The sprinters are back!! – and another win by Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data followed on the line by Marcel Kittel from Ettix-Quick Step – a repeat of stage 1 of this year’s tour! Cavendish has now won 29 Tour de France stages during his career.
The stage from Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban over a distance of 190.5 kilometres was won by Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data in a time of 4h43m48s at an average speed of 40.27km/h. He was followed by Marcel Kittel from Ettix-Quick Step and McLay Daniel from Fortueno-Vital Concept in third place all in the same time.
The Yellow jersey remains with Greg van Avermaet from BMC Racing who still leads the overall classification by 5m11s from Julian Alaphilippe from team Ettix-Quick
Step and Alejandro Valverde from Movistar in third place, stillonly 2 seconds back. Christopher Froome from team Sky remained in fifth position still 5m17s behind the leader.
The Polka Dot Jersey remains with Thomas de Gendt from Lotto Soudal leading the competition on 13 points from Greg van Avermaet on 11 points and Jasper Stuyven from team Trek-Segafredo on 5 points in third place.
The Green Jersey changed hands again with Mark Cavendish from Dimension Data now leading the competition on 204 points from Marcel Kittel from Ettix-Quick Step on 182 points. Peter Sagan from team Tinkoff on 175 points is in third place.
The White Jersey competition is still lead by Julian Alaphilippe from team Etixx-Quick Step by 6 seconds over Warren Barguil from team Giant-Elpecin and Wilco Kelderman from team Lotto NL-Jumbo. Louis Meintjes from Lampre-Merida is still in 5th place 17 seconds behind the leader in the competition.
The team competition is still lead by BMC Racing from Team Sky in second place 3m36s back with Movistar in third place 4m12s behind the leaders.
Louis Meintjes from Lampre – Merida remained in 19th place (5m28s behind the leader) in the general classification while Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg from Dimension Data moved up to 107th (still 29m17s behind the leader) and Daryl Impey from Orica-Bikeexchange dropped one spot to 66th position (19m29s behind the leader).
All 198 riders who started the Tour is still riding and completed the stage. This is the first time since the year 2000 that all riders started the 6th stage. The Tour has now completed 1238.5 kilometres at an overall average speed of 40.86km/h.
The last placed rider is still Michael Morkov from Team Katusha who is now 1h16m47s behind the leader.
Stage 7 from L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle over a distance of 162.5 kilometres takes us to the start of the Pyrenees – a Cat4 climb on the 117km mark with the first Cat 1 climb of the tour – a 12 km climb at an average gradient of 6.5% up to the summit of Col d’Aspin. Then follows a spectacular decent to the finishing line in Lake Payolle. This will be another stage that will provide a shake-up in the classifications.
Story By Herman Styen