2006 Paris–Nice

2006 Paris–Nice
UCI ProTour
Race details
Dates March 5 March 12
Stages 8
Distance 1,276.3 km (793.1 mi)
Winning time 31h 54' 41"
Winner  Floyd Landis (USA) (Phonak)
Second  Patxi Vila (ESP) (Lampre–Fondital)
Third  Antonio Colóm (ESP) (Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears)

Points  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) (Euskaltel–Euskadi)
Mountains  David Moncoutié (FRA) (Cofidis)
Youth  Luis León Sánchez (ESP) (Liberty Seguros–Würth)
Team Lampre–Fondital

The 2006 edition of the Paris–Nice bicycle race was run from March 5 to March 12. The race was won by United States rider Floyd Landis, of Team Phonak.


05-03-2006: Issy-les-Moulineaux - Issy-les-Moulineaux, 4.8 km. (Prologue, ITT)

The prologue stage saw 2005 GC winner Bobby Julich retain the yellow/white GC leader's jersey after defeating Kazakh Andrey Kaschechkin, who held the best time through most of the stage's duration, by a narrow margin of 1 second. As the winner of the first stage he also received the green/white points jersey. The blue jersey for best young rider went to Alberto Contador.

Cyclist Team Time
1 Bobby Julich Team CSC 6' 07"
2 Andrey Kaschechkin LSW + 1"
3 Bradley McGee Française des Jeux + 2"

06-03-2006: Villemandeur - Saint-Amand-Montrond, 193 km. (Stage 1)

By winning the peloton sprint in Saint-Amand-Montrond ahead of Allan Davis, Tom Boonen (who finished fifth in the prologue stage five seconds down on Bobby Julich) took over the yellow/white jersey due to the time bonus awarded to stage winners. He also took over first place in the points classification.

After a short solo breakaway effort by David Zabriskie, Frenchmen Cristophe Laurent and Stéphane Augé launched a long attack at the 60-km point but were caught by the chasing peloton only 2 km before the finish line. Augé was awarded the first red polka dotted jersey in the mountains classification.

Cyclist Team Time
1 Tom Boonen QSI 4h 56' 01"
2 Allan Davis LSW s.t.
3 Francisco Ventoso SDV s.t.

07-03-2006: Cerilly - Belleville, 200 km. (Stage 2)

Stage 2 saw a repeat of Tom Boonen's victory over Allan Davis in the first stage, the Belgian finishing first in another bunch sprint.

The polka-dotted mountains jersey changed hands due to a long breakaway by French rider Nicolas Crosbie, who established a maximum lead of 27'30" after 81 kilometers. Crosbie was caught by the peloton 10 km before the finish line.

The blue jersey for the best young rider was awarded to Benoît Vaugrenard who took over first place with former leader Alberto Contador finishing 1'13 behind the pack.

Cyclist Team Time
1 Tom Boonen QST 5h 20' 50"
2 Allan Davis LSW s.t.
3 Danilo Napolitano Lampre–Fondital s.t.

08-03-2006: Julienas - Saint-Etienne, 168.5 km. (Stage 3)

In the third stage to Saint-Etienne, where Kazakh racer Andrei Kivilev died after a fall in the 2003 edition of Paris–Nice (prompting the UCI to make the wearing of helmets mandatory during all UCI-sanctioned races), there were some changes to the race classifications as American Floyd Landis took over first place in the GC, placing second in the stage after Patxi Xabier Vila Errandonea.

Nicolas Crosbie and Tom Boonen retained their respective climber and sprinter jerseys, whereas the blue jersey for the best young rider was awarded to Stefan Schumacher who finished 1'25 behind the winner.

As expected of a hilly stage Stage 3 saw breakaway attempts on the different climbs, the defining break happening on the last climb of the day, the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret.

Cyclist Team Time
1 Patxi Vila Lampre–Fondital 4h 23'28"
2 Floyd Landis PHO s.t.
3 Samuel Sánchez EUS + 1' 16"

09-03-2006: Saint-Etienne - Rasteau, 193 km. (Stage 4)

Cyclist Team Time
1 Tom Boonen QST 4h 40' 29"
2 Allan Davis LSW s.t.
3 Stefan Schumacher GST s.t.

10-03-2006: Avignon - Digne-les-Bains, 201.5 km. (Stage 5)

Cyclist Team Time
1 Joaquim Rodríguez CEI 4h 43' 34"
2 Joost Posthuma RAB + 19"
3 Jérôme Pineau BTL + 33"

11-03-2006: Digne-les-Bains - Cannes, 179 km. (Stage 6)

Cyclist Team Time
1 Andrey Kaschechkin LSW 4h 12' 08"
2 Sylvain Chavanel Cofidis + 1' 06"
3 Sandy Casar Française des Jeux + 1' 11"

12-03-2005: Nice - Nice, 135 km. (Stage 7)

Cyclist Team Time
1 Markus Zberg GER 3h 29' 38"
2 Evgeni Petrov Lampre–Fondital s.t.
3 Alberto Contador LSW s.t.

General Standings

Cyclist Team Time
1 Floyd Landis PHO 31h 54' 41"
2 Patxi Vila Lampre–Fondital + 9"
3 Antonio Colóm CDE + 1' 05"

KOM Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 David Moncoutié Cofidis 51
2 Christophe Laurent AGR 42
3 Joaquim Rodríguez CEI 39

Points Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 Samuel Sánchez EUS 66
2 Sandy Casar Française des Jeux 63
3 Jérôme Pineau BTL 52

Best Young Rider

Cyclist Team Time
1 Luis León Sánchez LSW 31h 58' 11"
2 Joost Posthuma RAB + 21"
3 Thomas Lövkvist Française des Jeux + 52"

Best Team

Team Country Total time
1 Lampre–Fondital Italy 95h 51' 43"
2 Discovery Channel United States + 3"
3 LSW: Liberty Seguros - Würth Team Spain + 34"


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