Stage six will be a big day, 157km from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles, finishing with a 7km rise that maxes out at 20% at the top.
The first fight between GC contenders with a heavy finish.
The favourites of the Tour never miss out on La Planche des Belles Filles “rendez-vous”. They will this time face an even tougher finish (1 extra kilometre… including two additional steep climbs), and all that after taking on several other climbs including the Markstein, the Ballon d’Alsace and the Col des Chevrères. A rather heavy menu for an even heavier deadline.
On this first summit finish it looks likely some gaps will start to appear in the peloton. This is the race's fourth visit to the summit since 2012, but this time the Tour will go even higher: "The stage also races up a part that we had built up there so that the (publicity) caravan could turn around," says Tour director Christian Prudhomme. "That's an extra kilometre at an average gradient of 9.5%."