For the first time in the rich Tour de France history the finish line was drawn on the Mont Aigoual, where the riders will arrive after 191 kilometers and a heavy final.
Primoz Roglic showed on Tuesday at the first finish uphill that he had good legs, but that didn’t result in time savings. Will the Slovenian be able to catch up with its competitors today? The atmosphere within the Jumbo-Visma team is in any case good after two stage victories.
The sixth stage starts quietly. The peloton starts from Le Teil and crosses the Ardèche on sloping roads. The only intermediate sprint of the day is after 125 kilometers, where Sam Bennett undoubtedly wants to take points to defend his green jersey.
The real work starts after more than 160 kilometres. Then the riders are presented with a real three-stage rocket towards the finish line. They go high, higher, highest. The toughest of the three consecutive climbs is the Col de la Lusette, a mountain of the first category.
After 191 kilometres the finish line is on Mont Aigoual. Once before this mountain was climbed in the Tour (in 1987), but never the finish line was drawn there.
Lovers of literature will probably recognize the name of the mountain. In the classic ‘The Rider’ by Tim Krabbé, Mont Aigoual plays a leading role. The author describes his thoughts and actions in the amateur race with the apt name: the Tour of Mont Aigoual.
Herman van der Zandt reads an excerpt from the book ‘De Renner’ and imagines the finish: