Iglinsky Wins Stage 6 of Dauphine Libere; Moreau Takes Lead
Maxim Iglinsky has taken Astana's third stage win of this year's Dauphine Libere. Iglinsky soloed into the lead in the last 13 km to win the mountainous, 198-km ride from Gap to Valloire in 5:51:32. Alexander Botcharov (Credit Agricole) outsprinted Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom) for second at 0:51. Christophe Moreau (Ag2r) has taken the yellow jersey from Andrei Kashechkin (Astana).
From the start, the racing was aggressive. At the gun, Remy Di Gregorio (Francaise des Jeux) attacked. The stage began with a climb--the Col du Bayard, so the bunch split into three groups. Moreau was in the first group, and Kashechkin was in the second.
Morris Possoni (Lampre) and Alexander Kuschynski (Liquigas) joined Di Gregorio. On the descent of the Bayard, the Moreau and Kashechkin groups merged. Egoi Martinez (Discovery Channel), Stephane Goubert (Ag2r), Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner), Xabier Zandio (Caisse d'Epargne), Botcharov, Iglinsky, Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel), and Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom) attacked and bridged up to Di Gregorio.
At the summit of the Category 4 Cote de Motty (36 km), the break led the bunch by 4:00. At the top of the hors categorie Col de la Croix-de-Fer (130.5 km), the 11 escapees led the field by 7:35. On the descent of the Category 2 Col du Mollard (156.5 km), Moreau and Kashechkin led an attack. The bunch pursued, and the peloton was down to 14 men at the base of the Category 1 Col du Telegraphe.
Kohl, Zandio, Astarloza, Iglinsky, Botcharov, and Fedrigo attacked. Botcharov tried a solo escape, but Di Gregorio and Iglinsky caught the Credit Agricole man, and Iglinsky put in an attack that no one could follow.
With 10 km remaining, Moreau attacked. Only Cadel Evans (Predictor) and Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) could follow. Piepoli sat on while Moreau and Evans did the work. Moreau finished eighth at 2:23, and Evans rode home ninth 0:02 later. Moreau was the new yellow jersey, and Evans was the new runner-up.
In the overall, Moreau leads Evans by 0:14 and Kashechkin by 1:27. Stage 7, the last stage of this year's Dauphine Libere, will be a rolling, 129-km run from Valloire to Annecy. The course will feature the Category 1 Col de la Forclaz, the summit of which is 18.5 km from the finish. Will Evans attack strongly enough to threaten Moreau's yellow jersey. Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!