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On the startline in Montargis

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Current maillot jaune Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) will likely hold on to his prize until the race hits the mountains.

Current maillot jaune Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) will likely hold on to his prize until the race hits the mountains.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) dons a full helmet cover in anticipation of rain.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) dons a full helmet cover in anticipation of rain.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) flashes that magical smile.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) flashes that magical smile.
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Stage 2 winner Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) spent the next day in yellow.

Stage 2 winner Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) spent the next day in yellow.
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Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) is again a contender for the white jersey competition.

Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) is again a contender for the white jersey competition.
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2010 Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas) saddles up for the day.

2010 Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas) saddles up for the day.
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This Lampre rider clearly hasn't had a great opening few days.

This Lampre rider clearly hasn't had a great opening few days.
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Just five stages in, lots of riders in the peloton are heavily bandaged from early crashes.

Just five stages in, lots of riders in the peloton are heavily bandaged from early crashes.
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Robbie McEwen (Katusha) gingerly makes his way down the slippery metal stairs.

Robbie McEwen (Katusha) gingerly makes his way down the slippery metal stairs.
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Yes, it's true: Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) is now all business.

Yes, it's true: Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) is now all business.
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Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) arrives at the rider sign-in area.

Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) arrives at the rider sign-in area.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) acknowledges the crowd.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) acknowledges the crowd.
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Former world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) gets ready to start the day.

Former world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) gets ready to start the day.
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Team Sky up on stage to collect their prize.

Team Sky up on stage to collect their prize.
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Saxo Bank strongman Jens Voigt is all smiles at the start of Stage 6.

Saxo Bank strongman Jens Voigt is all smiles at the start of Stage 6.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) waves to the crowd.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) waves to the crowd.
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It's all official now: Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is signed in for the day and rolls off towards the start.

It's all official now: Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is signed in for the day and rolls off towards the start.
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Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) waves to the crowd.

Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) waves to the crowd.
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Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) purses his lips as he makes his way to the start.

Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) purses his lips as he makes his way to the start.
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Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) had a team staff member with him to hold his bike and ease his passage through the crowds.

Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) had a team staff member with him to hold his bike and ease his passage through the crowds.
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Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) makes his way towards the stairs.

Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) makes his way towards the stairs.
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Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) is looking relaxed before the start of Stage 6.

Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) is looking relaxed before the start of Stage 6.
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Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) will be looking to carry his green jersey all the way to Paris.

Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) will be looking to carry his green jersey all the way to Paris.
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Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Columbia) is looking like a lot of riders in this year's Tour de France - banged up and bruised.

Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Columbia) is looking like a lot of riders in this year's Tour de France - banged up and bruised.
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Euskaltel-Euskadi's Samuel Sanchez waves to the crowd.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Samuel Sanchez waves to the crowd.
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Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) grabs his bike and heads to work.

Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) grabs his bike and heads to work.
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Caisse d'Epargne leader Luis-Leon Sanchez signs in for the day's stage.

Caisse d'Epargne leader Luis-Leon Sanchez signs in for the day's stage.
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George Hincapie (BMC) is an easy rider to spot what with his tall frame and brightly colored kit.

George Hincapie (BMC) is an easy rider to spot what with his tall frame and brightly colored kit.
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George Hincapie (BMC) arrives at the rider sign-in area.

George Hincapie (BMC) arrives at the rider sign-in area.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) gets escorted to the starting line.

Cadel Evans (BMC) gets escorted to the starting line.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) is in a good position at the start of Stage 6.

Cadel Evans (BMC) is in a good position at the start of Stage 6.
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BMC arrives at the sign-in area en masse.

BMC arrives at the sign-in area en masse.
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BBox-Bouygues Telecom leader Thomas Voeckler makes his way through the crowd.

BBox-Bouygues Telecom leader Thomas Voeckler makes his way through the crowd.
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Garmin-Transitions lead-out man Julian Dean finds himself in search of stage wins for himself while teammate Tyler Farrar heals up.

Garmin-Transitions lead-out man Julian Dean finds himself in search of stage wins for himself while teammate Tyler Farrar heals up.
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Garmin-Transitions sprinter Tyler Farrar still bears the marks of earlier injuries, which include a fractured left wrist.

Garmin-Transitions sprinter Tyler Farrar still bears the marks of earlier injuries, which include a fractured left wrist.
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HTC-Columbia rider Mark Renshaw gave teammate Mark Cavendish an excellent lead-out yesterday.

HTC-Columbia rider Mark Renshaw gave teammate Mark Cavendish an excellent lead-out yesterday.
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Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) is showing major promise early in his career.

Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) is showing major promise early in his career.
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HTC-Columbia rider Bernhard Eisel is looking forward to the day.

HTC-Columbia rider Bernhard Eisel is looking forward to the day.
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Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) rolls towards the starting line.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) rolls towards the starting line.
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Stage 5 winner Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) waves to the crowd.

Stage 5 winner Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) waves to the crowd.
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David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) is having some problems with injuries early on in this year's Tour de France.

David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) is having some problems with injuries early on in this year's Tour de France.
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Garmin-Transitions time trial specialist David Zabriskie rolls up to the sign-in area.

Garmin-Transitions time trial specialist David Zabriskie rolls up to the sign-in area.
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Lanky Belgian Johan van Summeren's arms don't even fill in the sleeves of his jersey.

Lanky Belgian Johan van Summeren's arms don't even fill in the sleeves of his jersey.
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David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) awaits the rest of his teammates so they can head off to the starting line.

David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) awaits the rest of his teammates so they can head off to the starting line.
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Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) rolls towards the start line for Stage 6.

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) rolls towards the start line for Stage 6.
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Early morning thunder storms greeted the riders in France, but the inclement weather moved clear as the peloton readied to depart Montargis for the Tour's sixth stage, the 227.5km journey to Gueugnon. Today will likely be a day for the sprinters who are looking for another chance to shine prior to the weekend's entry into the Alps, decidedly un-friendly terrain to the Tour's fast men.

After a rocky start to the Tour, Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won for the first time at the Tour yesterday, out-sprinting Gerald Ciolek (Milram) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) for stage honours in Montargis. While the Manxman is well behind the eight ball regarding his green jersey aspirations, Cavendish and his lead-out train should once again be back in action today, trying to make it two-in-a-row.

The Tour's green jersey holder, Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam), as well as double stage winner Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) and three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) will have something to say about that, however, so expect another spirited finale to the longest day on the road at the 2010 Tour.

The teams of the sprinter will have to be vigilant as there's a category 4 climb, Côte de la Croix de l'Arbre, 23km from the finish which may provide an opportunity for those with breakaway aspirations.

It's a day to keep the powder dry for the GC contenders, and maillot jaune Fabian Cancellara should expect to add another yellow jersey to his collection.

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