Tour de France 2007

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Tour de France 2007
Host country FranceFrance France Belgium Spain United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
Competition period July 7-29, 2007
Stages 20 stages
overall length 3569.9 km
Overall rating 1. Alberto Contador 91:00:26 h 2. Cadel Evans + 0:23 min 3. Levi Leipheimer + 0:31 minSpainSpain 
United StatesUnited States 
Team evaluation United StatesUnited States Discovery Channel 273: 12:22 p.m.
Scoring jerseys
Yellow jersey Yellow jersey SpainSpain Alberto Contador
Green jersey Green jersey BelgiumBelgium Tom Boonen
Dotted jersey Dotted jersey ColombiaColombia Mauricio Soler
White jersey White jersey SpainSpain Alberto Contador
Tour de France 2007 map
2006 2008
Tour de France 2007 - final result
Route length 20 stages, 3569.9 km
Jersey yellow.svg Yellow jersey SpainSpain Alberto Contador 91:00:26 h
(39.227 km / h)
Second AustraliaAustralia Cadel Evans + 0:23 min
Third United StatesUnited States Levi Leipheimer + 0:31 min
Fourth SpainSpain Carlos Sastre + 7:08 min
fifth SpainSpain Haimar Zubeldia + 8:17 min
Sixth SpainSpain Alejandro Valverde + 11:37 min
seventh LuxembourgLuxembourg Kim churches + 12:18 min
Eighth UkraineUkraine Yaroslav Popovych + 12:25 min
Ninth SpainSpain Mikel Astarloza + 14:14 min
Tenth SpainSpain Óscar Pereiro + 14:25 min
Jersey green.svg Green jersey BelgiumBelgium Tom Boonen 256 p.
Second South AfricaSouth Africa Robert Hunter 234 P.
Third GermanyGermany Erik Zabel 232 P.
Jersey polkadot.svg Dotted jersey ColombiaColombia Mauricio Soler 206 P.
Second SpainSpain Alberto Contador 128 P.
Third UkraineUkraine Yaroslav Popovych 105 p.
Jersey white.svg White jersey SpainSpain Alberto Contador 91:00:26 h
Second ColombiaColombia Mauricio Soler + 16:51 min
Third SpainSpain Amets Txurruka + 49:34 min
Jersey yellow number.svg Team evaluation United StatesUnited States Discovery Channel 273: 12: 22 h
Second FranceFrance Caisse d'Epargne + 19:36 min
Third DenmarkDenmark Team CSC + 22:10 min
Most combative driver Most combative driver SpainSpain Amets Txurruka

The 94th Tour de France started in London on Saturday 7 July 2007 and ended on Sunday 29 July on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris . The starting point was announced on January 24, 2006 by the ASO and the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone . The routes of the prologue in London and the first stage through southern England were presented on February 9th, 2006, the complete course on Thursday, October 26th, 2006. 189 racers took part in the tour, 141 of which were classified.

The 2007 tour was also influenced by the doping scandal surrounding Eufemiano Fuentes . As a result, numerous tour favorites were suspended from participation, including Ivan Basso and Francisco Mancebo . The International Cycling Sport (UCI) required the riders to sign a non-binding declaration of honor prior to the tour.

The 2007 Tour de France led over a total of 3,569.9 kilometers from London to Paris. The course through France was mastered clockwise. As in 2006, there was no team time trial . The first individual time trial took place relatively late at the end of the second week, the second, as usual, on the penultimate stage. The first mountain stages were waiting for the riders in the Alps at the beginning of the second week. The third week we went to the Pyrenees. The program included a total of three mountain arrivals and three other difficult mountain stages. Two of the highlights were the mountain finish on the Plateau de Beille and the second individual time trial to Angoulême . In addition to the start in London, the route ran through Belgium (one stage destination and start) and through Spain during the 16th stage .

The distance

After the start of the Tour de France in London and the stage to Canterbury, the stay in Great Britain ended . The second stage started in Dunkirk and led to Ghent in Belgium. The next stage was 236 km, including cobblestone passages, the longest section of this year's tour and took the riders back to France. The three following stages were also flat.

The first shifts in the overall standings occurred on the seventh stage to Le Grand-Bornand , when it went into the Alps , because the 16-kilometer climb to the Col de la Colombière began about 30 kilometers from the finish . Arrived at the highest point, it went 14 kilometers downhill to the finish. The next day the first mountain arrival was waiting for the drivers. After the Cormet de Roselend (19.9 km ascent, 6% incline) and the Montée d'Hauteville (15.3 km, 4.7%) the final ascent to Tignes with an incline of 5.5% and a length of 17.9 km. On the ninth stage were the Col de l'Iseran (15 km, 6%), the Col du Télégraphe (12 km, 6.7%) and the Col du Galibier (17.5 km, 6.9%) Program. The Galibier as the last climb was passed by the drivers 40 kilometers before the finish in Briançon . After three more flat stages, the first individual time trial followed on July 21 in Albi .

The next day we went to the Pyrenees, where a mountain arrival on the Plateau de Beille (15.9 km, 7.9%) was due. However, the Côte de Saint-Sarraille (9 km, 5.2%) and the Port de Pailhères (16.8 km, 7.2%) had to be crossed beforehand. On the next stage there were other difficult climbs, such as the Col de Port (11.4 km; 5.3%), the Col de Portet d'Aspet (5.7 km, 6.9%), the Col de Menté ( 7 km, 8.1%) and the Port de Balès (19.2 km, 6.2%). Twelve kilometers before the finish in Loudenvielle , the summit of the Col de Peyresourde with an ascent of 9.7 km with an incline of 7.8% was passed by the drivers. On the 16th stage there was the last test of strength in the mountains. After passing the top of the Col de Larrau (14.2 km, 8%), the peloton was on Spanish territory. There the drivers had to cope with the climb to the Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin (14 km, 5.2%). After crossing this mountain classification, the field of drivers returned to France, where the Col de Marie-Blanque (9.3 km, 7.7%) was still waiting for an increase before the final up to the Col d'Aubisque (14 km, 6.9%) went.

The next two stages turned out to be easier again, so that drivers who were far behind in the overall standings tried in a breakaway group to win the day. The final decision about the winner of the Tour de France was made on the penultimate day between Cognac and Angoulême , when the riders competed in the second individual time trial. The next day, Marcoussis drove to the Champs Élysées , where the drivers celebrated and the sprinters battled it out for the prestigious stage win on Paris' splendid boulevard.

Starting position

As in 2006 , the tour started without a former tour winner, but in the previous year this peculiarity only appeared shortly before the start, after Jan Ullrich was not allowed to start. Now this fact has long been established, last year's winner Floyd Landis would not be allowed to start after the spectacular doping case of the previous year even if he were currently an active racing cyclist, due to his hip surgery this is not the case. Landis, however, had already ruled out a possible tour start in February 2007. In contrast to other races, the management of the Tour de France has the option of admitting drivers or teams to the start or not, as it is an invitation race.

The view of the field of participants and favorites was more unclear than usual after the doping cases and the associated tightened controls. As a highly touted favorites for overall victory were to exit Team Astana to name drivers who already talking about the Team Telekom , were jointly signed Alexandre Vinokourov and German Andreas Kloden . Both were already on the podium of the top three on the tour. The remaining co-favorite was the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde .

The winner of the Giro d'Italia 2007 , Danilo Di Luca , was also on the “Red List” of the tour management, but had already ruled out a start on the tour because he wanted to prepare for the World Championships in Stuttgart at the end of September. Other drivers among the favorites were the Spaniards Óscar Pereiro , last year's winner, and Carlos Sastre , third last year. However, his team, the Danish team CSC , had to cope with the tour without their team boss Bjarne Riis , who was not wanted on the tour after his doping confession in May 2007.


Sinkewitz and the withdrawal of ARD and ZDF

Even before the start of the Tour de France, the public television broadcasters in Germany considered discontinuing live coverage of the tour due to the doping problem and the doping scandal in the Telekom team . However, this idea has been rejected for the time being. The broadcasters also stated that they would keep an immediate exit from the reporting open if the Tour de France came to a prominent positive doping result.

On July 18th, before the 10th stage of the Tour de France, a positive doping test of the already retired cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz became known. Sinkewitz tested positive on June 8, 2007 during a training control. The ARD and the ZDF then announced that the live coverage of the Tour de France will be stopped with immediate effect "until the Patrik Sinkewitz case" is cleared up.

During the 10th stage, Eurosport's market share rose to 8.6%, which is three times the usual value. One day later, on July 19, the media group ProSiebenSat.1 took over the live reporting for the remaining stages from the public broadcasters. However, the ratings of the broadcast on Sat.1 did not come close to the values ​​of the public broadcasters before the doping case Sinkewitz and led to a reduction in advertising prices.

Blood doping in Vinokurov

On July 24th, the second day of rest on the tour, the French sports magazine L'Équipe reported that Alexander Vinokurov was detected in the doping control after his victory in the individual time trial on July 21st in Albi in Albi . The A-sample , taken from Vinokourov immediately after arriving at the target and analyzed in the French anti- doping laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry, contained two different populations of red blood cells.

The Team Astana withdrew after the announcement of the finding and, upon request by Patrice Clerc, president of Tour organizer ASO, his team of this year's Tour back. The next day it became known that the blood sample had also tested positive for foreign blood doping after his victory at the 15th stage .

Testosterone doping at Moreni

On July 25th, during the 16th stage , it was announced that Cristian Moreni from the French team Cofidis had tested positive for testosterone. The positive doping test took place on the 11th stage . Moreni confessed to the offense and decided not to open the B sample. Then the entire team withdrew from the tour. Moreni was temporarily arrested by the French police and Cofidis's home was searched.

Exclusion of overall leader Michael Rasmussen

During the 2007 Tour de France it became known that the Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen had been banned from the Danish federation and banned from appearances by the national team at the 2007 road cycling world championships and the 2008 Olympic Games because he had not reported his whereabouts regularly, as was the case prescribe the anti-doping rules. Because of this false information, Rasmussen was warned twice within 18 months by the world association UCI and the Danish association DCU (however, the UCI will not be blocked until the third warning), which according to the rules would have justified a tour exclusion.

On July 25th - after his stage victory on the 16th stage - he was withdrawn from the Tour de France by his team Rabobank and dismissed, as it turned out that he had not only failed to give his training location, but probably even one wrong (Mexico instead of Italy, where he was seen by a witness). The overall ranking second Alberto Contador , who is suspected of being involved in the doping scandal surrounding Eufemiano Fuentes, took over the overall lead. The 17th stage started without a yellow jersey.

EPO doping on Mayo

One day after the end of the Tour de France, it was announced that Iban Mayo tested positive for EPO during a doping control during the second day of rest. His Saunier Duval-Prodir team immediately suspended him. In mid-December, the positive B sample confirmed the A sample.


Stages Day Start finish Distance
Stage winner Time
(km / h)
Jersey yellow.svg Yellow jersey
prolog Sat, July 7th London ( GB ) 007.9 Fabian Cancellara 0:08:51 53.660 Fabian Cancellara
1st stage Sun, July 8th London (GB) - Canterbury (GB) 203 Robbie McEwen 4:39:01 43.653
2nd stage Mon, July 9th Dunkirk - Ghent ( B ) 168.5 Gert Steegmans 3:48:22 44.271
3rd stage Tue, July 10th Waregem (B) - Compiègne 236.5 Fabian Cancellara 6:36:15 35.811
4th stage Wed, July 11th Villers-Cotterêts - Joigny 193 Thor Hushovd 4:37:47 41.687
5th stage Thursday, July 12th Chablis - Autun 182.5 Filippo Pozzato 4:39:01 39.244
6th stage Fri, July 13th Semur-en-Auxois - Bourg-en-Bresse 199.5 Tom Boonen 5:20:59 37.291
7th stage Sat, July 14th Bourg-en-Bresse - Le Grand-Bornand 197.5 Linus Gerdemann 4:53:13 40.414 Linus Gerdemann
8th stage Sun, July 15th Le Grand-Bornand - Tignes 165 Michael Rasmussen 4:49:40 34.177 Michael Rasmussen
Rest day
9th stage Tuesday 17th July Val d'Isère - Briançon 159.5 Mauricio Soler 4:14:24 37.618 Michael Rasmussen
10th stage Wed July 18 Tallard - Marseille 229.5 Cédric Vasseur 5:20:24 42.978
11th stage Thursday, July 19 Marseille - Montpellier 182.5 Robert Hunter 3:47:50 48,061
12th stage Fri, July 20 Montpellier - Castres 178.5 Tom Boonen 4:25:32 40.334
13th stage Sat, July 21 Albi 054 ( EZF ) Cadel Evans 1st 1:06:34 48.673
14th stage Sun July 22nd Mazamet - Plateau de Beille 197 Alberto Contador 5:25:48 36.280
15th stage Mon, July 23 Foix - Loudenvielle -Le Louron 196 Kim Kirchen 1 5:34:28 35,160
Rest day
16th stage Wed, July 25th Orthez - Gourette ( Col d'Aubisque ) 218.5 Michael Rasmussen 6:23:21 34.199 Michael Rasmussen
17th stage Thursday, July 26th Pau - Castelsarrasin 188.5 Daniele Bennati 4:14:03 44,519 Alberto Contador
18th stage Fri, July 27th Cahors - Angoulême 211 Sandy Casar 5:13:31 40.381
19th stage Sat, July 28th Cognac - Angoulême 055.5 (EZF) Levi Leipheimer 1:02:45 53.068
20th stage Sun July 29th Marcoussis - Paris , Champs-Élysées 146 Daniele Bennati 3:51:03 37.914
1 Alexander Vinokurow was stripped of the victory due to a doping offense.


The organizer has invited 19 of the 20 teams of the UCI ProTour . However, the organizing organization ASO only granted the 18 UCI ProTeams of the preseason an automatic start right. The Astana team and two UCI Professional Continental teams were only invited subsequently via wildcards . The ProTeam was not invited due to sponsorship by a private betting provider, as such sponsorship is not permitted in France.

The ProTeams of the Tour de France 2007:

  1. ag2r Prévoyance
  2. Gerolsteiner
  3. T-Mobile
  4. Team CSC
  5. Discovery Channel
  6. La Française des Jeux
  7. Cofidis 1
  8. Crédit Agricole
  9. Quick Step Innergetic
  10. Predictor Lotto
  11. Saunier Duval-Prodir
  12. Caisse d'Epargne
  13. Euskaltel-Euskadi
  14. Bouygues Telecom
  15. Liquigas
  16. Team Milram
  17. Rabobank
  18. Lampre-Fondital

as well as the 3 wildcards:

  1. Agritubel
  2. Team Barloworld
  3. Team Astana 2
1 The Cofidis team ended their participation on July 25th after the Moreni doping case.
2 After the doping case Vinokurov, the Astana team ended their participation on the tour management's request on the second day of rest.

Jerseys in the course of the tour

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

stage Yellow jersey
Jersey yellow.svg
Green jersey
Jersey green.svg
Dotted jersey
Jersey polkadot.svg
White jersey
Jersey white.svg
Team evaluation
Jersey yellow number.svg
Most combative

Jersey red number.svg
01st stage Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara not forgiven Vladimir Gusev Team Astana not forgiven
02nd stage Robbie McEwen David Millar Stéphane Augé
03rd stage Tom Boonen Marcel Sieberg
04th stage Stéphane Augé Matthieu Ladagnous
05th stage Matthieu Sprick
06th stage Erik Zabel Sylvain Chavanel Team CSC Sylvain Chavanel
07th stage Tom Boonen Bradley Wiggins
08th stage Linus Gerdemann Linus Gerdemann Team T-Mobile Linus Gerdemann
09th stage Michael Rasmussen Michael Rasmussen Rabobank Michael Rasmussen
010th stage Alberto Contador Caisse d'Epargne Yaroslav Popovych
11th stage Team CSC Patrice Halgand
12th stage Benoît Vaugrenard
13th stage Amets Txurruka
14th stage Team Astana not forgiven
15th stage Discovery Channel Antonio Colom
16th stage (Discovery Channel) 1 not worn 2
17th stage (Alberto Contador) 3 Mauricio Soler Discovery Channel Mauricio Soler
18th stage Alberto Contador Jens Voigt
19th stage Sandy Casar
20th stage not forgiven
winner Alberto Contador Tom Boonen Mauricio Soler Alberto Contador Discovery Channel Amets Txurruka

Freddy Bichot was named the most combative driver of the 20th stage, but could not wear the red start number due to the end of the race.

1 The leading team Astana retired from the tour before the start of the 16th stage.
2 Alexander Vinokurow was voted the most combative driver after the 15th stage, but no longer took part in the 16th stage due to a positive doping test.
3 After Michael Rasmussen's expulsion, none of the riders wore the yellow jersey during the 17th stage.

See also


  1. "Commitment of the rider to a new cycling sport" ( Memento of the original from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. On (website of the Union Cycliste Internationale) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Landis cancels the start of the tour on on February 8, 2007
  3. Temporary withdrawal from ARD and ZDF ( Memento of the original from August 6, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. On of July 18, 2007 (declaration by the ZDF editor-in-chief) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ARD and ZDF temporarily get out of tour coverage on from July 18
  5. Tour de France: Sat.1 joins on July 19, 2007
  6. Sat.1 takes over tour coverage ( Memento from August 1, 2012 in the web archive ) Report from Financial Times Deutschland
  7. Sat.1 has to drastically reduce advertising prices on from July 25, 2007
  8. Sat.1 admits a flop of odds with Tour de France on on July 30, 2007
  9. Cyclisme - TDF - Dopage - Vinokourov positif ( Memento of the original from February 19, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. On from July 24th (French) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Tour de France press release of July 25, 2007 ( Memento of the original of September 30, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  11. Second blood doping finding against Vinokurow on Spiegel Online from July 25th
  12. from July 25, 2007: Moreni admits testosterone doping ( Memento from August 8, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  13. of July 25, 2007  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  14. Danish Association violates Rasmussen Auf from July 19, 2007
  15. Top runner Rasmussen threatens tour-off on from July 20, 2007
  16. Tour de France today without yellow jersey on on July 25th
  17. of July 30, 2007: "Tour de France - mountain specialist Mayo was doped"

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