Épernay – Metz (207.5km) Click for route map
We had considered visiting Metz on our trip to the Ardennes a few weeks ago but in the end decided it was just too far. It does look an interesting place with a prominent cathedral and riverside walks. The city has a fascinating historical background, its border location making it a valued prize in wars between Germany and France. There a many buildings of note including the Gothic Saint-Stephen’s Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Pierre-aux-Nonnains, the Station Palace opened in 1908, the oldest working Opera House in France, the Arsenal Concert Hall and the Centre Pompidou-Metz Museum of Contemporary Arts. A place I would definitely like to visit, perhaps en route to Strasbourg which is also on my wish list.
Another impressive win today for Peter Sagan, his third. A huge crash at 26km from the finish prevented many key contenders, including Mark Cavendish, from being part of the sprint finish. This is not the first crash that has prevented Cavendish from being able to come to the front and it is getting increasingly difficult to see how he can claw his way back to the top and contest the green jersey this year.
The top five of Stage 6
1. Peter Sagan (SVK) LIQ 4h37’00”
2. André Greipel (GER) LTB
3. Matt Goss (AUS) OGE
4. Kenny van Hummel (NED) VCD
5. Juan José Haedo (ARG) STB
Team placings after Stage 6
1. Team Sky Procycling
Jerseys for Stage 7
Yellow – Cancellara
Green – Sagan
Polka Dot – Morkov
White – Van Garderen
For more information on the cyclists, their teams and how they were placed see the Tour de France official site.
Read my TDF posts covering this and previous years.