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Last Updated: Friday, 7 July 2006, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
Tour de France stage six photos

Tom Boonen

World champion Tom Boonen of Belgium has the yellow jersey for the sixth stage of the Tour de France from Lisieux to Vitre

Arnaud Coyot leads the way

France's Arnaud Coyot of the Cofidis team starts an early breakaway and is followed by Germany's Ralf Grabsch

Juan Manuel Garate puts on his raincoat

Spain's Juan Manuel Garate puts on his raincoat as the riders prepare to tackle wet conditions

Christian Knees trails Frenchmen Anthony Geslin and Florent Brard l

Florent Brard leads fellow Frenchman Anthony Geslin with Christian Knees of Germany in pursuit

Boonan stays in touch

Boonan stays near the front of the field as the race passes through some of the most scenic parts of the countryside

Robbie McEwen leads the pack

Australian Robbie McEwen (r) of the Davitamon-Lotto team hits the front in a dramatic sprint to the line

Robbie McEwen wins stage six

And McEwen holds off Daniele Bennati and Boonen to secure his third stage victory

Robbie McEwen

McEwen's delight is clear as he steps onto the podium and takes the applause of the crowd

Tom Boonen

Boonen is still the overall leader and keeps the yellow jersey - but McEwen is now just 12 seconds behind

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