2005 Tour de France

2005 Tour de France
2005 UCI ProTour, race 17 of 28
Route of the 2005 Tour de France
Race details
Dates 2–24 July
Stages 21
Distance 3,593 km (2,233 mi)
Winning time 86h 15' 02"
Winner Lance Armstrong none[n 1]
Second  Ivan Basso (ITA) (Team CSC)
Third Jan Ullrich none[n 2]

Points  Thor Hushovd (Norway) (Crédit Agricole)
Mountains  Michael Rasmussen (DEN) (Rabobank)
Youth  Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine) (Discovery Channel)
Team T-Mobile Team

The 2005 Tour de France was the 92nd edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It took place between 2–24 July, with 21 stages covering a distance 3,593 km (2,233 mi). It has no overall winner—although American cyclist Lance Armstrong originally won the event, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced in August 2012 that they had disqualified Armstrong from all his results since 1998, including his seven Tour de France wins from 1999–2005; the Union Cycliste Internationale has confirmed this verdict.

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. Armstrong took the top step on the podium, for what was then the seventh consecutive time. He was accompanied on the podium by Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich, but in 2012 Ullrich's results were annulled.[4] The points classification was won by Thor Hushovd, and the mountains classification by Michael Rasmussen.

The race was seen by 15 million spectators along the road, and by 2 billion viewers on TV.[5]


For a more comprehensive list, see List of teams and cyclists in the 2005 Tour de France.
Commercial poster for the 2005 Tour

In 2005, the UCI had started the ProTour: 20 teams were given a ProTour licence, and were required to start in all ProTour races, which included the Tour de France. The Tour de France organisation was not happy with this rule, as they wanted to be able to decide which teams would join their race. While negotiations were still ongoing, it was decided to use the UCI rule for the 2005 Tour, so all 20 ProTour teams were automatically invited. The Tour organisation could invite one extra team with a wildcard, and used this to invite AG2R Prévoyance.[6] All teams were composed of nine cyclists, so 189 riders in 21 teams commenced the 2005 Tour de France. Of them, 155 riders finished.

The teams entering the race were:

Pre-race favourites

The main favourite was (then) six-time winner Armstrong (now stripped of all his victories). Armstrong had had doubts if he should start the 2005 Tour,[7] but decided in February 2005 that he would race. His main rival Ullrich was happy with this decision, as he thought it would be a better race with Armstrong present.[6]

In previous years, Ullrich never had the full support of his team to win the general classification, as his team was also aiming for stage victories. In 2005, Erik Zabel, who had won the points classification six times, was left out of the team, and Ullrich was supported by Klöden and Vinokourov, who both had already reached the podium on the Tour.[6]

On the day before the Tour started, Ullrich crashed into his team director's car, but was not seriously injured.[6]

Route and stages

The Tour commemorated the death of Fabio Casartelli. During the 15th stage the riders passed the Col de Portet d'Aspet, where Casartelli died exactly 10 years earlier, in the 1995 Tour de France.[8] The Tour also commemorated the first time there was an official mountain climb in the Tour, the Ballon d'Alsace.[9] During the 9th stage this mountain was passed again, exactly 100 years after the first ascent in the Tour.

The 2005 Tour de France was divided into 21 stages. These stages belong to different categories: 8 were flat stages, 5 were medium mountain stages, 5 were high mountain stages, 2 were individual time trials and 1 was a team time trial.[9] The distinction between flat stage, medium mountain stage and high mountain stage is important for the points classification. There were two rest days, in Grenoble and in Pau.[10]

The traditional prologue on the first day was replaced by an individual time trial of more than twice the length of a standard prologue.[8] 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. 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.

In the stages that were not time trials, there were intermediate sprints. Cyclist who crossed the intermediate sprints first received points for the points classification, and bonification seconds for the general classification. Until stage 8, there were three intermediate sprints, and from stage 9 on there were two.[11]

Stage characteristics and winners[10][12]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 2 July Fromentine to Noirmoutier-en-l'Île 19.0 km (11.8 mi) Individual time trial  David Zabriskie (USA)
2 3 July Challans to Les Essarts 181.5 km (112.8 mi) Plain stage  Tom Boonen (BEL)
3 4 July La Châtaigneraie to Tours 212.5 km (132.0 mi) Plain stage  Tom Boonen (BEL)
4 5 July Tours to Blois 67.5 km (41.9 mi) Team time trial  Discovery Channel
5 6 July Chambord to Montargis 183.0 km (113.7 mi) Plain stage  Robbie McEwen (AUS)
6 7 July Troyes to Nancy 199.0 km (123.7 mi) Plain stage  Lorenzo Bernucci (ITA)
7 8 July Lunéville to Karlsruhe (Germany) 228.5 km (142.0 mi) Plain stage  Robbie McEwen (AUS)
8 9 July Pforzheim (Germany) to Gérardmer 231.5 km (143.8 mi) Hilly stage  Pieter Weening (NED)
9 10 July Gérardmer to Mulhouse 171.0 km (106.3 mi) Hilly stage  Michael Rasmussen (DEN)
10 12 July Grenoble to Courchevel 177.0 km (110.0 mi) Mountain stage  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
11 July Grenoble Rest day
11 13 July Courchevel to Briançon 173.0 km (107.5 mi) Mountain stage  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)
12 14 July Briançon to Digne-les-Bains 187.0 km (116.2 mi) Hilly stage  David Moncoutié (FRA)
13 15 July Miramas to Montpellier 173.5 km (107.8 mi) Plain stage  Robbie McEwen (AUS)
14 16 July Agde to Ax 3 Domaines 220.5 km (137.0 mi) Mountain stage  Georg Totschnig (AUT)
15 17 July Lézat-sur-Lèze to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet 205.5 km (127.7 mi) Mountain stage  George Hincapie (USA)
16 19 July Mourenx to Pau 180.5 km (112.2 mi) Mountain stage  Óscar Pereiro (ESP)
13 July Pau Rest day
17 20 July Pau to Revel 239.5 km (148.8 mi) Plain stage  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)
18 21 July Albi to Mende 189.0 km (117.4 mi) Hilly stage  Marcos Antonio Serrano (ESP)
19 22 July Issoire to Le Puy-en-Velay 153.5 km (95.4 mi) Hilly stage  Giuseppe Guerini (ITA)
20 23 July Saint-Étienne to Saint-Étienne 55.5 km (34.5 mi) Individual time trial  Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1]
21 24 July Corbeil-Essonnes to Paris (Champs-Élysées) 144.5 km (89.8 mi) Plain stage  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)
Total 3,593 km (2,233 mi)[13]

Race overview

Lance Armstrong in the race leader's yellow jersery accompanied by his teammates of Discovery Channel

In Stage 1, David Zabriskie, a former team mate of Lance Armstrong, beat Armstrong by two seconds.[12] In the team time trial of stage 4, Zabriskie fell in the last kilometers, and Armstrong took over the lead.[12]

Armstrong initially refused to wear the yellow jersey in the fifth stage[n 3] but was forced by the Tour organisation, who threatened to remove him from the race.[6]

In the tenth stage, the start was moved from Grenoble to Froges.[10]

Before the 20th stage, an individual time trial, Michael Rasmussen occupied the third place in the general classification. During that stage, Rasmussen fell multiple times and changed bicycles multiple times, and lost so much time that he ended up at the seventh place in the general classification.[12] The race jury invoked the 'rain rule'[14] for the Champs-Élysées, 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. The time bonification for the winner of the stage was still given, and Alexander Vinokourov profited from this as he won the stage after an escape in the last kilometer (the first time since 1994 that the final stage did not end in a sprint[12]), and passed Levi Leipheimer in the general classification to end fifth.

During the final ceremonies in Paris, Armstrong was allowed to talk to the crowds, the first time in the Tour's history that a winner was given this chance.[15] It has since become a regular occurrence.


During the race, 143 urine tests and 21 blood tests were conducted. None of them returned positive.[16] Still, there were fears that banned substances were being used; the boss of the Amore & Vita–Beretta team (not racing in the 2005 Tour) questioned the increase in velocities.[17]

In 2010, Hans Michael Holczer, the team boss of Gerolsteiner in 2005, said that the UCI had informed him that Leipheimer had shown blood values just under the doping limit, and that Holczer suspected that Leipheimer was doping. The UCI advised Gerolsteiner to find a reason to remove Leipheimer from the race, but Holczer refused, because his team was still facing bad publicity from a previous doping case.[18]

The top five of the general classification of 2005 would not compete the 2006 edition. Armstrong had retired after the 2005 Tour, and a few days before the 2006 edition, after it became public that (among others) Basso, Ullrich and Mancebo were under investigation in the Operacion Puerto doping case, the Tour organisation and team leaders decided to exclude all cyclists under investigation from joining the Tour. Vinokourov, fifth-placed in 2005, was not under investigation, but his team was reduced to five cyclists, below the minimal required amount of six, so he could also not compete.[19]

In February 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport found Ullrich guilty of being engaged in Fuentes' doping program, and decided that Ullrich's results since May 2005, including his results from the 2005 Tour de France, would be disqualified.[4]

Subsequent to Armstrong's statement to withdraw his fight against United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) charges, on 24 August 2012, the USADA said it would ban Armstrong for life and stripped him of his record seven Tour de France titles.[20][21] Later that day it was confirmed in a USADA statement that Armstrong was banned for life and would be disqualified from any and all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to 1 August 1998, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, winnings, finishes, points and prizes.[1] On 22 October 2012, the Union Cycliste Internationale endorsed the USADA sanctions, and decided not to award victories to any other rider or upgrade other placings in any of the affected events.[2]

Classification leadership

Óscar Pereiro was given the super-combativity award by the jury who chose him as the most attacking cyclist.[22]

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Yellow jersey
Points classification
Green jersey
Mountains classification
Polkadot jersey
Young rider classification
White jersey
Team classification Combativity award
A white jersey with a red number bib.
1 David Zabriskie David Zabriskie David Zabriskie no award Fabian Cancellara Team CSC no award
2 Tom Boonen Tom Boonen Thomas Voeckler Sylvain Calzati
3 Tom Boonen Erik Dekker Yaroslav Popovych Erik Dekker
4 Discovery Channel Lance Armstrong[n 1] no award
5 Robbie McEwen Juan Antonio Flecha
6 Lorenzo Bernucci Karsten Kroon Christophe Mengin
7 Robbie McEwen Fabian Wegmann Fabian Wegmann
8 Pieter Weening Michael Rasmussen Vladimir Karpets Pieter Weening
9 Michael Rasmussen Jens Voigt Michael Rasmussen
10 Alejandro Valverde Lance Armstrong[n 1] Alejandro Valverde Laurent Brochard
11 Alexander Vinokourov Alexander Vinokourov
12 David Moncoutié Thor Hushovd David Moncoutié
13 Robbie McEwen Yaroslav Popovych Carlos Da Cruz
14 Georg Totschnig T-Mobile Team Georg Totschnig
15 George Hincapie Óscar Pereiro
16 Óscar Pereiro Óscar Pereiro
17 Paolo Savoldelli Discovery Channel Sébastien Hinault
18 Marcos Serrano T-Mobile Team Carlos Da Cruz
19 Giuseppe Guerini Sandy Casar
20 Lance Armstrong[n 1] no award
21 Alexander Vinokourov Philippe Gilbert
Final Lance Armstrong[n 1] Thor Hushovd Michael Rasmussen Yaroslav Popovych T-Mobile Team Óscar Pereiro

Final standings

Green jersey Denotes the leader of the points classification[23] Polka dot jersey Denotes the leader of the mountains classification[23]
White jersey Denotes the leader of the young rider classification[23] A white jersey with a red number bib. Denotes the winner of the super-combativity award[23]

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[12][24]
Rank Rider Team Time
DSQ  Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1] Discovery Channel 86h 15' 02"
2  Ivan Basso (ITA) Team CSC + 4' 40"
DSQ  Jan Ullrich (GER)[n 2] T-Mobile Team +6' 21"
4  Francisco Mancebo (ESP) Illes Balears–Caisse d'Epargne + 9' 59"
5  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) T-Mobile Team + 11' 01"
DSQ  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner +11' 21"
7  Michael Rasmussen (DEN) Polkadot jersey Rabobank + 11' 33"
8  Cadel Evans (AUS) Davitamon–Lotto + 11' 55"
9  Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak + 12' 44"
10  Óscar Pereiro (ESP) A white jersey with a red number bib. Phonak + 16' 04"

Points classification

Final points classification (1–10)[24]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Thor Hushovd (NOR) Green jersey Crédit Agricole 194
2  Stuart O'Grady (AUS) Cofidis 182
3  Robbie McEwen (AUS) Davitamon–Lotto 178
4  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) T-Mobile Team 158
5  Allan Davis (AUS) Liberty Seguros–Würth 130
6  Óscar Pereiro (ESP) A white jersey with a red number bib. Phonak 118
7  Robert Förster (GER) Gerolsteiner 101
DSQ  Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1] Discovery Channel 93
9  Baden Cooke (AUS) Française des Jeux 91
10  Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Française des Jeux 88

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1–10)[24]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Michael Rasmussen (DEN) Polkadot jersey Rabobank 185
2  Óscar Pereiro (ESP) A white jersey with a red number bib. Phonak 155
DSQ  Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1] Discovery Channel 99
4  Christophe Moreau (FRA) Crédit Agricole 93
5  Michael Boogerd (NED) Rabobank 90
6  Santiago Botero (COL) Phonak 88
7  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) T-Mobile Team 75
8  Laurent Brochard (FRA) Bouygues Télécom 75
DSQ  George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 74
10  Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) Crédit Agricole 73

Young rider classification

Final young rider classification (1–10)[24]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) White jersey Discovery Channel 86h 34' 04"
2  Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ) Crédit Agricole + 9' 02"
3  Alberto Contador (ESP) Liberty Seguros–Würth + 44' 23"
4  Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ) Domina Vacanze + 59' 42"
5  Jérôme Pineau (FRA) Bouygues Télécom + 1h 12' 36"
6  Vladimir Karpets (RUS) Illes Balears–Caisse d'Epargne + 1h 24' 43"
7  David Arroyo (ESP) Illes Balears–Caisse d'Epargne + 1h 35' 10"
8  Patrik Sinkewitz (GER) Quick-Step–Innergetic + 1h 48' 46"
9  Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) Française des Jeux + 1h 48' 46"
10  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Française des Jeux + 2h 04' 58"

Team classification

Final team classification (1–10)[24]
Rank Team Time
1 T-Mobile Team 256h 10' 29"
2 Discovery Channel + 14' 57"
3 Team CSC + 25' 15"
4 Illes Balears–Caisse d'Epargne + 55' 24"
5 Crédit Agricole + 1h 06' 09"
6 Phonak + 1h 09' 20"
7 Liberty Seguros–Würth + 1h 47' 56"
8 Rabobank + 2h 26' 30"
9 Fassa Bortolo + 2h 48' 58"
10 AG2R Prévoyance + 2h 52' 04"

See also

Notes and references


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 On 24 August 2012, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced that they had disqualified Armstrong from all his results since 1998, including his victory in the 2005 Tour de France.[1] The Union Cycliste Internationale, responsible for the international cycling, confirmed this verdict on 22 October 2012.[2]
  2. 1 2 Although Ullrich's name still appears on the website page of the 2005 Tour, he has been officially stripped of his finish by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[3][4]
  3. It is a tradition that a cyclist who becomes the new leader because the previous leader was injured, does not wear the yellow jersey. Merckx did so in 1971 after Ocaña fell, Zoetemelk did so in 1980 after Hinault left, and LeMond did so in 1991 after Sørensen crashed.


  1. 1 2 "Lance Armstrong Receives Lifetime Ban And Disqualification Of Competitive Results For Doping Violations Stemming From His Involvement In The United States Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy". United States Anti-Doping Agency. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Lance Armstrong stripped of all seven Tour de France wins by UCI". BBC News. BBC. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
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  13. Historical guide 2016, p. 110.
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  17. "Doping fears haunt Tour de France". Royal Society of Chemistry. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
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