Tour de France 2014, Stage 6: Route, TV schedule and more

Doug Pensinger

The riders trade out the bumpy route of Stage 5 for a smoother run in Stage 6.

After a wet, bumpy ride through Stage 5 that saw defending champion Chris Froome knocked out of the race, the 2014 Tour de France gets a bit smoother in Stage 6. The ride will make a 194 kilometer run through the relatively flat land between Arras and Reims.

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali enters the day with a slim two-second lead over Astan teammate Jakob Fuglsang, but has gained a significant lead over contender Alberto Contador, who lost almost three minutes on Wednesday.

Here is the map of the day's route.

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via LeTour.com

Here's a look at the stage profile, which features a sprint sandwiched by a pair of category four climbs.

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via LeTour.com

The riders will scale two hills towards the finish, but the final 37 kilometers are relatively flat. Though the finale is flat, it is curvy -- there are no less than six roundabouts during the final six kilometers -- and should make for an exciting finish.

TV: NBCSN

Start time: 8 a.m. ET

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