Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck Quick Step) won the sixth stage of the 108th Tour de France, along the 161 kilometers without roughness from Tours in Châteauroux. Repeating the arrival order of 48 hours ago at Fourgeres, the green jersey preceded the Belgian Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin Fenix) in the sprint with the French Nacer Bouhanni (Team Arkea – Samsic) who finished in third place. For the manx yes is the 32nd success at the Grande Boucle, the third on the finish line of Châteauroux after those conquered in 2008 and 2011, which leads him to minus two from the overall record of 34 wins belonging to Eddy Merckx. Unchanged the general classification with Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix) who kept the yellow jersey with a margin of eight seconds up Tadej Pogacar (UAE – Team Emirates). Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) remains third at thirty seconds.
Today’s fraction was centered on an attack on two by the Olympic champion, the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroen Team), in the company of the German Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal). The pair were able to keep the group at bay for more than 100km with an advantage that never reached two minutes. Shooting the fugitives at 2,500 meters from the finish, there was a spectacular duel between the trains of the two teams that divided the stages in the line so far disputed: Alpecin Fenix e Deceuninck Quick Step. What made the difference was Cavendish’s cunning, able to abandon his escort at 300 from the finish to take the center of the carriageway, thus giving the Wolfpack the third partial victory in this edition of the Grande Boucle.
Tomorrow the seventh takes place stage. It is a fraction of other times, the longest of the last 20 years on the Tour: just under 250 kilometers from Vierzon to Le Creusot. There will be 3000 meters in altitude to overcome with difficulties, five GPMs, all concentrated in the final. The last climb, the Gourloye wall, is 10 km from the finish. An opportunity too good for Tadej Pogacar’s opponents not to try to attack the Slovenian golden boy.