Tour de France #6: Kreuziger digs deep on first Mountain stage

Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) won stage 6 of the Tour de France, beating his breakaway compatriot, Giulo Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) to the line at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Gobert) finished in 3rd.

Stage 6 of the Tour de France was the first big mountain stage of this year’s race, as it included 7 categorised climbs, with the finish at the summit of La Planche des Belles Filles.

A large break of 14 riders went clear early on and they were able to open a sizable gap on the main group. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were looking to Roman Kreuziger today, and so rallied around our Czech climber to protect him as deep into the stage as possible.

The penultimate climb saw quite a selection made with roughly only 30 riders making up the main GC group, Kreuziger was part of this selection. The break had whittled down to just 4 riders by the start of the final climb, but they still had a 4’00” lead over the main GC group.

Movistar, Ineos and Groupama all took turns to set the pace on the final climb. Kreuziger eventually came into difficulty with 2.5km to go and had settle into his own rhythm to the line. Three riders from the early break managed to hold off the GC favourites with Teuns taking the win and Ciccone pulling on the race leader’s yellow jersey.

Kreuziger lost 1’40” to the first of the GC men, Geraint Thomas (Ineos), but this saw him move up a few spots in the overall to now sit in 28th overall.