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The 2002 Tour de France was a multiple-stage bicycle race held from 6 to 28 July, and the 89th edition of the Tour de France. The event started in Luxembourg and ended in Paris. The Tour circled France counter-clockwise, visiting the Pyrenees before the Alps. 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 1999 to 2005; the Union Cycliste Internationale has confirmed this verdict.

2002 Tour de France
Route of the 2002 Tour de France
Route of the 2002 Tour de France
Race details
Dates6–28 July
Stages20 + Prologue
Distance3,278 km (2,037 mi)
Winning time82h 05' 12"
  Winner Lance Armstrong none[n 1]
  Second  Joseba Beloki (ESP) (ONCE–Eroski)
  Third  Raimondas Rumšas (Lithuania) (Lampre–Daikin)

Points  Robbie McEwen (AUS) (Lotto–Adecco)
Mountains  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (CSC–Tiscali)
Youth  Ivan Basso (ITA) (Fassa Bortolo)
Combativity  Laurent Jalabert (FRA) (CSC–Tiscali)
  Team ONCE–Eroski
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The favourite was Armstrong, at the time, winner in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The main opposition would probably come from the ONCE team with Joseba Beloki (3rd last year), Igor González de Galdeano (5th last year) and Marcos Serrano (9th last year), and from the Kelme riders Óscar Sevilla (7th last year, 2nd in last year's Vuelta a España) and Santiago Botero (8th last year). Other riders to keep in account for a high place in the final rankings were Tyler Hamilton (2nd Giro 2002), Levi Leipheimer (3rd Vuelta 2001), Christophe Moreau (4th Tour 2000) and Armstrong's teammate Roberto Heras (4th Vuelta 2001). Important riders who were not present were Jan Ullrich (2nd last year, injury) and Gilberto Simoni (winner 2001 Giro).


Teams qualified for the 2002 Tour de France by various methods.[3] U.S. Postal Service was selected because it included the winner of the previous edition, Lance Armstrong. Rabobank was selected because it included the winner of the 2001 UCI Road World Cup, Erik Dekker. Alessio, Kelme–Costa Blanca and were selected because they won the team classifications in respectively the 2001 Giro d'Italia, 2001 Tour de France and 2001 Vuelta a España. A further seven teams qualified based on the UCI ranking in the highest UCI division at the end of 2001, after compensating for transfers.[4] Five more teams were given wildcards by the organiser of the Tour, Amaury Sport Organisation.[4] After the wildcards were given, it was announced that Saeco's main rider Gilberto Simoni had tested positive for cocaine on two occasions. In response, the wildcard for Saeco was withdrawn and given to Jean Delatour.[5] In total, 21 teams participated, each with 9 cyclists, for a total of 189 cyclists.[6]

The teams entering the race were:[4]

Qualified teams

Invited teams

Route and stagesEdit

In the first week, the stages were mostly flat in the North of France. The last two weeks had mountain stages in the Pyrenees and Alps.[3]

Stage characteristics and winners[6][7][8]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 6 July Luxembourg City (Luxembourg) 7.0 km (4.3 mi)   Individual time trial   Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1]
1 7 July Luxembourg City (Luxembourg) 192.5 km (119.6 mi)   Plain stage   Rubens Bertogliati (SUI)
2 8 July Luxembourg City (Luxembourg) to Saarbrücken (Germany) 181.0 km (112.5 mi)   Plain stage   Óscar Freire (ESP)
3 9 July Metz to Reims 174.5 km (108.4 mi)   Plain stage   Robbie McEwen (AUS)
4 10 July Épernay to Château-Thierry 67.5 km (41.9 mi)   Team time trial  ONCE–Eroski
5 11 July Soissons to Rouen 195.0 km (121.2 mi)   Plain stage   Jaan Kirsipuu (EST)
6 12 July Forges-les-Eaux to Alençon 199.5 km (124.0 mi)   Plain stage   Erik Zabel (GER)
7 13 July Bagnoles-de-l'Orne to Avranches 176.0 km (109.4 mi)   Plain stage   Bradley McGee (AUS)
8 14 July Saint-Martin-de-Landelles to Plouay 217.5 km (135.1 mi)   Plain stage   Karsten Kroon (NED)
9 15 July Lanester to Lorient 52.0 km (32.3 mi)   Individual time trial   Santiago Botero (COL)
16 July Bordeaux Rest day
10 17 July Bazas to Pau 147.0 km (91.3 mi)   Plain stage   Patrice Halgand (FRA)
11 18 July Pau to La Mongie 158.0 km (98.2 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1]
12 19 July Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille 199.5 km (124.0 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1]
13 20 July Lavelanet to Béziers 171.0 km (106.3 mi)   Plain stage   David Millar (GBR)
14 21 July Lodève to Mont Ventoux 221.0 km (137.3 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Richard Virenque (FRA)
22 July Vaucluse Rest day
15 23 July Vaison-la-Romaine to Les Deux Alpes 226.5 km (140.7 mi)   Hilly stage   Santiago Botero (COL)
16 24 July Les Deux Alpes to La Plagne 179.5 km (111.5 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Michael Boogerd (NED)
17 25 July Aime to Cluses 142.0 km (88.2 mi)   Stage with mountain(s)   Dario Frigo (ITA)
18 26 July Cluses to Bourg-en-Bresse 176.5 km (109.7 mi)   Hilly stage   Thor Hushovd (NOR)
19 27 July Régnié-Durette to Mâcon 50.0 km (31.1 mi)   Individual time trial   Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1]
20 28 July Melun to Paris (Champs-Élysées) 144.0 km (89.5 mi)   Plain stage   Robbie McEwen (AUS)
Total 3,278 km (2,037 mi)[9]

Race overviewEdit

Riders on the way to Mont Ventoux on the fourteenth stage

The Prologue was won by Lance Armstrong with Laurent Jalabert and Raimondas Rumsas coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Armstrong and his incredibly dominant US Postal team were not concerned with defending the Yellow Jersey in the early flat stages and it changed hands a few times. First it went to Rubens Bertogliati who wore it during Stage 2 and Stage 3, where Robbie McEwen defeated Erik Zabel in the sprint gaining enough time for the latter to wear the Maillot Jaune in Stage 4, which was a Team Time Trial. Team ONCE-Eroski won the TTT and their rider Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano took over the overall lead. At this point in the Tour all of the Top 10 overall riders were either members of team ONCE or US Postal Cycling Team, but with two more ITT's and the Mountain stages to come this meant nothing as far as the overall standings, although it did make clear the fact that these two teams were in command within the Peloton.

The ensuing flat stages were won by Jaan Kirsipuu, Erik Zabel, Bradley McGee and Karsten Kroon and by the end of Stage 8 places 1-7 were all riders for ONCE with Gonzalez leading his teammate Joseba Beloki by :04 for the overall lead as the next riders from other teams were Armstrong in 8th and Tyler Hamilton of team CSC in 9th.

Stage 9 was an Individual Time Trial won by Santiago Botero and perhaps surprisingly seven riders finished within one minute of the stage winner when it was assumed by pundits that very few riders would keep Armstrong (who finished 2nd) that close and nobody would beat him. Following the ITT Gonzalez was still in Yellow leading the GC with Armstrong in 2nd overall, Beloki in 3rd and because of their strong performances in the ITT Serhiy Gonchar and Botero moved into 4th and 5th place in the General Classification.

Stage 10 was a hilly stage with a sprint finish won by Patrice Halgand of team Jean Latour. In places 2-11 were Jerome Pineau of team Bonjour, Stuart O’Grady of Credit Agricole, Ludo Dierckxsens of Lampre, Pedro Horrillo of Mapei, Andy Flickinger of AG2R, Nicolas Vogondy of FDJ, Nico Mattan of Cofidis, Constantino Zaballa of Kelme, Enrico Cassani of Domo and Unai Extebarria of Euskadel.

Spanish team ONCE with Beloki, Gonzalez and Abraham Olano, and American team US Postal with Armstrong, a young Floyd Landis, Viatcheslav Ekimov and the dominant Spanish rider Roberto Heras, a former Vuelta a Espana champion, would have the battle for the 2002 Tour de France in the mountains.

In Stage 11 Laurent Jalabert lead the stage from kilometer 6 all the way until kilometer 155 when Armstrong caught and dropped him 3 km from the finish. US Postal controlled the pace of the Peloton for most of the race. Heras lead the way setting such a high pace that most of Armstrong's rivals were dropped before Armstrong even had to put in any work of his own, but when Armstrong finally did attack only his own teammate Heras and Beloki could stay with him, but before long Armstrong was on his own headed for the Yellow Jersey.

In Stage 12 Jalabert attacked early again with Isidro Nozal and Laurent Dufaux going with him. About halfway through the stage the chase-1 group was about 3:00 behind with Richard Virenque, Eddy Mazzoleni and Alexandre Botcharov while once again US Postal with George Hincapie at the front dictated the pursuit of the main field/peloton just over 4:00 behind Jalabert, who was once again caught less than 10 km from the finish after leading the race for most of the day.[10]

Once again Heras fractured the group of the final ten elite riders left with only Armstrong and Beloki able to match his pace and once again when Armstrong launched his attack neither Heras or Beloki could go with him as they finished 2nd and 3rd to him 1:04 behind. Botero and Gonzalez were able to get within seven seconds of Heras and Beloki while Rumsas and Carlos Sastre finished about a minute and a half behind Armstrong.

Stage 13 was an intermediate stage and in the Green Jersey sprinters competition Erik Zabel and Robbie McEwen were only separated by one point. Laurent Jalabert's relentless attacks and combative riding was paying off as not only was he in the Polka Dot Jersey as King of the Mountains but he had also moved into a top 10 position in the overall standings. The stage was won by David Millar as the GC situation remained the same.

Armstrong would only build on his lead as the race progressed and by the time the Tour crossed Mont Ventoux, the Alps and arrived in Paris Beloki was still 2nd more than 7:00 behind as Rumsas completed the podium with Colombian rider Botero in 4th and Gonzalez in 5th. White Jersey winner Ivan Basso would finish 11th overall and would become one of the only serious challengers to Lance Armstrong in the coming Tours.

Following the USADA decision ten years later, which was confirmed by the UCI, Armstrong had this, and every result after 1998 vacated. It was also decided it was best for the sport and as an example to riders of future generations that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place riders would not be moved up to 1st, 2nd and 3rd.


Subsequent to Armstrong's statement to withdraw his fight against United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) charges, on 24 August 2012, the USADA said it would ban Armstrong for life and stripped him of his record seven Tour de France titles.[11][12] Later that day it was confirmed in a USADA statement that Armstrong was banned for life and would be disqualified from any and all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to 1 August 1998, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, winnings, finishes, points and prizes.[1] On 22 October 2012, the Union Cycliste Internationale endorsed the USADA sanctions, and decided not to award victories to any other rider or upgrade other placings in any of the affected events.[2]

Classification leadershipEdit

There were several classifications in the 2002 Tour de France.[13] The most important was the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on 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.[14]

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a green jersey. In the points 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.[15]

There was also a mountains classification. The organisation had categorised some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reached the top of these climbs first, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, and wore a white jersey with red polka dots.[16]

The fourth individual classification was the young rider classification, which was marked by the white jersey. This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders under 26 years were eligible.[17]

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.[18]

In addition, there was a combativity award given after each mass-start stage to the cyclist considered most combative, who wore a red number bib the next stage. The decision was made by a jury composed of journalists who gave points. The cyclist with the most points from votes in all stages led the combativity classification.[19] Laurent Jalabert won this classification, and was given overall the super-combativity award.[7]

Classification leadership by stage[20][21]
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Young rider classification
Team classification Combativity
  Award Classification
P Lance Armstrong[n 1] Lance Armstrong[n 1] Lance Armstrong[n 1] no award David Millar CSC–Tiscali no award
1 Rubens Bertogliati Rubens Bertogliati Erik Zabel Christophe Mengin Rubens Bertogliati Stéphane Bergès Stéphane Bergès
2 Óscar Freire Stéphane Bergès Sylvain Chavanel
3 Robbie McEwen Erik Zabel Christophe Mengin Jacky Durand Jacky Durand
4 ONCE-Eroski Igor González Isidro Nozal ONCE–Eroski no award
5 Jaan Kirsipuu Stefano Casagranda
6 Erik Zabel Steffen Wesemann
7 Bradley McGee Franck Rénier Franck Rénier
8 Karsten Kroon Raivis Belohvoščiks
9 Santiago Botero David Millar no award
10 Patrice Halgand Robbie McEwen Ludo Dierckxsens
11 Lance Armstrong[n 1] Lance Armstrong[n 1] Erik Zabel Patrice Halgand Ivan Basso Laurent Jalabert Laurent Jalabert
12 Lance Armstrong[n 1] Laurent Jalabert Laurent Jalabert
13 David Millar Robbie McEwen Eddy Mazzoleni
14 Richard Virenque Alexander Bocharov
15 Santiago Botero Mario Aerts
16 Michael Boogerd Michael Boogerd
17 Dario Frigo Mario Aerts
18 Thor Hushovd Léon van Bon
19 Lance Armstrong[n 1] no award
20 Robbie McEwen Cristian Moreni
Final Lance Armstrong[n 1] Robbie McEwen Laurent Jalabert Ivan Basso ONCE–Eroski Laurent Jalabert

Final standingsEdit

  Denotes the leader of the points classification   Denotes the leader of the mountains classification
  Denotes the leader of the young rider classification   Denotes the winner of the super-combativity award

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)[6][22]
Rank Rider Team Time
DSQ   Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1] U.S. Postal Service 82h 05' 12"
2   Joseba Beloki (ESP) ONCE–Eroski + 7' 17"
3   Raimondas Rumsas (LTU) Lampre–Daikin + 8' 17"
4   Santiago Botero (COL) Kelme–Costa Blanca + 13' 10"
5   Igor González (ESP) ONCE–Eroski + 13' 54"
6   José Azevedo (POR) ONCE–Eroski + 15' 44"
7   Francisco Mancebo (ESP) + 16' 05"
DSQ   Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank +17' 11"
9   Roberto Heras (ESP) U.S. Postal Service + 17' 12"
10   Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC–Tiscali + 19' 05"

Points classificationEdit

Final points classification (1–10)[22]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Robbie McEwen (AUS)   Lotto–Adecco 280
2   Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom 261
3   Stuart O'Grady (AUS) Crédit Agricole 208
4   Baden Cooke (AUS) Française des Jeux 198
5   Ján Svorada (CZE) Lampre–Daikin 154
DSQ   Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1] U.S. Postal Service 119
7   Thor Hushovd (NOR) Crédit Agricole 103
8   Laurent Brochard (FRA) Jean Delatour 99
9   Raimondas Rumšas (LTU) Lampre–Daikin 92
10   Santiago Botero (COL) Kelme–Costa Blanca 87

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)[22]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Laurent Jalabert (FRA)     CSC–Tiscali 262
2   Mario Aerts (BEL) Lotto–Adecco 178
3   Santiago Botero (COL) Kelme–Costa Blanca 162
DSQ   Lance Armstrong (USA)[n 1] U.S. Postal Service 159
5   Axel Merckx (BEL) Domo–Farm Frites 121
6   Joseba Beloki (ESP) ONCE–Eroski 115
7   Michael Boogerd (NED) Rabobank 113
8   Richard Virenque (FRA) Domo–Farm Frites 107
9   Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC–Tiscali 97
10   Raimondas Rumšas (LTU) Lampre–Daikin 96

Young rider classificationEdit

Final young rider classification (1–10)[22]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Ivan Basso (ITA)   Fassa Bortolo 82h 24' 30"
2   Nicolas Vogondy (FRA) Française des Jeux + 13' 26"
3   Christophe Brandt (BEL) Lotto–Adecco + 48' 32"
4   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Bonjour + 50' 08"
5   Isidro Nozal (ESP) ONCE–Eroski + 54.09"
6   Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 56' 21"
7   Volodymir Hustov (UKR) Fassa Bortolo + 58' 08"
8   Gerhard Trampusch (AUT) Mapei–Quick-Step + 1h 32' 12"
9   David Millar (GBR) Cofidis + 1h 40' 33"
10   Sandy Casar (FRA) Française des Jeux + 1h 53' 04"

Team classificationEdit

Final team classification (1–10)[22]
Rank Team Time
1 ONCE–Eroski 246h 36' 14"
2 U.S. Postal Service + 22' 49"
3 CSC–Tiscali + 30' 17"
4 + 34' 06"
5 Cofidis + 36' 19"
6 Rabobank + 40.41"
7 Jean Delatour + 1h 17.21"
8 Kelme–Costa Blanca + 1h 42.22"
9 Domo–Farm Frites + 1h 46.20"
10 Fassa Bortolo + 2h 01.59"

Combativity classificationEdit

Final combativity classification (1–10)[22]
Rank Rider Team Points
1   Laurent Jalabert (FRA)     CSC–Tiscali 100
2   Franck Rénier (FRA) Bonjour 50
3   Thor Hushovd (NOR) Crédit Agricole 35
4   Michael Boogerd (NED) Rabobank 33
5   Ludo Dierckxsens (BEL) Lampre–Daikin 33
6   Mario Aerts (BEL) Lotto–Adecco 31
7   Leon van Bon (NED) Domo–Farm Frites 29
8   Stéphane Berges (FRA) AG2R Prévoyance 24
9   Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Bonjour 23
10   Axel Merckx (BEL) Domo–Farm Frites 20


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