Rewriting history: Tour Top Tens without Armstrong and Co.

Yep, sorry, I’ve given in, and written a post that has something to do with Mr Armstrong. Frankly though, I don’t want to get into the now extremely tedious and unending discussion about guilt etc, which is just the road to sniping, inflammatory comments that quickly degrade into puerile insults judging from the last, what, 10 years of what happens, so I’ll leave that lot to keep up the good work ad infinitum. Instead, I thought I’d try and answer the question a lot of people are asking, namely, who gets the Tour wins if they strip Armstrong of them (something they shouldn’t do, for reasons that will become clear, and also because Riis is still listed as a winner). Of course, it’ a somewhat pointless exercise, as the race would have played out differently, but hey. So here’s a little alternative history, with the initial top tens and then the alternative if we remove everyone ever implicated wit drugs to the best of my knowledge. The actual finishing position of the riders is in brackets.

If you just want to know the winners for 1999-2012…

1999 – Daniele Nardello

2000 – Daniele Nardello

2001 – Andrei Kivilev

2002 – Carlos Sastre

2003 – Haimar Zubeldia

2004 – Carlos Sastre

2005 – Cadel Evans

2006 – Carlos Sastre

2007 – Cadel Evans

2008 – Carlos Sastre

2009 – Andy Schleck

2010 – Andy Schleck

2011 – Cadel Evans

2012 – Bradley Wiggins

1999         

  1. Lance Armstrong [USA] (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  2. Alex Zulle [SUI]  (’98 EPO)
  3. Fernando Escartin [SPA] (Kelme ’04, Bologna Raid ‘98)
  4. Laurent Dufaux [SUI] (’98 EPO)
  5. Angel Casero [SPA] (’06 EPO)
  6. Abraham Olano [SPA] (’04 Caffeine)
  7. Daniele Nardello [SPA]
  8. Richard Virenque [FRA] (Festina 1998, EPO/HGH)
  9. Vladimir Belli [ITA] (‘01Brescia indictment, supplying)
  10. Andrea Peron [ITA] (’01 Blitz Raids, Caffeine)

 1999 Alternative

  1. Daniele Nardello [SPA] (7th)
  2. Kurt Van De Wouwer [BEL] (11th)
  3. Stephane Heulot [FRA] (14th)
  4. Benoit Salmon [FRA] (16th)
  5. Carlos Contreras [COL] (19th)
  6. Giuseppe Guerini [ITA] (22nd)
  7. Francisco Garcia [SPA] (26th)
  8. Luis Perez [SPA] (29th)
  9. Francois Simon [FRA] (30th)
  10. Steve de Wolf [BEL] (41st)

Yes, my first thought was also ‘who the hell are this lot’. I don’t know, and given I had to go down to 41st in the rankings to find 10th place, I think I’ll leave it at that. Steve de Wolf has a great name though.

2000

  1. Lance Armstrong [USA]  (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  2. Jan Ullrich [GER] (’02 Amphetamines, ’06 Puerto/Fuentes)
  3. Joseba Belloki [SPA] (Named in ’06 Puerto)
  4. Christope Moreau [FRA] (’98 steroids, ’98 Festina, EPO)
  5. Roberto Heras [SPA] (’06 EPO)
  6. Richard Virenque [FRA] (Festina 1998, EPO/HGH)
  7. Santiago Botero [COL] (Named in ’06 Puerto)
  8. Fernando Escartin [SPA] (Kelme ’04, Bologna Raid ‘98)
  9. Francisco Mancebo [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  10. Daniele Nardello [ITA]

 2000 Alternative

  1. Daniele Nardello [ITA] (10th)
  2. Felix Manuel Garcia [SPA]  (14th)
  3. Roberto Conti [ITA] (16th)
  4. Kurt Van De Wower [BEL] (17th)
  5. Guido Trentin [ITA] (18th)
  6. Jean-Cyril Robin [FRA] (19th)
  7. Geert Verheyen [BEL] (20th)
  8. Peter Luttenberger [AST] (21st)
  9. Jose Maria Jiminez [SPA] (23rd)
  10. Grisha Niermann [GER] (24th)

Nardello takes his second Tour de France title, although we’re still no nearer to knowing who anyone he was racing against is. Niermann sneaks in for 10th, and is about the only name I recognise.

2001

  1. Lance Armstrong [USA] (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  2. Jan Ullrich [GER] (’02 Amphetamines, ’06 Puerto/Fuentes)
  3. Joseba Belloki [SPA] (Named in ’06 Puerto)
  4. Andrei Kivilev [KAZ]
  5. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano [SPA] (’02 Salbutamol, Named in ’06 Puerto)
  6. Francois Simon [FRA]
  7. Oscar Sevilla [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  8. Santiago Botero [COL] (Named in ’06 Puerto)
  9. Marcos Serrano [SPA] (Named in ’06 Puerto)
  10. Michael Boogerd [NED] (Rabobank, HumanPlasma, Landis accused)

2001 Alternative

  1. Andrei Kivilev [KAZ] (4th)
  2. Francois Simon [FRA] (6th)
  3. Inigo Chaurreau [ESP] (12th)
  4. Alexandre Botcharov [RUS] (17th)
  5. Bobby Julich [USA] (18th)
  6. Laurent Jalabert [FRA] (19th)
  7. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (20th)
  8. Tomasz Broyna [POL] (21st)
  9. Roberto Laiseka [SPA] (28th)
  10. Daniel Atienza [ESP] (30th)

A bit more recongisable this one. The late Kivilev takes the win for Kazakstan before Vino could ruin their image a bit, and before his tragic death a couple of years later. Elsewhere, Botcharov begins a run of top 10s, and Carlos Sastre, who will turn out to be the force of the decade, comes in at 7th.

2002

  1. Lance Armstrong [USA] (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  2. Joseba Belloki [SPA] (Named in ’06 Puerto)
  3. Raimondas Rumsas [LIT] (’03 EPO, Wife Drug haul HGH/Test./Steroid)
  4. Santiago Botero [COL] (Named in ’06 Puerto)
  5. Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano [SPA] (’02 Salbutamol, Named in ’06 Puerto)
  6. Jose Azevdeo [POR] (Landis accused, US Postal)
  7. Francisco Mancebo [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  8. Levi Leipheimer [USA] (’97 Ephedrine, US Postal)
  9. Roberto Heras [SPA] (’06 EPO)
  10. Carlos Sastre [SPA]

2002 Alternative

  1. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (10th)
  2. Davide Moncutie [FRA] (13th)
  3. Stephane Goubert [FRA] (17th)
  4. Nicolas Vogondy [FRA] (19th)
  5. Niki Sorensen [DEN] (20th)
  6. Andrei Kivilev [KAZ] (21st)
  7. Beat Zberg [SUI] {27th)
  8. Alexandre Botcharov [RUS] (30th)
  9. Jean-Cyril Robin [FRA] (32nd)
  10. Laurent Lefevre [FRA] (34th)

Happily, we can use pictures of the winner in Paris for this one. Sastre takes a first tour from Moncoutie, before he went and concentrated on the Vuelta mountains title. It’s impressive to see a young Niki Sorensen up there as well, as well as Kivilev a strong 6th. A special mention for Laurent Lefevre, one of only three riders on the Festina team who turned out to be clean.

2003

  1. Lance Armstrong [USA] (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  2. Jan Ullrich [GER] (’02 Amphetamines, ’06 Puerto/Fuentes)
  3. Alexandre Vinokourov [KAZ] (’07 Blood Transfusion)
  4. Tyler Hamilton [USA] (’04 Blood Transfusion, ’09 DHEA, EPO, US Postal)
  5. Haimar Zubeldia [SPA]
  6. Iban Mayo {SPA] (’07 EPO)
  7. Ivan Basso [ITA] (‘O6 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  8. Christope Moreau [FRA] (’98 steroids, ’98 Festina, EPO)
  9. Carlos Sastre [SPA]
  10.  Francisco Mancebo [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)

2003 Alternative

  1. Haimar Zubledia [SPA] (5th)
  2. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (9th)
  3. Peter Luttenberger [AST] (13th)
  4. Roberto Laiseka [SPA] (18th)
  5. David Plaza [SPA] (22nd)
  6. Felix Manuel Garcia [ESP] (23rd)
  7. Alexandre Botcharov [RUS] (24th)
  8. Daniele Nardello [SPA] (25th)
  9. Grischa Niermann [GER] (28th)
  10. Ingigo Chaurreau [SPA] (30th)

The Centenary Tour is won by a Basque, beating the defending champ into second, whilst in a twist to what happens in other years alternative top tens, no Frenchmen manage to get into the top ten overall. Zubeldia is a constant presence in the race from now on.

2004

  1. Lance Armstrong [USA] (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  2. Andreas Kloden [GER] [’08 Freiburg Blood Transfusion Investigation]
  3. Ivan Basso [ITA] (‘O6 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  4. Jan Ullrich [GER] (’02 Amphetamines, ’06 Puerto/Fuentes)
  5. Jose Azevdeo [POR] (Landis accused, US Postal)
  6. Francisco Mancebo [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  7. Georg Totsching [AST] (’05 HumanPlasma, Blood Transfusion)
  8. Carlos Sastre [SPA]
  9.  Levi Leipheimer [USA] (’97 Ephedrine, US Postal)
  10. Oscar Pereiro [SPA] (’06 Salbutamol but exemption)

2004 Alternative

  1. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (8th)
  2. Sandy Casar [FRA] (16th)
  3. Thomas Voeckler [FRA] (18th)
  4. Stephane Goubert [FRA] (20th)
  5. Michael Rodgers [AUS] (22nd)
  6. Giussepe Guerini [ITA] (25th)
  7. Iker Camano [SPA] (26th)
  8. Jerome Pineau [FRA] (27th)
  9. Sylvain Chavanel [FRA] (30th)
  10. Davide Moncutie [FRA] (34th)

Sastre takes revenge as Zubeldia withdraws during the race, as the french make up for the previous year by getting Sandy Casar and Thomas Voeckler on the podium, as well as 6 of the top 10 overall in what looks like a lsit of French puncheurs for the next few years. The mighty Jens Voigt sneaks into 11th place as well.

2005

  1. Lance Armstrong [USA] (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  2. Ivan Basso [ITA] (‘O6 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  3. Jan Ullrich [GER] (’02 Amphetamines, ’06 Puerto/Fuentes)
  4. Francisco Mancebo [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  5. Alexandre Vinokourov [KAZ] (’07 Blood Transfusion)
  6. Levi Leipheimer [USA] (’97 Ephedrine, US Postal)
  7. Michael Rasmussen [DEN] (’02 Hemopure, ’07 whereabouts, ’09 Mantova, Rabobank)
  8. Cadel Evans [AUS}
  9. Floyd Landis [USA} (’06 Testosterone, Blood Transfusion, HGH, EPO)
  10. Oscar Pereiro [SPA] (’06 Salbutamol but exemption)

2005 Alternative

  1. Cadel Evans [AUS] (8th)
  2. Haimar Zubeldia [SPA] (15th)
  3. Bobby Julich [USA] (17th)
  4. Giuseppe Guerini [ITA] (20th)
  5. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (21st)
  6. Xabier Zanido [SPA] (22nd)
  7. Sandy Casar [FRA] (29th)
  8. Chris Horner [USA] (33rd)
  9. Stephane Goubert [FRA] (34th)
  10. Maxim Iglinksy [KAZ] (37th)

A first Aussie victory goes to Cadel Evans, beating a resurgent Zubeldia as Sastre stutters to 5th. All three are now on a Tour each as Evans ends the Spanish run. Even Chris Horner slips into 8th,  which probably justifies his comments in interviews that seem to indicate he thinks he could have won about 20 years worth of Grand Tours. Also the first Tour Alberto Contador rode, coming in 31st, and thus ruining the claim by journalists pre-2011 Tour that he’d won every Grand Tour he’d entered.

2006

  1. Floyd Landis [USA] (’06 Testosterone, Blood Transfusion, HGH, EPO)
  2. Oscar Pereiro [SPA] (’06 Salbutamol but exemption)
  3. Andreas Kloden [GER] [’08 Freiburg Blood Transfusion Investigation]
  4. Carlos Sastre [SPA]
  5. Cadel Evans [AUS]
  6. Denis Menchov [RUS] (Ferrari Investigation, Rabobank, HumanPlasma accused)
  7. Cyril Dessel [FRA]
  8. Christope Moreau [FRA] (’98 steroids, ’98 Festina, EPO)
  9. Haimar Zubeldia [SPA]
  10. Michael Rodgers [AUS]

2006 Alternative

  1. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (4th)
  2. Cadel Evans [AUS] (5th)
  3. Cyril Dessel [FRA] (7th)
  4. Haimar Zubeldia [SPA] (9th)
  5. Michael Rodgers [AUS] (10th)
  6. Markus Fothen [GER] (15th)
  7. David Arroyo [ESP] (21st)
  8. Francsico Javier Vila [SPA] (22nd)
  9. Giuseppe Guerini [ITA] (25th)
  10. Pierrick Fedrigo [FRA] (28th)

A third win for Sastre as the battle between him, Evans and Zubeldia hots up. Markus Fothen (whatever happenned to him?!) comes in for White and 6th, and David Arroyo pops in to give an indication of his forthcoming second place in the 2010 Giro, although of course under these rules, he’d win, as Basso would be DQed. Hmm. Guerini keeps getting top 10s somehow to add to his Alpe d’Huez success, and even Fedrigo gets in 10th.

2007

  1. Alberto Contador [SPA] (Named ’06 Puerto, ’10 Clenbuterol, Blood transfusion implication)
  2. Cadel Evans [AUS]
  3. Levi Leipheimer [USA] (’97 Ephedrine, US Postal)
  4. Carlos Sastre [SPA]
  5. Haimar Zubeldia [SPA]
  6. Alejandro Valverde [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion, EPO)
  7. Kim Kirchen [LUX]
  8. Yaroslav Popovych [UKR] (Ferrari investigation, ’10 Raid on home)
  9. Mikel Astarloza [SPA] (’09 EPO)
  10. Oscar Pereiro [SPA] (’06 Salbutamol but exemption)

2007 Alternative

  1. Cadel Evans [AUS] (2nd)
  2. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (4th)
  3. Haimar Zubeldia [SPA] (5th)
  4. Kim Kirchen [LUX] (7th)
  5. Mauricio Soler [COL] (11th)
  6. David Arroyo [SPA] (13th)
  7. Chris Horner [USA] (15th)
  8. Juan Jose Cobo [SPA] (20th)
  9. Juan Mannuel Garate [SPA] (21st)
  10. Amets Txurruka [SPA] (23rd)

A race that Michael Rasmussen would have won, had he not been thrown out, was then won by Contador, having been racing Rasmussen, and now goes to Evans. Crazy. Still one of the best recent Tours, and with a more respectable (and recognisable) top ten. The now retired Mauricio Soler gets 5th, and Kim Kirchen begins a run of 2 4th places. Unfortunately, both are now retired or sidelined due to health problems. Txurruka was lucky enough to get on the podium in Paris without having won anything, as Contador had taken Yellow and White, but second in the white jersey standing was Soler, who was already on the podium in Polka Dots, so to please the sponsors, out came 3rd place Txurruka for the least happy podium celebration known to man.

2008

  1. Carlos Sastre [SPA]
  2. Cadel Evans [AUS]
  3. Bernhard Kohl [AST] (’08 EPO-CERA)
  4. Denis Menchov [RUS] (Ferrari Investigation, Rabobank, HumanPlasma accused)
  5. Christian Vande Velde [USA] (Landis Accused, US Postal)
  6. Franck Schleck [LUX] (Paid Fuentes ’08, Xipamide ’12)
  7. Samuel Sanchez (SPA)
  8. Kim Kirchen [LUX]
  9. Alejandro Valverde [SPA] (’06 Puerto, Blood Transfusion, EPO)
  10. Tadej Valjavec [SLO] (’10 Biological passport)

2008 Alternative

  1. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (1st)
  2. Cadel Evans [AUS] (3rd)
  3. Samuel Sanchez [SPA] (7th)
  4. Kim Kirchen [LUX] (8th)
  5. Vladimir Efimkin [RUS] (11th)
  6. Andy Schleck [LUX] (12th)
  7. Roman Kreuziger [CZE] (13th)
  8. Sandy Casar [FRA] (14th)
  9. Amael Moinard [FRA] (15th)
  10. Kanstantin Sivstov [BLR] (17th)

Whats this?! A year we don’t have to change first place?! Crazy. Sastre wins his 4th and final Tour, putting him on a mark no one else holds, with Evans second yet again. Still, things are looking up for Cadel, with two wins to his name already. Andy Schleck gets 6th, and I’m sure there will be some who group him in with his brother and thus discount him,  but hey.

2009

  1. Alberto Contador [SPA] (Named ’06 Puerto, ’10 Clenbuterol, Blood transfusion implication)
  2. Andy Schleck [LUX]
  3. Lance Armstrong [USA] (’99 Cortisone, L’Equipe EPO allegation, Landis Accused)
  4. Bradley Wiggins [GBR]
  5. Franck Schleck [LUX] (Paid Fuentes ’08, Xipamide ’12)
  6. Andreas Kloden [GER] [’08 Freiburg Blood Transfusion Investigation]
  7. Vincenzo Nibali [ITA]
  8. Christian Vande Velde [USA] (Landis Accused, US Postal)
  9. Romain Kreuziger [CZE]
  10.  Christophe Le Mevel [FRA]

2009 Alternative

  1. Andy Schleck [LUX] (2nd)
  2. Bradley Wiggins [GBR] (4th)
  3. Vincenzo Nibali [ITA] (7th)
  4. Romain Kreuziger [CZE] (9th)
  5. Christophe Le Mevel [FRA] (10th)
  6. Sandy Casar [FRA] (12th)
  7. Jurgen Van Den Broeck [BEL] (15th)
  8. Stephane Goubert [FRA] (16th)
  9. Carlos Sastre [SPA] (17th)
  10. Alexandre Botcharov [RUS] (18th)

Andy Schleck gatecrashes the party to win at his second attempt, whilst Bradley Wiggins and Nibali scrap for the podium a la 2012. Evans of course fell away this year, and Sastre could only manage 9th, but Botcharov gets in the top 10 yet again – after 4th in 2001.

2010

  1. Alberto Contador [SPA] (Named ’06 Puerto, ’10 Clenbuterol, Blood transfusion implication)
  2. Andy Schleck [LUX]
  3. Denis Menchov [RUS] (Ferrari Investigation, Rabobank, HumanPlasma accused)
  4. Samuel Sanchez [SPA]
  5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck [BEL]
  6. Robert Gesink [NED]
  7. Ryder Hesjedal [CAN]
  8. Joaquim Rodriguez [SPA]
  9. Romain Kreziger [CZE]
  10. Chris Horner [USA]

2010 Alternative

  1. Andy Schleck [LUX] (2nd)
  2. Samuel Sanchez [SPA] (4th)
  3. Jurgen Van Den Broeck [BEL] (5th)
  4. Robert Gesink [NED] (6th)
  5. Ryder Hesjedal [CAN] (7th)
  6. Joaquim Rodriguez [SPA] (8th)
  7. Romain Kreuziger [CZE] (9th)
  8. Chris Horner [USA] (10th)
  9. Luis Leon Sanchez [ESP] (11th)
  10. Nicholas Roche [IRE] (14th)

Of course, Schleck technically won this anyway, but Contador did originally, so he gets promoted from 2nd. Van den Broeck gets in a podium before settling into 4th place for a while, and even Nicholas Roche comes 10th. Obviously a clean Tour then. Sorry Nicholas.

2011

  1. Cadel Evans [AUS]
  2. Andy Schleck [LUX]
  3. Franck Schleck [LUX] (Paid Fuentes ’08, Xipamide ’12)
  4. Thomas Voeckler [FRA]
  5. Alberto Contador [SPA] (Named ’06 Puerto, ’10 Clenbuterol, Blood transfusion implication)
  6. Samuel Sanchez [SPA]
  7. Damiano Cunego [ITA] (Manatova investigation)
  8. Ivan Basso [ITA] (‘O6 Puerto, Blood Transfusion)
  9. Tom Danielson [USA] (Vaughters confession accused)
  10. Jean-Christope Peraud [FRA]

2011 Alternative

  1. Cadel Evans [AUS] (1st)
  2. Andy Schleck [LUX] (2nd)
  3. Thomas Voeckler [FRA]  (4th)
  4. Samuel Sanchez [SPA] (6th)
  5. Jean-Christophe Peraud [FRA] (10th)
  6. Pierre Rolland [FRA] (11th)
  7. Rein Taaramae [EST] (12th)
  8. Kevin De Wert [BEL] (13th)
  9. Jerome Coppel [FRA] (14th)
  10. Arnold Jeannesson [FRA] (15th)

Thomas Voeckler gets another podium after his 2004 heroics, and the rest is essentially not bad, with only a few removals of past dopers returning to action, as well as Contador, who shouldnt have been there in the first place.  Rein Taarame gets 12th, a good result before he could be lauded as the next big thing on La Planche des Belle Filles next year, then dissapear into obscurity again.

2012

  1. Bradley Wiggins [GBR]
  2. Christopher Froome [GBR]
  3. Vincenzo Nibali [ITA]
  4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck
  5. Tejay Van Garderen [USA]
  6. Haimar Zubeldia [SPA]
  7. Cadel Evans [AUS]
  8. Pierre Rolland [FRA]
  9. Janez Brajkovic [SLO]
  10. Thibaut Pinot [FRA]

Wow, we don’t even have to change this one. It’s almost like there’s been a generational change and we should aknowledge the mistakes of the previous era, leave the results as they are instead of covering them up, and get on with supporting the new generation. Good idea, no?

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