Tour de France stage six – the first day in the mountains

Tour de France stage six – the first day in the mountains

Related Video and AudioGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummary160.5 km in the mountains – Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles FillesFrance’s Julian Alaphilippe in race leader’s yellow jerseyFirst summit finish of the 2019 TourA big day for Britain’s defending champion Geraint ThomasLive ReportingBy Chris BevanAll times stated are UK81km to goNot a day to be feeling sick in the saddleSome contrasting news from the back of the peloton. Warren Barguil is back in the main bunch after his tumble at the top of Grand Ballon, but Nicolas Edet, who was reportedly ill earlier in the day, is still struggling and is currently more than eight-and-a-half minutes off the back of the peloton.With four more climbs still to come, this is not a day where you want to be feeling sick in the saddle.85km to goPolka dot jerseyAnother surprise at the top of the Col du Hundsruck… Tim Wellens and Giulio Ciccone are playing cat-and-mouse when Natnael Berhane
(Cofidis) springs clear. He takes five points, Wellens three, and Ciccone two – so Welllens has won back the point he lost to Ciccone on Le Markstein.87km to goPost updateThe escapees are on their way up the Col du Hundsruck, which is a category two climb (5.3km at 6.9%). How will the duel between Tim Wellens and Giulio Ciccone play out this time? Thomas De Gendt is leading the group upwards, with 400m to go.There were 14 men clear, but Andrea Pasqualon
(Wanty-Groupe Gobert) has had a mechanical and has dropped off the back, for now at least.88km to goCan Alaphilippe stay in yellow?Deceuninck-Quick Step have spent most of the day at the front of the peloton, which is the norm for the team of the man in yellow – Julian Alaphilippe.Their sole aim today will be to try to keep Alaphilippe in the maillot jaune for a fourth day, but that will come down to what happens on La Planche des Belles Filles and, as discussed, that is going to be a brutal climax to today’s stage.ReutersCopyright: Reuters95km to goOuch!A few riders are riding cautiously on their way down Grand Ballon, but back in the bunch, Warren Barguil took a tumble while he was still going uphill. The Frenchman needed a new bike and is now a minute down on the peloton.At the front of the race, the lead group is back together and seven minutes and 30 seconds clear.Posted at 13:0513:05Get Involved – who will win stage six?#bbccyclingJack Robin: any chance Alaphilipe could stay with the GC riders and attack them on the final climb today?I don’t see him attacking them, but he will give everything he has got to stick with them, or as close to them as he can, and stay in yellow for another day. La Planche des Belles Filles is going to be brutal, though.Let us know your thoughts on the finish – and who are you backing to win today’s stage?110km to goA grand plan on the Grand BallonClever work at the top of Grand Ballon between the two Lotto-Soudal riders… everyone is expecting Tim Wellens to go after the two King of the Mountains points but instead his team-mate Thomas De Gendt goes flying off the front, with the aim of being first over the summit.Giulio Ciccone, who had been tracking Wellens, is caught napping and belatedly goes after De GendtCiccone still picks up a point, and reduces Wellens’ lead in the polka dot jersey by the same amount, but he had to work very hard to get it.ReutersCopyright: Reuters112km to goPost updateWellens and Ciccone’s attacks have split the lead bunch a bit, but the race leaders are now seven minutes and 41 seconds ahead of the main bunch, who have just gone over the top of Le Markstein.A lot more climbing to come for them all today, starting with a short hop to the top of Grand Ballon next (1.3km at 9%).117km to goPolka dot jerseyGiulio Ciccone made him work hard for it, but Tim Wellens crests first, for 10 King of the Mountain points.Here’s the full result from the top of Le Markstein:1. Tim Wellens, 10 points2. Giulio Ciccone, 8 pts3. Xandro Meurisse, 6 pts4. Natnael Berhane, 4 pts5. Julien Bernard, 2 pts6. Thomas De Gendt, 1 pt117km to goThe race for the top…The summit of Mark Stein is in sight… The man in polka dot, Tim Wellens, makes his move… he wants more King of the Mountains points…119km to goLe Mark SteinThe lead group have got about 3km to go to get to the top of Le Markstein. By the way, I’ve checked… and this mountain wasn’t named after the former Chelsea striker.As far as I know, Le Kerrydixon is not on this year’s route…Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 12:2712:27BeSpoke at Le TourBBC Radio 5 LiveThe Bespoke podcast at the Tour is well worth a listen tooThere’s a new one every day to coincide with each stage as
Gareth Rhys Owen, Rob Hayles and Simon Brotherton take us through the race.Just take your pick here.Posted at 12:2612:265 live commentary to comeBBC Radio 5 LiveRemember you can
stay in touch with everything on stage four of the Tour de France with our
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will be covering the race live online from around 14:30 BST.You
can listen to that by clicking the link at the top of the page.Posted at 12:2312:23’A bit early for that’At the start of the day, Britain’s defending champion Geraint Thomas was told about the exploits of Wiggo, Nibali and Froome at La Planche des Belles Filles and asked about the importance of being in yellow tonight. It’s fair to say I don’t think he sees it as being crucial in deciding this year’s Tour winner.Thomas told ITV4: “I think it is a bit early for that. It is going to be a
big day, is a fair few climbs before the last one as well, so it is going to be
interesting.”Here’s another look at the stage profile. Le Markstein, where the riders are at the moment, is a 10.8km climb, at an average gradient of 5.4%. and things get tougher from here.Tour de FranceCopyright: Tour de France125km to goThe first climb of the dayThe 14 men at the front of the race have opened up a gap of more than seven minutes now – the biggest lead any escape group has had in this year’s Tour.Things get tougher from here, though. They are heading up towards their first summit of the day, the category one Le Markstein.Posted at 12:1512:15Who will be in yellow tonight?La Planche des Belles Filles has hosted three stage finishes since 2012, and each time the man wearing yellow at the end of it has gone on to win the Tour… Bradley Wiggins in 2012, Vincenzo Nibali 2014 and Chris Froome in 2017.Same again this year?Posted at 12:1212:12No… Michael Matthews gets itSagan is indeed interested in picking up this point… but for once he comes out second best in a dogfight. Australia’s Michael Matthews beats him across the line.Matthews, who is second in the green jersey category, now has 98 points. Sagan is still a long way out in front on 144.129km to goOne point left for Peter Sagan?Andrea Pasqualon wins the intermediate sprint at Linthal, followed by Nils Politt and Andre Greipel. There will be one point left up for grabs for the main bunch when they get there – will the man in green, Peter Sagan, try to snaffle it?Sagan had a day to remember yesterday, of course, with his 12th Tour stage win.ReutersCopyright: ReutersPosted at 12:0312:03Get Involved – who will win stage six?Andrew Harvey: I predict plenty of walkers up that last kilometre. Yates may be backing himself, but I’m backing Thibaut Pinot. The cooler weather and steep gradients suit him to a tee. If not him then Egan Bernal.Pinot has local knowledge too – he lives 20km from La Planche des Belles Filles, in Melisey, so has ridden up it more than any other rider in the race.135km to goCiccone takes the virtual leadThe gap to the main bunch is over five-and-a-half minutes now. Trek-Segafredo rider Giulio Ciccone is the highest ranked rider in the escape group, in 42nd place, one minute and 43 seconds behind maillot jaune Julian Alaphilippe, which means he is now the virtual leader overall.Ciccone has got form in the hills too – he was King of the Mountains at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year.
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