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Crash and burn: Danielson is KO’ed

FLC alumnus involved in a Stage 6 pileup that costs him his Tour
The top American finisher in last year’s Tour de France, Tom Danielson withdrew from this year’s Tour after yet another crash. He separated his shoulder during Stage 3 three days ago, then was involved in another wreck during Stage 6 on Friday. He was knocked unconscious, awoke, then was taken to the hospital.
Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal of Canada, Garmin-Sharp teammate and Fort Lewis College alumnus Tom Danielson, Frank Schleck of Luxembourg and Mark Cavendish of Britain were among the riders involved in a huge crash that split the peloton 16 miles from the Stage 6 finish Friday.
After all the Stage 6 wreckage, Peter Sagan flapped his wings across the Metz, France, finish line in first place, his third stage victory in this year’s Tour de France.
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METZ, France – A brief look at Friday’s sixth stage of the 99th Tour de France:
Stage: A flat 129-mile ride from Epernay to Metz across the green vineyards of the Champagne region.
Winner: Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who scored his third stage victory at this year’s Tour after a massive crash 16 miles from the finish had thinned the ranks of sprinters, including world champion Mark Cavendish, who finished 6 minutes behind.
Yellow Jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept the race leader’s jersey for a seventh consecutive day. He leads Bradley Wiggins of Britain by 7 seconds. Defending champ Cadel Evans of Australia moved up one place to sixth, 17 seconds off the pace.
Stat of the Day: 6. The number of riders who dropped out of the race after crashing during the stage’s two big pile-ups, including former three-time world champion Oscar Freire of Spain and American rider Tom Danielson.
Quote of the Day: “It was like a trench hit by a (grenade) when I entered the crash to give my bike to Bauke. Lots of blood and screaming. Carnage.” Rabobank’s Laurens Ten Dam on Twitter talking about the crash and teammate Bauke Mollema.
Today’s Stage 7: A 123-mile ride to the ski resort of La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges. The stage features the Tour’s first category-one climb, a brutally steep four-mile ascent with the final few hundred yards at an average gradient of 14 percent.
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Crash and burn: Danielson is KO’ed

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The top American finisher in last year’s Tour de France, Tom Danielson withdrew from this year’s Tour after yet another crash. He separated his shoulder during Stage 3 three days ago, then was involved in another wreck during Stage 6 on Friday. He was knocked unconscious, awoke, then was taken to the hospital.
CYC
Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal of Canada, Garmin-Sharp teammate and Fort Lewis College alumnus Tom Danielson, Frank Schleck of Luxembourg and Mark Cavendish of Britain were among the riders involved in a huge crash that split the peloton 16 miles from the Stage 6 finish Friday.
CYC
After all the Stage 6 wreckage, Peter Sagan flapped his wings across the Metz, France, finish line in first place, his third stage victory in this year’s Tour de France.
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