TDF 2021: Stage 6, Tours > Châteauroux 160.6 km **Spoilers**
Stage 6, Tours > Châteauroux 160.6 km1-7-2021
The 160.6 kilometre stage leaves Tours and heads east. The race heads out of the cathedral city of Tours and ventures into picture-postcard châteaux and vineyard country. Marcel Kittel sprinted to triumph, the last time the Tour de France visited Tours, in 2013. Châteauroux has not seen the Tour de France since 2011. More on that, later.
La Grande Boucle's 6th stage should be another one for the fast finishers, as the route is almost entirely played out on the flat. The only possible threat to this scenario could be if there is a threat of crosswinds. 2011 saw echelon action in this region, when the winds picked up.
When reading the names of the last stage winners in Châteauroux, it is hard to imagine that a non-sprinter could win here: in 1998, it was Mario Cippolini who raised his arms. However, it was Mark Cavendish who won the last two finishes in town, in 2008 and 2011 and now he's back, searching for the illusive hat trick. It was also at Châteauroux, that The Manx Missile took his first ever stage of Le Grande Boucle.
Favourites stage 6 Tour de France 2021
***** Mark Cavendish, Tim Merlier
**** Arnaud Démare, Nacer Bouhanni
*** Cees Bol, Jasper Philipsen
** Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, Mads Pedersen
* Christophe Laporte, Peter Sagan, Sonny Colbrelli , Danny van Poppel
Stage town for the 9th time
Due to its geographical location, situated between the Loire and the Cher, the city of Tours is a historic centre and the ideal starting point for a unique itinerary in the land of chateaux.
The city of Tours was awarded the title of "International City of Gastronomy" in 2013.
Home to one of the calendar's oldest and most respected cycle races, Paris-Tours doesn't necessarily end with a bunch sprint, these days. Tom Boonen had his only success on the Avenue de Grammont in 2005, whereas Leon Van Bon had victoriously wrapped up a breakaway in 2000.
Rillette of Tours
Tours people are proud of their charcuterie. In particular the rillette and the rillons. It was in the 15th century that the rillette appeared in Touraine. It consists of meat, most often pork, cooked for a long time in its fat. The meat is then crushed by hand and seasoned with salt and pepper. It looks like a stringy "pâté" and is often eaten on toast. It can be found in jars with a thin layer of fat on top or cut up in delicatessens.As for rillons, they are cubes of pork belly that are streaky, browned and candied whole in their cooking fat.
On the road
Château de Valençay
Stage town for the 4th time
Chateauroux, capital city of the Indre, is the birthplace of Gérard Depardieu. The old town, close to the river, forms a nucleus around which a newer and more extensive quarter, bordered by boulevards, has grown up. The castle from which the city takes its name was built in the latter part of the 10th century. From 920 to 1008, the Norman raids forced the monks of the abbey of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, founded in Brittany by Saint Gildas, to bring his relics to the abbey of Saint-Gildas of Châteauroux that they founded.
Specialities: Berrichon pâté, potato galette, Reuilly, Valençay and Châteaumeillant wines, Valençay and Pouligny goat cheese.
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