Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) triumphs in stage 6 of Paris-Nice (AFP/Getty Images)
Paris-Nice 6: Sanchez wins two up sprint
Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) won the sixth stage of Paris-Nice beating fellow escapee Jens Voigt
(RadioShack) in a close-fought sprint. Heinrich Haussler
(Garmin-Barracuda) won the bunch sprint for third, while Bradley Wiggins
(Team Sky) retained his yellow jersey lead over Lieuwe Westra
(Vacansoleil-DCM) by six seconds.
Sanchez, a revered breakaway specialist, joined Voigt in a two-man break
in the closing kilometres of the stage to Sisteron, having already
formed part of the day’s earlier break. He managed to persuade Voigt to lead out and was able to come round the German to take a convincing stage win.
Tomorrow’s 220km seventh stage takes the riders from Sisteron to Nice, with the category 1 climb of the Col de Vence the main obstacle, at 55km to go.
Brad Wiggins in yellow
Tirreno-Adriatico 3: Boasson Hagen continues Sky success
Edvald Boasson Hagen took Team Sky’s second consecutive sprint victory in two days in Tirreno-Adriatico. The Norwegian triumphed over Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in stage 3 between Indicatore and Terni.
Matthew Goss (GreenEdge) was sixth on the stage, successfully defending his blue leader’s jersey.
The man of the day was Filippo Savini of Colnago-CSF Inox, who took off on a long solo flight as soon as the race officially started. He was not caught again until there were only 30 km left, and the mass sprint was set up.
Garmin-Barracuda worked to set up Tyler Farrar for the stage win on a tricky, cobbled finish that did not favour Cavendish, but he could not match the pace of Boasson Hagen and faded to fourth.