Friday, July 07, 2006



AUSTRALIAN THREEPEAT. Right now, no sprinter and no sprint team is able to keep Australian Robbie McEwen at bay. Even with American lead-out man Fred Rodriguez having crashed out, McEwen is getting great drafts from Geert Steegemans. That, and he's simply the fastest to the finish line out of an elite corps of sprinters. Thus far, he's won three of the five sprint finishes in the Tour de France. One gets the feeling that McEwen isn't finished. Tomorrow, fellow sprinter Tom Boonen will more than likely lose his grip on the Yellow Jersey. He'll be hungry for the Green Jersey. But it's going to take a miracle to pry the Green Jersey from the tenacious McEwen.

GREAT TOUR PHOTOS. Scroll easily through lots of pages of really great Tour photography at Yahoo!

STAGE RESULTS. Full results of Stage 6 (and all previous stages) by Cyclingnews.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF THE STAGE: OLN provides free video highlights and commentary wrap-ups of each stage by Bob Roll.

A MOMENT OF TRUTH: Saturday's Stage 7 is an Individual Time Trial of over 70 kilometers. Experts anticipate this to be one of the initial "separators" in the Tour de France. It will likely separate the real contenders for the championship from those who just don't have the full array of skills and discipline to be the champ. Time trial was one hallmark of Greg Lemond and Lance Armstrong in their victories. Excellence in mountain climbing was another hallmark of these champions. We'll see how the likes of Floyd Landis, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, David Zabriskie, Michael Rogers, Cadel Evans and the T-Mobile boys stand after tomorrow's stage.

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