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100th Tour de France - Stage 6 - Report & Photos
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/4/2013
100th Tour de France - Stage 6 - Report & Photos
 
2013 Daily Peloton


Montpellier, 3 July 2013 - Stage 6 : from Aix en Provence to Montpellier, 176.5km: Andre Greipel wins his first stage of the Tour with a show of power from his team in the closing kilometres, while Simon Gerrans relinquishes the race lead to teammate Daryl Impey


Stage Result - Top 3

1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
3 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano

Andre Greipel secured his first win of this year's Tour, frustrating Peter Sagan who has become mired in a second place rut with his third result in that spot. Marcel Kittel was third, while Mark Cavendish simply didn't have the legs claimed fourth, looking battered from a crash at 33km. Cavendish was left distanced and spent several minutes on his own chasing to get back on before teammate Peter Velits finally located him and pulled him back to the front.

Andre Greipel wins Stage 6

Andre Greipel wins Stage 6 © Dana Gardner

Daryl Impey finished in a front group of 16 riders on stage six of the Tour de France to move into the race lead. The South African becomes the first African to wear the Tour’s yellow jersey. Simon Gerrans led out Matt Goss for the sprint and conceded five seconds to Impey when the bunch split before the line.

“Simon came to me yesterday afternoon and asked if it was okay for him to pass the jersey along to Daryl,” said Sport Director Matt White. “I said it was fine. They’re great mates. What they’ve done for each other will never be forgotten. Simon won his stage with the perfect lead-out from Daryl, and he had his two days in yellow. For Daryl to be the first African in yellow, even if it’s only one day – well, it will change his life forever.”

“I was pretty emotional on the podium,” admitted Impey, “I was standing there and thinking ‘This is it.’ - this is the proudest moment ever of my career. I don’t think anything will ever top this. That’s not to say I’ll never be able to do it again, but not in this way. It’s like winning the jackpot.”

With strong winds in the forecast, a nervous peloton set off from Aix-en-Provence. Luis Angel Maté launched a lone attack and found himself up the road without any company from the stage six start. The lack of support left him isolated and he was absorbed relatively quickly.

Andre Greipel wins Stage 6

Daryl Impey in yellow © Dana Gardner

With Maté reabsorbed, the peloton stuck together for the intermediate sprint and the Col de La Vayčde, the stage’s only ranked climb. Crosswinds kept the pace high and the nerves higher. ORICA-GreenEDGE stuck close to the front in defence of the yellow jersey, often sharing pace-making duties with teams eager to stay near the front to keep their overall contenders safe.Multiple crashes disrupted the final hour of racing with the peloton splitting in the last kilometre.

"It was such a stressful day," Impey added, "I just wanted to get to the finish. I knew if I did the lead-out for Gossy as planned, I’d probably end up in yellow."

Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) was a big loser after one crash. He was left sitting in the middle of the raod in pain and looking utterly demoralised. His bike looked out of kilter and it was several minutes beofre he could muster the enthusiasm to getback on his bike and continue. He eventaully crossed the line 10'48" down.

Stage 7 : Montpellier to Albi, 205.5km : "It's quite a lumpy day," said Daryl Impey about the seventh stage of the 100th Tour de France, from Montpellier to the capital of the Tarn department, Albi. “I think we've got a team that can defend the yellow jersey for another day but it's a bit of an uncertain sort of stage. On a good day, I can survive with some of the climbs so we'll definitely be fight to the end to try and defend it one more day."


Race Route for 2013

Le Tour de France 2013

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Links

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Stage Results - top 60

1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 3:59:02
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
3 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
5 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha  
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
8 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
9 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
10 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun  
12 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
13 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge  
14 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
15 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
16 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
17 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:05
18 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling  
19 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling  
20 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp  
21 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
22 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
23 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun  
24 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
25 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
26 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
27 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
28 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
29 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
30 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
32 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
33 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha  
34 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp  
35 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha  
36 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
37 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
38 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha  
39 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
41 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
42 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
43 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
44 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr  
45 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
46 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
47 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
48 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
49 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
50 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
51 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
52 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
53 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
54 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
55 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
56 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
57 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
58 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
59 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
60 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  

OVERALL STANDINGS - Top 60

1 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 22:18:17
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:03
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:05
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge  
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:06
6 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
7 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:08
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling  
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:14
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
11 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
12 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
13 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:22
14 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp  
15 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol  
16 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
17 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
18 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:25
19 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
20 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
21 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
22 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:00:30
23 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:31
24 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
25 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
26 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
27 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:33
28 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
29 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
30 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
31 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha  
32 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:34
33 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
34 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
35 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard  
36 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
37 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:38
38 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:42
39 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
40 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
41 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
42 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:47
43 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr  
44 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr  
45 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:01
46 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:09
47 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
48 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 0:01:15
50 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun  
51 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun  
52 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:18
53 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
54 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:20
55 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:21
56 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:24
57 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida  
58 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:25
59 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
60 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:29



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