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Another rotten stage for me last night. I put good faith into Marcel Kittel (Skil Shimano) pulling through for a strong sprint to gain me some points, but he rolled across the line over 21 minutes down! I’m certain I’d do better on GC if I rode this Vuelta myself. I need some serious help to get back on track, so I’ve offered Koen de Kort (who is racing in the Vuelta) that I’ll chop the $36 prize purse with him if he gives me the inside scoop each night. If that doesn’t get me the green jersey at this point, nothing will…
Woddy’s Stage 6 Tipping And Stage Writeup
An amazing finish last night seeing Liquigas just ride off the front on the descent of the San Jeronimo. While “El Tiburon” (Nibali) is known as one of the best when the road points to hell (anyone remember two tours ago when Phil Liggett was raving about Lance’s descending abilities and Nibali came screaming past him?) the rest of the team were his equal. Amazing performance that maximised what the team could get out of the stage. I think in the peloton it was a combination of inability to bridge and pure surprise; they were caught napping and paid the price. As they were chasing on the flat before the finish there was no team presence and there was a lot of looking back which is the calling card of the confused group.
Pablo Lastras (Movistar) almost ate the bitumen after Liquigas had set the table though. When Liquigas tried to maxmise the bonus time at the finish for Nibali, luckily Sagan was always watching Lastras and took the sprint in a lime and green whitewash.
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What else became apparent during the stage? Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) is feeling good and Leopard are going to work for him. Also Moncoutie (Cofidis) is going to charge for the KOM again. Tippers out there, find the stage with the most KOM points up for grabs and BANG thats your stage for Moncoutie!
Well I chose Matti Breschel (Rabobank) last night who came down and withdrew in the nuetral zone. Sorry poor Matti but I may be having even a worse Vuelta than you!
Onto the stage winners and three people, ‘Buzzman’, ‘Commuter’ and ‘Sir Bangsalot’ (best tipper name ever), chose Pedro Sagan so the money jackpot carries across to tonight’s stage.
We have a new leader! ‘Ash’ has assumed command at the top after ‘Tim’ tipped John Degenkolb (HTC), perhaps the worst tip of the competition so far. ‘Tim’ — please advise what was going through your head when you selected Degenkolb. HTC couldn’t organise a root in a brothel, which become all too apparent at this point.
Well done to ‘Ash’ who holds a 52s margin over ‘AJS’. ‘Dossard_rouge’ is another 29s in arrears. ‘Commuter’ forfeited his stranglehold on the back end of it all with a winning tip. ‘Abdu’ however, went with Farrar (Garmin) and he and ‘Peteski9’ are equal last at 48m15s down! Truly inspirational stuff gentlemen! Also, ‘Abdu’ might have the greatest picture of the tipping competition.
In the sprint comp, the top remains unchanged. ‘Freddo’ on 54pts and then ‘Georgie Fripley’ on 52pts. ‘AJS’ has taken third from ‘Tim’ with 48pts.
KOM remains as well, with ‘George Fripley’ sitting pretty on 13pts and the chasers back at 9. He should hold the jersey through tonight’s stage as well.
Stage 7 at first glance looks like a sprinters paradise however after six days, riding in the heat, the legs will be heavy, the roads are tough out in Central Spain and the wind could be blowing…it will suit your Freire type rider. Tough as nails with a kick in him.
Stage 6 Results
1. Peter Sagan, Liquigas-Cannondale, 4:38:22
2. Pablo Lastras, Movistar, s.t
3. Valerio Agnoli, Liquigas-Cannondale, s.t.
4. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas-Cannondale, s.t.
5. Eros Capecchi, Liquigas-Cannondale, at 0:03
6. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard-Trek, + 0:17
7. Joaquin Rodriguez, Team Katusha, + 0:17
8. Marzio Bruseghin, Movistar, + 0:17
9. David Moncoutie, Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, + 0:17
10. Sylvain Chavanel, Quick Step, + 0:17
General Classification After Stage 6
1. Sylvain Chavanel, Quick Step, 22:41:13
2. Daniel Moreno, Team Katusha, + 0:15
3. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas-Cannondale, + 0:16
4. Joaquin Rodriguez, Team Katusha, + 0:23
5. Jakob Fuglsang, Leopard-Trek, + 0:25
6. Fredrik Kessiakoff, Astana, + 0:41
7. Maxime Monfort, Leopard-Trek, + 0:44
8. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Omega Pharma-Lotto, + 0:49
9. Sergio Pardilla, Movistar, + 0:49
10. Marzio Bruseghin, Movistar, + 0:52
Stage 7 Preview
Another unprecedented start, this time in the Castilla-La Mancha town of Almadén, which will mark the first mountain weekend of the race in Spain’s Sistema Central. The stage does not have a categorized climb but is still a real leg-breaker, will favour the rouleurs and the brave looking for a breakaway.