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Stage 6 - Le Teil › Mont Aigoual 191km
« on: August 21, 2020, 16:36 »
Stage 6 -  03/09.2020 - Le Teil  ›  Mont Aigoual  191km

Christian Prudhomme's comment
01/02 - 12:00

The finish at the Mont Aigoual will be situated on a vast “plateau” on the borders of the Gard and Lozère departments, The steepness of the road to reach it will give the day quite some excitement especially after taking on the climb to the Col de la Lusette after leaving Le Vigan. At the summit, around 15 kilometres will still have to be covered to the get to the finish line. A day when the favourites will have to remain extra focused.



The 6th stage on the Tour de France dips its toe in the Massif Central. The race from Le Teil to Mont Aigoual amounts to 191 kilometres. The last 26 kilometres run mostly uphill.
The route is tailor-made for a successful breakaway, although a GC battle is also on the cards.
Le Teil is a small town on the banks of the Rhône River. The peloton sets off to enter the highly picturesque Ardèche region.

Only the first part of the race takes place on the flat, the rest of the route is constantly undulating.



On lumpy roads the riders head for an uphill finale.



The finish climb consists of three cols in line actually. Combine these and what you’ll get is an ascent of more than 34 kilometres.
Finish location Mont Agouial lies on a plateau and to reach it you climb the Col de Mouzères first. This uphill is 6.1 kilometres at 4.8%



After the top the Col de la Lusette begins. This ascent actually leads up to the aforementioned plateau. The Lusette is 11.7 kilometres long and slopes at 7.3%.



The riders crest the unprecedented Lusette with 14 kilometres remaining. Following a downhill section the Mont Aigoual appears. The final climb is 8.3 kilometres long and slopes at 4%.



Le Teil

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Population: 8,800

Regularly on the map of the women’s Tour de l’Ardèche, Le Teil was once the playground of British riders with victories by Lizzie Armistead in 2010 and Emma Pooley in 2011 and 2012. In the men’s peloton, Germany’s Nikias Arndt won a bunch sprint here in the Criterium du Dauphiné in 2014. The Tour de France had never before visited this lovely little town on the banks of the Rhone, close to Montelimar.





Mont Aigoual

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Population: 1,500 hab in Val-d’Aigoual.

The Tour de France had never stopped at the top of this hotspot of Resistance in Cévennes (1,571 m) but it still rode over it in 1987 in the 17th stage between Millau and Avignon. Italy’s Silvano Conti was first at the top, then rated as a 2nd category climb but the stage was not going up the dreadful Col de la Lusette unlike this year.
Dutch sprinter Jean-Paul Van Poppel had won the stage in Avignon while Charly Motte retained the yellow jersey. It is also on col de Perjuret on the hillsides of Mont Aigoual that Frenchman Roger Rivière crashed heavily in the 1960 Tour, an accident that put an end to his career.

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    Re: Stage 6 - Le Teil › Mont Aigoual 191km
    « Reply #1 on: September 04, 2020, 07:32 »
     Having been busy talking up today's stage. I am not going to waste much time talking down yesterday's non-event.
    Rather, I'll let Richie Porte explain what we kind of all know in any case.

    “It was a good day to get done, don’t think it was as hard as everyone predicted,” Richie Porte said after the finish. “There wasn’t a big GC battle. When you have two teams like Jumbo-Visma and Ineos to control [the group], it deters the attacks, but it was good to see the breakaway win.”

    So, rather than making things more exciting, having Jumbo challenging Ineos's domination looks to be turning out to be the achieving the opposite.

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    Re: Stage 6 - Le Teil › Mont Aigoual 191km
    « Reply #2 on: September 04, 2020, 08:03 »
    That finish as well as the teams deterred attacks. Staying away against two strong teams that were actually chasing would've been really difficult(impossible). If the finish was 12km earlier we might have seen something.
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