Tour de Suisse 2011

June 11-19, 2011, Lugano (ITT), SUI, Road - UPT (ProTour)

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage six of the Tour de Suisse.  The stage is from Tobel-Tägerschen to Triesenberg / Malbun in Liechtenstein over a distrance of 157.7km.

  1. 16:35:46 CEST

    Hello and welcome to today's coverage of the stage.

  2. 16:36:46 CEST

    The race is close to the final climb to the finish and ready for what cold be the decisive mountain finish of the race.

  3. 16:44:35 CEST

    We currently have three riders away: Unsausti Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Angel Madrazo (Movistar), Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step).

  4. 16:45:07 CEST

    They have a lead of 3:30 but are likely to be caught before the finish.

  5. 16:52:31 CEST

    The climb to the finish is coming up fast. The riders are now in Liechtenstein.

  6. 16:53:18 CEST

    We apologise for the late start of our live coverage today. This was due to a slight technical problem as we continue our live coverage ready for the Tour de France. 

  7. 13km remaining from 157.7km

    16:54:11 CEST

    The peloton has split after a crash, with 52 riders in a front group. Behind a chase group is scrambling to close the gap. 

  8. 16:54:55 CEST

    The climb is 10.8km long with the steepest section touching 15%. Ouch.

  9. 16:56:22 CEST

    Leopard Trek has dragged the front group to the foto fo the climb, with Cancellara and Jens Voigt doing some strong turns on the front.

  10. 16:58:01 CEST

    Leopard Trek are working for the SChleck brothers, while the Velits are protecting Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad).

  11. 17:00:03 CEST

    Linus Gerdemann is now on the front, his head rocking as he digs deep.

  12. 10km remaining from 157.7km

    17:01:16 CEST

    Riders are being dropped out of the back of the front group as Leopard Trek set the tempo up front.

  13. 9km remaining from 157.7km

    17:05:30 CEST

    Maxim Monfort is now on the front for Leoard Trek.

  14. 17:06:27 CEST

    There is just  adozen or so riders in the front group.

  15. 8km remaining from 157.7km

    17:08:29 CEST

    The break is falling apart with Izagirre leading alone, Chavanel is further behind, while Madrazo eased up.

  16. 17:09:46 CEST

    Cunego looks good in the front group but is sitting a little far back. He is without nay Lampre-ISD teammates.

  17. 17:12:12 CEST

    Monfort is still leading the front group in pursuit of Izagirre.

  18. 17:15:15 CEST

    Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) is also in the front selection, as Matthias FRank (BMC) fights t oget back on after crashing at the foot of the climb.

  19. 6km remaining from 157.7km

    17:17:30 CEST

    Izagirre is looking over his shoulder as the front group closes the gap.

  20. 17:17:52 CEST

    Meanwhile behind Danilo Di Luca (Katusha) is dropped.

  21. 17:18:51 CEST

    Matthias Frank has just closed the gap and got on. 

  22. 17:19:21 CEST

    The pace is fast as the road climbs steady but the steepest section is still to come.

  23. 17:20:16 CEST

    Danielson was slightly off the back but has got back on.

  24. 17:21:22 CEST

    Monfort is leading green jersey wearer Laurens ten Dam (Rabobank) but the Dutchman seems to be struggling a little.

  25. 4km remaining from 157.7km

    17:25:36 CEST

    The riders are now in the narrow tunnel but pushing on. No one was stopped by the police like Alberto Contador for not hsaving lights on his

  26. 17:26:05 CEST

    Ouch. Danielson has lost his chain and lost contact with the front group.

  27. 17:27:30 CEST

    Cunego has now jumped away to take the race by the scruff of the neck. 

  28. 2.5km remaining from 157.7km

    17:28:06 CEST

    Cunego tried to split the group but has been pulled back.

  29. 17:28:47 CEST

    ten Dam has been dropped as the front group splits under the pressure of the attacks.

  30. 17:30:03 CEST

    Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank Cycling Team) is now having a go.

  31. 1km remaining from 157.7km

    17:31:08 CEST

    He is carving out a gap but Fränk Schleck (Leopard Trek) seems to have faded badly.

  32. 17:31:42 CEST

    Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) is trying to chase but has little left in is legs.

  33. 17:32:31 CEST

    Cunego is chasing too and wil keep his leader's yellow jersey.

  34. 17:33:33 CEST

    Kruijswijk looks set to win the stage but Levi Leipheimer is also up there with Cunego. 

  35. 17:34:43 CEST

    Leipheimer looks good, dancing up the clmib, but Kruijswijk is still up the road and in sight of the finish.

  36. 17:35:20 CEST

    This a tough finish, climbing at 12.5%

  37. 17:36:14 CEST

    Kruijswijk takes the stage win ahead of Leiphemier and Cunego.

  38. 17:37:05 CEST

    Frank Schleck also finishes with Matthias Frank (BMC).

  39. 17:37:30 CEST

    Ten Dam comes in too but loses more than a minute on the steep finale.

  40. 17:38:41 CEST

    Chavanel is coming up and passes Tejay Van Garderen just before the finish. The young American lost close to two minutes today.

  41. 17:40:16 CEST

    Most riders have yet to finish as others begin to ride downthe climb to their buses.

  42. 17:42:08 CEST

    Kruijswijk timed his attack perfectly today. He waited until Cunego attacked and then made his own move.

  43. 17:44:33 CEST

    He finished nine seconds ahead Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) and 18 seconds ahead of overal leader Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD).

  44. 17:45:48 CEST

    Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse is from Tübach to Schaffhausen over 167.3km.

  45. 17:46:15 CEST

    It is a largely flat stage andso could end in a sprint finish.

  46. 17:48:09 CEST

    Brief results#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult 1Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team4:12:03  2Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:09  3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:18  4Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:21  5Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team   6Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek0:00:30  7Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team   8Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:19  9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek0:01:27  10Tom Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:42  General classification after stage 6#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult 1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD   2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team   3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
  47. 17:49:55 CEST

    Stage results

    1 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4:12:03
    2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:09
    3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:18
    4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:21
    5 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:21
    6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:00:30
    7 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:30
    8 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:19
    9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:01:27
    10 Tom Danielson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:42

    General classification after stage 6

    1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD
    2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team

  48. 17:51:12 CEST

    That's all from our live coverage. Join us tomorrow for more action from the Tour de Suisse.

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