Tour de France 2014: Stage 6 preview with Chris Boardman
A look ahead to the 194km stage between Arras and Reims
Wednesday 09 July 2014
After the sound and fury of the cobbles on Stage 5, it’s back onto more sedate ground for a flat day into the heart of Champagne country .
In medieval times Reims was the place of coronation for French kings- and in 2014, it may give an opportunity for a French rider to reign supreme over the Tour for a day. Whilst this stage should in all likelihood end in a bunch sprint, the threat of crosswinds and some tricky bends in the final kilometres will give the inevitable breakaway more than a faint hope of success.
Along the route there are just two, fourth-category climbs, so the overall race contenders will be content to sit back, relax and watch the fireworks explode ahead of them. With Cavendish just a distant memory, the way appears clear for Marcel Kittel to again stamp his hefty frame all over the race.
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