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2023 Tour de France Stage 4-6 Highlights

By Jeff Stinger

A clash of the titans happened between Stage 4 and today, with Tadej Pogacar recovering to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France, gaining momentum over Jonas Vingegaard. With the action swiftly gaining intensity, Nitrobetting shares the latest updates on the winners of each stage and the top contenders for the coveted Yellow Jersey. Check out the notable storylines of the 2023 Tour de France Stages 4-6.

Top Stage 4-6 Highlights of the 2023 Tour de France

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Stage 4

Jasper Philipsen quickly abolished the “Jasper Disaster” nickname following another stage win in this year’s Tour de France. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider claimed his second stage win in a Stage 4 sprint. It was a crash-filled day in the last 5 kilometers after a seemingly chill day in the peloton. Philipsen’s team once again provided a great leadout train and the Belgian felt good and had enough power to sustain a hard-charging Caleb Ewan. Phil Bauhaus crossed the line in third place to make for the same three riders on the podium at the final stage in Spain.

The Belgium-based team continued to assert their presence in the Tour, securing a stage win for a second consecutive day. However, Stage 4 had its nuances, despite both days providing sprinters an advantageous course. Stage 4 concluded on the motorsport track, Circuit Paul Armagnac sparked chaotic moments, which saw three crashes in the final two kilometers. Alpecin remained composed and held strong, with Mathieu van der Poel showing up at the right time to deliver Philipsen to his second win.

Stage 5

The fifth stage ended with +1,400 favorite Jai Hindley winning the day and claiming the Yellow Jersey along with it. It was an exciting day as the riders entered the Pyrenees and the top climbers in the world gunning for the GC in style. Giulio Ciccone of Lidl-Trek finished second on the stage, while Felix Gall of AG2R Citroen came in third on the day. Defending champion Jonas Vingegaard crossed the line in fifth.

Jai Hindley darted through the lead group and attempted an unexpected breakaway. He timed his attack well to clinch Stage Five and the Yellow Jersey. It was a brilliant showing from the Aussie cyclist, who said in a post-race interview that he “improvised” during the latter stage. We saw Hindley wear the leader’s jersey in several Grand Tours, most notably during the 2022 Giro d’Italia which he won.

When +109 favorite Jonas Vingegaard pulled away from teammate Sepp Kuss on the Col de Marie Blanque with less than 20 kilometers to go, it was our first opportunity of the race to see if co-favorite Tadej Pogacar had enough in the tank to keep up. Unfortunately, the two-time Tour de France champion failed to keep up. Vingegaard ate up the climb and held the advantage even on the way down the Col de Marie Blanque. At the end of the day, the defending champion finished just over a minute ahead of Pogacar on the stage.

Stage 6

Tadej Pogacar retaliated from his Stage 5 defeat in no time. Despite Jonas Vingegaard snatching the yellow leader’s jersey during an intense day at the Pyrenees, the +115 winner made a massive statement and dropped Vingegaard on the final climb of the stage. The Slovenian cyclist won the stage and closed the gap to the GC leader.

Many thought Pogacar was far from 100% all day. However, he was saving his energy for the final two kilometers, taking his rival Jonas Vingegaard by surprise. He made up for his deficit on Yellow Jersey today and put himself back in the race before Stage 6. The final stretch hits the whole event and might come down to seconds. Pogacar created a 24-second lead ahead of the Jumbo-Visma rider.

Another impressive performance goes to Wout van Aert. The Belgian cyclist can lead a race whenever he wants to. The super-domestique laid down the groundwork for his teammate and set the pace for Stage 6. It was a perfect ride for him, many times looking like the only rider doing the heavy lifting. He was dropped just over four kilometers from the finish and left it up to Vingegaard.

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