Tour de France 2018 Favourites stage 6: Punchers on Mûr-de-Bretagne

The Tour de France's 6th stage is played on the lumpy terrain that's perfect for puncheurs. Given the double ascent of the steep Mûr-de-Bretagne in the finale, the likes of Valverde en Alaphilippe will be eyeing up the win. (Slideshow route/profile)

Following a rolling stage the race comes down to the final 20 kilometres. The Mûr-de-Bretagne is crested for the first time with 16 kilometres to go. Straight after the plunge it goes back up on a 1.1 kilometres slope at 6.2% before the Tour de France flies down again for 8 kilometres. Following 3 kilometres on the flat the riders tackle the Mûr-de-Bretagne for the second time – and now for a climb to the line. The ascent is 2 kilometres and averaging 6.9%, but the Mûr’s core is the first kilometre when the ramp is almost 10% before it flattens out to 4% on the run-in to the line.

The short, steep climbs and fast drops in the finale are perfect for punchy guys with good descending skills – Valverde, Alaphilippe, Sagan…

Three years ago Vuillermoz distanced the main group on the trying first kilometre and none of the favorites dared to bring him back and ruin their chances for the stage win.

Favourites 6th stage 2018 Tour de France

*** Philippe Gilbert, Alejandro Valverde, Julian Alaphilippe, Peter Sagan
** Adam Yates, Greg Van Avermaet, Daniel Martin, Tom Dumoulin
* Alexis Vuillermoz, Romain Bardet, Jelle Vanendert, Sonny Colbrelli

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