Iglinskiy tricks the sprint favourites
Young Maxim Iglinskiy (Domina Vacanze) jumped off the right wheels in today's breakaway sprint finish of the Deutschland Tour's sixth stage from Friedrichshafen to Singen. The 24 year-old Kazakhstani beat Belgian Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Discovery Channel) and Italian Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Caffita) on the line.
A breakaway of nine riders got into the finish together: Cristian Moreni (Quick.Step), David Etxebarria (Liberty), Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), Chris Horner (Saunier), Guido Trentin (Cofidis), Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Discovery), Iker Camano (Euskaltel), Maxim Iglinskiy (Domina) and Bobby Julich (CSC). With such a well-balanced group, the Gerolsteiner-controlled bunch wasn't interested in chasing them down and arrived 2'10 later.
The overall classification is unchanged: Gerolsteiner's Levi Leipheimer still leads, with teammate Georg Totschnig in second and Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) in third position. Tomorrow's 177.7 km-long stage to the Feldberg mountain will see the second summit finish in the Deutschland Tour on the Cat. 1 climb, where the yellow jersey will surely be attacked.
One rider to go for it will be pre-race favourite Jan Ullrich, who has been struggling with a light cold in the past few days. "It was still a hard race today," he said, looking drained in the finish. "It took so long until the break was finally gone, and the racing was very fast. It took some power out of me, too! The weather was bad again in the middle so it's really starting to hurt."
Nevertheless, Ullrich knows that he shouldn't lose more time on Leipheimer before the time trial on Sunday, as the American is also not too bad in the discipline and already has an advantage of 56 seconds. "Tomorrow's finish on the Feldberg is going to be very hard too. It's my old training route [Ullrich used to live near before moving to Switzerland - ed.] so I know every metre of it. I hope I'll get up there good, that's certainly my goal."