Tour de France Stage 6 - Épernay to Metz
The peloton continues their easterly push towards the mountains from Épernay to Metz . With only one Category 4 climb, Stage 6 of the Tour de France will be one last chance for the sprinters to shine for the better part of a week. This is another long stage - 207.5 km or 129 miles.
After a week of racing, the peloton is getting pretty beat up, and many sprinters have seen the tarmac more often than they would like. There's a remote chance that the day's breakaway will survive to the finish, but more than likely, the peloton will finish in a bunch sprint to the line. Look for Cavendish, Sagan and Farrar, if he's not too beaten up,to redeem themselves. The General Classification contenders will once again seek to conserve energy and stay out of trouble, as they will want to have fresh legs for the first real mountaintop finish of the Tour de France at La Planche des Belles Filles in Stage 7 on Saturday.
Stage 6 Results
The first week of the Tour de France, with its long, generally flat, sprint-filled stages, is as much about survival as it is about taking early stage victories. This is particularly true for teams with Yellow Jersey aspiratations. Just ask Garmin-Sharpe, who GC hopes are all but dashed after today's seemingly innocuous Stage 6 to Metz.
With teammate Dave Zabriskie off the front in an all-day chase group and only 25kms to go on the stage, disaster struck an already stricken Garmin-Sharpe team. An enormous, high-speed crash in the peloton that took down an already injured Tyler Farrar, Tom Danielson and Christian Vandevelde. Worse yet, Garmin-Sharpe's general classification best hope, Ryder Hesjedal went down hard, ultimately losing 9+ minutes on the stage. Later on, Tom Danielson abandoned the race, their best climber and another GC contender, done! The final blow was that Dave Z was caught by a charging peloton with 1.5km to go.
Other teams were not spared the wrath of Stage 6. Frank Schleck, Robert Gesink, Janez Brajkovic, Pierre Rolland and Alejandro Valverde all lost time.
And, oh yeh, Peter Sagan won his 3rd Tour stage!
Stage 6 - Top 10 Finishers
|1||Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale||4:37:00|
|2||André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team|
|3||Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team|
|4||Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team|
|5||Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank|
|6||Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team|
|7||Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD|
|8||Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team|
|9||Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team|
|10||Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team||0:00:04|
General Classification after Stage 6 (Top 10 and Favorites)
|1||Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan||5:22:36|
|2||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:00:07|
|3||Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep|
|4||Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:10|
|5||Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team||0:00:13|
|6||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||0:00:17|
|7||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:00:18|
|8||Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:00:19|
|9||Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan|
|10||Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan||0:00:22|
|17||Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team||0:00:28|
|18||Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:00:29|
|20||Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi||0:00:40|
|21||Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team||0:00:42|
|22||Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep||0:00:45|
|24||Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan||0:01:29|
|31||Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team||0:02:27|
|34||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team||0:02:40|
|37||Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan||0:02:43|
|38||Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team||0:02:46|
|40||Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar||0:02:50|
|51||Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:04:13|
|114||David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Sharp||0:14:17|
|115||Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar||0:14:17|
|151||Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep||0:19:47|
|181||Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:27:49|