Tour de France: Froome climbs to la Planche des Belle Filles win, puts Wiggins in yellow
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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Tour de France: Froome climbs to la Planche des Belle Filles win, puts Wiggins in yellow

by Ben Atkins at 11:38 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour de France, Race Reports and Results
 
Double day for Team Sky as it puts the peloton to the sword on the steep final climb

chris froomeHaving done enough to put team leader Bradley Wiggins into the yellow jersey, Team Sky’s Chris Froome took the steep uphill sprint on la Planche des Belles Filles to take victory on stage seven of the 2012 Tour de France. The Kenyan-born Briton responded to a late attack from defending Tour champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) in the final 400 metres, and managed to beat the Australian to the line by two seconds.

“I’m not complaining,” Froome smiled to the TV cameras after the stage. “That was fantastic…from the start the team were up there, riding on the front, controlling the race. We knew it was up to us today, up to us and BMC to control. The guys just did a fantastic job coming into the climb, keeping us always at the front.

“Richie [Porte] set a blistering pace up the climb, got rid of a lot of guys, and then left me to take over, just in the last two kilometres. It wasn’t actually the plan to try to go for the stage, we were just keeping Brad up there.

“But we had come and seen this climb previously. I knew what the finish was like. I thought, ‘I’m there, I have the legs, why not give it a kick and see what happens?’ I gave it a small nudge and I just couldn’t believe it when Cadel didn’t follow my wheel. I thought ‘wow, this could actually come off’

“I was expecting someone to surge on that flat bit before it kicked up to the end. Cadel came through, I just jumped onto his wheel. I guess he was slowly hurting as the climb gets steeper. That was fantastic for us. Having Bradley right there, just two seconds behind – we couldn’t ask for more. He is in the yellow jersey now, it puts the team in a fantastic position going forward.

“I am speechless, it really is a dream come true,” he added. “I never, never thought of winning a stage here. I am chuffed to bits. We'll see how it goes, there’s still a long way to race.”

Evans held on to take second place, with Wiggins comfortably tucked on his wheel in third. With overnight race leader Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) among the vast majority of the peloton that was dropped by Team Sky’s ferocious pace, Wiggins took over the race lead.

The big attack of the day came from Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Martin Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), Cyril Gauter (Europcar), Dmitri Fofonov (Astana) and Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank). The six riders managed to build a lead of up to 5’55”, but were steadily chased down in the second half of the stage, and were caught as the final climb began with just over five kilometres to go.

Team Sky’s pace had already split the peloton on the approach to the climb, with Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) among those left behind. Once the steep gradients began the British team began to systematically put the peloton to the sword - as it had done in the previous month’s Critérium du Dauphiné - until only Evans, Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) were able to stay with the pace.

Evans tried to jump away with 400 metres to go but, just when it looked like the Australian had done enough to take the stage, Froome came around him on the final steep ramps to take his first ever Tour stage victory.

With Cancellara finishing 1’52” later, and second place overall Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) even further behind, Wiggins was confirmed as only the fifth British rider in history to wear the Maillot Jaune; he now led the race, ten seconds ahead of Evans, with Nibali 16 seconds down in third.

"I’ve dreamt about this all year," said Wiggins to the TV cameras. "As you go through the process, put it into action and do a day like we did today, that is an incredible feeling. It hasn't really sunk in yet. It is something that I have dreamt of since I was a child, really, sat on the home trainer watching my Tour de France hero Miguel Indurain do it. Now I am here at the top of a mountain in yellow…it is phenomenal."

The Tour de France hits the mountains at last

After an opening week of Classics-style stages, sprint stages, and a number of serious crashes, the 2012 Tour de France was to hit the mountains at last on stage seven, between Tomblaine and La Planche des Belles Filles. The 199km course was to climb the 3rd category Cols de Grosse Pierre and du Mont de Fourche, before the final 1st category climb to the finish.

An 19-man group broke clear at the front of the peloton after just 11km, including Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and two of his teammates. From this group Riblon, Sørensen, Velits, Albasini, Gauter, Fofonov and Sánchez got away after 15km and, once the seven-man group had formed it began to build a healthy lead.

Of the group, Riblon was the best placed, in 55th overall, 5’04” behind Cancellara, and very soon was the virtual Maillot Jaune. After 50km the group’s lead was up to 5’40”, which dropped a little before rising to 5’55” at the 76km point.

With Team Sky and BMC Racing leading the peloton it had come down to 5’20” as the race passed through the feedzone, in Laveline-devant-Bruyères after 86.5km. Gautier led over the intermediate sprint in Gérardmer after 95.5km, and - as green jersey Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) easily beat Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) to the line to take the points for seventh place - the peloton was 4’50” behind.

Sørensen, protecting the polka-dot jersey of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank teammate Michael Mørkøv, took the two points over the top of the Grosse Pierre after 87km, ahead of Sánchez. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), who had crashed several times in the preceding stages, was dropped by the peloton as it took on the climb, but regained it on the descent as the gap to the leaders stayed constant.

Garmin-Sharp joins the chase as the group’s days are numbered

With 60km to go Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing) was leading the peloton with Team Sky duo Christian Knees and Bernhard Eisel, and the gap to the seven leaders was still 4’45”. It was down to 4’30” as they climbed the Mont de Fourche with 50km to go, as Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Sharp) came forward to help the chase.

Farrar was in trouble on the climb once again, with Garmin-Sharp teammate Johan Vansummeren also slipping backwards. Katusha and Omega Pharma-Quick Step began moving forward as the peloton neared the top, but the Sky and BMC Racing teams maintained control.

Sørensen led Sánchez over the top again, with 48.5km to go, but the peloton was just 3’45” behind them by now. Garmin-Sharp began sending more riders forward, with David Millar coming to help Zabriskie, as the race tackled the rolling roads on the approach to the final climb.

With 25km to go the gap was down to 2’20”, as Lotto-Belisol also began to send riders forward on behalf of team leader Jurgen Van Den Broeck. A few kilometres later the Belgian team had most of its squad lined up on the front and the seven riders’ advantage was beginning to tumble. With 21km left it dropped below two minutes, and this fell to 1’30” with 17km left.

Garmin-Sharp took over the head of the peloton once more, as the race began to rise towards the foot of the final climb. The seven leaders were still co-operating well but, as Liquigas-Cannondale also sent riders forward, their lead was still falling quickly.

Gautier was beginning to struggle up ahead however and, as Fofonov attacked with 15km to go, the Frenchman was the last to regain contact. As the road rose again though, the Europcar rider lost contact again, leaving just six in he lead; as they hit the final 12km however, they were less than a minute ahead.

Garmin-Sharp was still leading, with Millar increasing the pace once more; this was putting his own teammates in trouble, with Christian Vande Velde and then Zabriskie dropped out the back, but the British rider continued until Edvald Boasson Hagen led a long line of Team Sky riders past him.

Team Sky puts the peloton to the sword as the final climb begins

Just as the British team moved ahead with 11km to go, disaster struck for Van Den Broeck as his chain came off on a steep bend. The Belgian was pushed off by a teammate, but faced a long chase to regain the peloton again as it descended to the foot of the climb.

As Gautier was picked up by the peloton, the remaining six were hovering 35 seconds clear as Team Sky strung the peloton out. Van Den Broeck was a similar distance behind, being paced by teammate Adam Hansen.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who had crashed the previous day, also found himself spat out the back as Boasson Hagen’s pace began to split the peloton. Caught behind the split was Robert Gesink (Rabobank), and the rest of his team; Van Den Broeck fought his way up to the back of the Dutchman’s group, but was still a long way behind the leaders.

As the climb began the six-man group was just a handful of seconds ahead of the front part of the peloton, as Albasini and Sørensen struck out ahead of the rest. One by one the other riders from the group were picked up, until Sørensen was out ahead on his own, but the Danish rider was finally caught as Team Sky rode past him with just over 5km to go.

The British team continued its pace, with Michael Rogers setting a strong tempo, and the front group shrank further and further. Cancellara was soon dropped, along with second place overall Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), meaning that Wiggins was now riding into yellow. Fränk Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) soon followed, as did Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD).

As Porte took over, with Wiggins on his wheel, the group was cut to less than a dozen riders as they passed under the three kilometres to go banner. Still present were defending champion Evans, Nibali, Taaramäe, Denis Menchov (Katusha), Janez Brajkovič (Astana), Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale),Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack-Nissan) and 2011 white jersey Pierre Rolland (Europcar).

Brajkovič and Roche were gapped with 2.5km to go, but Wiggins still had Porte and Froome for company. As the Kenyan-born rider took over, Zubaldia and Rolland lost contact, and Menchov soon followed. Into the final kilometre Froome and Wiggins had just Evans, Nibali and Taaramäe for company, but Menchov was leading Rolland and Zubeldia in pursuit not far behind them. Down the road a little further Maxime Monfort was leading RadioShack-Nissan leader Schleck with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat).

As the five-man lead group entered the final 400 metres, Evans sprinted away, but the Australian was only able to get a few metres clear as the steepness of the climb continued. Froome was still loyally leading Wiggins across the the defending champion but, as they pulled up to him he was released and jumped past the BMC Racing rider as the line came into view.

As the road steepened one last time Froome pulled away, and crossed the line several lengths clear of Evans, who had Wiggins tucked on his wheel. Nibali came in a few seconds later, with Taaramäe following.

Cancellara came in after 1’52” with Van Den Broeck and Lotto-Belisol teammate Jelle Vanendert, but ahead of many big climbers.

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Tour de France (WorldTour) Stage 7 Results: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles, 199 km:

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Country Result Name Team Time
gbr GBR 1 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) 04:58:35
aus AUS 2 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) 00:00:02
gbr GBR 3 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 4 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:07
est EST 5 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:19
esp ESP 6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:44
fra FRA 7 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 00:00:46
slo SLO 8 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
rus RUS 9 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) 00:00:50
bel BEL 10 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:56
irl IRL 11 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:01:06
lux LUX 12 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:01:09
aus AUS 13 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) 00:01:14
aus AUS 14 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) 00:01:24
fra FRA 15 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
esp ESP 16 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:01:31
irl IRL 17 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Sharp) 00:01:39
esp ESP 18 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 19 Tony Gallopin (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:01:44
sui SUI 20 Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:01:52
bel BEL 21 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 22 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
por POR 23 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 24 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:02:05
ita ITA 25 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
kaz KAZ 26 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) 00:02:17
esp ESP 27 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) 00:02:19
esp ESP 28 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ned NED 29 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
usa USA 30 Chris Horner (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 31 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ger GER 32 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 33 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:02:24
blr BLR 34 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) 00:02:32
svk SVK 35 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:02:50
ita ITA 36 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) 00:02:53
ned NED 37 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 38 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 39 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 40 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 41 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
cro CRO 42 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
fra FRA 43 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) 00:03:03
fra FRA 44 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ita ITA 45 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
usa USA 46 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 00:03:08
kaz KAZ 47 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) 00:03:11
usa USA 48 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
rus RUS 49 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) s.t.
den DEN 50 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:03:41
fra FRA 51 David Moncoutié (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 52 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 00:03:58
fra FRA 53 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:04:07
fra FRA 54 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ger GER 55 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
swe SWE 56 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
fra FRA 57 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 58 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:12
ned NED 59 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:04:20
pol POL 60 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:04:28
fra FRA 61 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 00:04:30
ita ITA 62 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:04:34
ita ITA 63 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) 00:04:59
ned NED 64 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 65 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:05:01
bel BEL 66 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) 00:05:08
esp ESP 67 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 68 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:05:31
fra FRA 69 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) 00:05:47
svk SVK 70 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:05:55
fra FRA 71 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:05:58
fra FRA 72 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) 00:06:13
fra FRA 73 Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:06:27
fra FRA 74 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:06:30
ukr UKR 75 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
por POR 76 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:06:35
kaz KAZ 77 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 78 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 79 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) 00:07:05
fra FRA 80 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:07:16
fra FRA 81 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:07:22
nor NOR 82 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) 00:07:33
ita ITA 83 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 84 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
esp ESP 85 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) 00:07:58
ned NED 86 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 87 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) 00:08:00
usa USA 88 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
sui SUI 89 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
den DEN 90 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:08:28
den DEN 91 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
ger GER 92 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) 00:08:59
aus AUS 93 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
fra FRA 94 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 95 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 96 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:09:03
fra FRA 97 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
bel BEL 98 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:09:09
bel BEL 99 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
gbr GBR 100 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 00:09:16
fra FRA 101 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) 00:09:20
jpn JPN 102 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) 00:09:42
ger GER 103 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:09:48
sui SUI 104 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:10:07
den DEN 105 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:10:15
bel BEL 106 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:10:18
gbr GBR 107 David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) s.t.
rus RUS 108 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 109 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
aus AUS 110 Matthew Lloyd (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ger GER 111 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:10:36
ger GER 112 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) 00:11:00
ita ITA 113 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 114 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 115 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
aus AUS 116 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 117 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 00:11:11
nzl NZL 118 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:11:16
ita ITA 119 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:12:01
svk SVK 120 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
fra FRA 121 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) 00:12:25
fra FRA 122 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
den DEN 123 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 124 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
esp ESP 125 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
bel BEL 126 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 127 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
swe SWE 128 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 129 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 130 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
rus RUS 131 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 132 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
aus AUS 133 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
fra FRA 134 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
kaz KAZ 135 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ukr UKR 136 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:12:36
bel BEL 137 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:12:38
esp ESP 138 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
usa USA 139 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Sharp) 00:13:17
ned NED 140 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 141 Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
usa USA 142 David Zabriskie (Garmin - Sharp) 00:13:21
ita ITA 143 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) 00:13:30
rsa RSA 144 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:14:21
aus AUS 145 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
gbr GBR 146 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ned NED 147 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aus AUS 148 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
esp ESP 149 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) s.t.
slo SLO 150 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
arg ARG 151 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 152 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ned NED 153 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 154 Yohann Gène (Europcar) 00:14:59
bel BEL 155 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:16:01
fra FRA 156 Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD) 00:16:30
ned NED 157 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:17:34
ned NED 158 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 159 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
slo SLO 160 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
ger GER 161 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ger GER 162 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
slo SLO 163 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 164 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
blr BLR 165 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ger GER 166 Johannes Frohlinger (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
aut AUT 167 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 168 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 169 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
aus AUS 170 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
aus AUS 171 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aus AUS 172 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) s.t.
blr BLR 173 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) s.t.
ned NED 174 Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 175 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 176 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ned NED 177 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:17:41
ita ITA 178 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) 00:17:42
bel BEL 179 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Sharp) 00:17:49
usa USA 180 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp) 00:20:29
esp ESP 181 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.

General classification after stage 6:

Country Result Name Team Time
gbr GBR 1 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) 34:21:20
aus AUS 2 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) 00:00:10
ita ITA 3 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:16
est EST 4 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:32
rus RUS 5 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) 00:00:54
esp ESP 6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:59
bel BEL 7 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:01:09
irl IRL 8 Nicolas Roche (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:01:22
gbr GBR 9 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) 00:01:32
aus AUS 10 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) 00:01:40
sui SUI 11 Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:01:43
esp ESP 12 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:02:02
bel BEL 13 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:02:11
fra FRA 14 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:02:22
por POR 15 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar Team) 00:02:25
ger GER 16 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:02:29
slo SLO 17 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) 00:03:04
usa USA 18 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 00:03:09
fra FRA 19 Tony Gallopin (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:03:13
ita ITA 20 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
rus RUS 21 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) 00:03:19
rus RUS 22 Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) 00:03:26
fra FRA 23 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 00:03:27
usa USA 24 Chris Horner (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:03:39
fra FRA 25 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) 00:03:42
lux LUX 26 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:03:43
usa USA 27 Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:03:47
fra FRA 28 Thibaut Pinot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:04:07
esp ESP 29 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:04:10
ned NED 30 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:04:36
ita ITA 31 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) 00:04:38
bel BEL 32 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:04:48
ita ITA 33 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
svk SVK 34 Peter Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:04:50
esp ESP 35 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 36 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:05:16
esp ESP 37 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:05:33
fra FRA 38 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:06:26
ned NED 39 Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:06:57
den DEN 40 Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:08:45
ned NED 41 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:08:51
ita ITA 42 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) 00:08:52
fra FRA 43 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:09:02
fra FRA 44 Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:09:12
nor NOR 45 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) 00:09:40
usa USA 46 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) 00:10:18
kaz KAZ 47 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) 00:10:24
pol POL 48 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:10:39
fra FRA 49 Sandy Casar (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:11:28
sui SUI 50 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) 00:11:41
svk SVK 51 Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:12:11
ned NED 52 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:12:26
fra FRA 53 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:12:30
ger GER 54 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team) 00:12:40
bel BEL 55 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:12:44
ukr UKR 56 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) 00:12:57
bel BEL 57 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 58 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:13:27
bel BEL 59 Nick Nuyens (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:13:39
ita ITA 60 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:14:21
fra FRA 61 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:14:26
svk SVK 62 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:14:56
nzl NZL 63 Gregory Henderson (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:15:04
ita ITA 64 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) 00:15:44
fra FRA 65 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:16:13
fra FRA 66 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) 00:16:17
bel BEL 67 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:16:19
bel BEL 68 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:16:25
fra FRA 69 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:16:26
cro CRO 70 Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) 00:16:46
aus AUS 71 Baden Cooke (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:16:58
esp ESP 72 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:17:53
ned NED 73 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:17:59
fra FRA 74 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) 00:18:07
ger GER 75 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:18:25
fra FRA 76 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:18:36
rsa RSA 77 Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:18:38
fra FRA 78 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 00:18:39
por POR 79 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:18:48
swe SWE 80 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) 00:19:00
ita ITA 81 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) 00:19:34
ger GER 82 Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD) 00:19:52
sui SUI 83 Michael Albasini (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:19:54
aus AUS 84 Stuart O' Grady (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:19:57
bel BEL 85 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:20:15
irl IRL 86 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Sharp) 00:20:18
kaz KAZ 87 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) 00:20:52
aus AUS 88 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) 00:20:55
den DEN 89 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:20:59
ger GER 90 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) 00:21:11
fra FRA 91 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:21:12
aus AUS 92 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:21:13
ned NED 93 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) 00:21:16
blr BLR 94 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) s.t.
gbr GBR 95 Steven Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 00:21:20
ger GER 96 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
ger GER 97 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:21:25
fra FRA 98 Jérémy Roy (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:21:29
den DEN 99 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:21:35
fra FRA 100 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) 00:21:42
esp ESP 101 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) 00:21:49
fra FRA 102 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:21:55
fra FRA 103 David Moncoutié (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:23:08
fra FRA 104 Sébastien Minard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:23:21
fra FRA 105 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:23:36
bel BEL 106 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:23:48
aus AUS 107 Matthew Goss (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:23:50
ita ITA 108 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:24:02
ita ITA 109 Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) 00:24:23
aus AUS 110 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:24:39
ger GER 111 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
esp ESP 112 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) 00:24:45
jpn JPN 113 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) 00:24:56
fra FRA 114 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) 00:25:01
ukr UKR 115 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:25:08
fra FRA 116 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) 00:25:18
ger GER 117 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:25:21
arg ARG 118 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:25:41
den DEN 119 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:25:49
slo SLO 120 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:26:01
ned NED 121 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:26:13
aut AUT 122 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Procycling) 00:26:24
ger GER 123 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:26:30
fra FRA 124 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:26:35
ita ITA 125 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha Team) 00:26:45
aus AUS 126 Brett Lancaster (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:27:06
ned NED 127 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:27:21
ita ITA 128 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) 00:27:27
fra FRA 129 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 00:27:28
usa USA 130 David Zabriskie (Garmin - Sharp) 00:27:29
fra FRA 131 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:27:34
aus AUS 132 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:27:35
ned NED 133 Kenny Van Hummel (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:27:37
esp ESP 134 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:27:58
rus RUS 135 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) 00:28:27
kaz KAZ 136 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) 00:28:33
fra FRA 137 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) 00:28:38
fra FRA 138 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) 00:28:43
ned NED 139 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:28:46
esp ESP 140 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 141 Daniel Oss (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:28:47
usa USA 142 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin - Sharp) 00:28:57
ned NED 143 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) 00:29:19
kaz KAZ 144 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) 00:29:50
blr BLR 145 Yauheni Hutarovich (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:29:52
gbr GBR 146 Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) 00:30:06
aus AUS 147 Matthew Lloyd (Lampre - ISD) 00:30:41
ned NED 148 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:32:06
den DEN 149 Anders Lund (Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) 00:32:15
fra FRA 150 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:32:46
fra FRA 151 Yohann Gène (Europcar) 00:32:59
slo SLO 152 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) 00:33:27
ned NED 153 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:33:37
aus AUS 154 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:33:40
fra FRA 155 Cédric Pineau (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:33:55
swe SWE 156 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:34:53
ger GER 157 Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) 00:34:54
ger GER 158 Johannes Frohlinger (Argos-Shimano) 00:35:32
gbr GBR 159 David Millar (Garmin - Sharp) 00:35:40
fra FRA 160 Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD) 00:36:15
fra FRA 161 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:36:31
bel BEL 162 Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:37:27
blr BLR 163 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) 00:37:47
ned NED 164 Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) 00:38:14
rus RUS 165 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) 00:38:35
fra FRA 166 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) 00:38:36
ita ITA 167 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) 00:39:10
slo SLO 168 Grega Bole (Lampre - ISD) 00:39:31
fra FRA 169 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) 00:39:55
esp ESP 170 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) 00:40:18
fra FRA 171 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) 00:40:35
esp ESP 172 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:40:54
fra FRA 173 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:42:36
bel BEL 174 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:43:31
fra FRA 175 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) 00:45:18
ned NED 176 Sebastian Langeveld (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:45:40
ned NED 177 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) 00:46:16
usa USA 178 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp) 00:46:32
bel BEL 179 Johan Vansummeren (Garmin - Sharp) 00:47:01
esp ESP 180 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:54:47
fra FRA 181 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) 00:55:24

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