It's interesting to see who was where at Tirreno Adriatico in the final General Classification.
Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank was first, a great ride by the youngster. 2nd was Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team, just 14secs off the pace and yet more proof of Jorg's stage-race abilities. Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Fondital was 3rd and Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel was 4th. Interesting to see Paolo doing well at this stage of the year. Then Michael Boogerd, Rabobank, Bertagnolli of Cofidis and Ivan Basso Team CSC. Basso is clearly aiming at the Giro for 2006, so we expect to see him.
Seventh place was George Hincapie for Discovery Channel, then Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC and Tom Danielson also Discovery Channel. Whilst we expect to see Hincapie getting stuck into the early season classics, Tom's also looking the goods for the bigger stage races. The top 10 were all within one minute of the leader.