Stage 6 of Tour de France 2022 will start in Belgium at the location of Binche and go along 220 Kms to Longwy, in the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle, located near the borders with Luxembourg and Belgium.
Statistics and data of Tour de France Stage 6
Tour de France Stage 6 Average Distance
To calculate the average distance of the Stage 6 of the TdF there is some extra information to be provided.
- 7 times Stage 6 was an Individual Time Trial
- 3 times Stage 6 was a Team Time Trial
- 5 times Stage 6 was divided in two splits 6a and 6b
The average distance in kilometers of the Stage 6, has been 216.2 kms (134.3 miles)
Otherwise, if we do not consider the Time Trials, as normally those stages are shorter, then stage 6 average distance increases to 230 km (142.9 miles)
The Stage 6 2022 edition of “Le Tour” is a rare exception, as the amount of kilometers (220 kms) is longer than the historic average (216 kms). However, it is not longer on average than stage 6 without time trials.
Tour de France Stage 6 Evolution of kilometers
The year by year evolution of kilometers in the stage 6 of the Tour de France has been decreasing. However, compared with other stages, the trend down is not that big in comparison. The reason is that in the last 80 years the amount of stages above 200 kms has been quite high and also in the first editions of Le Tour de France the average has been around 300 kms and not well above 400 kms as other stages.
- Longest 6th Stage: 471 km (293 miles). First two editions (1903 and 1904)
- Shortest 6th Stage: 16 km (9.9 miles). 1975 edition
On the graph, the years with a splitted stage all the splits have been added together.
Tour de France Stage 6 types of stage
The sixth stage of the 2022 Tour de France will be a hilly stage from Binche (Belgium) to Longwy. It will be the fourth time in Tour de France history with a hilly stage on stage 6, three of them in the recent years (2018, 2020 and 2022) and the previous one in 1996.
A Flat stage, 75 times, is the most common type of stage on the sixth stage of the Tour de France followed by a Medium Mountain Stage (21 times).
TdF Stage 6 Locations
The city that hosted more times the starting line of the sixth stage of Tour de France is the same location that was the top finish line of stage 5. Bayonne, in the south west of France, with 8 times is on the lead.
The other top 3 cities that have been hosting start lines of Tour de France Stage 6 are:
- Grenoble – 6 times
- Caen – 4 times
- Bordeaux – 5 times
Two of the three cities of the podium of cities hosting the finish line of the sixth stage of Tour de France are near mountains, meaning Mountain stages are usually starting to happen more often from stage 6 onwards:
- Luchon – 8 times
- Nice – 6 times
- Aix-les-Bains – 6 times
Tour de France Stage 6 winners
There are 15 winners with more than one victory in the sixth stage of the Tour de France.
However, there is only one with three victories, and exactly as stage 5, the leader is the famous British sprinter, Mark Cavendish.
There are 14 cyclists with 2 victories in the sixth stage of Le Tour:
- Tom Boonen (BEL)
- Roger Rivière (FRA)
- Ottavio Bottecchia (ITA)
- Martin van Geneugden (BEL)
- Mario Cipollini (ITA)
- Jean-Baptiste Dortignacq (FRA)
- Jean Alavoine (FRA)
- Jan Raas (NED)
- Georges Passerieu (FRA)
- François Faber (LUX)
- Firmin Lambot (BEL)
- Erik Zabel (GER)
- Eddy Merckx (BEL)
- André Greipel (GER)
Stage 6 Tour de France anecdotes and important days
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