Tour de France Tour de France 2021, Stage 6: Tours – Châteauroux, 160.6 km

Stage 6: Tours – Châteauroux, 160.6 km
Yet another flat stage. There are a lot of exposed sections – indeed, the race passes over the exact same road where Quick-Step started the carnage that was the 2013 stage to Saint-Amand-Montrond – but it looks like the wind won't blow tomorrow.

Map and profile




Route details
Not much to discuss. ASO have found an excuse to hand out mountain points at the Côte de Saint-Aignan, a glorified false flat.



The intermediate sprint comes shortly after the aforementioned exposed road, which tells us that ASO were indeed banking on echelons.



Final kilometers




The final 4.0 kilometers are identical to the last stage finishing in Châteauroux (in 2011), another one won by Mark Cavendish, however some of the road layouts have changed significantly since. This roundabout at 4.0 kilometers to go didn’t exist then…



…and neither did the next one, 600 meters on:



There’s another roundabout 200 meters after that:



From there, it’s a pretty straightforward route with an easy left-hander at 2.2 kilometers out, an easy right hander 600 meters past it, and then a wide, straight shot to the finish line.
 
  1. Alaphilippe
  2. Van der Poel
  3. Merlier
  4. Cavendish
  5. Pogacar
So far each day, this Tour is letting a different elite rider rise to the top.

For the sake of continuing this trend, I'm all for Van Aert winning tomorrow.

Will be hard to beat the trains and pace of Cavendish and Merlier though.
 
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  1. Alaphilippe
  2. Van der Poel
  3. Merlier
  4. Cavendish
  5. Pogacar
So far each day, this Tour is letting a different elite rider rise to the top.

For the sake of continuing this trend, I'm all for Van Aert winning tomorrow.

Will be hard to beat the trains and pace of Cavendish and Merlier though.
Isn’t it odd we’re talking about a ProTeam as a routine favorite? Awesome job by them.
 

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