Long and not-so-winding road

Stage 6 Montargis – Gueugnon
The longest stage of this year’s Tour at 227.5km has the potential to be a dull affair, although some nasty lumps in the second half of the day have the potential to weed out the weaker elements and avoid the final-kilometre carnage of Sunday.

Cast your mind back to 2007, when Fabian Cancellara won the prologue in London and went into that year’s mammoth 236.5km third stage holding a thirteen second lead. The four-man break faffed around in the closing stages and the sprinters looked at each other as the yellow jersey clipped off, powered past the hapless quartet and beat Erik Zabel to the line. Sheer class from the big Swiss, and all done without the aid of an engine…

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