NANCY, France (AP) – A brief look at Thursday’s sixth stage of the Tour de France:

Stage: A mostly flat 123.7-mile trek from Troyes to Nancy, raced on slippery roads because of heavy rain. Several riders fell in a crash close to the finish line.

Winner: Lorenzo Bernucci, Italy, Fassa Bortolo, won in 4 hours, 12 minutes, 52 seconds.

How Others Fared: Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan, T-Mobile, placed second in the same time; Robert Forster, Germany, Gerolsteiner, was 7 seconds back in third place. Six-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong of Discovery Channel crossed the line in 32nd place.

Yellow Jersey: Armstrong retains the overall lead.

Quote of the Day: “It wasn’t pretty today.” – Armstrong said of the slippery roads that caused a crash near the finish.

Next Stage: Friday’s seventh stage is a 142-mile route from Luneville to Karlsruhe, taking the riders into Germany.


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