Dylan Teuns wins sixth stage, Giulio Ciccone takes Yellow Jersey
Jul 12 2019 12:04 am CET

Dylan Teuns wins sixth stage, Giulio Ciccone takes Yellow Jersey
Dylan Teuns wins sixth stage, Giulio Ciccone takes Yellow Jersey
Tour de France

Bahrain-Merida's Dylan Teuns has taken the victory of the first mountain stage of the Tour de France. The rider was the strongest at the last metres of gravel and cross the finish line ahead of Giulio Ciccone, while Geraint Thomas was the best of the favourites.

The sixth stage of the race was one of the most expected of the first week due to its challenging course that could show the form of the general classification candidates. The route was 160.5 kilometres long and included two climbs of the third category, two of the second category and three ascents categorised the first, including the mountain finish in La Planche des Belles Filles.

The escape of the day was formed within the first ten kilometres of the day and included names like Giulio Ciccone, Thomas De Gendt, Tim Welles, Andre Greipel and Nils Pollit, among others, and it built an advantage of more than nine minutes with the peloton. Behind them, Deceuninck-Quick-Step took control of the pace of the pack but at the ascent of Col des Croix, Movistar took over to increase the pace.

Just after this climb, De Gendt attacked and created a gap with the rest of the escapees, but the climb of Col des Chevreres proved too hard for him and there he was caught and dropped by Wellens, Ciccone, Meurisse and Teuns. The Belgian of Bahrain Merida and the Italian of Trek-Segafredo were left alone in front at the last climb of the day while behind Movistar kept setting the pace in the pack.

At around three kilometres to go, Landa attacked from the pack and nobody followed while Groupama-FDJ took control of the pack for Thibaut Pinot, and this rhythm managed to catch back the Spaniard of Movistar. The duo in front faced the gravel last metres and Teuns showed to have the better legs and crossed the finish line 11 seconds ahead of Ciccone, but the time of the Italian was enough for him to take the Yellow Jersey.

The toughness of the last kilometre broke the peloton completely and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) tried to make a move and he was followed by Geraint Thomas (Ineos). The winner of the 2018 Tour de France crossed the finish line ahead of the Frenchman and won some seconds on his direct competitors of the General Classification.



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