The 2012 Tour de France continued on Friday and provided a scary moment for many fans and certainly for plenty of riders. About 26 km from the Stage 6 finish line, a massive crash split the peloton and left scores of riders laying by the road and then scrambling to find their wrecked bikes. Ryder Hesjedal lost nearly 13 minutes of the pace and Frank Schleck lost even more time. Mark Cavendish and other top riders were also involved in the crash.
In the lead group, Andre Greipel's team looked poised to award him a third straight stage win when a chain issue allowed Peter Sagan to catch and overtake Greipel in the home stretch to pick up the victory in Stage 6. Sagan is now in eighth place in the general classification, but Fabian Cancellara remains the overall 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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