TDF’17 St6: Kittel Kicks In Troyes!
Race Report: Marcel Kittel wins with ease in Troyes with his 11th stage of the Tour de France and second of this French Grand Tour. Arnaud Démare continues in green with Chris Froome heading the unchanged GC battle.
A Sprinters Tour
Another transition stage waited for the riders from Vesoul to Troyes as the sprinters licked their lips for yet another day. It has been eight years since the break held off a chase from the bunch on a flat Tour de France stage and today would be no different. There was very little to challenge the riders in terms of terrain as they made their way through ‘La France Profonde’ deep France.
With the GC battle now underway and the hunt for the green jersey thrown wide open there are several reasons why this Tour de France is getting interesting. However, with 216km of flatland riding with not a breath of wind on the menu today it was never going to be a spectators dream.
A three rider move got away the moment race-director Christian Prudhomme dropped the flag. This move composed of Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates). There was no chase from the main peloton and this group quickly built-up to four minutes.
Can Kittel take green?
With good cooperation from the sprinters’ teams behind, the gap was maintained controllable and never looked like going the distance.
The three-man break was eventually reeled in with 3.5km to go as Dimension Data had the reigns with Van Rensberg pushing the pace up until the 1km to go kite. In the absence of Mark Cavendish they found themselves a man short with Boasson Hagen hitting out early with over 500m to go.
There were similar scenes to Tuesday’s drama when Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was sprinting closer to the barrier that he would have liked. Though thankfully on this occasion everybody stayed on their bikes as Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) blazed through to take the win. The overhead replay shows Kittel won the sprint with meters to spare and proved he is the fastest man at this Tour de France for the second time already.
Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton to hold his 12 second lead over Sky teammate, Geraint Thomas. Fabio Aru still in 3rd spot at 14 seconds. In the green jersey competition, Arnaud Demare has 170 points to Marcel Kittel on 143, with Michael Matthews (Sunweb) on 96.
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Tour de France Stage 6 Result:
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors in 5:05:34
2. Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ
3. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
6. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
7. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
8. Daniel McLay (GB) Team Fortuneo-Oscaro
9. Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
10. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
11. Dion Smith (NZ) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
12. Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
13. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
14. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
15. Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
16. Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
17. Michael Schär (Swi) BMC
18. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
19. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
20. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
21. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana
22. Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC
23. Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
24. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC
25. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 6:
1. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky in 23:44:32
2. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:12
3. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana at 0:14
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 0:25
5. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC at 0:39
6. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 0:43
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:47
8. Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 0:52
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:54
10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:01
11. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
12. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:07
13. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates at 1:24
14. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:29
15. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:33
16. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 1:47
17. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:51
18. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky at 1:56
19. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 1:57
20. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data at 2:00
21. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC at 2:14
22. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 2:27
23. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 2:30
24. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 2:32
25. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 2:34.