July 24, 2021

two riders in the lead, massive sprint expected

More than 30 kilometers

Come on, let’s go back to the race and this sixth stage of the Tour. And we don’t want to be pessimistic, but the leading duo should soon be taken over. More than 28 “ahead of the peloton for Greg Van Avermaet and Roger Kluge, 30 miles from the finish.

Fall during the Tour: according to the prosecutor, the mis en cause expressed a “feeling of shame”, investigation still in progress

Camille Miansoni, the public prosecutor of Brest, speaks about the custody of the spectator which caused a huge fall on Saturday on the first stage of the Tour de France. “The investigation is not closed, it is in progress. A flagrant investigation is open and several dozen testimonies have been collected,” he explains. Born in 1990, this woman is of French nationality and lives a few kilometers from the scene of the accident.

She presented herself to the gendarmes of Landerneau and was placed in police custody on Wednesday “for acts of endangering others by deliberate breach of an obligation of prudence and security imposed by law or settlement and for involuntary injury with disability not exceeding three months “. She explained that she was seeking “to send an affectionate message to the attention of her grandparents, unconditional and assiduous spectators of the Tour de France”. She “expressed a feeling of shame and fear at the consequences of her act.”

Remember that Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, has decided to withdraw his complaint against the spectator who caused a heavy fall with a sign during the first stage. He said he regretted the “crazy proportions” taken by this affair.

Démare believes in it

Disappointing since the start of the Tour (his best result is a 46th place in Fougères), Arnaud Démare has promised to recover this morning from Tours: “What is needed is that I gain confidence, that I go all out and be aggressive. It didn’t start out the way I wanted it to but I feel good. ” Bluff or not? Answer in 40 kilometers.

Less than a minute for the breakaway

It becomes mission impossible for the leading duo. More than 50 “ahead of the peloton for Greg Van Avermaet and Roger Kluge, 46 miles from the finish line.

It’s tense between sprinters!

Here is animation! It heats up and it argues during the intermediate sprint of Luçay-le-Mâle. In the peloton, Sonny Colbrelli comes to complain to Nacer Bouhanni, who rubbed shoulders with Mark Cavendish. It is also explained between Peter Sagan and Michael Morkov. Behind Van Avermaet and Kluge, Colbrelli took 15 points.

The explanation between Bouhanni and Cavendish. © FTV screenshot

Barely more than a minute for the breakaway

Well, the gap remains stable but it’s still just as low. Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën) and Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal) entered the last 65 kilometers of the stage with a 1’23 “lead over the peloton.

The Declercq machine in operation

Hey, hey, Tim Declercq has just positioned himself at the head of the peloton for the Deceuninck-Quick Step. Objective: to impose a good little tempo to leave no chance for the breakaway. Good luck to the leading duo …

Cavendish wants to get closer to Merckx

Winner on Tuesday near Fougères, the Briton Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is only three stage successes from the record of victories on the Tour held by a certain Eddy Merckx (34 against 31 for the Briton) . Having returned to a very solid level this year after difficult seasons, the native of the Isle of Man will be one of the favorites at Châteauroux.

The very quiet peloton

No worries for the peloton, which calmly manages the gap with the leading duo: barely 1’30 “at 83 kilometers from the finish. It would take a miracle for this breakaway to go to the end with Greg Van Avermaet and Roger Kluge .

A small point for Van Avermaet

The 36-year-old Belgian, who had worn the polka-dot jersey on the Tour in 2019, made his entry into the climbers’ classification by taking the “Côte” de Saint-Aignan in the lead. This ranking is dominated by the Dutchman Ide Schelling, who will keep his jersey for one more day.

What if it was Bouhanni’s day?

Third in Pontivy, second in Fougères, Nacer Bouhanni is in good shape at the start of the Tour. And he is (very) hungry. “In Châteauroux it will be yet another opportunity, it will be necessary to seize it. I hope to find the opening, there will be a big fight”, he promised Wednesday at the end of the time trial. At 30, the Frenchman is chasing a first victory on the Tour.

Less than 100 kilometers

It comes alive at the head of the peloton! No, not at all, it’s still so quiet. Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën) and Roger Kluge (Lotto-Soudal) continue to lead the way, with a 1’30 ” lead over the peloton, 95 kilometers from the goal.

Possible borders?

Edges are “not to be ruled out in the last 60 kilometers” according to course tracer Thierry Gouvenou, provided the wind gets involved. This is not the case at the moment.

Kluge and Van Avermaet together in front

119 km left. Can they go to the end? Probably not, the peloton remains at 2’08.

This time it’s the right one

So we have Greag van Avermaet, the Olympic champion, alone in the lead, behind him, interspersed, the German Lotto-Soudal Roger Kluge. The peloton is quieter and lets go. 2’30 behind for the moment.

Van Avermaet left on his own

The other breakaways were picked up, 130 km from the finish, after 50 km at over 52 km / h.

Big job of Arkea Samsic

The peloton returned to 12 seconds from the breakaway, it is doomed.

The gap drops to 30 seconds

The peloton refuses to let these guys go.

Kasper Asgreen manages to make the 2nd group escaped over the head

And in the peloton, the Arkea and the Groupama are leading the hunt. The difference is limited to 47 seconds.

It started at 100 miles an hour

We have already swallowed 20 km, there are 140 left.

From Gendt and Van Avermaet who go solo

Soren Kragh Andersen and Nils Politt are with them, not the other three.

We are not far from a royal escape

We created a Belgian classic. Greg Van Avermaet, Kasper Asgreen, Thomas de Gendt, Tom Skujins, Zimmerman, Kragh Soren Andersen, Nils Politt and Jonas Rickaert.

1 minute early for breakaways

The Groupama is the only one to run.

Nice escape

There are big names in the breakaway, notably Kasper Asgreen, Greg van Avermaet, Thomas De Gendt … and teams of sprinters, notably the Alpecin Fenix ​​have put someone in front. Asgreen is there for the Cavendish team …. So there is only Groupama to lead the peloton.

Let’s go!

And unsurprisingly, from the first kilometers, an escape is emerging.

The stage profile

We come back (a little) to the race, which will set off in a few minutes from Tours for a little less than three and a half hours / four hours towards Chateauroux. Arrival expected around 5:34 pm and it should end in the sprint.

“The Tour cannot be won in 5 days”

Even if Pogacar gave the impression of having knocked out his opponents yesterday during the tale-time, David Gaudu warns that nothing is yet decided.

Nacer Bouhanni, very happy to be back on the Tour

He had not competed in the competition since 2017. And he finds himself playing the leading roles (3rd and 2nd in the two sprints) and can hope for a victory soon.

Christian Prudhomme regrets the media rush around the fall

“When we come to the roads of the Tour de France, it’s for the party, it’s for the enthusiasm, it’s to enjoy it. But if we are in a group, we are all on the same side of the road, we hold the children by the hand, we do not come with our pets, we do not cross anyhow, and above all we respect the runners. They are the ones who deserve the television, not the people who are around, said Tour director Christian Prudhomme to France Info. The latter does not regret the complaint “but the media enthusiasm behind, certainly yes.” “This story is taking on crazy, insane proportions,” he added.

Tour organizers withdraw complaint against spectator who caused the crash

The organizers took this decision “for the sake of appeasement. Faced with the excitement on the networks. We do not want to give the impression of persisting”, explains Pierre-Yves Thouault, in remarks relayed by the Parisian.

Thévenet’s advice to spectators

Guest of BFMTV this Thursday, Bernard Thévenet returned to the incident that occurred during the 1st stage of the Tour de France, an unconscious spectator had brought down the peloton. The former runner and double winner of the Grande Boucle gave some advice for the safety of spectators.

The spectator who caused a huge fall still in custody

The spectator responsible for the fall on the first stage of the Tour de France, who presented herself to the Landerneau gendarmerie on Wednesday, is still in custody. A search took place at his home.

Headsets, discs … Guimard calls on the UCI to act

The spectator who had brandished a sign during the first stage of the Tour, was placed in sight in Finistère. But Cyrille Guimard calls on the UCI to take urgent measures to avoid many incidents.

Good morning all

Welcome to RMC Sport to follow the 6th stage of the Tour de France live between Tours and Châteauroux. The day after the very big blow achieved by Pogacar during the time trial, the riders were entitled to a race without great difficulty. On the program from 2:05 pm, 160km to reach the Indre. This 6th stage is promised to the sprinters even if we hope that it will be a little animated, and this time, not by crashes. As a reminder, the Dutchman Mathieu van de Poel is still in the yellow jersey with 8 ” ahead of Pogacar, 30 ” over Van Aert and 48 ” over Julian Alaphilippe.