The rain in Spain took its toll on the train, but Norway’s Thor Hushovd had the strongest legs in a sprint finish to win Stage Six. Today’s 113-mile race from Girona to Barcelona was wet and soggy. Several riders crashed on the slick white lines on the roads. There were a few broken bones for sure.
The most valiant effort of the day was from Garmin Slipstream’s David Millar of Britain, who rode for some 20 miles on his own but was caught by the nervous peloton with less than a mile to the finish.
The hills took their toll on the world’s fastest sprinter Mark Cavendish who finished 16th and just barely holds onto his sprinter’s green jersey over Hushovd.
Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara will ride again tomorrow in the yellow leader’s jersey as the Tour heads to the Pyrenees. Cancellara is virtually tied with Lance Armstrong in the overall standings. Tomorrow’s stage is one of the toughest and longest in the Tour, with five difficult mountain peaks. It will be an important race for Astana and could set the stage for a battle between Armstrong and his teammate, climbing wonder-boy Alberto Contador. It’s going to be a test of strength as well as a darn cool head-game.
–Le Tour Babe