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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 August 2006, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Hushovd charges to stage victory
Thor Hushovd celebrates victory in stage six
Hushovd was strongest in the finishing sprint in Leon
Norway's Thor Hushovd has won the 177km (110 mile) sixth stage of the Tour of Spain from Zamora to Leon.

German Andre Greipel was second in the bunch sprint with Erik Zabel third.

Danilo Di Luca retains the overall lead, four seconds ahead of Janez Brajkovic, with Andrey Kashechkin a further four seconds back in third.

Friday's seventh stage covers 154.2km (95.8 miles) from Leon to the 1,750m (5741.47 feet) high summit of the Alto de Morredero.


Stage six results:
1. Thor Hushovd (Norway / Credit Agricole ) 4:09:10"
2. Andre Greipel (Germany / T-Mobile ) same time
3. Erik Zabel (Germany / Milram )
4. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy / Milram )
5. Danilo Napolitano (Italy / Lampre )
6. Bernhard Eisel (Austria / Francaise des Jeux )
7. Luca Paolini (Italy / Liquigas )
8. Stuart O'Grady (Australia / Team CSC )
9. Alexandre Usov (Belarus / AG2R )
10. Francisco Ventoso (Spain / Saunier Duval )

Overall standings:
1. Danilo Di Luca (Italy / Liquigas ) 22:47:11"
2. Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia / Discovery Channel ) +4"
3. Andrey Kashechkin (Kazakhstan / Astana ) +18"
4. Carlos Sastre (Spain / Team CSC ) +29"
5. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spain / Saunier Duval ) +35"
6. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Caisse d'Epargne ) +36"
7. Manuel Beltran (Spain / Discovery Channel ) +55"
8. Tom Danielson (U.S. / Discovery Channel ) +58"
9. Ruggero Marzoli (Italy / Lampre ) +59"
10. Bernhard Kohl (Austria / T-Mobile ) +1:00"



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