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Cycling news highlights of 7th July 2012.
Levi Leipheimer was one of the few overall contenders who emerged from yesterday's crash-affected stage to Metz without a scratch and is now looking forward to the battle for the Tour de France's overall title getting fully under way at the La Planche des Belles Filles summit finish on Saturday.Leipheimer said he feels that his form is good, but pointed out that it is difficult to make predictions heading into the mountains for the first time. "I feel good but we haven't really been put to the test," he said.
Stage six of the Tour de France was a brutal one, which left numerous teams reeling as they tried to tend to the medical problems of their riders.There were many crashes on the day, but it was a large crash with about 25km to go which did the most damage.Lampre-ISD'sDavide Vigano was at the heart of the late-stage crash and he was one of four riders unable to finish the stage as he was taken away in an ambulance for treatment of his injuries. Teammate Michele Scarponi crashed in the same incident but managed to finish the stage, albeit 2:09 down in a group that also contained GC hopefuls Janez Brajkovic (Astana), Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar).