Stage 6 – Tour de France – Sagan wins 3, Crash Ends Tour for Dozens

Peter Sagan can’t be stopped it seems, and neither can the theme of the Tour: crashes. Sagan, the 22yr old phenom, overtook Andre Greipel just before the line, although Greipel had been in two crashes earlier in the day and may have been hurting. The biggest crash of the day happened with 22km remaining on a straight, flat road at high pace. Nearly half the peloton went down in the massive crash which has ended the hopes of many GC riders. The peloton was completely split in pieces and because GreenEdge, Liquigas and Lotto were in pursuit of the win and the breakaway led by David Zabriskie (GRM) there was no holding back by the lead selection.

The biggest loss on the day was Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal, winner of the Giro d’Italia, who went down in the crash and lost 13’24” on the day ending his hopes for a top ten finish at the Tour. Also losing massive time were Thomas Voeckler (+6’02”), Robert Gesink and Steven Kruijswijk (+3’31”). The second group coming in on the road were 2’09” down and that included Alejandro Valverde, Frank Schleck, Janez Brajkovic, Michele Scarponi, Jelle Vanendert, Pierre Rolland, and Bauke Mollema. Long live the debate about whether the peloton should be waiting or whether they should race on.

Tomorrow, we’ve got an uphill finish which may be explosive now that there are so many riders needing to get time back. The finish on La Planche des Belles Filles is a killer and there will be time gaps. Riders who made it through the crash today unscathed, but were held up, may try and band together to make up time on the day as Evans and Wiggins may be happy to keep their powder dry. The Planche is a 6km climb which averages 8.5% with full kilometers at 9.5% and ramps up to 14%.

Stage 6 Top Five
1. Peter Sagan (LIQ)____4h37’00”
2. Andre Greipel (LTB)
3. Matt Goss (OGN)
4. Kenny Van Hummel (VAC)
5. J.J. Haeso (SAX)

Full Stage 6 Results: LeTour.fr

Overall Classification after Stage 5
1. Fabian Cancellara (RNT)_____14h45’30”
2. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_______+7″
3. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)______+7″
4. Tejay VanGarderen (BMC)_____+10″
5. Denis Menchov (KAT)_________+13″
6. Cadel Evans (BMC)___________+17″
7. Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ)_______+18″
8. Peter Sagan (LIQ)___________+19″
9. Andreas Kloden (RNT)________+19″
10. Maxime Monfort (RNT)_______+22″

15. Nicolas Roche (ALM)________+25″

17. Jurgen Van DenBroeck (LTB)_+28″
18. Ivan Basso (LIQ)___________+29″

20. Sammy Sanchez (EUS)_____+40″

22. Levi Leipheimer (OPQ)_____+45″

30. Bauke Mollema (RAB)________+2’26”

34. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)___+2’40″

36. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+2’42″

37. Frank Schleck (RNT)_______+2’43″

51. Robert Gesink (RAB)________+4’13″

108. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)______+13’38”

Full Overall Classification: LeTour.fr

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