Criterium Dauphiné Libéré - Stage 6 Live
Welcome to the live ticker... Locutus doing the
The riders have 3 major climbs today each featured
previously in tours de France; the Galibier - 2556 metres, the Croix de
Fer - 2067 metres and the 2nd Cat Mollard at 1638 metres and the final climb to
the summit finish 1rst Cat la Toussuire 1700 metres.
Levi Leipheimer of Gerolsteiner is in the Maillot
Jaune et Bleu of race leader, AG2R's duo Francisco Mancebo in the green Maillot
Vert of points leader and Christophe Moreau in the Red/with white polka dots
climbers Jersey. Finally Denis Menchov or Rabobank wearing the Blue jersey of
combined points leader...he's wearing the jersey in default as he is in third in
the combo points after Leipheimer and Moreau.
The early break of the day was Martinez, Barredo,
Brard and serial escapist Gilbert the quartet was joined by Wegmann,
Arrieta, Di Grégorio, Vaugrenard, Gustov, Fedrigo, Hernandez, Fofonov, Arroyo by
the 15 km road marker. With 169 kms on the stage today and now entering the
first climb up the Galibier it looks to be a long day in the saddle to be
attacking this early.
The lads didn't last too long out in the wind and were brought back after
Moreau tried to join them resulting in Gerolsteiner quickly chasing Christophe
and the break down.
Stage 6: Briançon / La Toussuire - 169 Km
By the 25 km the peloton was split with
Kashechkin, Pinotti, Charteau, Valverde, Arroyo, Horner, Arrieta, Sevilla,
Gilbert, Leipheimer, Goubert, Menchov, Moreau as they climbed the Galibier. On
the descent Moreau attacked and tried to get an advantage and in short order he
gained 40 seconds and was gone.
Moreau's flyer gained momentum and LeMevel and
Arrieta bridged up at the 69 kms with the pace 2:40 behind. The trio were joined
by a chase group swelling the break to 15 riders: Hesjedal, Barry,
Martinez, Baranowski, Hushovd, Le Mevel, Noval, Hincapie, Arroyo, Pereiro,
Moreau, Joly, Mazzoneli, Rous, Nibali... this could be the break of the day with
some heavy hitters. The group at this point had 1:40 on the peloton at this
Alas, the group was swallowed up by Saint-Colomban-des-Villards
as they approached Col du Glandon led by the Rabobank lads.
Astarloza and Weilinga were the next to attack,
Weilinga dropped Astarloza and the peloton blew apart as they proceeded up the
Glandon... Mayo, Leipheimer, Azevedo, Piepoli, Zabriskie, Kristov, Caucchioli,
Valverde,Arroyo, Moreau, Sévilla, Kohl and Menchov are in the lead group as Levi
leads the chase for Weilinga with only 20 second gap.
Arroyo attacked on the climb and gained a minute
with Oscar Sevilla in between with 30 seconds on the Leipheimer and the
leaders... Dave Zabriskie left the leaders behind by
km 108 - 5 km to the climb of Croix de Fer the lead group on the chase
includes: Wielinga, Mayo, Leipheimer, Azevedo, Piepoli, Caucchioli,
Valverde, Moreau, Kohl and Menchov.
Valverde Attacks on the climb and Iban Mayo joins him...splitting the lead
group as a Sevilla catches Arroyo and they go over the summit with 1:20 gap. A
lot of work for not a lot of lead time.
Starting the climb of the 2nd Cat Col du Molard,
Arroyo, Sevilla, Valverde and Mayo are together with 1:30 lead on the yellow
jersey group of Leipheimer and all the usual suspects: Disco's Popovych and Hincapie, Chavanel, Piepoli, Ricco, Caucchioli, Le Mevel, Horner, Juffre,
Mancebo, Moreau, Kohl, Menchov, Di grégorio, Zabriskie, Sorensen, Wielinga,
Manzano, Voeckler, Rous, Iglinskiy, Azevedo.
0644 PDT. 34 km left. Four men are on the
attack: Valverde and Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne), Sevilla (T-Mobile), and Mayo (Euskeltel-Euskadi).
They have a 1' 20" gap on the chasing peloton. They are currently blistering the
descent heading into the final climbs of the course.
Moreau (AG2r) is leading a group of GC leaders in the chase of the Valverde
group. Leipheimer is looking good so far. There are 27km left, and the gap is 1'
15". These men are flying today, with the pace leading the race into the final
section of the course sooner than expected.
0652 PDT. Menchov and Leipheimer are in
the group with Moreau and Mancebo. Menchov (Rabobank) is lagging behind. The gap
is yo-yo-ing, now back up 1' 28". This descent is extremely twisting and
19 km left. The four leaders are rolling
along getting ready for the final climb. The Leipheimer group is growing all the
time, with men catching up from the descent. Davitamon riders are working with
Leipheimer to bring back the break. It looks like Chris Horner has his boys
working with Gerolsteiner. In the front, Arroyo blows immediately on the climb.
C Ho is actually setting the pace for Leipheimer himself! He is pulling hard,
helping out his fellow Yank. Up front, Valverde and Sevilla are setting the
pace, and Mayo is looking good. Horner now leads the chasers onto the final
climb, and men immediately start to blow out the back.
Hincapie drops off the back of the chase group. Leipheimer moves up to
counter Piepoli. Menchov is on Levi's wheel. Sevilla is dropped!
11km to go Mayo and Valverde moving well
together with a 1"25 gap to Leipheimer, Piepoli, Azevedo, Menchov and Kohl.
Menchov is setting the pace chasing.
10 km to go Leipheimer, Azevedo, and a
couple of others are away, and Menchov is chasing. Moreau, Kohl, and Sevilla are
9 km left. Menchov is really struggling
today. Voeckler is sitting on his wheel. Valverde and Mayo are looking good.
They will fight for the stage win, it looks like. Azevedo is setting the pace in
the Leipheimer group.
7km left for the two leaders. The gap is
about 1' 20" still. Piepoli of Saunier/Duval Piepoli raises the pace in the
chase, and only Leipheimer and Moreau can follow. Sevilla struggles but catches
on. Valverde and Mayo are cranking it up this climb looking very strong.
Mayo Attacks!! Mayo has dropped Valverde!
Up front, Moreau is now taking over the pacesetting. Mayo is riding solo to a
likely victory! He is getting close to the top of the climb. This is a great
return to form for the Basque superhero!
4km left. Mayo has 20" on Valverde and 1'
on the Leipheimer.
3km left: Iban Mayo is a man on a mission
looking unbeatable flying up the climb. Behind, Menchov has hung with the
Hincapie group. He's looking a bit better, but he's still way behind Leipheimer.
2km to go: Mayo has increased his lead to
1:20 on the Leipheimer, Valverde at :50 in-between as Mayo goes under the 1km
Moreau, Piepoli, and Leipheimer are still hammering up the climb. Valverde is
looking strong, and he is still clear of the Leipheimer crew. Mayo is in
the final kilometer! Menchov has now been dropped again by the Leipheimer group.
Mayo is going to win the stage. he's in the final 500 meters. He's smiling!
He sits up, waving his arms! He's pumping the sky!
Mayo wins it!
Valverde come in 2nd, 1' 22" back. Moreau and Leipheimer and Piepoli came in
3rd, 4th, and 5th at 1' 37" back.
5' have passed, and Menchov still isn't in. He'll lose over 3' to Leipheimer.
The Hincapie group of about 8 men comes in about 5' 20" back.
So a day of vindication for Mayo! He dropped everybody when it counted! He's
ready again for the Tour.
So Moreau and Kohl both profited from Menchov's very bad day. They will both
end up on the podium, if they can make it through tomorrow okay.
Leipheimer looks good on the podium in his Yellow and Blue Jersey. He has a
commanding lead now. He's going to be very happy with this win after letting it
slip away last year. So Americans have won Paris-Nice and probably the Dauphine.
Nice for the post-Lance era.
Landis and Vinokourov are riding like pack filler right now, but they have
clearly made the decision to not waste energy in this race and peak in July. For
his part, Mayo has been playing it cool, and just went out to test himself
today. Clearly, he's still got it!
Hincapie is riding well. He's 10th on GC, and not burning up too much.
Leipheimer might pay for this effort in July. We'll see. But he has to feel good
about this win. It will rank up there with his Tour of Germany win last
For his part, Menchov looks like he might be suffering from some illness or
injury. He'll focus on getting healthy for the Tour His form is good otherwise.
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