner of the 2006 Tour de France.

Stages

Stage Route Distance Type Date
P Strasbourg 7 km Individual time trial Saturday, July 1
1 Strasbourg - Strasbourg 183 km Flat stage Sunday, July 2
2 Obernai - Esch-sur-Alzette 223 km Flat stage Monday, July 3
3 Esch-sur-Alzette - Valkenburg 216 km Intermediate stage Tuesday, July 4
4 Huy - Saint-Quentin 207 km Flat stage Wednesday, July 5
5 Beauvais - Caen 219 km Flat stage Thursday, July 6
6 Lisieux - Vitré 184 km Flat stage Friday, July 7
7 Saint Grégoire - Rennes 52 km Individual time trial Saturday, July 8
8 Saint-Méen-le-Grand - Lorient 177 km Flat stage Sunday, July 9
Rest day Monday, July 10
9 Bordeaux - Dax 170 km Flat stage Tuesday, July 11
10 Cambo-les-Bains - Pau 193 km Mountain stage Wednesday, July 12
11 Tarbes - Val d'Aran-Pla-de-Beret 208 km Mountain stage Thursday, July 13
12 Luchon - Carcassonne 211 km Intermediate stage Friday, July 14
13 Béziers - Montélimar 231 km Flat stage Saturday, July 15
14 Montélimar - Gap 181 km Intermediate stage Sunday, July 16
Rest day Monday, July 17
15 Gap - L'Alpe d'Huez 187 km Mountain stage Tuesday, July 18
16 Bourg d'Oisans - La Toussuire 182 km Mountain stage Wednesday, July 19
17 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Morzine 199 km Mountain stage Thursday, July 20
18 Morzine - Mâcon 193 km Intermediate stage Friday, July 21
19 Le Creusot - Montceau-les-Mines 56 km Individual time trial Saturday, July 22
20 Antony-Parc de Sceaux - Paris Champs-Élysées 152 km Flat stage Sunday, July 23
Total 3,639 km  

Jersey progress

Notes
  • (1) = In Stage 1, Thor Hushovd (the winner of the Prologue) wore the yellow jersey, and George Hincapie wore the green jersey.
  • (2) = In Stage 4, Tom Boonen (GC leader) wore the yellow jersey, and Daniele Bennati (second in overall points) wore the green jersey.
  • (3) = In Stage 11, Cyril Dessel (GC leader) wore the yellow jersey, and Juan Miguel Mercado the polka-dot jersey.
  • Combativity award is given after every stage, except for time trials. After the last time trial, the super-combativity award, for the most combative rider of the tour as a whole, was handed out to David de la Fuente.

Overall standings

General Classification

Rank Name Country Team Time
1? Floyd Landis  United States Phonak Hearing Systems 89h 39'30"
2 Oscar Pereiro Sio  Spain Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 57"
3 Andreas Klöden  Germany T-Mobile Team 1'29"
4 Carlos Sastre  Spain Team CSC 3'13"
5 Cadel Evans  Australia Davitamon-Lotto 5'08"
6 Denis Menchov  Russia Rabobank 7'06"
7 Cyril Dessel  France Ag2r Prévoyance 8'41"
8 Christophe Moreau  France Ag2r Prévoyance 9'37"
9 Haimar Zubeldia  Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi 12'05"
10 Michael Rogers  Australia T-Mobile Team 15'07"

Points Classification

Rank Name Country Team Points
1 Robbie McEwen  Australia Davitamon-Lotto 288
2 Erik Zabel  Germany Team Milram 199
3 Thor Hushovd  Norway Crédit Agricole 195
4 Bernhard Eisel  Austria Française des Jeux 176
5 Luca Paolini  Italy Liquigas 174
6 Iñaki Isasi  Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi 130
7 Francisco Ventoso  Spain Saunier Duval-Prodir 128
8 Cristian Moreni  Italy Cofidis, le Crédit par Téléphone 116
9 Jimmy Casper  France Cofidis, le Crédit par Téléphone 98
10 Floyd Landis  United States Phonak Hearing Systems 93

King of the Mountains classification

Rank Name Country Team Points
1 Michael Rasmussen  Denmark Rabobank 166
2 Floyd Landis  United States Phonak Hearing Systems 131
3 David De La Fuente  Spain Saunier Duval-Prodir 113
4 Carlos Sastre  Spain Team CSC 99
5 Frank Schleck  Luxembourg Team CSC 96
6 Michael Boogerd  Netherlands Rabobank 93
7 Damiano Cunego  Italy Lampre-Fondital 80
8 Cyril Dessel  France Ag2r Prévoyance 72
9 Levi Leipheimer  United States Team Gerolsteiner 66
10 Andreas Klöden  Germany T-Mobile Team 64

Young Riders' Classification

Rank Name Country Team Time
1 Damiano Cunego  Italy Lampre-Fondital 89h 58'49"
2 Markus Fothen  Germany Gerolsteiner 38"
3 Matthieu Sprick  France Bouygues Télécom 1h 29'12"
4 David De La Fuente  Spain Saunier Duval-Prodir 1h 36'00"
5 Moises Duenas Nevado  Spain Agritubel 1h 48'40"
6 Thomas Lövkvist  Sweden Française des Jeux 1h 52'54"
7 Francisco Ventoso  Spain Saunier Duval-Prodir 2h 22'03"
8 Joost Posthuma  Netherlands Rabobank 2h 32'41"
9 Benoît Vaugrenard  France Française des Jeux 2h 33'12"
10 Pieter Weening  Netherlands Rabobank 2h 36'44"

Teams Classification

Rank Team Country Time
1 T-Mobile Team  Germany 269h 08'46"
2 Team CSC  Denmark 17'04"
3 Rabobank  Netherlands 23'26"
4 Ag2r Prévoyance  France 33'19"
5 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears  Spain 56'53"
6 Lampre-Fondital  Italy 57'37"
7 Gerolsteiner  Germany 1h 45'25"
8 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team  United States 2h 19'17"
9 Euskaltel-Euskadi  Spain 2h 26'38"
10 Phonak Hearing Systems  Switzerland 2h 49'06"

Pre-race favourites

After the retirement of seven-time winner Lance Armstrong, the main contenders for the overall win were expected to be Ivan Basso from Team CSC, the 2005 runner-up; and Jan Ullrich from T-Mobile Team, the third man on the podium in 2005, winner in 1997, and the only previous winner still racing. However, both Ullrich and Basso were suspended by their teams on 30 June after UCI told T-Mobile and Team CSC that the riders were involved in the anti-doping investigation in Spain.[3]

Francisco Mancebo of the French team AG2R Prévoyance, who finished fourth last year and sixth the year before, was also suspended by his team, and subsequently announced his retirement. Alexander Vinokourov would have been the only returning rider with a top-five finish from last year's race. However, his team, Astana-Würth Team, was forced to pull out of the race because they would not be able to start with the minimum of six riders.

As a result of the drug scandal, many believed Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Épargne), or the Americans Floyd Landis (Phonak), Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), or Australian Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto) would probably win the race.[4]

The main contenders for the podium were those who placed well on GC last year, especially if they have had notable results since:

Team Rider Nation Notes
Team Gerolsteiner Levi Leipheimer  United States 6th 2005; 1st 2006 Dauphiné Libéré; 1st 2005 Tour of Germany
Rabobank Michael Rasmussen  Denmark 7th 2005, 2005 King of the Mountains
Davitamon-Lotto Cadel Evans  Australia 8th 2005; 1st 2006 Tour de Romandie; 10th 2006 Tour of Switzerland
Phonak Hearing Systems Floyd Landis  United States 9th 2005; 1st 2006 Paris-Nice; 1st 2006 Tour de Georgia; 1st 2006 Amgen Tour of California; 60th 2006 Dauphiné Libéré
Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears Óscar Pereiro Sio  Spain 10th 2005, "Most combative" 2005[5]; 14th 2006 Dauphiné Libéré
AG2R Prévoyance Christophe Moreau  France 11th 2005, 4th 2000; 2nd 2006 Dauphiné Libéré
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Yaroslav Popovych  Ukraine 12th 2005, 2005 maillot blanc; 40th 2006 Dauphiné Libéré
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team George Hincapie  United States 14th 2005; 33rd 2004; 10th 2006 Dauphiné Libéré; only teammate to join Armstrong in all seven victories.
Euskaltel-Euskadi Iban Mayo  Spain 60th 2005; 6th 2003; 15th 2006 Dauphiné Libéré; 1st 2004 Dauphiné Libéré
Rabobank Denis Menchov  Russia 85th 2005; 1st 2005 Vuelta a España
Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears Alejandro Valverde  Spain DNF 2005; 3rd 2003 Vuelta a España; 1st 2006 Liège-Bastogne-Liège; 1st 2006 La Flèche Wallonne
Lampre-Fondital Damiano Cunego  Italy 4th 2006 Giro d'Italia; 1st 2004 Giro d'Italia
Saunier Duval-Prodir Gilberto Simoni  Italy 3rd 2006 Giro d'Italia; 1st 2001 and 2003 Giro d'Italia.
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team José Azevedo  Portugal 5th 2004; 6th 2002; 4th 2006 Dauphiné Libéré; 5th 2001 Giro d'Italia

The 2006 Tour also saw the return of former yellow jersey holder and three-time stage winner David Millar (Saunier Duval-Prodir) after serving a two year ban for admissions of the use of the drug EPO, which was discovered in a police search of his house before the 2004 Olympics, in June 2004.

Withdrawals

  Stage Rider Country Team Reason
DNS P Ivan Basso  Italy Team CSC Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Jan Ullrich  Germany T-Mobile Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Oscar Sevilla  Spain T-Mobile Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Francisco Mancebo  Spain AG2R Prévoyance Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Alexander Vinokourov  Kazakhstan Astana-Würth Withdrawn by team
DNS P Assan Bazayev  Kazakhstan Astana-Würth Withdrawn by team
DNS P Joseba Beloki  Spain Astana-Würth Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Alberto Contador  Spain Astana-Würth Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Allan Davis  Australia Astana-Würth Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Jörg Jaksche  Germany Astana-Würth Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Andrey Kashechkin  Kazakhstan Astana-Würth Withdrawn by team
DNS P Isidro Nozal  Spain Astana-Würth Operación Puerto doping case
DNS P Luis León Sanchez  Spain Astana-Würth Withdrawn by team
DNS 2 Danilo di Luca  Italy Liquigas Urinary infection
DNF 3 Fred Rodriguez  United States Davitamon-Lotto Concussion
DNF 3 Erik Dekker  Netherlands Rabobank Facial injuries
DNF 3 Alejandro Valverde  Spain Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears Fractured collarbone
DNS 6 Fabio Sacchi  Italy Team Milram Bronchitis
DNF 7 Bobby Julich  United States Team CSC Wrist and Thigh Injury
DNS 10 Laurent Brochard  France Bouygues Télécom Back pain
DNF 10 Jimmy Engoulvent  France Crédit Agricole Back pain
DNF 11 Giovanni Lombardi  Italy Team CSC Stomach problems
DNF 11 Iban Mayo  Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi Throat infection
DNF 11 Wilfried Cretskens  Belgium Quick Step-Innergetic Grandmother died a few days earlier
DNF 12 Isaac Galvez  Spain Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears Back pain
DNF 12 Jose Alberto Martinez  Spain Agritubel Back pain
DNF 12 Paolo Savoldelli  Italy Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Crashed into spectator while riding to hotel and received stitches to his head after stage 11
DNF 12 Benjamin Noval  Spain Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Muscle pain
DNF 12 Samuel Plouhinec  France Agritubel Back pain
DNF 14 Mirko Celestino  Italy Team Milram Unknown
DNF 14 Magnus Bäckstedt  Sweden Liquigas-Bianchi Cold
DNF 14 David Cañada  Spain Saunier Duval-Prodir Fractured collarbone
DNF 14 Rik Verbrugghe  Belgium Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone Broken left leg
DNF 15 Bram de Groot  Netherlands Rabobank Knee injury
DNF 15 Tom Boonen  Belgium Quick Step-Innergetic Breathing problems and bacterial infection
DNF 15 Beat Zberg  Switzerland Team Gerolsteiner Bronchitis
DNF 15 Andriy Grivko  Ukraine Team Milram Unknown
DNF 16 Sebastien Joly  France Française des Jeux Lower back pain
DNF 16 Maxim Iglinskiy  Kazakhstan Team Milram Abrasions and contusions after fall in stage 15
DNF 16 Daniele Bennati  Italy Lampre-Fondital Thigh injury
DNF 16 Steven de Jongh  Netherlands Quick Step-Innergetic Shoulder pain after fall in stage 15
DNF 16 David Kopp  Germany Team Gerolsteiner Exhaustion
DNS 17 José Rujano Guillen  Venezuela Quick Step-Innergetic Unknown
DNF 17 Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero  Spain Phonak Hearing Systems Unknown
DNF 17 Juan Miguel Mercado  Spain Agritubel Exhaustion
DNF 17 José Gomez Marchante  Spain Saunier Duval-Prodir Unknown
DNS 18 Óscar Freire  Spain Rabobank Unknown
DNF 18 David Lopez Garcia  Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi Unknown
DSQ 19 Robert Hunter  South Africa Phonak Hearing Systems Outside time limit
DNS 20 Florent Brard  France Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears Broke his hand in stage 19
  • Vinokourov, Bazayev, Kaschechkin, and León Sanchez are not themselves implicated in the doping case, but five of the nine riders of Astana-Würth were suspended and could not be replaced, leaving the team without the minimum of six starters.
  • Not one team has managed to finish with nine riders. Both AG2R Prévoyance and T-Mobile have all the men who started the race still present but they began the 93rd Tour with eight and seven riders respectively.

Notes

  1. ^ http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2006-07-27T143058Z_01_L27899000_RTRUKOC_0_US-DOPING-LANDIS.xml
  2. ^ Phonak confirms Landis positive, from cyclingnews.com, retrieved 27 July 2006
  3. ^ Ullrich and Basso out of Le Tour, from BBC, retrieved 30 June 2006
  4. ^ Bookies react quickly to Tour scandal. velonews (2006). Retrieved on 2006-06-30. .
  5. ^ cyclingnews.com 2005 Tour final results


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