Tour de France: Dylan Teuns wins stage six as Ciccone leads with Thomas up to fifth

Thomas dug deep on the final ramp, which featured a 24% gradient

Britain’s defending champion Geraint Thomas took outing of all his rivals for the total classification with a issue of power on the cease of stage six of the 2019 Tour de France.

Thomas launched a listless assault in the closing stages of a brutal climb to the manufacture at La Planche des Belles Filles.

Dylan Teuns won the first mountain stage of this year’s fling, beating Italy’s Giulio Ciccone by 11 seconds.

Nonetheless Ciccone took the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe by six seconds.

Thomas came dwelling fourth, passing Alaphilippe sooner than the toll road after the Frenchman had burst away in an try to handle on to his fling lead.

The Welshman performed 9 seconds sooner than Ineos crew-mate and co-chief Egan Bernal, and now sits in fifth web page total – four seconds sooner than the Colombian and 49 seconds on the encourage of Ciccone.

There had been seek files from marks over Thomas’s situation for the Tour since he crashed out of last month’s Tour de Suisse, but up a steep incline and on a dusty gravel track he produced a burst of acceleration in the final kilometre that no longer indubitably one of the predominant different foremost contenders would possibly perhaps presumably furthermore match.

“It’s indubitably one of those climbs the attach you truly desire to wait and see,” Thomas immediate ITV4 afterwards.

“When Alaphilippe went, quite early with 800m to fling or something like that, I good had the boldness to let him fling, scramble my possess tempo, then truly try to pressure it your complete technique to the toll road from about 350m out.

“I was starting up to blow though – it was strong – but it was a fairly first price day in the cease.”

It was a dramatic ending to a sorting out day in the Vosges mountains that observed the riders negotiate seven provocative climbs.

Teuns and Ciccone had been fragment of a 14-man breakaway that had escaped come the originate of the 160.5km route but in conjunction with Xandro Meurisse, who performed higher than a minute encourage in third, they had been the sole riders to dwell clear by the cease.

Ciccone, who won the King of the Mountains category at this year’s Giro Italia, was accepted to triumph on the last climb, up a newly laid toll road to the ski put on the summit of La Planche, but he would possibly perhaps presumably furthermore no longer finish on the wheel of the Belgian.

Teuns, 27, rode away and illustrious a maiden Tour stage grab in his first year on the fling.

At 230km, Friday’s stage seven is the longest of this year’s Tour, with a flat manufacture into Chalon-sur-Saone.

In hisBBC Sport Tour de France stage-by-stage filesMitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates is backing Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen to confirm the victory.

Stage six outcomes

1. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain-Merida) 4hrs 29mins 03secs

2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Gallop-Segafredo) +11

3. Xandro Meurisse (Bel/Wanty-Gobert Cycling) +1min 5secs

4. Geraint Thomas (GB/Crew Ineos) 1min 44secs

5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +1min 46secs

6. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Like a flash-Step) Identical time

7. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Crew) +1min 51secs

8. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) Identical time

9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana Pro Crew) +1min 53secs

10. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar Crew) Identical time

General classification after stage six

1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Gallop-Segafredo) 23hrs 14mins 55secs

2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Like a flash Step) +6secs

3. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain-Merida) +32secs

4. George Bennett (NZ/Jumbo-Visma) +47secs

5. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos) +49secs

6. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos) +53secs

7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +58secs

8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 04secs

9. Michael Woods (Can/EF Education First) +1min 13secs

10. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +1min 15secs

Selected other:

14. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1min 24secs

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