- Stage 6: 4h 37' 00" (actual), 4h 57' 12" (prediction), 20' 12" slow (7.29% error)
I usually don't mind having errors under 8%, but I was surprised how fast this stage turned out to be. Check out Sagan's average speed below.
- Stage 6: 12.49 m/s (44.95 km/hr or 27.93 mph)
Excluding the average speed of the individual time trial that was the Prologue, the above average speed for the winner of Stage 6 is the greatest so far. Sagan's average speed was 7.2% greater than what Mark Cavendish had in winning Stage 2, a stage that was the same length as today's Stage 6. Those cyclists are amazing athletes!
Tomorrow's Stage 7 is the first of two straight medium-mountain stages before Stage 9's individual time trial. After that time trial, riders will enjoy their first of two rest days on Tuesday, 10 July. Stage 7 begins in the commune of Tomblaine and takes riders 199.0 km (123.7 miles) southeast to the ski station at La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges Mountains. Besides having a great climb during the middle of Stage 7, the stage ends with the climb to the ski station, which is at an elevation of 1035 m (3396 feet) above sea level. Below is our prediction.
- Stage 7: 5h 13' 07" (prediction)
Cyclists surprised us a little with today's speed. Will they be able to surprise us tomorrow with a fast final climb?