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Martin wins Tour de France's 6th stage, Van Avermaet keeps yellow jersey

16 July, 2018, 07:55 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Dan Martin celebrates as he crosses the line to take yesterday’s sixth stage of the Tour De France

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) has been handed a 20 second time penalty for drafting his team auto after puncturing in the final kilometres of Stage 6 at the Tour de France, finishing on the Mur de Bretagne.

The 31-year-old Martin, who was on his own during the final stretch of the 181-kilometer (112-mile) stage, clocked a time of 4:13:43, reports Efe.

"People had been saying I was not good enough to win a stage on this Tour, so I put my finger to my lips to tell them to shut up", said Groenewegen, explaining his gesture at the finish line.

The general classification contenders all crossed the line safely in the main group, but BMC's Greg Van Avermaet doubled his slender advantage in yellow to six seconds by winning the bonus sprint 31km from home.

After a somewhat inauspicious start to the season with his new UAE Emirates team, Martin showed a timely return to form last month when he won a stage and finished fourth overall at the week-long Criterium du Dauphine, the final pre-Tour tune-up for most of the pre-race favourites.

"I had good sensations but nothing outstanding, I was at my maximum". I thought when I first kicked I was floating, I was quite excited.

"I hope there's more".

"It was an early break but it was my only opportunity for the stage win as I'd never have got it in a sprint", explained Martin.




"Third is okay, if I win what do I get except an extra point or two?"

Four-time and defending champion Chris Froome is in 14th place, one minute and five second behind the yellow jersey of van Avermaet.

"Gilbert attacked a bit early, trying to drop everybody". "The Tour is very long and we are only on the fifth stage".

"I had a little coming together with Alex at the end, it might've been my fault but it just stopped me dead".

Another Frenchman, Laurent Pichon, then tried his luck alone too, but the pace was controlled by the sprinters' teams, and the Fortuneo-Samsic rider was reined in about 40km from the finish.

Gaviria and Slovakia's world champion Peter Sagan would end second and third on the same time as the victor.

The Grand Tour will continue tomorrow with a 181km stage from Dreux to Amiens Métropole.

The upcoming seventh stage runs from Fougeres to Chartres.

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