On Thursday, defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas defied his doubters Thursday as Belgian Dylan Teuns won stage six and his breakaway partner Giulio Ciccone snatched the yellow jersey by just a few seconds on an iconic mountain stage.
Teuns won the ultra-tough mountain stage to Planche des
Belles Filles when he and Ciccone crossed the summit finish line as the sole
survivors of a mass breakaway.
“It was so steep, but I love these kind of finishes,” said Teuns.
“It was a good big breakaway group,” said Teuns. “That helped keep us out ahead, five of us were Belgians too.”
“When it came down to the two of us, we stayed calm, we talked about it,” said the winner, hinting the pair did a deal for a win-win instead of risking it all by not collaborating.
Ciccone was less calm about his feat.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said the Italian after taking the overall lead from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe by just six seconds.
Alaphilippe put in a heroic defence of his lead, but missed
out due to the bonus seconds over the final two summits saw the young Italian
edge ahead of him.
Tour de France 2019: Stage 7
Those who reserved some of their energy on Thursday monster Stage 6 have a chance to make inroads here. The first part of this marathon stage will still be taxing, but those who have energy in reserve – both mental and physical – will be blessed with some relief for the latter parts.
Profile: The longest stage of this year’s tour, mercifully incline-free for the most part.
It’s a day where riders like Elia Vivian, Dylan Groenewegen, Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan could come into their own. But, it’s been one of those tours. You just never know. Just ask Julian Alaphillipe who, despite his valiant efforts, had the yellow jersey taken from him on Thursday.
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