Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 Route, Live Stream, Predictions, Updated Standings

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Netherland's Lars Boom celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) with start in Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Peter Dejong/Associated Press

The peloton is still recovering from Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France, a brutal 152.5-kilometre affair over the cobblestones of Roubaix in pouring rain. Event organisers showed mercy to the pack, as Stage 6 will be a routine flat stage that will most likely end in another mass sprint.

Arras-to-Reims is a Tour classic, starting and finishing in two of France's most historic cities and crossing the beautiful country roads of northern France in between.

Bad weather conditions might bring more chaos and carnage with it, but overall, Thursday's stage should give the riders a chance to catch their breath and prepare for the Tour's second week as we head for the Alps.


Date: Thursday 10 July

Distance: 194 km

Profile: Flat

TV info and live stream: NBCSN (for U.S. viewers) and ITV4 (for U.K. viewers) will be broadcasting every stage of the 2014 Tour de France, with mobile coverage available via NBC Sports' Live Extra and the ITV Player app.


Updated Standings

2014 Tour de France General Classification (Yellow Jersey)
1Vincenzo NibaliAstana20h 26' 46''
2Jakob FuglsangAstana20h 26' 48''
3Peter SaganCannondale20h 27' 30''
4Michal KwiatkowskiO.Ph-Q-Step20h 27' 36''
5Fabian CancellaraTrek20h 28' 03''
6Jurgen Van Den BroeckLotto-Belisol20h 28' 31''
7Tony GallopinLotto-Belisol20h 28' 31''
8Richie PorteTeam Sky20h 28' 40''
9Andrew TalanskyGarmin-Sharp20h 28' 51''
10Alejandro ValverdeMovistar20h 28' 57''
2014 Tour de France Points Classification (Green Jersey)
1Peter SaganCannondale185 pts
2Marcel KittelGiant-Shimano135 pts
3Bryan CoquardEuropcar121 pts
4Alexander KristoffKatusha82 pts
5Vincenzo NibaliAstana53 pts
6Mark RenshawO.Ph.-Q-Step50 pts
7Arnaud DemareFDJ.fr44 pts
8Greg Van AvermaetBMC Racing42 pts
9Ramunas NavardauskasGarmin-Sharp42 pts
10Michal KwiatkowskiO.Ph.-Q-Step40 pts
2014 Tour de France Mountain Classification (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1Cyril LeMoineCofidis6
2Blel KadriAG2R La Mondiale5
3Jens VoigtTrek4
4Nicolas EdetCofidis3
5Thomas VoecklerEuropcar3
6Pierre RollandEuropcar2
7Tom-Jelte SlagterGarmin-Sharp2
8Perrig QuemeneurEuropcar2
9David de la Cruz MelgarejoNetApp-Endura2
10Chris FroomeTeam Sky1



The race will start in Arras' Grand'Place, with the peloton spending most of the day headed in a southern direction. Via two Category 4 climbs (Cote de Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique and Cote de Roucy) and a quick sprint in Pinon, the journey will end in the historic city of Reims.

The race profile, courtesy of Defiende El Maillot:

The Cote de Roucy will give the more adventurous riders a chance to get ahead of the peloton and avoid a mass sprint, but it might be too far away from the actual finish line in Reims, at 37 kilometres.

Given Wednesday's chaotic race, chances are the peloton will prefer to take a day off and not chase any breakaways too fiercely. If that's the case, a 37-kilometre time trial will take the riders from the foot of Cote de Roucy to Reims and eternal glory.


Preview, Prediction

Peter Dejong/Associated Press

Once again, the peloton is helped by France's wide-open countryside, and with rain and winds playing a massive role on Wednesday, the top riders will prefer to shelter in the belly of the pack.

Contenders for the main awards have been dropping like flies, with Chris Froome the latest casualty, via Sky Sports News:

The peloton seemed very nervous on Wednesday, and while the cobblestones and wet conditions certainly played their part, the riders for the general classification are expected to be very careful in the lead-up to the first mountain stages.

Vincenzo Nibali has a stranglehold on the yellow jersey, so Astana will likely spend much of their time near the front of the race. Risk-takers such Thomas Voeckler will be eyeing this stage, but a mass sprint is still the most likely outcome.

Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press

Peter Sagan has been steadily growing during the first week of the Tour, and as a Classic specialist, he traditionally is able to recover better from heavy stages like Wednesday's than the rest of the sprinters would.

Fans shouldn't look past the dominance of Marcel Kittel, however, and his Giant-Shimano team-mates did an excellent job guiding him through the treacherous cobbles of Roubaix. The German should be rested for this stage, which could be the final chance the sprinters have ahead of the Alps.

Expect Kittel and Sagan to battle it out, with the early option on the green jersey at stake.



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