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Sixth stage of the Tour de France - Pogacar shows staying power - Van Aert's gamble - Sports

Sixth stage of the Tour de France – Pogacar shows staying power – Van Aert’s gamble – Sports

  • Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE Team Emirates) secures stage 6 win of this year’s Tour de France.
  • The Slovenian defending champion won the final 220 km from Benci to Longoy.
  • Former general leader Wout van Aert (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) gambled and had to cede his jaune swimsuits to Pogacar.

Two Slovenians became final race champions on the longest stage of this year’s Tour. After 220 kilometres, the Jumbo Visma Primoz Roglic driver started the race with a distance of 400 metres. Tadej Pojakar of the Emirates team did not confidently deter his compatriot’s attack.

The 23-year-old defending champion not only snatched the day’s victory at Longue against Australian Michael Matthews and France’s David Godot, but also took the lead in the overall classification thanks to the extra seconds. Pogacar has a four-second lead over runner-up Neilson Powless (USA/EF Education-EasyPost).

Van Aert’s plan goes awry

If the driver could hold out in front of the field at the moment, it would have been the former commander in chief, Wout van Aert. The Belgian immediately put everything on one card early on and hit a high tempo. From the breakaway trio around Van Aert, Jacob Vogelsang I and after 36 kilometers on Quinn Simmons had to praise that speed and let it explode.

This paved the way for the 27-year-old in swimsuits John, but the Belgian lacked the strength on his own. Van Aert’s lead, who was over 2 minutes 45 seconds at one point, finally faded 11 kilometers from the finish line. On the field, the Swiss Sylvain Delier (113) and Stéphane Beseiger (170) took the lead to intercept the Belgian.

Forecast for Friday

In the seventh stage of this year’s tour (From 3 p.m. on SRF info and in the Sports app) Drivers have to occupy 176.5 kilometers from Tomblin (near Nancy) to Planche des Belles Filles, a wooded mountain in Vosges. The destination, located at an altitude of 1,140 meters above sea level, will be a real challenge for riders: they have to master at least 700 meters in altitude in the last seven kilometers to the first mountain end of the tour.