Tour de France 2014 – Etape 6

Arras to Reims

Winner: Andre Greipel

Some wondered what had happened to the top-end speed of the other German sprinting titan, Andre Greipel. Consider that question answer. My favorite Pollack, Michael Kiwatkowski gunned it off the front with about two kilometers to go, giving hope to fans that he might make it stick. If the thin dude doesn’t look strong, I think he answered that question.

He was caught and in the wild field spring that ensued, Greipel came to the front at just the right time and held off the horses chasing him. Alexander Kristoff was second, again. Sagan was fifth. His frustration was clear on the podium. Though he holds both the sprint and best young rider jerseys, Sagan wants a stage win as well. He’ll have to keep on charging.

Six stages in and we have four stages won by two Germans, one win from the Italian road race champion and Maillot Jaune holder, and one from the Dutch ex-crosser. This is turning into quite an amazing Grand Tour!

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