Greipel Wins Stage 6; Impey First African to Wear Yellow Jersey
For the second consecutive day, a Belgian squad has won a stage of the Tour de France 2013. Yesterday, Mark Cavendish did the honors for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, and today, Andre Greipel won the day for Lotto-Belisol. Greipel took a bunch sprint to win Stage 6, a flat, 176.5-km run from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier, in 3:59:02. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) outsprinted Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) for second.
What they’ve done for each other will never be forgotten. Simon won his stage with the perfect leadout from Daryl, and he had his two days in yellow. For Daryl to be the first African in yellow, even if it’s only one day—well, it will change his life forever.”
Donning the yellow jersey overwhelmed Impey. “I was pretty emotional on the podium,” he said. “I was standing there and thinking, ‘This is it.’ This is the proudest moment ever of my career. I don’t think anything will ever top this. That’s not to say I’ll never be able to do it again, but not in this way. It’s like winning the jackpot.”
In the overall, Impey leads Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) by 0:03 and Gerrans by 0:05. Stage 7, a 205.5-km ride from Montpellier to Albi, will feature two Category 2 climbs between 80 and 100 km, which might favor a long break, but the last 55 km of the stage are downhill. It adds up to the sprinters, for whom this will the last opportunity to win a stage until Stage 10, collaring the break and battling for the win. Who will take it? Cavendish? Greipel? Kittel? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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