Tour de France: Six Day stars hit the roads
13 July 2018
And on the seventh day…they kept cycling.
Whilst it may be uncharted territory for us at Six Day, the famed Tour de France lasts for more than three weeks, with riders covering a total of 3,351km – or, to put it in more familiar terms, 13,404 laps of a Six Day track.
With the first week of le Tour now complete, we thought we’d take a look at how some of the Six Day racers participating are getting on.
Mark Cavendish, twice runner-up at Six Day London, is hoping to take Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour stage wins, and whilst he is yet to add to his tally of 30, there are sprint opportunities over the weekend on stages eight and nine that he will look to target.
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Cavendish currently sits down in 29th in the points classification, 24 places below fellow Six Day competitor Dylan Groenewegen, in what has been a successful Tour so far for the Dutchman.
He backed up his win on the final stage last year down with a victory on stage seve, as well as a sixth-place finish on the opening stage of this year’s race, good enough for 82 points in total so far.
Another Six Day rider in the points is young Belgian Jasper De Buyst, who snatched third in the intermediate sprint on stage five, picking up 15 points, good enough for 39th in the standings.
Elsewhere, Six Day stalwart Niki Terpstra competes in his seventh Tour.
A two-time stage Combativity award winner – an honour bestowed upon the most attacking rider, and deserving of a special red number on their jerseys – Terpstra currently sits down in 111th in the overall standings.
And finally from a Six Day perspective, Nils Politt is making his sophomore appearance in le Tour after he was last year one of the youngest competitors in the race.
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