Peter Sagan Strikes Again and Wins Stage 6 of 2010 Tour of California
Team HTC-Columbia's Michael Rogers maintains overall Amgen Tour of California lead ahead of Dave Zabriskie (Team Garmin-Transitions). Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack) moves down to 4th overall before Saturday's decisive Tour of California time trial.
It was a hard stage today with the finish coming after a long climb and six hours on the bike. I think on Sunday, which I'm told is also a hard climb, I will be rested and able to support my teammates, like Brett Lancaster (Aus) who is strong and capable of getting a good result."
"I was good all day," Marc de Maar told Roadcycling.com. "We were watching all the moves to make sure we didn't miss anything. When I went, it was perfect because I was up front and Rory was in back and could sit in for the sprint if I got caught."
"Marc picked a good spot to go," teammate Sutherland said and added "The big teams were all watching each other and it allowed him to get a gap. And when you have a teammate up the road, you want to be ready to get a good result to reward all the work he is doing up front.
"When Marc was caught, I started positioning myself for the sprint," he further added and concluded that "I found Sagan's wheel because he showed yesterday that he was probably the quickest guy there."
"I was close, Rory was close," de Maar said.
Moving into second and third overall were U.S. National Time Trial Champion Zabriskie and Sagan, respectively.
Today's stage brought only two changes to the jersey leaders. Hincapie was awarded Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey, and Rabou took the California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains (KOM) Jersey from Anderson, who had worn the jersey for the previous two days. Unchanged was Rogers in the Amgen Race Leader Jersey and Sagan in the Herbalife Sprint Jersey and the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey.
The 2010 Tour of California concludes on Sunday.
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