Tour de France 2006 / field of drivers

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The following riders and teams took part in the Tour de France 2006 :

The German, Austrian and Swiss drivers are marked in bold .


  • Suspension: Exclusion by own team before the start of the race
  • Exclusion: Exclusion by the race management before the start of the race
  • Disqualification: Exclusion by the race management after the start of the race
  • winner: Stage winner
  • Yellow jersey: Yellow jersey for the overall leader
  • Green jersey: Green jersey for the best in points
  • Dotted jersey: Dotted jersey for the leader in the mountain classification
  • White jersey: White jersey for the best young driver under 25 years of age
  • Most combative driver: Red number for the most combative driver of the previous day
  • Team ranking: Yellow number on the back of the leading team in the team classification

Discovery Channel (USA)

Sports directors: Johan Bruyneel , Dirk Demol

No. Surname nationality Remarks
1 José Azevedo PortugalPortugal Portugal 18th overall
2 Vyacheslav Yekimov RussiaRussia Russia 83rd overall
3 George Hincapie United StatesUnited States United States Yellow jersey: 2nd stage ; 31st overall
4th Egoi Martínez SpainSpain Spain Most combative driver: 5th stage ; 41st overall
5 Benjamin Noval SpainSpain Spain Task during the 12th stage
6th Pavel Padrnos Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 64th overall
7th Yaroslav Popovych UkraineUkraine Ukraine winner: 12th stage ; 24th overall
8th José Luis Rubiera SpainSpain Spain 91st overall
9 Paolo Savoldelli ItalyItaly Italy Task during the 12th stage , fall injuries the previous day
Team ranking: 1st - 7th stage

Team CSC (DEN)

Sporting directors: Bjarne Riis , Scott Sunderland

No. Surname nationality Remarks
11 Bobby Julich United StatesUnited States United States Task during the 7th stage , scaphoid fracture in the right hand after a fall
12 Giovanni Lombardi ItalyItaly Italy Task during the 11th stage
13 Stuart O'Grady AustraliaAustralia Australia 90th overall
14th Carlos Sastre SpainSpain Spain Third overall
15th Frank Schleck LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg winner: 15th stage ; 10. the overall ranking
16 Christian Vande Velde United StatesUnited States United States 23rd overall
17th Jens Voigt GermanyGermany Germany winner: 13th stage ; Most combative driver: 14th stage ; 52nd overall
18th David Zabriskie United StatesUnited States United States 73rd overall
Ivan Basso ItalyItaly Italy Exclusion without subsequent nomination
Team ranking: 14th - 17th stage

T-Mobile Team (GER)

Sports directors: Giovanni Fidanza , Valerio Piva

No. Surname nationality Remarks
21st Andreas Klöden GermanyGermany Germany Second overall
22nd Giuseppe Guerini ItalyItaly Italy 25th overall
23 Serhiy Honchar UkraineUkraine Ukraine winner: 7th & 19th stage ; Yellow jersey: 8th - 10th stage ; 51st overall
24 Matthias Kessler GermanyGermany Germany winner: 3rd stage ; 53rd overall
25th Eddy Mazzoleni ItalyItaly Italy 26th overall
26th Michael Rogers AustraliaAustralia Australia Ninth overall
27 Patrik Sinkewitz GermanyGermany Germany 22nd overall
Óscar Seville SpainSpain Spain Suspension without subsequent nomination
Jan Ullrich GermanyGermany Germany Suspension without subsequent nomination
Team ranking: 8th - 10th , 12th , 13th & 18th - 20th stage ; Winner of the team classification

ag2r Prévoyance (FRA)

Sports director: Laurent Biondi

No. Surname nationality Remarks
31 Christophe Moreau FranceFrance France Seventh overall
32 José Luis Arrieta SpainSpain Spain Most combative driver: 4th stage ; 27th overall
33 Mikel Astarloza SpainSpain Spain 35th overall
34 Sylvain Calzati FranceFrance France winner: 8th stage ; Most combative driver: 9th stage ; 33rd overall
35 Cyril Dessel FranceFrance France Yellow jersey: 11th stage ; Dotted: 11th stage ; Sixth overall
36 Samuel Dumoulin FranceFrance France Most combative driver: 6th stage ; 119th overall
37 Simon Gerrans AustraliaAustralia Australia 78th overall
38 Stéphane Goubert FranceFrance France 36th overall
Francisco Mancebo SpainSpain Spain Exclusion without subsequent nomination
Team ranking: 11th stage

Astana-Würth (ESP) (team exclusion)

Sports director: vacant

No. Surname nationality Remarks
Alexander Vinokurov KazakhstanKazakhstan Kazakhstan Team exclusion as there were too few drivers
Carlos Barredo SpainSpain Spain Team exclusion as there were too few drivers
Joseba Beloki SpainSpain Spain Suspension without subsequent nomination
Alberto Contador SpainSpain Spain Suspension without subsequent nomination
Allan Davis AustraliaAustralia Australia Suspension without subsequent nomination
Andrei Kashechkin KazakhstanKazakhstan Kazakhstan Team exclusion as there were too few drivers
Isidro Nozal SpainSpain Spain Suspension without subsequent nomination
Sérgio Paulinho PortugalPortugal Portugal Suspension without subsequent nomination
Luis León Sánchez SpainSpain Spain Team exclusion as there were too few drivers

The team suspended these drivers on suspicion of doping among Alberto Contador, Joseba Beloki, Isidro Nozal, Allan Davis and Sergio Paulinho. However, since a team has to compete with at least five drivers, the entire team was excluded from the tour.

Team Gerolsteiner (GER)

Sports directors: Udo Bölts , Christian Wegmann

No. Surname nationality Remarks
41 Levi Leipheimer United StatesUnited States United States Most combative driver: 19th stage ; 12th overall
42 Markus Fothen GermanyGermany Germany White jersey: 4th - 6th & 8th - 17th stage ; 14th overall
43 David Kopp GermanyGermany Germany Task during the 16th stage
44 Sebastian Lang GermanyGermany Germany 65th overall
45 Ronny Scholz GermanyGermany Germany 95th overall
46 Georg Totschnig AustriaAustria Austria 46th overall
47 Fabian Wegmann GermanyGermany Germany Dotted jersey: 2nd stage ; 67th overall
48 Peter Wrolich AustriaAustria Austria 134th overall
49 Beat Zberg SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Task during the 15th stage

Rabobank (NED)

Sports directors: Erik Breukink , Frans Maassen

No. Surname nationality Remarks
51 Denis Menshov RussiaRussia Russia winner: 11th stage ; Fifth overall
52 Michael Boogerd NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 13th overall
53 Bram de Groot NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Task during the 15th stage , open wound on the knee after a fall
54 Erik Dekker NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Task during the 3rd stage , concussion , bruises and facial injuries after a fall
55 Juan Antonio Flecha SpainSpain Spain 81st overall
56 Óscar Freire SpainSpain Spain winner: 5th & 9th stage ; Task before the 18th stage , persistent headache and sore throat
57 Joost Posthuma NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands White jersey: 1st stage ; 84th overall
58 Michael Rasmussen DenmarkDenmark Denmark winner: 16th stage ; Dotted jersey: 17th - 20th stage ; Most combative driver: 17th stage ; Winner of the mountain classification ; 17th overall
59 Pieter Weening NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 92nd overall

Davitamon Lotto (BEL)

Sports directors: Marc Seargent , Herman Frison , Hendrik Redant

No. Surname nationality Remarks
61 Cadel Evans AustraliaAustralia Australia Fourth overall
62 Mario Aerts BelgiumBelgium Belgium 105th overall
63 Christophe Brandt BelgiumBelgium Belgium 39th overall
64 Christopher Horner United StatesUnited States United States 63rd overall
65 Robbie McEwen AustraliaAustralia Australia winner: 2nd , 4th & 6th stage ; Green jersey: 3rd & 5th - 20th stage ; Winner of the points evaluation ; 115th overall
66 Fred Rodriguez United StatesUnited States United States Task during the 3rd stage , shoulder trauma and wrist injury after a fall
67 Gert Steegmans BelgiumBelgium Belgium 136th overall
68 Wim Vansevenant BelgiumBelgium Belgium 138th and last in the overall ranking
69 Johan Vansummeren BelgiumBelgium Belgium 111th overall

Phonak Hearing Systems (SUI)

Sporting director: Adriano Baffi

No. Surname nationality Remarks
71 Floyd Landis United StatesUnited States United States winner: 17th stage ; Yellow jersey: 12th , 13th , 16th & 20th stages ; Most combative driver: 18th stage ; Winner of the overall ranking , subsequent disqualification due to a positive A sample after the 17th stage ; Result: withdrawal of the overall victory
72 Bert Grabsch GermanyGermany Germany 106th overall
73 Robert Hunter South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Disqualification after the 19th stage , exceeding the time limit of 25%
74 Nicolas Jalabert FranceFrance France 102nd overall
75 Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero SpainSpain Spain Task during the 17th stage , fall injuries the previous day
76 Axel Merckx BelgiumBelgium Belgium 30th overall
77 Koos Moerenhout NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 61st overall
78 Alexandre Moss SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 96th overall
79 Víctor Hugo Peña ColombiaColombia Colombia 121st overall

Lampre-Fondital (ITA)

Sports director: Guido Bontempi

No. Surname nationality Remarks
81 Damiano Cunego ItalyItaly Italy White jersey: 18th - 20th stage ; Winner of the junior ranking ; 11th overall
82 Alessandro Ballan ItalyItaly Italy 66th overall
83 Daniele Bennati ItalyItaly Italy Most combative driver: 13th stage ; Task during the 16th stage , trauma in the left leg and hip after a fall
84 Marzio Bruseghin ItalyItaly Italy 19th overall
85 Salvatore Commesso ItalyItaly Italy Most combative driver: 15th stage ; 56th overall
86 Daniele Righi ItalyItaly Italy 108th overall
87 Paolo Tiralongo ItalyItaly Italy 69th overall
88 Tadej Valjavec SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia 16th overall
89 Francisco Vila SpainSpain Spain 21st overall

Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears (ESP)

Sports director: Eusebio Labiano

No. Surname nationality Remarks
91 Alejandro Valverde SpainSpain Spain Task during the 3rd stage , broken collarbone after a fall
92 David Arroyo SpainSpain Spain 20th overall
93 Florent Brard FranceFrance France Surrender before the 20th stage , broken left hand after falling the day before
94 Isaac Gálvez SpainSpain Spain Task during the 12th stage
95 José Vicente García Acosta SpainSpain Spain 114th overall
96 Vladimir Karpez RussiaRussia Russia 29th overall
97 Óscar Pereiro SpainSpain Spain Yellow jersey: 14th , 15th & 17th - 19th stage ; Overall winner after Floyd Landis was disqualified
98 Nicolas Portal FranceFrance France 99th overall
99 Xabier Zandio SpainSpain Spain 32nd overall

Quick Step Innergetic (BEL)

Sports directors: Wilfried Peeters , Serge Parsani

No. Surname nationality Remarks
101 Tom Boonen BelgiumBelgium Belgium Yellow jersey: 4th - 7th stage ; Green jersey: 4th stage ; Task during the 15th stage
102 Wilfried Cretskens BelgiumBelgium Belgium Task during the 11th stage
103 Steven de Jongh NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Task during the 16th stage , injuries from a fall the previous day
104 Juan Manuel Gárate SpainSpain Spain 71st overall
105 Filippo Pozzato ItalyItaly Italy 132nd overall
106 José Rujano VenezuelaVenezuela Venezuela Task before the 17th stage
107 Bram Tankink NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 93rd overall
108 Matteo Tosatto ItalyItaly Italy winner: 18th stage ; 124th overall
109 Cédric Vasseur FranceFrance France 94th overall

Crédit Agricole (FRA)

Sports director: Serge Beucherie

No. Surname nationality Remarks
111 Pietro Caucchioli ItalyItaly Italy 15th overall
112 Alexander Bocharov RussiaRussia Russia 48th overall
113 Anthony Charteau FranceFrance France 113th overall
114 Julian Dean New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 127th overall
115 Jimmy Engoulvent FranceFrance France Task during the 10th stage , persistent back pain
116 Patrice Halgand FranceFrance France 47th overall
117 Sébastien Hinault FranceFrance France 112th overall
118 Thor Hushovd NorwayNorway Norway winner: Prologue & 20th stage ; Yellow jersey: 1st & 3rd stage ; Green jersey: 1st stage ; 120th overall
119 Christophe Le Mével FranceFrance France 75th overall

Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP)

Sporting director: Julian Gorospe

No. Surname nationality Remarks
121 Iban Mayo SpainSpain Spain Task during the 11th stage
122 Iker Camaño SpainSpain Spain 34th overall
123 Unai Etxebarria VenezuelaVenezuela Venezuela 126th overall
124 Aitor Hernández SpainSpain Spain Most combative driver of the 20th stage (because of the end of the tour not awarded the red number ) ; 135th overall
125 Iñaki Isasi SpainSpain Spain 70th overall
126 Iñigo Landaluze SpainSpain Spain 49th overall
127 David López García SpainSpain Spain Task during the 18th stage
128 Gorka Verdugo SpainSpain Spain 74th overall
129 Haimar Zubeldia SpainSpain Spain Eighth overall

Cofidis (FRA)

Sporting directors: Francis Van Londersele , Alain Deloeuil

No. Surname nationality Remarks
131 David Moncoutié FranceFrance France 57th overall
132 Stéphane Augé FranceFrance France 122nd overall
133 Jimmy Casper FranceFrance France winner: 1st stage ; Green jersey: 2nd stage ; 137th overall
134 Sylvain Chavanel FranceFrance France 44th overall
135 Arnaud Coyot FranceFrance France 129th overall
136 Cristian Moreni ItalyItaly Italy 43rd overall
137 Iván Parra ColombiaColombia Colombia 42nd overall
138 Rik Verbrugghe BelgiumBelgium Belgium Task during the 14th stage , fracture of the femur after a fall
139 Bradley Wiggins United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 123rd overall

Saunier Duval-Prodir (ESP)

Sporting director: Mauro Gianetti

No. Surname nationality Remarks
141 Gilberto Simoni ItalyItaly Italy 59 overall
142 David Cañada SpainSpain Spain Task during the 14th stage , broken collarbone after a fall
143 David de la Fuente SpainSpain Spain Dotted jersey: 3rd , 12th - 16th stage ; Most combative driver: 3rd & 12th stage ; Winner in the ranking of the most combative driver ; 55th overall
144 José Ángel Gómez Marchante SpainSpain Spain Task during the 17th stage
145 Rubén Lobato SpainSpain Spain 45th overall
146 David Millar United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 58th overall
147 Riccardo Riccò ItalyItaly Italy 97th overall
148 Christophe Rinero FranceFrance France 40th overall
149 Francisco José Ventoso SpainSpain Spain 77th overall

Française des Jeux (FRA)

Sporting director: Yvon Madiot

No. Surname nationality Remarks
151 Sandy Casar FranceFrance France 68th overall
152 Carlos Da Cruz FranceFrance France 76th overall
153 Bernhard Eisel AustriaAustria Austria 107th overall
154 Philippe Gilbert BelgiumBelgium Belgium 109th overall
155 Sébastien Joly FranceFrance France Task during the 16th stage
156 Gustav Larsson SwedenSweden Sweden 104th overall
157 Thomas Lövkvist SwedenSweden Sweden 62nd overall
158 Christophe Mengin FranceFrance France 130th overall
159 Benoît Vaugrenard FranceFrance France White jersey: 2nd , 3rd & 7th stage ; 86th overall

Liquigas-Bianchi (ITA)

Sports director: Mario Chiesa

No. Surname nationality Remarks
161 Danilo Di Luca ItalyItaly Italy Task before the 2nd stage , cystitis
162 Michael Albasini SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 117th overall
163 Magnus Backstedt SwedenSweden Sweden Task during the 14th stage
164 Patrick Calcagni SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 128th overall
165 Kjell Carlström FinlandFinland Finland 131st overall ranking
166 Stefano Garzelli ItalyItaly Italy Most combative driver: 16th stage ; 54th overall
167 Matej Mugerli SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia 118th overall
168 Luca Paolini ItalyItaly Italy 100th overall
169 Manuel Quinziato ItalyItaly Italy 79th overall

Bouygues Télécom (FRA)

Sporting director: Jean-René Bernaudeau

No. Surname nationality Remarks
171 Thomas Voeckler FranceFrance France 88th overall
172 Walter Bénéteau FranceFrance France Most combative driver: 2nd stage ; 110th overall
173 Laurent Brochard FranceFrance France Task before the 10th stage , persistent back pain
174 Pierrick Fédrigo FranceFrance France winner: 14th stage ; 28th overall
175 Anthony Geslin FranceFrance France Most combative driver: 7th stage ; 87th overall
176 Laurent Lefèvre FranceFrance France 37th overall
177 Jérôme Pineau FranceFrance France Dotted jersey: 4th - 10th stage ; 82nd overall
178 Didier Rous FranceFrance France 72nd overall
179 Matthieu Sprick FranceFrance France 50th overall

Team Milram (ITA)

Sporting director: Antonio Bevilacqua

No. Surname nationality Remarks
181 Erik Zabel GermanyGermany Germany 85th overall
182 Mirko Celestino ItalyItaly Italy Task during the 14th stage
183 Ralf Grabsch GermanyGermany Germany 101st overall
184 Andrij Hrywko UkraineUkraine Ukraine Task during the 15th stage
185 Maxim Iglinski KazakhstanKazakhstan Kazakhstan Task during the 16th stage , injuries from a fall the previous day
186 Christian Knees GermanyGermany Germany Most combative driver: 10th stage ; 103rd overall
187 Fabio Sacchi ItalyItaly Italy Task before the 6th stage , bronchitis
188 Björn Schröder GermanyGermany Germany 80th overall
189 Marco Velo ItalyItaly Italy 98th overall

Agritubel (FRA)

Sports director: Denis Leproux

No. Surname nationality Remarks
191 Juan Miguel Mercado SpainSpain Spain winner: 10th stage ; Most combative driver: 11th stage ; Task during the 17th stage
192 Manuel Calvente SpainSpain Spain 89th overall
193 Cédric Coutouly FranceFrance France 133rd overall
194 Moisés Dueñas SpainSpain Spain 60th overall
195 Eduardo Gonzalo Ramírez SpainSpain Spain 116th overall
196 Christophe Laurent FranceFrance France 125th overall
197 José Alberto Martínez SpainSpain Spain Task during the 12th stage
198 Samuel Plouhinec FranceFrance France Task during stage 12 , loin pain
199 Benoît Salmon FranceFrance France 38th overall

Individual evidence

  1. Mathias Müller von Blumencron (Ed.): Winokurow-Team is not allowed to start SPIEGEL ONLINE (Hamburg: SPIEGEL ONLINE GmbH, June 30, 2006)

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