Teuns wins Tour de France stage six as Ciccone takes yellow
Jul 13 2019
Ahead of him an exhausted Giulio Ciccone, already a stage victor in this year's Girod'Italia, took the maillot jaune from Alaphilippe's shoulders to lead the Tourby six seconds, despite being beaten to the line for the stage win by breakaway companion Dylan Teuns of Belgium.
A Tour rookie, Ciccone was beaten for the stage victory by Dylan Teuns at the summit of the leg-breaking climb of the Planche des Belles Filles, yet managed to take the race lead from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe on Thursday.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas, who beat all his key rivals the day before, and his Ineos co-captain Egan Bernal finished safely in the pack.
"I was starting to blow though - it was solid - but it was a pretty decent day in the end."
"The first day wasn't what I expected but now I'm back on top", said the Jumbo-Visma man on the finish line on the banks of the Soane river on a baking afternoon.
To add to his torment, Teunissen and Groenewegen are roommates on the Tour, meaning he had to spend the night with the yellow jersey in his room.
"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.
Tejay Van Garderen of the US bleeds after crashing during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 230 kilometers (142,9 miles) with start in Belfort and finish in Chalon sur Saone, France, Friday, July 12, 2019.
Under the colors of the small Bardiani, he won a stage at the 2016 Giro and has since enjoyed a steady progression.
Dylan Teuns of Belgium and Giulio Ciccone of Italy battled it out for 1st place in the stage.
'I thought the steep climbs weren't my cup of tea, ' he said.
It's the fourth stage win of Groenewegen's career and first this year.
But Alaphilippe fell just 6 seconds short, losing the race lead he first took on Stage 3.
On Friday, Bernal and the rest of the peloton got to know about headwinds which only extended the longest stage of the Tour.
Offredo and Rossetto could not make the most of the peloton's apathy, though, failing to build a big enough gap to prevent sprinters' teams from reining them in about 12 kilometres from the finish.
Overall, Thomas climbed to fifth overall, 49 seconds behind Ciccone and leapfrogging Bernal, in sixth and now 4 seconds behind Thomas. My team did a really good job.
"Tomorrow will be a very hard stage, I'll need to have a very good day to keep the yellow jersey", the 24-year-old Ciccone said.