Tour de France 2013, Stage 6: Route, TV schedule and more

Bryn Lennon

Stage 6 of the 2013 Tour de France will run from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier. A relatively short 176.5 km trek across flat land should see this year's sprinters shine once again.

Stage 6 of the 2013 Tour de France will be the first true sprint stage of this year's event. The stage is shorter than most, at 176.5 kilometers, and will ride along flat coastal roads after a Category 4 climb just a third of the way through the trek from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier. As a result, look for the likes of Andre Greipel, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Stage 5 winner Mark Cavendish to try and cut into Peter Sagan's lead atop the points classification.

While the course is relatively straightforward, SB Nation's cycling blog Podium Cafe points out the possibility of strong winds coming off the Mediterranean:

Remember in 2009 when Lance Armstrong snuck in the lead group and his teammate Alberto Contador was left some thirty seconds behind in the second echelon? That was some polemica, wasn't it? I doubt we see some of that tomorrow, but somebody could lose a chance at the stage or overall. So, let's all cross our fingers for some crosswinds, okay? Because sprints are awesome, but echelons are awesomer.

Live television coverage will begin at 8 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

Map and profile:

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Via the official site of the 2013 Tour de France

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