Francaise des Jeux prepared to challenge

After Baden Cooke's near miss in stage 4, La Francaise des Jeux has decided that it will ride a more aggressive race. In today's sixth stage, the boys in white could be seen on the front, keeping Cooke out of trouble on the finishing circuits. It didn't quite pay off this time, with Cooke finishing 16th, but better than his 190th position in stage 5.

"I had good legs up there and the boys did an awesome job," Cooke told Cyclingnews' John Trevorrow after the stage. "It's not bad when you can race Fassa on the front with a couple of neo-pros. The boys were on the front for 10 km and that was saving my legs and I had good legs for the finish. When Robbie let Henk go, it was a pretty good move and you wouldn't have thought he could take it all the way from the corner, and as it turned out, he nearly did.

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