Tour de France 2019: Stage 6
The hills are alive! Alive with a steep finish on the slopes. A shorter (compared to the previous two days) but utterly brutal stage with four categorised climbs in just over 160km.
While it’s still far too early to call any winner, this is one of the 2019 Tour de France’s defining stages. Settle down for a tough day in the saddle. Even those who have done the tour before will be challenged, but this stage has been made tougher.
The journey from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles has been given and extra kilometers and two extra climbs. Whew, you’re tired j
Profile: We hit the mountains good and proper, with an iconic finish.
Erm, well seeing as these having been going so well, we reckon you’re better off picking a name out of a hat. Or an umbrella, if you prefer to do things the Tony Gallopin way.
How to watch and start time
The action will be live on SuperSport 5 from 12:55 and should finish at around 17:30. If you don’t have a Dstv subscription, you can follow Le Tour’s YouTube channel for all the highlights.
Or follow our updates for key events below.
What happened on Stage 5
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan kept enough strength in reserve in the hills of Alsace to win a reduced bunch sprint for his 12th overall Tour de France stage win on Wednesday.
France’s Julian Alaphilippe held onto the leader’s yellow jersey and even had a tilt at the stage win with a downhill charge after the final climb.
Alaphilippe, who was cheered throughout by French fans again Wednesday, will start leader for Thursday’s first real mountain test that concludes with a tough summit finish in the Vosges.
Top five on Stage 5
- Peter Sagan
- Wout van Aert
- Matteo Trentin
- Sonny Colbrelli
- Greg Van Avermaet
Additional reporting by AFP.