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Stage 6 – By the numbers

Stage 6, Aigurande to Super-Besse, 195.5km Weather Partly sunny, warmer, highs in the 80s, light westerly wind

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By Andrew Hood

Tour '08 - Stage 6 - Vande Velde takes a flyer in the final kilometers.

Tour ’08 – Stage 6 – Vande Velde takes a flyer in the final kilometers.

Photo: Graham Watson

Stage 6, Aigurande to Super-Besse, 195.5km

Weather Partly sunny, warmer, highs in the 80s, light westerly wind

Stage winner Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) won his first career Tour de France stage in dramatic fashion, out-kicking Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) and Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), who came through third. Teammate Leonardo Piepoli followed an attack by Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) with 5km to go and Riccò stayed with the favorites to start his sprint with 400m to go. He opened a gap to Valverde and held it to the line to win in 4h47:52 (39.380kph): “I came here to win a stage and I’ve already fulfilled the goal. The legs are good, so I will try to win another one.”

Yellow jersey Kim Kirchen (Columbia) moves into the lead, six seconds ahead of Evans with overnight leader Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) slipping to third at 16 seconds back. Schumacher looked to have the race under control when he clipped his front wheel into Kirchen’s bike with about 400m to go. Schumacher fell hard and crossed the line 25th at 32 seconds back. Kirchen, who started the day tied for second at 12 seconds adrift, was unaffected and sprinted to fifth at four seconds behind Riccò to claim the yellow jersey. “I had the green jersey, now I have the yellow jersey. The legs feel good. We’ll defend the jersey until the Pyrénées, then we’ll see if I can follow the climbers.”

Green jersey Kirchen regained the points jersey with fifth in the stage, now leading overnight leader Thor Husvhod (Credit Agricole) 97-88, with Oscar Freire (Rabobank), third with 88 points.

King of the Mountains Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) was part of the day’s three-man breakaway and took points on the day’s opening three climbs to claim the polka-dot jersey. Overnight Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) attacked out of the first category two climb to snag eight points and ended the day tied with Chavanel with 27 points apiece. Chavanel takes the jersey on the tie-breaker.

Most aggressive rider Frederic Bichot (Agritubel) attacked with the day’s three-man main breakaway and was the last man standing with about 14km to go.

Best Young Rider Riccò won the day’s honors with Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia) finished 15th at 23 seconds back to retain the white jersey, now 46 seconds ahead of Maxime Monfort (Cofidis).

Best team Saunier Duval-Scott won the stage and Garmin-Chipotle retained its hold on the team GC, now just 19 seconds ahead of Team CSC-Saxo Bank with Columbia slotting into third at 20 seconds back.

Top American Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) attacked with 5km to go and was reeled in with about 1.5km to go, yet hung on to finish 19th at 23 seconds back. Vande Velde climbed from sixth to fourth overall at 44 seconds back with George Hincapie (Columbia) slipping from seventh to 15th at 1:45 back.

Lanterne Rouge Jeremy Roy (FDJeux) finished last in the stage. Wim Vansevenant (Silence-Lotto) remains last at 37:35 back.

The peloton Aurelien Passeron (Saunier Duval-Scott), who crashed yesterday, did not finish; 176 riders remain.

Medical report
? Sorensen (CSC), pain left knee
? Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne), pain and bruise on right calf
? Del Nero (Saunier Duval-Scott), stomach pain
? Isasi (Euskaltel), pain left knee
? Florencio (Bouygues Telecom), pain left knee
? crash 109km Lopez Garcia (Caisse d’Epargne), cuts and scrapes to right elbow, hand and knee
? crash 111km Brard (Cofidis), no major injuries
? crash 194km Zabel (Milram), no major injuries
? crash at line Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), cuts and scrapes to left shoulder

Jury report
? Sport directors Holczer (Gerolsteiner), Pieper (Columbia), Marie (Garmin-Chipotle), all fined 120 euros for not respecting the commissaires
? Lowe (Garmin-Chipotle), fined 60 euros, for comportement incorrect

Friday’s Forecast Cooler, building clouds, chance of afternoon showers

Compiled by Andrew Hood