Why Stage 6 is a Key Stage of the 2019 Tour de France

Thursday, July 11 - Stage 6

Stage 6 – 160.5 km (100 miles) – Mountain

Mulhouse – La Planche Des Belles Filles

On this first summit finish it looks likely some gaps will start to appear in the peloton. This is the race’s fourth visit to the summit since 2012, but this time the Tour will go even higher: “The stage also races up a part that we had built up there so that the (publicity) caravan could turn around,” says Tour director Christian Prudhomme. “That’s an extra kilometer at an average gradient of 9.5%.”

“The favorites of the Tour never miss out on La Planche des Belles Filles “rendez-vous”. They will this time face an even tougher finish (1 extra kilometer… including two additional steep climbs), and all that after taking on several other climbs including the Markstein, the Ballon d’Alsace and the Col des Chevrères. A rather heavy menu for an even heavier deadline.”

– C. Prudhomme

Categorized Climb

The 3 kilometer ascent of the Col des Chevreres averages 18 percent for than half of it.

 

Intermediate Sprint

Without nearly a kilometer of continuously flat road in the stage, the intermediate sprint takes place early on at kilometer 29.

 

Final 5 Kilometers

For this edition of the Tour, racers will race a new unpaved section of La Planche Des Belles Filles for the final kilometer of the stage. The final sections of the road measure in at over a 20 percent gradient.

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