Steve Cummings has become a name we’ve grown to know and love this year. He is the British rider who has powered his way to wins from breakaway efforts in 2016; and he’s also the rider who caught the French unawares in the Tour last year to claim his maiden Tour stage win. Breakaway riders like him could well find stage 6 to their liking.
Stage 6: July Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban – 190.5 kilometres
If ever there was a stage suited to a break, this is it. The stage is probably a bit too lumpy for the sprinters, while it does not offer much for the climbers either, with two category three climbs and one category four climb scattered along the course. With the final category three climb some 40 kilometres from the finish, there may be time for the sprinters’ teams to drag back a break, but the earlier climbs would make it vital for them to manage the gap throughout the stage if they are to time it right for a bunch sprint in Montauban. Let us hope that, for once, the break can hang on for a glorious stage win.