Saturday March 9th, 2013

Stage 6Manosque / Nice

Start 11h30 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary09.03.2013 in 17:19Third time happy for Chavanel

Sylvain Chavanel (BMC) displayed unheralded sprinting power to beat world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) on the line and claim his third stage victory in Paris-Nice on Saturday. Already winner in Cannes (2008 ) and Vichy (2009), the Frenchman caught the Belgian favorite off his guard to give France its third victory in this edition. Spanish sprinter Jose Joaquin Rojas was third.
Richie Porte, safely assisted by his Sky team-mates, retained the overall lead with a 32 seconds gap over...

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interview09.03.2013 in 18:13Sylvain Chavanel: "A pleasant surprise"

The Frenchman won his third Paris-Nice stage after Cannes in 2008 and Vichy in 2009.

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interview09.03.2013 in 17:34Porte: "I have to be confident"

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With a 32 seconds lead over nearest rival Andrew Talansky ahead of the 9.6-kms final time trial to Col d'Eze, Richie Porte made it clear he had probably made the hardest part of his Paris-Nice quest in stage 6.

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Sporting stakes08.03.2013 in 17:13Still points and seconds up for grabs

The longest stage in this Paris-Nice, a 220-kms ride to the Promenade des Anglais, will be a last opportunity to seize for those bold enough to try and pin their name on the scoreboard of this edition.

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16:51Porte retains yellow jersey

Australia's Richie Prote (SKY) retained the yellow jersey with a 32 seconds lead over American Andrew Talansky (GRS) and a 41 seconds lead over Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)

16:49Top 5 results

Top 5 results in the 220-kms 6th stage of Paris-Nice between Manosque and Nice:

1. Sylvain Chavanel (France, OPQ)

2. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium, BMC)

3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain, MOV)

4. Samuel Dumoulin (France, ALM)

5. Tony Gallopin (France, RLT)

16:48Chavanel wins stage 6

France's Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) wins the 220-kms 6th stage of Paris-Nice between Manosque and Nice. The Frenchman outsprinted Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV).

16:46Under the red flame

... and BMC riders lead with AG2R riders close by.

16:45Working for the sprint

BMC and AG2R riders are coming to the front working for their fast men.

16:415 kms to go

...and teams are starting to fight their way to the front for the final sprint.

16:39Gilbert also in the front

World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has been near the front since the junction and looks really strong.

16:3610 kms to go...

... and the remainder of the bunch is gearing up for a sprint. Kiryikenka and Lopez Garcia still lead Richie Porte (SKY), with Andrew Talansky (GRS) on his heels followed by Lieuwe Westra (VCD).

16:33Lopez Garcia and Kiryienka lead

The two Team Sky team-mates of Richie Porte have been in the reins since the junction nearly 20 kms ago.

16:3015 kms to go...

... and two Team Sky riders keep leading the way.

16:1330 kms to go...

... and Team Sky are back in control of the race, leading the bunch with Richie Porte safely in third spot.

16:12Peloton regroups

Chavanel, Velits and Grivko were reeled in (km 190).

16:11Three riders in the lead

Chavanel and Velits (both OPQ) and Grivko (AST) continued their effort after the sprint and lead the peloton by five seconds in Vence (km 189.5)

16:10Sprint result

Result of the sprint in Tourrettes-sur-Loup (km 185.5)

1. Peter Velits (OPQ) 3 points, 3 seconds

2. Andryi Grivko (AST) 2 points, 2 seconds

3. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) 1 point, 1 sec

16:07 The peloton in Tourrettes-sur-Loup

The peloton is in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, host of a Paris-Nice stage in 2010, won by the late Xavier Tondo.

16:05Barguil attacks

Warren Barguil (ARG) attacked on the junction while Michel Scarponi (LAM) has been dropped on a puncture and is struggling to return in the bunch.

16:03Break over

Km 181 - The five have just been caught by the peloton.

16:02Gap down

... to seven seconds now between the five and the peloton led by Team Sky riders. Euskaltel riders keep trying to attack in vain.

16:00Five in the lead

Km 180 - Simon Clarke (OGE), who tried to break on his own, is now back in the leading group, but Egor Silin is no longer. The peloton are 18 seconds adrift.

15:43Verdugo crashes

On roads made slippery by the rain which fell all morning, Gorka Ferdugo (EUS) also crashed.

15:43Latest gap

Km 165 - Only 17 seconds left for the six on a peloton led by BMC riders in the descent.

15:40Peloton nearing

Team Sky and Euskaltel riders are leading the way at the front of the bunch while world champion Philippe Gilbert is also in the leading ranks. The pack is 35 seconds adrift.

15:38Kelderman crashes

Wilco Kelderman (BLA) crashed in the descent.

15:37Six men in the lead

Simon Clarke (OGE), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), Johann Tschopp (IAM), Romain Bardet (ALM), Eduard Vorganov (KAT) and Egor Silin (AST) lead the peloton by 40 seconds (Km 158).

15:35Average speed

The overall average speed after four hours in the stage was 39.1 kph.

15:24Tschopp retains mountin jersey

Having scored ten more points on Col du Ferrier (km 148.5), Johann Tschopp (IAM) will keep his polka-dot jersey if he finishes today.

15:23Result on Col du Ferrier

Result on the 1st category Col du Ferrier (Km 148.5)

1. Tschopp 10 points

2. Clarke 8 pts

3. Silin 6 pts

4. Bardet 4 pts

5. Jeannesson 3. pts

6. Vorganov 2 pts

7. Siutsov 1 pt
The peloton one minute adrift. 

15:13Break group splits

Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Borut Bozic (AST) and Jerome Pineau (OPQ) have been dropped by the leaing group.

15:12Taaramae struggles

Rein Taaramae (COF) is struggling at the back of the peloton in Col du Ferrier.

15:07Mechanical for Silin

Silin has been dropped by the leading group after a mechancial. Eight men in the lead with a 1:20 lead over the bunch.

15:01Result on Cote de Cabris

Result on the 1st category Cote de Cabris (Km 138.5)

1. Tschopp 10 points

2. Jeannesson 8 pts

3. Bookwalter 6 pts

4. Bozic 4 pts

5. Silin 3 pts

6. Pineau 2 pts

7. Vorganov 1 pt

Peloton 1:55  adrift.

14:56El Fares also dropped

In Cabris, Julien El Fares (SOJ) has also been dropped by the leading group. Only nine men are left in the break, leading the peloton by 2:15 one kilometre from the summit.

14:53Renshaw out

Australia's Mark Renshaw (BLA) has given up.

14:50Euskaltel lead the chase

Three riders from the Basque outfit lead the peloton, trailing the break by 2:20 (Km 133).

14:47Millar dropped

Among the several riders dropped by the peloton at the foot of the Cote de Cabris are David Millard (GRS) and Mark Renshaw (BLA).

14:45Smukulis dropped

Gatis Smukulis (KAT) is no longer in the break. He was dropped in the first part of the 1st category Cote de Cabris. Only ten men left in the lead.

14:34Average speed

The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 39.6 kph for an overall average speed of 42 kph.

14:27Latest gap

Km 120 - The gap between the 11 escapees and the peloton is stable at 3:10.

14:01Result on Cote du Mont Meaulx

Result on 3rd category Cote du Mont Meaulx (Km 103)

1. Clarke 4 points

2. Bozic 2 points

3. El Fares 1 point

The peloton, led by the whole Team Sky, is 3:35 adrift.

13:56De Gendt also quits

Winner in Nice last year, Thomas de Gendt (VCD) also abandoned.

13:50Gesink and Offredo out

Robert Gesink (BLA), Yoann Offredo (FDJ) and Andrey Zeits (AST) took advantage of the feeding (km 91) zone to give up.

13:42Gap at the top

At the top of Cote des Tuilieres (km 87.5), Simon Clarke (OGE) Egor Silin (AST), Gatis Smukulis (KAT), Eduard Vorganov (KAT),  Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), Julien El Fares (SOJ), Borut Bozic (AST), Jerome Pineau (OPQ), Romain Bardet (ALM) and  Johann Tschopp (IAM) led the peloton by 3:50.

13:39Result in Cote des Tuilieres

Result in Cote des Tuilieres (2nd cat.)

1. Tschopp 7 points

2. Pineau 5 points

3. Bozic 3 points

4. Bookwalter 2 points

5. Clarke 1 point

13:35In Cote des Tuilieres

The race is in 2nd category Cote des Tuilieres (top at Km 87.5) and the 11 lead the main pack by 3:35.

13:34Average speed

The break covered 43.4 kms in the second hour of the stage. The overall average speed was 42.7 kph.

13:29The peloton in Draguignan

The peloton is in Draguignan (km 81.5) 3:35 behind the eleven-man break. Eight Paris-Nice stages finished in Draguignan between 1965 and1977. From 1978 to 1982, hosted the town hosted the Criterium International. Draguignan hosted a Tour de France stage in 2000 and is a regular fixture of the Tour du Haut Var.

13:19Result of the first intermediate sprint

Result of the first intermediate sprint in Flayosc (Km 76.5)

1. Bozic 3 points, 3 secs

2. Smukulis 2 points, 2 secs

3. Bardet 1 point, 1 sec

13:06Latest gap

Km 64 - The eleven escapees lead the peloton by three minutes.

13:00Latest gap

Km 58: Simon Clarke (OGE) Egor Silin (AST), Gatis Smukulis (KAT), Eduard Vorganov (KAT),  Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), Julien El Fares (SOJ), Borut Bozic (AST), Jerome Pineau (OPQ), Romain Bardet (ALM) and polka-dot jersey holder Johann Tschopp (IAM) lead the peloton by 2:50.   

12:53Klier gives up

Andreas Klier (GRS) has called it quits.

12:51Latest gap

Km 50 - The eleven escapees lead the peloton by 2:40.

12:40Latest gap

Km 44 - The eleven escapees lead the peloton by 2:30.

12:32In the press today

In Nice-Matin, Christophe Le Mevel (COF), who lived in the area, gave his views about the day's stage:
"It's not a very tricky stage Like last year, a break could go all the way (victory by De Gendt). But even though there are hills on the course, we could have a sprint finish. We're a little more than a week away from Milan-San Remo and the sprinters are going to gauge themselves on the hills on a long distance (220 kms). I can see a grouped finish, but not a bunch sprint for there...

12:29Latest gap

Km 36 - Simon Clarke (OGE) Egor Silin (AST), Gatis Smukulis (KAT), Eduard Vorganov (KAT),  Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), Julien El Fares (SOJ), Borut Bozic (AST), Jerome Pineau (OPQ), Romain Bardet (ALM) and Johann Tschopp (IAM) lead the peloton by 1:15.

12:15Tweets of the day

Vacansoleil-DCM ‏@VacansoleilDCM
Last year ‪#thomasdegendt‬ won the Saturday stage to Nice, he will be someone to watch again today. ‪#parisnice‬

Egor Silin @ Egsilin
Third day of rain, soon we'll grow gills…

Leigh Howard ‏@leighhoward1
1 big day left, 220km's into Nice. 'Hopefully' a bunch kick again so we can give it another crack!

12:08Latest gap

Km 25 - The eleven lead the peloton by 50 seconds. Jeannesson (FDJ) is the best placed escapee. He lies 20th, 1:49 behind Richier Porte.

12:06First gap

Nine riders joined Silin and Vorganov in the lead. The first fap with the peloton is 11 seconds. Points to note: polka-dot jersey holder Johann Tschopp (IAM) is in the break and so is green jersey contender Borut Bozic (AST). 

12:02Eleven riders in the lead

Km 12 - The 11 riders in the lead are Simon Clarke (OGE) Egor Silin (AST), Gatis Smukulis (KAT), Eduard Vorganov (KAT),  Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Arnold Jeanneson (FDJ), Julien El Fares (SOJ), Borut Bozic (AST), Jerome Pineau (OPQ), Romain Bardet (ALM), Johann Tschopp (IAM) 

11:51Seven in the lead

Km 11 - The pair have been joined by five chasers. Seven men in the lead.

11:49Two in the lead

Two Russians have parted with the peloton in the descent: Egor Silin (AST) and Eduard Vorganov (KAT).

11:45Result on the Cote du Bois de Rousset

Result on the 3rd category Cote du Bois de Rousset (Km 6.5)

1. Egor Silin (AST) 4 pts

2. Johann Tschopp (IAM) 2 pts

3. Hubert Dupont  (ALM)1 pt

11:39Polka-dot jersey

Johann Tschopp (IAM) retained his polka-dot jersey in the stage to Montagne de Lure but is now under direct threat from France's Thierry Hupond (ARG), who collected most points in a long break in stage 5. Hupond is seven points behind the Swiss while Richie Porte (SKY) and Thomas Voeckler (EUC) are level in third place, 14 points behind. With 34 points up for grabs on stage 6, the climber's classification is one of the most undecided.

11:39White jersey

Andrew Talansky (GRS) lost the overall lead but retained two of the three jerseys he held after stage 4, including the best young rider's. For the white jersey, he still leads compatriot Tejay van Garderen (BMC) by 20 seconds and Italian Diego Ulissi (LAM) by 22.

11:37Green jersey

Andrew Talansky (GRS) earned the green jersey as a consolation prize for losing the yellow. The American leads Italian sprinter Elia Viviani (CAN) by six points and France's Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) by 11 points.

11:36Yellow jersey

Richie Porte (SKY) took both the stage laurels and the yellow jersey at the top of Montagne de Lure to place himself ideally to become the first Australian winner of Paris-Nice (but not the first Australian race leader since Allan Peiper in 1985 or Matt Goss in 2011 already wore the leader's jersey). Porte took the garment off Andrew Talansky (GRS), who now trails him by 32 seconds while Lieuwe Westra (VCD), the runner-up to Bradley Wiggins last year, lies third,  42 seconds adrift.

11:35Climbs of the day

Km 6.5: Cote du Bois de Rousset (3rd cat.)
Km 87.5: Cote des Tuilieres (2nd cat.)
Km 103: Cote du Mont Meaulx (3rd cat.)
Km 138.5: Cote de Cabris (1st cat.)
Km 148.5: Col du Ferrier (1st cat.)

11:34Sprints of the day

Km 76.5: Flayosc
Km 185.5: Tourrettes-sur-Loup

11:33Welcome on stage 6

Welcome on the 220-kms 6th stage of Paris-Nice between Manosque and Nice.

11:33Start given

The actual start was given at 11:32 to 163 riders. Francis De Greef (LTB) and Alexis Vuillermoz (SOJ) did not start.


Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7


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