2001 Tour de France

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2001 Tour de France
Route of the 2001 Tour de France.png
Route of the 2001 Tour de France
Race details
Dates 7 – 29 July 2001
Stages 20+Prologue
Distance 3,455.2 km (2,147 mi)
Winning time 86h 17' 28"[1]
Winner none
Second  Jan Ullrich (Germany) (Team Telekom)
Third  Joseba Beloki (Spain) (ONCE-Eroski)

Points  Erik Zabel (Germany) (Team Telekom)
Mountains  Laurent Jalabert (France) (CSC–Tiscali)
Youth  Óscar Sevilla (Spain) (Kelme-Costa Blanca)
Team Kelme-Costa Blanca

The 2001 Tour de France was a multiple stage bicycle race held from 7 July to 29 July 2001, and the 88th 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 19992005. The verdict was subsequently confirmed by the Union Cycliste Internationale.

The race included a 67-km long team time trial, two individual time trials and five consecutive mountain-top finishing stages, the second of which was the Chamrousse special category climb time trial. Thus, all the high-mountain stages were grouped consecutively, following the climbing time trial, with one rest day in between. France was ridden 'clockwise', so the Alps were visited before the Pyrenees. The Tour started in France but also visited Belgium in its first week. The ceremonial final stage finished at the Champs-Élysées in Paris, as is tradition. Erik Zabel won his record sixth consecutive points classification victory.


The organisers felt that the 2000 Tour de France did not include not enough French teams and consequently changed the selection procedure as follows.[2]

In total, 21 teams participated, each with 9 cyclists, giving a total of 189 cyclists.[3]


Stage results[3][4]
Stage Date Route Terrain Length Winner
P 7 July Dunkerque Individual time trial 8.2 km (5.1 mi)  Christophe Moreau (FRA)
1 8 July Saint-OmerBoulogne-sur-Mer Plain stage 194.5 km (120.9 mi)  Erik Zabel (GER)
2 9 July CalaisAnvers Plain stage 220.5 km (137.0 mi)  Marc Wauters (BEL)
3 10 July AnversSeraing Plain stage 198.5 km (123.3 mi)  Erik Zabel (GER)
4 11 July HuyVerdun Plain stage 215.0 km (133.6 mi)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
5 12 July VerdunBar-le-Duc Team time trial 67.0 km (41.6 mi)  Crédit Agricole (FRA)
6 13 July CommercyStrasbourg Plain stage 211.5 km (131.4 mi)  Jaan Kirsipuu (EST)
7 14 July StrasbourgColmar Hilly stage 162.5 km (101.0 mi)  Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
8 15 July ColmarPontarlier Plain stage 222.5 km (138.3 mi)  Erik Dekker (NED)
9 16 July PontarlierAix-les-Bains Plain stage 185.0 km (115.0 mi)  Serguei Ivanov (RUS)
10 17 July Aix-les-BainsAlpe d'Huez Stage with mountain(s) 209.0 km (129.9 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
11 18 July GrenobleChamrousse Individual time trial 32.0 km (19.9 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
12 20 July PerpignanPlateau de Bonascre Stage with mountain(s) 166.5 km (103.5 mi)  Félix Cárdenas (COL)
13 21 July FoixSaint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet Stage with mountain(s) 194.0 km (120.5 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
14 22 July TarbesLuz Ardiden Stage with mountain(s) 141.5 km (87.9 mi)  Roberto Laiseka (ESP)
15 24 July PauLavaur Plain stage 232.5 km (144.5 mi)  Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)
16 25 July CastelsarrasinSarran Plain stage 229.5 km (142.6 mi)  Jens Voigt (GER)
17 26 July Brive-la-GaillardeMontluçon Plain stage 194.0 km (120.5 mi)  Serge Baguet (BEL)
18 27 July MontluçonSaint-Amand-Montrond Individual time trial 61.0 km (37.9 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
19 28 July OrléansÉvry Plain stage 149.5 km (92.9 mi)  Erik Zabel (GER)
20 29 July Corbeil-EssonnesParis (Champs-Élysées) Plain stage 160.5 km (99.7 mi)  Ján Svorada (CZE)

Classification leadership

Stage Winner General classification
Yellow jersey
Points classification
Green jersey
Mountains classification
Polkadot jersey
Young rider classification
White jersey
Team classification
Jersey with yellow number
Combativity award
P Christophe Moreau Christophe Moreau Christophe Moreau N/A Florent Brard Festina N/A
1 Erik Zabel Erik Zabel Jacky Durand Jacky Durand
2 Marc Wauters Marc Wauters Jaan Kirsipuu Robert Hunter Crédit Agricole Jens Voigt
3 Erik Zabel Stuart O'Grady Erik Zabel Benoît Salmon Florent Brard Nicolas Jalabert
4 Laurent Jalabert Patrice Halgand Laurent Jalabert
5 Crédit Agricole Jörg Jaksche N/A
6 Jaan Kirsipuu Rik Verbrugghe
7 Laurent Jalabert Jens Voigt Laurent Jalabert
8 Erik Dekker Stuart O'Grady Stuart O'Grady Rabobank Aitor González
9 Sergei Ivanov Bradley McGee
10 Lance Armstrong François Simon Laurent Roux Óscar Sevilla Laurent Roux
11 Lance Armstrong
12 Félix Cárdenas Paolo Bettini
13 Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong Laurent Jalabert Kelme-Costa Blanca Laurent Jalabert
14 Roberto Laiseka Wladimir Belli
15 Rik Verbrugghe Marco Pinotti
16 Jens Voigt Jens Voigt
17 Serge Baguet Jacob Piil
18 Lance Armstrong N/A
19 Erik Zabel Guillaume Auger
20 Ján Svorada Erik Zabel Alexander Vinokourov
Final Lance Armstrong Erik Zabel Laurent Jalabert Óscar Sevilla Kelme-Costa Blanca Laurent Jalabert
Jersey wearers when one rider is leading two or more competitions


There were several classifications in the 2001 Tour de France. The most important was the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times in each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification is considered the winner of the Tour.[5]

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a green jersey. In this classification, cyclists got points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification and was identified with a green jersey.[5]

There was also a mountains classification. The organisation had categorized some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists to reach the top of these climbs, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification and was identified with a polkadot jersey.[5]

The fourth individual classification was the young rider classification, which was marked by the white jersey. This was decided in the same way as the general classification, but only riders under 26 years of age were eligible.[5]

For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time.[6]

For the combativity classification, a jury gave points after each stage to the cyclists they considered most combative. The cyclist with the most votes in all stages lead the classification.

General classification

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 2001 Tour de France. The Union Cycliste Internationale, responsible for the international cycling, upheld the verdict on October 22, 2012. Organizers of the Tour de France announced that the winner's slot would remain empty in the record books.

Lance Armstrong riding to his now-negated victory at Alpe d'Huez
Final general classification (1–10)[3]
Rank Name Team Time
DSQ  Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 86h 17' 28"
2  Jan Ullrich (GER) Telekom +6' 44"
3  Joseba Beloki (ESP) ONCE +9' 05"
4  Andrei Kivilev (KAZ) Cofidis +9' 53"
5  Igor González (ESP) ONCE +13' 28"
6  François Simon (FRA) Bonjour +17' 22"
7  Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Kelme +18' 30"
8  Santiago Botero (COL) Kelme +20' 55"
9  Marcos Antonio Serrano (ESP) ONCE +21' 45"
10  Michael Boogerd (NED) Rabobank +22' 38"

Points classification

Final points classification (1–10)[3][7]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Erik Zabel (GER) Telekom 252
2  Stuart O'Grady (AUS) Crédit Agricole 244
3  Damien Nazon (FRA) Bonjour 169
4  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo 148
5  Sven Teutenberg (GER) Festina 141
DSQ  Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 134
7  Jan Ullrich (GER) Telekom 127
8  Ján Svorada (CZE) Lampre 124
9  Christophe Capelle (FRA) Big Mat-Auber 114
10  François Simon (FRA) Bonjour 108

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1–10)[3][7]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) CSC–Tiscali 258
2  Jan Ullrich (GER) Telekom 211
3  Laurent Roux (FRA) Jean Delatour 200
DSQ  Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 195
5  Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Mapei 164
6  Roberto Laiseka (ESP) Euskaltel 147
7  Joseba Beloki (ESP) ONCE 145
8  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) Telekom 134
9  Patrice Halgand (FRA) Jean Delatour 123
10  Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca 120

Team classification

Final team classification (1–10)[3][7]
Rank Team Time
1 Kelme–Costa Blanca 259h 14' 44"
2 ONCE–Eroski +4' 59"
3 Team Telekom +41' 06"
4 Bonjour +41' 49"
5 Rabobank +51' 53"
6 U.S. Postal Service +54' 51"
7 Cofidis +1h 20' 41"
8 iBanesto.com +1h 22' 24"
9 Festina +1h 45' 33"
10 Jean Delatour +1h 49' 18"

Young rider classification

Final young rider classification (1–5)[3][7]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca 86h 35' 58
2  Francisco Mancebo (ESP) iBanesto.com +10' 03"
3  Jörg Jaksche (DEU) ONCE–Eroski +47' 32"
4  Denis Menchov (RUS) iBanesto.com +1h 13' 20"
5  Marco Pinotti (ITA) Lampre–Daikin +1h 15' 59"

Combativity classification

Final combativity classification (1–10)[3][7]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) CSC–Tiscali 94
2  Laurent Roux (FRA) Jean Delatour 55
3  Jens Voigt (GER) Crédit Agricole 45
4  Rik Verbrugghe (BEL) Lotto–Adecco 44
5  Paolo Bettini (ITA) Mapei–Quick-Step 36
6  Jacky Durand (FRA) Française des Jeux 36
7  Bradley McGee (AUS) Française des Jeux 32
8  David Etxebarria (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 30
9  Laurent Brochard (FRA) Jean Delatour 28
10  Nicolas Jalabert (FRA) CSC–Tiscali 23


In August 2012, the United States Anti-Doping Agency recommended the disqualification of Lance Armstrong from all his results since 1998; in October 2012, the Union Cycliste Internationale agreed to this action. Having been stripped of the win owing to his use of banned substances, Armstrong's win, his third of 7 consecutive wins and the most in Tour history, no longer applies; therefore, there was no official winner of the 2001 Tour De France.


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