Rainy Ride for Tour de France Riders to Barcelona

Tour De France / General Classification after Stage 6
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank -Average speed: 41.866km/hr
2. Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - SRAM RED @ same time
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana - :19
4. Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana - :23
5. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - :31


Fabians TT Bike. Will he keep the Maillot Jaune after todays stage?

In a tight uphill sprint on Stage 6th of the 2009 Tour De France, Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd brought Cervelo their first-ever stage Tour win. Despite the rainy day where slick roads caused plenty of crashes, the race favorites stayed out of trouble and the status-quo reigned again. Hushovd, the first Norwegian to wear the Tour's Maillot Jaune took the hilltop win in a finish that resembled his 2004 Tour stage win in Quimper.

Saxo Bank's Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara maintained his twenty-two
hundredths of a second lead over Astana's Tour runner-up Lance
Armstrong and the cheerful Swiss rider told the media post-stage that
"the last week has been really great in the Maillot Jaune for me. I've
had a great time. Tomorrow I'll try to keep my jersey but I don't know
how it will go. There are a lot of good climbers in the race. its been
great to have the Maillot Jaune. Today was a great day with all the
people along the race route; it was very special feeling to come into
Barcelona with the Maillot Jaune."

Friday's Stage 7 is long, tough 224km race from Barcelona that has the
first mountaintop finish of the Tour De France in Andorra Arcalis. It
is uphill all the way except the descent of the first climb, the Port
d'Oliana, a 7.7km ascent with 7.1% average grae. The last time the Tour
rode to Arcalis in 1997, eventual race winner Jan Ullrich went solo on
the final climb to the summit, a 10.6km ascent at 7.1%. Weather
forecasts for Friday predict a cloudy start with some clearing in the
mountains for the finish in Andorra Arcalis. Watch for SRAM Red
equipped Astana climbers Alberto Contador, Lance Armstrong, Andreas
Klöden, Levi Leipheimer and Andy Schleck to be key protagonists of
Stage 7.

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