Bernucci wins sixth stage of Tour de France

7th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

NANCY, France, July 7 (AFP) - Italian Lorenzo Bernucci of the Fassa Bortolo team won the sixth stage of the Tour de France held over 199km between Troyes and Nancy here Thursday.

NANCY, France, July 7 (AFP) - Italian Lorenzo Bernucci of the Fassa Bortolo team won the sixth stage of the Tour de France held over 199km between Troyes and Nancy here Thursday.

American Lance Armstrong retained the race leader's yellow jersey as he bids to win the overall title for a seventh consecutive time.

Bernucci came over the finish line alone but just 0.03sec ahead of T-Mobile's Alexandre Vinokourov, who had managed to escape crashing into Frenchman Christophe Mengin on a tight righthand cornder just before the home straight.

As Vinokourov slowed, however, Bernucci took advantage, pulled ahead and practically assured his win on the 600-metre home straight.

Behind the 31-year-old Kazakh, however, a massive pile-up ensued, taking down around six riders - all of whom practically crashed into Mengin who was lying on the ground.

None of the contenders for the yellow jersey were harmed.

Vinokourov managed to steal a yard on Armstrong with his second place.

The Kazakh, who finished third on the Tour in 2003 and could prove to be the American's main challenger later in the race, took bonus seconds at the finish and is now second in the general classification 53secs behind Armstrong.

© AFP

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