Kittel makes it two in Troyes. Already winner of the first sprint of this Tour de France in Liege, Marcel Kittel repeated the feat in stage 6 to make it two in Troyes. Tour de France Stage 6 Preview. Thursday, 6 July After a brief test of the main contenders, back to the first of two consecutive sprint stages, a chance for. The Tour de France starts for the 1st time from Düsseldorf in Germany. From Saturday 1st of July to Sunday. So effectively, Froome and Thomas only had 2 domestiques. The sprinters approach the line during stage 6 at the Tour de France Getty Images Sport. Fabio Aru Astana in the polka-dot jersey Getty Images Sport. The Frenchman retains the green jersey, albeit with a lead of just 27 points over Kittel. I could start from a great position, a little behind, to see where my rivals were going. It then meant that Froome took yellow and thus Sky will be busy out the front of the peleton for many more days to come. This most cunning of plans resulted in Richie Porte loosing yet more time only 2 seconds to Chris Froome. Chris Froome in yellow behind the Sky train. Could have stayed longer, decided to conserve energy. Tour de France Stage 6 Preview Thursday, 6 July There is a big battle with Kittel. Quemeneur, Laengen and Backaert stuck gamely to their task in the final hour of racing, and they remained off the front until the final four kilometres, when they were eventually swallowed up. Graphic near live - Stage 6 - Tour de Race leader enjoys relaxed day behind sprinters' teams. Hard to see this happen unless Porte is no longer a threat in GC. Bicycling TdF Newsletter Tour de France highlights, tech, analysis, and drama, every day. Those who have come close will make tactical tweaks, hoping that fractional improvement will be enough to turn a top three into a win.