Posted by Editoress on 07/13/01
Tour de France
Stage 6 - Commercy to Strasbourg 212 km
A breakaway group of 5 riders, [Axel Merckx (Domo), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto), Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Frederic Bessy (CA) and Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour)] that was instigated by Axel Merckx at the 45 km point of today's 212 km sixth stage, stayed away for all but the final 5km. The last breakaway straggler Verbrugghe was caught with less than 3 km to go.
It came down to a pack sprint that was taken by Jan Kirsipuu (AG2R), after a long lead out that was contestd by Damien Nazon (Bonjour) and Jan Svorada (Lampre).
1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance 4:50:39
2. Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
3. Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
4. Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
5. Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom
6. Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
7. Jimmy Casper (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
8. Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
9. Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
10. Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat Auber 93 all s.t.
No jersey changes
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