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Matthew Goss of Orica-GreenEdge Takes 3rd



Matthew Gross and Andre Greipel were beat to the line by Peter Sagan on Friday, while Fabian Cancellara still holds the general classification lead (and prized yellow jersey).  Photos: Getty Images.

Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara.  Tour de France 2012.
Matthew Gross landed in the top three during Stage 6, but couldn't find the speed to best Peter Sagan for the win.

Peter Sagan won Stage 6 of the 2012 Tour de France in Metz.  Sagan blasted past Andre Greipel of Lotto Belisol in the final sprint.  Matthew Goss of Orica-GreenEdge took third place behind the pair.

Fabian Cancellara held on to his general classification lead and will retain the prized yellow jersey.

The big news in Stage 6 was a crash that set several top GC contenders back.  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) lost over 13 minutes.  Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Frank Schleck (Radioshack-Nissan), and Janez Brajkovic (Astana) all lost several minutes as well.

Tour de France general classification rankings after Stage 6:

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 29:22:36  
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:10  
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:13  
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:17  
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18  
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:19  
9 Andreas Kloden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan    
10 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:22  


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