This Saturday, Intermarché-Circus-Wanty started the sixth Tour de France on the attack. Immediately after the start of this opening stage around Bilbao, the Walloon World Team participated in the attacks to join the early breakaway and it was Frenchman Lilian Calmejane who joined the good group of five riders.
Even though the peloton only gave them a maximal advantage of two minutes, Calmejane rode almost 130 kilometer in the lead. The breakaway was caught just before the fourth difficulty, the Côte de Vivero which was situated a little more than 30 kilometer before the finish. Georg Zimmermann collected three points on top of this second category climb and is currently third in the KOM classification.
The end of the stage led to a battle between the GC favourites. The peloton exploded on the Côte de Pike, with its top 12 kilometer before the finish. South African rider Louis Meintjes crossed the line in 21st position, 33 seconds behind the winner and 20 seconds later than the first group led by Tadej Pogacar.