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Tour de France 2018 stage 6: Brest > Mûr de Bretagne 181 km

11 Jul 2018 15:47

Stage 6 of the Tour takes us from Brest to the Mûr de Bretagne.

Map:

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The start goes in Brest, a city and harbour, which shares some similarities with Lorient in terms of maritime tradition and culture. Brest has been visited by aircraft carriers and the like, because of its harbour, that is able to get visits from Captain Jack Sparrow's dinghy and the USS Nimitz as well. Below the harbour vividly painted by Louis-Nicolas Van Blarenberghe in the 18th century:

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https://www.pictorem.com/41063/Brest%20harbour,%20with%20a%20ship%20having%20her%20rigging%20installed.html

Speaking of the harbours, Brest's maritime culture is exemplified by the Brest International Maritime Festival...

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...which takes place every four years (latest edition 2016, next 2020), where over 1000 naval vessels, such as tall boats, historical replicas, working boats, exotic boats and yachts, is exhibited, and admired by the hundred of thousands visitors.
If you are drawn to this place and find yourself in need of something to eat, avoid the McDonalds and try the local cuisine; it might be your only visit to Bretagne ;)

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This crêpe bretonne is said to originate from a clumsy wife, who spilt buckwheat porridge onto a flat, hot stone. This crêpe with buckwheat, max. 30% wheat flour, water and salt is the "salty" variant, but sweet crêpe made of flour, eggs, sugar and milk is also available.

The riders probably won't get to enjoy this, because one delicious crêpe can quickly turn into many! Instead they must focus on the stage profile, which looks like this:

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..and zoomed in the last 20 kilometers, where the Mûr is climbed twice:

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Mûr de Bretagne itself:

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In 2011, stage 4 of that Tour, Alberto Contador, coming fresh (or so it seemed) from the Giro, thought he was the first to win on top of Mûr de Bretagne...
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.. but Cadel Evans actually won after a photo finish, edging out the Spaniard, but couldn't distance Thor Hushovd with the single second he needed to take the yellow jersey from him. In the end, what matters is who is in yellow in Paris, and Evans' perseverance in the mountains and his time trialling skills secured him the top spot on the podium in Paris as the first Australian Tour winner.

When the Tour returned to Mûr de Bretagne four years later, Alexis Vuillermoz took his first Tour de France stage victory with a late attack in front of Dan Martin and the peloton lead by Valverde, since he wasn't a threat for Chris Froome's yellow jersey anyway.

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How will Mûr de Bretagne be ridden today? Will we see the top guns battle for the stage win, like 2011, or act more hesitating, allowing an oppurtunistic punchy rider to go for glory?


General classification before tomorrow:

1. Greg Van AVERMAET (BMC)
2. Tejay van GARDEREN (BMC) + 2''
3. Philippe GILBERT (Quickstep) + 3''
4. Geraint THOMAS (SKY) + 5''
5. Julian ALAPHILIPPE (Quickstep) + 6''
6. Bob JUNGELS (Quickstep) + 9''
7. Tom DUMOULIN (Sunweb) + 13''
8. Søren KRAGH ANDERSEN (Sunweb) st. *
9. Rigoberto URAN (EF-ED) + 37''
10. Rafal MAJKA (Bora) + 52''
* Youth classification leader

Polka-dot jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Toms SKUIJNS (Trek) 4
2. Sylvain CHAVANEL (Direct Energie) 4
3. Lilian CALMEJANE (Cofidis) 3

Points jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Peter SAGAN (Bora) 180
2. Fernando GAVIRIA (Quickstep) 147
3. Alexander KRISTOFF (UAE) 78
4. André GREIPEL (Lotto-Soudal) 69
5. Sonny COLBRELLI (Bahrain) 52

Weather forecast at the Mûr de Bretagne

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11 Jul 2018 15:53

Sagan
Gilbert
Valverde
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11 Jul 2018 15:53

This is superb final 20 kilometres.

Gilbert FTW and yellow jersey. Unless he closes his teammate down on Mur de Bretagne again as in 2011. :D
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11 Jul 2018 16:02

I suppose you've prepared the OPs in advance, Simurgh... nice of you.
Plenty to ride for tomorrow.
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11 Jul 2018 16:04

Can't be less action than today...
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11 Jul 2018 16:13

Martin.
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11 Jul 2018 16:18

sir fly wrote:I suppose you've prepared the OPs in advance, Simurgh... nice of you.
Plenty to ride for tomorrow.


yeah, I start working on one, when the stage starts. Television in the background, while I sit with my laptop. Not much action in the first many kilometers anyway! That might change when we reach the mountain stages though :D
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11 Jul 2018 16:21

Simurgh wrote:
sir fly wrote:I suppose you've prepared the OPs in advance, Simurgh... nice of you.
Plenty to ride for tomorrow.


yeah, I start working on one, when the stage starts. Television in the background, while I sit with my laptop. Not much action in the first many kilometers anyway! That might change when we reach the mountain stages though :D



Great work mate.

Alaphillipe ftw.
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11 Jul 2018 16:22

From the top10 in 2011, only 2 are still active... And also riding this TdF
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11 Jul 2018 16:27

Looks like it’ll depend on how badly Valverde/Martin/Ala want this, because it’s their’s for The taking, IF they get an early Gap on the lower part of the slope.if they wait too long though, it’ll be the same as today.
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11 Jul 2018 16:30

slosada wrote:From the top10 in 2011, only 2 are still active... And also riding this TdF

I can easily imagine Uran and Gilbert finishing in the top ten again tomorrow.
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11 Jul 2018 16:31

yaco wrote:Martin.

Tony or Guillaume?
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11 Jul 2018 16:32

yaco wrote:Martin.

Which one? ;)
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11 Jul 2018 16:33

If this was any one week stage race, Porte would just drive it really hard from the bottom and drop almost everybody without looking back. However, as this is the Tour, he will patiently wait until Paris.
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11 Jul 2018 16:35

Since Thor Hushovd was able to hang with all the "climbers" on the Mûr de Bretagne, I think there is a small chance that Sagan may be there to contest the finish too.

My Prediction

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2. Sagan
3. ... who cares
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11 Jul 2018 16:50

Jancouver wrote:Since Thor Hushovd was able to hang with all the "climbers" on the Mûr de Bretagne, I think there is a small chance that Sagan may be there to contest the finish too.

My Prediction

1. AlaPhil
2. Sagan
3. ... who cares


But we have one more data point, Sagan's crack on the hill in the TTT. If I remember correctly, Thor wasn't even Garmin's fast man, he lead out Farrar; Thor was more hill oriented for that tour than Sagan has shown to be so far in this tour.
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11 Jul 2018 16:51

Perfect for Alaphilippe. Can't see him not winning this.
Riposa in pace, Michele!
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11 Jul 2018 16:54

More Strides than Rides wrote:
Jancouver wrote:Since Thor Hushovd was able to hang with all the "climbers" on the Mûr de Bretagne, I think there is a small chance that Sagan may be there to contest the finish too.

My Prediction

1. AlaPhil
2. Sagan
3. ... who cares


But we have one more data point, Sagan's crack on the hill in the TTT. If I remember correctly, Thor wasn't even Garmin's fast man, he lead out Farrar; Thor was more hill oriented for that tour than Sagan has shown to be so far in this tour.

Hushovd was extraordinary in that Tour. He even won a stage that featured Col d'Aubisque in its 2nd part.
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Re: Tour de France 2018 stage 6: Brest > Mûr de Bretagne 181

11 Jul 2018 17:07

If anyone saw Landa at Sussie on the small inclines says he’s going to lead Valverde up the final climb and come second himself. I would say Valverde, Landa, Porte & maybe Nibali.
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11 Jul 2018 17:12

i just hope nobody falls
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