Thursday July 4th, 2013

Stage 6Aix-en-Provence / Montpellier

Start 13h20 GMT 2+

Shorter, flatter... faster?

Sporting stakes03.07.2013Stage 6- Aix-en-Provence / Montpellier

After the undulations on the island of Corsica come a few days where the sprinters show their style. As we saw in stage five, it's the job of the stars to finish off the work done by others. Even the winner in Marseille, Mark Cavendish, admitted that he didn't do very much; he just happened to beat the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Peter Sagan and André Greipel because he felt an obligation to pay back his team-mates for their efforts over almost 230km.

The formula for sprint stages is generally the same: a break goes, the yellow jersey's team gets on the front and sets a steady tempo, then the sprinters' teams move forward and begin the chase. Orica-GreenEdge has a sprinter as well as the yellow jersey so it's natural that the Australian team will be at the front of the pack en route to Montpellier in stage six. There is a chance that Daryl Impey could take the yellow jersey from Simon Gerrans; the South African only has to finish eight places ahead of the Australian and he'll become the first from his country to lead the Tour de France.

It was in Montpellier that South African cycling came of age when Robbie Hunter won a Tour de France sprint stage six years ago... the usual names come to mind when considering what might happen in this stage and perhaps it will be another day for South African fans to celebrate a bit of history.

Stage 6 Aix-en-Provence / Montpellier

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