2001 Tour de France
The 88th Tour de France took place from 7 to 29 July 2001 and have led to 20 stages over 3453 km. It was attended by 189 racers part in it, of which 144 were classified. The end result of this discharge corresponded almost exactly to the previous Tour 2000: Armstrong won clearly ahead of Jan Ullrich and Joseba Beloki, Erik Zabel won the green jersey again, for now the sixth and last time.
On October 22, 2012 Cycling Union UCI announced the cancellation of all titles Armstrong since August 1, 1998, including all Tour de France successes of the American. Substitutes in the first place were not used.
In the first days of the tour to mass sprints and successful breakaways alternated. The best sprinter was clearly Erik Zabel, who won in perhaps the best year of his career ( and Others overall victory in the cycling World Cup ) three stages for itself. Stage wins from small groups out could bring Laurent Jalabert (2x and winner of the mountains classification ) and Jens Voigt. Even before that Voigt had been able to put on the yellow jersey for a day. On the 8th stage from Colmar to Pontarlier but that the decisive attack a breakaway group: In the pouring rain 14 riders were sensational with over a half hour ahead of all the favorites to the finish. The rest of the tour was marked by a desire Armstrong, Ullrich & Co., to make up for this delay. At the end of the best drivers in this group, the Kazakh Andrei Kiwiljow and Frenchman François Simon, after all, still fourth and sixth were. Also in the breakaway group was also Stuart O'Grady, who took over with a fifth place the lead in the points standings and this was relinquished to the final stage of Erik Zabel only.
Lance Armstrong appeared on the first heavy Alpine stage first to suffer heavily and went long at the end of the top group. Before the final climb to L' Alpe d' Huez the Americans finished his remarkable bluff and fell back, as in previous years, with its irresistible rapid cadence. In a sensational moment that has gone down as the look in the tour history, he glanced back and then drove all of them. Armstrong also won the mountain time trial and had the following are four stage wins to book at the end of the tour. Jan Ullrich fought, though he was obviously far inferior to him, as in the previous year, to the last mountain: In the Pyrenees he crashed spectacularly at high risk in a departure, but could continue the race despite injury.
Jerseys in the itinerary
The table shows the leaders in their respective standings at the start of each stage.
All teams and drivers
A: task during the stage, NA: non-runner to stage, S: Suspended / excluded timeouts: timeout