Tour de France: Herrada's lone chase of Lutsenko comes up painfully short

GARD FRANCE SEPTEMBER 03 Arrival Jesus Herrada Lopez of Spain and Team Cofidis Solutions Credits Disappointment during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 6 a 191km stage from Le Teil to Mont AigoualGard 1560m TDF2020 LeTour on September 03 2020 in Gard France Photo by Christophe Ena PoolGetty Images
Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A brave lone chase by Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in the closing kilometres of stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday provided much of what little emotion there was to a somewhat monotonous day’s racing - as the Spaniard battled hard, if in vain, to get back on terms with his Kazakh rival.

Part of the day-long break with Lutsenko, Herrada was dropped on the final first-category climb, but by riding a steady pace, he managed to close the gap to 25 seconds. But Lutsenko then opened up the throttle again, and the chance of Herrada taking Spain’s first Tour de France stage victory this year evaporated completely.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.