The GC contenders finally get they’re moment to make a race out of the Tour.  After five days relatively flat stages, the Tour takes the racers from the north east to the central mountains introducing two Cat 4 climbs followed by two Category 2 climbs the later offering a mountain top finish off a steep 10% grade.

 

The strength of the American field revealed itself today in the names of Kirchen and Vande Velde.  Vande Velde took a flyer on the face of the final mountain holding off the field for several kilometers.  He fell off the main group afterwards but still held onto 19th only 23 seconds back.  Kirchen hung on despite a myriad of attacks leading up to the finish.  Kirchen finished 5th four seconds back of the Stage winner Ricco.

 

Ricco won the stage in spectacular fashion today demonstrating that he is possibly the best climber in the field.  Kirchen takes the yellow jersey likely as a result of a misshap with Schumacher.  Schumacher’s hit the deck 2K from the line off Kirchen’s wheel. 

 

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Team Columbia Finishers

5

Kim Kirchen (Lux)

 Team Columbia

0.04

15

Thomas Lövkvist (Swe)

 Team Columbia

0.23

43

Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr)

 Team Columbia

1.08

45

George Hincapie (USA)

 Team Columbia

1.20

96

Adam Hansen (Aus)

 Team Columbia

8.30

117

Bernhard Eisel (Aut)

 Team Columbia

14.35

163

Gerald Ciolek (Ger)

 Team Columbia

17.46

165

Marcus Burghardt (Ger)

 Team Columbia

17.46

168

Mark Cavendish (GBr)

 Team Columbia

17.46

 

Team Garmin – Chipotle

19

Christian Vande Velde (USA)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

0.23

39

David Millar (GBr)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

0.51

48

Ryder Hesjedal (Can)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

1.45

95

Trent Lowe (Aus)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

8.30

121

Danny Pate (USA)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

14.35

137

Martijn Maaskant (Ned)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

17.46

157

Magnus Backstedt (Swe)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

17.46

159

Julian Dean (NZl)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

17.46

167

William Frischkorn (USA)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

17.46

 

Stage 6 Results

1

Riccardo Riccò (Ita)

 Saunier Duval – Scott

4.57.52 (39.38 km/h)

2

Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)

 Caisse d’Epargne

0.01

3

Cadel Evans (Aus)

 Silence – Lotto

0.01

4

Frank Schleck (Lux)

 Team CSC – Saxo Bank

0.04

5

Kim Kirchen (Lux)

 Team Columbia

0.04

6

Roman Kreuziger (Cze)

 Liquigas

0.07

7

Moises Dueñas Nevado (Spa)

 Barloworld

0.07

8

Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa)

 Team CSC – Saxo Bank

0.07

9

Denis Menchov (Rus)

 Rabobank

0.07

10

Leonardo Piepoli (Ita)

 Saunier Duval – Scott

0.07

11

Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa)

 Liquigas

0.12

12

Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa)

 Euskaltel – Euskadi

0.12

13

Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa)

 Caisse d’Epargne

0.15

14

Stijn Devolder (Bel)

 Quick Step

0.19

15

Thomas Lövkvist (Swe)

 Team Columbia

0.23

16

Iouri Trofimov (Rus)

 Bouygues Telecom

0.23

17

Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz)

 Crédit Agricole

0.23

18

Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa)

 Euskaltel – Euskadi

0.23

19

Christian Vande Velde (USA)

 Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30

0.23

20

Tadej Valjavec (Slo)

 AG2R La Mondiale

0.23

Overall Standings 

1 Kim Kirchen (Lux)  Team Columbia 24.30.41
2 Cadel Evans (Aus)  Silence – Lotto 0.06
3 Stefan Schumacher (Ger)  Gerolsteiner 0.16
4 Christian Vande Velde (USA)  Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 0.44
5 David Millar (GBr)  Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 0.47
6 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe)  Team Columbia 0.54
7 Denis Menchov (Rus)  Rabobank 1.03
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)  Caisse d’Epargne 1.12
9 Stijn Devolder (Bel)  Quick Step 1.21
10 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa)  Caisse d’Epargne 1.21
11 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa)  Euskaltel – Euskadi 1.27
12 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa)  Team CSC – Saxo Bank 1.34
13 Maxime Monfort (Bel)  Cofidis – Le Crédit par Téléphone 1.40
14 Damiano Cunego (Ita)  Lampre 1.42
15 George Hincapie (USA)  Team Columbia 1.45
  

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