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le Tour de France, 2006 -
a new era starts

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tour blasted wide open as main contenders are accused of doping

Accused are Basso [CSC], Ullrich [T-Mobile], Mancebo [Ag2r] who finished second, third and fourth last year, also Vinokorov and several others. Denials are also flying.

Meanwhile, the fossil media London Times is found guilty of libel after accusing Armstrong of drug taking.

and we’re off on the trek of
3,657.1 kilometres, or 2,272 miles

Use this link at the France de Tour site for live updates as each stage progresses. There are side-bar links to other useful pages.

Today’s results for the traditional short individual prologue against-the-clock:

  1. Thor Hushovd (NOR) C.A - 7.1km in 8’17" [Yellow jersey]
  2. George Hincapie (USA) DSC at 01"
  3. Dave Zabriskie (USA) CSC at 04"
  4. Sebastian Lang (Ger) GST at 05"
  5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) CEI at 05"

Last year, George Hincapie was a main wing-man to Lance Armstrong in the Discovery Channel team, coming in 14th place overall. He must now be regarded as a major contender. The others in the first five are either sprinters, or dropped out during the Tour last year.

the 2006 Tour de France

The ninety-third edition of the Tour de France starts on Saturday 1st July, and after doing an arduous round tour of France and a bit of the Spanish Pyrenees, finishes at the Champs-Élysées, Paris on Sunday 23th July.

After a record seven Tour victories, the great Armstrong has retired - though I can hardly believe it. I keep expecting him to join on the start line. A Tour without Armstrong, next it’ll be a Tour without the bikes.

This year the race is open and looking for a new master of the drama.

Map of the Tour de France, 2006

There are 20 stages, of which five are mountain stages [Pyrenees 2, Alps 3] and two are individual against-the-clock [contre-le-montre] time trials. The first day - the prologue - is a short time trial. The total distance ridden will be 3,657.1 kilometres, or 2,272 miles.

P Strasbourg
1 July
[time trial - 7.1km TT]
11 Tarbes/Val d'Aran - Pla-de-Beret (Spain)
13 July [203.5 km]
1 Strasbourg/Strasbourg
2 July [184.5 km]
12 Luchon/Carcassonne
14 July [211.5 km]
2 Obernai/Esch-sur-Alzette
3 July [228.5 km]
13 Béziers/Montélimar
15 July [230 km]
3 Esch-sur-Alzette/Valkenburg
4 July [216.5 km]
14 Montélimar/Gap
16 July [180.5 km]
4 Huy/Saint-Quentin
5 July [207 km]
R Gap
17 July
5 Beauvais/Caen
6 July [225 km]
15 Gap/L'Alpe d'Huez
18 July [187 km]
6 Lisieux/Vitré
7 July [189 km]
16 Bourg d'Oisans/La Toussuire
19 July [182 km]
7 Saint-Grégoire/Rennes
8 July [52 km TT]
17 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne/Morzine
20 July [200.5 km]
8 Saint-Méen-le-Grand/Lorient
9 July [181 km]
18 Morzine-Avoriaz/Mâcon
21 July [197 km]
R Bordeaux
10 July
19 Le Creusot/Montceau-les-Mines
22 July [57 km TT]
9 Bordeaux/Dax
11 July [169.5 km]
20 Sceaux-Antony/Paris Champs-Élysées
23 July [154.5 km]
10 Cambo-les-Bain/Pau
12 July [190.5 km]

This year, there are 22 teams, with nine participating riders in each. The number for the lead rider in each team ends in -1, that is 1, 11, 21, 31 etc. [Note that the Würth Team has withdrawn as they no longer have sufficient team members after excluded cyclists implicated in doping. So now there are 21 teams participating.]

The teams are:

AG2R Prévoyance [A2R] Agritubel [AGR] Bouygues Télécom [BTL]
Confidis [COF] Crédit Agricole [C.A] Davitamon-Lotto [DVL]
Discovery Channel [DSC] Euskaltel-Euskadi [EUS] Française des Jeux [FDJ]
Gerolsteiner [GST] Lampre-Fondital [LAM] Liquigas [LIQ]
Phonak Hearing Systems [PHO] Quickstep-Innergetic [QSI] Rabobank [RAB]
Saunier Duval-Prodier [SDV] T-Mobile Team [TMO] Team CSC [CSC]
Team Milram [MRM] Würth Team [LSW]  

There will be 110 hours of live broadcasting on France 2 and France 3. This Tour de France page lists broadcasters world-wide who will be following the Tour.

the prizes

  • The winner of a day’s stage wins 8,000 euro
  • The yellow jersey winner - fastest time overall in the general time classification: 450,000 euro
  • The green jersey winner - winning the most points. Points are given to winners of intermediate and final sprint on each stage: 25,000 euro
  • The spotted jersey winner - best mountain climber, winning mountain points when going over summits and intermediate difficulties: 25,000 euro
  • The white jersey winner - best under 25 y.o. in the general time classification: 20,000 euro.
  • Combativity prize - chosen by a specialist cycling jury: 20,000 euro
  • Best team by time - lowest time after adding together the times of the three best members of each team at each stage: 50,000 euro

last year (2005): the first thirty riders

The overall time taken was 88h 15' 02", average speed 41.654 km/h, over 3,608 km.

Pos. Name First name Team Nat. Time diff.
2 021 BASSO Ivan CSC ITA 04' 40"
3 011 ULLRICH Jan TMO GER 06' 21"
4 031 MANCEBO Francisco IBA ESP 09' 59"
5 019 VINOKOUROV Alexandre TMO KAZ 11' 01"
6 164 LEIPHEIMER Levi GST USA 11' 21"
7 057 RASMUSSEN Mickael RAB DEN 11' 33"
8 044 EVANS Cadel DVL AUS 11' 55"
9 066 LANDIS Floyd PHO USA 12' 44"
10 068 PEREIRO SIO Oscar PHO ESP 16' 04"
11 101 MOREAU Christophe C.A FRA 16' 26"
12 007 POPOVYCH Yaroslav DSC UKR 19' 02"
13 151 MAZZOLENI Eddy LAM ITA 21' 06"
14 004 HINCAPIE George DSC USA 23' 40"
15 199 ZUBELDIA Haimar EUS ESP 23' 43"
16 096 JAKSCHE Jorg LSW GER 24' 07"
17 023 JULICH Bobby CSC USA 24' 08"
18 017 SEVILLA Oscar TMO ESP 27' 45"
19 108 KASHECHKIN Andrey C.A KAZ 28' 04"
20 012 GUERINI Giuseppe TMO ITA 33' 02"
21 026 SASTRE Carlos CSC ESP 34' 24"
22 039 ZANDIO Xabier IBA ESP 36' 20"
23 087 PIEPOLI Leonardo SDV ITA 36' 20"
24 052 BOOGERD Michael RAB NED 38' 29"
25 009 SAVOLDELLI Paolo DSC ITA 44' 30"
26 161 TOTSCHNIG Georg GST AUT 49' 14"
27 202 ASTARLOZA Mikel A2R ESP 54' 03"
28 143 BROCHARD Laurent BTL FRA 55' 29"
29 172 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 56' 47"
30 002 AZEVEDO José DSC POR 59' 48"

Click here for the full 2005 Tour de France results list.

Some history

The first Tour de France took place in 1903, with a first stage from Montgeron to Lyon, lasting an overwhelming 467 kilometres. There were six stages. The first Tour was 2,428 kilometers long and the prize was 6,075 francs.



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