Tour de France 2019: stage six – live!

11 July 2019 11:53
Follow the stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles FillesStage five report: Sagan takes ‘exquisite’ winAnd you can email Barry here or tweet him here 12.53pm BST 12.50pm BST 139km to go: The riders of Team Ineos are lined up behind their colleagues from Quick Step at the front of the bunch. 12.48pm BST 140km to go: Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) is ther highest placed GC contender in the breakaway in 42nd at 1min 43sec. He’s currently the virtual leader of this Tour and on Eurosport, the commentary team have said he’s capable of winning today’s stage. 12.46pm BST 142km to go: The gap goes out to 4min 23sec with Deceuninck-Quick Step at the front of the main peloton. 12.39pm BST Your breakaway: Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Serge Pauwels (CCC), Julien Bernard and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Nikias Arndt (Sunweb), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis), Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Fabien Grellier (Total Direct Energie), Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin), Xandro Meurisse and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and André Greipel (Arkéa-Samsic) have 1’45’’ lead after 10km. The gap to the bunch is already 2min 44sec and rising. 12.34pm BST 152km to go: One rider after another is being spat out the front of the bunch, trying to bridge the gap to the escape party of 14. Ciccone, Meurisse, Teuns, Politt, Bernard, De Gendt, Pasqualon, Berhane, Wellens, Cosnefroy, Arndt, Pauwels, Grellier and Greipel are the men in the getaway car and the bunch seem content to let them go. 12.31pm BST 155km to go: Tim Wellens, currently in the polka dot jersey, is also in the breakaway attempt. Will they get away? 12.29pm BST They’re racing! The start of today’s race has been semaphored and a group of six riders have attacked off the front of the bunch. They’re joined by another five or six who bridge the gap. Thomas De Gendt, it should go without saying, is among the early pace-setters. Serge Pauwels and Andre Greipel are there too. 12.24pm BST Happy birthday! Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan is celebrating his 25th birthday. 12.22pm BST Out! We have our first abandonment of this year’s Tour. Team CCC’s Kiwi rider Paddy Bevan has quit the race, having felt unable to continue because of two fractured ribs he suffered in a crash on stage four. The field is down to 175 riders. 12.19pm BST Today’s roll-out: The neutralised zone is a 10 kilometres long today and the field is over halfway through it, bunched behind the red Skoda carrying race director Christian Prudhomme. They’re going at a fair old lick, a state of affairs that would suggest there’ll be a number of riders anxious to attack from the gun. Today’s intermediate sprint is at Linthal, around 30 kilometres into today’s stage, 15 kilometres from the first classified climb of the day, the category one Le Markstein. 12.01pm BST La Planche des Belles Filles: Legend has it that during the Thirty Years War (1618 to 1648), young women from Plancer-les-Mines fled into these mountains to escape Swedish mercenaries, who they feared might rape and murder them. Trapped on the mountain top where today’s stage concludes, they opted to take their own lives by jumping from the summit into the lake below, rather than surrender. One of the soldiers promptly engraved an epitaph for “the beautiful girls” into a wooden board and left it as a memorial. Hence the name of today’s brutal final climb: La Planche des Belles Filles (The Board of the Beautiful Girls). 12.00pm BST The Move: Lance Armstrong is not a Eurosport presenter, but he is also hosting a daily pod in which he, his former teammate George Hincapie and their pal JD give their own piping hot takes on the latest action. GO straight to the six-minute mark to skip past the adverts. 12.00pm BST The Breakaway: Eurosport presenter Orla Chennaoui is hosting a daily podcast in which she and assorted guests pick over the bones of the day’s action and looks ahead to the following day’s stage. You can catch yesterday’s offering below. 12.00pm BST Stage five report: Jeremy Whittle was in Colmar to see Peter Sagan secure the 12th Tour de France stage win of his career, while Julian Alaphilippe stayed in the yellow jersey. Related: Tour de France: Sagan takes ‘exquisite’ stage win as Alaphilippe stays in yellow 12.00pm BST 12.00pm BST 10.59am BST From William Fotheringham’s stage-by-stage guide: Short and intense over four brutal climbs culminating with the ascent where Chris Froome won in 2012. The main action will come in the final 20km over the very narrow and steep Col des Chevrères, which hits 18%, and the finish climb which goes to 20%. It’s a typical first key day at the Tour: the time gaps should be a bit less than in other years as we are still in the opening week but the chances are only 10 or a dozen riders will be in with a shout after this one. Local boy Thibaut Pinot might be the best bet to win the stage and steal an early march. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian