Tour de France: stage 6





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Published on Jul 6, 2012

Just as the leader passed under the 25km to go mark – and the bunch was at 26km – there was a huge crash in the peloton. It involved the likes of Schleck, Cavendish, Boasson Hagen, Peraud and many others (who you'll see down the rankings for the stage) and it forced the retirement of Poels (VCD). Cancellara, Evans, Wiggins, van Garderen, Nibali, and Basso all survived, as did most of the Orica-GreenEdge team that took control of the front bunch. The Australian team was largely responsible for setting the pace until the last of the four escapees, Zabriskie, was caught inside the final 2km. The Lotto team controlled the lead-out but it had no answer to the speed of Sagan who increased his lead in the points classification with his third victory in his Tour debut.
But it will be the casualties that this stage will be remembered for. Tom Danielson abandoned, Schleck, Valverde, and a host of others lost 2'09”; Gesink lost 3'31” and Hesjedal and others lost a massive 13'31”.
Fabian Cancellara, however, did as he always does: finished with the front group. He will wear the yellow jersey in stage seven.

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