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 at Le Tour, while Arnaud Démare was – by far – the fastest finisher at the Giro (four wins) and Pascal Ackermann at La Vuelta (two wins). Ackermann and Bennett do not participate in France, while Bennett is crashed out on stage 3.
Merlier and Cavendish are the only sprinter who took a win in this edition.
Cav won the finish in Fougéres, which he did before in 2015. Is he going to serve another trip down memory lane?
Favourites stage 6 Tour de France 2021
*** Tim Merlier, Mark Cavendish
** Cees Bol, Nacer Bouhanni, Wout van Aert
* Jasper Philipsen, Danny van Poppel, Arnaud Démare
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Tour de France 2021 stage 6: profiles & finish route
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