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Stage six reactions

Simon Gerrans (AG2r Prévoyance)

"It's my third Tour de France and I'm learning a lot each time I come. I've found I always struggle a bit in the first week and it was the same this year. I've come into it a little bit sick, but it does seem to be clearing up.

When asked if we might see him at the front on the big climbs coming up. "That depends if [teammate] Christophe [Moreau] gets in the lead again."

Michael Rogers (T-Mobile)

"I am still going well. Yesterday was the first stage that they really raced but there have been a few crashes along the way and I've managed to keep out of trouble. My knee's going along pretty well. It's not 100%, I can still feel a bit of pain but it hasn't had an impact on me so far. The first real test is tomorrow."

Christian Vande Velde (Team CSC)

On today's extended effort by Wiggins from the perspective of being in the peloton, "Boring, a long day into a headwind. One lonely poor guy out there by himself. No dramas though."

Robbie McEwen (Predictor Lotto)

Before today's start, McEwen talked about going over the hills yesterday. "Yeah, it was a rough day, up and down all day and rough roads and the speed was incredible so it was a day of suffering, a real tour stage."

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