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TdF '20 Stage 6 Discussionn Thread. Thu Sep 03. Spoiler Alert.

Again, TdF has created interesting courses for the mid-week first-week stages. Stage 6 is a 115-miler that is very flat, but with a healthy 12 mile climb at about the 95th mile, Col de la Lusette, and an uphill finish for the final 7 miles after riders crest that Col. These final few miles are not so steep that riders will not be able to coalesce, but there are a lot of bends in the road for the final 4 or 5 miles that will serve to preserve echelons, on this remote mountain top.

On this type of stage, for the most part a team will determine who might perform well on the final climb and the subsequent final grueling uphill, and the team will try to ease that guy for the first 100 miles and into the final climb. With all of this geography at the end, the teams will have to control any early breakaway unless it is a handful of non-threatening riders. As I noted for Stage 5, there are a lot of great riders who are back over 30 minutes in overall standings. Plenty of great riders looking for a stage win, and to wear yellow for at least a day. So, there could be a breakaway allowed of a handful of these guys.

The finish looks good for Sagan, a big performer - can he handle the big climb to be in position? Will Allez-Phillippe desire more yellow? Will Valverde want to show the young-uns how its done? Will Quintana do his climber imitation? Is it finally The Year for TvG?

The picture has the final 9 or so miles.
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some hard riding today...

Today, it looked like Mitchelton-Scott and INEOS worked a lot to control the front of the peloton. This is something of a reveal: they are in it to win it. M-S with Yates, who has been looking pretty good, and SKYNEOS with Bernal, who they seem to be protecting well - keeping him under wraps for the big reveal. Obvious that they are in it to win it, but now we see them open up about it...

I am not sure why the peloton sustained such a small gap when the breakway was not really threatening. Astana has their stage win, but currently does not seem to threaten overall GC. Aru burnt up some matches, but why? Maybe UAE thinks things looked under control for Pogacar, and Aru felt good today.

I cannot yet find complete finish data. I guess Allez-Phillippe and Aru fell back to the peloton? Did he overcome his improper meal and get MJ back?
 
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