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).
14:50 - Results Of 2nd Climb
The points at the summit of the Cote de Brouthieres (at 104km) were won by:
1. Karsten Kroon (NED - RAB) 3pts
2. Stephane Auge (FRA - COF) 2pts
3. Mauro Gerosa (ITA - LIQ) 1pt
14:49 - Auge Attacks On 2nd Climb
The Cofidis rider in the lead group has attacked on the 2nd climb of the stage. He wanted the points at the summit of the Cote de Brouthieres but could not hold off Karsten Kroon of the Rabobank team.
14:48 - Lead Drops To 730"
The peloton is at the 97km mark and is 730" behind the five escapees.
Yup, Lance came in 2nd in the individual time trial in Stage 1, and Discovery Channel came in 1st in the team trial in Stage 4 (unfortunately, thanks to a crash by then-leader Zabriskie). The other three stages have seen the peloton cross the finish line as a group, with no successful breakaways.
Really like the updates, but what does 12" mean to you? Here in the states it means 12 inches which can hardly be considered a lead at all.
Minutes (') and seconds (") -- pretty standard designations for time (or map coordinates).
Never mind, I think I got it. " equals seconds. Is that right?
15:06 - Kirsipuu Punctures
One of the riders in the lead group has punctured. Jaan Kirsipuu is waiting on the side of the road for a new wheel.
14:59 - Lead Down To 645"
At the 103.5km mark, the peloton is 645" behind the five escapees. The Davitamon-Lotto and Quickstep teams continue to cooperate at the head of the pack.
Up ahead Kroon, Kirsipuu, Gerosa, Auge and Mengin are swapping even turns although there have been signs of aggression, namely at the top of the climbs. Kroon is doing what he can to protect his team-mates lead in the race for the polka-dot jersey but Auge appears determined to wrestle the lead from the Rabobank rider today.
15:09 - Lead Down To 605"
The peloton is at the 114km mark and continues to be led by the Quickstep and Davitamon teams. The deficit of the main group to the five escapees has dropped to 605".
15:08 - Kirsipuu Rejoins Lead Group
After his puncture, Kirsipuu has rejoined Mengin, Gerosa, Kroon and Auge at the front of the stage.
Sorry... meant to get a "yup" on the previous.
15:13 - Lead Under Six Minutes
The five escapees are losing time quickly now. The peloton is closing in fast thanks to the efforts of Quickstep and Davitamon. The latest time check has Mengin, Gerosa, Kirsipuu, Kroon and Auge 550" ahead of the bunch.
15:12 - Corioni Abandons
The peloton is down to 187 riders. The second retirement of the 2005 Tour is Claudio Corioni of the Fassa Bortolo team.
15:33 - Lead 445"
With the peloton at the 134km mark, it is 445" behind the five escapees.
15:31 - Plenty Of Punctures Today
Dario Cioni (LIQ) is the latest rider to puncture. The wet conditions have caused plenty of flat tyres today, including one for Jaan Kirsipuu - one of the riders in todays escape group.
I just hate when that sharp water punctures one of my tyres... That's why I refuse to ride when there's even a hint of a possibility of rain.
15:39 - Results Of Third Climb
The points for the Cote de Montigny were won by:
1. Karsten Kroon (RAB) 3pts
2. Stephane Auge (COF) 2pts
3. Christophe Mengin (FDJ) 1pt
15:35 - Horner And Canada Puncture
Two riders from Saunier Duval have puncture in the last kilometer. Both Chris Horner and David Canada have been given new wheels from the team car and are now chasing the peloton.
15:41 - Kroon And Auge Equal At Top Of Climbing Classification
Two of the riders in todays escape group - Karsten Kroon and Stephane Auge - both have seven points in the climbing classification. There is one climb yet to come but one thing seems certain, there will be a new rider in the polka-dot jersey for stage seven.
Kroon and Auge both have seven points while Dekker, who led the classification at the start of the stage, has six.
15:43 - Results Of Second Intermediate Sprint
The leading quintet have passed the site of the second intermediate sprint. The points in Chalaines (at 144.5km) were won by:
1. Mauro Gerosa (LIQ) 6pts/6"
2. Jaan Kirsipuu (C.A) 4pts/4"
3. Stephane Auge (COF) 2pts/2"
Why they even care about the climbing jersey before the mountain stages begin is beyond me. Tho' I guess it is kind of cool that a sprinter has been wearing it for a few days now...
Looks like Christophe Mengin wants to ride thru his hometown leading the race. Bet they let him.
16:13 - Results Of Sprint In Dommartin-les-Toul
The points for the third sprint of the stage were won by:
1. Stephane Auge (COF) 6pts/6"
2. Mauro Gerosa (LIQ) 4pts/4"
3. Christophe Mengin (FDJ) 2pts/2"
16:26 - Hushovd Punctures
The rider in second place in the points classification at the start of the stage, Thor Hushovd has punctured. He has a new wheel and is chasing the peloton.
16:25 - Final Climb 13.5km From Finish
The Cote de Maron is a 3.2km ascent with an average gradient of 5.2 per cent. The summit of this cat-4 rise is 13.5km before the finish of the sixth stage.
Currently both Karsten Kroon and Stephane Auge have seven points in the climbing classification. We can expect to see these two try to stay clear of the peloton until the climb. The have about 7km to go but the peloton is now just 140" behind their group of five.
16:32 - Leaders On Final Climb
Gerosa, Mengin, Auge, Kirsipuu and Kroon are on the Cote de Maron with a lead of 105" on the peloton.
16:31 - Van Bon Punctures
Leon van Bon is the latest rider to get a flat tyre.
16:31 - Even Turns Of Pace In Lead Group
The five escapees continue to swap off with even turns. Each riders is in the wind for about 30-40 seconds before swinging off. This cooperation is likely to stop soon as they start to consider the final climb...
16:28 - Chavanel Punctures
Sylvain Chavanel has puncture his front tyre. He has received a new wheels and is back racing again after a quick stop.
16:27 - Hushovd Rejoins Peloton
Afer his puncture, Hushovd has rejoined the peloton which is now just 20km from the finish and 130" behind the escapees.
16:37 - Mengin Claims Three Points
Christophe Mengin has crested the Cote de Maron on his own. He has added three points to his tally in the climbing classification. The peloton is 40" behind.
16:36 - Auge And Kroon Caught By Peloton
Kroon and Auge have been swallowed up by the peloton. There are now just three riders ahead of the pack. Mengin leads, then Kirsipuu and Gerosa... then the peloton.
16:36 - Peloton Thinning Out
The gradient of the final climb is causing numerous riders to drop off the back of the peloton. Mengin continues to set a good tempo at the front of the stage.
16:35 - Peloton 50" Behind
Mengin is going to claim first place points at the top of the Cote de Maron but the peloton is closing in quickly on the remnants of the escape group. The latest time check had the peloton at 50".
16:34 - Mengin Leads On His Own
Near the top of the final climb, Mengin has dropped the other riders in the lead group. Kirsipuu was the last to lose contact with the FDJ rider who lives in this region.
16:33 - Kirsipuu Attacks
There are signs of aggression at the front. Kirsipuu has attacked. He has been matched by Gerosa and Mengin.
16:38 - Results Of Final Climb
The points for the cat-four Cote de Maron were won by:
1. Christophe Mengin (FDJ) 3pts
2. Mauro Gerosa (LIQ) 2pts
3. Jaan Kirsipuu (C.A) 1pt
16:40 - Kirsipuu And Gerosa Caught
Mengin is on his own at the front of the stage. He is less than 10km from the finish. Kirsipuu and Gerosa have just been caught by the peloton.
16:39 - Kroon To Wear Polka-Dot Jersey In Stage Seven
Karsten Kroon has seven points in the climbing classification. Its the same tally as Stephane Auge but because the Rabobank rider won two of todays four climbs he will wear the polka-dot jersey in stage seven.
16:42 - Liquigas Rider Attacks Peloton
Dario Cioni has attacked the peloton. He is in pursuit of Mengin who is 20" ahead.
16:46 - 5km To Go
Mengin is 5km from the finish. His advantage on the peloton is 23".
16:45 - Mengin Leads By 20"
The stage leader will benefit from local knowledge and the fact that he can negotiate the final turns without distraction. Mengin leads the peloton by 20". Cioni is still ahead of the pack but it appears only a matter of moments before hes swallowed up by the fast-chasing pack.
16:47 - Mengins Lead: 15"
Mengin refuses to succumb to the peloton. With 4km to go he has a lead of 15" on the bunch that is now being led by a Davitamon-Lotto rider.
16:47 - Cioni Caught By Peloton
Cioni has been swallowed up by the peloton which is being led by a Phonak rider.