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Jens Voigt could well be heading for the biggest stage race win of his career after he claimed Monday's sixth stage of the Deutschland Tour. On a stage through the Austrian Alps to St Anton, Voigt finished a couple of seconds ahead of stage five winner Levi Leipheimer, after countering two attacks by the American on the final climb up to the finish. The result increased Voigt's overall advantage to 24 seconds as Leipheimer moved up to second place.
Not long before Voigt came through to take victory, the stage looked like it might have an even more sensational finish involving another German veteran. Milram's Erik Zabel went clear after just 10km with Gerolsteiner's Sebastian Lang, Rabobank's Mathew Hayman and Quick Step's Sebastien Rosseler. Having built a lead of more than 11 minutes, the latter pair were dropped on the day's biggest climb, but Zabel and Lang pressed on and were only caught 5km from the finish.
Astana's Andrei Kashechkin and Alexandre Vinokourov set a fierce pace in the leading group up the final climb of the Arlberg, but could not shake Voigt and Leipheimer, although second-placed Vladimir Gusev did slip back.
Leipheimer still has a chance to strike back at Voigt in Tuesday's 38km time trial in Bad Sackingen, but the CSC rider will prove difficult to dislodge in his current form.
Stage 6, Seefeld-St Anton
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 196km in 5.11.48 (37.83kph)
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 0.02
3 Andrei Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana 0.08
4 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre 0.10
5 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.36
6 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak 0.41
7 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile
8 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
9 Anton Luengo (Spa) Euskaltel
10 I¤igo Cuesta (Spa) CSC
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 27.39.29
2 Leipheimer 0.24
3 Petrov 0.56
4 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel 1.00
5 Kashechkin 1.03
6 Cuesta 1.16
7 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre 1.18
8 Mazzoleni 1.34
9 Lastras 2.02
10 Gerben Lwik (Hol) Rabobank 2.28
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