During Stage 6 of the 2012 Tour de France on Friday, the day was marred by a massive crash that split the peloton with about 26 km left. Close to 100 riders were apparently involved in the crash, with varying degrees of injury and bicycle damage. Major names involved in the crash included Ryder Hesjedal, Mark Cavendish and Frank Schleck. Hesjedal lost almost 13 minutes off the pace and Schleck may not be able to overcome his time lost and return to contention.
At the finish line, Andre Greipel's team was making a push for the stage win, which would have been the third straigt for Greipel. Unfortunately, chain issues allowed Peter Sagan to catch and overtake Greipel and pick up the stage win. Fabian Cancellara remains the general classification leader and will retain the yellow jersey for at least one more day.
Here are the general classification standings following Friday's Stage 6:
1. Fabian Cancellara 29:22:36
2. Bradley Wiggins, 7 sec. behind leader
3. Sylvain Chavanel, 7 sec.
4. Tejay van Garderen, 10 sec.
5. Denis Menchov, 13 sec.
6. Cadel Evans, 17 sec.
7. Vincenzo Nibali, 18 sec.
8. Peter Sagan, 19 sec.
9. Andreas Klöden, 19 sec.
10. Maxime Monfort, 22 sec.
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