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Thrilling ride from UAE Team Emirates' Norwegian in 210km three-man breakaway
Thursday, 6 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates' Vegard Stake Laengen put up a thrilling attacking display during stage six of the Tour to win the award for the most aggressive rider of the day and will go into stage seven wearing the red numbered bib. A breakaway specialist, the Norwegian – who is competing in his first Tour de France - formed part of the three-man breakaway group that went on to head the race for over 210km. The group were eventually caught just 3km from the finish.
The riders fought with temperatures of over 30 degrees throughout the stage, which finished in the French town of Troyes, with Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) producing a sensational sprint finish to win his second stage of the Tour.
Speaking after the stage Vegard Stake Laengen, who was the largest man in the three rider breakaway group, said: “It was a hard stage, almost totally flat. It was hard to believe that the breakaway should arrive to the finish. Hopefully later in the Tour I will try on stages with more climbs. I'm taking more wind than the others, but I have a good position on my Colnago bike and I had good legs, so it was ok today.”
Stage seven is again suited to the sprinters, with just one categorised climb on the 213.5km course. The peloton will leave Troyes where the race will likely see a breakaway heading to Nuits-St-Georges. However, the breakaway group will expect to be drawn back in during what is anticipated to be a hard fought 50km sprint finish.
Stage six results
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 5:05:3
2 Arnaud Demare (Fre) FDJ
3 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
25 Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates
General Classification results after stage six
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 23:44:33
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12
3 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:14
13 Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:24
Youth results after stage six
# Rider Name (Country) Team Points
1 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica - Scott 23:45:16
2 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Monidale 0:00:24
3 Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:41


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