Tour de France stage 6: Stunning new summit finish as GC road nears Pyrenees

Jumbo-Visma control the first summit finish of the Tour on stage 4
Jumbo-Visma control the first summit finish of the Tour on stage 4 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Stage 6 of the Tour de France between Le Teil and Mont Aigoual continues Christian Prudhomme's desire to break with convention, with the 2020 edition of the race reaching its second summit finish within its first week, and presenting a climb never used before as the final ascent on an incomparable Tour route that continues its search for unprecedented moments. The stage takes place in the Massif Central but in just two more days the race enters the Pyrenees, and stage 6 is a worthy appetiser.

Little is know about Mont Aigoual (1,560m) in relation to the Tour. Its 8.3km ascent was used just once during stage 17 of the 1987 race, when Charly Mottet wore the maillot jaune. That year, Mont Aigoual came before the finish, with Jean-Paul van Poppel coming out on top in a reduced bunch sprint in Avignon, taking what would be the first of his nine Tour stages.

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