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2005

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
(Pro Tour), France

June 5 - June 12, 2005

Podium history of the Dauphiné Libéré

Scheduled to ride: Lance Armstrong, Alexandre Vinokourov, Francisco Mancebo, Levi Leipheimer, Roberto Heras, Oscar Sevilla and Floyd Landis.

Sunday, June12: 7th and final stage, Morzine Avoriaz - Sallanches, 128 km.

This picture makes it very clear what sort of territory the racers are in.

Hincapie and Popovych on their long, successful break. Both photos by Sirotti.

1. George Hincapie (Discovery) 3hr 7min 10sec
2. Yaroslav Popopych (Discovery) s.t.
3. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 22sec
4. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) s.t.
5. Santiago Botero (Phonak) s.t.
6. Levi Leipheimer (Gerosteiner) s.t.
7. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) @ 24sec
8. Wim Van Huffel (Davitamon-Lotto) s.t.
9. Jose Gomez-Marchante (Saunier Duval) @ 45sec
10. Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears) @ 59sec
11. Eddy Mazzoleni (Lampre) @ 1min
12. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) s.t.

Final GC after Stage 7:

1. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) 28hr 24min 46sec. 1149.9 km ridden at an average speed of 40.475 km/hr
2. Santiago Botero (Phonak) @ 11sec
3. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 38sec
4. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 59sec
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) @ 1min 2sec
6. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) @ 1min 56sec
7. Jose Gomez-Marchante (Saunier Duval) @ 3min 54sec
8. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 3min 58sec
9. Andrey Kashechkin (Credti Agricole) @ 5min 4sec
10. Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears) @ 6min 20sec
11. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 7min 51sec
12. Wim Van Huffel (Davitamon-Lotto) @ 7min 52sec
13. Axel Merckx (Davitamon-Lotto) @ 8min 28sec
14. Stephane Goubert (Ag2r) @ 13min 8sec
15. Nicolas Fritsch (Saunier Duval) @ 13min 14sec
16. Manuel Beltran (Discovery) @ 13min 36sec
17. Mikel Astarloza (Ag2r) @ 13min 43sec
18. Massimo Giunti (Fassa Bortolo) @ 14min 17sec
19. David Arroyo (Illes Baleas) 14min 37sec
20. David Canada (Saunier Duval) @ 14min 37sec

Saturday, June 11: Stage 6, Albertville - Morzine Avoriaz, 155 km. This is the monster day with some of the most storied, famous climbs in cycling history:

Col de la Forclaz (1st category)
Col de la Croix-Fry (1st)
Col de la Colombière (1st)
Côte de Chatillon (4th)
Col de Joux-Plane (hors-category)

Above: Leipheimer, Armstong and Vinkourov. Below: What a comeback! Botero won the stage 3 time trial and now the Queen Stage in the montains. Sirotti photos.

Results:

1. Santiago Botero (Phonak) 4hr 30min 54sec
2. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) @ 23sec
3. Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears) @ 53sec
4. Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) @ 58sec
5. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2min 27sec
6. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) @ 2min 50sec
7. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 2min 52sec
8. David Arroyo (Illes Balears) s.t.
9. Jose Gomez-Marchante (Saunier Duval) s.t.
10. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
11. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) @ 3min 43sec
12. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 4min 2sec
13. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) @ 4min 17sec

GC after Stage 6:

1. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) 25hr 16min 26sec
2. Santiago Botero (Phonak) @ 59sec
3. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 26sec
4. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 1min 47sec
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) @ 1min 50sec
6. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) @ 2min 42sec
7. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 3min 23sec
8. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 4min 8sec
9. Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) @ 4min 11sec
10. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) @ 4min 17sec

Friday, June 10: Stage 5, Vaison La Romaine - Grenoble, 219 km.

Axel Merckx gets a nice solo win in the Dauphine, Stage 5. Sirotti photo.

1. Axel Merckx (Davitamon-Lotto) 5hr 15min 1sec
2. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) @ 2min 15sec
3. Benjamin Noval (Discovery) @ 5min 45sec
4. Eddy Mazzoleni (Lampre) s.t.
5. Paolo Bossoni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 6min 15sec
6. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) s.t.
7. Rafael Casero (Saunier Duval) s.t.
8. Mario Aerts (Davitamon-Lotto) @ 6min 17sec
9. Francis Mourey (FDJ) @ 6min 18sec
10. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) @ 7min 32sec
The main peloton came in @ 9min 36sec

GC after Stage 5:

1. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) 20hr 41min 15sec
2. Axel Merckx (Davitamon-Lotto) @ 2min 32sec
3. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 2min 51sec
4. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 3min 12sec
5. Alexandre Vinikourov (T-Mobile) @ 3min 17sec
6. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 3min 38sec
7. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) @ 4min 51sec
8. Santiago Botero (Phonak) @ 5min 16sec
9. Jose Gomez-Marchante (Saunier Duval) @ 5min 44sec
10. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 5min 58sec

Thursday, June 9: Stage 4, Tournon sur Rhone - Mont Ventoux, 182 km. It's 140 km of almost dead flat then a race up the 1,909 meter high mountain.

Results:

1. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) 4hr 7min 23sec
2. Jose Gomez-Marchante (Saunier-Duval) @ 6sec
3. Wim Van Huffel (Davitamon-Lotto) @ 16sec
4. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 37sec
5. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 41sec
6. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) @ 43sec
7. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 46sec
8. Inigo Landaluze (Euskaltel) @ 1min 31sec
9. Nicolas Fritsch (Saunier-Duval) @ 1min 36sec
10. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) @ 1min 45sec

GC after Stage 4:

1. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) 15hr 19min 29sec
2. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 21sec
3. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) @ 26sec
4. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 37sec
5. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit agricole) @ 2min
6. Santiago Botero (Phonak) @ 2min 25sec
7. Jose Gomez-Marchante (Saunier-Duval) @ 2min 53sec
8. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 3min 7sec
9. Oscar Pereiro (Phonak) @ 3min 16sec
10. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) @ 3min 45sec

The finish: Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) wins the stage, Leipheimer preserves his GC lead.

Near the top: Vinokourov and Gomez- Marchante are in the front. Then Leipheimer, then Van Huffel. Over 40 seconds back are Landis, Armstrong and Moncoutie. The break has been caught.

10 km to go and on Mt. Ventoux: Only Jaksche and Gutierrez are left of the break. If my French can be trusted (it can't), Leipheimer, Armstrong and the other GC men are 35 seconds back. I think Heras has been dropped. Armstrong came off the front chasing group with Leipheimer but got back on.

At Km 126: They've been moving rather fast. The average speed to this point is 52.56 km/hr. There is a break of 7 who are about 4 minutes ahead of the pack: Nicolas Vogondy (Crédit Agricole), Daniel Becke (Illes Baleares), José Gutierrez (Phonak), Jorg Jaksche (Liberty Seguros), Devis Miorin (Liquigas), Constantino Zaballa (Saunier Duval), Elia Rigotto (Domina Vacanze).

Wednesday, June 8: Stage 3, Roanne 46.5 km Individual Time Trial.

1. Santiago Botero (Phonak) 1hr 6.55sec. 46.915 km/hr
2. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 1sec
3. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 26sec
4. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 39sec
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) @ 1min
6. Oscar Pereiro (Phonak) @ 1min 9sec
7. George Hincapie (Discovery) @ 1min 11sec
8. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 14sec
9. Ivan Gurtierrez (Illes Balears) @ 1min 16sec
10. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) 1 min 19sec

GC after stage 3:

1. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) 11hr 11min 20sec
2. Santiago Botero (Phonak) @ 12sec
3. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 30sec
4. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 42sec
5. George Hincapie (Discovery) @ 1min 9sec
6. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) @ 1min 12sec
7. Oscar Pereiro (Phonak) @ 1min 12sec
8. Ivan Gutierrez (Illes Balears) @ 1min 27sec
9. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 36sec
10. Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 43sec

Tuesday, June 7: Stage 2, Givors - Chaufflailles, 187 km.

1. Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2R) 4hr 47min 6sec. 39.08km/hr
2. Anthony Charteau (Bouygues Telecom) s.t.
3. Frederic Finot (FDJ) s.t.
4. Frederic Bessy (Cofidis) s.t.
5. Robert Hunter (Phonak) @ 3min 16sec
6. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) s.t.

GC after Sage 2:

1. Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2R) 10hr 8min 6sec
2. Frederic Finot (FDJ) @ 20sec
3. Anthony Charteau (Bouygues Telecom) @ 21sec
4. Frederic Bessy (Cofidis) @ 28sec
5. George Hincapie (Discovery) @ 3min 6sec
6. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 3min 7sec
7. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) @ 3min 9sec
8. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 3min 11sec
9. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 3min 12sec
10. Oscar Pereiro (Phonak) @ 3min 13sec

Monday, June 6: Stage 1, Aix Les Bans - Givors, 224 km.

1. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 5hr 10min 55sec
2. Robert Hunter (Phonak)s.t.
3. Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
4. Luke Roberts (CSC) s.t.
5. Manuel Quinziato (Saunier Duval) s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

1. George Hincapie (Discovery) 5hr 20min 50sec
2. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 1sec
3. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) @ 3sec
4. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 5sec
5. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 6sec
6. Oscar Pereiro (Phonak) @ 7sec
7. Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) @ 9sec
8. Ivan Gutierrez (Illes Balears) @ 13sec
9. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
10. Francisco Lara Ruiz (T-Mobile) @ 14sec
11. Santiago Botero (Phonak) s.t.
12. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) s.t.

Sunday, June 5: Prologue, Aix Les Bains 7.9 km individual time trial.

1. George Hincapie (Discovery) 9min 55sec
2. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) @ 1sec
3. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) @ 3sec
4. Floyd Landis (Phonak) @ 5sec
5. Lance Armstrong (Discovery) @ 6sec
6. Oscar Pereiro (Phonak) @ 7sec
7. Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) @ 9sec
8. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) @ 13sec
9. Ivan Gutierrez (Illes Balears) s.t.
10. Francisco Lara Ruiz (T-Mobile) @ 14sec
11. Santiago Botero (Phonak) s.t.
12. Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) s.t.