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Jul 06 2012

2012 Le Tour – Stage 6

Épernay / Metz (129 miles)

Le.  Tour.  De.  France.

Andre Greipel won again yesterday for 2 in a row in a classic sprint finish.  The breakaway was pulled in with a mere kilometer to go after a 3 kilometer crash that involved Tyler Farrar.  Cavendish had to settle for 5th but did not lose much ground in the Points competition.  General Classification top positions changed hardly at all despite Wiggins’ being one of those delayed at the stage finish.

Marcel Kittel of Argos-Shimano had to withdraw due to stomach problems, the fourth overall.

Today’s Point awards will be decided just before the only mountain of the day, a category 4 with a very steep descent.  While most are predicting another Sprint finish, it’s distinctly possible that an attack like that which failed yesterday by a mere kilometer could succeed today with a little more altitude variation.

General Classification

Place Rider Team Time/Delta
1 CANCELLARA Fabian RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 24:45:32
2 WIGGINS Bradley SKY PROCYCLING +00:07
3 CHAVANEL Sylvain OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP +00:07
4 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM +00:10
5 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald SKY PROCYCLING +00:11
6 MENCHOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM +00:13
7 EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM +00:17
8 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE +00:18
9 HESJEDAL Ryder GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA +00:18
10 KLÖDEN Andréas RADIOSHACK-NISSAN +00:19

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Sites of Interest-

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Points

Place Rider Team Points
1 SAGAN Peter LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 155
2 GOSS Matthew Harley ORICA GREENEDGE 137
3 GREIPEL André LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 132
4 CAVENDISH Mark SKY PROCYCLING 119
5 PETACCHI Alessandro LAMPRE – ISD 91
6 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald SKY PROCYCLING 88
7 VEELERS Tom TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 76
8 CANCELLARA Fabian RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 74
9 RENSHAW Mark RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 55
10 HAEDO Juan Jose TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 46
11 VAN HUMMEL Kenny Robert VACANSOLEIL-DCM 43
12 MOLLEMA Bauke RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 41
13 MORKOV Michael TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 40
14 VELITS Peter OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 36
15 HUTAROVICH Yauheni FDJ-BIGMAT 35
16 URTASUN PEREZ Pablo EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 34
17 GILBERT Philippe BMC RACING TEAM 33
18 GENE Yohann TEAM EUROPCAR 32
19 DELAPLACE Anthony SAUR-SOJASUN 30
20 DUMOULIN Samuel COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 30
21 LADAGNOUS Matthieu FDJ-BIGMAT 29
22 IMPEY Daryl ORICA GREENEDGE 29
23 LANCASTER Brett Daniel ORICA GREENEDGE 26
24 PEREZ MORENO Ruben EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 25
25 CHAVANEL Sylvain OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 23
26 BOECKMANS Kris VACANSOLEIL-DCM 23
27 ARASHIRO Yukiya TEAM EUROPCAR 22
28 HINAULT Sébastien AG2R LA MONDIALE 22
29 HESJEDAL Ryder GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA 21
30 KERN Christophe TEAM EUROPCAR 20
31 MINARD Sébastien AG2R LA MONDIALE 20
32 VALVERDE Alejandro MOVISTAR TEAM 20
33 CANTWELL Jonathan TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 20
34 EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM 18
35 GESINK Robert RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 18
36 FREIRE Oscar KATUSHA TEAM 18
37 WIGGINS Bradley SKY PROCYCLING 17
38 GRIVKO Andriy ASTANA PRO TEAM 17
39 ALBASINI Michael ORICA GREENEDGE 17
40 BERNAUDEAU Giovanni TEAM EUROPCAR 17
41 ROUX Anthony FDJ-BIGMAT 17
42 MARTIN Daniel GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA 16
43 EDET Nicolas COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 15
44 SIMON Julien SAUR-SOJASUN 15
45 MONCOUTIE David COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 15
46 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM 13
47 ROCHE Nicolas AG2R LA MONDIALE 13
48 GHYSELINCK Jan COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 13
49 DEVENYNS Dries OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 12
50 FARRAR Tyler GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA 12
51 GRETSCH Patrick TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 12
52 NIBALI Vincenzo LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 11
53 SANCHEZ Samuel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 11
54 BOUET Maxime AG2R LA MONDIALE 11
55 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 10
56 HENDERSON Gregory LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 10
57 MENCHOV Denis KATUSHA TEAM 8
58 ROELANDTS Jurgen LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 8
59 BOZIC Borut ASTANA PRO TEAM 8
60 FOFONOV Dmitriy ASTANA PRO TEAM 6
61 GERRANS Simon ORICA GREENEDGE 6
62 POELS Wouter VACANSOLEIL-DCM 5
63 FROOME Christopher SKY PROCYCLING 5
64 COOKE Baden ORICA GREENEDGE 5
65 BURGHARDT Marcus BMC RACING TEAM 5
66 KLÖDEN Andréas RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 4
67 KUCHYNSKI Aliaksandr KATUSHA TEAM 4
68 KISERLOVSKI Robert ASTANA PRO TEAM 3
69 HONDO Danilo LAMPRE – ISD 3
70 VANENDERT Jelle LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 2
71 MARTINEZ Egoi EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 2
72 DI GREGORIO Rémy COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 2
73 SORENSEN Nicki TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 1
74 KRIVTSOV Yuriy LAMPRE – ISD 1

Team

Place Team Time/Delta
1 SKY PROCYCLING 74:17:10
2 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN +00:04
3 BMC RACING TEAM +00:06
4 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP +00:13
5 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE +00:29
6 KATUSHA TEAM +00:38
7 VACANSOLEIL-DCM +00:50
8 ASTANA PRO TEAM +00:52
9 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM +01:01
10 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI +01:51
11 FDJ-BIGMAT +01:59
12 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE +02:23
13 ORICA GREENEDGE +02:34
14 AG2R LA MONDIALE +02:49
15 TEAM EUROPCAR +03:08
16 LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM +03:38
17 MOVISTAR TEAM +03:56
18 TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK +07:04
19 GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA +07:34
20 SAUR-SOJASUN +08:52
21 LAMPRE – ISD +14:06
22 TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO +19:26

Hill Climbing

Place Rider Team Points
1 MORKOV Michael TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 9
2 BASSO Ivan LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 2
3 SAGAN Peter LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 2
4 DELAPLACE Anthony SAUR-SOJASUN 2
5 MONCOUTIE David COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 2
6 URTASUN PEREZ Pablo EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 1
7 GALLOPIN Tony RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 1
8 MINARD Sébastien AG2R LA MONDIALE 1

Youth

Place Rider Team Time/Delta
1 VAN GARDEREN Tejay BMC RACING TEAM 24:45:42
2 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald SKY PROCYCLING +00:01
3 TAARAMAE Rein COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE +00:12
4 SAGAN Peter LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE +00:13
5 POELS Wouter VACANSOLEIL-DCM +00:14
6 PINOT Thibaut FDJ-BIGMAT +00:37
7 KRUIJSWIJK Steven RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM +00:43
8 VALLS FERRI Rafael VACANSOLEIL-DCM +00:51
9 GALLOPIN Tony RADIOSHACK-NISSAN +01:28
10 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI +02:30
11 MALACARNE Davide TEAM EUROPCAR +03:24
12 BOECKMANS Kris VACANSOLEIL-DCM +03:53
13 VICHOT Arthur FDJ-BIGMAT +05:50
14 NERZ Dominik LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE +07:53
15 GAUTIER Cyril TEAM EUROPCAR +08:25
16 ZINGLE Romain COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE +09:47
17 OSS Daniel LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE +10:47
18 DELAPLACE Anthony SAUR-SOJASUN +10:57
19 GHYSELINCK Jan COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE +11:28
20 EDET Nicolas COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE +12:04
21 ROUX Anthony FDJ-BIGMAT +18:47
22 GRETSCH Patrick TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO +19:31

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  6. TMC

    The last time a Tour de France stage started in Épernay, home to the leading Champagne houses, was in 2010 and it was HTC-Columbia that were cracking open the bubbly that evening to celebrate yet another stage win by Mark Cavendish. This is another stage that looks nailed-on for a bunch sprint finish.

    Épernay is a commune in the Marne department in northern France, located some 130 km north-east of Paris. The town sits on the left bank of the Marne at the extremity of the Cubry valley which crosses it. Épernay is best known as the principal “entrepôt” for champagne wines, which are bottled and kept in large cellars built into the chalk rock on which the town is built. The production of the equipment and raw materials used in the champagne industry is a major source of local employment.

    The most famous street in Épernay is the Avenue de Champagne which features the leading Champagne manufacturers.  Its name derives from the presence of many leading champagne producers such as Moët et Chandon, Mercier and De Castellane. Residents say that this avenue is the most expensive in the world, more so than the Champs-Élysées in Paris, because of the millions of bottles of champagne stored in the kilometres of chalk cellars beneath it.

    Épernay is the home of  Moët et Chandon which was founded in 1743 by Épernay wine trader Claude Moët who began shipping his wine from Champagne to Paris. The reign of King Louis XV coincided with increased demand for sparkling wine. Moët began business in 1750 with Madame de Pompadour, who supplied the Royal Court at Compiègne with Moët’s champagne. Also in 1750, Moët began establishing business in Germany, Spain, Eastern Europe, and colonial British America. In 1792, on Claude Moët’s death, grandson Jean-Rémy Moët assumed control of Moët et Cie, and expanded the business buying the vineyards of the Abbey of Hautvillers, where Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon perfected double-fermentation for creating champagne.

    Metz, the capital of Lorraine, has witnessed 40 stage finishes since it first welcomed the Tour more than a century ago, the most recent being in 1999 when Lance Armstrong won an individual time trial here on his way to the first of his seven consecutive victories in the race. This close to the German border there should be a lot of German fans in evidence, but with Kittel out and Greipel coming in to this stage having already achieved back to back stage wins on stages 4 and 5 it’s unlikely that they will see that ultra rarity – a Tour treble… but you never know, the last one was achieved by Lance Armstrong and included an individual time trial. Super Mario Cipolinni went one better in 1999 winning four in a row with none of yer time trials included.

    Metz is a city in the northeast of France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region and prefecture of the Moselle department. Located near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany, and Luxembourg, Metz forms a central place of the European Greater Region and of the SaarLorLux Euroregion.

    A Celtic oppidum, an important Gallo-Roman city, the Merovingian capital of the Austrasia kingdom, the birthplace of the Carolingian dynasty, a cradle of the Gregorian chant, and one of the oldest republics of the common era in Europe, Metz has a rich 3,000-year-history. The city has been steeped in Romance culture, but has been strongly influenced by Germanic culture due to its location and history.

    Metz possesses one of the largest Urban Conservation Area in France and more than 100 buildings of the city are classified on the Monument Historique list. Because of its historical and cultural background, Metz benefits from its designation as French Town of Art and History. The city features noteworthy buildings such as the Gothic Saint-Stephen Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, its Station Palace, or its Opera House, the oldest one working in France. Metz is home to some notable venues including the Arsenal Concert Hall and the Centre Pompidou-Metz Museum.

    A basin of urban ecology, Metz gained its nickname of Green City, displaying extensive open grounds and public gardens and the historic downtown is one of the largest commercial, pedestrian areas in France.

    A historic Garrison town, Metz is the economic heart of the Lorraine region, being specialized in information technology and automotive industries. Metz is home to the University of Lorraine and a centre for applied research and development in the materials sector notably in metallurgy and metallography, the heritage of the Lorraine region’s past in the iron and steel industry.

  7. TMC

    Half the peloton is down with some injuries and at least two riders withdrawing from the race. Cavendish hasn’t been seen since the crash. It’s unknown if he was involved

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    they are only 15 seconds behind the 4 leaders

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    The 2nd peloton is 1:56 behind the leaders and trying to make up for lost time. “3 mile Rule” is not applicable for this crash.

  11. TMC

    André Griepel who was injured in two falls today is 2nd.

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    by the pure luck of staying out of trouble

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