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Alberto Contador Velasco Drops Everyone, Takes Yellow Jersey, Paris-Nice Stage 6

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In case there were doubts, forget about them. Contador left everyone without leaving the saddle at first, distancing F. Schleck and L.L. Sanchez by :58 and taking a commanding lead in the Yellow Jersey GC (overall) competition. Thanks to...

http://www.letour.fr/2009/PNC/LIVE/fr/600/classement/

...for great results quickly and beautifully posted, pasted here for your edification and for further promotion of their event.

Voigt took a flyer at about 10K to go and awoke the sleeping pedal dancer in Contador and for awhile in F. Schleck. Even Schleck could not hang, and he and L.L. Sanchez rode in almost a minute behind despite otherwise ruling the day (had Contador not been there). Astana was in view midway up the climb and I think Popo led some, but no one present, and perhaps even missing, could keep up with what we've begun to call a superhuman performance. Only blood and time will tell, possibly, but as the Eurosport announcers called him "this whippet of a man," Contador is lean indeed. He won the Time Trial and now made this moderate to difficult climb look like singing in the rain, or cycling in the snow.

With two more stages to go, it appears it is more about how rather than whether Alberto Contador will take the prize. And for all to conjecture on Levi, Lance and Alberto all riding for Astana.

A good wrap here... http://www.letour.fr/2009/PNC/LIVE/us/600/journal_etape.html

Oops. Data was mangled so I grabbed it from cyclingnews.com instead... 

 

Stage 6 2009 Paris-Nice
1 Alberto  Contador (Spa) Astana		4:47:46 (38.05 km/h)
2 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank	0:58
3 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto		1:27
5 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
6 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank	1:29
7 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi	1:31
8 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano	1:34
9 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel	1:44
10 Chris Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank	1:46
11 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux
12 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step	1:50
13 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
 
Overall (GC) after Stage 6 2009 Paris-Nice
1 Alberto  Contador (Spa) Astana		23.21.08
2 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne	1.13
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step	1.24
4 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank	1.38
5 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step	2.01
6 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank	2.06

As I write the Tirreno-Adriatico sprint is on and gone now, with much excitement. I'll leave that a surprise for now. And the University of North Carolina Tar Heels are playing basketball now if you're reading this in real time. 

Locations

Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
France
44° 20' 58.5384" N, 4° 45' 58.6872" E
Montagne De Lure,
France
44° 7' 31.08" N, 5° 46' 40.08" E
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