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Cycling | International

Bradley Wiggins © Gallo Images

Quintana wins Stage 6, Wiggins leads



Britain's Bradley Wiggins tightened his grip on the Dauphine Libere after Colombia's Nairo Quintana won the sixth and penultimate stage on Saturday.

Wiggins went into this mountainous 167.5 kilometre run leading the general classification by 38sec from Germany's Tony Martin.

But after crossing the line in fourth behind Quintana, Cadel Evans and Daniel Moreno, the Team Sky star extended his lead going into Sunday's final stage with a 1min 20sec cushion over his teammate, Australian Michael Rogers.

Evans, the defending Tour de France champion, is placed third, at 1min36sec, after coming in second on Saturday, 16sec behind Quintana.

The 22-year-old Colombian made his decisive move five kilometres from the summit finish, reeling in leader Brice Feillu two kilometres from the line.

Wiggins, ably aided by his teammates, now looks poised to defend his Dauphine title.

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"When Cadel attacked he took a small lead but I didn't want to take any risks. It's not a problem to give him 25 or 30 seconds," said the Olympic champion.

Of the stage winner his Movistar team's sporting director Yvon Ledanois said: "He's a pure climber but he laso knows how to do other things."

Sunday's closing seventh stage is a 124.5km ride between here and Chatel.

One rider who won't be taking part is Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, who pulled out of the race at Saturday's 64km mark.

Schleck had been struggling ever since being knocked to the ground by a strong gust of wind on Thursday's fourth stage time trial in Bourg-en-Bresse.

"He couldn't pedal anymore," RadioShack sporting director Alain Gallopin told the race's official website.

"Since he crashed during the time trial, the whole right side of his body was hurting.

"He was climbing all right but he was suffering to hold his bike. Yesterday, he managed to finish but today, racing had become too difficult."

STAGE 6 RESULTS

1. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) 4:46:12"
2. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +16"
3. Daniel Moreno (Spain / Katusha) +24"
4. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky)
5. Pieter Weening (Netherlands / Orica)
6. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky)
7. Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus / Movistar)
8. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Belgium / Lotto)
9. Michael Rogers (Australia / Team Sky)
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Spain / RadioShack)
11. Richie Porte (Australia / Team Sky) +34"
12. Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia / Astana) +44"
13. Tejay Van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:12"
14. Tiago Machado (Portugal / RadioShack) +1:30"
15. Alexandre Geniez (France / Argos) +2:05"
16. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Rabobank)
17. Pierre Rolland (France / Europcar) +2:08"
18. Guillaume Levarlet (France / Saur - Sojasun)
19. Jerome Coppel (France / Saur - Sojasun)
20. Bruno Pires (Portugal / Saxo Bank) +2:15"

OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) 23:40:59"
2. Michael Rogers (Australia / Team Sky) +1:20"
3. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +1:36"
4. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) +1:48"
5. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Belgium / Lotto) +2:22"
6. Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus / Movistar) +2:58"
7. Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia / Astana) +3:07"
8. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Rabobank) +3:26"
9. Richie Porte (Australia / Team Sky) +3:44"
10. Tejay Van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +3:51"
11. Haimar Zubeldia (Spain / RadioShack) +3:53"
12. Pieter Weening (Netherlands / Orica) +4:05"
13. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spain / Rabobank) +4:07"
14. Tony Martin (Germany / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +4:15"
15. Jerome Coppel (France / Saur - Sojasun) +4:39"
16. Daniel Moreno (Spain / Katusha) +4:44"
17. Bruno Pires (Portugal / Saxo Bank) +5:08"
18. Daniel Navarro (Spain / Saxo Bank) +5:39"
19. Andrey Amador (Costa Rica / Movistar) +6:30"
20. Tiago Machado (Portugal / RadioShack) +6:39"



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