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Tour de France Live Coverage of Stage 6
By Locutus
Date: 7/11/2003
Tour de France Live Coverage of Stage 6

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Stage 6!

Today's Stage 6 is a monstrous 230km slog from Nevers to Lyon. As podofdonny said in this route review, "The cat 3 climb of the Côte des Echarmeaux after 159 kilometres and the Cat 4 climb of the Côte de Lozanne just 23 kilometres from the finish may finally give the breakaway boys a chance for stage glory. The big guns will be looking towards the following two stages and will be wanting to save as much energy as possible, and the rolling terrain is not ideally suited to the sprinters' teams."

Joining me today are Jaime Nichols and Andy McDobbin. As we start our coverage, there is a monstrous attack underway by the "Red Stallion" Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole) and Anthony Geslin (Brioches la Boulangere). Like he did last year, O'Grady has gone on the attack today and taken the two intermediate sprints so far to get himself back into the Green Jersey race once again. The chase is being led by AG2r and Cofidis. Their maximum advantage was over 18'.

The gap is now around about 12'45". The route is long and started off around 27 degrees Celsius at the start and will get to about 32 degrees celsius in Lyon. It will be a sore test for everyone.

6:00 am PST. 84km left. Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) took third in the first sprint, and is now the leader of Green on the road.

Christophe Oriol of Ag2r Prevoyance knows these roads and said yesterday, "It is an exhausting stage, and the Côte des Echarmeaux is quite long. The sprinters teams will have to work very hard after the Côte de Lozanne but the last 25km are to their liking - very flat and very well-surfaced. In fact, the last 2km are dead straight on a road 11m wide which has been re-surfaced for this stage. It should make for a fascinating sprint!"

5 minutes ago, the peloton passed through the second intermediate sprint, with O'Grady and Geslin having taken the first two places. Interestingly, Lotto-Domo hardman Serge Baguet went up the road to take the points: seemingly the team doesn't think McEwen can hold off Petacchi?

As in previous stages, there were some early attacks. A group of 8 including Jakob Piil, Paris-Roubaix winner Servais Knaven and fast man Damien Nazon went clear, but Telekom chased them down.

Stuart O'Grady (looking good in the Australian Champion jersey) and young Anthony Geslin (Brioches la Boulangere) broke away just before the first sprint and they built an incredible lead within 40km - the maximum advantage being 18 minutes!

The chase has been led by Ag2r Prevoyance and Cofidis, and the gap is down to about 12'30" now.

Of course the big news is that Tyler "Nails" Hamilton is still on the road today. Yesterday, he complained of swelling and pain and the race doctors had to cut away his bandages during the stage. But that tough little bastard is still in the race! Allez Tyler!

Not only that, but he's feeling a lot better today, and it's starting to look like he may finish!

Iban Mayo has dropped back to the Euskaltel team car for some quick mechanical action from... the team mechanic (obviously!)

As the peloton rolls by more alien field art mixed with some bizarre cow statue, the Notorious VHP, Victor Hugo Peña (US Postal) is getting to enjoy another day in the Yellow Jersey. He is on the Postal train, which is following the AG2r men on the front.

Christophe Brandt of Lotto-Domo attacks with 800m to go in the sprint! However with about 150m to go, McEwen appears on his wheel about 40m ahead of the peloton... there's no peloton reaction and Robbie takes 3rd and regains his slender points lead!

At the start of today, Stuey was in 10th in the Green Jersey competition, 31 points behind his compatriot McEwen. Now he is only 29 points in arrears, and if he can stay away until the finish, that gap could narrow signficantly.

O'Grady and Geslin are no worry to the heads of state, so it will be up to the sprinters to chase them. A lot of the talk since yesterday has been about Petacchi. McEwen says Petacchi is by far the strongest sprinter in the race. Zabel agrees, and says that Petacchi sprints a lot like Cipollini.

Meanwhile, the sprinters are duking it out in the intermediate sprints with the advantage going heavily in Petacchi's direction.

For his part, Petacchi is getting impatient with comparisons to the elder statesmen of Italian fashion sprinting. He agrees that both sprint in a similar fashion, launching their sprints from 250-300 meters and holding a long, steady speed that doesn't fade. Men like McEwen have a shorter but faster burst which hasn't been enough to take Petacchi so far.

But Petacchi says that, unlike Cipo, he gets over the bigger mountains pretty well, which he thinks makes him more like Zabel. So instead of comparisons to either, he just wants to be "Petacchi" instead of the new Cipo or Zabel. If he keeps handing everyone their butts on a plate in the sprints, people will call him whatever he wants.

Like Finot yesterday, 23 year old Geslin (in his first Tour) has already been in a break: he went out alone for 70 odd kilometres during Stage 3.

We will see today and tomorrow whether Petacchi can really climb as well as he claims.

O'Grady is the best placed of the breakaway duo, 41st at 1'46". However with the mountainous stage to Morzine over the Col de la Ramaz tomorrow, if he was to gain the maillot jaune today he'd surely lose it in the high Alps tomorrow.

Victor Hugo Pena is riding behind Lance and Floyd Landis. Pena has been enjoying his stay in the Maillot Jaune, but reportedly feels a little out of place behind Lance - he keeps asking the boss if he ought to be out in front, but Lance won't have it.

6:30 PST. 55km left. O'Grady lets Geslin take maximum points over the top of the Cote des Echarmeaux, a Cat 3 and the biggest climb of the day.

Heading into the Alps, Jan Ullrich is walking a little less softly, saying that he will attack in the mountains. For his part, Simoni is being more humble now that he is so far down on GC, but he is still talking about going after Lance in the mountains.

Simoni is threatening a cooperative with other tough guys who want a piece of Lance.

1km to go till the Cat 3 summit for the peloton - Finot is sitting about fifth wheel, maybe he will attack for third.

Tyler is going to see if he can hang tomorrow on the first big climbs. If he can, he might turn into a big ally of his former boss on the road. Last year, Lance and Sastre worked well together on the last stage in the Alps too. So Postal will not necessarily be alone out there.

Christophe Mengin ( attacks to take third place over the climb. We'll see where current jersey holder Finot (Jean Delatour) finishes.

His teammates tried to lead him out but a Yeasty Boy and that man Mengin just exploded away from the polka dot jersey-wearer.

6:39 PST. 50km left. The gap is down to 8' 51". O'Grady and Geslin are still taking turns, working well together. Looks like Finot has lost that Polka-Dot Jersey to Mengin, for now. There is one more climb, a Cat 4, on the course today.

Yes, it's been confirmed - Mengin is the new King of the Mountains leader on the road. He took 5 points there compared to none for Finot to leapfrog the man from Nevers.

Therefore, Mengin leads the Delatour man 20 to 18 with the Côte de Lozanne (category 4) still to come.

Jean Delatour,, and Cofidis still lead the chase in the peloton. Not sure why these teams are leading the chase. has some handy sprinters, but Cofidis and Jean Delatour? Could it be that they just want to chase down the other French teams?

If the main sprinter teams, such as Lotto-Domo and Fassa Bortolo, don't start chasing in earnest soon, the break could stay away. The gap is 8'46".

Tyler is keeping safe in the field. In regards to the team time trial two days ago, Bjarne Riis commented that he felt that Tyler was the strongest man in CSC's TTT ride. Tyler said that he felt he gave his team an addition 1' 30" just by being there, as that's about how much time he said you'd lose if you only had eight men.

CSC is having some trouble on the road - a possible mechanical for Carlos Sastre - he's being paced back into the peloton by two teammates.

Sastre is the man Tyler said he is really trying to help from his team in GC. Last year in the Giro, when Tyler crashed hard and hurt himself, Sastre was there immediately to give Tyler his bike and get his team leader on the road again. He saved Tyler a lot of time with that move (luckily, they ride the same size bike), and Tyler wants to repay Sastre for that kind of dedicated help over the last two years.

6:55 PST. 46km left. The gap is still just over 8' for O'Grady and Geslin. They might have a chance.

The peloton passes a flash of red (the Red Devil a.k.a Didi Thurau I assume) and some slightly off-key traditional French accordion music.

Last year, Sastre went on the attack in the last stage in the Alps. Boogerd won the day, but Sastre rode away from men like Beloki, Leipheimer, Mancebo, and Heras. Only Armstrong could catch him, but Lance couldn't drop him. Sastre got 2nd on the stage, ahead of Lance.

Beltran (US Postal) has a flat - he's pushed back on the road by Johan Bruyneel.

Stuart O'Grady's freckled arms bulge as he follows the wheel of Geslin: for his younger companion this is an excellent publicity option whilst O'Grady and Crédit Agricole will be eyeing the stage win more.

7:06 PST, 37km left. Just over a 7' lead for Geslin and O'Grady. still leads the chase for their man Cooke. Fassa Bortolo have come to the front and are beginning to wind up the chase.

With 35km left, the advantage is now 6' 44". The chase seems to be on in earnest, with the help of the Fassas. The way the peloton and the two leaders go up the final climb, the Côte de Lozanne, could be very significant.

Pena is back getting water bottles in his Yellow Jersey!! VHP is such a devoted domestique!!

VHP flies back through the pack...he can really hammer when he puts his mind to it. Of course, he'll have fresh legs from sitting on so much the last two days, something he isn't used to at all.

In the break, Geslin is starting to feel the pain, he's shaking and massaging his thighs.

The two leaders are now about 5km away from the Côte de Lozanne, maybe O'Grady will try a well-timed escape if he senses his companion is tiring. Or possibly vice versa!

The big Fassa Train takes over, clearly trying to put some distance between the peloton and that scary roadside Santa.

The peloton is on the gas - they look like they're starting to see this break stay away... the gap is 6'.

7:15 PST. 25km left. The lead is still over 6'. The riders will soon be on the Cote de Lozanne, a Cat 4 climb.

On the Lozanne, the road is absolutely packed with spectators! Banners and French flags are being waved about in a frenzied fashion too - surely Geslin can't prolong Jean-Marie Leblanc's patriotic jig?

O'Grady sets the pace in his Australian Champion's Jersey. He lets Geslin pull through. Geslin looks rough, and Stuey is looking good. Stuey's sprint has been a bit lacking, but he clearly has some good form. O'Grady attacks on the climb!!

But Geslin counters to grab his wheel! He's just going to sit on now, what with Stuey attacking him and all. The two are back - an excellent recovering effort by Geslin there The gap is down to 4'19" as the peloton roar up this climb!

Meanwhile as O'Grady gets out of the saddle to climb, his bike twitches like a Central Park squirrel. Geslin now takes the front. They seem to be chatting now. There are lots of people on the climb, shouting and screaming in many different languages. Geslin takes maximum points over the top of the climb.

Fassa is really driving that peloton. They have three men setting the pace on front, while people are being shelled out the back now.

Finot, the Polka-Dot Jersey, has been dropped on this Cat 4 climb! Guess he doesn't quite deserve that jersey then.

Quite ironic really - King of the Mountains dropped on a 'tiny' Cat 4!

7:33 PST. 19km left. O'Grady and Geslin are taking turns once again. Some of the Postie boys are moving up the peloton. The riders face some more road furniture. George Hincapie is right up in front, keeping Lance out of trouble....The gap is coming down - it's 2'41". Gislan is weakening... the pace is high - 72 km/hour.

The peloton passes through La-Tour-de-Salvagny. Interestingly, la tour in French means tower so if you're lucky enough to see the Tour in person, pronounce the 'le' on 'le tour de france' or otherwise a local will guide you to a piece of French architecture.

If it comes to a sprint, O'Grady will very likely toast the young Frenchman. But there is still a ways to go with a stiff chase coming up the rear.

A spectator is now cycling alongside the two leaders on a side road - get him away! It can't be good for the riders' morale as a 'Fred' matches their speed.

The lead is 2'21" This break has a chance.

7:36 PST. 15km left. They drop the 'Fred', and continue to take turns with one another in the break. Telekom is coming to the front.

Lotto comes to the front to help now - All the sprinter's teams are coming to the front. They really want this to end in a bunch sprint. Axel Merckx is lending his muscle to the chase.

The gap is 1'56" - it's going to be very, very close in Lyon.

7:41 PST, 10km left. The lead is down to 1' 50". Fassa still on the front...Stuey and Geslin are really turning the screws. The peloton is really suffering in the chase. A lot of men have been shed from the pack.

It's been a breakneck chase, and lots of guys have been dropped on that last cat 4 climb. Stuey will really get back into the Green Jersey competition with a win here, if he can pull it off!

Anthony Geslin has been very impressive today - you'd think he'd just stay and wheel-suck O'Grady but he's been up there working and giving it a go.

They are in the streets of Lyon, flying through the road furniture and hammering their brains out. Jan Kirsipuu's AG2R crew is driving it now... 

CRASH - McEwen and Zabel have gone down! A Fassa Bortolo and what looked like a German jersey!!!!!

Zabel has a mechanical now, and is waiting for the team car. He's out of it! Zabel's bike is broken, he is out of this sprint. This will be good for the breakaway boys! This will help Stuey!! He and Geslin will get a reprieve!

The chase will fall apart with Lotto-Domo and Telekom out of it... the break is 55"! No Lotto and no Telekom in the chase now. Only Fassa,, and AG2r chasing. Rabobank is on the front! Ag2R is up there...

The gap is now 50"! Stuey and Gislan continue to drill it. O'Grady knows they are coming on hard!

Now Credit Agricole and Brioches la Boulangere mix some guys into the chase to slow it down! This finish is taylor-made for the sprinters - 2 virtually straight kilometres with a newly-tarmacked road 11m wide! The lead is 45"!

5km left. The gap is being cleared of cars. The main field is slowing down - the chase is disorganized....

The break is down to 35"! What a thrilling finish!!!! This is so close - can these two valiant breakaway warriors fight out the final battle between themselves?

The finish is a long flat straight - the break can see the line ahead of them! Vini Caldirola now comes to the front for Vainsteins. McEwen is in the cars still.

I don't see Petacchi anywhere, yet I did see a Fassa Bortolo man in the crash. There's a chance that was him...

McEwen is in the caravan, Zabel is even further back! The gap is 32"! The crowds are huge in Lyon, the fans cheering the brave breakaway boys. 4km to go!

Paolo Bettini is coming up to the front....Jan Ullrich is up in the front too! 19 seconds!!!

Geslin and O'Grady are still taking turns, but they look like they may be toasted. Another crash in the corner! The riders look okay. They're dropping like flies out there today!

18 seconds advantage! They've rounded the final bend! They can see the finish 2km ahead!

The breakaway boys are still drilling it home... The two crashes don't look to have ended in any serious injury, only in inconvenience. Vicioso (ONCE) crashed out yesterday near the finish. Let's hope nobody does that today.

The lead is 12". This is a long, long finishing straightaway. O'Grady and Geslin are the carrots just in front. Under the lanterne rouge! It's so tight - The catch is on.

Oh! Such a noble ride by O'Grady and Geslin! It's over, with only one kilometer left. Bettini attacks on the front, with McGee on his wheel. Bettini is at the front leading out Paolini!!!!

Petacchi wins it really, very easily!! Petacchi made that look like a walk in the park. He stopped about 2 seconds from the line to cruise home! An incredible fourth win!

He has that long sprint...he was on the left barriers with Cooke on his wheel, and then he hit the gas with about 300m left, moved to the center of the road, and flew away from everyone...Cooke couldn't hold the wheel.

McEwen and Zabel have another horribly frustrating day, as Petacchi now jumps far ahead in the race for the Green Jersey. Petacchi will strip the green jersey off McEwen's shoulders tonight!

This race has been so intense, so exciting, so fascinating... and we aren't even in the mountains yet!!!

Tomorrow will be hell for most of the pack, as today was a long, hot, draining day. The Alps will be greeted like a lump of day old dog crap by most of the riders.

Result: 1. Petacchi, 2. Cooke, 3. Guidi, 4. Hushovd, 5. Milesi.

There were a few crashes.... I didn't see the yellow jersey of Pena as the sprint came although the brighter yellow jersies of Vini Caldirola can be deceptive.

Petacchi shook his head after he crossed the line. He seemed in disbelief that it was too easy.

6. Nazon, 7. Hinault, 8. Glomser, 9, Krivtsov, 10. Paolini.

McEwen and Zabel really had a nice hard fall going into one of the last corners. They both got up, but they will be sore tomorrow, not a good way to be heading into the first mountain stage.

Petacchi, being interviewed, seems to have tears in his eyes. It might be sweat but he looks quite emotional.

"Nails" Hamilton finished in 48th today at the same time as Petacchi. That man has huge cajones.

Peña came across 51st @ S.T. He'll stay in Yellow. Armstrong and the rest of the GC men seem to have made it through in the main group.

In an interview - although my Italian isn't great - Petacchi said, "I wasn't feeling well in the final part, but Loda helped me to get up to the first part of the bunch. And then... I did a good sprint!" However, the Fassa man looks absolutely exhausted.

Results for today are below. It's a wrap on our live coverage, but tomorrow the road goes up...way up. Please join us, and thanks for reading!

Stage 6 Results

1 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS 5h 08' 35"
2 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ s.t.
3 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI s.t.
4 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A s.t.
6 NAZON Damien FRA BLB s.t.
7 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A s.t.
8 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE s.t.
10 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD s.t.
11 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE s.t.
12 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN s.t.
13 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE s.t.
14 BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE s.t.
15 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R s.t.
17 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB s.t.
18 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL s.t.
20 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A s.t.
21 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD s.t.
22 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ s.t.
23 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL s.t.
24 GONZALEZ Aitor ESP FAS s.t.
25 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS s.t.
27 MAYO Iban ESP EUS s.t.
28 VAN BON Leon NED LOT s.t.
29 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB s.t.
30 RENIER Franck FRA BLB s.t.
31 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD s.t.
32 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS s.t.
33 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP s.t.
34 GARZELLI Stefano ITA CAL s.t.
36 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE s.t.
37 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A s.t.
38 REBELLIN Davide ITA GST s.t.
40 HINCAPIE George USA USP s.t.
41 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD s.t.
42 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN s.t.
43 SANCHEZ Samuel ESP EUS s.t.
44 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB s.t.
45 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL s.t.
46 MILLAR David GBR COF s.t.
47 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP s.t.
48 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC s.t.
49 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC s.t.
50 NOE Andrea ITA ALS s.t.
51 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP s.t.
52 ROUS Didier FRA BLB s.t.
54 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R s.t.
55 HERAS Roberto ESP USP s.t.
56 AZEVEDO José POR ONE s.t.
57 VOIGT Jens GER C.A s.t.
58 ANDRLE René CZE ONE s.t.
59 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB s.t.
60 LODA Nicola ITA FAS s.t.
61 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL s.t.
62 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R s.t.
63 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP s.t.
64 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC s.t.
66 GUTIERREZ Ignacio ESP KEL s.t.
67 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ s.t.
68 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS s.t.
69 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP s.t.
70 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC s.t.
72 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF s.t.
73 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB s.t.
74 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS s.t.
77 MERCKX Axel BEL LOT s.t.
78 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ s.t.
79 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD s.t.
83 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN s.t.
84 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF s.t.
85 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD s.t.
86 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL s.t.
87 KNAVEN Servais NED QSD s.t.
88 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS s.t.
89 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB s.t.
90 CANADA David ESP QSD s.t.
91 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE s.t.
93 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS s.t.
94 CASERO Angel ESP TBI s.t.
95 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE s.t.
96 PLAZA David ESP TBI s.t.
97 PARRA Ivan COL KEL s.t.
98 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R s.t.
99 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE s.t.
100 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS s.t.
101 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE s.t.
102 USANO Julian ESP KEL s.t.
104 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE s.t.
105 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN s.t.
106 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB s.t.
107 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF s.t.
108 LANDIS Floyd USA USP s.t.
109 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF s.t.
110 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC s.t.
111 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF s.t.
112 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE s.t.
114 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB s.t.
115 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN s.t.
116 LATASA David ESP KEL s.t.
117 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN s.t.
118 HARY Maryan FRA BLB s.t.
119 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB s.t.
120 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL s.t.
121 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL s.t.
122 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN s.t.
123 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB s.t.
124 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL s.t.
125 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB s.t.
126 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS s.t.
128 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL s.t.
129 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS s.t.
130 AERTS Mario BEL TEL s.t.
131 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A s.t.
132 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF s.t.
133 KLÖDEN Andréas GER TEL s.t.
134 GUSTOV Volodymir UKR FAS s.t.
135 BÖLTS Udo GER GST s.t.
136 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL s.t.
137 ZBERG Marcus SUI GST s.t.
138 VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
139 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN s.t.
140 TAULER Antonio ESP KEL s.t.
141 LIESE Thomas GER TBI s.t.
143 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A s.t.
144 BRANDT Christophe BEL LOT s.t.
145 PEREZ Luis ESP COF s.t.
146 ORIOL Christophe FRA A2R s.t.
147 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R s.t.
148 BECKE Daniel GER TBI s.t.
149 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ s.t.
151 MUNOZ David ESP KEL s.t.
152 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF s.t.
153 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC s.t.
154 PESCHEL Uwe GER GST s.t.
155 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL s.t.
156 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN s.t.
157 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL s.t.
159 VELO Marco ITA FAS 00' 23"
160 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 00' 38"
161 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL 01' 00"
162 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 01' 00"
163 ZANINI Stefano ITA SAE 01' 12"
164 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 01' 17"
165 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT 01' 39"
166 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 01' 39"
167 MANZANO Jesus ESP KEL 01' 39"
168 KIRSIPUU Jaan EST A2R 02' 20"
169 MILESI Marco ITA CAL 02' 33"
170 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA CAL 02' 33"
171 HAUPTMAN Andrej SLO CAL 02' 33"
172 MONTGOMERY Sven SUI FAS 03' 10"
173 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT 03' 10"
174 GATES Nick AUS LOT 03' 10"
175 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE 03' 10"
176 AUGE Stéphane FRA C.A 03' 10"
177 WIELINGA Remmert NED RAB 03' 10"
178 DI LUCA Danilo ITA SAE 03' 10"
179 POLLACK Olaf GER GST 05' 20"
180 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 07' 08"
181 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 07' 08"
182 PERON Andrea ITA CSC 07' 29"
183 CIONI Dario  ITA FAS 08' 47"
184 SCHMIDT Torsten GER GST 10' 35"
185 HASELBACHER Rene AUT GST 10' 35"
186 RICH Michael GER GST 10' 35"
187 BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA ALS 10' 35"
188 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 10' 35"
189 WILSON Matthew AUS FDJ 10' 35"
190 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 10' 35"
191 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 10' 35"
192 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT 10' 35"
193 FERRARA Raffaele ITA ALS 10' 35"
194 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R 10' 35"
  BALDATO Fabio ITA ALS Abandon

General Classification after Stage 6

1 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP 23h 03' 06"
2 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 00' 01"
3 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP 00' 05"
4 HINCAPIE George USA USP 00' 05"
5 RUBIERA José Luis ESP USP 00' 23"
6 HERAS Roberto ESP USP 00' 27"
7 PADRNOS Pavel CZE USP 00' 27"
8 LANDIS Floyd USA USP 00' 28"
9 BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE 00' 33"
10 JAKSCHE Jorg GER ONE 00' 38"
11 BELTRAN Manuel ESP USP 00' 39"
12 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 00' 39"
13 NOZAL Isidro ESP ONE 00' 44"
14 STEINHAUSER Tobias GER TBI 00' 51"
15 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE 00' 58"
16 CASERO Angel ESP TBI 00' 58"
17 AZEVEDO José POR ONE 01' 01"
18 SERRANO Marcos ESP ONE 01' 04"
19 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 01' 11"
20 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 01' 12"
21 GARCIA CASAS Félix ESP TBI 01' 15"
22 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 01' 19"
23 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 01' 21"
24 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN 01' 24"
25 FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP BAN 01' 25"
26 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 01' 28"
27 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 01' 30"
28 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 01' 30"
29 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL 01' 33"
30 VOIGT Jens GER C.A 01' 35"
31 CANADA David ESP QSD 01' 37"
32 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 01' 38"
33 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 01' 38"
34 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 01' 39"
35 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 01' 39"
36 KNAVEN Servais NED QSD 01' 40"
37 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 01' 44"
38 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL QSD 01' 45"
39 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 01' 45"
40 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 01' 45"
41 KLÖDEN Andréas GER TEL 01' 48"
42 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 01' 49"
43 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA CAL 01' 51"
44 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 01' 52"
45 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 01' 53"
46 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 01' 54"
47 CHAURREAU Inigo ESP A2R 01' 55"
48 ZANDIO Xabier ESP BAN 01' 57"
49 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 01' 57"
50 ORIOL Christophe FRA A2R 01' 58"
51 NARDELLO Daniele ITA TEL 01' 59"
52 MILLAR David GBR COF 02' 00"
53 SORENSEN Nicki DEN CSC 02' 01"
54 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL 02' 03"
55 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 02' 03"
56 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 02' 03"
57 GARZELLI Stefano ITA CAL 02' 03"
58 ALDAG Rolf GER TEL 02' 05"
59 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 02' 08"
60 SASTRE Carlos ESP CSC 02' 08"
61 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 02' 09"
62 CHRISTENSEN Bekim DEN CSC 02' 09"
63 REBELLIN Davide ITA GST 02' 10"
64 GONZALEZ Aitor ESP FAS 02' 11"
65 AERTS Mario BEL TEL 02' 11"
66 PLAZA David ESP TBI 02' 13"
67 GUSTOV Volodymir UKR FAS 02' 15"
68 ANDRLE René CZE ONE 02' 15"
69 ZBERG Marcus SUI GST 02' 15"
70 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA FAS 02' 17"
71 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 02' 17"
72 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC 02' 18"
73 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 02' 18"
74 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF 02' 18"
75 DUFAUX Laurent SUI ALS 02' 21"
77 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A 02' 22"
78 BÖLTS Udo GER GST 02' 22"
79 LELLI Massimiliano ITA COF 02' 28"
80 TRENTIN Guido ITA COF 02' 33"
81 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS 02' 33"
82 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALS 02' 35"
83 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF 02' 37"
84 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 02' 37"
85 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A 02' 42"
86 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 02' 43"
87 NOE Andrea ITA ALS 02' 44"
88 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 02' 45"
89 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF 02' 47"
90 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB 02' 51"
91 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 02' 54"
92 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB 02' 55"
93 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 02' 56"
94 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF 02' 57"
95 PEREZ Luis ESP COF 02' 57"
96 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 02' 59"
97 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB 02' 59"
98 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB 03' 02"
99 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 03' 03"
100 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 03' 04"
101 SIMONI Gilberto ITA SAE 03' 09"
102 BRAMATI Davide ITA QSD 03' 13"
103 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 03' 16"
104 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 03' 18"
105 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 03' 19"
106 GARMENDIA Aitor ESP TBI 03' 21"
107 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE 03' 23"
108 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE 03' 31"
109 SACCHI Fabio ITA SAE 03' 32"
110 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 03' 35"
111 ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN EUS 03' 37"
112 KIRSIPUU Jaan EST A2R 03' 43"
113 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 03' 44"
114 SANCHEZ Samuel ESP EUS 03' 45"
115 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 03' 46"
116 VOGONDY Nicolas FRA FDJ 03' 48"
117 LEFEVRE Laurent FRA DEL 03' 54"
118 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 03' 55"
119 ETXEBARRIA David ESP EUS 03' 55"
120 LAISEKA Roberto ESP EUS 03' 56"
121 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 03' 57"
122 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 03' 58"
123 TAULER Antonio ESP KEL 04' 00"
124 HALGAND Patrice FRA DEL 04' 01"
125 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 04' 01"
126 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 04' 01"
127 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 04' 01"
129 VELO Marco ITA FAS 04' 09"
130 BOURQUENOUD Pierre SUI DEL 04' 16"
131 GOUBERT Stephane FRA DEL 04' 17"
132 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 04' 19"
133 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 04' 20"
134 LATASA David ESP KEL 04' 21"
135 PARRA Ivan COL KEL 04' 21"
136 MUNOZ David ESP KEL 04' 23"
137 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 04' 25"
138 ZANINI Stefano ITA SAE 04' 51"
139 VERBRUGGHE Rik BEL LOT 05' 06"
140 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL 05' 11"
141 RENIER Franck FRA BLB 05' 12"
142 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 05' 28"
143 MERCKX Axel BEL LOT 05' 30"
144 LUDEWIG Jorg GER SAE 05' 32"
145 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS 05' 38"
146 MANZANO Jesus ESP KEL 05' 42"
147 USANO Julian ESP KEL 05' 49"
148 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 06' 08"
149 VAN BON Leon NED LOT 06' 10"
151 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 06' 45"
152 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT 07' 05"
153 ZAMPIERI Steve SUI CAL 07' 10"
154 GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP BAN 07' 28"
155 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS 07' 33"
156 LOPEZ MUNAIN Alberto ESP EUS 07' 33"
157 PESCHEL Uwe GER GST 07' 47"
158 AUGE Stéphane FRA C.A 07' 48"
159 MONTGOMERY Sven SUI FAS 08' 01"
160 LIESE Thomas GER TBI 08' 07"
161 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL 08' 39"
162 MAZZOLENI Eddy ITA CAL 08' 55"
163 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 08' 58"
164 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 09' 05"
165 LODA Nicola ITA FAS 09' 09"
166 PERON Andrea ITA CSC 09' 27"
167 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALS 09' 40"
168 BECKE Daniel GER TBI 10' 36"
169 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT 10' 47"
170 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF 11' 07"
171 BRANDT Christophe BEL LOT 11' 21"
172 GUTIERREZ Ignacio ESP KEL 11' 31"
173 HASELBACHER Rene AUT GST 12' 36"
174 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC 14' 18"
175 HAUPTMAN Andrej SLO CAL 15' 20"
176 ANDRIOTTO Dario ITA CAL 16' 33"
177 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 17' 40"
178 WIELINGA Remmert NED RAB 17' 43"
179 SCHMIDT Torsten GER GST 17' 46"
180 GATES Nick AUS LOT 17' 50"
181 MILESI Marco ITA CAL 17' 51"
182 CIONI Dario  ITA FAS 18' 14"
183 RICH Michael GER GST 18' 15"
184 FORNACIARI Paolo ITA SAE 18' 55"
185 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 19' 19"
186 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R 19' 41"
187 DI LUCA Danilo ITA SAE 21' 35"
188 BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA ALS 22' 32"
189 WILSON Matthew AUS FDJ 23' 12"
190 POLLACK Olaf GER GST 24' 30"
191 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 24' 41"
192 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT 28' 07"
193 FERRARA Raffaele ITA ALS 28' 16"
194 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 39' 41"

Points after Stage 6

1 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA FAS 144 pts
2 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 118 pts
3 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 110 pts
4 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 100 pts
5 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 98 pts
6 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 91 pts
7 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA DEL 88 pts
8 PAOLINI Luca ITA QSD 87 pts
9 KIRSIPUU Jaan EST A2R 84 pts
10 FREIRE Oscar ESP RAB 83 pts
11 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT CAL 81 pts
12 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT SAE 49 pts
13 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA CAL 47 pts
14 NAZON Damien FRA BLB 47 pts
15 MC GEE Bradley AUS FDJ 46 pts
16 GUIDI Fabrizio ITA TBI 45 pts
17 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 43 pts
18 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA SAE 43 pts
19 POLLACK Olaf GER GST 34 pts
20 HINAULT Sébastien FRA C.A 30 pts
21 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 28 pts
22 BOTCHAROV Alexandre RUS A2R 28 pts
23 FURLAN Angelo ITA ALS 28 pts
24 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 25 pts
25 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 22 pts
26 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 21 pts
27 VOIGT Jens GER C.A 20 pts
28 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 18 pts
29 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 18 pts
30 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB 18 pts
31 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS 16 pts
32 BELOKI Joseba ESP ONE 15 pts
34 LASTRAS Pablo ESP BAN 14 pts
35 PRADERA Mikel ESP ONE 13 pts
36 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 12 pts
37 MILLAR David GBR COF 12 pts
38 BOSSONI Paolo ITA CAL 12 pts
39 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 12 pts
40 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 11 pts
41 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 11 pts
42 RENIER Franck FRA BLB 10 pts
43 GONZALEZ Aitor ESP FAS 9 pts
45 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 9 pts
46 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 8 pts
47 CLAIN Médéric FRA COF 8 pts
48 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 8 pts
49 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS 7 pts
50 PENA Victor Hugo COL USP 6 pts
51 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 6 pts
52 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 6 pts
53 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 6 pts
54 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 6 pts
55 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 5 pts
56 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 4 pts
57 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 4 pts
59 VELO Marco ITA FAS 3 pts
60 GUTIERREZ José Enrique ESP KEL 3 pts
61 BOTERO Santiago COL TEL 2 pts
62 GAUMONT Philippe FRA COF 2 pts
63 SANCHEZ Samuel ESP EUS 2 pts
64 BAGUET Serge BEL LOT 2 pts
65 TURPIN Ludovic FRA A2R 2 pts
66 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP 1 pts
67 PERON Andrea ITA CSC 1 pts
68 DI LUCA Danilo ITA SAE -5 pts

KOM after Stage 6

1 MENGIN Christophe FRA FDJ 20 pts
2 FINOT Frédéric FRA DEL 18 pts
3 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 15 pts
4 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 11 pts
5 O'GRADY Stuart AUS C.A 10 pts
6 JEGOU Lilian FRA C.A 8 pts
8 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSD 5 pts
9 BODROGI Laszlo HUN QSD 4 pts
10 VOIGT Jens GER C.A 3 pts
12 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 3 pts
13 JALABERT Nicolas FRA CSC 1 pts

Young Rider Classification after Stage 6

1 KARPETS Vladimir RUS BAN 23h 04' 17"
2 MENCHOV Denis RUS BAN 00' 08"
3 PETROV Evgeni RUS BAN 00' 10"
4 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 00' 19"
5 FLICKINGER Andy FRA A2R 00' 27"
6 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 00' 28"
7 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 00' 33"
8 FEDRIGO Pierrick FRA C.A 00' 46"
9 KESSLER Matthias GER TEL 00' 52"
10 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 00' 58"
11 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALS 01' 26"
12 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 01' 45"
13 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 01' 48"
14 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 01' 52"
15 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 02' 05"
16 BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA SAE 02' 12"
17 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 02' 33"
18 SANCHEZ Samuel ESP EUS 02' 34"
19 FRITSCH Nicolas FRA FDJ 02' 44"
20 EDALEINE Christophe FRA DEL 02' 50"
21 MERCADO Juan Miguel ESP BAN 02' 50"
22 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR DEL 02' 50"
23 MUNOZ David ESP KEL 03' 12"
24 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 04' 17"
25 MANZANO Jesus ESP KEL 04' 31"
26 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 05' 34"
27 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA DEL 07' 28"
28 BECKE Daniel GER TBI 09' 25"
29 WIELINGA Remmert NED RAB 16' 32"
30 CASPER Jimmy FRA FDJ 38' 30"

Teams Classification after Stage 6

1 US POSTAL - BERRY FLOOR  USP 66h 32' 30"
2 ONCE - EROSKI  ONE 00' 49"
6 AG2R PREVOYANCE  A2R 01' 57"
9 TEAM CSC  CSC 02' 07"
11 CALDIROLA - SO.DI  CAL 02' 16"
14 RABOBANK  RAB 03' 02"
15 ALESSIO  ALS 03' 10"
18 FDJEUX.COM  FDJ 03' 46"
22 LOTTO - DOMO  LOT 05' 50"

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