First season win for Bakelants, first crash for Froome
excerpts from LeTour.com
A spectacular stage winner of the Tour de France in Ajaccio last year, Jan Bakelants scored his first win for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in Poisy after winning a tormented two-man sprint against Lieuwe Westra of Astana. Race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) got a fright as he crashed within ten kilometers but without any apparent consequence. He praised his rivals’ sportsmanship for waiting for him.
Sixteen leaders after thirty kilometres
After a very fast start from Grenoble, the capital of the Alps, and many attempts, it took half an hour to a sixteen man breakaway to be formed, comprising Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff-Saxo), Julien Simon (Cofidis), Jens Keukeleire (Orica), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale), Pim Ligthart (Lotto), Aleksej Saramotins (IAM), Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale), Jens Voigt (Trek), Jan Bakelants and Zdenek Stybar (OPQS), Thomas Damuseau (Giant), Valerio Conti (Lampre), Bram Tankink (Belkin) and Cesare Benedetti (NetApp).
At km 70, they reached a time gap of 5.55. It wasn’t enough for Bakelants, 6.03 down on Chris Froome, to virtually put himself in the lead. Team Sky kept the race under control with a difference of five minutes between the front group and the pack for most of the race.
FDJ.fr missed out on Friday 13…
FDJ.fr, one of the six teams that has missed the breakaway, sent two riders at the front in order to bring the gap down but with 32 kilometres to go, it was a bit too late. Briefly, Katusha took over as they imagined they could win for the third straight day but action occurred at the front once the escapees hit the hills located in the final 25 kilometres. A trio rode away in the 4th category côte de Marcellaz-Albanais: Ligthart, Westra and Bakelants. The peloton was timed 3.20 at the top.
Froome crashed with ten kilometers to go
In the narrow and curvy roads of the finale, race leader Chris Froome crashed with ten kilometers to go, but the peloton slowed down to wait for him to come back as they already had no more hopes to bring the breakaway back. At the difference of Bakelants, Ligthart couldn’t follow Westra when he attacked in the final climb. With eight kilometers to go, the race was coming down to a duel but Bakelants and Westra played a game of cat and mouse. They almost crashed during the final sprint. It was tight but Bakelants proved to be the fastest while his team-mate Stybar positioned it two in the top three for OPQS on that stage. Led by Tinkoff-Saxo in the finale, the peloton reduced the gap to prevent Bakelants from entering the top 10 on GC.
Stage 6 Results BEL 1 BAKELANTS, Jan (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) 4:07:20 NED 2 WESTRA, Lieuwe (ASTANA) CZE 3 STYBAR, Zdenek (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 24 NED 4 LIGTHART, Pim (LOTTO BELISOL) BEL 5 KEUKELEIRE, Jens (ORICA GreenEDGE) GER 6 VOIGT, Jens (TREK FACTORY RACING) POL 7 BODNAR, Maciej (CANNONDALE) NED 8 TANKINK, Bram (BELKIN) ITA 9 CONTI, Valerio (LAMPRE – MERIDA) FRA 10 SIMON, Julien (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) FRA 11 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe (AG2R LA MONDIALE) ITA 12 BENEDETTI, Cesare (NETAPP – ENDURA) FRA 13 DAMUSEAU, Thomas (GIANT-SHIMANO) ESP 14 ERVITI OLLO, Imanol (MOVISTAR) POR 15 MOREIRA PAULINHO, Sergio Miguel (TINKOFF-SAXO) LAT 16 SARAMOTINS, Aleksejs (IAM CYCLING) + 1:14 AUS 17 PORTE, Richie (SKY) + 3:55 ESP 18 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (SKY) GBR 19 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) ESP 20 LOPEZ GARCIA, David (SKY) ESP 21 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) DEN 22 FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA) GER 23 MATZKA, Ralf (NETAPP – ENDURA) ESP 24 NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) ITA 25 NIBALI, Vincenzo (ASTANA) BEL 26 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen (LOTTO BELISOL) EST 27 KANGERT, Tanel (ASTANA) NED 28 KELDERMAN, Wilco (BELKIN) ESP 29 HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Jesus (TINKOFF-SAXO) GBR 30 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) SUI 31 REICHENBACH, Sébastien (IAM CYCLING) CZE 32 KONIG, Leopold (NETAPP – ENDURA) NED 33 BOOM, Lars (BELKIN) CRO 34 DURASEK, Kristijan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) ITA 35 MARCATO, Marco (CANNONDALE) USA 36 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP) USA 37 HOWES, Alex (GARMIN SHARP) USA 38 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) RUS 39 TROFIMOV, Yury (KATUSHA) FRA 40 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
General Classification after Stage 6 GBR 1 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) 23:12:15 ESP 2 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 12 NED 3 KELDERMAN, Wilco (BELKIN) USA 4 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP) + 33 BEL 5 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen (LOTTO BELISOL) + 35 ITA 6 NIBALI, Vincenzo (ASTANA) + 50 ESP 7 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 1:22 DEN 8 FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA) GBR 9 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 1:24 EST 10 KANGERT, Tanel (ASTANA) + 1:35 FRA 11 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 1:40 SUI 12 REICHENBACH, Sébastien (IAM CYCLING) ESP 13 NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 1:43 CZE 14 KONIG, Leopold (NETAPP – ENDURA) + 1:44 BEL 15 BAKELANTS, Jan (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 1:58 USA 16 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) + 2:22 CRO 17 DURASEK, Kristijan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 2:32 ESP 18 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (SKY) + 2:36 ESP 19 MORENO FERNANDEZ, Daniel (KATUSHA) + 2:42 BEL 20 DE CLERCQ, Bart (LOTTO BELISOL) + 2:47
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