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Boonen wins Stage 6 as Tour approaches foot of Alps

Updated: July 13, 2007, 7:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France -- Slow through the flats, and fast in the mountains -- that's just what some riders are predicting as the Tour de France enters the Alps.

Belgian Tom Boonen won Friday's sixth stage, ending a crash-prone and unusually slow first week in which sprinters ruled and two potential title contenders were injured.

Burning thighs and heavy breathing await as riders embark on three days in the Alps, starting with Saturday's 122.7-mile ...

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