Tour de France Stg6 – Biggest Victory for Alexey, Yates retains yellow


Tour de France Stg6 – Biggest Victory for Alexey, Yates retains yellow

Astana's Alexey Lutsenko won the sixth stage of the Tour de France to claim his biggest win, as Britain's Adam Yates remains in the yellow jersey.

It was a day of glory for the Kazakh cycling as the national champion of Kazakhstan Alexey Lutsenko took a great solo win atop Mont Aigoual at the 6th stage of the biggest race in the world the Tour de France.

Lutsenko made a decisive attack from the daily breakaway with some 17 km to go on the final climb of the day. The Kazakh Champion was able to drop all the rivals and to go solo. Taking over 50 seconds on the chasers, Lutsenko finished alone atop Mont Aigoual, taking his biggest success in career.

- Coming to the Tour de France I had a goal to fight for a stage win. The Tour de France was one of the biggest goals of this season. I was dreaming about this victory for a long time and now my dream came true! Indeed, I was aiming this stage and in previous days after doing my job for Miguel Angel I was dropping from the group, on purpose losing some time in the general classification, hoping that the GC favorites won’t follow me in a decisive moment. Today, before the stage we discussed our tactics for this day, and with sports directors and our general manager Alexandr Vinokurov we decided that I would try to go in a break since it could have a chance to go until the finish. I felt quite good all day and my legs worked pretty well. It took some time for our group to break away from the peloton, but finally, we succeed. It was a long and hot day, but I was guided really nice through the stage by Alexandr Vinokurov, who was in the car behind me. On the last climb I tried to stay calm and to keep on my own rhythm. And on the hardest part I made my attack. I am so happy with this win, it is a big achievement for me and for our team! Also, it is a great feeling to win in the jersey of the national champion of Kazakhstan! I thank my team for this great opportunity and a special thank to all our sponsors and our main partner Samruk-Kazyna, who is supporting us so many years! – said Alexey Lutsenko.

The sixth stage of the Tour de France started in Le Teil. Shortly after the start a group of 8 riders went away. Alexey Lutsenko was in this group, working hard in front to try to get as much advantage on the peloton as possible. After some kilometers of intense fight, finally, the group of Lutsenko broke away clear, taking over 6 minutes of advantage.

Entering the final part of the stage, the peloton was able to come closer to the escapers, shortening the gap to just 2 minutes and a half. However, an attack of Alexey Lutsenko from the leading group did not allow the peloton to come closer, while the rider of Astana Pro Team held his leadership in this stage until the finish line.
- It is a big day for our team, but also for our Kazakh cycling. We were waiting for this day for many years and now we see the victory of the Kazakh Champion in the Kazakh team at a stage of the Tour de France! We all are happy and proud to deliver this success to our country. We are also happy because we were aiming this stage, we had a good plan for the day and, in the end, we perfectly achieved our goal! The team did a great job and also Alexey Lutsenko spent a phenomenal day on the road. He was strong, smart and did not do any mistake! It was our day and I congratulate all our fans with such a nice victory. But, the Tour de France is going on ahead. We are still at the first week of the race and there is a long way until Paris. We will keep on fighting during the whole race to try to get more nice results in this Grand Boucle, - said Dmitriy Fofonov, sports manager of Astana Pro Team.


The peloton with all the main race favorites, including Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez, finished 2 minutes 53 seconds behind Alexey Lutsenko.

The British rider Adam Yates still leads the race, wearing the yellow jersey. Miguel Angel Lopez is 10th, +0.13 behind.

With the yellow jersey on the shoulders of Yates, Mitchelton-SCOTT assumed their place at the head of the peloton for much of the stage. The escapees were allowed to stretch their advantage out to a maximum of six minutes before the gap began to fall on the approach to the day’s climbs.


Heading onto the final uphill drag to the line it was clear that the remains of the break would take the stage victory, while behind, Nieve placed himself on the front of the bunch, setting the pace and guiding Yates through the finale to retain the yellow jersey.

Adam Yates:
"It was nice [the first day in yellow], I think we controlled quite well, it was a strong breakaway and there were a lot of guys that really wanted to go in there today. It was pretty much flat all the way into the climbs, so it was quite hard to control, but I think we did a good job and in the end I still had Mikel and Esteban in the final, so all in all, a good day.

"Tomorrow’s a sprint stage and then we’ve got two really hard stages. These two stages I actually know quite a lot of the climbs, so it’s going to be really tough, but like I said before, we’ve got a super strong team here, not just for the flats but for the climbing stages, so I’m looking forward to it."


Stage 7 of the Tour de France will be held tomorrow: 168 km from Millau to Lavaur.

Stage 6 result
1. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana) 4hrs 32mins 34secs
2. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Cofidis) +55secs
3. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/CCC Team) +2mins 15secs
4. Neilson Powless (US/EF Pro Cycling) +2mins 17secs
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +2mins 52secs
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) +2mins 53secs
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Ineos Grenadiers) Same time
8. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers)
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grenadiers)
10. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)

General classification after stage 6
1. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 27mins 3mins 57secs
2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +3secs
3. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +7secs
4. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +9secs
5. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +13secs
6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) Same time
7. Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott)
8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic)
9. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale)
10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)