Tour de France 2019 Stage 6 Highlights: Planche des Belles Filles | WE'RE IN THE MOUNTAINS!

Tour de France 2019 Stage 6 Highlights: Planche des Belles Filles | WE'RE IN THE MOUNTAINS!

We’re in the mountains. Welcome to highlights of stage 6 of the Tour
de France on GCN Racing. A look back at yesterday. A hilly day resulted in a reduced bunch sprint
into Colmar, and profiting from the lack of pure sprinters at the finish was Mr Consistency
himself, Peter Sagan, taking his 12th Tour de France stage win. In finishing 11th on the stage, Julien Alaphilippe
had done more than enough to stay in Yellow, although his lead had been cut from 20 seconds
to 14 by Wout van Aert. Today, it’s the first big test for the GC
riders as they head from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles. There are no fewer than 7 classified climbs,
2 are 3rd cat, 2 are 2nd cat, and 3, including the final one to the finish line, are 1st
category. Organisers have introduced an extra sting
in the tail at the end of the Belles Filles, a gravel sector that pitches up to 24%. It’s sure to have a major effect on the
GC. We’ve had our first withdrawal from this
year’s race, Patrick Bevin of CCC fractured a couple of ribs in a crash on stage 4, and
was unable to take the start today. So, the 175 riders that are left took to the
start this morning under threatening skies, and soon after the flag dropped, a huge group
of 14 riders got up the road. Ciccone, Bernard, Cosnefroy, Teuns, Arndt,
Grellier, Meurisse, Pasqualon, Greipel, Politt, Pauwels, Wellens, and obviously, Thomas De
Gendt. With Ciccone just 1m43s down on the GC, he
soon found himself as the virtual Maillot Jaune, the gap between the break and the bunch
increasing to 4m01 after 17kms. That gap had grown to a not insignificant
7 minutes at the foot of the first climb of the day, Le Markstein, by which time the rain
had started to fall. At the top of that first climb it was current
KOM’s leader Tim Wellens who took the maximum 10 points, behind him, the man that won this
same competition at the Giro, Giulio Ciccone. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx On the next climb of the day, only a 3rd cat,
it was De Gendt who got the better of Ciccone, but then on the 3rd climb, the Col de Hundsruck,
it was Natnael Berhane of Cofidis who stole a march on the Lotto Soudal duo. On the Ballon d’Alsace, the gap had ballooned
to over 9 minutes, the possibility of a stage win looking increasingly likely for the riders
up front. Over the top, Wellens was once again on top,
taking a further 10 points, Meurisse crossing the line in 2nd and Ciccone in 3rd. We had a change at the head of affairs in
the bunch with 37km to go, Bora Hansgrohe now taking the lead.. It was only a matter of time before this happened,
wasn’t it? Thomas De Gendt had had enough of riding with
others and attacked solo on the Col des Croix, taking maximum points at the summit and pressing
on over the top and down the descent. It was on the penultimate climb of the day,
the Col des Chevres, that De Gendts dream was shattered. Weaving over the road and clearly paying for
his effort, he was caught by a small group being lead by Ciccone, who doesn’t seem
to have lost any of his scintillating form from the Giro. At the top, Ciccone took the maximum points,
but also a potentially crucial 8 bonus seconds that were on offer, a new initiative from
ASO this year which features on 8 key climbs of the race. Tejay van Garderen was in trouble on that
same climb, a bit of a surprise given how well he was riding at the Criteriu, du Dauphiné. A surprise too, perhaps, to see world champion
Alejandro Valverde on the front that early, Movistar clearly intent on going for the stage
win. There’s your finish line, the super steep
slopes of La Planche Des Belles Filles. And half way up it, it was looking even better
for the break. Ciccone setting the pace on the front, dropping
Wellens, and then Meurisse, only the Belgian Dylan Teuns able to stay with him. With Valverde seemingly done for the day,
it was time for Ineos to take over, but with only Kwiatkowski left to do the work, it certainly
didn’t look like the dominant force of years gone by. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this
man at his best, but a lull in the pace saw Warren Barguil try an attack in the French
champions jersey that he won 2 weeks ago. Howwever, a counter attack from Mikel Landa
of Movistar saw him quickly caught and dropped, things were really starting to hot up. Thibaut Pinot is from this area and had been
talking up his chances of a stage win today, that looked to be an impossibility by the
time he sent teammate Gaudu to the front to set the pace, but he was clearly confident
in his form. Back up front and it was Dylan Teuns pressing
on as hard as he could on the 24% gradients to the finish line, for a long time, Ciccone
was glued to his wheel, but ultimately, he’d lack the power needed to keep up with Teuns. A classics man who’s pedigree in stage races
continues to rise, that marked the first ever stage win for Bahrain Merida at the Tour de
France. Ciccone, though, still had hopes of taking
yellow, and Alaphilippe knew it. He’d gone on the attack in that closing
kilometre looking to save his jersey for another day. A strong ride from the Frenchman, but even
his legs started to tie up on those gradients. Almost in sight of the line, reigning champion
Geraint Thomas was making a big statement, catching and passing Alapahilippe and putting
time into all of his key GC rivals. Geraint Thomas sent out a very strong message
by putting time into all of the GC riders, 2 seconds from Pinot and Alaphilippe, 7 from
Quintana, 9 from Fuglsang Landa Porte and Bernal, 14 to Yates, and over
a minute to Romain Bardet. The question remained, though, who was in
yellow. The gap itself was enough for Alaphilippe
to keep it, but on countback with the bonus seconds on the climb and at the finish, Ciccone
had done it by just 6 seconds, incredible stuff. And in fact it was he who took That’s the first ever stage win at the Tour
de France for Bahrain Merida. Well, there’s no rest for the riders tomorrow
as they will embark on the longest stage of this year’s race. 230kms from Belfort to Chalon sur Saone, and
it’s a hard one to predict. There are a smattering of climbs over the
course of the day, but they are all concentrated in the first half. So, it could be for the sprinters, depending
on whether their teams are able to control things in that first part. Join us tomorrow to see who triumphed.

34 thoughts on “Tour de France 2019 Stage 6 Highlights: Planche des Belles Filles | WE'RE IN THE MOUNTAINS!

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  5. Thanks for changing the end of the videos so that the next stage isn’t obscured.
    Another excellent narration full of insight.

  6. You did well, but you made a mistake . Natnael Brhane is from Eritrea 🇪🇷🇪🇷🇪🇷 not south Algeria. If don't know you must google it before. Take care off to do such a big mistake.

  7. 5:33 Slight mis-report: Teuns was already over the line when the "helping hand" came (marshals were clearing all the riders away from the finish line asap).

  8. Great coverage and narration …. even better, Lance "The Cheat" isn't commentating and isn't allowed to race anymore. It's been 30 years since LeMond won the tour over Fignon by only 8 seconds!!!!. THE GREATEST TDF EVER!!!!!!!!! Viva LeMond! The GREATEST AMERICAN CYCLIST EVER!!!!!!!

  9. Omg thank you so much for showing highlights besides the beginning and end. NBC doesn’t know how to highlight

  10. Thank you GCN racing for allowing us to see the tdf here in the Philippines some channels doesn't allow us to see the tdf☺🙁

  11. Gerant Thomas is looking good. I hope is puts up a good fight to defend his title.
    Also, thanks GCN, you guys are doing great 😀

  12. Natnael proud of you & keep going you doing great our hero & we love you 💝 Viva Eritrea.

  13. 24%. Getting chest pains just thinking about it. Easily, this has been the most entertaining opening week the the TDF in a long time. Today's stage was fantastic.

  14. With Eurosport geo-blocking their YT channel, no doubt GCN Racing will reach 1 M subs in no time. On the top of that, highlights are top quality with punchy storyline and clever editing. Good job Lads!

  15. So cute hearing you pronouncing French cities 😉 just remember it does not sound at all how it's written haha

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