Now it is valid! The sixth day of the Tour de France is the first time in the mountains. What about the form of defending champion Geraint Thomas? What does young star Egan Bernal have on it? Can France's favorite Julian Alaphilippe keep the yellow jersey?
The sixth stage over 160.5 kilometers from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles will provide initial answers. A total of seven climbs are to be mastered on the course through the Vosges.
STAGE: Today (13:25 pm / One and Eurosport), seven mountain tests will be held on the 160.5 kilometers from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles, including four in the first category. Above all, the Col des Chevrères 19 kilometers from the finish and the seven-kilometer final climb to La Planche des Belles Filles should be a first showdown for the favorites.
FAVORITES: In the first of five mountain arrivals to prove the favorites, especially the two contenders Geraint Thomas (Wales) and Egan Bernal (Colombia) from the overpowering Ineos team. The biggest challengers are the Dane Jakob Fuglsang, climber specialist Nairo Quintana from Colombia and also the Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. German hopes rest on lightweight Emanuel Buchmann.
YELLOW JERSEY: After two days in yellow, France's favorite Julian Alaphilippe needed an energy performance to maintain his lead. The big mountain giants are not his thing. And the advantage over Bernal and Thomas is less than a minute.
HISTORY: Those who wear yellow in La Planche des Belles Filles also win the Tour de France. So it was at the three recent arrivals in the ski resort in the Vosges: 2012 Bradley Wiggins, 2014 Alberto Contador and 2017 Chris Froome. Does the story continue?