Lutsenko wins stage 6 from the break: Daily Tour Digest
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Alexey Lutsenko climbed to victory out of the breakaway on stage 6 of the Tour de France.
The Kazakh national road champ dispatched the rest of his breakaway companions on the Col de la Lusette and then pressed on solo, cresting that summit and continuing to grow his advantage over the remaining escapees on the ascent to the finish. He hit the Mont Aigoual finish line 55 seconds ahead of runner-up Jesús Herrada, with Greg Van Avermaet in third, 2:15 back.
The GC riders arrived nearly three minutes behind Lutsenko, with Julian Alaphilippe jumping out of the group a few hundred meters before the line to nab one second on his rivals, but little changed in the battle for yellow with the GC contenders content to hold their fire on the day.
Adam Yates retained his overall race lead with a three-second gap to Primoz Roglic.
The 191-kilometer stage from Le Teil saw a brief but hard-fought battle to get into the break minutes into the stage, with Lutsenko, Herrada, Van Avermaet, Neilson Powless, Nicolas Roche, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Rémi Cavagna, and Daniel Oss forming the eight-rider move of the day. The peloton initially seemed hesitant to let that configuration of riders get clear but before long the pack eased off and the gap to the break grew quickly from there.
As the stage rolled on the gap grew out to a maximum of a little over six minutes, with little action in the peloton and relative cooperation out front for much of the day. The break’s advantage began to shrink in the second half of the stage but as a trio of late categorized climbs and the uphill finish approached it was clear the break had a real shot at the stage win. Things began to heat up in the move on the early slopes of the Col de la Lusette as the break began to lose riders, leaving Herrada, Roche, Cavagna, Lutsenko, and Powless attacking each other on the climb.
Lutsenko won a war of attrition as his rivals lost touch one by one, and near the top of the climb he left Powless behind to press on solo. He only grew his advantage from there, holding on through the descent off the Col de la Lusette and into the ascent to the finish to solo across the line for the convincing victory.
Top 10, stage 6
1 LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana Pro Team) 4:32:34
2 HERRADA Jesús (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:55
3 VAN AVERMAET Greg (CCC Team) 2:15
4 POWLESS Neilson (EF Pro Cycling) 2:17
5 ALAPHILIPPE Julian (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 2:52
6 MOLLEMA Bauke (Trek – Segafredo) 2:53
7 KWIATKOWSKI Michal (INEOS Grenadiers)
8 BERNAL Egan (INEOS Grenadiers)
9 CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers)
10 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott)
Top 10, GC
1 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott) 27:03:57
2 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 0:03
3 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:07
4 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:09
5 BERNAL Egan (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:13
6 DUMOULIN Tom (Team Jumbo-Visma)
7 CHAVES Esteban (Mitchelton-Scott)
8 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic)
9 BARDET Romain (AG2R La Mondiale)
10 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)
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Today’s featured image of Alexey Lutsenko winning stage 6 of the Tour de France comes from Cor Vos.