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Tour of Switzerland Stage 6: Periero Saves the Day

Today’s sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse was a consolation victory for the Swiss Phonak team whose squad housed the defending champion and Swiss mainstay Alex Zuelle. While Zueller was languishing on the GC it was the Spaniard Oscar Pereiro that gave the green and yellow boys a win on the short mountain stage of Silvaplana.

The parcours for the day featured three major climbs in only 134 kilometers, another day for the GC leaders to attack each other. At the start of the day Francesco Casagrande of Lampre held a 37” advantage over the erstwhile leader Alexandre Vinokourov.

The first serious move was started by FDJeux.com’s Brad McGee who had held the third position on GC previous to the start of the real mountains. Seven riders would go clear and stay away from the pack for most of the day, consisting of Oscar Camnzind (Phonak), Aitor Garmendia (Bianchi), Marcus Zberg (Gerolsteiner), Salvatore Commesso (Saeco), Seweryn Kohut (CCC Polsat), Stefen Wesemann (Telekom) and the Aussie McGee.

On the final climb Periero shot out of the chase group and quickly overhauled the riders in the break. Behind a group of 9 riders emerged including Casagrande, Vinokourov, Moos, Kirchen, Montgomery, and an ever impressive Jan Ullrich. Ullrich would set the tempo for most of the climb and snatch the second placing on the stage from Sven Montgomery.

Tomorrow’s stage to Oberstaufen is a day for the sprinters and gives the GC riders a chance to rest and prepare for Tuesday’s important time trial.

Results

1 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 3.39.40 (36.792 km/h)
2 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Bianchi 1.14
3 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 1.17
4 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
5 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
6 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze) CCC-Polsat
7 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre
8 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Telekom
9 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Fassa Bortolo
10 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo

General classification after stage 6

1 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre 26.31.57
2 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom 0.37
3 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 1.25
4 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Telekom 1.27
5 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
6 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 1.30
7 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Fassa Bortolo 1.52
8 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 2.05
9 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Bianchi 3.24
10 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze) CCC-Polsat 3.45

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