Dylan Teuns claimed the debut victory at Le Tour de France
Dylan Teuns won stage six of the Tour de France from the breakaway to claim his deut victory, while Kiwi George Bennett holds 4th on GC
Giulio Ciccone grabbed the yellow jersey off Julian Alaphilippe on the steep slopes of La Planche des Belles Filles.
Riding for team Bahrain-Merida, Teuns and Ciccone breakaway from a 14-man group on the 160.5km stage.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas dug deep and jumped up on general classification to 4th.
The biggest win of his career so far for Teuns and one of the biggest for Team BAHRAIN MERIDA. The Belgian rider wins atop La Planche des Belles Filles, the first summit finish of the race. A win from the breakaway and his debut victory at Le Tour de France. What a better way, also to celebrate the first ‘Grand Boucle’ victory of the team.
Stage 6 – 160.5km running from Mulhouse to the famous ski resort in the Department of Haute-Saône and featuring seven categorized climbs – was one of the most awaited. But instead of a showdown of the GC riders, a breakaway could easily formed from the beginning and happily Dylan Teuns was part of it: “Today was a good opportunity for a break so I was looking for a good chance and finally a group of 14 riders formed. It was a nice group and we worked well together.Once we saw the gap was growing, everybody started to believe that we could make it to the finish”.
In fact, Dylan Teuns managed to stay away with the only Giulio Ciccone resisting until the final few hundred meters:“I know that Ciccone is a very strong rider, he won a stage at the last Giro and it seemed to me the same situation as last year at the Vuelta, when I lost the victory with Woods and I knew I couldn’t make the same mistake today. So I had to stay calm and just waiting for the right moment. I tried a couple of times in the last five hundred meters and finally the third time I succeeded. I saw that had a little gap and I just kept pushing to the finish line”.
Dylan Teuns – who this season won also a Critérium du Dauphiné stage, wearing the yellow jersey for two days – had never won a Grand Tour stage: “It’s unbelievable and winning here at the Tour de France is a dream come true”.
Kiwi George Bennett riding for Jumbo-Visma holds 4th on GC and was satisfied with his ride. “I felt good. I am very pleased with that. Steven and the team were good too. That gives confidence for the next two weeks.”
“This was a first test for the classification riders”, Jumbo-Visma sports director Grischa Niermann said. “We knew in advance that this stage was the least suitable for Steven’s climbing capacities. We had hoped for something more, but we got through the day well and think it will get even better in the upcoming stages.”
Stage six results
1. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain-Merida) 4hrs 29mins 03secs
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) +11
3. Xandro Meurisse (Bel/Wanty-Gobert Cycling) +1min 5secs
4. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Ineos) 1min 44secs
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +1min 46secs
6. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) Same time
7. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team) +1min 51secs
8. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) Same time
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana Pro Team) +1min 53secs
10. Mikel Landa (Spa/Movistar Team) Same time
General classification after stage six
1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) 23hrs 14mins 55secs
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick Step) +6secs
3. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain-Merida) +32secs
4. George Bennett (NZ/Jumbo-Visma) +47secs
5. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos) +49secs
6. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos) +53secs
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +58secs
8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 04secs
9. Michael Woods (Can/EF Education First) +1min 13secs
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +1min 15secs