Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Groenewegen wins longest Tour stage

Groenewegen wins longest Tour stage

Dan Martin of Team UAE won Stage 6 of the 2018 Tour de France after a sprint finish in Mur de Bretagne.

"I talked to everyone", Sagan said when asked how he passed the time after finishing third in the mass sprint which, with its uphill finish, suited him.

The pair have two stage wins each from the first five and Sagan had predicted Tuesday the Colombian might struggle with the climbs.

Van Avermaet, a support rider for Porte, has held the yellow jersey since BMC won the team time trial on Stage 3.

Van Avermaet actually extended his lead in the overall standings over Geraint Thomas to six seconds when he raced ahead of the pack to win a three-second bonus sprint.

"The first days were not good enough, the legs were not good".

"Yellow jersey wearer Van Avermaet described the climax as 'an awesome finish". He has added to his green jersey points total in every road stage of Tour so far, with wins in stage 2 and 5 and runner-up performances in stages 1 and 4.

Martin becomes just the third Irish rider to win two or more stages on the Tour alongside Ireland's cycling royalty Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche.

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash
Earlier, reports emerged that 20 people had been injured after a plane, marked Martin's Air Charter, crashed at the airport . The plane, which had been expected at the Aviodrome, 'crashed in South Africa during take-off on a test flight, ' it said.

"Gilbert attacked a bit early, trying to drop everybody".

The Dutchman, who rides for LottoNL-Jumbo, moved before his rivals as the 231-kilometer (143-mile) stage from Fougeres to Chartres ended in a bunch sprint.

A breakaway group of five riders - Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Anthony Turgis (Cofidis), Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Damien Gaudin and Fabien Grellier (both Direct Energie) - hit the front from the off and built a gap of nearly seven minutes before it stabilised.

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.

Astana's Jakob Fuglsang did not fall foul of the race jury despite enduring a similar chase back on himself, earlier in the stage.

The overall favorites should be tested again in Roubaix, before heading down to the Alps next week.

Gaviria and Slovakia's world champion Peter Sagan would end second and third on the same time as the victor. Colbrelli pushed the Slovakian all the way but, as he did on stage two, finished second best.

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