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95th Tour de France - Stage 6 Live Part 2
 
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Date: 7/10/2008
95th Tour de France - Stage 6 Live Part 2
 

95th Tour de France - Stage 6 Live Part 2
46 km to go...  Benoit Vaugrenard (FDJ), Fredy Bichot (Agritubel) and Sylvain Chavanel on the
Col de la Croix-Morand the gap goes under two minutes - Gerolsteiner leading the chase as we approach the final climbs

Stage 6 Aigurande - Super-Besse Sancy, 195 km
1614 CEST - The gap of Sylvain Chavanel, Freddy Bichot and Benoit Vaugrenard is down to 1.55 with 46 km to go. The break is now on the Col de la Croix-Morand. The climb is about 8/9 km long in distance. The peloton follows on the Col de la Croix-Morand as well. we don't expect any attacks from the bunch on this climb already. Of course, as we said that we see an attack of a Credit Agricole rider, but none of the big guns respond.

In front Benoit Vaugrenard drops off the break due to the pace of Chavanel. Chavanel can take the KOM jersey if he tops the climb first. Attack of Team Barloworld, it's Felix Rafael Cardenas the Colombian climber. David de la Fuente (Saunier) on the attack too. More riders are coming as well led by Euskaltel

1622 CEST - 40 km to to. Riders pedaling backwards as they are spit out the back as the climb kicks in, there goes Cavendish leading  the formation of the sprinters gruppo. 3 km to the summit, Everyone of the attacks are caught except of Pauriol. He is still riding 150 meters in front of the bunch.

Caisse D'Epargne is now leading the pace in the bunch. Gerolsteiner is gone. Vaugrenard one of the three escapees is caught by the bunch already. Chavanel and Bichot still have 1.32 on the bunch with the yellow jersey. The gruppetto has now been formed with most of the sprinters, we also see the green jersey Thor Hushovd.

1 km to the top - the gap down to 1.20 to Chavanel. Remi Pauriol has been caught by the bunch. Chavanel takes the max points on the Col de la Croix-Morand ahead of Bichot. The bunch is 1.10 down. If Voeckler becomes third on the top the two Chavanel and Voeckler have equal points. Voeckler starts his sprint and takes third, so the both riders have equal points. Rider to finish the stage first will wear the polka dot jersey after today's stage. Perhaps Chavanel.

35 km to go, Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues), Sandy Casar (FDJ) and Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel) went on the counter-attack after the climb. The three chasers are chased down by the bunch again. The two leaders Sylvain Chavanel and Freddy Bichot have 47 seconds on the bunch.

Caisse D'Epargne is leading the pace in the bunch. Alejandro Valverde is interested in winning another stage and trying to get some time back on the other GC contenders in front of him.

30 km to go - the gap stays the same as Caisse controls the pace. 48 seconds with 25 km to go

The fourth stage in the Tour of Austria ended in a bunch sprint. The win goes to Team Columbia with André Greipel. Ruslan Pidgornyy stays in the lead. Stay tuned for Fabio's report.

1647 CEST - 23 km to go, the gap down to 32 seconds - 22 km - 22 seconds - Freddy Bichot (Agritubel) attacks in the break as the gap is down to18 seconds. Chavanel doesn't react as he apparently has accomplished his goal, the polka dot jersey.

20 km to go, Sylvain Chavanel has been caught by the bunch. Bichot still has 20 seconds on the bunch a gutsy move but, likely a fruitless gambit.

18 km to go, in 7 km the climb of Super-Besse starts. Go Freddy Bichot... he's down on the drops giving his all to avoid capture. Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole) on the counter-attack he's got a 200 meter gap. Bichot has 16 seconds on the bunch. Botcharov has been caught.

15 km to go, still 4 km to the first slopes of the Super-Besse climb. Bichot is flying through a small village on a downhill bit, his gap is ten seconds... bold effort.

14 km to go, Freddy Bichot is caught, we expect the effort will win the most aggressive rider prize for the day. Were wrong, it is announced that Chavanel gets the trophy and cash award.

12 km to go, the real climb starts in about 1 km. Crash in the bunch with Vogondy and Zabel, both are up and riding... Cancellara is spit out the back.


 © Amaury Sport Organization 

1704 CEST - 10 km to go, Attack! Amael Moinard (Cofidis) and Laurent Lefevre (Bouygues). Caisse D'Epargne still leading the pace in the bunch. The French duo gets a 200 meters gap... Moinard takes a hard long pull and loses Lefevre who fights back to his wheel... Caisse still leads the large group behind... when will they launch Valverde?

Both French riders have 10 seconds on the bunch. It seems that only the French want to attack. Three more French guys in the counter. One of them Di Gregorio drops off, three leaders 7 km to go.

We have Moinard, a Credit Agricole rider and Vladimir Efimkin on the attack; the bunch is not far behind. Efimkin goes on alone, the others are dropped and then caught by the bunch. the Credit rider was Christophe Le Mevel. Attack of David Moncoutie (Cofidis) in the counter-attack The French teams continue to animate the race.

6 km to go - Efimkin is killing it flying up the climb. Moncoutie in an amazing effort bridges across to Efimkin, the bunch 15 seconds down hammering out a fast tempo.

1713 CEST - 5 km to go. Christian Vandevelde and Piepoli  attack in the bunch... the real racing and fireworks have begun. Schumi is in the bunch, more riders dropped off the front group... Moncoutie caught by the bunch as Columbia takes the lead. Two leaders as Efimkin has been dropped too; Voeckler dropped. 

4 km to go- Efimkin caught by the bunch. The big guns in front of the bunch waiting to attack. Piepoli and Vandevelde have 20 seconds.

3 km to go - the steeper parts of the climb have yet to come; with less than 2 km to go.


The leaders group... Valverde, Menchov, Schumacher and Ricco et al.
Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

2 km to go - Into the steeps. They are now on the steeper final parts of the climb to Super-Besse, if you are having a bad day you can lose lots of time here. Vandevelde and Piepoli fly... but not fast enough. The gap is down to 10 seconds for Vandevelde and Piepoli... 5 seconds now.

Caisse takes the lead again, Vandevelde and Piepoli caught.

1 km to go, Schumacher, Evans, Kirchen, Menchov, Ricco in front. The bunch shatters. Cunego dropped. A sprint with about 20 riders.

300 mt to go Ricco starts the sprint, Valverde and Evans react. But Ricco wins. Valverde 2nd and Evans third.


30 meters Ricco and Valverde look back as Evans gets out of the saddle in pursuit of his rivals. Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The winner of the stage to Super-Besse is

RICCARDO RICCCCOOOOO!!!


Riccardo Ricco celebrates with an impressive gap on Alejandro and Cadel.
Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

In the final 300mt there was a crash with the yellow jersey Schumacher, no time loss as its in the final km. Fränk Schleck 4th, Kim Kirchen 5th, Kreuziger 6th, Duenas 7th, Sastre 8th, Menchov 9th

In the provisional ranking the new yellow jersey is KIM KIRCHEN!! so they count the time losses despite the crash in the final km

Women's Giro update: In the Giro Donne the TT victory went to Australian Vicky Whitelaw. Zabirova was second and Amber Neben third. Luperini stays in the overall lead ahead of Pucinskaite and Guderzo


Tour de Suisse winner Kreuziger leads, Moises, Sastre, Menchov and Piepoli across the line. Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Stage 6 Results (Provisional)
Aigurande - Super-Besse Sancy, 195 km

1. Ricco Riccardo 171 Saunier Duval - Scott 4h 57' 52"
2. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 4h 57' 53" - 00' 01"
3. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 4h 57' 53" - 00' 01"

4. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 4h 57' 56" - 00' 04"
5. Kirchen Kim 41 Team Columbia 4h 57' 56" - 00' 04"
6. Kreuziger Roman 65 Liquigas 4h 57' 59" - 00' 07"
7. Duenas Nevado Moises 56 Barloworld 4h 57' 59" - 00'
7. Duenas Nevado Moises 56 Barloworld 4h 57' 59" - 00' 07"
8. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 4h 57' 59" - 00' 07"
9. Menchov Denis 131 Rabobank 4h 57' 59" - 00' 07"
10. Piepoli Leonardo 179 Saunier Duval - Scott 4h 57' 59" - 00' 07"
11. Beltran Manuel 62 Liquigas 4h 58' 04" - 00' 12"
12. Sanchez Samuel 27 Euskaltel - Euskadi 4h 58' 04" - 00' 12"
13. Pereiro Sio Oscar 37 Caisse D’epargne 4h 58' 07" - 00' 15"
14. Devolder Stijn 91 Quick Step 4h 58' 11" - 00' 19"
15. Lövkvist Thomas 48 Team Columbia 4h 58' 15" - 00' 23"
16. Trofimov Yury 147 Bouygues Telecom 4h 58' 15" - 00' 23"
17. Fofonov Dmitriy 85 Credit Agricole 4h 58' 15" - 00' 23"
18. Astarloza Mikel 22 Euskaltel - Euskadi 4h 58' 15" - 00' 23"
19. Vandevelde Christian 191 Garmin Chipotle 4h 58' 15" - 00' 23"
20. Valjavec Tadej 109 Ag2r-La Mondiale 4h 58' 15" - 00' 23"

General Classification Top 20 (Provisional)
1. Kirchen Kim 41 Team Columbia 24h 30' 41"
2. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 24h 30' 47" - 00' 06"
3. Schumacher Stefan 111 Gerolsteiner 24h 30' 57" - 00' 16"

4. Vandevelde Christian 191 Garmin Chipotle 24h 31' 25" - 00' 44"
5. Millar David 198 Garmin Chipotle 24h 31' 28" - 00' 47"
6. Lövkvist Thomas 48 Team Columbia 24h 31' 35" - 00' 54"
7. Menchov Denis 131 Rabobank 24h 31' 44" - 01' 03"
8. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 24h 31' 53" - 01' 12
9. Devolder Stijn 91 Quick Step 24h 32' 02" - 01' 21"
10. Pereiro Sio Oscar 37 Caisse D’epargne 24h 32' 02" - 01' 21"
11. Sanchez Samuel 27 Euskaltel - Euskadi 24h 32' 08" - 01' 27"
12. Sastre Carlos 11 Team Csc Saxo Bank 24h 32' 15" - 01' 34"
13. Monfort Maxime 189 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone 24h 32' 21" - 01' 40"
14. Cunego Damiano 71 Lampre 24h 32' 23" - 01' 42"
15. Hincapie George 47 Team Columbia 24h 32' 26" - 01' 45"
16. Astarloza Mikel 22 Euskaltel - Euskadi 24h 32' 30" - 01' 49"
17. Schleck Frank 17 Team Csc Saxo Bank 24h 32' 37" - 01' 56"
18. Schleck Andy 16 Team Csc Saxo Bank 24h 32' 39" - 01' 58"
19. Kohl Bernhard 115 Gerolsteiner 24h 32' 44" - 02' 03"
20. Knees Christian 153 Team Milram 24h 32' 45" - 02' 04

After winning stages in the Giro, Ricco opens his Tour account too today.

Kim Kirchen is indeed the yellow jersey! Kirchen also takes the green jersey, Sylvain Chavanel the polka dot jersey and Lövkvist keeps the white jersey. So our game of  musical chairs for the jerseys continue.

A great Tour and season for Columbia so far this year. Not sure about the exact number of  wins, but it has to be at least 30 victories. Count the successes of the women's Team and we have to remark that it is a very successful season.  Currently in the tour Columbia has the yellow jersey, the green jersey and the white jersey and a stage victory by Cavendish. They also have top ten ranks finishes with  Kirchen, Lövkvist and Ciolek as well. Manager, Bob Stapleton can be proud of his teams.

Thanks for joining us, our commentator today was Bart Hazen. Join us tomorrow for what should prove to be an interesting stage:  Stage 7 158 kilometers from Brioude to Aurillac. Another one for the mountain goats OR not. With 5 climbs the toughest two being Cat. 2 Pas de Peyrol (Puy Mary) coming at 117 km. It is a stage that is well within the abilities of the sprinters who can make the selection for a sprint finish; it could also favor a long breakaway with the right combination of riders.

Read Nick Bull's preview and predictions for the stage in his course preview.  Stage 7 Profile.

Stage 6 Profile - Final 11 kilometers

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