Dan Martin powers to Tour stage victory

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2018

Dan Martin, the Birmingham-born Irishman, won his second ever stage of the Tour de France today, surging up the Mûr de Bretagne to take the honours on the first significant climb of this year's race.

Third when the Tour last visited the climb dubbed "The Breton Alpe d'Huez" in 2015, UAE Team Emirates rider Martin made his move early, dancing clear of the field ahead of the kilometre-to-go banner before holding off a strong challenge from Frenchman Pierre Latour (Ag2R-La Mondiale) to claim only the second Tour stage win of his career and the first since 2013.

170 riders started Stage 6 but it was Martin who triumphed despite taking an almighty gamble to sprint for the front.

Dumoulin, who punctured six kilometres from the finish, rallied to come home 53 seconds down while Bardet - two times a podium finisher in Paris - swapped bikes with a team-mate at the foot of the two-kilometre climb but cracked on the steepest gradient to finish 31 seconds adrift.

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Joining Porte in those time gains was Irish stage victor Daniel Martin (UAE), Spaniards Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Mikel Landa (Movistar), Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Welshman Geraint Thomas (Sky), Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), and Dane Jacob Fuglsang (Astana). "It was good to finish second back then but this time I was coming for victory", Martin said.

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Ireland's Daniel Martin is all smiles as he takes out stage six of the Tour de France. Dumoulin is one more second behind.

"(Porte) can be confident after this climb, " Van Avermaet said.

At the end of the stage, BMC's Greg Van Avermaet retained the yellow jersey, with Team Sky's Geraint Thomas moving up to second, three seconds back. "There are a lot of twists on the Tour and this time luck was not on our side". Bardet, who suffered a broken wheel, was forced to swap bikes with a teammate and lost over half a minute to the stage victor Martin.

A group of around 40 riders including Froome opened up a gap of over a minute, but Martin and the rest worked to reunite the peloton.

Saturday's (NZ time) flat 231-kilometer leg from Fougeres to Chartes is the longest stage of this Tour.

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