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Garmin-Slipstream's David Millar and Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel ride together.

Garmin-Slipstream's David Millar and Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel ride together. (Image credit: AFP)
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Overall leader Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) adjusts his helmet

Overall leader Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) adjusts his helmet (Image credit: AFP)
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Mountain classification leader Jussie Veikkanen (Francaise des Jeux)

Mountain classification leader Jussie Veikkanen (Francaise des Jeux) (Image credit: AFP)
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Yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), Polka dot jersey Jussie Veikkanen (Francaise des Jeux) and Green jersey Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC)

Yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), Polka dot jersey Jussie Veikkanen (Francaise des Jeux) and Green jersey Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) won the Tour de France two years ago.

Alberto Contador (Astana) won the Tour de France two years ago. (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) adjusts his glasses prior to the start.

Alberto Contador (Astana) adjusts his glasses prior to the start. (Image credit: AFP)
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Julian Dean (Garmin-Slipstream) hangs out with his son before the start of the stage.

Julian Dean (Garmin-Slipstream) hangs out with his son before the start of the stage. (Image credit: AFP)
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Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil Shimano) poses in front of the team bus before the start of the stage.

Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil Shimano) poses in front of the team bus before the start of the stage. (Image credit: AFP)
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Yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) rides during stage 6

Yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) rides during stage 6 (Image credit: AFP)
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David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream) leads the break.

David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream) leads the break. (Image credit: AFP)
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David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream) puts in a gutsy ride in an attempt to make the finish solo.

David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream) puts in a gutsy ride in an attempt to make the finish solo. (Image credit: AFP)
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The peloton on a rainy stage six.

The peloton on a rainy stage six. (Image credit: AFP)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) wins the bunch sprint at the end of stage six.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) wins the bunch sprint at the end of stage six. (Image credit: AFP)
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A jubilant Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) celebrates as he crosses the finish line.

A jubilant Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) celebrates as he crosses the finish line. (Image credit: AFP)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) leads the charging peloton to the line.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) leads the charging peloton to the line. (Image credit: AFP)
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Thor Hushovd (Cerv

Thor Hushovd (Cerv (Image credit: sirott)
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Thor Hushovd (Cerv

Thor Hushovd (Cerv (Image credit: sirott)
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Norway's Thor Hushovd (Cerv

Norway's Thor Hushovd (Cerv (Image credit: sirott)
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Thor Hushovd (Cerv

Thor Hushovd (Cerv (Image credit: sirott)
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Yaroslav Popovych (Astana)

Yaroslav Popovych (Astana) (Image credit: sirott)
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José Joaquín Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) finishes third in Tour de France stage six to Barcelona.

José Joaquín Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) finishes third in Tour de France stage six to Barcelona. (Image credit: sirott)
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Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) tried to win Tour de France stage six.

Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) tried to win Tour de France stage six. (Image credit: sirott)
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Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto)

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto) (Image credit: sirott)
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Spaniard Alberto Contador (Astana)

Spaniard Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: sirott)
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German Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC) in the best young rider's white jersey.

German Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC) in the best young rider's white jersey. (Image credit: sirott)
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USA's Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) finishes Tour de France stage six in Barcelona.

USA's Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) finishes Tour de France stage six in Barcelona. (Image credit: sirott)
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Thumbs up for Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) following his stage win.

Thumbs up for Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) following his stage win. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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David Millar (Garmin Slipstream) puts his time trialing skills to use.

David Millar (Garmin Slipstream) puts his time trialing skills to use. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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World Champion Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) was seen sporting some bandages.

World Champion Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) was seen sporting some bandages. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marcin Sapa (Lampre-NGC)

Marcin Sapa (Lampre-NGC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) is still just a little more than zero seconds behind GC leader Fabian Cancellara.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) is still just a little more than zero seconds behind GC leader Fabian Cancellara. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) smiles during the awards ceremony.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) smiles during the awards ceremony. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)

Yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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David Millar (Garmin - Slipstream) made a bold, though ultimately unsuccessful attempt at winning a stage.

David Millar (Garmin - Slipstream) made a bold, though ultimately unsuccessful attempt at winning a stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Johan Cruyff, who was visiting the Tour de France, is ranked with Pele as one of the best players of the 20th century

Johan Cruyff, who was visiting the Tour de France, is ranked with Pele as one of the best players of the 20th century (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team)

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The brothers Schleck: Andy and Frank

The brothers Schleck: Andy and Frank (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) on the podium

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) shakes hands with Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) across Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC)

Alberto Contador (Astana) shakes hands with Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) across Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The group races on a very dreary day.

The group races on a very dreary day. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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David Millar (Garmin Slipstream) was the most combative rider after being in a break until the final kilometers.

David Millar (Garmin Slipstream) was the most combative rider after being in a break until the final kilometers. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Stage winner Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team)

Stage winner Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabien Cancellara (Saxo Bank) rides in the peloton

Fabien Cancellara (Saxo Bank) rides in the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) after stage 6, in which he crashed.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) after stage 6, in which he crashed. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) wins a wet, rainy stage.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) wins a wet, rainy stage. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Carlos Sastre and Federico Bahamontes

Carlos Sastre and Federico Bahamontes (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton

The peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The final dash to the line at the end of stage 6.

The final dash to the line at the end of stage 6. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Former pro Federico Bahamontes with Bernard Hinault

Former pro Federico Bahamontes with Bernard Hinault (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas)

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) on a rainy stage six.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) on a rainy stage six. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Laurens ten Dam and Yukiya Arashiro go down in a pile-up.

Laurens ten Dam and Yukiya Arashiro go down in a pile-up. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) during stage six.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) during stage six. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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World Champion Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC)

World Champion Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The peloton races past a field of sunflowers.

The peloton races past a field of sunflowers. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates his Tour de France stage six win in Barcelona.

Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates his Tour de France stage six win in Barcelona. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) before Tour de France stage six.

Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) before Tour de France stage six. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) congratulates Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) on his stage six win in the Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) congratulates Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) on his stage six win in the Tour de France. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Spaniards Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre.

Spaniards Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre. (Image credit: sirott)
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Denis Menchov (Rabobank) at the end of Tour de France stage six in Barcelona

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) at the end of Tour de France stage six in Barcelona (Image credit: sirott)
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Christophe Moreau (Agritubel) finishes stage six in Barcelona.

Christophe Moreau (Agritubel) finishes stage six in Barcelona. (Image credit: sirott)
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Fabian Wegmann (Milram) after Tour de France stage six

Fabian Wegmann (Milram) after Tour de France stage six (Image credit: sirott)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) at the end off Tour de France stage six.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) at the end off Tour de France stage six. (Image credit: sirott)
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Stéphane Augé (Cofidis) awarded the climber's jersey in Barcelona after Tour de France stage six.

Stéphane Augé (Cofidis) awarded the climber's jersey in Barcelona after Tour de France stage six. (Image credit: sirott)
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Russian Champion Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) finishes Tour de France stage six

Russian Champion Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) finishes Tour de France stage six (Image credit: sirott)
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Belgian Champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step) finishes stage six, he crashed near the end on the wet roads.

Belgian Champion Tom Boonen (Quick Step) finishes stage six, he crashed near the end on the wet roads. (Image credit: sirott)
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Russian Champion Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)

Russian Champion Serguei Ivanov (Katusha) (Image credit: sirott)
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Luxembourg's champion, Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Luxembourg's champion, Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: sirott)
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Stage six started in Girona, Spain, under rather pleasant conditions - mostly sunny, moderate temps, a light breeze.

Stage six started in Girona, Spain, under rather pleasant conditions - mostly sunny, moderate temps, a light breeze. (Image credit: James Huang)
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It take a lot of police officers to run a stage of the Tour de France.

It take a lot of police officers to run a stage of the Tour de France. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Skoda's Yeti mascot promotes the company's latest automobile amongst the crowds in Girona.

Skoda's Yeti mascot promotes the company's latest automobile amongst the crowds in Girona. (Image credit: James Huang)
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However, this was what awaited the riders 181.5km away in Barcelona.

However, this was what awaited the riders 181.5km away in Barcelona. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The stunning Barcelona architecture was unfortunately draped in a grey shroud of heavy rain.

The stunning Barcelona architecture was unfortunately draped in a grey shroud of heavy rain. (Image credit: James Huang)
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PowerBar had a stand set up at the start where riders could load up on food and drink for the day.

PowerBar had a stand set up at the start where riders could load up on food and drink for the day. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Riders had to navigate this treacherous looking set of diamond plate stairs to sign in for the day.

Riders had to navigate this treacherous looking set of diamond plate stairs to sign in for the day. (Image credit: James Huang)

"Rising from the city's heart is Montjuich, the magic mountain where from its crest, one can see why this Spanish coastal city is favoured by so many, open to the sea and embracing its rich inheritance and identity," reads the Tour de France guide of Barcelona.

Leading to the two-kilometre-long finishing climb on a miserable, rain-soaked Thursday afternoon, Thor Hushovd rose from the depths of the peloton, bided his time, then in the last 200 metres, ripped out the hearts of his adversaries with an unmatched final turn of speed, firmly establishing his first-year Cervélo TestTeam as a green jersey contender at the 2009 Tour de France.

"I think I know what I can do, and when I see stages like this I get really motivated," said Hushovd when asked about his uncanny knack of predicting - then winning - stages that he knows he can do well in. Hushovd comfortably outsprinted Rabobank's Oscar Freire and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Caisse d'Epargne to claim his first Tour stage win since the second stage of the 2008 Grande Boucle.

"I get my head together to be strong. I just know that finishes like this one or the one last year fit me well - and if they are the only chances I have to win, then I have to take them," he said, now just one point off the lead of Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) in the battle for the green jersey.

Despite being his seventh Tour de France stage victory and having been points champion in 2005, Hushovd - known as the "God of Thunder" for his preternatural power - was overlooked by many as a possible stage winner and therefore potential green jersey victor, largely due to the dominance of Columbia-HTC's Cavendish, who's won two stages so far. But the Norwegian wasn't bothered, and if anyone is going to topple the maillot vert from the Isle of Man this year, it's him.

"In the first week, [Carlos] Sastre gave me the chance to do what I wanted, so now I will try to support him," Hushovd said. "Of course, the green jersey is really important but we also have to help Sastre as much as we can."

Andorra Arcalis looms: Can Cancellara hold on?

Crossing the line in tenth place was the maillot jaune of Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank). The top six positions and relative times on the General Classification remained unchanged after Thursday's stage.

However, before Friday's first major mountain appointment to the 2,240-metre summit of Andorra Arcalis, there were some significant shuffles as Astana's Haimar Zubeldia, Garmin-Slipstream's Dave Zabriskie and his teammate David Millar - the stage protagonist caught just one kilometre from the line - lost their positions on the leader board's top-10, elevating Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream), Gustav Larsson (Saxo Bank) and Maxime Monfort (Columbia-HTC) to eighth, ninth and tenth overall, respectively.

"I rode with my heart instead of my head," said Millar, who wore the combative jersey of the day's most aggressive rider. "With 10km to go, I thought the peloton would still be disorganised, but with five kilometres to go, I said to myself, 'Oh no, it's over'."

"I don't want to think about tomorrow," said Cancellara of the crucial day that lies ahead, "just recover from today, because it was a really difficult stage with a crazy finish. Then I'll start thinking.

"But it's a good question and a question I have to ask myself. I know there are far better climbers like the Schleck brothers, but I will defend the jersey as much as I can. I don't know how well I can do. Now I have to help the team, but it's not a problem - it's been a great week in yellow. The real stages are coming. We will see Team Saxo Bank in the front, that's for sure," he said.

Girona - the city Americans call home

Beginning from the Spanish university town so many American riders have called home the past decade, the peloton, 177-strong at the start in Girona, faced a stage of medium difficulty before Friday's inevitable smack-down to Andorra Arcalis.

Comprising five categorised climbs that included a trio of Cat. 4s and a pair of Cat. 3s littered along the 181.five-kilometre route, it was the perfect parcours for a small escape, and after 46km and a flurry of unsuccessful moves, a break of three eventually stuck. British rider and Girona local David Millar of Garmin-Slipstream was first to go, followed by Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and moments later, Stéphane Augé (Cofidis), making it another break that favoured the French - so long as they made it to Barcelona.

Unlike the stage before, when a group of six established a near-10-minute lead, 3:27 was the most Thursday's trio got 65km into the stage. Still, it temporarily placed Millar, the best-placed rider on GC in the break, 1:07 behind Cancellara at the start of the day, into the virtual malliot jaune.

As the grey clouds above gave way to rain, it seemed to not bother them, and 70-km from the finish, they received some welcome horsepower when Euskaltel-Euskadi's Amets Txurruka bridged to the front trio, the peloton 1:42 in arrears. A few clicks later, when Augé led the quartet over the Cat. 4 climb of the Collesacreu at the 110-km mark, it guaranteed the Frenchman the polka-dot jersey by the day's end.

Some 30km from Barcelona and back in the peloton, a crash exiting a roundabout saw Cervélo's Heinrich Haussler, Michael Rogers (Columbia-HTC) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) go down; with a limping Rogers very slow to return to his machine.

With 29km to go, Millar attacked down the left side of the road on a false flat, his breakaway companions unable to respond. Four kilometres later, he enjoyed a one-minute lead, his advantage remaining steady still 10km after that, chased only by Augé (Cofidis) and Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), with Chavanel (Quick Step) dropped.

Forward on the saddle and hunched low over his bars, Millar gave his all. But Thursday in Barcelona, his all was not quite enough, and the charging peloton caught just a kilometre out. That led to a frenzied uphill sprint that proved perfect for Hushovd.

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Full Results
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team4:21:33
2Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
5Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
7Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
9Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
10Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
11Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
13Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
14Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
15Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step
16Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC
17Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
18George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
20Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
21Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
22Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
23Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
25Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
26Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
27Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
28Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
29Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
30Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
31Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux
32Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
33Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream
34Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
35Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC
36Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
37Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
38Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
39Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
40Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC
41Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
42Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
43Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC
44Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:00:09
45Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
46Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
47Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana
48Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:00:15
49Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:00:39
50Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
51Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:46
52Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
53Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:00:50
54Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas
55Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank
56Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
57Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
58Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
59Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
60Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto
61José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
62José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
63Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux
64Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
65Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana
66Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
67Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
68Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
69Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:58
70Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
71Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
72Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
73Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
74Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
75Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:01:02
76Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:10
77Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
78David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
79Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel
80Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
81Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux
82Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
83Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
84Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
85Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
86David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
87Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
88Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
89Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
90Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas
91Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
92Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram0:01:18
93Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
94Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
95Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
96David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:21
97Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:23
98Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
99Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:29
100Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:01:32
101David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel0:01:37
102Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
103Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC
104David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
105Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:55
106Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
107Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
108Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
109Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
110Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
111Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
112Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
113Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
114Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
115Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
116Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
117Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel
118Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
119Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
120Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
121Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
122Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto
123Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
124Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
125Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
126Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
127Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana
128Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana
129David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC
130Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto
131Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
132Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC
133Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:12
134Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
135Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
136Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:34
137Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:02:42
138Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC0:05:17
139Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano
140Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
141Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:06:55
142Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
143Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux
144Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
145Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
146Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
147Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto
148Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
149Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
150Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
151Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
152Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
153Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux
154Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
155José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
156Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
157Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
158Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
159Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:08:14
160Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
161Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
162Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
163Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
164Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
165Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
166Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
167Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha
168William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
169Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha
170Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
171Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:10:14
172Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
173Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano
174Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
175Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC0:13:14
176Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:15:58
177Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano

Sprint 1 - Lloret De Mar, km. 64.0
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step6pts
2Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2

Sprint 2 - Sant Pol De Mar, km. 85.5
1David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream6pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4
3Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2

Sprint 3 - Cardedeu, km. 132.5
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step6pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2

Finish - Barcelone
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team35pts
2Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank30
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram24
5Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas22
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha20
7Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC19
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale18
9Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto17
10Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank16
11Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana15
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale14
13Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank13
14Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas12
15Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11
16Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC10
17David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream9
18George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC8
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas7
20Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana6
21Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram5
22Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto4
23Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana3
24Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2
25Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1

Mountain 1 - Côte de Sant Feliu de Guixols, km. 32.0
1Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3pts
2David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2
3Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1

Mountain 2 - Côte de Tossa de Mar, km. 55.0
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step2
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1

Mountain 3 - Côte de Sant Vicenc de Montalt, km. 98.0
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step3
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2
4Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1

Mountain 4 - Collsacreu, km. 110.0
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step3
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2
4Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1

Mountain 5 - Côte de la Conreria, km. 159.0
1David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream3pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2
3Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1

Young riders
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4:21:33
2Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
3Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
6Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
10Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
11Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:00:09
12Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
13Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:00:46
14Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:00:50
15Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:58
16Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
17Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
18Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:10
19Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
20Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:01:32
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:01:37
22Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:55
23Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
24Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
25Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
26Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:17
27Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:06:55
28Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
29Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
30Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
31Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:08:14
32Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
33Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
34Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:10:14
35Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
36Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:15:58

Most combative
1David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream

Teams
1Liquigas13:04:39
2Team Saxo Bank
3Astana
4AG2R-La Mondiale
5Caisse d'Epargne
6Team Columbia - HTC
7Team Milram
8Garmin - Slipstream
9Quick Step0:00:09
10Cervelo Test Team0:00:15
11Team Katusha0:00:46
12Silence - Lotto0:00:50
13Lampre - N.G.C0:00:58
14Francaise Des Jeux0:01:40
15Rabobank0:01:52
16Agritubel0:01:57
17Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:02:58
18Skil-Shimano0:03:14
19Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:02
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:37

General classification after stage 6
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank19:29:22
2Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:00:19
4Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana0:00:23
5Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana0:00:31
6Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:38
7Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:52
8Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:01:16
9Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:01:22
10Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:29
11Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:01:31
12George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:36
13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
14Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:41
15Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana
16Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana0:01:45
17Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:02:03
18Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC0:02:16
19Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:02:17
20David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:28
21Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:02:32
22David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:43
23Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:02:44
24Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank0:02:55
25Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:56
26Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:02:59
27Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
28Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:03
29Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana0:03:11
30Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
31Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:12
32Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:13
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:16
34Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:03:17
35Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
36Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha0:03:18
37Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
38Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:03:33
39Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:41
40Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
41Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:03:43
42Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:44
43Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:51
44Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:03:54
45Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
46Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step0:04:03
47Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:04
48Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
49José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:07
50Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:04:18
51Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas0:04:20
52Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:24
53Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:31
54Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:04:32
55Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:04:35
56Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:04:36
57Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas0:04:37
58Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas0:04:42
59José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
60Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:45
61Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:04:48
62Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:04:51
63Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:04:54
64Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
65Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team0:05:00
66Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:05:02
67Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:05:04
68Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:06
69Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:11
70Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
71Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:13
72Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
73Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:14
74Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:05:18
75Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:20
76David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
77Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank0:05:22
78Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:05:27
79Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:31
80Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas0:05:32
81Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:33
82Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux0:05:46
83Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:50
84Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:54
85Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:58
86Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
87Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:04
88Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
89Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto0:06:07
90Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:06:08
91Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:17
92Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
93David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:18
94Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step0:06:25
95Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto0:06:26
96Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream
97Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:38
98Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:44
99Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas0:06:59
100Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:07:00
101Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:07:01
102Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:07:04
103Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel0:07:09
104Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:21
105David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel0:07:23
106Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:07:27
107Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:07:31
108Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:07:34
109Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:07:46
110Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:54
111Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:07:59
112Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel0:08:04
113Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:08:05
114Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:08:08
115David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC0:08:10
116Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:08:13
117Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:08:14
118Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:23
119Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:08:26
120Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel0:08:30
121Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:08:34
122Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:08:35
123Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:08:49
124Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:08:50
125Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:09:06
126Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:09:29
127Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream0:09:54
128Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step0:10:02
129Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
130Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step0:10:04
131Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:10:16
132Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:10:17
133Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:10:52
134Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
135Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:11:04
136Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana0:11:07
137Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:11:16
138Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step0:11:20
139Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:22
140José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:25
141Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:11:35
142Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:11:45
143Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:11:52
144Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC0:11:57
145Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:12:03
146Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC0:12:04
147Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:12:30
148Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC0:12:43
149Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:12:45
150Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:22
151Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:43
152Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:44
153Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha0:13:48
154Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:52
155Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux0:14:12
156William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:14:15
157Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:14:29
158Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:14:31
159Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC0:14:46
160Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:14:51
161Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto0:15:04
162Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:15:39
163Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:15:41
164Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:16:11
165Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:16:17
166Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano0:17:49
167Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:17:57
168Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:18:54
169Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:19:21
170Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:20:23
171Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:21:23
172Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:22:13
173Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:22:25
174Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux0:22:49
175Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:24:05
176Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:24:42
177Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:25:06

Points classification
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC106pts
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team105
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram66
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream54
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank53
6Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne53
7Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank47
8Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom41
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel39
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne36
11Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana34
12Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale34
13Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha34
14Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale32
15Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31
16Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step31
17Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30
18Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30
19Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC29
20Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC28
21Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano26
22Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano25
23Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC24
24George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC24
25Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto23
26Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas22
27Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi21
28Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21
29Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step20
30Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha20
31Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha20
32Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC19
33Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram19
34William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom19
35Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas18
36Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale18
37Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano18
38Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano18
39Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana15
40Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana15
41Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha15
42Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14
43Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas14
44Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14
45Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano14
46Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank13
47Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom13
48Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC12
49Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream12
50Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana11
51Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step11
52Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team11
53Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11
54David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream10
55Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10
56Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10
57Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10
58Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom9
59Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana8
60Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC8
61Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC5
62Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step5
63Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5
64Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto4
65Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
66Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas4
67Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
68Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux4
69Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto3
70Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3
71Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step3
72Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2
73Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1
74Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank1
75Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha1
76Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1

Mountains classification
1Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14pts
2Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux9
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream8
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8
5Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC6
6Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux6
7Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano6
8Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5
9Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5
10Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4
11Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana3
12Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3
13Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3
14Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3
15David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2
16Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha2
17Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2
18Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2
19Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream1
20Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1
21Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1
22Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1
23Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano1

Young rider classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC19:30:14
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:00:39
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:00:44
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49
5Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:20
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:24
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:25
8Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC0:02:41
9Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:03:44
10Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:53
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:03:59
12Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:04:19
13Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:04:35
14Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:04:39
15Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:05:16
16Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto0:05:34
17Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC0:06:08
18Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:06:39
19Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:07:13
20Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha0:07:16
21Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:31
22Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:07:34
23Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:07:57
24Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:07:58
25Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:08:37
26Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:09:10
27Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:09:24
28Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas0:10:12
29Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:10:24
30Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:12:52
31Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC0:13:39
32Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:13:59
33Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:15:19
34Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:15:25
35Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:20:31
36Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:23:50

Teams classification
1Astana56:54:18
2Team Saxo Bank0:02:33
3Team Columbia - HTC0:02:45
4Garmin - Slipstream0:03:05
5Liquigas0:04:26
6Cervelo Test Team0:05:40
7Team Milram0:06:33
8Quick Step0:06:42
9AG2R-La Mondiale0:06:46
10Caisse d'Epargne0:06:57
11Team Katusha0:07:22
12Silence - Lotto0:07:41
13Francaise Des Jeux0:09:09
14Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:09:10
15Rabobank0:09:19
16Lampre - N.G.C0:09:22
17Euskaltel - Euskadi0:09:36
18Agritubel0:10:45
19Skil-Shimano0:13:22
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:14:11

 

A famous football 14 meets Le Tour's no. 14

A Tour de France rider usually doesn't like standing on his legs any more than he needs to, but Thursday morning in Girona, Silence-Lotto's Matt Lloyd made an exception.

As he walked across to the Rabobank team bus, accompanied by his team's press officer, the diminutive Lloyd had a cheeky grin on his face. Was he thinking of jumping ship next year? It would have been a strange thing to do, given how much his leader Cadel Evans values a guy he recently called "his little brother".

Approaching the orange 16-wheeler, Lloyd yelled out, "Op de nieuw (Here's the new) Rabobank rider, whoo-hoo!"

There, he waited at the steps as if to enter, but strangely didn't.

A few minutes more, all was revealed: Lloyd wanted to meet the most famous Dutch football (or soccer, if you're an American or Aussie) player that's ever lived, Johan Cruyff, voted European Player of the Century by the International Football Federation in 1999 and second only to Pelé in an IFF World Player of the Century poll.

The legendary no. 14, his professional career spanning some 20 years from 1964-1984, rose to God-like stardom when he played at Ajax and for his country, and was a guest of the Rabobank team in Gerona, where Lloyd - rider number 14 at this year's Tour - wanted to meet his more famous number, at least for now.

"[The number 14] obviously has been his, but I'm not quite sure I'm as popular as he is at the moment," said Lloyd, grinning. "That might take a few years, but it's all good. When you get to meet someone from a totally different sport who's also a champion, it's special, so I'm happy."

Has the meeting with the football god given 'Lloydy' wings, Cyclingnews asked him?

Bellowed Lloyd with a laugh far bigger than what one would expect from a 171-centimetre-tall, 62-kilo guy, "It has, actually!"

Seriously, the 26-year-old former Australian champion said despite the team's performance in Tuesday's team time trial, where they finished eighth-last, losing 2:36 to Astana, Silence-Lotto is still optimistic Evans can deliver for the team.

"Given some of the teams - Astana and Saxo Bank, for example - had been working specifically for that team time trial, we had to minimise [our] damage. But sometimes you can't help a situation [referring to the crashes they experienced]. We're still optimistic - we know Cadel's ready for the mountains and individual time trials."

Does the climbing specialist expect to be with Evans all the way to Andorra Arcalis, the finish of Friday's seventh stage?

"I hope so," he said with a nervous grin.
 

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