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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 6

Tour de FranceMulhouse > La Planche des Belles Filles

Distance: 160.5 kilometers.

The first official “mountain” stage gets a bit carried away. You are climbing from the start to Linthal (29 km) for the intermediate sprint. The rest of the stage is a series of climbs and descents in the pattern 1 3 2 1 3 2 1:

  • Le Markstein at 43.5 km (cat 1, 10.8 km 5.4%)
  • Grand Ballon at 50.5 km (cat 3, 1.3 km 9%)
  • Col du Hundsruck at 74 km (cat 2, 5.3 km 6.9%)
  • Ballon d’Alsace at 105 km (cat 1, 11 km 5.8%)
  • Col des Croix at 123.5 km (cat 3, 3.3 km 6.1%)
  • Col des Chevrères at 141 km (cat 2, 3.5 km 9.5%)
  • La Planche des Belles Filles at 160.5 (cat 1, 7 km 8.7%)

There is a summit finish for extra points.

With his second place finish in the stage, Ciccone qualified to wear both the Yellow and the White Jerseys. When he selected the Yellow, the right to wear the White Jersey fell to the second place young rider, Egan Bernal.

NBC (on the right side bar) has a nice video digest of the stages.

Yellow Jersey Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) [Yellow] 23h 14′ 55″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 144 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) [White] 6

Stage winner: Dylan Teuns ( Bel – TBM – 047 )
Combative: Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top Ten:
1 Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) –
2 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) + 00h 00′ 06″
3 Dylan Teuns ( Bel – TBM – 047 ) + 00h 00′ 32″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 00′ 47″
5 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 00′ 49″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 00′ 53″
7 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 00′ 58″
8 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 04″
9 Michael Woods ( Can – EF1 – 098 ) + 00h 01′ 13″
10 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 01′ 15″

The Rest of the Top 30:

11 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 071 ) + 00h 01′ 19″
12 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 01′ 22″
13 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 01′ 23″
14 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 01′ 24″
15 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 01′ 39″
16 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 01′ 41″
17 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 01′ 43″
18 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 01′ 46″
19 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 01′ 52″
20 Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita – TBM – 041 ) + 00h 01′ 56″
21 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 01′ 56″
22 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 02′ 22″
23 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 00h 02′ 23″
24 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 02′ 31″
25 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 02′ 55″
26 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 02′ 57″
27 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 03′ 03″
28 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 03′ 05″
29 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 03′ 25″
30 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 03′ 27″

Withdrew:
Nicolas Edet ( Fra – COF – 153 )

Did not start:
Patrick Bevin ( NZl – CCC – 112 )

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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