Teuns wins Tour stage six as Ciccone takes yellow

Cycling – Tour de France – The 160.5-km Stage 6 from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles – July 11, 2019 – Bahrain-Merida rider Dylan Teuns of Belgium wins the stage. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France (Reuters) – Belgian Dylan Teuns won the sixth stage of the Tour de France, a 160.5-km ride from Mulhouse on Thursday.

The Bahrain-Merida rider beat Italian Giulio Ciccone, who claimed the overall leader’s yellow jersey at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles after a 7km ascent at an average gradient of 8.7%.

Belgian Xandro Meurisse took third place.

Defending champion Geraint Thomas was the strongest of the overall contenders as he took fourth place, two seconds ahead of fifth-placed Thibaut Pinot of France.

Thomas’s Ineo team mate Egan Bernal of Colombia ended up 12th, nine seconds behind the Briton.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond

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