Mathieu van der Poel overall had a good day on this 6th stage of the Tour de France, even if he will still have been endangered at the start of the stage with the breakaway of Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step). Finally, everything is back to normal and it is in the sprint that it is decided to win Châteauroux. Dutch from the Alpecin-Fenix once again confined himself to a role of teammate with his two sprinters Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen. Unfortunately for the Belgian team, Philipsen must settle for second place since he was beaten by Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step).
Video – Van der Poel’s reaction after the 6th stage of the Tour
“Unfortunately they lost my wheel”
“Today (Thursday) normally it wasn’t too difficult, but the start of the stage was hard with a breakaway powerful who tried to form. ATnear we understood that it was going to be a sprint. Tomorrow (Friday), I think it’s going to be a tough stage. I think Tadej Pogacar doesn’t want the jersey yet so I like that everything is going well for him. I still felt good, but unfortunately they lost my wheel because otherwise we would have had a good chance I think today (Thursday). Me, I thought that Merlier was going to do the sprint, that was what was planned (Laughs). It’s amazing, normally Cavendish shouldn’t have started here and now he’s winning his second stage. I think he’s back again “, said Mathieu van der Poel at the microphone of France Television.