Kim Kirchen took the yellow jersey in the Tour de France while Riccardo Ricco of Italy sprinted to a mountaintop victory sixth stage.
Kirchen claimed the overall lead after Stefan Schumacher fell in the final yards. Schmacher who had worn the yellow jersey for two days since winning Tuesday’s time trial, rode into the wheel of Kirchen during the jostling for positions at the line and fell. Kirchen stayed on his bike and finished fifth. Schumacher came in 25th, 32 seconds behind Ricco.
Ricco was one second ahead of alejandro Valverde of Spain and Cadel Evans of Australia.
Results, Stage 6
1. Riccardo Ricco (ITA), Saunier Duval 4h57min 52sec
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 0:01
3. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 0:01
4. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC at 0:04
5. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia 0:04
6. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas at 0:07
7. Moises Duenas (ESP), Barloworld 0:07
8. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC 0:07
9. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank 0:07
10. Leonardo Piepoli (ITA), Saunier Duval 0:07
Overall, after Stage 6
1. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia 24h30min 41sec
2. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto at 0:06.
3. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner at 0:16.
4. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle at 0:44.
5. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Chipotle at 0:47.
6. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE), Team Columbia at 0:54.
7. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at 1:03.
8. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at 1:12.
9. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step at 1:21.
10. Oscar Pereiro (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne 1:21.
Phil Ligget Quote of the Day- “The rain is really bouncing out there.
What about Craig Hummer and his predictions. And I understand there are people who are missing Al Trautwig
Watching today’s coverage reminds me why this is such a beautiful sport- great racing and spectacular backdrops.