The winner of the sixth stage of the 106th Tour de France was Belgian outlier Dylan Teuns, ahead of Italy's Giulio Ciccone, who narrowly won the yellow jersey from French crowd favorite Julian Alaphilippe.
After 160.5 kilometers from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles, Emanuel Buchmann tormented with all his might the gravel road to the ski station, then the climbing specialist looked up relieved. The German Touring Hope mastered the showdown in the Vosges bravely and at the first high mountain stage of the top favorites to defending champion Geraint Thomas can not be shaken off.
"The increase was not really because it was so unrhythmic. But if you're in a good mood, it just works out, "said Buchmann, who was almost uncomfortable with the status as a new German tour-hoping:" It's nice that the Germans now have someone with whom they can cheer. But I focus on my race. "
With the very last strength Buchmann had tormented the gravel road to the ski station and can not be shaken off by the top favorites to defending champion Geraint Thomas. The day's victory meanwhile secured on the sixth stage over 160.5 kilometers from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles the Belgian outliers Dylan Teuns before Italian Giulio Ciccone, who snatched the French jersey Julian Alaphilippe by a hair's breadth the yellow jersey.
Thomas, Alaphilippe – and in the middle of it Buchmann. "That's big, strong. Of course that motivates us for the next two and a half weeks, "said Buchmann's team-mate Maximilian Schachmann and sporting director Enrico Poitschke added:" He drove a strong race. Just losing seven seconds to Thomas confirms his strong constitution. "
The climbing show of the favorites, who crossed the ramps with up to 24 percent steeply 1:44 minutes behind the escapees, was the focus of this first mountain stage. And just in time for the climax, defending champion Geraint Thomas showed his best performance of the season as fourth. In tow followed Buchmann, which he was even ahead of the Colombian super talent Egan Bernal.
The appearance of the 26-year-old Ravensburger on the 4000 meters of altitude with seven climbs aroused the appetite for more and lets cycling Germany hope for the first top ten finish since Andreas Klöden ten years ago. Through his par-score, Buchmann has catapulted from 29th to 12th place. "You always have the hope that things will get better. But I'd be happy with the top ten, "said Buchmann.
The yellow jersey meanwhile took over Ciccone in a second decision. The Italian was left over from day-winner Teuns from an originally 14-man breakaway group and thanks to the bonus seconds is now six seconds ahead of Alaphilippe, who gave the day's sixth everything – in vain. Tour winner Thomas is already in fifth place in the overall standings, dispelling doubts about his form and outperforming his up and coming teammate Bernal.
On the way to the first of a total of five mountain arrivals, the spectators once again celebrated their favorite in yellow. "Allez Alaphilippe" was always on posters to read. Since Monday, the 27-year-old wore the Maillot Jaune and he did not even thought to deliver the coveted piece of cloth without a fight. In the end, it was the bonus seconds that spoke briefly for Ciccone.
But before the fight took place, the outliers were on the move. 14 drivers had dropped off the field early on and meanwhile had driven out more than eight minutes. This group included the three Germans Nils Politt, André Greipel and Nikias Arndt. Politt has made some plans for the tour due to the uncertain future at Katusha-Alpecin. Greipel, however, was about mastering the waiting period. A little ahead of the ramps at the end of the stage could not hurt.
It continues on the seventh stage with the longest stage of the 2019 Tour. From Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône, there are 230 kilometers of drivers waiting, although this time there are no major obstacles to overcome. Three lighter mountain tests in the first half of the race are unlikely to startle the top sprinters.