Tour de farce...
1999 -- Who finished second? Alex Zülle (Swit) who admitted to doping as part of Festina Affair in 1998. Banned for year but returned for 1999.
2000 -- 2nd: Jan Ullrich (Ger). Five-time runner-up was given a two-year ban in February this year after the Operation Puerto doping scandal in 2006, with his races from 2005-2007 banished.
2001 -- 2nd: Ullrich
2002 -- 2nd: Joseba Beloki (Spa). Clean.
2003 -- 2nd: Ullrich
2004 -- 2nd: Andreas Klöden (Ger) Connected to a 2006 doping programme, the rider eventually paid a €25,000 fine. German ADA announced an investigation into Klöden and others on doping suspicions.
2005 -- 2nd: Ivan Basso (Ita). Acquitted in October 2006 in Operation Puerto, but reinvestigated in 2007 and proved guilty. The Italian was banned for two years after he admitted to attempting doping.