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104th Tour de France - Stage 6 Results, Report amd Video
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/6/2017
104th Tour de France - Stage 6 Results, Report amd Video
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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. 

Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel wins Stage 6 © ASO

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

Summary - Stage 6- Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en

Stage Six Results and GC


Route 104th Tour de France © ASO

Stage List

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

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