Jan Bárta close to the most aggressive rider
For sure a bunch sprint was expected in today’s 6th stage. A total of 3 KOMs and 1 sprint were awarded over the 190.5-kilometer course.
Jan Bárta and Yukia Arashio (Lampre – Merida) were the first who attacked successfully and went clear from the peloton. They extended their lead at about 3 minutes to the bunch. Jan won the first and the last KOM, and also the sprint, but 20 km before the finish line the two breakaway riders were caught by the peloton, which was packed with the teams’ sprinters.
Of course Jan was a big contender to get the red jersey of the most aggressive rider today, but it was the decision of the jury to give it to Japanese rider Yukia Arashio.
As for Shane Archbold, he took over sprinter Sam Bennett’s role again today, Sam who is still recovering from his crash. For Sam it was the first day without antibiotics, which is the next step in his recovery.
In the end, Shane was involved in a great bunch sprint with Kittel and Cavendish and took the 10th place. He was blocked with 300 meters to go, but it is great so see how he adapts to his new role.
“For sure the last k´s were very crazy and a new experience for me to sprint with the fastest guy´s of the world,” says Archbold. “I still have to learn how a manage to get in the right position without taking the risk of a crash. But I’m very happy with this result.”
“You have to give the riders the freedom and to motivate them to go in a leading group,” explains Sport Director Enrico Poitschke. “Clearly it is the decision of the riders to be at the right place to the right time, and you need also a little bit of luck. The riders will always go full-gas if they are in a leading group, but you have to pay attention to the race situation or even the wind, and so you have to decide if it makes sense or not. Today we kept Jan back a little to save energy for the 2nd and 3rd week because than we still want to be able to go into breakaway groups.”
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