Tour de France stage 6 LIVE: Latest updates on 220km route from Binche to Longwy today

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Stage six of the Tour de France is the longest of the entire Tour and offers up opportunities for a breakaway and anyone with the legs for a hilly finish at the end of a hard 220km route.

The peloton begins in Binche, Belgium and travels south-east along the border with France before finishing in Longwy. The general classification contenders are unlikely to get into a scrap on such a day, given the Tour’s first summit finish arrives on Friday where there could be fireworks. That means a breakaway of riders outside the GC mix could be allowed to run free and make a move stick all the way to the finish.

Wout van Aert begins the day in the yellow jersey, despite crashing on stage 5 and then waiting up to help his team leader Jonas Vingegaard who had suffered a puncture. Fabio Jakobsen continues in green only because the points leader Van Aert is already wearing yellow, reigning champion Tadej Pogacar stays in the best young rider’s white jersey, while Magnus Cort still holds the polka dots of the King of the Mountains.

Follow all the latest updates from stage 6 of the 2022 Tour de France below:

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Tour de France Stage 6


Tour de France Stage 6

A leading group from the peloton featuring Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogacar catches the breakaway three and reels them back in.

Who’s at the front now?

It’s Wout van Aert of course with 179km to go.

Tour de France Stage 6

Filippo Ganna speeds up at the head of the peloton and reels in the two breakaway pursuers Tim Wellens and Amund Grøndahl Jansen.

Under Ganna’s power the peloton cuts the gap to 45 seconds behind the leading trio after 34km.

Wout van Aert now takes over. He’s back out at the front of the peloton and increasing the pace.

Tour de France Stage 6

Wellens’ pursuit of the breakaway has slackened and he’s dropped back alongside Grøndahl Jansen. If they help each other out they will be better suited to join the breakaway but they’re currently 49 seconds behind.

Back in the peloton, Wout van Aert continues to launch attacks from the front, looking for the ideal moment to leave the bunch behind.

188km left.

Tour de France Stage 6

Amund Grøndahl Jansen of BikeExchange–Jayco has set off ahead of the peloton but is a long way behind the breakaway group. He’s going to have a tough time of things to catch them which seems to be his plan.

193km to go. The breakaway has a lead of over a minute now. Tim Wellens is just under 500m behind them and gaining, he could join the leaders fairly soon if he can keep up the pace.

Tour de France Stage 6

A few attacks have been led by Wout van Aert this morning but the trio of Benoit Cosnefroy, Taco van der Hoorn and Toms Skujins have managed to increases their gap.

Tim Wellens is chasing them down, he’s trying to catch the leaders who are 30 seconds ahead of the peloton.

Tour de France Stage 6

Just behind the leading trio is Kevin Vermaerke who’s attempting to bridge the gap which is now under 10 seconds.

Peter Sagan is riding on the wheel of Wout van Aert who continues to set a ferocious pace at the front of the peloton in pursuit of the breakaway three.

200km to go.

Tour de France Stage 6

Benoit Cosnefroy, Taco van der Hoorn and Toms Skujins have opened up a 12 second gap on the rest of the peloton but there’s a response from Wout van Aert to catch them.

The yellow jersey leader seems determined to get himself into this breakaway.

Tour de France Stage 6

The leading riders are flying. They’re travelling at 61mph and a little split is opening up between them and the peloton. Wout van Aert was leading the charge at one point but he’s fallen back.

Tadej Pogacar is also hovering at the back of the attempted breakaway which is starting to slow down.

They didn’t manage to get away from the peloton. 205km to go.

Tour de France Stage 6

Wout van Aert has moved himself up to third place as the peloton reigns in the riders attempting to breakaway.

There are a lot of teams trying to get themselves out in front but the peloton isn’t going to let them.

9km down already, Mathieu van der Poel and Guillaume Martin are getting dropped from the bunch.

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