2004 Tour de France

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2004 Tour de France
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Route of the 2004 Tour de France
Race details
Dates July 3–July 25, 2004
Stages 20+Prologue
Distance 3,391.1 km (2,107 mi)
Winning time 83h 36' 02"
Winner none
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)
Team T-Mobile Team

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 19992005; the Union Cycliste Internationale has confirmed this verdict.

The event consisted of 20 stages over 3,391 km.[1] 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.

Participating teams

The first 14 teams in the UCI ranking at 31 January 2004 were automatically invited. These were:[2]

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.[3]


Stage results[4][5]
Stage Date Route Terrain Length Winner
P 3 July Liège Individual time trial 6.1 km (3.8 mi)  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
1 4 July LiègeCharleroi Plain stage 202.5 km (125.8 mi)  Jaan Kirsipuu (EST)
2 5 July CharleroiNamur Plain stage 197.0 km (122.4 mi)  Robbie McEwen (AUS)
3 6 July WaterlooWasquehal Plain stage 210.0 km (130.5 mi)  Jean-Patrick Nazon (FRA)
4 7 July CambraiArras Team time trial 64.5 km (40.1 mi)  U.S. Postal Service (USA)
5 8 July AmiensChartres Plain stage 200.5 km (124.6 mi)  Stuart O'Grady (AUS)
6 9 July BonnevalAngers Plain stage 196.0 km (121.8 mi)  Tom Boonen (BEL)
7 10 July ChâteaubriantSaint-Brieuc Plain stage 204.5 km (127.1 mi)  Filippo Pozzato (ITA)
8 11 July LamballeQuimper Plain stage 168.0 km (104.4 mi)  Thor Hushovd (NOR)
9 13 July Saint-Léonard-de-NoblatGuéret Plain stage 160.5 km (99.7 mi)  Robbie McEwen (AUS)
10 14 July LimogesSaint-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 CastelsarrasinLa Mongie Stage with mountain(s) 197.5 km (122.7 mi)  Ivan Basso (ITA)
13 17 July LannemezanPlateau de Beille Stage with mountain(s) 205.5 km (127.7 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
14 18 July CarcassonneNîmes Plain stage 192.5 km (119.6 mi)  Aitor González (ESP)
15 20 July ValréasVillard-de-Lans Stage with mountain(s) 180.5 km (112.2 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
16 21 July Le Bourg-d'OisansAlpe d'Huez Individual time trial 15.5 km (9.6 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
17 22 July Le Bourg-d'OisansLe Grand-Bornand Stage with mountain(s) 204.5 km (127.1 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
18 23 July AnnemasseLons-le-Saunier Hilly stage 166.5 km (103.5 mi)  Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP)
19 24 July BesançonBesançon Individual time trial 55.0 km (34.2 mi)  Lance Armstrong (USA)
20 25 July Montereau-Fault-YonneParis (Champs-Élysées) Plain stage 163.0 km (101.3 mi)  Tom Boonen (BEL)

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 Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara N/A Fabian Cancellara U.S. Postal Service N/A
1 Jaan Kirsipuu Thor Hushovd Jens Voigt Jens Voigt
2 Robbie McEwen Thor Hushovd Paolo Bettini Jakob Piil
3 Jean-Patrick Nazon Robbie McEwen Robbie McEwen Jens Voigt
4 U.S. Postal Service Lance Armstrong Matthias Kessler N/A
5 Stuart O'Grady Thomas Voeckler Thomas Voeckler Team CSC Sandy Casar
6 Tom Boonen Stuart O'Grady Jimmy Engoulvent
7 Fillippo Pozzato Thierry Marichal
8 Thor Hushovd Robbie McEwen Jakob Piil
9 Robbie McEwen Iñigo Landaluze
10 Richard Virenque Richard Virenque Richard Virenque
11 David Moncoutié David Moncoutié
12 Ivan Basso Frédéric Finot
13 Lance Armstrong Michael Rasmussen
14 Aitor González T-Mobile Team Nicolas Jalabert
15 Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong Team CSC Michael Rasmussen
16 Lance Armstrong T-Mobile Team N/A
17 Lance Armstrong Gilberto Simoni
18 Juan Miguel Mercado José García Acosta
19 Lance Armstrong Vladimir Karpets N/A
20 Tom Boonen Filippo Simeoni
Final Lance Armstrong Robbie McEwen Richard Virenque Vladimir Karpets T-Mobile Team Richard Virenque
Jersey wearers when one rider is leading two or more competitions


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.[6][7][8]

The 18th stage saw mistreatment of Filippo Simeoni by Lance Armstrong, after Simeoni had testified about doping and doctor Michele Ferrari.[9]


188 riders in 21 teams started; 147 riders finished.


See also


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  6. CYCLING; Armstrong Is Suing Accuser, By RICHARD SANDOMIR; Samuel Abt in Paris contributor, June 16, 2004, New York Times, retr 2012 10 20
  7. Armstrong wants doping denial in book, ABC News (Australia) Jun 19, 2004, retr 2012 10 20
  8. Judge calls Armstrong's request 'abuse' of system, Associated Press, 2004 6 21, via espn.go.com, retr 2012 10 20
  9. The USADA Report Against Lance Armstrong, by the Numbers, Thursday, October 11, 2012 By Adventure Lab, Outside Magazine, retr 2012 10 18

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