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Last Updated: Friday, 11 July, 2003, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
Petacchi takes stage six
Stage Six: Nevers - Lyon - 230km.


All the action as it happened in the sixth stage of the centenary Tour de France which took in 230km from Nevers to Lyon. (All times BST)

1554: Alessandro Petacchi storms through at the end to take the stage - his fourth of this year's Tour de France.

1553: After 200km in front Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin are caught and vanish into the peloton.

1552: The leading pair are within sight of the peloton on the final straight.

1551: With just under three kilometres to go Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin lead by 19 seconds, although the peloton is slowed by a crash involving a group of riders.

1550: The lead of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin is now 25 seconds.

1548: The leading pair of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin have been ahead of the peloton for nearly 200km - but their lead is just 36 seconds with 4km to go.

1546: The excitement is mounting as the end looms. Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin are now slightly more than one minute ahead of the pack.

1544: The lead of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin is now just 80 seconds.

1541: It looks as though the brave break of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin has been slightly mistimed. With less than 15km to go, the lead has slipped under two minutes for the first time.

1539: With 15km to go, the lead of Stuart O'Grady over Anthony Geslin is a precarious-looking two minutes 20 seconds.

1533: As the riders cross the final climb of the day, the peloton makes dramatic inroads into the breakaway group's lead. Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin are now just two minutes 41 seconds ahead of the pack.

1529: The peloton is now four minutes 50 seconds behind the two stage leaders Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin. Whether they will hold out until the finish is unclear - it looks set to be a tight finish.

1520: The lead of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin has dropped under six minutes. They are now just five minutes 42 seconds ahead of the peloton, but there is less than 28km to the finish in Lyon. The peloton is currently being led by the Fassa Bortolo and Lotto-Domo teams.

1506: The lead of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin continues to be chipped away, bit by bit. The pair are now seven minutes 10 seconds ahead, but have just 38km to go.

1454: The leading duo of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin have seen their lead cut to eight minutes 21 seconds - but they are now within the final 50km of the stage.

1442: The FDJ, AG2R and Jean Delatour teams continue to lead the peloton and they continue to slowly chip away at the lead of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin. But they are still 10 minutes 15 seconds behind.

1431: Anthony Geslin pips Stuart O'Grady to the summit of the Cote de les Echarmeaux to take the 10 points awarded to the top rider. O'Grady followed to claim seven points.

1427: The two leaders, Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin, are now climbing the first category-three rise of this year's Tour. The summit of the Cote de Les Echarmeaux is at the 159km mark of the stage.

1417: The peloton is now near the site of the third intermediate sprint of the day. Their current deficit to the two leaders is 11 minutes 45 seconds.

1410: The leading duo appear to be maintaining their lead over the peloton. Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin are now 12 minutes and 15 seconds ahead of the pack and are 80km away from the finish.

1353: Stuart O'Grady led Anthony Geslin over the line to win six points at the second intermediate sprint.

1345: The two leaders are now 100km from the finish of this marathon stage. Their lead continues to be eroded, and they are now 13 minutes and 10 seconds ahead of the peloton.

1330: The peloton continues to chip away at the lead of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin. The pack are now 14 minutes 25 seconds behind the leading pair.

1320: The peloton is being led by the FDJ and AG2R teams. The main pack is currently 16 minutes 30 seconds behind Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin, whose lead is slowly ebbing away.

1311: Fabio Baldato, who fell three times in the first two stages, has quit this year's race. The Italian withdrew as the peloton passed the 98km mark.

1300: Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin continue to build on their lead. They are now 18 minutes five seconds ahead of the peloton which has just passed 82km. The duo have been breaking away for 50km.

1248: The riders have been going for two hours, and Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin continue to lead by a long way.

1241: The breakaway duo of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin have passed the 77km mark, and their lead continues to grow. It is now a massive 14 minutes 15 seconds.

1235: Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin continue to increase their lead. It is now up to 12 minutes 20 seconds which is the biggest advantage an escape group has had on the peloton so far in this year's Tour.

1224: The leading duo, Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin continue to increase their lead. They are now 10 minutes ahead of the peloton.

1215: The lead of Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin has increased and the pair are now seven minutes clear of the peloton.

1150: Australia's Stuart O'Grady and France's Anthony Geslin have broken away from the peloton and are now about one minute clear.

1142: The peloton is at the 43km mark. The main pack is currently behind two riders, Stuart O'Grady and Anthony Geslin.

1117: The breakaway group has been recaptured by the peloton.

1108: An eight-man group is breaking away. The riders are Stephane Auge, Jakob Piil, Carlos Da Cruz, Servais Knaven, Leon Van Bon, Damien Nazon, Samuel Demoulin and Raffaele Ferrara. They are 20 seconds ahead of the peloton.

1055: The first attack of the day comes from Stephane Auge of the Credit Agricole team.

1048: 11 H 36 - The stage gets underway in roasting conditions. The air temperature at the start is 31C and it is around 40C at road level. There is barely a cloud in the sky and a light north-westerly breeze.





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