Top five placings in the 178-kms 6th stage of Paris-Nice between Suze la Rousse and Sisteron.
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (RAB)
2. Jens Voigt (RNT)
3. Henrich Haussler (GRM) 14 seconds behind
4. Elia Viviani (LIQ)
5. Grega Bole (LAM) same time.
Luis-Leon Sanchez wins the 6th stage.
Voigt launches the sprint!
Sanchez and Voigt are watching each other now. The Spaniard has been in the lead for the past three kms.
and it should be between Voigt and Sanchez now.
Two kms to go and the two lead the peloton by 55 seconds. The four chasers have been caught.
Voigt won the Paris-Nice prologue in 2005.
Should he win, it would be Sanchez’s fourth stage win on Paris-Nice. He won overall in 2009.
and the front pair lead four of their former companions by 45 seconds and the peloton by 1:05.
and Sanchez and Voigt keep the same 1:05 lead over the peloton.
Nine kilometres to go and Sanchez and Voigt dropped Cherel.
and the three lead the peloton by 1:05.
1. Voigt 4 pts
2. Sanchez 2 pts
3. Cherel 1 pt
Peloton 1:05 behind.
Voigt, Sanchez and Cherel have now dropped their breakaway companions.
The polka-dot jersey holder is struggling as Luis-Leon Sanchez went up a gear on the climb.
The break is in the last climb, Cote des Marquises (3rd cat, km 164).
and the seven escapees lead the peloton by one minute.
Result of the sprint in Sisteron (km 159.5):
1. Voigt 3 points
2. Geschke 2
3. Geslin 1
The peloton crossed the line 1:10 behind the seven escapees.
The break on the line in Sisteron for the first time before a 19-kms lap.
Cofidis and Europcar raise the pace and lead the chase but the gap remains stable.
and the lead of the seven escapees is 2:15. The peloton regrouped.
The tempo raised at the front of the bunch and the peloton split again in several groups.
Km 133 - The gap between the seven escapees and the bunch is now down to two minutes.
Km 132 - Sanchez, Voigt, Navarro, Cherel, Geslin, Veuchelen and Geschke lead the peloton by 2:25.
The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 43.3 kph. The overall average speed was 42.1 kph.
Km 124 - The gap was reduced to 2:55.
At the top of the climb, the peloton trails the seven by 3:00.
1. Veuchelen 4 points
2. Geschke 2 points
3. Voigt 1 point
Km 105 - The seven escapees lead the peloton by 3:50.
Ivan Basso (LIQ) has also bid farewell to this Paris-Nice.
Dutchman Bauke Mollema (RAB) has just given up.
Km 88 - The seven escapees lead the peloton by 3:30.
Km 87 - The seven lead the peloton by 3:35 as the Montagne de Lure is visible nearby.
Km 84 - The seven lead the peloton by 3:45.
The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 37.7 kph. The overall average speed was 41.5 kph.
1. Veuchelen 4 pts
2. Cherel 2 pts
3. Voigt 1 pt
Luis Leon Sanchez is the best placed overall of the seven escapees. The 2009 Paris-Nice winner is currently 17th in the GC, 3:51 behind Bradley Wiggins.
Km 65 - Voigt, Navarro, Sanchez,Geslin, Cherel, Veuchelen, Geschke tackle the third climb of the day, Cote d’Aurel (3rd cat).
Guillaume Levarlet (SAU), involved in a crash in stage 4, has just given up.
Daniel Navarro (SAX) joined the six escapees. Seven men are now in the lead.
Km 52 - Sanchez, Geslin and Cherel joined Voigt, Geschke and Veuchelen in the lead. The peloton is 3:20 behind.
Km 46 - Frederik Veuchelen (VCD), Jens Voigt (RNT) and Simon Geschke (PRO) are in the lead.
Luis-Leon Sanchez (RAB), Mickael Cherel (ALM) and Anthony Geslin (FDJ) are 22 seconds adrift.
Daniel Navarro (SAX) is 38 seconds behind.
The regrouped peloton is 2:15 behind.
The average speed in the first hour of the race was 45.3 kph.
1. Veuchelen 7 points
2. Voigt 5
3. Geschke 3
4. Cherel (ALM) 2
5. LL Sanchez 1
Km 37.5 - Alejandro Valverde took advantage of the Cote du Pas de Ventoux climb (2nd cat) to reintegrate the yellow jersey group.
Km 36.5 - Veuchelen and Voigt attacked. They are chased by Albasini and Luis-Leon Sanchez.
Km 30 - The peloton remains 40 seconds behind the Wiggins group.
Among the top ten riders trapped at the back are Valverde (4th), Spilak (5th), Monfort (7th), Jeannesson (8th), Chavanel (9th) and Kiserlovski (AST).
The 26 riders in the lead are:
Boonen, De Weert, Leipheimer, Vandenbergh (OPQ), Kloeden, Voigt (RNT), Wiggins, Thomas, Zandio (SKY), Albasini (GEC), Luis-Leon Sanchez, Renshaw (RAB), Feillu, Lagutin, Leukemans, Veuchelen, Westra (VCD), Jorgensen, Morkov (SAX), Geslin (FDJ), Klier (GRM), Hushovd, Burghardt, Van Garderen (BMC), Degenkolb, Geschke (PRO).
1. Veuchelen 4 points
2. Lagutin 2 points
3. Voigt 1 point
Km 17 - The peloton is 40 seconds behind the Wiggins group.
Km 14 - The pack, including green jersey holder Alejandro Valverde (MOV), caught the second echelon and now trails the Wiggins group by 35 seconds.
Km 12 - A group of 28 riders, including Bradley Wiggins, Lieuwe Westra and Tejay Van Garderen are in the lead. A second echelon of 30 riders follows, 20 seconds behind. The main bunch, including green jersey Alejandro Valverde, is 48 seconds adrift.
Km 6 - The peloton split in two parts and Alejandro Valverde is currently in the second echelon. The yellow jersey group comprises 28 riders and leads the rest of the pack by 35 seconds.
First stage winner Gustav Larsson (VCD) and Belgium’s Klaas Lodewijck (BMC) did not start either. Only 159 riders left in the peloton.
The start of the 178.5-kms 6th stage to Sisteron was given at 12:07 to 160 riders.
Six Paris-Nice stages finished in Sisteron and the winners were:
1997 - Laurent Jalabert 1998 -Andrei Tchmil 1999 - Jacky Durand 2000 - Matteo Tosatto 2001 - Alex Zuelle.
Dmitry Fofonov (AST), Remi Pauriol (FDJ) and Maarten Neyens (LTB) are not starting today.
In l’Equipe, Vacansoleil team director Hilaire Van der Schueren warns against ruling out Lieuwe Westra too soon: "Yes he can win. I believe Col d’Eze is better for him than for Wiggins."
Also in l’Equipe, Levi Leipheimer says how much Wiggins impressed him: "I stayed behind Wiggins in the climb to be as close as possible on the line. It’s too bad that I lost a few seconds but Wiggins really rode an extraordinary race."
L’Equipe rates the chances for overall victory as follows: Wiggins 60 pc, Westra 15 pc, Leipheimer 20 pc and Valverde 5 pc.
On his Twitter profile,Christophe LeMevel tells how he forgot to take his MyKnoaky piece of wood with him on the day he crashed.
"Before my crash on Paris-Nice,@KlierAndreas gave me a piece of wood...I regrettably forgot it.Now never without @Myknoaky! Thanks Andreas ;)"
Myknoaky is a small wooden talisman supporting the charity Plant for the planet.
Briton Bradley Wiggins, third in stage 5, retained his overall lead and his six seconds lead but his runner-up has changed. Lieuwe Westra (VCD), winner in Mende, is now second while American Levi Leipheimer (RNT) is down to third, 10 seconds adrift.
Alejandro Valverde (MOV) is back to 18 seconds down and he kept the points classification green jersey ahead of Wiggins and Westra.
The polka-dot jersey changed hands and now belongs to another VCD rider, Frederik Veuchelen, one of the escapees of stage 5. The Belgian holds a solid 16 points lead over Luis Angel Mate (COF) and David Le Lay (SAU).
Despite losing ground in the GC, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) retained his young rider’s white jersey ahead of Rigoberto Uran (SKY) who worked hard for his leader on the Mende climb.
While Omega Pharma Quick Step retained their lead in the team standings, Team Sky are now only a minute down
Km 15.5 - Cote de Buisson (3rd cat)
Km 40.5 - Cote du Pas du Ventoux (2nd cat)
Km 66.5 - Cote d’Aurel (3rd cat)
Km 120.5 - Cote des Mourres (3rd cat)
Km 166 - Cote des Marquises (3rd cat)
Km 159.5 - Sisteron
Welcome on the 178.5-kms 6th stage of Paris-Nice between Suze-la-Rousse and Sisteron.