Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won stage 6 of the Tour de France, his second of this year’s Tour, from a mass sprint finish in Chateauroux. Max Walscheid was again the top finisher for Team Qhubeka NextHash, placing 13th.
Stage 6 of the Tour de France had riders take on a flat 160km route, from Tours to Chateauroux. The stage got of to an animated start, with a very strong 8-rider breakaway going clear, that included riders from all the major sprint teams.
Team Qhubeka NextHash as well as Groupama-FDJ and Arkea-Samsic had missed the move and had to fully commit from early on to bring them back. It was quite a chase, but in the end, Victor Campenaerts, Sean Bennett and Nichloas Dlamini together with their French counterparts managed to neutralize the situation.
A new less-threatening move then went clear, with just two riders which the peloton was happy to let go, until reeling them in again in the approach to Chateauroux. Deceuninck-Quickstep had no real competition in the sprint leadout and delivered Cavendish to another stage victory.
Max Walscheid was again the top placed rider from Team Qhubeka NextHash as he placed 13th in the sprint finale while all his teammates finished the stage without issue.