Alexey Lutsenko of Astana gained stage six of the Tour de France on Thursday finishing a protracted breakaway over two mountains within the magnificent Cevennes Nationwide Park. Briton Adam Yates held on to the general chief’s yellow jersey regardless of a dramatic late bid by Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe to grab it again with a trademark kick to the end that clawed again just a few seconds. “It went very well, with an escape with huge riders we would have liked to regulate, however a very good day for us,” Yates mentioned. “Tomorrow needs to be straightforward,” mentioned Yates when requested about Friday’s flat stage, the place he’ll seemingly preserve the general lead.
There was no different tried assaults from among the many favourites on a mountain stage. The race, which culminates in Paris on September 20, nonetheless a protracted technique to go.
Lutsenko of Kazakhstan, began the day trailing Yates by greater than 5 minutes because the peloton left the Ardeche area. He joined an escape group together with Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet on his golden bike, who completed third 55 sec down. Spaniard Jesus Herrada was second.
“That was probably the most stunning win of my profession,” mentioned the Kazakh nationwide champion, who has additionally gained a Vuelta stage.
“It was vital for my crew Astana too.”
Lutsenko didn’t falter on the ultimate climb.
“Close to the tip I knew Herrada could not catch me,” he mentioned.
Alaphilippe misplaced the yellow jersey on Wednesday when a careless late water-bottle pick-up price him a 20 seconds time penalty.
Alaphilippe and the 170 different riders launched into the 191km route by means of dozens of fairly villages perched alongside the gorges the place a lot of the indicators nevertheless have been in assist of the emotional Thibaut Pinot, France’s favorite ‘boy subsequent door’.
Notoriously moody, Pinot stopped to speak with the press Thursday, which was interpreted as a very good signal by the French media pack.
“I am feeling higher and higher,” mentioned Pinot, who fell exhausting on day one within the rain at Good.
Stage seven takes the peloton again by means of the plains with a 168km run to Lavaur, the place British sprinter Mark Cavendish gained again in 2011.
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