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Stage 6: Live updates throughout the stage

Many of you have asked that we not reveal the winner in the headline or first paragraph of our daily updates, so if you don't want be surprised as you work your way through our now-not-so-live updates click HERE to work up from the bottom and follow the race from the start. For the rest of you today's winner was ... 5:15 p.m. (local time) Stuart O'Grady retains the yellow jersey and Telekom's Erik Zabel continues in his quest for his sixth green jersey. 5:05 p.m. (local time) Kirsipuu! Telekom's Erik Zabel, was looking strong, but ran into traffic. Kirsipuu had a clear shot, while Zabel

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By VeloNews Editorial Staff

Many of you have asked that we not reveal the winner in the headline or first paragraph of our daily updates, so if you don’t want be surprised as you work your way through our now-not-so-live updates click HERE to work up from the bottom and follow the race from the start.

For the rest of you today’s winner was …

5:15 p.m. (local time) Stuart O’Grady retains the yellow jersey and Telekom’s Erik Zabel continues in his quest for his sixth green jersey.

5:05 p.m. (local time) Kirsipuu!

Telekom’s Erik Zabel, was looking strong, but ran into traffic. Kirsipuu had a clear shot, while Zabel was caught between Mapei’s Tom Steels and Damien Nazon (Bonjour). Nazon even bumped the green jersey wearer in the final meters, so we may see a protest, though it won’t affect the first spot… that clearly belonged to Kirsipuu.

5:03 p.m. (local time) Ag2R, Telekom and Domo are working the front….

Freddy Rodriguez is working his way to the front.

5:02 p.m. (local time) Caught!

Verbrugghe is back in the field and the end of this race is a battle between Telekom and Mapei.

5:00 p.m. (local time) With five kilometers to go, Verbrugghe is the only survivor of the five-man, 160km breakaway. He has an advantage of 10 seconds.

4:58 p.m. (local time) The attacks are beginning off the front. The leaders have about 8km to go and are taking an every-man-for himself attitude.

Brochard attacked and the leaders shed Bessy.

Verbrugghe has countered…. and the winner of the Giro d’Italia prologue is off on his own.

4:55 p.m. (local time) The leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour)—- have passed the 10km to go mark. They have a lead of just 25 seconds.

Bessy has moved in to work in the break.

But the peloton is being driven by some huge power.

4:53 p.m. (local time) With 13km to go, the leaders are down to 35 seconds.

Lampre, Française Des Jeux, Bonjour and Ag2R are driving the chase.

4:51 p.m. (local time) With 13.3km to go the leaders have an advantage of 40 seconds.

4:48 p.m. (local time) Ohhhh… this is painful to watch. After more than 150 kilometers, the leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour)—- are in sight of the field. The lead is now down to 47 seconds.

4:46 p.m. (local time) With 17km to go, it’s down to less than a minute.

4:42 p.m. (local time) Oh these fellas are looking tired. With 20km to go, the leaders have had their advantage trimmed to 1:12.

Française Des Jeux, Bonjour and Ag2R are driving the chase.

This looks to be a heartbreaker.

4:33 p.m. (local time) The sprinters’ teams smell blood and are driving the chase at the front of the field. We are beginning to see the Telekom teammates of the green-jersey leader Erik Zabel working their way to the front.

With 25km to go, the five — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour)—have just 1:52.

4:26 p.m. (local time) The five leaders are 28km from the finish and have had their lead trimmed to 2:25.

4:26 p.m. (local time) The five leaders have had their advantage cut to 2:35, with just 34km left to go. Bartoli is trying to drive the effort – he has the most to gain, having started the day just 3:43 out of the lead.

Behind them, the Jean Delatour team, Française Des Jeux and, of course, Ag2R, are up at the front of the field leading the chase.

4:24 p.m. (local time) The chase is getting serious and several other teams – Ag2R in particular – have come to the front, taking some of the pressure off of the Credit Agricole squad.

4:20 p.m. (local time) The leaders have just passed the 40km to go mark and the leaders have an advantage of 2:52.

Patrice Halgand has managed to gain the points necessary to ensure that he will spend another day in the polka-dot climber’s jersey for another day.

4:10 p.m. (local time) With 45km remaining, the leaders have upped their lead back up to 3:05. The original five — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour)—are still together.

Serguei Ivanov (Fassa Bortolo) tried to escape from the main field but the effort went nowhere.

4:07 p.m. (local time) The leaders are cruising down the steep descent off of the Col du Donon. John Wilcockson describes this descent as “very, very fast with lots of tight – not hairpin – turns.”

The five leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) –- have built their lead back up to 2:50.

That’s a gap that is probably acceptable to the Credit Agricole team, so they may not be driving the chase too hard as we we cover these last 49km to the finish.

We may see teams like Telekom and Ag2R put in an effort to bring the group back and set up their sprinters – Erik Zabel and Jaan Kirsipuu – for a stage win and valuable sprinters points.3:56 p.m. (local time) The leaders have crested the climb — 1. Brochard, 2. Verbrugghe, 3. Bessy, 4. Bartoli, 5. Merckx. — with an advantage now down to 2:32.

David Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Benoit Salmon and Patrice Halgand have charged off the front of the main field – in an attempt to snag the remaining five spots in the climber’s points awarded on a Cat 2. climb. The three are six seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

3:52 p.m. (local time) The three leaders still have a an advantage of 3:13.

David Millar (Cofidis) has been dropped by the main group. After crahing in the prologue, Millar has been suffering from a hip injury and extensive road rash on his leg. He is now last on GC – a big difference from a year ago, when he spent the opening days of the Tour in the yellow jersey.

3:49 p.m. (local time) The five leaders are on the Col du Donon – about 3km from the top. The last time check gives us a gap of 3:25.

3:45 p.m. (local time) The leaders are now at the 148km mark and just moving on to the steepening slopes of the Category 2 Col du Donon. They lead by 3:21.

3:38 p.m. (local time) The five leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) –- are now on the gradual grade approaching the Category 2 Col du Donon. At km 144, they enjoy an advantage of 3:20.

The Credit Agricole team is monitoring the break. Up front, the team has Frédéric Bessy keeping an eye on things.

3:31 p.m. (local time)The five leaders have crested the Category 4 Côte de Chapelotte with of an advantage of 3:26.

3:11 p.m. (local time) The leaders have passed through the day’s final intermediate sprint and are now on their way toward the Côte de Chapelotte.

The results of the sprint are Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), and Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco). But these guys have bigger fish to fry. They are trying to get a stage win and it looks like they have a good chance of pulling it off. We’ll see what sort of gap they have at the summit of the Col du Donon.

3:11 p.m. (local time) At 122km, the five leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) –- have lost 10 seconds, their advantage is down to 3:30.

Credit Agricole is at the front of the main field, monitoring the gap. We’ll see if it holds as we begin to move into the hills of the Vosges region.

Ahead, we have the Côte de Chapelotte, a 4.6km Cat. 4 climb that averages about 2.3 percent at km 135 and then the Tour’s first Cat. 2 climb, the four-kilometer long Col du Donon, a climb that reaches 8-percent at points.

John Wilcockson reports that the road on the Col du Donon is lined with huge crowds including a large number of Americans – or at least folks waving American flags. One of them is holding a sign that proclaims “Faster than the U.S. Mail – Super Lance!” Gee, you’d hope so.

3:02 p.m. (local time) At the feedzone in Baccarat at 114, the leaders have passed through with an advantage of 3:40. Bartoli – the highest ranked rider in the break – is threatening to become leader on the road at this point.

Credit Agricole, however, is certain to be monitoring the break. Of the five up front, Bessy is, of course, doing no work, as he is a member of Stuart O’Grady’s Credit Agricole squad.

But those other four – Merckx, Bartoli, Brochard and Verbrugghe – have a lot of horsepower between them.

We spoke with Credit Agrigole’s Jonathan Vaughters this morning who said that the team will “obviously do everything we can to dfend the jersey today… but tomorrow is a lot hillier and that will be a lot of work.”

2:57 p.m. (local time) At 111km, their lead is now up to 3:24.

2:51 p.m. (local time) At 110km, the five leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) –- have upped their advantage to 3:15.

2:48 p.m. (local time) At the 105km mark, the leaders have an advantage of 3:00. This gap has stayed pretty steady since the 55km mark.

We have a new withdrawal from the 2001 Tour de France. Jean Delatour’s Olivier Trastour has gone back to his team car, had his race number removed and will be on his way home. He joins Santos González (ONCE) who dropped out earlier today.

2:36 p.m. (local time) We’re coming up at the 100km mark and the five leaders are holding on to their 2:55 advantage.

Looking ahead, we have the feed zone in Baccarat and then an intermediate sprint at Badonviller (129km), a Cat. 4 climb at at Chapelotte (135.5km) the Cat. 2 Col du Donon (153km), the day’s last intermediate sprint at Dinsheim (182km) and the finish in Strasbourg at 211.5km.

There’s still a lot of racing ahead.

2:28 p.m. (local time) At Km89, the five leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) – have had their advantage trimmed to 2:55… C.A. seem intent on not letting Bartoli (27th at 3:43) get more than a three-minute advantage.

Up ahead, VeloNews’s John Wilcockson and Bryan Jew have stopped in the town of Baccarat – the location of today’s feedzone at km 114. The whole town has come out to see the Tour pass through. The streets are lined two, three and four deep all the way through town. It’s a beautiful little town.

2:21 p.m. (local time) We’re at kilometer 85 and the five leaders now have an advantage of 3:05.

VeloNews’s John Wilcockson reports that the weather is holding – high clouds, no rain and temperatures in the low 60s.

The Tour radio reports that the average speed for the second hour of racing today has been 44.6kph making for an average speed for the first two hours of 41.2kph – about 25.5mph for those of you who hate the metric system.

2:12 p.m. (local time) By the 80km mark, the five leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) – have a lead of 3:15. That has been yo-yo-ing between 3:00 and 3:20 for a few kilometers now.

2:04 p.m. (local time) The five leaders have picked up the pace and at 75km, the enjoy a 3:00 lead.

2:02 p.m. (local time) The leaders’ advantage has dropped by a few seconds — down to 2:42 — but that could just be a sign that Credit Agricole is not willing to let them get too far down the road.

1:57p.m. (local time) As of 65km, the leaders — Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) — have an advantage of 2:50.

1:51p.m. (local time) At 63km mark, the leaders have an advantage of 2:28.

This might turn out to be a successful break. It has power – Merckx, Verbrugghe, Bartoli and former World Champion Brochard — and it poses little threat to O’Grady’s hold on the jersey.

The Credit Agricole team is up front monitoring the break. They have Bessy up there. And above all, the rest of the field is tired from the past two days.

Stay tuned, folks.

1:38p.m. (local time) At the 51km mark, the leaders have a 1:40 advantage over the field. Of the group, the are all working together, except for Credit Agricole’s Bessy, who is up there to protect the GC positions of his teammates — who now have the top three spots in the overall standings. This is not a terribly dangerous group. Of the escapees at the front, the best placed is Bartoli, who started the day in 27th place, at 3:43.

VeloNews’s John Wilcockson reports that the wind is still steady. The riders are enjoying the benefits of a tailwind. The skies are beginning to look threatening and it is a cool 60 degrees along the course.

1:28p.m. (local time) As the peloton reabsorbed that group of eight, Axel Merckx (Domo-Farm Frites)jumped off the front and was joined by Rik Verbrugghe, Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour). At kilometer 45, they have a lead of 28 seconds.

1:25p.m. (local time) The escapees are being reeled in, but they have made it to the day’s first intermediate sprint at km40. The results of the sprint are in order–Baguet; Morin and Verstrepen.

1:23p.m. (local time) There is a new attack. It includes Pascal Lino (Festina), Serge Baguet (Lotto), Steven De Jongh (Rabobank), Marc Lotz (Rabobank), Anthony Morin (Credit Agricole), Johan Verstrepen (Lampre-Daikin) and Max Van Heeswijk (Domo-Farm Frites).

The day’s earlier attacks were mostly chased down by La Française Des Jeux. Perhaps they want to make sure to put their perennial escapee Jacky Durand in the break.

1:13p.m. (local time)We had a small break — Erik Dekker (Rabobank), Andrei Kivilev (Cofidis), Jon Odriozola (ibanesto.com), Frédéric Bessy (Credit Agricole) and the Tour’s first South African rider Robert Hunter (Lampre-Daikin).

But by the time we got all the names typed in, they were caught.

By the way, we got a chance to speak with Jonathan Vaughters today. He was thrilled to have such a good TTT yesterday.

“Ya know, going 30 to 35mph seems a lot easier for me than going frm 15mph to 40 and then back to 15. I’ve never been good at accelerating ever since I was 13. That was what killed me in the local Colorado criteriums back then and it still does.”

12:52p.m. (local time) At 19km, iBanesto.com’s Garcia Acosta tried a small attack… it didn’t get very far and things are back together.

This morning at the start, Lance Armstrong remarked that yesterday’s team time trial made for a “confusing day” for the team, after Christian Vande Velde’s crash with 15k to go.

“We had bad luck with the crash, but I think the team showed a lot of heart and a lot of guts to get together quickly and come back strong. It could have been a lot worse. I think most teams would have just folded up and gone home… but we came back strong. I think that was good for the team.”

By the way, Vande Velde arrived at the start with a bandage on his left elbow and visible road rash on his left thigh, but he was ready to ride.

ONCE’s Santos González has pulled out of the Tour.

12:45p.m. (local time) Crossing through the town of Vaucouleurs at km 16, the peloton is all together, after a few unsuccessful breakaway efforts by individual riders.

12:39 p.m. (local time) The peloton has crossed over the day’s first rated climb, the Cat.4 Cote de Void-Vacon at kilometer 9.5.

The three riders who earned points on the climb are Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour), who earned five climber’s points; Andrei Kivilev (Cofidis), with three points; Jean Delatour’s Laurent Roux. He earned a single climber’s point.

The next climb is at 135km, so the climbers can relax a bit. The first intermediate sprint of the day is coming up at Colombey-les-Belles at kilometer 40.

12:31 p.m. (local time)All is back together and we are on our way to Strasbourg.

By the way, this might be a good time to review the results of yesterday’s stage and scan the overall standings of this Tour de France.

Just click here for a look at yesterday’s results and the GC.

12:22p.m. (local time) Our official start time today — the point at which the riders passed under the “flying start” banner — was 12:16 p.m.

Only a kilometer or two into the race Ag2R’s Christophe Agnolutto flatted. He’s back in the field and everyone is together at this point.

12:14p.m. (local time) We’re in the neutral zone and approaching the flying start. The sixth stage of the 2001 Tour de France is underway!

Looking ahead we are facing another long one today. A 211.5km race from Commercy to the regional capital of Strasburg.

DETAILS OF STAGE 6: Commercy to Strasbourg, 211.5km.

Intermediate sprints:Colombey-les-Belles (40km); Badonviller (129km) and Dinsheim (182km).

Rated climbs:Cat. 4 at Void-Vacon (9.5km); Cat. 4 at Chapelotte (135.5km) and Cat. 2 Col du Donon (153km).

11:59 a.m. (local time We’re about 11 minutes away from the start at the Place du Fer à Chevalin Commercy. After that, we have a short neutral zone to the edge of Commercy and we’ll be underway for real at about 12:15. Stay tune. It should be a good day.

11:30 a.m. (local time) – Good morning from Commercy. It’s cool and overcast today and, as predicted, we will probably see a tailwind for much of today’s stage.

The sign-in is nice here in Commercy. The riders have to pass down an old, narrow city street and then go through a very small old arch way. It’s a perfect place for fans to waylay their favorite rider for an autograph.

We pulled into town just ahead of the Telekom team bus and passed by a big crowd of cheering German fans. Waving the Gold-Red-and-Black standard of their country, they were all shouting the name of their favorite: “Udo!” “Udo!” “Udo!” Riding in his 10th Tour de France, Mr. Bölts has a very dedicated fan base.

By the way, lest our good readers think that covering the Tour de France is all Four-Star hotels and fine vintage wines, we really do work hard and face incredible dangers trying to get you these reports. This morning on the way to the starting village, VeloNews senior writer Bryan Jew was nearly turned into a pancake by a giant rolling coffee pot.

This year’s TdF coffee sponsor is a new one – Cafe’ du Columbia has been replaced by Grand’ Mere — a company which offers samples to fans from the back of an 9-foot tall coffee pot. Poor Bryan was in the wrong place at the wrong time and… Well, suffice it to say, it would not have been a pretty sight.

Results

Stage 6: Commercy – Strasbourg

(Click for overall standings after Stage 6)

1. KIRSIPUU Jaan (Est), Ag2R- Prevoyance, 215km in 4:50:39;
2. NAZON Damien (F), Bonjour;
3. SVORADA Jan (Cz), Lampre- Daikin;
4. ZABEL Erik (Ger), Deutsche Telekom;
5. O’GRADY Stuart (Aus), Credit Agricole;
6. CASPER Jimmy (F), La Francaise des Jeux;
7. MATTAN Nico (B), Cofidis;
8. CAPELLE Christophe (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
9. SIVAKOV Alexei (Rus), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
10. VAINSTEINS Romans (Lat), Domo-Farm Frites;
11. ETXEBARRIA David (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
12. AUGER Ludovic (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
13. AUGER Guillaume (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
14. BOTCHAROV Alexandre (Rus), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
15. GOUVENOU Thierry (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
16. SIMON François (F), Bonjour;
17. IVANOV Serguei (Rus), Fassa Bortolo;
18. BLAUDZUN Michaël (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
19. GUTIERREZ José Enrique (Sp), Kelme;
20. PETACCHI Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo;
21. BOOGERD Michaël (Nl), Rabobank;
22. RODRIGUEZ Fred (USA), Domo-Farm Frites;
23. MIKHAILOV Guennadi (Rus), Lotto;
24. JULICH Bobby (USA), Credit Agricole;
25. VOIGT Jens (Ger), Credit Agricole;
26. CAPELLE Ludovic (B), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
27. BROCHARD Laurent (F), Jean Delatour;
28. TEUTENBERG Sven (Ger), Festina;
29. GONZALEZ Aitor (Sp), Kelme;
30. MOREAU Christophe (F), Festina;
31. ROUS Didier (F), Bonjour;
32. WADECKI Piotr (Pol), Domo-Farm Frites;
33. CASTRESANA Angel (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
34. HEULOT Stéphane (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
35. ULLRICH Jan (Ger), Deutsche Telekom;
36. PEREZ Luis (Sp), Festina;
37. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor (Sp), O.N.C.E.;
38. SEVILLA Oscar (Sp), Kelme;
39. AERTS Mario (B), Lotto;
40. BELOKI Joseba (Sp), O.N.C.E.;
41. GUTIERREZ Ivan (Sp), O.N.C.E.;
42. CASERO Angel (Sp), Festina;
43. CHANTEUR Pascal (F), Festina;
44. WESEMANN Steffen (Ger), Deutsche Telekom;
45. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier (Sp), Kelme;
46. HERAS Roberto (Sp), U.S. Postal;
47. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA), U.S. Postal;
48. GARCIA CASAS Félix (Sp), Festina;
49. HINCAPIE George (USA), U.S. Postal;
50. PRADERA Mikel (Sp), O.N.C.E.;
51. VANDEVELDE Christian (USA), U.S. Postal;
52. BELLI Wladimir (I), Fassa Bortolo;
53. BOTERO Santiago (Col), Kelme;
54. VINOKOUROV Alexandre (Kaz), Deutsche Telekom;
55. KIVILEV Andrei (Kaz), Cofidis;
56. BAGUET Serge (B), Lotto;
57. HUNTER Robert (RSA), Lampre- Daikin;
58. PENA Victor Hugo (Col), U.S. Postal;
59. BOUVARD Gilles (F), Jean Delatour;
60. CHAURREAU Inigo (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
61. LODA Nicola (I), Fassa Bortolo;
62. BENETEAU Walter (F), Bonjour;
63. ODRIOZOLA Jon (Sp), iBanesto.com;
64. MANCEBO Francisco (Sp), iBanesto.com;
65. JALABERT Nicolas (F), CSC-Tiscalli;
66. VERHEYEN Geert (B), Rabobank;
67. EKIMOV Vjatceslav (Rus), U.S. Postal;
68. GARZELLI Stefano (I), Mapei, à 00:00;
69. LELLI Massimiliano (I), Cofidis;
70. ZANINI Stefano (I), Mapei, à 00:00;
71. JALABERT Laurent (F), CSC-Tiscalli;
72. HALGAND Patrice (F), Jean Delatour;
73. BARTOLI Michele (I), Mapei;
74. SERRANO Marcos (Sp), O.N.C.E.;
75. BLANCO Santiago (Sp), iBanesto.com;
76. BRARD Florent (F), Festina;
77. MUSEEUW Johan (B), Domo-Farm Frites;
78. KLODEN Andréas (Ger), Deutsche Telekom;
79. PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier (Sp), iBanesto.com;
80. TRENTIN Guido (I), Cofidis;
81. JAKSCHE Jorg (Ger), O.N.C.E.;
82. VAUGHTERS Jonathan (USA), Credit Agricole;
83. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt (B), Lotto;
84. RINERO Christophe (F), Cofidis;
85. ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN Euskatel-Euskadi;
86. RENIER Franck (F), Bonjour;
87 SCHNIDER Daniel SUI La Francaise des Jeux;
88. LOTZ Marc (Nl), Rabobank;
89. WAUTERS Marc (B), Rabobank;
90. DEKKER Erik (Nl), Rabobank;
91. ROBIN Jean-Cyril (F), Bonjour;
92. CASSANI Enrico (I), Domo-Farm Frites;
93. VERMAUT Steve (B), Lotto;
94. BOLTS Udo (Ger), Deutsche Telekom;
95. HEPPNER Jens (Ger), Deutsche Telekom;
96. CEREZO Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscalli;
97. TOSATTO Matteo (I), Fassa Bortolo;
98. VERSTREPEN Johan (B), Lampre- Daikin;
99. MAGNIEN Emmanuel (F), La Francaise des Jeux;
100. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis (Lat), Lampre- Daikin;
101. DEL OLMO Txema (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
102. SORENSEN Nicki (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
103. KNAVEN Servais (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites;
104. SALMON Benoit (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
105. FORNACIARI Paolo (I), Mapei, à 00:00;
106. NARDELLO Daniele (I), Mapei, à 00:00;
107. MONTGOMERY Sven SUI La Francaise des Jeux;
108. BOUYER Franck (F), Bonjour;
109. BERTOGLIATI Rubens (Swi), Lampre- Daikin;
110. PINOTTI Marco (I), Lampre- Daikin;
111. BRAMATI Davide (I), Mapei, à 00:00;
112. VAN HYFTE Paul (B), Lotto;
113 ZUBELDIA Haimar (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
114. ATIENZA Daniel (Sp), Cofidis;
115. CUESTA Inigo (Sp), Cofidis;
116. BETTINI Paolo (I), Mapei, à 00:00;
117. SASTRE Carlos (Sp), O.N.C.E.;
118. NIERMANN Grischa (Ger), Rabobank;
119. LAMOULLER Loïc (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
120. DEN BAKKER Maarten (Nl), Rabobank;
121. RUBIERA José Luis (Sp), U.S. Postal;
122. VIDAL José Angel (Sp), Kelme;
123. GOUBERT Stephane (F), Jean Delatour;
124. MONCOUTIE David (F), Cofidis;
125. BROZYNA Thomasz (Pol), iBanesto.com;
126. DIERCKXSENS Ludo (B), Lampre- Daikin;
127. HUSHOVD Thor (Nor), Credit Agricole;
128. VOGONDY Nicolas (F), La Francaise des Jeux;
129. BESSY Frédéric (F), Credit Agricole;
130. LINO Pascal (F), Festina;
131. LIVINGSTON Kevin (USA), Deutsche Telekom;
132. MENGIN Christophe (F), La Francaise des Jeux;
133. MORIN Anthony (F), Credit Agricole;
134. TURPIN Ludovic (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
135. BERGES Stéphane (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
136. ROUX Laurent (F), Jean Delatour;
137. LAISEKA Roberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
138. BASSO Ivan (I), Fassa Bortolo;
139. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro (Sp), O.N.C.E.;
140. SEIGNEUR Eddy (F), Jean Delatour;
141. TALABARDON Sébastien (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
142. SERPELLINI Marco (I), Lampre- Daikin;
143. LARSEN Nicolay Bo (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
144. SORENSEN Rolf (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
145. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi;
146. PIEPOLI Leonardo (I), iBanesto.com;
147. BERNARD Jérome (F), Jean Delatour;
148. DE GROOT Bram (Nl), Rabobank;
149. VAN HEESWIJK Max (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites;
150. JAN Xavier (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93;
151. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente (Sp), iBanesto.com;
152. GUERINI Giuseppe (I), Deutsche Telekom;
153. TAULER Antonio (Sp), Kelme;
154. BALDATO Fabio (I), Fassa Bortolo;
155. PIIL Jakob (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli;
156. CHAVANEL Sylvain (F), Bonjour;
157. MERCKX Axel (B), Domo-Farm Frites;
158. AGNOLUTTO Christophe (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
159. POZZI Oscar (I), Fassa Bortolo;
160. STEELS Tom (B), Mapei, all s.t.;
161. FRUTTI Matteo (I), Lampre- Daikin, at 00:28;
162. MILESI Marco (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 00:33;
163. MC GEE Bradley (Aus), La Francaise des Jeux, at 00:41;
164. VERBRUGGHE Rik (B), Lotto, at 02:11;
165. HAMILTON Tyler (USA), U.S. Postal, at 04:45;
166. GARCIA Marcelino (Sp), CSC-Tiscalli, at 05:30;
167. JIMENEZ Eladio (Sp), iBanesto.com;
168. MAIGNAN Gilles (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
169. DURAND Jacky (F), La Francaise des Jeux;
170. PRETOT Arnaud (F), Festina;
171. DEMARBAIX Sébastien (B), Ag2R- Prevoyance;
172. JENNER Christopher (NZ), Credit Agricole;
173. ORIOL Christophe (F), Jean Delatour;
174. GUESDON Frédéric (F), La Francaise des Jeux;
175. HINAULT Sébastien (F), Credit Agricole;
176. MENCHOV Denis (Rus), iBanesto.com;
177. CARDENAS Félix (Col), Kelme;
178. KJAERGAARD Steffen (Nor), U.S. Postal, all s.t.;
179. DE JONGH Steven (Nl), Rabobank, at 12:25;
180. PERRAUDEAU Olivier (F), Bonjour;
181. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen (Nl), Lotto, both s.t.;
182. LEYSEN Bart (B), Mapei, at 16:35;
183. MILLAR David (GB), Cofidis, s.t.;
TRASTOUR Olivier (F), Jean Delatour, Abandon;
GONZALEZ Santos (Sp), O.N.C.E., Abandon.

Overall after six stages


1. O’GRADY Stuart (Aus), Credit Agricole, en 25h 45:00;
2. VOIGT Jens (Ger), Credit Agricole, at 00:26;
3. JULICH Bobby (USA), Credit Agricole, at 00:27;
4. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Igor (Sp), O.N.C.E., at 00:57;
5. BELOKI Joseba (Sp), O.N.C.E., at 01:07;
6. SASTRE Carlos (Sp), O.N.C.E., at 01:08;
7. JAKSCHE Jorg (Ger), O.N.C.E., at 01:12;
8. MOREAU Christophe (F), Festina, at 01:17;
9. GUTIERREZ Ivan (Sp), O.N.C.E., at 01:20;
10. SERRANO Marcos (Sp), O.N.C.E., at 01:23;
11. BRARD Florent (F), Festina, at 01:24;
12. CASERO Angel (Sp), Festina, at 01:33;
13. PRADERA Mikel (Sp), O.N.C.E., at 01:42;
14. PEREZ Luis (Sp), Festina, at 01:50;
15. ARMSTRONG Lance (USA), U.S. Postal, at 01:53;
16. PENA Victor Hugo (Col), U.S. Postal, at 02:10;
17. BOTERO Santiago (Col), Kelme, at 02:11;
18. GUTIERREZ José Enrique (Sp), Kelme, at 02:17;
19. ULLRICH Jan (Ger), Deutsche Telekom, at 02:20;
20. KLODEN Andréas (Ger), Deutsche Telekom, at 02:32;
21. HERAS Roberto (Sp), U.S. Postal, at 02:34;
22. SEVILLA Oscar (Sp), Kelme, at 02:39;
23. VINOKOUROV Alexandre (Kaz), Deutsche Telekom, at 02:45;
24. BOOGERD Michaël (Nl), Rabobank, at 02:47;
25. JALABERT Laurent (F), CSC-Tiscalli, at 03:19;
26. BARTOLI Michele (I), Mapei, at 03:33;
27. VIDAL José Angel (Sp), Kelme, at 03:37;
28. HEULOT Stéphane (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 03:44;
29. GARZELLI Stefano (I), Mapei, at 03:44;
30. ROUS Didier (F), Bonjour, at 03:48;
31. BENETEAU Walter (F), Bonjour, at 04:15;
32. ROBIN Jean-Cyril (F), Bonjour, at 04:22;
33. SIMON François (F), Bonjour, at 04:24;
34. BROZYNA Thomasz (Pol), iBanesto.com, at 04:30;
35. PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 04:38;
36. MANCEBO Francisco (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 04:40;
37. ODRIOZOLA Jon (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 04:42;
38. TOSATTO Matteo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 04:43;
39. WESEMANN Steffen (Ger), Deutsche Telekom, at 04:44;
40. WADECKI Piotr (Pol), Domo-Farm Frites, at 04:51;
41. BOLTS Udo (Ger), Deutsche Telekom, at 04:54;
42. BLANCO Santiago (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 04:54;
43. BASSO Ivan (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 04:55;
44. MERCKX Axel (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 04:56;
45. HINCAPIE George (USA), U.S. Postal, at 04:57;
46. BROCHARD Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 04:59;
47. BELLI Wladimir (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 05:00;
48. HALGAND Patrice (F), Jean Delatour, at 05:08;
49. SALMON Benoit (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 05:57;
50. CHAURREAU Inigo (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 06:00;
51. LIVINGSTON Kevin (USA), Deutsche Telekom, at 06:14;
52. MONTGOMERY Sven SUI La Francaise des Jeux, at 06:14;
53. AERTS Mario (B), Lotto, at 06:15;
54. VAN DE WOUWER Kurt (B), Lotto, at 06:17;
55. BAGUET Serge (B), Lotto, at 06:22;
56. HEPPNER Jens (Ger), Deutsche Telekom, at 06:29;
57. TEUTENBERG Sven (Ger), Festina, at 06:51;
58. VANDE VELDE Christian (USA), U.S. Postal, at 07:14;
59. GUERINI Giuseppe (I), Deutsche Telekom, at 09:41;
60. PETACCHI Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 09:49;
61. GARCIA-ACOSTA Vicente (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 10:39;
62. SORENSEN Nicki (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli, at 10:46;
63. MENGIN Christophe (F), La Francaise des Jeux, at 11:10;
64. BOUYER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 11:25;
65. VAN HYFTE Paul (B), Lotto, at 12:35;
66. HUNTER Robert (RSA), Lampre- Daikin, at 12:55;
67. TALABARDON Sébastien (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 13:06;
68. HAMILTON Tyler (USA), U.S. Postal, at 13:23;
69. POZZI Oscar (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 13:39;
70. LOTZ Marc (Nl), Rabobank, at 14:22;
71. TAULER Antonio (Sp), Kelme, at 14:23;
72. EKIMOV Vjatceslav (Rus), U.S. Postal, at 14:36;
73. CHAVANEL Sylvain (F), Bonjour, at 14:47;
74. DE GROOT Bram (Nl), Rabobank, at 14:50;
75. ZANINI Stefano (I), Mapei, at 15:11;
76. RODRIGUEZ Fred (USA), Domo-Farm Frites, at 17:14;
77. TRENTIN Guido (I), Cofidis, at 17:20;
78. MONCOUTIE David (F), Cofidis, at 18:11;
79. KJAERGAARD Steffen (Nor), U.S. Postal, at 18:28;
80. CEREZO Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscalli, at 18:45;
81. LAMOULLER Loïc (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 19:19;
82. BOUVARD Gilles (F), Jean Delatour, at 19:38;
83. BESSY Frédéric (F), Credit Agricole, at 19:41;
84. GARCIA CASAS Félix (Sp), Festina, at 19:56;
85. NAZON Damien (F), Bonjour, at 20:06;
86. GUESDON Frédéric (F), La Francaise des Jeux, at 20:10;
87. DEL OLMO Txema (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 20:16;
88. GONZALEZ Aitor (Sp), Kelme, at 20:25;
89. PASCUAL LLORENTE Javier (Sp), Kelme, at 20:28;
90. LINO Pascal (F), Festina, at 20:36;
91. CUESTA Inigo (Sp), Cofidis, at 21:49;
92. LELLI Massimiliano (I), Cofidis, at 21:50;
93. KIVILEV Andrei (Kaz), Cofidis, at 21:55;
94. BETTINI Paolo (I), Mapei, at 22:03;
95. PIIL Jakob (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli, at 22:04;
96. RINERO Christophe (F), Cofidis, at 22:09;
97. MATTAN Nico (B), Cofidis, at 22:19;
98. CAPELLE Christophe (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 22:31;
99. LARSEN Nicolay Bo (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli, at 22:39;
100. BALDATO Fabio (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 23:06;
101. ZABEL Erik (Ger), Deutsche Telekom, at 23:07;
102. DIERCKXSENS Ludo (B), Lampre- Daikin, at 23:23;
103. PIEPOLI Leonardo (I), iBanesto.com, at 23:33;
104. GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro (Sp), O.N.C.E., at 23:38;
105. GOUBERT Stephane (F), Jean Delatour, at 23:43;
106. ZUBELDIA Haimar (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 23:49;
107. LAISEKA Roberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 23:53;
108. VOGONDY Nicolas (F), La Francaise des Jeux, at 23:55;
109. ETXEBARRIA David (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 23:59;
110. LOPEZ DE MUNAIN Alberto (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 24:00;
111. SCHNIDER Daniel SUI La Francaise des Jeux, at 24:01;
112. BOTCHAROV Alexandre (Rus), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 24:07;
113. TURPIN Ludovic (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 24:13;
114. MIKHAILOV Guennadi (Rus), Lotto, at 24:18;
115. VAUGHTERS Jonathan (USA), Credit Agricole, at 24:33;
116. JAN Xavier (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 24:58;
117. CASTRESANA Angel (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 24:59;
118. VERBRUGGHE Rik (B), Lotto, at 25:44;
119. MAGNIEN Emmanuel (F), La Francaise des Jeux, at 25:49;
120. SIVAKOV Alexei (Rus), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 26:08;
121. NIERMANN Grischa (Ger), Rabobank, at 26:15;
122. WAUTERS Marc (B), Rabobank, at 26:20;
123. CHANTEUR Pascal (F), Festina, at 26:20;
124. KNAVEN Servais (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 26:31;
125. BLAUDZUN Michaël (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli, at 26:58;
126. VERHEYEN Geert (B), Rabobank, at 27:27;
127. DEN BAKKER Maarten (Nl), Rabobank, at 27:27;
128. RENIER Franck (F), Bonjour, at 27:56;
129. MUSEEUW Johan (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 28:20;
130. LODA Nicola (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 28:21;
131. JIMENEZ Eladio (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 28:27;
132. ATIENZA Daniel (Sp), Cofidis, at 28:40;
133. KIRSIPUU Jaan (Est), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 29:31;
134. IVANOV Serguei (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 29:34;
135. HUSHOVD Thor (Nor), Credit Agricole, at 29:49;
136. VAINSTEINS Romans (Lat), Domo-Farm Frites, at 29:52;
137. SVORADA Jan (Cz), Lampre- Daikin, at 29:55;
138. MORIN Anthony (F), Credit Agricole, at 30:22;
139. VERMAUT Steve (B), Lotto, at 30:22;
140. BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis (Lat), Lampre- Daikin, at 30:35;
141. HINAULT Sébastien (F), Credit Agricole, at 30:38;
142. CAPELLE Ludovic (B), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 30:54;
143. ROUX Laurent (F), Jean Delatour, at 31:03;
144. ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN Euskatel-Euskadi, at 31:04;
145. CARDENAS Félix (Col), Kelme, at 31:14;
146. VERSTREPEN Johan (B), Lampre- Daikin, at 31:30;
147. DEMARBAIX Sébastien (B), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 31:43;
148. AGNOLUTTO Christophe (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 31:45;
149. PERRAUDEAU Olivier (F), Bonjour, at 32:36;
150. JALABERT Nicolas (F), CSC-Tiscalli, at 32:46;
151. RUBIERA José Luis (Sp), U.S. Postal, at 32:57;
152. MC GEE Bradley (Aus), La Francaise des Jeux, at 33:47;
153. AUGER Guillaume (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 33:48;
154. GOUVENOU Thierry (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 33:55;
155. NARDELLO Daniele (I), Mapei, at 33:58;
156. FRUTTI Matteo (I), Lampre- Daikin, at 34:02;
157. CASSANI Enrico (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 34:05;
158. MILESI Marco (I), Domo-Farm Frites, at 34:27;
159. MENCHOV Denis (Rus), iBanesto.com, at 34:37;
160. BERNARD Jérome (F), Jean Delatour, at 35:40;
161. AUGER Ludovic (F), Big Mat- Auber ’93, at 37:32;
162. BRAMATI Davide (I), Mapei, at 37:48;
163. ORIOL Christophe (F), Jean Delatour, at 37:50;
164. PINOTTI Marco (I), Lampre- Daikin, at 38:31;
165. FORNACIARI Paolo (I), Mapei, at 38:50;
166. CASPER Jimmy (F), La Francaise des Jeux, at 39:00;
167. SORENSEN Rolf (Dk), CSC-Tiscalli, at 39:15;
168. JENNER Christopher (NZ), Credit Agricole, at 39:36;
169. SEIGNEUR Eddy (F), Jean Delatour, at 39:42;
170. DURAND Jacky (F), La Francaise des Jeux, at 40:09;
171. PRETOT Arnaud (F), Festina, at 40:36;
172. DEKKER Erik (Nl), Rabobank, at 40:52;
173. BERGES Stéphane (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 41:48;
174. MAIGNAN Gilles (F), Ag2R- Prevoyance, at 42:15;
175. BERTOGLIATI Rubens SUI Lampre- Daikin, at 43:05;
176. VAN HEESWIJK Max (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 44:25;
177. STEELS Tom (B), Mapei, at 44:29;
178. SERPELLINI Marco (I), Lampre- Daikin, at 46:11;
179. GARCIA Marcelino (Sp), CSC-Tiscalli, at 47:33;
180. DE JONGH Steven (Nl), Rabobank, at 53:15;
181. BLIJLEVENS Jeroen (Nl), Lotto, at 53:30;
182. LEYSEN Bart (B), Mapei, at 1:01:26;
183. MILLAR David (GB), Cofidis, at 1:03:37;