Tour de France Stage 6

Champagne for André Greipel in Reims

Stage 6 of the Tour de France covered 194 kilometers from Arras to Reims in the Champagne region of France. As predicted, the race ended in a bunch sprint with Lotto Belisol's National Road Champion, André Greipel, taking the win. 

Greipel and teammate, Van den Broeck, rode attentively at the front with 10 kilometers remaining and the team put together a strategic final lead up for Lotto's first stage victory in the 101st Tour de France.

SRM: André Greipel Stage 6

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André averaged 227 watts over the stage with a 72rpm cadence average maintaining an average speed of over 45kph. The primarily flat stage required roughly 3,000 kilocalories and featured just over 1,000 meters of climbing.

“The final was hectic. Because of all the roundabouts it was difficult to set up a lead-out. When entering the final kilometer Kwiatkowski surprised with a late attack and everybody looked at each other. Luckily Porsev of Katusha closed the gap for sprinter Kristoff. That was the perfect scenario for me. I started pretty early, but felt I could keep up my tempo.” André Greipel

The Final 500

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Inside the final 500 meters Andre averaged over 983 watts with an average speed of 62kph. He took control of the sprint with 150 meters to go and charged the line for victory.

“It’s my thirteenth victory of the season," Andre noted after the race. "My crash in Ghent-Wevelgem was disappointing, but the preparation for the Tour went well. The condition is good at the moment and that’s the main thing. Now it’s all about surviving the tough stages and in stages where it’s possible I’ll try to have another go.”

In addition to Andre's win today, SRM teams continue to hold all leaders jerseys: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in yellow as GC leader, Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) in polka-dots for mountains classification, and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) leading in points and young rider.

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