If stage 5 was an uneventful procession, stage 6 was the complete opposite. This stage really separated the men from the boys and gave us a clearer picture into who will be strong and who isn’t quite there yet.
Dylan Tenus took the stage victory while Giulio Ciccone took over the yellow jersey thanks to time bonuses. He was able to overcome a 1’43 minute deficit to go 6 seconds ahead of Julian Alaphilippe. Tenus & Ciccone were both part of an early 12-rider breakaway group.
Contenders Landa & Valverde attempted to attack but were both neutralized. Seeing that his lead was slipping away, Alaphilippe made a late charge along with Geraint Thomas, both men were on the brink of physical exhaustion yet managed to bring their bikes over the line and salvage what they could.
It’s worth noting that the stage finish was set on a 24% incline. Most cars would struggle to get up that hill in first gear. Tour de France cyclists are cut from a different cloth and they provided an outstanding example of just what the human body is capable of.