Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tour de France: Teuns wins Stage 6, Ciccone takes yellow

Tour de France: Teuns wins Stage 6, Ciccone takes yellow

Belgium's Dylan Teuns and Italian Giulio Ciccone, both in their maiden appearance in Tour de France, grabbed the spotlight in Thursday's sixth stage, as Teuns won his first stage title of the tournament and Ciccone grabbed the yellow jersey from local favorite Julian Alaphilippe.

But the severity of the ascent, with a final 24 per cent incline and an unpaved section that kicked up clouds of dust, torpedoed other main contenders for overall victory in Paris on July 28.

Since the Planche des Belles Filles featured for the first time on the Tour in 2012, the rider in yellow after that stage went on to win the race - Bradley Wiggins in 2012, Vincenzo Nibali in 2014 and Chris Froome in 2017. Ciccone came in 2nd, but he now has the best overall time for the lead. "It was a good big breakaway group", said Teuns.

Ciccone cracked first on the eye-poppingly steep incline, as Teuns cranked on ahead of him to the line.

Asked what he made of his rivals' performance so far, he replied: "It is hard to say really, we will know a lot more after stage six".

But Ciccone got a delightful consolation prize, in the shape of the yellow jersey.

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"My task on the Tour de France was to gain experience and help Richie so that's what I'm going to do now", he said.

"I will try to understand what happened".

The bonus came in the form of the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, a race that did not feature on his schedule. He raced the Giro d'Italia in May and won the mountains jersey and a mountain stage - the second of his short career - and was a surprise inclusion in the Trek-Segafredo line-up for the Tour. It was a decent day in the end.

Thomas and Bernal, who dropped nine seconds to the Welshman, were part of an impressive Ineos team effort that controlled the pace over the most of the course as the peloton crossed seven mountains.

Back in the Young Riders' betting, Egan Bernal's fall below Thomas in the overall standings did dent his price, but the Colombian remains the odds-on favourite, at no bigger than **1/2 (-200).

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