Stage 6, 2016 Tour de France
Date: Thursday, July 7
Start: Arpajon-sur-Cère. First time stage city, population 6,500.
Finish: Montauban. One-time stage city,population 59,600.
Distance: 190.5km (118mi)
Elevation Gain: 1720m (5643ft)
Weather forecast: Warm and sunny weather throughout the stage. Temperatures ranging from 25°C at the start to 32°C at the end. Light northwesterly wind.
Comment from race director, Christian Prudhomme:“While leaving the areas of Cantal and Aveyron, the numerous painful hills should give a few options to breakaway candidates. But the horizon should then be far clearer for the sprinters who will find in Montauban a perfect terrain for an exciting explanation.”
Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing): “Tomorrow I’m sure we’ll help to control the breakaway but I don’t even expect us to have to do much work to bring them in because the sprinters’ teams will probably want to pull back the breakaway. I think we’ll just enjoy the day in yellow, stay relaxed and get ready for the Pyrenees.”
Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-QuickStep): “A flat stage is on the cards and we will try to set up Marcel Kittel for the sprint.”