Martin wins Tour de Frances 6th stage, Van Avermaet keeps yellow jersey

Jose Verdugo
Julio 14, 2018

Martin won the stage by one second from Frenchman Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) and 3s on a group of 13 riders that included Valverde (3rd) Yates (6th), Thomas (9th), Porte (11th), Quintana (13th), Nibali (14th) and Fuglsang (15th); as well as Porte's Belgian teammate and overall race leader, Greg Van Avermaet (12th) who kept the yellow jersey.

"I'm not sure the riders knew how to take advantage of it, the stage really could have been much more interesting", he said of the course some were describing as riddled with traps.

Ireland's Daniel Martin clinched victory on the sixth stage of the Tour de France after an impressive late attack on the Mûr-de-Bretagne.

"I went to go but Quick-Step and Bora-Hansgrone just seem to have another level".

This was his second career stage victory in the Tour de France, the first having come on the ninth stage of the 2013 race.

"I hit the back wheel of Bardet when there was the movement in the peloton and I couldn't avoid it", the Dutch rider said.

"(Porte) can be confident after this climb", Van Avermaet said. I wanted to give it some time to see if the good legs would get there. I felt good in the fourth stage but the good timing was missing.

The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider, who won the final stage to Paris previous year, had by his own admission suffered a disappointing start to the 2018 Tour before his show of power to beat Gaviria into second and Peter Sagan into third. "I'll try my best to win but you saw all that today".

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After a few early attacks failed, Yoann Offredo launched a solo effort 35 kilometers in.

Groenewegen grew up in a cycling environment as his grandfather was a bike manufacturer and his boyhood coach was Jean-Paul van Poppel, victor of nine sprint finishes at the Tour de France.

Laurent Pichon, another French rider with Fortuneo-Samsic, then also got away alone for a spell.

The slightly-built Bardet's AG2R team will have to race 17 stages of the 2018 Tour a man down after an over-curious roadside fan stepped into the path of the onrushing peloton to take a photo.

It's set up for a sprint, but watch out as there's a kick at the end - the finale is a 600 metres kick-up at 4% before the last 200 metres flatten out.

Primoz Roglic was caught out behind echelons but managed to re-join and then finish in the Top 10 of the stage, suggesting he has the legs he's shown all season ahead of Sunday's crucial test on the cobbles.

"Yellow jersey wearer Van Avermaet described the climax as 'an awesome finish".

This was the first summit finish of this Tour.

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