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Last Updated: Monday, 25 July, 2005, 06:34 GMT 07:34 UK
Tour rider ratings
How did the leading riders perform as Lance Armstrong won a seventh Tour de France in 2005?


Lance Armstrong: You got the feeling Armstrong had at least another gear to move into, if necessary. It wasn't and he rode the perfect race for a deserved, and remarkable, seventh win.
Tour result: Winner


Ivan Basso: To his credit, he lived up to his promise of attacking Armstrong in the mountains. Sadly, for the Italian CSC rider, the American phenomenon was more than up to the challenge.
Tour result: Runner-up


Cadel Evans: Few, aside from the Australian, believed he could do much of note on his Tour debut. But he stuck to the big guns on the climbs and had a deserved top-10 finish.
Tour result: 8th overall


Roberto Heras: Billed as one of the great climbers of the peloton, he did virtually nothing in the race. A poor team leader, who finished behind three of his team-mates.
Tour result: 45th overall


Thor Hushovd: The Norwegian was the model of consistency, regularly finishing high up on the flat stages without actually winning one. Won the green jersey but lacked real fire.
Tour result: 116th overall; Green jersey winner (for leading sprinter)


Iban Mayo: Two years ago, the Spaniard was talked of as the likeliest rival to Armstrong. In 2005, he was remembered for repeatedly being stranded well off the leaders.
Tour result: 60th overall.


Robbie McEwen: A crash and a disqualification for a fracas with Stuart O'Grady cost him the green jersey. But three stage wins led the two-time green jersey winner to hail this his "best Tour ever".
Tour result: 134th overall; three stage wins


Yaroslav Popovych: "Popo" could well have done enough to get the honour of leading the post-Armstrong Discovery Channel team. Ably aided Armstrong and his legs failed him only very occasionally.
Tour result: 12th overall; White jersey winner (for best-placed young rider)


Mickael Rasmussen: A year ago was an innocuous second behind Richard Virenque in the polka dot jersey competition. This time around made the competition his own with some supreme climbing.
Tour result: Seventh overall; King of the mountains winner (for best climber)


Jan Ullrich: Much had been expected of the German but he looked a spent force until a decent showing in the final time trial earned him another podium finish in Paris. Two bad crashes early on did not, however, help his bid to overhaul Armstrong.
Tour result: Third overall


Alexandre Vinokourov: Armstrong talked up "Vino" to the hilt in the build-up. The Kazakhstan rider attacked and it was impressive. But he regularly slid off the pace as the mountains toughened up.
Tour result: 5th overall




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