Tour de France: Teuns wins Stage 6, Ciccone takes yellow

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Patrick Bevin of New Zealand has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the sixth stage after breaking two ribs in a crash. Teuns won the ultra-tough mountain stage to Planche des Belles Filles when he and Ciccone crossed the summit finish line as the sole survivors of a mass breakaway.

But that is no indication of form, Thomas said earlier this week.

Bevin is the first competitor to be forced out of this Tour. This was the 2019 Tour's first foray into the mountains a stage that the defending champion, Welshman Geraint Thomas, had described as "the big day".

For Teuns, this was a prestige win.

"I raced there a couple of years ago when I lost the yellow jersey so not the best memories", he added. "It was a good big breakaway group", said Teuns.

Ciccone was less relaxed about his feat.

Thomas is seventh overall, 45 seconds behind leader Julian Alaphilippe of France. "It's the dream of any person who loves cycling", said the 27-year-old Ciccone, who snatched the jersey thanks to 14 bonus seconds he grabbed at top of the Col de Chevreres and by finishing second in the stage. The stage ended up as a battle not only for the stage and the overall lead but for the psychological control of the race.

Thomas, on the back foot after being left behind by team-mate and Ineos co-leader Egan Bernal at the finish of stage three in Epernay, showed that he is still the boss.

"I don't listen to tips", said Thomas.

"I think we will know more tomorrow", he said. "I thought it would be more of a solid day".

Thomas's Ineos team mate Egan Bernal of Colombia appeared less fresh and lost nine seconds to the Briton, prolonging the status quo in the team's shared leadership. It is one of those climbs where you have to be patient.

Better still for the defending champion was the damage done to unsafe rivals such as Romain Bardet, Porte and Vincenzo Nibali, all of whom lost more time to the Welshman.

"It's an incredible day, I just can't realise".

Friday's stage is a long 230km run to Chalon-sur-Saone where a bunch sprint finish is expected.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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