Friday, July 13, 2007

Fri, Jul 13: TdF Stage 6

No more Versus live feed, and Serbian TV is running something other than the Tour de France.

Both Klöden and Vinokourov have started Stage 6, but Klöden seems to be a frequent visitor at the team cars.

16:36 CEST, we have 63km to go, and Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) leads the peloton by 5:08 riding up the second of two climbs.

About 49 km to go, Wiggins' lead is 5:03. Time to crank it up, peloton.

So they heard me, and with 44 km to go, the lead is down to 3:50. The chase is now fully on, and with 36 km remaining, Wiggins' lead melted down to 2:51.

Quickstep at the front, and Steven De Jongh and Gert Steegmans take second and third in the final sprint today.

30 km to go, gap is 1:36. Again, it's just a matter of time (see #1 on this list) when Wiggins will be caught.
1:13 at 27 km remaining.
1:36 at 23 km remaining; the peloton feels they're in control and are easing.

Wiggins is looking over his shoulder - where's the peloton ? His lead is back to 1:45 with 20 km remaining. No, he won't pull it off.

Gerolsteiner at the front now, the peloton is stringing out, Wiggins' lead down to 1:31. With 16 km to go, Milram is at the front, gap is 1:01.

0:50, Wiggins is suffering, and the peloton lets the mouse go for a moment. But only for a moment: 13 km to go, gap is 0:30.

11.5 km remaining, gap 0:23.
10 km remaining, gap 0:20. Mouse Wiggins is probably nervous about Cat Peloton approaching.
Quickstep in front now. I wish McEwen (Predictor-Lotto) or Zabel (Milram) can pull it off today.

T-Mobile up from now, gap is a mere 10 seconds. Mouse is still resisting.

From CN:

"Vino is at the back looking unhappy. He gives a sign - a slice across the throat - perhaps indicating that he's done."

Mouse Wiggins is caught with 7 km to go. Predictor now pulling.
5 km remaining.
4 km remaining, still nobody in control. I wish I had live audio at the least.
3 km to go, Wegmann in front. Now Tosatto.
1.8 km, Milram in front with Zabel right there.
Rabobank goes with 1 km remaining.
Gerolsteiner leads, Zabel still there. Quickstep moves.

Tom Boonen (Quickstep) wins Stage 6. Robbie Hunter and Oscar Freire were again beaten so close to the finish.

Provisional results:

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic
2 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram
4 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
7 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
8 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
9 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
10 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas

No change in the top 10 GC classification, but today likely is Cancellara's last day in yellow.

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