July 6, 2017
Tour de France 2017
Stage 6: Vesoul - Troyes, 216km
Marcel Kittel makes it two stage wins in Troyes. The German Quickstep rider finish ahead of Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and compatriot Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).
Kittel who had already won Stage 2 from Düsseldorf to Liège, enjoyed a perfect leadout from his team, surged in the last 150 metres to outpower green jersey holder Arnaud Demare of France (FDJ) and fellow-German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), who were battling it out near the barriers and had to settle for podium places. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) finished just off the podium at the end of this long hot 216-km ride from Vesoul.
The day's main action was a three man break featuring Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie) who attacked straight from the flag, who was joined by Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE) and Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). It was Backaert's second lone break after the marathon effort on the way to Longwy.
The peloton wasn't particulalry perturbed break and let it pull ahead. it was clelar that it wasn't in the mood to be generous because while it reached four minutes after 30 km it never went over 4:15. Quick Step, Lotto-Soudal and FDJ were in the frame keeping the break under control. They even eased up a little after the feed zone in Chaumont (Km 106) for fear of bridging the gap too early.
Demare defends green jersey
Quemeneur snatched one point in the 4th category cote de Langres (km 69) while Backaert sprinted for the day's bonus prize in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, birth placr of General De Gaulle. Arnaud Demare outsprinted the peloton to mop up the next set of points and strengthen his green jersey ahead of Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).
On the second climb of the day, Côte de la colline Sainte-Germaine (4th cat, km 154), Quemeneur grabbed another point. France's Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo) attacked and made a short lived attempt to catch the leading trio but gave up after 15 km.
By 30k the gap was down to 1'30" and while it held steady by 10km to go it was a lost cause. Of the three Vegard Stake Laengen was awarded the prize for the most aggressive rider of the day.
Beyond Kittel's win the finish was uneventful with Chris Froome (Sky) safely hope ot retian the yellow jersey. Geraint Thomas remans second with Fabio Aru third.
Video Highlights - Stage 6
Stage Six Results and GC
Stage 1: 1 July - Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf (time trial), 13km
Stage 2: 2 July - Dusseldorf - Liege (Belgium), 202km
Stage 3: 3 July - Verviers (Belgium) - Longwy, 202km
Stage 4: 4 July - Mondorf-Les-Bains (Luxembourg) - Vittel, 203km
Stage 5: 5 July - Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Stage 6: 6 July - Vesoul - Troyes, 216km
Stage 7: 7 July 7 - Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214km
Stage 8: 8 July 8 - Dole - Station des Rousses, 187km
Stage 9: 9 July - Nantua - Chambery, 181km
First rest day: 10 July
Stage 10: 11 July - Perigueux - Bergerac, 178km
Stage 11: 12 July - Eymet - Pau, 202km
Stage 12: 13 July - Pau - Peyragudes, 214km
Stage 13: 14 July - Saint-Girons - Foix, 100km
Stage 14: 15 July - Blagnac - Rodez, 181km
Stage 15: 16 July - Laissac-Severac L'Eglise - Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Second rest day: 17 July
Stage 16: 18 July - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isere, 165km
Stage 17: 19 July - La Mure - Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Stage 18: 20 July - Briancon - Izoard, 178km
Stage 19: 21 July - Embrun - Salon-de-Provence, 220km
Stage 20: 22 July - Marseille - Marseille (time trial), 23km
Stage 21: 23 July - Montgeron - Paris Champs-Elysees, 105km