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Stage 6, Tour de France 2019

Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2019 is 160.5km from Mulhouse to la Planche-des-Belles-Filles.

Stage 6, Tour de France 2019: map, facts & figures

This is the official map of Stage 6, Tour de France 2019.

Map of Stage 6, TDF 2019
Map of Stage 6, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France
Race details - Stage 6, Tour de France 2019
Stage classification Mountain
Distance 160.5km
Intermediate sprint Linthal
Climbs Le Markstein (Category 1)
Grand Ballon (Category 3)
Col de Hundsruck (Category 2)
Ballon d'Alsace (Category 1)
Col des Croix (Category 3)
Col des Chevreres (Category 1)
La Planche des Belles Filles (Category 1)

The official Tour de France profile for Stage 6:

Profile of Stage 6, TDF 2019
Profile of Stage 6, Tour de France 2019, ©ASO/Tour de France

Stage 6, Tour de France 2019: timings

The peloton sets off from Mulhouse at 1305. The riders are expected to arrive at the finish at la Planche des Belles Filles between 1729 and 1758.

Stage 6, Tour de France 2019: the route

Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour de France sees the race in the Vosges for the second day running. Or cycling, to be exact.

The intermediate sprint comes before any of the categorised climbs. After that, this is a proper, tough mountain stage. It includes the local classics the Ballon d'Alsace and the Grand Ballon.

Stage 6, Tour de France 2019: favourites for the stage win

Fabio Aru won the last stage to finish here, in 2017, and Froome moved into the yellow jersey.

There's almost certain to be a breakaway, while the GC contenders will probably rein themselves in on the early climbs. I predict that the breakaway will be caught, and the overall contenders will also contest the stage win.

Nibali could do it, as might Dan Martin. I'm going to pick Thibaut Pinot, though, as the stage winner.

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Stage 6, Tour de France 2019: towns, sights and attractions

Stage 6, Tour de France 2019: Mulhouse

Mulhouse

Mulhouse is in eastern France, and close to the Swiss and German borders (Wikipedia). It has a population of 112,000.

It is an industrial town, and is home to a car museum called la Cité de l'Automobile. It is twinned with Walsall (UK).

Stage 6, Tour de France 2019: la Planche des Belles Filles

Climb of La-Planche-des-Belles-Filles in the TDF 2014
Climb of La-Planche-des-Belles-Filles in the TDF 2014, by youkeys, Licence CC BY 2.0

La Planche des Belles Filles is a mountain resort in the Vosges.

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