Scaroni beats Burgaudeau over the top of the climb.

128km to go

Six up front with a small lead now as the riders head towards the top of the climb.

Michael Storer (Tudor) and Gijs Leemreize (DSM-Firmenich PostNL) are trying to get across to the attackers.

Burgaudeau has Scaroni, Bruno Armirail (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) and Georg Zimmerman (Intermarché-Wanty) for company.

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Alexis Gougeard (Cofidis) has abandoned. He was off the back of the peloton earlier.

And now another counter which includes Burgaudeau.

131km to go

That group has now been caught too.

Cristian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan) is on the move again with Ryan Gibbons (Lidl-Trek), Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Dstny), and Pierre Latour (TotalEneries).

The riders have hit the second-category Col des Lèques (6.6km at 5%) now.

Now the six-man group have been caught.

Closing in on the day’s first climb, the Col des Lèques.

Johan Jacobs (Movistar), Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers), Thibaut Guernalec (Arkéa-B&B Hotels), Cristian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan), Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek), Dušan Rajović (Bahrain Victorious) all together up front now.

141km to go

Cristian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan), Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek), Dušan Rajović (Bahrain Victorious) are chasing.

Another attack now, this time featuring Johan Jacobs (Movistar), Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers) and Thibaut Guernalec (Arkéa-B&B Hotels).

A shot of one of the several attacks which didn’t manage to go clear.

148km to go

The quartet tried a move but they’ve been brought back by the peloton.

Former race leader Laurence Pithie (Groupama-FDJ) now on the move along with Rémi Cavagna (Movistar), Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek), and Anthon Charmig (Astana)

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A nice shot from the early stages of today’s race.

156km to go

Still no breakaway here.

The race is heading slightly uphill as the riders head towards the first climb of the day in around 30km. Double stage winner Olav Kooij has been dropped.

Not much going on but at least they’ll get to the finish quickly.

164km to go

A 43kph average speed so far.

Three riders didn’t take the start of the stage today – DSM-Firmenich PostNL duo Nils Eekhoff and Tobias Andreesen and Alpecin-Deceuninck’s SIlvan Dillier.

139 riders left in Paris-Nice.

170km to go

Still no breakaway today…

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It’s dry and cloudy at the race today with a chilly temperature of 9°C.

177km to go

No breakaway as the pair are reeled back in.

Mountain classification leader Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) has now gone on the attack along with Rémi Cavagna (Movistar).

It was a race that the UCI refused to sanction, citing an “excessive number of stages”, “excessive individual stage distances”, “excessive climbing”, and an “excessive duration”…

17 stages, 1,067km with 6,705 metres of climbing and just one rest day – that was the Idaho Women’s Challenge, which ran from 1984 to 2002.

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The trio are quickly reeled in, however.

183km to go

Cédric Beullens (Lotto Dstny), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-EasyPost) and Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) try a move off the front.

It’s a fast pace early on.

Attacking from the start but no breakaway gone just yet.

198km to go

After a short neutralised section, the flag has dropped and racing is underway!

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The riders have rolled out into the neutral zone to start the day.

We’ve also got live coverage of stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico today as the peloton faces a tough late climb on the road to Valle Castellana.

Olav Kooij took his second sprint win of the week in Sisteron yesterday, beating Mads Pedersen to the line with a rapid late dash to the line.

Over here in Paris-Nice, let’s take a look at the stage 5 results and the GC picture heading into today.

The biggest news of the morning is Chris Froome suffering a fractured wrist at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Five classified climbs on today’s route, including four second-category tests.

We’re in for 198.2km of racing today with the flag dropping within the next half an hour.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 6 of Paris-Nice!