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Tour de France 2011 Stage 6 Normandy invasion

What a mess Stage 5 became with the wind, the weather, the crashes (Paul Sherwin stopped counting after 10 of them). Unfortunately, Slovenian rider Janez Brajkovic of Team Radioshack ended up in hospital, with a head injury from one of those bad crashes. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery and return to the Tour in 2012. Let’s also hope that Tom Boonen is not as injured as he looked; crash seems to be his middle name. In the end, the Cav-man captured the stage win in a wild sprint to the finish, just as we’ve all been waiting for him to do. Gotta love that!

Hopefully, Stage 6 won’t be as hard on the boys as they roll into Normandy, but it will be challenging to sprinter and climber alike. El Contador has been trying to make a little progress of his own, in spite of 2 crashes yesterday; perhaps he’ll have a better day. As of yesterday, he’s in 39th place, 1’42” behind the Mighty Thor who keeps the maillot jaune another day.

So, with the route not necessarily favoring the top riders, or sprinters, or climbers, what will happen in Lisieux? Will Gilbert win another stage that just might look like it’s made for him? Anything can happen, they’re only a week in.


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