Results tagged “Montpellier” from spare cycles

Boonen - FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Steegmans lead out Boonen from the front and the rest of the field was stuck with a view of Boonen's rear end. Zabel stuck to Boonen's wheel like glue, which propelled him to second place just ahead of Robbie Hunter.

Breakaway - JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty ImagesTxurruka (Euskatel) and Fredrigo (Bouygues Telecom) put pressure on the peloton with a breakaway that went with over 130km to go. Many riders couldn't hold on as the peloton charged over the final climb and into headwinds. The peloton pushed its luck with the reel-in, but was able to catch the two riders just before the 1k kite.

Millar was unlucky with his breakaway attempt again as his earlier break was reeled in, making way for Txurruka and Fredrigo to go away.

Hunter - FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Robbie Hunter got his first and South Africa's first stage wins -- but wildcard team Barloworld's second -- as this flat stage delivered far more fireworks than the lack of terrain promised.

Vinokourov was a big instigator today. After trying to get in an early break, he was next seen at the front as Astana put in a big move to split the peloton in the crosswinds. The move worked and made Moreau the big casualty on the day. Moreau was first bruised after tangling with a teammate and going down, but the real pain came when he found himself over three minutes off the back. Moreau dropped from 6th to 12th in the overall standings. Vino wasn't done yet -- he tried to take advantage of the lack of sprint organization to launch an attack, but Quick Step was able to reel him in.

The sprint was sparser than expected: on top of the abandons thus far, the split in the peloton put Hushovd and Zabel out of contention. Then a crash on the final S-bend knocked Boonen and Fast Freddie out of contention. Hunter just had to outsprint second-place Fabian Cancellara and Liquigas' Fischer and Pozzato.