Tour de France 2004

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Tour de France 2004
Host country FranceFrance France Belgium
Competition period 3rd to 25th July 2004
Stages 21 stages
overall length 3391 km
Overall rating 1. Lance Armstrong (placement revoked .) 83:36:02 h 2. Andreas Klöden + 6:19 min 3. Ivan Basso + 6:40 minUnited StatesUnited States 

Team evaluation GermanyGermany Team T-Mobile 248: 58: 43 h
Scoring jerseys
Yellow jersey Yellow jersey United StatesUnited States Lance Armstrong
Green jersey Green jersey AustraliaAustralia Robbie McEwen
Dotted jersey Dotted jersey FranceFrance Richard virusesque
White jersey White jersey RussiaRussia Vladimir Karpez
Tour de France 2004 map
2003 2005
91st Tour de France 2004 - final result
Route length 20 stages, 3,391.1 km
Tour winner
(placement revoked)
Lance Armstrong 83:36:02 h
(40.709 km / h)
Second Andreas Klöden + 6:19 min
Third Ivan Basso + 6:40 min
Fourth Jan Ullrich + 8:50 min
fifth José Azevedo + 14:30 min
Sixth Francisco Mancebo + 18:01 min
seventh Georg Totschnig + 18:27 min
Eighth Carlos Sastre + 19:51 min
Ninth Levi Leipheimer + 20:12 min
Tenth Óscar Pereiro + 22:54 min
Green jersey Robbie McEwen 272 P.
Second Thor Hushovd 247 P.
Third Erik Zabel 245 p.
Dotted jersey Richard virusesque 226 P.
Second Lance Armstrong 172 P.
Third Ivan Basso 119 P.
White jersey Vladimir Karpez 84:01:13 h
Second Sandy Casar + 3:42 min
Third Thomas Voeckler + 6:01 min
Team evaluation Team T-Mobile 248: 58: 43 h
Second US Postal Service + 2:42 min
Third Team CSC + 10:33 min

The 91st Tour de France was held from July 3rd to 25th, 2004 in 21 sections (1 prologue and 20 stages ) with a total length of 3391 km. 188 racing drivers took part in the tour , of which 147 were classified.


The route of the 2004 tour was presented to the public on October 23, 2003. She crossed the French hexagon counterclockwise. After starting in Liège, Belgium and a series of flat stages in Brittany , the route led over the Massif Central into the Pyrenees , where two mountain arrivals took place. In the last week of the tour, three alpine stages were on the program, including the first individual time trial over 15 km up to the mythical L'Alpe d'Huez , which was set at an unusually late point in time . After another time trial in Besançon , the tour ended on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, as it had been since 1975 .


Overall rating

A winner is no longer listed for the 2004 tour. Although brought Lance Armstrong for the sixth time in first place overall and thus began by a historical record: None racer, not even Jacques Anquetil , Bernard Hinault , Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx managed to win a sixth time the tour. Armstrong was able to control his opponents throughout the tour - also with the help of his good team, which often did not give his opponents the opportunity to get away. Armstrong also achieved 5 stage wins and a victory in the team time trial , which had not been seen in the Tour de France for over 20 years.

Behind Armstrong, the German Andreas Klöden came second. He was only the third German after Kurt Stöpel ( 1932 ) and Jan Ullrich ( 1996 , 1998 , 2000 , 2001 , 2003 ) to achieve a podium. With a lead of more than 6 minutes, however, Armstrong - like z. B. in the years 2000 and 2001 before Jan Ullrich - now also Andreas Klöden quite clearly.

Third was the Italian Ivan Basso , who particularly shone on the Pyrenees stages and was even able to win a section. Due to his inferior time trial qualities compared to Klöden, he was pushed out of second place shortly before the end of the tour.

On October 22, 2012, however, the UCI World Cycling Federation announced the cancellation of all Armstrong titles since August 1, 1998, including all of the American's Tour de France successes. Successors to first place were not used. Armstrong's historical record was thus also invalid.


The Australian Robbie McEwen won the green jersey of the best in points. As is so often the case, this question was only clarified in Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées . Second was the Norwegian Thor Hushovd, who for a long time was the only McEwen to offer serious competition.

Mountain scoring

The dotted jersey was put on for the seventh time by the French Richard Virusque . No one before him could win this special jersey so often. Virusque defied the rule change of the tour organization, which offered double points on the last mountain (if the category is at least 2). Thus, the drivers in the overall classification were able to secure many points, which can also be seen in the second and lower places. Virusesque took off in many mountain stages by solo escapes and was able to secure the points without serious competition.

Young talent evaluation

The white jersey of the best young professional up to and including 25 years of age was secured by the Russian Vladimir Karpez in front of Sandy Casar and Thomas Voeckler, who wore this jersey for a long time, but who eventually ran out of strength. Karpez drove the decisive attack on the white jersey on the final time trial around Besançon, where he was able to clearly distance Casar and Voeckler.

Team ranking

The team score was the T-Mobile team back up before the US Postal team and the Team CSC. This was mainly made possible by the good top positions of Andreas Klöden and Jan Ullrich .

Most combative driver

The most combative rider of the 2004 tour was Richard Virusque , because of his many attacks on the mountain stages. This was decided by the jury of the Tour de France. The German Jens Voigt was characterized by the most kilometers driven alone - or in a small group.

The stages

Stages Day Start finish km Stage winner Yellow jersey
prolog 3rd of July BelgiumBelgium Liege ( BEL ) - LiegeBelgiumBelgium 6.1 ( EZF ) Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara
1st stage July 4th BelgiumBelgiumLiege - CharleroiBelgiumBelgium 202.5 Jaan Kirsipuu
2nd stage 5th July BelgiumBelgiumCharleroi - NamurBelgiumBelgium 197 Robbie McEwen Thor Hushovd
3rd stage July 6th BelgiumBelgium Waterloo - Wasquehal 210 Jean-Patrick Nazon Robbie McEwen
4th stage 7th of July Cambrai - Arras 64.5 ( MZF ) US Postal Lance Armstrong
5th stage 8th of July Amiens - Chartres 200.5 Stuart O'Grady Thomas Voeckler
6th stage July 9 Bonneval - Angers 196 Tom Boonen
7th stage 10th of July Châteaubriant - Saint-Brieuc 204.5 Filippo Pozzato
8th stage July 11th Lamballe - Quimper 168 Thor Hushovd
Rest day
9th stage July 13th Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat - Guéret 160.5 Robbie McEwen Thomas Voeckler
10th stage July 14th Limoges - Saint-Flour 237 Richard virusesque
11th stage 15th of July Saint-Flour- Figeac 164 David Moncoutié
12th stage 16th of July Castelsarrasin - La Mongie 197.5 Ivan Basso
13th stage 17th July Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille 205.5 Lance Armstrong
14th stage July 18th Carcassonne - Nîmes 192.5 Aitor González Jiménez
Rest day
15th stage 20th of July Valréas - Villard-de-Lans 180.5 Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong
16th stage 21 July Le Bourg-d'Oisans - L'Alpe d'Huez 15.5 ( BZF ) Lance Armstrong
17th stage 22nd of July Le Bourg-d'Oisans - Le Grand-Bornand 204.5 Lance Armstrong
18th stage July 23 Annemasse - Lons-le-Saunier 166.5 Juan Miguel Mercado
19th stage 24th July Besançon - Besançon 55 (EZF) Lance Armstrong
20th stage July 25th Montereau-Fault-Yonne - Paris 163 Tom Boonen

Teams / participants

In the 2004 Tour de France, 21 teams competed. The 188 drivers included 15 Germans , 6 Swiss , 5 Austrians and 1 Luxembourger .

See also: Complete list of drivers field

Jerseys in the course of the tour

Yellow jersey
Overall ranking (time)
Green jersey
Dotted jersey
Mountain scoring
White jersey
Young talent evaluation (time; up to 25 years)

The table shows the leader in the respective classification at the beginning of the respective stage.

stage Yellow jersey
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Green jersey
Jersey green.svg
Dotted jersey
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White jersey
Jersey white.svg
Team evaluation
Jersey yellow number.svg
01st stage Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara not forgiven Fabian Cancellara US Postal
02nd stage Thor Hushovd Christophe Mengin
03rd stage Thor Hushovd
04th stage Robbie McEwen Robbie McEwen
05th stage Lance Armstrong Matthias Kessler
06th stage Thomas Voeckler Thomas Voeckler Team CSC
07th stage Stuart O'Grady
08th stage
09th stage Robbie McEwen
010th stage
11th stage Richard virusesque
12th stage
13th stage
14th stage
15th stage T-Mobile team
16th stage Lance Armstrong Team CSC
17th stage T-Mobile team
18th stage
19th stage
20th stage Vladimir Karpez
winner Lance Armstrong Robbie McEwen Richard virusesque Vladimir Karpez T-Mobile team

Prize money

In the 2004 Tour de France, prize money of almost three million euros was distributed to the participants. Each team received a fixed amount of 35,000 euros as expense allowance, plus 1,600 euros for each driver if at least seven drivers reached the destination in Paris.

In addition, bonuses were given for certain achievements, which are generally credited to the team's treasury and at the end are shared among all the team's drivers. The three teams with the most awards at the end of the Tour de France 2004 were US Postal (578,842 euros), Team T-Mobile (339,656 euros) and CSC (183,880 euros).

The premiums of the Tour de France 2004 at a glance
Overview of the prizes at the Tour de France 2004 (figures in euros, only the first three places)
power First place Second place third place
Overall rating individual 400,000 167,495 91,470
Normal stages, individual time trials
7,620 4,000 2,000
prolog 3.810 1,525 760
Team time trial 15,000 7,500 4,300
Green and dotted jersey 22,867 15,245 7,622
Team evaluation 30,490 28,392 18,294
Young talent evaluation 18,294 13,720 9,147
More rewards
  • the most combative driver of a stage with a mass start, selected by a jury, received 2000 euros
  • the most combative driver of the entire tour received 20,000 euros
  • for every day in the yellow jersey the driver received 350 euros,
  • for every day in the green, in the white (youngsters) or in the dotted jersey 300 euros.
Additional prizes in the sprint and mountain classification (in euros)
Art First place Second place third place
Intermediate sprint 800 450 300
Mount of Hors Catégorie 800 450 300
... the 1st category 650 400 150
... the 2nd category 500 250  
... the 3rd category 300    
... the 4th category 200    

Web links

Commons : Tour de France 2004  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b of October 22, 2012: Armstrong doping affair - "Something like that must never happen again"