Highlights from the sixth stage


BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France (AP) – A brief look at the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Friday:

Stage: A mostly flat route taking riders on a 124-mile trek from Semur-en-Auxois to Bourg-en-Bresse at the foot of the Alps.

Winner: Tom Boonen, a Belgian cyclist with Quick Step, won ahead of Oscar Freire. Erik Zabel was third.

Yellow Jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Team CSC. The Swiss rider keeps the jersey for the seventh straight day. German rider Andreas Kloeden rode with a hairline fracture of the tailbone and remains in second place, 33 seconds behind.

Quote of the Day: “He’ll go to his limit and will die on the bike if he has to.” – Marc Biver, the Astana manager, talking about team leader Alexandre Vinokourov’s intent to continue despite 15 stitches in his knees.

Next stage: Today’s seventh stage takes riders into the Alps on a 123-mile course from Bourg-en-Bresse to Le Grand-Bornand featuring a Category 1 climb at La Colombiere pass that promises to open up the race.

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