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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 10, Stage 6: Arras - Reims 194km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:28 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 8:51 BST

Stage preview

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Stage details

Distance: 194km

Category: Flat

Highest point: 194m

After our brief foray into Belgium and over the cobbles, the sprinters return to the fore, for possibly the final time before we hit the mountains.

However, this stage holds a special meaning outside of the racing alone. A century years since the beginning of World War 1, the race will be passing through the Somme along the Chemin des Dames, where the Second Battle of Aisne took place in 1917 as the race visits a number of key battle grounds.

The second half of this 194-kilometre stage is a lumpy affair, which could reward the brave. You can be certain that the sprinters’ teams will want this to come down to a bunch gallop in Reims. However, the small climbs and the twisting roads may help a small group of riders get away.

Anyone intending on making the most of today will have to factor in the wind. Much of this stage passes through wide expanses of countryside, giving potential for crosswinds.

Teams such as Belkin and Omega Pharma-QuickStep will favour these conditions and they used their experience to maximum reward in last year’s race. Along with Saxo-Tinkoff, they were able to distance the main contenders on stage 13. Mark Cavendish was the victor on that day.

Alex Sans Vega says... "After the stress on the cobbles, the bunch will likely decide to have an easier day. In the past, Reims was a good day for the sprinters. There will be a small break, the peloton will take it quiet and the sprinters' teams will control the race.

Local History

Alessandro Petacchi won the last time the Tour visited Reims, his sixth and final stage victory at the race. The first time the race visited the northern French city was in 1938, when Fabien Galateau beat Lucian le Guével in a sprint to the line. Petacchi is unlikely to be contesting for stage honours here, but he will be there to help guide his team-mate Mark Cavendish to victory.

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 6

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 6