Welcome back to Cyclingnews for the sixth and penultimate stage of Paris-Nice.
It's been a fairly simple stage so far, with 149 riders starting in La Crau.
110km remaining from 135km
The breakaways are now at km 110, holding a gap of 5'40. CSC is leading the
We also spoke to J
124km remaining from 135km
Posthuma is leading on the Cat. 1 Col de Bourigaille as suddenly Joerg Ludewig
The rider in trouble is Fabien Sanchez, who is trying to get back to the break.
125km remaining from 135km
This is a 5.7 km climb averaging 5.8% - definitely not as tough as the Faron.
126km remaining from 135km
Aaron Kemps (Liberty) takes a turn in the break, which is still rotating quite
We spoke to Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears) this morning, who - as always
There's an attack in the peloton - it's Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel). He
Danielson is joined by a Saunier rider and Schleck from CSC. The three have
Danielson continues to pound the pedals, as a Credit Agricole rider (Kashechkin)
Danielson looks back and attacks again. There is an immediate reaction this
128km remaining from 135km
The gap is approximately four minutes between the break and the peloton, which
The break is nearly at the top of the climb, still all together. It's a lot
131km remaining from 135km
Ludewig takes the points on the Cat. 1 Bourigaille, followed by Dessel.
Danielson reaches the flatter part near the top of the climb, and slowly opens
133km remaining from 135km
Schleck and Voigt lead the peloton over the top of the climb, approximately
135km remaining from 135km
Ludewig is the best placed on GC of the riders in the break, starting the day
139km remaining from 135km
Four CSC riders lead the peloton on the descent, around 3'30 behind the break.
The full results of the Col de Bourigaille: 1 Joerg Ludwig, 2 Cyril Dessel,
142km remaining from 135km
This quite a long descent off the Bourigaille, and that will help the break's
144km remaining from 135km
Gilbert gets company from Kevin Hulsmans (Quick.Step), who will be a very useful
Commesso has set off after Hulsmans and Gilbert.
147km remaining from 135km
Commesso has got a bit of a gap, but he'll have to work to get Hulsmans and
151km remaining from 135km
Commesso comes back to the bunch, which has the CSC train riding hard on the
Ludewig has attacked on a little climb. He's got a good gap - he's really strong
153km remaining from 135km
The peloton is now 4'17 behind Ludewig, who could well be en route to a stage
154km remaining from 135km
Ludewig has got the aero position happening as he exits the main road and goes
156km remaining from 135km
The CSC team is disinterested in chasing. One of the Cofidis riders gets on
Ludewig is really flying along, resting his forearms on the tops of the handlebars
158km remaining from 135km
Ludewig is still on his way downhill as the bunch exits the main road, some
160km remaining from 135km
The rest of the seven man break is on the Tanneron now. Gilbert and Hulsmans
The rest of the break is still working well together, as they have a chance
161km remaining from 135km
Immediately, and predictably, one of the Saunier riders attacks. Kashechkin
Kashechkin looks OK, but's not really getting away from Voigt.
Posthuma and Dessel accelerate from the first chase group in pursuit of Ludewig.
Back with Joerg Ludewig, who is getting cheered on by a thin crowd on the slopes
162km remaining from 135km
Posthuma is catching Ludewig at a very fast rate. He looks back and sees he
164km remaining from 135km
It looks like Saunier's Joaquim Rodriguez is the main man attacking the peloton.
Cyril Dessel is third on the road, chasing the two leaders alone.
165km remaining from 135km
Ludewig moves to the front to take the points on the climb, which will give
166km remaining from 135km
Jose Angel Gomez attacks , but Voigt just pedals a bit harder and he's caught.
167km remaining from 135km
The situation on the descent: Joerg Ludewig (Domina Vacanze), Joost Posthuma
170km remaining from 135km
The results of the Tanneron: 1 Joost Posthuma, 2 J
Sanchez is caught by the peloton.
172km remaining from 135km
Kirchen is leading the peloton on the descent, as Ludewig closes the gap to
173km remaining from 135km
Ludewig can't quite close the gap to the Dutchman at the bottom! Posthuma doesn't
174km remaining from 135km
It's a pursuit match on the flat. Posthuma keeps looking back - no point doing
174km remaining from 135km
The peloton is at 2'48. No chance of getting Posthuma, who is still alone with
9km remaining from 135km
In between the two leaders and the bunch, we still have Cyril Dessel (Ag2r),
176km remaining from 135km
CSC is back on the front of the bunch, riding a steady tempo. No point in destroying
Posthuma is motoring along into Cannes, assisted by a tailwind. He has 8 km
177km remaining from 135km
The race is between Posthuma and Ludewig. The Dutchman looks back and sees that
178km remaining from 135km
Schleck and Voigt are doing most of the work in front of the peloton. Quick.Step
179km remaining from 135km
Joerg Ludewig is giving it everything, but he's going for second place. Posthuma
Ludewig is now at 35 seconds. It's over for him.
181km remaining from 135km
Posthuma is now riding along the beach front, being encouraged by his team director.
Posthuma looks back yet again - there's no-one, except Ludewig about 500m behind.
182km remaining from 135km
Posthuma is riding at over 60 km/h! It's a strong tailwind, but still - not
183km remaining from 135km
Posthuma makes sure, looking back again as he motors along in his big gear.
184km remaining from 135km
Joost Posthuma (Rabobank) is the man of the day. He bridged up to Ludewig on
Ludewig takes second at 1'10 - still a fine ride. Kemps (he was there!) takes
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*
Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
after your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59
Join now for unlimited access
Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Latest on Cyclingnews
Moreira leads Glassdrive domination to win Volta a PortugalMoreira overhauls teammate Figueiredo in final TT for Glassdrive podium sweep as McGill wins points jersey
Two-time Leadville champ Rose Grant scores podium in final year of racing'I’ve had so much heartbreak, betrayal, and hard lessons in sport' says 10-year veteran now fifth in Life Time Grand Prix
Cadex launches 50 Ultra Disc Wheelsystem: New ultralight aero wheelsWe weighed them at 1,316 grams with tape, do we have your attention?
Tom Dumoulin ends cycling career with immediate effect'I can't do it anymore' says Dutchman
Egan Bernal to make comeback and season debut at Tour of DenmarkColombian to return to racing on Tuesday almost eight months after horrific training crash
Elia Viviani's extraordinary road-track double at European ChampionshipsItalian wins elimination race just five hours after top-10 in 207km road race
Primoz Roglic will ride Vuelta a EspañaJumbo-Visma leader gets the green light to target fourth title after Tour de France injuries
Carapaz leads youthful Ineos Grenadiers line-up for Vuelta a EspañaHayter and Plapp among four debutants as Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart support GC bid
BikeExchange-Jayco sign Elmar Reinders in mid-season transferDutchman leaves Riwal to join forces with Dylan Groenewegen