By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2001
German rider Enrico Poitschke (Wiesenhof) moved into the overall lead of the Peace Race after stage 6 in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on Wednesday, while Canadian Michael Barry of Saturn moved into second-place overall, just 10 seconds behind.
Poitschke began the day fifth on general classification, but finished fourth on the 234.5km stage, the longest of the race, to take the overall lead. Poitschke’s countryman Christian Lademann won the stage, outsprinting his four breakaway companions, while Barry took third on the stage. The main peloton finished 4:47 behind the breakaway.
The race saw one notable abandonment, Mapei-Quick Step’s Tom Steels. Steels had been battling an infection for the past three months, and had just returned to the peloton for the Peace Race.
Copyright AFP 2001
PEACE RACE, Czech Republic. May 11-19
Stage 6: 1. Christian Lademann (G), Agro Adler, 234.5km in 5:34:06; 2. Paul van Schalen (Nl), Coast; 3. Michael Barry (Can), Saturn; 4. Enrico Poitschke (G), Wiesenhof; 5. Marcin Sapa (Pl), Atlas-Lukullus, all s.t.
Overall: 1. Poitschke; 2. Barry, at 0:10; 3. Sapa, at 0:13; 4. Uwe Peschel (G), Gerolsteiner, at 4:00; 5. Petr Sestak (Cz), at 4:05.