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Last Updated: Friday, 9 July, 2004, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
Stage six: As it happened

Stage Six: Bonneval to Angers - 196km

Action from day seven of the Tour de France. All times BST.

1. Tom Boonen (QSD)
2. Stuart O'Grady (COF)
3. Erik Zabel (TMO)
4. Danilo Hondo (GST)
5. Baden Cooke (FDJ)
6. Sergio Marinangeli (DVE)
7. Jerome Pineau (BLB)
8. Julian Dean (C.A)
9. Janeck Tombak (COF)
10. Samuel Dumoulin (A2R)

1644: After discussions, race officials decide to give all the riders caught up in the crash the same time.

1635: Australian Robbie McEwen is one of the riders caught up in the fall. But it is not certain whether he will lose any time. The crash happened around the 1km mark - and any accident that happens inside that distance results in all riders in the leading group being given the same time.

1626: Belgium's Tom Boonen, of the Quick Step team, wins a sprint finish, but all eyes are on the casualties down the field.

1623: Antonio Flecha (FAS) is caught by the peloton with 1km to go but a crash takes out a number of riders.

1619: Antonio Flecha (FAS) launches a breakaway with around 5km to go in a bid to steal the stage off his rivals, who are quickly swamped by the peloton.

1606: The leaders are just 15km from the finish.

1554: Kurt-Asle Arvesen and Alessandro Bertolini are both dropped by the leading group, whose advantage over the peloton is just 1min 30secs.

1552: Jimmy Engouvlent (COF) wins the third sprint.
Sprint result:
1. Jimmy Engoulvent (COF) 6pts/6secs
2. Carlos Da Cruz (FDJ) 4pts/4secs
3. Alessandro Bertolini (ALB) 2pts/2secs

1540: The leaders are 2mins 5secs in front of the peloton.

1512: The peloton starts to eat into the gap between itself and the leaders, reducing it to 3mins 20secs.

1500: Carlos Da Cruz wins the second sprint.
Sprint result:
1. Carlos Da Cruz (FDJ) 6pts/6secs
2. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (CSC) 4pts/4secs
3. Alessandro Bertolini (ALB) 2pts/2secs

1443: The peloton makes up some ground but is still four minutes adrift of the leaders. Richard Virenque and Jean-Patrick Nazon remain in contention despite punctures.

1412: The leading riders open up their biggest advantage yet - 4mins 25secs - at around the 100km mark.

1320: American Tyler Hamilton is back with the peloton after suffering a puncture. The chasing pack is 3mins 45secs adrift of the leaders at 60km.

1307: Carlos Da Cruz wins the stage's first sprint as the leading riders open up a three-minute lead over the peloton.
Sprint result:
1. Carlos Da Cruz (FDJ) 6pts/6secs
2. Alessandro Bertolini (ALB) 4pts/4secs
3. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (CSC) 2pts/2secs

1232: Six riders have staged a successful breakaway and lead the peloton by 20 seconds at 27km.

1217: Armstrong is back in contention at 16km after making up the gap to the peloton with the help of his US Postal team.

1213: A crash claims several riders, among them Lance Armstrong. The defending champion is soon back on his bike but finds himself down the field as the peloton splits into two.

1208: There have being a number of breaks inside the first 11km, all of which have been repelled by the peloton. It will clearly be harder to replicate Thursday's successful breakaway, when five riders, among them stage winner Stuart O'Grady, left the rest of the field in their wake.

1153: The stage gets under way with 179 riders still in the race. Italian sprinters Alessandro Petacchi and Mario Cipollini are the latest casualties, having quit because of injury.

More rain and strong winds are forecast for stage six of the Tour de France as Thomas Voeckler attempts to defend the overall race lead.

The French champion avoided a big pile-up in the peloton on Thursday as his breakaway swept into a decisive lead.

Lance Armstrong, who is chasing a sixth Tour win, also stayed out of trouble thanks to his US Postal team.

But doctors treated 11 riders on stage five and fear more accidents on a flat Friday stage into Angers.

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