2004 Tour de France
|Route of the 2004 Tour de France|
|Dates||July 3–July 25, 2004|
|Distance||3,391.1 km (2,107 mi)|
|Winning time||83h 36' 02"|
|Second||Andreas Klöden (Germany)||(T-Mobile Team)|
|Third||Ivan Basso (Italy)||(Team CSC)|
|Points||Robbie McEwen (Australia)||(Lotto–Domo)|
|Mountains||Richard Virenque (France)||(Quick-Step–Davitamon)|
|Youth||Vladimir Karpets (Russia)||(Illes Balears–Banesto)|
The 2004 Tour de France was a multiple stage bicycle race held from 3 July to 25 July 2004, and the 91st edition of the Tour de France. 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 event consisted of 20 stages over 3,391 km. Armstrong had been favored to win, his competitors seen as being German Jan Ullrich, Spaniards Roberto Heras and Iban Mayo, and fellow Americans Levi Leipheimer and Tyler Hamilton. A major surprise in the Tour was the performance of French newcomer Thomas Voeckler, who unexpectedly won the maillot jaune in the fifth stage and held onto it for ten stages before finally losing it to Armstrong.
This Tour saw the mistreatment of Filippo Simeoni by Armstrong on Stage 18. Armstrong also made a "zip-the-lips" gesture on camera, apparently referencing Simeoni.
The route of the 2004 Tour was remarkable. With two individual time trials scheduled in the last week, one of them the climb of Alpe d'Huez, the directors were hoping for a close race until the end. For the first time in years, the mountains of the Massif Central made an appearance.
Wildcards were sent to
Initially the organisers had an option for a 22nd team, which would be Kelme, but after Jesús Manzano exposed doping use in that team, Kelme was not invited, and the race started with 21 teams of nine cyclists.
|P||3 July||Liège||Individual time trial||6.1 km (3.8 mi)||Fabian Cancellara (SUI)|
|1||4 July||Liège – Charleroi||Plain stage||202.5 km (125.8 mi)||Jaan Kirsipuu (EST)|
|2||5 July||Charleroi – Namur||Plain stage||197.0 km (122.4 mi)||Robbie McEwen (AUS)|
|3||6 July||Waterloo – Wasquehal||Plain stage||210.0 km (130.5 mi)||Jean-Patrick Nazon (FRA)|
|4||7 July||Cambrai – Arras||Team time trial||64.5 km (40.1 mi)||U.S. Postal Service (USA)|
|5||8 July||Amiens – Chartres||Plain stage||200.5 km (124.6 mi)||Stuart O'Grady (AUS)|
|6||9 July||Bonneval – Angers||Plain stage||196.0 km (121.8 mi)||Tom Boonen (BEL)|
|7||10 July||Châteaubriant – Saint-Brieuc||Plain stage||204.5 km (127.1 mi)||Filippo Pozzato (ITA)|
|8||11 July||Lamballe – Quimper||Plain stage||168.0 km (104.4 mi)||Thor Hushovd (NOR)|
|9||13 July||Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat – Guéret||Plain stage||160.5 km (99.7 mi)||Robbie McEwen (AUS)|
|10||14 July||Limoges – Saint-Flour||Hilly stage||237.0 km (147.3 mi)||Richard Virenque (FRA)|
|11||15 July||Saint-Flour – Figeac||Hilly stage||164.0 km (101.9 mi)||David Moncoutié (FRA)|
|12||16 July||Castelsarrasin – La Mongie||Stage with mountain(s)||197.5 km (122.7 mi)||Ivan Basso (ITA)|
|13||17 July||Lannemezan – Plateau de Beille||Stage with mountain(s)||205.5 km (127.7 mi)||
|14||18 July||Carcassonne – Nîmes||Plain stage||192.5 km (119.6 mi)||Aitor González (ESP)|
|15||20 July||Valréas – Villard-de-Lans||Stage with mountain(s)||180.5 km (112.2 mi)||
|16||21 July||Le Bourg-d'Oisans – Alpe d'Huez||Individual time trial||15.5 km (9.6 mi)||
|17||22 July||Le Bourg-d'Oisans – Le Grand-Bornand||Stage with mountain(s)||204.5 km (127.1 mi)||
|18||23 July||Annemasse – Lons-le-Saunier||Hilly stage||166.5 km (103.5 mi)||Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP)|
|19||24 July||Besançon – Besançon||Individual time trial||55.0 km (34.2 mi)||
|20||25 July||Montereau-Fault-Yonne – Paris (Champs-Élysées)||Plain stage||163.0 km (101.3 mi)||Tom Boonen (BEL)|
- Jersey wearers when one rider is leading two or more competitions
- In stage 1, Lance Armstrong wore the green jersey.
- In stages 1 and 2, Bernhard Eisel wore the white jersey.
- In stage 3, Jaan Kirsipuu wore the green jersey.
- In stage 4, Jean-Patrick Nazon wore the green jersey.
- In stages 6 through 15, Sandy Casar wore the white jersey.
The book L. A. Confidentiel, by David Walsh and Pierre Ballester, came out shortly before the 2004 Tour, accusing Lance Armstrong of doping. Lance Armstrong and his lawyers asked for an emergency hearing in French court to insert a denial into the book. The French judge denied this request. Armstrong also launched defamation suits against the publisher and the authors, as well as magazine L'Express and UK newspaper The Sunday Times which both referenced it.
188 riders in 21 teams started; 147 riders finished.
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