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Result

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 3:17:36

2 Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix

3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 

4 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 

5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe

6 Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM

7 Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix

8 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 

9 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange

10 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo

General classification after stage 6

1 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 20:09:17

2 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:0:08

3 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 0:0:30

4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:0:48

5 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:21

6 Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:01:28

7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:29

8 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:43

9 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:44

10 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:48

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 6 of the Tour de France.

After yesterday's time trial and GC shakeup, it's another day for the sprinters today as the peloton take on a pan-flat 160km to Châteauroux.

Châteauroux has hosted the Tour twice in recent memory. In 2008 and in 2011, Mark Cavendish took victory in bunch sprints. That 2008 win was the first of 31 so far at the Tour.

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Cycling : Tour de France / Stage 5
Arrival Sprint / CAVENDISH Mark (Gbr) Celebration Joie Vreugde / FREIRE Oscar (Esp) / ZABEL Erik (Bel) / HUSHOVD Thor (Nor) /
Cholet - Châteauroux Chateauroux (232 Km) /
Ronde van Frankrijk / TDF / Etape Rit / (c)Tim De Waele

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Cavendish is in green after his victory on stage 4 two days ago. Can he add to his points lead and win another stage today?

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Thomas; time trial

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There's little to write home about on today's stage, which starts at 13:55 CEST (12:55 BST). Just one category-four climb on the route along with the customary intermediate sprint. But hey, at least it's relatively short rather than 200km or more.

Here's a look at the course map today.

Stage 6 map 2021 Tour de France

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Riders took COVID-19 tests after yesterday's time trial. Reports from Reuters cycling correspondent Julien Prétot suggest that they all came back negative.

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Catch up with what happened during yesterday's time trial with our stage report or our live coverage.

Caleb Ewan might be out of the Tour, and the likes of Sam Bennett, Pascal Ackermann, Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo didn't start, but there are still plenty of contenders for today's stage.

  • Green jersey Mark Cavendish is chief among them after his stage 4 win.
  • Alpecin-Fenix will make a choice between stage 3 winner Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen before the stage. Sporza report Philipsen is the man for today.
  • Wout van Aert has told Het Nieuwsblad that he's going for it – "If I win, I get ten bonus seconds. And then the yellow might still be possible."
  • Arkéa-Samsic's Nacer Bouhanni has taken second and third places so far.
  • Former green jersey winners Peter Sagan and Michael Matthews will be in contention.
  • Arnaud Démare has yet to contest a sprint finish at this year's Tour.
  • Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious), Cees Bol (DSM), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), André Greipel (ISN), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Bryan Coquard (B&B) are also in contention.

It sounds like there should be good weather for the peloton today. No word on any winds but it's a possibility – check out our stage 6 preview for more.

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Teams have arrived at the start in Tours and are preparing for the stage, with sign-in ceremony up and running.

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Reuters correspondent Julien Prétot reports that Tour organisers have withdrawn their lawsuit against the woman who caused the stage 1 crash.

She was arrested by police in Brittany yesterday, while Movistar rider Marc Soler has said he's also considering legal action.

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Just over 40 minutes until the riders roll out in Tours and the sign-on is still ongoing in front of big crowds.

Mark Cavendish's former lead-out man Mark Renshaw is backing the Manxman to take another stage win today.

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15 minutes to go until the stage start.

Arnaud Démare will go for it today. Here's what he had to say ahead of today's stage.

"It will be a nice sprint on a beautiful finish. We've reconned the final and there's nothing wrong with it. We'll go for it today."

Michael Matthews is thinking ahead more to the second week, though, even if he'll be in the mix today.

"Today is going to be a fast day but I think the second week suits me better," he said.

The riders are rolling out now.

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Pogacar; time trial

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160km to go

The racing has started and the attacks fly early on.

Oliver Naesen (AG2R) and Brent Van Moer (Lotto) among the early attackers but no move established yet.

152km to go / 8km done

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroen), Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), and Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarche-Wanty Gobert), Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the move now.

They have a minute already! 

Groupama-FDJ give chase – a large number of the sprinter's teams are represented out front so they want to drag them back rather than having to work on the front for a sprint all day long.

An interesting battle early on. This is much better than a couple of no-hopers from Cofidis, B&B Hotels and Qhubeka NextHash jumping away at the start without much resistance.

Arkéa-Samsic and Qhubeka are among the teams helping Groupama-FDJ at the front now.

144km to go / 16km done

55 seconds between peloton and break at the moment.

The jersey holders at the start today – Cavendish, Van der Poel, Schelling and Pogačar.

From L Team Deceuninck Quicksteps Mark Cavendish of Great Britain wearing the best sprinters green jersey Team Alpecin Fenix Mathieu van der Poel of Netherlands wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey Team Bora Hansgrohes Ide Schelling of Netherlands wearing the best climbers polka dot jersey and Team UAE Emirates Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia wearing the best youngs white jersey wait prior to the 6th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 160 km between Tours and Chateauroux on July 01 2021 Photo by Philippe LOPEZ AFP Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZAFP via Getty Images

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The peloton not making much headway yet. Even if they make the catch soon, Groupama-FDJ will have been forced to waste some energy here.

138km to go / 22km done

Down to 47 seconds now. The break isn't working too well together at the moment, though they're all back together after a split.

It's still coming down. 35 seconds now. 

They're still speeding along. Arkéa-Samsic in charge of the peloton now. 25 seconds the gap.

Connor Swift doing the work at the moment. It's no surprise the French team are keen today given Nacer Bouhanni's second and third places so far.

130km to go / 30km done

Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka NextHash) tries to jump away off the front. 13 seconds to the break.

30km done in around 33-35 minutes. Well over a 50kph average so far.

Van Avermaet is pushing on alone as the move is brought back.

The peloton seem more content to let him go as his advantage goes up to 40 seconds.. Another rider on the attack in between.

Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) is on his own between Van Avermaet and the peloton, 25 seconds back.

123km to go / 37km done

1:45 to GVA now. Kluge is at 30 seconds.

Alpecin-Fenix are thought to be going for the sprint with Jasper Philipsen rather than stage 3 winner Tim Merlier today.

They are taking the rare strategy of switching sprinters at this Tour de France and it looks to be working well so far.

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2:30 for Van Avermaet now as Kluge closes in. The German is usually Caleb Ewan's lead-out man, but with the Australian sadly crashing out of the race on stage 3 he has free reign to be forced into this fruitless breakaway! He must be thrilled.

Kluge makes the catch.

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Two minutes is the gap at the moment.

110km to go / 50km done

No change in the situation. The peloton is controlling things with Alpecin-Fenix and Deceuninck-QuickStep among those at the front.

100km to go / 60km done

49.9kph was the average for the opening hour of the race. 

Now they've covered 60km. The gap to the break is 1:35.

Deceuninck-QuickStep man Tim Declercq is unsurprisingly on the front along with two from Alpecin-Fenix. Movistar, Ineos, UAE and Jumbo-Visma are lined out behind them.

Thoughts?

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Into the final 100km now, with the break 1:30 up on the peloton at the moment.

Alpecin-Fenix have taken two stage wins at the Tour so far, including Tim Merlier's sprint win on stage 3 (below). Jasper Philipsen, who led out Merlier for the win and who finished third on stage 4, is likely to be their man for today.

The new signing for 2021 has Scheldeprijs, two stages of the Tour of Turkey, and a second place at the Classic Brugge-De Panne under his belt this year.

PONTIVY, FRANCE - JUNE 28: Tim Merlier of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix stage winner celebrates at arrival, Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team Alpecin-Fenix, Nacer Bouhanni of France and Team Arkéa Samsic & Davide Ballerini of Italy and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step during the 108th Tour de France 2021, Stage 3 a 182,9km stage from Lorient to Pontivy / @LeTour / #TDF2021 / on June 28, 2021 in Pontivy, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Mark Cavendish took an emotional victory on stage 4, his first in five years at the race, and 31st stage victory in his Tour career. 

He's enjoyed a resurgence since moving back to Deceuninck-QuickStep this year, winning four stages of the Tour of Turkey along the way. He made the Tour squad after Sam Bennett injured his knee, but is proving he can once again compete with the best here.

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 4th stage Redon - Fougeres 150,4 km - 29/06/2021 - Mark Cavendish (GBR - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

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Greg Van Avermaet takes the single KOM as he leads the way over the day's only climb with 87km to go.

Meanwhile, a look at Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic), who has taken a third and second place so far in this race. Those were, somewhat surprisingly, his best ever results at the Tour, and he's certainly hitting form at the right time having been suspended earlier this year for dangerous sprinting. The Frenchman has yet to win in 2021.

MRDEBRETAGNE GUERLDAN FRANCE JUNE 27 Nacer Bouhanni of France and Team Arka Samsic during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 2 a 1835km stage from PerrosGuirec to MrdeBretagne Guerldan 293m LeTour TDF2021 on June 27 2021 in MrdeBretagne Guerldan France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

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Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has said he will go for the sprint today after the disappointment of missing out on the stage win and yellow during yesterday's time trial.

He's in good form having sprinted to victory in the Belgian road race Championships in June. He won't have much of a lead out today, however, with Mike Teunissen likely to be with him in the final.

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma pictured in action at the last kilometers of first stage during a training session ahead of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race in Brest France Friday 25 June 2021 This years Tour de France is taking place from 26 June to 18 July 2021 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images

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Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) has yet to feature in a sprint at this Tour de France, though he should be among the favourites. His recent palmarès is bolstered by plenty of wins in smaller French races, but he did win four stages and the points jersey at last year's Giro.

AUCH FRANCE JUNE 11 Arnaud Demare of France and Team Groupama FDJ Orluis Aular Sanabria of Venezuela and Team Caja RuralSeguros RGA sprint at arrival during the 45th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche Du Midi 2021 Stage 2 a 1987km stage from VillefranchedeRouergue to Auch 174m Fans Public RDO2021 RouteOccitanie on June 11 2021 in Auch France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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Bahrain Victorious' Sonny Colbrelli has been in top form heading into the Tour, winning his National Championships and taking the points jersey, a stage and three second places at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Fifth in Pontivy is his best finish so far in this Tour, and the plethora of flat finishes aren't 100 per cent suited to his more punchy preferences.

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Peter Sagan is Bora-Hansgrohe's man after leaving Pascal Ackermann at home. He's going for an eighth green jersey this year but was held up by the crashes in Pontivy and finished fifth behind Cavendish in Fougères. As a result he's 10th in the points classification, 41 down on the Manxman.

PONTIVY FRANCE JUNE 28 Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team BORA Hansgrohe involved in a crash attack in breakaway during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 3 a 1829km stage from Lorient to Pontivy LeTour TDF2021 on June 28 2021 in Pontivy France Photo by Benoit Tessier PoolGetty Images

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There are several other riders to look out for in the sprint finish today.

Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange), André Greipel (Israel Start-Up Nation), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Max Walscheid (Qhubeka NextHash), Cees Bol (Team DSM), Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels p/b KTM), Danny Van Poppel (Intermarche-Wanty Gobert), and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) are all contenders.

72km to go / 88km done

No change in the race situation, meanwhile. Kluge and Van Avermaet are 1:15 up on the peloton, which is controlled by the same teams and riders.

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60km to go / 100km done

The riders are a few kilometres away from the intermediate sprint at Luçay-le-Mâle. Plenty of points on offer here.

Van Avermaet leads Kluge over the sprint line. The pair are just 45 seconds up on the peloton now.

Arkéa-Samsic lead the way in the peloton. All the top sprinters are up there.

Mørkøv kicks it off for Cavendish, and it's a bit of a mess as the rider spread across the road at the line.

It looks like Colbrelli took it, though he wasn't happy with Bouhanni afterwards. They weren't close to each other in the sprint though.

Sagan is unhappy with Mørkøv, too.

20 points for Van Avermaet and 17 for Kluge.

Meanwhile, Colbrelli took 15 points, Mørkøv 13, Philipsen 11, Matthews 10, Cavendish 9, Sagan 8, Danny Van Poppel 7, Démare 6, and Bouhanni 5.

Bouhanni and Cavendish nudged each other as Cavendish moved across to get on Mørkøv's wheel while Bouhanni avoided the slowing Bora-Hansgrohe lead-out man.

The intermediate sprint.

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47km to go / 113km done

50 seconds for the breakaway, still, as things calm down in the peloton.

It's just a case of waiting to see when they'll get caught and hoping for no crashes on the run-in to the finish.

40km to go / 120km done

35 seconds between the break and peloton now. They should hang out in front for a bit longer because it's still some way to go to the finish.

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30km to go / 130km done

30 to go and the gap is 30 seconds.

25 seconds with 25km to go now. Not much else to say at the moment as they race towards the finish.

A look at our break of the day before they're inevitably caught before the finish.

Breakaway riders Team AG2R Citroens Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium R and Team Lotto Soudals Roger Kluge of Germany during the 6th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 160 km between Tours and Chateauroux on July 01 2021 Photo by Thomas SAMSON AFP Photo by THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images

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A look at the final kilometres of today's stage. A couple of roundabouts outside the final 3km, right angle turns either side of the 2km mark, and then a 1.6km finishing straight which is seven metres wide.

Tour de France 2021 stage 6 last km map

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20km to go / 140km done

Just 13 seconds for the break now. It's almost over.

50 points up for grabs at the finish. Here's a look at things as they stand in the points classification.

Cavendish leads on 98 points, followed by Matthews on 88, Alaphilippe on 84, Bouhanni on 79 and Van der Poel in 78.

Philipsen is sixth on 72, then Pogačar on 64, Colbrelli on 60, Sagan on 56, and Merlier on 50.

11km to go

The gap has shot back up in recent kilometres. Kluge and Van Avermaet have 40 seconds now.

9km to go

35 seconds now. Van Avermaet driving it on the front.

7km to go

Deceuninck-QuickStep and Alpecin-Fenix on the front. Cofidis are also up there with a few riders.

Bora-Hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo are also present towards the front.

Groupama-FDJ up there now alongside the Belgian squads. 20 seconds is the gap.

5km to go

A reminder of the big names set to contest the sprint today...

Cavendish, Philipsen (Merlier), Van Aert, Bouhanni, Colbrelli, Démare, Sagan, Matthews, Colbrelli, Van Poppel, Pedersen, Bol, Greipel, Laporte, Coquard, Walscheid.

13-14 seconds for the two leaders now.

Our Twitter poll earlier saw 50% of people vote for Cavendish to repeat. 17% for one of the Alpecin-Fenix men, 6% for Bouhanni and 25% for 'another sprinter'.

3km to go

Démare's lead-out man Jacopo Guarnieri has crashed. Bad luck for Groupama-FDJ.

The two leaders are just a few seconds up now.

Good effort from Van Avermaet on this run-in. I haven't seen him off the front yet,

The duo are caught at 2.5km to go.

2km to go

Bahrain have a man on the front with the Deceuninck-QuickStep train behind. DSM, Alpecin, BikeExchange also represented.

The peloton head round that final bend at 1.6km to go. All upright onto the final straight.

Alaphilippe leads the way.

Van der Poel moves up too, but his sprinters aren't behind him!

1km to go

Two trains now – QuickStep and Wanty!

VDP pushes on with three teammates on his wheel.

Alpecin vs QuickStep

Here we go at 300 metres!

Alpecin launch first!

Cavendish vs Bouhanni and Alpecin at the line.

Cavendish takes it! Win number two for the Manxman!

He almost came together with Philipsen on the line there. Nothing out of order, just Merlier getting squeezed between the two as he dropped back from his lead out.  Cavendish moved across a little, though.

Philipsen took second ahead of Bouhanni.

Philipsen did well to stay upright, to be honest. Merlier touched him twice after finishing his lead out as he was squeezed in the middle. Not an ideal day for Alpecin-Fenix.

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Here's what Cavendish had to say after the stage.

"It seems like every time we finish here there's a different line-up. 2008 it was uphill a bit, I think it was further down the road. 2011 it was short – still uphill a bit ... It's been 10 years since I last won here. It's pretty special.

"Actually in pretty similar fashion today – we were talking about what to do in the final because there are so many strong sprint teams here. To take it on is a big ask, you always get swamped at the finish by those big teams.

"The wind was coming from the left and Michael left the left side for me to go but I wanted just a split second longer in the wheels before I went so I had to switch trains and go from there

"You see the guys – you see how much they pulled there. The world champion, Julian Alaphilippe, just burying himself in the last kilometre. It's something special. I'm buzzing."

Here's our short report on stage 6

Cavendish celebrates with teammate, world champion Julian Alaphilippe.

Team Deceuninck Quicksteps Mark Cavendish of Great Britain wearing the best sprinters green jersey L celebrates with Team Deceuninck Quicksteps Julian Alaphilippe of France after winning the 6th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 160 km between Tours and Chateauroux on July 01 2021 Photo by POOL AFP Photo by POOLAFP via Getty Images

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He leads the points classification on 148 points now. Philipsen in second on 102, then Bouhanni on 99, Matthews on 96. Sagan is seventh on 72 points.

Here's what the yellow jersey Mathieu van der Poel had to say after the stage. He was leading out his sprinters at the end there.

"It was OK. The start was hard with a dangerous move getting away at the beginning of the stage. It was pretty OK towards the finish.

"I did what I could in the lead out, but I think they lost my wheel in the last corner, so I had wait and get back to them. I think we were a bit far, but we managed to set up the train really well. Cavendish is just the fastest man. We'll try again.

"[Tomorrow] will be a hard pedal, I think. The gaps are not too big so for sure some guys will go for the overall. We'll see what happens tomorrow."

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Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 6th stage Tours - Chateauroux 160,4 km - 01/07/2021 - Mark Cavendish (GBR - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

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Another day in green for Cavendish.

CHATEAUROUX FRANCE JULY 01 Mark Cavendish of The United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Green Points Jersey celebrates at podium during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 6 a 1606km stage from Tours to Chteauroux Mascot LeTour TDF2021 on July 01 2021 in Chateauroux France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Our full stage 6 report is up now, complete with results and a gallery.

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CHATEAUROUX FRANCE JULY 01 Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Yellow Leader Jersey Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team JumboVisma during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 6 a 1606km stage from Tours to Chteauroux LeTour TDF2021 on July 01 2021 in Chateauroux France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

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CHATEAUROUX FRANCE JULY 01 Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Yellow Leader Jersey during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 6 a 1606km stage from Tours to Chteauroux LeTour TDF2021 on July 01 2021 in Chateauroux France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

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That's all from us today. Watch out for more news, including reaction from Nacer Bouhanni, Wilfried Peeters and Vincenzo Nibali.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for live coverage stage 7 of the Tour de France!

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