Thursday's Tour stage favours Egan Bernal, says Geraint Thomas

Thursday's Tour stage favours Egan Bernal, says Geraint Thomas

Belgium's Dylan Teuns has taken victory on stage 6 of the Tour de France on the La Planches des Belles Filles - the first gruelling summit finish of this year's edition.

On stage 6 he showed his talents with a day-long break and second place behind Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida).

Teuns won the ultra-tough mountain stage to Planche des Belles Filles when he and Ciccone, a relatively unknown duo, crossed the summit finish line as the sole survivors of a mass breakaway.

Ciccone was less calm about his feat."It's just unbelievable", said the Italian after taking the overall lead from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe by just six seconds.

Twice champion Vincenzo Nibali, who was waiting for the first mountain stage to assess his form after finishing second overall in a demanding Giro d'Italia in May, lost 51 seconds to Thomas, whom he now trails by 1:07 overall. Teuns moved up to 3rd.

He crashed during Stage 4 on Tuesday and continued racing but his CCC team said pain increased during Wednesday's stage to Colmar in eastern France.

He was fourth over the line in the first mountain stage of the competition.

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Defending champion Geraint Thomas was the strongest of the overall contenders on the 160-km route from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.

"Now it feels odd to be here with the yellow jersey myself", added Ciccone, who hails from the Abbruzzo region.

"After my Giro, there were quite some teams interested but for me it was pretty clear I wanted to stay with Trek-Segafredo, where I feel so at home". You can't really tell a lot from the last few days - obviously Alaphilippe is flying up those type of climbs.

It is safe to say that the end of stage six is going to be a test of Geraint Thomas's mettle, and the same goes for the other contenders for the General Classification.

"When Movistar went and (Alejandro) Valverde were riding it was solid, I was feeling pretty good - I was just unsure as on those steep climbs I was expecting Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana and obviously Egan to jump up there, so I was hoping for it to be hardest all day before that".

Friday's seventh stage is a 230km flat ride from Belfort to Chalons sur Saone.