Skip to comments.Tour de France: Stage 6 Live Thread (7-7-05)
Posted on 07/06/2005 9:08:25 PM PDT by nutmeg
Stage 6 - Thursday, July 7: Troyes - Nancy, 199 km
This is a stage perfectly suited to a long breakaway - only problem is, most of the traditional breakaway protagonists are missing, which may land a surprise stage winner ont the podium. The four Cat 4 climbs and three intermediate sprints, stage 6 will have something for most riders, and if a break does get away, it'll have to move quickly as the strength of those sprinters taking part in this year's Tour stands out - Boonen's performance in this year's Classics shows he can motor all day, and get into the right move at the right time. Look out for the big Belgian to use guile and a strong sprint to post another Tour stage victory, but the number climbs may prove difficult for him and allow a surprise packet such as Liberty Seguros' Koldo Gil to win the stage.
Bush fell of his bike today what a dufus
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I haven't been following this past day one, is Armstrong doing well?
Hey, 'YOU" try and sit then find the bike had no seat.
No wonder he did a forward flip!
More Info Here (see "Overall Standings" in right-hand column of page)
So he's a minute ahead and even hasn't gotten to the parts he strong in yet, the mountains, right?
Very nice, informational presentation, nutmeg!! Just found it, but I will be following your threads the whole way!
Thanks so much for posting!!
Yes, that's right... no mountain stages yet. Look for the TDF riders to hit the mountain stages in France (and in part of Germany) Friday, Saturday and Sunday...
I posted a lot more photos last year on my TDF threads, but I don't seem to have as much time this year.
You may want to check out this thread: Tour de France: Stage 5 Live Thread (7-6-05).
FReeper gopwinsin04 posted a bunch of GREAT photos from today's race there.
12:11 - Four Category-Four Climbs In Stage Six
There are four categorized climbs in the stage from Troyes to Nancy. They are all cat-4 ascents where points in the climbing classification (three, two and one for the first three riders) are awarded.
The climbs are: the Cote de Joinville (at 83.5km), the Cote de Brouthieres (at 104km), the Cote de Montigny (at 141km) and the Cote de Maron (at 185.5km).
The top of the last rise is 13.5km from the end of the stage.
12:08 - Three Intermediate Sprints In Stage Six
The winner of stages two and three Tom Boonen leads the points classification with 106 points - 29 more than the next best rider, Thor Hushovd.
There are three intermediate sprints in stage six each offering six, four and two points for the first three riders across the line.
The primes are in Nully (at 56km), Chalaines (144.5km) and Dommartin-les-Toul (144.5km).
Updates will be sparodic today due to the breaking story from London.
13:12 - Dekker And Jalabert Join Four Attacking Riders
There are two more riders trying to join the counter attack. They are Erik Dekker (RAB) and Nicolas Jalabert (PHO). The Discovery Channel team is leading the peloton at an extremely rapid pace.
13:11 - Four Counter Attackers
Bernucci (FAS), Joly (C.A), Nazon (A2R) and Wegmann (GST) have attacked the peloton at the 27km mark.
13:08 - Cofidis Leading The Peloton
The peloton is being led by the Cofidis team. They are intent on catching the escapee, Mengin who is currently 12" ahead.
13:08 - Mengin Leads By 15"
Christophe Mengin is now the only rider ahead of the peloton. He has a lead of 15".
13:24 - 38km Raced
The five escapees have built a lead on the peloton of 40" at the 38km mark.
13:23 - Five Riders Lead By 31"
Mengin and Gerosa have been caught by Kroon (RAB), Kirsipuu (C.A) and Auge (COF). This group of five now lead the peloton by 31".
13:14 - Two Lead By 15"
Mengin and Gerosa lead the peloton by 15" at the 30.5km mark.
13:47 - Results Of First Intermediate Sprint
The points for the intermediate sprint in Nully were won by:
1. Christophe Mengin (FDJ) 6pts/6"
2. Jaan Kirsipuu (C.A) 4pts/4"
3. Stephane Auge (COF) 2pts/2"
13:41 - Five Lead By Four Minutes
Mengin, Gerosa, Kirsipuu, Kroon and Auge are now 400" ahead of the peloton which is being led by the Discovery Channel team.
14:11 - Five Lead By 650"
The peloton is at the 70km mark. It is being led by the Discovery Channel team but theres a bit of apathy in the chase. The main pack is now 650" behind the five escapees (Mengin, Gerosa, Kirsipuu, Kroon and Auge).
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