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Tour de France: Pogacar, twice winner of the 6th stage

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Killing two birds with one stone during the sixth stage of the Tour de France. Thursday July 7, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE), outgoing winner, won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in Longwy and took control of the general classification of the race. Tadej Pogacar dispossessed the Belgian Wout van Aert of the yellow jersey, the great animator of this stage, the longest of the Tour with nearly 220 kilometers.

The Slovenian, double winner of the Tour, beat Australian Michael Matthews and Frenchman David Gaudu in an uphill sprint, on the eve of the first summit finish, at the top of the Belles Filles super board. Van Aert’s last stand, with indisputable panache but questionable tactical interest, and the favorable wind made it possible to complete the stage at an average speed of more than 49 km/h.

In an unbridled first part of the stage (101.6 km in two hours), van Aert multiplied the battering to finally cause a breakaway of three riders with the American Quinn Simmons, the youngest of the Tour peloton (21 years old). ), and the Dane Jakob Fuglsang (37), at… 148 kilometers from the finish.

The peloton granted up to four minutes to the trio launched in this reckless breakaway. Omnipresent since the start of the Tour, van Aert dictated the pace most often in a burst of energy the day after the cobblestone stage, exhausting for many riders.

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After the intermediate sprint (km 145), Fuglsang finally got up and van Aert continued the crazy adventure with Simmons, who took over without a second thought. Behind the duo, the peloton reduced its pace and the gap was close to two minutes for a long time, before melting in the last 40 kilometers. Alone in the lead at the entrance of the last thirty kilometers, the Belgian challenged the peloton launched after him, before being joined and immediately overwhelmed 11 kilometers from the finish.

Russian Aleksandr Vlasov crashed moments later. At the front, Alexis Vuillermoz started on the penultimate climb at 6 kilometers but was joined on the finish climb, 1,400 meters from the line. In the sprint, Pogacar clearly dominated Matthews and signed his seventh stage success in the Tour, which he is competing for the third time.

In the general classification, the young Slovenian (23) is four seconds ahead of the American Neilson Powless and 31 seconds over his runner-up from last year, the Dane Jonas Vingegaard.