Tour de France stage 6 analysis: the Cofidis search for a win goes on

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Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) in the break on stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

With 19 kilometres to go on stage 6 of the Tour de France, Alexey Lutsenko accelerated at the front of the five-rider breakaway just as the group were about to hit the steepest section of the Col de la Lusette. Out of the back dropped Jesús Herrada.

The Spaniard’s head went down, and then down again, as he watched the road open up and the group disappear away from him. It’s been 12 years since his Cofidis team have won a stage at the Tour, and yet again it looked like another chance, a really decent one at that, for a win was drifting away. 

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Sophie Hurcom is Procycling’s deputy editor. She joined the magazine in 2017, after working at Cycling Weekly where she started on work experience before becoming a sub editor, and then news and features writer. Prior to that, she graduated from City University London with a Masters degree in magazine journalism. Sophie has since reported from races all over the world, including multiple  Tours de France, where she was thrown in at the deep end by making her race debut in 2014 on the stage that Chris Froome crashed out on the Roubaix cobbles.