Alexey Lutsenko took the spoils on Mont Aigoual in stage 6 of the Tour de France as Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey on a day of attrition for the race favourites.
Kazakh champion Lutsenko (Astana) proved the strongest of an eight-man break through the 191km-stage to the Massif Central, kicking clear on the penultimate climb of the Col de la Lusette to take the primary Tour stage win of his profession.
Spain’s Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) battled again for second place, 55 seconds behind earlier than Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet (CCC Crew) denied the US’s Neilson Powless (EF Professional Biking) third place on his twenty fourth birthday.
A symbolic assault on the house straight from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) noticed the Frenchman recoup one second over his rivals following the controversial 20-second penalty he incurred for an unlawful feed on Wednesday to lose the yellow jersey.
The pack got here residence in Alaphilippe’s wake virtually three minutes down on Lutsenko because the anticipated GC fireworks fizzled out on the Tour’s first ever summit end on Mont Aigoual, the climb made well-known by Tim Krabbe’s seminal novel, The Rider.
Yates survived what was Britain’s one hundred and first day in yellow unscathed as his Mitchelton-Scott staff have been glad to take a again seat and let the Ineos Grenadiers of Colombia’s Egan Bernal do a lot of the tempo-setting through the hilly remaining third of the stage.
No change on the high sees Yates retain his three-second lead over Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), with one other Slovenian, the white jersey of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Crew Emirates), in third place an additional 4 seconds again. Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) is fourth at 9 seconds earlier than defending champion Bernal heads a cluster of favourites at 13 seconds, with Alaphilippe staying in sixteenth place however now at 15 seconds from the race summit.
Eire’s Sam Bennett put in one other robust exhibiting within the intermediate dash to increase his lead over Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to 12 factors, whereas Frenchman Benoit Cosnefroy (Ag2R-La Mondiale) retained the polka dot jersey.
“It is in all probability an important victory of my life. The Tour de France is an important biking occasion yearly so it makes me actually, actually glad. It went nearly in addition to it might’ve carried out. I have been working actually arduous to get this stage victory. It was a stage we focused and I am delighted all of it got here to fruition as a result of all of my efforts paid off and clearly that is sensible,” Lutsenko stated.
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