Tour de France 2021 Favourites stage 6: Back to the fast men

Tim Merlier Giro - Tour de France 2021 Favourites stage 6: Back to the fast menimage: Cor VosThe course of La Grande Boucle's 6th stage should fancy fast finishers. The route is almost entirely played out on the flat. (Slideshow route/profile)

The route of stage 6 has got sprinters written all over it. The finish in Châteauroux lies midway between Bordeaux and Paris, which was the case three times before in the history of the Tour de France. In 2008 and 2011 Mark Cavendish stormed to victory, while Mario Cipollini took the spoils in 1998.

Looking at last year’s Grand Tours, we saw Sam Bennett and Caleb Ewan both win two sprints on the Tour de France, while Arnaud Démare was – by far – the fastest finisher on the Giro (four wins) and Pascal Ackermann on La Vuelta (two wins). Ackermann and Bennett do not participate in France.

Ewan won two sprints in this year’s Giro before he pulled out during stage 9, while Merlier took one victory in Italy before pulling out after stage. The Belgian sprinter outgunned Ewan in the first sprint finish of the Italian Grand Tour.

Favourites stage 6 Tour de France 2021

*** Caleb Ewan, Tim Merlier, Arnaud Démare
** Cees Bol, Nacer Bouhanni, Mark Cavendish
* Wout van Aert, Jasper Philipsen, Danny van Poppel

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Tour de France 2021 stage 6: profiles & finish route

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